Archive for February, 2006

Exciting new London club

by Modculture 24 February, 2006

Wednesday the 1st March sees the launch of London’s newest 60s Ska/Reggae/Soul club – SKAVOOVIE.

Presented by highly acclaimed authentic Ska duo The Dualers, Skavoovie will be a twice monthly event held at Pop in Soho Street just off Oxford Street. This is a nice retro cocktail lounge style venue that has hosted a number of mod-related events since its opening a few years ago including Electric Orange, Acid Jazz’s Lava Lamp and more recently the relaunch party for Siggy Jackson’s Blue Beat label.

The night will take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month as well as the 3rd Thursday of each month.

The Dualers themselves will be playing live on each Wednesday date, whilst the Thursday dates will feature DJs only.

Guest DJs on rotation include Cello (Coast To Coast), The Matador and Steady D. The Matador is a great DJ from the Jamaican Sound System tradition and is a close friend of the legendary Duke Vin.

Full details are as follow:

Skavoovie @ Pop, 14 Soho St, London W1D (nearest tube: Tottenham Crt Rd). 7.30pm – 2am.

Admission is £10 on Wednesdays and just £5 on Thursdays.

Confirmed dates are: 1st March, 16th March, 5th April, 20th April, 3rd May, 18th May

Jean-Paul Séculaire

Brought to you in association with The London Dossier – www.londondossier.info – London’s premier listings site

The Who – more gigs

by Modculture 23 February, 2006

More Who dates have been announced – this time in Leeds and Liverpool, adding to the T in The Park Festival appearance previously announced.

The Leeds gig is as headliners for the O2 Wireless Festival at Harewood House, which takes place on 24th and 25th June – The Who play on the 25th, with Super Furry Animals and Flaming Lips announced so far as support. More to be confirmed. Check with the large agencies for tickets.

In addition, The Who also play at Liverpool’s Summer Pops 2006 on 5th and 6th July at the purpose-built Big Top Arena – tickets for that go on sale at 9:00am on Friday 24th February.

London club news

by Modculture 22 February, 2006

More recommended club nights brought to you by the London Dossier www.londondossier.info – London’s premier listings site…

THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY

WHEN the sun goes down and the moon goes up on Thu, it’s a date with Louie Cypher, at London’s finest burlesque and grind joint, LADY LUCK

@ TOO 2 MUCH, 2 WALKERS COURT, SOHO, LONDON W1

All you hot jet dolls and cool daddios will be flaming the wooden dance floor with the sexy and wild rhythms spun by DJs Ronnie King, Jake Vegas and of course EL NINO, with guest DJ SLIM TIM, who all promise "rare tracks never heard at clubs".

PLUS live burlesque, by ROXY VELVET and the FABULOUS AMBER TOPAZ – all in the main grind room you dig!

ROOM 2 is the LUSCIOUS LOUNGE ROOM, with DJS LADY KAMIKAZE, THE VIPERMAN and TONY SOPRANO spinning, EROTIC LOUNGE BEATS, SIZZLING 30s SWING and LATIN.

open 10pm till 3am, but get there early if you wanna get in as they always sell out!

More info from www.ladyluckclub.co.uk

SATURDAY 25TH FEB 2006

Saturday sees SET THE TONE 67 return to THE SOCIAL

5 Little Portland Street London W1 (Oxford Circus Station)

7pm – Midnight / Free Admission

RESIDENT DJs: STEPHEN SAUNDERS: NICK AVINIT: DEAN THATCHER plus SPECIAL GUEST: DJ “SIDEBURNZ” HAL SELECTING: RUB UP ROCKSTEADY: SCORCHING SKA: RUDE RUDE REGGAE. "Less distressed – more Sta-prest!"

For further info, vintage boss clothing, ska, rocksteady & reggae records + loads more. Visit the website www.set-the-tone-67.co.uk

SATURDAY 4th MARCH

Then COAST TO COAST returns the following Saturday…

with RESIDENT DJ CELLO plus very special guest – Jamaican sound system legend – GLADDY WAX

Killer SKA, ROCKSTEADY and SKINHEAD REGGAE sounds plus a little Motown, 60s Soul and Boogaloo

@ ON THE ROCKS, 25 Kingsland Road, London E2 (Old St & Liverpool St tubes)

9pm – very Late; and just £3 before 11pm then £5 after (NUS £3)

More info from the website – http://www.coasttocoast.org.uk/

SUNDAY 5th MARCH

Fast and furious dancefloor jazz at SHIFTLESS SHUFFLE covering hard bop and fusion as well as some Latin and soul-jazz in a great basement venue in the heart of Soho. There is a jazz dance class from 5pm-6pm followed a four hour club session. Admission is just £3 for the club or £5 for the club and dance lesson. The host DJ on the 4th is the fantastic Perry Louis (JazzCotech, Jazz Café & Messin’ Around) who went down a storm at Right On! last year.

Guest DJ is Glenn Mclean (Tempo Jazz, Wolverhampton)

@ Freedom Soho (basement), 60-66 Wardour St, Soho, London W1

More info from http://www.jazzcotech.com/whatson.htm

Wrong Box in Blackpool

by Modculture 21 February, 2006

Apart from the occasional outings for the Hideaway club there (are they still happening?), "mod" and "Blackpool" rarely share the same sentence. Unless The Wrong Box is on.

The Wrong Box 60s Club is a bi-annual event held at the West Coast Rock Cafe on Abingdon St in Blackpool on Saturday 8th April. Music (strictly on vinyl) is spun by Wrong Box DJs Crazy Larry Shem and Rolly (Ralston Ferguson), playing mod pop, soul, ska, freakbeat, jazz & psych.

To celebrate the Wrong Box’s anniversary, the lads are joined by guest band Get Carter from Lancaster, who describe their sound as "recreating the smokey Hammond jazz of Soho and Swinging London"

Admission for this event is a criminally cheap £3 and the night runs from 9:30pm until late. If you want more info on the night, staying over etc, contact Larry Senior on 07719 984553 or email him at [email protected].

The Times live in London

by Modculture 20 February, 2006

If you never had chance to see The Times live, now’s your chance. The 60s inspired 80s band featuring the unbelievably underrated Ed ball will reform for a one-off gig at the Dirty Water Club on Friday 3rd March 2006.

Dirty Water Club
178 Junction Road, London N19 5QQ
Just around the corner from Tufnell Park
Underground station
http://www.dirtywaterclub.com/

The gig heralds the reissue of the entire Times back catalogue on the newly-revived ArTpOp! Records, starting with a compilation "A for Artpop!

Never heard The Times? Listen to some tunes at:
http://www.myspace.com/thetimeslondon

New bands wanted (again)

by Modculture 16 February, 2006


Why do I think I’ve been here before? Well, in the not-too-distant past I decided to feature new bands on the site, but for various reasons, this never happened.

Well…it’s about to happen….no, really it is!

To make it simple, to make it interesting and to make it fast-moving, I’ll be featuring bands in the same way as we feature the news items – with the band details and a track to get you heard. And opening your music up to the modernist public for their honest opinions. Because if you’re going to cut it, you need to hear what people really think of you.

Interested? Drop me a line as soon as possible and I’ll send tell you exactly what we want. First band will be online within the week.

Pre '63 CD available online

by Modculture 16 February, 2006

If you missed the Pre ’63 event in Rome, by all accounts, you missed a blinder. However, you enjoy the kind of sounds that were filling the dancefloor by picking up the compilation CD that was produced for the night by organiser and top DJ Mary Boogaloo.

The Pre 63 CD, which covers some of the best early Mod sounds, is available for sale for just £6 or 9 Euros, including postage and packing to anywhere in Europe. For other locations email at the Paypal address.

If you want a copy, Paypal payment to:
[email protected]

Track listing:

Harold Jackson – The freedom riders
Lee & The leopards – Trying to make it
Ike & Tina Turner – Worried and hurtin’ inside
The Blues Busters – Tell me why
Clue J & His Blues Blasters – Silky
Hank Levine – Image pt 2
Herbert Hunter – Don’t pity me
Derek Martin – Daddy rolling stone
Joe Tex – Don’t play
The Mar-Keys – Last night
Ray Johnson – Kinda groovy
Gloria Gray – It’s a sweet world
James Brown – Hold it
Little Esther & Big Al Downing – You never miss your water
Etta James – Seven day fool
Major Lance – The monkey time
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Here ‘tis
Tommy Williams – It must be love
Charles Brown – Educated fool
Sonny Boy Williamson – Help me
Otis Rush – Homework
Roosevelt Fountain – Red Pepper 2
Mark Murphy – Why don’t you do right
Mose Allison Trio – Baby please don’t go
The Olympics – Well!

Uncut featuring Paul Weller

by Modculture 16 February, 2006

1990 and the big record labels wouldn’t touch Paul Weller with a long pointed stick. 2006 and they can’t shower him with enough praise as the music industry offer up a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to British music. And fully deserved it was too.

To celebrate this achievement, Uncut magazine has devoted much of its new issue to "The Modfather". The magazine features an exclusive 10-page interview with the man himself, talking about his humble beginnings, his career highlights and what he thinks of past Brit winners.

There’s also a free 16 track CD featuring music featuring everything from The Arctic Monkeys to The Jam themselves.

Should be in the shops now – you’d be daft not to pick it up.

2 Tone photo gallery

by Modculture 15 February, 2006

Interesting site came my way today – the 2 Tone Archive gallery.

The photos were all taken between February 28th – May 3rd 1980 by Toni Tye for a proposed book on 2 Tone at the rehearsals & the gigs for the ‘Dance Craze’ film. Rather than traditional gig shots, the images focused on the crowd and the bands backstage.

Most of the images have been hidden away from then until 2005, but are now on display in Coventry after a recent exhibition in Brighton.

However, to save on the bus fare, you can view many of the photos online now. Visit: http://www.tonitye.com

– you can also order large copies of any that take your fancy.

Mod night in Argentina!

by Modculture 15 February, 2006

I’m featuring this on the frontpage because this is the first time I’ve heard of a mod event in Argentina – unless you know different?

The Bridge Mod Club
corrientes 4129 
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Time: 12:00 until 4am
Admission:  $8
Resident DJ: Matias (The Bridge)
Music policy:  60s r&b, soul, modern jazz and ska. 

A website for the club will appear soon, but if you want to know more about the night or the scene in Argentina, contact Matias at [email protected]