Archive for September, 2006

YouTube: The Fuzztones

by Modculture 27 September, 2006

Seeing as they’re back touring and appearing very soon at Crossfire 8 in London, it seems a good time to re-visit The Fuzztones. This clip is from the band’s 80s heyday – the video for The Witch – which you’ll either love or hate, depending on where your tastes lie!

Mose Allison – on TV and live

by Modculture 27 September, 2006

If you weren’t able to tune into the excellent Mose Allison documentary when it went out on BBC4, here’s some good news – it’s getting an airing on BBC2 this Friday (29th September) at 11:35pm. Here’s the preview:

Mose Allison : Ever Since I Stole the Blues

Mose Allison, white Jazz and Blues legend from the Mississippi Delta, inspired key figures in Rock’n’Roll. As Pete Townsend says in the film: ‘Without Mose I wouldn’t have written My Generation’. The film also features Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Black, Loudon Wainwright, Ben Sidran, Keb Mo’ and Georgie Fame.

Taking Mose back to the Southern crossroads where he was born, we journey with the man they call the Jazz Sage across 50 years of cool philosophical lyrics and hip piano playing on songs like Parchman Farm, Your Mind is On Vacation and Everybody Cryin’ Mercy. The film also contains exclusive performances of Mose classics by Van Morrison and Loudon Wainwright – along with The Who’s barnstorming take on Mose’s Young Man Blues.

And if you want to catch the man live, you can see him at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho from September 21st to 30th. For details call 020 7439 8722 or visit the website.

Anyway Anyhow Anywhere t-shirt

by Modculture 26 September, 2006

Probably of interest to Who fans is this Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere t-shirt.

Designed by Mr Styles, I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be an early-era Pete Townshend trashing his guitar an amp. I say pretty sure because I’ve looked up close and can’t quite make him out.But I’m guessing the title and the smashing of the guitar is proof enough.

In sky blue only, you can pick it up now from the CX London website (and probably other places) for around £25.

More from the CX London website

Podcast: Rock n Roll Soul

by Modculture 26 September, 2006

Another online radio show to ease you through the working day, this time from London’s Rock n Roll Soul night. The Rock n Roll Soul Radio podcast mainly covers the soul end of the spectrum, with a mix of 60s and early 70s soul and funk that’s well worth a listen. But note that you’ll need Quicktime to tune in.

Listen to the Rock n Roll Soul Radio podcast

You can catch the Rock n Roll Soul club night at The Albany, Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5QU on the first Saturday of each month.

Rock n Roll Soul website

Matto Le D. – cool retro art

by Modculture 22 September, 2006

We’ve featured some very smart retro-styled art on this site in the past – Shag, Hisknibs and Kavel to name just three – but here’s another one to add to your list – Matto Le D.

Very much styled in that early 60s cartoon styling (he quotes his influences as commercials from the UPA studios and Jaques Tati movies), Matto’s artwork follows the lead of Shag in going for cocktails, tiki and beatniks, along with an occasional dose of Mod – but with his own twist.

The image here is for a comic Motto is currently working on, but if you want to pick up some of his work on canvas, you can buy limited prints (25 only of each) directly from his website. There’s also plenty of other material there to enjoy. Definitely one to watch for the future.

Visit Matt Le D.’s website

Fred Perry Knitted Polo Shirt

by Modculture 20 September, 2006

Seems like this season, Fred Perry has been going through its old design books of the 60s and 70s for inspiration – or rather – to bring back its classic designs, but at prices very different from 40 years ago.

The first of them is this Fred Perry Men’s Tailored Sportswear Texture Knit Shirt. or as you and I would know it, the knitted polo shirt. The originals of these change hands for big money on eBay and in vintage shops, so it’s on surprise to see their return.

It’s a textured knit sports shirt with embroidered laurel, made from a 50/50 mix of cotton and acrylic. Colours are the red pictured or black. For those of you who choked at the price of the Paul Weller Fred Perry shirt, you’ll not like the price of this – it retails for £90.

More from the Fred Perry website

Joe Meek's Mod Nuggets

by Modculture 20 September, 2006

I know some of you are Joe Meek fans, but to be honest, most of the output I’ve heard hasn’t done a great deal for me. Or maybe I’m just listening to the wrong stuff? Could be – as an album is released by Sanctuary next month under the intriguing title of Joe Meek: You’re Holding Me Down – 30 Freakbeat, Mod and R&B Nuggets.

It promises "the very best of indie maverick Joe Meek’s Beat, Freakbeat, R&B and Pysch productions", with most previously unavailable on CD, one not never before been released. Featured artists here include Tornados ’66, The Syndicats, The Buzz, David John & The Mood, Jason Eddie & The Centremen and The Cryin’ Shames – some with vinyl prices as high as £750.

We should have a review online before the release date, which is Monday 30th October.

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The Look at Borders (London)

by Modculture 20 September, 2006

If you’re in London tomorrow (Thursday September 21st) you could do a lot worse than get yourself down to Borders on Oxford Street, where Paul Gorman, author of the excellent style book The Look, will be hosting a question and answer session with special guests and no doubt, signing this "must have" book.

The Look covers fashion from the 50s to the present day – so any question from any era (not just the sixties) is welcome. It starts at 7pm, admission is free.

When that’s over, it’s just a short walk to the Piccadilly Blues Club (93 Dean Street, W1), where you can catch Long Tall Shorty live, plus DJ support from Dave Edwards and Mickee. Entry is a bargain £3. More on that on the Modculture forums.

Miss Selfridge swing coat

by Modculture 18 September, 2006

We featured a sixities style coat from Wallis at the beginning of the month, which was practical and stylish, but it was well, black. If black is a bit dull for you, how about this dogtooth swing coat from Miss Selfridge.

In yellow and cream you will certainly stand out from the crowd, and the cheery colour should brighten up those dull winter days.

In 70% wool and 30% polyester, with round collar and button detail, it is a very reasonable £65.

It may not go with everything, but yellow does seem to be one of the key accent colours this season, and this may be just the way to inject a bit of colour into your wardrobe.

You can buy online at Miss Selfridge’s "online boutique" or at your nearest store.

Find out more on the Miss Selfridge website.

La Pantere Rose in London

by Modculture 17 September, 2006

Something a bit different in London on Thursday 28th September – La Pantere Rose.

The night, hosted by Sofizel and featuring Miss Pixi, Jane Calamity, Sofizel and guest DJ Jean-Paul Séculaire (Right On!) will play a mix of 60s jazz, soundtracks (John Barry, Mancini, Morricone, etc.), French (Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Francoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, Brigitte Bardot, Michel Polnareff etc.) and Brazilian music. All this, along with "Pink Panther" cartoons on the walls and "fluffy marshmallows and sweets to eat".

It runs from 7:30pm until midnight, with admission at £3 or £2 with a print out of the flyer.

Venue details:
596 Holloway Road
London N19
Tube: Archway
Buses: 17, 43, 271

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