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Billy Bragg's Favourite Albums... "Setting Sons!"

From The Quietus The Jam – Setting Sons
It seemed to me that The Clash and the Sex Pistols were both the product of some guy in the Kings Road who ran a clothes shop and may only be doing this to sell t-shirts, especially The Clash because they were predominantly about painting on their shirts. Whereas The Jam fit into a framework that I much more understood because me and my mates were into Dr. Feelgood, the first couple of Stones albums, The Small Faces, The Who, we could see exactly where The Jam were coming from.

And there's something about Weller's ethic, his sound, his chip-on-the-shoulder-ness, that could only have come from the suburbs. And we came from the suburbs, we didn't come from Kings Road. Kings Road to me was anathema and had no understanding of the real world. Whereas someone from out in the sticks in Woking, which is not the same kind of suburb as Barking but it is the same outsider thing, had a fabulous clipped articulation, there’s an economy in what he…

Paul Weller Teenage Cancer Trust Concert Roundup!

Text From NME:

Paul Weller closed this year's series of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at London's Royal Albert Hall last night (March 25) with a 24-song set.

The Modfather largely avoided playing his most-famous songs, sticking to material from his three most-recent albums, 2008's '22 Dreams', the 2010 Mercury Prize-nominated 'Wake Up The Nation' and last year’s 'Sonik Kicks', although there was a Style Council song ('My Ever Changing Moods'), a few from 1994's 'Wild Wood' ('Wild Wood', 'The Weaver' and 'Foot Of The Mountain') and the same number from his solo breakthrough 'Stanley Road' ('Porcelain Gods', 'Woodcutter's Son' and 'Whirlpool's End'.)

'Dust And Rocks' also got a rare outing, the song taken from his overlooked 2000 album 'Heliocentric'. Weller kept words to a minimum, barely speaking throughout the set apart from when introducing Hannah, his…

Paul Weller Participates in Annual Record Store Day Event!

Paul Weller has a heavy participation in the annual Record Store Day Event on Saturday 20th April with three releases on tap! The UK will get a limited edition 45rpm featuring two brand new songs.

One of the most hotly anticipated releases for the event, the double a-side will be released through Virgin Records as a collectable 7” vinyl on the 20th April, with a digital release on the following day available for one month only. The single comes in a Virgin house bag featuring the ‘Virgin Twins Logo’ designed by quintessential 70s album sleeve artist Roger Dean.

Wild and experimental, ‘Flame-Out!' would sit well with the other tunes on the recent 'Sonik Kicks' album and is fast paced rock-out Weller at his best. ‘The Olde Original’ lowers the tempo and makes for the perfect mellow soundtrack for the spring of 2013.

Still an avid record buyer and visitor to independent record shops, Paul says “It’s great to do a record that’s released specifically for Record Store Day. There&#…

New Music From Monkeeman!

Long time Paul Weller supporter from Germany, and a great friend of us here at PWNews, Ralf Luebke aka Monkeeman is releasing a brand new EP on 27th of March and it's a nice little power pop gem. Ralf is a part of our Internationalist family. So, if you're unfamiliar with Monkeeman, we hope you'll check out the sounds. Definitely worthy of your ears and support!

Monkeeman are a pop/rock act that has a truly international flavour to its new line-up. With a style and panache akin to The Smiths and Sex Pistols they have released three albums to date, all to critical acclaim in the German press. The first single “Universe” became a massive radio hit on German Radio. With Ep Pressure the band are testing the waters with Ireland and The Uk.

Ralf Luebke, the brainchild behind the band, felt it was time to get Monkeeman back on track and so after a three year hiatus he set about the process of recruiting a new line up for the band. In a very audacious move, Ralf decided that he wa…

"Speak Like A Child" Released 30 Years Ago Today!

"Speak Like A Child" was released by The Style Council 30 years ago today, 11 March 1983. An uplifting love song, it marked a decided and distinctive departure from Paul's previous band, The Jam. Full of Mick Talbot's Hammond organ and synths along with a funky slap bass, "Speak" was a big hit single reaching #4 on the UK singles chart. The flip side was "Party Chambers." A light Pop Jazz number with a weaving synth, the tune is kind of joyful musically, but filled with sad lyrics of lost love. A classic Weller B-side!

Join us as we celebrate and revisit the beginning of the greatest pop group in the world. 
Keep The Torch Burning!

Paul Weller Mentioned In Entertainment Weekly!

Paul Weller got a mention in the current issue of the US magazine, Entertainment Weekly. As part of a feature titled, 'On My iPod' actor Kevin Bacon lists Above The Clouds. Bacon once covered the song with Daryl Hall on Daryl's, "Live From Daryl's House" series. Here's the performance in case you've yet to see it.

Paul Weller To Play Hard Rock Calling Festival In London!

It was announced today that Paul Weller will play the Hard Rock Calling Festival In London. Paul will be the main support for Kasabian, appearing Saturday 29 June! Tickets are on pre-sale this Thursday by subscribing to Hard Rock Calling, with general sale the following day, Friday.

For all ticket info, visit the Hard Rock Calling Site HERE!

Paul Weller Visits Amoeba Music In Hollywood!

Whilst in Los Angeles a few months back, Paul recorded a short video on a visit to one of the greatest record shops in the world, Amoeba Music. The series is called, "What's In My Bag?" Have a look at what The Guv recommends you filling your ears with!

Amoeba Music