Archive for March, 2007

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

Crossfire 9 in London

by Modculture 8 March, 2007

returns on Saturday 5th May at the International Students House in London.

3 rooms of vintage club sounds – Voice Your Choice (rare/northern soul), Boogaloo In’ (R&B, boogaloo, dancefloor jazz, club soul and ska) and the beat Basement (beat, garage, psych, freakbeat and blue-eyed soul).

For full details, check the events section.

See the event listing and large flyer  for Crossfire 9

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