If you like your tunes, you really need to check out Electric Roulette – our daily news, reviews and features site for all things music.
And not just any music – we leave the over-hyped rubbish to everyone else. Instead, Electric Roulette goes for the cult, the classic, the unknown and the best new bands. And as we don’t get paid off with luxury trips from the record labels, we tell it how it is.
New stuff today includes a beginner’s guide to Gram Parsons, the Glastonbury line-up (featuring Shakin’ Stevens would you believe), news, reviews and the latest singles releases with Peter Stringfellow. And there’s even more of the same tomorrow and every day.
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We have a problem – like many people, we collect Merrow Associates furniture designs, but there’s very few resources in print or online for the company. So we have launched one – the Merrow Associates website.
The site is very much a labour of love and will not be updated daily – just when we see any new items, discover new information, see any auctions or have anything interesting to say about the company.
Over time, we hope it will build up as a worthwhile online resource, helping you pick your way through the vague eBay listings and (often) inflated prices demanded by vintage retailers. If you can help or have something to add, please get in touch.
Visit the Merrow Associates website
One of our favourite illustrators – Kavel Rafferty – has just opened the doors on her new Etsy Shop.
The first batch of items includes original art, prints, notebooks, cards and leather goods, with other design and homeware to follow. And that includes these hand-printed cards, part of a range that are hand-printed on recycled card and sold with a matching ‘craft’ envelope.
Each retails for $4.70 (around £2.35).
Find out more at Kavel’s Etsy Shop
The end of the cassette has meant the end of the mix tape – or has it? Well no – you can now do it online with the Muxtape.
Yes, this is old-style music sharing for the modern age. All you do is sign up (takes about 10 seconds), upload your 12 favourite tunes, then pass out the link to your Muxtape to your friends. They just follow that link to hear your mix (or ‘Mux’ if you like). It’s that simple.
It’s a new service that’s likely to see some improvements (like customising your tapes) in the near future, But for now, just enjoy a very simple (and free) idea.
Find out more at the Muxtape website
The much-anticipated Optimum DVD release of The London Nobody Knows (1967) / Les Bicyclettes de Belsize (1969) finally hit the shelves this week. But if you want to save yourself some cash, you can win one of the five DVD copies we are giving away in our latest competition.
Two widely differing mini-features, The London Nobody Knows is a fascinating snippet of the lesser-known side of London in 1967 – think decaying housing and theatres, street entertainers, down and outs and street markets. Not to mention the sites of jack The Ripper’s murders and the obligatory shots of swinging London – all overseen by veteran actor James Mason. Les Bicyclettes de Belsize is the complete opposite – a frothy swinging love story set to music on the streets and parks of late 60s Hampstead. And yes – there are bikes involved.
You can check out a full review at our Cinedelica site. Or you can just enter the competition, which is hosted on our Modculture website, at the link below.
Enter the London Nobody Knows / Les Bicyclettes de Belsize competition
Looking for some vintage soul? Or more specifically, are you looking for the kind of music currently filling the floors in the mod and rare soul clubs? Then you’ll be looking for a copy of Kent’s latest release – New Breed R&B With Added Popcorn.
Over at our sister site Modculture, we are giving away five copes of this new release CD (just out this week), which features 24 tracks of the finest late 50s and early 60s R&B – including a batch of rarities that have never been officially issued anywhere before.
All you have to do is follow the link below and get your name in the draw over at Modculture.
Enter the New Breed R&B With Added Popcorn competition