Archive for December, 2005

Mod/60s podcasts

by Modculture 29 December, 2005

What’s a podcast? Well, put simply, it’s a radio show delivered to your computer every time a new one is released. It means you can play it from your PC or transfer it to your MP3 or Apple player to listen on the go.

The idea’s great, but there’s not many great shows. However, I’ve recently discovered 2 excellent ones:

Mr Finewine’s Downtown Soulville
– still the best soul show online, the rarest and coolest tracks. It’s an hour of great soul every single week. Find out more.

Like what you hear? You can get the podcast here.

Popmeter
– longstanding jukebox of French 60s pop, great soul and R&B, plus garage, freakbeat and other 60s sounds. Always worth a listen. Find out more.

They also have a podcast. You can find out about it here.

Do you know anymore? Let us know. Want to start podcasting? Download iTunes (other software is available) and you can find and save shows easily.

Vintage shirts for sale

by Modculture 29 December, 2005

This time of year is always a good time for a clearout – and as a collector of some time, I have plenty to clear. With this in mind, I have just put up for sale a number of vintage shirts – including plenty of collectable items, all at reasonable prices.

You can view the current items for sale at:
http://www.modculture.co.uk/mens_fashion/shirts.php

Payment can be by cheque, postal order or preferably Paypal.

Also up for sale are two tailored mod-styled sports jackets – ideal if you’re looking for that "Steed" look. Have a look at:
http://www.modculture.co.uk/mens_fashion/suits.php

Many more items to follow I’m sure…

BBC Ronnie Lane documentary

by Modculture 29 December, 2005

The Passing Show – The Life And Music Of Ronnie Lane
Friday 6th January 9.00-10.15pm BBC FOUR (followed by Ronnie Lane at the BBC)

Another tasty looking show from BBC4, this time on Ronnie Lane, bass player and songwriter extraordinaire of the Small Faces, charting his musical ups and downs, financial misfortune and his decline in health due to multiple sclerosis.

Expect plenty of quality Small Faces and Faces footage, plus some more obscure footage from later in his career – and hopefully plenty of comment from "grizzled" old musicians instead of the usual talking heads!

Jazz Britannia repeated

by Modculture 29 December, 2005

For anyone who missed the BBC’s excellent three part series on the introduction and development of jazz in the UK in the 50s and 60s, you’ll be pleased to know that Jazz Britannia is repeated over three days from Sunday 1st January 2006 at 11:55pm.

If you want to catch a preview, the mini website for the show is still online, along with trailers from the show. Visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/music/features/jazz-brit1.shtml

Also showing is Jazz Britannia Live At The Barbican (an accompanying live concert) and Smokey Dives, George Melly’s look at the sleazy jazz clubs of the 50s and 60s.

Sue – the ultimate mod label?

by Modculture 28 December, 2005

Ok, everyone has their opinion. But if one label’s output pretty much sums up the original mod club sound, that label is surely Sue. Ace have released three retrospective albums (reviewed on this site), all of which are "must own" titles.

Doug Hadgraft has been an obsessive collector for some years. He now shares with us the reasons behind his collecting, the lengths he has gone to and why Sue’s output was so damn good.

Check out Doug’s "Reds And Yellows" article, which is now online:
http://www.modculture.co.uk/culture/culture.php?id=34

Then go buy some if you haven’t already.

Ipcress File in UK cinemas

by Modculture 27 December, 2005

The Ipcress File, the first of the Harry Palmer movies and arguably the film that made Michael Caine, returns to UK cinemas in a new (enhanced) 35mm print.

You can catch the bespectacled ladies’ man and MoD counter-espionage agent at the Cornerhouse in Manchester from January 20th for a week of screenings. The film has also been showing at the NFT in London, so expect it to appear at all good independent cinemas up and down the country over the coming weeks (they tend to appear at all such places over a short period).

Vintage tie sale!

by Modculture 25 December, 2005

It seems like everyone at this time of year has a sale, so we thought we would get in on the act by reducing the price of all the vintage and knitted ties at Modculture – in time for the New year festivities!

All ties are now £6 or less – including a number of new items that will appear this week that have never previously been offered for sale. Payment can be by cheque, postal order or ideally via Paypal. And we ship first class the same or next available day.

See them at: http://www.modculture.co.uk/mens_fashion/ties.php

Marie Claire does mod

by Modculture 23 December, 2005

Ok, it’s only a relatively small piece, but the fact that a women’s ‘style’ magazine covers the mod scene is indication enough that it’s still high on the hip scale for the popular press.

The feature is a profile of Scene 64 editors and all round good eggs Dave Edwards and Claudia Elliott, complete with a rather nice picture. If you want to know what they say – well you’ll just have to go and buy yourself a copy (it’s only £2.50 and you get a free gift!). Still a bit confused by the ‘retrosexual’ thing though…

Original 60s gig posters

by Modculture 20 December, 2005

Modculture, in assocation with Bullet in Sheffield and artist Colin Duffield (referred to as "the pioneer of 60s poster art") will soon offer for sale original live music posters from the Mojo Club in Sheffield featuring the biggest bands ever – including many mod favourites.

There are a small number of 60s originals, including just five Small Faces posters headlining the Leeds Festival in ’68 (right).

Colin also did some limited re-prints using the original printing materials and techniques for the Beatles and Rolling Stones. He is also doing the same with other key acts including The Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett era), The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

All reprints will be limited to 100 and signed by the artist and printed onto 80g-100g machine glazed paper hand finished in Colin’s famous artwork style. A sure fire investment as Colin is now 84 and highly unlikely to do this again.

Images of all the posters plus buying details will appear on the site soon, but you can email us at [email protected] to reserve or find out more in the meantime.

Ian Page/Grasp live in London

by Modculture 20 December, 2005

This Friday (23rd December) sees the return to London of ex-Secret Affair frontman Ian Page and his band The Affair, with support from Grasp! Ian and the band will be performing their Rhythm and Soul review live at The Standard, Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow E17.  Also in support will be The Bresslaws. On the wheels of steel ’til 1am will be DJ Earl Grey..from the Cream Tea’s SC.

Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 in advance  from http://www.standardmusicvenue.co.uk/ or via [email protected].