May 21, 2015

Modcast #329: 9th Anniversary Special & Tribute to Mad Men

Hard to believe it's been almost a decade since the first modcast away back in May of 2006! The world is a smaller place than it was when I kicked this thing off, and I like to think a better place because of it. Joining me to celebrate and commiserate the end of Mad Men is frequent mod world guest host Ken from The Shingles.

Got a really big show for you this week, in fact this is by far the longest modcast in the show's entire nine year run. But it's okay because this whole show is focused on mid-century music in the tradition of Mad Men. Few programs have ever used music so effectively as Matt Weiner did on Mad Men. The music did more than just date the show. It was more than period piece set decoration. The music on Mad Men was like a whole other character with all the emotion and plot direction that goes with such.

Not all the songs here were featured on the show, though quite a few of them were. But they are definitely songs you could have imagined, and maybe wished had been on the show.

Listen Now

Henry Mancini -- Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll -- Don't Do It No More (1967)
Petula Clark - I Know a Place (Season 4, episode 9, The Beautiful Girls)
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie -- More (1964)
Me & My Gin -- Dinah Washington (1958)
Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road (Season 4, episode 1, Public Relations)
Tom Jones -- Promise Her Anything (1966)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Casino Royal Theme (Main Title) (Season 5, episode 13, The Phantom)
Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot - Bonnie and Clyde (Season 6, episode 4, To Have and to Hold)
Gillian Hills - Zou Zou Bisou (Season 5, episode 1–2, A Little Kiss)
Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Season 5, episode 1–2, A Little Kiss)
Nancy Sinatra -- I Gotta Get Out Of This Town (1967)
Martin Denny - Misirlou (Season 2, Episode 11, The Jet Set)
Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (Season 5, episode 8, Lady Lazarus)
Zombies - This Will Be Our Year (Season 7, episode 2, A Day's Work)
Judy Collins - Both Sides Now (Season 6, episode 13, In Care Of)
Beach Boys - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (Season 5, episode 6, Far Away Places)

One of my favorite scenes from the first season of Mad Men:

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May 10, 2015

Modcast #328: Guaranteed Fillers, Thrillers & Killers

If you asked me to DJ your dance party you'd get something kinda like this -- a whole set of floor filling, toe tapping, blistering rug cutters. I'll keep the chat to a minimum and let you just dig the deep grooves. Get to steppin'!

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Combustible Edison -- Cadillac (1994)
Just Brothers -- Sliced Tomatoes (1968)
David Whitaker -- Strip Poker At Caesers Palace (1967)
The Undertakers -- Beat Party (1966)
James Clarke -- Wild Elephants (1973)
Sugarman 3 -- But It's Alright (2012)
Casey & The Pressure Group -- Comin' Home (1971)
Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm - Thinking Black (1969)
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals -- Purple Haze (1968)
Erasmus Chorum -- Jungle (1973)
6ix Toys -- Do Your thing (2014)
US3 -- Cantaloop (1994)
Herbie Hancock -- Bring Down The Birds (1966)
United Future Organization -- The Planet Plan (1996)
Ursula 1000 -- Kinda Kinky (2002)
Hansi -- Cocaine (2012)
Fatboy Slim -- Rockafeller Skank (1998)
Bad Manners -- Pipeline (1998)
Madness -- One Step Beyond (1979)
The Specials -- Sock It To 'Em JB (1980)

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April 30, 2015

Modcast #327: The Comp Of Comps

Everybody likes a good compilation album. This week I'm highlighting a bunch of really great 80s comps from power pop to mod to punk. Back in the 80s when finding good music took more than a Google search and mouse click, compilation albums could help turn you on to new and cool sounds. I remember finding the 20 Of Another Kind Vol. 2 album which had tracks from The Jam and Purple Hearts. At least half of the other bands on the album I'd never heard of before, but I bought it in the hopes of finding new mod friendly tunes. I bought a lot of compilations back then, and all of the records represented on this week's show were ones that I bought myself between 1980-1990, and played the hell out of them for years afterwards. I'm hoping to highlight some lesser known things, or some things that are otherwise hard to come by, so you may not be hearing a lot of your own favorites. Speaking of which, if you had a favorite compilation back in the day, drop me a line on the show's Facebook page and let me know what it was.

Listen Now

RAF -- Want You To Know (2015)
Agent Orange -- Bloodstains (1980, Rodney On The Roq)
Social Distortion -- Lude Boy (1981, Hell Comes To Your House)
Red Cross -- Annettes Got The Hits (1980, The Siren)
Thee Fourgiven -- Spiders In My Sink (1985, Garage Sale)
The Unclaimed -- Walk On The Water (1985, Garage Sale)
Boy (You Got Me Good) -- Wednesday Week (1983, Warfrat Tales)
Brand New Drug -- The Last (1983, Warfrat Tales)
The Not Quite -- War Or Hands Of Time (1986, Declaration Of Fuzz)
The Fezmen -- So Easy Baby (1984, Battle Of The Garages #2)
Sex Museum -- Drugged Personality (1986, Battle Of The Garages #4)
The Mutts -- Anxious Color (1984, Battle Of The Garages #3)
Solid State -- Train To London Town (1985, Cutting Edge)
Patrick Fitzgerald -- Improve Myself (1980, 20 Of Another Kind Vol. 2)
The Daggermen -- Ivor, The Engine Driver (1988, The Final Countdown)
The Merton Parkas -- You Say You Will (1987, The Beat Generation And Angry Young Men)
The Jolt -- No Excuses (1979, 20 Of Another Kind)

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April 20, 2015

Modcast #326: Wow! Just wow.

Are you ready to be wowed? I've got a bunch of brand new music that is guaranteed to blow your socks off, as well some sixties beat music just to keep it interesting. So, make sure you've got the speakers turned up to 11 and you've got your dancing shoes on, because you're about to get wowed.

Listen now

Grace Love & The True Loves
-- Fire (2015)
The Corner Laughers -- Fairytale Tourist (2015)
Belle & Sebastian -- Allie (2015)
The School -- All I Want From You Is Everything (2015)
Skinny -- Mr. Bragg (2015)
Valley Lodge -- Go (2013)
The Neighborhood Bullys -- The Bully Stomp (2015)
FFS -- Johnny Delusional (2015)
Don Fardon -- I'm Alive (1969)
The Tages -- It's My Life (1967)
The Medallions -- Leave Me Alone (1967)
The Palace Guards -- Gas Station Boogaloo Downtown (1967)
The Zags -- Red-Eyed Dawn (2014)
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltry -- Some Kind Of hero (2014)
Dexters -- Worth Your While (2014)
The Masterplan -- What's Up With That (2004)

Valley Lodge -- Go

The School -- Is He Really Coming Home?

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April 2, 2015

Modcast #325: Saturday Morning Pop

Zoinks! Keep an on your cereal bowl kids, I am taking aim at a bygone Saturday morning tradition and planning to blow it away. I would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids and their damn dog. Mod powers activate. Form of diamond geezer, shape of an aging ace....

Listen Now

Lance Link & The Evolution Revolution -- Evolution Revolution
The Murmurs -- H. R. Puff N Stuff
The Bugaloos -- The Senses Of Our World
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes -- Inspector Gadget
MXPX -- Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
The Jackson 5ive -- I Want You Back
The Archies -- Sugar Sugar
The Monkees -- Randy Scouse Git
The Bedrock Rockers -- Sunny Sun Day
Josie & The Pussycats -- With Every Beat Of Your Heart
Schoolhouse Rock -- Verb, That's What's Happening
The Hardy Boys -- Sink Or Swim
The Electric Company -- Sweet Sweet Sway
The Ramones -- Spiderman
The Dickies -- Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah
Material Issue feat. Liz Phair -- The Tra La La Song
Lance Link & The Evolution Revolution -- Magic Feeling

Lance Link & The Evolution Revolution -- Superstatic, Instamatic, Electric Vibrations

I Created Lancelot Link

The Archies - Bang-Shang-A-Lang

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March 16, 2015

Modcast #324: The Rocking Dead

This week on the modcast I'm paying to tribute to some not so living legends. At least not living anymore. Sadly all these folks have passed on, but they've left behind musical legacies that have impacted and changed music forever. RIP.

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Quincy Jones featuring Amy Winehouse -- It's My Party (2010)
Jimi Hendrix -- Fire (1967)
The Doors -- Soul Kitchen (1966)
The Rolling Stones -- Under My Thumb (1966)
The Who -- Glittering Girl (1967)
The Beatles -- Twist & Shout (1963)
Small Faces -- Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1967)
Marvin Gaye -- What's Going On (1970)
Sam Cooke -- Shake (1964)
Otis Redding -- Heh Heh Baby (1964)
The Ramones -- Havana Affair (1976)
The Clash -- London Calling (1979)
The Lambrettas -- Go Steady (1980)
Stiv Bators -- The Last Year (1979)
Material Issue -- Something's Happened To Catherine (1998)
The Exploding Hearts -- Modern Kicks (2003)
The Ramones (intro by John Peel) -- California Sun (1976)

The Lambrettas -- Beat Boys In The Jet Age

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March 4, 2015

Modcast #323: Extra Soft And Absorbent

Welcome to the show kids, and what a show it's going to be. The first half of the show is packed full of brand new music, and the second half has a lot of really cool tracks from the past.

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The Mads -- What I Need (2015)
The Zags -- Play It Loud (2015)
The Spitfires -- Stand Down (2015)
Houdini Dax -- Apple Tree (2015)
The Action Jets -- In Your Arms Tonight (2015) (downloads)
Supertonic Sound Club -- Love Is A Four Letter Word (2015)
Hanky Panky -- A Queen Without A Crown (2015)
Paul Orwell -- Something Of Nothing (2015) (downloads)
The Get Up -- Get Lucky (2013)
Martha High & Speedometer -- You Got It (2012)
Pizzicato Five -- Sweet Soul Revue (1995)
Lou Courtney -- Trying To Find My Woman (1965)
The Von Bondies -- The Fever (2004)
The Monitors -- Gimme Direction (2013) (downloads)
Shoes -- She Satisfies (2012)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds -- The Girl With The X-Ray Eyes (2015)

The Von Bondies -- C'mon C'mon

Houdini Dax -- Apple Tree

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February 25, 2015

Modcast #322: Kicks & Chicks

Modcasts like this one don't come along very often. Only every week or so as I get 'em produced! This week is no exception, including all the professional production standards, great music, and as one modcast critic it put it "a voice never meant for radio." With an endorsement like that I know you won't waste anytime checking this week's offerings from the fine folks listed below.

Listen Now

Yellowstone -- A Place With A Bar You Can Swim To (2014)
R.E.M. -- 1,000,000 (1982)
Joe Jackson -- Happy Loving Couples (1979)
The Clash -- Train In Vain (1979)
The Zipps -- Kicks & Chicks (1966)
The Sorrows -- You've Got What I Want (1965)
The Knickerbockers -- Lies (1964)
The Luvd Ones -- Up Down Sue (1966)
The Morlocks -- Promised Land (2010)
Wicked Ones -- Back To My Cave (198?)
Red Vines -- Johnson County (198?)
The Godfathers -- 'Cause I Said So (1988)
The Risk -- Weekend (2002)
Redondo Beat -- Can't Wait Until Saturday Night (2011)
Choo Choo -- I Hope You Feel (2007)
The Rising -- Free My Soul Tonight (2014)
The Artwoods -- Can You Hear Me (1965)

Luvd Ones -- I'm Leaving You

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February 7, 2015

Modcast #321: Another Bowlful O'Soul

This modcast is sizzling with soul. I'm still trying to recover from that heartbreaking loss the Seahawks suffered in the final seconds of the Sueprbowl last week. And, really the only way to get out of a funk like I've been in is ... well with something funky. So here it is, funkified for your pleasure.

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Check out Modcast #152 the original Bowlful O'Soul show.

James Brown -- Make It Funky Pt. 1 (1971)
Eddie Holland -- Leaving Here (1963)
Sam Cooke -- Sugar Dumpling (1962)
The Four Tops -- Standing In The Shadows Of Love (1966)
Little Richard -- A Little Bit Of Something (Beats A Whole Lot Of Nothing) (1967)
Roosevelt Franklin -- Alphabet Song (1974)
Eddie Floyd -- Soul Street (1974)
The Exciters -- Blowing Up My Mind (1968)
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound -- I Got High (2011)
Raphael Saadiq -- Heart Attack (2011)
Randa & The Soul Kingdom -- Be Yourself (2011)
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics -- Tried On A Smile (2014)
Harmony & Groove -- On The Fly Melody (2012)
Humble Souls -- Beads, Things And Flowers (1997)
Soulive -- Tonight (2009)
Andre Espeut's Quintet -- Let It Go (2013)

Roosevelt Franklin -- The Skin I'm In

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January 22, 2015

Modcast #320: Mod, Mod, Mod; Punk, Punk, Punk; Music, Music, Music

This week I turn on the way back machine and head back to the punk frontier of the late 70s and early 80s. Why is that? Well I just finished reading the completely fantastic Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys. It's the memoir of Slits guitarist Viv Albertine. For music fans, the first half of the book is really great recounting Viv's time as a part of the Sex Pistols inner-circle of friends, her on-again off-again tortured romance with Mick Jones and her encounters with everyone from Chrissy Hynde to Malcolm Mclaren.

The second half of the book is even better really, telling the story of the rest of Viv's life and her battles with cancer, men, and depression. It also chronicles her life as a filmmaker/videographer, wife and mother, and her eventual make-up with music after leaving it behind for almost 25 years. She has crazy will power and her personality is clearly a force of nature. It was inspiring and a great read and I highly recommend it.

So, reading that got me listening to a lot of the music that she wrote about and that got me digging through my old power pop and punk files and I decided rather than play a whole bunch of stuff you all probably know by heart I'd throw out some more obscure and less heard stuff. So I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I have putting this modcast together.

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Vicky & the Vengents -- Not Your Little Girl (2013)
The Zeros -- Radio Fun (1977)
City Limits -- Dancing In The Heat (1980)
The Models -- Man Of The Year (1977)
Richard & The Taxman -- Now We're Through (1980)
The Moderns -- The Year Of Today (1979)
The Modernettes -- Teen City (1980)
Algebra Moms -- Strawberry Cheesecake (1979)
Single Bullet Theory -- Five Strings (2013)
The Press -- Jimmy Jimmy (1979)
The Peens -- Thrill Me (1980)
Start -- Invisible Man (1981)
The Pink Tiles -- There She Goes (2014)
Home Blitz -- Secret Wave (2012)
Johnny Salvage -- I Got A Line (2013)
Barreracudas -- Baby Baby Baby (2011)
The Judes -- Go Mod (2014)

Berreracudas -- Girl

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January 13, 2015

Modcast #319: It's No Secret

Welcome back to the mod world. Digging through my music and unearthing a whole bunch of cool tracks this week. With everything from new stuff from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and The Dollyrots all the way back to Jefferson Airplane and Small Faces, it's going to be quite a ride.

To accompany you on that journey how about a Maple Rum Sour?

2 ounces spiced rum
1 ounce maple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
2 splashes Bar Keep baked apple bitters
Mix all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Listen Now

Electra -- Start All Over (2012)
Eleanor Friedberger -- Stare At The Sun (2013)
Franz Ferdinand -- Eleanor Put Your Boots On (2005)
Supergrass -- Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (1997)
Acid House Kings -- Would You Say Stop? (2011)
Josie Cotton -- Run Pussy Cat (2007)
The Go-Go's -- Cool Jerk (1982)
Ivy & The Teachers -- Once Burnt Twice Learnt (1980)
Bonnie Hayes With The Wild Combo -- Inside Doubt (1982)
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra -- One Way Punk (2014)
Goldfinger -- Here In Your Bedroom (1996)
New York Dolls -- Puss'n'Boots (1974)
The Detroit Cobras -- Village Of Love (2003)
The Beau Brummels -- Don't Talk To Strangers (1965)
Jefferson Airplane --It's No Secret (1966)
Small Faces -- Runaway (1967)
The Who -- Postcard (1974)
The Dollyrots -- Barefoot And Pregnant (2014)

The Dollyrots - Be My Baby (Ronettes Cover)

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra -- The Look of Love

January 5, 2015

Modcast #318: Take It To The Limit

Welcome to the new year. Got a nice mix of mostly new tracks this week with some new sounds from old friends as well as from some new voices. I think you'll dig it and it's a good way to kick of the new year.

New Year's Cranberry Margarita
2 shots tequila
2 shots cranberry juice
1/2 shot sweetened lime juice
1/2 shot Grand Marnier
Pour all ingredients over ice and shake vigorously, strain into a cocktail glass.

Listen Now

The Low Twelve -- In My Dreams (2014)(stream/download)
Thee Wylde Fuzz Show -- Thinking (2014)
The Ace -- I'm Leaving You (2014)
The See No Evils -- Hanging Around (2014)
The 45s -- Around And Around (2014)
The Number Ones -- I Wish I Was Lonely (2014)
The Capers -- Go Against The Sun (2014)
The Frinchers -- My First Time (2014)
The Zags -- It's (2014)
The Empty Hearts -- Drop Me Off At Home (2014)
The Moons -- Heart And Soul (2014)
Men Of North Country -- Boy (2014)
The Len Price 3 -- Preying Mantis (2014)
The Rifles -- Go Lucky (2014)

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