Archive for August, 2008
Fancy nipping around Brighton on two wheels? Well, you can if you visit Vroom By The Sea.
Based in central Hove, the company offers Vespas for hire – everything from 50cc twist and go bikes through to more traditional bikes like the Vespa PX125 pictured here. Or if you feel lazy, they can even deliver a scoot to you.
Various offers are currently available, so check out the site for full details. Although as a guide, prices are between £22 and £44 for a day.
Find out more at the Vroom By The Sea website
We have featured Trio Valore in the past, so if you want to see and hear more about the band, check out the piece here. And if you like what you hear and you live near Swansea, you can catch the band live.
Trio Valore – Steve White (Paul Weller/Style Council), Damon Minchella (Ocean Colour Scene) and Seamus Beaghen (everyone from Morrissey and Iggy Pop through to Death In Vegas) – will be playing at the Monkey Cafe in Swansea on 30th October 2008, performing live and doing a DJ set to follow, all to promote the band’s Return of the Iron Monkey album.
Find out more about the venue and night here.
After running successfully every Friday since the end of 2007, Walking In Rhythm is to relaunch as a weekly Saturday session upstairs at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club in Soho on the 6th September.
Full details are:
Walking In Rhythm @ Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (upstairs bar)
47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT (opposite Bar Italia)
Saturday 6th September (and every Saturday therafter), running from 9pm – 3am. If you’ve not been before, the upstairs space at Ronnie Scott’s (pictured above) is a 150-capacity, 1960s style bar worthy of the great Ronnie Scott himself.
Jean-Paul Séculaire from Right On! joins resident DJ Jimbo at the relaunch party and promises to play "nothing but the finest vintage black dance music on original vinyl". In other words, you can expect a mix of soul, rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, ska, reggae and Latin sounds from the 50s, 60s and early 70s.
Jean-Paul has a free guestlist for the night and is offering places to all Modculture readers. To take advantage of this offer, just drop an email to [email protected] with the full names of anyone wanting to come along.
Ronnie Scott’s website
Another year and another movie based around and featuring mods – titled We Are The Mods.
We Are the Mods is E.E. Cassidy‘s debut feature, apparently a US-based teen drama using the familiar territory of ‘good girl corrupted by the bad’ as well as being a tribute to 60s cult classics like Blow-Up and the early work of Jean-Luc Godard.
Soul/funk band The Fantastics (formerly Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours) have a new album out in January 2009 – but they’re previewing tracks right now on MySpace.
You can check out four tracks online from the forthcoming Mighty Righteous album, which will be released on Freestyle Records and feature vocals from Brit soul legend Noel McKoy. And if you like what you hear, you check out the band at the Jazz Cafe on Saturday September the 20th alongside Holland’s Soul Snatchers, with other gigs to follow.
Check out the new tracks (and find out more) via the link below.
The Fantastics MySpace site
I’m not convinced these are official pieces of merchandise, but the Vespa shoulder bags are certainly eye-catching.
Take your pick from four retro designs, all made from a synthetic leather, with a single storage area and adjustable/removable shoulder strap.
Sized at 25 x 31 x 8cm, you can pre-order now, priced at £33 each.
Find out more at the Purves 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 22nd August to Thursday 28th August.
Highlights of the week
Frankly, if it wasn’t for BBC 4, this listings guide would have next-to-nothing to recommend, so its great to report that those without freeview can catch three excellent recent documentaries from the channel on terrestrial television this week. Motor City’s Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges (Friday 22nd, BBC 2. 11pm) looks at the motorcity’s influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, while Pop Britannia (Saturday 23rd, BBC 2.10.30pm) features the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who when it looks at the role of the pop svengali in 1960s Britain. Finally, Black Power Salute (Wednesday 27th BBC 2. 11.20pm) tells the story leading up to the moment American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith made their iconic gesture in support of the Black Panther movement at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, back to BBC 4 which this week screens Willy Russell’s classic 1978 play Our Day Out (Friday 22nd.11.20pm), a hilarious and poignant tale of a group of socially deprived Liverpool children on a school trip. Matthew Sweet’s excellent look at British B Movies – Truly, Madly, Cheaply is also repeated (Bank Holiday Monday 25th August.12.25am).
This weeks radio highlight is The Invisible Man: the Rod Temperton Story (Saturday 23rd BBC Radio 2. 7pm), a profile of the British-born keyboardist and songwriter who penned hits for US R&B/pop stars such as Donna Summer, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock and, most lucratively, Michael Jackson. Elsewhere, Kwame Kwei-Armah unravels the myths behind The Man Who Was Bojangles (Saturday 23rd BBC Radio 4. 10.30am), and there’s another chance to hear Ronettes star Ronnie Spector’s look at the legacy of doo-wop in the first part of Street Corner Soul (Tuesday 26th BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm).
Should you find yourself in the city of London on Saturday 20th September, you might want to check out the 6TS Anniversary Allnighter – the 29th anniversary to be precise and running from 10pm until 6am at the 100 Club, Oxford Street.
The DJs will be Butch, Mick Smith, Keith Money, Roger Stewart and Ady Croasdell and there will, of course, be that free 45 for all who attend – instantly collectable and or worth more than a few quid should you want to whack it onto eBay.
Entrance by ticket only, at £18 each on a first come, first served basis. If you want to pay via PayPal, send £18.75 (per person) through PayPal to [email protected].
Alternatively, send cheques for £18 (per person) to
A. Croasdell, 1 Elm Drive, Market Harborough, Leics LE16 9DS.
Something of a holy grail for vintage clothing spotters, the Fred Perry knitted polo shirt is now back on sale.
Looking almost identical to the originals, the textured shirts are made of a cotton/acrylic mix, with ribbed hem and cuffs and a choice of detailing – black/yellow or black/red.
I’m guessing these also wear better than the vintage ones too – which had a habit of losing shape after just a couple of washes. The new versions retail for £99.
Find out more at the Oki-Ni website
Via Retro To Go
Hastings mod club Cool As F*** is back after a short break, and in a new venue.
DJs Rowly and Southern Sam continue in the same vein, playing the best in uptempo gritty R&B, rare & classic Motown, 60’s club & northern soul, funk & Hammond grooves from original vinyl. The first date at new venue Bar-Celona will be Friday September 12th. For updates on future dates check the forum as usual.
Cool As F***
Friday September 12th, 10pm-2am
@ Bar-Celona, 4 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA