Archive for November, 2007
Fancy a denim jacket with real heritage? You need the Lee 101J 1966 jacket.
This is a replica of the Lee 101J from 1966, made famous by The Beatles, who wore these very same jackets in that year for a Scandinavian photo shoot. The jacket is made from premium Japanese denim and has an adjustable waist, two button-fastening chest pockets and the Lee tab on the chest pocket.
Yours from Oi Polloi for £159.99.
Find out more at the Oi Polloi website
Via Retro To Go
Barry Murphy returns once more trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 30th November to Thursday 6th December.
Highlight of the week
Brazil, Brazil – Tropicalia Revolution. BBC 4. Friday 30th November 9.00pm (Repeated Saturday 1st December 10.00pm)
The second programme in the series covers the military era in Brazil, from 1964-85, and discusses the role that musicians played in leading the fight-back – and how they suffered as a result. The era began with the left-wing protest movement headed by singers like Nara Leao, that was matched against rival styles that ranged from the passionate singing of Elis Regina to the rousing pop songs of Jorge Ben – with television song contests developing into a battle-ground between supporters of different styles.
All this changed in the late Sixties, with the emergence of the experimental tropicalia movement, determined to shake up Brazil just as military hardliners took control of the government. The programme chronicles the careers of the tropicalia stars, from Os Mutantes to Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, who were both jailed and exiled to Britain (and includes never shown footage of them both performing at the Isle of Wight festival). It describes the military censorship campaign against such leading musicians as Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, and even Jorge Ben. And it shows how black musicians in Bahia state responded by developing new, and often militant black styles like samba-reggae.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the release of Miles Davis’ seminal Birth of The Cool LP, Jean-Paul Séculaire from Right On! is launching a new night dedicated to the sounds of ‘real’ jazz – think bebop, cool, hard bop, soul-jazz, Latin, funk and blues, all from his collection of original vinyl LPs and 45s.
Home Cookin’ is the name of this Sunday session at popular mod haunt Filthy MacNasty’s, where you can drink and make merry as well as sampling the pie and mash from the newly fitted kitchen. Best of all, it’s free to get in.
Date: Sunday 9th December 2007
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: Filthy MacNasty’s
Address: 68 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UU
Tubes: King’s Cross / Angel
Find out more at the London Dossier website
Those nice fellas at The Flipside managed to secure not only the use of a print of Smashing Time, but also a personal appearance by the delightful Rita Tushingham! In case you haven’t run across this little belter of a film before, I’ll summarise:
Two girls from the North of England, Yvonne & Brenda, come down to London in search of ‘The Scene’, which they’ve heard is located somewhere around ‘Carnaby Street’ and we follow their hapless journey from the drive of St Pancras Station, forty years before the glittering refit that transformed it into a sight worth seeing, but here, begrimed with eighty years of soot, and in disrepair, to Camden Town, the result of asking a drunken gentleman of the road the way to that more fashionable street in W1, all the way to that dreamy thoroughfare of fashion, to the more upmarket of West London’s boutiques, fashion shoots and Yvonne’s thwarted pop career, then the long walk back to St Pancras and home.
Barry Murphy returns once more trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 23rd November to Thursday 29th November.
Highlight of the week
BBC4 launches it’s Brazil, Brazil season on Friday 23rd November with the start of a three part series which explores the evolution of Brazilian music. The series starts in the days of slavery, when an estimated 4 million Africans were forcibly moved to Brazil, and traces the development of samba from the poor black areas of Salvador and Rio, where it was initially banned, to its fusion with European styles and its move to the mainstream.
The first programme, titled Samba to Bossa, follows the career of samba’s most successful and glamorous international star, Carmen Miranda, and the growth of the samba schools that dominate the Rio carnival. It traces the fight-back by musicians from the poor Northeast, who used a rival style, forro, to sing about the harsh realities of their lives, and shows how politics helped the development of a sophisticated new samba-jazz fusion, bossanova, from the Fifties, that was to bring international success to Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim. The programme ends with the military coup that ended the optimistic, easy-going bossa era.
On Saturday 29th December the Sweet but Deadly collective celebrate a great year of dos by holding an end of year party in new underground venue – The Cellars in Newington Green (N1).
10 DJs from all over Europe, with 2 rooms of music ranging from rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, ska and reggae, to rockabilly, surf, beat, garage, and psychedelia. And to add a some special Swedish seasoning to the mix, raucous 3 piece ‘rhythm’n’booze’ garage rockers The Branded fly over to play a live set.
Venue: The Cellars, 125 Newington Green Road, London
Doors: 10pm-6am Admission: £7 before midnight, £10 after. Cheap advance tickets are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk.
Find out more at the Sweet but Deadly website
Christmas is coming early in Derby with the Christmas Special of Bert’s Apple Crumble.
Expect a night of uptempo soul, funk, ska & dancefloor boogaloo on Friday 14th December 2007, 10pm – 2am at Susumi, The Wardwick, Derby City Centre. Admission is £3 B4 11pm, £4 After (NUS £3)
Resident DJs Craig Simpson & Dom Cater are joined by a top-notch guest in the form of Dean Rudland (BGP, Acid Jazz, Ace, Blue Note Records), a man responsible for some of the finest soul, funk and jazz compilations out there – check your collection – his name will be in it.
Find out more at the Bert’s Apple Crumble MySpace page
If you happen to be in the Hastings area on Friday 7th December, it’s worth checking out C.A.F.
After a short lay-off, the night is back, offering Classic & Rare Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Club & Northern Soul, Funk & Hammond Heavy Dancefloor Jazz, courtesy of Ian ‘Rowly’ Rowland, Southern Sam and a guest DJ. All on original vinyl obviously.
It’s free entry and it’s at Bar Cherrybomb, Robertson Street, Hastings, 8pm until 2am.
Email Rowly for further details
With the New Untouchables starting a new club night starting at the Epicurean Lounge on 19th January 2008, another one ends.
FAB opens it’s doors for the very last night this Saturday 24th November. The last night features the Actionettes dance troupe + DJs Dr Robert & guests Niamh Lynch & Pat Long, spinning Underground 60s dance gems from 9pm until 3am at The Venue, 229 Great Portland St, London W1 (Opp Gt Port tube station).
Admission is £8.
Find out more at the New Untouchables website
I’ve just had word that a real lost gem is coming to DVD – The London Nobody Knows.
Dating from 1967, this documentary is headed up by James Mason, who takes a look at the ‘underside’ of the city, including many places long since demolished. It’s due for release on 3rd March as part of a package that also includes Les Bicyclettes De Belsize, a 1968 short about a young man who falls in love with a model, filmed around the Hampstead area of London.
More details on the package when we have it. In the meantime, enjoy a clip of The London Nobody Knows below: