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Paul Weller @ The Apollo Theater - 7/25/2013
"Most people my age, their musical life ended in the '80s," Weller says. "They stick with what they know. But my tastes are much broader. And I don't want to stop learning."
"Sonik Kicks" shows what he studied. The music kaleidoscopes through a swirl of sound, referring to the exploration of '60s psychedelia without rehashing its cliches. Along with period allusions to Syd Barrett and Traffic, the songs take influence from German oompahs, Jamaican dub, flamenco, jazz and '70s Kraut-rock.
The absorption of that last influence reflects how Weller picks up his styles. "I read a review of my album (in 2008) '22 Dreams,' where the reviewer said it made him think of Neu," a 1970s German prog band, Weller says.
"I never heard them. So I checked it out and really loved their stuff," he says. "It's the same as when I was a kid. You read about things or hear about them on the radio, and get turned on to it." [NY Daily News]
The eternally cool Paul Weller kicked off his three-night NYC run last night (7/25) at legendary Harlem venue The Apollo. Setlist included The Style Council's breezy "My Ever Changing Moods," and a few Jam songs ("That's Entertainment," "A Town Called Malice" and "Start!"). Full setlist and pictures from the show are in this post.
Tonight (7/26), Weller plays Webster Hall (tickets) and Saturday (7/27) he'll hit Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out). More pics from his Apollo show (including some of opener Matthew Ryan) below...
Paul Weller @ Best Buy Theater, May 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Paul Weller has just announced a short U.S. summer tour that will include
two three shows in NYC: July 25 at The Apollo, July 26 at Webster Hall and July 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for all shows on this East Coast run (which will be his only U.S. shows of 2013) go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (4/17) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (4/19) at noon.
For Record Store Day 2013, Paul will be releasing Sonik Kicks: The Singles Collection, which culls all four singles from last year's Sonik Kicks LP in a 7" box set on colored vinyl. It also includes a fifth 7" with acoustic versions of "That Dangerous Age" and "Be Happy Children." The box set, limited to 600 copies worldwide, also comes with a poster autographed by the man himself. You can check out a video on the RSD13 release, along his tour schedule, below.
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The concert really kicked into high gear when Weller and his band returned to the stage after the short break following the Sonik Kicks' performance for their acoustic set. They were joined again by the string section for some of the acoustic selections. In a nod to the informality of the acoustic set, Weller changed out of the suit that he'd been wearing during the Sonik Kicks portion of the show and returned to the stage in a T-shirt. The acoustic set started off with a spellbinding take on The Jam's "The Butterfly Collector." It received a big reaction from the crowd when it ended. The acoustic takes on "All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)" and "You Do Something To Me" also got big cheers from the packed house. The acoustic set was the best-sounding part of the show because, for some reason, there was a lot of distortion in the sound during the electric performances.After an invite-only show at the John Varvatos store on Thursday, Paul Weller played two nights at the Best Buy Theater in Times Sq on Friday (5/18) and Saturday (5/19) with openers Desert Sharks. Weller performed three sets -- Sonik Kicks in full, an acoustic set backed by a string section, and then an electric set of career-spanning favorites. Weller plays Toronto tonight. The Goldmine review above is from Saturday night's show, but our pictures are from Friday night.
The main set closed out with the electric set. "From The Floorbaords Up," "Wake Up The Nation," "Foot Of The Mountain," and "Echoes Round The Sun" all got a stellar live treatment by Weller and the band. But they were saving the best for last. The closing song of the main set, "Whirlpool's End," received an absolutely blistering take by Weller and crew that left the crowd, many of them already hoarse from singing along during much of the show, roaring with approval. [Goldmine]
More pictures of Paul Weller's show (and openers Desert Sharks), and Weller's setlists for both nights, are below.
photos by Craig Barritt
Paul Weller is in town for two shows at the Best Buy Theater tonight (5/18) and Saturday (5/19) to which tickets are still available. Last night, Weller played an invite-only show at the Paul Varvatos store (aka the old CBGBs space) and his 15 or so song set ran his entire career, from Jam classics "Eton Rifles" and "Art School" through songs off Weller's new album, Sonik Kicks.
Weller also stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed the Jam's "That's Entertainment." You can watch that below, and check out a few more pictures (mostly red carpet) and setlist from the Varvatos show.
Paul Weller begins his two night run at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Friday (tomorrow, 5/18), but first an invite-only show at the Varatos Store tonight. I don't have any tips for getting into the Varvatos store (aka the old CBGB space where the Jam played 30 years ago), but tickets are still available for the Best Buy Theater shows.
by Bill Pearis
Paul Weller will release his 11th solo album, Sonik Kicks, on March 27 via Yep Roc and features guest appearances from Graham Coxon and Noel Gallagher. They don't play on the same songs, but if anyone could end the 17-year Blur/Oasis feud (that isn't really a feud anymore), it's Paul Weller. You can check out videos for "That Dangerous Age" first single, "Around the Park" at the bottom of this post, and check out samples of all the songs over at Yep Roc's website.
Paul Weller at the theater previously known as Nokia (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Though tickets are still available for his November 7th show at Best Buy Theater (formerly Nokia), Paul Weller has added a November 6th NYC show at Apollo Theater. Tickets for the new gig are currently on "AEG", "Venue" and "Fan Club" presale(s) (password = NOTEARS) and go on general sale Friday at noon (9/24). The NYC shows are two of three US dates scheduled for the ex-Style Council/The Jam member.
Speaking of The Jam, the band's 1980 album Sound Affects will be re-released on 11/1 in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The two-disc edition will feature 22 bonus tracks, as well as as demos, covers, b-sides and alternative versions. Tracklisting is below.
Paul Weller's Wake Up The Nation didn't win the Mercury Prize (that honor went to The xx), but Paul has another chance to win something. Q Magazine recently released its nominees for their annual "Q Awards" and Paul Weller was nominated for the "Best Male Artist". The list of nominees (and all Paul Weller tour dates) are below... some interesting choices...
Bear In Heaven is playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19th. Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets are on sale at noon for the Deerhunter, Real Estate, Casino Versus Japan show at Webster Hall (you can also catch Deerhunter and Real Estate for free much sooner).
Paul Weller is playing Nokia Theatre on November 7th. Tickets are on sale.
Samiam, The Casting Out, I Hate Our Freedom, and Vs. Antelope are playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 13th. Tickets are on sale now.
Aziz Ansari is headlining the Beacon Theatre as part of the New York Comedy Festival on November 6th. Tickets are currently on presale. General sale starts Monday at 10am.
Fitz & The Tantrums are playing The Mercury Lounge on September 25th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Sharon Van Etten and Kyp Malone are playing The Mercury Lounge on October 9th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Ra Ra Riot tourmates, Givers, are playing The Mercury Lounge on November 6th. Tickets are on sale at noon. It's Givers' only New York City show at the moment. They're not opening any of the four New York Ra Ra Riot dates.
Tunng is playing The Mercury Lounge on November 11th. Tickets are on sale at 9:30 PM.
Paul Weller & Johnny Marr @ Coachella 2009 (ivankay)
"I could go on endlessly about the excellent yet heartbreaking Paul Weller set no one watched. I just might blather more about it once I get home and have time to properly assess and convey why it was such a meaningful (albeit needlessly stopped) performance, both for artist and audience. (It also might make my annual Kill List, a rundown, in ranked order, of the weekend's greatest performance. Look for that sometime Tuesday.)The above is an account of Paul Weller's shortened set at Coachella on Sunday. From there, the ex-Jam frontman was supposed to make his way to NYC for a show at the Nokia Theatre this Friday night (4/24), but I just realized that show is no longer happening "Due to Personal Reasons Ticket Refunds Available at Point of Purchase." UPDATE with some sad news:
After roughly a half-hour of top-notch rock 'n' soul, culminating in some extra-fine space-jamming on "Porcelain Gods," Weller was informed that he had a measly 15 minutes left. "Just not long enough in the desert," he sniffed in between expletives....
...to cap his Sunday show, the now silver-haired Weller, looking Armani casual cool in a black outfit, was left to kick against the pricks in a chugging rendition of his minor MTV hit with help from ... well, how nice, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who strummed a bit and shared in on the bop-bop-bop-bop harmonies." [OCRegister]
23rd Apr 2009R.I.P.
Its with immense sadness that we can confirm that John Weller passed away yesterday.
John who managed Pauls career from the start of the Jam onwards will be missed by everyone. He was a larger than life character who was respected across the music industry and a much loved husband, dad, grandad and friend.
Our thoughts and love go out to the Wellers at this sad and difficult time. Ann, Nicky and Paul also really appreciate all the lovely cards, emails and messages from everyone.
Johnny Marr's old bandmate Morrissey also played Coachella.
Amy Winehouse @ Bowery Ballroom - March 2007 (more)
A spokesman for Amy Winehouse says the singer won't perform in the United States next month, as had been planned.That is probably the least surprising news ever announced in history. In related news, "2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music. To mark this milestone the label is collaborating with Island founder Chris Blackwell to arrange the Island 50 festival." A week of live shows is planned in London, and Amy Winehouse is on the bill. More details below...
Spokesman Chris Goodman said Monday that Winehouse isn't going to the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., in "light of current legal issues."
Winehouse was charged with assault last week for allegedly attacking a fan at a London party in September. The singer is due in court next week.
Being charged with a crime often makes it difficult for people to get U.S. visas. [Billboard] (thx Tye)
Paul Weller and Adele @ the Brits
Success in the Brits - 18th Feb 2009That message was posted in the news section of Paul Weller's official website. Other 2009 Brit Award winners were Duffy, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, Iron Maiden (for best live act), Elbow, Florence and the Machine, Kanye West, and Girls Aloud. Pet Shop Boys were also honored at the event.
As you probably know by now, PW was successful in tonight's Brit Awards winning Best Male Solo Artist. OK so he wasn't there to collect it in person but we did get a video with Adele passing the award over.
What can you say? Well deserved for a top year.
Well done feller.
As previously announced, PW will be visiting the United States to play Coachella on April 19th. Add to that trip a pre-Coachella San Francisco show, and an April 24th show at Nokia Theatre in NYC. Tickets for the latter go on sale Friday at noon. All known dates below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Paul Weller is on tour and was in NYC to play shows at Nokia Theatre (9/10) and Highline Ballroom (9/11) this week. This post contains a few pictures from last night's Highline Ballroom show followed by the Nokia setlist which points out that Kelly from Stereophonics (who played Webster Hall one night earlier) joined Paul and band on stage for some songs....
Other albums I can strongly recommend include the Avett Brothers' Second Gleam, Benji Hughes' debut double album A Love Extreme, Bodies of Water's A Certain Feeling, Faun Fables' A Table Forgotten EP, Helena Espvall and Masaki Batoh's self-titled album, and PAS/CAL's Raised on Mathew, Mark, Luke & Laura.
For the literary minded indie rock fan, Chamber Music: James Joyce collects Mercury Rev, the Minus 5, Kinski, and others interpreting James Joyce's 1907 collection of poems. Best of Janis Ian - The Autobiography Collection, also available tomorrow, can be seen as the soundtrack to the singer-songwriter's autobiography, Society's Child (out Thursday, look for a Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay from Janis Ian then).
The 9 4AD remastered SACD albums by Dead Can Dance share the reissue spotlight this week with remastered editions of U2's Boy, October, and War (all available as single CDs, with bonus CD, and on vinyl). Julie Doiron's Loneliest in the Morning, an album I truly adore, is also reissued this week with bonus tracks.
Editor's note: CSS, Dr. Dog, High Places, Forward, Russia, Black Kids all also have new albums this week - as you can see from the list below....
by Black Bubblegum
From The Jam, and technically from The Jam
The Jam was always three guys, (Weller, Foxton, & Buckler) but From The Jam's lineup is a little different:
Bruce Foxton - Bass/VocalsSo who the hell are these two other dudes? ESPECIALLY the guy who is attempting to replace Paul-mother-loving-Weller? Here's what their website has to say about it: "RUSSELL HASTINGS ...shocked audiences nationwide this year with his authentic and passionate interpretation in performance (vocals and guitar) of The Jam's back catalogue."
Rick Buckler - Drums
Russell Hastings - Vocals/Guitar
Dave Moore - Guitar/Keyboards
Apparently Hastings & Moore were members of a Jam COVER band entitled The Gift (named after the 1982 LP). So does that make FROM THE JAM actually The Jam? I say no (no Paul Weller, no dice), but if you are so inclined, check em' out at Blender Theater on September 26th. Tickets are on sale
Solo Studio AlbumsA tour in Septmeber. Two NYC shows. LA tickets are already on sale. All dates below...
Paul Weller - (1992) #8 UK
Wild Wood - (1993) #2 UK
Stanley Road - (1995) #1 UK
Heavy Soul - (1997) #2 UK
Heliocentric - (2000) #2 UK
Illumination - (2002) #1 UK
Studio 150 - (2004) #2 UK
As Is Now - (2005) #4 UK
22 Dreams - (2008) #1 UK
"This weekend saw the Glastonbury Festival taking place but it also saw one of the wettest weekends that we’ve seen recently - it was p*ssing down quite a lot of the time. The result was that the Glastonbury site at Pilton, Somerset once again turned into a bit of a quagmire with ankle deep mud in many places. That however didn’t stop about 170,000 people enjoying all the music and other events on offer on the various stages throughout the site and there was something for everyone from all the latest hot bands to long-established acts like The Who – headliners on Sunday night." [Sonic State]