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Howzat! Archive - July 18th 2012

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GRANEY DAYS IN MY MIND
It's time for Dave Graney and Clare Moore to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Aside from Vanda and Young, has there been a more thrilling double act in Australian music? Dave and Clare have been making music together since 1978 and they launch their new album, Dave Graney and the mistLY's You've Been In My Mind, at the Regal Ballroom on Friday, 27 July. The album includes a song called We Need A Champion. Does Dave need outside validation? "A few people get my stuff, but I've never been a critics' darling, and I take some solace from that," he smiles. "I've been hurt more by reviews that others would see as positive. It bums me when people just think I am cynical or sarcastic. I am far from that. Being called ironic is the worst slander that ever got thrown at me."

A highlight of the album is called I Don't Wanna Know Myself. Has there been a time in Dave's career when he's let himself down? "I've been silly lots of times," he admits, "and I'm afraid I will be in the future, too. I wish I could blame it on the booze or something, but it's mostly just being hot-headed. Sometimes I wish I'd just spoken my mind a lot more, but I doubt I'd still be here if I'd done so."

You've Been In My Mind is a reflective record, with Dave returning to his formative years in Mt Gambier Night. The album also includes a song called I'm Not The Guy I Tried To Be. Does Dave have any regrets? "There were some albums which could have gone differently if we'd focused on different songs as singles. People may have reacted differently to the whole thing."

What gives Dave Graney the biggest thrill: the creation or the delivery? Is it the art of writing the song? Recording the song? Or playing the song live? "I like the playing of the songs, seeing how they fare in the real world. Rehearsing and arranging is enjoyable, too. Writing is generally over a long period, fooling around with the licks. I don't really record many demos - I just keep playing things and remember them that way. Training my fingers in a way. At some point, I think of some lyric for the music, generally when I'm thinking of an album theme. Recording is okay as long as it doesn't take long."

The new album follows Dave's acclaimed memoir, 1001 Australian Nights. "I was very lucky to find the right publishing house," he says. "That was the best thing, finding Affirm Press. They took the book for what it was and didn't ask me to take it in a more straight-ahead, literal direction. They left its weirdness intact." Will Dave do more books? "I'm working on something at the moment. Been at it for years. It's tough, writing. Some days you're a king, most days you're a bum. Continually editing and re-reading, as if you were someone else, and also as yourself."

You'll never meet a bigger music fan than Dave Graney. He's always buzzing about something new. What's been his favourite Aussie album so far this year? "There have been a lot. I'm still enjoying the Sons of Rico album, Go-Go Sapien's This Body Is Wrong For Us and Ned Collette + Wirewalker's 2. I'm looking forward to Jane Dust's third album, as I've seen her developing the whole thing. Also, Matt Walker has a new album in the works."


TIM'S BRITT HIT
Busy time for Tim Rogers. His new solo album, Rogers Sings Rogerstein, will be out on 24 August, and he's going on the road with Catherine Britt (playing at the Regal Ballroom on 14 September). Catherine's new album, Always Never Enough, includes a classic duet with Tim called Troubled Man. Tim says, "My nickname for Catherine is 'The Real Deal'. She's all heart and soul and trouble. She's a dear, dear friend that I am consistently bedazzled by."


BALL YES!
Howzat! loves a tradition. Charles Jenkins' 4th annual Winter Ball hits the Corner on Saturday. As well as the stellar array of guests, Charles' band, The Zhivagos, features the spectacularly talented Matty Vehl, who is getting set to launch a new EP with his band, Cylinders. More in Howzat! soon.


CHART WATCH
Reece Mastin slips from one to 12.

Boom Boom JUSTICE CREW (number five)
Shout It Out REECE MASTIN (12)
On Top JOHNNY RUFFO (16)
Can You Feel It TIMOMATIC (22)
Everyone's Waiting MISSY HIGGINS (31, debut)
Child 360 (38)
Into The Flame EP MATT CORBY (39)

Karise Eden spends a third week on top.

My Journey KARISE EDEN (number one)
Cornerstone HILLSONG LIVE (three)
The Story So Far KEITH URBAN (four)
The Ol' Razzle Dazzle MISSY HIGGINS (10)
The Temper Trap THE TEMPER TRAP (17)
Falling & Flying 360 (22)
Idea Of Happiness VAN SHE (28, debut)
Drinking From The Sun HILLTOP HOODS (34)
Spirit Bird XAVIER RUDD (35)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
I Don't Wanna Know Myself DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY
Oh My Garden SOPHIE KOH
When The Moment Comes MIA DYSON
Day Never Comes DAN LETHBRIDGE
Troubled Man CATHERINE BRITT & TIM ROGERS

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