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trouser shorts: lisa germano, noisettes, the donnas


Some more details have emerged about Lisa Germano’s long-awaited new album Magic Neighbor. Originally pencilled in for the Spring just gone, the album will now come out “mid-September”, according to Young God Records boss Michael Gira. Writing on the label’s website, he says: “Lisa hid herself away for a long while, and I was beginning to despair, then suddenly this beautiful music started coming my way. I think this is one of her best albums yet. The depth of feeling in her words and singing is truly remarkable, and she never fails to tug at my heart. Somehow it’s both sad, wistful, and hopeful, all at once…For some reason her music reminds me of early Disney songs – fuzzy and dreamy. Thinking about it today, I also thought of the great – and neglected – music that Tom Waits did with Crystal Gayle for the movie ‘One From The Heart’.”

Preview the deliciously strange new album track ‘Snow’ here.

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Noisettes have announced a new 11-date UK tour for October. They’ll play the following venues:

11.10.09 Garage, Glasgow
12.10.09 University, Newcastle
14.10.09 Waterfront, Norwich
15.10.09 Solus, Cardiff
16.10.09 Anson Rooms, Bristol
18.10.09 O2 Academy, Leeds
20.10.09 Ritz, Manchester
22.10.09 O2 Academy, Oxford
23.10.09 O2 Academy, Birmingham
24.10.09 Opera House, Bournemouth
26.10.09 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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As previously reported, The Donnas have been putting together a compilation to celebrate their sweet 16 years as a band. Full details have now emerged, and fans are in for a treat with two previously unreleased songs (‘We Own The Night’, ‘She’s Out Of Control’), live versions of the rocking ‘Take It Off’ and ‘Fall Behind Me’, and various reworkings of tracks that date back as far as their 1997 self-titled debut. Greatest Hits Vol. 16 is released next week through the band’s own label, Purple Feather.

Greatest Hits Vol. 16
01 Get Off
02 Perfect Stranger
03 We Own The Night
04 She’s Out Of Control
05 Take It Off [live]
06 Fall Behind Me [live]
07 Get You Alone [2009 version]
08 Play My Game [original version remix]
09 You Make Me Hot [2009 version]
10 Get Rid Of That Girl [2009 version]
11 Hey I’m Gonna Be Your Girl [alternative version 2009]
12 I Wanna Be With A Girl Like You [alternative version 2009]
13 I Don’t Want To Go To School [2009 version]
14 Teenage Rules [original version]
15 I Don’t Wanna Break Your Head [original version]
16 High School Yum Yum [2009 version]

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Good news! Two-time Free Music Friday alumna and all-round winner Ellie Goulding has signed to Polydor Records. She’ll be working with them to put out her debut album.

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If you’re passing through St Pancras International in London between 6:30 and 7:30 pm tonight, keep an eye and ear out for the revamped train station’s first ever live music session featuring sets from unsigned Londoner Jem Cooke and recent Voice On The Verge interviewees Kill It Kid. Dubbed ‘The Station Sessions’, the weekly event aims to provide a platform for raising the profile of up-and-coming artists. Other acts scheduled to take part in the coming weeks are Basement Jaxx singer Vula, Katie Vogel and Kerry Leatham [via Music Week].

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Metal band Kittie have signed a new worldwide deal that will see them release three albums through E1 Music, starting with their fifth release In The Black on September 15th. Lead singer Morgan Lander told Canadian website chartattack.com that the new album “is everything that Kittie is supposed to be: heavy, fast, brash and nasty, yet at times introspective, feminine and emotional. One thing it is not, however, is compromising of the sound and style that we have come to be known for. This shit is HEAVY!”

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Our friends over at roots music website freshdeermeat.com tipped us off about a lovely little acoustic performance they recently filmed in Bristol with special guest Maria Taylor singing ‘Cartoons & Forever Plans’ from her recent album LadyLuck. The first in what’s been dubbed ‘The Travellin’ Light Sessions’ is below for your viewing pleasure.

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Alan Pedder


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