On Saturday April 19th I’ll be back behind the decks at Paper Dress in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London. It’s going to be another night of live music with me providing a soundtrack of all things bright and beautiful before, between and after from around 8pm until it finishes. It’s free to get in.
On Easter Sunday, April 20th, I’m paying a visit to Watford to DJ at a Northern Soul night at Chocolate, opposite the pond in the High Street. This is the building that was The Oliver pub in the 70’s, then The Artichoke in the 80’s. It’s going to be a lot of fun trying to recreate the “South Herts Symphony” Sunday Club vibe. Expect some fabulous Northern Soul sounds; some you’ll know, some you might not, all will be on vinyl.
Some of you might be aware that Paul Weller has a new single out on Record Store Day. Apparently the a-side is already available to listen to and download on iTunes, as part of the package for his new album “More Modern Classics”. Investigate “A Brand New Toy” here; you’ll be able to hear that we had a lot of fun recording this particular tune. More details on the limited Record Store Day vinyl release can be found here.
Many thanks to everyone who came to The Smugglers Return in Worthing on Friday April 5th. A splendid time was had by all, and the experiment of streaming the event live on the Web was a great success with over 400 people listening in. I’m sure I’ll be back there again soon, along with the excellent Tom Crawford who along with his partner Heather were fabulously entertaining and accommodating hosts.
I’m next DJing in London on April 19th at Paper Dress in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, and on April 20th I’ll be in Watford DJing at a Northern Soul night at Chocolate on the High Street, opposite the great big hole in the ground that might once again be a pond by the time the event happens.
On the subject of thanking people, I’m very grateful for the amount of positive feedback shown so far for my releases on Bandcamp. The “4-14-44” EP and “Songs For A South Herts Symphony” mini-LP have regularly featured in Bandcamp’s chart of best-selling pop releases. If you haven’t investigated these recordings, you can find them here . There’ll be more material exclusively on Bandcamp throughout the year.
Physical releases of my back catalogue are slipping out of stock fast. There are no plans at the moment to re-issue any of them so once they’re gone, they’re gone! You can find them on the Acid Jazz eBay store or direct from the Acid Jazz website .
In other news, May, June and July see me back on the road with the Paul Weller band. I’m really looking forward to being reunited with Paul, the Steves, Crofty and Ben, and the shows promise to be excellent. For news of where we’ll be playing, follow @paulwellerHQ on Twitter, or check out www.paulweller.com .
Talking of Crofty and Ben, check out the latest release from The Moons… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBZK2q8AtUg
I have released another collection of tunes on Bandcamp. Called “Songs For A South Herts Symphony”, it’s eight pieces of music that were destined for my third album for Acid Jazz, which was sidelined in 2011.
The full story of the album and why it was shelved I’ll save for another day. For now, have a listen to the music and if you like it, tell your friends. If you really like it, you can buy a download which you can put in your iTunes playlist or burn to a CD and enjoy anytime, anywhere.