November 27, 2021

Modcast #499: Your Virgin Ears

Modcast #499 gives you a big blast of power poppin', old school, punk and new wave. Get your musical wet suits on and your oxygen tanks topped off so you can join me on another deep dive into some more obscure and less championed tracks of the past.

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The Atlantics -- When You're Young (1978)
The Outlets -- Bright Lights (1982)
The Pencils -- Time Of Your Life (1984)
The First Steps -- Anywhere Else But Here (1980)
The Hypsterz -- 66 54321 (1980)
Peter Dayton -- Skintite (1981)
La Peste -- Better Off Dead (1978)

LAX -- Ronnie's Song (1979)
Algebra Mothers (A Moms) -- Strawberry Cheesecake (1979)
The Upset -- Hurt (1980)
White Summer -- Power Poison (1984)
The Donkeys -- Monkey Business (198?)
Deep Throats -- Rock 'n Roll Discharge (1978)
The Valves -- It Don't Mean Nothing At All (1979)
Excel -- If It Rains (1979)

Bonus Third Set

The Jetz - Time Of Your Life

The Pencils - Time Of Your Life

Paragraf Pop - Med Dig

Fingerprintz - Houdini Love

Brave New Works - Mixed Up Feelings

The Click - Just Another Monday

The Vipers ~ "Never Alone", "Telling Those Lies", "We're Outta Here"

The Voltags - Shut up

November 13, 2021

Modcast #498: Here Comes The Nice

Modcast #498 is gonna leave you breathless, guaranteed. I've got a great line up of great music for all of you my great listeners. I've got something solid, something cold, something checkered, something amplified, from punk rock to garage rock to northern soul to power pop, I've got all the bases covered.

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PlanB -- Give It To Me Now (2021)
Graham Hanlon & The Solid Bond -- Movin' Up (2021)
Cold Expectations -- In The Padlocked Night (2021)
Not A Moment Too Soon -- In The Zoom Breakout Room (2021)
doublepluspop -- Coincide (2021)
Angel Du$t -- No Fun (2021)
The Exbats -- Best Kiss (2021)
Bart Mendoza -- Sunny (2021)

The Ramonas -- Loser (2021)
The Amplifier Heads -- Earth Girls On The Loose (2021)
Pavid Vermin -- It's Not You (2021)
Dfactor Pop -- I Don't Chill (2021)
The Reflectors -- Faster Action (2021)
The Laissez Fairs -- Sunshine Tuff (2021)
The Checkered Hearts -- Love Buzz (2021)
Dan Vapid & The Cheats -- Come Find Me (2021)

Bonus Third Set
Shocking Blue -- Love Buzz

David Robinson -- Say Goodbye

The Jimmy C -- Poor Boy

The Airport 77s - Losers Win

Livingmore -- Sharp

Freddie Dilevi - "In the Light of a New Day" (Los conciertos de Radio3)

The Heartdrops -- Fool For Love

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October 30, 2021

Modcast #497: Come Join The Masquerade

DJ Ken has done it again. He's mixed a Halloween cake that is sure to knock your costume off with Louis, Lizzy, Siouxsie, Curry, Dolly, Lefty and so much more.

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Lucky you here's all 13 razorblade free bagfuls of halloween musical goodies from the years gone by! Get them all right here.

Berlin - Masquerade (Pleasure Victim, 1982)
Tim Curry - Sweet Transvestite (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975)
3-D Invisibles - Creature Of The Drive-In (Jump Off The Screen, 1986)
No More Kings - The Living Dead (III, 2014)
Vaccines - Paranormal Romance (Back In Love City, 2021)
Vista Blue - Where Do You Wanna Sleep (Halloween III) (New Nightmares, 2021)
Bloodrock - D.O.A. (Bloodrock 2, 1970)
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil (Beggars Banquet, 1968)
Thin Lizzy - Killer On The Loose (Chinatown, 1980)
Aquabats - Skeleton Inside! (Kooky Spooky In Stereo, 2020)
Loafers - The Undertaker (Contagious, 2008)
The Specials - International Jet Set (More Specials, 1980)
Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá - Cumbia de los muertos (Una Visión, 2010)
Senor Coconut - Showroom Dummies (El Baile Alemán, 2000)
Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner - Jeannie's Afraid of the Dark (Just the Two of Us, 1968)
Lefty Frizzell - Long Black Veil (Single, 1959)
Damned - Absinthe (Grave Disorder, 2001)
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Mother/Oh Mein Papa (Join Hands, 1980)
Louis Armstrong w. Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra - Spooks (Single, 1954)

One Hour of Vintage Halloween Commercials from the 1960s to the 1990s (and beyond)

October 17, 2021

Modcast #496: Ease On Down To The Lounge

Right this way, watch your step, the bar's open, get yourself a table and we'll bring you a drink.

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Love Jones -- Stars (2008)
October Country -- I Just Don't Know (1968)
The Explorers Club -- One Drop Of Rain (2020)
Gentle Tuesday -- I Made Up My Mind (1999)
Lovin Spoonful -- Summer In The City (1966)
Jerry Adams -- Send A Letter (2013)
Brian Wilson (feat. She & Him) -- On The Island (2015)

The Speed Of Sound -- Wired & Tired (2021)
The Free Design -- Now Is The Time (1969)
Rinaldi Sings -- Empress Of The Splendid Season (2021)
The Association -- Along Comes Mary (1966)
The Orange Peels -- Give My Regards To Rufus (2021)
The Red Button -- She's Going Down (2007)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- Going Out Of My Head (1966)
Four King Cousins -- Love So Fine (1968)

The Explorers Club -- Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

She & Him -- Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

Corduroy -- The New You

Swing Out Sister -- Until Tomorrow Forgets

Joel Sarakula -- Parisian Woman

Shirley Bassey -- The Look Of Love

Jodie -- Pushover

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October 2, 2021

Modcast #495: The Real Deal

Modcasst #495 The Real Deal

This week's show is the real deal, complete with the hip shaking you want, and the head banging you need.

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James Clark Institute -- Yellow (2021)
Go Mod Go -- She Was Good (2021)
Fay Hallam -- Rays Of Light (2021)
Rinaldi Sings -- Footprints In The Sand (2021)
Eli Paperboy Reed -- News You Can Use (2019)
Ian M Bailey -- I'm Not The Enemy (2021)
The Daylilies -- Cat Inside The Windo (2021)
James Clark Institute -- Little Powder Keg (2021)

Abbie Barrett feat. Greg Hawkes -- I Will Let You Know (2021)
The Brothers Steve -- Better Get Ready (2021)
The Control Freaks -- I'm Always Right (2021)
Star Collector -- The Silent Type (2021)
Kerosene Stars -- Get Up (2021)
The Cheap Cassettes -- Endless Summer Ends (2021)
Pavid Vermin -- Whoa Dude (2021)
Diamond Hands -- I Lose You Win (2021)

Reviews You Can Use: James Clark Institute – The Color Of Happy

Better than I remember. That’s the title to a song falling somewhere in the middle of the new James Clark Institute release. And it's a perfect way to describe the album. No matter how good I think it is when I'm talking about it with someone, or blathering on about it like this on the modcast, it's so much better when I'm actually listening to it. So, here's my review you can use for James Clark Institute’s The Color of Happy.

This is a simple album. Simple pop music. Simple hooks and riffs. The themes are simple. The music is simple. It is simply delightful. Simplicity is underrated, as it is so hard to do simple right. A few artists get it, McCartney. Lowe. Jackson. Joe of course, but Michael too if you think about it. People want to overthink pop music -power, indy, jangle, whatver - and make it something more than it really is, which does it such a disservice. The truth is the songs on The Color of Happy sound simple, and that's part of its strength and beauty. Because in reality they're sophisticated, difficult, and making art like that is so often misunderstood.

It delivers the band's simple and enjoyable tight knit sound from a number of angles. There's the pure pop of the piano driven opening track Little Powder Keg, with its hummable catchy bouncy chorus, that suddenly has this understated sort of Who like middle section that is pure gold. And don't get me started on Yellow. I mean damn. Just a perfect little northern soul bopper for diamond geezers like me who are fading to black.

The album is full of great music from top to bottom. It finishes quite appropriately with a mod-friendly upbeat number, Next best Thing.

Let me be your next best thing.
Your hips will swerve, your mood will swing.
Your lips won’t perse and your dopamine will offer up an extra gleam,
If you let me be your next best thing.

What a great way to end, making the listener want to come back for so much more. In short, The Color of Happy is delightful. And, always better than I remember.

Bonus Third Set

Star Collector - The Silent Type

The Lunar Laugh - I Wanna Know

The Reflectors -- Faster Action (Live)

doublepluspop -- When She Disappeared

BRNDA -- Wrong Taco

Catbite -- Not Ur Baby

Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men

Kelley's Heels -- Faded Out

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September 26, 2021

Modcast #494: The Triple Play

Modcast 494 The Triple PlayIt's the end of the season, the pennant race is on, the fall classic is looming. So, of course I had to call up some ringers to talk baseball and music. First up is DJ Ken from The Shingles, and batting cleanup is none other than Vista Blue front man, Mike Patton. All baseball related songs of course, and a few of baseball's greatest play calls as well.

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Seth Swirsky -- There's Nothing Like The Game of Baseball
Harry Simeone Songsters -- It's A Beautiful Day For A Ball Game (1961)
Vista Blue -- We're Outta The Pennant Race (2015)
Jeffrey Foskett -- Baseball Card Fever (2018)
The Ueckers -- More Than A Hobby (2013)
Liam Gallagher -- Once (2019)
Baseball's Greatest Play Calls
The Intruders -- Love Is Like A Baseball Game (1968)
Vida Blue Pt 1 -- Jimmy Bee (1974?)
The Baseball Project -- Please Don't Call Them Twinkies (2011)
Vista Blue -- Stealing Signs (2021)

Bonus Third Set

New Marines -- I like Baseball (1980)

The Baseball Project - Ichiro (Live on KEXP)

JOEY BISHOP SHOW with "The L.A. Dodgers"

Sam and Dave - Knock It Outta The Park

The Ueckers - Doom Balloon

Vista Blue - Designated Hitter

Herman Munster tries out for the Dodgers

Everclear - Jackie Robinson

September 20, 2021

Modcast #493: Diver Down

Modcast #493: Diver DownYou know the artists but do you remember these tracks? I've got deep cuts from the back catalogs of some of our favorite bands on this week's show. These are the songs that often get forgotten, or overshadowed by the bigger hits. We all know their hits, everyone knows their popular albums, and the true fans will know a lot of the back catalog for all the bands here, I'm sure. But I'm guessing even those diehards don't play many of these tracks very often.

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Paul Weller -- Has My Fire Really Gone Out? (1993)
The Who -- The Good's Gone (1965)
The Jetset -- The Wheel's Of Love (1986)
The Decibels -- It's Not Me (2018)
The Beatles -- Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (1968)
Ocean Color Scene -- I Told You So (2007)
The Creation -- Midway Down (1968)
Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames -- Bend A Little (1964)

The Ramones -- Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (1977)
The Standells -- Our Candidate (1966)
The Heartdrops -- Coming Back (1999)
Squeeze -- Vicky Verky (1980)
Oasis -- Step Out (1995)
Purple Hearts -- Extraordinary Sensations (1979)
The Rubinoos -- All Excited (1976)
Nirvana -- Lounge Act (1991)

Bonus Third Set

The Rolling Stones - Leave Me Alone

The Jam - See Saw

ABC - Only The Best Will Do

Small Faces - Patterns

Blondie - In The Sun

Green Day - Amanda

The Monkees - Sunny Girlfriend

The Kinks - Creepin' Jean

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September 4, 2021

Modcast #492: Summer's Slipping Away

Indeed, it's the end of the summer season and just in the nick of time here comes guest hosts DJ Ken and Michael Simmons to say a final farewell with their annual summer shindig.

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Cheap Trick - The Summer Looks Good On You (In Another World, 2021)
Jagger Holly - At The Beach Tonight (The Last Of The International Playboys, 2018)
Airport 77s - All the Way (Rotation, 2021)
Explorers Club - Look To The Horizon (Single, 2021)
Michael Simmons - One Summer Sunday (Demo, 2021)
Coral - Take Me Back To The Summertime (Coral Island, 2021)
America - Ventura Highway (Homecoming, 1972)
Cult Stars From Mars - Funny Face (Single, 2021)
Beach Boys - Keepin' the Summer Alive (Keepin' The Summer Alive, 1980)
War - Summer (Greatest Hits, 1976)
Paul Weller - On Sunset (On Sunset, 2020)


August 28, 2021

Modcast #491: The Future Is Bright

Modcast 491 The Future Is Bright

If the future is so bright you gotta wear sunglasses, the music of now is so great you gotta turn up the volume. Lucky listeners out there are gonna get hipped to some very cool new music from garage pop to punk rock to soul, got it all going on right now, right here. You're welcome.

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The Screens -- Coming Live From The City Of Light (2020)
Reaction -- Gotta hold of My Heart (2021)
Pama International -- Smile & Say Good Morning(2021)
Richie Mayer -- Sunshine Blues (2021)
Orange Peels -- Whenever (2021)
Jodie -- Pushover (2021)
Mark & The Clouds -- In The Big Crowd (2021)
Danny Wilkerson -- Enough For Somebody (2021)

Cromm Fallon & The P200 -- Two Stroke Smoke (2021)
Bad Nerves -- Baby Drummer (2020)
The Veras -- Spaceman (2021)
The Sorels -- She's In The Gang (2021)
The Terraplanes Blues Band -- Catfish (2021)
The Prof. Fuzz 63 -- Sheena Is A Soccer Mom (2021)
The Yellowhead Project -- A Million Minds In Tune (2021)

Reviews You Can Use: Wilkerson, Big Stir Records (2021)

I wasn't sure what I expected when I pressed play on Wilkerson, but it wasn't what I got, which sort of took my breath away. It opens with Everybody Loves to Love and the first thing I think is oh my god Burt Bacharach! But that wasn't all, it bounces effortlessly into sort of light psychpop, Beatles style, and all with such ease. Then the second song comes on, and remember I'm still on my first listen at this point, and I could have leaped up and started dancing. that second song, Enough For Somebody, is an uptempo northern soul vibing pop number, shoulda been an instant classic. Fast becoming one of my favorite songs on the album after countless listens now. As if that wasn't enough you get this fantastic mix of strings to kick off the third song Endless Haze, which has still another sort of vibe, a different, easy, feeling. After that it's one bit of delightful pleasure after another, all bringing in different elements and stylistic flourishes, but sill cohesive and holding on to a basic power pop platform. This is an album you'll listen more than once, or even a dozen times, for sure.

Bonus Third Set

Caper Clowns - CAPS LOCK ON

Save Henry -- Sunrise

Cromm Fallon & The P200 - Two Stroke Smoke

Pale Lips -- Candy Song

Smile -- Hideout

Du Blonde -- Pull The Plug

Lucas Aaron -- Ocean Girl

The Rugs -- My Love Is Bad

August 18, 2021

Modcast #490: All Funked Up

Here comes some super soul tunes with such rounded edges that it gives it a smooth, swaggering vibe the likes of which your ears will be begging for more. This will have movin' and groovin' and slidin' and glidin' as you bump and hustle across the floor.

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The Untouchables -- Freak In The Streets (1985)
The Allergies -- Jumping Off (2020)
Bosq ft. Kaleta -- Backstrokin' (2019)
Frankie Smith -- Double Dutch Bus (1980)
Commodores -- Machine Gun (1974)
Renegades of Jazz -- Flaximus (2021)
Jungle Fire -- Firewalker (2013)
Soopasoul -- If It Ain't Funky Back It Up (2018) Jamiroquai -- Soul Education (1999)
Deee-Lite -- Deep Ending (1990)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- It's A Love Thing (2014)
The Traffic -- White Lines (2016)
Basement Freaks -- All That Funk! (2016)
Vic Ceasar -- Shake Down (Bare Knuckles OST) (1977)

Bonus Third Set

Fort Knox Five feat. Flex Mathews -- Reach

The Brothers Johnson -- Ain't We Funkin' Now

Fat Larry's Band - Act Like You Know

Hodges, James & Smith ‎– Sexy Ways

The Jacksons - Goin' Places

Maceo & The Macks -- Soul Power 74

J-Zone -- Knight Rider

Liquid Soul -- Sex God

James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing Live

August 7, 2021

Modcast #489: Stirring Things Up

Power pop lovers of all stripes are probably well aware of the guests joining me on this modcast: Rex and Christina co-founders of Big Stir Records. We talk about turning a live scene into a record label and some of the new --and old-- acts they're bringing to your ears.

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The Forty Nineteens -- It's For Fun (That's All We're Living For) (2021)
The Well Wishers -- We Grow Up (2020)
Sorrows -- Christabelle (2021)
Danny Wilkerson -- You Still Owe Me A Kiss (2021)
Popsicko -- Nastassja (2021)
(An Oral History of Popsicko)
The Armoires -- (Just Can't See) The Attraction (2020)
The Living Dolls -- Everything That Happened (2021)

Check out more about Big Stir Records artists at

SORROWS: The Real Story of The Real Album

Some of my other favorite Big Stir artists, friends, and co-conspirators

sparkle*jets u k - Ballad of El Goodo

The Corner Laughers -- Bells of El Camino

Librarians With Hickeys - Black Velvet Dress

Irene Peña - Not from Around Here

In Deed - Don’t Need, Don’t Care

July 29, 2021

Modcast #488: Play 'Em Again Suave

We're just a little past the half way mark for this year and already it's shaping up to be a great one as far as new music goes. A lot of music rumbles through my ears, and lately these are the artists who are in heavy rotation here at Suave headquarters. There are definitely some solid contenders for my annual best of list at the end of the year. These are acts I've already hyped this year, but the music is so good I decided I'd better play 'em again.

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Vista Blue -- Back To The Summer Olymics (2021)
Local Drags -- Give A Shit Anyway (2021)
Sharp Class -- Living For Kicks (2021)
The Speedways -- 11th Street Kids (2021)
Pavid Vermin -- Take Me To Your Leader (2020)
Geoff Palmer -- Tomorrow (2021)
The Peppermint Kicks --The Morning Girls (2021)
Star Collector -- Rip It Off (2021)

Emma Noble -- No Turning Back (2021)
Danny Laj And The Looks -- Smoke In The Sun (2021)
The Lovedays -- Your Money Or Your Life (2010)
The Pre-Amps -- With My Baby (2021)
The Checkered Hearts -- Happy Hour (2021)
The Lodger -- I Think I'll Start Again (2021)
The Chelsea Curve -- A Better Way (2021)
Rich Arithmetic -- Saving Sunset (2021)

Local Drags - Think Straight

Men Of North Country- Titanic

Strange World - Official Video

The Sha La La's - Carpenter Of Love

Justine and The Unclean - Rock and Roll Blackmail

Bad Nerves - Radio Punk

The Hot Sprockets - Soul Brother

L.A. Exes - Skinny Dipping