Archive for January, 2011

Dumplins ska night in London

by Modculture 27 January, 2011

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

New Untouchables Live at the 100 Club

by Modculture 27 January, 2011

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

Small Faces book launch party

by Modculture 25 January, 2011

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

Fred Perry short sleeve tartan shirt

by Modculture 24 January, 2011

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

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The Story of Northern Soul book

by Modculture 24 January, 2011

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