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Paul Weller's "Find The Torch, Burn The Plans" Documentary on US TV!

The Paul Weller/Julien Temple Documentary, "Find The Torch, Burn The Plans" is playing on the Palladia Music Cable Network HD in the USA this week. 
Wednesday 12/21 @ 1am est Thursday 12/23 @ 6pm est Friday 12/24 @12:30pm est
Info kindly provided by Rich Ireland! Cheers!

A Christmas MOD Ball This Sunday At The 100 Club with The Moons!

Ticket Info HERE
Event Info:
ROLL UP ROLL UP FOR A CHRISTMAS BALL FEATURING YOUR FAVOURITE MOONS!!!

WE'VE GOT SIGHTS AND SOUNDS AND MARVELS TO DELIGHT YOUR EYES AND EARS....

ITS BEEN A BUSY YEAR FOR THE MOONS AND NEXT YEAR IT GOING TO GET EVEN MORE FRANTIC!! A NEW ALBUM IS ON THE WAY FOR RELEASE IN THE NEW YEAR, PRODUCED BY EDWYN COLLINS IN LONDON. WATCH AND HAVE A CHRISTMAS DRINK WITH THE MOONS AT THEIR FINAL SHOW OF THE YEAR AT THE LEGENDARY 100 CLUB.

At the top of the bill
THE MOONS
With support from CONNETT feat. MEL D
+ DJS
AND THE AMAZING DRA DANCE COLLECTIVE (GO GO DANCERS) Who will excite you with the grooviest dancing during the night and between the bands,
Tickets £15

Paul Weller Review From The Independent & The Guardian- Wembley Arena!

Paul Weller, Wembley Arena, London
(Rated 2/ 5 )

Reviewed by Enjoli Liston
Tuesday, 14 December 2010


Boasting a rich career that started with mod-punkers The Jam more than 30 years ago, Paul Weller struck gold again this year. Delirious reviews welcomed the Modfather back to the UK charts in April with his 10th solo album, Wake Up the Nation, a short, sharp and striking work of fresh experimental hits nominated for the Mercury Prize. It's this new material that dominates Weller's set on the last night of his UK tour at Wembley yet, surprisingly, his performance massively misses the mark.

Despite a crisp, smooth and self-possessed rendition of "Have You Made Up Your Mind" from 2008's acclaimed album 22 Dreams, flashes of feedback and incompatible levels undermine Weller's efforts. On the new record, "Aim High" is soulful and uplifting. Yet on stage, overbearing electronic effects result in a bizarre but inescapable (and probably very unwelcome) vocal…

BBC Review Of "Find The Torch" DVD!

As a document of the modern Paul Weller, this couldn’t be more accurate.
James McMahon - 2010-12-09


Thirty-two years on from putting together his first band, critical consensus of Paul Weller’s music continues to change as often as the seasons. An often misunderstood yet always uncompromising fixture of British rock, his last three studio albums have been spoken of with the sort of respect he last enjoyed with 1995’s Stanley Road.

The current thinking towards Weller is fond; only the unenlightened give kudos to the growly, cabbie-beloved pub-rocker myth his naysayers would tag him as. 2005’s As Is Now started the renaissance. The pastoral, psychedelic 22 Dreams was one of the strangest releases of 2008, while April’s Wake Up the Nation, saw him reunited on record with The Jam’s Bruce Foxton for the first time since 1982. Not that it suggested a man looking back.

That record, more than any other, showcased a sound that was laced with timeless punk fury, with adventurous Kevin Shields-a…

Paul Weller Interview From Wales.co.uk!

Holding out for a hero: Paul Weller interview
Dec 11 2010 - Dave Owens

Never meet your heroes they say, you’ll only be disappointed. David Owens cast aside those cliched worries for a meeting with the musician who, more than anyone else, helped shaped his life.


I HAD a sizeable ache in the pit of my stomach that refused to shift. A knotted ball of nerves, emotion and fear were there for good reason.

These steel-reinforced butterflies had been in an internal holding pattern from the day confirmation was agreed on an interview I’ve been waiting for my whole life. I was about to meet my rock ’n’ roll hero – the voice of a generation who flicked the switch for me musically, politically and sartorially 30 years ago.

It was 1979 when my world changed forever. I was 10 and my older sister had a boyfriend who allowed me to borrow his copy of The Jam’s All Mod Cons album. It was transparent, even to my pre-pubescent eyes, that he was trying to butter up his girlfriend by cosying up to her litt…

Paul Weller In Liverpool!

From The Liverpool Echo
Dec 9 2010
Words by Jade Wright

MUSIC legends don't get much more iconic than the modfather.

So, to hear Paul Weller pay tribute to his own hero John Lennon with two surprise cover versions was a special moment indeed.

Kicking off with Love and Come Together beneath a 20 foot projection of John, he belted out every line, filling it with meaning.

From there it was straight into modern day Weller with Wake Up the Nation, the title track from his new album. Often when an artist offers newer tracks, older fans tend to switch off: It’s the perfect time to go to the bar.

But this last album was just so good that at times it was hard to tell the new songs from his older material.

Songs like Andromeda, Fast Car/Slow Traffic and Aim High (which could have come straight from the Style Council Days), stand on their own merits, and to hear them live was a real treat.

Trees, the beautifully odd song in five parts, written for Paul’s late father, was an unexpected favour…

Paul Weller In Glasgow!

Gig review: Paul Weller


Published Date: 07 December 2010
By DAVID POLLOCK
PAUL WELLER


SECC, GLASGOW

***
Many of we critics have written Paul Weller off over the years, only to be faced with the prospect of eating our words at some point. Although the Modfather's recent creative lull was a decade-long one, seeing him ply the cocky Alpha-Mod strut and paADVERTISEMENT

storal armchair nostalgia of his Britpop era solo peak to ever-diminishing returns, this year's Mercury-nominated tenth solo album, Wake Up the Nation, was a return to form.
As is so often the case with the former Jam and Style Council frontman, he stages a doubter-silencing comeback entirely on his own terms. The material from the new album showcased here – including its strident title track, the packed-full Trees (a song "in five movements", Weller says, from loudhailer-vocal psych-rock to tender piano balladry) and the spaced-out psychedelia of Andromeda – do exactly what he's been doing for a while now…

Paul Weller In Manchester!

Courtesy Of vegas rhyll ! Cheers!!

Paul Weller teamed up with The Coral's frontman James Skelly for three songs during the Modfather's show at the MEN Arena in Manchester last night (December 3).

The pair performed two covers - The Beatles classic 'Ticket To Ride' and Manfred Mann's 1966 UK Number One hit 'Pretty Flamingo' - towards the end of a mammoth set.

They also played The Coral's hit single 'Dreaming Of You', footage of which you can watch below.

"It was an honour to play with Paul Weller tonight," Skelly said. "He's one of the greatest British songwriters of all time, an absolute legend."

The show also saw Weller joined by Primal Scream's Mani on tambourine on a number of tracks.

Paul Weller played: 'Moonshine' 'From The Floorboards Up' 'Strange Town' '7&3 Is The Strikers Name' 'Dangerous Age' 'Sea Spray' 'Into Tomorrow' 'Aim High' 'Up The Dosage…