Archive for February, 2008

Buddy Miles R.I.P.

by Modculture 28 February, 2008

Buddy Miles, the American drummer who played with Jimi Hendrix in his Band of Gypsys, has died at the age of 60 at his home in Austin, Texas of congestive heart failure.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947, Miles was performing in his father’s jazz combo by the age 11. Within a few years he was an in-demand session player for top r’n’b groups. He earned his dues playing with the likes of the The Ink Spots, Ruby and the Romantics, Wilson Pickett, and The Delfonics. Then in 1967 Miles joined forces with guitarist Mike Bloomfield to form rock and soul outfit Electric Flag. Later he teamed up with Hendrix and bass player Billy Cox in the short-lived Band Of Gypsys following his work on Jimi’s Electric Ladyland double-LP. The Band of Gypsys made just one album, a live set recorded on New Year’s Eve in 1969-70, and two of Miles’ songs, Them Changes and We Got to Live Together, were included on the album. In later years Miles played with the likes of David Bowie, Muddy Waters, Barry White, Carlos Santana and Stevie Wonder.

A statement on his official site said that a tribute
show will be announced shortly that is open to all to attend.

New retro shop: The Beehive

by Modculture 28 February, 2008

A new shop in south London, The Beehive, is set to become a new mecca for fans of retro music, clothing, and accessories.

For many years 320 Creek Road in Greenwich has been the home of retro kitsch shop Flying Duck. This is no longer the case as Carolyn and Presley said goodbye to the premises last month. But in its place has emerged a real treat: the multi-faceted Beehive. Four traders
from nearby Stockwell Street Market have jointly taken over the running of the premises to offer a unique ‘four-in-one’ shopping experience. Calneva Vintage Collectibles, aka Frances, sell 1950s and 1960s collectibles for the modern home. Alongside her is Ollie, who deals in a wide range of vintage clothes and accessories. Thirdly we have Casbah Records, run by Graham, who specialises in a range of ’60s music genres, selling both original and reissue CDs and vinyl. And last but not least we have coffee provided by the people behind London Coffee Roasters, to help you relax with a well earned break. Sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon.

Calneva and Ollie started trading last week, and the finishing touches to the remainder of the shop are being made now, and will be open we’re promised by the 8th of March. Why not pop down soon: and say we sent you, of course.

The Beehive, 320-322 Creek Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9SW. DLR: Cutty Sark.

The Boiler in Barcelona

by Modculture 27 February, 2008

The Boiler returns to Barcelona
on Saturday 8th March at the Jazz Room in the city.

It promises rhythm and soul from guest DJs Damien Hewitt (Manchester), Marco Moretti (Milan) and Albert Petit (Valencia) alongside the residents. The Jazz Room is at Calle Vallmajor nº 33, Plaza d’Adrià (Barcelona), with the night running from 23:30 – 05:00, admission 10 euros (including a drink).

Future dates are May 10th with Jo Wallace (London, UK), Roberta “Underground Blues” (Teramo, Italy) and Moonwolf (Castello), July 11 & 12th – the Boiler’s 5th Anniversary with Barbara Grassi (Genova, Italy), Alan Handscombe (London, UK), Neil Henderson (Manchester, UK), Batman (Paris, France) and a band to be confirmed, September 13th with Warren Boogaloo (UK), Alvaro de Diego (Madrid) and Ivan Muench (Barcelona) and finally, November 8th with Mick Moyland (UK), Merv Parnell (UK) and Paul Bennett (UK).

Find out more at the Boiler website

New UK Brian Wilson shows

by Modculture 27 February, 2008

Brian Wilson has announced three UK shows, due to take place in June.

Dubbed the ‘greatest hits’ shows, Wilson and his band will be digging deep into his back catalogue to offer a trio of unique shows for his fans here. The ex-Beach Boy
will open the 2008 Kenwood Concert season on June 28 before taking his band to Ipswich’s Regent Theatre on the 29th, and then finishes at London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 1st. The ticket details are as follows:

Kenwood House: £27.50 to £36.00. Click here for more.
Ipswich Regent Theatre: £50.00. Click here or call 0844 576 5483. Tickets go on sale Friday (February 29) at 9am.
London Royal Albert Hall: £35 – £75. Call 0207 589 8212 / 0207 434 2222 or click here. Tickets go on sale next Friday (March 7) at 9am.

And if you are looking to buy a new outfit to wear to the shows your luck is in as to coincide with the shows there is a brand new range of official merchandise available. For details and more on Wilson see the official Brian Wilson website here.

Finger Poppin' Time in London

by Modculture 26 February, 2008

The Finger Poppin’ Time crew are promising the best in Club Soul, R&B, Ska, Latin, Boogaloo on Saturday 1st March at The Cavern in Walthamstow.

DJ’s for the nigh are local residents Alice Fowkes, Mark Ellis, Jo Sadler and Tim ‘The Mod’ Fuller, spinning tunes at a ‘great friendly venue’ within easy reach of Walthamstow tube (Victoria Line).

Find out more at the Modculture forums or drop Tim a line via email here.