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Mod fashion and style / Uniqlo JW Anderson
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:56:09 AM »
For being a collection that takes inspiration supposedly from Brighton of all places, the last collaboration between Uniqlo and JW Anderson is downright disappointing, IMO. In fact, to me only the "madras" bomber pass the test. But better judge yourselves:

Websites and Links / jazzmen & clothes
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:46:48 AM »
Here's the link to an amusing -and tbh very lightweight- CQ article on surviving jazz legends modelling not only sponsored outfits but in some cases their own. Some interesting quotes, tho':


General music chat / Wilko Johnson
« on: April 12, 2018, 03:52:56 PM »
This is good news in more than one sense: good ol' mr. Riff is back with new album, and it looks like he's said bye bye to cancer for good. Long live the guitar man indeed!:

Films / TV / Blue Note documentary
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:53:16 AM »
Now this one looks pretty essential. A documentary about mighty jazz label Blue Note based on interviews with the key musicians that are still alive (Herbie Hancock or Lou Donaldson) and some classy pics and clips. Well, here is the trailer, with a first screening of the movie scheduled later this month in the Sundance Festival. Coooool!:

Books and other printed media / 60s America as seen by an Italian
« on: March 15, 2018, 11:10:08 AM »
Spotted some days ago this upcoming photography book and I think it's a really interesting take on everyday life in 60s USA:

Here's a link if you want to pre-order it (I got a code for free shipping too: VOYAGE)

General music chat / Shel Talmy
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:12:13 PM »
This upcoming comp (in CD or vinyl) will surely appeal to many gents here. Shel Talmy's mid 60 british productions are the stuff of legend, and just his work with the Kinks and the Who would be enough to guarantee him a place in the modernist pantheon.

His output with own label Planet has begun to see the light of day slowly but surely during the last decades, but it looks that there's still a lot to be dug, as I didn't know a lot of the tracks on offer here. Anyway being an Ace/Big Beat compilation, you know what to expect: engaging and informative liner notes and superb sound.

General music chat / The Who live at the Fillmore East '68
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:53:13 PM »
I know Dave has mentioned this in the MC site, but I'd like to add my two cents to his comments, cos' I have a soft spot for these recordings. In fact, I've owned bootlegs of the Who's Fillmore East '68 recordings (in one format or another) since I was 20.

Here's a band at the peak of their considerable powers, before the Tommy's mess (I know many here won't agree, but though I love some "Tommy''s songs, for me it's a low point in the Who's career: a badly conceived idea, a weak concept and a double album with too much filler. As Nik Cohn acutely perceived the Who were first and foremost a singles band, a pity Townshend had other ideas) and just some months after their best LP, the closest they were to a masterpiece in that format, "The Who sell out". Had the Fillmore tapes been published after they were recorded, as Lambert & Stamp intended (instead they hastily put together a so-so compilation, "Magic Bus"), I'm sure the LP would be hailed today as one of the top ten live albums in rock story, up there with "Live at the Apollo", the Johnny Cash "prison" concerts or "Kick out the Jams".

"Live at Leeds", raw and powerful as it is, belongs fully to the 70s. The 60s pop-art guerrilla we love is far better represented by the Fillmore tapes. Just the covers of Eddie Cochran and Johnny Kidd alone are worth the price of admission, but they're nicely rounded up with faithful renditions of classic Who stuff (including of course "My generation" and "I can't explain").

The sound in the bootlegs I own is pretty good to start with, so I hope the remastering of the original tapes will enhance or at least won't diminish the unbridled, explosive energy of the performances. If you haven't heard these tapes, you're in for a treat, and if you know them, you sure understand why they're so special.

The reissue is due next april, but I've already pre-ordered my copy.

Films / TV / Diesel ad
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:38:20 AM »
Never thought I'd heard this Small Faces number in an ad:

Films / TV / RSG!
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:58:56 AM »
This sounds pretty interesting (thanks to the Mod Generation's guys for the heads up), as it means the rights to the much revered footage of the show -or what's left from it- have been unlocked at last.

Now the question is: what are BMG planning releases-wise? The fact that until now they've just issued a cheap 60s CD comp with "Ready Steady Go!" in the title as a selling point doesn't look very promising.

General music chat / Jim Rodford
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:10:47 AM »
RIP Jim Rodford.

Cousin of the Zombies' Rod Argent, he was there from the beginning. A great bassist, he played for that most underrated club band, The Mike Cotton Sound, and after that he joined his cousin in Argent (one of the best groups from the progressive contingent), and was the bass player in the 80s Kinks. He closed neatly the circle replacing Chris White in the Zombies.

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