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incoming: sarah blasko
January 15, 2010, 3:06 pm
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Sarah Blasko
As Day Follows Night

Yes, we know this already came out in Australia last summer – we made quite a fuss about it, remember? – but this is just to let you know that Sarah will finally receive her long-overdue first official UK release with this wonderful album on April 5 through Dramatico Recordings. “I’ve wanted to have my music out [in Europe] for a long time,” she says. “I’ve always known it was possible, but I’m a big believer in things happening at the right time. With this album, everything seems to have slotted in to place and the timing feels perfect.” Sounds pretty perfect too according to our readers, who voted As Day Follows Night as one of 2009’s finest releases. The UK release will be preceded by the single ‘We Won’t Run’ on March 22. Sarah will be in Europe for much of 2010, so don’t miss a chance to see her incredible live show.

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #75-51

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Here’s the second part of our albums of the decade countdown, running from #75–51.

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75

Róisín Murphy
Overpowered

[EMI, 2007]

Of all the critical droolfests that failed to ignite on the commercial front this decade, Róisín Murphy’s second solo album is among the most inexplicable damp squibs. The ex-Moloko frontwoman may have shed the avant-garde experimentalism of her solo debut Ruby Blue in favour of full-on disco diva mode, set against a backdrop of thumping, shimmering state-of-the-art production, but it seems the world wasn’t ready to accept even Murphy’s toned down personality quirks. That’s a real shame for although Overpowered is not without its flaws, there is a sense of playful grandeur here that can easily toe the line with Goldfrapp at their most teasing.

Chris Catchpole

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best of 2009: readers poll results #30-21

Still counting down the 50 albums you voted for in the highest number as your favourites for 2009. Numbers 30–21 right here.

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30

Blue Roses
Blue Roses

[XL; April 2009]

What we said then: “Featuring a faded photograph of a barren coastal scene on its cover and no further clues as to what you might expect to find inside, this mysterious album leaves it to the music to do the talking. What is concealed inside is an instant classic debut; a patient and timeless record that offers a welcome antidote to the frantic absurdity of modern life… Blue Roses sounds blissfully unaware of the latest music industry trends. Unlike current flavour of the month Natasha Khan, [Laura] Groves seems to understand that it takes more than an ’80s drumbeat to channel the spirit of Kate Bush, creating something altogether more original and rewarding than many of her peers.” •••• Richard Steele

What we say now: It’s lovely to see Blue Roses this high up on the list – great recognition for a fantastic debut that we think will stand the test of time. The follow-up EP, Does Anyone Love Me Now?, released in December, is well worth getting too.

Download: ‘Cover Your Tracks’, ‘I Am Leaving’, ‘I Wish I…’

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ladyhawke, sia and sarah blasko win at 2009 ARIA awards
November 26, 2009, 2:18 pm
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New Zealand pop act Ladyhawke beat down any controversy over her five nominations at last night’s Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards with two wins, taking home both the best single (‘My Delirium’) and album (Ladyhawke) prizes for a breakthrough artist. Commenting on the dispute surrounding her participation, she told MTV Australia: “It’s a shame that there was a bit of dark shadow cast on it. I didn’t want to offend anyone… I just write exactly the type of music I want to listen to myself.” Previous ARIA award winner Sarah Blasko, who has established herself as one of Australia’s most loved and continually evolving artists, took home the award for best female artist following the success of her third album As Day Follows Night [review / interview]. Other winners included Sia for the lovely TV Is My Parent DVD and independent artist Bertie Blackman for her third album Secrets & Lies [review].

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last.fm listening stats: week #43
November 3, 2009, 12:26 pm
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Got a last.fm account? Join the Wears The Trousers listening group here. We’ll be publishing details of what members are listening to every week throughout the year.

Week ending 01/11/09

Unique to the group

01 Sarah Blasko (-)
02 Ane Brun (2)
03 Alessi’s Ark (-)
04 Lisa Hannigan (7)
05 Martha Wainwright (-)
06 Tegan & Sara (-)
07 Lisa Germano (-)
08 Tori Amos (1)
09 Nancy Elizabeth (-)
10 Soap&Skin (-)

Overall charts

01 Tegan & Sara (3)
02 Regina Spektor (2)
03 Tori Amos (1)
04 Cat Power (4)
05 Bat For Lashes (8=)
06 Björk (-)
07= Yeah Yeah Yeahs (5=)
07= Feist (-)
07= Metric (-)
10 Kate Bush (10)

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This week’s stats are based on the compulsive habits of 274 listeners.



multiple ARIA nominations for sarah blasko, kate miller-heidke

fmf_sarahblaskoLadyhawke and Lisa Mitchell do rather nicely too

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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sarah blasko: architect of a new dawn
July 26, 2009, 2:56 pm
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Read the rest of our Australia Week features here.

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words in edgeways with sarah blasko

When we were first planning our Australia Week features, we had no idea that Sarah Blasko was just about to release a new album, As Day Follows Night, in Australia. It was pure good luck that the two coincided, and even better that she was happy to take some time out of her preparations for this weekend’s Splendour In The Grass festival to answer some questions about it. We’ve already talked about the album in some depth this week, so we’ll keep this introduction short. Needless to say, we’re very excited that Sarah will be coming over to the UK in September for a show at The Borderline in London. You won’t want to miss it, not least the chance to pick up a physical copy of the album from the merch desk. It might be your only opportunity for quite a while.

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