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Howzat! Archive - November 5th 2014

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THE RESTLESS YEARS
The young and the restless. Hamish Anderson is just 23, but the Melbourne singer has packed a lot into the past few years - shows with Gary Clark Jr, B.B. King and Jake Clemons; recording in LA, culminating in his new EP, Restless, on which he sings: "My whole life has been one big show." Hamish relocated to the US earlier this year. "It's nice to be able to spend time in America," he says, "especially in cities like Chicago, Nashville and Austin, where blues music originated." Hamish was buzzing when he landed the support slot on B.B. King's US tour; unfortunately, after just two shows, the blues legend was forced to cancel the tour due to illness. "It was an amazing experience," Hamish says. "Not only is he an inspiration to me, he's an inspiration to every guitarist I have been inspired by. He's the living embodiment of the blues."

Restless was produced by Krish Sharma, who recorded The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang. As well as recording at the noted Henson Studios (formerly A&M Studios, where We Are The World was recorded), Hamish also ventured to Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville, cutting a track in the recording booth made famous by Neil Young's A Letter Home. "There was really a cool factor there," Hamish smiles. "The whole place is a musician's dream. I had never heard myself on vinyl before. We might put it out in the future; it could be fun." So what does Hamish miss most about Melbourne? "My family, friends, my dogs, and the coffee." After playing at CMJ in New York, Hamish comes home to play at Ding Dong on Thursday, 13 Nov. But don't expect him to stay long. "Restless, the word," he says, "has the sense of being driven and ambitious. I think it's a good thing to be restless."


THE BRUCE OF OZ
"He's like Australia's Bruce Springsteen." So said Missy Higgins when introducing her cover of Perry Keyes' NYE at the Regent Theatre last week.


HALL STORIES
It's hard to argue with Molly Meldrum and Countdown being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Both have contributed so much to Australian music. But ARIA is clearly stretching/breaking its own rules. The induction criteria states: "Membership into the Hall of Fame is reserved exclusively for the creators of recorded music - the writers, the recording artists, and, in some cases, the producers; The nominees must be responsible for a significant body of recorded work." Of course, Molly's production of Russell Morris' The Real Thing is probably enough reason for inclusion, and we hope that ARIA will now induct other producers, such as Mark Opitz, Charles Fisher and Tony Cohen. Howzat! believes that the Hall of Fame should be a standalone event, and entry should be reserved for the people who actually make the music. But maybe it could be broadened? Imagine if this year's event was inducting Molly & Countdown, Skyhooks' Living In The 70's, Steve Kipner, Stephen Cummings & The Sports, Mark Opitz, Fifa Riccobono, Ed Nimmervoll and Kim Salmon. Now, that would be an event.


HOT LINE
"Growing up can make you sad" - Perry Keyes, NYE.


CHART WATCH
More than half of the Aussie acts in this week's Top 40 got their start on TV talent shows.

Stand By You MARLISA (number two)
You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS (four)
Coming Back DEAN RAY (five, debut)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (six)
Can I Get A Moment? JESSICA MAUBOY (nine)
Rise & Fall JUSTICE CREW (11, debut)
Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (17)
Mama Ain't Proud GUY SEBASTIAN (22)
Nightmare TIMMY TRUMPET (26, debut)
Live Louder NATHANIEL (27)
The Lucky Ones BROTHERS3 (29, debut)
Take Me Over PEKING DUK (40)

Lanie Lane's second album, Night Shade, lands just outside the Top 40, arriving at 42.

Jukebox HUMAN NATURE (number two, debut)
Down To Earth FLIGHT FACILITIES (three, debut)
Triple J's Like A Version, Volume 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS (six)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (12)
Things I've Done KARISE EDEN (15)
Oz MISSY HIGGINS (18)
Heart Beats DAMI IM (20)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (21)
The Very Best INXS (23)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (31)
Gon' Boogaloo C.W. STONEKING (38)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Burn HAMISH ANDERSON
Baggage Claim DAN WARNER
NYE MISSY HIGGINS
To Be The Woman FIONA & HER HOLY MEN
If You Let Me Hold You THE SOLICITORS

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