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General music chat / Re: Blue Note turns 80
« on: Today at 11:05:23 AM »
They screened the film over the weekend here as part of the annual "Concert of Colors". the current president of Blue Note, Don Was, introduced the film and did a Q and A. He also puts together an "all star" band as part of the concert. This year they did a 60th anniversary tribute to Motown with Dennis Coffey, Martha Reeves, the original members of the Velvettes... unfortunately they staged it in a 1100 seat theater and a few hundred of us were locked out!  :-\

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Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: July 17, 2019, 01:45:23 PM »
A new spanish brand I hadn't heard of before. Little to do with mod really, but some nice jackets, shirts, trousers and especially knits with a retro vibe (BTW, their swimshorts are also interesting):

https://www.walkersappeal.com/



After a quick look, clothes look nice but the fit looks kind of boxy and oversized....wide leg, high wasted trousers and knit shirts that hang over the shoulder, no?

Fair point, Mike, it's a shame that current trends ruin some clobber that looks carefully designed in other respects. I just disagree with you in the high waisted trousers matter, hipsters era ended some time ago for me, now I like my strides medium-to-high waist, just low waisted jeans.
With the exception of my DNA trousers and Levis, everything else I wear is probably a medium height waist, I was more or less commenting on the wide waist band and wide leg of those trousers, which really look very "1940's" to me. Which from leafing thru "The Rake" seems to be a design trend in Europe now.
Plus the models look like they're "swimming" in them.
No fan of the uber-skinny, hyper tapered look myself, but that look is like the other extreme to me.
Maybe if they were a tad more tailored...?

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Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: July 17, 2019, 10:57:44 AM »
A new spanish brand I hadn't heard of before. Little to do with mod really, but some nice jackets, shirts, trousers and especially knits with a retro vibe (BTW, their swimshorts are also interesting):

https://www.walkersappeal.com/



After a quick look, clothes look nice but the fit looks kind of boxy and oversized....wide leg, high wasted trousers and knit shirts that hang over the shoulder, no?

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Levi's Vintage Clothing
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:44:27 AM »
Yikes!
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Yeah, but shipping is free ;D

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Levi's Vintage Clothing
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:00:45 PM »
The Dylan-style suede jacket is very cool, shame it will be way overpriced. I also dig the navy jacket with fur collar.
Suede jackets (especially limited issue ones) never come cheap, check Zara for a cheaper knock off. I bought a faux rancher coat from them 2 seasons ago for under 200 US $, looks great for the money...

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Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: July 03, 2019, 02:30:31 PM »
Drake's has these "Long Point Collar" shirts. they look like pin or tab collars w/o the pins or tabs.

Yes, yes, I know. They have a pocket. We can skip that part of the discussion ;D

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Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: June 30, 2019, 12:34:25 PM »
I have had camp collars in the past but wouldn't wear them now and feel they are more suited to warmer climes- last few days notwithstanding.  .
I'm with you on this Simon.
They remind me too much of the "American Graffiti" version of the late 50's

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: June 28, 2019, 11:07:18 AM »
A great thread long may it continue. Good knowing others rate the US early '60s look. In many respects that is one of the starting points for the whole 'Mod' thing anyway along with the European influence, Continental etc. As Rod rightly noted certainly for blokes like me in the late '70s it was all about Jam shoes, Target T shirts and all the rest but for those who took it a bit more seriously you soon wanted a bit of a diversion from all of that. However as I often note as long as these fellas, regardless of how they dress, don't bother me and happily drift along fair play to them. I am sure the Weller gig will be great too for those attending. He is his own man of course but the clones do leave a bit to be desired but again good luck to them as well.

Aye I think most of us of a certain vintage, if we’re honest will admit that we entered the Mod world during the late seventies / early eighties. A lot of people like I said abandoned ship after a while but the rest of us were a bit more committed and have kept the look to some degree as a guiding force ever since. I think it’s common for lads our age and persuasion to lean towards Ive style. In a way it’s authentic anyway as those jazz and blues musicians brought it over when they were touring England in the early sixties and the Mods took up aspects of the look, but also I reckon Ivy style wasn’t necessarily a ‘youth’ thing. You could argue whether the main perpetrators were students or professors (both?) but even the students would have been a bit older than us young teens, plus back in the Ivy heyday (Mid fifties to mid sixties) many kids dressed very similar to their parents. Anyway the clumsy point I’m trying to make is that if Ivy was more of an ‘adult’ look (sombre, relaxed, nicely poised between formal and casual) then its a natural progression that lads who were into the Mod thing as teenagers might gravitate towards the Ivy look with the onset of the years.
I like the look of a lot of Ivy items but many things like herringbone jackets, heavy chinos, etc seem a bit ‘autumnal’ to me so I don’t buy in so much living in the heat and humidity of Florida. I’d problies be a bit more committed to that look if I lived back home or in the northern states.

Great summation, Rod, I concur 100%. The Ivy League look possibly was in part aspirational (like the mod culture itself), students following what they had seen at their wealthy homes and adding some "youthful" twists for campus life. And then it spreaded out of the Ivy League colleges to become the institutional students look across the USA. It's a look that suits well elder blokes, as it's -like Rod points out- an "adult", conventional and under the radar look. Not everything's to my liking (if you're slim a sack jacket won't do you no favours style-wise), but most of it has that 60s classic vibe so appealing to us retro buffs.
A couple of points I'd like to add... "Ivy" was primarily an North East/East coast look so the cooler temps weren't a problem for heavier oxford cloth shirts and tweed jackets, etc., and don't forget the look was also co-opted by jazz guys like Miles and Coltrane as fashion as well as a "statement" of the way American society looked at and treated African Americans...

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General music chat / Re: Recent vinyl purchases
« on: June 25, 2019, 01:18:46 PM »
Mose Allison Sings the Seventh Son (Prestige '63 or '64 mono Van Gelder recording)
Durand Jones and the Indications "American Love Call"
Unloved "Heartbroken"
Bobby Womack "The Poet"
Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller Present "Soul on the Corner"


Not bad, Mike, "Sings the 7th son" is the first Mose Allison album I purchased. A classic.

I'm really digging it, GS. The copy I picked up has seen better days, still playable though...

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General music chat / Re: Recent vinyl purchases
« on: June 25, 2019, 01:14:22 AM »
Mose Allison Sings the Seventh Son (Prestige '63 or '64 mono Van Gelder recording)
Durand Jones and the Indications "American Love Call"
Unloved "Heartbroken"
Bobby Womack "The Poet"
Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller Present "Soul on the Corner"

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