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.

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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.

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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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December 21, 2014

Modcast #317: Mr. Suave's Christmas Office Party

Well, here it is the second seasonal modcast this year! Joining me is Ken from The Shingles to help sort through a bunch of really cool Christmas tracks. Merry Christmas mods!

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Cute Lepers -- Cute Lepers Xmas Song
Angry Snowmans -- Egg Nog
The Dollyrots -- Because I'm Santa
Toy Dolls -- Credit Crunch Christmas
Bill Cosby -- Merry Christmas Mama
Jaymz Bee -- Sleigh Ride
Magnus T -- Snow Bunny
Marvin Gaye -- Purple Snowflakes
The Len Price 3 -- It's Christmas Time Ebenezer
Boss Martians -- 3 Ghosts
Chesterfield Kings -- Hey Santa Claus
Short Skirts -- Christmas Depends on You
Sleepwalkers -- Christmas Morning
Leevees -- How Do You Spell Channukkahh?
Lisa Mychols -- Lost Winter's Dream

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December 13, 2014

Mr. Suave's 3rd Annual Christmas Modcast Invitational

Ho, ho, ho, kiddies! It's time for another installment of the now annual Christmas Modcast invitational. That's right, as with all my VIP soirees this one is by invite only. I sent out a limited number of invites and moddoms publicity whores gobbled 'em right up. So, this year, you're going to be treated to a merry mix of seasonal sounds from all manner of podcasters, bloggers and musicians.


You'll hear from the kingpin of mod opinion-makers, Warren Peace of We Are The Mods, who's contribution proves that all a good fade takes is a steadily fiddled knob. And from the long reigning queen of mod podcasting, the one and only Penny Lane from Punks & Parkas. Also on board is the prince of power pop promotion, The Ice Cream Man; mod music maven, Modification's Melvyn Fickling, Mr. style and sophistication himself, soul dj Parka Pat; the mod world's favorite guest host, Ken from The Shingles, plus season's greetings from Paradise, The Idle Gossip, RAF, and The Inciters.

Finally, rounding out the show is a really fantastic spoken word essay from Mary Queen of Cosmos. Not to be missed. Trust me.

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Chris, John, Josh & Brad from RAF
Melvyn Fickling from Modifications Mod Radio
Ken from The Shingles
Mr. Suave
Mary Queen of Cosmos from Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Tamar Burke from Paradise
Warren Peace from We Are The Mods
Patrick Foisy from Parka Avenue
Don Roland from The Inciters
Mike Stilts from The Idle Gossip
Wayne from Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More
Penny Lane from Punks & Parkas
Kurtis Powers from The Face Radio

Check out last year's show here.





December 3, 2014

Modcast #315: Fully Loaded!

Here in Seattle the days are short, sun sets about 4:30pm. To add woe to that misery it's cold out there these days, sub freezing with black ice everywhere. As per my particular vices it's usually alcohol that warms me up, and nothing does better on a freezing day than some steaming hot alcohol enhanced with a few extras. Add to that a mercurial mix of hot music, and pretty soon you hardly know it's dark and cold. So, mix up something steamy and I'll serve up some songs to help you through the winter.


Orchard Boulevardier
 
v8 ounces apple cider
v4 ounces rye whiskey
v2 ounce Campari
v2 ounce sweet vermouth
vGarnish: 2 orange twists
Stir all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot. Do not bring to a boil. Serve in a mug. Makes 2 cocktails.

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Manual Scan -- For Those (1988)
The Who -- Be Lucky (2014)
The Sha La La's -- Missin' Words (2013)
Title Tracks -- Cain And The Twigs (2011)
The High Learys -- Idolise Your Woman (2013)
The Flamin' Groovies -- I'm Drowning (1968)
The Beau Brummels -- Don't Talk To Strangers (1965)
The Hi-Fives -- Rip It Up (1996)
Trolley -- The Calico Cat (2011)
Stupidity -- Try Not To Let It Show (1985)
Social Distortion -- It's All Over Now (2000)
The Hives -- If I Had A Cent (2012)
Jetty Boys -- Life Of The Party (2008)
The Cigarettes -- They're Back Again, Here They Come (1978)
The Briefs -- Criminal Youth (2005)
Veronica Falls -- Right Side Of My Brain (2011)

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November 25, 2014

Modcast #314: Cleaning Out The Garage

This week I'm giving you all the garage rock you can stand, from some sixties originals to some up and coming contemporary bands. After the original garage rock scene of the sixties passed away, it was a decade or so before it really sprang back to life. The punk rock scene of the late seventies fragmented into a number of different sounds, one of which was largely influenced by loud, raw, R&B of sixties bands like The Standells, The Chocolate Watchband, and The Count Five. They mixed the punk of the sixties with the punk of the seventies and incorporated the blues influences of the early Stones, Them and Yardbirds to create a distinct sound. Since then bands have built on those fuzzed out, guitar driven buzzsaw sounds incorporating elements of soul and modern alternative rock to keep the garage sound fresh but still recognizable.

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The Electric Mind Machine
-- Electric Mind Machine (2014)
The Electric Mess -- Better To Be Lucky Than Good (2014)
The Blue Squares -- Something Going On (2014)
The Prisoners -- Be On Your Way (1986)
The Chocolate Watchband -- No Way Out (1966)
The Sixty Second Swingers -- On My Way (2014)
The Strypes -- I Can Tell (2013)
Downbeat 5 -- Dum Dum Ditty (2006)
The Go-Go's -- Beatnik Beach (1982)
The Primates -- I Ain't Like You (1985)
Big Brother & The Holding Co. -- Down On Me (Live) (1967)
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown -- Fire (1968)
The Funseekers -- Cry In The Night (1988)
The Black Carnations -- I'm Only Bleeding (1986)
Moby Grape -- Omaha (1967)
Cocktail Slippers -- Sentenced To Love (2009)
Crawling Walls -- Run Inside (1985)

The Electric Mess -- Runaway Daughter



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November 18, 2014

Modcast #313: Acid Jazzin'

No doubt one of the biggest parts of mod music for the last 30 or so years has been acid jazz. What is acid jazz? Well broadly speaking I would describe it as a combination of jazz, soul, funk, bebop and sometimes hip hop. Sometimes its all of those rolled into one big fatty of a track. Other times its just one or two of those mixed together for a quick, smooth hit. Acid jazz is a big canvas, and as you'll see on this week's modcast I'm painting with bold broad strokes, like Van Gogh or Cezanne. For me acid jazz is pretty big tent and you can cram a lot under a big tent.

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United Future Organization -- Loud Minority (1992)
The Style Council -- Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse (1984)
Sade -- Hang On To Your Love (1984)
Corduroy -- Out Of Here (1995)
Mother Earth -- Very Together (1995)
Brand New Heavies -- Midnight At The Oasis (1994)
Pizzicato 5 -- Go-Go Dancer (1995)
Count Basic -- Moving In The Right Direction (1996)
Humble Souls -- Beads, Things And Flowers (1996)
Liquid Soul -- Sure Fire One (1997)
Soulive -- Tonight (2009)
US3 -- Gotta Get My Hustle On (2013)
Miles Davis -- The Doo Bop Song (1992)

US3 -- Cantaloop


Liquid Soul -- Salt Peanuts


United Future Organisation - The Planet Plan




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November 3, 2014

Modcast #312: Gotta Look Sharp!

Welcome to the big post Halloween show, a show so big thirty minutes can't contain it! I want to thank my usual stand-in, DJ Ken from The Shingles, who nicely took over last week to you some great Halloween tunes for his 7th annual halloween modcast. A big thank you and a hearty handshake to Ken for drivin' the hearse last week while I was busy passing out razor blade apples and oxycontin sweettarts. This week I've got great tuneage for you: brand new tracks from French Boutik and The Safes, as well as some great 80s songs, and a whole slew of other stuff.

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French Boutik -- Mieux Comme Ca (2014)
The Times -- Boys Brigade (1984)
Joboxers -- Just Got Lucky (1982)
Nick Heyward & Haircut 100 -- Calling Captain Autumn (1982)
ABC -- When Smokey Sings (1987)
Dexy's Midnight Runners -- There, There My Dear (1980)
Teen Machine -- School's Over (2000)
The Action -- Hey-Sha-Lo-Ney (1966)
Buffalo Springfield -- Mr. Soul (1967)
The Hellacopters -- Get Ready (2011)
The Lodger -- Have A Little Faith In People (2010)
The Official Secrets -- Fooling With My Heart (1981)
White Flag -- In The City (198?)
The Safes -- Hopes Up, Guard Down (2014)


The Safes - I Would Love To



The Lodger -- I think I Need You


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October 26, 2014

Modcast #311: Death Is A Lonely Business

Welcome to the annual Halloween modcast hosted by DJ Ken from The Shingles. As usual he's scared up a great show for you.

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Get a load of past Halloween specials here.

01. Devo - Peek-A-Boo! (Oh, No! It's Devo, 1982)

02. Lords of Altamont - Bury Me Alive (Midnight to 666, 2011)

03. Electric Mess - He Looks Like a Psycho (Falling Off the Face of the Earth, 2012)

04. Creation - Nightmares (Single, 1967)

05. 3-D Invisibles - They Won't Stay Dead (They Won't Stay Dead, 1989)

06. Ramones - Why Is It Always This Way? (Rocket to Russia, 1977)

07. Agent Orange - Too Young To Die (Living in Darkness, 1981)

08. Hollywood Squares - Hillside Strangler (Hillside Strangler 7'' Single, 1978)

09. T.S.O.L. - Darker My Love (4 Songs, 2005)

10. Brian Auger & The Trinity- Black Cat (Black Cat (Gatto Nero)/Goodbye Jungle Telegraph 7" Single, 1968)

11. Lou Rawls - Season Of The Witch (Brotherman, 2003)

12. Frankie ''Zeke'' Hart - I Am The Red Devil (I Am The Red Devil / The Devil's High 7'' Single)

13. Lords of the New Church - Dance with Me (Is Nothing Sacred?, 1983)

14. Siouxsie & the Banshees - Spellbound (Juju, 1981)

15. Damned - Would You Be So Hot (If You Weren't Dead ) (Grave Disorder, 2001)

16. Altered Images - Dead Pop Stars (Single, 1981)

17. Wall of Voodoo - Ring of Fire (Wall of Voodoo EP, 1980)

18. Tom Waits - What's He Building? (Mule Variations, 1999)


Paul Lynde Halloween Special from 1976 (weird & funny shit, man! KISS, Betty White, Margaret Hamilton - WTF?!)



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