Archive for February, 2009

New edition of The Who album Sell Out

by Modculture 23 February, 2009

The Who's revelatory 1967 album Sell Out is to be reissued again on double-CD as a 'Deluxe Edition'.

So what do you get this time around? Remastering is done from both the original stereo and mono masters – the mono mix being unavailable since the first time around in 1967. Eleven previously unreleased songs/jingles/mixes are included, most notably an early version of 'Summertime Blues' and instrumental 'Sodding About'. Initial quantities are also rumoured to include a limited edition replica of the Osiris Visions poster that was packaged only with the original thousand pressings of the album.

Sell Out Deluxe Edition is released by Universal on March 16th, and is available from Amazon for £12.98 here.

In addition, the new issue of Mojo magazine out this week has a feature piece on the album, including some tasty unseen photos from the album cover shoot.

Trio of mod-friendly Kent 45s

by Modculture 20 February, 2009

Following last years successful series of 45s, Kent are back with a trio of new reissues that will have most mods salivating – and maybe upsetting a few DJs along the way, no doubt.

Mike Pedicin's scene favourite 'Burnt Toast and Black Coffee', the last original of which sold on eBay for $1667, has been placed on 7" alongside TC Lee & The Bricklayers 'Up and Down The Hill'. Another mod fave rave is Little Willie John's 'I'm Shakin', which has The Stratoliners 'What Do You Want With My Love' on the flip. Finally Cody Black performing 'I'm Slowly Moulding' is coupled with Roosevelt Matthews with Billy Ball and The Upsetters and 'You Got Me Diggin' You'.

All three 45s are out to buy on Kent/Gusto from Monday (February 23rd), and available to buy from Amazon for £4.89 each here.

Space-age carry cot on sale

by Modculture 20 February, 2009

It's not often an eBay listing gets us excited, but from a design perspective this 1960s space-age-styled carry cot is fascinating.

This fibreglass yellow baby basket is spectulated by the seller to be made by Lambretta or Vespa, though we're not so sure about that. It seems unlikely that you were meant to strap your baby to the back of your scooter along with your luggage.

Available here for the substantial sum of £330, this rare and unique item might be just what the new mod parent such as yourself is after.

Cacharel by Eley Kishimoto dresses

by Modculture 19 February, 2009

Finding everyday dresses from your favourite vintage period is becoming increasingly difficult. Fashion designers may continue to take inspiration from the 20th century, but few are producing truly retro daywear.

These dresses from Eley Kishimoto's Cacharel collection are great reproductions of 1960s daywear. With whimsical prints and pretty cuts, they're ideal for spring and summer daytimes.

The dresses costs £250 and £260 from left to right, and are both available to buy online from ASOS.

Find out more from the website

Topman vintage-style tie clip

by Modculture 19 February, 2009

Can't say we feature Topman on this site very often (for good reason), but I've just noticed something rather useful – this vintage-style tie clip.

Yes, rather than wandering round junk shops or paying over the odds for something high-end, you can pick up this tie clip in gold (colour, not metal), with a look that's hard to distinguish from a vintage find.

And best of all, it's cheap – just £6 online.

Find out more at the Topman website

Rod Stewart records with Dap-Kings

by Modculture 18 February, 2009

It's been reported that Rod Stewart is set to record with new soul-funk outfit The Dap-Kings.

Daptone Records – home to The Dap-Kings – headquarters in Brooklyn, New York were unfortunately robbed this week, and in a statement Gabriel Roth, Dap-Kings bassist and band leader, let it slip that efforts were underway to sort out space and equipment quickly in order that Rod The Mod could record with them for a scheduled session.

The Dap-Kings are best known as Sharon Jones backing band, and recieve high praise whenever they tour Europe, so the results of this collaboration could well be worth seeking out.

In other Rod Stewart news, its been confirmed by The Faces organist Ian McLagan that recent reports on the band having recorded an album are somewhat overstated. He said on his website that:

The rehearsals were a lot of fun, everybody was in fine form, but nothing's happened since November. Don't believe anything you read about an album in the works, or a tour being planned until you read it here, because this page is bullshit free. I kid you not.

Beat Boutique 1st anniversary

by Modculture 18 February, 2009

Manchester's new soul sensation night The Beat Boutique celebrates its 1st anniversary this Friday.

The wildly popular club plays R&B, northern soul, Motown, and a touch of ska and funk every last Friday in the heart of the city, and the special day for them is this Friday, February 20th. The resident DJ trio of Pauls Walker and Barker and Liam Quinn are joined for the night by special guests Steve Cato (Soul Or Nothing/Soul Revolution) and Gav Needham (Brighton Beach). The first 100 through the door on Friday will get a free anniversary CD too. If you want to see what all the fuss is about we recommend you get down early to give yourself a chance of getting in (and that CD).

THE BEAT BOUTIQUE 1ST ANNIVERSARY
@ THE RUBY LOUNGE, 26-28 HIGH STREET, MANCHESTER M1 1QB
10.30PM – 3.30 AM, TAX £5

The Beat Boutique Facebook page is here.

Motown Night on BBC4

by Modculture 16 February, 2009


Rather than waiting for this week's TV guide, we thought we'd flag up Motown Night on BBC4 a little bit earlier.

Set the recorder from 8pm on Friday 20th February, when Motown at the BBC starts, offering BBC studio performances from the likes of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5.

After that (9pm), you can check out The Motown Invasion, a documentary chronicling the Motown Revue UK tour and the Sounds of Motown Ready Steady Go! TV Special from 1965.

And last (but not least), you can catch the superb Standing in the Shadows of Motown movie at 10pm – the story of Motown's in-house band, the Funk Brothers.

Find out more at the BBC4 website