Archive for September, 2009

Rhino's Where the Action Is! boxset

by Modculture 29 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

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Ember Jazz: The Flamingo Connection

by Modculture 29 September, 2009

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

Kiddimoto Brit Pop scooter

by Modculture 29 September, 2009

When it comes to being hip, you can’t start too young – which is where the Kiddimoto Brit Pop scooter comes in.

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.

Club Cinematheque in Leicester

by Modculture 28 September, 2009

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

Oasis 60s-syle Button Cocoon Coat

by Modculture 28 September, 2009

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

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