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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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best of 2009: readers poll results #10-1

At last, here are the ten albums you voted for in the highest number as your favourites for 2009. Happy New Year from all at Wears The Trousers!

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Alela Diane
To Be Still

[Names; February 2009]

What we said then: To Be Still is the kind of album that communicates directly with the hindbrain, directing you to the nearest couch, bed or convenient corner; once there, your instructions are to daydream, to ruminate through long-forgotten memories, or just to stare off into the middle distance… Alela Diane is truly the real thing: a singer-songwriter of immense talent, overflowing with creative ideas and real vision.” ••••½ Scott Sinclair

What we say now: She’s come a long way from the low-budget days of her early self-released albums Forest Parade and the later-reissued masterpiece The Pirate’s Gospel, and we’re thrilled to see Alela Diane finally breaking even and earning her dues. To Be Still saw Alela move away from the sparse folk of earlier efforts to a fuller band sound, a successful evolution that helped her transition from underground acclaim to more mainstream pastures, as evidenced in her well-received slot on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’. A bold and beautiful effort.

Download: ‘The Alder Trees’, ‘The Ocean’, ‘White As Diamonds’

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regina spektor to score a fairytale musical
September 17, 2009, 12:05 pm
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080509_reginaspektorTwist on Sleeping Beauty to aim for Broadway

With details of Tori Amos’s stage musical project ‘The Light Princess’ (based on the George MacDonald short story) still sketchy at best, Regina Spektor might just steal her limelight with the news that she is to score her own fairytale spinoff in new Broadway-aimed musical, ‘Beauty’, produced by Elephant Eye Theatrical, the same theatre group behind the new Addams Family stage production. The story branches out from playwright and director Tina Landau’s one-act play of the same name, staged in 2002, and “uses the 1812 Grimm fairy tale Sleeping Beauty as a jumping off point for a contemporary and hauntingly provocative story of beauty lost and beauty found.”

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regina spektor announces new UK dates
September 3, 2009, 8:36 am
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080509_reginaspektorPresale on now; general sale tomorrow

Following her one-off date at London’s Hyde Park back in June, Regina Spektor is coming back to the UK at the end of November for a four-date headline tour. Starting with Birmingham on November 30th, she’ll swing by Glasgow, Manchester and London before making an all-too-hasty exit. Some tickets are already on sale if you use the special pre-sale links. For Birmingham, Manchester and London, click here. For Glasgow, click here. The rest of the tickets will be on sale tomorrow from 9am, so don’t despair if they ‘sell out’ today. For Birmingham, Manchester and London general sale tickets, click here. For Glasgow, click here.

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last.fm listening stats: week #31
August 11, 2009, 10:04 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 09/08/09

Unique to the group

01 Regina Spektor (5)
02 Kate Bush (-)
03 Tori Amos (1)
04 Ani DiFranco (2)
05 Erin McKeown (-)
06 Thea Gilmore (6)
07 Ane Brun (3)
08 Alessi’s Ark (-)
09 Joni Mitchell (-)
10 Bat For Lashes (4)

Overall charts

01 Regina Spektor (2)
02 Tori Amos (1)
03 Kate Bush (-)
04 Bat For Lashes (3)
05= Cat Power (7=)
05= Björk (-)
07 Radiohead (-)
08= The Smiths (-)
08= Fiona Apple (-)
10 Joni Mitchell (-)

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This week’s stats are based on the compulsive habits of 240 listeners.

last.fm listening stats: week #26
July 7, 2009, 8:30 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 05/07/09

Unique to the group

01 Regina Spektor (2)
02 Ane Brun (-)
03 Tori Amos (6)
04 Bat For Lashes (-)
05 Ani DiFranco (3)
06 Sarah Slean (-)
07 Indigo Girls (-)
08 Alessi’s Ark (-)
09 Fiona Apple (-)
10 Kate Bush (1) 

Overall charts

01 Regina Spektor (1)
02= Tori Amos (3)
02= Bat For Lashes (5=)
04= PJ Harvey (9=)
04= Cat Power (-)
04= Radiohead (5=)
07 Yeah Yeah Yeahs (7)
08= Fiona Apple (-)
08= Feist (-)
08= Björk (4) 

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This week’s stats are based on the compulsive habits of 219 listeners.

regina spektor: far (2009)
June 28, 2009, 7:28 pm
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Regina Spektor
Far ••••

In 1989, as walls fell and evil empires surrendered, philosopher Francis Fukuyama believed himself witness to “the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalisation of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” For anyone born since (arguably) the Reagan/Gorbachev years, the world has evolved, but at a geostationary speed – incrementally and at no faster rate than we would expect it to as we age. For we who have known nothing but the cold comforts of Western capitalism, history itself is an abstraction. History, regardless of whether or not we believe it continues, does not happen to us. 

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