Archive for April, 2010
If you're a fan of revival bands or just live music, you might want to get yourself to Midsummer Modness 2010, which takes place at the Sound Bar in Birmingham.
Taking place on the 17th July 2010 from midday to 4am, the event features the likes of The Purple hearts, Squire, The Scene, DC Fontana, The Universal and…well, you can see all the names on the flyer above. There's also DJ support, raffles and various other bits and pieces.
Tickets are £20, with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust. More details at the website listed.
Modsummer Modness website
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 30th April to Thursday 6th May 2010.
Highlights of the week
What is the DNA of a great rock 'n' roll band? New series I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! (BBC 2. Saturday 1st, 9.40pm. Repeated Thursday 6th, 11.40pm) breaks this mythical beast down into its constituent parts: singer, guitarist, drummer as well as the shadowy 'other one', whose face we don't quite know but without whom the magic wouldn't happen. The evidence is examined closely in forensic studies of what makes these rock 'n' roll types tick, starting with the lead singer. Often he's the leader, sometimes the dictator, benign or otherwise. His voice is his instrument and out front there's nowhere to hide. He hires. He fires. And when it all goes wrong and the backlash begins, he will get the blame.
DNA Groove has some new gear online for the dapper mod gent, a selection of hand-stitched silk pocket squares and some fine silk knitted ties.
Al are made by Calabrese of Napoli and are sold in nice gift pouches, the ties (one of which is pictured above) are 100 per cent silk with flat bottom and neck lining, the pocket squares (one pictured over the page) also 100 per cent silk, hand-stitched and available in various paisley, floral and geometric patterns.
The ties sell for 40 Euros, the pocket squares for 25 Euros.
DNA Groove website
Perhaps aimed as much at the 50s crowd as a mod crowd, but if you like your R&B, you might want to check out Barefootin' in Sheffield.
It's a new monthly night playing Rhythm & Blues with a side helping of Jump Jive and Rock 'n' Roll, all from original vinyl of course. The first date is Thursday 6th May 2010 at The Harley Hotel, Glossop Road, Sheffield (just on the edge of the city centre), then the 1st Thursday of every month thereafter.
Free entry, it runs from 9pm til late (somewhere between 1am and 3am) with tunes from regular DJs Cherryred & El Jackster with special guest DJs for future events. Email here for more details.
A new glossy illustrated book from a new publishing house, Lifestyle Illustrations of the 60s by Rian Hughes is a new take on an ever popular decade.
This book is one of the first titles to be released by Fiell Publishing, the new book enterprise from Charlotte and Peter Fiell. If their names sound familiar it's because they were previously editors of many of Taschen's design titles (including the one on Scandinavian design we featured ages ago) and now have decided to bring their expertise to their own publishing company.
Like the Scandinavian design book, this publication is jammed full of images. It features over 1000 illustrations in its 576 pages, focused on magazine artwork from that period. So while you get a survey of that decade's commercial artistic talent, you also get a sense of the social and material aspirations of that period – and how they were affected by the youthquake that took place within its years. Definitely worth a flick through then. Fans of the Fifties will be pleased to note a companion volume focusing on that decade is due in September.
The book is available for £23.70 from Amazon
Via Retro To Go
I'm a fan of Mikkel Rude shirts – good fit, good cloths and still looking good after a few washes (more than you can say for some brands out there). If you like them too, or fancy giving them a shot, the new range is out, some of which are pictured here and over the page.
The styles are much the same, a classic 60s-style button down with fairly high button-down collar, slim fit, box pleat, button sleeve and single breast pocket. Although this year, there are also some long sleeves in the range, as well as some plain colours.
Check out lots more pictures over the page. You can buy the new shirts at Oi Polloi in Manchester, American Classics in London, Storm in Copenhagen and Martin C. in Paris, as well as online at the Mikkel Rude website, although the new designs don't seem to be selling on line just yet (keep checking). Prices are around the £65 mark.
Mikkel Rude website
We have seen his Vespa lamps and a Lambretta lamp in the past, but now Lamponi has just finished a new set of Lambretta table lamps.
Presumably following the same principle of the past, the lamps mix salvaged old parts with new pieces in the style of vintage Lambrettas to produce something eye-catching, but above all, unique as each item is craftsman made, right down to the polishing and painting.
One of the new lights is above, the other over the page. A talking point for sure, but one that comes at a price – for all that time and effort, you'll be looking at anything from £800. Get in touch with the Italian designer for a fixed price and turnaround time.
Finding truly vintage-look items on the high street is always a challenge, but they often crop up in the least expected places. Among the consistently improving fare at Dorothy Perkins is this stunning mod-inspired Daisy Shift Dress.
The simple shift shape has an instant mod appeal with a sleeveless cut and high neck. A classic block green shade is reminiscent of Mary Quant designs, while an embroidered daisy patterned neckline adds interest without taking away any of the vintage chic.
Get it online or in stores from Dorothy Perkins for £38.
Find out more from the website
Via Retro To Go
The Breton sweater and t-shirt is a timeless classic, looking sharp every spring or summer. There's a few around to choose from, but these Guy Cotten Roue Libre Breton sweaters at Oi Polloi look worthy of a closer inspection.
Two colourways, both long sleeve and available in four sizes, they're made of a heavyweight cotton, with a higher crew neck than you'll usually see and a slim fit.
£39 will secure you one online.
Find out more at the Oi Polloi website
Looking for something interesting to listen to today? You'll have more than a day's worth of tunes if you check out the Nostalgia of the Future podcast.
That should actually be podcasts, as there's loads of 'em, not necessarily 'mod' but certainly ticking the boxes for lovers of interesting/cult sounds from the 60s and indeed 70s. All for streaming, all available to download and all with their own little themes.
The man behind them, Billy Reeves, is guesting at Rock 'n' Roll Soul this Friday (as we mentioned yesterday), so if you liek what you hear, you can hear it live.
Nostalgia of the Future podcast website