Month: January 2008

New Ace Records releases

It’s probably fair to say that ‘various artists’ rhythm & blues compilations are not issued with enough regularity to satisfy most blues fans (often insatiable) appetites. So when one does get released it is always worth stopping and taking note. Ace Records can always be relied upon to anthologise the […]

Chess Records story to be made into film

The legendary blues label Chess Records were responsible for some of the best blues and rock’n’roll records of last century. Established by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess in Chicago in 1949, artists that appeared on their releases included John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, and […]

Set The Tone 67 new dates

Continuing to pack in the skins and mods, Set The Tones 67 is the night to satisfy your ska and reggae cravings on a regular basis. The "rogues in brogues" have a monthly Saturday residence at The Social in London’s West End, with resident selectors Dean Thatcher, Stephen Saunders & […]

The Alan Bown Set story

The release of Alan Bowns’ biography has just come to our attention. The Alan Bown Set were a popular club ‘soul revue’ style band in the mid-60s and were regarded as an incendiary live act. Signed to Pye Records initially (the singles from this period are still highly sought after), […]

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings UK tour

Everyone’s favourite modern-day vintage soul/funk outfit Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are touring the UK and Ireland, throwing in an appearance on Jools Holland’s Later… as well. The dates are all in April, where you’ll catch them at: 10th Button Factory Dublin11th Mint Lounge Manchester12th Concorde 2 Brighton13th Yardbird Birmingham15th […]

New wild blues bands

It seems to us here that a few new bands are forming around Europe recently who are executing a wild take on 1960s rhythm and blues. From London we have King Salami & The Cumberland Three, who recently released their first single on Butterfly Records. In King Salami they have […]

Glasgow mod scene anthologised online

For those north of the border this should be of great value; Glasgow Mods, a website dedicated to documenting the Glasgow mod scene from the late 1970s through to today. The site is still in its infancy and is heavy on YouTube footage and photos that illustrate the development of […]

David Barrow Mod/Soul paintings

David Barrow has exhibited his paintings at some of the country’s leading galleries, counts Paul Weller amongst his fans and designed the cover for Ocean Colour Scene’s Live At The Jam House album. He also has prints of his mod and soul-based work available on is website. The two series […]