Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hope you are all having/have had/will have (delete as appropriate) a great Christmas and and New Years.

See you back here in ’04 where we will be having a relaunch and there will be NEW reviews, NEW news, features galore and STUFF and THINGS.

All the best

Bobster

Ilya Are Bellissimo

Ilya release their strikingly beautiful single ‘Bellissimo’ February 9th on Virgin Records. This evocative composition is taken from their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘They Died For Beauty’ released February 23rd.

‘Bellissimo’ is written and produced by Ilya’s three Bristol based members: vocalist Joanna Swan, writer Nick Pullin and producer Dan Brown. Together they form an arresting triumvirate that mix an elegant fusion of styles and sounds with mesmerising results.

Read more… The single will be released on an enhanced CD featuring a latin tinged
Ashley Beedle mix, an Ilya mix and the video. A 12″ will also be released.

Dan Brown describes their sound as “Nina Simone meets Curtis Mayfield with a touch of Air on a windy night”.

If ‘Bellissimo’ sounds familiar it may well be because it’s the soundbed for the latest Cacharel perfume ‘Amor Amor’ TV ad, being aired over the next two months. The single is already receiving excellent specialist airplay with the Ashley Beedle mix.

www.ilya.uk.com

All One Surface/Human Recordings – Cheap CDs for cool people!


All One Surface’s debut album will be released on February 9th to the hungry public. However, the bargain hunters among you will be pleased to know that people on the mailing list in the new year will have the chance to get their hands on the album before release and for a nice cheap price!

Go to www.human-recordings.com and sign up now – if you don’t sign up in time to receive the message, you will miss this offer.

Also, don’t forget that Ciccone play the Strange Fruit New Year Party Upstairs at the Garage, Highbury Corner, London on (drumroll) December 31st and Scarlet Soho will be having their Christmas party at the Railway Inn in Winchester THIS SATURDAY!

C’MON OVER! LAMBCHOP TOUR – EXTRA DATES ADDED!

LAMBCHOP have announced extra dates on a UK tour to follow in the wake of
the release of their two new albums, AW C’MON & NO YOU C’MON, which are
released by City Slang / Labels on February 9th 2004. The albums, which are
only available together on twin set CD and LP, contain a total of twenty
four brand new tracks recorded during the summer of 2003.

The full line up of shows is as follows:

  • 22 March BRIGHTON Dome w/- DAFO String Quartet
    01273 709 709 £15

  • 23 March LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire w/- DAFO String Quartet
    0870 771 2000
    £17.50

  • 24 March SHEFFIELD City Hall
    0114 278 9789
    £15

  • 25 March SALFORD Lowry
    0870 787 5780 £16

  • 26 March EDINBURGH Queens Hall
    0131 668 2019/0870 1690100 £16.50

  • 27 March YORK Barbican
    01904 656 688 £15

  • 28 March DUBLIN Gaiety
    +353 (1) 677 1717
    EUR27.50

  • 17 April HIGH WYCOMBE The Swan Theatre
    01494 512000
    £16.00

  • 18 April COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
    02476 524524
    £14.50

  • 19 April BATH Pavilion
    0870 4444400
    £16.00
  • JOHN SQUIRE New album and single February 2004

    • New single – ‘Room In Brooklyn’ – released February 2nd
    • New album – ‘Marshall’s House’ released February 9th

    John Squire will release his second solo album, entitled ‘Marshall’s House’, in the New Year. The follow up his top twenty album in 2002, ‘Time Changes Everything’, will be released on February 9th 2004.

    ‘Marshall’s House’ features eleven brand new songs that were written and produced by John Squire, with Simon Dawson co-producing, a long-time collaborator since the Stone Roses ‘Second Coming’. Working with the members of the band who toured with John last year, the album was recorded in a spurt of 12 days at Bryn Derwen in Wales. On the band John comments; “I knew this album would be different organically… It does seem far more like a band, more than the last two proper bands.”
    All the tracks on ‘Marshall’s House’ are inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, the American realist. Best known for his works from depression-era America in the thirties and forties, Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ (1942) and ‘Gas’ (1940) stand as exemplary glimpses into the starkness and loneliness of America as she strove towards modernisation. “Hopper painted American scenes and American people – usually quite solitary and depressed-looking individuals. The reason I wanted to write about them was that I find them all quite haunting – superficially light, and awkward and ordinary, but there was something disturbing about some of the characters. So each of the songs is an extrapolated story around those images,” says Squire.

    Track listing as follows;

    • Summertime
    • Hotel Room
    • Marshall’s House
    • Lighthouse & Buildings
    • Cape Cod Morning
    • People In The Sun
    • Tables For Ladies
    • Automat
    • Yawl Riding A Swell
    • Room In Brooklyn
    • Gas

    A single from the album will be released on February 2nd 2003. ‘Room In Brooklyn’ will be available on CD and numbered 7″ vinyl and is backed with another new track ‘Nighthawk’.

    John Squire is currently working on the first ever exhibition of his artwork. The exhibition will showcase all of his sleeve artwork from the legendary Stone Roses’ covers through to The Seahorses, as well as his contributions to the Help / Warchild album projects.

    Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Redemption Song / Arms Aloft

    The first half of this double A side is a cover of ‘Redemption Song’. The sadly late Joe has brilliantly transformed the track, which ends up being far removed from the Bob Marley original. He has created a gentle folk rock backing with the aid of Bobby Trench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Beck and Johnny Cash) and Rick Ruben (producing and playing piano). All of this is topped by the familiarly growling vocals of Mr Strummer. The result is a classy and soulful lament.

    Second up is the much rockier ‘Arms Aloft’, which is full to the brim with twangy guitars, rumbling bass and a really catchy chorus. The contrast with ‘Redemption Song’ is stark but just goes to show what a versatile guy Joe was.

    Look out for Joe’s contribution to AIDS/HIV in Africa charity 46664. The song is called ‘46664 Long Walk To Freedom’ will be available soon and was co-written by Joe Strummer, Bono, Youssou N’Dour and Abdel Wright. Label : Hellcat Records

    Release Date : 15 December 2003

    Website : www.strummersite.com

    Tracklisting

    • Redemption Song
    • Arms Aloft
    • Armagideon Time (Live)