Archive for January, 2009

Event listings updated

by Modculture 31 January, 2009

A little later than anticipated, the events listings on Modculture have been updated.

New events added include details of Le Beat Bespoke 5, The Italian Job mod rally in Rimini and the upcoming No Way Out and The Pow Wow Club (both taking place in February).

Check out the full details (and flyers where available) via the link below.

Details of upcoming events on Modculture

Junya Watanabe Harrington jackets

by Modculture 30 January, 2009

It's not easy doing something different and interesting with the classic Harrington jacket, but we think these Junya Watanabe vs Baracuta Harrington jackets hit the mark.

For the uninitiated, Junya Watanabe is a Japanese fashion designer working under the Comme des Garçons label, But for high fashion (which these are), the jackets are actually very wearable. Most of the original Baracuta detailing is intact (there's even a label for both labels inside), with the double-button collar, buttoned cuffs and hand warmer pockets, but there's also a double zip, squared off bottom, patterned lining and of course, those bold fabric designs. Purists will also appreciate the lack of a label on the outside too.

High fashion doesn't come cheap and these are no exception, with prices starting at around £360.

Find out more at the Colette website

Via Retro To Go

Fred Perry Spring collection

by Modculture 30 January, 2009

The Fred Perry Spring collection for 2009 has just gone on sale.

As well as making some slight alterations to previous lines there are some new pieces for mods to enjoy. On the women's side are a couple of dresses. The first, the piquet shirt dress (as worn by the blonde girl in the collage here) is a beautiful slim dress, retailing at £85. The grandad collar dress is a unique elbow-length-sleeve knitted cotton dress, priced at £70. Finally there is the tight-fitting short-sleeve gingham shirt, with an unusual penny collar. This is priced at £55.

On the men's side the previously mentioned knitted polo shirt is an attractive purchase, as is a new version of the classic polo shirt with one piping instead of two. This 'original single-tip shirt' is a replica (in design and colour ranges) of the 1964 version, which itself was the result of the time when mods would suggest to the company to add pipping to their shirts. Yours for £60. Also new in are a plaid check shirt in blue (£50), and a fly weight Harrington jacket, which differs from the norm by having a wax finish, and corduroy inside the collar. This final item is from the limited edition range and will set you back a reccession-busting £175.

Some of these items are available to buy now from the Fred Perry website here. Those that are not can be bought instore (see website for shops and stockists), or will be added to the website in due course.

New artist: Laura Izibor

by Modculture 30 January, 2009

The UK is seemingly over-flowing with soulful female singers at the moment. Even so, there's something a little bit different and special about Laura Izibor.

For starters she's not British, but Irish. The 21-year-old Dubliner describes herself as 'old-school soul', writing and producing her music as well as adding her first-rate voice on top. She had already opened shows for James Brown, Al Green and Angie Stone over the past few years, before she got to open for fellow Atlantic Records artist Aretha Franklin in New York last month.

The commercial vibe in her sound is unavoidable: her debut album was worked on for four years, and funded by a major label. The horn-heavy uplifting soul of 'Shine' is pure pop, without ever becoming too sugary. Meanwhile the smooth and sassy piano-led 'From My Heart To Yours' is reminiscent of Lauren Hill. The reflective 'Mmm' has some strong gospel elements too. Izibor counts her musical heroes as Stevie Wonder, Candi Stanton, Roberta Flack, and Marvin Gaye, and it is easy to hear their influence in both the songs and the voice.

Izibor has a single, 'Shine', out on February 23rd, and the album Let The Truth Be Told follows on March 9th. Her official website can be visited here and her Myspace page here.

The Soul Of Spanish Harlem

by Modculture 28 January, 2009

Dean Rudland continues his search for lost Latin soul with a new compilation, entitled The Soul Of Spanish Harlem.

This 20-track CD focuses on the sounds made by Nuyoricans in the late-60s, drawing on the output of labels Fania, Uptite, and Cotique, and includes sought-after sounds by artists such as Parrish, Joe Bataan, Ralfi Pagan, The Lebrons, Frankie Nieves and Tony Middleton/Bobby Matos

What's more, Dean has had access to photographs and archive data courtesy of Bobby Marin and the Fania vaults, making for a highly readable booklet that includes some in-depth interviews with major players in the New York scene. This compilation is likely to appeal to dancers, Latin lovers and vocal group fanatics alike.

The Soul of Spanish Harlem is out now on BGP, and available from Amazon for £11.98 here.

Wreck It Up club in London

by Modculture 28 January, 2009

London has a new Thursday night session called Wreck It Up starting shortly.

DJs Amma and Eli will be spinning a selection of fine ska, reggae, rocksteady, R&B and soul at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane. The first night is Thursday February 12th and is to be a monthly event. Guest DJ on the opening night is Trojan Records/Hard-Fi poster boy/general Jamaican obsessive WrongTom.

Wreck It Up
@ 93 Feet East Pink Bar, 150 Brick Lane, London
Monthly Thursdays starting February 12th
7pm-11pm, free entry

Learn more about Wreck It Up by visiting the Myspace page here and/or the Facebook group here.

Booker T album and Euro tour

by Modculture 26 January, 2009

Mod hero and Hammond legend Booker T Jones has a new album out, which he will be promoting in Europe shortly.

Jones, who along with The M.G.'s helped create the Memphis/Stax sound of the mid-1960s, has announced details of Potato Hole, his first studio album since the last Booker T. and The M.G.'s album came out in 1994. The 10-track album features backing by the Drive-By Truckers, but more interestingly nine of the tracks feature guitar from one Neil Young.

He and his band have confirmed a whistle-stop 3-date tour of the Netherlands for March, taking in the Melkweg in Amsterdam on March 19th, the Paard Van Troje in the Hague on the 20th, and the Effenaar in Eindhoven on the 21st. We are hoping there may be more European dates announced. If there is we will let you know first.

Potato Hole is out in April. For more on Booker T, and to buy tickets for the Netherlands tour, you should visit his official site here.

Wimple Winch compilation out

by Modculture 26 January, 2009

Well-loved beat/freakbeat/psychedelic explorers Wimple Winch have not had a commercially available CD in print for many years. That all changes now with the release of Tales From The Sinking Ship.

The multinational group from the north of England started out as Just Four Men, and produced a couple of great beat 45s in 1964/65. But a shift in style meant a name change and Wimple Winch were born. They burned brightly all too briefly, but left us the wondrous single sides Save My Soul, Rumble On Mersey Square South and Atmosphere. This compilation, lovingly put together by Phil Smee, contains high quality remastered versions of all their known recorded music: singles, demos, and outtakes covering 1964-1968. Plus some never before seen photographs that, considering how even some of their biggest fans have no idea what they looked like, is exciting enough of its own.

The tracklisting looks like this: Ad-Ventures (Theme For Friday Night) / Half Past Five / Aggravatin’
/ Colours / The Four Just Men Theme (Laura Norder) / Sorry Girl / Don’t
Come Any Closer (vsn.) / I Just Can’t Make Up My Mind / Woman Needs A
Man / I Still Care / Thinking About Your Love / Tomorrow / In The
Shelter Of You Arms / Trains & Boats & Planes / What’s Been
Done / I Really Love You / Save My Soul / Everybody’s Worried ‘Bout
Tomorrow / Rumble On Mersey Square South / Atmospheres / Typical
British Workmanship / Bluebell Wood / Lollipop Minds / Marmalade Hair /
Coloured Glass / Those Who Wait / Three Little Teddy Bears /
Sagittarius / The Last Hooray.

Tales From A Sinking Ship is out today on the revived Bam Caruso imprint (via RPM), and is available from Amazon for £7.98 here.