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trouser shorts: neko case, mavis staples, wanda jackson

We’ve been slacking a little on the news front lately, sorry. It’ll all be worth it when the new website is finally finished. To start things off, here’s a wee roundup of some recently announced collaborations that we can look forward to later in the year…

Neko Case and Shelby Lynne contribute guest vocals to Peter Wolf’s upcoming seventh solo album, Midnight Souvenirs, out in April. It will be the J Geils Band frontman’s first release in eight years and also features country music legend Merle Haggard.

Not to be outdone, Neko’s sometime backing singers Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor will provide support for soul and gospel icon Mavis Staples on her upcoming, as yet untitled album, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. The album is currently being worked on at Tweedy’s studio in Chicago and should be out on Anti- Records later this year. Staples has been on a roll lately with 2007’s incredibly powerful We’ll Never Turn Back (one of our albums of the decade) and last year’s live album Hope At The Hideout, so this should be something pretty stellar.

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Now we’ve mentioned Mavis, it leads us nicely onto MAVIS, a new project from Ashley Beedle and Darren Morris inspired by the legendary singer, both her solo work and her time with The Staple Singers. The eponymous album, out February 8, features a fantastic selection of wonderful women, including Cerys Matthews, Candi Staton, Saint Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell and Dear Reader’s Cherilyn MacNeil, plus relative newcomers Danielle Moore (of Crazy P) and Icelandic vocalist Disa. Other guest vocalists include Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, Ed Harcourt, Chris Coco and Edwyn Collins. A launch party for the album takes place at the Luminaire in London on February 18, with Sarah Cracknell, Chris Coco and Ed Harcourt in attendance. Tickets are available here. Explore the MAVIS microsite here.

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In other musical legend news, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson is working with Jack White on a new album, the follow-up to 2006’s Presley covers collection, I Remember Elvis. While details of the album remain sketchy for now, White’s Third Man Records will release two new Jackson recordings – covers of Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ ‘Shakin’ All Over’ – via its subscription service (here) and through iTunes on January 26. Wanda returns to the UK in April with a show at the Luminaire (again), where she’ll be supported by Irish rockabilly upstart Imelda May. They’ll each play a set of their own before joining each other on stage for a very special collaborative set. Tickets are £22.50 plus booking fee from here or here.

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Solange Knowles and Janelle Monáe have been in the studio with Of Montreal, as frontman Kevin Barnes recently revealed in an interview with Stereogum. The band’s new album currently has the working titles of False Priest or The Controller Sphere.

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Jessica Larrabee of She Keeps Bees joins ex-RGBs frontwoman Becky Jones (aka Saint Saviour) on the new Groove Armada album, Black Light, due in February. Other guests include Will Young and Bryan Ferry.

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Rose Melberg, Mirah and Dear Nora’s Katy Davidson are among the guest vocalists appearing on the debut album from Gigi, the retro-pop styled side project from No Kids frontman Nick Krgovich. Others lending their voices include Karl Blau and Owen Pallett.

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Alan Pedder


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Hmmm interesting! And Solange and Janelle Monae’s going to be on Montreal’s upcoming album? That’s gonna be awesome!

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