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Aw, C'Mon, you may as well give this a read!


Story: Jack Foley

CITY Sland Records has proudly announced the release of two Lambchop albums on February 9, 2004.

Aw C’mon and No You C’mon will be released simultaneously and will only be available together, packaged within a card slipcase.

They will retail together for the same
price as a full length album.

The unusual presentation of the records originates from the hugely productive recording sessions that Lambchop undertook in 2003.

The band were invited to perform a live soundtrack in San Francisco, to F.W. Murnau’s classic film, Sunrise, in the Spring of 2003, and this enabled front man, Kurt Wagner, to select a total of 36 songs from a 'buttload' of
music accumulated between the Summer of 2002 and the Spring of 2003, during some of which time he had attempted to write one song a day.

Although Wagner chose not to release all of the recordings, 24 have been selected, and these make up the content of the two records.

It was important to Lambchop, however, that these were not released as a double album, and the concept of the simultaneous release was born - the idea being that each record can be listened to as a single entity.

Naturally, both are intertwined, but it is not necessary to experience them as a double album to do them justice.

The albums are a significant step away from the intimate approach of their previous album, Is A Woman, and instead recall the string-drenched sounds of their classic Nixon album.

Indeed, Lloyd Barry, who was responsible for the string arrangements on Nixon, picks up the reins again here.

However, whereas Paul Niehaus’ pedal steel was the focus for Nixon,
and Tony Crow’s piano the anchor for Is A Woman, Aw C’mon and No You C’mon are centred around ‘young’ William Tyler’s guitar.

As Kurt commentsL: “William has unwittingly contributed both his youthful dynamics and energy to these particular selections of material.

"I have also marveled at his sense of melody and playfulness, when it comes to his interpreting the songs."

The albums are also unusual in that they feature a number of instrumentals, including the first track on Aw C’mon, which is named
Being Tyler in his honour.

Lambchop have lined up a UK tour for the Spring. The dates are as follows:

Mar 22 - Briton Dome w/- DAFO String Quartet
Mar 23 - London Shepherd's Bush Empire w/- DAFO String Quartet
Mar 24 - Sheffield City Hall
Mar 25 - Salford Lowry
Mar 26 - Edinburgh Queens Hall
Mar 27 - York Barbican
Mar 28 - Dublin Gaiety
Apr 17 - High Wycombe The Swan Theatre
Apr 18 - Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Apr 19 - Bath Pavilion

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