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tori amos to play free london show
November 11, 2009, 6:17 pm
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Tori Amos will promote the release of her new album Midwinter Graces [review] with a free show at the 350-capacity Jazz Café in Camden Town, London, on December 2. This is likely to be the only time that Tori plays her winter solstice-themed material in the UK, at least until next winter. Entry to the event will be by wristband only, which fans will have to collect in person from HMV Oxford Street (the one towards the Tottenham Court Road end, rather than Marble Arch), London, from 8am. Unlike the similarly sized and wristbanded show at London’s Shaw Theatre in 2003, fans will be permitted only one wristband each. If the 2003 event is anything to go by, beware of buying wristbands from touts as counterfeits are generally easy to spot!

lucky soul to showcase new album in december
November 11, 2009, 5:05 pm
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The fabulous Lucky Soul are to showcase new material at an intimate preview of their second album, A Coming Of Age, on December 1 at the Monarch in Camden Town. Preceded by the first single and live favourite, ‘White Russian Doll’, on January 11, the follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed The Great Unwanted is scheduled to arrive in shops in March. Produced by the band’s own Andrew Laidlaw and mixed in New York with Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Sons & Daughters, Nick Cave), we’re told to expect an ambitious collection that expands on the Motown-tinged palette of their debut with “a masterclass in classic songwriting”. From the bright and lovely indie-pop sounds of ‘White Russian Doll’ [listen here], that description sound pretty spot on to us.

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kazik, katy & the kommander’s car: (iii) meeting mr piechowski
November 11, 2009, 4:48 pm
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In this third part of our series in honour of Remembrance Day, Katy Carr travels to Gdansk in Poland to meet the man who inspired her song, ‘Kommander’s Car’, with his bold escape from Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in 1942. Welcomed into his home, she finds that Kazimierz Piechowski’s life story is even more incredible and touched with profound sadness than even she had imagined. (The first two instalments are here and here.)

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sinéad o’connor and mary j blige join the fight against child prostitution
November 11, 2009, 10:01 am
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Following on from her involvement in the ActionAid 6 Degrees recording of ‘I’m Every Woman’ earlier this year, Sinéad O’Connor has re-recorded one of her own songs in aid of anti sex trafficking organisation GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services) to raise awareness about the rising incidence of child prostitution in the United States. The new version of ballad ‘This Is To Mother You’, originally from her 1997 EP Gospel Oak, was recorded over the summer at Dublin’s legendary Windmill Lane Studios. Headed up by production team Doc McKinney (Santigold, Esthero) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest, Lucy Pearl), it also features Mary J Blige and GEMS member Martha B on backing vocals, recorded separately at a studio in New York. “It’s a song about survival,” she told journalists at a press conference. “I myself am a survivor, not of sex trafficking but of severe child abuse. So this is obviously a subject that I can identify with when it comes to young girls trying to get out of bad situations and make a good life for themselves. To me, the song was a part of me talking to me.”

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