Mu­sic re­views Spin Doc­tor and the latest al­bums

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@ theaus­tralian.com.au

What a week it was for Aus­tralian singer Court­ney Bar­nett. The Mel­bourne-based song­writer cleaned up at the ARIA Awards nom­i­na­tions event in Syd­ney on Tues­day, re­ceiv­ing eight nods in­clud­ing for best fe­male artist, best break­through artist and al­bum of the year, all on the strength of her de­but al­bum, Some­times I Sit and Think, and Some­times I Just Sit, re­leased in March. The 27-year-old was in the room, as were many of the nom­i­nees, when the names in all cat­e­gories were read out. Bar­nett even made it on to the stage at one point, to re­ceive one of the eight awards, for best cover art, ahead of the main event, which is in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 26. “I never thought I’d win an ARIA for some­thing I drew with a felt-tipped pen on printer pa­per,” Bar­nett said, look­ing up at a gi­ant screen rep­re­sen­ta­tion of her hand­i­work.

Also this week, she re­leased a sin­gle through for­mer White Stripe Jack White’s la­bel Third Man Records. Bar­nett stopped off at White’s Nashville stu­dio dur­ing the Amer­i­can sum­mer while she was on tour there, to put down two songs: her own Box­ing Day Blues Re­vis­ited and, as a B-side, a ver­sion of the Boys Next Door (fea­tur­ing Nick Cave) song Shivers, an Aus­tralian clas­sic writ­ten by the band’s Row­land S. Howard. Bar­nett said White, who pro­duced the ses­sion as part of his Blue se­ries of sin­gles, was fa­mil­iar with Shivers. “He knew it, be­cause he’d heard another artist do a ver­sion of it,” she said. “He’s pretty clued up on the Aus­tralian mu­sic scene.” Still on the awards front, be­fore the ARIAs come the an­nual Screen Mu­sic Awards, which recog­nise the tal­ent of our writ­ers for film, tele­vi­sion and advertising, and will be held in Mel­bourne on Novem­ber 12. Nom­i­na­tions for these were also an­nounced this week. There are a cou­ple of rock­ers in con­tention for the cov­eted fea­ture film score tro­phy: Nick Cave and War­ren El­lis for Loin

des Hommes ( Far From Men) and Jed Kurzel, of Syd­ney duo the Mess Hall and brother of film di­rec­tor Justin Kurzel, for his work on the western with a Scot­tish bent, Slow West. Those two are up against Michael Lira for Good Ol’ Boy and David Hirschfelder for The Wa­ter Diviner. Shane Howard and Archie Roach’s A Se­cret River, from the TV minis­eries The Se­cret River, is in con­tention for best orig­i­nal song com­posed for the screen.

ARIA nom­i­nee Court­ney Bar­nett

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