Belle & Sebastian

The Weekly Dose 07-15-14 (featuring Sia)

Featured Artist Of The Week: Sia

I feel like I’ve written a lot about Sia on the blog over the last few years, but she really is one of my favorite artists who is finally getting the attention she deserves.  I first became aware of Sia in the early 2000’s, when she was featured on the song “Destiny” by Zero 7.  The thing is, I didn’t really know it was her until about 7 or 8 years later when she released her live album Lady Croissant which featured that song alongside another Zero 7 track and live performances from her solo albums up until that point (including “Breathe Me” which has been included in many commercials, as well as featuring prominently in the Six Feet Under series finale).

She recently gained attention in the mainstream for her song “Titanium” which was produced by David Guetta.  She’s also written songs for many popular artists (including Rihanna, Madonna, and Beyonce to name a few), and earlier this month she released her fifth studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear.  Lately, Sia has been hiding her face in most of her live television performances, due to a combination of stage fright and a reluctance to be in the public eye.  But I’ve seen her in concert three times (so far), and I hope she will someday return to touring and live concert performances, as she really does have one of the best voices out there right now.



Top 100 Songs of the Decade: “Funny Little Frog” by Belle & Sebastian

Funny Little Frog
by Belle & Sebastian (2006)

Belle and Sebastian formed in Glasgow in 1996.  They were a band that I had always heard of, but didn’t really OWN anything by the band until ten years later.  In 2006, they released their most recent CD called The Life Pursuit. I don’t really know what prompted me to purchase that disc, but it went on to be one of my favorite CD’s of the year, if not the decade.

There are a lot of amazing tracks on the disc, but my favorite has to be “Funny Little Frog.”  According to Wikipedia, the song went on become their highest charting single in the U.K.  I had this song on my old MySpace page around the time that my wife and I had taken a trip to Vegas.  For some reason, to this day, I still think of that trip whenever I hear this song.