The Overture & the Underscore
The Overture & the Underscore is the 2004 debut album by Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko. "Essentially I wanted there to be something classic about the album", says Blasko on her official website. "The kind of debut albums I like are those that don't try and do too much too soon, that point towards a number of possible directions, that give the songs some room to move. It was important to me that my voice and the songs had some character and that there was an intimacy to them. We tried to achieve this by using little or no effect on the voice and not going too far with overdubs." Triple J music director Richard Kingsmill rated it ninth on his list of favourite 2004 albums. In 2011, he named it the 10th Greatest Australian Album Of All Time; the album features former Beck and R. E. M. Drummer Joey Waronker, who took a few days off working on Paul McCartney's album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard with producer Nigel Godrich to lay down his drum tracks for The Overture & the Underscore.
The album peaked at Number 35 on the ARIA Albums Chart. "All Coming Back" – 3:15 "Beautiful Secrets" – 3:24 "Always Worth It" – 3:46 "At Your Best" – 3:36 "Don't U Eva" – 4:19 "Counting Sheep" – 4:21 "Perfect Now" – 3:33 "Sweet November" – 3:55 "Cinders" – 4:09 "True Intentions" – 4:11 "Remorse" – 15:38 All songs written by Sarah Blasko and Robert F Cranny. "Don't U Eva" was released as a CD single containing two unique B-sides on September 27, 2004. The following tracks have been released as radio singles: "Counting Sheep" "Perfect Now" "Always Worth It" Joey Waronker - Drums and percussion Robert F Cranny - Bass, drum programming, horn & string sample arrangements, organ, synth Sarah Blasko - Vocals, synth, percussion Other musical contributors included Wally Gagel, Nadav & Edo Khan, Darren Hanlon, Bruce MacFarlane and Korel Tunador. All tracks recorded & mixed by Wally Gagel, mastered by Louis Teran, except "Long Time", recorded by Bruce MacFarlane. Sarah Blasko official site Sarah Blasko fan site Sarah Blasko Forum Dew Process Records Low Altitude Records
Melissa Morrison Higgins is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress. Her Australian number-one albums are The Sound of White, On a Clear Night and The Ol' Razzle Dazzle, her singles include "Scar", "The Special Two", "Steer" and "Where I Stood". Higgins was nominated for five ARIA Music Awards in 2004 and won'Best Pop Release' for "Scar". In 2005, she won five. Higgins won her seventh ARIA in 2007, her third album, The Ol' Razzle Dazzle, was released in Australia in June 2012. As of August 2014, Higgins' first three studio albums had sold over one million units. Higgins' fourth studio album, OZ, was released in September 2014 and consists of cover versions of Australian composers, as well as a book of related essays. Alongside her music career, Higgins pursues interests in animal rights and the environment, endeavouring to make her tours carbon neutral. In 2010 she made her acting debut in the feature film Bran Nue Dae and performed on its soundtrack. Higgins was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to Gregory Higgins, an English-Australian Tipstave, Margaret, an Australian childcare centre operator.
Her sister, Nicola, is seven years older and her brother, six years older. Higgins learned to play classical piano from age six, following in the footsteps of Christopher and David, but realised she wanted to be a singer at about 12, when she appeared in an Armadale Primary School production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Bored with practice, she gave up playing piano at that time. Hoping for more freedom, she urged her parents to send her to Geelong Grammar School, an independent boarding school that her siblings attended. At Geelong, Higgins took up the piano again, this time playing jazz and performing with her brother David's group on weekends. Introverted by nature, Higgins found that piano practice helped her cope with living at boarding school. At 15, while attending Geelong Grammar's Timbertop, she wrote "All for Believing" for a school music assignment, completing it just hours before the deadline; the assignment earned an A and she performed her song in front of classmates.
She was told that they wanted more than one song. She wrote more songs and worked with the Kool Skools project, which enables students to record music. In 2001, Missy's sister Nicola entered "All for Believing" on her behalf in Unearthed, radio station Triple J's competition for unsigned artists; the song was added to the station's play list. Two record companies showed an interest in Higgins -- Eleven, she signed with Eleven because they agreed that she would not be "made into a pop star" and because they were happy for her to take time off for a backpacking holiday. Higgins' manager is Eleven's John Watson, who manages rock band Silverchair. Watson disclosed that "Missy's the only time in my career I knew after 90 seconds I wanted to sign her." The backpacking trip had been planned with a friend for years and the pair spent most of 2002 in Europe. Such radio exposure attracted the attention of American record labels and, by year's end, an international recording deal with Warner Bros. had been negotiated.
Higgins was the support act on a 2003 Australian tour by folk rock band The Waifs and rock band george. She travelled to the US to work with John Porter, who produced her first EP, The Missy Higgins EP, released in November and entered the Australian Recording Industry Association Singles Chart Top 50 in August 2004, she toured Australia, supporting John Butler Trio. Her four-track single "Scar'" was released in July 2004 and debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Charts. Her first album, The Sound of White, was released in September, debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Produced by Porter, it sold over 500,000 copies, she was nominated in five categories at the ARIA Music Awards of 2004 for "Scar": Best Female Artist','Single of the Year','Best Pop Release','Breakthrough Artist – Single' and'Best Video'. At the awards ceremony on 17 October she received the award for Best Pop Release, beating Delta Goodrem, The Dissociatives, Kylie Minogue and Pete Murray; this was followed by her first national headline tour.
Her second single "Ten Days" was co-written with Jay Clifford and was inspired by Higgins' 2002 break-up with her boyfriend before she travelled to Europe. Released in November, it peaked at No. 12. On 29 January 2005 Higgins performed with other local musicians including Nick Cave and Powderfinger at the WaveAid fundraising concert in the Sydney Cricket Ground; the concert raised A$2.3 million for four charities supporting the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. In March Higgins performed at the MTV Australia Awards and won the prize for'Breakthrough Artist of the Year'; the following month she released her third single, "The Special Two", a radio hit and reached No. 2. "The Special Two" was released on an EP which included her cover of the Skyhooks song, "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed", recorded for Triple J's 30th anniversary. The song had been the first track played on Triple J when it launched in 1975. In May, Higgins won the'Song of the Year' and'Breakthrough' awards for "Scar" from the Australasian Performing Right Association.
She released her fourth single, "The Sound of White", in August. In September she played a sold out performance at the Vanguard in Sydney with the proceeds going to charity
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders"; as of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to 65% of the state's population. Indigenous Australians have inhabited the Sydney area for at least 30,000 years, thousands of engravings remain throughout the region, making it one of the richest in Australia in terms of Aboriginal archaeological sites. During his first Pacific voyage in 1770, Lieutenant James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to chart the eastern coast of Australia, making landfall at Botany Bay and inspiring British interest in the area.
In 1788, the First Fleet of convicts, led by Arthur Phillip, founded Sydney as a British penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Phillip named the city Sydney in recognition of 1st Viscount Sydney. Penal transportation to New South Wales ended soon after Sydney was incorporated as a city in 1842. A gold rush occurred in the colony in 1851, over the next century, Sydney transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. After World War II, it experienced mass migration and became one of the most multicultural cities in the world. At the time of the 2011 census, more than 250 different languages were spoken in Sydney. In the 2016 Census, about 35.8% of residents spoke a language other than English at home. Furthermore, 45.4% of the population reported having been born overseas, making Sydney the 3rd largest foreign born population of any city in the world after London and New York City, respectively. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities.
It is classified as an Alpha+ World City by Globalization and World Cities Research Network, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world. Ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance and tourism. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as Australia's financial capital and one of Asia Pacific's leading financial hubs. Established in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. Sydney is home to the oldest library in Australia, State Library of New South Wales, opened in 1826. Sydney has hosted major international sporting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics; the city is among the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks. Boasting over 1,000,000 ha of nature reserves and parks, its notable natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, Royal Botanic Garden and Hyde Park, the oldest parkland in the country.
Built attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House are well known to international visitors. The main passenger airport serving the metropolitan area is Kingsford-Smith Airport, one of the world's oldest continually operating airports. Established in 1906, Central station, the largest and busiest railway station in the state, is the main hub of the city's rail network; the first people to inhabit the area now known as Sydney were indigenous Australians having migrated from northern Australia and before that from southeast Asia. Radiocarbon dating suggests human activity first started to occur in the Sydney area from around 30,735 years ago. However, numerous Aboriginal stone tools were found in Western Sydney's gravel sediments that were dated from 45,000 to 50,000 years BP, which would indicate that there was human settlement in Sydney earlier than thought; the first meeting between the native people and the British occurred on 29 April 1770 when Lieutenant James Cook landed at Botany Bay on the Kurnell Peninsula and encountered the Gweagal clan.
He noted in his journal that they were somewhat hostile towards the foreign visitors. Cook was not commissioned to start a settlement, he spent a short time collecting food and conducting scientific observations before continuing further north along the east coast of Australia and claiming the new land he had discovered for Britain. Prior to the arrival of the British there were 4,000 to 8,000 native people in Sydney from as many as 29 different clans; the earliest British settlers called the natives Eora people. "Eora" is the term the indigenous population used to explain their origins upon first contact with the British. Its literal meaning is "from this place". Sydney Cove from Port Jackson to Petersham was inhabited by the Cadigal clan; the principal language groups were Darug and Dharawal. The earliest Europeans to visit the area noted that the indigenous people were conducting activities such as camping and fishing, using trees for bark and food, collecting shells, cooking fish. Britain—before that, England—and Ireland had for a long time been sending their convicts across the Atlantic to the American colonies.
That trade was ended with the Declaration of Independence by the United States in 1776. Britain decided in 1786 to found a new penal outpost in the territory discovered by Cook some 16 years ear
Be Here is the fourth studio album by New Zealand-born Australian country singer Keith Urban. It was released on 21 September 2004 via Capitol Nashville. With four million copies sold, the album is not only Urban's best-selling album, but one of the best-selling albums in America by an Australian artist; the album produced three number 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Days Go By", "Making Memories of Us" and "Better Life", as well as the number 2 hits "You're My Better Half" and "Tonight I Wanna Cry". The song "Live to Love Another Day" peaked at number 48 on the country charts though it was not released as a single; the album includes a cover of Elton John's "Country Comfort", which appeared on his 1970 album Tumbleweed Connection. "Making Memories of Us", written by Rodney Crowell, was recorded by Tracy Byrd on his 2003 album The Truth About Men. It was recorded by Crowell himself, along with his backing band The Notorious Cherry Bombs, on their 2004 self-titled album. Nine of the album's songs were written by Urban.
Urban produced the tracks "God's Been Good to Me" and "Live to Love Another Day" himself, he co-produced the rest of the tracks with Dann Huff."Country Comfort" is a cover of a track from Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection. The album has received positive reviews from Allmusic, BBC, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone. Three tracks from the album, "Days Go By", "Making Memories of Us", "Tonight I Want to Cry" were included in an About.com ranking of Urban's top ten songs. Be Here received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Album; the album was certified 4× Platinum by Recording Industry Association of America, remains as Urban's best-selling album to date, with sales of 3,639,000 copies in the United States, as of July 2009. Two covers exist on this album; the first cover shipped with a color photograph of Urban sitting at a table at a coffee shop. This image is featured on Urban's 2005 compilation album, Days Go By; the second cover shipped with a monochrome photograph of Urban driving a car.
Footnotes A: "Tonight I Wanna Cry" charted in Australia in 2011, after it was performed by a contestant on The X Factor Australia
Parking Lots (album)
Parking Lots is the second studio album by Australian blues and roots singer Mia Dyson and was released on 11 April 2005. The first single off the album was "Roll Me Out"; the final single off the album, "I Meant Something to You Once", was made available as an exclusive download through iTunes was added to high rotation on Triple J and community, youth radio networks across the country. All songs on the album were written and produced by Dyson except "Rivers Wide", produced with Matt Walker. Parking Lots was mixed by Nick Launay. Parking Lots was recorded at a holiday house in Victoria’s Mt Martha with Dyson's backing band of Lucas Taranto and Daniel Farrugia. Stage two saw the studio move back home to the bungalow in her backyard, where she was joined by special guests: Matt Walker, Steve Hesketh Carl Panuzzo and Sime Nugent. Renée Geyer added backing vocals during the album's mixing stage at Sing Sing, Melbourne. Parking Lots won the 2005 ARIA Award for Roots Album. Patrick Donovan of The Age opined, "Playing to prison inmates may be intimidating for some performers, but entertainment-starved inmates can be receptive audiences - if you're singing the blues...
Dyson puts her newfound maturity down to experience and confidence gained from two years on the road, playing everywhere from women's prisons to three months overseas as a solo artist."SA Blues' David Stoeckel felt, "This is the kind of mix I warm to. It has a immediate quality about it as well as a lay back subtlety; the mix allows for the impassioned, moaning and slurred vocals to come through clearly. At the same time you are aware of the beauty of the guitar playing. What is generated is an exhilarating, intimate and engaging sound filled with rich roots and blues rhythms." "Roll Me Out" - 4:31 "Parking Lots" - 5:21 "I Meant Something to You Once" - 4:12 "Christmas Island" - 3:36 "No Other" - 5:06 "Rivers Wide" - 3:34 "Dark Time" - 4:14 "Little Piece" - 4:03 "Choose" - 4:53 "Down" - 5:19 "Fire Creek" - 3:24 Official website AMO Interview
Autumn Flow is the debut album of Australian singer-songwriter Lior. The album went gold in Australia, making it one of the most successful releases on an independent label in the country, it garnered three ARIA Award nominations in the 2005 ARIA Music Awards: Best Breakthrough Artist, Best Male Artist, Best Independent Release. "This Old Love" – 3:04 "Daniel" – 3:50 "Gypsy Girl" – 3:10 "Superficial" – 3:52 "Autumn Flow" – 4:13 "Bedouin Song" – 3:09 "Sitting With a Stranger" – 3:15 "The Art of Cruelty" – 3:35 "Blessed" – 3:13 "Stuck In a War" – 3:18 "Building Ships" – 4:46 "Grey Ocean" – 3:36
Thirsty Merc are an Australian pop rock band formed in 2002 by Rai Thistlethwayte, Phil Stack, Karl Robertson, Matthew Baker. In 2004 Baker was replaced by Sean Carey who was, in turn, replaced by Matt Smith in 2010. Thirsty Merc have released one extended play, First Work, four studio albums: Thirsty Merc, Mousetrap Heart and Shifting Gears; the band have sold over 200,000 albums, toured extensively around Australia, received national radio airplay for their tracks. In June 2005 Billboard's Christie Eliezer felt their debut album showed "electric rock-, classical- and jazz-influenced pop appealed to Australian radio programmers"; the work reached the top 20 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum by ARIA for shipment of 70,000 units by the end of 2005. Slideshows peaked at No. 4 in Australia – their highest position. It reached No. 38 on the New Zealand Albums Chart, however Thirsty Merc had attained No. 29 in that market. The group were nominated for four ARIA Awards in 2005 and the Thistlethwayte-written track, "20 Good Reasons", was nominated for Song of the Year at the APRA Music Awards of 2008.
From 2006, their song "In the Summertime" was the opening theme for the Australian TV reality show, Bondi Rescue. Three of the founding members of Thirsty Merc – Matthew Baker, Karl Robertson, Phil Stack – had played together in various bands in Dubbo, a regional New South Wales city. In 1996 Drown was formed with Baker on guitar, Robertson on drums, Peter Jamieson on vocals, Stack on bass guitar. By 1998 Baker and Stack had split to form Twenty Two and moved to Sydney. In 2002, Baker and Stack returned to Dubbo where Rai Thistlethwayte, from Sydney, as lead singer and Stack worked as a live jazz duo and session musicians, they were joined by Baker and Robertson, formed a pop rock band called Thirsty. The band's name came from Thistlethwayte's old Mercedes Benz, a gas-guzzler. In October 2006 Thistlethwayte described his jazz and R&B background to MusicFix and the band's sound as "rock Sinatra" where "he outlook, I guess, is about being a young person in today's society... being an Australian in an American-ised, Britain-ised kind of world, where you're trying to stay true to yourself".
Baker added "We contrived to make it not contrived... Rai was all for originality in his own vision and so were we". A car accident on 22 September 2015 at Streatham, Victoria during a Thirsty Merc tour killed the band's stage manager and injured drummer Mick Skelton. Thirsty Merc's first extended play, First Work, was released on 8 September 2003 by the band's own label, Don't Music and was distributed by Warner Music Australia; the five-track CD was independently recorded during downtime at a studio where Thistlethwayte worked. The EP reached the top 100 on the ARIA Singles Chart; the self-funded music video for the single was broadcast on Channel, became the'ripe clip of the week'. At the time of recording the EP they were without a label. After extensive gigging around Sydney's pubs, representatives from Warner had signed the band in June 2003, for the release of the EP and the follow up single, "Emancipate Myself", a reworked version of the EP track, it was issued in April 2004 and The Age's Andrew Murfett declared that "this bitter tirade wrapped in melodic hooks has become one of the biggest local radio successes of the year".
On 16 August 2004 Thirsty Merc issued their debut studio album, the self-titled, Thirsty Merc, co-produced by the group with Lindsay Gravina. That month, prior to a national tour in support of its release, Baker left and was replaced on guitar by Sean Carey, whom they had met when playing a support slot to his group at a Kings Cross venue, Club 77; the album spent 48 weeks on the ARIA Albums Chart Top 50. 15, launched the band in the Australian mainstream. DB Magazine's Kelly Parish observed "ven though the band's sound is predominantly rock, it has been influenced by more traditional flavours... they have developed a wide audience which embraces both the alternative and mainstream camps". Thirsty Merc reached No. 29 on New Zealand's RIANZ Albums Chart. It was recorded and mixed on 2 inch tape, further mixed by Gravina at his Birdland Studios. Five singles were released from Thirsty Merc: "Emancipate Myself", "My Completeness", "Someday, Someday", "In the Summertime", "When the Weather Is Fine".
All five appeared in the ARIA Singles Chart top 50, with the highest charting, "Someday, Someday" reaching No. 19. Of these singles only "In the Summertime" reached the top 50 in New Zealand, where it peaked at No. 12. In June 2005 Billboard's Christie Eliezer felt the album showed "eclectic rock-, classical- and jazz-influenced pop appealed to Australian radio programmers"; the album was due for United States and European release in early 2006 on Atlantic Records."In the Summertime" was nominated at the ARIA Music Awards of 2005 for "Best Video", while "Someday, Someday" was nominated for "Single of the Year", "Best Group", "Best Pop Release". At the ceremony in October, the group performed "Someday, Someday". In 2006 Carey described the group's style to Jet Magazine, it was "Just be yourself" and "about being young and living in Australia. We’re not trying to be 50 Cent or anything, we’re all just boys from the country, just trying to move into the city and make our way", he lis