Kimbra reminisces about the music of her youth in her song “90s Music.” Click the pic for full-sized version.
Several sirens were recently nominated for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition, known as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world. Among the nominees were:
Ghost In My House – Lucy Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Set Me On Fire – Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
Running From Love – Toby Lightman (New York, NY, USA)
Silver – Lena Fayre, Brian Howes (Manhattan Beach, CA, USA)
Come Into My Head – Kimbra Johnson (Kimbra), Keith Ciancia, Sonny J Mason (Auckland, New Zealand)
Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were recently selected from 124 countries worldwide. Judges include heavyweights such as Tom Waits; NAS; Josh Turner; Bernie Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Garbage; Robert Smith (The Cure); Selena Gomez; Bruce Hornsby; Dido; and many more.
To view the full list of nominees, go to http://www.songwritingcompetit
Here are vidcaps of some artists that won Grammys last night. Special congrats to Gotye and Kimbra for winning Record of the Year with “Somebody That I Used To Know.
Record of the Year
“Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye and Kimbra
Pop Performance, Duo or Group
“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye and Kimbra
Pop Solo Performance
“Set Fire to the Rain (live),” Adele
Pop Vocal Album
“Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson
Traditional R&B Performance
“Love on Top,” Beyoncé
Country Solo Performance
“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
Hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! Time for another Sirens of Song Radio playlist update! This time around there’s a mixture of listener requests and other songs I think you’ll like.
Adele – “Skyfall”
Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness” and “Born To Die” (by request)
Metric – “On The Sly”
Kimbra – “Come Into My Head” and “Something In The Way You Are”
Phantogram – “Don’t Move”
Kate Earl – “One Woman Army” (If you haven’t had the chance yet, check out photos from her October 2012 show at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA)
The last time New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra visited Los Angeles, tickets were snatched up in a matter of seconds by ticket brokers, leaving many loyal fans out in the cold. This time around, presale tickets were offered to fans and the result was a sold out crowd at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA packed with exuberant fans who didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to watch Kimbra strut her stuff on stage.
Known for her unique outfits, Kimbra came onstage wearing a pink and white dress only to shed the skirt, revealing a purple and blue ostrich-looking skirt that seemed to glitter as she danced across the stage with tambourine in hand.
The 22-year-old’s initial claim to fame in the U.S. was her smash duet with Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” In a short matter of time, she has built a catalog so strong that it didn’t seem like anyone at the show cared or noticed that she didn’t perform the hit. Her set list included a mix of influences of both young and old, from “Plain Gold Ring,” a cover of Nina Simone’s 1958 classic, to “Warrior,” her collaboration with newcomers Mark Foster (of Foster the People) and A-Trak. Other crowd favorites included “Settle Down” and “Cameo Lover.”
Kimbra plays another show at the Fonda Theatre tonight and continues her tour with stops in San Diego (Oct. 5), Salt Lake City (Oct. 9), and Denver (Oct. 10) before she plays a few dates in Texas and travels to the Midwest and East Coast. Visit kimbramusic her latest tour dates.
The U.S. version of Kimbra‘s long awaited release, Vows, hits stores tomorrow.
Fans who had the foresight to get their hands on the limited edition Australian import that was released last year will notice that the U.S. version is vastly different (If you don’t have the import, it’s highly recommended. It includes a bonus DVD “Live At Sing Sing.”).
Six new tracks include “Something in the Way You Are”, “Come Into My Head” (sounds like a Nikka Costa jam), “Sally I Can See You”, “Posse”, “Home”, and “Warrior” (maybe my favorite of the new tracks).
I’m sure there will be many disappointed that “Somebody That I Used To Know”, her smash with Gotye, is not on the album, but it more than holds its own with standouts such as “Settle Down”, “Cameo Lover”, “Old Flame”, and “Two Way Street”. Left off the U.S. release are “Call Me”, “Withdraw”, and surprisingly, “Limbo” and “Wandering Limbs”.
All in all, this is a ‘must have’ album….even if you already own the import. Be sure to listen to Sirens of Song Radio to hear tracks from the album!