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The Rise & Rise Of Kimbra

Sometimes all it takes is your Daft Punk, Justice, French Electro-Pop lovin’ hairdresser to point out the obvious… Kimbra is the new Kylie.

Kimbra
Picture: Nicole Cleary Herald Sun

To think that it was only a year ago when I was putting together an editorial piece for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2011 when I spied a little known Kiwi with a cool B&W body art profile pic and thought, “who the hell is Kimbra?”. Well slap me in the face for my ignorance, because Kimbra is actually one of the best things to happen to Australian Music since Kylie Minogue gave up acting and became a pop star.

Kimbra Tatoo Photo
That press photo which started all the noise…

Making the sensible decision to move to Melbourne in 2007 after being discovered by Forum 5 indie music boss, Mark Richardson, to record her debut album, she has since become one of us. OK, that last part isn’t true but given our track record for claiming Kiwis once they hit superstar status (i.e. Sam Neil, Russel Crowe, Crowded House), it’s fair to say Kimbra is now totes Australian. At least in our eyes. And here’s how it happened…

2007
Kimbra wins Juice TV’s Breakthrough Music Video Award for her single, Simply On My Lips. Indie music mogul, Mark Richardson, makes a choice decision to sign her up. Kimbra moves to Melbourne, shit gets real.

2010
Celebrity douchebag blogger, Perez Hilton, does good and promotes Kimbra’s single Settle Down to his insane following by posting an uncharacteristically flattering comment; “If you like Nina Simone, Florence & The Machine and/or Bjork, then we think you will enjoy Kimbra – her music reminds us of all those fierce ladies!” Perez wins some positive karma points.

More good stuff for the Kiwi Diva in ’10 when Miami Horror feature her solid vocals on their (epically underrated) disco-electro track, I Look To You.

March 2011
Herald Sun’s Mikey Cahill reviews the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2011. Featuring as part of an ensemble with Tex Perkins, Paris Wells (who is she) and Eddie Perfect (please stick to acting) in Fly Me To The Moon, Cahill pre-notes Kimbra as ‘unstoppable’. Good call.

June 2011
The jig is up and us Aussies concede to joint custody of Kimbra when she signs with Warner Bros. Records New Zealand, opening her up to the massive US market. Her breakthrough album, Vows, is released in August/Septemeber and reaches #3 and #5 in New Zealand and Australian charts respectively in the first week. Champions of the Indie artist, Triple J, jump on it and give the beautiful brunette shedloads of airplay.

Then this happens…

Melbourne’s musical magician, Wally De Backer aka Gotye and Kimbra’s break-up anthem goes on an assault to smash every record known to man in the music world, creating a snowball of critical and commercial praise. Meanwhile, people’s minds and ears continue to explode from too much awesome as Somebody That I Used To Know join Savage Garden‘s Truly Madly Deeply in the record books for spending the second most consecutive weeks (8 to be precises) at #1 in the Official ARIA Charts.

January 2012
Kimbra scores a monumental 3 solo spots in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2011 with Two Way Street at #93 (my favourite Kimbra tune and this totes deserved to be higher up the list, but I digress), Good Intent at #53 and Cameo Lover at #25. Oh, and that Gotye collaboration get’s voted in at #1 which surprises no one (not even Gotye).

April 2012
The Somebody That I Used To Know juggernaut continues as Kimbra and Wally ride the mother all the way to a number #1 spot on the US Billboard charts. They subsequently score a set on Saturday Night Live and a place in the Coachella 2012 line-up.* Note From Sawyer: Yes, I’m aware the latter happened before the former but I’m enjoying my alliteration of “subsequently score” too much to change it.

My musically influential hairdresser confesses his fandom for Kimbra as Vows plays in the trendy St Kilda salon during my last 8-9 week scheduled appointment. Note From Sawyer: 8 – 9 weeks is the industry recommended gap between hair appointments.

Kimbra cements herself as the most sort-after female vocalist with the cross-continental A-trak (half of Duck Sauce, gifted child DJ, super cool New Yorker, etc) and Mark Foster (of Foster The People fame) collab, Warrior. Triple J get dibs on playing it’s world premiere. It’s a big deal.

May 2012
Kimbra tours with Groovin’ The Moo and Sawyer call’s Kimbra the new Kylie. And about an hour after I first posted this blog, Kimbra and Gotye get nominated for APRA Song Of The Year

Michelle Sawyer, May 2012

 

Can you guess which Artist & Song are in this montage? (Hint: Splendour In The Grass 2012)

A Day To Note In Oz Music

Thursday 19th of April 2012 – they say things come in threes and Australia Music is no exception…

Can you guess which Artist & Song are in this montage? (Hint: Splendour In The Grass 2012)

MASSIVE EVENT N0. 1 – Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know Feat. Kimbra reaches Number 1 on the US Billboard’s Hottest 100

It started early with the news that Gotye’s once in a lifetime song, Somebody That I Used To Know Feat. Kimbra, had reached the number 1 spot in the US Billboard Charts. After becoming the second longest running single at Number 1 in the ARIA Charts (at 8 weeks) alongside Savage Garden’s Truly Madly Deeply, Wally’s 9 times platinum break-up behemoth again joined Savage Garden in earning a number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hottest 100 charts – something that hasn’t been achieved by another Australian artist for 12 years.


Gotye feat. Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye’s appearances with Kimbra on Saturday Night Live and set at the epic Coachella Music Festival are attributed to the number 1 spot. Reports from Coachella were that “every DJ [at the Sahara Stage] had a remix of Somebody That I Used To Know, and every time it was played, the whole tent and everyone around the area erupted.” (Triple J’s The Doctor Podcast, Aired Monday, 16th April 2012.) But it’s not just the song that is earning praise…

MASSIVE EVENT NO. 2 – Rage Turns 25


Rage Theme Song

Gotye’s equally quirky and epic video clip for Somebody That I Used To Know (which is currently sitting on 166,577,833 views on YouTube), will be featuring as part of an all time greatest music video’s special to celebrate Australia’s longest running video shows 25th birthday. Yep, Rage is turning 25. It’s the music show that most of Gen-Y’s (myself included) have grown up with, nursed a hangover with and (likely) pulled an all nighter with.

Hosted by You Am I’s Tim Rogers, the special will air at 10.20pm on Saturday and will feature an avalanche of epic clips that include:

Peter Gabriel’s Sledge Hammer, Beyonce’s Single Ladies, LCD Soundsystem’s Drunk Girls, OK Go’s Here It Goes Again, The White Stripes’ Fell In Love With A Girl, The Avalanche’s Since I Left You, the Fatboy Slim spectacular featuring an unforgettable dance explosion from Christopher Walken (see below) and shed loads more…


Fatboy Slim, Weapon Of Choice

MASSIVE EVENT NO. 3 – Splendour In The Grass 2012 Line Up Announced

Finally (as if the first two weren’t enough) the ABC’s other music megalith’s, Triple J, announced the much anticipated Splendour In The Grass 2012 line up. And it goes a little something like this:

Jack White, Bloc Party (ONLY AUS SHOW), Smashing Pumpkins, At The Drive-In (ONLY AUS SHOW), The Shins, Hilltop Hoods, The Kooks (ONLY AUS SHOW), Gossip, Miike Snow, Dirty Three (ONLY AUS SHOW), Lana Del Rey, 360, Azealia Banks, Tame Impala, Explosions In The Sky (ONLY AUS SHOW), Ladyhawke, The Afghan Whigs, Missy Higgins, Wolfmother, Metric, Kimbra, Mudhoney, 50 Years Of Dylan, Band Of Skulls, Spiderbait, Django Django, Gypsy & The Cat, San Cisco, Last Dinosaurs, Electric Guest, Muscles, Angus Stone, DZ Deathrays, Howler, Lanie Lane, Fun, Big Scary, Michael Kiwanuka, Seekae, Friends, Yacht Club Dj’s, Bertie Blackman, Jinja Safari, Blue King Brown, Youth Lagoon, Pond, The Beautiful Girls, Yuksek, Tijuana Cartel, Ball Park Music, The Rubens, Ben Howard, Bleeding Knees Club, Zulu Winter, The Medics, Shihad, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Husky, Kate Miller-Heidke, Father John Misty, Emma Louise, Chet Faker, Here We Go Magic, Parachute Youth, Mosman Alder, The Cast Of Cheers, Wolf & Cub, Gossling

Plus DJs:
Beni, Sampology (AV/DJ show), Canyons (DJ Set), Nina Las Vegas, Danny T, Alison Wonderland, Nice and Ego (AV/DJ show), Flume, Gloves, Luke Million, Harris Robotis, Alley Oop


The White Stripes, Fell In Love With A Girl

Tickets for Splendour In The Grass go on sale Friday 27 April 9am AEST. Now excuse me while I go lay down for a bit…

Michelle Sawyer, April 2012

Gotye land

Aussie Pride Or Cheap Tricks

We Aussie’s are a creative bunch, especially when it comes to music. But do we still need to rely on some clever marketing ploys (or in my case, puns) to get our work over the line…

There is a lot of love for Australian music at the moment. Much of which has come thanks to a little duet from a top bloke named Wouter “Wally” De Backer, who you probably know better as Gotye. The sombre post break-up ballad, Somebody That I Used To Know featuring Kimbra (she’s a kiwi but we won’t hold that against her), is Gotye’s first commercially successful, knocking off the more internationally known Adele’s Someone Like You, from the top spot in the ARIA charts after a seven week run.

The creative clip, which features a naked but painted Wally and Kimbra pouring their hearts out against a wall, has already soared well about 2 million views on YouTube. And then there’s Twitter, which has seen a cavalcade of praise, but maybe none more important than actor and Cougar man-bag, Ashton Kutcher’s, who tweeted about the clip to his 7 million (!!) strong fan base.

*Tweet image courtesy of The Music Network.

I’ve been a fan of Gotye for years, all the way back since his 2006 single Learnalilgivinanlovin and (my fave), Heart’s A Mess, so it’s great to see one of Australia’s most talented and creative, self taught musicians getting the recognition he deserves; but I do have to wonder if it’s come to commercial light thanks to a little help from Hollywood? Fair to say, it doesn’t really matter, as the Australian media have jumped all over it too. Take a look at this very cool and interesting, in-depth analysis of how Wally’s first Number 1 came to be, posted by The Vine’s Tim Byron, (seriously good read).

Another creative kudos, which is also receiving some good Twitter action, is Gyroscope’s genius ploy of letting their fans pick the songs of their set list for their upcoming and self explanatory named, “Choose Your Own Adventure Tour”. Before they make their merry way around Australian in October – November, the Perth lads are letting fans pick the hits they want to hear, all very cleverly tied in with a promotion on their Facebook page (double marketing happiness). So there will definitely be no complaints of “they didn’t play my song” from any punters who will 100% “get what they paid for” – all round ingenious idea. My pick from Gyroscope’s back catalogue would have to be the lyrically loved up, Baby, I’m Getting’ Better, though I do also love Snakeskin… And having seen these boys bangin’ both tracks out live at Groovin’ The Moo 2011 I can say with 100% honesty fans are in for one hell of a show (fan-picked set list or not).

Another creative Tweet-worthy Oz music happening is the theft of a Parklife 2011 billboard in Perth. Now I’m not completely convinced this isn’t a ploy to pump up the presence of the major dance event. With what suspiciously sounds like a competition, the dude or dudette who finds the billboard get’s a couple of their More Expensive Tickets (METs) for nicks. Though having worked in Advertising me knows how expensive a high traffic billboard can be, so it is probably a genuine show of gratitude from some very annoyed (and perplexed as to how one would even fit a billboard of that size into one’s boot) Parklife promoters. To show I’m not making this up I have cut and pasted the Press Release as sent to me, word for word (word)…

Thursday 18th August 2011 – “Today, a reward has been offered to the person who can track down a Parklife advertising billboard, which was stolen in broad daylight at around 4pm on Sunday from Whatley Crescent, next to the Mt Lawley Subway in Perth.

Perhaps inspired by recent anarchy in the UK, bandits have taken off with the signage that is emblazoned with all the big names featured on this year’s Parklife bill. A passerby managed to capture this photo (below) from their car and have sent it to Parklife event organisers. They have described the two assailants as male, Caucasian, wearing navy blue, Hard-Yakka style outfits.

Parklife organisers commented, “We can assure you that this is no PR stunt. We actually think its pretty funny and hope these guys are just passionate Parklife fans who want this as a keepsake. God knows how they got away with it and where they’re hiding it, but we hope they have it somewhere safe!”

The reward for whoever comes forward with the whereabouts of this billboard includes two More Expensive Tickets (MET) and a side of stage experience at the Perth Parklife show on Sunday 25th September at Wellington Square. No legal action will be pursued.

Please contact events@boomtick.com.au with any leads.”

Now in my own cheap attempt to score some SEO points, here are some handy links for Gotye, Gyroscope and Parklife tickets and downloads.

Gotye tracks, including the single Somebody That I Used To Know for download on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/gotye/id161541223

Gyroscope’s Choose Your Own Adventure Tour tickets go on sale Thursday, August 25th from the following outlets:

The Zoo, Brisbane – Wednesday, Nov 17th
Corner Hotel, Melbourne – Friday, Nov 18th
The Factory Theatre, Sydney – Saturday, Nov 19th
via www.oztix.com.au

Prince Of Wales, Bunbury – Thursday, Oct 20th
Settlers Tavern, Margaret River – Friday, Oct 21st
Studio 146, Albany – Saturday, Oct 22nd
L’Attitude 28, Geraldton – Saturday, Oct 29th
via www.heatseaker.com.au

The Gov, Adelaide – Thursday, Nov 17th
via www.venuetix.com.au

Parklife 2011 tickets are available via:

www.parklife.com.au
www.ticketmaster.com.au
www.moshtix.com.au

Michelle Sawyer, August 2011

Splendid photo

A Splendid Idea – Part 1

Sitting on the precipice of popping my Splendour In The Grass cherry, I stop to ponder the possibilities of what my weekend music odyssey will look like off paper…

Having been to as many festivals as I have been to in the last 18 months, it’s hard to believe that this is the first time I’ll be venturing up North to experience, what will no doubt be, three full on day of musical enlightenment. Yanking out the tent from the garage shelves, then taking the lazy route and asking my dad to fetch the thingy that inflates the mattresses (and the inflatable mattress), I start to feel that pre packing my camping stuffs is not really the preparation I needed most.

Firstly, the enormity of the musical ear fodder on offer is exhausting. And let’s not even begin to talk about all the other temptations that lay in wait. I’ll admit that I printed off and highlighted my must sees on the line-up pdf months ago, but that list has since become a blur of orange and blue Sharpie which is indecipherable to even the cleverest of code crackers. Clashes and conundrums crowd the cluttered page, what to do, what to do…

Day 1:
The Kills Vs Wild Beasts: So the winner here will be The Kills. I’m basing this on my morbid fascination to see Mr Kate Moss (Jamie Hince) in the flesh, as musically I heart them both equally.

Glasvegas Vs Warpaint: The winners? Warpaint – won’t be many who don’t go to watch these ladies play.

Gotye Vs The Hives: It’s been a few years since I last saw The Hives play live at Lovebox in London of 2008 (spesh), but only a couple months for Goyte who I saw at GTM in April… so you see where I’m going with this.

Kanye West Vs DJ Shadow: It’s Yeezy. Nuff said – sorry Shadow.

Day 2:
Foster The People Vs Sparkadia: I’m praying I have an out-of-body experience at this point so I can be at two places at once.

Regina Spektor Vs Pnau Vs Jane’s Addiction: I’m fucked.

Day 3:
Cut Copy Vs Pulp: Well I suppose I can be greatful this is the only MAJOR clash for the Friday that breaks my hea-aaa-aaa-aaar-rrt (lil Regina Spektor joke). Clearly with the massiveness of their reformation, has to be Pulp. Hands down.

Whilst clearly some decisions have now been made, I have a feeling which ever stage is located next to the Gold Bar is going to get the bulk of my attentions. Let’s pray it’s only a short walk/stumble to each stage…

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.

Michelle sawyer, July 2011

Groovin' The Moo 2011

Groovin’ the Moo 2011: Bendigo Review

It’s more than just the fresh country air that makes the Moo one of the best festivals going.

There was not a vacancy sign flashing along the Calder Highway Hotel strip into Bendigo’s centre. Benders was packed tighter than the King Gees of a trucker.

True to form, the typical friendly/family country attitude was in full swing; from the Lions Club running the car park, to the VIP media tent filled with familiar faces with their plus one pals, (the free friend media pass greatly appreciated by us working folk). There were no warm up acts on this bill, with crowds gathering early to catch locals The Holidays, The Jezabels and Horrorshow.

Darwin Deez proved why he is voted one of the best live acts around with their fun set which featured not only their fab tracks, but some fancy-pants choreographed band dances, that could only be Deez. I will admit, I’m partial to anyone who also shares my affection for Enya’s Orinoco Flow. Just as crazy was Datarock dressed head to toe in their trademark red tracksuits – the ultimate in festival attire. The mostly chiffon shirt, shorts and onesies wearing crowd must have missed that memo.

Princess Washington showed us why she wears the crown as Australia’s best vocalist with her bang-on pitch performance. As The Go! Team wrapped up in Moolin Rouge, I moo-ved back over to The Udder Stage to catch House Of Pain. The grassy paddock of the showgrounds shook as ten thousand fans launched off their feet to Jump Around.

Gyroscope, as all good Aussie blokes do, BYO’d Betty the Blow Up Doll to the party. She proved to be one of the best crowd surfers I’ve ever seen. The Drums lead singer, Jonathan Pierce matched her with his own twists and turns as he moved on stage like the bastard child of Talking Heads and Joy Division. It was wonderful, and got my tastebuds for quirky moosic prepped and ready in time for Gotye.

The day had turned to night as Wally, aka Gotye, showed off his incredibly eclectic range of musical talents. Art Vs Science was also very vocal, attempting to make the first ever indoor/outdoor shower tent, sweaty stuff to say the least. Whilst the bulk of the crowd flocked back after the Aussie trio finished to see Birds Of Tokyo, I stayed at Moolin and enjoyed the synthetic stylings of AC Slater. The extra dance space much appreciated as my fellow hardcore Dub Step fans and I flung ourselves about.

I’d like to say I remember more of what was a fantastically fun day, but frankly after The Wombats, my brain jumped the fence and became lost in a spin of sound by UNKLE and Cut Copy.

Michelle Sawyer, May 2011.