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florence + the machine tour presale starts today
January 27, 2010, 6:00 am
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It’s shaping up to be a busy transition into Spring for Florence + The Machine. Adding to her list of touring commitments, which currently encompass Australia, Japan and the US, Flo has just announced a five-city ‘Cosmic Love’ tour of the UK for early May, culminating in a three-night stand at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Not only that but she’s scheduled to perform a duet with Dizzee Rascal at the Brit Awards (for which she is nominated in three categories) on February 16, and plans are afoot to re-release her November 2008 single ‘Dog Days Are Over’ on March 22 (a seemingly pointless exercise, given it’s already selling like hotcakes).

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incoming: here lies love

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Here Lies Love

[Nonesuch; February 22]

This hugely anticipated double album from the perhaps unlikely pairing of David Byrne and Norman Cook features 20 top female vocalists (and Steve Earle) retelling the incredible life story of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady Of The Philippines, from her early days as a beauty queen in Manila to her marriage to Ferdinand Marcos and his controversial presidency, and finally to their catastrophic fall from grace in the face of the People Power Revolution of 1986. Says David Byrne in the introduction, “The story I am interested in is about asking what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves? I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if—as this piece would be principally composed of clubby dance music—one could experience it in a club setting? Could one bring a ‘story’ and a kind of theatre to the disco? Was that possible? If so, wouldn’t that be amazing!” (Byrne himself sings on only two tracks; ‘American Troglodyte’ and the Shara Worden duet ‘Seven Years’.) The deluxe edition of Here Lies Love includes a 100-page companion book and DVD. Unmissable, really.

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florence nominated for three BRITs

Having claimed last year’s Critics’ Choice prize, Florence + The Machine are up for another three BRIT Awards at the ceremony on February 16, in the running for Best British Album, Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Breakthrough Act. As the nominations party continues at the IndigO2 tonight, the full list of nominees has been posted up on the BRITs’ official site. Most notably, Lily Allen and first-time nominees Pixie Lott and Lady Gaga are also up for three awards. Oh, and with it being the BRITs’ 30th anniversary and all, a special category has been announced to honour the best British albums of the past 30 years. The best they could come up with for the women? Dido’s No Angel, Duffy’s Rockferry and Sade’s Diamond Life. There are no words. Or surnames, for that matter.

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #50–26

part one | part two | part four

Here’s the third part of our albums of the decade countdown, running from #50–26.

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Queen Adreena
Drink Me

[Rough Trade, 2002]

Casting aside the disparaging comparisons to “Kate Bush on crack” bestowed upon her in the wake of Queen Adreena’s debut album Taxidermy, KatieJane Garside upped the ante with Drink Me, tearing whatever hinges that were still attached right off with a blisteringly manic grunge-metal fervour. Among her Wonderland’s re-energised malice, the softer moments found Garside’s raging voice shrunk mouse-high, whispering seductively as if through the keyhole, or chillingly into a void. Richly imaginative and manically enjoyable, Drink Me remains one of the decade’s most vigorous and visceral thrills, disturbing to the very last note.

Alan Pedder

read our interview with KatieJane

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best of 2009: readers poll results #10-1

At last, here are the ten albums you voted for in the highest number as your favourites for 2009. Happy New Year from all at Wears The Trousers!

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Alela Diane
To Be Still

[Names; February 2009]

What we said then: To Be Still is the kind of album that communicates directly with the hindbrain, directing you to the nearest couch, bed or convenient corner; once there, your instructions are to daydream, to ruminate through long-forgotten memories, or just to stare off into the middle distance… Alela Diane is truly the real thing: a singer-songwriter of immense talent, overflowing with creative ideas and real vision.” ••••½ Scott Sinclair

What we say now: She’s come a long way from the low-budget days of her early self-released albums Forest Parade and the later-reissued masterpiece The Pirate’s Gospel, and we’re thrilled to see Alela Diane finally breaking even and earning her dues. To Be Still saw Alela move away from the sparse folk of earlier efforts to a fuller band sound, a successful evolution that helped her transition from underground acclaim to more mainstream pastures, as evidenced in her well-received slot on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’. A bold and beautiful effort.

Download: ‘The Alder Trees’, ‘The Ocean’, ‘White As Diamonds’

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where’s the gigs: ellie goulding, lisa mitchell, the xx


Tickets have gone on sale for the lovely Ellie Goulding’s first headline show in London on December 1st at Cargo. She should have no problem picking up enough fans to fill the space over the course of her upcoming 9-date tour with Little Boots and with the added bonus of her Florence + The Machine support slot at the Union Chapel on November 22nd. Ellie’s debut single ‘Under The Sheets’ received its first radio play last week ahead of its November 9th release through Neon Gold Records. You can currently download the Starsmith-produced track for free from the label’s blog.

21.10.09 Roadmenders, Northampton *
22.10.09 Concorde II, Brighton *
23.10.09 University, Sunderland *
25.10.09 Picturehouse, Edinburgh *
26.10.09 53 Degrees, Preston *
27.10.09 University, Liverpool *
29.10.09 Junction, Cambridge *
30.10.09 Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton *
31.10.09 University, Bristol *
22.11.09 Union Chapel, London †
01.12.09 Cargo, London

* with Little Boots
† with Florence + The Machine

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lisa hannigan nominated for mercury music prize

210709_lisahanniganLittle Boots nowhere to be found

The biggest surprise for us in this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations was lovely Lisa Hannigan, whose debut solo album Sea Sew was finally issued in the UK in May, 8 months after she self-released the album in Ireland to rave reviews. Not that we’re suggesting for a moment that she doesn’t deserve it – it’s just we forgot it was even in the running according to the eligibility rules. Less surprising inclusions on the dozen-strong list were Florence + The Machine, La Roux and Bat For Lashes, all of whom have turned in some of the year’s most memorable albums. Last but not least, for the women anyway, is young Speech Debelle, whose debut album Speech Therapy had us completely engrossed. The other seven places went to Kasabian, The Horrors, Friendly Fires, Glasvegas, The Invisible, Led Bib and Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Whither the ‘Sound of 2009’, Little Boots? She could have really used the sales boost.

According to bookies William Hill, Florence + The Machine and Kasabian are current favourites to win with odds of 5/1. Full list of nominees and odds below.

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