Archive for February, 2009

BFI Jazz and Film Weekender

by Modculture 28 February, 2009

The BFI is hosting a Story of London movie season in June, including the BFI Jazz and Film Weekender.

From 12th to 14th June the BFI Jazz and Film Weekender will celebrate London’s links with jazz, including screenings and live music, jazz brunches, children's workshops, debates and dancing. And if you're a fan of the genre, there's plenty of archive footage, including everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone (filmed live at Ronnie’s), to Stan Tracey, Courtney Pine, Humphrey Lyttleton and John Dankworth.

Classic jazz-scored movies are also on show too, with The Criminal, The Servant (pictured above), and Accident (soundtracked by John Dankworth) heading the list, along with other Losey films, The Intimate Stranger, The Sleeping Tiger, and Blind Date. You can find out more via the BFI website – and we'll have more about the London season nearer the events.

BFI website

New band: Les Bof!

by Modculture 26 February, 2009

"Fancy a good old Dutronic garagie yeye sound?" enquire new band Les Bof!.

Well if you do these Edinburgh-based men are the ones to provide it. Frenchman in exile Laurent sings in his native language a succession of garage, beat and yéyé songs, both covers and some exquisite originals. The experienced group of musicians have the mid-60s sound down to a tee, and have set alight a succession of clubs and festivals alike in the past year. Their debut EP is well worth seeking out if you are after something a bit different from the normal 'garagie' fare.

The band are playing alongside a host of other garage bands are the inuagral Blast Off! Festival in Nottingham in early July, organised by the people behind the Lava Lounge club there.

Listen to Les Bof! on Myspace here or visit their official site here .

Roger McGuinn UK tour

by Modculture 26 February, 2009

The Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn is to undertake another UK tour this summer.

These tours have always been a great experience, so make sure all you folk-rock fans get to one of the dates. The tour takes in:

Pocklington Arts Centre (June 11th)
Birkenhead Arts Centre (12th)
Salford Lowry (14th)
Worcester Huntingdon Hall (15th)
Basingstoke Anvil (17th)
Birmingham Town Hall (18th)
Edinburgh Queen's Hall (20th)
Gateshead Sage (21st)
King's Lynn Corn Exchange (23rd)
Milton Keynes Stables (25th)
London Cadogan Hall (26th)
Bristol St. George's Hall (29th)
St. Albans Arena (30th)

Tickets are available from here, or phone Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444.

McGuinn's last album was 2008's 22 Timeless Tracks
from the Folk Den Project. He also has his own blog, which you can visit here.

Scooter Emporium service reduced

by Modculture 25 February, 2009

For over a decade Scooter Emporium in Brick Lane, east London provided a first-class comprehensive service for the nations' scooterists.

However the ecomonic climate coupled with high rents in Brick Lane have meant that the Scooter Emporium has been forced to become a mail-order business, based in Essex. It is not clear whether they will still be offering scooter sales, or the scooter restoration service at this time. 

We wish the Scooter Emporium all the best for the future in its new guise. The company can still be reached in the usual place – via the web here, or by telephone on 0207 375 2277.

The Purple Hearts reform for shows

by Modculture 25 February, 2009

Mod revival heroes The Purple Hearts have reformed for shows in 2009.

The four-piece formed in Romford, east London in 1977 and quickly had a minor hit with 'Millions Like Us'. The group - Jeff Shadbolt, Simon Stebbing, Bob Manton, Gary Sparks - last played live at the Mods Mayday 1999 event. Stebbing and Sparks had been playing as RT3 in recent times, but now the original band have been rehearsing in earnest.

Three shows have been confirmed so far: a warm-up date at The Welcome Club in Stanford Le Hope on April 10th, then The 100 Club in London on June 21st and also at the Camber Sands scooter weekend on July 4th. Expect more dates to be added later in the year as well.

The band have set up an official Myspace page here.

Christies Vintage Film Poster auction

by Modculture 24 February, 2009

Back once again is the Christies Vintage Film Poster auction, taking place on 11th March 2009.

In truth, the selection this time is fairly uninspiring – lots of Blow Up, Breakfast At Tiffany's and Bond posters up for sale at a premium price. But if you dig deeper, there are a few rare gems. One of those is an Alan Aldridge Chelsea Girls poster (between £3,000 – £5,000), but more affordable is the classic Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo?

An obscure 1966 fashion flick, its imagery has become far more famous than William Klein's actual movie and this 32 x 23-inch French linen-backed poster is sure to be popular. And with a guide price of around £400, it might be a shrewd investment. You can bid online for this or any other poster or you can head down to the South Kensington salesroom if you fancy waving a bit of card yourself.

Find out more at the Christies website

Via Retro To Go

The Specials open-air gig in Leeds

by Modculture 24 February, 2009

If you didn't get tickets for the recently-announced UK tour (no surprise as they all sold in an hour), you can catch The Specials in an open-air show in Leeds city centre.

The capacity of the gig in the Millennium Square in Leeds (which takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday 24th May) is 7,000, so every chance you'll get a ticket for this show. No news of who is also in the bill, but as this is a 'festival-like' event, there should be a few added to the bill, especially with the gates being open from 4:30pm.

Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 26th February, priced at £35, via See Tickets or from Crash, Jumbo or the Cockpit in Leeds in person.

Find out more at the See Tickets website

Trio Valore live at Hipshaker

by Modculture 23 February, 2009

Modculture favourites Trio Valore are set to play mod club Hipshaker in March.

The jazz-funk trio play the Portsmouth edition of the club on Saturday March 21st. The venue is as always the The Wedgewood Rooms on Albert Road. The fun kicks off at 9.30pm and finshes at 2am, Entry price is a very reasonable £7. To book tickets in advance click here, or phone the box office on 02392 863911. 

Listen to Trio Valore here. For more information on Hipshaker, including the list of upcoming dates, visit the Myspace page here.