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robyn planning three new albums for 2010
March 1, 2010, 6:25 pm
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It appears that three is most definitely the magic number for everybody’s favourite Swedish popstar, Robyn. Having been bombarded with countless editions of her career rejuvenating 2005 self-titled album and multiple re-released singles, the patience of her stalwart fans will be rewarded with not one, not even two, but three new albums set for release in the next twelve months. And we thought Laura Marling was being ambitious!

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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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trouser shorts: jolie holland, annie lennox, rickie lee jones

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What do Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jolie Holland and UK pop icon Annie Lennox have in common? Not much at first glance, perhaps, but apparently both are set to appear on David Gray’s latest album, Draw The Line, duetting with the wobbly headed Mancunian on separate tracks. Jolie crops up on ‘Kathleen’, a song David describes as one of the album’s quieter moments, adding “It’s got some charm to it, that one. It’s just held its own amongst these bigger numbers. Holland’s vocals just lifts the song out. She’s a star; she’s a rare thing.” Annie also gets major props from the singer, who says she “absolutely transformed” album closer ‘Full Steam Ahead’. 

Draw The Line is released on September 21st.

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Rickie Lee Jones has completed her as yet untitled 11th studio album, tentatively pencilled in for a September release. Reunited with producer David Kalish, who worked with Rickie on her 2003 comeback album The Evening Of My Best Day, the record is said to be influenced by everything from Bob Dylan’s band recordings to Appalachian folk and 1960s soul.

Speaking about the album, Rickie says: “It’s songs I wrote over the past 25 years,” she says. “Some of them that didn’t get finished. Sometimes you have to know who you’re talking to when you write your lyric. Finally I knew who I was talking to and was able to finish it.” Working titles include ‘Bonfires In Hell’, ‘Rehab’, ‘The Downtown Serenade’ and ‘Charlotte’s Birthday Suite’ – a song she wrote for her daughter’s 21st birthday.

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The iconic Siouxsie Sioux is set to DJ at London venue Matter on July 4th as part of club night Circus that runs from 10pm to 6am. Hosted by the inescapable Jodie Harsh, the night will also feature sets from Frankmusik, Kissy Sell Out and Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of The Feeling. More info available at Thisiscircus.com.

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Beth Gibbons is encouraging Portishead fans to join her in participating in the SunWalk, a charity event in Bristol that’s raising money for breast cancer charity Walk The Walk. Kicking off from the grounds of Ashton Court in the city, walkers in the July 5th event can opt to tackle 5, 10 or 21 kilometres in aid of the cause. Find out more here.

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Current Wears The Trousers cover star Ane Brun recently recorded her first live session for the Daytrotter website, who put the files up over the weekend. Download free, exclusive acoustic versions of ‘The Treehouse Song’, ‘The Puzzle’, ‘Changing Of The Seasons’, ‘Linger With Pleasure’ and ‘True Colors’ here. Registration required. Last week’s Anni Rossi session is also well worth listening to while you’re there!

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Yelle have recorded an exclusive French-language cover of Robyn’s ‘Who’s That Girl’ for the iTunes Foreign Exchange series of split digital singles that gets bands from different countries to cover each other’s songs. Robyn returns the favour by transforming Yelle’s ‘A Cause Des Garçons’ into the English-language ‘Because Of Boys’. It looks as though the Robyn song isn’t available in the UK iTunes store just yet, sadly, but the Yelle one is. You can also hear it over on their Myspace. The first instalment of the series, released in May 2007, saw German rockers Wir Sind Helden pair up with US band +44. 

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Most famous internationally for composing the soundtrack to penguin documentary ‘La Marche De L’empereur’ (although her full recordings were limited to the European release), French artist Émilie Simon will follow-up the worldwide release of her compilation The Flower Book with her first album of all-new material since 2006’s Végétal. Released digitally on September 14th and physically on September 21st, the entirely self-penned The Big Machine was recorded in New York with producer Mark Plati (David Bowie, Natalie Imbruglia) and will be preceded with the online-only release of first single ‘Dreamland’ on June 8th. Listen below:

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Alan Pedder




trouser shorts: alessi’s ark, jewel, robyn

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Following hot on the hooves of last year’s sold-out The Horse EP [review], Alessi’s Ark is giving away a brand new song from her forthcoming debut album Notes From The Tree House, for a limited time only. To get your sticky mitts on ‘Magic Weather’, all you have to do is sign up to her mailing list. It’s on her Myspace if you want to hear it first. And don’t forget you can still listen to ‘The Asteroids Collide’ over at Lomography.com, even though the competition to be a part of the accompanying video has ended.

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Jewel Kilcher is working on a new album of original lullabies, marking a return to the simpler acoustic compositions of Pieces Of You. If you’re thinking ‘yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that before and Goodbye Alice… was a badly polished turd’, get yourself over to Perez Hilton for an exclusive listen to new song ‘Raven’. There is still hope.

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Another year, another chance to dredge more cash out of Robyn’s 2005 self-titled album. After countless singles, a treasure trove of remixes and a repackaged deluxe edition comes a new EP of acoustic versions recorded live at Cherrytree House studios, including her reworking of ‘Be Mine’ that somehow still sounds amazing after the zillionth spin. The other two songs to get the stripped-down treatment are the chart-topping ‘With Every Heartbeat’ and album track ‘Bum Like You’. The Cherrytree Sessions EP will be available to download exclusively through iTunes from February 3rd. Physical copies will be available at Borders only, and probably only in the US.

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Ex-Long Blondes singer Kate Jackson features on a new song by Scottish indie rock trio, 1990s. She will duet with frontman Jackie McKeown on ‘Kickstrasse’, reportedly about the German left-wing extremists Baader-Meinhof (or Red Army Faction), many of whom were women. The album, Kicks, was produced by Bernard Butler and is out on March 23rd.

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Lisa Milberg, The Concretes’ singing drummer, has set up a Myspace for her forthcoming solo material. There’s only a demo of new song ‘Lovestruck’ up there at the moment, but she reliably informs us that more music will be coming on February 1st. Mark it in your diaries.

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Alan Pedder




trouser shorts: lou rhodes, ane brun, alela diane

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Lou Rhodes has re-teamed with The Cinematic Orchestra for the soundtrack to Disney’s new nature documentary ‘The Crimson Wing: Mystery Of The Flamingos’, which was filmed in Tanzania and journeys through the life cycle of the birds. The band’s original score is given some oomph from The London Metropolitan Orchestra. Lou provides vocals for closing track ‘Crimson Skies’. Watch the trailer below:

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Ane Brun has announced a special show at London’s Union Chapel on February 26th. Tickets went on sale yesterday lunchtime at the well-worth-it price of £12. Buy here. Changing Of The Seasons is out on February 2nd.

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Here’s the brand new video for Alela Diane’s ‘White As Diamonds’. Download the MP3 for free here.

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Dot Allison has recorded a duet with Pete Doherty that will appear on his new, as-yet-untitled solo album, due March 9th. She contributes vocals to the song ‘Sheepskin Tearaway’ [via NME]

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Hello Saferide, Lykke Li, Robyn, Frida Hyvönen and First Aid Kit are among the nominees just announced for Sweden’s alternative Grammis, the Manifest Awards.  

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Alan Pedder




anna ternheim wins big at swedish grammis
January 8, 2009, 2:14 pm
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080109_annaternheimHello Saferide and Robyn also triumph

Although Kleerup was the night’s big winner, yesterday’s Swedish Grammis awarded the prestigious Best Album award to 30 year old singer-songwriter Anna Ternheim for her third album, Leaving On A Mayday, released in November. Already something of a Grammis big hitter in previous years with 6 nominations and 3 wins (Best Newcomer in 2005, Best Female Artist and Best Lyricist in 2006), Anna added yet another trophy to her collection, winning Best Female Artist for the second time.

Lykke Li, one of Sweden’s most hyped artists in 2008, surprisingly missed out in all five categories for which she had been nominated, as did 2007 Swedish Idol runner up Amanda Jenssen. Annika Norlin of Hello Saferide deservedly took home the prize for Best Lyricist for her fantastic second album, More Modern Short Stories From Hello Saferide, while the always reliable Robyn won herself the trophy for Best Live Act.

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lykke li nominated for five swedish grammis

281108_lykkeliSwedish Idol runner up also gets five nods

Lykke Li’s live performances have been one of the year’s sensations so it’s no suprise to find her name among the contenders for Best Live Act at the 2009 Swedish Grammis, to be held in Stockholm on January 7th. She’s also been shortlisted for Album Of The Year (for her debut Youth Novels), Best Female Pop Artist, Best Lyricist and Best Composer (with Björn Yttling), bringing her total nominations to five.

Matching that is former Swedish Idol contestant Amanda Jenssen, narrowly beaten by winner Marie Picasso in December 2007, who goes up against Lykke in all but the Best Live Act category, with an additional nomination for Song Of The Year. ‘Do You Love Me’ was the first single from her debut album Killing My Darlings, which has now sold over 50,000 copies in Sweden.

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