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trouser shorts: jolie holland, annie lennox, rickie lee jones


What do Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jolie Holland and UK pop icon Annie Lennox have in common? Not much at first glance, perhaps, but apparently both are set to appear on David Gray’s latest album, Draw The Line, duetting with the wobbly headed Mancunian on separate tracks. Jolie crops up on ‘Kathleen’, a song David describes as one of the album’s quieter moments, adding “It’s got some charm to it, that one. It’s just held its own amongst these bigger numbers. Holland’s vocals just lifts the song out. She’s a star; she’s a rare thing.” Annie also gets major props from the singer, who says she “absolutely transformed” album closer ‘Full Steam Ahead’. 

Draw The Line is released on September 21st.

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Rickie Lee Jones has completed her as yet untitled 11th studio album, tentatively pencilled in for a September release. Reunited with producer David Kalish, who worked with Rickie on her 2003 comeback album The Evening Of My Best Day, the record is said to be influenced by everything from Bob Dylan’s band recordings to Appalachian folk and 1960s soul.

Speaking about the album, Rickie says: “It’s songs I wrote over the past 25 years,” she says. “Some of them that didn’t get finished. Sometimes you have to know who you’re talking to when you write your lyric. Finally I knew who I was talking to and was able to finish it.” Working titles include ‘Bonfires In Hell’, ‘Rehab’, ‘The Downtown Serenade’ and ‘Charlotte’s Birthday Suite’ – a song she wrote for her daughter’s 21st birthday.

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The iconic Siouxsie Sioux is set to DJ at London venue Matter on July 4th as part of club night Circus that runs from 10pm to 6am. Hosted by the inescapable Jodie Harsh, the night will also feature sets from Frankmusik, Kissy Sell Out and Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of The Feeling. More info available at Thisiscircus.com.

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Beth Gibbons is encouraging Portishead fans to join her in participating in the SunWalk, a charity event in Bristol that’s raising money for breast cancer charity Walk The Walk. Kicking off from the grounds of Ashton Court in the city, walkers in the July 5th event can opt to tackle 5, 10 or 21 kilometres in aid of the cause. Find out more here.

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Current Wears The Trousers cover star Ane Brun recently recorded her first live session for the Daytrotter website, who put the files up over the weekend. Download free, exclusive acoustic versions of ‘The Treehouse Song’, ‘The Puzzle’, ‘Changing Of The Seasons’, ‘Linger With Pleasure’ and ‘True Colors’ here. Registration required. Last week’s Anni Rossi session is also well worth listening to while you’re there!

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Yelle have recorded an exclusive French-language cover of Robyn’s ‘Who’s That Girl’ for the iTunes Foreign Exchange series of split digital singles that gets bands from different countries to cover each other’s songs. Robyn returns the favour by transforming Yelle’s ‘A Cause Des Garçons’ into the English-language ‘Because Of Boys’. It looks as though the Robyn song isn’t available in the UK iTunes store just yet, sadly, but the Yelle one is. You can also hear it over on their Myspace. The first instalment of the series, released in May 2007, saw German rockers Wir Sind Helden pair up with US band +44. 

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Most famous internationally for composing the soundtrack to penguin documentary ‘La Marche De L’empereur’ (although her full recordings were limited to the European release), French artist Émilie Simon will follow-up the worldwide release of her compilation The Flower Book with her first album of all-new material since 2006’s Végétal. Released digitally on September 14th and physically on September 21st, the entirely self-penned The Big Machine was recorded in New York with producer Mark Plati (David Bowie, Natalie Imbruglia) and will be preceded with the online-only release of first single ‘Dreamland’ on June 8th. Listen below:

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Alan Pedder


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