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