June 8, 2021

SPY VIBE RADIO: NICOLA CONTE

Greetings, Spy Vibers! Faculty meetings are finally over and another school year finished. It was great to see all my film and photo students wrap up their projects and now we can all settle in for some much needed rest. I'll be working on the upcoming Spy Vibe book and, unfortunately, also navigating some health stuff. I'm grateful for the time! And before much more time passes, I want to make sure to alert Spy Vibers to my most recent segment on the Cocktail Nation radio show from Australia. Posted on May 30th, my contribution this time around was to introduce the swinging sounds of Italian producer, Nicola Conte. Conte's area is a cool intersection between jazz, dance, easy listening, and classic soundtracks. His breakout album was Jet Sounds (2000), released again in the States as Boss Per Due (2001) on the Thievery Corporation's Eighteenth Street Lounge (ES) label. Spy Vibers might have caught some of the tracks used in TV commercials at the time. I first discovered Conte while browsing at Tower Records and HMV in Shibuya (Tokyo), where they had the re-mix album, Jet Sounds Revisited (2002), available for preview at the listening stations. That whole era was an exciting resurgence of Lounge culture, with artists like Shag painting swanky Mid-Century scenes, and the likes of Combustible Edison, Pizzicato Five, Man or Astroman, Ursula 1000, Dimitri From Paris, and Nicola Conte, integrating vintage themes into their music. Berlin label Crippled Dick Hot Wax was releasing great soundtracks by Gert Wilden and the 3CD series of Italian soundtrack comps, Beat At Cinecittà. Capital Records was releasing their massive Ultra Lounge collection. And even regional bands like Reverbivores and Agency EL84 were performing spy tunes from 007 and The Man From UNCLE. It was also the era of Roman Coppola's CQ, a cinematic love letter to Barbarella and David Holzman's Diary featuring a host of fab 60s references! The CQ soundtrack was also on heavy rotation at the Tokyo record shops (maybe I'll do a segment on that film next!). The Nicola Conte track I played on Cocktail Nation was "Mission to Bombay," which featured samples from "Popcorn" by Luiz Henrique and Walter Wanderley (1967) and phrases from Armando Trovajoli’s soundtrack for the cool heist movie, The Seven Golden Men Strike Again (1966). You can listen on Cocktail Nation here. Enjoy! Selected related posts: Astroman, Lupin Ska, Ryan Heshka Interview, Bosko Hrnjak InterviewSV Radio: Phantom Agents, SV radio: Phantom Agents pt II, Shane Glines InterviewSV Radio: Lupin III, SV Radio: Danger Diabolik, SV Radio: Johnny Staccato, Tiki Oasis

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June 7, 2021

JAM PHOTO BOOK

New release: Spy Vibe fans of Mod culture and The Jam might be interested in a new limited-edition photography book published by Snap galleries. From the press release: "Jam Sessions: Photographs by Martyn Goddard is the definitive book of photographs from Martyn Goddard’s Jam archives. This is the first time that Martyn’s photographs of The Jam have been gathered together and presented in a single volume. Many of the photographs in this book were uncovered by Martyn during a comprehensive review of his archives during the Covid-19 lockdown, and are being published for the first time.

"For avid consumers of Jam vinyl in the late seventies and early eighties, Martyn Goddard’s photographs need little introduction. His images appear on the cover of their first album, In The City, and their fifth, Sound Affects. In between, his photographs were used on the front covers of a flurry of picture sleeve singles: “All Around The World”,“The Modern World”, “News of The World”, “David Watts/ ‘A’ Bomb in Wardour Street”, “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, and finally “Strange Town”.

"Jam Sessions presents the very best of his sessions with the band, supported by Martyn’s personal recollections, and his shoot journals, where he recorded the dates of his studio sessions. These journals provide a fascinating visual reference of the lighting set up and camera/ lenses he used, and also include some original polaroids taken by Martyn as part of the set up for the sessions. The polaroids are interesting historical documents, and while not capable of pin sharp enlargement because of their small original size (just 6 x 6 cm), they are an important part of the story.

"For those growing up with the Jam, picture sleeves provided important visual references and studying them in detail was standard activity on release day. What was Paul Weller wearing? Where could you buy it? It all meant something when you were invested heavily in this band. By spending time with Martyn’s surviving archive, as presented in this book, we better appreciate his role in documenting the group’s image in this golden period marking their ascendancy on the UK music scene.

"This is a limited edition hardcover book—just 350 individually signed and numbered copies are being offered to collectors worldwide. Each book is housed in a presentation box and is accompanied by a signed and numbered limited edition print of an image of The Jam from the David Watts cover session in 1978." More info at Snap Galleries



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