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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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lily allen to reissue second album
September 29, 2009, 2:34 pm
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290909_lilyallenNot really quitting music, yet

Just as Lily Allen starts making noises (again) about quitting music altogether, it seems her record label aren’t taking any chances by scheduling an expanded reissue of February’s It’s Not Me, It’s You, due November 16th through Parlophone. The ‘special edition’ release includes a DVD with live footage of nine songs taped at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London earlier this year, with bonus features including the videos for ‘The Fear’, ‘Not Fair’, ’22’ and ‘Fuck You’, and an interview with Lily in which she gives a track-by-track guide to the album. The original CD is bolstered by an extra nine tracks, including acoustic versions of five songs, covers of Britney’s ‘Womanizer’ and ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’, plus a couple of remixes by The Count (aka Herve) and Swedish dance act Style Of Eye.

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lisa hannigan, nicole atkins feature on new jools holland compilation

210709_lisahanniganSecond volume of exclusive live performances out next month

Following last year’s successful Later …Live With Jools Holland compilation comes a second volume of the toadying presenter’s hand-picked performances from his twice-weekly TV show. Returning for a second time are Lily Allen, Adele, Muse, Seasick Steve and Keane, while more surprising inclusions come from US singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins with ‘Maybe Tonight’ from her brilliant debut album Neptune City, and Karima Francis with her cover of Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’. This year’s Mercury Prize contenders Lisa Hannigan and Friendly Fires feature alongside 2008 winners Elbow. Other WTT-friendly artists on the tracklist include Goldfrapp (‘Happiness’), Melody Gardot (‘Sweet Memory’), Santigold (‘L.E.S. Artistes’) and Little Boots (‘Remedy’). The double album is out October 12th through Rhino.

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lily allen: it’s not me, it’s you (2009)
February 9, 2009, 9:30 am
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Lily Allen
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As part of their brilliant ‘Song Wars’ series on BBC 6 Music, Adam and Joe produced ‘My Bum Is Not Quite Perfect & My Boyfriend’s Rubbish Too’, a spot-on parody of a Kate Nash song. It included the exquisitely Nash-esque line, “I sit on my bed, eat some cheese on toast and think about how crap you are”. Lily Allen’s penchant for the parochial is similarly easy to mock. Along with Nash and The Streets’ Mike Skinner, Allen has been credited/blamed with British pop’s growing preoccupation with the unifying details of everyday life. 

Allen’s second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, is a slightly more worldly affair than its predecessor, 2006’s Alright, Still. The closest we get to a cheese-on-toast moment is ‘Chinese’, whose chorus is a veritable litany of mediocrity: “You make me beans on toast and a nice cup of tea / then we’ll get a Chinese and watch TV”. It’s clearly an attempt to evoke the comforting domesticity that’s the antithesis of her tabloid image. Nevertheless, listeners in thrall to the escapist possibilities of music may feel an overwhelming urge to listen to some Nick Cave straight afterwards. 

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lily allen’s got the fear
December 2, 2008, 3:49 pm
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021208_lilyallenAnd she’s bringing it to a city near you

Tickets went on sale this morning for Lily Allen’s newly announced March tour in support of her upcoming second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, out on February 9th. The album will be preceded by new single ‘The Fear’ on January 26th. Taking a look at the darker side of celebrity and consumer culture in typical Lily fashion, it’s not as immediately catchy as, say, ‘Smile’, and radio censors will be rushing to bleep out all the best lines, but it’s not bad. You can definitely hear Greg Kurstin’s influence; it’s like a Bird & The Bee song with a Cockney accent (but even that’s toned down). 

Elsewhere on the album, Lily tackles issues with more gravitas: racism (‘Fuck You’), drug addiction (‘Everyone’s At It’) and, gulp!, even 9/11 (‘Him’). There’s even time to expound upon the trials of ageism on ’22’ and, of course, crap men on ‘Never Gonna Happen’. Just don’t expect any love songs. Speaking to Canadian website Chartattack.com this week, Lily admitted she just can’t write them. “I’d love to be able to do it, I just don’t know how,” she said, “It’s not a conscious choice, and it’s almost annoying that that’s how I write. It bugs me because it sounds like nursery rhymes to me.”

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trouser shorts: lily allen, eileen rose and more

Champagne supernova Lily Allen made for car-crash telly this week when she got so drunk while presenting at the GQ Awards she pissed off not only co-host Elton John but also her brother Alfie’s fiancée Jaime Winstone. Nice one Lily. Elton’s face is priceless. It’s not shown in this video but apparently his response to her baiting was along the lines of “I could still snort you under the table”. Way to prove your relevance. Hmm.

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Italo-American singer-songwriter Eileen Rose was probably quite surprised to find herself among YouTube’s top videos with nearly 90,000 views in just two days. An industrious fan has cleverly fused Eileen’s song ‘$20 Shoes’ with footage of Betty Boop cartoons, and it really works. We love it. Eileen re-releases her fourth album At Our Tables with a bonus live disc next week, and is back in the UK from Saturday. Tourdates here.

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Those with a hatred for anything overly cutesy should NOT click on the video below. It’s a brand new song from childlike Mancunian songstress Lucy & The Caterpillar. On a cuteness scale of 1 to 10, ‘An Elephant’s Hobby’ is about a 76. We can’t help but adore her though. She’s just so CUTE.

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Other videos we’ve been enjoying this week:

Sam Phillips covering The Magnetic Fields’ ‘Underwear’

The new CSS single, ‘Move’

plus the latest in ongoing series from Amanda Palmer, Jenny Lewis and Polly Scattergood…

Amanda Palmer, ‘Strength Through Music’

Jenny Lewis, new Acid Tongue promos

Polly Scattergood, ‘Pollyworld part 3’

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Alan Pedder

trouser press: emiliana torrini, inara george and more

– listen to the new Emiliana Torrini single
– Inara George teams up with Van Dyke Parks for new album
– Juliana Hatfield preps ninth solo album and autobiography
– Holly Throsby coming to the UK, new album
– HK119, Rose Kemp and Land Of Talk feature on free album
– new Ida EP details
– new Jennifer O’Connor album details
– All Girl Summer Fun Band return after four-year absence
– Lily Allen rumoured to be working with Lindsay Lohan

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Wears The Trousers favourite Emiliana Torrini releases her third international album, Me & Armini, on September 8th. Produced by long-time collaborator Dan Carey, the album is said to be “a hugely ambitious and aspirational pop record” (so presumably miles away from 2005’s hushed and intimate Fisherman’s Woman).

The album’s first single, the summery title track, will be released on August 18th, followed shortly after by ‘Jungle Drum’, a “surging, breathless” beast of a song, on September 29th. That’s all we know so far, but you can listen to ‘Me & Armini’ on Emiliana’s Myspace RIGHT NOW.

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