BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

Mere snippets from rock's rich tapestry, though each one a precious gem in its own right...

Portishead‘s Adrian Utley has written the score for a new film to be shown on Channel 4 next year – starring Patsy Palmer, aka EastEnder Bianca Butcher, as a heroin addict. The 15-minute movie, Love Story, was written and directed by Patsy’s husband Nick Love and also stars EWEN BREMNER. It’s due to be screened this spring.

IDLEWILD (pictured)are offering a reward for the return of video films stolen last month which were to be used in a programme about them. The tapes were stolen along with a video camera and a holdall belonging to the band while they played London’s ULU on November 26. Anyone with information should contact the band’s press office at Press Counsel, 5-7 Vernon Yard, off Portobello Road, London W11 2DX – or send the tapes anonymously to the same address.

AUDIOWEB release a new single, ‘Test The Theory’, on February 8 through Polydor. It’s the third single to be taken from their ‘Fireworks City’ album and features mixes by FREESTYLERS and URBAN TAKEOVER on 12″, CD and cassette. The band will tour with The LEVELLERS tonight in Bath Pavilion (December 10) then Cambridge Corn Exchange (12), Poole Arts Centre (13), Margate Winter Gardens (14), Manchester Apollo (16), Kettering Arena (17), Brighton Centre (18) and London Brixton Academy (19).

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE release a new single, ‘Denise’, on February 1 on East West, followed by a new album ‘Utopia Parkway’ in March. It’s expected the band will tour the UK around the releases.

BETH ORTON releases a new single, ‘Stolen Car’, on Heavenly in February, her first new material in more than a year. The track is taken from her forthcoming album ‘Central Reservation’, which comes out in March. It features collaborations with TERRY CALLIER, BEN HARPER, MAZZY STAR‘s David Roback and EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL‘s Ben Watt. Meanwhile, the video for ‘Stolen Car’ has been directed by cult US independent film-maker Hal Hartley. B-sides for the single include her cover of the Paris Sisters‘I Love How You Love Me’, which was originally recorded for the soundtrack of Mojo, and new Orton song ‘Precious Maybe’, which was recorded for the soundtrack of The Acid House, which starts showing in cinemas on January 1.

Sheffield’s Warp Records kick off 1999 – their tenth year – with the release of ‘Peel Sessions’ by AUTECHRE on January 11, followed by similar releases by BOARDS OF CANADA (18) and THE BLACK DOG (25).

Meanwhile JIMI TENOR‘s second album, ‘Organism’, hits the shops on February 2.

Parisian electronica funk hero COSMO VITELLI follows his Vibes SOTW, ‘We Don’t Need No Smurf Here’, with an album, ‘Video’, on January 25 through Solid records.

Eco-charity Friends Of The Earth join forces with MR C‘s THE END SOUNDSYSTEM, tech-funkster DAVE ANGEL and MIXMASTER MORRIS when they take over Leeds Town & Country on February 4 next year for a benefit night. For tickets call 0113 2800 100

‘History & Science’ is the title of a new EP out now on STEREO MC‘s’ Response label which features four ten-year-old UK hip-hop classics from BLADE, LONDON POSSE, HIJACK and SYNDICATE.

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