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incoming: kd lang & the reclines

kd lang & The Reclines
A Truly Western Experience: 25th Anniversary Edition

[Bumstead; February 22]

kd lang has come a long way from her cow punk days back in the early ’80s. This first album, with backing band The Reclines, earned her the 1985 Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist, and boy did she ever deliver on that promise, kicking up the dust on the trail to worldwide success. This remastered 25th anniversary edition, put together by original record label Bumstead and already available in the US, has plenty to offer lang fans with six bonus tracks – including the 1983 debut single ‘Friday Dance Promenade’ and ‘Damned Old Dog’, the latter available for the first time on CD – and a bonus DVD featuring rare old videos. The sleeve of this quirky debut tells us all we need to know, depicting kd balancing atop a cartoon fence with Patsy Cline’s face looking out from a hay barn. This light hearted collection will be a revelation to anyone who still thinks lang’s career began with Ingénue and a nice companion to the forthcoming lang retrospective, Recollection.

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #75-51

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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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sarah mclachlan to receive humanitarian award at 2009 junos

120908_sarahmclachlanAlanis, Feist and Serena Ryder up for two awards each

Sarah McLachlan may not be giving us much in the way of new music these days but her giving in other quarters has not gone unnoticed. The singer, who releases her delayed greatest hits album Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan in the UK on March 2nd, has been chosen to receive  the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at this year’s Junos ceremony in St John’s, Newfoundland, on April 18th. The award, only in its second year, was created to honour “an outstanding Canadian artist who has positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.” Sarah has been very active in animal, women’s and children’s charities, setting up an outreach program in Vancouver to improve access to music education for inner city children, donating money to shelters for women, lending high profile support to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and playing big events like Live 8. Sarah will also be performing at the ceremony.

In other Junos news, Céline Dion gets the most nods for the women in the other awards categories (Fan Choice Award, Best Single, Best Music DVD), but Alanis Morissette, Feist and Serena Ryder are close behind with two nominations each. The world’s seemingly indefatigable love for Feist could see her pick up the Fan Choice Award for the first time, despite The Reminder being nearly 2 years old now. She can add it to her 7 other Junos, and she’s surely got a good chance of winning another with Best Video for Anthony Seck’s lovely, if tragic, puppet short for ‘Honey Honey’. Alanis has the chance to make her Juno Awards count up to 13 with nominations for Best Songwriter and for Best Pop Album for last year’s Flavors Of Entanglement, while Serena Ryder could take 2008’s Best New Artist win on to claim this year’s Best Artist and Best Adult Alternative Album for her fourth release, Is It OK

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trouser press: the long blondes, madonna and more

in today’s trouser press:
– ch-ch-changes
– Long Blondes split; Kate Jackson to go solo
– early Madonna recordings surface online
– Annie’s Don’t Stop put back to January
– Scarlett Johansson to co-host this year’s Nobel Peace Concert 
– Feist to retreat from the limelight
– Isobel Campbell preps new EP, expanded Sunday At Devil Dirt
– Dee Dee Warwick dies aged 63
– kd lang to release new live DVD
– Pink upset by lack of reply from the Queen
– teenage singer Gabriella Cilmi cleans up at the ARIAs.
– opera star Katherine Jenkins changes label

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We should probably wait for the results of the November 4th election before exalting the virtues of democracy, but the fact that you lovely people have voted overwhelmingly in favour of replacing the current news digest with individual news items cannot be ignored. This will be the last trouser press roundup in its current form. Thanks to those who expressed a preference.

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The top story this week – apart from the ongoing Madonna/Guy divorce saga, which is just too dull to bother with – is that Long Blondes singer Kate Jackson is to release a solo album following the band’s decision to split. Yesterday’s announcement, which coincided with the release of the band’s new-album-of-old-songs “Singles”, revealed that primary songwriter and guitarist Dorian Cox had suffered a stroke back in June and is trying to recover the full use of his guitar-playing arm.

Kate told BBC 6Music yesterday, “When it first happened he couldn’t move his leg or his arm at all and we weren’t sure how his speech, memory, or intelligence were going to be affected… Thankfully those things are completely unaffected. He’s still the same Dorian, just lovely and hilariously funny. We haven’t lost him at all, it’s just the arm now that they’re working on.”

Speaking of her solo plans, she seemed cautious, saying “I’ve only just started and a lot of the influences will overlap so hopefully fans of The Long Blondes will like what I do…I think it will reflect my personal music taste a bit more.”

While Jackson is off making her solo record, bassist Reenie Hollis has her new all-girl trio The Bon Bon Club (who, I’m sure, originally started out with the Long Blondes’ drummer Screech Louder but seem to have replaced him). No word on what Emma Chaplin will do, but I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of her. Not that a Long Blondes reunion has been completely ruled out if Dorian makes a complete recovery. So, once but not necessarily never again.

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kd lang: so understated she doesn’t even need capital letters
April 26, 2008, 7:06 am
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a buyer’s guide to… kd lang
Shelley Ali puts her albums under the microscope.

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issue three: the pipettes

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FEATURING: neko case, the pipettes, the organ, bic runga, marissa nadler, terri walker, emm gryner, the rogers sisters, devics, the chalets, elin ruth + kd lang