Steve Pilgrim and Danny Thompson at The Half Moon, Putney – Review

Steve Pilgrim and Danny Thompson: no, not a new Viz cartoon, but a pair responsible for one of the most enjoyable musical 55 minutes of the year at Putney’s intimate Half Moon despite both being used to backing the stars at far larger arenas.

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Steve Brookes, Hoodoo Zoo – Review

Out now, 8/10

I’ll be honest, like many Paul Weller fans, I’ve known who original Jam guitarist Steve Brookes is for some time but have never quite got round to seeking out his solo work. All that changed with the release at the start of the month of his fourth album Hoodoo Zoo, recorded at Weller’s Black Barn studios, featuring the Modfather on two tracks, plus Ben Gordelier who plays percussion on most and Black Barn resident producer Charles Rees behind the desk.

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So what have the Paul Weller band been up to recently?

The Weller camp have been busy this year having already released two albums, completed tours of the UK, Europe (twice), and starred in various sessions and interviews on radio and TV. The band are currently on a month-long North American tour before they head East in January to visit Japan and Australia for two consecutive nights at the Sydney Opera House. Then comes their February and March UK arena tour which finishes at London’s O2 Arena. Here’s a round-up of some of the projects Paul Weller’s band have been up to recently away from the band, plus some other juicy morsels of Weller information…

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A Kind Revolution: What do we know so far?

It’s only eight days to go until 12th May, the day Paul Weller’s latest studio album A Kind Revolution is released on Parlophone. And after three extremely positive reviews (five stars from Pat Gilbert in Mojo and 8/10s from John Lewis in Uncut and David Quantick in Classic Rock) it’s looking like a good one. We’ve been teased snippets of most of the songs and heard several live on the recent UK tour (which I reviewed here), so here is a list of what we know about the songs on the album so far…

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Albums of the Year – 2015

Allow me to share with you my five highlights of the year in album form. The list is not exhaustive or exclusive to one genre or another, but click on the videos, explore a bit further if you like what you hear, and enjoy the soundtrack to my year!

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