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Howzat! Archive - March 2nd 2011

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DANCING WITH THE DEVIL
"What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around?" Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) asked in the movie Broadcast News. "Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No he will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing. He will just bit by little bit lower standards where they are important, just coax along flash over substance, just a tiny bit. And he will talk about all of us really being salesmen. And he'll get all the great women."

Then there's the scene in Animal House where Larry is confronted by a drunken girl who's passed out at a party. His "good conscience" tells him not to take advantage of her, but his "evil conscience" orders: "Don't listen to that jack-off, look at those gazongas! You'll never get a better chance."

Fiona Lee Maynard's new EP, Stiletto Survival (Part 1), is about the battle between good and evil. She sings about wanting to "wash the evil out again". "Surviving life is often a struggle between positive and negative, or constructive and destructive influences, some external, some internal," Fiona explains. "The trick is to know yourself and others enough to find a balance, to keep risking situations which could go either way. It's about knowing that we have the capacity to love and help and support each other as well as the capacity to annihilate each other. It's about continuing to make love and peace a conscious choice, to keep dreaming and remaining true to our core, no matter how old we get or how complicated or complex our lives become."

Fiona is launching Stiletto Survival at Oakleigh's Caravan Music Club on Sunday afternoon. So what's the story behind the title? "It means many things to me as well as being an odd juxtaposition of imagery," Fiona says. "For instance, if you were stranded on a desert island, you'd hope to have more practical footwear to help you survive, but if a yacht drifted past with rich and famous folk on it, you'd hope you had your stilettos to put on so they may notice you, pick you up and save you. I prefer to wear practical rather than punitive footwear - Cuban heels, cowboy boots or flamenco shoes. I rarely perform in stilettos; I've attempted it, but I usually kick off my high heels and perform in pantyhose or I wind up falling backwards into the drum kit!"


SGV LATER RON
One of Howzat!'s favourite bands, Skipping Girl Vinegar, has hooked up with our favourite Canadian artist, Ron Sexsmith. Ron sings on SGV's eagerly-awaited second album, which will be released on May 7. The album features the great new single, Here She Comes.


SONIC ADVENTURES
'Tis the season for bands migrating to the US. Wagons do their final local show before their US sojourn, at the Corner on Friday, while Matt Sonic & the High Times do their farewell gig with a rockin' BBQ at Cherry on Saturday.


INTO THE WILD
It's a dog eat dog world ("and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear", said Norm in Cheers), but sometimes beautiful things happen. One of Howzat!'s favourite new artists, Sydney's Caitlin Harnett, sent a note last week: "Just wanted to tell you a story about the generosity of people. As you may or may not know, Into The Wild from my new EP was featured in the wedding scene in the finale of Home and Away. Saira Final, who lives near London, heard the song and sent me an email asking if I'd mind if she made a video for me. She's obviously looked at my YouTube and thought this girl needs help. In her last year of school and supposed to be studying, Saira drew 64 pictures on Paint and pulled it all together using Movie Maker. It's amazing, she just got everything the song is about." You can check out the clip on YouTube, and Caitlin is launching the EP, All In The Golden Afternoon, at the Edinburgh Castle on May 5.


THE J CURVE
With the strength of RRR and PBS, Triple J has never been a major player in Melbourne. But it's now this city's number two music station, according to the latest ratings. Fox leads the way with a 12.4 per cent audience share, followed by Triple J (6.7), Nova (6.6), Gold (6.3), Mix (5.6), MMM (5.4) and Classic Rock (3).


SHALL I COMPARE LEE TO A SUMMER'S DAY?
Is there anything Ben Lee can't do? Ben is now a Cultural Ambassador for Australian Poetry, the peak industry body for poetry in Australia, based at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.


CHART WATCH
No homegrown hits in the national Top 20.

Who's That Girl GUY SEBASTIAN (number 24)
Friday To Sunday JUSTICE CREW (25)
Rapunzel DRAPHT (30)

The new Hillsong album has entered the US charts at number 17 (topping the US Christian charts).

Aftermath HILLSONG UNITED (number eight)
Down The Way ANGUS & JULIA STONE (13)
Twenty Ten GUY SEBASTIAN (15)
Birds Of Tokyo BIRDS OF TOKYO (18)
Zonoscope CUT COPY (22)
Running On Air BLISS N ESO (29)
Altiyan Childs ALTIYAN CHILDS (31)
Immersion PENDULUM (36)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Here She Comes SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
Downlow WAGONS
Biggest Bitch FIONA LEE MAYNARD
Crazy Like Me MYLES MAYO
Into The Wild CAITLIN HARNETT

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