Paul Weller needs no introduction, but maybe his ninth solo album does. The ex-Jam and Style Councilor’s releasing 22 Dreams 7/22 on Yep Roc. The 21-track, 70-minute shaggy-dog epic cycles soul, rock, folk, jazz, spoken word, Moog weirdness, etc. That’s what makes it shaggy. Guests on the album include Graham Coxon, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock, Little Barrie, ex-Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim, and Oasis’ Gem Archer and Noel Gallagher. This is a lot to absorb, so for now, forget the other 20 songs and dive headfirst into “Echoes Round The Sun.” The noisy, over-driven psych-rocker — laced with strings and blips — was co-written with Gallagher and is this week’s Drop.
Click here to read Weller’s thoughts on the first ever Gallagher/Weller collaboration and to take a listen. [UPDATE: Yep Roc messed up and is taking our download away! Sorry. You can win a guitar below, though…]
[Photo by Lawrence Watson]
This week’s ‘Gum Drop also offered the chance to win an Epiphone DR-100 acoustic guitar.
At Stereogum we’re all about active listening, so here’s your chance to win an acoustic guitar and strum along to your favorites. The exact model’s an Epiphone DR-100, though this one’s been personalized by Canadian folk-rocker Jeremy Fisher, who’s signed it and emblazoned it with an icon from his album art on the pick guard. Here are the specs (san art) and this is what it looks like after Fisher customized it:
You can find out more info on Jeremy Fisher at his site. He’s the opener for the Proclaimers’ U.S. tour. Also, there’s this video that features a day in the life of a cigarette.
Note: If you win the guitar, you don’t get the living cigarette. Also, although Jeremy’s from Canada, this particular giveaway is only available to folks in the US. Enter now. Also, you still have time to take home Rhino’s four deluxe and expanded re-issues of the Replacements’ early Twin/Tone recordings, featuring 27 previously unreleased tracks. Enter here.
CONTEST ENDS 05/14/08 AT 12PM EST.