Archive for September, 2009
If you've got the Nuggets box and are on the look out for something cut from the same cloth (albeit slightly more commercial), you might want to check out Rhino's newly-released Where the Action Is! boxset.
It digs up 101 'nuggets' from Los Angeles' music scene from 1965 – 68, including gems from The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Captain Beefheart, The Mama & The Papas, The Beach Boys and Love, cult classics from The Standells, Spirit, The Seeds, The Bobby Fuller Four and The Electric Prunes, along with obscure tracks and unreleased tunes every bit as tasty over four CDs, compiled 'thematically' to cover different aspects of the pop, rock, club and Top 40 sounds of the era.
It's packaged in a coffee table book resembling the Nuggets collection from 2006, with information about Los Angeles' music scene, including a comprehensive timeline, a listing of the clubs and who performed there, an essay about the L.A. radio stations that defined the era, plus a track-by-track commentary. You can pick it up for £36.98, the tracklisting is over the page.
Find out more at the Amazon website
We don't feature much jazz on these pages, but Ember Jazz: The Flamingo Connection is worth a mention.
Essentially it's an overview of the late 50s, early 60s club jazz sound of the Flamingo, with tracks pulled from the archives of Jeffrey Kruger's Ember label. An impressive 36 tracks over the two CDs, with acts including Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Annie Ross, Tony Kinsey, Bill LeSage, Carmen McRae, Don Rendell and Tony Crombie.
Pretty cheap too at £8.79.
Find out more at the Amazon website
When it comes to being hip, you can’t start too young – which is where the Kiddimoto Brit Pop scooter
Kidimoto makes a selection of motorbikes, choppers, scramblers and vintage-style scooters for kids aged two to six, designed to teach your kids balance and made of plywood with bold designs – like the ‘mod-flavoured’ bike here, with targets, union jacks and a general nod to the 1960s.
Check out all the designs at the site and if you want one for your young ‘un, you can pick one up for £120.
Find out more at the Alex and Alexa website
There’s more on this range at the Junior Hipster website.
If you happen to be in the Leicester area on Saturday 24th October, you miht want to check out Club Cinematheque.
For your £3 admission fee, you get live mod soul from DC Fontana, acid jazz from Hopscotch Boulevard and three DJs playing vintage tunes including Hammond, Italian Soundtracks, Library music, Garage and Psych, along with Siegfried Finkelstein's View-Master Club (presenting 'Minnesota State Parks'), and Super 8 projections.
It runs from 8pm until midnight, venue is The Regent Social Club, 102 Regent Rd, Leicester, LE1 7DA.
Club Cinematheque website
While there's pea coats and macs galore on the high street to satisfy your need for 60s-look outerwear, another well loved shape seems to be coming back into favour. The cocoon coat, or bubble coat, keeps cropping up, and that's no bad thing for sixties sartorialists.
This version from Oasis is a simple and stylish high street version, getting it right just where it's needed. The cut is instantly vintage look, while oversized buttons and wool felt fabric are smart touches. Left unfettered by over the top detailing, this looks classic enough to last, while still keeping that modern edge the cocoon coat did so well first time around.
Get it from Oasis now for £95.
Find out more from the website
Tweed is no longer the domain of an old man's wardrobe, it's been re-invented for the modern era by Dashing Tweeds, producing garments as stylish as the Dashing Tweeds Scooter Coat.
Dashing Tweeds promises a range of tweeds for the 21st century, designed by photographer Guy Hills and weaver Kirsty McDougall. If you haven't got the time to get your own items made up, they offer up ready to wear garments too, including the previously-mentioned Scooter Coat.
Designed by Russell Howarth and based on the Household Cavalry greatcoat, the Scooter Coat is both stylish and warm, as well as reflective and water repellent at night – the best of both worlds you might say. Not cheap at £850, but certain to get you noticed. Check out all the range at the website
Find out more at the Dashing Tweeds website
Coast are well known in the UK for their dresses for special occasions, often more suited to bridesmaids than bar-hopping. This Pinky Shift Dress is a rare design from them that has a very wearable retro feel.
The shift dress shape is done well, with simple and uncluttered lines leaving a bright fuschia pink to do the talking. The use of a high neck, almost capped sleeves and the slightest of figure shaping at the waist means the fit is demure enough to pass as a sixties ode, while the shade will certainly turn heads.
At coast now, this one costs £85.
Find out more from the website
Combining the current craze for wall stickers with a classic scooter image is this Vespa Wall Sticker.
This wall decoration originates from France and is available in a choice of 39 different colours and five sizes. Prices range from £49 for a 100cm by 60cm sticker up to £181 for the massive 250cm by 150cm version. If the Vespa isn’t your preferred retro mode of transport, then the same range also include a Mini Cooper, VW Beetle and Citroen 2CV.
The stickers are available in the UK from Rockett St George.
Via Retro To Go
The Patrick brand is a blast from the past, but they're back, knocking out vintage designs for a new audience, including this shoe from the 1960s – Patrick Arendal trainers.
Dating back to 1969 and available in various colour options, the Arendal was designed as a football training shoe and is back in a full grain leather finish, along with a padded colar and tongue, crepe rubber ripple sole and reinforced tow foxing.
Want a pair? They sell online for arounf 80 Euros.
Find out more at the Patrick website
Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 25th September to Thursday 1st October 2009.
Highlights of the week
The 1960s was one of the most visually exciting decades of the last century. British culture and pop design exploded internationally. Post-war blues were gone and there was a flurry of innovation in architecture, fashion and design to satisfy the emerging youth market.
In the first part of a new series, Designing the Decade (BBC 4. Monday 28th, 8pm) explores this significant period of design history to discover the designers and objects that shaped the era. The programme reveals the story behind cult car the Mini, interviews Robin Day about his ubiquitous stacking chair – 40 million have been manufactured – still found in church halls, dole queues and Botswana canoes' and discovers why a controversial new fashion, the mini-skirt, actually changed tax regulation.