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free music friday: throwing muses
January 29, 2010, 11:40 am
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Throwing Muses
‘Sunray Venus’ [demo]

Back in 2003, Kristin Hersh announced that the tour of that year was intended to be Throwing Muses final outing for the forseeable future, and while they have played live somewhat sporadically since, there has been no new output for the Muses, either live or recorded. But this week something special happened; a letter appeared on the band’s website, written by Hersh in her typically direct tone, announcing a potential new release. The letter is a lovely read, and takes forward some of the things that Kristin told Wears The Trousers in an interview in November 2008, specifically that Throwing Muses songs have been hanging around bothering their author for ages. “Songs don’t care how much studio time you can afford, though; they just keep singing themselves at you,” she writes. “And I know a Muses song when I hear it: intricate and dynamic, they’re easy to spot. When one came to me, I would learn it and then put it away.”

It seems that now is the time for Kristin and co. to unpack these hidden songs and share them with their ever-faithful fanbase. The band are hoping to release an album through CASH Music, the project that Kristin and ex-L7 frontwoman Donita Sparks set up in order to allow under-funded musicians to raise money in a non-profit format to finance releases. It’s a superb idea that has worked well for Kristin in particular, and the fans who subscribe to her ‘Strange Angels’ project, who get exclusive downloads, gig tickets and special content in return for their contributions. This will be the first time that a Throwing Muses record will have been funded this way and the project is still in its early days. As Kristin states, “Bernie and Dave are hearing these songs for the first time [online], when they’re posted, and will be working out their parts long distance, Bernie in Seattle and Dave in Rhode Island. I’m in New Orleans, of course, so we definitely have some details to iron out, but for now, we’re just thrilled to be thrilled again. There’s nothing we love more than working.”

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kristin hersh week
February 14, 2009, 5:25 pm
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To celebrate the relaunch of Kristin’s fantastic CASH Music initiative on February 13th, 2009, we dedicated our first ever theme week to her.

Day 1 : Exclusive interview!

Day 2 : A player of three acts: a buyer’s guide to Kristin Hersh

Day 3 : Immune to broken: a guide to Kristin Hersh’s Speedbath

Day 4 : I have a taste of you(tube): Kristin on camera

Day 5 : Free MP3: Kristin Hersh’s ‘Gin’

the breeders to curate second weekend of ATP 2009

Throwing Muses also confirmed for the event

Massively influential queens of alternative rock The Breeders will curate the second weekend in next year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties at Butlins, Minehead, and with only the first five of 40+ acts confirmed as yet it already looks exciting. Gracing the stage along with Kim and Kelley Deal will be Kristin Hersh’s equally legendary Throwing Muses, a prospect that has us foaming at the mouth with rabid anticipation. Recent Breeders album Mountain Battles (review) may have been a little disappointing but the force of their live show remains a wonder to behold. In short, this is not to be missed.

The event runs from May 15th–17th and tickets are now on sale in all the usual places (here is best). But if all those monies are a little stretch for you pre-Christmas, ATP are graciously offering a limited deposit scheme where you can pay £50–£60 per person up front and pay the rest in January; the deposit guarantees you an apartment and entry to the event. 

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trouser press: kristin hersh, alela diane and more

in today’s trouser press:

– Kristin Hersh brings The Shady Circle to London
– Alela Diane is the voice of Headless Heroes
– remixers ruffle the feathers of Au Revoir Simone
– Melanie Garside returns as Maple Bee
– lost Gershwin tunes brought to life by Victoria Hart
– Loreena McKennitt gets festive, again
– Martha Wainwright and others cover Leonard Cohen, again
– Madonna lashes out at Sarah Palin
– Canadian artists raise environmental awareness pre-election 

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Having toured her autobiography-as-performance art show ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ (which, it appears, will eventually come out as a book), Kristin Hersh brings her latest project, The Shady Circle, to London in November. A follow-up of sorts to her Appalachian folk song collection Murder, Misery & Then Goodnight, The Shady Circle is basically just Kristin, an electric guitar, an amp and songs and stories galore.

Curious? Well, we’ve had a root around the internets and found a lovely live recording of a house concert in which several Shady Circle songs were performed – ‘Willie Moore’, ‘Waiting For The One Train’, ‘Children Oh Children’, ‘Dusty Road’ – as well as a few Kristin/Throwing Muses originals. And the best bit? It’s free and legal to download. Get part one here and part two here.

London’s The Borderline plays host to The Shady Circle on November 23rd.

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If you haven’t yet become acquainted with the supremely talented Alela Diane, whose 2007 album The Pirate’s Gospel was deservedly hailed as a masterpiece, then another opportunity is waiting in the wings. Alela is the voice of Headless Heroes, a new covers project dreamt up by A&R man Eddie Bezalel (Alice Smith, Mark Ronson) and brought to life by a crack team of musicians.

Billed as a “simply beautiful collection of lost classics and unearthed gems sung with arresting clarity”, The Silence Of Love (out November 10th) is the ensemble’s debut album that tackles bittersweet songs of love and loss spanning 40 years. Classics from Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs and The Gentle Soul mingle seamlessly with more modern selections from Daniel Johnston, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and The Jesus & Mary Chain.

Alela describes the project as “pure fun”, adding: “It was quite liberating to just sing! And not worry about it being my record, or it being different from the type of music that I’m used to making…I was able to use all different parts of my voice, from what I do in my own songs, to what I learned while singing in the school choir.”

The Silence Of Love
01 True Love Will Find You In The End
02 Just One Time
03 Here Before
04 Just Like Honey
05 To You
06 Blues Run The Game
07 Hey Now Who Really Cares
08 Nobody’s Baby Now
09 North Wind Blew South
10 See My Love

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