May 1, 2008

New Paul Weller & Noel Gallagher collaboration: “Echoes Round The Sun”

The Stereogum ‘Gum Drop featured a brand new collaboration between Jam-master Paul Weller and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher yesterday, from Weller’s forthcoming album 22 Dreams (Yep Roc, June 24). Read more about the album and other guests stars here.

Of this track, Weller explains, “Noel came down to the studio with this loop he’d never been able to do anything with. He played the bass and the piano and then Gem played guitar on top. I extemporized some vocals over the top. In songwriting terms, it’s the first Weller/Gallagher collaboration.”

The results are surprising — not what I had imagined, but ultimately I dig the loopy coolness. I also just realized how much the intro riff reminds me of the epic “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” by U2:

Echoes Round The Sun – Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher & Gem Archer
(Yep Roc changed their minds – stream it here)

May 14, 2007

Monday Music Roundup

I know that I should try to be less of a punctuation stickler because, well, it annoys most everyone who is NOT as obsessed (same goes with my proper pronunciation of bruschetta, but don’t get me started). However, sometimes you just can’t turn a blind eye. I happened to have a camera in my bag this weekend while waiting at a red light, and wanted to comment on this sign I noticed a few weeks ago – one that taunts me every time I sit at this intersection:

If there’s one thing worse than incorrectly used apostrophes, it’s gotta be inconsistent application of your made-up rule for where they go. If you’re gonna be wrong, can you please have the gusto to do it consistently all the way through your sign? Thank you.

[end rant]

Onto this week’s batch of tunes to cheer up your ear’s (ouch).

Do The 45
Ryan Shaw
I’ve been meaning to get my hands on 26-year-old Ryan Shaw‘s debut album ever since I heard this former church-choirboy from Georgia tear it up at the Boulder AAA radio conference last August. Everyone was buzzing about him and his formidable voice that recalls the confident ’70s funk of Stevie Wonder and some of the fantastic retro doo-wop of guys like Sam Cooke from years past. This is the opening track off a fine, fun disc (This Is Ryan Shaw) that I am finally getting a chance to appreciate. No one makes ‘em like this anymore.

Dynomite Explosion
Mont de Sundua
You may have seen the little mention over on Pitchfork this past week about the unearthed sounds of Jim James‘ pre-My Morning Jacket racket in a band called Mont de Sundua. I am enjoying the off-kilter spacey thump of this track from their album that was recorded back in 1998 and never released. It’s going to be out this year and it sounds as if they were having a lot of fun when they made it. Even if they do look like they are livin’ the thug life in that picture from their MySpace.

To Sing For You (Donovan cover) –> Brand New Colony
Ben Gibbard
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NPR streamed the whole acoustic set from Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard at DC’s 930 Club on Thursday night and this was the nice little cover he opened with, sort of laying out the foundation for how he’s gonna be your folky troubadour for the evening. Seriously though, Donovan is an underrated songwriter, and this cover is suited to Gibbard’s voice and truly lovely. It seamlessly runs into the Postal Service song ‘Brand New Colony,’ so you get that as a bonus. My imaginary office boyfriend John Krasinski (Jim Halpert) showed up at some point in the night to play a Wilco cover (?!). First the Shins, now this. Right on John.

From (unreleased, live on Daytrotter)
Dr. Dog
I have been resisting the lazy, hazy sounds from Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog, mostly because I’ve read this book out loud a few too many times and it just struck me as a silly name. Which it is. However, I came across this unreleased track from their excellent Daytrotter set and decided to give them a chance, finally. Man, I am so stubborn. Dr. Dog just finished a tour with Cold War Kids and Elvis Perkins, and their new album We All Belong has been called “one of 2007′s strongest releases, combining tight arrangements with picturesque vocals and a lazy fall afternoon BBQ vibe.”
[bonus: great interview here]

From The Floorboards Up
Paul Weller
This last one is not a blazing hot new release, but this week I was listening to Paul Weller‘s 2005 solo album As Is Now and just marveling at how it sounds better than about 80 percent of the music I “screen” nowadays. Even after thirty years of making music (The Jam, Style Council, then solo), this is a fresh, tight, fantastic release that is “uncluttered and impassioned.” Listen to the ferocity with which Weller growls the lyric on ‘Come On/Let’s Go’: “Sing you little f*ckers, sing like you ain’t got no choice,” or enjoy how this song starts out with that unrelenting riff and ends with an abrupt yank that feels premature. Dude’s a master, and this whole album is worth some of your time.

January 17, 2007

An Amoeba Tale of Two Pauls (Weller and . . . Reubens?)

Our friends at the venerable Amoeba Records out in California are hosting two events worth noting in the next few weeks.

First is a chance to win tickets to one of Paul Weller‘s Hollywood shows. On Monday, February 5th, Weller will close his three-night run at the Avalon Theater with a selection of songs from his years with The Jam, The Style Council, as well as his solo years; a sort of “Best Of Paul Weller” if you will.

You can win tickets here.

Sexy Sadie (Beatles cover) – Paul Weller
The Modern World – The Jam
Walls Come Tumbling Down – The Style Council

And, on a slightly odder note, the Amoeba in San Fran is hosting a meet & greet from Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman. Going down this Saturday, Reubens will be in-store to sign his DVDs. It’s 3pm to 5pm at the Amoeba on Haight.

While you wait in what sounds like a long line (they advise arriving early), for your listening pleasure you can enjoy the zany musical stylings of Deejay Panatomic-X. Reubens is in town to be interviewed at Sketchfest on Monday the 22nd, followed by questions from the audience in the Palace of Fine Arts.

I can’t even imagine the assortment of fans (and, potentially, costumes) that will turn out for that one. I’d totally be ready to scream real loud. And you? Oh, you know how to dance to this one:

Tequila (The Champs) – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure soundtrack

June 2, 2006

Paul Weller: Catch-Flame

Paul Weller (the Modfather, former frontman of The Jam & The Style Council, accomplished solo artist in his own fabulous right) is releasing a double live album on V2 on June 15 in the USA. Titled Catch-Flame, the album contains 24 live tracks from the Alexandra Palace in London, covering the gamut from the ’70s beginnings to present day solo work.

Here are two preview tracks off the new album. Enjoy!

A Town Called Malice” (live) – Paul Weller

That’s Entertainment” (live) – Paul Weller

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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—Hunter S. Thompson

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