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new MIA track will be on next album
January 15, 2010, 1:43 pm
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When brightly-attired agit-pop genius M.I.A. ‘leaked’ a new track through her Twitter feed earlier this week, supposedly called ‘There’s Space For Ol’ Dat I See’, happy retweeters and eager bloggers spread it quicker than a bucky shot. There then followed a volley of questions – “Where did it come from?”, “Is it really new?”, “Will it be on the album?” – until yesterday’s official confirmation that, yes, it’s new, yes, it’s on the album, and oops, it’s actual title is ‘Space Odyssey’. Produced with the help of dubstep artist Rusko and recorded with a humble $100 budget, the track was conceived as a rapid-fire response to the a recently published article in the New York Times titled ‘The 31 Places To Go In 2010’, which awarded Sri Lanka the #1 spot. Reducing a country enduring ongoing, bloody civil strife into a “scenic” holiday destination for holiday makers was evidently too much for the artist, who has strong family roots there.

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #25-1

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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: ida maria, soko, dirty projectors

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Ida Maria has rejigged her 2007/2009 single ‘Oh My God’ for a third shot at the charts, this time with guest vocals from Iggy Pop. Although they did not meet during the recording, the two plan to shoot a video together in Miami later this month. Speaking to SPIN.com, Ida revealed that she’s a big fan of the chiselled elder statesman of punk and is delighted with his contribution. “It turned out to be the most euphoric supernatural sound I could ever imagine,” she gushed. Judge for yourself here. The single gets a digital release on August 31st.

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trouser shorts: estelle bennett, MIA, yeah yeah yeahs

Oh boy, we are so behind in the news. Here, very briefly, is what happened last week while we were sleeping.

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After many years spent out of the limelight, The Ronettes’ Estelle Bennett was found dead at her home in New Jersey on Wednesday, aged 67. Her last public appearance was to celebrate The Ronettes’ inclusion in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her sister Ronnie Spector announced Estelle’s death through a short, touching message on her website. The cause of death was later determined to be colon cancer. [more]

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MIA went into labour just hours after her Grammy Awards performance on Sunday, giving birth to a “healthy, fine, beautiful” son, “the most amazing thing ever on this planet”, on Wednesday. [more]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs revealed the exploding egg artwork for their new album, and a tracklist that goes a bit like this:

It’s Blitz
01 Zero
02 Heads Will Roll
03 Soft Shock
04 Skeletons
05 Dull Life
06 Shame & Fortune
07 Runaway
08 Dragon Queen
09 Hysteric
10 Little Shadow 

It’s Blitz is released on April 13th, with first single ‘Zero’ out a week earlier. Once again Nick Launay and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek are on board as producers.

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Hot on the heels of their remarkable five-Grammy win last weekend, Rounder Records confirmed that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have started work on the follow-up to 2007’s Raising Sand with T-Bone Burnett as producer. In an email to Country Standard Time, Rounder’s Ken Irwin stated: “Alison and Robert have been in the studio for about two weeks and although we haven’t heard any of the music, we’ve been hearing good things from the musicians.”

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Despite abounding rumours of an imminent split, Girls Aloud signed a new three-album deal with their label Fascination and will put out the first of those next year. [more]

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Chairlift announced plans to re-release their debut album, Does You Inspire You, in April after signing to major label Columbia. The new edition is bolstered by two previously unreleased tracks from the same sessions, ‘Dixie Gypsy’ and ‘Flying Saucer Hat’. Expect UK tour dates soon.

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New Welsh band The Joy Formidable gave away their debut album, A Balloon Called Moaning, on the NME blog. You can still get it here. The physical CD is out this week.

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Alan Pedder



trouser shorts: M.I.A., sonic youth, my brightest diamond

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For someone who not so long ago seemed quite determined to abandon music altogether, M.I.A. hasn’t done too badly for herself since thinking better of it. Earlier this week her single ‘Paper Planes’ came top of The Village Voice’s famous annual Pazz & Jop Poll and tonight it turns out she’s up for an Oscar. ‘O…Saya’, her collaboration with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ soundtrack mastermind AR Rahman, was among the three nominees for Best Original Song alongside another Rahman track, ‘Jai Ho’, and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Down To Earth’ from Disney/Pixar’s ‘WALL-E’. No sign of Golden Globes nominees Beyoncé or Miley Cyrus, or even the winner, Bruce Springsteen. This year’s Oscars – the 81st – take place on February 22nd.

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Sonic Youth have been Twittering away quite merrily this week as they work on the follow-up to 2006’s Rather Ripped with Patti Smith producer John Agnello, revealing a whole bunch of working titles f0r the album. Due in June through Matador Records, it’s tentatively titled The Eternal and may include the following: ‘That’s What We Know’, ‘Sacred Trickster’, ‘Calming The Snake’, ‘Massage The History’ and “something about a Malibu gas station”. 

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The second instalment in My Brightest Diamond’s series of digital-only remix EPs was released on Monday in all good online stores. Shark Remixes Vol. 2 features Son Lux remixes of ‘Apples’, ‘The Diamond’, ‘Inside A Boy’ and ‘To Pluto’s Moon’, and the lovely folks at Asthmatic Kitty want you to have those last two for free. 

FREE MP3: My Brightest Diamond, ‘Inside A Boy’ [Son Lux remix]

FREE MP3: My Brightest Diamond, ‘To Pluto’s Moon’ [Son Lux remix]

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Norwegian singer-songwriter Hanne Hukkelberg will release her new album, Blood From A Stone, in April. Written over a 7-month period on the isolated island of Senja in the Arctic Circle, Hanne writes in her blog that the album, somewhat paradoxically, is a much more forthright rock album than her softly experimental previous albums Little Things and Rykestrasse 68. “I would call it a mixture of new wave, no wave and indie music,” she says, “but the music is still wrapped in my personal sound: small sounds, found sounds, weird objects used as instruments and different layers…this is a record more direct, more loud and from the hip – lyrically as well.”

You can hear one of the songs – a decidedly un-rocky piano tune – and take a tour of her island retreat by watching this video.

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Australian twin sisters The Veronicas will release an iTunes exclusive EP, Untouched, on February 3rd. Lisa and Jessica Origliasso have recorded a special unplugged version of the title track and thrown in three previously unreleased B-sides – ‘Hollywood’, ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Everything’. The original version of ‘Untouched’ rounds out the tracklist, and is lifted directly from their second album Hook Me Up.

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Singer-songwriter Heather Greene has been very busy since last year’s long-delayed UK release of her 2005 album Five Dollar Dress with two different projects on the go. The tail end of 2008 was spent on finalising the release of her new album Sweet Otherwise – it came out a couple of weeks ago without us noticing! – and has been working with Adam Williams of Powerman 5000 on a new electronica project called Argon 40. Their debut double A-side single is out on March 2nd through iTunes and features the songs ‘When The Words Don’t Come’ and ‘44.66 Days’. Here’s a suitably sci-fi, Bacofoil-splattered video as a taster. Gig dates expected this summer.

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Lhasa de Sela is not the most prolific of artists. Her last album, the incredible The Living Road, was released back in 2003, and the album before that in 1998. So, it’s been 5 years…must be time for a new one, right? As it happens, yes. Aside from collaborating with Stuart Staples and Tindersticks, she’s been fairly quiet on the music front, so the news that her self-titled third album will be out in April comes as a pleasant and unexpected surprise. Her first album to be sung entirely in English, it was recorded under ‘live’ conditions at Montreal’s famous Hotel2Tango studios using purely analogue techniques. Here’s a tracklist.

Lhasa
01 Is Anything Wrong
02 Rising
03 Love Came Here
04 What Kind of Heart
05 Bells
06 Fool’s Gold
07 A Fish On Land
08 Where Do You Go
09 The Lonely Spider
10 1001 Nights
11 I’m Going In
12 Anyone & Everyone

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Alan Pedder




brits nominations hold no surprises

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It’s a bit of a moot point, if a widely shared view, but it’s tough to get excited about the BRIT Awards these days. The nominations are typically more predictable than sunrise, yet somehow always disappointing. OK, so 2008’s Best British Female Solo Artist nods in the directions of Bat For Lashes and PJ Harvey were a nice surprise, but no such luck this year. Not even a wink or a smile in Laura Marling’s direction, which is odd. It’s annoying to see Adele nominated for Best British Breakthrough Act when they formed an award especially for her last year – the so-called Critic’s Choice award for best emerging talent – and smacks a little of self-fulfilling prophecy. That award is going to Florence & The Machine this year, which makes us wonder whether we’ll be really bored of her too this time in 2010. At least the songs she co-wrote with Razorlight’s insufferable Johnny Borrell won’t be making the cut of her album (due in early July).

It’s nice to see Beth Rowley get a nomination for Best British Female Solo Act, but up against Duffy, Adele, M.I.A. and Estelle, we can’t see her winning. The Ting Tings have also done well – too well, even. We Started Nothing was good fun in the summer but among the top five British albums last year? We’re not convinced. They’re up for Best British Breakthrough Act too, alongside Duffy, Adele, Scouting For Girls and The Last Shadow Puppets. Girls Aloud will be hoping to get their first ever Brit Award – hard to believe they’ve never had one – with two nominations in Best British Group and Best Single for ‘The Promise’. They’ve been nominated four times before, however, so won’t be counting their chickens.

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crystal castles singer tops 2008 NME cool list

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Not sure if this really qualifies as ‘news’, such is the pointless worth of the annual NME ‘Cool List’, but Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass was proclaimed by the publication to be the coolest person in music. Yesterday. Which probably means that someone else is cooler now. Alice herself didn’t seem too fussed, nor particularly fond of the accolade ‘cool’ saying, “We need new idioms, we need to stop talking like beatniks.” When asked why she thought she got so many votes, she replied: “My pact with Satan hasn’t expired yet.”

In fact, Crystal Castles are so cool that someone’s even made a LEGO version of their ‘Courtship Dating’ video. Three other women were in the top ten: Ladyhawke at #6, M.I.A. at #8 and Caroline McKay of Glasvegas at #10. But perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the top 50 was Scarlett Johansson at #29, of whom they wrote: “Johansson’s debut album was so breathtakingly hip it made Alice Glass look like Harriet Harman.” Which just goes to prove how silly the whole thing is.

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