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joanna newsom: have one on me (2010)
February 23, 2010, 8:21 am
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Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me ••••½
Drag City

Pity the poor alchemists. For centuries they grappled unsuccessfully with what Joanna Newsom has managed in just six short years; everything the self-professed harper from northern California touches appears to turn to gold, inciting breathless raves of a fervent devotion. Historically such a power might lead to self-destruction through greed, but from the winning generosity of the title in, Have One On Me ushers in a new era for Newsom as the poster girl for abundance. Presented as a triple album, though in truth it is shorter than some notorious doubles (ahem, OutKast), Have One On Me spans a luxurious two hours. Its eighteen carats are divided equally between the three discs with a thus far impenetrable reasoning that will keep fans guessing for months, and range from under two to eleven minutes in length. And the running time isn’t the only thing that’s lavish; the intricacy of Becca Mann’s eye-popping, handpainted cover portrait only matches the fecundity of Newsom’s imagination, which, melodically at least, has never been better.

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joanna newsom announces london dates
February 15, 2010, 11:29 am
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Joanna Newsom will play her first UK dates since her one-off show at London’s Somerset House in July 2008 with a two-night residency at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets for the May 11-12 shows go on sale from the venue’s website from 9am Thursday, though Southbank Centre members get priority early booking from Wednesday. You know what to do people!

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incoming: joanna newsom
February 11, 2010, 8:40 am
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Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me

[Drag City; February 22]

Drag City have finally confirmed that the tracklist that’s been flying around for the new Joanna Newsom album is 100% made of truth. As previously disclosed, Have One On Me is split over three discs; what’s finally been rubber stamped is that each disc holds six tracks and that the whole glorious package adds up to two whole hours of all-new Newsom. We’ve tried pinching ourselves but this is no dream. If you’ve been on the ball over the past two weeks, you’ll already have heard ’81’ and ‘Good Intentions Paving Company’ streaming from the Drag City website. As of Tuesday this week, and until Tuesday of next week, they are offering the nine-minute stunner ‘Kingfisher’ for your listening pleasure. A fourth (and presumably final) preview song will be available to hear from February 16.

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hear a new joanna newsom track
January 26, 2010, 5:11 pm
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It’s no exaggeration to say that Joanna Newsom’s forthcoming third album Have One On Me is one of the most anticipated releases of 2010, all the more so for the impressive attempts to keep info about it under wraps. But, finally, we have official confirmation that the record, her first since 2006’s decade-besting Ys, will span not one, not two, but three discs (or LPs, whichever you like). Rumours of this surfaced a few weeks ago, when the February 22 release was first announced, and we couldn’t be happier.

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new joanna newsom confirmed for february!
January 13, 2010, 6:17 am
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Joanna Newsom’s long-awaited third album has been confirmed for a February 22 release date in the UK. It bears the nicely jovial name of Have One On Me and may or may not have anything to do with child/dwarf smuggling.


wears the trousers albums of the decade #25-1

part onepart twopart three

Here’s the fourth and final part of our albums of the decade countdown, 25 albums so fantastic they should have sold millions (and, lo, some of them did!)…

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Shannon Wright
Maps Of Tacit

[Touch & Go / Quarterstick, 2000]

Distilling everything that was good about her former band Crowsdell and her first album flightsafety, and stripping them of their twee chirpiness and indie-pop sensibilities, Shannon Wright created her finest, and darkest, work in Maps Of Tacit. A multilayered tour de force, the guitar is aggressive without being brash and the creepy, stirring piano swirls with all the innocence and foreboding of a decaying calliope; the overall effect is both intricate and cinematic. Together with some creative use of sampled sounds, dense poetic lyrics and Wright’s alternately silky and caustic vocals, it all adds up to a delightfully chilling labour of love.

Terry Mulcahy

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trouser shorts: joanna newsom, thea gilmore, shirley manson


A new documentary featuring exclusive footage and commentary from Joanna Newsom’s 2004 tour with Devendra Banhart and Vetiver is due to premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival in California early next month. Filmed by occasional Vetiver member Kevin Barker, who also fronts the band Currituck Co., ‘The Family Jams’ provides a fascinating insight into the rise of “freak-folk” with performances from all three acts and from like-minded musical guests such Espers, Antony & The Johnsons and more. The festival runs from March 27–April 5 and will host the first public screenings of the documentary on April 2nd and 3rd. More info here. Watch the trailer here.

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Thea Gilmore will release her first ever live album, Recorded Delivery, in late May through Fulfill Records and distributor Universal (tracklist TBC), and she’s inviting fans to send in any live photos they may have – of her, obviously – for potential use as the album cover. If you have a photo you think could be suitable, email it along to Thea at info@theagilmore.net before April 10th. Thea is currently in the process of writing her ninth studio album and has a couple of festival dates lined up for the summer. More info on her Myspace.

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Rumours circulated in recent news reports that Shirley Manson’s budding solo career had been put on ice indefinitely – seemingly provoked by comments made by the Garbage frontwoman during her recent appearance at America’s WonderCon convention – were promptly dismissed as “absolute nonsense” by the lady herself. As if to underline this, she has provided her Facebook fans with an exclusive listen to a demo of new song ‘In The Snow’, co-written with The Bird & The Bee’s Greg Kurstin “a year or so ago”.

“It’s one from the ‘So Called Noir’ Series,” she writes. “I just stumbled upon it tonight when I was looking for something else and I listened to it and thought: fuck it why not post it for all the people who wrote me lovely things about my mum when she died. It’s the least I can do. I owe you a song for sure.” Listen to it here.

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Marina & The Diamonds have announced a short series of live dates kicking off next month in Lancaster and finishing up at the beginning of May in Salford. Catch her/them at the following venues:

11.04.09 The Library, Lancaster
16.04.09 Limbo, Edinburgh
17.04.09 Twisted Wheel, Manchester
18.04.09 Moshulu, Aberdeen
19.04.09 Home Game Festival, Anthuser
30.04.09 Deaf Institute, Manchester
03.05.09 Live At Leeds, Leeds [early show]
03.05.09 Sounds From The Other City, Salford 

Marina is currently working on her debut album with producers Pascal Gabriel (New Order, Kylie) and Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps, Catherine AD).

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Ostensibly a jazz singer, double Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson has recorded several ‘pop’ covers throughout her career, including Cyndi Lauper/Rob Hyman’s ‘Time After Time’ and Ann Peebles’ ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, and you’ll soon be able to get a bunch of the best on a single disc. Collated from her seven albums for the legendary Blue Note label, Closer To You: The Pop Side features 11 tracks spanning 15 years from 1993 to 2008. It’s out on April 7th.

Closer To You: The Pop Side
01 Love Is Blindness [U2 cover]
02 Time After Time [Cyndi Lauper cover]
03 Fragile [Sting cover]
04 Closer To You [Jakob Dylan cover]
05 Last Train To Clarksville [Monkees cover]
06 The Weight [The Band cover]
07 Tupelo Honey [Van Morrison cover]
08 Harvest Moon [Neil Young cover]
09 I Can’t Stand The Rain [Ann Peebles cover]
10 Lay Lady Lay [Bob Dylan cover]
11 Wichita Lineman [Glen Campbell cover]

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Alan Pedder