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Costello And the Roots. About Artwork.

The design was inspired by that of the legendary City Lights Pocket Poets Series, conceived by poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti and specifically it’s an homage to the cover of “Howl and Other Poems” by Allen Ginsberg, published in 1956. The genesis of this idea began with Blue Note Records president Don Was who saw the connection between Costello’s lyrics and the presentation of the poetry of Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti and Corso by City Lights who graciously supported the use of their celebrated design.


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Photo by Phil Shaw.

Ian Dury Artwork exhibition (MikeC did it again!)

A solo exhibition of artwork by the late musician Ian Dury is to go on show in London for the first time.

The show, which has been curated by Dury’s daughter Jemima, former manager of The Clash Kosmo Vinyl and graphic designer Jules Balme, brings together 30 artworks painted by the musician in the 1960s, before he went on to form his first band Kilburn & The High Roads in 1971.
Dury previously studied painting at the Royal College of Art between 1963 and 1966, where he developed a pop art style that combined text, bold colour, sequins and photographs.
Jemima Dury describes her father as a “serious art student, with a strong work ethic…albeit an insecure one uncertain of what medium to pursue”.
After graduating, Dury featured in the ICA’s group art show Fantasy & Figuration, and had some success as a freelance illustrator working for The Sunday Times and London Life magazines, among others. TBC HERE.


Paul Weller in Edinburgh, a review.

“I HOPE you’re having a nice time,” growled the “Modfather” Paul Weller towards the end of his turn on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, and stands of admirers wearing Fred Perry shirts, feather-cut hair and smart bespoke suit jackets yelled their warm response back to him.
Paul Weller
Edinburgh Castle Esplanade
Star rating: * * * *

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Costello and The Roots (Courtesy of Mike C).


Beatles & Bournemouth Exhibition. (Opens 15 August)

To mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first shows in Bournemouth, on 19 August 1963 when they opened a six-day residency at the Gaumont (now the Odeon) cinema on Westover Road, a new exhibition celebrating their many connections to the town is to open.

The Beatles played more shows at the Gaumont than in any other UK theatre outside London, notching up no less than 16 shows between August 1963 and their final visit on 2 October 1964. The exhibition, at the Beacon Hotel on Priory Road, Bournemouth, includes dozens of photos of The Beatles in Bournemouth, as well as posters, handbills, reviews and programmes from the group’s four visits to the town.

There are various other photos from Robert Freeman’s photo shoot of the boys at the Palace Court Hotel on Westover Road that produced the iconic half-shadow sleeve shot for their second album, With The Beatles. Also at the Beacon Hotel you can find the main venue sign, a section of stage and some seats from the historic Winter Gardens theatre where The Beatles played on 16 November 1963 and were filmed for US television – the first footage America was to see of the Fab Four.

Much interest is bound to fall on the remarkable photo of John Lennon with his young son Julian and his Aunt Mimi at Sandbanks Ferry, just yards from the harbourside bungalow he bought for Mimi in 1965 and where he visited her many times before he left these shores for good in 1971. The exhibition tells an incredible story of how a small resort on the south coast of England came to play a significant part in the history of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll group of them all.

In conjunction with the exhibition there is a new restaurant opening at the Beacon Hotel in August. The Bournemouth Rock Cafe uses Harry Taylor’s iconic ‘Stick of Rock’ photo as part of its logo and will be serving gourmet burgers and a full menu in rooms that are adorned with Bournemouth music memorabilia from all eras and genres.

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I Will Be Me: Interview with Dave Davies, New Album, Spirituality, & Sharing a Bill with the Beatles

Supplying the bad-ass growling fuzz-powered gonzo guitar solo that ignites the Kinks’ proto-metal classic You Really Got Me would have guaranteed Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies speedy entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
As such, Dave – along with fellow Kinks band mates Ray Davies, Pete Quaife and Mick Avory – was eventually inducted into that hallowed institution in 1990, through the course of his alternately tumultuous and triumphant career with the legendary British rock outfit and his acclaimed solo work, he’s rightfully recognized as a defining figure among England’s rock elite.
dave davies i will be me

Now in 2013, Dave Davies is back with a solid solo album, I Will Be Me (pick up a copy from our Online Store here), which combines the spirited aggression and fevered frenzy of prime Kinks “klassics” like You Really Got MeAll Day and All of the Night and Til the End of the Day on the supercharged Little Green Amp. The album is also represented by more reflective and introspective fare, such as the song When I First Saw You.
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Steve Cradock's new LP: Travel Wild.

Renowned guitarist Steve Cradock releases his third solo album ‘Travel Wild – Travel Free’ on Monday the 30th September on Proper Records.
A founding member of the iconic Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene and guitarist for Paul Weller since 1992, the Solihull native has long been regarded as one of Britain’s most talented musicians and a part of the country’s musical heritage.
The affection and knowledge for his craft amassed over the years are truly tangible on the latest thoughtfully constructed 13-track album. Ever the savvy collaborator, Steve co-produced the album with his wife Sally Cradock, who also provides vocals, and enlisted the help of Squeeze’s Chris Difford to co-write the track “10,000 Times”.
The record radiates relevant retro as a 21st century ode to Sixties psychedelia. From the get go, dreamy opener “Any Way The Wind Blows” immerses us in an exploration of sounds in the best of British musical tradition. Steve’s skilled song writing and expert multi-instrumentalism are evident on tracks such as “Sheer Inertia” and “Travel Wild – Travel Free”. This record is a true labour of love from a man who clearly knows how to write and use catchy hooks, hip vibes and lush melodies.


The Impressions brand new single, produced by Binky Griptite (Sharon Jones).

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What do you get when you cross the legendary group harmony of the Impressions, with the savvy production stylings of Daptone’s very own master of ceremonies and guitar dynamo, Binky Griptite?  Easy, you get one of the finest collaborations that has ever been realized onto 7 inches of high quality vinyl. Ladies and gentlemen we present to the greater Daptone Universe, the first single by The Impressions in over 30 Years.  Featuring original members, Fred Cash, Sam Gooden, as well as Reggie Torrian, who has been singing with the group since the early ‘70s – this single is the sweet soulful beauty you’d expect from the Impressions. No cheesy synthetic instruments or tryin-to-stay-contemporary 'beats' here. This is real soul music played by a real band and how sweet it is!
 "Rhythm" the aptly titled A-Side, is a Curtis Mayfield penned tune that was a big hit for Major Lance in the Mid-Sixties. The Impressions revive this classic with their iconic sophisticated harmonies and a new horn arrangement by "The 4th Impression", Johnny Pate himself, that moves the song along at a laid back, yet dance friendly pace. This track is Soul of the highest order.
"Star Bright", written by Mr. Griptite is floaty mid-tempo mover, a prayer to love seasoned with a fluttering flute line that will have you longing for that romantic starlit night when the only thing between the one you love and you is, nothing.

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Miles Kane "I'd love to write more with Paul Weller"

Miles Kane has said that he would "love" to work with Paul Weller again in the future. 

Kane recruited Weller to co-write the track 'You're Gonna Get It' for his most recent studio album 'Don't Forget Who You Are' - you can watch a video of the pair performing the song together at this year's NME Awards by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking. 

Now, in an interview with the Daily Star, Kane has said he would relish the prospect of working with the Modfather again. "I'd love to write more with Paul," he said. "We've become good friends over the past year. I can't speak highly enough of him and we've got a nice relationship."

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Paul Weller in France, Vintage pics blog.

Very probably in France, cause of the Cigarettes Brand, brown tobacco, very strong. Legendary "Gitanes", it means "Gipsy". Not an English cigarettes taste at all. 


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Southampton Nick Churchill's review.

Maybe it was down to the band not having played much this year, maybe it was just a sticky night and the sound was doing battle with the Guildhall's challenging acoustics, but we were some way south of prime Weller.

He did his bit though, leading from the front, jabbing fingers, nodding his head, pulling shapes, even windmilling his guitar a couple of times, yet not even such exertions could kick the band into life and the first half of this Hard Rock Calling warm-up was decidedly sluggish. Straight out of the blocks, Sunflower dragged a half beat behind where it wanted to be and by the time they got to Friday Street, a dozen or so songs in, it sounded like it was stuck in Thursday. Sea Spray and the rarely performed Going Places did little to advance the cause. TBC HERE