Archive for March, 2007

The Nitty Gritty! in London

by Modculture 18 March, 2007

If you’re in London on Sunday 25th March, it might be worth checking out The Nitty Gritty!

The day/night event runs from 3pm until 10pm and promises 60s soul, R&B, rocksteady and beat for your £3 admission fee. The event takes place at The Constitution, 42 St Pancras Way, London NW1.

For more information, contact [email protected].

New Reverend Cleatus 45

by Modculture 18 March, 2007

Top Hammond combo Reverend Cleatus have a new 45 out – under the name  The Fantastics (AKA The Soul Saviours).

The limited edition 45 is Cheeba’s Couch / Chickin Lickin (live) and is available online from Raw Wax. Numbers are very limited, so you’ll have to get in quick. Alternatively, you can sign up to the Raw Wax club for five forthcoming 45s plus stickers, fanzine and t-shirt for £45.

Find out more at the Raw Wax website

Reverend Cleatus website
Reverend Cleatus MySpace

Ben Sherman Paul Weller shirts

by Modculture 15 March, 2007

They’ve been rumoured for some time, but finally, the Paul Weller-designed Ben Sherman shirt range is in the shops.

Going under the name Candy by Paul Weller, it’s a limited edition range (no mention of specific numbers) for spring/summer 2007. Two styles so far – pink and brown or light and dark blue "Candy" stripes, with a "superior" finish and 100% cotton composition. An additional design is expected soon.

Like the Paul Weller-design Fred Perry polo shirts, I’m sure everyone will have their opinions on these. If your opinion is positive, you can pick one up online for £47.

Find out more at the Ben Sherman website

No Way Out in Manchester

by Modculture 8 March, 2007

If you happen to be in Manchester over the May Bank Holiday weekend, it’s worth checking out No Way Out.

Promising very best in rare R&B, Jazz, and Soul from DJs Smiler, Lee Miller, Stevie Z and resident Phil Saxe, it takes place in the self-contained basement club of the Rampant Lion, just off the Mancunian Way – 10 minutes from the city centre.

There’s a free afternoon warm-up, an Ibis hotel five minutes from the venue and Manchester’s famous Curry Mile a stone’s throw away.

See the full details and flyer in the events listing

60s Underground Q&A at the ICA

by Modculture 8 March, 2007

To coincide with the Freak Out Ethel! night at the ICA, there’s another event which sounds much more interesting – a talk plus Q&A session covering the original 14-Hour Technicolor Dream event with people key to it.

These include Joe Boyd, producer of the likes of The Pink Floyd, The Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention and author of the must-read White Bicycles, Miles – founder of the UK’s first underground newspaper (International Times) and the Indica bookstore, Hoppy Hopkins – man behind the resurrection of the Notting Hill carnival, UFO Club and original 14-Hour Technicolor Dream and John Dunbar – founder of the Indica art gallery.

Tickets are £10 / £9 Concessions / £8 ICA Members or you can bag a joint one for this and the Freak Out Ethel! night.

More on the ICA website

British psych at London's ICA

by Modculture 8 March, 2007

Interesting event at London’s ICA on 21st April – Freak Out, Ethel!, which is described as "an evening of musical mayhem".

What that means in reality is three bands and a play about Syd Barrett. The play is Malcolm Boyle’s one-man The Madcap –  a journey into the psychedelic underground as seen through the eyes of Syd Barrett, mixing narrative with hallucinatory film, slide projections and Boyle’s own interpretations of Barrett’s songs.

Along with that, there’s live performances from The Amazing World of Arthur Brown, Circulus and The Pretty Things, plus psychedelic visuals from Optikinetics (as pictured).

Tickets are £20 / £18 (concessions) and  £16 ICA Members

Find out more at the ICA website

Sharon Jones in London

by Modculture 6 March, 2007

Arguably the best live soul/funk act around today, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are returning to the UK in March/April for three dates.

They’re playing at the Jazz Cafe in London on Friday March 30th, Saturday March 31st and Sunday 1st April. Tickets are available now from the Mean Fiddler website.

The band are also playing other dates in Europe, check out the band’s MySpace site for full details.

Tony Schokman's 40th party

by Modculture 5 March, 2007

Rather than type out all the details, I’ve uploaded the flyer for Tony Schokman’s 40th birthday party with all the details. If you’ve ever encountered Tony over the years, I’m sure he’d love to see you on March 24th in London. If you want to know more or want to get your name on the list for the party, RSVP to [email protected].