Archive for August, 2008

Vespa hire in Brighton

by Modculture 31 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

Trio Valore in Swansea

by Modculture 31 August, 2008

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.

Walking In Rhythm in London

by Modculture 31 August, 2008

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

We Are The Mods movie

by Modculture 31 August, 2008

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.

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The Fantastics album previewed

by Modculture 31 August, 2008

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

Vespa shoulder bags

by Modculture 21 August, 2008

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

6TS Anniversary Allnighter

by Modculture 20 August, 2008

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.

6TS website

Fred Perry 60s-style knitted tops

by Modculture 20 August, 2008

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

Cool As F*** moves to new venue

by Modculture 18 August, 2008

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
£3 entry

RIP Jerry Wexler

by Modculture 18 August, 2008

Jerry Wexler, Atlantic Records boss and the man who coined the term ‘rhythm and blues’, has died at his home in Florida. He was 91.

The legendary record producer helped shape the careers of musical titans such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Buffalo Springfield and countless more. A former journalist writing for Billboard magazine, he chose the term ‘rhythm and blues’ to describe the music on what was then known as the magazines’ ‘race music’ chart. In 1953 Wexler joined Ahmet Ertegun as co-head of Atlantic Records, a post he kept until 1975. If anyone helped popularise R&B it was Wexler and Ertegun, making stars of artists who may have only had a cult following otherwise. One of his many successes at Atlantic was the infamous mid-1960s distribution deal with Stax Records. In 1966 Wexler signed a young Aretha Franklin, who had been left floundering at Columbia, and nurtured her talent so as to produce her best, Muscle Shoals-assisted work. Also, in 1968, Wexler brought Dusty Springfield to Tennessee to record the now legendary Dusty in Memphis album.

Post-Atlantic Wexler did A&R work for Warner Brothers, siging many of the new-wave frontrunners, before spending the rest of his carreer in various studios producing the stars of the day. Wexler retired to Florida in the late 1990s.