Month: October 2008

Lost Little Willie John album released

David Axelrod has described it as ‘one of the best albums that I ever did’. Circumstance may have prevented it from being released back in the day, but now we can all appreciate Little Willie John’s lost Capitol recordings. The fine people at Kent Records have seen fit to release […]

Skatalites UK tour this December

Ska legends The Skatalites are to tour the UK and Ireland this winter. The original Jamaican nine-piece band released 27 albums and countless hit singles, and frequently played on records by Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Delroy Wilson, The Wailers, and Lee Perry. The current line-up features Doreen Shaffer, Lloyd Brevett, […]

Island Records 50th year celebrations

2009 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Island Records, and label founder Chris Blackwell is to arrange the Island 50 Festival. Blackwell founded Island in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959. Relocating to London in 1962, Blackwell built a diverse and substantial back catalogue of artists and it became the […]

New band: Pony Taylor

If you remember the 60s-inspired French band Strawberry Smell, you might be interested to know that ex-members of the group have regrouped under the name Pony Taylor. A new band and a new sound, described as a mix of pop and northern soul, but perhaps you need to check them […]

Charity mod night at Filthys, London

If you have a liking for mod revival sounds – or just want to do your bit for charity, you might want to get down to Filthy MacNasty’s for a night of live music in aid of the Thyroid Eye Disease Charitable Trust. Bands on the bill include Pope, RT3, […]

John Smedley Factory Sale

If the drop in temperature has got you thinking about classic knitwear, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s an upcoming John Smedley Factory Sale. As ever, you’ll be able to pick up end-of-range, surplus and slight imperfects for seriously knockdown prices – just as long as you don’t mind […]

Weller and The Coral play O2 Arena

Paul Weller has announced a large show at London’s O2 Arena, with support coming from psychedelic scousers The Coral. The date is set for Saturday 21st March 2009. Weller’s every UK show of 2008 has sold out, a reflection of the well-received June album 22 Dreams. Tickets for the O2 […]

The Move anthology

The Move were perhaps, after The Beatles, our most consistently great purveyors of late-60s pop. However the Black Country barnstormers are still overlooked and unfairly dismissed by many, but hopefully the release next week (27th October) of The Move Anthology 1966-1972 will help resolve the situation. The 4CD boxset contains […]