Archive for March, 2008

Baracuta G4 harrington jacket

by Modculture 31 March, 2008

Yet another twist on the harrington jacket, with Baracuta launching the G4.

It seems to be slightly longer than the usual harrington, with a tailored hem replacing the usual elasticated waist, as well as a button cuff and belted waist adjusters. Other details include the Baracuta check liner, two-way zip, button fastening collar and button-fastening, flapped, hand pockets.

Expect to pay around £120.

Find out more at the Oi Polloi website

Cleethorpes live acts confirmed

by Modculture 31 March, 2008

The biggest date in the UK soul scene calender has been for many years the 6Ts Cleethorpes Weekender, and this year’s live act line-up has just been announced.

Taking place over the weekend of 7th-9th June at Beachcomber Holiday Centre, Cleethorpes, the 2008 6TS Northern and Modern Soul Weekender boasts three impressive acts live at the Saturday all-nighter.

The opening act is Karime Harris, daughter of LA songwriter/producer Kent Harris and singer Ty Karim. Now a London resident, the one-time Killer Meters singer will perform a special tribute to her parents’ work (including ‘Lighten Up Baby’, ‘You Just Don’t Know’, and ‘You Really Made It Good To Me’). Next up is Frank Dell, the New York singer with the big voice, who travels to Europe for the first time. Famous for his northern soul hit ‘He Broke Your Game Wide Open’, the long-time jazz circuit singer is soon to feature on Kent ’s “Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities Vol 3”. Headlining Cleethorpes will be Gigi & The Charmaines, the superb girl group from Cincinnati. The group is lead by Gigi Griffin, who supplied backing vocals on James Brown’s  King sessions and went on to work in Detroit and Chicago in the mid 60s when those cities produced non-stop soul gold. An unreleased track by the group was featured on the 6Ts 23rd anniversary single. Gigi’s sister, Gerri Jackson, was responsible for the duet with Herman Lewis (Griffin) version of ‘The Right Direction’, which she will perform on the night.

Weekend dancehall passes are still available for £59 each. Send cheques (payable to 6TS Weekenders and enclose a SAE) to:

6TS Weekenders
1 Elm Drive
Market Harborough
LE16 9DS

Or use PayPal – details and more information on the weekend are here.

Steve Marriott sampled by new artist

by Modculture 31 March, 2008

Arguably the biggest UK mod icon, Steve Marriott, has had his vocals sampled on a new single by a funk/soul outfit, the appallingly-named Lack Of Afro.

Today sees the release of ‘Touch My Soul’, a funky Hammond-led mash-up, faintly reminiscent of Small Faces track ‘Eddie’s Dreaming’. It takes the vocal line "Love is all around me, everywhere" from Marriott/Lane composition ‘Afterglow (Of Your Love)’ and builds around it. Indeed Touch My Soul is credited to Marriott/Lane alongside Adam Gibbons, the Exeter-based man behind Lack Of Afro. Cheekily the artwork for the single apes the cover of Small Faces’ classic 1968 album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’.

Will it become a future ’60s scene spin?

Touch My Soul is out now on Freestyle Records. To listen to and purchase the single visit Juno Records here. For more on Lack Of Afro see their Myspace page here.

Updated: Modculture films section

by Modculture 31 March, 2008

As part of an ongoing update of the site, the Modculture films section has had an update – and will continue to be updated over the coming days and weeks.

We’ve tidied things up a bit and added a pile of new reviews to the database – more will be added on an almost daily basis or when time permits and some of the old/tired reviews will be improved.

If you have any ideas on films to feature or dig out, we’re always happy to hear from you. If time allows, a TV database could be added in future.

Modculture films section

Magic Bus returns to London

by Modculture 28 March, 2008

If you’re on the look out for a bit of soul next weekend, you’ll find plenty of it at Magic Bus.

Yes, the original Acid Jazz club night is back on Friday April 4th, 18 years after it first started at a new home of The Cock Tavern, East Poultry, Smithfield Market, London EC1.

The night features Acid Jazz’s own Eddie Piller and Dean Rudland as residents alongside top soul DJs Ivor Jones and Johnny Valatone, with special guest Wayne Hemingway – northern soul devotee, creator of Red Or Dead and top telly pundit.

Expect across the board rare soul, with admission £5.

Cock Tavern MySpace

PF Flyers Poplin Harrington

by Modculture 28 March, 2008

An interesting twist on the classic Baracuta is this PF Flyers Poplin Harrington jacket.

Available in red and blue, it’s made of a soft cotton poplin fabric with a zip front, elasticated hem, button cuff and handwarmer pockets, with a more traditional collar rather than the usual Harrington two-button.

You can pick one up online, priced at £94.99.

Find out more at the Oi Polloi website

Berts Apple Crumble relaunch

by Modculture 28 March, 2008

Derby’s new ace mod club Bert’s Apple Crumble gets set to relaunch in a new improved venue.

The monthly Midlands club, hosted by Craig Simpson and Dom Cater and featuring regular guest spots, will continue to bring the best in funk, soul, ska, and 60s club sounds at a brand new venue The Royal on Victoria Street from Friday 23rd of May. The club will then run every 4th Friday from them on. The new venue will allow the club to open for longer (10pm-3.30am), and all for just £3 before midnight or £5 after.

For more on the club, and to keep updated on future guest DJs, see the Bert’s Apple Crumble Myspace page here.

Love Story gets UK release

by Modculture 28 March, 2008

The Love documentary Love Story is at last coming to DVD in the UK.

Love Story charts the life and times of ’60s psychedelic warrior Arthur Lee and his Los Angeles band Love.  The film features extensive interviews with Lee (his last ever), plus band members Johnny Echols, Michael Stuart, Alban ‘Snoopy’ Pfisterer, Bryan Maclean, Elektra Records boss Jac Holzman, The Doors’ John Densmore, producer Bruce Botnick, as well as testimonials from fans Bobby Gillespie, Mani, John and Mick Head (Shack), and (surprisingly enough) London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

The film was premiered on both sides of the Atlantic last year but is not to be on general release in cinemas. Instead it will be available on DVD in June. Check the usual retail outlets closer to the time for price details. In the meantime unedited parts of some of the film interviews are available to watch on the Love Story Myspace page here.

Armadillo's retro-styled scooter mac

by Modculture 27 March, 2008

Remember the Urban Parka from Armadillo? Well, the company has just launched its new range of scooter-friendly clothing – including a classic mac for both men and women.

The coats are pictured above, with the men’s Classic Macintosh on the left, the women’s Scarlett Macintosh on the right. Both feature a double-button front and belt fastening. And as they’re designed for scooter riding, there’s also d3o impact protection, wind and water-proofing, Thinsulate insulation and the use of a breathable fabric for all garments.

Both will be available online in the very near future, alongside new male/female parkas and a variety of accessories. Pricing to be confirmed.

Armadillo website

Retro TV W/C 28th March 2008

by Modculture 27 March, 2008

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 28th March to Thursday 3rd April.

Highlights of the week

It’s not often that a Radio 3 programme appears in this weekly listing, let alone in the highlights, but the most intriguing radio programme this week must be A Long Way from Home (Sunday 30th, 9pm). Caryl Phillips’ original drama imagines the conflicting forces in the iconic singer Marvin Gaye’s life, including family, stardom, love, sex and drugs. The story focuses on his final years, when he was offered a lifeline in the unlikely setting of Ostend in Belgium, where he composed the song Sexual Healing before he returned America and was murdered by his own father.

ITV 1 continues it’s excellent adaption of Jake Arnott’s He Kills Coppers (Sunday 30th, 9pm). Episode two begins just after the killing of three police officers by the ruthless psychopath Billy Porter. The country is in uproar. Calls for the return of the death penalty follow and Porter goes on the run.

Finally, a long overdue night of appreciation for 1970s comedy icon Marty Feldman is held on BBC 4 (Monday 31st, 9pm). A new documentary pays tribute to this under-rated funnyman followed by a compilation show for some of his greatest sketches.

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