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Paul Weller At The Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser!

Last night’s benefit concert for the victims of the Haiti earthquake wasn’t the music industry’s fastest response to the disaster. For that, we must cede grudging respect to Simon Cowell’s reinvention of Everybody Hurts. This hastily organised show, featuring Paul Weller, Mr Hudson, Seasick Steve, Futureheads and KT Tunstall, no doubt appealed to music fans resistant to Cowell’s pan-celebrity pop fondue who wanted to empty their pockets into the donation buckets.

An altogether different kind of charity was needed to deal with the sight of The Humans (featuring Toyah Willcox and her husband Robert Fripp) playing a succession of songs so uniformly awful that the applause they elicited stemmed from the realisation that mere silence would simply heighten the sense of communal embarrassment.

The fast-moving nature of this benefit meant that necessity begat invention. On the face of it, an acoustic set by the angular Tyneside art-poppers The Futureheads didn’t show promise, bu…

Paul Weller At The NME Awards!

Paul Weller named Godlike Genius at Shockwaves NME Awards

Weller closes ceremony with a career-spanning set

Paul Weller has collected the final award of the night at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 24), picking up the Godlike Genius gong at the at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and former Clash guitarist Mick Jones, whose bands have both claimed the prize, presented Weller with the honour, with the Modfather then giving a short speech to the crowd.

Weller then performed a six-song set with his solo band that spanned his career and brought the Shockwaves NME Awards to a close.

The star was joined by ex-Oasis guitarist Gem Archer and My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields for his closing set, which saw him play songs from across his career, including recent single '7+3 Is The Striker's Name'. The supergroup also ran through tracks including The Jam's 'Eton Rifles' and UK chart-toppers 'Start!' and 'To…

Paul Weller's Album Buzz!

Paul Weller has admitted he is excited about releasing his new album, Wake Up The Nation, out on 12 April.

Guests on the 16-track record include My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, Bruce Foxton, and ELO man Bev Bevan and members of The Tornados and Little Barrie

"We’re all buzzing about this record and hopefully other people will be as well but unfortunately you never know," he told 6 Music’s Andrew Collins.

Weller was joined by his former bandmate Bruce Foxton, best remembered as the bassist in The Jam, who disbanded in 2002, and Stiff Little Fingers.

He told us how they came to get back in the studio together: "A bit of dialogue opened up between us two, just through various other personal things that have gone on in our lives, but it just sort of felt right.

"Because of the fact that we had started talking and were in touch and that, I thought it was an honour to have us getting together to make a bit of music, which always levels everyone out really."…

Paul Weller Adds Third Dutch Date To May Tour!

There is another date on May 15th at Effenaar in Eindhoven listed.  All the info here: Effenaar Site

Paul Weller Thinks Nirvana Was Rubbish!

Paul Weller has slammed Nirvana as ''f***ing rubbish'', saying he never liked shoegazing or grunge bands.

The outspoken 'Changing Man' rocker said he felt the Britpop period of music in Britain in the 90s - when he came back in vogue with his solo albums 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road' - was much better than the movements which came immediately before it.
Blasting Nirvana - who came to a end in 1994 when frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide- Paul, 51, said: "You'd had all that shoegazing b*****ks and then the whole Nirvana thing, which I thought was f***ing rubbish - it was just America catching up with punk rock 20 years too f***ing late for me, you know. So to hear some English guitar music again was really refreshing."

Paul also said he felt he was involved with the Britpop scene - which included bands such as Oasis, Blur, The Charlatans and Suede - more than any other musicians in his career, which at that point spanned over…

Paul Weller On Absolute Radio Wed, Feb 24!

Paul is scheduled to appear on Absolute Radio's Breakfast Show on Wednesday, Feb 24. Word is he is performing and having a chat. He is also rumored to be joined by Bruce Foxton, but that has not been confirmed. Tune in at:

Paul Weller's NME Performance - Broadcast Times!

This Weds 24th: Weller only playing a short set - with Kevin Shields & Gem Archer

To tune in, head to Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727, DAB or NME Radio.

The Shockwaves NME Awards, which will be hosted by Jarvis Cocker, will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 11:25pm (GMT) next Friday (26) then on T4 on the same channel at 11:10am on Saturday (27).

Rock’s elite are set to blow the roof off the O2 Academy Brixton as this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards will feature explosive live performances and genius collaborations from both musical icons and the next generation of the biggest and best acts.

Taking place on the 24th February, the Shockwaves NME Awards is renowned for both its rock 'n’ roll excess and great music - and this year is no exception! Hosted by Britpop icon Jarvis Cocker, musical highlights will include performances from Paul Weller, Hole and The Specials.

The bands of the moment aren’t to be outdone though - Kasabian will be taking to the stage with the Migh…

Paul Weller's "Wake Up The Nation" - iTunes Exclusive Track List!

Looks like iTunes will have some exclusive content included with Paul's "Wake Up The Nation" download. Here's the track list:

'Wake Up The Nation' - iTunes Deluxe Edition

1. Moonshine
2. Wake Up The Nation
3. No Tears To Cry
4. Fast Car / Slow Traffic
5. Andromeda
6. In Amsterdam
7. She Speaks
8. Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
9. Aim High
10. Trees
11. Grasp And Still Connect
12. Whatever Next
13. 7&3 Is The Strikers Name
14. Up The Dosage
15. Pieces Of A Dream
16. Two Fat Ladies
17. Wake Up The Nation (Zinc's Crack House Remix)
18. Fast Car Slow Traffic (Erland & Carnival Carnivalization)
19. Grasp & Still Connect (The Bees Version)
20. She Speaks (Tunng Remix)
21. Andromeda (Richard Hawley Remix)
22. In Amsterdam (Noonday Underground Remix)
23. No Tears To Cry (Leo Zero Remix)
24. Find The Torch – Little Vampire Remix)
25. The Amorphous Androgynous Remix - Part 1: Aim High (Aim Higher)
26. The Amorphous Androgynous Remix - Part 2: Pieces …

Paul Weller's "Wake Up The Nation" Deluxe Edition Final Track List!

1. Moonshine 2. Wake Up the Nation
3. No Tears to Cry
4. Fast Car / Slow Traffic
5. Andromeda
6. In Amsterdam
7. She Speaks
8. Find the Torch, Burn the Plans
9. Aim High
10. Trees
11. Grasp & Still Connect
12. Whatever Next
13. 7&3 is the Strikers Name
14. Up the Dosage
15. Pieces of Dream
16. Two Fat Ladies

1. Wake up The Nation- Zinc’s Crack House Remix
2. Fast Car Slow Traffic - Erland & Carnival Carnivalization
3. Grasp & Still Connect - The Bees Version
4. She Speaks - Tunng Remix
5. Andromeda - Richard Hawley Remix
6. In Amsterdam – Noonday Underground Remix
7. No Tears To Cry- Leo Zero Remix
8. Find the Torch, Burn The Plans – Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Remix)
9. Aim high / Pieces of a dream – The Amorphous Androgynous Remix
10. Part 1: Aim High (Aim Higher)
11. Part 2: Pieces Of A Dream (A Dream In Pieces)
12. Part 3: Aim High (The Higher Aim)
13. Part 4: Aim High (Like Water Needs A Flower)
14. Pieces Of A Dream - Original version (BONUS TRACK)
15. Grasp &am…

Paul Weller Discusses "Wake Up The Nation!"

“I’m schooled in the test of time” –  Moonshine
“I wasn’t even thinking about doing another record” says Paul Weller of the inspiration behind his brand new album Wake Up the Nation. “After 22 Dreams I didn’t have any songs to speak of apart from the odd title or couplet. So the whole process was really different. It was almost like starting from scratch.”  After an unparalleled career, characterised by constant musical experimentation, we should be used to Paul Weller’s relentless desire to chop and change his musical pack. But after the triumphant, Brit-bagging success of  22 Dreams (his third solo number one) his tenth solo album sees rock’s most iconic songwriter come up trumps once more.
Lean, mean and as uncompromisingly focused as it’s maker, Wake Up The Nation also brings Paul Weller full circle: twenty-eight years on from The Jam’s split, two tracks feature the band’s bassist Bruce Foxton. “It’s been a long time, obviously, but we both really enjoyed it “ says Paul of this un…

Paul Smith Was Sent A Gift From Paul Weller!

Seen recently on Paul Smith's Blog

"I was sent this great new album from Paul Weller called Wake up the Nation Check it out - it’s fantastic!"

Paul Weller's 2CD Deluxe Edition Of "Wake Up The Nation" Details!

Limited Edition 2CD Hardback Book of Paul Weller's new album 'Wake Up the Nation'. Contains exclusive liner notes by Irvine Welsh and never before seen photographs. Disc two features exclusive duets with Richard Hawley and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs plus brand new remixes.


Disc One

1. Moonshine
2. Wake Up The Nation
3. No Tears To Cry
4. Fast Car / Slow Traffic
5. Andromeda
6. In Amsterdam
7. She Speaks
8. Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
9. Aim High
10. Trees
11. Grasp And Still Connect
12. Whatever Next
13. 7&3 Is The Strikers Name
14. Up The Dosage
15. Pieces Of A Dream
16. Two Fat Ladies

Disc Two

1. Tunng – She Speaks
2. Yeah Yeah Yeah's – Find The Torch Burn The Plans
3. The Bees – Grasp & Still Connect
4. Richard Hawley – Andromeda
5. Richard Hawley – No Tears To Cry
6. Larry Heard – Aim High
7. Amorphias – Aim High into Pieces of a Dream
8. Erland & The Carnival – Fast Car / Slow Traffic
9. Zinc – Wake Up The Nation

*The tracklisting for Disc 2 is s…

Paul Weller To Be Interviewed On NME Radio February 10 (Wed 4pm)!

Wednesday 10th Feb
Jon Hillcock's Paul Weller interview airs from 4pm. Weller is being crowned this year’s Goldlike Genius at the Shockwaves NME Awards on February 24.


Paul Weller: Godlike Genius Award For Modfather!

Paul Weller: Godlike genius award for Modfather
Published Date: 09 February 2010

Chart veteran Paul Weller is to receive a top honorary prize at this year's NME Awards, the annual Godlike Genius title, it was announced today.
The former frontman for The Jam will receive his award later this month and perform at the event which takes place at the O2 Brixton Academy in south London.

The bash, officially titled the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010, is to be hosted by Jarvis Cocker and will be staged on February 24.

The winner of the Godlike Genius award is chosen by music magazine NME to honour a figure or group who has helped to shape the musical landscape over the years and past winners have included New Order, The Clash, Ian Brown and Manic Street Preachers.

Weller achieved a string of hits with The Jam such as Eton Rifles and Start! before they disbanded in 1982. He bounced back with The Style Council the following year and then launched a solo career in the early 1990s, achieving hits…

Paul Weller's Forthcoming Single Details!

Released April 5, 2010 CDS 1. No Tears To Cry 2. Wake Up The Nation 3. Mistress Brown (Exclusive B side)
7 INCH #1 Numbered Vinyl 1. No Tears To Cry 2. Wake Up The Nation (Live from Bradford 09)
7 INCH #2 Numbered Vinyl 1. No Tears To Cry (Leo Zero Remix) 2. River Man (Exclusive B side)

Paul Weller To Play Benefit Concert For Haiti!

Mod icon Paul Weller is amongst the latest group of acts to be confirmed for a special Haiti benefit show.

The disaster in Haiti has united the world in sorrow. The tiny Caribbean island, already one of the poorest areas in the region, was struck by an enormous earthquake centred on its densely populated capital.

Since then, aid has flooded into Haiti with global appeals resulting in some enormous events. In the United States George Clooney and Haiti born star Wyclef Jean hosted a new telethon which raised countless millions for those suffering on the island.

Now a new event in London aims to raise more money for the island. Hosted in the historic Roundhouse venue on February 25th, the new event will donate all profits to ActionAid and Médecins Sans Frontières.

With more acts being confirmed all the time, organisers Beanstalk have revealed that British songwriting legend Paul Weller is to perform at the event.

Set to return with his new album 'Wake Up The Nation' later this y…

More KebDarge / Paul Weller Coverage via Time Out: New York!

BLADE OF GLORY Darge and Weller’s new comp cuts through the clutter of insipid music.

You think that Kraftwerk box set was expensive? Talk to soul and funk connoisseur Keb Darge, the U.K. DJ and compilation maestro. “The most I ever paid for one record was 3,000 pounds,” he recalls, “but once I bought two that together cost me 5,000. One was by Mellow Madness… Jesus, I can’t even remember the name of the bloody tune!” (The track is the late-’70s disco-soul burner “Save the Youth,” reissued in 2007 on Kay-Dee, the label Darge runs with Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez.) That he can’t remember the title is telling: For Darge, 53, what’s in the grooves—not the name, not the record’s reputation and certainly not its perceived “coolness”—is all that matters.
“Keb plays with the urgency of someone who can’t wait to dance, and really plies the joy and party vibe of each tune,” says Darge’s friend Citizen Kane, the NYC spinner and head honcho of the Disques Sinthomme and Ghost Town labels. “His programmin…

Keb Darge On "Lost & Found" And Collaborating With Paul Weller!

Scottish Tastemaker Still  Mixing It Up by: HEIDI PATALANO

Keb Darge is the king of mix tapes, respected spinner of the hippest, deep funk tracks and one of the champions of Britain’s Northern Soul scene, but try as he might, he can’t get his 15-year-old to stop listening to hip-hop.

“I’m trying to save the world from the evils of modern music,” he says. “It makes people into miserable farts. My son’s going on about wanting to be a gangster. I’m like, ‘Oh, God almighty.’” Maybe his son is a lost cause, but Darge’s compilations, which are sourced from the rarest funk and soul tracks from around the world, have found a new audience of listeners looking for a retro sound.

“Amy Winehouse had a hell of an impact,” says Darge. “People started looking for sounds like [Winehouse], and they found that those sounds came from the ’50s and ’60s. So they started listening to that and once you do that, there’s no turning back.”

While Darge has collaborated with the likes of RZA and Cut Chemist for pre…