Archive for June, 2008
From its 80s high point, Ralph Lauren has been on a steady slide, but has really got back on its game in the last couple of yeasr – especially with the custom fit button-down shirts.
Great for casual wear, the custom fit is a much slimmer fit than a standard shirt, so a much more fitted item with a small/neat button-down collar. And there’s some decent cotton cloths available too, including the plaid shirts shown here.
Check out your local concession right now for custom fit markdowns or go for the new season items like these, which are available at Oi Polloi for £69.99.
Find out more at the Oi Polloi website
A remake of The Prisoner has been talked about for some time – but now it’s finally been confirmed.
ITV has announced that a six-part ‘reinvention’ (which doesn’t sound good) is set to go into production, starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen. Caviezel takes the role of Number Six while McKellen will appear throughout the series in the role of Number Two. It’s not a straight remake – according to ITV, the new show will ‘reflect 21st century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security and surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original’.
If you want to find out what that actually means in reality, you’ll have to wait until 2009 – that’s when it hits the small screen.
The Prisoner website
Via Retro To Go
If you didn’t make it to the Terry Hall & Friends gig at London’s 100 Club, here’s a rough and ready video for you.
It’s Terry and his band (including Lynval Golding and Ben from the Dead 60s) knocking out The Specials’ Gangsters. Not the best quality video you’ll ever see, but the sound quality is spot on.
If you want to know more about the gig, check out a review over on Electric Roulette.
We hinted at it a few months back, and now it has come to pass: The Last Shadows Puppets are touring this autumn
Alex Turner and Miles Kane will
perform their 60s-inspired music throughout the UK and Europe with James Ford
(drums), John Ashton (keyboards) and Stephen Fretwell (bass). A
16-piece orchestra will also join them. The full tour is:
Portsmouth Guildhall (August 19th)
Oxford New Theatre (20th)
Leeds Festival (22nd)
Reading Festival (24th)
Paris Olympia (26th)
Stockholm Circus (October 15th)
Copenhagen Vega Main Hall (16th)
Berlin Tempodrome (17th)
Brussels Cirque Royale (18th)
Amsterdam Paradiso (20th)
Glasgow Academy (22nd)
Sheffield City Hall (23rd)
London Hammersmith Apollo (26th)
Tickets go on sale on July 5th at 9.30am from the usual outlets. A new single from the band, Standing Next To Me, is set for release on July 7th. Check out the retro video for it below.
The Fred Perry summer sales is now on.
Instore and online until the 27th July there are reductions across most lines, with some up to 50% off. In addition, a small selection of autumn ’08 styles are available to buy now (online only).
Visit the online store here.
Back in 2004, London’s Design Museum held an exhibition of the work of Saul Bass, producing a superbly stylish poster to go along with it. If you missed it, here’s some good news – a limited edition re-print is now available.
Saul Bass was the master of film title design thanks to his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. This poster was inspired by Bass’ titles for Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder and is sized at 1000 x 700mm and printed on parilux matt white 150 gsm paper.
Just £15 buys you one – but don’t hang about, once the new stock has sold through, no more will be printed.
Find out more at the Design Museum Store website
‘The Reverand’ Al Green has announced plans for a UK tour this October.
The soul legend released a new album, Lay It Down, last month, his first long-player since 1975. Al Green retired from the music industry in 1976 to become a pastor in Memphis, but re-surfaced last year to work with producer Ahmir Thompson (The Roots) on a new record.
The tour dates are:
Birmingham NIA Arena (October 28th)
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (30th)
Manchester Evening News Arena (November 3rd)
London Royal Albert Hall (5th)
London Hammersmith Apollo (6th)
Tickets are sale on now from Ticketline here. See the official Al Green website here.
Petrol prices are on the up – which means more people are opting for two wheels to get around town. Which is good news for the scooter accessory companies, the latest of which is Vespismo.
Based in Holland (but shipping worldwide), the company offers mod-friendly scooter clothing and the helmets above. All are approved for safety, clad in weatherproof sky leather and made in Italy.
The three designs above are Vespismo Target, Bossy Beetle, Union Jack and Classic Crimson, but others are available and new styles added on a monthly basis. All are priced at 119.95 Euros and if you want vintage goggles to match, they have those too – for an extra 24.95 Euros.
Find out more at the Vespismo website
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 27th June to Thursday 3rd July.
Highlights of the week
With the BBC’s television schedules packed full of programming from the Glastonbury festival this week and not much else, it’s impossible to write this guide without mentioning some of the highlights promised from Worthy Farm this weekend. Apart from a ‘will she/won’t she’ set from pub singer & full-time tabloid drug bore Amy Winehouse (BBC 2. Sat 28th, 9.30pm), reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays the Jazz World stage (BBC 4. Fri 27th, 11.20pm), Welsh soul poppet Duffy plays an acoustic and an electric set on Saturday (BBC 2, 4.15pm & BBC 3, 7pm) and ‘King’ Solomon Burke will no doubt slay the Jazz/World stage on Sunday (BBC 4, 9pm & BBC 2, 10.45pm).
Apart from that, on the wireless this week, Radio 4 boast The Lost Beatles Interview (Tues 1st, 1.30pm) recorded in April 1964 and found in a garage in South London 40 years later. It’s doubtful that it will include any real revelations, but hey, I’ve got to write something & it’s a slow week. Better idea, go out and sit in the garden and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.
The latest issue of Shindig! (volume 2, issue 5) is now available, packed with the usual blend of reviews and features for the discerning music fan.
Highlights this month include the first part of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band story, the final part of San Francisco ’67 plus Mark Fry, Dennis Wilson, Love, Jackie Lee, The Pink Fairies, Mellow Candle, Beep Seals, Magnificent Brotherhood, psych jazz and psychsploitation movies – the latter looking worth the entry fee alone.
There’s also talk of an annual for the end of the year – you can register your interest for that (as well as finding out where to buy the magazine) at the Shindig! site.
Find out more at the Shindig! website