Archive for January, 2011
Just browsing through Amazon and noticed a series of albums called R&B Spotlight, which might well be of of interest, even if the sleeves are a bit ropey.
Essentially, it's a series of big R&B tunes year-on-year, with 1960 just released as a 60-track set by Fantastic Voyage, following previous similar collections for 1958 and 1959, throwing in some sleevenotes about each track. The new collection sells for £6.99.
Alongside it from the same label is a Soul Breakout series for the corresponding years, covering more mainstream soul acts – each of those volumes is also 60 tracks and the latest is again £6.99 if you want one. Presumably it'll until the mid-60s.
R&B Spotlight at Amazon
Soul Breakout '60 at Amazon
Continuing our club focus series, we have a new night featured – the Boom Shaka Lacka x Pork & Beans allnighter.
Tomas McGrath talks us through what to expect on February 19th at The Dogstar in Brixton, with the night running from 8pm until 4am.
Check out the feature now at the main site.
Boom Shaka Lacka x Pork & Beans club feature
If you're in the area, the Club Rude! Ricky Tick special is certainly worth checking out.
If you hadn't guessed, it's a tribute to the legendary Ricky Tick club in Windsor. Not only that, Martin Fuggles, the original Ricky Tick DJ, will play a set all off his original 45s. He will play 'a classic Ricky Tick set' that he spun when he DJ'd for the likes of Little Stevie Wonder, Geno, The Who, Prince Buster and many others. Martin has apparently not DJ'd since 1967 after he was asked to DJ for The Pink Floyd and uttered '…if that's the future of music I'm giving up!' Which he promptly did. Expect lots of Stax, Atlantic and Motown straight out of his box for the first time in 44 years.
It takes place at the Queens Head, Great Knolly Street, reading in Thursday February 17th from 7pm nil 11:30pm. Entry is free. For more details, gets in touch with Smiler at [email protected].
Paul Weller bassist as well as musician in his own right and top-notch DJ Andy Lewis has a new mini album coming out, going by the name of 41.
Seven songs on the album, written and recorded during the last fortnight of 2010: 'In the space between getting home from my touring duties with Paul Weller in mid-December and the end of 2010, I found myself gifted with a particularly hyperactive musical imagination. New musical ideas and lyrics were coming to me on an almost daily basis. I set myself a bit of a challenge to see how many of them I could turn into complete songs before the year was out. I expected to finish about one or two, and put the others on the back burner, maybe forever. I ended up finishing seven.'
The result (to these ears) is a selection of 60s-inspired pop, which will be released by Acid Jazz and available top buy via iTunes from February 7th 2011. Alternatively, it will be for sale in a physical format around mid-March.
Andy Lewis on MySpace
The new Clarks Originals desert boots are out ow, pretty much the same as all that have come before them. Except for this version, with an upper in British Millerain canvas.
At first glance, it looks like a suede finish, but that upper is more of a waxed canvas, probably more suited to the elements than suede. Aside from that, the boot is made to the 'exact specifications' of the original, with a crepe sole of course, but with the small addition of a woven British Millerain inner label.
£79 is the price, same as the standard suede version.
Find out more at the End Clothing website
We mentioned the first night on here, which apparently went down very well, so now a second instalment of Dumplins is incoming.
It takes place on February 19th 2011, a ska, rocksteady and early reggae night with live bands and DJs at The Horatia, 98-102 Holloway Road, London N7 8JE. There's also a screening of cult two tone movie Dance Craze if you get there early (7pm that is).
Other than that, there's live music from The Estimators, MFC Chicken and By The Rivers plus DJs Trojan Pete and DJC. Entry is free, more details at the Facebook site.
Dumplins on Facebook
Looks like the financial problems are the 100 Club are now sorted (without resorting to some kind of hippy commune arranagement), so events are now being scheduled for the year. That includes the newly-launched New Untouchables Live at the 100 Club.
The 'live' but is the most important word there, with this being a showcase for live bands, throwing on some DJ club sounds until 3am. 12th February is the launch date, with what's left of British R&B band The Birds playing live (it's also the single release party for 'That's all that I need you for' featured in the film ‘The Deadly Bees’ and now finally available on a vinyl 45). They're joined by Horrors spin-off The Diddlers and one man blues sensation Lewis Floyd Henry with his new album 'One man and his 30 watt pram' being given a plug.
After midnight DJ Dr Robert & special guest Niamh will be spinning 60s dance floor tunes on vintage vinyl. Tickets are £10 advance/£12.50 OTD, doors are 8pm – 3am and the venue is 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL.
Buy tickets at the Ticketweb website
More of a relaunch than a launch, as The Small Faces – The Young Mods Forgotten Story by Paolo Hewitt has been out before. But regardless of that, there's a launch party taking place in London next month.
Specifically, the revised edition of the book gets an official premiere on Tuesday 22nd February 2011 a t Balls Brothers Bar and Restaurant, 158 Bishopsgate London EC2M 4LN (opposite Liverpool street station) from 7pm onwards.
Music is by Dave Edwards and Smiler, while the author will also be on hand for book readings and to sign some copies. The action starts at 7pm, with admission free.
More details on the book reissue
I could pick holes in this design – and I probably will – but the arrival of this Fred Perry short sleeve tartan shirt is certainly worth mentioning.
Let's start with the good – it's a classic short sleeve shirt in a tartan cloth, that cloth being an Italian Albini cotton fabric. If you like the cloth, you might be sold on the design already. But on the downside, the collar looks a bit tame, the hem is a bit odd and the 'classic fit' of this limited edition looks a little wide online. Then again, that's perhaps personal taste.
The price might have an impact too – you are looking at a hefty £99.90 for one – the price of two Brutus shirts with a tartan design. See the back over the page.
Find out more at the Hanon website
Hitting the doorstep with a reassuring 'thud' this morning was a fairly hefty book, going by the name of The Story of Northern Soul by David Nowell.
Published by Portico and now on the shelves (virtual or otherwise), it's essentially an updated version of the long out of print Too Darn Soulful, kicking off with the mod clubs of the 1960s, working its way through the northern scene as it developed, throwing in some anecdotes, photos and flyers plus, in this new version, a chapter covering developments and changes since 1999, when the original book was first published.
As I said, it's just landed, so no review as yet, but one will follow soon enough. If you want it now, Amazon is selling copies of the 330-page book for the price of just £7.67.
Find out more about the book at the Amazon website