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trouser press: ane brun, peaches and more

in today’s trouser press:

– new Ane Brun video, Alphaville cover and CD release for Sketches
– inside scoop on the new Peaches album
– Goldfrapp to reissue Seventh Tree with a host of extras
– Nouvelle Vague founder gets all-woman cast to reinterpret ’80s film themes
– Low announce new single and festive shows
– White Hinterland go retro French for new EP
– more details about the new Pretenders album
– Amiina and others cover ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ songs
– KT Tunstall and others on new charity compilation
– Lioness announce debut EP
– fifth album on the way from Priya Thomas
– Amy Winehouse and Madonna immortalised in LEGO 

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Following huge demand from her fans, Ane Brun will release a CD version of her new demos album Sketches, released as a digital-only treat a couple of weeks ago. You’ll only be able to buy it from her website, mind you. Get a copy from October 1st onwards.

In other Ane Brun news, the Norwegian singer-songwriter has released a cover of Alphaville’s ‘Big In Japan’, recorded for the soundtrack of Swedish TV documentary ‘Stor I Japan’. She says it’s on iTunes. We can’t find it. But it is on her website, as is her latest video collaboration with Magnus Renfors, this time for the sad, stunning ‘Don’t Leave’, the third single to be taken from the brilliant Changing Of The Seasons. Watch it here:

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The next Peaches album will unveil a new Italo disco-influenced direction for the raunchy Canadian, with production from Simian Mobile Disco, Chilly Gonzales and others we don’t know about yet. Voodoo-faced electro person Drums Of Death told The Lipster: “Peaches is singing, like, proper vocals. It’s beautiful, just great…this album should blow away her old fans and bring her 10 times more, I really hope it does that for her.”

The as-yet-untitled album is currently penciled in for March 2009.

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Goldfrapp have announced plans to release a special edition of latest album Seventh Tree, with new album artwork, new photos and an expanded bonus DVD featuring videos for the three singles (‘A&E’, ‘Happiness’ and ‘Caravan Girl’) and various live performances. The package hits the shops on October 27th.

Read the full announcement here. And listen to the clips of the new live takes of ‘Happiness’ and ‘Monster Love’, y’know, if you want to and all.

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Nouvelle Vague mastermind Marc Collin has put together a new covers project, this time with the ambition “to change the way we feel about 1980s film soundtracks.” Hollywood, Mon Amour is its name – the project and the album, out October 6th – and it even features famous Tinseltown veteran turned rock star Juliette Lewis, who sings on a cover of Davie Bowie’s ‘This Is Not America’ from the 1985 film ‘The Falcon & The Snowman’.

Other famous names include ex-Morcheeba vocalist Skye Edwards (Blondie’s ‘Call Me’, Duran Duran’s ‘A View To A Kill’), Yael Naïm (Irene Cara’s ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’), Cibelle (Kenny Loggins’ ‘Footloose’), with up-and-coming artists Katrine Ottosen, Nadeah, Dea Li, Nancy Danino and Leelou providing the rest of the nostalgia kicks. The premise that these songs now sound dated and unfashionable is a little shaky – the ‘80s have been back for how long now? – but otherwise we approve.

Hollywood, Mon Amour
01 Skye – Call Me [from ‘American Gigolo’]
02 Katrine Ottosen – Eye Of The Tiger [from ‘Rocky III’]
03 Nadeah – When Doves Cry [from ‘Purple Rain’]
04 Dea Li – Cat People (Putting On Fire) [from ‘Cat People’]
05 Skye – A View To A Kill [from ‘A View To A Kill’]
06 Yael Naïm – Flashdance…What A Feeling [from ‘Flashdance’]
07 Cibelle – Footloose [from ‘Footloose’]
08 Juliette Lewis – This Is Not America [from ‘The Falcon & The Snowman’]
09 Nadeah – Arthur’s Theme [from ‘Arthur’]
10 Dea Li – Reality [from ‘La Boum’]
11 Nadeah – Forbidden Colours [from ‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’]
12 Dea Li – For Your Eyes Only [from ‘For Your Eyes Only’]
13 Leelou – Don’t You (Forget About Me) [from ‘The Breakfast Club’]

An expanded version of the album with three bonus tracks will be available as a limited edition digipak (1000 copies only) and a double LP.

Rumours continue to swirl around about a new Nouvelle Vague album (tentatively titled NV3), but there’s been no official word about it yet. The band is on tour in November and December, with Nadeah and Marianne Elise providing the vocals. Katrine Ottosen releases her debut solo album, Fall Down, on November 10th under the name of CallmeKAT, following the lovely I’m In A Polaroid, Where Are You? EP, issued in June.

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Famous for their festive offerings, if not their cheer, Low will release a new Christmas-themed single on November 3rd. ‘Santa’s Coming Over’ will be available on 7″ vinyl and as a download, backed by a cover of reggae track ‘The Coming Of Jah’. The band play three ‘holiday concerts’ in the UK a couple of weeks later, supported by the brilliant and all-too-rarely-in-this-country Ida:

17.11.08 Òran Mór, Glasgow
18.11.08 Club Academy, Manchester
19.11.08 Koko, London

Our advice: buy tickets! But don’t stand at the front, just in case there’s a repeat of the band’s set at End Of The Road festival last weekend which culminated in frontman Alan Sparhawk forcefully slinging his guitar into the crowd. Dangerous, yes, but thankfully no one was hurt.

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If, like us, you’ve played White Hinterland’s Phylactery Factory to death over the last 6 months and are craving something new from Casey Dienel’s magical kingdom, well, today’s your lucky day. Or rather October 21st is, because that’s when a new White Hinterland EP descends upon retailers everywhere like manna from the heavens.

Called Luniculaire, a neologism coined from the French words “lunaire” (lunar) and “funiculaire” (railway), the five-track EP features songs from or inspired by French avant-pop of the 1960s. Dienel and co. tackle Françoise Hardy’s ‘Mon Amie Le Rose’, Brigitte Fontaine’s ‘J’ai 26 Ans’ and Serge Gainsbourg’s legendary ‘Requiem Por Un Con’, as well as providing two French-sung originals of their own. Download ‘Chant de Grillon’, courtesy of Gorilla vs. Bear, and salivate with anticipation. Don’t forget, White Hinterland play at Bush Hall on October 17th.

Luniculaire EP
01 Requiem Pour Un Con
02 Chant de Grillon
03 Mon Ami La Rose
04 J’ai 26 Ans
05 Lunirascible

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More details have emerged about the new Pretenders album, Break Up The Concrete, out on October 6th. Turns out it’s actually Chrissie Hynde fronting a whole new line-up for the band, which is interesting and puts the whole ‘roots album’ premise into a clearer light.

As we previously wrote, Chrissie and the boys have been giving the album away, track by track, in the weeks leading up to the release, but iTunes has three exclusive tracks for their faithful shoppers. Anyone who downloads the whole album from iTunes after its release will get the bonus tracks ‘Tequila’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, while those who preorder the album will get both of those and the extra extra exclusive ‘977′. There’s your incentives people. Choose wisely.

Break Up The Concrete
01 Boots Of Chinese Plastic
02 The Nothing Maker
03 Don’t Lose Faith In Me
04 Don’t Cut Your Hair
05 Love’s A Mystery
06 The Last Ride
07 Almost Perfect
08 You Don’t Have To
09 Rosalee
10 Break Up The Concrete
11 One Thing Never Never Changed
12 Tequila
13 Can’t Help Falling In Love
14 977

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Back in 2006, when the 3-D version of Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ hit selected screens across the country, a slightly extended version of the soundtrack was released with Fiona Apple, Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy, She Wants Revenge and Panic! At The Disco all turning in covers of some of the films much-loved musical numbers.

Well, if you liked that, there’s a treat in store for you as Walt Disney Records are releasing a new 20-track set of covers from the film at the end of the month. Nightmare Revisited ousts all but Manson from the 2006 release, adding in a truly baffling array of others. Fiona Apple has been supplanted by Amy Lee of Evanescence for ‘Sally’s Song’, which surely can’t be a good sign? Fortunately there are also inclusions from amazing Icelanders Amiina and Brazilian wonders Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Listen to some of the new versions here.

Nightmare Revisited
01 DeVotchKa – Overture
02 Danny Elfman – Opening
03 Marilyn Manson – This Is Halloween
04 All-American Rejects – Jack’s Lament
05 Amiina – Doctor Finkelstein / In The Forest
06 Flyleaf – What’s This?
07 Polyphonic Spree – Town Meeting Song
08 The Vitamin String Quartet – Jack & Sally Montage
09 Sparklehorse – Jack’s Obsession
10 KoRn – Kidnap The Sandy Claws
11 Rise Against – Making Christmas
12 Yoshida Brothers – Nabbed
13 Rodrigo y Gabriela – Oogie Boogie’s Song
14 Amy Lee – Sally’s Song
15 RJD2 – Christmas Eve Montage
16 Plain White T’s – Poor Jack
17 Datarock – To The Rescue
18 Shiny Toy Guns – Finale / Reprise
19 Danny Elfman – Closing
20 The Album Leaf – End Title

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KT Tunstall, The Go! Team and country singer Dawn Kinnard have all contributed new songs to a charity compilation featuring music inspired by BBC presenter Bruce Parry’s popular BBC nature documentary series, ‘Amazon’ and ‘Tribe’. Released as a 2CD set on October 6th (though available digitally now), sales of Amazon/Tribe: Songs For Survival will benefit Survival International, a human rights organisation for tribal peoples.

KT, who recently married her drummer Luke Bullen, talks about the project in this video:

Hear her song, ‘The Hidden Heart’, in full here.

Amazon/Tribe: Songs For Survival
CD1
01 Apparatjik – Ferreting
02 Dawn Kinnard – Love Is My New Drug
03 will.i.am ft. the Babongo Tribe – One People
04 KT Tunstall – The Hidden Heart
05 Jason Mraz & Brett Dennen – Long Road To Forgiveness
06 Jeremy Warmsley ft. Mystery Jets & Adem – Grains Of Sand
07 Tom Baxter – Make a Stand
08 Johnny Borrell ft. the Suri Tribe – Carrikfergus
09 Skin & Robot Club ft. the Adi Tribe – Simmer Down
10 Yusuf Islam – Edge of Existence

CD2
01 Joe Goddard ft. the Babongo Tribe (Hot Chip remix) – Babongo Tribe Remix
02 Adam Freeland ft. the Suri Tribe – KIN
03 Hybrid ft. the Suri Tribe – Komuru
04 Roger Sanchez ft. the Adi Tribe – Noneya
05 The Egg ft. the Anuta & Babongo Tribes – Trails & Tribulations
06 The Go! Team ft. the Babongo Tribe – Templates From Home
07 The Ruby Suns ft. the Penan Tribe – Don’t Touch The Dusty Fruit
08 Blue States ft. the Kombai Tribe – Hello Kombai
09 Way Out West ft. the Babongo Tribe – Evelina
10 Mike Oldfield ft. the Anuta Tribe – Song For Survival

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Formed out of the ashes of Canadian electro-rock band Controller.Controller following the departure of singer Nirmala Basnayake, Lioness are a, er, Canadian electro-rock band featuring the impressive vocal talents of Vanessa Fischer, also of Canadian electro-rock band No Dynamics. Their debut EP, also called Lioness, is coming out on October 14th in advance of the band’s tour with You Say Party! We Say Die!, both in Canada only it seems. Sorry. We just mentioned it because we quite like the song they have up on their Myspace.

Lioness EP
01 You’re My Heart
02 Harder They Fall
03 Dark Matter
04 Haunted Magick
05 What You Do (Will Come Back To You)

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Another Canadian doing great stuff is the often overlooked Priya Thomas, who releases her fifth album of lo-fi experimental folk-rock on October 28th (in Canada). Priya Thomas Is Blood Heron was mostly written while on tour with Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett and later recorded at her home with “broken 2 string ukeleles, pots and pans, wooden spoons, a warped parlour guitar and an ebow,” according to a blog post written earlier this year. Five of the 9 new songs are up on her Myspace, in case you’re wondering what kind of unearthly clamour that kind of junk might make.

Priya Thomas Is Blood Heron
01 Your Guitar, My Undoing
02 Had I Known, I Would Have Declined
03 Dakota From The Hebrew
04 Vigilante
05 Gunpowder Heart Holy Texas
06 Lit Lightnint
07 Wine, Moonshine, Sugarbeams
08 Farewell Creek
09 St Lawrence Seaway, Gateway To The World

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Finally, we’ve had the LEGO Bible. We’ve had the LEGO Olympics. We’ve had LEGO album covers. Now, the toy company themselves have created LEGO versions of pop stars Amy Winehouse, Madonna and, er, Cliff Richard to celebrate their 30th birthday. More than 4 billion LEGO figures have been ferried along the production line and into shops over the last 3 decades, and the little men and women have become increasingly sophisticated. Given the near-skeletal frames of Amy and Madonna lately, they might not be best pleased by the rather chunky renderings pictured on the Daily Mail’s website today. Take a peek. Unfortunately they won’t be going on sale.

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Alan Pedder

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I’m so pleased to see Ane Brun here. Her album ‘Changing Of The Seasons’ really swept me off my feet this year. It’s an astounding work by any standard that transcends even Ane’s own magnificent priors by leaps and bounds. A permanent standout for all time in my own collection and one that caught me totally off guard — which is just how I like it. Justice is a dish best served hot — much applause to you Alan and WTTM. -f-

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