Archive for March, 2010
The new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings album, I Learned The Hard Way, is out on 26th April 2010, but you can sneak a listen now.
Check out the NPR website, which is streaming the album in its entirety or track-by-track, should you want yo try before you buy. And let's be honest, who wouldn't?
You've got until April 6th to check it out, so don't leave it too long.
Sharon Jones album at NPR
Not sure how desperate you are for yet another Paul Weller interview in your life, but if you are, Mojo magazine has come to your rescue.
Weller is 'cover star' on the new edition of the magazine, talking about his new album and his past, with a 15-track soul/funk CD (called Heavy Soul) also making it a worthy purchase this month, as well as an interview with MGMT, whose psych-inspired album everyone seems to be talking up right now.
Check your local newsagent, £4.50 is the rather hefty asking price.
Kent, amazingly, has never done a compilation of vintage/northern soul tunes made up purely of instrumentals – but now it has, under the title Double Cookin.
24 of them are packed onto this single CD, compiled by Tony Rounce, packed with sleevenotes, cover sleeves and flyer images, most of them probably known to you already if you're wise about that particular scene. If you're not, well, there's plenty to get your teeth into for the first time.
Hugo Montenegro, Bill Black’s Combo, the Just Brothers – it's more about popularity than digging deep into the rare side of soul, which means it's probably going to have a much wider audience. Look out for our review soon or grab one now from Amazon – £8.95 is the price.
Find out more at the Amazon website
It's some time ahead, so you might want to make a note in your diary for Wednesday 19th May, when the Flipside (via the BFI) will be screening The Season of the Witch in London.
Sound familiar? Of course it does – the song by Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger. But this screening is actually a rarely-seen, location-shot BBC play (a former Wednesday play), with Julie Driscoll playing Meredith, dropping out of the automated world of the typing pool and heading off on a quest for 'good vibes and personal freedom' – ending up in the underground haunts and clubs of Brighton, as well as hooking up with hobos Jake and Shaun (Paul Nicholas and Robert Powell). Music of course, is by Brian Auger.
Also showing at the NFT1 on the same bill is some footage of Brian and Julie onm both Top of the Pops and Frist on Sunday. Tickets presumably on sale soon – get in touch with them for more details. In the meantime, enjoy this video of the song below.
A colourful version of these hits the shelves in January, but now a more 'back to basics' version of the Puma Roma 68 Vintage trainers are available to buy.
Introduced back in 1968 to honour Italian national team (which had won the European Championship that year), this new version offers a white leather upper, suede detailing, a rubber mudguard, an embroidered Puma logo on the tongue and a rubber herringbone design sole.
All of which will cost you £54.99 while stocks last.
Find out more at the Size? website
It's not exactly re-inventing the wheel, but the first stage of the new clubs section is now live.
If you've been following the site recently, you'll know I didn't really rate the old listings, so instead, I've been asking club promoters to answer a list of questions which should give an in-depth understanding of what each club is about. The first of those are now online, with other being added over the next 48 hours (so keep checking).
If your club isn't there, it's because you've not asked for the questions or not returned them (aside from the ones awaiting uploading). Get in touch if you haven't had them or please send them back if you have. Also note that the new guide will be worldwide, so even if you're outside the UK, you are welcome to be listed.
This new take on clubs will be updated regularly, so should prove a very detailed listing of where to go and when. Oh yes – all old listings have now been deleted to avoid confusion.
Modculture clubs section
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.
Masterchef – Modculture regular Stacie Stewart returns to the show for the first of the semi-finals.
(Available until: 8:56pm Friday 2nd April 2010)
Watch it here
Described as the 'only book to cover the complete career', David Bailey: Look by Jackie Higgins is available in the coming days, courtesy of Phaidon.
That means everything from the 60s work to recent output, including works from key monographs such as his debut 'Box of Pin-Ups' (1964) and the controversial series 'The Lady is a Tramp' (1995) and everything in-between, taking in family snapshots and gritty London streetscapes, along with portraits of the Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Caine and the Kray twins to name just a few. There's also an introductory essay, plus short texts which reveal the stories behind each photograph
Hardback and covering 128 pages, it sells for just £5.96 on Amazon and ships from 31st March 2010.
Find out more at the Amazon website
Via Retro To Go
Controversial on its release and rarely seen since, the BFI's cult movie arm Flipside will be releasing Guy Hamilton's controversial The Party's Over (1965) in a dual-format DVD and Blu-ray edition on 17th May 2010.
Here's the tale. Young American Melina (Louise Sorel), falls in with a group of Chelsea beatniks and catches the attention of the gang's leader, Moise (Oliver Reed), as well as scorn and jealousy from the other members, including Moise' lover Libby (Ann Lynn). At one wild and drunken party, the group's games go too far. Only when Melin's fiancé, Carson (Clifford David), begins investigating does the truth reveal itself.
Originally banned by the censors for its controversial content, a high-definition version is on the market with a host of extras, as you would expect. These include an alternative export cut of the main feature, archival short films and documentaries and a fully illustrated booklet including comprehensive notes and essays from academics and film historians. Pre-orders being taken already, £13.899 secures you one.
Find out more at the Amazon website
First saw these flagged up on the Modculture forums, but the Woolistic vintage replica cycling jerseys really do deserve a wider audience.
Woolistic gear is designed in Switzerland and made in Italy, offering up classic cycling designs of years gone by – the Molteni spring wool trainer on the left dates back to the late 60s and is a single-ply knit, made of Merino wool. On the right is the Faemino out of Italy, which dates from around 1970, again Merino wool and like all in the range, sold in limited numbers.
Getting them isn't particularly easy though. In the US, check out Vintage Velos or in the UK, Bromley Video carries some of the designs. The price of these handmade tops is around £145.
Find out more at the Woolistic website