Archive for May, 2008

Home Cookin' at Filthy McNastys

by Modculture 29 May, 2008

Dig this cats, it’s Sunday evening. It’s hot and sticky inside your pad and out. And yet you have a real gone urge to jump up and shake your feet. Like, too much! A no-goodnik would lie naked in front of a fan. But you have this beastly desire to dance – and not sedately. Wildly!

It’s time to fall in and dig the happenings at Home Cookin’, where the chicks and gators beat the boards to the crazy sound of the gonest lacquer crackers dished out with flair by El Nino and Jean-Paul Séculaire. And it won’t cost you a cent.

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Vertigo Double Decker in Manchester

by Modculture 28 May, 2008

See above for the details of the next Vertigo Double Decker in Manchester, taking place on Friday 30th May 2008.

Two floors and free entry, with  60s Beat, R’n’B, Early Northern sounds, Ska and Blues i The Attic, with modern 60s influenced Indie, 2 tone, Mod revival and Classic 60s in the basement.

It runs from 9pm until 3am. To find out more or to get a DJ spot, email [email protected].

Belle Vue Press + Gonks 45

by Modculture 28 May, 2008

Out now is the latest edition of the Belle Vue Press, which comes with a free copy of the new Gonks 45, released on the Belle Vue 45s label.

The new magazine (volume 8) includes reviews, photos, a preview of the forthcoming Belle Vue weekender, Dutch artist Bert Bluehipster, Richard Berry, The Gonks, DJ Henry from Milano Mods and comic strips courtesy of Mauro Cao and Miss Geanie.

The only thing we don’t know is the price and how to order. To find out about either, drop them a line via the website below.

Belle Vue Situation website

New bands: The Beep Seals

by Modculture 28 May, 2008

Time for something a bit different here on Modculture. With summer threatening to rear its head at any moment, it’s time to enjoy some laid back, good time harmony pop-psych. For this, we look to Manchester’s The Beep Seals.

It is an enticing prospect, for here is a band whose eclectic influences recall recent chart botherers The Bees as well as alt-rock heroes Super Furry Animals and Pavement. Since forming a couple of years back the band have built up a steady fanbase and are ready to unleash their debut album ‘Things That Roar‘. The album was recorded in the bands’ native Chorlton over ten days in February
with Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub and Tom Knott from fellow Mancunians The Earlies. It contains both the fuzz of heavy psych rock alongside the soft mellow touch of pop-psych nuggets you would expect to hear on an old Rubble compilation. Often within the same song, such as the brilliant pastoral  ‘Biting Glass’ and the Teenage Fanclub love letter ‘Use Your Other Head’. Listen closely to the lyrics too, and you’ll discover some biting wit and dry humour in there too.

You can hear The Beep Seals on their Myspace page here, or visit their official site here. Things That Roar is out on the 23rd of June and is available to order from the Heron Recordings website here. The band are on tour promoting the album throughout the summer. Go see if you can.

R.I.P. Jimmy McGriff

by Modculture 28 May, 2008

One of the mod scene’s most cherished jazz and
blues organists, Jimmy McGriff, died on Saturday (May 24th) in his hometown of Voorhees, New
Jersey from heart failure. McGriff had suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years. He was 72.

Born in Philadelphia in 1936, McGriff learnt the organ as a boy from his parents. An early follower of Count Basie, he took lessons and learnt his trade from renowned organists Jimmy Smith and Richard Holmes. Whilst playing in a New Jersey club one night in 1962 his instrumental reading of Ray Charles‘ ‘I Got A Woman’ was heard and got him a deal with Sue Records. The song was a hit, and an album of the same name, plus a further hit (‘All About My Girl’), soon followed. His trademark during the 1960s was his hard-grooving playing of the Hammond B-3 organ. The blues was always his favoured sound. As he himself once said, ‘Jimmy Smith is the jazz king on the organ, but when it comes to blues,
I can do things where he can’t touch me’. Throughout his 40-year career he played with such greats as Junior Parker, Buddy Rich, and Hank Crawford. He is survived by his wife Margaret and two children.

Below is YouTube footage of McGriff speaking in 1997 about how he wins over an audience. Enjoy.