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Hello! Here's what's going on with the summer issue, due in July:
The Dresden Dolls
Amanda Palmer took some time out of her hectic touring schedule to spend some quality time with Andrzej Lukowski yesterday to talk about the brilliant new Dresden Dolls album Yes, Virginia and more. Can't wait to read this one myself!
We'll (probably) be doing a piece on why women are so underrepresented at the major music festivals and what better way to accompany that than with an interview with The Cardigans' Nina Persson. Robbie de Santos met up with Nina backstage at a gig in Berlin and chatted about life on the road, Super Extra Gravity and her plans for the future.
Po' Girls/ Be Good Tanyas
I went to hang out with Be Good Tanya Trish Klein and her other band Po'Girl last week at The Borderline. What a lovely bunch and so disgustingly talented and intelligent too. There's new albums on the way from both bands so keep your ears to the ground (or at least your eyes on WTT) for more on those.
Argentinean electroacoustic queen Juana Molina (also a comedian and actress) is releasing her third album Son next month and we'll be sending her some questions across the Atlantic via the wonders of email to ask her all about it.
The Handsome Family / Metric / Psapp
In other email interview news someone will be talking to Rennie Sparks from top husband and wife Americana duo The Handsome Family about their new album Last Days Of Wonder... Andrzej will be chatting with Emily Haines from Canadian band Metric who release their new album Live It Out in July through Drowned In Sound... and someone else will grab a digital coffee with Galia Durant of super duper "toytronica" (that's electronica with toys!) band Psapp whose new album The Only Thing I Ever Wanted is released on May 22nd.
Fronted by the legendary Queen of Twee Amelia Fletcher (she of Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Marine Research fame), Tender Trap are about to release their second album 6 Billion People and we're going to talk to them all about it. Yay.
Mia Doi Todd
Clare Byrne will be catching up with hidden treasure Mia from California's always inspiring Bay Area music scene to talk about her latest foray into whipping up acoustic and electro sounds into one creamy blend of total yumminess. That'll be her new remix and rarities album La Ninja: Amor & Other Dreams Of Manzanita then.
Stephanie Kirkham / Amy Wadge / Beth Rowley / Eliza Wren Payne
Trevor Raggatt and Michael Banna are putting together a series of small interviews with some of the UK's upcoming female stars. This one's still in the early stages. Ask me about it in a few weeks' time.
Plus we'll be exploring the notion of the male feminist in a special piece by Jo Harrison (aka Eliza Lazy) who is also contributing more of her amazing artwork... Trevor follows up his MySpace article with another look at the world of digital music, including a little interview with the ever more popular Nerina Pallot on the matter... oh, and I almost forgot to mention that we've got a pair of exclusive, web-only interviews with Isobel Campbell and The Hot Puppies going online very very soon.
So, as you can see, the summer issue looks set to be pretty chunky with more features still to be announced. No beach body for us this year!