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Howzat! Archive - November 6th 2013

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PELICAN LANDING
Juan Alban's Dr Pelican On Holiday! is a late contender for album of the year. These songs show that this is a sensitive singer-songwriter of the highest order. Dark, confessional, introspective, but packed with marvellous melodies. In many ways, the album is at odds with its childlike title. "Some friends gave me a Kris Kringle gift a year or two ago with a card that was basically just a stock photo of a pelican, and they had drawn a cigar in its mouth and written the words 'Dr Pelican On Holiday' on the cover," Juan explains. "I know it sounds silly, but I just thought it was a really peaceful image. I imagined this Pelican of medicine, escaping all the pressures of day-to-day life and floating gently across a lake. I liked it so much I wrote a song about longing for that lack of care and worry. And I think it's a theme that runs through the album." "I love and I leave," Juan sings, "not a care in the world." Dr Pelican On Holiday! (which is being launched at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday afternoon) is the first solo album for the Ballarat-based former Epicure frontman. Asked to put the making of the album into a few words, Juan says: "Continuous self-doubt ... followed by relief." In an album filled with standout songs, Miss Catastrophe reminds Howzat! of early Jackson Browne. "You know, I really haven't listened to much Jackson Browne," Juan confesses, "but I do like what I've heard. That song was originally quite different when I showed it to Dave [producer Dave Manton] and it was his idea to approach it the way we did, so maybe Dave is a fan? I think we thought it might sound like a cross between Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. And me!" The song includes the striking line: "I wish so hard a piano would fall on me." What was the inspiration for that image? "Just that idea of courting disaster, wishing the worst would happen so you can luxuriate in the sorrow and misfortune. A piano landing on you would help you do that."


TOP TWEET
Brendan Maclean: "The [X Factor] judges are doing a great job pretending they'll remember any of the contestants' names half an hour after the show ends."


HOT RESIDENCY
Ashley Naylor and Steve Pinkerton - Nayls & Pinko - are playing Fridays in November at the Cornish Arms in Brunswick.


HOT LINE
"I refuse to live an ordinary life" - Tina Arena, Don't Look Back.


CHART WATCH
It's taken 10 months, but we finally have a local chart-topper.

Alive DAMI IM (number one, debut)
Like A Drum GUY SEBASTIAN (four, debut)
You NATHANIEL (seven)
Everybody JUSTICE CREW (eight)
Girls Just Want To Have Fun TAYLOR HENDERSON (15)
Riptide VANCE JOY (22)
Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up) JESSICA MAUBOY (23)
And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going DAMI IM (29, debut)
Don't Let Me Go JAI WAETFORD (37, debut)
Warrior HAVANA BROWN (38)

Controversial rapper Kerser has a Top 5 debut.

Triple J Like A Version 9 VARIOUS (number four)
S.C.O.T KERSER (five, debut)
Reset TINA ARENA (six)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (11)
The Very Best INXS (13)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (21)
Departures BERNARD FANNING (28)
Flashing Lights HAVANA BROWN (29)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (33)
Songs From The South PAUL KELLY (34)
Farewell Fitzroy BUSBY MAROU (36)
The Quartet Sessions MARK VINCENT (37)
Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors VARIOUS (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Universe JUAN ALBAN
Dissolved LOVE MIGRATE
New Friends FAMILY FOLD
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
I Am BOOM CRASH OPERA

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