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Mod fashion and style / Daisies dresses
« on: August 15, 2020, 06:08:43 PM »
A heads-up for Becky and the ladies' members(if there is any). I came across this seller in a Facebook 60s group and thought their dresses are quite classy (and affordable) Beck, I guess you know them, but just in case:

Books and other printed media / Stones photies
« on: June 24, 2020, 12:28:16 PM »
More 60s Rolling Stones images? Not an original concept, to put it mildly, but this one at least seems to be quite interesting on several grounds: there's a unifying idea behind (the Stones at their current homes), most pics have been unissued until now, '66 means the band at their youthful peak and Gered Mankowitz was possibly the best photographer the band had. One for the list:

General music chat / RIP Phil May
« on: May 15, 2020, 06:02:25 PM »
One of the truly greats of British R&B and psychedelia, rock music royalty, has left us. RIP, Phil May.

Websites and Links / Giro '62
« on: May 09, 2020, 03:50:19 PM »
Interesting initiative by cycling wear brand Rapha to commemorate the Italian race that should have begun this month. They go back to the 1962 Giro to do a day-to-day reprise of that race. Some nice trivia for cycling buffs (hey, mr. Bond), not least the pics of the riders wearing several stunning "maglias":

The feature is obviously related to the promotion of a Rapha-published book about Franco Balmamion, the guy that won that Giro's edition, a book that looks interesting too for fans of the Golden Age of cycling:

Books and other printed media / RSG
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:25:25 PM »
Just pre-ordered this one, after seeing it mentioned in Dave's MC site. It's going to be a long wait and it isn't cheap so I hope it's worthy:

General music chat / Britpop
« on: May 03, 2020, 09:43:14 AM »
Believe me, it's when I see things like this that I realize I'm a proper old fart. Who'd have thought as it was happening that it'd come a time ripe to anthologize/compilate the darkest side of  that new wave of the new wave, 90s-defining "Britpop", in one of those lavish 2CDs boxsets. Yes, that boxset is here, courtesy of Cherry Red of course.

Tbh, at the time Britpop left me in the main cold, some bands I liked and it meant a bit of fresh air into a stagnating British pop/rock scene and a much needed national pride injection for audiences and bands alike after years of US dominance. But my favourite bands kept coming mainly from America (the Jayhawks, Redd Kross, White Flag, Young Fresh Fellows, Velvet Crush) and I was too busy discovering jazz to bother with a faint rehash of the Golden Era of British rock (the 60s, babies!), including the contrived Blur/Oasis rivalry. It was like a 3rd hand jacket (mid-60s, new wave, britpop), a bit too much.

But I know quite a few guys/gals of our parish took (or retook) an interest in mod via Britpop, so it was positive in more than one way. It was time for a proper obscurities/rarities anthology too. That means: don't expect the usual suspects here (Oasis, Blur, Elastica, Supergrass, Pulp), but mostly singles of bands that didn't make the big time. All in all 40 tracks that will be the perfect complement to those Oasis/Blur LPs you treasure:

Websites and Links / Hammond magic
« on: May 01, 2020, 09:07:29 AM »
Another slice of righteous church-funk by my mates The Prototype Organ Jazz Trio:

Films / TV / The Get Down
« on: April 12, 2020, 11:16:47 AM »
Nothing to do with Mod really (well, it depends of the ever slippery definition of "mod", but that's another story), but a vibrant slice of pop culture history nonetheless, "The Get Down" (Netflix) is essential viewing, IMO.

In these days of endless audiovisual assault, it had passed me by (the series is two or three years old) but someone praised it the other day in FB and I decided to give it a go with the family, moreover given my son likes rap and hip-hop. Chronicling the beginnings of those genres in the dilapidated, warzone-like setting of NY's Bronx circa 1977, while disco rules unaware it's about to pass the scepter to the newcomers, the conventional "searching for true love/fame" story is but a excuse to get the watcher immersed in a hell of a rollercoaster ride of dilapidated urban landscapes, over the top clobber, sensuous disco music/dancing, well-delineated secondary characters, sweaty hip-hop (including proto-breakbeat dancing), grafitti mystique, drugs, ghetto violence and exuberant street life (and gangs).

Style over substance maybe, but even that can be made just right, and here Baz Luhrmann (who I didn't rate very high before viewing this, tbh: "Moulin Rouge" I especially hated) does get right that difficult balance between realistic depiction and the stylized fantasy of a musical. I've just seen the first episode so far, but even if the rest doesn't live up to the created expectations, it'd still be a worthy hour and a half of your time, as that introductory episode feels like a proper movie, and a fine one at that.

The fact I'm not very interested in popular black music after the mid-70s (even recognizing the merits of some of it, including rap or house) is further proof of "The Get Down" powerful pull, as I found myself surrendering without reserves to the heady musical mix the series proposes, and quite enjoying it! A sort of legendary/mythic undercurrent to the plot works quite well and also helps to lift the show up from the mundane "period" dramas.

On reflection, maybe a sequel/prequel/whatever of Quad isn't the way to go. Why not a TV series about the mod phenomenon that focuses on conveying the excitement and radiance of the era, also its fast/restless pace, trying to get the details right but without losing itself on the accuracy/realism trap at expense of the overall impression? Sort of a well done "Absolute Beginners". I'll leave it here.

For those interested in "The Get Down", take a look at the trailer:


Books and other printed media / Francis Wolff photographs
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:09:43 PM »
If someone has got some time to spare  ;D, this website hosts a terrific archive of Blue Note's capo Francis Wolff photos of jazz greats. Let their beauty and cool relieve our current grim reality:

Books and other printed media / scl
« on: March 19, 2020, 05:16:16 PM »
A heads-up for Weller fans: Dave "MC" Walker interviews Stuart Deabill on his upcoming book about The Style Council:

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