Archive for January, 2010
I know from previous features that there are a lot of Adidas Samba fans out there, so retailer Size could have just what you want – an exclusive on the classic trainer in a stylish white leather finish.
As you probably already know, the Samba was originally a football shoe back in 1962 before becoming a street classic, with this reissue still offering that timeless profile, boosted here with that mix of white leather and white mesh for the upper, constrasted with an airforce blue for the sole and branding.
Very smart and certain to be limited in numbers, it retails for £54.99.
Find out more at the Size website
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It's just hot the shelves, but if you're still unsure about buying the Georgie Fame Mod Classics 1964 – 1966 CD, you might want to check out our review.
If you've missed it previously, let us tell you that this BGP release is designed to complement the previous 'Beat Classics' release, offering up 24 dancefloor-friendly Fame tracks that mix jazz, rhythm and blues and soul, some that have only been available in Japan since their original releases were deleted in the late 60s.
Mark Raison of the excellent Monkey Picks blog has kindly done the review, which is online right now.
Georgie Fame Mod Classics 1964 – 1966 review at Modculture
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 29th January to Thursday 4th February 2010.
Highlight of the week
The first of a four-part series Latin Music USA starts on BBC 4 this week (Friday 29th, 9pm. Repeated Sunday 31st, 10pm), revealing the deep musical and social impact of Latin music in the USA. The massive success of Santana's innovative Latin-blues at the Woodstock Festival leads back in time to the first Cuban immigrants arriving, with their Afro-Cuban music, into the States. Using feature film clips, rare archive and location filming, the programme reveals how Afro-Cuban music has impacted – since early last century – on jazz, pop rhythms and dance styles.
From Cuban rumba to New York mambo, Latin music enthralled 1950s America, challenging racial attitudes and changing the stereotypes projected in movies like West Side Story. It influenced Hollywood, TV sitcoms and 60s rock 'n' roll, as the Beatles and many American R&B bands absorbed Latin rhythms into the wider worlds of rock music, fashion and culture. Featuring Carlos Santana, Cachao, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie and the greatest names in Afro-Cuban music.
I know there are a lot of Dexy's fans out there, so I'm guessing the Close Up event will be of interest for anyone in the Manchester area.
The concept is from writer/DJ Dave Haslam (who actually DJ'd my last Outta Sight club night) – he will be hosting nights where you get up close and personal with musicians, poets, artists and actors discussing their life and work, the first of those being Kevin Rowland, taking place at the Green Room in the city centre.
It takes place on Thursday 11th March, with tickets £9 in advance. Next on the list is Mark E. Smith on Saturday 20th March, which should also be something special. I'm hoping for John Cooper Clarke at a future event, especially if he waxes lyrical about his Twisted Wheel days.
Green Room website
London’s Boogaloo Bunker
takes place on Friday 5th February and the first Friday of every month thereafter. Continue Reading
Barry Murphy picks out the best of the week's TV and radio on the various catch-up services in the UK. All programmes are listed in date order and please note: Only available to UK residents.
The Man Who Shot the 60s – Brian Duffy was one of the greatest photographers of his generation. Along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan he defined the image of the 1960s and was as famous as the stars he photographed. Then suddenly in the 1970s he disappeared from view and burned all his negatives. With the first ever exhibition of his work due, Duffy has agreed to be filmed to talk about his life, his work and why he made it all go up in flames. (Available until: 12:59am Wednesday 27th January 2010)
Watch it here
We were very keen on the 60s-style Olympus E-P1 camera, although the price meant it stayed firmly on the shelf. But the Pentax Optio I-10 is another thing altogether.
To be fair, the I-10 isn't i the same league when it comes to camera technology, but this retro-styled camera is certainly up there with most pocket-sized digitals. That means a 12-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, auto focus and exposure and face recognition, the latter able to accurately detect up to 32 faces in a single shot. It even has a mode for dog and cat face recognition, should that be your thing.
Throw in HD (720p) video recording and that two-tone 60s style and you've got a very tempting piece of kit, which will be available from next month (February) for £199.99.
Find out more at the Pentax website
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It's available to buy from today, which makes our review of the debut album by David Bowie very timely.
Originally released back in 1967 on the Deram label, Bowie's 'forgotten' debut has been expanded for this Decca reissue, offering up the original 14-track mono album, the entire album in stereo and a disc full of rarities and unreleased material from the era – 53 tracks in total.
Check out our review and if you like what you see, it's available right now for around £9.
David Bowie debut album reviewed on Modculture
LG has gone back to the past for this modern-day Serie 1 television. But you might have to take a long trip of your own to get one.
A nice (and cheaper) alternative to other retro gems like the Brionvega Doney, Algol or Alpha, the Serie 1 ditches flat LCD screens, instead using CRT technology and a 4:3 aspect ratio for something that's both retro and just about usable in the modern era. Just as long as you don't mind a 14-inch screen. On the plus side, a digital tuner will at least give you all the channels (which can be viewed black and white with a touch of a button) and composite video connectivity means you can hook up a last-generation games console. The chrome legs and screen dials are a bit tasty too.
The LG Serie 1 sells for around £134 (approximately $216), but not in the UK. Right now it's Korea only – and no word of it heading this way. See another image of it over the page.
LG website (in Korean)
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A new week and a new ska compilation – Ska Madness!
Sub-titled '20 reggae classics that inspired the two tone revolution', it's been compiled by Rhoda Dakar (who also does the sleevenotes) and has just been reviewed by us online.
Best of all? It's ridiculously cheap to buy – just £3.98 would you believe.
Ska Madness! CD review at Modculture