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Mod fashion and style / Re: Clothes bargains, pass 'em on...
« on: June 18, 2019, 03:19:12 PM »
Three button linen blazers at Far Afield. Ordered this colour today.

That's nice Ady. I've had my eye on the light blue one. Have you received yours yet? Was just wondering about size and fit. Cheers.
Hi mate
It'll be the weekend before it arrives; I'll let you know what it's like.

Mod fashion and style / Re: Clothes bargains, pass 'em on...
« on: June 17, 2019, 03:13:53 PM »
Three button linen blazers at Far Afield. Ordered this colour today.

Mod fashion and style / Re: Trainers thread...
« on: May 28, 2019, 01:35:23 PM »
Don't really know a lot about trainers but those MaTes ones look ok. Is it true you can't get them here?  If not then is it something I should think about going in JTG? On a small scale of course, Maybe in a dark casual corner or under the counter.
Feature on Retro To Go about them

Spotify playlists and online mixes / Re: MONKEY PICKS OF 2013
« on: May 22, 2019, 07:00:11 PM »

Thought I'd post this here,

For any of you Curtis Mayfield fans out there Monkey has recorded an interview with the man that was put out on Jazz FM with Paul Jones before his last gig here in 1990.

Thanks Monkey,it was well worth an hour of my time! :)
Listened to this at work today and, as you said, an hour well spent.
Also listened to a couple the Peter Young's Soul Cellar shows which Monkey has put up on Mixcloud; these shows, from the 80s are excellent.

Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: May 11, 2019, 06:27:23 AM »
Those Uniqlo tops are great: I have the navy striped one and also the plain coloured ones in white, grey and orange.

Films / TV / Re: Seen any good films recently?
« on: April 25, 2019, 05:03:07 PM »
Seems like this thread should actually be "Seen any bad films lately"! I saw LEGEND a while back and never been a subscriber to the old "They loved their Mum" and "At least the streets were safer when they were around" school of thought. I generally avoid the various films or documentaries about them but sort of see the pull these type of figures have for sections of the public. I watched it more because of the '60s setting and the clobber and stuff. Found it to be an OK film but nothing I'd be running back to see again. Not familiar with the Sisters Brothers thing. May need to have a look out for it.

To bring back the "good" in the thread, I have to say I've finally watched "The L-Shaped Room" and I've found it a terrific movie, unjustly relegated to the back rows of the "kitchen-sink" dramas of the early 60s. Truth is the black & white cinematography isn't up to the levels of contemporary continental masters as Bergman or Antonioni (check out the stunning "La Notte" and you'll see what I mean) and the movie feels a bit "theatrical" to be a masterpiece, but it's a clever and moving film nevertheless, with excellent script and dialogue (the subtle, poetic references to the homosexuality of two of the characters are a good example) that's never condescending or preachy, in spite of focusing in an undesired pregnancy and a bunch of misfits that live in a deprived London neighbourhood. In fact, one of the things that stood out for me is how gracefully this movie has aged, (or maybe it's me who's aged, who knows?) even to the bittersweet, open end.

Performances of the main actors are top notch (as I've actually come to expect in a british flick) but I'd highlight Leslie Caron's, a french actress I don't particularly like, but that here looks beautiful and gives the needed balance between frailty and stubbornnesst her character asks for. As this is mainly a touching love story, her co-star, Tom Bell, rises up to the challenge and gives also a 5-star performance (a shame as good an actor wasn't really big afterwards).

For those looking for the mod angle, there's a great "beatnik" club scene with a jazz band (not modern really, but not trad either; in fact, the guy who plays the trumpeter receives later a Count Basie EP as a present) and a cool bunch of weird blokes (maybe one of them was the mythical first modernist!  ;))

Now, next is "All Night Long", as at last I've got a DVD reissue with spanish subtitles. No wonder I could'n find it, the ridiculous spanish title is "Noche de pesadilla" = "Nightmare Night"  :o
Great overview of L-Shaped, I've got it to watch as I recorded it when it was on TV. Recently read the novel which is superb. There's much to recommend Bryan Forbes' oeuvre, be it as director, writer, actor. If it has his name attached then it's a general rule of thumb that it will be quality (Sťance On A Wet Afternoon, The Whisperers, League Of Gentlemen) and he always had his wife star in them, the delightful Nanette Newman.
Let us know what you think of Nightmare Night.

Arrived today. As expected,  the illustrations are stunning (pages have a matt finish) and the text is informed and educational. It's grouped into categories:  record sleeves (which I'm just reading), book covers, promotional posters, magazine covers and illustrated books. Anyone with just a passing interest would love this. A must have! Really can't recommend it enough.

Films / TV / Re: Seen any good films recently?
« on: April 16, 2019, 05:27:10 PM »
Yes mate! Certainly well worth a watch for the visuals, music and clobber but perhaps strived for a little too much. I guess it was the various 'issues' thrown up amongst the plot that attracted Newman and Poitier to the project but ultimately it fails to deliver.
Have you seen All Night Long (1962)?
Set in a jazz club, it is a retelling of Shakespeare's Othello. Stars Patrick McGoohan, Tubby Hayes, Charlie Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Dankworth. Well worth a look, often on Talking Pictures channel.

Arrived today and it's everything that I expected it to be. It full of photos and ideas of how to get that mid century look right throughout your home. Now, where did I put that wallpaper stripper...

General music chat / Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« on: March 04, 2019, 05:34:43 PM »
I've heard her mentioned as the "female Little Richard" sometimes (she dabbled in gospel too), and the remark has a point, but it would be deeply unfair to cast the underrated Wynona Carr as a derivative vocalist.

Now it's easier to discover her unstoppable, exuberant, feverish, expressive, passionate -you could add dozens of laudatory epithets of this ilk here- delivery thanks to this new Not-Now-Music 2CD budget comp. You'd never mistake her for a white singer, that's for sure. 50s R&B doesn't get much better than this.

Not Now Music knock out some great stuff, I picked up a three album comp on coloured vinyl of Mod dancefloor faves for £15. OK, it's not 180 gram vinyl but well worth the money.

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