Archive for February, 2010
Ok, I'll say it – for me, the first Colourfield album is the best album Terry Hall has produced in his varied career. Yes, he's all over The Specials now, but Virgins and Philistines is top-notch, 60s-inspired pop that sounds as good today as it ever did. Oh yes, it's being reissued by Cherry Red.
The original album came out on 1984, doing decent business on the back of Thinking Of You (which isn't really representative of the album), but hasn't been around in the UK on CD prior to this release.
It has been available in Japan though, with this release more or less the same, complete with 10 extra rarities to bump things out. Also being reissued is the follow-up, Deception, which I seem to remember was not so good. Anyway, track listings are over the page, with both out on Cherry Red on 22nd March 2010.
Find out more at the Amazon website
Not actually heard this, but browsing through a music magazine, I noticed Ghetto Ska release on Kingston Sounds (this very week in fact), which might be worth a look a look for fans of vintage Jamaican sounds.
The compilation revolves around Theophilus 'Easy Snapping' Beckford, with the album featuring early cuts by the ska pioneer, either as a session man or producer, including own work like 'Flip, Flop and Fly' (aka Walking Down King Street), 'Mr Downpressor', 'Don't Have a Ticket Don't Worry', 'Grudgeful People', 'Ungrateful People', 'What A Woe' and 'Boilerman', plus Basil Gabiddon's 'Streets of Glory', Frank Cosmo's 'On Your Knees', Shenley and Annette's 'Now Your Gone' and Daniel Johnson's 'Come On My People'.
Play has it for £7.99 on CD or try the label itself directly.
Kingston Sounds website
Hopefully to show you how far the incoming (improved) club guides will be, here's a night from the US – Soundscape in San Francisco.
CarlosPerez has been kind enough to talk us through his jazz-fuelled night, which takes place on the first Saturday of each month in the city.
Full details of where are in the article, as well as the lowdown on what to expect.
Soundscape in San Francisco feature
Among Miss Selfridge's new Spring lines are a number of retro-styled pieces, including this Dogtooth Shift Dress – one of the most faithful sixties reproductions on the high street for many seasons.
The simple shift style uses an A-line cut with a high peter pan collar and sleeveless style, making the shape utterly convincing. Black and white dogtooth print is subtle but on-style, while black accents at faux-pockets and the collar provide some sharp structure that stays subtle.
Get it online now from Miss Selfridge for £40.
Find out more from the website
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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 26th February to Thursday 4th March 2010.
Highlights of the week
Dennis Wilson was the drummer in the Beach Boys. And he was the real Beach Boy. In a band of geeks who sang about surfing, cars and girls, Dennis was the only one who surfed, the one who drove hot rod cars in competition and the one who got all the girls.
He was married five times, shared a house with Charles Manson (with whom he wrote songs, including one recorded by the Beach Boys) but died, ironically by drowning, at the age of 39. He was also the first Beach Boy to release a solo album, the stunning Pacific Ocean Blue, which after years of being out of print and fetching hundreds on Ebay, was re-released in 2009 to widespread acclaim, being voted No 1 Reissue of the Year by Mojo and Uncut magazines.
Documentary Legends: Dennis Wilson – the Real Beach Boy (BBC 4. Friday 26th, 9pm. Repeated 12.20am) tells the story of Dennis's life and music, with unseen archive footage and original interviews with Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, his sons Michael and Carl and many friends and fellow musicians. These include Taylor Hawkins, drummer with the Foo Fighters who provided a vocal for the lost track on Pacific Ocean Blue, Holy Man, for which Dennis never laid down a vocal when he recorded the song in 1977.
Also this week: Modculture regular Stacie Stewart continues in the heats of this year's Masterchef (BBC 1. Friday 26th, 7.30pm) to secure her place in the semi-finals. Best of luck Stacie!
Target-based designs always seem to go down well – and we suspect this Target rug from Babyface will be no exception.
Babyface is actually a children's retailer, but we're guessing this has more appeal to adults with a leaning towards mod or simply someone who fancies a splash of pop art imagery around the house. According to the site, the rug has a thick pile, is 100 per cent hand-tufted wool and is around 120cm in diameter.
Price isn't too bad either, yours for £70.
Find out more at the Babyface website
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Ok, it's in the bargain bins on DVD and is on TV every other month, but if you have the urge to sing 'We are the mods…' at a large screen, you'll be pleased to know that there's a Quadrophenia screening in Margate.
It's part of a larger event, essentially one to promote the preservation of Margate's Dreamland seaside amusement park, youth cults being used to promote it and eventually, to be part of a permanent exhibition.
Anyway, the date is Saturday 3rd April 2010 at the Carlton Cinema, 25-29 St Mildred's Road, Westgate On Sea (just up the coast), with guest speakers Paolo Hewitt, Roger K Burton of Contemporary Wardrobe (the man behind the movie's clothing), Nick Dermott and Neil Sparkes. Tickets are £12 from the cinema. No website I'm afraid, call 01843 832019 to find out more.
If you follow the site via Facebook or the forums, you'll know we're going to attack the issue of club listings in a slightly different way – no more '£4 in, wooden floor, cheap drinks' nonsense, instead the promoters for clubs being permanently listed on the site are being asked to fill in a 10-question survey – the first of which is Glasgow's long-running Friday Street.
The idea is simple – wherever you are in the world, you can check if there's a club nearby and get the full lowdown on it, from its background to its playlist, its outlook and of course, those all-important contact and door policy details.
Anyway, Friday Street has very kindly turned the first feature round very quickly, but look out for more soon. And like everything on the site, let us know your thoughts on it. Of course, if you have a regular club night ANYWHERE in the world, feel free to get in touch for the list of questions. We'll be more than happy to have you on board.
Feature on Friday Street Glasgow
Adidas is still going strong with its Vespa collaboration, the Adidas Vespa S trainers being the latest addition.
Over time, it seems like the trainers are starting to look more like old school Adidas trainers, the Vespa branding here just looks like an add-on, with the detailing now on the sole and the side, but it's the Adidas logos that dominate the shoe.
Take your pick from white on black or the black on white above, both selling for £65.
Find out more at the Adidas Store website
Still a byword for swinging London, Carnaby Street is celebrated at the Carnaby Street: 1960 – 2010 exhibition, which runs fromFriday February 26th 2010.
Taking place at the 38 Carnaby Street gallery, the exhibition will apparently put into context the history of Carnaby from its earliest origins in the 16th Century to the present day, but will of course have much of its emphasis on the 1960s. As well as the exhibition, there will also be a limited edition book of the same name, featuring images from photographer Philip Townsend (like the one above) and exclusive interviews with people who have lived and worked in Carnaby including The Who’s Pete Townsend.
The exhibition will be open 7 days a week at 38 Carnaby Street, London W1. That's also where you'll find the book.
Carnaby Street website
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