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Howzat! Archive - October 8th 2014

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THIS PASSERBY LIFE
If I were to travel to some new place, will I find a new home, or just more empty space?
It reads like a fairytale: Girl from the wonderfully named Upotipotpon meets Melbourne boy 10,000 miles from home. They make an album that's loved by critics, fans and other artists. They relocate to New York and sign to a legendary label. That's the short story of Luluc - ZoŽ Randell and Steve Hassett - who recently released their second album, Passerby, six years after their debut, Dear Hamlyn. Co-produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, Passerby has been released internationally by Sub Pop. "It's our favourite label," ZoŽ says. "Well, it was from a distance. The scary thing was meeting them and whether they would live up to our rosy glasses. Which they do, and then some." ZoŽ was also a big Dinosaur Jr. fan when she was growing up; now Luluc are touring the US with J Mascis, which she says is "very exciting and kinda surreal". Many others have fallen for Luluc's gentle, earnest, poetic folk pop. ZoŽ's voice made Lucinda Williams cry, and The National's Matt Berninger says, "I've played Passerby on repeat. For months, it was the only album I wanted to listen to." It's been an exciting trip for ZoŽ and Steve, who met at the Edinburgh Festival in 1999. They took their name from Brooklyn's Cafť Luluc, which they still frequent. "They do a great affogato," ZoŽ notes. Are the Americans intrigued that ZoŽ is from Upotipotpon (a tiny town near Benalla)? "Yes," she smiles. "If it comes up, there's usually a request to repeat the name a few times, spell it, and then a few chuckles." ZoŽ indicates she misses home in Gold On The Leaves on Passerby, which has been released locally by Mistletone. "These days," she sings, "I'm bound to cities and crowds, but some days I yearn, and I have to return." Luluc are at the Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine on 27 Nov, Northcote Social Club on 28 Nov, and Old Hepburn Hotel in Hepburn Springs on 30 Nov.


ARIAS ACTION
This year's ARIA Awards will be in Sydney on 26 Nov. Leading contenders include Sia, Sheppard, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Justice Crew, Chet Faker and Hilltop Hoods.


SAFE HAVEN
The title of Augie March's new album, Havens Dumb, comes from an 1864 poem about a nun, Heaven-Haven, by Gerard Manley Hopkins, an English poet and Catholic priest: "And I have asked to be where no storms come/ Where the green swell is in the havens dumb, and out of the swing of the sea."


HIP HIP
Jimmy Barnes scored the first of 10 chart-topping solo albums when his debut, Bodyswerve, hit number one 30 years ago today (8 Oct).


HOT LINE
"What a view from my small window" - Luluc, Small Window.


CHART WATCH
The Veronicas spend a second week at number one.

You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS (number one)
Live Louder NATHANIEL (five)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (six)
Amnesia 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (24)
Black Widow IGGY AZALEA (26)
Into My Arms DEAN RAY (36, debut)
Where You From? BEAU RYAN FEATURING JUSTICE CREW (38)
Que Sera JUSTICE CREW (40)

The Preatures have a Top 5 debut.

Blue Planet Eyes THE PREATURES (number four, debut)
Oz MISSY HIGGINS (five)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (11)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (12)
Burnt Letters TAYLOR HENDERSON (14)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (16)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (24)
Angus & Julia Stone ANGUS & JULIA STONE (26)
Retrospectable BLUEJUICE (27, debut)
Bittersweet KASEY CHAMBERS (32)
The Very Best INXS (34)
Bombs Away SHEPPARD (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Small Window LULUC
Hey Dissident ANTISKEPTIC
NYE MISSY HIGGINS
Komarov DAVEY LANE
AWOL AUGIE MARCH

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