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Howzat! Archive - April 23rd 2014

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE
A busker from Bungendore finds himself on national TV, becoming an overnight sensation. It sounds like the storyline for a fairytale movie, but welcome to Alex Gibson's life. His world changed when he appeared on The Voice last year. His mentor, Seal, told him: "Everything in life is an illusion." "That advice has helped me profoundly," Alex says. "I don't let people's perceptions bother me too much; they can think what they want. We as humans over-analyse everything. The minute we stop over-thinking and live in the moment is the minute we are free to do what we want." Alex enjoyed The Voice experience, though there was a downside. "I didn't have much time for my girlfriend - ex-girlfriend. But there is always going to be a personal cost to the music industry. I guess it's about finding that balance." Alex is now touring to promote his debut album, This Is Life. If you're looking for a comparison, think Jason Mraz; it's impressive earthy pop. "We didn't want this record to be perfect, we wanted it to be real," says Alex, who recorded most of the album live in a 12-hour session at Sydney's Studios 301. Despite his TV fame, Alex - who plays a Gibson guitar - still busks. Whenever he comes to Melbourne, he heads to Bourke Street Mall, where he plays alongside his busking buddies Woodlock and Amistat. He's often greeted by people: "Hold on, aren't you that guy?" Alex laughs. "Actually, they usually say, 'Hold on, aren't you that guy from The X Factor?'" After stints in retail, printing and disability respite care, Alex has been a full-time musician for the past couple of years. Alex and another Voice finalist, Nick Kingswell, are playing at Revolver on Thursday, 1 May.

THE J CURVE
Thirty-nine years ago, 2JJ started with Skyhooks' You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed. What will be the first song on Double J when it launches on 30 April? We're rapt there's finally a triple j for "grown-ups". But what's with the station being available only on this new-fangled digital technology? If it's aimed at rock dinosaurs, like Howzat!, find a place for it on the FM band!


MORE BEATS FOR YOU

Pseudo Echo have come up with a cracking new album, Ultraviolet, the best of their 32-year career.


STREETS OF YOUR TOWN
Howzat! supports the campaign to name an Abbotsford lane behind the Yarra Hotel "Davey Lane". Meanwhile, the You Am I guitarist has launched a Pozible campaign to fund his debut solo album. For $150, you'll get a "deluxe Davey box" featuring a homemade cookbook containing his favourite recipes. For $8000, Davey will make you a guitar.


HOT LINE
"A simple plan is always best" - Jack Howard, Try Again.


CHART WATCH
Sheppard stay on top, Sia leaps from four to two, and half of the Top 10 is homegrown hits.

Geronimo SHEPPARD (number one)
Chandelier SIA (two)
High PEKING DUK (five)
Never Be The Same JESSICA MAUBOY (six)
She Looks So Perfect 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (nine)
Up! SAMANTHA JADE (18, debut)
Loco JOEL FLETCHER & SEANY B (19)
When You Were Mine TAYLOR HENDERSON (22)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (23)
Pittsburgh THE AMITY AFFLICTION (28, debut)
Live It Up 360 FEATURING PEZ (31)
Swing JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SAVAGE (32)

Chet Faker debuts on top, and Russell Morris scores the highest-charting album of his career. Meanwhile, Saskwatch have a Top 50 debut, with Nose Dive arriving at 46.

Built On Glass CHET FAKER (number one, debut)
The Very Best INXS (two)
Van Diemen's Land RUSSELL MORRIS (four, debut)
L.O.V.E HARRISON CRAIG (five, debut)
Blackbird DAN SULTAN (six)
Flesh & Blood JOHN BUTLER (nine)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (13)
Puddinghead BALL PARK MUSIC (14)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (17)
Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO (22)
Here Comes The Sun RACHAEL LEAHCAR (38, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Royal Reserve JACK HOWARD
Bluebird SANS
Branches ALEX GIBSON
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
Things You Like PSEUDO ECHO

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