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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 6

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

Join The Baron for Part 2 of our Le Beat Bespoke 10 Special Nustcast shows. This time we have great sounds chosen by 18 of our guest DJs over the Easter Weekend to get you in the mood.

With tracks by the likes of Slim Harpo, July, New Swing Sextet, Martha Starr Night Beats and Gemma and The Travellers from selectors Ady Croasdell, Sean Chapman, Carlo Sesto, Traxel, Lolo, Holly Calder, Dr Robert, Lee Miller and John Vincent, Rhys Webb and Mik Parry! This one not to be missed take a listen here. See the list of who is playing here!

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Episode 16: (or 6 of the new format) of Nutscast. The new edition of the Nutscast Sessions is the Le Beat Bespoke 10 Special, featuring tracks from some of the DJ talent appearing on stage at 229 The Venue this Easter.

So join ‘The Baron’ aka Graham Lentz for his DJ preview of Le Beat Bespoke 10 this Easter 2015 – brought to you by NUTsMag (newuntouchables.com).


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March 18, 2015 By : Category : DJs Front Page Music News Picks Podcasts Tags:, , ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 4

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

Welcome to The Nutscast Sessions, the newly revamped podcast from the New Untouchables. Each month we will bring you a band ‘in session’ recorded especially for Nutscast. In addition, your host Graham Lentz will play a mixture of the best new music, club classics and few surprises.
 

Stone Foundation at Modstock

Episode 14: (or 4 of the new format) of Nutscast. Join Graham Lentz for this special Xmas edition of Nutscast Sessions with a look back at 2014 and ten live recordings from Modstock 3.

The featured artist is Stone Foundation, plus tracks from Secret Affair, Mergers, Apemen, Eddie Philips, Kenney Jones, The Velvelettes and Brenda Holloway.

In addition, we have songs from French Boutik, Phroggs, Eddie Floyd, Toots and The Maytals, Temptations, Nick Waterhouse, Muleskinners and Ronnie & Robyn. Presented by Graham Lentz brought to you by NUTsMag (newuntouchables.com).


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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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December 28, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music News Picks Podcasts Tags:, , ,
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Warren Boogaloo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 17 of 27 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Warren Boogaloo is based in London, UK and describes himself as Head Honcho at at Boogaloosoul since 2000. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Late 70’s at the tender age of 15, going to a youth club when my brother Norman used to dj got me into Northern soul. 2 weeks later I went to my first allnighter.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

St Peter’s social club Gloucester 1979.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Subway soul in New York was an amazing experience. Also the first time I played at the 100 club in London was incredible. The most beautiful place I’ve played at was in Italy on the banks of a lake outside Perugia with some great friends who came over for the weekend.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Anyone remember the Lord Nelson on Holloway Road?
More like the battle of Trafalgar.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Anyone who can work magic on a dance floor with varied sounds. Bold, uncompromising djs who play great tunes always have my admiration.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I love all types of music but probably Latin sounds take the edge for me.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Not my discovery but hammering away with Manny Corchado many years ago to empty dancefloors makes me smile now.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Too many to list. Some of my favourite artists are Marvin, Donny Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Brenda Holloway, Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Any Latin and French Motown picture sleeve.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Boogaloosoul’s been running for over 14 years now. Not sure it’ll be around much longer as they’re pulling down the building but actively looking for a new venue.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Martha Starr – Sweet memories

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Fascinations – Girls are out to get you – Sue
2. Tobi Legend – Time will pass you by – Mala
3. Betty Wilson – I’m yours – Dayco
4. Pat Lewis – No one to love – Solid Hit
5. Hector Rivera – A chance for romance – Barry
6. Marvin Gaye – Love starved heart – Tamla
7. Tommy Ridgely – My love gets stronger – International city
8. Ray Medina – Head’s head – Mares
9. Joe Matthews  – Ain’t nothing you can do – Kool Kat
10. The Cairos – Stop overlooking me – Shrine

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Lewise Bethune – Chi-town Boogaloo – Sack
2. Nancy Wilcox – Gambler’s Blues – Studio acetate
3. Charles Johnson – You made a mistake – Rainbow
4. Perry and the Harmonics – Doing the monkey with James
5. JT Parker – If you want to hold on – Academy

Web Links:

facebook.com/groups

Next Club Spots:

Boogaloosoul – 13th Dec


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, ,
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Arthur Fenn – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 18 of 27 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Arthur Fenn is based in Selby, Yorkshire, UK and describes himself as a DJ Collector. He took some time out recently to talk
to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I was sixteen and working at our local golf club, I’d always liked soul stuf but on a visit to the local youth club I heard things like The Fuller Bros, Bob Relf & I was blown away.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

About a year later I was buying bits like the Montlairs “Hung Up” & Eddie Foster “never knew” off Bob Cattaneo from Daly City at 75 cents each. I soon had enough records for a “hot box” and started playing records at Leeds Central with a mate before the residents Frank & Twink arrived, I remember so well dropping the first real known copy of The Four Perfections (a $5 buy from Bob) as Frank came down the stairs, his face was a picture. I now had a taste for this djing lark & shortly after (1978) got a break through John Manship to join the team at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens. By the end of the year I was guesting arround the country.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My most memorable spot! Wow that’s a tuff one, my one & only main room hour at the Casino makes me smile but closely followed by my first gig in Europe which was in Frankfurt, that was so exciting and I still feel the same every time I play outside the UK (and of course the few I do here).

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Worst? Getting the sack from the East Anglian Soul Club for playing too many 60’s newies at St Ives circa 79.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Sam for his never ending enthusiasm in the search for new records & his delivery of them.
Butch, pretty obvious really.
Colin Curtis, his influence in my early years was so important to me.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The Highland Room 74/75, Arthur.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Early visits to the states had me finding the first Greater Experience, William Powel & such but finding the 3rd known copy of The Inspirations on Breakthrough in St Louis for $1 was a thrill.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

My Mum & fav artist’s would be Len Jewel, Willie Tee and Maxine Brown.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Not really, could never afford to do that properly but as I’ve got older I adore group harmony.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Residency’s have never been my strong point but of course Maria runs Boomerang 4 times a year & I keep turning up.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

I’d love the Little Ceaser c/up that Steve G & Butch play.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

all time 10 mind blowers?

1. John & Wierdest
2. Mel Britt
3. Sam Williams
4. Willie Hutch (Love runs out)
5. Len Jewel
6. Larry Houston (Lets spend some time)
7. Melvin Moore
8. Maxine Brown (Million)
9. Carstairs (Hurts me girl)
10. Charles Mintz (Lucky guy)

Current Top 5 Spins:

1. Ron Shy- Don’t You Know (Little Star 7″)
2. Bernard Drake – I’ve Been Untrue
3. Alan Harris- Love is the Only Answer
4. Clarence Reid- You Knock Me Out
5. Love Warmth & Affection- Talkin Bout Love

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facebook.com/arthur.fenn


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Andy Roseaman – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 19 of 27 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Andy Roseaman is based in Brighton, UK. He used to host Mojo to Go Go down here in Brighton for around 6 years. Have played the Hipsville weekender, Fuzz for Freaks, Brighton Mod Weekender, Dollyrocker in Bournemouth, a mad night in Pamplona and various gigs supporting bands in London and Brighton. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Some friends of mine collected garage comps back in the 80s, Pebbles, Boulders etc. and I was hooked from then. Saw a lot of garage and trash bands in those, my teenage days.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Long time ago, back in the 80s at my local college. They had garage/trash nights on a regular basis and I knew the student union guys quite well and they asked me to spin some tunes.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

NUTS New Year’s Eve at 229 last year. I distinctly remember two years ago at the Brighton weekend three ladies from Asturias (you know who you are!) flashed their knickers at me whilst behind the decks! I nearly miscued the next record after that. Should happen more often if you ask me!

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Thankfully I have been very lucky. Met some wonderful people and still do.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Many great Dj’s out there but in particular Rob for championing the bespoke sound. Peter Feely, the Spanish lads at Euro Ye Ye each year (my favourite festival), Fabrice and Ben Jones, also at the EuroYe Ye this year. I like to tune into Gerry Germans monthly radio show to hear some of the more popular tunes across Europe.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Phasing and fuzz. I have always listened to ‘swirly’ tunes, thumping fuzz guitar, and keep an eye on what sounds go down well on the dance floor and looking out for new tracks continually. The best feeling is when someone comes up to you at the decks and says ‘What the hell was that tune you just played?’ That makes my night. As long as the dance floor is busy I’m happy and hopefully the crowd are too. Meeting lots of new, young faces on the scene lately so it is also great to introduce them to tracks.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Not a mega rare track but Palito Ortega – Amanecer Sin Ti. Great Latin psych/funk track which has gone down really well this year.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

I have always liked The Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds, Animals and lesser known bands. Many of the 80s garage groups had a huge impact on me then. The Pebbles and Nuggets comps very influential too.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I buy a variety of stuff but do like Texas, Michigan and Florida garage/psych 45s. I am always on the lookout for new tunes from around the world especially those sung in Spanish and Italian. Psych, Garage, Euro beat and Hammond groovers.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

New Year’s Eve in London. I no longer have the time for running a regular club night so I guest at various events. Played the Brighton Weekender several times, in my home city, which is always good fun and a privilege.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Like most of us I have an endless wants list but The Warlords – Real Fine Lady.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

  1. Chevelle V – Come Back Bird
  2. The Haunted – 125
  3. JC Heavy – That Woman’s Mind
  4. The Interns – The Trip
  5. The Rovin Flames – How Many Times
  6. The Quests – Shadows in the Night
  7. Palito Ortega – Amanecer sin ti’
  8. Snapshots – Hip Hip Hurray
  9. The Premiers – Get on this plane
  10. The Rolling Stones – Paint it Black

Current Top 5 Tracks:

  1. The Appleglass Syndrome – Someday
  2. The Shadows of Time – Search Your Soul
  3. Karo – Dans le Ventre d’une enorme baleine
  4. Washington Merry Go Round – Got ta Got ta
  5. The Cords – Aint  That love

Next Club Spots:

NUTs New Year’s Eve Bash, 31st December 2014, London


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Edu Domingo – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 16 of 27 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 2

Eduardo Domingo is based in Barcelona, Spain and describes himself as a DJ & Record Dealer. He took some time out recently to talk to Dr. Robert @Nutsmag.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

As a young skinhead, I started collecting reggae, rocksteady and ska, and the progressing to soul via covers was easy. I used to buy tapes (and records) from a skinhead in Cardiff way back in the early 90’s, that’s where I started my rare soul education. Before that, I was attending basic scooterist parties and the music there was not especially inspiring.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Tiny bar in the Guinardó neighbourhood in Barcelona, a skinhead party. This was the first time I remember to play soul, after that, Soweto Club allnighters and my first “big” spot at Floorshakers Weekender, can’t remember if 1994 or 1995.

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Not for me to say, really, but I’ve always enjoyed a lot playing records one on one with David de Santiago from Greenvillage Soulclub. I have really good memories of one of the afternoon sessions we did in Bamberg some years ago.

04. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Been playing in regular clubs for years, so there’s always been interesting moments. One I remember is playing northern soul at 4 am to a empty dancefloor in suburban Barcelona, well, not totally empty: three hippie punks with skates were doing their thing there. I think they had their dogs with them, too. Not inspiring.

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

SOUL SAM for too many reasons to mention, right? Legendary status, enthusiasm, mix of styles.

STEVEN CLANCY makes spotless selections and has an impeccable way of putting those selections together.

LEONA MURPHY because she proves playing quality, not tried-and-tested and being a party DJ can go together.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve always believed that a set should be a logical progression of styles and moods, the old “tell a story” concept. In my mod years, I think Rob Messer was a big influence as he was able to do exactly that: mix some latin, jazzy sounds, some R&B, some killer northern soul and end in style with one or two midtempos. In that sense, I think he shaped the way mods and soulies were djing in Spain in the late 90’s, definitely a big influence way back then.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Can’t say I’ve “discovered” anything (a concept I find sort of debatable). I’ve never tried the C/U game either I would be terribly embarrassed if somebody came up there and said: “Look, here’s your C/U”. I’m happy to play other people’s “discoveries”, no problem about that.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

Two above any others: Sam Dees and The Impressions.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I do collect all kinds of black american and jamaican music, both in 45 and in LP format. If I have to be honest, I prefer collecting Lp’s rather than 45’s. I don’t collect any specific label and/or artist though, I only keep what I really like. As a record dealer, I don’t know any other way to be able to make some money! Keeping everything I mildly like is not an option.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Movin’ on Club in Barcelona, first saturday of February, April, June, October and the weekender on the first weekend of December. I also play here and there, but Movin’ On is my main thing.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

If I have to choose one, Fred Williams “Tell her”. Definitely.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. FRED WILLIAMS – Tell her
2. ADMIRATIONS – I want to be free
3. ANTELLECTS – Love slave
4. J.D. BRYANT – I won’t be coming back
5. WILLIE WRIGHT- Right on for the darkness
6. HERBY BROWN – One more broken heart
7. EDDIE BILLUPS – Ask my heart
8. TOMMY RIDGLEY- My love’s getting stronger
9. PAT LEWIS   No one to love
10. GEORGE PEPP- Feeling is real

Current Top 5 Spins:

1. DOC PEABODY – Here without you
2. FELONY THEFT – When you have love
3. DONNELL BROWN- Too late to cry
4. LEONARD ADAIR – The smile upon your face
5. JOSEPH WEBSTER – My love is so strong

Web Links:

facebook.com/MovinOnBarcelona
mixcloud.com/movinon/

Next Club Spots: 

Movin’On Weekender, December 5 – December 7, Barcelona

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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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December 22, 2014 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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NUTsCast – Sessions – part 3

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

Welcome to The Nutscast Sessions, the newly revamped podcast from the New Untouchables. Each month we will bring you a band ‘in session’ recorded especially for Nutscast. In addition, your host Graham Lentz will play a mixture of the best new music, club classics and few surprises.

Episode 13: (or 3 of the new format) of Nutscast features The Turning live in the studio with tracks from their new mini album. An exclusive live track from Geno Washington and two live tracks from Crossfire. Plus the usual mixture of new releases and classics featuring: The Absolude, New Street Adventure, Tammi Terrell, Keith Shields and many more. Presented by Graham Lentz brought to you by NUTsMag (newuntouchables.com).

 


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AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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November 16, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Podcasts Scene Tags:, , ,
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Record Reviews – Nov 2014 (Part 2)

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Graham Day and The Forefathers

‘Good Things’ – Album

So, here’s the basic idea. A grossly under-rated and overlooked songwriter decides to get a couple of his long-time mates and former band members to join him for a reworking of some of his work spanning over 30 years. They strip it back to basics. Guitar, bass and drums and let rip.

The result is, you end up with six Solarflares tracks, three from The Prisoners, two from The Gaolers and one from Prime Movers. All of them brilliant in their own right, but taken to a new ‘Medway garage’ high on this album.

Graham Day and The Forefathers (they being Allan Crockford and Wolf Howard) have reminded anyone who didn’t know, (or just plain forgot) what incredible musicians they are and what a fine songwriter Graham Day is.

Exuding the principle of ‘don’t think about it, just get it done’, from the off, with ‘The Good Things’, ‘Mary’ and ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Mind’, Graham, Allan and Wolf just tear it up.

All through this 12 track collection, you constantly find yourself marvelling at the power of the trio and at the same time, humming along to a catchy chorus or hook that is the foundation of all great songs.

It is a very neat trick to be able to play with such force and such skill so as not to lose the finer qualities of a tune. That takes experience, of which Graham, Allan and Wolf have bucket loads.

When I said at the start that this was a ‘basic idea’, it has turned into a brilliant idea and a great album.

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The Franklys

What You Said – Single

Those of you who have been listening to the Nutscast Sessions will know this band were the first to appear live in our studio. Those who may have turned their noses up because the Franklys are a rock band are missing the point.

The point is, myself via my reviews and the New Untouchables have backed this band for best part of two years because we recognised the genuine potential in their debut EP. We saw the same potential in The Strypes when no one would give them a second look.

So here we are, two years on and guess what? The mainstream is all over The Franklys. NME, XFM, Absolute Radio and many others have only now twigged what we knew all along. The Franklys are a band destined to hit big very soon. This sudden wave of interest is due to ‘What You Said’, the new single available on digital download.

Following on from the brilliant ‘Puppet’ earlier in the year, this new track sees the girls developing a recognised ‘sound’.

Zoe Biggs’s haunting heavy bass lines, Nicole Pinto doing what good drummers do; make their instrument so much more than a time-keeper. The pocket-sized bundle of dynamite that is Fanny Broburg letting rip with searing lead guitar work and Jen Ahlkvist continues with her bitter-sweet and ever-so-edgy vocals.

Yes, The Franklys are closer to the Foo Fighters than The Jam, but so what? There is always room for a great rock band and more so for a great all-female rock band. Mark my words, 2015 will be a big year for The Franklys.

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The Wicked Whispers

Maps Of The Mystic – Album

For those of you who did not make it to Crossfire back in October, you really missed a great show. The Wicked Whispers played a fair chunk of this, their debut album at the official London launch.

Nutsmag Reviews has highlighted this band once before. It was last year with the release of their marvellous single ‘Voodoo Moon’ b/w ‘Nightbird’.

I’m so delighted to say, the promise shown on that single has materialised onto this album.

2014 has been a vintage year for new music in my humble opinion, and for Wicked Whispers to produce ‘Maps Of The Mystic’ as we head toward the tail end of the year, just highlights what outstanding quality has come from all quarters and most of it ignored by the mainstream. (No surprise there!)

While the band comprises of Mike Murphy, Toby Virgo, Steven Penn, Andrew Smith and Nathan Sayer, it is Murphy who is clearly the driving force. He wrote all the songs and produced the album, which is no mean feat considering the complexity of some of the arrangements.

It says much about the abilities of Virgo, Penn, Smith and Sayer that they can match Murphy’s vision and ambitions musically.

The recent single ‘Chronological Astronaut’ leads the way, and a fine upbeat track it is too. Equally upbeat and just as good are the songs ‘You Wouldn’t Believe’ and ‘Odyssey Mile’.

It’s when the band show their softer side that Michael Murphy’s song writing really comes to the fore. The title track ‘Maps Of The Mystic’, ‘Flying ‘Round In Circles’ and ‘Amanda Lavender’ beautifully display Murphy’s ability to find a melody and work with words. If his aim is to paint musical and lyrical pictures, I have to say he has achieved it with ease.

In a year of brilliant albums, this one has to be right up there with the best.

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New Street Adventure

No Hard Feelings – Album

It seems barely believable that three years have passed since the first time I saw New Street Adventure at The Barfly, Camden. After the show that night lead singer Nick Corbin gave me a copy of a cd the band had just released. It was called ‘Just The Kind Of People’, a four track EP. It was brilliant and sat very well alongside other contemporary bands with a soulful flavour.

It did seem that New Street Adventure (NSA) was set to conquer all in their path. What happened? Who knows? In the blink of an eye, one of the most talked-about bands almost disappeared.

They did, however, sign to Acid Jazz Records which is fortunate because at least they were with a label populated by people who still regard music as an art form. (Not something you could accuse major labels of.)

So after a lot of hard work and a few line up changes, NSA are finally back with their debut album.

Let me say from the outset; this was well worth the wait. All the potential that I and all the other NSA fans saw three or four years ago is all wrapped up in this sumptuous collection of soul flavours.

Nick Corbin has lost none of his acidic anger and whit with his lyrical content and those he aims at are hit fore-square.

Of course the most recent single, ‘On Our Frontdoorstep’ leads the way, and that mixture of Northern Soul-inspired rhythms and hard-edged social commentary is a feature of this album.

But while ‘Be Somebody’ and ‘She’s An Attraction’ could get you dancing, the softer side of NSA is no more evident than in my favourite track right now. ‘Say You’re Lonely’ is one of the finest ballads I’ve heard all year. It draws you in and gives you goose bumps by the end of the song. (Well, it did to me.)

‘No Hard Feelings’ has been a long time in the making, but it been worth the wait. Now they are back on track, let’s hope NSA build on the success of this LP.

I do have one minor point to make though, I still prefer the 2011 version of ‘The Big AC’.


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Graham Lentz

AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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Record Reviews – Nov 2014 (Part 1)

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The High Learys

Clear My Mind – Single

Australia’s powerhouse Hammond-driven combo will be arriving on the shores of the UK in late November and into December. They will be appearing at the Blues Kitchen for the Nutsmag Review Night (the last of 2014) and what a way to end the year!

Following on from their critically acclaimed and highly popular debut album ‘Here Come The High Learys’ comes this new single.

It finds the ‘Learys in a mild mood with this mid-paced, but catchy song. In true pop fashion, it has a terrific hook chorus and an effective mid-eight.

I have a sneaking suspicion the lads may have been listening to The Beatles ‘Revolver’ quite a bit before penning this track. There is no sign of ripping anything off (ala The Jam’s ‘Start’), but one or two chord combinations sounded familiar which is never a bad thing. It’s all about inspiration and influence after all.

This is a really nice track and I would recommend you get both the single and catch them live if you can.

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Smoke

Dream Of Dreams – EP on Spoke Records

What I like so much about Spoke Records is their ability to track down long-forgotten or hidden gems, find the master tapes and give the whole thing an overdue makeover and bring it to our attention.

Okay, so their output may not be to everyone’s taste, but that doesn’t mean it automatically becomes rubbish.

Take this latest offering by Bury-St-Edmonds band Smoke. Originally released in 1970, possibly the band’s most noted achievement is that they once held the Guinness Book of World Records title for playing non-stop for 102 hours! (That’s a little over four days!).

Smoke was of their time without a doubt, comprising of Steve Vaughan, Eddie Chapman, Michael Ridgeon and Tony Fernandus. Their look and sound was equal to their contemporaries at the time, Status Quo, Deep Purple, Led Zep and the like. It was that period when the British interpretation of the Blues was morphing into what we now know as Heavy Rock.

The four sides of this EP are just about as fine an example of that period as you can get. Yes, this may be aimed at a niche market, but like I said, it doesn’t make it rubbish. Far from it. On this evidence, one wonders why Smoke did not reach a wider audience? Maybe the competition was just that little bit better?

Thanks to Spoke Records, a new audience can appreciate another once-forgotten, great early British rock band.

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Les Grys-Grys

‘Hot Gully Wind’ b/w ‘Neighbour, Neighbour’ – Single

It was one of those ‘I was there’ moments. The August Bank Holiday Saturday afternoon at Volks Tavern on Maderia Drive in Brighton.

Rob Bailey told me NUTs had a band from France who were going to blow the place apart. He told me the same thing about Spain’s Faith Keepers 12 months before and they did blow the place apart.

So when I got on stage to introduce Les Grys-Grys, I had no idea what was about to happen other than I’d not seen Rob this animated for a while!

When the band had finished the two 45 minute sets, both the band, Rob and myself were besieged by people desperate to find out more and when could they get some recorded music by these lads.

The day after their overwhelming success at Brighton, Les Grys-Grys went into the studio to record these two rip-roaring, garage/beat belters and now the cd is available from State Records in the UK.

If you have not heard of them before, take a listen. Hopefully you will think they sound exciting. They do. That’s nothing compared to seeing them live of course, but State Records really have done well to capture the raw power that so impressed at Brighton.

Mark my words, 2015, the year of Les Grys-Grys.

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Paz Antiguana

Surfing The Channel  b/w Groovin’  – Single

This was a nice surprise. France-based combo, Paz Antiguana sent in two singles; the above mentioned and another ‘Tropical Soul’ b/w ‘First Round’.

What was nice about it is that Paz Antiguana are a boogaloo and latin soul band.

‘Surfing The Channel’ starts off as a laid-back Latin groove with an irresistible electric piano leading the way. At the mid-point of the song, it changes gear and canters off with a catchy chorus.

‘Groovin’ is the band’s reworking of the Young Rascals hit. Given a mid-paced latin rhythm and tight harmonies where required, Paz Antiguana deserve great credit for this version.

The other single is just as good, continuing the catchy Latin rhythms. Corina Santana’s vocals are a perfect fit for this style of music. Slightly sultry and exotic without being pastiche.

I imagine they are a very entertaining band to see live.

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The Absolude

Silence Between Two Steps – Album

Japan has had a very healthy mod and sixties scene for decades. It has always been very smart and sharp with its own unique twist in styling.

Occasionally, the Japanese scene throws up some really cool bands as well. In the late 90s, one of the best was a band called The How. Little known outside of their native country, they were a top band.

From the ashes of that band came the Absolude with former How member Dai Usui among its number.

Formed in 2003, the Absolude are based in Nagoya and have been very active in their native country.

2004 saw the release of their debut album ‘First Release’. Tommy from Les Cappuccino joined them for a year in 2005 and in 2007 the Absolude song ‘Believe Me’ was chosen as a track to accompany the Fred Perry – Japan advertising campaign ‘Why? Made In England’

‘Silence Between The Steps’ is their second LP and it is very enjoyable. It also shows the band are a talented, versatile bunch.

Dai Usui is the songwriter, lead vocalist and plays rhythm guitar. Hitoshi Kodan plays lead guitar and sings backing vocals, Shingeki Higuchi is on bass and vocals, while Gel Matsuishi is on drums and vocals.

The aforementioned ‘Believe Me’, a heavily Beatles-influenced song is included in this 12 track set along with ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Nothing Without You’ continuing the same theme.

However, take a listen to ‘Stomp And Stroll’ or ‘Where She’s Gone’ and you get some serious Rhythm and Blues.

‘Here I Am’ is a curious psych-style ballad set to a waltz beat, but my pick of the bunch for now is the rocking ‘Bad Job’, a pulsating instrumental to match any.

This is a band we may well be hearing more about over the coming months.


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Graham Lentz

AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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Book & Mags Reviews – Nov 2014

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Pretend You’re In A War
– The Who And The Sixties

By Mark Blake

I must confess, there are times when I see new books about certain periods, genres or specific artists in music that make me wonder why?

Is there really any more unearthed information about The Beatles, Dylan, The Rolling Stones or Elvis for example? How much more can be said about a band or artist that hasn’t already been covered by numerous books before?

The Who are a band which fall into this category. So many books of varying quality have been written about them, is there anything left to say? Surely any avid Who fan will probably know all there is to know.

So, I began reading this latest tome by Mark Blake with a small degree of cynicism and suspicion. However, by the time I had finished the second chapter I was totally hooked.

Of course there is some familiar territory to go over, but that is unavoidable when writing about a band like The Who. Things have to be put into context.

What I particularly liked is Blake’s narrative writing style. Informative, concise, well-researched and written in such a way as to be a joy to read.

The early photos of the pre-Who days are great, but this is not a coffee table book.

Tracing the bands evolution from their humble beginnings and childhoods through to the end of the decade, this is by far one of the best books about The Who I have ever read.

Blake is much lauded for his seminal work on Pink Floyd. I think it’s fair to say this book deserves to be recognised in much the same terms.

With the festive season not too far off, this book would give a Who fan a very happy Christmas.

Published by Aurum Press
ISBN: 978-1-78131-187-5

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The Album Book

By Jacqueline McFall

It is fair to say 2014 has been a big year for books about mod. Some have been much advertised in print and social media and rightly so, but there are one or two that may have escaped your notice.

The Album is one such; a 180 page photographic book documenting the mod scene in Northern Ireland. I have often heard people like Eddie Piller and Anthony Meynell from Squire speak very highly of their experiences in the region going back to the early Eighties.

Thankfully in 1983, a seventeen year-old photographic student chose the mod scene to be her subject for one of her projects and she chose to take only black and white photographs.

30 years on, and Jacqueline McFall can still be seen at mod clubs and events snapping away and documenting the scene with her camera.

This book represents most of the photos from her original published project from 1985 entitled ‘Mod Is Mod, Not Fade Away’. The second half of the book contains shots taken more recently. It was quite fascinating to see just how many of those very young faces were still on the scene today.

Just in case you were wondering, there are recent photos of both Eddie Piller and Squire playing live in Northern Ireland.

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Quadrophenia – A Way Of Life

Inside The Making Of Britain’s Greatest Youth Film:

By Simon Wells

If nothing else, you can always guarantee that when Simon Wells takes on a project, no stone is left unturned. His particular field of expertise is film and British film from the Sixties and Seventies are his passion. Couple that with his life-long fascination with mod and you have a very capable candidate to write arguably the definitive work about a film that, over 30 years since its cinematic release, has retained the power to inspire and influence generation after generation and not just in the UK.

I’ll avoid the obvious and refrain from waffling on about the film itself. Heaven knows you should all be familiar with by now (sic). Neither will I go on about the continuity hiccups that are almost as famous (infamous?) as the film itself!

What is not in question though is Wells’ ability to wield both metaphoric microscope and shovel in his research.

Every key member of the cast and crew has input. The collection of unseen photos is quite extraordinary as are the selected script pages which highlight just how much improvisation and license both director Franc Roddam and the actors had with the storyline.

To give the film added kudos, Wells also interviews people for whom, the film and their involvement in mod has led to lifelong associations and therefore impacted on their lives.

This really is a fascinating, enjoyable and informative piece of work by Simon Wells. If you thought you knew all there was to know about Quadrophenia, read this, then you really can claim to know it all.

Published by Countdown Books
ISBN: 9 780992 830441

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Ugly Things Magazine

It’s been a while since I reviewed and edition of Ugly Things, the half-yearly publication from Mike Stax based in La Mesa, California.

The one thing that can always be guaranteed, is that every edition is packed with really good interviews and features.

Although the Fall/Winter edition is due out soon, this Spring/Summer 2014 version is a classic example. From the outset, the Pretty Things are a key feature with a thorough and interesting interview with Phil May. There follows an extract from Mr May’s forthcoming autobiography looking at the band’s experiences at the infamous Star Club in Hamburg.

For Small Faces fans, another equally absorbing interview with Ian McLagan followed by a reprint of Robert Haagsma’s interview with Steve Marriott a year before his death retains your attention with ease.

Other notable articles include Thursday’s Children, Carl Douglas and The Big Stampede, The Gears and the song-writing team of Carter and Gilbert.

With a whole host of music reviews as well, Ugly Things magazine is a mighty and very worth while publication.

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Soul Up North Fanzine

With the advent of social media, the era of the fanzine has been on the decline somewhat, so it was a welcome surprise to see ‘Soul Up North’ arrive at the NUTs office. It would be great to see some more fanzine’s!

Edited by Howard Earnshaw, this is one for the dyed-in-the-wool Northern fan.

Features include the Jessica Records Story (pt 1), The Trey J’s, an interview with Marvin Smith lead singer with the Artistics.

Martin Scragg continues his series of unveiling ‘cover-ups’ and loads of info and reviews of songs supplied by the likes of Steve Plumb, Wayne Hudson, Julie Molloy and Craig Butler to name a few.

Soul Up North fanzine is available by mail order only and at three quid per issue, it’s very good value.

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Manifesto Magazine

October 2014 Issue

Perhaps unsurprisingly, with all the hype over the film, Manifesto is loaded with Northern Soul references.

We have a great interview with writer and director of the film, Elaine Constantine and a nice feature about the film by Gareth Sweeney.

In addition, there are features on Ann Sexton and Leroy Hutson, a review of the Cleethorpes Weekender and the wonderful columns by Keith Rylett, Sean Chapman and Soul Sam (who is playing the NUTs NYE Northern Soul Celebration this year).

If you are a fan of all things soul-related (Northern or not) this is a must-have magazine. Its contributors are first-class and in Mike Ritson, it has a dedicated and highly knowledgable editor too.


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Graham Lentz

AKA ‘The Baron’ - Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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