Here’s one for the record collectors and indeed lovers of good retro design – Record Envelope.
Record Envelope is the work of top artist Kavel Rafferty, bringing together just about every factory record sleeve she can find. Yes, it’s something for the label spotter, but more importantly, it’s a great place to browse some great period design – and perhaps find some inspiration for your own graphics.
And if you have one that isn’t featured, Kavel is more than happy for you to send over a scan.
Visit the Record Envelope website
Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 29th June to Thursday 5th July.
Highlights of the week
Seven Ages of Rock – What the World is Waiting For: Indie Rock.Saturday 30th June. BBC 2. 9.00pm (Repeated Sunday 1st July BBC 1. 11.05pm)
Julian Rhind-Tutt explores the world of British indie music. The documentary focuses on the Smiths, the influences of "Madchester", iconoclastic artists like Suede, and the media’s fascination with the rivalry between Britpop figureheads Blur and Oasis.
Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel. Tuesday 3rd July. BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm.
As part of Radio 2’s season of programmes recalling the 1960s, Bob Harris explores the aftermath of a February 1967 drugs bust at the home of Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. Responding to custodial sentences given to both Richards and Mick Jagger in late June, the traditionally Conservative The Times editor William Rees-Mogg criticised the penalty in an editorial titled Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel?. The Rock stars were released promptly from prison, signalling an era of increasingly liberal attitudes to previously taboo, scorned and relatively unrepressed lifestyles. Contributors include Lord Rees-Mogg and one-time Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
Ubiquity Records might specialise in soul, funk and jazz tunes, but they also do a nice line in retro-style t-shirts for both men and women.
Two of the designs are featured above – Soul Riot and Drummer Some. All are printed on 100 per cent lightweight cotton shirts in a range of colours and sizes and come with the bonus of a mini CD ‘hang tag’ featuring tracks from top selling albums and some exclusives from forthcoming releases.
Price are around the $22 (£11) mark.
Find out more at the Ubiquity Records website
Looking for some functional artwork? You need the Twiggy Mirror.
It was designed by Wendell Storm for Spazia, using a classic 60s Twiggy image imposed onto a mirror. Yes, a mirror – if you can avoid Twiggy’s model glare, you can use it to check your appearance or to add a sense of space to a room.
Sized at 12-inches x 12-inches and in a brushed metal frame, it did retail for $250, but you can now pick one up for $199 (around £100).
Find out more at the Nova68 website
Chances are you have a load of old wire and plastic hangers in your wardrobe, picked up for free from various shops. If that’s the case, you could smarten things up considerably with these 60s-style coat hangers.
There’s a large range available, including the Lime Green & Pink Swirl and Turqoise Daisy designs shown here. All come in sets of four and are very much the traditional hanger – wooden, covered on both sides with a good quality printed cotton and with a gilt hook.
You can pick up a set online for £13.
Find out more at the Unique Coat Hangers website
Remember that bit in Star Wars where R2-D2 fires up a movie of Prince Leia in distress? Well, fiction has just become fact.
Yes, over in Japan, Nikko has launched the R2-D2 DVD player and Video Projector. And it’s just how it sounds. The video kit has been installed into a replica of R2-D2 and even better, can be controlled by a remote shaped like the Millenium Falcon. Stick on your discs and view on a large screen. There’s even an iPod dock and memory card reader for watching clips from smaller devices.
Weighing in at 8kg, you can pick one up in Japan for the equivalent of £1575. No news of a UK launch, but trust me, you’ll hear about it if it does make it over.
Find out more at the Nikko website
Via Akihabara News