Archive for February, 2011

This Is Speedometer 1 and 2

by Modculture 28 February, 2011


Interesting reissue from Freestyle Records – This Is Speedometer 1 and 2.

Both albums were originally issued on the Blow It Hard label, a mix of vintage-style soul, funk and Latin from a band that has backed a host of soul and funk legends, as well as producing their own material.

Both albums are together for the first time, with new artwork and sleeve notes from founding member and leader Leigh Gracie and DJ, producer, author and percussionist Snowboy. It's available online for £7.99.

Find out more at the Amazon website

Update: It's also on Spotify, if you have access to that.

60s-style Tea Dance linen dress

by Modculture 28 February, 2011

If you're after a 60s-style look without breaking the bank, this Tea Dance linen dress could be right up your street.

Taking inspiration from the streets of swinging London 'back in the day', the dress has a round neck, button detail at front, side pockets and zip and hook fastening at back. It's also fully lined.

If the 'raspberry coulis' shade above is a bit strong, there's also a 'storm' (aka black). Both retail for the same price, which is £66.

Find out more at the Great Plains website

Via Retro To Go

Off With The Octopus event

by Modculture 28 February, 2011

Off With The Octopus in Stoke is celebrating three years, with a 3rd anniversary night.

Taking place at the Fat Cat Cafe in Hanley, Stoke on Trent on Friday 29th April 2011, the night will offer up five garage and psych bands playing live -  The Wicked Whispers, The Black Apples, Velvet Texas Cannonball, The Higher State and El Toro. They will also be supported by resident and guest DJs playing mod, garage and psych tunes, along with psych visuals, light shows and cult movie visuals. All of that going on until 4am.

Entry is just £3 including a free CD. For more, check out the website.

Off With The Octopus website

Rare Mod Volume 3 reviewed

by Modculture 25 February, 2011

It's out to buy this week on CD, with the vinyl copies of the Rare Mod Volume 3 album available from next week. So the perfect time to review the Rare Mod volume 3 album on Acid Jazz, which we have.

The latest 'Nuggets' of the 60s mod scene offers up 20 rare and/or previously-unreleased tunes from the world of British beat, psych, jazz and R&B, complete with sleevenotes on the artists from compilers Damian Jones and Paul 'Smiler' Anderson. You'll know The Creation, John's Children and St Louis Union), but perhaps not The Iveys, The Preachers and Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs.

There's a full tracklisting over the page – or go check out our review on the main site.

Rare Mod 3 reviewed at Modculture

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The Jokers at the NFT reviewed

by Modculture 25 February, 2011

We flagged up a screening of The Flipside presents The Jokers – and if you missed it, luckily for you, the Scenester didn't – he went along to review the event.

Back in 1967, Michael Winner wasn't an annoying food critic and car insurance salesman, he was producing interesting Brit flicks like The Jokers, which starred Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford. Essentially, the two are bored brothers out to ridicule the establishment and make a mark in swinging London with some typically period 'pranks'…right down to stealing the crown jewels.

Michael Winner himself was on-hand for a Q&A session about the movie and if you want to find out what happened, check out The Scenester's piece right now.

The Jokers at the NFT reviewed