Archive for April, 2011
I know we've featured these before, but we're mentioning the Uniqlo madras check shirts once again for three reasons:
1. They now have all sizes in stock for both long and short-sleeve styles.
2. It's warm, making these shirts ideal for the weather.
3. They're discounted even more.
Take your pick from four long-sleeve styles and five short sleeves sleeves, all a cotton / linen mix, all logo-free, all button-downs and all made to keep you cool in hot weather. Now just £14.99 each.
Find out more at the Uniqlo website
It's not had any publicity so far (compared to the main Meltdown event), but we've just heard that Ray Davies is actually doing his own Flipside event with the BFI, chatting onstage and showing some films.
The first of those events is The Meltdown Observer Talk: Ray Davies & Julien Temple in Conversation. Is it what it says, with Davies on stage with filmmaker Julien Temple to discuss Davies' relationship with cinema, and the films that have inspired him throughout his career. Saturday 18th June at 4pm for that, with tickets at £13, discounts for concessions and members.
But there's more…
Apparently, this is the official limited edition Lambretta helmet range, offered by Heritage Helmets and produced in Italy with Project SRI.
All are 'eco' leather-lined, open-faced helmets, with four designs specifically designed to compliment classic Lambrettas. The 'Bianco' and 'Nero' models both feature the number '47' within a target design (on white and black backgrounds respectively) to commemorate the first year of the Lambretta scooter's manufacture. The 'Union' uses the Union Jack (as you might have guessed), while the 'Britalia' mixes the Union Jack and Italian Tricolore flags.
Each helmet also comes with a 30-month manufacturer’s warranty and all of the designs meet European Road Safety Standards. £150 secures you one. More images over the page.
Heritage Helmets website
Nice to discover an interesting new band by accident, as I just did with The Shook-Ups (with a little help of a gig I was sent to plug!) Continue Reading
Remember we mentioned The Day of the Peacock: Style for Men 1963-1973 by Geoffrey Aquilina Ross a few weeks back? Well, now we have a review of the book online.
The Scenester has donw the honours, reviewing a book by the former men's editor for Vogue in the 1960s, recalling the era’s most dashing figures, including Tommy Nutter, Mick Jagger and Patrick Lichfield, as well as iconic shops and tailors such as Granny takes a Trip, Blades, Hung on You and Mr Fish.
Want to know more? Check out the review now.
The Day of the Peacock reviewed at Modculture
Not strictly mod, but certainly of mod interest is the new Andy Smith album on BGP, going by the name of Jam Up Twist.
As you can see by the cover, it's a mix of 50s blues, northern soul, ska and rockabilly grooves, based around Smith's monthly night that takes place in London, Dublin and Bristol. The CD is 'mixed', but if you opt for the limited edition vinyl, you get the tunes in their original unmixed form.
See the tracklisting over the page. The album is out today, £10.68 gets you a CD on Amazon, with a price of £15.08 for the limited edition vinyl.
Just got a note from Mikkel Rude letting us know that he has an additional five window pane check shirts new to his site and his regular UK retailers.
All are short-sleeved for the season, with one pictured above and a couple more over the page, but check the site to see them all and buy. All the usual details too, high collar, slim fit, single breast pocket etc etc.
£65 is the price of each online at the site, or you can ran them, at Oi Polloi in Manchester, American Classics in Covent Garden and Stuarts of London in the Shepherds Bush end of London.
Mikkel Rude website
Thanks to Robert Hill for flagging up something I missed (and you might have missed) on BBC Radio 4 from the last week – Tales From The Casino.
It is what you expect, a series of specially-commissioned tales about the Wigan Casino – three different people and their stories about the venue and northern soul.
Only about 15 minutes each, so not too long out of your day.
Tales From The Casino on Radio 4
It's full title is What Goes On! Birmingham Midsummer R&B Mod festival, but What Goes On! should be easier to remember.
It takes place on Saturday 18th June at the Moseley Arms, 105 Ravenhurst St Birmingham B12 0HB, running from 9pm – 2:30am. Expect to hear R&B, boogaloo, 60s soul and mod club rarities from Gav Arno (Pow Wow Club), Pid, Dudley Steve and R&B collector Mark Annis.
The venue holds around 150, has an outside patio with bar and large car park with cctv plus accommodation. There's also accommodation nearby too. Want to know more? Drop Pid a line via email.
Strangely, this had passed me by, despite me owning a single by the man himself some years back (a great version of Beggin’). I’m talking about Magnus Carlson & The Moon Ray Quintet. Continue Reading