Friday, 27 October 2017

London Blues Week 2018 - THE DOWNLINERS SECT + THE MASONICS + JIM RILEY BLUES FOUNDATION


Paul Weller "Long Long Road" 10/26/17 on the Conan show last night


'If I Were A Carpenter' - the folk singer whose song went on to be a Motown classic


Gotcha Covered: "Money (That's What I Want)"


Film Review: ‘My Generation’


Grady Tate, drummer who helped drive 1960s soul-jazz movement, dies at 85


From The Who to Tom Jones: A Romford boy’s story of 60s rock’n’roll


Watch The Who, The Band and Cream Say Goodbye...Sort Of


Paul Weller's favourite band Stone Foundation played Nottingham's Glee Club - review and photos


Paul Weller To Perform Live On CONAN Tonight


Paul Weller is overrated! Liam Gallagher fans defend singer’s Twitter tirade


Keith Richards reunites with Marianne Faithfull 50 years after their 'hot and sweaty' romp: Rolling Stone enjoys a tipple with former groupie ahead of band's concert in Paris


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Grits & Gravy Alldayer in Skegness on Saturday 25th November

The Len Price 3, The Galileo 7 and The Embrooks play Nambucca in London on Friday 1st December

The Galileo 7, The Past Tense, and Dirt Royal 'live' at The Cricketers, Kingston Upon Thames, on Friday 27th October

Out Of Time in Wolverhampton on Saturday 28th October

Kevin Shields: 'Britpop was pushed by the government'


Motown pilgrimage a moving experience for hundreds of British fans


LEGENDARY ROCKER PAUL WELLER TALKS ABOUT HIS AMERICAN TOUR & WHY NYC CONTINUES TO INSPIRE HIM


Monday, 23 October 2017

The Kite Collectors play The Hand in Hand, Brixton, on Saturday 18th November

THE DIRECT HITS 5 CD SINGLES BOX SET IS TO ORDER IN ADVANCE FROM OCTOBER 25TH IN A LIMITED EDITION OF 100.

Flamingo Mod Club, Turin, Italy, on 24th February

Overlooked cultural medley at heart of 'Chicano Soul'


Kinks tribute band The Kast Off Kinks to perform at The Wharf


The Who's complete 'Tommy' captured live on video, CD (review)


Mastering the toaster


A Brighton, les mods sont de nouveau à la mode


Nostalgia means little to veteran rocker Paul Weller


Paul Weller on his arrogant youth, current prolific streak


George Young, pioneering songwriter and member of the Easybeats, dies at 70


Thursday, 19 October 2017

The line up for LONDON BLUES WEEK 2018 is now 90% complete

Heavy Soul! Fanzine issue 40 out in two weeks


HEAVY SOUL ISSUE 40 out in two weeks!!!
Hopefully another good issue for you in #40. A mixture of old and new with Stone Foundation  interviewed on what has been a great year for them – recording with Paul Weller  and having two albums out and one of my favourite singles of the year “Simplify The Situation”. The much travelled DJ Lee Grimshaw also reflects on what’s been a busy year for one of the UKs most sought after 45 spinners. 
There’s also a new section where each issue a classic al album is fully reviewed with interviews from those who took part. The first album is Makin’ Time’s 1985 masterpiece “Rhythm & Soul” with Syd and Neil answering the questions. 
Ed Silvester recalls the night of the shoot for The Lambretta’s “Go Steady” sleeve with some more pics of the night and finally Chris Free, he of The Sound Of Pop Art recalls his past youth with an interview about iconic late 70s band The Users who Love Child Records have just released the third single by the band – 38 years after it was recorded! It really is “the sound of 1979”
I had the great experience of seeing The Solarflares play on the second of their two night re-union and the night was blistering – full review inside but just a great show – hat off to Steve Worrall of retroman blog for getting it all together – as Graham Day said on the night – Steve is the only reason it all happened. Thanks Steve.

All the usual new, reviews etc and of course the 25 track "Club Sounds" CD

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Look at the Life and Career of Marquee Club Founder Harold Pendleton


Love Northern Soul And Motown? Be Sure To Get Your Tickets To Detroit A Go Go This Week


A special northern soul and Motown night is taking place in Hull


The Who’s Roger Daltrey to put out memoir next year


Interview: PP Arnold on finally releasing her “lost” 1960s recordings with Eric Clapton and Barry Gibb


This is why mods on scooters invaded Truro’s streets


POP LIFE: Bowie, Young, Weller explored the margins


Paul Weller Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC, October 16


The Gay Architects of Classic Rock


The Time Sellers announce U.K. Tour Dates

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Album Review: Andre M - Cheriton Drive



The cover says, "Funk Filled Hammond R&B" - and it's not wrong. This is a splendid Hammond fuelled 12-song stomper of an album in the vein of The James Taylor Quartet's 'Mission Impossible' and 'Money Spyder' albums, and definitely right up my street.

There's echoes of The Style Council on the title track itself, certainly plenty of Booker T & The MGs, and even a Ska flavour to 'Binky's Dash'.

Favourites for me, if I had to pick some out of this very strong album, are 'Cheeky Face', 'Sneaky Thief', 'Holly's Hullabaloo' and 'Hangdog Nights'.

This band have been a well kept secret, but not any longer and I would love to see them 'live' - buy this album now, every home should have one.