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Howzat! Archive - October 2nd 2013

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BATTERED, NOT BRUISED
"Closing time," sang Semisonic's Dan Wilson, "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." Nick Batterham's second solo album is called Closing Time At Yah Yah's. Like Howzat!, a friend is a big fan of Nick's evocative, confessional songwriting, so we asked if she had any questions for him. "Yes," she replied, "I want to know what happened after the first record [Second Lovers]. He sounds so lost and broken. So can you start by asking, 'Who battered your heart, Batterham?'" Nick chuckles when the questions are put to him. "I accept there is a world-weariness to the record, but my heart is still intact and working just fine." You could call Nick "Dylanesque", but he's a sweeter singer. Physically, he's often compared to others - "the worst I've had are Austin Powers, Bill Gates and 'that guy from the 70's show'." Nick's day gig is as a sound designer, working in film and TV. "I try to be transparent and bring emotive audio to a film without baring too much of my own personality - I serve the film's needs. With my own music, I try to overload it with personality. It serves me." As for the title, Nick admits, "I've spent many nights at Yah Yah's, including a few closing times, but not for a while. I'm trying to be good." How does he recover after a big night? "A toasted ham and cheese sandwich is the cornerstone of my diet, hangover or not. I also can't achieve much without a cup of tea and a banana. I don't tend to listen to music in the morning, especially if I have a sore head. I sometimes watch the end of Rage in bed, but that usually just pisses me off." Finally, Howzat!'s friend wonders: "Is Nick single? I reckon a lot of chicks would love to fix him after listening to this." Sorry, ladies, Nick is not available, "and I'm actually as happy as I've ever been". But he adds: "The theme of trying to fix-up a lover is present in a few songs, as is the desire to be better at life. The tension between hope and pessimistic fatalism is central." Nick launches Closing Time At Yah Yah's at The Workers Club on Sunday afternoon.


ARIA SUPPLY
Who's up for this year's Hall of Fame? News Corp music writer Cameron Adams has done some detective work, tweeting: "ARIA Awards December 1 in Sydney. Air Supply play Sydney Nov 29. Surely it's finally their year for Hall of Fame nod?"


LATER RON
Bon voyage to Ron S. Peno, who heads to Europe on Friday for shows with Cam Butler in France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Ron hasn't been to Europe since touring with Died Pretty 20 years ago. He'll be home in November to launch the second Superstitions album, Anywhere And Everything Is Bright.


HOT LINE
"Love is a dream" - Nick Batterham, Love Is A Dream.


CHART WATCH
No homegrown hits in the national Top 20.

Riptide VANCE JOY (number 21)
Joey JOELLE (33, debut)
Waterfalls TIMOMATIC (38)

Keith Urban drops from one to three, while the new Eskimo Joe album lands at 12.

Fuse KEITH URBAN (number one, debut)
Wastelands ESKIMO JOE (12, debut)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (25)
All Day Venus ADALITA (30, debut)
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty SLIM DUSTY (31)
The Great Country Songbook TROY CASSAR-DALEY & ADAM HARVEY (33)
Atlas RUFUS (34)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Closing Time At Yah Yah's NICK BATTERHAM
Make A Racket MISS EILEEN & KING LEAR
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
Howl LESTER THE FIERCE
Rockpile CLIFFORD HOAD'S KINGS OF THE SUN

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