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Howzat! Archive - November 23rd 2011

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LOVING JD LOVE
His birth certificate says "David Schofield", but he was known as Dave Springfield when he found fame in The Ferrets and Angry Anderson's band Buster Brown. Nowadays, he records as "JD Love", and he's also known as Georgia Fields' dad. Whatever you call him, Dave has delivered one of Howzat!'s favourite 2011 albums, JD Love's Two Days (out now on Only Blues Music). I was expecting something rough and raw, but Two Days is all class, like a great John Hiatt record. It sounds gentle, but these songs will haunt you.

Where did "JD Love" come from? "I used to go to songwriter nights run by Maryen Cairns with Greg Kernaghan," Dave explains. "One night, she said, 'JD is on next', and asked if I was JD. I said yes, and she introduced me. I added 'Love' and kept it like a band name because I liked the way it sounded." As the title suggests, the album was recorded in two days, on tape, with Georgia co-producing, Dave McCluney engineering, and everyone together in the one room. "Tape is big and smooth and fuzzy," Dave says. "Digital is smaller, sharper and not fuzzy. I like the flaws that are inherent in the magnetic recording process. I wanted to make a late-60s/early-70s-sounding LP. We recorded and mixed each song in one operation, directly to two-track tape. No changes possible. And we used no instruments that weren't around in 1974."

Dave doesn't usually sing a lot - "I usually play guitar and sing a harmony" - but his striking, relaxed vocal style is a highlight of the record, especially when he's joined by Georgia. "When family members sing together, the sound is special," he says. Is Dave a prolific writer? "I start a lot of songs," he smiles, "getting them finished is the real work." Asked to list his three favourite songwriters, Dave says: "Today it's Holland-Dozier-Holland for writing Reach Out I'll Be There - a song that can save lives. Tough and not a bit wussy. Van Morrison for Into The Mystic - listening to some Van is like being with an old friend; when you're messed up, he can sort you out. And Hank Williams for Lost Highway. A song as old as history itself."

JD sings, "Everyone's got something that tears them up inside", and another song starts, "I wait for the darkness to come". Does that sum up Dave's writing approach? "I don't know if it sums it up, but I definitely wanted to make a record that was a bit moody. I'm interested in the basic stuff that runs our lives, like freedom, love, happiness and sadness." Dave also sings, "I am someone who never learns". But when asked for his biggest musical regret or mistake, he replies, "There are no mistakes." He also declares, "I'm restless". Where is home? "I love the road." JD is launching Two Days with two shows - on Saturday, December 3, from 4pm at the Edinburgh Castle (with Suzannah Espie), and Sunday, December 4, from 5pm at Pure Pop (with Georgia Fields).


ROSS THE BOSS, STILL CRUISIN'
It pays to plan. The legendary Ross Wilson turned 64 last week, but is he contemplating retirement? No way! Ross has even got a gig booked in 2015 - he's part of the Gallipoli Cruise that will mark the 100th anniversary by retracing the voyage of the original ANZAC troops. More immediately, Ross is headlining the 979fm benefit gig at the Corner tonight (Wednesday).


CELADORE'S FUTURE IS BRIGHT AND BLUE
In Sydney, the guys slapped a "Celadore" sticker below a "No Stopping" sign. The headline in the Mildura Weekly stated: "Celadore's On The Path To Stardom". And The Living End's Chris Cheney, who produced the band's new EP, The Bright And Blue, proclaimed: "Celadore are a band to watch Neil Finn meets The Bends-era Radiohead meets You Am I. For a relatively young band, they possess a sense of melody and a depth to their songwriting that's beyond their years." Drummer Dave Noordhoff returns the compliment: "Chris was brilliant to work with. He was assuring, always upbeat and really pushed us to our limits. The best advice he gave us was to try every possibility. He also came up with some interesting dance moves for the outro to Burn Down The Lighthouse. We'll have to ask him to re-create them if we ever do a film clip for the song." Celadore launch the EP at Revolver on Saturday, but we're not sure if you'll be able to snaffle a Celadore headband. "We actually sold out of our homemade headbands on our last tour," Dave says, "they were in high demand."


CHART WATCH
No Aussie singles in the Top 10.

Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE (number 12)
Raining Diamonds RICKI-LEE (19)
Galaxy JESSICA MAUBOY & STAN WALKER (21)

Tim Freedman's solo debut lands at 19.

All For You COLD CHISEL (number seven)
Making Mirrors GOTYE (14)
Fingerprints & Footprints POWDERFINGER (18)
Australian Idle TIM FREEDMAN (19, debut)
Footprints - The Best Of POWDERFINGER (22)
Company BLUEJUICE (23, debut)
Rewiggled VARIOUS (25)
Songs From The Heart MARK VINCENT (31)
The Very Very Best Of CROWDED HOUSE (34)
Requiem THE GETAWAY PLAN (36)
Vows KIMBRA (37)
Falling & Flying 360 (39)
Ultimate Hits LEE KERNAGHAN (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Since You're Gone JD LOVE
Kinks In Armour CELADORE
Hell Of A Time ROSS WILSON
Lo-Fi SOPHIE KOH
Girlfriend Heaven TIM FREEDMAN

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