Archive for November, 2008
With so much on in the capital on New Years Eve it can be difficult deciding where to go. But if you have the stamina to do two venues in one night we recommend you eventually head over to the Soul Revolution New Years Eve/Day party.
Operating in just the single room this time, the popular northern and rare soul night will be hosting a session on January 1st from 1.30am until the (rather ungodly) hour of 9am. Residents DJs James Trouble, Val Palmer and Mick H are joined on the decks for this special event by Plus Soul Superstar DJs Arthur Fenn, Karl Heard and Jumping Joan.
Soul Revolution New Years Eve/Day bash
The Bedroom (Comedy Cafe entrance)
Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY
Tickets are £20 in advance from the Soul Revolution website, or from James Trouble in person. Note: this night will be a ticket only event.
As strong as 2008 has been for Paul Weller, it has not let him stop planning more live shows in the new year.
In addition to the London O2 Arena show we mentioned previously, the modfather plays the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on March 17th, Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre on the 18th, and the Plymouth Pavilions on the 19th. Tickets are on sale now (maximum of 6 tickets per household), and can be purchased from a 24-hour hotline on 0870 735 5000 or online from www.bookingsdirect.com. Normal booking fee apply.
In other brief Weller news, he is on the front cover of the current Uncut issue, and latest single Sea Spray/22 Dreams is available now from all good music retailers.
Stamp collecting might just become cool with the introduction of the Royal Mail’s British Design Classics postage stamps.
Launching on 13th January 2009, the stamps feature 10 icons of British design from the 1930s to the 1960s, including the likes of the Mini, the mini skirt, the Penguin paperback, Concorde, the red phone box and the London Underground map, all stylishly printed on a stamp with designer’s name underneath.
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 November to Thursday 4th December 2008.
Highlight of the week
The TV highlight this week is the first of a new three-part documentary series Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: the 60s Revealed (Five. Monday 1st December, 9pm) which features never-before-seen footage of iconic figures from the 1960s. Forty years ago, TV personality Bernard Braden conducted interviews with some of the biggest names in British popular culture for a proposed series called Now and Then. In all over 300 interviews were conducted, resulting in over 109 hours of footage but the project was never finished. Some of those celebrities now look back at these interviews and reflect on their experience of the 60s. The first episode features stars of music and fashion, including Tom Jones, Cilla Black, Lulu, Simon Dee and Ossie Clark.
If you’re in the Hastings area, you owe it to yourself to get down to Cool As F*** on Friday 5th December 2008.
Residents Rowly and Southern Sam will be joined by Matt Wright (Hush Club) for some dancefloor-friendly mod sounds, all from original vinyl naturally.
Free entry at the venue, which is the Basement Bar, Bar-Celona, 4 Claremont, Hastings, TN34 1HA.
Find out more at the MySpace site
Brighton’s legendary 60s girl group night Da Doo Ron Ron is back for a Christmas Special – with guest DJ Andy Lewis.
Andy Lewis is always good value (I’ve booked him myself) a well as being a recording act in his own right, a recent Paul Weller collaborator and co-founder of Blow Up. He’ll be joined by Jon Slade (of Comet Gain) and the resident DJs for a night of top-notch girlie tunes.
It takes place on the 12th December from 11pm. Early bird tickets are £5 until November 30th, then £6 in advance and £7 on the door on the night.
Find out more at the Da Doo website
We like The Bees, we like The Draytones – and if you do too, you can catch them both at the HiFi Club in Leeds.
The two bands (along with The Research, who we know nothing about) are playing at the venue on Wednesday 10th December 2008, with some DJ-fed tunes to keep you entertained between all the bands.
It all kicks off at 7pm and tickets are £15 in advance, which sounds a bit hefty – but you do get plenty of entertainment per pound I guess.
Find out more at the HiFi Club website
Performance / We Love You at the National Film Theatre – Saturday 22nd November 2008
It was with enormous anticipation that my good lady and I bought tickets for this showing of the seminal ‘Performance’ and the rare outing of The Rolling Stones ‘We Love You’ promo. Not only would we see these hugely enjoyable pieces on the big screen, but it would also be attended by three of the actors involved, namely James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Johnny Shannon.
If you’re unfamiliar with these gems, I envy you your first sight and hearing of them, as they are shining moments in the careers of some members of The Rolling Stones, and career highs for other participants.
If you couldn’t get to London’s V&A for the Story of The Supremes exhibition, you have another chance to catch it – this time in the Las Vegas of the north, Blackpool.
it sounds like the same exhibition in its entirety, with over 50 dresses on show, including several costumes designed by Hollywood designer Bob Mackie for TV appearances, as well as the gold, bronze and yellow ‘Butterfly’ gowns worn on the cover of the 1969 album Cream of the Crop and the glitzy black velvet gowns worn for Diana Ross’ 1970 farewell performance with the group.
Another 1960s trainer returns alongside the Italia – the Adidas Tokio.
Originally dating from 1964 and designed as a running shoe, the Tokio is more about style than sport these days. The last time we saw it was in red and white, this time it’s in white with blue detailing and a it of off-white suede, the laces still that distinctive ‘archival’ slim variety.
Available on pre-order, you can bag a pair for £79.
Find out more at the End Clothing website
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