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.
Before we get too far into the new year, I thought it might be nice to compile a few of my favorite songs from 2013. As with the Best of Beck that I posted last week, these songs are currently my favorites. If I made this same playlist tomorrow, it might be completely different. At the very least, I have over 50 songs in my own personal 2013 playlist, so I put together an hour’s worth of the best material for this first “volume”.
For this first collection of songs, I decided that I would choose no more than one song per artist, and tried to pick a few favorites that I consider a little more obscure. A couple of the standout tracks include Tears For Fears covering Arcade Fire, as well as the first new Pulp song in years.
The Best of 2013 — Volume One
1. Dent May – Born Too Late
2. The Black Angels – Don’t Play With Guns
3. Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
4. Arcade Fire – Normal Person
5. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
6. Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn
7. Beck – I Won’t Be Long
8. Pulp – After You
9. TV on the Radio – Mercy
10. Alpine – Gasoline
11. Parquet Courts – Stoned and Starving
12. Man Man – Hold On To Your Heart
13. Of Montreal – Colossus
14. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
15. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
16. In The Valley Below – Peaches
2013 was a decent year for music. I plan on posting more of these yearly-compilation playlists over the next few months.
Well, it’s a been a couple of weeks, so I finally decided to sit down and compile my thoughts about this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which took place April 16 – 18, 2010 in Indio, CA. This was the sixth time that I had attended the festival, and it was the fifth year in a row.
From a logistical standpoint, this year’s Coachella was FAR from perfect. Months before the festival began, people were already upset that there were no single day tickets this year. If you wanted to attend, you had to purchase a 3-day pass for the whole weekend. Then, when the first day finally came around, there were problems with parking, ticket/wristband exchange, bands who had to cancel due to the Icelandic volcano, and a huge sold out crowd (75,000 people as opposed to 60,000 or less the last few years). If you want to read complaints, there are other sites for that, including the official Coachella message board. While this year WAS a bit unorganized, for me it was one of my favorite years overall, so I’ll focus on the (mostly) positive instead.