Just this past week, Sia’s latest album 1000 Forms Of Fear debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. As a longtime fan, it is definitely well-deserved, and I’m glad to see other people discovering what I’ve known for over a decade.
Sia was originally introduced to American audiences as the main voice of the band Zero 7. She provides lead vocals on several of their tracks, spanning multiple albums. Her first solo CD was released in 2000, but it wasn’t until her song “Breathe Me” was included in the series finale of HBO’s Six Feet Under, that people really started to take notice.
I didn’t even realize that she had been the vocalist for Zero 7 when I started getting into her solo work in 2008. That was the year she released her fourth studio album Some People Have Real Problems. In 2010 she released another album, We Are Born, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she really hit the mainstream, writing and providing vocals for the David Guetta track, “Titanium” which became an instant hit.
If you’ve only been a fan since then, you might not be familiar with her older material, so I put together this playlist of what I consider the 15 most essential Sia tracks (from 2010 and earlier), solo songs and a few from Zero 7 as well. Give it a listen and you’ll discover that Sia has one of the most amazing voices in music today!
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.
I don’t know how you feel, but for me the last few months have practically flown by… As they say, “time does fly when you’re getting drunk” (or something like that). But since it’s now July, and there have already been so many great songs and albums released in the first half of this year (my personal 2014 “best of” already contains more songs than all of 2013 combined) I thought it would be as good a time as any to compile a playlist with the best songs of the year so far…
2014 has already seen the release of several great LP’s, from old favorites (like Beck, St. Vincent, and Jack White) to new ones too (Parquet Courts, Future Islands), and the second half of the year should be just as good, with new releases from Spoon, New Pornographers, Sia, Jenny Lewis and “Weird Al” Yankovic (just to name a few)… (more…)
If you haven’t yet had the chance, please read my review of Coachella 2010 day one… All caught up? Alright, let’s get going.
After a very packed Friday at Coachella, in terms of music AND people, we had originally planned on getting to the polo fields a little later on Saturday. The first act we wanted to see didn’t even go on until 3 p.m., but despite leaving a little bit later, the parking wasn’t nearly as bad and we made it there around the same time. Being a 3-day only festival this year, there were a few differences from past years. The most noticeable difference was that instead of three separate tickets for the whole weekend, you instead redeemed your one ticket for a wristband that you wore for all three days.
Another difference is that because of the wristband, they were allowing ins and outs. In past years, if you left, there was no getting back in, so you had to make sure that you were ready to leave.
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know that I’ve written about Sia before. Actually, I write about her A LOT, because she’s one of my favorite artists. So, when I had to choose only ONE of her songs for my top 100 songs of the decade, it was a very tough choice.
Sia was originally introduced to American audiences as the main voice of the band Zero 7. She provides lead vocals on several of their albums. Her first solo CD was released in 2000, but it wasn’t until her song “Breathe Me” was included in the series finale of HBO’s Six Feet Under, that people really started to take notice.
I didn’t even realize that she had been the vocalist for Zero 7, when I started getting into her solo work in 2008. That was the year she released her fourth studio album Some People Have Real Problems. It’s my favorite Sia CD to date, and my favorite song on the disc is “Electric Bird.” That’s why I chose it as the song to be included in my top 100. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. Sia has a new CD coming out in April of 2010. It’s definitely worth checking out, as is everything else she does.
Veronica and I are currently in Florida, enjoying a much needed Walt Disney World vacation, but… that’s no reason to deprive you of a music video this week. Honestly, if there weren’t any good videos to share, we probably could have waited until we got back, but this week we have an amazing new video, by one of our favorite artists.
Now, Sia has released “You’ve Changed,” the first video from her fifth solo CD We Are Born, which doesn’t even come out until April. This song was originally recorded by New York singer Lauren Flax, with Sia on backing vocals, but Sia decided that she liked it so much that she wanted to her record it for her next CD too.
The Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival has been a yearly tradition for me and my wife. Of the ten years that the festival has been running, I’ve attended five of them. Some years have been amazing (2008), some not so much (2009), but overall, it’s always great to get away for the weekend and see more bands that you could ever imagine in such a short span of time.
This year’s pre-sale officially started this week, if you’re planning on attending the entire weekend. Single day tickets will most likely be available in January, when the line-up is usually announced. For the first time, camping in your car will be available, and it’s also the first year that concert goers will be able to go in and out (which will be a big benefit to those camping out for the weekend).