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incoming: beth ditto
February 11, 2010, 1:58 pm
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Beth Ditto with Michelle Tea
Coal To Diamonds: A Memoir

[Spiegel & Grau; September 2010]

Pre-orders are now open for Beth Ditto’s recently announced memoir, Coal To Diamonds, due in mid-September through Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau. Named after a track from 2006’s Gossip album Standing In The Way Of Control, the book is a collaborative effort between Ditto and queer author Michelle Tea. Tea’s own heavily biographical work makes her the ideal collaborator for helping to bring Ditto’s unconventional rags-to-riches story – the stuff that biographers must dream of – to life on the pages: the Gossip frontwoman rose from a religiously repressive, poverty-stricken childhood in Arkansas to become a world-famous, openly gay, feminist punk rocker, outspoken about everything from faux-lesbian politics (we’re looking at you, Katy Perry) to anorexia’s role in the pop industry.

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cat power, beth orton, gossip join lilith fair 2010 lineup

Lilith Fair organisers today announced a second wave of artists who have signed on to take part in this year’s revival of the all-female travelling festival. These include Cat Power, Beth Orton, Sia, Gossip, Norah Jones, Rosie Thomas, Frazey Ford of The Be Good Tanyas, Lissie, Missy Higgins, ’80s rockers Heart and the legendary Loretta Lynn. UK pop acts Kate Nash, La Roux and Marina & The Diamonds will also perform at select dates, which have yet to be announced.

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gossip join wireless festival opening lineup
January 15, 2010, 2:11 pm
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Thanks to a very helpful counter on the Wireless Festival website, we can tell you that, at the time of this post, it is 5 months, 16 days, 10 hours and 47 minutes until the event kicks off in London’s Hyde Park. Thanks also to the same website, we can also tell you that this year’s opening night will be quite lady-centric with a headline performance from P!nk, plus The Ting Tings and the newly-announced Gossip. Indeed, P!nk will be the festival’s first female headliner in their six-year history (“I feel so honoured,” she says). They’ll all take to the stage on Friday July 2, which clever maths people will already have deduced.

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #75-51

part one part threepart four

Here’s the second part of our albums of the decade countdown, running from #75–51.

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Róisín Murphy

[EMI, 2007]

Of all the critical droolfests that failed to ignite on the commercial front this decade, Róisín Murphy’s second solo album is among the most inexplicable damp squibs. The ex-Moloko frontwoman may have shed the avant-garde experimentalism of her solo debut Ruby Blue in favour of full-on disco diva mode, set against a backdrop of thumping, shimmering state-of-the-art production, but it seems the world wasn’t ready to accept even Murphy’s toned down personality quirks. That’s a real shame for although Overpowered is not without its flaws, there is a sense of playful grandeur here that can easily toe the line with Goldfrapp at their most teasing.

Chris Catchpole

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