April 20, 2018

Modcast #404: New Cool Old School

Jazz has always played a big part of the mod lifestyle, indeed it was arguably the founding sound of the original mods. Over the years R&B, soul, power pop and other musical styles have become even more dominant in some ways. But elements of jazz always have been and always will be a mainstay of mods the world over. I'm not a deep jazz cat by any means, but I like jazz. I've got lots of jazz favorites like from the early stuff like Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Count Basie, and of course all the various flavors of mod jazz from Jimmy Smith, Chico Hamilton, Miles Davis, and so on. So, this week I'm veering a little more contemporary with more modern mod friendly jazz acts.

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Aaron Tesser and The New Jazz Affair -- You, Me and Jazz (2008)
Robert Walter's 20th Congress -- Crux (2013)
Dusty -- Voodoo (2008)
The Greyboy Allstars -- Inland Emperor (2013)
Yussef Kamaal -- Black Focus (2016)
Brownout -- Flaximus (Renegades of Jazz Mix) (2013)
The Voodoo Trombone Quartet -- You Pleasure Is Ours (2005)
Andre M -- You Can't Change (2017) (sign-up for downloads from André)
Roy Budd -- Sonny (???)
European Jazz Trio -- Say A Little Prayer (2003)
Chico Hamilton -- Chic Chic Chico (1965)
Chris Columbo Quintet -- Minerology (1963)
Elmer Bernstein -- The Jazz At Waldo's (1959)
Trombone Shorty feat. Cyril Neville -- Here Come The Girls (2017)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail



Trombone Shorty -- Buckjump


European Jazz Trio -- Hungarian Dances No5




April 4, 2018

Modcast #403: Hard To Beat

Hard to beat, both the music in this week's show and the flu that's been going around. I may have been down, but I'm not out. In fact, this week I'm in, way in, with new music and old.

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Green Day -- Still Breathing
The Incredible Vickers Brothers -- Mirrors (2018)
The Laissez Fairs -- High Horse (2018)
The Chats -- Bus Money (2018)
Tommy Sistak -- Alright (2018)
Gorilla* -- Oh Tonight (2018)
Trolley -- Crying All The Time (2018)
Sylvain Sylvain -- I'm So Sorry
Ray Daytona & Googoobombos -- It's Too Late
The Len Price 3 -- You Can't Say Goodbye
Saucy Jacks -- C'mon Jenny
Hard-Fi -- Hard To Beat
Squeeze -- Nirvana (2015)
Lack Of Afro -- I Got The Rhythm (feat. Elliott Cole) (2016)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail




The Chats -- Smoko

March 4, 2018

More shows coming, until then catch up with past Modcasts you may have missed

Got some cool shows in the production pipeline: volume two of Mr. Suave Behind the Music; the mod vs the rocker; Mr. Suave after dark; special guest DJs; and shows highlighting new music, jazz, ska and more. Until then you can browse past shows and listen in to any you might have missed before. Enjoy!

February 14, 2018

Modcast #402: Still Another Bowlful O' Soul

Get the funk up outta your chair and start movin' and groovin' to that souled out beat. From across the decades comes another bowlful of sizzling soul tracks, new, old, classic and everything in between.

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Baby Charles -- I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2008)
Marlena Shaw -- California Soul (1969)
Stevie Wonder -- Living For The City (1973)
Angie Stone -- Wish I Didn't Miss You (2001)
Jacksoul -- Got To Have It (2014)
Quincy Jones (feat. Nate Turner, Venetta Fields & The Mirettes) -- Rap, Run It On Down (1969)
Diplomats of Solid Sound -- Soul Connection (2004)
Eddie Kendricks -- Boogie Down (1974)
Basement Freaks w/Kylie Audist -- White Hot (2016)
Otis Redding -- A Hard Day's Night (1967)
Pizzicato Five -- Sweet Soul Revue (1994)
Fay Hallam -- Soul Revolution (2015)
André M -- Kenzy's Choice (2018)
The James Hunter Six -- I Got Eyes (2018)

St. Germain Cranberry Cocktail
1 lime
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce St. Germain liqueur
1 ounce cranberry juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice, and 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake vigorously to combine and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and frozen cranberries and serve. Zest 1/2 of the lime into a small bowl and combine with rimming sugar, rubbing the sugar and zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Sprinkle onto a small plate. Cut the lime into wedges, then use one to wet the edge of the serving glass. Gently tap the edge of the glass into the sugar, coating well. Set aside.


California Soul -- Diplo Remix


Pizzicato 5 - Triste


Jacksoul -- Still Believe In Love



January 30, 2018

Modcast #401: The Last Gasp


Here it is, the first of the modcast's second 400 shows! Egads. What will happen first, Trummp's impeachment or my last modcast? Stay tuned to find out. And in the meantime enjoy one last dip into the year in music that was 2017.

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Dirty Fences -- Teen Angel (2017)
Heavyball -- Office Party (2017)
The Action -- Too Scared 2 Dance (2017)
The Buzz -- Tell Me Now (2017)
The Safes -- Disposable Outcome (2017)
K7s -- Every Night (2017)
Liam Gallagher -- Greedy Soul (2017)
New Politics -- Clouds (2017)
The Regrettes -- Seashore (2017)
The Len Price 3 -- Childish Words (2017)
The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown -- The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown (2017)
The Dip -- Sure Don't Miss You (2017)
Tanika Charles -- Soul Run (2017)
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio -- Concussion (2017)
Bee Bee Sea --Chum On The Drum (2017)



Raspberry Le Flor



1½ oz. Raspberry Vodka
½ oz. elderflower liqueur
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. water
To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake until well blended. Poor into cocktial glass and garnish with mint sprigs and raspberries.




The Dip -- Sure Don't Miss You


The Regrettes -- Fox On The Run


January 21, 2018

Modcast #400: Mr. Suave Behind The Music Vol. 1

Hitting a milestone this week with the #400th episode of the modcast. Mary Queen of Cosmos sits me down and tortures me with booze to get the real story of how I ended up here. From The Bangs to The Who to Edwin Starr to oh so many more.

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The Standells -- Riot On Sunset Strip (1967)
The Monkees -- Saturday's Child (1966)
The Who -- Cut My Hair (1973)
Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 -- Look Around (1968)
Dead Kennedy's -- Viva Las Vegas (1980)
Rush -- A Passage To Bangkok (1976)
Oingo Boingo -- Only A Lad (1981)
Edwin Starr -- Twenty-Five Miles (1980)
Four Tops -- I Can't Help Myself (1965)
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -- I Second That Emotion (1967)
Three O'Clock -- With A Cantaloupe Girlfriend (1982)
The Bangs -- Getting Out Of Hand (1981)
Fishbone -- Ugly (1985)
Pandoras -- Hot Generation (1984)
The Untouchables -- Wild Child (1985)


Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World Promo Video


The Question -- Wild Child (Live 1988)



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December 25, 2017

Modcast #399: Mr. Suave's Mod Tiki Christmas Extravaganza 2017

Another year, another Christmas modcast. The good tidings here are that at least this year we have a Christmas modcast! That's right I'm back with DJ Ken to bring you the yule you'll wish you could forget. And you just might if you keep up with us drink for drink for drink. And, being a tiki themed Christmas show you know there'll be more than just a smidgen of drinking happening. Hey without that it would hardly be a legally actionable office party. So, get your grass skirt hitched around and prepare to get lei'd for Christmas.

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Dukes Of Surf -- Aloha Christmas
King Kukelele -- Christmas Luau
Sparkle*jets U.K. -- christmas in june
Love Jones - Christmas Feels Like July
The Tiki Torches -- Quiet Christmas Village
Blue Hawaiins Enchanted Xmas
Here Comes Santa Claus in a Red Canoe -- The Surfers
Nina Kealiiwahamana & Boyce Rodrigues -- Spring Spends the Winter in Hawaii
Keely Smith -- Christmas Island
Martin Denny -- Exotic Night
Ixtahuele - White Christmas
Arthur Lyman - Mary's Boy Child
Esquivel -- The Christmas Song
Pink Martini - A Snowglobe Christmas



Check out a few of the ghosts of Christmas modcast past right here.

December 12, 2017

Modcast #398: Have Yourself a Mary Little Christmas

And now for something completely different. Well, okay, not completely different. The difference-maker this week is Mary Queen of Cosmos who is bringing her sleigh full of Christmas spirits to the modcast. She's delivering an audio essay augmented with all the holiday music you could want. It's a more a true podcast in the style of This American Life, but with the perfect seasonal accompaniment.

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Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' -- Albert King
Black Christmas -- Rose Graham
Holiday Cheer -- The Martini's
Christmas Threw Up All Over You -- April Smith and the Great Picture Show
It's Cliched to Be Cynical at Christmas -- Half Man Half Biscuit
I Want a Present for Christmas -- J.B. Summers
Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects -- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
My Favorite Things -- The Supremes
Christmas Gift -- Margie Joseph
Soul Santa -- Funk Machine
This Christmas -- Donny Hathaway
A Marshmallow World -- Darlene Love
Santa Claus -- The Sonics
Candy Cane Children -- The White Stripes
The Christmas Song -- The Raveonettes
Happy Xmas (War is Over) John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Fairytale of New York -- The Pogues (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day -- Pedro the Lion
That Was the Worst Chirstmas Ever! -- Sufjan Stevens
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -- Darlene Love


Cranberry Gin Cocktail

1½ ounces Gin
¾ ounce rich simple syrup
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Crushed ice
7 fresh cranberries, divided
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1 mint sprig, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, rich simple syrup, lemon juice and 2 to 3 pieces of crushed ice. Shake vigorously, then pour ½ ounce of the mixture in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add 4 of the cranberries to the glass and muddle well. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the remaining cocktail into the glass. Top with even more crushed ice then garnish with the remaining cranberries. Dust the cranberries with confectioners’ sugar, then garnish with a mint sprig and serve.



Christmas Modcasts Over The Years

Season greetings from the vaults. Here are a few of the past Christmas shows that I've dug out of retirement and reposted at Mixcloud for your listening pleasure. Please, please me by listening to them all. Check back occasionally as I'll be posting more as I uncover them.

Modcast #347: Christmas Extravaganza 2015
A damn good holiday show, if I do say so myself.
Listen on Mixcloud

Modcast #317: Mr. Suave's Christmas Office Party (2014)
DJ Ken from The Shingles joins me in queueing up a sleighfull of Christmas tracks.
Listen on Mixcloud

Modcast #287: Mr. Suave's 2nd Annual Christmas Modcast Invitational
Light the lights, trim the tree, shake up some holiday concoctions and here from mod bands, bloggers, DJs from around the world as they share their fave tracks.
Listen on Mixcloud

Modcast #316: Mr. Suave's 3rd Annual Christmas Modcast Invitational
Wherein I'm once again joined by the likes of Penny Lane, RAF, Paradise, Warren Peace, The Ice Cream Man and many more sharing their favorite seasonal sounds.
Listen on Mixcloud

Modcast #255: Mr. Suave's 2012 Christmas Extravaganza
Crazy, eclectic mix of tunes for the season including The Eels, She & Him, HB Radke, Eux Autres, Vince Guiraldi, Jigsaw Seen and lots more.
Listen on Mixcloud

Modcast #254: Mods' Christmas Faves
The first ever modcast invitational with The Bang, The Ice Cream Man, The School, Warren Peace and more.
Listen on Mixcloud











December 2, 2017

Modcast #397: Get Hip To The Beat

Welcome to Modcast number 397 and inching ever closer to 400 all the time. This episode is chock full of new music, so turn it up to 11 and get ready to rock.

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Liam Gallagher -- Greedy Soul (2017)
The Len Price 3 -- Sucking the Life Out of Me (2017)
Blondie -- My Monster (2017)
The New Pornographers -- Darling Shade (2017)
The Perms -- Lose Yourself (2017)
The Thorpedians -- On the Top of My Wall (2017)
Jonny Magus & The Bursting Bubbles -- Melody Delight (2017)
Mean Motor Scooter -- Wavespotting (2017)
Dirty Fences -- Teen Angel (2017)
Oh! Gunquit -- Walking The Streets (2017)
Bee Bee Sea -- D.I. Why Why Why (2017)
The Eddies -- Nuclear Boy (2016)
The Regrettes -- Fox on the Run (2017)
Robyn Gibson -- I Can't Reach You (2017)
Green Day -- Bouncing Off the Wall (2016)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail


The Perms -- Lose Yourself





November 21, 2017

Modcast #396: They Got You Covered

I'm baaaaaack. And with a very cool show of very cool covers. Everybody loves a good cover song. I've got a baker's dozen of them for you that showcase some of the best. What makes a good cover? Everybody has a different answer, but for me it's when a band surprises you somehow. Either with an atypical but spot on tribute, like The Ramones did on occasion, or when they simply outshine the original with a unique twist of some sort. Whatever it is that makes a good cover we all know one when we hear one, and you're going to hear a bunch on this modcast.

D'oh! Now with a working link!

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The Clash -- I Fought The Law (Bobby Fuller Four)
Madness -- It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre)
The Specials -- Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (Guy Lombardo & The Royal Canadians)
UB40 -- Red Red Wine (Neil Diamond)
Beautiful South -- Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)
Talking Heads -- Take Me To The River (Al Green)
Cake -- I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Social Distortion -- Ring of Fire (Anita Carter)
X -- Soul Kitchen (The Doors)
Ramones -- Needles & Pins (Jackie Delshannon)
The Damned -- Alone Again Or (Love)
Blondie -- Hanging On The Telephone (The Nerves)
Chicago Transit Authority -- I'm A Man (The Spencer Davis Group)

NORTHERN SOULSHAKER COCKTAIL


Guy Lombardo & His Canadians -- Enjoy Yourself


Doris Day -- Enjoy Yourself


Bing Crosby & Dean Martin -- Medley w/Enjoy Yourself


Louis Prima & Keely Smith -- Enjoy Yourself





October 29, 2017

DJ Ken's 10th Annual Halloween Modcast #395: Back From The Dead (2017)

After 10 years of torturing us with his halloween mixes DJ Ken is Back From The Dead with a mix so ghoulish it'll make you long for some pumpkin spice. 

Gluttons for punishment will want to check out his 9 other halloween modcast mixes


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3-D Invisibles - The Monster DJ (Jump Off The Screen, 1986)
Spinal Tap - Back From The Dead (Back from the Dead, 2009)
Creepshow - Life After Death (Life After Death, 2013)
T.S.O.L. - Terrible People (Disappear, 2001)
Cadaver Club - I'm Making A Monster, Baby (A Fate Worse Than Life, 2013)
Eels - Your Lucky Day in Hell (Beautiful Freak, 1996)
Tally Hall - Cannibal (Good & Evil, 2011)
Josie & The Pussycats - Voodoo (Single, 1970)
Todd Rundgren - Wolfman Jack (Something/Anything?, 1972)
Damned - Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde (The Black Album, 1980)
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Happy House (Kaleidoscope, 1980)
Elvis Costello - Complicated Shadows (All This Useless Beauty, 1996)
Joe Jackson - Evil Eye (Beat Crazy, 1980)
Madness - Shadow Of Fear (Absolutely, 1980)
Messer Chups - Coffin-Mobile (Vamp Babes (Upgrade Version), 2004)
Captain Clegg & The Night Creatures - Day Of The Dead (Rob Zombie Presents Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures, 2009)
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds - La Araña (La Araña Es La Vida, 2016)
Cubanismo - Marie Laveaux (Mardi Gras Mambo, 2002)
King Flash & the Calypso Carnival - Zombie Jamboree (Single, 1956)
Mummy Calls - Beauty Has Her Way (Mummy Calls, 1986)
Southern Culture On The Skids - Undertaker (Zombified, 1999)
Syreeta - Happy Birthday to Me (Happy Birthday to Me Soundtrack, 1981)


The Three Stooges "Spook Louder" 1943