Archive for February, 2010

Flipside's 60s London doc screenings

by Modculture 18 February, 2010

The Flipside crew if offering up a glimpse bakc into 60s London next month with The Flipside presents: Pubs and Clubs of the Big Black Smoke.

It's a tribute to exploitation veteran Arnold L Miller, with a double bill of rarely-seen flicks on the big screen, although one of those you might have actually own. That is the first title released on DVD by the BFI/Flipside – the early 60s mondo documentary London in the Raw (reviewed on Cinedelica), but shown on the night as an 'alternate cut'. Not only that, there's a rare outing for Under the Table You Must Go, a late-60s doc that follows 'a talking Rolls Royce' on a tour of pubs and nightspots from Kew Bridge to Muswell Hill. Showbiz faces a-plenty – everyone from Radio One DJs to Jon Pertwee!

Introduced by Will Fowler and Vic Pratt, the night will also have a pretty big cherry on top, Arnold L Miller himself, who will be available for a Q&A after the screening. The date is Wednesday 3rd march at NFT1 at the Southbank, tickets available now.

Find out more at the BFI website

Via Cinedelica

The Wigan Casino (1977) reviewed

by Modculture 17 February, 2010

I've managed to get a copy of Tony Palmer's newly-reissued The Wigan Casino documentary and with all haste, I've got a review of the DVD online.

For the uninitiated, Palmer took his cameras into the Casino for this 1977 documentary, which was part of a This England thread on ITV, capturing life as it was in the mid-70s – in this case, the grim reality of life in the town and the joy that the club provides for some of its young residents.

Check out our review and if you want a copy, expect to pay just under a tenner.

The Wigan Casino reviewed at Modculture

Dorothy Perkins 60s-style unbrellas

by Modculture 17 February, 2010

Seeing as it pretty much never stops raining, it might just be a goo time to mention these PVC Domed Umbrellas from Dorothy Perkins, which come with a huge slice of 60s-style inspiration.

The plastic dome style is not only sturdy and practical, it was a big hit in the mid sixties in Britain, and this pair definitely lean on that era's aesthetic. Bright yellow, black and clear plastic give a that bright and cheerful look, even if the skies are continually grey.

The brollies cost £10 each from Dorothy Perkins.

Find out more from the website

Via Retro To Go

WeAreTukTuk vintage floral shirt

by Modculture 17 February, 2010

Yes, we know it's cold, but in a couple of months it'll be spring and you'll be desperate for some appropriate clobber – like this WeAreTukTuk vintage floral shirt.

Produced in limited numbers (like all the company's shirts) and in 100 per cotton vintage cloth, the details include a slim fit, short sleeve style with 'V' and hem detail, 3.25-inch button down collar, small collar button on collar reverse and a sewn in box pleat with locker loop.

£55 secure you one of you're quick.

Find out more at the WeAreTukTuk website

Clarks x Pretty Green desert boots

by Modculture 17 February, 2010

Spot the difference? Aside fom colour, we can't spot much of a difference between a standard pair of Clarks deserts boots and the forthcoming Clarks x Pretty Green desert boots.

There's a Pretty Green tag on there, there's a new set of colour options (including colours darker than the cream pictured here – we've seen images of brown, blue and black) and the stitching and sole are colour co-ordinated. The laces are probably a bit 'u' on the usual too, but it seems to be small detail rather than major overhaul. No bad thing there then.

The price is expected to be around £99, with a shelf date of around July.

Pretty Green website

Via Solefood

The New Faces mod photo exhibition

by Modculture 16 February, 2010

Sick of seeing the same old snaps of the same old faces from the 1960s? Well, here's a pleasant alternative – The New Faces mod photography exhibition.

It is what it says, an exhibition of young 'faces' from 2010, captured by photographer Dean Chalkley and exhibited in London through March and April, with an opening night mixing it with the soul/R&B club night.

We've put together an article on the exhibition, throwing in details of that launch party. Check it out now on the Modculture site.

The New Faces mod photography exhibition at Modculture

Sharon Jones gig in London

by Modculture 16 February, 2010

On April 6th 2010, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will release their fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, produced by Bosco Mann and recorded in its entirety on an old Ampex eight-track tape machine. You'll no doubt here much of it when the band lands in the UK that same month for what seems like a one-off gig.

That gig takes place at Koko, Camden High Street, London NW1 on Wednesday April 14th 2010, proceedings kicking off from 7pm. Tickets cost £19.50 and 'should' be available for sale from today (Tuesday 16th February). Check with the usual agents and the venue for more.

If you've not hear the band, you really should if you like all things soulful and funky. The MySpace will give you a sneak peak.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on MySpace

Baracuta Broadway knitted polo shirt

by Modculture 15 February, 2010

I'm still slightly reserved about Baracuta's move from Harrington maker to all-round clothing company, although that might be down to seeing only a limited part of the range on the shelves and the move to small pictures on the new website. Here's hoping both are remedied soon. In the meantime, this Baracuta Broadway knitted polo shirt looks like one of the more interesting designs.

New in for spring, it's a 60s-style knitted top in a light blue and white (not a million miles from Argentina's football colours), made from 100% Pima cotton and with an embroidered logo, tipping on the collar and Baracuta branded real mother of pearl buttons.

If you fancy it, the Baracuta Broadway top sells for £75.

Find out more at the Baracuta website