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[updated] free music friday: marissa nadler
February 12, 2010, 8:33 pm
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Marissa Nadler
‘I Love My Man’ [demo]

UPDATE: You can now download the finished version of ‘I Love My Man’ from Pitchfork as a preview of the forthcoming Amnesty International benefit album Peace, an epic compilation curated by Buffet Libre and featuring artists from 56 countries around the world. It’s available from March 1. Read all about it here.

When Wears The Trousers interviewed Marissa Nadler for our issue 7 feature, we asked her whether her music was becoming a bit less deathly considering that her newest release Little Hells had a noticeably lower body count than previous albums, which she thought was pretty funny. “Lately I have been writing tonnes of songs, and they are all about situations and about living people,” she reassured us. A few months later we started hearing of a new romantic element to Marissa’s latest compositions, and rumours that the general feel of the next record might in fact be more lovestruck than lovelorn.

Over the last week or so, followers of Marissa on Twitter have been treated to an exclusive listen to a demo of a new song with the working title ‘Love Song 2’, so we thought we’d pass it on to the rest of you. All the hallmarks of Marissa’s unique sound are there, even in this simple home recording, with beautifully finger-picked acoustic guitar and that spectral, timeless voice, but it’s easy to imagine how it might come alive with a full band studio treatment if it ever gets one. The lyrics tell of spiritually uplifting visits to old burial grounds and New England towns with a man the narrator loves “like I was your darling wife”. But it’s not all sweet nothings. It gets a bit existentialist towards the end as Marissa sings (I think), “Farewell then world, I’ve had enough of thee / and now I’m careless, wilt thou save me?” – all in all, a very promising glimpse at what might be to come. MP3 after the jump

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #50–26

part one | part two | part four

Here’s the third part of our albums of the decade countdown, running from #50–26.

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Queen Adreena
Drink Me

[Rough Trade, 2002]

Casting aside the disparaging comparisons to “Kate Bush on crack” bestowed upon her in the wake of Queen Adreena’s debut album Taxidermy, KatieJane Garside upped the ante with Drink Me, tearing whatever hinges that were still attached right off with a blisteringly manic grunge-metal fervour. Among her Wonderland’s re-energised malice, the softer moments found Garside’s raging voice shrunk mouse-high, whispering seductively as if through the keyhole, or chillingly into a void. Richly imaginative and manically enjoyable, Drink Me remains one of the decade’s most vigorous and visceral thrills, disturbing to the very last note.

Alan Pedder

read our interview with KatieJane

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best of 2009: readers poll results #20-11

Still counting down the 50 albums you voted for in the highest number as your favourites for 2009. Numbers 20–11 right here.

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Pink Martini
Splendor In The Grass

[Heinz; October 2009]

What we said then: “With Splendor In The Grass, Pink Martini has produced an album which wears its heart, and multiple influences, on its sleeve. Nothing feels out of place here. The recording, production and sequencing are superb, and the performances are exquisite throughout. A beautifully executed record, it is laidback, sweet and life-affirming.” •••• Matt Bregazzi

What we say now: Some canny voting here! This magnificent album from multi-talented collective Pink Martini truly lives up to its title. Blissful moments of pleasure melt into one another as they romp through several decades’ worth of music and popular culture, even securing ‘Sesame Street’ actor Emilio Delgado for a duet cover of The Carpenters’ ‘Sing’. Anyone still in doubt after the album finale that China Forbes possesses one of the most sublime contemporary voices in music really needs new ears. Fact.

Download: ‘New Amsterdam’, ‘Over The Valley’, ‘Sunday Table’

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wears the trousers records presents…


Beautiful Star: The Songs Of Odetta
a benefit compilation curated by Wears The Trousers magazine

released November 30, 2009 (download / limited edition CD)

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last.fm listening stats: week #36
September 15, 2009, 8:29 am
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Got a last.fm account? Join the Wears The Trousers listening group here. We’ll be publishing details of what members are listening to every week throughout the year.

Week ending 13/09/09

Unique to the group

01 Marissa Nadler (7)
02 Ane Brun (2)
03 Bat For Lashes (6)
04 Tori Amos (-)
05 She Keeps Bees (-)
06 Regina Spektor (5)
07 Soap&Skin (-)
08 Beth Orton (-)
09 Laura Marling (-)
10 Peggy Sue (-) 

Overall charts

01 Regina Spektor (1=)
01 Bat For Lashes (2)
03 Tori Amos (3=)
04 Yeah Yeah Yeahs (5=)
05 Radiohead (9=)
06 The Beatles (-)
07= Laura Marling (-)
07= Feist (5=)
07= Cat Power (8)
07= Portishead (-)

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This week’s stats are based on the compulsive habits of 261 listeners.

last.fm listening stats: week #32
August 18, 2009, 9:20 am
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Got a last.fm account? Join the Wears The Trousers listening group here. We’ll be publishing details of what members are listening to every week throughout the year.

Week ending 16/08/09

Unique to the group

01 Marissa Nadler (1)
02 Ane Brun (7)
03 Tori Amos (3)
04 Carina Round (-)
05 Regina Spektor (1)
06 Charlotte Hatherley (-)
07 Bat For Lashes (10)
08 Indigo Girls (-)
09 Thea Gilmore (6)
10 Au Revoir Simone (-)

Overall charts

01 Regina Spektor (1)
02 Tori Amos (2)
03 Bat For Lashes (4)
04 Radiohead (7)
05 Yeah Yeah Yeahs (-)
06= Cat Power (5=)
06= Feist (-)
06= Au Revoir Simone (-)
09= St. Vincent (-)
09= Björk (5=)

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This week’s stats are based on the compulsive habits of 250 listeners.

marissa nadler: hells belle
July 31, 2009, 3:40 pm
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This interview originally appeared in the print edition of Wears The Trousers #7. Order a copy here.


words in edgeways with marissa nadler

Not long ago, as part of a tribute to Radiohead’s OK Computer, Marissa Nadler chose to cover the bittersweet ‘No Surprises’. It was just one line into the song when she sang “A heart that’s full up like a landfill”, and there it was, the image of a wraith-like maiden in a red scarlet gown stumbling and wading through endless piles of discarded items from the last few hundred years. Finding and collecting but rarely stopping for long, combing her internal landscape of leather shoes, flowing silk ribbons, leftover lovers and bones; habitually a melancholic, loner figure like the poet Anne Sexton in ‘Her Kind’: “I have found the warm caves in the woods, filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves, closets, silks, innumerable goods; fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves: whining, rearranging the disaligned. A woman like that is misunderstood, I have been Her Kind.”

This maiden is not quite so misunderstood it seems. With each new album Marissa gains more and more subscribers to her dark and delicate songcraft. With her latest album Little Hells, she reaffirms her astonishing ability to slide back and forth in time, her songs like silken wormholes to the past. Wears The Trousers caught up with our old friend just before she headed out on a lengthy world tour. “Ask me something funny,” she said…

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