Archive for August, 2009

Duke Vin & The Birth of Ska

by Modculture 26 August, 2009

Judging by the date on the trailer, it's been some time in the making, but you can now catch Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska as part of the Portobello Film Festival.

Essentially, it's this Gus Berger-directed documentary is the story of ska in the UK, focusing on the arrival in the Uk of Jamaican soundmen Duke Vin and Count Suckle in 1954, their first sound system (in 1956) and their role in popularising ska in Britain, along with reggae and dub in later years.

You can catchj it on Sunday 6th September at 5.30pm, with the screening taking place at Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London W10. If you want to know more, check out the trailer below.

The Miracles: Depend On Me

by Modculture 24 August, 2009

You might know some of the later Smokey Robinson and the Miracles tunes like the back of your hand, but the early output of the Miracles is often overlooked. Which is where The Miracles' Depend On Me set comes in.

Released by Universal/Motown, the collection is a two-disc set, but actually includes the first five Miracles albums – Hi We're The Miracles, Cookin' With The Miracles, I'll Try Something New, The Fabulous Miracles and Recorded Live On Stage, all in original mono mixes. There's even five non-album tracks thrown in, including a rare single version of the classic Shop Around.

Complete with original sleeve imagery, rare photos and associated words, it's available from September 7th for £8.98 (at Amazon). Hopefully we'll have a review online ahead of that.

Find out more at the Amazon website

Pretty Green limited edition black parka

by Modculture 24 August, 2009

I think it's fair to say that the Pretty Green clothing range from Liam Gallagher has had a mixed reception – some people like it, some aren't so charitable, especially when price comes into play. But if you liked the parka produced as part of the range, you might want to get your hands on this new version – the Pretty Green limited edition black parka.

As the name suggests, this is black and a limited edition – 350 in total and according to the advertising blurb, Liam has number one, Paul Weller has number two and you can now pick up any of the remaining 348, each one with the edition number clearly marked on the custom-designed garment tag.

£245 will secure you one. Future collector's item? Probably not.

Find out more at the Pretty Green website

Matalan dogtooth miniskirt

by Modculture 24 August, 2009

Sometimes a classic miniskirt is all you need to complete a retro wardrobe, and when you find a bargain version it's even better. This Dogtooth Mini from Matalan has everything you want for a sixties look at the store's usual great price.

Made from a wool mix it's reassuringly heavyweight for the coming autumn months. The styling is perfectly vintage look with a high waist, A-line cut and four hole button pockets. The contrasting directional dogtooth patterns in monochrome colours finish it off to make this look every inch the vintage gem.

Get it from Matalan now for £14.

Find out more from the website

Via Retro To Go

The Beat live at Absolute Beginners

by Modculture 24 August, 2009

A bit of a two-for-one deal here, a new night and a live appearance from The Beat at Absoloute Beginners, which takes place The Rhythm Factory, 16 – 18 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW.

According to the details we've been sent, Absolute Beginners is going to be a regular mod / ska / soul night at the venue with special guests behind the decks for each night – Eddie Piller doing the honours for the opening night. But before that, you've also got a live appearance by The Beat (with original members, but certainly not the original line-up).

It runs from 8pm until late, £15 gets you through the door.

Rhythm Factory website

6ts Anniversary all-nighter 2009

by Modculture 24 August, 2009

If you want to dance to some classic soul until the daylight hours in the centre of London and celebrate a big birthday at the same time, you need a ticket for the 6ts Anniversary all-nighter 2009.

Celebrating 30 years of vintage soul spinning, the night takes place (as ever) at the 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL from 10pm until 6am on Saturday 5th September. DJs will be Butch, Mick Smith, Ady Croasdell, Keith Money and guests.

You'll need a ticket to get in, which are selling out fast, get one…
Cheques (£20 per person) to –
A. Croasdell, 1 Elm Drive, Market Harborough, Leics LE16 9DS
£20.75 per person to [email protected] through

Remember, at each anniversary, a free single is given away, which inastantly becones a valuable collector's item – much more than the £20 door tax.

6TS website

Crombie factory sale in Leeds

by Modculture 24 August, 2009

Like all factory sales, there's no guarantee of what you might pick up, but get there early and you could bag a classic clothing bargain at the Crombie factory sale in Leeds.

Expect a bit of everything from knitwear and accessories through to more formal pieces from the label – and who knows, they might even be knocking down the 60s-style Crombie coat (above) from its current £675 price tag.

If you do fancy the trip, the sale takes place on Friday 4th September 2009 (10am to 4pm) and Saturday 5th September 2009 (11am to 4pm) at 98 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS3 1HJ (turn between the Fire Station and YTV, head for No 98).

Crombie website

John Smedley sale – final reductions

by Modculture 24 August, 2009

The John Smedley Spring Summer 2009 sale ends in one week – with prices now discounted even further – but only for the next seven days.

That means all our latest styles now priced from £50, with free shipping and free returns thrown in by one of our top five modern-day mod labels – so if you're not happy when you get it, you can ship it back at their expense. It's not just the leftover stock either, the sale includes classics like the three-button Leander long sleeve in Sea Island Cotton (pictured above), which is knocked down from £112 to £50 in a number of colours.

Check out all the items at the John Smedley website now – or in the next seven days – or miss out.

Find out more at the John Smedley website