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multiple ARIA nominations for sarah blasko, kate miller-heidke

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Nominations for the annual Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards were announced today, with many of the artists we featured in our Australia Week back in July stepping up to the plate with several nods across the event’s 28 categories. Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke and Lisa Mitchell receive three nominations each, all competing for Best Female Artist alongside New Zealander Ladyhawke (nominated five times in total) and Australian Idol alumna Jessica Mauboy (the real surprise with a whopping seven nods). Sarah and Kate are both up for Best Pop Release with their albums As Day Follows Night [review], also up for Album Of The Year, and Curiouser [review] respectively. In addition, Kate’s smash hit single ‘The Last Day On Earth’, popularised by a dramatic episode of ‘Neighbours’, is up for Single Of The Year, while Lisa’s enchanting ‘Coin Laundry’ is among the nominees for Breakthrough Artist – Single.

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holly throsby: no need to shout

A rather belated conclusion to our Australia Week!
Read the rest of our special features here.

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Australia’s best kept secret isn’t that the Aussies covertly talk in received pronunciation, it’s one Holly Throsby, esteemed creator of some of the most unassuming, quietly startling music ever to come out of the Antipodes. Her third album, the somewhat daringly named A Loud Call, was released a year ago down under but has only just received a domestic release in the UK – a delay that has caused much consternation in the Wears The Trousers office, not least because we’ve been sitting on an interview with Holly since she toured here last September. Now, at last, we’ve shifted our backsides and dusted off the tapes.

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australia week: a loud call from down under

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australia week: a loud call from down under

It’s 1981. Olivia Newton-John, already a household name thanks to her performance opposite John Travolta in ‘Grease’, spends 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with the suggestive pop anthem ‘Physical’. The album of the same name peaks at #6 on the Billboard 200 and is later certified double platinum. Six years later, in Olivia’s native Australia, a popular young soap star named Kylie Minogue is coaxed into a rendition of the Little Eve classic ‘The Loco-motion’ at a charity benefit with her fellow ‘Neighbours’ cast members. Her recording of the song becomes the highest-selling single of the ’80s in Australia and spawns a recording career which has seen her thus far sell over 60 million records, a large chunk of those sold throughout the UK and Europe.

Newton-John and Minogue are no doubt two of Australia’s biggest musical exports, but they do not even begin to scratch the surface in terms of the breadth and depth of female talent currently on offer from those distant shores. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, Lenka Kripac, Sia Furler, Kasey Chambers, Missy Higgins and Lisa Mitchell are just a few of the names who have made or are beginning to make an impact both in Australia and overseas; some of them criminally overlooked by the Australian media (Furler), others earning their place among the most sought-after live acts (Blasko). Perhaps now more than ever independent Aussie females are making their mark on the international circuit, and making the Australian music industry sit up and take notice.

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australia week

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Cricket cricket cricket. That’s all we ever hear about these days as the biannual ordeal of the Ashes rumbles mind-numbingly onwards ’til September. Do we really care who wins? We’ve misplaced our national pride and haven’t bothered looking for it. We couldn’t tell an LBW from an ODI, much less explain the mathematical intricacies of the Duckworth-Lewis method, but we do know good music when we hear it, and Australia is full of it. In fact, there’s never been a more exciting time for Australian music than the here and now. Over the course of this week, Wears The Trousers will be bringing you reviews, interviews and other features on the wealth of female talent roaring out of the outback and from all corners of the country.

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holly throsby: a loud call (2009)
June 30, 2009, 9:45 am
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Holly Throsby
A Loud Call ••••
SRD / Woo Me! 

A Loud Call is a nicely ironic album title for Holly Throsby, creator of some of the quietest, gentlest, least assertive music of recent years. The Sydney singer-songwriter’s two previous albums, 2004’s On Night and 2006’s Under The Town were both spare, low-key, unassuming affairs, steeped in rural imagery and sensitive observations and crowned by Throsby’s distinctive warm and sleepy vocals. The title of A Loud Call does not, as it turns out, presage any major developments in Throsby’s signature style. The atmosphere remains mostly hushed and intimate, the instrumentation acoustic, with Throsby’s sensuous voice (sounding better than ever) right up front. Nonetheless, Throsby expands her palette subtly on this, her most collaborative record.

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trouser press: sarah mclachlan, shirley manson and more

in today’s trouser press:

– Sarah McLachlan splits with husband, writes new songs about it
– Shirley Manson debuts in Terminator spinoff, records new songs
– Tori Amos writes foreword for Nemi comic anthology
– newly curated all-female Christmas album out next month 
– Nicole Atkins covers Mama Cass, The Doors and more
– former Sneaker Pimps singer Kelli Ali returns
– Beyoncé announces release date for third solo album
– Barbra Streisand and Gina Gershon take on Sarah Palin
– Gabriella Cilmi dominates ARIA nominations
– Estelle up for five MOBOs 

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Sarah McLachlan has revealed that she is separating from her husband of 11 years, Ashwin Sood, with whom she has two daughters. Talking to Billboard.com she said, “I wasn’t planning on saying anything, but it’s gonna come out at some point. I haven’t said anything about it because I’ve been terrified to, but I figure…there’s no good time to say it, so I just said it.”

She also revealed that the two new songs on her upcoming greatest hits album, Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan, directly relate to the separation. New single ‘U Want Me 2′ she says is “about that really uncertain, confusing place at the end of a relationship when there’s no communication or closure, everything’s still up in the air and there’s a lot of anger and sadness. It’s sort of that working through ‘How do we move forward…with some dignity and grace.” The other new song, ‘Don’t Give Up’, she describes as “pretty self-explanatory, basically just a plea to give it another chance and keep trying.”

Closer is released on October 6th in single-disc and 2CD deluxe versions and Sarah hopes to have an album of new material out within the next 2 years.

‘U Want Me 2′

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trouser press: emiliana torrini, inara george and more

– listen to the new Emiliana Torrini single
– Inara George teams up with Van Dyke Parks for new album
– Juliana Hatfield preps ninth solo album and autobiography
– Holly Throsby coming to the UK, new album
– HK119, Rose Kemp and Land Of Talk feature on free album
– new Ida EP details
– new Jennifer O’Connor album details
– All Girl Summer Fun Band return after four-year absence
– Lily Allen rumoured to be working with Lindsay Lohan

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Wears The Trousers favourite Emiliana Torrini releases her third international album, Me & Armini, on September 8th. Produced by long-time collaborator Dan Carey, the album is said to be “a hugely ambitious and aspirational pop record” (so presumably miles away from 2005’s hushed and intimate Fisherman’s Woman).

The album’s first single, the summery title track, will be released on August 18th, followed shortly after by ‘Jungle Drum’, a “surging, breathless” beast of a song, on September 29th. That’s all we know so far, but you can listen to ‘Me & Armini’ on Emiliana’s Myspace RIGHT NOW.

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