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interrupting yr broadcast: dum dum girls
February 26, 2010, 2:34 pm
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This week marks the UK live debut of SoCal’s Dum Dum Girls, the solo project turned all-girl outfit fronted by Kristin Gundred – or Dee Dee as she’d prefer to be known – and “of course!” she’s excited to be hitting our shores, despite an earlier propensity for crippling stage fright. The moniker, which she adopted from the beginning of the Dum Dum Girls journey, is part of a semi-persona created to protect a rather shy individual from the on-display world of musicianship and ever-peering fandom. Her early online presence was marked by a desire to remain anonymous, and the very few pictures that surfaced made sure to obscure some of her face, a romantic, partial aloofness that gave her dreamy, lo-fi-ish punk a coveted, secretive aura.

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interrupting yr broadcast: dessa

If you didn’t catch Dessa’s song ‘Dixon’s Girl’ in our December batch of Free Music Friday giveaways, you are strongly urged to get on the case. Even better, though, would be hunting down a copy of her recently released debut album, A Badly Broken Code [review], which came out in January on independent hip hop label Rhymesayers. It’s a layered, searingly honest debut filled with the kind of poetic wordplay you’d expect to find in works of literature, which is really no surprise since Dessa is both a published author and slam poetry victor. She’s currently on tour in the US with fellow Doomtree crew member P.O.S., but spoke with us in between shows about everything from gender dynamics in hip hop and the growing pains that come with earning touring spurs, to her recent fascination with Brits winner Florence Welch and a desire to perform over here in the UK; an offer we simply shouldn’t refuse.

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interrupting yr broadcast: gaggle
February 22, 2010, 11:41 am
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As a choir of 22 women dressed in tribalistic coloured robes singing anthemic, assertive, multilayered choral harmonies about love and loss, getting drunk and being a woman in a male-dominated world, Gaggle is certainly not something you see every day. Wears The Trousers sat down with Deborah Coughlin, formerly of 586 and Gaggle’s founder and leader, in the George Tavern in London’s East End (the “spiritual home” and rehearsal space of Gaggle) to ask her what it’s all about. The majority of the other members, flushed with delight after another epic rehearsal, joined us over a few beers and chipped in as we went along.

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interrupting yr broadcast: jesca hoop
February 17, 2010, 2:02 pm
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“Are you from She Wears The Pants?” asks Jesca Hoop when I arrive to interview her at Glasgow’s Nice ‘n’ Sleazy. For an artist who has recently moved from Los Angeles to Manchester, maybe language nuances are something that she’s still getting used to. Despite this initial mix up, her transition has been otherwise smooth and Hoop does not seem to be the fish out of water that I was expecting. Huddling against the draught in a large green faux-fur collared coat in Sleazy’s tiny office cum storeroom, she looks tired but focused. She’s part way through a 21-date tour building on the enviable critical response to her second album, Hunting My Dress, a record that defies simple description and provokes curiosity about her intriguing background.

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an experiment on a bird in the air pump split

According to their blog, An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump have called it quits after two short years together. Their short-lived run saw the all-girl trio storm the London indie scene, earning rave reviews from underground zines and mainstream rags alike, and, with two EPs and some pretty special singles under their wings, they seemed destined for great things. All things considered, the split comes as rather unexpected news, especially since they recently returned from Chicago with new material for their would-be debut album.

The short, bittersweet statement they have posted doesn’t give much away, though the fact that C-Bird and X-Bird have posted a joint paragraph next to D-Bird’s seems to point somewhat towards possible divisions. And, while the first two are reassessing their situation, D-Bird continues with her recently formed side project Blue On Blue.

To mark their demise, here’s a previously unpublished interview we did with D-Bird and X-Bird just before Christmas.

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best of 2009: a conversation with cortney tidwell
December 31, 2009, 2:08 pm
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The image that graces the sleeve of Nashville-raised singer-songwriter Cortney Tidwell’s second album Boys – a pseudo X-ray of a young child’s head filled with a jumble of overlaid, faded photographs – has a ghostly, unsettling aura about it, and it’s a very similar sense of damaged nostalgia that carries on into the music, creating a fractured and disparate album full of secrets and personal turmoil. Not necessarily something you might imagine coming from the imagination of a happily married schoolteacher and mother of two, but then Cortney has never really fit into any neat preconceptions. Wears The Trousers caught up with Cortney over email a while ago to chat about the new album, about working with her husband, and how the children in her life inspire her music.

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best of 2009: a conversation with cassie ramone

Though they were pretty busy touring at the time, we managed to get a quick Q&A with Vivian Girls guitarist and lead singer Cassie Ramone a couple of months ago. The all-girl, indie-punk trio, who shot to indie-fame with their 2008 self-titled debut, had lost original founding member Frankie Rose (who went on to enjoy a brief stint with fellow Brooklyn rockers Crystal Stilts and is now working on her own project Frankie Rose & The Outs) and were enjoying the fresh input of current drummer Ali Koehler. Having just released their anticipated second album, Everything Goes Wrong, Cassie filled us in a little on navigating the line-up changes, what life is like as a Vivian Girl on the road, and the inspirations behind the new album. As their year-end poll position attests, it turned out to be one of 2009’s most loved releases.

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