Archive for May, 2010

The Party's Over (1963) reviewed

by Modculture 31 May, 2010

A much sought-after 60s cult classic has finally been issued/reissued by the BFI/Flipside – Guy Hamilton's The Party's Over.

Set in the early 60s, the movie focuses on a group of London beatniks going by the name of The Pack and headed up by Moise (oliver Reed) and with an Americal heiress called Melina in their ranks. She's living on the wild side, but all that is about to end when her fiance jets in from the US. At first she hides from him with the help of the Pack, but over time, fiance Carson senses something more sinister – especially after on of the Pack commits suicide after an outburst of grief.

Out on DVD and Blu-ray with plenty of tasty extras, the Modculture review is online now.

The Party's Over reviewed

The Filthy Six album launch party

by Modculture 29 May, 2010

We featured The Filthy Six in our new bands section, flagging up the band's debut Get Carter 7-inch too. Well, that's being followed by a debut Long Play album on Acid Jazz – and the launch party gig is in London on Thursday 10th June 2010.

Expect soul, funk and jazz in the mix, with DJ support from Dean Rudland and Eddie Piller and expect to hear the entire debut album by the Filthy Six at the venue, which is The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road. EC2A 3JX.

The band is on stage at 9pm (doors at 8pm), tickets are £8 on the door or £6 in advance from We Got Tickets. The album is released on June 7th 2010, more on the band's MySpace site.

Go Sinner Go!! 5 in Madrid

by Modculture 28 May, 2010

If you like your beat, you'll probably want to get yourself to Go Sinner Go!! 5 in Madrid.

Taking place over 11th and 12th June 2010, the events hosts live bands The Standells (USA), The Birds (UK), Gravedigger V (USA), Jaybirds (Austria), De Keefmen (Netherlands) and Mean Things (France). There's also DJs Bone, Pablo de la Cruz, Gary X, Gianni Fusso, Vic, Traxman, Liza Rotter, Rafa Mortaja, Eva Aller and Edu Sinner.

450 tickets are available, you can find out about those and everything else at the website

Paul Weller does Pretty Green clothes

by Modculture 28 May, 2010

Pretty Green seems to be moving into the collaboration business. Not only teaming up with brands (like the Pretty Green v Clarks boots), Paul Weller has now been approached to design some of the label's gear. No surprise given the company name.

During his run at the Albert Hall this week, Weller has been wearing 'the first ever Pretty Green suit, bespoke to the Modfathers own specifications', according to the Pretty Green site. According to Weller: 'Nick, Pretty Green's creative director measured me up and it turned out top. It's double-breasted, grey with a chalk stripe. Almost like a gangster suit, but with a little kick to the trousers.'

He continues: 'I've got designs for suits, jackets, shoes – I've been talking to Liam about them. It's the same principle as what he's doing, really – stuff I'd wear myself.' The range will be announced later this year – if you're interested, you might want to start saving up now going by the current pricing structure.

Pretty Green website

eBay watch: Quadrophenia novel

by Modculture 27 May, 2010

I know I've featured this before, but there's a new copy of Alan Fletcher's Quadrophenia on eBay – and with just over 2 days to go, it's up there for next to nothing.

Specifically, as I write, it's up for £1.04, described as in excellent condition and as you probably know, has been out of print for 30 years or so and has pretty much no chance of going back into print.

So if you want one – here's your chance.

Find out more at the eBay website

Spotify playlist: Butterflies Never Cry

by Modculture 27 May, 2010

Wynder K. Frog

Ok, I’m having some time off from Spotify playlists, but luckily, other people are not. So big thanks for David Jackson (aka @JacksonWylde on Twitter) for producing the Butterflies Never Cry playlist. Continue Reading

The Birds reform; play gig

by Modculture 27 May, 2010

Cult British R&B band The Birds, the band that kickstarted Ronnie Wood's career, are back on the scene after a break of more than 40 years.

Ron isn't in the line-up of the band once described as ‘London’s greatest R&B group’, he's probably busy doing the Faces reunion. Vocalist Ali McKenzie is fronting the new band, joined by Jon Gray (guitar, harmonica and keyboards), Neil Runalls (bass) and Dan Taylor (drums), with the band officially relaunching at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London on Wednesday, June 2nd. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

Why reform now? 'The time seemed right to relaunch the band,' said Ali. 'A few years back Deram Records put out a CD called The Collector’s Guide To Rare British Birds (available for under £4 from Amazon) which included everything we ever recorded that still survives. It reignited interest in the band and things have really been building since then.'

Get the full lowdown and gig tickets at the band's website.

Brighton Beach Leicester – last one

by Modculture 27 May, 2010

The image above says it all – the next Brighton Beach in Leicester (Saturday 5th June) will be the last one in the city after a stay of 14 years.

But it's not too late to have one more dance there, with the final night offering two rooms of indie/60s or The Buzz Club DJs Rob Glover and Karl Flavell spinning alternative 60s dancefloor sounds from original vinyl.

The Leicester Student's Union, 11pm until 3am, £5 gets you in.

Brighton Beach website