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kate nash says bollocks to poverty

In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, development charity ActionAid has launched a new initiative as part of its ‘Bollocks To Poverty’ campaign to raise awareness of women’s issues among music fans and beyond. Not only are they encouraging music lovers to throw their own fundraising gigs and parties but they’ve also recruited Kate Nash to put together a digital playlist of songs that “sum up what it means to be a woman”, which can be purchased as MP3s through 7digital. In keeping with the louder, more aggressive sound of her forthcoming second album, the ten songs she’s picked include tracks by Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Le Tigre, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Helen Love and Shrag, alongside favourites from Björk, Destiny’s Child, Emmy The Great and The Flirtations.

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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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le tigre put long-planned DVD into production
April 8, 2009, 10:43 am
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080409_letigreBand still on “sabbatical”

The idea of a Le Tigre live DVD was first mooted back in 2007 – a year after their decision to go on hiatus – but has looked increasingly unlikely ever since. Until now, because Kathleen Hanna has posted on the band’s Myspace that the project is still going ahead with Brooklyn filmmaker Carmine Covelli at the helm. In a post titled, “LE TIGRE DID NOT BREAK UP”, she went on to say that the DVD should be out “by next year” while stressing that, although the band are not playing any shows or have any plans to make a new album, they have not gone their separate ways for good.

“Will we ever write another album? I don’t know. Will we ever play a show again? I don’t know. But I still feel like Jo and JD are my bandmates, so to me, that means we are still a band even if all we are doing at the moment is making a DVD. I know it sounds cheesy to say ‘we’re on hiatus’ maybe ‘sabbatical’ would be a better word.”

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