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Gotye

Wouter "Wally" De Backer, known professionally as Gotye, is a Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter". Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums, he is a founding member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, who have independently released four studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. His voice has been compared to those of Peter Sting. Gotye's 2011 single "Somebody That I Used to Know" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second born in Belgium, he received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. On 10 February 2013, he won three Grammy Awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Show: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors.

Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer." Born in 1980, in Bruges, Belgium, De Backer emigrated to Australia with his family two years later. They first resided in Sydney before settling in a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, his parents chose to use the English equivalent of his name, when enrolling him in school. As a youth, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, most notably piano and drums. In his teens, De Backer formed the band Downstares with three of his high school friends, including Lucas Taranto. After high school, the members of Downstares went their separate ways, leaving De Backer with no musical outlet. In 2001, his parents moved into a new home, leaving their old family house in Montmorency, so he could continue his studies at the University of Melbourne where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Two friends moved in with him and the house became affectionately known as The Frat House, where friends would drop by and hang out.

The first seeds of Gotye were planted. An elderly neighbour, having heard Downstares rehearsing over the years, gave his then-recently deceased wife's LP record collection to De Backer. In 2001, De Backer recorded his first tracks using samples, he put together a four-track CD which included the song "Out Here in the Cold". He made 50 copies of this first collection, handwriting the track list and colouring in the cover sleeve in pencil, he drew on his cultural history for inspiration. He named the project Gotye, he sent the CDs out to every radio station and recording industry contact he could find in the phonebook followed each up with phone calls to ensure they were delivered. Feedback on the first release was positive with Melbourne street press and Australian alternative, youth orientated radio station Triple J taking notice, giving him confidence to continue with further sample-based recordings. Around this time, Gotye met fellow singer-songwriter Kris Schroeder at a party in Mt Eliza, the two began performing together under the name The Basics.

They formed an enduring songwriting and performing partnership and became regulars on the live music scene, giving De Backer an outlet for his passion for live performance. The Basics have continued to tour and record alongside Gotye, releasing four albums between 2004 and 2010. De Backer went on to produce two more four-track Gotye collections which were met with positive reviews, with several tracks getting onto the rotation at youth radio station Triple J; the CDs were made in the same style as the first, with De Backer hand crafting each one and tenaciously chasing up every opportunity to get an audience for his work. Interest in the Gotye project was growing, De Backer was offered a distribution deal by the label company Creative Vibes for an album, which would be a collection of the tracks from his three earlier releases; the album art is a painting of De Backer's father, salvaged from his home garden where it was discarded. His album was released as Boardface in late 2003. In 2004, De Backer's parents opted to sell The Frat House and De Backer moved into a shared house in the South East of Melbourne.

He took up work at a local library, while continuing to perform with The Basics and record his own Gotye tracks. Over the next few years, De Backer moved several times, each time shifting his home recording studio to a new location with new acoustic qualities; the culmination of this was the second Gotye album, Like Drawing Blood—named in reference to the difficulties De Backer experienced in recording his music in ever-changing environments. The album marked the beginning of his working relationship with long term manager Danny Rogers – manager of Australian indie band The Temper Trap – whom he had first approached via email. Like Drawing Blood was featured by Triple J in May 2006 and was voted No. 1 in the listener poll of the Best Album of 2006. The album was nominated for a J Award that year. Two tracks from that album, "Learnalilgivinanlovin" and "Hearts a Mess", were ranked No. 94 and No. 8 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2006. Like Drawing Blood has been certified Platinum in Australia for sales of over 70,000 copies.

His first single, "Learnalilgivinanlovin", was released in August 2006. In September 200

Sinni (river)

The Sinni is a 94 km long river in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. In antiquity, the city of Siris lay at its mouth. Near the town of Senise, a dam on the river was built in 1970-1982, the largest in Europe built with earth. In correspondence of it, it forms the Lake Monte Cotugno, one of the largest artificial basins in Italy; the source of the river is in the Lucan Apennines west of Castelsaraceno and south of Moliterno in the province of Potenza. The river flows south before curving eastward near Monte la Spina, it flows near Latronico before entering the Parco Nazionale del Pollino. The river is joined by a right tributary near Francavilla in Sinni before flowing into Lago di Monte Cotugna; the river exits the lake and forms the border between the province of Potenza and the province of Matera for a short distance before entering the province of Matera. The Sarmento River flows into the Sinni as a right tributary at the point where the Sinni leaves the Parco Nazionale del Pollino; the Sinni curves northeast and flows near Colobraro and Valsinni before curving southeast and flowing into the Gulf of Taranto south of Policoro.

The river Siris is mentioned by Lycophron, as well as by Archilochus. The Siris and Aciris are mentioned in conjunction by Pliny as well as by Strabo, are two of the most considerable streams in Lucania; the name of the former river is noticed in connection with the first great battle between Pyrrhus and the Romans, 280 BCE, fought upon its banks. It has been confounded by Orosius with the Liri in Campania; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed.. "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray. Media related to Sinni River at Wikimedia Commons

Steve Maxwell (soccer)

Steve Maxwell is an Australian retired association football player who played as a striker. Maxwell's club career was predominantly with South Australian club Adelaide City during their time in the former National Soccer League where he would see multiple titles. Maxwell played the 1987 National Soccer League season with Sydney club Marconi Stallions before returning to Adelaide. Internationally, Maxwell was called upon for the Australia U20's squad in 1983, but didn't make an appearance, he would have to wait until 1986 at the age of twenty-three, making his debut against Czechoslovakia on 6 August 1986 for the senior national team. Maxwell would make a total of four senior international appearances over a six-year span. Adelaide CityNational Soccer League Finals: 1986, 1991–92, 1993–94 National Soccer League Cup: 1989, 1991–92