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free music friday: the pipettes
February 12, 2010, 4:55 pm
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The Pipettes
‘Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen’

Pity The Pipettes? It all seemed to go so improbably right for a short while, when the likes of ‘Pull Shapes’ and ‘Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me’ were soundtracking every indie-pop club night in the country, but just a few years later a reputation-decimating revolving door of members seemed to leave them up shit creek. Now fronted by sole remaining member Gwenno Saunders and her sister Ali, ‘Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen’ is their stab at clawing back some of that glory and, you know, it’s a bit of a grower. As the decade has turned, so have The Pipettes moved on; instead of ’60s girl-group faux naiveté, here they’re playing on a 1970s sci-fi vibe – just as kitsch but perhaps a little bit more grown up. A little. The song itself doesn’t quite carry itself all the way through, occasionally lapsing into a generic backbeat, and Ani’s vocals take a bit of getting used to, but it’s altogether twinkly and sweet and proves that The Pipettes can’t yet be written off. MP3 after the jump.

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trouser shorts: laura marling, bat for lashes, the dead weather

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Short notice amazingness. Laura Marling will play a 30-minute set tonight at new London venue The Flowerpot. Entry is free, but get there early to avoid disappointment. She’ll be on at 10pm. In other Laura news, she’ll start recording the follow-up to Alas I Cannot Swim – Wears The Trousers readers’ #1 album of 2008 – in a fortnight.

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Bat For Lashes fans can have a go at creating their own remix of Two Suns track ‘Pearl’s Dream’ using a neat little gadget called GoMix. Visit the Bat For Lashes Myspace to find out more. [UPDATE: ‘Pearl’s Dream’ has been announced as the follow-up single to ‘Daniel’ and will be released on June 22nd]

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The Dead Weather, the new band formed by Alison Mosshart of The Kills and The White Stripes’ Jack White, have announced their debut UK show. The band will perform at the Forum in London’s Kentish Town on June 24th. Their debut album Horehound is released on July 13th through White’s own imprint Third Man and major label Columbia. Pitchfork have the album cover here.

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Two-time Wears The Trousers interviewee Rose Elinor Dougall will launch her second post-Pipettes single ‘Start/Stop/Synchro’ at ace London venue The Luminaire on June 8th. Tickets are £5 + booking fee and on sale already through We Got Tickets. Release details here.

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Alan Pedder



new rose elinor dougall single in june
March 25, 2009, 6:33 pm
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wie_roseelinordougallDebut solo album nearly finished

Rose Elinor Dougall returns with another heavenly slice of cinematic, keyboard-led pop on June 8th with her second solo single, ‘Start/Stop/Synchro’, released through Elefant Recordings (Camera Obscura, Au Revoir Simone). Taken from the ex-Pipette’s almost-completed debut album Without Why, the single was once again produced by Lee ‘Muddy’ Baker in his Brighton studio, taking the skeletal demo with its melancholy lyrics and whipping it into shape with a classic indie-pop sheen. Released on limited coloured 7″ vinyl, the single comes packaged with B-side, ‘Static Saturday’, described as a blend of My Bloody Valentine, Broadcast and Cocteau Twins.

‘Start/Stop/Synchro’ is up on Rose’s Myspace now if you fancy a listen. A slew of live dates from Rose and her band of Distractions should be announced soon. First though, she’s back at the Old Queens Head in Islington on April 5th. Keep an ear out for various radio sessions, too; there’s no escape!

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single of the week: rose elinor dougall

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Rose Elinor Dougall
‘Another Version Of Pop Song’

After hanging up her polka dots for good earlier this year, Pipettes keyboardist Rose Elinor Dougall embarked on a solo enterprise that quickly piqued the interest of critics who snapped up the news with enthusiasm and intrigue. A flurry of songs appearing online and disappearing almost as fast helped to fan the flames, as did a string of live dates around the country with her all-new musical collaborators, and with her very first single out this week the buzzing curiosity will surely turn into enthusiastic critiquing.

‘Another Version Of Pop Song’ is a whirling, bohemian number, distanced from the disco-friendly pop of The Pipettes, yet retaining that retro-inspired edge that inspired their sound and image. Counting The Silver Apples and Broadcast among her influences, it’s easy to see the roots that have sprouted the gentle yet giddy sweetness on display here. The building layers of acoustic guitar, crashing symbols and rising violins imbue the track with a Spector-esque orchestral magic, while the tambourines, ’60s-style handclaps and dancing electro flute sounds cast the song breezily into the realms of beaming, folk-tinged psychedelia. Singing with a clear, soulful cadence, this solo material allows Rose’s voice to shine independently, expressing a range and freedom that was understandably eclipsed during her time as part of a band.

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au revoir anna: another pipette quits the band

310808_thepipettesNew recruit makes a swift exit

Anna MacDonald, the new Pipette that isn’t Gwenno’s sister, is no longer with the band according to their latest Myspace post. Announced today ahead of their planned appearance at the Sŵn Festival in Wales this weekend, which has now been cancelled, the Pips wrote that Anna left the group to “pursue a songwriting career outside of the band” after just 6 months with the band. Well, when you can write a top ten single for the Sugababes, as Anna did recently with ‘Girls’ (a partial co-write, given that it was pretty much a cover), I suppose it’s only natural to try and take that further. The band are “all very upset” but vow to continue their “quest for the perfect Pipette” with plans to record the next Pipettes album “still afoot”. Although the festival this weekend is out of the question, Gwenno, Ani and the boys appear to be honouring their forthcoming show at the Union Chapel in London on December 6th.

In other Pipettes news, ex-member Rose Elinor Dougall has announced some more live dates with her new backing band prior to and following the release of her debut solo single ‘Another Version Of Pop Song’ on December 8th. Catch her at the following venues:

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rose elinor dougall: “leaving the pipettes was like losing a boyfriend”
October 14, 2008, 4:48 pm
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words in edgeways with rose elinor dougall

Having departed from retro pop girl-group and former Wears The Trousers cover stars The Pipettes, Rose Elinor Dougall has shed her ‘Rosay’ alter ego and is forging ahead with another version of pop that’s all her own vision. Her beloved Casiotone keyboard and that plum pudding-rich, very English voice are all that’s recognisable from previous endeavours. In contrast to her early, sparse Myspace demos, Rose’s debut solo single ‘Another Version Of Pop Song’ is a brilliantly realised embrace of dizzying keyboards and the ontological questioning of a born dreamer, with a healthy dose of handclaps of course. Whereas the twentysomething Pipettes would shamelessly revel in reliving school-age liaisons and dancefloor dalliances with local heartthrobs (and why not?), ‘Another Version’ feels that bit more mature in its execution and dealings with romance. The limited edition 7″, available from December, will add a touch of class to any music lover’s (oversized) Christmas stocking. Rose talked to Wears The Trousers about her new, polka dot-free artistic adventures, her formative past and hopes for the future.

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trouser press: cat power, frida hyvönen and more

in today’s trouser press:
– more Cat Power covers lurk at the Dark End Of The Street
– Frida Hyvönen goes Wild on new album
– preview the new Jolie Holland album in full
– ex-Pipette Rose announces debut solo single
– Electric Proms sign up Sharleen Spiteri for ‘Saturday Night Fever’ tribute
– new album on the way from Amadou & Mariam
– is Duffy on the edge?
– hear Paramore’s new vampire film song
– Tegan & Sara talk about hanging with the ‘bad boys’ of rock
– listen to new Doctors & Dealers songs
– Girls Aloud’s Nicola confronts Chris Moyles
– who thinks Sarah Palin is rock ‘n’ roll?

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Once she wanted to be the greatest. Now she just can’t stop covering ‘em. Cat Power releases a new 6-track EP featuring some of the leftovers from the sessions for Chan Marshall’s second covers album, Jukebox, on December 9th. It comes as a limited edition double 10″ vinyl set in a gatefold sleeve or as a much less exciting clutch of MP3s. There will be no CD issue.

There will no doubt be grumbles that Dark End Of The Street doesn’t feature either her cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ or Cat Stevens’ ‘How Can I Tell You’, short clips from which have soundtracked adverts in the US, but I’m personally quite happy that a studio version of Sandy Denny/Fairport Convention’s classic ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’ will finally be seeing the light of day. That and three of the other songs are previously unreleased in any form.

Dark End Of The Street EP
01 Auld Triangle [Pogues cover] +
02 Dark End Of The Street [James Carr/Aretha Franklin cover] +
03 Who Knows Where The Time Goes [Sandy Denny cover] +
04 Fortune Son [Creedence Clearwater Revival cover]
05 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) [Otis Redding cover]
06 It Ain’t Fair [Aretha Franklin cover] +

+ previously unreleased

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Eccentric piano-pounding Swede Frida Hyvönen will release her second album proper, Silence Is Wild, in late January 2009. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the US or Canada and can buy it in November. Teaming up once more with producer Jari Haapalainen, Hyvönen hasn’t reined in her bizarre and sometimes shocking way with a lyric – who can forget ‘Once I Was A Serene Teenaged Child’?. Her raw confessionals and scattershot sexuality have always been her most compelling elements, and it seems that we can expect more along those lines with Silence Is Wild. ‘Pony’ is a rewrite of Smog’s ‘I Break Horses’, while ‘December’ deals with abortion in a way that showcases Hyvönen’s “distinct talent for political and social ambivalence”, to quote directly from the press release.

You could argue that now really is not the time for political ambivalence, especially in the US where the record is out on polling day (November 4th). Which brings us nicely to ‘Enemy Within’, a new song that you can have for free by clicking right here. Okay, so it’s not about George W Bush, but it was too good a tenuous link to miss.

Silence Is Wild
01 Dirty Dancing
02 Enemy Within
03 Highway 2 U
04 London!
05 My Cousin
06 Science
07 Scandinavian Blonde
08 December
09 Birds
10 Pony
11 Sic Transit Gloria
12 Oh Shanghai
13 Why Do You Love Me So Much

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