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Howzat!

Journalist Jeff Jenkins' weekly column featuring Australian music news, interviews, a look at the charts and more. Updated every Tuesday night around 10pm. Click here for the archive page.

Jeff is a semi-regular guest on The Australian Mood with Neil Rogers, 8-10pm Thursdays on 3RRR in Melbourne
and Evenings with Lindy Burns 7-10pm weeknights on ABC 774 Melbourne

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au
and I'll forward the email onto Jeff

July 19th 2017

MEEK AND WILD
Howzat! was chatting with our good friend John Cain recently about the amount of gigs we miss during winter because they clash with football games. Shouldn't artists check the footy fixture before they book their gigs? Or is there more to life than football? Michael Meeking barracks for North Melbourne and also has a soft spot for Essendon. Yet this weekend he's launching the new Michael Meeking and The Lost Souls' album, Saturday Night Sunday Morning, at the Spotted Mallard on Saturday afternoon - smack-bang up against the North/Bombers game! Oh well, even if we don't make the gig, we're very much enjoying the record, which, as the title suggests, is split into two sides: Saturday Night, a collection of rock songs to prime you for a party, and Sunday Morning, the come-down record, filled with slower songs for your hungover head. Beautifully co-produced by Roger Bergodaz (Raised By Eagles, Lost Ragas), the album shows that Michael is a deft hand at crafting classic country-rock, in the tradition of local bands such as The Dingoes, Weddings Parties Anything and The Warner Brothers. His work has long been championed by Triple R legend Neil Rogers, who first spotted Michael playing at a battle of the bands when he was just 13. Neil will be chatting to Michael on The Australian Mood this Thursday at 8pm.


THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Thirty years ago today (19 July), the Countdown era concluded, with the final episode airing on the ABC. John Farnham was the only artist to appear on the first Countdown, in 1974, and the final show.


PRECIOUS, INDEED
When one big album constitutes a career, and two leads to talk of longevity and legendary status, what an amazing story British India are. They're getting set to release their sixth album, which is sure to be their fifth Top 10 success. First single, Precious, is aptly titled.


ONE FINE DAY
Paul Kelly's new album, Life Is Fine, will be out on 11 Aug. "At first, I worried about Life Is Fine as a title because life is not fine for everyone," Paul says. "But I like the original meaning of fine, as in life is a fine thread. We never know what is going to happen the very next minute, or what is just around the corner."


HOT LINE
"Is it a blessing or a curse to feel such joy and then such hurt?" - Michael Meeking and The Lost Souls, Someone New.


CHART WATCH
Just two Aussie singles in the ARIA Top 40.

Fallin' JESSICA MAUBOY (number 25)
Waves DEAN LEWIS (32)

And the national Top 40 features just four local albums.

Wonder HILLSONG UNITED (number six)
Quiet Ferocity THE JUNGLE GIANTS (11, debut)
Off The Grid BLISS N ESO (25)
The Very Best INXS (35)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Someone New MICHAEL MEEKING AND THE LOST SOULS
The Last Polaroid CHARLES JENKINS & THE ZHIVAGOS
Taurus All Apart DAVEY LANE
Running Second AINSLIE WILLS
Precious BRITISH INDIA

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au
and I'll forward the email onto Jeff

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