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Howzat! Archive - August 26th 2015

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GOOD THINGS COME
Patience is bitter, Aristotle noted, but its fruit is sweet. Howzat!'s favourite album right now is Tim Wheatley's debut, Cast of Yesterday, which he's launching at the Grace Darling Hotel on Sunday afternoon. It includes an early-life crisis song called 78 Benz. After stints in bands The Sparrows and Rushcutter, and releasing music under the name Crooked Saint, Tim was a man in a hurry. "You stopped to smell the roses," he sings, "and your 20s got away." "Only in the last month, after completing the album and listening to it for the first time, did I realise that good things take time," Tim says. "Before that, I was playing hundreds of shows and had no answers for people asking, 'Where can I buy your music?' I needed validation of some sort. Only now do I acknowledge that all that hard work and hardship contributed to the tapestry of the record." The result is an honest and revealing album. A storyteller's record. So it's good that Tim's name is on the cover. "I called the 'project' Crooked Saint originally because I didn't know what I was doing," he admits. "It then became confusing when I was touring solo as Crooked Saint and everyone was asking, 'Is Crooked Saint a band or is it just you?'" Tim then moved to Los Angeles and started playing under his real name. He pays tribute to producer Paul McKercher, whom he calls a "purist". And the album was mixed by American Niko Bolas, "who is like no other person I have ever met. He's the kindest person I know and yet no one intimidates me more." Niko has worked with Neil Young, Kiss and Melissa Etheridge. "His artillery of anecdotes are really what you're paying for," Tim smiles. "Some of the best advice he gave me came from Warren Zevon. When he found out he was dying, he called Niko for the last time and simply said, 'Enjoy every sandwich', and hung up." Good advice.


TINDER IS THE NIGHT
So is Tinder killing live venues? James Young, who runs Cherry Bar and Yah Yah's, floated the theory that young people were using their phones to pick up instead of going to pubs and clubs. The Facebook response was huge. No, some people said, too many festivals are killing venues, not the dating app. Drink prices are also too high, bands come on too late, and it's too loud at a gig to pick up anyway. The debate continues.


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HOT LINE
"Why you in a hurry, son?" - Tim Wheatley, Cast of Yesterday.


CHART WATCH
Delta Goodrem spends a second week on top. It's one of just three Australian songs in the national Top 40.

Wings DELTA GOODREM (number one)
Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (15)
Fly Away 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (26, debut)

Dead Letter Circus debut at two.

Aesthesis DEAD LETTER CIRCUS (number two, debut)
Best Of The Soul Years JIMMY BARNES (three, debut)
Beautiful You THE WAIFS (five, debut)
Hoops THE RUBENS (nine)
Currents TAME IMPALA (15)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (17)
The Gospel Album GURRUMUL (18)
Two Strong Hearts Live JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (19)
My Hero GRETA BRADMAN (24)
Node NORTHLANE (31)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (35)
Hell Breaks Loose SHANE NICHOLSON (37)
But For All These Shrinking Hearts JOSH PYKE (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
78 Benz TIM WHEATLEY
Pot of Gold FAMILY FOLD
Let Me Imagine You ROBERT FORSTER
You Got Fever BEK-JEAN STEWART
The Lines DARREN MIDDLETON

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