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Howzat! Archive - October 30th 2013

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SWEET DISSOLUTION
Love Migrate singer Eddie Alexander is listening to Adalita's new album when Howzat! comes calling. "I'm really enjoying it," he says, "especially the song Trust Is Rust." Love Migrate have got their own new record to talk about, an impressive EP called Dissolved (out Friday on Flightless). Is the simple, one-word title a reaction to the band's debut, Plagued Are All My Thoughts, Like White Ants In The Fence? "To some extent, yes," Eddie smiles. "It was good to keep this release as simple as possible. The mood is a little more optimistic whereas the album had a particular mood that suited a long title. Keeping things different with each release is a good idea." Indeed, this is an EP that's all about mixing things up. "I am ready for change," Eddie sings, "I am keen to be dissolved of my past." When pressed about the inspiration, he says, "Coming back from North America and trying to start fresh. My friends and I also moved out of our house in Carlton and I guess I went through a bit of shit there that I wanted to forget about." The band's debut album, however, is worth remembering. "It may not have been that successful, but being shortlisted for the AMP and getting a lot of recognition in Europe was really flattering. Plagued Are All My Thoughts was a hit in Italy somehow. We may have dived in a bit too early with a debut record but I'm still proud of it." Love Migrate launch Dissolved at the Tote on Sunday, 8 December.


LOST AND FOUND
The Mavis's were one of Howzat!'s favourite '90s bands. Quirky but poptastic. Beki Thomas now lives in LA, while brother Matt has a band called The Blow Waves. But Beki and Matt are doing a special Mavis's show at Yah Yah's on Saturday. Also on the bill is Caroline No, the new group for the brilliant Caroline Kennedy (ex-The Plums and Deadstar).


ARIA SUPPLY
Congratulations to Air Supply, this year's ARIA Hall of Fame inductees. Long overdue, with eight Top 10 hits in the US. Only two Aussie acts - the Bee Gees and Olivia Newton-John - have had more.


COURT IN THE ACT
Nice rave in The New York Times about Courtney Barnett's CMJ performance: "Songs that match terse yet wildly unpredictable storytelling with rock that works up the scrappy momentum of the Velvet Underground."


HOT LINE
"And I need to know if I satisfy" - Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions, Say It Isn't So.


CHART WATCH
Ten months gone and we still haven't had a local chart-topper, though Taylor Henderson goes close, with his cover of Girls Just Want To Have Fun debuting at two.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun TAYLOR HENDERSON (number two, debut)
You NATHANIEL (six)
Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up) JESSICA MAUBOY (11)
Riptide VANCE JOY (16)
Everybody JUSTICE CREW (18)
Warrior HAVANA BROWN (22)
Bring It Back WILL SPARKS & JOEL FLETCHER (35)
You Set Fire To My Life TINA ARENA (38, debut)
Give Me Love UNCLE JED (39, debut)

Tina Arena scores her first Top 5 album in six years, while Bodyjar's first studio album in eight years lands at 30.

Triple J Like A Version 9 VARIOUS (number one, debut)
Reset TINA ARENA (four, debut)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (eight)
The Quartet Sessions MARK VINCENT (16, debut)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (17)
Flashing Lights HAVANA BROWN (23)
Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors VARIOUS (25)
Role Model BODYJAR (30, debut)
Farewell Fitzroy BUSBY MAROU (31)
We Are Young & Free HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (34)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (36)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST

Dissolved LOVE MIGRATE
New Friends FAMILY FOLD
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
Superhuman JUAN ALBAN
I Am BOOM CRASH OPERA

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