Between 8:00 and 9:30 this morning (Friday 14th), Paul Weller celebrated the release of his fourteenth solo studio album True Meanings by inviting Chris Evans to his Black Barn studio, where the album was recorded, to play a session and talk about the record. In front of a number of special guests, including Ray Winstone, Weller played a live session, with tracks interspersed in the show’s content and brief chats with Weller and some of his band.
Today’s the day! Paul Weller’s new album True Meanings is out now, with the Modfather releasing his fourteenth solo effort in the first year of his sixth decade. After the pomp and intricate effects of his experimental last three albums and the arena tours to match, here Weller takes it back to basics on his first wholly acoustic studio album, which will feature a number of other collaborators and instruments, including an orchestra on some tracks.
If you don’t fancy reading the thick end of 3,000 nerdy words about an album you’ve likely never heard and never will hear, I suggest you might want to stop here. Why not take a look at my interview with Ginger Natalie if blogging is your thing, or read my report of UEA’s Korfballers’ national triumph?
Last month Sazzie played her first solo UK show at the Camden Assembly. While England’s defeat to Belgium, shown in the downstairs bar, was nonetheless another step towards football coming home, the free show felt like a homecoming of sorts for Sarah McIntosh herself, returning to the UK stage for the first time since her brother Hamish decided to leave the synthpop duo Lovestarrs last year which set Sazzie on a solo course, with a new name and new management. After a break to visit America, and write music for trailers and adverts, Sazzie was back playing to her adoring audience in the city that launched her into the music business as a teenager.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw A Band Called Malice at the Half Moon in Putney. Returning after a successful appearance in January, the gig had sold out in advance and South London was ready to experience the style, attitude and hits of one of Britain’s most enduring bands once again.
After a few essays and an exam, here’s my first post for a few months! I’ll be posting more regularly over the summer, including the second ‘Albums of the Quarter’ (read the first here) – expect a distinctly European flavour this time with a look at new efforts from The Mads (Italy) and ABAY (Germany) among others – and hopefully a live review of Sazzie’s first UK headline solo show at the Camden Assembly at the end of the month – she’s signed to a new management company, released her first single with Beastie Boy Mix Master Mike, done some US dates and a ton of writing for herself and others since I last wrote about her. Whether we’ll get any Lovestarrs classics on the night remains to be seen…
Raphael Callaghan plays the Islington, London: Tuesday 10th April
Tomorrow, Raphael Callaghan heads to London for his first gig there for many years. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re making the trip down to see him or are considering going along…