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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October 24, 2014

From the Vaults: Five Haunting Halloween Modcasts


Trick or treat, here's a bagful of goodies! Five, that's right 5, of the last 6 halloween modcasts hosted by DJ Ken from The Shingles. Not sure where we buried the body of 2012's #249 but I'm sure it's rotten corpse will turn up sooner or later. Remember, 7th annual haunted modcast coming this weekend! Links below.



Modcast #107: Monsters A-Go-Go! (2008)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2008/10/halloween-modcast-107-monsters-go-go.html



Modcast #144: Something Wicked This Way Comes (2009)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2009/10/modcast-144-something-wicked-this-way.html



Modcast #181: Monsters Rule O.K. (2010)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2010/10/modcast-181-monsters-rule-ok.html



Modcast #216: No Costume, No Candy (2011)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2011/10/annual-halloween-modcast-216-no-costume.html



Modcast #283: How Do the Dead Come Back? (2013)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2013/10/modcast-283-halloween-special-2013-how.html

October 16, 2014

Modcast #310: The Misters Have It

You can blame this modcast on honorary producer Mary Queen of Cosmos who was the inspiration for this week's show -- as she often has been in the past as well. Anyhow she recently sent me Otis Redding's Mr. Pitiful which Redding wrote and recorded in the Stax studios in 1964and then released on his 1965 album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads. But I digress. Ms. Mary challenged me to come up with a playlist to go with the song, and that's how we all endup here listening to some really kick ass music. Mary says a Mr. Pitiful deserves a Mrs. Fabulous, so she's provided us with an excellent cocktail recipe that you'll want to take to heart ... or liver, as the case may be.

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Mrs. Fabulous

-1 thick slice of cucumber
-1 slice lime
-1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
-4oz Hendricks gin
-1tsp rosemary ginger syrup
-1 dash Angostura bitters
In a highball glass muddle cucumber, lime, & fresh ginger. Add ice and blend w/Hendricks gin, Angostura bitters, & rosemary ginger syrup.

Otis Redding -- Mr. Pitiful (1965)
Eldee Young -- Mr. Kicks (1962)
The Alan Brown Set -- Mr. Pleasure (1968)
Keith Relf -- Mr. Zero (1966)
Freddy Hill & The Reno Bops -- Mr. Lukcy (196?)
The Seeds -- Mr. Farmer (1966)
The Standells -- Mr. Nobody (1966)
Jean Knight -- Mr. Big Stuff (1971)
The Jetset -- Mr. Maybe (1985)
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics -- Mr. Wrong (2012)
The Jolt -- Mr. Radio Man (1980)
Len Price 3 -- Mr. Grey (2010)
Quincy Jones -- (Call Me) Mr. Tibbs (1970)
Combustible Edison -- Mr. Pushkin Came To Shove (1998)
The Style Council -- Mr. Cool's Dream (1986)
The Rolling Stones -- Mr. Pitiful, live (2005)


The Jetset - Wednesday Girl



Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics -- My Dear








September 30, 2014

Modcast #309: It's Modtastic

Welcome to a very modtastic modcast. Great music from beginning to end, with lots of new stuff, as well as lots of familiar tracks. And, hopefully a few golden gems that you can dig. Enjoy the show.


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The Rifles -- Heebie Jeebies (2014)
Action Jets -- Action Jets (2013)
Supertonic Sound Club -- Little Boy (2014)
Big Boss Man (feat. Princess Freesia) -- Last Man On Earth (2014)
The Orange Peels -- Charmed Life (2009)
Wondermints -- Out Of Mind (2002)
The Finnlys -- Coz Your Love (Ain't Good Enough) (2012)
Subway Sect -- Ambition (1978)
Subway Sect -- Parallel Lines (1977)
Vic Goddard and the Subway Sect -- Stamp Of A Vamp (1980)
Vic Goddard and the Subway Sect -- Crazy, Crazy (1980)
Jo Boxers -- Boxerbeat (1983)
Jo Boxers -- She's Got Sex (1983)
The Lovers Key -- Saturday Night (2014)


Supertonic Sound Club featuring Dave Barker - Scheherazade



September 22, 2014

From the Vaults: Modcast #127 I've Got A Feeling

Once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Take a giant step outside your current listening constraints and journey with me all the way back to the spring of 2009. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.




This week on the modcast you will be getting a blast of new tracks from Chris Richards, Beatnic Prestige and Maximo Park. You'll also get treated to some acid jazz Mother Earth, power pop from Bronco Bullfrog and even gospel punk from Mercy Seat. I've got a feeling . . . you're gonna like it.


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Chris Richards & the Subtractions - I Can't Quit Her (2009)
Beatnic Prestige - Doubtfire (2009)
Mercy Seat - I've Got A Feeling (198?)
Maximo Park - In Another World (2009)
Mother Earth - Apple Green (1995)
Paul Weller - Bitterness Rising (1992)
Kaiser Chiefs - Team Mate (2005)
The Its - Girls Kick Ass (1997)
The Knows - I Like Girls (198?)
Most Wanted Men - Good Girls (Go To Heaven)(1991)
Bronco Bullfrog - I Got The Rain (2004)


Beatnic Prestige - Suck It Up



Paul Weller Movement at Brixton Academy circa 1990/91

September 9, 2014

Modcast #308: 'E' For Exotica

Mods cannot live on soul alone. So come on into Mr. Suave's Swingin' Cocktail Lounge for some serious space age bachelor pad sounds. If you dig exotic sounds, lush orchestration, a bit of the tiki, then you're gonna love this week's modcast.

Combustible Edison:

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces Brandy, heated

Combine the Campari and lemon juice in a shaker tin, shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail coupe. After heating the brandy, ignite it and pour the flaming brandy into the cocktail glass. Serve.

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Esquivel
-- Question Mark (1967)
Tikiyaki Orchestra -- Tabu For Two (2009)
Don Tiki -- Turkish Delight (2009)
Tiki Tones -- Tum Tiki (1996)
Martin Denny -- Quiet Village (1954)
Arthur Lyman -- BambooTamboo (1960)
Les Baxter -- Tropicando (1970)
Dick Hyman -- The Topless Dancers Of Corfu (1969)
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra -- Soul Sauce (1975)
The MGM Studio Orchestra -- Bachelor In Paradise (1961)
Mel Henke -- The Twisters (1962)
Br. Cleve & His Lush Orchestra -- Shaken Not Stirred (2003)
Dr. K -- Martini Swing (2005)
Ursula 1000 -- Samba 1000 (Nicola Conte Remix) (2003)
Low Fidelity Jet-Set Orchestra --Forbidden Expo In Hawaii (2008)
Combustible Edison -- Theme From The Tiki Wonder Hour (1994)


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September 2, 2014

Modcast #307: New to You

Here we are turning the final corner into the home stretch for the year and I've got more new music than there's even time to enjoy. It's been a good year for new releases and I've got a bunch for you on this week's show. And for those of you that stick it out I've got a nice little treat to wrap up the show.

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The Empty Hearts -- Soul Deep
The School -- When I Fall In Love
Johnny Marr -- Easy Money
The Bang Girl Group Revue -- Hey Mr. Beatmaker
The Zags -- Bridges Of 1987 (download)
The Black Tambourines -- I Wanna Stay Away (download)
The Youth -- Bubblegum
The Sugar Stems -- We Only Come Out At Night
The Len Price 3 -- Lonely
Kurt Baker -- Lost In Translation
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- People Don't Get What They Deserve
The New Mastersounds -- Monday Meters
The Buttshakers -- Night Shift
The English Beat -- Live in Seattle Aug. 26, 2014


The Bang Girl Group Revue -- Drink In Hand


Clem Burke of The Empty Hearts



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August 25, 2014

Modcast #306: The Big Skacast!

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Ska Ska World. That's right, this week's show is crammed full of ska, from original rocksteady to two-tone and everything in between.

Ska has been a mainstay of most mods musical catalog dating all they way back to the '60s when original Jamaican ska and rocksteady became a big part of the mods' dancehall scene. Later mods mixed ska and soul, and then ska with punk and power pop which was really what came together in the two-tone scene of the late '70s and early '80s. Since then there have been several ska revivals, some more mainstream and poppy, and others harder with a punk edge. But through it all, ska has always been there for us in one style or form or another.

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Bad Manners -- Skinhead Love Affair (1993)
Madness -- Benny Bullfrog (1981)
Madness -- Misery (2012)
Buster Shuffle -- Brothers and Sisters (2012)
Bombskare -- Do All Dogs Go To Heaven (2013)
Cherry Poppin' Daddies -- Skaboy JFK (2009)
Mr. Review -- Girl Is Money (1998)
Square Roots -- Sod Off (199?)
The Skatalites -- Guns of Navarone (1963)
The Ethiopians -- Train To Skaville (1966)
The Chequers -- Rudy's In Love (1968)
Desmond Dekker and The Aces -- Israelites (1968)
Skameleon -- Break On Through (2013)
The Toasters -- Secret Agent Man (1996)
Bim Skala Bim -- Sunshine Of Your Love (1996)
Skanatra -- The Lady Is A Tramp (1999)
The Offenders -- The Youth Paid (2014)



Skameleon -- What is Love




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