Archive for May, 2009
Gama Clothing has produced a range of t-shirts featuring iconic 60s clubs and other institutions of the decade.
The GCT's are 'designed' by DJ and broadcaster Gary Crowley, although as most of the logos are pulled from original 60s artwork, I'm not sure how much designing was actually done – although he has picked the designs that feature on the shirts and overseen development of the range to be fair.
Either way, they're certainly eye-catching and worth a look for your summer hols, with The Marquee, the Flamingo, The Scene and The International Times being the first of the limited edition designs for sale. You can buy all of those from 1st June 2009, priced at £20. See over for more images.
Gama Clothing website
It just might get even more grim up north when the Arty Farty Film Party in Manchester goes kitchensink for its next event.
The events take place every first Wednesday of the month at An Outlet, Dale Street, Manchester, kicking off at 7pm, so by our reckoning, the next one should be on Wednesday 3rd June.
The theme this time is 60s kitchensink, so you get to vote online for either A taste Of Honey, Kes, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A kind Of Loving, Billy Liar, Cathy Come Home or The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Or you can add another choice of your own. Voting closes at 9am this Friday, so get your vote in now at the website below.
Arty Farty Film Party website
Via Electric Roulette
Cycle to work, but don't want to take an extra pair of shoes? Check out these newly-launched Quoc Pham cycling shoes.
British made, the shoes are designed to fit the gap between cycling footwear and casual shoes, with a tapered shape to fit inside a pedal cage, but with enough style to catch the eye when you're walking about during the day.
Made from what's described as 'the finest materials around' and in various finishes (including a patent leather), they should be available in the non-too-distant future for…well, we're not sure about the price as yet.
Quoc Pham website
Via Retro To Go
If you happen to be in the capital tomorrow evening (29th May 2009), you might want to check out Ain't No New Thing at Filthy MacNasty's.
It's a Blue Note 70th anniversary special, described as 'a four hour musical trip exclusively through the finest music produced on one of the most influential independent record labels of all time. All Blue Note. All night long.'
Resident Sid Ford is joined by guests WeeGee (Fickle Formula) and Rob Whitlock (Brownswood), with special Blue Note visuals on the night from VJ Butch Auntie. The night runs from 7pm until 11pm, entry is free and you'll find Filthy MacNasty's at 68 Amwell Street, London, EC1R 1UU.
Facebook event page
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 29th May to Thursday 4th June 2009.
Highlights of the week
California Dreamin': The Mamas and the Papas, a new documentary charting the formation, instant rise and success of the Californian pop group is shown on BBC 4 this weekend (Friday 29th: 9pm & 1am and Sunday 31st: 10pm & 12.30am). Interviews with the band, coupled with performance and archive footage, show the group in their heyday, and the band give detailed accounts of the writing and recording of their hit songs, as well as their personal responses to (and problems with) instant fame and success.
If you like your mod sounds mixed with a bit of indie, you might just launch the new Shakermaker night, which starts in Leeds on Friday 5th June 2009, running from10pm – 3am.
Six DJs will spin a mix of indie, mod, 60s beat, soul and ska, throwing in two live bands too – The Finnlys and The Persuasion. There's also 'competitive' drinks prices and three floors of entertainment and you're talking a lot for your £5 admission fee.
If you want to find out more, check out the Shakemaker website.
It's 10 years this month since the passing of Roger Eagle, so to commemorate this date, Manchester's Hideaway Club is offering up its own Roger Eagle tribute.
If you didn't know, Roger Eagle, was DJ at Manchester's Twisted Wheel club (at the original home of Brazennose Street '63 – '65) and later at places like Eric's in Liverpool as the punk scene blossomed. This Saturday sees Eagle-inspired sets from both the Hideaway's resident DJs and guests, which include Roger Fairhurst(Eagle's fellow DJ at the Brazennose St club), Barry Tasker and Stan Evans.
it takes place on Saturday 30th May at the Hideaway, which takes place
Upstairs at the Deansgate Pub (next door to the Hilton Hotel Beaton Tower), Deansgate, city centre, Manchester. It runs from 9pm until 2am, £4 admission for members, £5 for guests.
Hideaway Club website
Last week, the BFI and Flipside offered up a rare showing of 60s cult classic The Bed Sitting Room, bringing along cast member Rita Tushingham and director Richard Lester for a Q&A session afterwards.
The Scenester was there for the screening and the Q&A, taking notes for a review of both the event and the movie itself, which is released by the newly-launched Flipside label on DVD and Blu-ray today (25th May 2009).
Check out the review via the link below over on Cinedelica.
The Bed Sitting Room at the NFT reviewed
Looking at picking up some of the designer Fred Perry gear, but don't want to pay the full ticket price? Check out the Fred Perry Pop Up Shop in London's Ganton Street.
It has just opened for a limited period – from this weekend past until 21st June 2009, promising both men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and footwear from designer collaborations, blank canvas partners, and other limited edition product. That means the likes of Comme des Garcons, Oki-Ni, Alastair McKimm Jessica Ogden, Siv Stoldal, Emma Cook, Judy Blame, Peter Jensen, &Son and many more.
Best of all? The store is offering discounts of up to 70 per cent. Check it out at 2 Ganton Street, Newburgh Quarter, London, W1F 7BT, opening Hours Monday – Saturday, 11-7 and Sunday, 12 – 5.
Fred Perry website
The Sweet but Deadly collective are launching a new soul night in west London called Double Shot O' Soul.
The 50th anniversary of Tamla Motown in January has focused minds again on just how great the output of the big-hitters of the '60s soul scene was. This is never-gone-out-of-fashion music, and people always move their feet to it. And you can too, as at Double Shot you'll be hearing the best in Tamla Motown, Stax Records, club soul, & girl group songs from the period, all off original vinyl 45s. Your wax spinners on the opening night, Friday June the 5th, will be Smart Phil & Mickee.
The venue The Blagclub comes highly recommended, for it is a bijou Notting Hill bar above the bustling streets that has something of an updated Soho-gin-joint vibe to it.
Double Shot O' Soul
@ The Blagclub
68 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3HT
Directly outside Notting Hill Tube
Free before 9.30pm, £4 entry after
For more on the night visit the Sweet but Deadly wesbite here.