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hunt down jesca hoop’s new album
November 3, 2009, 6:56 pm
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As an ex-Mormon former childminder for Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Jesca Hoop can claim to have one of the most unusual backgrounds in contemporary music. And, as her second album Hunting My Dress so beautifully attests, she can also claim to have one of the most striking voices in the same field. Released on November 30, it’s her first full-length release in the UK and looks set to capitalise on the wave of buzz she’s still riding on the back of last November’s well received Kismet Acoustic EP and some jaw-dropping live shows.

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allison moorer takes to the piano for new album
November 3, 2009, 5:32 pm
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Having inked a new deal with Rykodisc, country singer Allison Moorer will release her seventh album Crows on February 9th, her first collection of original material since 2006’s Getting Somewhere. Perhaps influenced by the research involved in making her 2008 covers album Mockingbird, for which she recorded several covers of songs written by women (Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith and June Carter Cash to name but a few), Crows finds Allison departing from her usual country stylings with more emphasis on sophisticated pop arrangements, many of which were written and performed on piano. She’s also made a conscious effort to inject a greater poeticism into her lyrics.

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design the sleeve of rachael dadd’s new EP
November 3, 2009, 2:12 pm
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To celebrate their release of Rachael Dadd’s upcoming EP, Moth In The Motor, boutique indie label Broken Sound have launched an arts project of the same name in which aspiring artists are encouraged to submit their own sleeve designs. A number of the submitted pieces will go on display at during an unplugged event headlined by Rachael and friends in February, and every artist who creates a sleeve will be granted the rather fabulous reward of a permanent profile, including a biography and links to their other works, on the Broken Sound website.

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first aid kit announce debut album
November 3, 2009, 1:48 pm
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Lovable Swedish sister act First Aid Kit have announced full details of their much anticipated debut album, The Big Black & The Blue. Released through Wichita Recordings on January 25th, the album includes recent single ‘Hard Believer’ and its B-side ‘Waltz For Richard’ along with nine brand new songs. Johanna and Klara will spend the end of November and beginning of December on tour across Europe with Port O’Brien, but will make a very special visit to London on December 7th for an intimate show at The Old Queen’s Head, Islington, where they will play the album it its entirety. Additional shows will be announced for January to support the release.

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mary j blige opens women’s refuge in new york
November 3, 2009, 12:50 pm
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Having lately become much more vocal in her support of women who suffer in violent relationships, Mary J Blige has taken things to the next level by teaming up with Frida Giannini, Creative Director at Gucci, and several New York-based organisations to open a new women’s refuge in Yonkers, NY. The new centre is the latest development in her campaigning for better service provision to victims of domestic abuse and follows the establishment of her Foundation For The Advancement Of Women Now last year. Speaking to CNN about new venture, she said: “All age ranges will be able to come to this centre. Women from all walks of life, not just women from poverty-stricken areas. Whatever it is, they’ll be able to come here. There are gonna be psychologists here, doctors here, day care centres here. Anything that you need or they need to be able to better themselves is here for them.”

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last.fm listening stats: week #43
November 3, 2009, 12:26 pm
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Got a last.fm account? Join the Wears The Trousers listening group here. We’ll be publishing details of what members are listening to every week throughout the year.

Week ending 01/11/09

Unique to the group

01 Sarah Blasko (-)
02 Ane Brun (2)
03 Alessi’s Ark (-)
04 Lisa Hannigan (7)
05 Martha Wainwright (-)
06 Tegan & Sara (-)
07 Lisa Germano (-)
08 Tori Amos (1)
09 Nancy Elizabeth (-)
10 Soap&Skin (-)

Overall charts

01 Tegan & Sara (3)
02 Regina Spektor (2)
03 Tori Amos (1)
04 Cat Power (4)
05 Bat For Lashes (8=)
06 Björk (-)
07= Yeah Yeah Yeahs (5=)
07= Feist (-)
07= Metric (-)
10 Kate Bush (10)

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This week’s stats are based on the compulsive habits of 274 listeners.