Thursday, March 02, 2006

Lazy Line Painter Jane

Okay, shaggy haired bisexuals, one of your heroes will be hanging out amongst you next Monday night.

Isobel Campbell, formerly the "Belle" of Belle & Sebastian and the dainty voice behind the shimmery Gentle Waves, is having her record release party at the now infamous Cha Cha Lounge in Silverlake.

Her new album, Ballad of the Broken Seas, is a collaborative effort between her and Mark Lanegan, he of the whisky graveled voice (frontman to the Screaming Trees, guest frontman for Queens of the Stone Age, accomplished solo artist, and a heavily tattoed guy I once freaked out accidentally in an airport in New Jersey). Inspired by Nancy & Lee, Isobel approached Mark through his label before finally meeting him in her hometown of Glasgow at a QOTSA show, and he threw out the idea of working together. Isobel had a new excuse for writing some songs from a man's point of view, because she had found a new voice for them. (Anyone familiar with Belle & Sebastian's gender skewed pop tunes shouldn't be too surprised by this anyway.)

The two released a teaser EP a couple of months ago, featuring their wicked version of the Hank William's classic, "Ramblin' Man" as well as a few originals, all sort of reflecting a coutry psychedelia with a wistful edge... Isobel (and I'm guessing Mark will have to show up) is also playing the Troubador on Tuesday night. But to get all up close and personal, and hear the whole CD, hit the Cha Cha on Monday. She'll be there. She tried to set it up at the Burgundy Room first, and called herself to do so... but the owner let her know his place was just gonna be too small for the crowd she'd probably bring in. Why not hit Silverlake?

Monday March 6th, 8pm (that's the rumored start time - call the bar the day of to be certain)
The Cha Cha Lounge
2375 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 660-7595