Out now is this package from Soul Jazz records which includes a CD, book and DVD and tells the story of Studio One - Horace Andy pops up to sing a delightfull acappela of skylarking. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
19th December 2002
MASSIVE ATTACK have extended their April UK tour. The shows in spring come in support of their new album '100th Window', which is released on February 10. In addition to the UK shows, the band have announced an additional date in London at the Brixton Academy (April 18), after the first two nights sold out.
11th December 2002
Massive Attack Return With a New Album for 03
Just when it looked like when celebrity obsessions and endless Popstars juggernauts were going to endlessly monopolise the cultural landscape, Massive Attack have appeared on the horizon to show us the way once more. Massive return with their new album '100th Window', their 4th album spanning 12 years of seminal influence on February 10th 2003 and will also be embarking on a world tour in support of the new release. The first single to be lifted from the new album will be 'Special Cases' out 2 weeks later on February 24th 2003. The single features the incomparable voice of Sinead O'Connor and is dark, soul-dusted and drenched with strings.
100th Window, is Massive Attacks fourth album. Written and recorded at the bands Bristol studio over the last year and represents a giant step into warm glitchy electronica, psychedelic landscapes, Arabic strings and deep depth-charged dub reggae of old. Robert Del Naja - better known as 3D - explains: We wanted to make this album warmer than Mezzanine, but we didnt want to make it softer. We wanted to keep the edge and the intrigue, but without making it bleak. The album was written and produced by 3D and Mezzanine co-producer Neil Davidge, while Massive Attacks other member Grant Daddy Gee Marshal took time out from the studio. Grant has taken a bit of a holiday, a sabbatical, because hes had a child, and hes been starting a new life, says 3D. Hell get back into the swing of the music again when he comes on tour with us. Hell be back. Massive Attacks long time collaborator, Horace Andy, appears on the edgy, echo chamber lament "Everywhen" and the unsettling, melancholy "Name Taken" and Sinead OConnor adds her raw spirit and emotion to three tracks, the seductive "What Your Soul Sings", the dub heavy, emotive "A Prayer For England" and the single , "Special Cases".
Massive Attack will embark on a worldwide tour in 03 , which will feature giant, interactive LED screens and stunning visuals.
Robert Del Naja said "When we started we always tried to create an environment around the soundsystem and create a place we wanted to perform in. Now we want to get that back again. Itll be interactive and experimental".
Massive Attack Announce
Tour Dates for 2003
Massive Attack have just announced on www.100thwindow.com site the gig dates
where they'll be touring their new album '100th Window' in 03. The full Massive Attack tour dates are as follows :
April 8th Glasgow Academy www.scotland.ticketmasterco.uk / 0870 169 0100
April 9th Glasgow Academy
April 11th Manchester Apollo www.gigsandtours.com / 0115 912 9183
April 12th Manchester Apollo
April 16th Brixton Academy (as above)
April 17th Brixton Academy
April 18th Brixton Academy
April 19th Brixton Academy
April 22nd Bourges Zenith www.fnac.fr or www.ticketnet.fr
April 24th Paris Zenith
April 25th Paris Zenith
April 27th Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall www.ticketservice.nl or www.planet.nl or www.mojo.nl
April 28th Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall
May 1st Berlin Tempodrome www.tickets-per-post.de / 49 (0) 69 944 3660
May 2nd Berlin Tempodrome
May 12th Cologne Palladium (as above)
May 13th Cologne Palladium
May 26th Granada Palacio de Deportes www.iguapop.com or www.ticktackticket.com
May 27th Madrid Palacio Vistalegre www.iguapop.com or www.serviticket.com
May 29th Barcelona Pavello Vall D'Hebron (as above)
June 31st San Sebastian Velodromo Anoeta www.iguapop.com or www.ticktackticket.com
June 3rd Lyon Tony Garnier www.fnac.fr or www.ticketnet.fr
Keep in touch at www.100thwindow.com www.massiveattack.com
10th December 2002
Massive Attack stunned an invited music industry audience into silence at a preview of their new album, '100th Window' in London last night. After listening to the full 75 minutes of the new album, at Channel Four Film's Soho studio, the last track 'Antistar' cut abruptly to a halt, leaving the room in suspended silence for several minutes before the audience broke into applause. Despite the departure of Mushroom, the album displays all the expected attention to production detail and features three contributions from Sinead O'Connor, most notably a hard-edged update of 'Safe From Harm' called 'A Prayer For England'. Amidst an enthusiastic reception, music critics and DJs last night questioned whether the dark mood would fit comfortably in a world that is facing crisis and whether the meticulous production contrasted too heavily with the current vogue for rough production techniques. But it's thought the new album - the band's first in five years - will be a treat for fans, sounding more like an up-dated 'Blue Lines' than either 'Protection' or 'Mezzanine'.
100THWINDOW.COM by 3D (100THWINDOW.COM) on 10-Dec-02
I'M POSTING THIS 2 DAYS LATE-MY FAULT BIG SATURDAY/DUNDAY-GOT WRECKED AND DECIDED TO STAY UP ALL THE WAY TILL 1 NEXT AFTERNOON TO WATCH THE CITY LIVE ON SKY-STILL GOT JETLAG-100THWINDOW.COM IS UP-EARLY DAYS-FIRST SET OF TOUR DATES ARE THERE-BUT IT WILL EXPAND AS A SEPERATE SITE TO MA.COM-EVERYTHING IS SPEEDING UP AS WE HURTLE TOWARDS ANOTHER XMAS.THE CAR AD THING U MENTION IS/WAS A FRENCH MUSHROOM THING-MOT AN MA THING-SEE YA
9th December 2002
100THWINDOW.COM has been opened and the view is good. The tour dates have been announced and are as follows:
April 8th 2003 Academy, Glasgow, Scotland
April 9th 2003 Academy, Glasgow, Scotland
April 11th 2003 Apollo Manchester, England
April 12th 2003 Apollo Manchester, England
April 16th 2003 Academy, Brixton, England
April 17th 2003 Academy, Brixton, England
April 22nd 2003 Zenith, Bourges, France
April 24th 2003 Zenith, Paris, France
April 25th 2003 Zenith, Paris, France
April 27th 2003 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland
April 28th 2003 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland
May 1st 2003 Tempdrome, Berlin, Germany
May 1st 2003 Tempdrome, Berlin, Germany
May 1st 2003 Palladium, Cologne, Germany
May 1st 2003 Palladium, Cologne, Germany
May 1st 2003 Palacio De Deportes, Granada, Spain
May 1st 2003 Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
May 1st 2003 Pavello Vall D'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
May 1st 2003 Velodromo Andeta, San Sebastian, Spain
June 3rd 2003 Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
More information can be found through the 100THWINDOW
5th December 2002
100THWINDOW.COM will be born on tuesday 10th December 2002 and will feature the complete tour itineray. UK dates are likely to precede shows on the mainland.
So far we have the following dates: 24th April Zenith, Paris, France, 25th April Zenith, Paris, France, 27th April 2003 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland, 28th April 2003 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland, 3rd July 2003 Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
1st December 2002
Horace Andy's new album, Mek It Burn, is released today. Check out this interview from Metro
31st November 2002
Just released is the Jools Holland - 10 Years Later DVD. Amongst others, it includes the Massive Attack live performance of Karmacoma featuring Talvin Singh.
21st November 2002
3D by 3D (3D) on 21-Nov-02
HELLO-YEAH-THE BOOK IS AN ONGOING PROJECT-THINK WE MAY DO 2-ONE A TOTAL SCRAPBOOK OF EVERYTHING GOOD FROM THEN TO NOW-PICTURES/SKETCHES/UNUSED LYRICS/UNSEEN PHOTOS ETC-AND ONE BASES ON THE IMAGES ON 100TH-STARTED COMMISSIONING IDEAS FOR THE DVD-THINKING WE MAY RELEASE A DOUBLE PACK-WITH STRIPPED BACK VERSIONS OF THE TRAX-VERY SOUNDSCAPE WITH A LAZER LIGHT VISUAL CONCEPT-AND A 5 POINT 1 MIX OF THE ALBUM WITH FILMS AND ANIMS-GOT SOME INTERESTIG IDEAS FOR THE GIGS-ALL WHITE LIGHT-VARYING TEMPERATURES OF WHITE-FROM PINK TO BLUE AND LED LIGHT MODULATION TO BATHE EVERYYHING IN PURE COLOUR-SUBLIMINAL LAZER-ALSO HOPING TO CREATE A MINI-SITE 100THWINDOW.COM-WHERE PEOPLE CAN COMMUNICATE-WE CAN THEN SEND THESE IDEAS TO THE SCREEN AT THE GIGS-TOTALLY RANDOM-LIKE MAD STORAGE-WILL HAVE A TERMINAL AT THE GIGS FOR THE SAME PURPOSE-MAYBR EVEN TEXTING WILL WORK TOO-THE STRIPPED BACK VERSIONS OF TRAX WILL BE ALL OVER THE VENUES WITH THE LIGHTING ATMOSPHERE-NO DJS-----WORKING ON THE SOUND TRANSLATIONS RIGHT NOW-DOIN A TRAK FOR JAMES' UNKLE ALBUM-AND TRYING TO CONTROL THE PRESS SITUATION-BY PROVIDING PRE-MADE IMAGES- HOPE EVERYONE ONE IS WELL-OH YEAH ALREADY GETTING PANIC VIBES FROM TV AND RADIO ABOUT OUR NAME AND THE RELEASE DATE CO-INCIDING WITH THE U.S ATTACK OF IRAQ-BELIEVE THEY WILL GO IN REGARDLESS OF UN -WILL WANT TO ATTACK BEFORE IT GETS TOO HOT-ALSO CHECK OUT WHAT'S GOING ON BETWEEN U.S AND IRAN SOON-A LOT OF OIL AROUND THE CASPIAN SEA!!
20th November 2002
Massive Attacks Daddy G will DJ at the Whistlebump Christmas party at Londons The End on Saturday Dec 14. On the night, he will be joined by US veteran, Danny Krivit (NYC Body & Soul resident), who will play a 6-hour set.
19th November 2002
The Stop the War Coalition will be hosting a club night in central London at 'The Scala' night club (275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross N1) on Thursday 28th November. From 20:00 to 02:00 Top DJ's Bobby Friction (Shaanti/Radio 1), Pandit G & Asian Dub Foundation DJ's/MC's, Fun<da>mental and Slovo will be joined by special guests in an evening to raise money for the national campaign. This event co-incides with the nationwide release of the much anticipated 'Peace Not War' CD - so it will also be also the first opportunity to preview and purchase the special double album of anti-war and pro-peace music with contributions from Coldcut, Public Enemy, Roots Manuva, Massive Attack, Ms Dynamite...and many others!!! so book your tickets now!
Tickets are £10 - call 08700 600 100 or go to www.ticketweb.co.uk To pre-order your CD (£15 incl pp), e-mail: email@example.com with 'order' in the subject box (we'll need your full contact details and no. of CD's required). Tickets are limited to this one-off event - so book now.
'PEACE NOT WAR' a top club night, with special line up, dedicated to stopping the war! Organised by Stop the war Coalition and 'Peace not War' project - FLYERS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL GROUPS. ARTWORK: Leon Kuhn artwork (fundraising greeetings/postcards) are now available to buy - see www.peace-not-war.org You can buy them at a special price of 30p (to be sold on for 50p - to raise money for local peace/STW groups).
Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with POSTCARD in the subject box.
12th November 2002
100TH WINDOW by 3D (sharethenewswithyourlovedonesfirst.con) on 12-Nov-02
HELLO-THE ALBUM RELESE DATE IS -10.02.03-FACT-IT IS CALLED-"100TH WINDOW"-TRACKLISTING IS--1.FUTURE PROOF/2.WHAT YOUR SOUL SINGS/3.EVERYWHEN/4.SPECIAL CASES/5.BUTTERFLY CAUGHT/6.A PRAYER FOR ENGLAND/7.SMALL TIME SHOT AWAY/8.NAME TAKEN/9.ANTISTAR----9 TRAX 61 MINUTES-==AFTER ANTISTAR THERE IS A 13 MINUTE LONG BASSLINE TO DO DINNER TO/SLEEP AT THE WHEEL TO/OR FUCK YOUR BRAINS OUT TO---IT NEATLY TAKES THE CD UP TO IT'S 74 MINUTE LIMIT---1OOTH WINDOW-AN INTERNET PRIVACY METAPHOR WHNICH BECAME THE TITLE OF A BOOK BY CHARLES JENNINGS AND LORI FENER-THE IDEA THAT NO MATTER HOW CAREFUL U ARE-NO MATTER HOW MANY SECURITY DEVICES U HAVE ON YOUR WINDOWS-U WILL LEAVE JUST 1 OF THEM UNPROTECTED-EVERYONE CAN AND WILL KNOW EVERTHING ABOUT U AND THERE WILL BE TRULY NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE-100TH WINDOW I FEEL IS A GOOD METAPHOR FOR THE WINDOW TO THE HUMAN SOUL ETC ETC...THE TRACK 'SECIAL CASES' WILL BE RELEASED AS A SINGLE LATER IN FEBUARY==-WE WILL STREAM THE ALBUM HERE ON THE SITE IN DEC/JAN-THE NEW WEBSITE THAT IS-I WILL UPLOAD NEW PICTURES/SLEEVE IMAGES AS SOON AS THAT SITE IS WORKING-BEEN IN THE STUDIO -RECORDED A NEW SONG FOR LP5-GONNA HOOK UP WITH TOM WAITS AND MOS DEF FOR THAT PROJECT ALSO.REHEARSING VERY SOON-DESPERATELY SEEKING NEW STUDIO-WE ONLY GOT 10 MONTHS LEFT AT CHRISTCHURCH-MATRIX HAS GONE A BIT QUIET??-TALKING WITH CND ABOUT DEMO PLANS NEXT FEBUARY==JAW ACHE
SOME DETAILS by 3D (doubtconcernandspeculationcontrol.con) on 12-Nov-02
9 TRAX=ALL NEW-LIKED YHE ANTISTAR TITLE SO APPLIED IT TO A NEW SONG-THE 1 INSTRUMENTAL PIECE IS THE UNTRACKLISTED BASSLINE AT THE END 74 MINUTES IS THE OPTIMIUN CD LENGTH FOR COMPRESSION QUALITY ETC-MOST SONGS ARE AROUND 6/7 MINS LONG-9 TRAX ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH--3 WITH SINEAD/4 WITH MYSELF/2 WITH HORACE----DIDN'T WORK OUT WITH CRAIG ARMSTRONG IN THE END-BUT RECORDED STRINGS ON 3 TRAX AT SONY STUDIOS-LONDON -RECORDED VIOLIN AND HARP ON ANOTHER 2 IN BRISTOL--2D DID B.V'S ON 'SMALL TIME SHOT AWAY'-WILL BE CREDITED AS 2D OF COURSE-HOPE THAT HELPS IT CRYSTAL BE
1st November 2002
WAKE UP!WAKE UP!YOUR NOT DREAMING IT'S REAL! by 3D (usetherighttoavoicenoteverybodyhasthechance.con) on 1-Nov-02
HELLO-CND/STOP THE WAR CALLED TO SAY THE ADS MYSELF AND DAMON TOOK OUT IN THE NME-WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 18,000 EXTRA SIGNITURES ON THE PETITION AGAINST THE WAR ON IRAQ-ANY STUBBORN LIFELESS LAZY OR COWARDLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE VISITED THIS MESSAGE BOARD WITH DUMBSTRUCK NEGATIVITY-INDEED TO THE SILENT MAJORITY OF MY PEERS IN MUSIC-I HOPE YOU CAN RECONSIDER YOUR POSITION[S] AND USE THE LITTLE POWER YOU HAVE NOW-NOT AT A SAFE DISTANCE LATER---DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR ONLY OPTION IS TO SUPPORT THE REDCROSS AFTER THE MASSACRE.--------------------------------------------------------------- TO THE MUNDANE BIZ OF MA-DONE THE SLEEVES-STARTING TO FIGURE THE FIRST VIDEO-REHEARSING IN 3 WEEKS-RECORDING NEW TRACK TONITE-FANX
28th October 2002
It's finally out now! The new long player from Lewis Parker is released today on Melkankolic.
23rd October 2002
Craig Armstrong has scored the upcoming movie, The Quiet American, which is released November 29th 2002. From the classic novel by Graham Greene comes a murder mystery centered on a love triangle set against the French Indochina War in Vietnam, circa 1952. It's the true story of a veteran English journalist (Michael Caine), a young American (Brendan Fraser) and the beautiful Vietnamese woman caught between them. This is a world where nothing is what it seems--suffused with opium, intrigue and betrayal.
He's also provided the soundtrack to a film called "The Magdalene Sisters", which is due for release this week. For over 150 years, the Magdalene Laundries existed to punish young women who had fallen foul of Irelands strict adherence to Catholic doctrine. Generations of women were hidden from society and deprived of their freedom because they had become pregnant out of wedlock, because a parish priest decreed they were in moral danger, or just because they were poor. With nuns acting as virtual jailers, the girls were cut off from their families and endured slave labour conditions, brutalized and bullied in an institution sanctioned by Church and Government. Many spent their lives there, to be buried in unmarked graves. The last laundry closed as recently as 1996, and only since has the true horror of conditions in these institutions started to emerge. Set in the 1960s The Magdalene Sisters dramatizes the lives of three women sent to a Magdalene Laundry as punishment for their sins. With exceptional performances throughout, it is an indictment of a system that put religious dogma before the rights of its children. Mullan skilfully manages to avoid preaching or handwringing, and the real strength of the film is that he manages to deliver a powerful statement with such admirable restraint.
As yet, there is not any CD release information is avaliable.
22nd October 2002
THE WILD BUNCH Story of a Soundsystem: Mixed by DJ MILO
Bristol's Wild Bunch formed in the early Eighties and were one of the most influential UK sound system / DJ collectives of their time. A multi-racialposse of DJs and rappers including members Nellee Hopper, Grant Marshall (Daddy G), Miles Johnson (DJ Milo), Andrew Vowles (Mushroom) and Robert del Naja (3D), members of whom later went on to become Massive Attack, they earned a reputation for their casual delivery and seamless integration of a wide range of musical styles from punk to reggae to R&B. Album features turntable mix by DJ Milo and complete 20-page Wild Bunch history. Out 28th October 2002 on Strut records.
21st October 2002
SELFOBSESSEDCNT by 3D (failingstatestodaysnewtvwarphrase.con) on 21-Oct-02
BLAIR SOLD JETS AT KASMIR TALKS-CHECK OUT BBC NEWS ONLINE FOR THIS MOST RECENT INSIGHT ON OUR PRIME MINISTER. HOW IS EVERYBODY-DON'T FORGET STOP THR CITY ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT.STARTED RECORDING NEW MATERIAL -NOT GONNA HANG AROUND-STARTED COMMISIONING FILMS FOR THE DVD-GONNA ATTEMPT TO DIRECT A COUPLE MYSELF-ARTWORK LOOKS SO COOL-GONNA MAKE IT INTO A BOOK-SO THAT'S 2 BOOKS-GONNA DO SOME PAINTING-GONNA START REHEARSING-GONNA ..GONNA ..GONNA......SHUT THE FUCK UP! GOT A TITLE FOR THE ALBUM-BUT CAN'T SAY IT OUT LOUD
20th October 2002
Released on Monday 28th October, a special edition of the forthcoming Manic Street Preachers greatest hits set, Forever Delayed, will feature a remix disc. This will include The Massive Attack mix of "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"
18th October 2002
From Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th October, The New York based digital film festival returns to the Watershed, in Bristol, for another packed programme. Highlights include Cinema Electronica and a Chris Cunningham retrospective. Cinema Electronica is on Saturday 26th October at 1800hrs in Gallery 2. This show of the finest electronic music videos of the past year is united by its staggering diversity of visual styles. Videos by Traktor, Tim Hope, and Michel Gondry, plus Shynola's long awaited UNKLE film, Eye for an Eye and Wong Kar-Wai's stunning Six Days for DJ Shadow. As well as screenings in Cinema 1, many take place in the relaxed environment of Gallery 2 where you can drink, eat and smoke.
Visit www.resfest.com for further details on the tour.
EYE FOR AN EYE: UNKLE
UK | 6:20 | 2002
DIRECTOR: Shynola and Ruth Lingford
PRODUCER: Paul Fennelly
PRODUCTION CO.: Oil Factory (UK)
CO-DESIGNER: Robert Del Naja
Appropriating Fantasia music to set the stage for this devastating war allegory, Shynola invents a berry-rich Eden populated by a doughy, peace-loving race. Thundering UNKLE beats usher in the airdropped arrival of a grossly distended mother of all wars, from the teats of which the gentle natives take copulatory suck. The beast reveals its perfidious nature, the innocents are undone and the war machine rumbles on.
16th October 2002
Massive Attack were, last night, presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award at this years MUZIK MAGAZINE DANCE AWARDS. The group were presented with their award by long time fan & friend, actor Robert Carlyle.
12th October 2002
SNEAKERS CORNER: Pro-Keds sneakers are about as iconic as a sports
shoe can be. Launched in 1949, they were beloved of Elvis and James Dean and latterly have been embraced by the hip-hop generation as the old-skool must-haves when it comes to well-dressed feet. It's a point that hasn't been lost on Bristol street style emporium Alterior, who this issue launch a major exhibition based on the world-famous sneaker. Pro Art is the work of six Bristol graff artists such as Will Barras, Dicy, Mr. Jago and Sickboy, all of whom boast an international reputation. All have also been invited to submit canvases based on the shoe: where the picture goes from there is up to them. To launch the night is a full-on party at Level with a mouth-watering DJ roster headed up by Massive's Daddy G and Portishead's Geoff Barrow who, between them, helped establish Bristol as a major musical force. All the artists involved in the exhibition will be in attendance, with more than a few promising to swap paint for displays of wax spinning. Sounds like a call to put on those dancing shoes. The Pro Art launch is at I^evel, Bristol on Fri 11 Oct. See Clubs section for more details. The Pro Art show runs at Alterior, Park Street, Bristol from Oct 11 for the following six weeks.
10th October 2002
9th October 2002
PROZAC WEDNSDAY by 3D (brokenglasseverywherepeoplepissing....org) on 9-Oct-02
HELLO-STARTING WORK ON THE NEW STUFF NEXT WEEK-ALSO GONNA DO SOME PAINTING AND GRAPHIC WORK FOR THE WEBSITE AND THE TOUR-MORE TALK ON THE BOOK IDEA-A SCRAPBOOK/ANTHOLOGY/BIOGRAPHY-PART FACT-PART FICTION-VERY VISUAL AS WELL AS INFORMATIVE.NOT EXPENSIVE THO!!!-HORACE LOVES THE TRAX ME AND ND WROTE FOR HIM-SINEAD SOUNDS AMAZING-HEARD HER NEW ALBUM?? IT'S BEAUTIFUL-RECORD COMPANY ARE JUMPING AROUND ETC-ME? I LOVE IT AND HATE IT IN EQUAL MEASURES.WE NOW HAVE 11 5FOOT TALL GLASS PEOPLE TO DESTROY AT HIGH VELOCITY-NICK KNIGHT IS SHOOTING TODAY-TOM AND I WILL MAKE A 35MM FILM OF THE PEOPLE BEING DESTROYED FOR THE DVD-TALKING TO SHYNOLA ABOUT 2 PIECES OF FILM THAT I WOULD LIKE TO DIRECT WITH THEM.GEE'S BEEN AWAY DJING-HOPE TO PLAY HIM THE ALBUM NEXT WEEK-DOT'S COMING TO BRISTOL WEEK AFTER-MICKEY BELL IS HAVING ANOTHER GREAT SEASON FOR THE CITY-THEY SHOULD NAME THEOLD EAST END AFTER HIM SOON-MAYBE CALL IT 'THE MICKEY BELL END'---STOP THE CITY OCT 31ST
8th October 2002
BLACK GOLD by 3D (email@example.com) on 8-Oct-02
HELLO-SORRY BOUT POSTING SILENCE-BUSY -FINISHED THE STILL UNTITLED LP 3 WKS AGO-SHOOTING ARTWORK THIS WEEK,AND SHOOTING THE FIRST MOVIE FOR THE DVD PROJECT-NEARLY FINALIZED NEXT YEAR'S TOUR-STARTING IN HONG KONG IN FEBUARY-LP STILL DUE FOR RELEASE JAN 27TH-EVERYBODY SAYS THEY LOVE IT-ME I'M PRETTY VACANT ON THE SUBJECT.AS BUSH AND BLAIR ARE STILL DETERMINED TO START AN ILLEGAL AND DESTRUCTIVE WAR TO STOP SADDAM USING'W.O.M.D'IN -WHILE SHARON CONTINUES TO USE HIS U.S/UK PURCHASED 'W.O.M.D' ON INNOCENTS IN PALESTINE-GONNA TAKE OUT MORE ADS-AND SIGN MORE PETITIONS AND TRY TO MUSTER MORE SUPPORT-STOP THE CITY-IN NOVEMBER-CHECK CND AND STOP THE WAR WEBSITES FOR INFO ON DEMOS AND PETITIONS-SORRY ABOUT THE MOOD OF THIS POST-BUT THIS WEEKS REPORTS FROM ISRAEL AND THE USA MAKE ME SAD AND SICK-OVER AND OUT
6th October 2002
Listen to 3D talking about the City last night.
5th October 2002
Bristol City are the subject of Radio Five Live's "The 92 Club" feature, to be broadcast this evening between 7.30pm and 8pm.Reporter Mark Clemmitt is touring all 92 Premiership and Football League clubs this season and was at Ashton Gate on Saturday for City's 4-0 home win Chesterfield. The feature includes interviews with chairman Steve Lansdown, manager Danny Wilson, matchday tour guide Steve Webb and City fan Robert Del Naja from Bristol band Massive Attack. The feature will be aired on 693MW and 909MW before the station's live coverage of tonight's Premiership game between Everton and Manchester United. Listen to it here.
25th September 2002
BLUR and MASSIVE ATTACK have hit out at OASIS - branding as "absolutely ridiculous" NOEL GALLAGHER's claims that their anti-war efforts are useless.
NME.COM met up with Damon Albarn and Robert '3-D' Del Naja at Olympic Studios last week, where Massive Attack are preparing for this weekend's demonstration in London (September 28).
In a recent NME interview, Oasis ' songwriter Noel Gallagher said: "I don't understand all these pop stars saying 'We should have a democratic debate about the war'...my opinion means nothing. The people in the White House can change this, I play guitar in a band and we're really good. Arsed about anything else." His brother Liam added: "Nobody's gonna listen to knob'ead out of Blur... no-one even listens to Bono."
His comments are in reference to 3-D and Damon's adverts in recent issues of NME, calling for no UK involvement in any prospective war in Iraq.
In an exclusive interview 3-D hit back. "The idea is as an individual you say something, make a statement and other people who are like minded join you," he told NME. "Eventually you create a force. Otherwise, how do you do it? It always starts with one person. That's how any political party starts, how any trade union starts, any force of protest starts, always with single voices. And to suggest that as musicians we shouldn't have a view is absolutely ridiculous because as musicians we're still British subjects who live within this country."
Damon Albarn added: "We live within this country so therefore as citizens our responsibility if we believe strongly in something is to express that view. If I didn't have such an appalling history with Noel Gallagher I'd say what I think about what he said, but it just perpetuates something which just negates from what we're actually trying to do."
There is a rally for the Stop The War coalition this Saturday (28 September) in London it assembles at 12.30pm at Embankment to march to Hyde Park - www.stopwar.org.uk.
16th September 2002
READ AND WEEP/LAUGH[delete for choice] by 3D (suckingoilfromyourcock.com) on 16-Sep-02
JUST A FEW MORE DAYS TO GO-NOT LONG-SOON BE OVER-NEARLY DONE-ALMOST THERE-POSTS ARE GONNA GET BORING-AS I PIECE EVERYTHING TOGETHER-BLAND UPDATE LANGUAGE.EVWRYTHING IS COMING TOGETHER-ARTWORK/DVD/BOOK/TOUR/ETC/TOY/HAPPYMEAL/INSECTWING COLLECTION/.---------SICK AND INTERESTING STORY IN THE INDEPENDANT ON DICK CHENEY-----HAVING SERVED AS DEFENCE SECRETARY,AND BASKED IN THE REFLECTED GLORY OF THE US MILITARY'S SUCCESS IN ENDING IRAQ'S OCCUPATION OF KUWAIT,CHENEY LEFT GOVERNMENT TO BECAME CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HALLIBURTON,A TEXAS BASED OIL SERVICES COMPANY.WHEN THE U.N RELAXED IT'S SANCTIONS IN 1998 AND PERMITTED IRAQ TO BUY SPARE PARTS FOR IT'S OIL FIELDS,HALIBURTON,UNDER CHENEY,CLEANED UP WITH A CONTRACT TO REPAIR WAR DAMAGE AND GET SADDAM HUSSEIN'S OIL PIPES FLOWING AT FULL CAPACITY AGAIN .2 HALLIBURTON SUBSIDERIES DID BUSINESS WORTH ALMOST $24m WITH THE MAN WHOM THESE DAYS CHENEY CALLS A MURDEROUS DICTATOR! ALL THIS IS SO BLATANTLY CORRUPT IT'S LAUGHABLE-NO ONE NOTICES COS THERES NO HIDDEN CONSPIRACIES-PERFECT DAYLIGHT MURDER!
Re: READ AND WEEP/LAUGH[delete for choice] by 3D (packinasmuchastimeisshort/dvd-design.con) on 16-Sep-02
WILL NOT BE MINIMAL-BUT ALSO WILL NOT BE FULL OF RANDOM EXTRAS AND ANALINJOKE OUTAKES.MARK AND I HAVE STARTED PUTTING THE PLOT TOGETHER FOR THE DVD FILMS-AND ARE APPROACHING DIRECTORS AND ANNIMATORS RIGHT NOW-VERY ASTUTE COMMENTS ON IRAQ SITUATION SENOR EX.ALBUM 27-01-03-NOT SURE ABOUT SINGLES-RISINGSON WAS FUN,BUT WE DELIBERATELY PUT IT OUT IN A VACUM.WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE TO RELEASE THE ALBUM FIRST-THEN MAYBE SINGLES LATER-ALSO MAKES SENSE FOR THE DVD PROJECT-LATER
11th September 2002
The anti-war poster designed and financed by DAMON ALBARN and ROBERT '3-D' DEL NAJA finally appears in this week's NME - amid accusations from the MASSIVE ATTACK star that bands are unwilling to speak out on the issue.
The double page advert, featured in the centre spread of this week's paper, is aimed at raising awareness of opposition to any British involvement in a US led attack on Iraq. Albarn and 3-D are working with CND and the 'Stop The War' coalition, who are organising a demonstration in London (September 28).
The advert quotes former Labour MP Tony Benn and former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark (1967-69), two people 3-D said "represent a balanced view of Britain and America".
However, he told NME.COM that he is frustrated with what he sees as a lack of support from his musical peers.
"A lot of people have stated interest but not followed it up," he said. "In terms of people getting back to the CND or Stop The War it's been very apathetic, it's very disappointing really."
3-D added that they aren't concerned about other bands' getting involved. "Damon and myself don't feel that's a problem," he added. "The reason we want to use the NME is because it's the only weekly music paper and we're musicians. It's the obvious place to for us to present our case and create a forum for debate. We're not that concerned that we've had to stick our necks out for it because we feel totally at ease with our views and opinions. But there has been a surprising amount of apathy from other bands. I've got to say it. "
7th September 2002
2nd September 2002
NME: MASSIVE ATTACK plan to release two albums within a year - after spending four years on the follow-up to 'MEZZANINE'.
The group haven't released a new album since 1998, with founder Robert '3-D' Del Naja the only bandmember working full-time on the record.
He is now in a London studio working on the final stages of mixing on the currently untitled album.
Writing to fans on the Massive Attack website, he said that the band will tour in the new year, starting in the Far East, and that another "less precious" album will follow within 12 months.
He wrote: "The loops on this record are sampled from ourselves. At the start of 'Mezzanine' I looped up new wave stuff to get away from the soul reggae parts. This record, we feel, has more depth than 'Mez'.
"Will start recording new, less precious material to release one year from LP 4. Very soon. No pressure, more disposable. How refreshing."
3-D is now working on artwork for the album, which is set for release in the autumn or early next year.
31st August 2002
Not a drop to drink by 3D (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 31-Aug-02
Not a drop to drink Forget oil- the vital substance we will hoard- ration -steal and go to war for in the near future is- water.
PETITION/MARCH ADS by 3D (---------[[[[[[[[[[[---------------------------------------) on 31-Aug-02
HELLO-WE HAVE BOOKED THE ADS IN THE NME-AND YES THEY CHARGED US ALOT-DAMON HAS MADE AN AMAZING FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAUSE-RADIOHEAD HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH CND FROM THE US-THEY MAY ALSO CONTRIBUTE.THERE WILL BE 2 DOUBLE PAGE SPREADS IN THE TWO EDITIONS OF THE NME-PROCEEDING THE MARCH IN LONDON-AND THE PETITION HANDOVERS. --------IN OLYMPIC FOR THE FINAL 3 WEEKS .
THE SUN'S TWISTED MYSTERIES by 3D (------------------[[[[[[[[[[[[[---------) on 31-Aug-02
ANGELO B IS ON THE ALBUM BUT THE GUITAR IS TEXTURE ETC-THE LOOPS ON THIS RECORD ARE SAMPLED FROM OURSELVES.NOT LISTENING TO MUCH RIGHT NOW.AT THE START OF MEZZANINE,I LOOPED UP NEW WAVE STUFF TO GET AWAY FROM THE SOUL REGGAE PARTS.THIS RECORD ,WE FEEL, HAS MORE DEPTH THAN MEZ.STILL GOT NO FCKIN TITLE-WILLSTART RECORDING NEW-LESS PRECIOUS MATERIAL TO RELEASE ONE YEAR FROM LP4 -VERY SOON -NO PRESSURE MORE DISPOSABLE-HOW REFRESSHING.STARTED THE ARTWORK-CAN'T SAY MUCH BUT I'M FEELING REALLY GOOD ABOU >>more
AND ON AND ON AND .....
by 3D on 31-Aug-02
U.S. intentionally destroyed Iraq's water system
When the U.S. military took on Saddam Hussein in 1991, American planes strategically obliterated Iraq's water system. Then, with the war over and the water system in ruins, the United States imposed sanctions barring the importation of water purification equipment. The combined effect of this one-two punch was the slow death of thousands of Iraqis something not unexpected by the U.S. military.
Reporting for the Progressive magazine, Thomas J. Nagy unearthed the Defense Intelligence Agency documents detailing all of this. In fact, Nagy's scoop showcases, yet again, the laziness of mainstream media: the now declassified documents are online, at an official government Web site, www.gulflink.osd.mil.
Here's a sample from a January 1991 document titled, "Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities": "Iraq depends on importing specialized equipment and some chemicals to purify its water supply, most of which is heavily mineralized and frequently brackish to saline. With no domestic sources of both water treatment replacement parts and some chemicals, Iraq will continue attempts to circumvent United Nations Sanctions to import these vital commodities. Failing to secure supplies will result in a shortage of pure drinking water for much of the population. This could lead to increased incidences, if not epidemics, of disease."
One commodity Iraq was banned from importing was chlorine, a chemical used for both chemical weapons and water sanitization. The Defense Department knew a shortage of chlorine would kill and has kept the ban in place for the past decade. "Unless the water is purified with chlorine, epidemics of such diseases as cholera, hepatitis, and typhoid could occur," the brief noted.
Ten years on, the U.N. estimates 500,000 children have died as a result of the sanctions, and Hussein remains, for the moment anyway, in power.
Thomas J. Nagy, the Progressive, September 2001.
CHECK THIS SHIT OUT! by 3D on 31-Aug-02
2. New trade treaty seeks to privatize global social services
Water may well be the oil of the 21st century. A billion people are in need of potable water, and demand is growing by the second. Corporations, sensing that blue gold is the commodity of the future, are rushing to capitalize on this scarcity. They're eagerly buying up publicly owned water delivery systems, and of course, hiking rates and cutting costs.
When San Francisco-based construction giant Bechtel took over the municipal water service of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1999, the company promptly jacked up rates by 35 percent to guarantee a 16 percent return on its investment.
Bolivians gave Bechtel a big one-finger salute. By April 2000 after riots, general strikes, several deaths, and almost no coverage in the U.S. press they'd run the firm out of the country. Despite the media blackout, it was a huge victory for the working-class masses and a highly illustrative episode in the ongoing privatization of everything.
But as Maude Barlow reported in the Ecologist in February 2001, the Bolivians' success may not last. Enter the spawn of the World Trade Organization: the Global Agreement on Trade in Services. GATS, for those of you who haven't been perusing obscure writings on international finance, is a trade pact designed to speed up and lock in the corporate takeover of public infrastructure and services worldwide. GATS looks at taxpayer-funded services as an unfair business practice. In other words, the decision by Bolivian government officials to keep a foreign corporation from acquiring its water system could be seen as a barrier to free trade and international commerce.
While the exact terms of the deal are still being hashed out, U.S. trade representatives have a general idea of what kind of public services they'd like to privatize: water, health care, dental care, child care, elder care, education, museums, libraries, law, welfare, energy, environmental protection, insurance, transportation, mail delivery, and on and on ...
Though the pact will undoubtedly be watered down before it's ratified, expect it to contain some nasty privatization mandates. The next round of negotiations is set for December 2002.
Maude Barlow, the Ecologist
29th August 2002
U.S. ANTI-WAR DELEGATION AT AREAS BOMBED BY U.S. WARPLANES by 3D (why?) on 29-Aug-02
*More Bombings in Iraq as U.S.-British Warplanes Hit Mosul and Suburb of Baghdad on Tuesday*
A U.S. anti-war delegation traveling through Iraq has visited areas that have been targeted by this week's U.S. bombing campaign. The delegation -- stationed at Baghdad's Al-Rasheed hotel until the end of the week -- was in Basra on Tuesday. Basra is Iraq's second largest city and suffered a major bomb attack on Sunday morning August 25th. Eight people died and many civilians were injured, some seriously.The U.S. delegation, which is led by Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general will be inspecting Mosul airport in Northern Iraq tomorrow August 29. The airport and its radar tower that guides civilian air traffic were hit by U.S. missiles on August 27.
On behalf of the delegation, Ramsey Clark issued the following statement:
"We came to Basra to visit the hospitals and interview doctors and patients about the state of health care in Basra. We had planned to come to Basra because the region is suffering stunning cancer rates. This area in Iraq was the site of the greatest use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. air force in the Gulf War eleven years ago."
"Two days before we arrived in Basra U.S. war planes struck again killing and wounding more than twenty people. We visited one of the wounded at the Basra Training Hospital and we interviewed workers in the area who saw and heard the gigantic explosion at approximately 11:00 am Sunday morning August 25. While we were in Basra, U.S. war planes carried out two more major bombing attacks against the airport in Mosul and against civil and service installations in Al-Nukhayb, located south of Baghdad. We will inspect the airport at Mosul tomorrow.
"People in the United States must recognize that the war against Iraq goes on every day as the Bush administration prepares for a major land and ground war. The economic sanctions are a central part of the decade-long war waged against Iraq by the United States. Bombing and sanctions constitute an integrated strategy designed to overthrow the government in Iraq and replace it with a proxy regime similar to what exists in Afghanistan. The U.S. government falsely declares that its campaign against Iraq is motivated by a concern over Iraq's potential possession of non-conventional weapons. The real goal is to dominate this strategic and oil-rich region and to destroy any government and people that desire to maintain their independence."
"We witnessed in Basra the care provided to the large number of adults and children who are suffering high rates of cancer. Certain childhood cancers, for instance, have increased by a huge factor in the last few years. While they can be treated by combination drug therapy protocols, Iraqi hospitals are unable to effectively import all of the medicines needed for the protocol. As a consequence, almost all the children with these cancers perish. It is the U.S. imposed sanctions that makes access to the full protocol impossible. Deliberately obstructing sick people's access to medicines that would keep them alive otherwise must be understood as murder."
"It is urgent that this country be allowed to trade, buy and sell all the products necessary to sustain and improve life. U.S. imposed sanctions have killed more than a million Iraqis. The near-daily bombing since 1998 has killed hundreds if not thousands of people. The U.S. government is guilty of violating the basic tenets of international law as a wages aggression against Iraq. We are urging all progressive people in the United States and elsewhere to take immediate action to end the criminal campaign against Iraq."
28th August 2002
NME: RICHARD ASHCROFT has joined DAMON ALBARN, MASSIVE ATTACK's ROBERT '3-D' DEL NAJA and ELBOW's GUY GARVEY in supporting the CND-backed 'STOP THE WAR' campaign.
As reported in last week's NME, 'Stop The War' intends to foster and publicise opposition to any proposed British involvement in the intended US military effort aimed out driving out Saddam Hussein from Iraq. While not specifically signing up to the campaign, Ashcrofttold NME he empathised with the sentiments: "I think any war against Iraq at the moment is just not a legitimate war. We all know that, it goes without saying. Its quite obvious and its quite scary.
"I think we all know what its about, we all know the reasons and we all know that God and oil are probably the two biggest causes of fucking war in the world and always have been for a long, long time. What can we do about it? What we can do is pray for peace and pray that the Americans dont start a war."
Hundreds of NME.COM readers have also contacted us over the last few days following last week's story. One, Andrew Derho, wrote: "Im chuffed to hear that (they) spoke their minds about the current situation regarding Iraq. It should be no secret that the US decries Saddam Hussein because he has something they want (oil), but overlooks it when their allies or puppet governments are guilty of the same things Iraq have done. I hope people open their eyes to reality and everyone can have a serious discussion about the real cost of war, and if it is justifiable."
Another believes self-interest in the Bush administration would be the root cause for any action. She wrote: "As a Muslim born and raised Canadian I, like the rest of the world, was appalled by the events of 9-11, but the more Bush talks about the 'Axis of Evil' and attacking Iraq the more it seems that its less about eradicating terrorism and more about keeping his popularity in his own country up."
However, not all are opposed to military action. One reader said he wanted to boycott the bands' records for speaking out, while another wrote: "Saddam Hussein would just as easy choose Britain to unleash a chemical or biological attack on its innocent people and not care about UK rockers and their opinions. This is not a regime we can sit down with, discuss our problems and find a solution. What should we do? Does anyone remember Neville Chamberlain? Our countries have always been there for each other through good and bad and what we do now is for the future of our children and grandchildren. Remember 9/11 is an act of war! Are you with us or with the terrorists? Our governments represent the best of the civilized world, we will not purposely murder innocent men, women and children! Can we say that of our adversaries?"
Chris Brudzinski wrote: "I lost a friend in the attack on the World Trade Center. I also knew people who died in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. It's easy for people who weren't forever affected by what those bastards did to criticise the American government for all of its missteps in response to the terror attacks. I wonder where Damon would stand had some British landmark been attacked and he had lost friends or family?"
The Stop The War coalition supported by a CND demonstration starts on September 28 at 12.30pm at Embankment in London, ending in Hyde Park.
22nd August 2002
Re: MIXED UP MEDIA by 3D (nametaken.con) on 22-Aug-02
THANKS FOR THE HELP AND THE SPACE IN THE NEWS SECTION.WE HAVE DECIDED THAT THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS TO RAISE MONEY FOR ADS -AND GIVE THE SPACE TO MORE LEARNED PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE STATEMENTS ON THE ISSUE-THE CND ARE NOT GETTING A LOT OF RESPONSE SO FAR-CONFUSED BY THE PRESS ? CONFUSED BY THE SITUATION ON THE WHOLE? STILL HOPING THAT WHEN PETITIONS ARE PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER,THE MUSICIANS,BANDS AND MUSIC PEOPLE IN GENERAL ARE REPRESENTED -THAT IS THE POINT.WILL BE IN CONTACT WHEN WE HAVE MORE NEWS.THANKS
21st August 2002
THaT REaSon by 3D (industryforlife@EMI.CON) on 21-Aug-02
HELO AGAIN-THE REASON FOR THE DELAY....COS WE HAVE NEVER RELIED ON SINGLES TO PROMOTE OUR ALBUMS[SINCE BLUE LINES?!] THE INTERNATIONAL VIRGIN/EMI GROUPS INCIST[SICFCK] ON A 3 MONTH LEAD TIME ON EVERYTHING---MUSIC AND ARTWORK INCLUDED.WHICH MEANS WE ALSO HAVE TO HAVE THE SLEEVE/BOOK DESIGN AND ALL COPY DONE BY MID OCTOBER-SEE HEADFUCK.BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER GOT TO SORT OUT ALL NEW LIVE SONG SOLUTIONS-AND LIGHTING/VISUALS-DO LONG LEAD PRESS STUFF AND MAKE THIS WEBSITE BEAUTIFUL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS BANDWIDTH.IF WE WANNA DO ANY VIDEOS AND START THE DVD ROLLING THAT MUST BE SOON ALSO.MEANWHILE I WANNA KEEP RECORDING BEFORE I GET INTO TOURING. PLUS I FORGOT TO MENTION WE ARE GETTING KICKED OUT OF CHRISTCHURCH STUDIOS NEXT YEAR COS THE 'OLD VIC'- WHO OWN THE BUILDING-HAVE COME INTO FUNDING AND WANNA FILL THE PLACE WITH WANNABE THESP STUDENTS -HOMELESS -MAYBE WE'LL ALL MOVE TO THE SMOKE AND BE DONE WITH IT. HOPE THIS HELPS EX MY SON-THESE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILL FLY-IT'LL BE SUMMER AGAIN AND WE'LL ALL BE BORED OF THAT LAST ALBUM. SPEAK SOON!
MIXED UP MEDIA by 3D (PLEASE DISCUSS PLEASE) on 21-Aug-02
ANNOYED THAT NO-ONE FELT THE NEED TO DEBATE THE NME V DAILY MIRROR ISSUE! CMON LETS HAVE IT!-THE MIRROR IS NOW MORE ROCK N' ROLL THAN THE NME- OFFICIAL! ! DOES IT MEAN FCK ALL OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF EROSION AND THE DUMBINDOWN OF BRITISH MEDIA..BLAH..BLAH.. CHOKE ................................................................................ .......................................................................... [ PSSST... THE BRITISH ARMY HAS SPENT A FORTUNE ON RECRUITMENT ADS IN THE NME OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS]
copy protection by ben (email@example.com)
any word on whether LP4 will be copy protected? i bought all three MA LPs, but my favorite MA cd is still my own mix of tracks. i hope we still have that freedom. i also think i may disagree with 3D on downloadable music. id be willing to bet that, in the case of album artists like MA, downloadable music actually drives sales up.
Re: COPYCLONEDUPLICATESAMPLE by 3D (hometapingiskilling.CON) on 21-Aug-02
HOW DO U KNOW U WOULD DISAGREE WITH ME?
20th August 2002
FORCED RESPONSE by 3D (MOD.CO.UK) on 20-Aug-02
THANX EX FOR SETTING ME UP ON THE QUESTIONAIR-I NOW FEEL BAD IF NO RESPOND. NEARLY DONE WITH ALBUM -3 WKS-NO TITLE-CANT GIVE SONG TITLES COS OF DOWNLOAD HOAXES. WANNA RECORD NU STUFF COS AM IN THE MOOD-DOT IS COMING DOWN IN OCT-STARTING THE TOUR IN THE FAR EAST-FEB. AS U KNOW DAMON N' I SPOKE DIRECT TO NME-AFTER THEY TOOK A STRANGE AND VERY RIGHTWING PRO- AMERICAN ATTITUDE TO THE WHOLE IDEA -NOT THE ROCK N' ROLL MUSIC PAPER OF THE PEOPLE I REMEMBER-GOT TO LOOK AFTER THE ADVERTISERS .STILL IT 'S BETTER TO MAKE ME OR DAMON LOOK LIKE SELF- PROMOTIONAL WHORES THAN HAVE AN EDITORIAL POINT OF VIEW. THE DAILY MIRROR IS NOW MORE ROCK AND ROLL THAN THE NME.FUCK!!
8th August 2002
NO ATTACK ON IRAQ by 3D (CRISTALCITY.COM) on 8-Aug-02
HELLO PEOPLE-BACK TO MOUNT OLYMPIC NEXT WEEK-TO DRIVE THE VERY LAST TWISTED GNARLY NAIL INTO THE BOX-IT WILL ALL THEN BE OVER....BUT WE'VE STARTED WRITING NEW SONGS FOR ALBUM 5...OCT,NOV-JAN/FEB ARE RESERVED FOR RECORDING -BEFORE WE GO TO THE FAR EAST TO PLAY LIVE.ARTWORK IS SHAPING UP TO BE FKIN INTERESTING TOO.GOT ALL THE SONG TITLES-BUT NO ALBUM TITLE-ALWAYS FUX ME UP THAT ONE-COMITMENT[SIC]-HOPING TO GET A REASONABLE BUDGET TO COMISSION AND MAKE SMALL FILM PICES FOR ALL THE TRAX WE DONT DO VIDEOS FOR.GONNA MAKE AN OFFICIAL BAND BOOK-BIOG/HISTORY/SCRAPBOOK/DIARY/LYRICS,NOTES,FOTOS AND DRAWINGS-EVERYTING..GOT EMAIL FROM ANDY-MATRIX BROTHER/DIRECTOR-THEY ARE 260 DAYS IN[FILMING]EDITING NEXT MONTH-GONNA SEND EM SOME STUFF-AND HOPE IT DONT END UP AS DOWNLOADABLE FILES NEXT DAY........................... WILL TRY AND CREATE PETITION AGAINST ATTACK ON IRAQ AND ANY BRITISH INVOLVEMENT BY TAKING OUT ADS IN NME ON BEHALF OF AS MANY BRITISH BANDS AS WE CAN GET TOGETHER-THIS IS A CND BACKED EFFORT.CANNOT SIT BACK AND WATCH THE USA MURDER MORE PEOPLE IN THEIR EFFORT TO SECURE THE MIDDLE EAST OIL/POWER.GREAT TO READ ABOUT BRITISH JEWISH GROUPS CONDEMMING ISRAEL'S TERRORISM OF PALESTINE.IF A DEBATE STARTS ON THIS SITE LETS KEEP IT REAL LADS.FANX JEN FOR THE PACKAGE-BRACELETS ARE A BIT HIPPY FOR MY NEW GRAVE TASTES-THE PHOTOS ARE GREAT-BCFC SEASON STARTS THIS SATURDAY-LET THE PAIN COMMENCE.THANKS FOR LISTENING.
18th July 2002
paranoidcomplaintscenario by 3D (B.L.U.R.E.M.I.COM) on 18-Jul-02
NEW SONGS BEAR NO RELATION TO NATURE OF THREAT OR ANY REMIX \COLLAB\ FILM PIECE\SIDE PROJECT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS-NEIL IS MY CO-WRITER/CO-PRODUCER-NOT A TECHNICIAN. SPECULATION ON THE SOUND OF THE ALBUM SEEMS ABSURD-SURELY EVERYONE WANT'S IT TO BE NEW -ALL REFERENCES SO FAR HAVE BEEN TO OLD THINGS-WHY?-BLACK MLIK WILL NOT BE ON NEW RECORD-DVD???MOOORCHEEEBA-POST PORTISHEAD RIPOFF AND INSIPID-SADE-FUCKOFF PLEASE!-CONCERN OVER POSSIBLE LACK OF QAULITY DUE TO CONTROL FREAK NATURE OF ONESELF WILL BE GRACEFULY TOLERATED-IF THE REGULARS ARE CONCERNED PLEASE INFORM EMI IMMEDIATELY
17th July 2002
The latest reports from the frontline:
dear diary by 3D (________________________________________) on 17-Jul-02
YEAH ITS THE LAST WEEK IN OLYMPIC.NOW WE GONNA DO 3 WEEKS IN BRISTOL-HAVE MIXED THE TRAX TO 75%-NOW FINAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ME NEIL AND SPIKE LIVE WITH IT/PLAY IT ON VARIOUS SYSTEMS AWAY FROM STUDIOWORLD-COME BACK FOR 2 WEEKS ....ALBUM 4 FINISHED. MEZZANINE WAS A FUCKUP COS WE TRIED TO MIX AS WE WNT-FINAL MIX-AND KEPT RECALLING THE TRAX-AND GOT SICK OF THEM IN THE PROCESS-NOT THIS TIME.3 TRAX WITH SINEAD-2 WITH HORACE-BOTH NEW ! SONGS-4 WITH ME-A COUPLE OF INSTRUMENTAL PASSAGES AND A NEW VERSION OF BLACK MILK-GOT TO TALK TO MATRIX POSSE ABOUT MUSIC FOR SEQUALS.STARTED PHOTOGRAPHING A/WORK COVER STUFF-CRYSTAL/COLOR/PRESSURE DIAMONDSETC GONNA SPEND SEPTEMBER PAINTING AND COMPUTING AND STUFF.HAVE ALMOST PUT TOGETHER THE NEW LIVE TEAM-SOON SORTING OUT AUDIO SPEC AND VISUAL/LIGHT SPEC,MEETING HIRES 2MORROW ABOUT THE WEBSITE-IT'S GONNA BE MENTAL! VIRGIN WANNA PUT OUT NOCTURNE SESSION AS AN ALBUM -WHAT ELSE.... ....! .........OH YEAH .....COMPROMISING EVERYTHING FOR A NEW HOUSE....CHANGING THE BAND NAME IN TIME FOR US /UK BOMBING AND WIDE SCALE SLAUGHTER OF MORE INNOCENT IRAQI PEOPLE......LOOKING FOR SUITABLE CELEBRITY PARTNER TO FUCK IN TIME FOR STRATEGIC PRESS CAMPAIGN.........MUST FIND NEW E DEALER[NOTE TO ONESELF]-UPDATED AND OUTDATED...X
SINGLES-NOT SURE-THERE ARE AT LEAST3 CONTENDERS-BUT DO WE WANT OR NEED TO GO TO RADIO TO RELEASE OUR ALBUM-OR MTV ETC-SOLD 8 MILLION ALBUMS WITHOUT MUCH SERIOUS SUPPORT FROM THE NETWORKS-KINDA ALSO FEEL IT PATRONISES SUPPORTERS OF THE PROJECTS TO RELY ON/USE THOSE CHANNELS.REMEMBER WITH FOND AMUSEMENT THE DAY INERTIACREEPS WAS RELEASED-RADIO ONE ANOUNCED THE FACT IT WAS OUT THAT DAY AND PLAYED UNFINISHED SYMPATHY.VIDEOS COST A FORTUNE-AND WE HAVE TO PAY FOR 50%-WILL THINK SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT WE WILL DO WITH A FORMAT THAT IN OUR CASE WILL BE SEEN BY A MARGINAL AUDIENCE-MUST BE A BETTER PLACE TO SHOW BRILLIANT FILM MAKING THAN MTV [FUCKED US AROUND WITH THE FERGIE THING]--STILL WILL PUT OUT A SINGLE AFTER SUMMER....MAYBE
SADLY NO GEE VOX ON THIS ALBUM-HE HAS BEEN OUT OF THE PICTURE[ON THIS ALBUM ]FOR 12 MONTHS NOW-BUT WILL BE BACK ON THE CASE NEXT ALBUM-GOTTA LABEL TO SORT OUT TOO. BUT HE IS A VERY HAPPY FATHER NOW-EVERY ONE IS AT IT! SPECIAL LOVE AND PRIDE GOES OUT TO JASON-LITTLE GIRL- & BOBBY AND ANASTASIA CARLYLE-DAUGHTER AVA.-----CANNOT GIVE EVERYONE A RELEASE DATE FOR ANYTHING YET-ALL I KNOW IS THE YEAR IS ZOOMING THRU -AND IT WILL ALL HAPPEN VERY SOON
WE STARTED THIS ALBUM IN FEBUARY 2000-WITH LIVE RECORDINGS OF JAMS WITH LUPINE HOWL BASED ON SIMPLE LOOPS AND SAMPLES-WE SPENT A YEAR DECONSTRUCTING ALL THE JAMS-2001-AND SO ON-BECAME VERY UNHAPPY WITH THE SHAPES BEING FORMED-SUMMER CAME AND STILL NO SIGN OF LIZ BEING INVOLVED-STRUGGLING TO ENJOY PUTTING VOCALS DOWN ON TRAX MYSELF-HOOKED UP WITH SINEAD-RECORDED 1ST TRAK WITH HER IN OLYMPIC.GEE STOPPED VISITING STUDIO.AS XMAS DREW NEAR ME AND NEIL BECAME MORE AND MORE UNHAPPY-SPOKE EVRYDAY OF NEW DIRECTIONS-2002 DECIDED TO WRITE NEW TRAX-DISCARD MOST OF WHAT WE'D WORKED ON OR RADICALY CHANGE EXISTING TRAX WE LIKED STILL.XMAS 2001 WAS THE WORST TIME -FELT NUMB -LIKE NOTHING WAS GONNA WORK-TOOK A LOT OF BELIEF AND PASSION TO GET HERE WITH TIS RECORD-NO MUSHROOM-NO GEE-ME AND NEIL-[LEE AND ALEX]AND OF COURSE SINEAD AND HORACE-ALMOST THERE-AND FOR A CHANGE NO COVERS NO SAMPLELOOPS NO FILLERS-MIGHT BE WORTH THE WAIT-PROVES WE CAN MAKE AN ALBUM IN 6 MTHS-BRISTOL THE GRAVEYARD OF AMBITION
16th July 2002
The recording for the forthcoming Massive Attack album is apparently going very well. D's in the middle of mixing and they'll be back in Bristol for three weeks after which they will be returning to Olympic to put everything down.
The release date is now scheduled for early February 2003.
'It's All Happening Now', the long awaited Lewis Parker album will be released mid-September through Melankolic and will be preceded by a single. The long delay had been caused by sample clearance problems.
Craig Armstrong will be following his successful Barbican appearance with two shows in Paris on the 15th and 17th September and another one in Brussels on the 18th September. Get your chequebook out Pee!
There are also plans to release some of the Nocturne sessions independently early next year.
2nd July 2002
Another update from 3D on the official messageboard:
end of the world weather by 3D (threat@olympic/mix.co.uk) on 2-Jul-02
BEIN COLORBLIND ISGFOOD. NEARLY LOST MY FLIMSEY LYRICS IN THE OLYMPIC GAZEEBO [NEXT TO THE SCENTED GARDENS OF THE MIX ROOM] SUDEN HIGH WINDS LIFTED PAGE UPON PAGE OF SCRIBBLED ANGST-LITTERED WITH SPELING ERRORS .MIGHT 'VE DONE US ALL A FAVOUR. HORACE IS COMING IN TONITE-NEW TRACK. GONNA DO MORE STRINGS ON THURSDAY-54 PLAYERS-NO AIRCON-VERY CLOSE.THIS IS WEEK 4-NEARLYMIXED 7 TRAX-COULD SAY IT IS GOING WELL-COULDN'T YOU.RIGHT BELOW THE FLIGHT PATH-EVERY 90 SECONDS ONE GOES OVER -AN AIR COLLISION OVER GERMANY-THE BOMBING OF A WEDDING IN AFGHANISTAN.IT'S NOT GOING SO WELL REALLY.
19th June 2002
3D has posted a message all the way from London on the official message board:
MIXING CLASS A'S by 3D (';';';/'''/';';'';'/''/';'/';;'.'.'//];';/.';';[';';';';'/.';';/;';'/';) on 19-Jun-02
2ND WEEK OF MIX-OPTIMISTIC DAYDREAMS OF A- TRAK- A -DAY SOON FADE UNDER THE DIM GLARE OF STUDIO UPLIGHTERS. ASIAN SPORTING EVENTS AND UNSOCIABLE TELEVISION SCHEDULES TAKE THEIR TOLL. SORT OF 4 TRAX IN -30 PIECE STRING SECTION IN ON FRIDAY FOR 2 SONGS-POST ENGLAND -BRAZIL. O SOLO FUCKIN MIO -MY ENGLISH HALF STIFFENS IN RESPONSE .NICE WEATHER UP HERE IN THE SMOKE- BROKEN CRYSTAL ICONS- SMASHED THEN GLUED -BRIGHTLY LIT-SPECTRAL COLOURS -PRETENTIOUS SLEEVE RAMBLE-10 TRAX TO MIX- A SONG A DAY-YEAH RIGHT! IN YOUR FUCKIN DREAMS MY SON. HOPE EVERYONE IS WELL -TAKE THE LONGEST DAY WITH ECSTACY AND HAVE SOME FUN.LOTS OF LOVE-XXX
14th June 2002
"Making an album, a great album, takes all your time, concentration, imagination, dedication, etc. A Day a month will not do it."
It doesn't come easy to Massive Attack's 3-D (Mojo July 2002)
31st May 2002
Apparently a Lewis Parker promo exists as a taster for his new album "All Happening Now". Tracks featured are "The Options", "Movement & Rhythm", "Sunflight" as well as instrumentals of each track. (Melankolic records promo 12" LEWISTDJ1)
28th May 2002
Animators Shynola have developed a short film for UNKLE. Incorporating UNKLE track Eye For An Eye with music from the film Fantasia, the Project is the initiative of James Lavelle. The film will also feature paintings by 3D. (thanks to www.unkle77.com)
23rd May 2002
This message was posted on the official message board today:
"MASSIVE AND ASHTON COURT by 3D (M A S I V E A ...T A .C K) on 23-May-02
GEE'S COMMENT IN THE LOCAL PRESS-MADE AT THE ESSENTIAL WAS AN UNFORTUNATE EXAMPLE OF FREESTYLE TALKING.ME AND HE ARE MEETING ON FRIDAY TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE BAND.I'M OFTEN ASKED WHY I DON'T MENTION GEE IN MY CAPSLOCKED PARAGRAPHS-WELL I AIN'T SEEN OR SPOKEN TO THE MAN IN 6 MONTHS-UNTIL 2 DAYS AGO-WE HAVE A LOT TO SORT OUT-I THINK IT CAN BE POSITIVE-BUT SOME REALITY HAS TO SURFACE AND MUCH PRIDE WILL NEED TO BE SWALLOWED.MAKING AN ALBUM-A GREAT ALBUM?-TAKES ALL YOUR TIME-CONCENTRATION-IMAGINATION-DEDICATION ETC-1 DAY A MONTH WILL NOT DO IT-GRANT HAS LED A CHARMED EXISTANCE-THE LAST DECADE.LIKE HIM-IT'S TIME I STARTED LOOKING AFTER NUMBER ONE-IF THIS BAND IS TO CONTINUE,IT HAS TO BE MORE FAIR.I'M OFTEN ACCUSED OF BEING MANIPULATIVE-STUBBORN AND DIFFICULT.I WON'T DENY ANY OF IT-BUT THE REALITY IS-THAT IS HOW MASSIVE ATTACK SURVIVED BEYOND BLUE LINES.I SOMETIMES FEEL IT SHOULD HAVE ENDED AFTER THAT PROJECT-ME,GEE AND MUSHROOM ARE SO DIFFERENT AND SO PROUD-FCUK KNOWS HOW WE DID 10 YRS-BEING DJS GIVES YOU MAYBE 3 YEARS IN THE STUDIO-WITHOUT EVOLUTION IT IS ALL OVER! WE HAD THE ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE IN 97- THE PROMOTER IS A CUNT-NEVER AGAIN-I LEFT TOWN FOR THAT WEEKEND AND WENT TO GLASGOW TO HANG WITH BOBBY CARLYLE-FOR SOME SUBSTANCE.WHEN I READ THE POST ON MONDAY I WAS SLIGHTLY SHAMED BY THE ARTICLE.I MET WITH THE COUNCIL LAST WEEK AND DISCUSSED PLANS TO PUT ON A FREE EVENT IN BRISTOL NEXT YEAR-AHTON COURT-THE DOWNS-WANT IT TO BE ALL DAY WITH ALL LOCAL BANDS AND COST NOTHING-IT'S A PLAN ANYWAY-------I'VE SPOKEN MY MIND-WILL SHIT HAPPEN."
The NME have used it to whip up a frenzy on their web site.
19th May 2002
The latest from 3D on the official message board:
"MARC QUINN/ALCHEMY/NEW BODY by 3D (MAASIIIVE ATTACCK) on 19-May-02
3 WEEKS TILL WE MIX-CRAIG'S COMIN TO TOWN ON TUESDAY TO TIDY UP A COUPLE OF ARRANGEMENT IDEAS WITH NEIL AND I.BEEN PLOTTING THE RUNNING ORDER-MIGHT EVEN MIX IT IN ORDER FROM START TO FINISH.MAY START SLOW AND BUILD-MORE LIKE A MOVIE. MET WITH MARC QUINN ON FRIDAY-FUCK!!-THE GUY IS AMAZING-HIS NEXT PIECES ARE GONNA BLOW OUR MINDS-A NEW BLEND OF ART/SCIENCE-A NEW ALCHEMIST-IF THE IDEAS WE GOT PLANNED WITH HIM AND TATSUO WORK OUT -TOURING IS GONNA BE INTERESTING.BY THE WAY THE NEW ALBUM CONTAINS NO SAMPLE/LOOPS WHATSOEVER.YES EX-NONE MY SON!GONNA MIX BLACK MILK FOR B-SIDE AT SAME TIME-POST IRONIC-LOVE IT MORE THAN ORIGINAL.7 WEEKS WITH SPIKE-GETTING, A PERSONAL YOGA TEACHER TO THE STUDIO-WILL HAVE BODY LIKE GUY RITCHIE IN TIME TO DO PRESS.ANY THOUGHTS ON NEW PROD TUNE?? MR AVALANCHE-DID YOU MARCH YESTERDAY-I PASSED THE PARK-IT LOOKED SERIOUS.DOWN TO ACADEMY TONITE FOR SHADOW GIG-THOM'S GONNA DO A SET WITH HIM-DRINKS AFTER DOWN NOCTURNE-THE FUCKING BRAINDRAIN,HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL. "
31st May 2002
A former founding member of influential trip-hop act Massive Attack has been jailed in connection with an attack on a friend.
The BBC reports that Claude Williams, 41, used a fork and his fists to beat up a former friend, John Hamer, over a debt worth the Canadian equivalent of about $44. Williams was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Williams was a founding member of the dance act, which evolved in the early '90s out a group of DJs known as the Wild Bunch. After appearing on their album "Blue Lines," Williams left in 1998. He initially worked with the musician Tricky, but has since fallen on hard times, The BBC said.
Williams broke into Hamer's room at the Madeville House bail hostel -- where they were both residents -- and beat him as he slept, leaving bruises and cuts on his face, the report said. Williams wore the fork around his wrist as a bracelet.
The BBC said Williams will likely serve half of his 18 month sentence before being released.
1st May 2002
UNKLE's JAMES LAVELLE has put together a short "anti-war" film that features paintings by MASSIVE ATTACK.
UNKLE's Lavelle has been working with the animation team Shynola to create the short film, which features a number of paintings by Massive Attack founder 3-D.
A spokesperson for UNKLE's Lavelle's management told Creative Review magazine: "First and foremost it was intended as an anti-war statement. The idea is to release this as a film, rather than a promo. It's not about selling millions of records - it's about making a statement."
The clip is set to be shown at animation festivals across the world. (source: NME)
29th April 2002
Smith & Mighty release their new album, "It's life", today. I'm sitting here listening to it now, well, you can't go wrong really. Go to the official website to learn more and then get yourself over to their record label, K7's website and get a free bonus track.
17th April 2002
These familiar looking sleeves are part of a Japanese reissue series called Modern Masters. They are minature CD reproductions of the orginal vinyl albums. Very nice too, i'm sure.
15th April 2002
Corner shop have dissed Massive Attack. Here is an excerpt from an interview on Dotmusic, where they lash out:
How come the Rocky films inspired you to such an extent?
Tjinder: "It's in a humorous way. Also, to take any pointers from Rocky is to turn things on their head. Normally you take pointers from some sort of holy book or whatever. It was quite humorous that it would be so throwaway. Having said that, it's quite an iconic thing.
"It's not got that much to do with the seventies, but it's a series of films that people will remember and can relate to. An extension of that, is to take pointers from Rocky, within the record industry, which is the mainstay of the song. It's against the industry and against pathetic A&R men who are an intermediary between us getting good music and crap music like Massive Attack."
14th April 2002
Massive Attack have selected the final tracks for their forthcoming studio album, dotmusic has learnt. Robert Del Naja told the group's official website that they had now chosen the final 12 tracks from a possible 850 in an attempt to finish off the album.
He said: "We don't have a running order as such but we've got a few tracks which we think are going to work together."
The forthcoming album, said to feature vocals from Sinead O'Connor, Damon Albarn and Horace Andy, will be the duo's first new material since 1998's 'Mezzanine'.
Speaking of a new, as-yet-untitled track, Del Naja explained: "It started off being about religion and martyrdom but, at the same time it was also about total admiration for a friend or a loved one; the whole thing where you give yourself to someone."
"It's got a quite mystical, Eastern feel. It moves on from what we did with 'Inertia Creeps'. There's more string arrangements, which we're going to do with Craig (Armstrong)."
The album, the group's fourth studio LP, is due to be released this summer.
Meanwhile, Massive Attack yesterday released their 'Eleven Promos' DVD in the US. The DVD features videos including 'Daydreaming', 'Unfinished Sympathy', 'Safe From Harm', 'Protection', 'Teardrop' and 'Inertia Creeps', with the band donating all royalties to the Red Cross.
13th April 2002
And a follow up...
GLAD TO BE SAD by 2D (GRRRRRRRRRR) on 10-Apr-02
TRUE-EMI ARE A MESS-MELANKOLIC WILL SURVIVE-CRAIG'S ALBUM IS RELEASED NEXT WEEK,LEWIS PARKER'S NEW RECORD IN THE SUMMER-ALPHA ARE VERY BUSY RECORDING NEW MATERIAL AND PRODUCING OTHER ARTISTS,MELANKOLIC WOULD LOVE TO RELEASE A NEW ALPHA PROJECT LATE THIS YEAR.DAY ONE AND SUNNA HAVE LEFT TO DO OTHER THINGS.MELANKOLIC WONT SIGN ANYTHING NEW FOR A WHILE,WAN'T TO REDESIGN THE LABEL-MORE INDIE.. ETC
9th April 2002
The latest news from the Massive Attack camp on the official message board:
AT FUCHIN LAST by 3D (MASSIVEATTACK.COM) on 9-Apr-02
SHEEPISH HELLO TO EVERYONE-HAVEN'T BEEN IN TOUCH COS I'VE BEEN AT IT.NOW DONE NEW VOCALS ON 4 TRAX-MORE SUNG THAN SPOKEN-GOT VERY BORED OF HAVING TO USE A LOT OF WORDS TO DISCUSS PASSING EMOTION-TO ECONOMIZE-LESS DICTION MORE MELODY-THE EFFECT IS STRANGE BUT SUBTLE-LET SINEAD BE MORE DIRECT-MAYBE A GOOD BALANCE-THE RECORD IS SHAPING UP TO BE MORE MELODIC THAN MEZZANINE.SINEAD HAS RECORDED 4 TRAX NOW-AND IS WORKIN ON A 5TH-SLEEPY HAS SUNG ONE -SO FAR-JELLISA[SPELLCHECK] IS COMING DOWN 2MORROW FOR A FEW DAYS. STARTED ARTWORK IDEAS WITH TOM HINGSTON-PLAN TO WORK ON IT WITH MARC QUINN AND NICK KNIGHT-V EXPENSIVE!!-CAN BE FUCHIN AMAZING.TALKING WITH JOHN GLAZIER ABOUT VIDEOCLIPS-AFTER SHRIEKING 'NEVER,NEVER AGAIN'-SO FICKLE! PLANNING STAGE SET-UP FOR THE NEXT LIVE SHOWS-END OF YEAR? KEEP HAVING TO TURN DOWN GREAT OFFERS IN SPECIAL PLACES-FRUSTRATING NOW-STILL MAY DO SOUTH BANK SHOW SPECIAL.RECORDING AN INTERVIEW PIECE FOR A FILM ABOUT BRITISH 90'S MUZIC NEXT WEEK IN BRISTOL.NOCTURNE BAR IS GETTING BUSIER THANK FUCH-RUNNING LOW ON DOSH TO THROW AT IT-GOTTA MOVE HOUSE SOON.BOTH MY FOOTBALL TEAMS ARE HAVE BEEN PUSHING SMALL NEEDLES BEHIND MY EYEBALLS FOR SEVEN MONTHS NOW-WILL THE WORLD CUP EASE THE PAIN.NOT GOIN OVER FOR IT TOO MANIC IN JAPAN-TOO MANY PEOPLE-FUCH THAT.CRAIG'S SHOW WAS GOOD ON SUNDAY-TOO MANY PLAYERS-BUT SOME GREAT SONGS-BUT WHEN IT WAS CRAIG AT THE PIANA AND ORCHESTRA-AMAZING AND MOVING-VIDEO SHYNOLA DID WITH MY CHARACTERS FOR LAVELLE IS BEING ENTERED IN ANIMATION AWARDS ALL OVER -MAY BE BROADCAST THIS CENTURY.ME AND LIAM GOT TO UPDATE 'NO SOUVENIRS' SOON FOR PROD ALBUM.STILL CHATTING WITH MIKE PATTON ABOUT OUR SLOW DRIP PROJECT-ANYONE CARE FOR THE IDEA OF AUTECHRE JOINING US ON THAT MISSION-WHAT DID CORNERSHOP HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US? DOES ANYONE KNOW OR CARE...BYEBYE FOR THE MO
8th April 2002
7th April 2002
A new 10" single from Smith & Mighty, is out now. It's a double A side with two very groovy tunes, showing a more progressive sound towards garage and future jungle. An album is to follow soon. Result!
5th April 2002
Paul Buchanan will no longer be appearing as a guest artist with Craig Armstrong at the Barbican on Sunday Night. However the highly acclaimed singer Swati Naktekat has been added to the line up of special guests for the evening. The guest artists for the concert now are: Antye Greie-Fuchs, Catherine Bott, Evan Dando, Steven Lindsay, David McAlmont, Wendy Stubbs and Swati Naktekat.
Released on April 15th (US: 16th) 2002, As If To Nothing is the startlingly evocative new album from Craig Armstrong. The work sees Craig focus on key musical and harmonic threads, providing a cohesion that is nothing short of exhilarating. The album features collaborations from Bono, David McAlmont, Photek, Mogwai, Antye Greie-Fuchs, Wendy Stubbs, Steven Lindsay, Swati Natekar and Evan Dando, who features on the single Wake Up In New York, in stores from May 20th 2002.
4th April 2002
Wake Up in New York will be Craig Armstrongs' first DVD. It will include the following tracks:
1. Wake Up In New York (Video)
2. Waltz (Instrumental) (Audio Plus Photo Gallery)
3. Nature Boy (Orchestral Instrumental) (Audio Plus Photo Gallery)
3rd April 2002
Daddy G is amongst the various DJs who will be apearing at the Big Chill Enchanted Garden festival this year, which will take place in the Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, over the weekend of Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July.
2nd April 2002
Horace Andy is all set to appear at the Essential Festival 2002, which takes place at Ashton Court, Bristol on Bank Holiday weekend - 4th, 5th and 6th May.
28th March 2001
Some French Website has apparently reported that Day One have left Melankolic.
26th March 2002
The US/Canadian release for the DVD is now April 9th. Marc Picken, was quoted as saying, "No excuses just manufacturing bullshit."
18th March 2001
I DON'T LIKE CRICKET by 3D (MASSIVEATTACK.COM) on 18-Mar-02
HELLO-NO CHANCE OF US PLAYING IN LANCASHIRE-THERE IS ONLY ONE GIG THIS YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION-AT THE EDEN PROJECT-WE'VE ALREADY HAD TO TURN DOWN THE HEADLINE AT CREAMFIELDS AND ASHTON COURT[AGAIN]-LIKELY IT WILL BE AUTUMN-AND WE'LL DO SOME FESTIVALS NEXT SUMMER-STILL BOOKED IN TO OLYMPIC FOR JUNE-WITH SPIKEY BOY-WHOS FINISHING OASIS OFF RIGHT NOW-HE WILL NEED A CHANGE.CAN'T POSSIBLY COMMENT ON OSAMA'S WHEREABOUTS-THERE HAS BEEN AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF DOWNLOADING ACTION-THAT IS HOW WE WANTED EVERYONE TO GET IT-OR WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE WEBSITE-SORRY ABOUT THE 12 INCH -BUT IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DOWNLOAD--AND VIRGIN'S CHEEKY DATA COLLECTION SCHEMES-TA TA
1st March 2002
Check out the excellent new Craig Armstrong site, where you can hear the new album.
28th February 2002
Massive Attack have remixed the forthcoming single from Lupine Howl. Groupmember Robert '3-D' Del Naja has given the track 'Vaporizer', released on March 1, the remix treatment. His version has a "cool tempo" but is "unrelenting", according to the band's official website.
24th February 2002
The official site has been updated. There is news of the album and the lve show. Also good quality pictures of the 3D euro notes. (Better than my scans anyway)
15th February 2002
Further to the news, that MASSIVE ATTACK are to make their collaboration with rapper MOS DEF available as a download, I can confirm that it will appear on the soundtrack to Blade 2.
NME.COM exclusively revealed details of the collaboration in October last year. The two originally recorded the track, titled 'I Against I', for the film.
The band will make the song available as a download from the Massive website. From March 11th fans can listen to the track for free or register to download it.
Speaking previously to NME.COM, group member Robert '3-D' Del Naja said "It's a good track, it's called 'I Against I'. He (Mos Def) did the lyrics and we completely reconstructed the track, took the lyrics off and started again in our usual fashion. Everyone really likes it."
12th February 2002
The forthcoming vinyl promo only single, featuring the MOS DEF collaboration, from the soundtrack to the forthcoming soundtrack to Blade 2, will also be available for download from www.massiveattack.com
7th February 2002
Massive Attack's sultry speakeasy, Nocturne, is giving away exclusive CDs! Each fortnight there's a new CD mixed especially for the club by luminaries such as Daddy G, Nick Warren and the Plump DJs, and the first 200 punters through the door get a free copy. Catch the first session, with a CD by Trevor Jackson, on Wed 13 Feb.
5th February 2002
The collaboration Liam Prodigy Howlett/Robert Del Naja will finally appear on Prodigy's release this year - "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned". Described by Liam as "A mix between Prodigy and Beach Boys, with lyrics by 3D". He commented some time ago that not only lyrics have been provided by Del Naja. He's "been throwing a lot of beats and pieces
in the mix himself"...
2nd February 2002
Having just got soaked witnessing City throw away 2 points due to an 91st minute equaliser, I will report on the new album to take my mind of the promotion race ;o)
3D has been very chatty on the official message board recently:
"GOT SOLID VOCALS/SONGS ON 6 TRAX NOW-5 MORE ON THE GO-ACTUALLY BOOKED OLYMPIC STUDIOS-WITH SPIKE FOR JUNE/JULY TO MIX IT-WILL START PRE-PRODUCTION FOR THE LIVE STUFF AT SAME TIME-WE WILL COMPLETELY CHANGE THE WEBSITE SOON-IT WILL BE SOFTWARE BASED-WILL NOT NEED A PROGRAMMER-WILL BE ABLE TO UPLOAD WORDS/MOVIES/IMAGES FROM ANYWHERE AT ALL TIMES-THE WHOLE IDEA WILL BE BASED ON FEEDBACK/NOISE AND CORRUPTION-MORE LAYERS-THE SITE AT THE MOMENT FUCKS ME OFF-THE MESSAGE BOARD IS THE OMLY PLACE I CHECKOUT.THE STAGE LOOK/THE SLEEVE/THE WEBSITE-WILL ALL EVENTUALLY CONNECT"
"WILL BE TRYING TO TAKE THE STUDIO ON STAGE-WITH NEIL D -KICKING AND SCREAMING!SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER IS LOOKING OK.WE MAY EVEN PUT A SINGLE OUT...SINEAD'S SONGS ARE SOUNDING GREAT-HER VOICE IS EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE HOPED FOR.THE SOUND OF THE RECORD HAS CHANGED ALOT RECENTLY,AND I THINK WORKING WITH LIZ MAYBE WOULD NOT HAVE WORKED.GOT A TRACK GOING ON WITH H ANDY-IVE STARTED 3 TRAX-VOCALLY SPEAKING.JEHLISSA IS COMING OVER IN FEBUARY-ONE OF THE TRUE REALLY AMAZING AND INDIVIDUAL SOUL SINGERS OF THE PLANET-HER VOICE SOUNDS GREAT WITH THE TRAX SHE HAS SCANNED OVER-10/12 SONGS ON THE GO-AND THAT IS IT!! "
So there you go. All very exciting - we may even have an record to listen to by christmas ;o)
1st February 2002
For 2 years, the LEFTFOOT soirees have raised English feet with quality DJ sets from Roots Manuva, Gilles Peterson, Carl Craig, and many others. For the next edition, LEFTFOOT crosses the step of the Manche (I'm not sure if this is some French cultural place/thing, but it means Step in English) and is invited to Paris at the Divan du Monde. On the agenda for this evening, henceforth bi-monthly, Daddy G of Massive Attack and the Different Drummer Sound System (alias the Rockers Hi Fi + McTweed) for an exceptional set where dub and hip-hop are side-by-side with drum & bass, breakbeat, nu jazz, and deep house. It begins at 11 p.m. for 16 Euros on February 1st at Le Divan du Monde in Paris; more info can be found at diffdrum.co.uk
Thanks to Carmen for the translation
31st January 2002
Lupine Howl will rerelease the Vaporiser single sometime in February of this year, which may include the 3D mix of the title track.
25th January 2002
The Massive Attack/Mos Def collaboration 'I Against I' will be released on Melankolic in March. It will be very limited and only available on vinyl ). The track was recorded for Blade 2 which comes out in the States in March. Apparently " It's fucking great!" and who are we to argue? - this has been a mouthwatering prospect ever since I heard the initial rumours.
21st January 2002
Hip-Hop and electronica have come together for a unique project with collaborations between various artist including Massive Attack and Mos Def on the soundtrack to the film, Blade 2. Also on the album, Roni Size, from the Bristol Full Cycle crew, collaborates with Cypress Hill. Happy Walters of Immortal Entertainment says: "We have taken an aggressive approach in combining these two types of music on this soundtrack. The process of putting this together was both artistically challenging and fulfilling." Blade 2 is directed by Guillermo del Toro and stars Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson, the soundtrack will be in shops from March 26.
14th January 2002
Craig Armstrong's talents definitely haven't gone unnoticed as he's been nominated for two more awards in 2002. Firstly the American Film Institute has nomianted Armstrong as 'Composer Of The Year' for his work on last year's blockbuster movie Moulin Rouge. He's also received a Golden Globe nomination for the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack. Craig has been awarded many times for his vision and sheer brilliance, so fingers crossed for more silverware!
Craig will releas 'As If To Nothing', on Melankolic, in February. The eagerly awaited release features a number of collaborations including one with Bono and the Edge who have recorded an acoustic version of 'Stay (Far Away, So Close). Craig had previously arranged the strings for U2s soundtrack work on the Batman film. Other guest vocalists on 'As If To Nothing' include Evan Dando, who recorded a track entitled 'Wake Up In New York'. David McAlmont contributed vocals on 'Snow' and Antye, from the German band Laub, added her talents to the song 'Waltz'.
To celebrate the release of his second album, Craig will be performing a one-off show at The Barbican on April 7th 2002.
Armstrong's latest score is from the film 'Kiss Of The Dragon' starring Jet Li and Bridget Fonda.
12th January 2002
Check out the FHM site for an exclusive video interview.
9th January 2002
The long awaited new album from MASSIVE ATTACK is going through yet another "transitional period", group member 3-D has told NME. Speaking to NME.COM last year, Robert '3-D' Del Naja said that the group hoped to be mixing the record by the start of 2002. However, speaking in the new issue of NME, the vocalist said they still have "about 20 versions" of each track they want to feature on the follow-up to '98s 'Mezzanine', leaving the group "scratching our heads". He said: "(The album) is basically going through another transitional period. We've got about 20 versions of each track on the album and all of them have got something great about them but none of them would work together, so we're sitting there scratching our heads. " 3-D said the as-yet-untitled record, due for release in autumn, has been through "three or four" such transitions, and is currently "quite mystical, quite trippy, more psychedelic" than their previous three efforts. (Source - NME.COM)
2nd January 2002
Here is 3D's New Year message to us all (posted on the official site.)
" EVERYTHINGIN ITS RIGHT PLACE by 3D (MASSIVEATTACK.COM) on 10-Jan-02
JUST LIKE TO START BY SAYING HAPPY NE.....BLAH FUCKING BLAH.. HOPE EVERYONE IS WELL AND HAPPY.02 HAS STARTED GOOD-NEW VOCALS IN STUDIO-A CONCENTRATED EFFORT FROM ME AND NEIL D TO FINISH THE RECORD-STREAMLINIG DOWN TO APROX-11/12 TRAX-SINEAD IS IN BRISTOL RECORDING 2 TRAX-1-POLITICAL-1-PERSONAL-WHOLE NEW SOUND FROM HER.I'M DOING VOCALS NEXT WEEK-STRING IDEAS WITH CRAIG ARMSTRONG TO FOLLOW ON MAYBE THREE TRAX-DON'T WORRY THE NEW STUFF SOUNDS NEW-NOT PROTECTION-NOT MEZZANINE. ALSO BEEN DOING NEW MUSIC FOR 'BLADE2'-WHAT A FILM! LOOK OUT FOR AN UNKLE TRACK CALLED 'EYE FOR AN EYE' SOON-AMAZING SHIYNOLA ANNIMATED VIDEO[THE CREW WHO DID PYRAMID SONG..ETC]USING IMAGES AND CREATURES FROM 'FITTING-IN'BOOK HOOKING UP WITH DAMON AND JAMES TO DISCUSS NEW REDCROSS/PEACE EVENTS NEXT WEEK-02 IS A BIG YEAR FOR CND-SUPPORT IT IF YOU CAN.TRAFFIC TO REDCROSS WEBSITE ENCREASED BY 600% FOLLOWING THE 2 NIGHTS AND THE PROMO. ME AND TOM HINGSTON REDESIGNED THE EURO-THIS MONTH'S ESQUIRE MAG-WILL POST THE IMAGES OF THE NOTES ON NEXT UPDATE-VERY SOON-CHECK OUT 'WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM'TO BALANCE WHAT WE READ IN THE PAPERS.THANX TO EVERYBODY FOR THE INTEREST.SEE YA SOON-PEACE AND LOVE----MORE PEOPLE VOTED ON THE BIG BROTHER TV SHOW-THAN VOTED ON THE LAST GENERAL ELECTION "