Archive for 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
For an instantly classic 60s look with minimal effort, a babydoll or shift dress is always a hit. This Babydoll Dress by Annie Greenabelle has a simplistic yet flawless sixties feel that's versatile enough to wear all year round.
The A-line cut creates an immediate sixties silhouette, with a mid thigh hemline and high neck. The sleeveless look is accented by the bold navy trim at the collar and hemline, giving a sharp and sleek edge to a feminine dress type.
Get it now from Topshop's boutique for £50.
Find out more from the website
Via Retro To Go
Britac has a new range of shirts online – Spirit of 69.
The shirts all use a large check (four different colours) and come with matching hankies, offering all the usual detailing – button down collat with back collar button, short sleeve with tab and 2 buttons finished with a detail in v.
All shirts are slim-fitting with a back pleat and are offered in sizes from XS to XXL. Pick them up online priced at 55 Euros each.