January 14, 2021

Modcast #470: 20 From 2020

 

Kicking off 2021 with the obligatory best of 2020. And yes there were some bests in 2020, especially when it came to music. Here then are some of my favorite tracks from last year. Have a listen, knock back a cold something or other, and get ready for the next 12 months of musical mayhem. Cheers friends!



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The Sharp Class -- Ready To Go
Subsetters -- Promises & Misery
The Spitfires -- Tear This Place Right Down
The Speedways -- Good Girls Don't Break Hearts
Young Fresh Fellows -- Young Mod's Last Ride
The Yum Yums -- Baby Baby Baby
X -- Star Chambered
Lunchbox -- The Academy
The Magic Gang -- Make Time For Change
The Everettes -- things You Do
Joel Sarakula -- Midnight Driver
The Sound of Pop Art -- Velvet Nights
Muck & The Mires -- She Blocked My Number
Herzog -- I'm Being Replaced
Kid Gulliver -- I Wanna Be A Popstar
It's Karma It's Cool -- bubblegum Monsters
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes -- In My Backyard
The Sunchymes -- Emily Layne
Diamond Hands -- Hide Away
The Regrettes -- What Am I Gonna Do Today


Sharp Class Livestream


Bonus Set

Block 33 -- Broken By Design


Outtacontroller -- Operator


Ed Ryan -- Even Time


The Chats -- Do What I Want


The Incurables -- Glam


Hi-End -- Lookin' For Some Kicks


Suave Martyrs -- Straight A's


The Adam Brown -- Hummin' Around


December 22, 2020

Modcast #469: Surviving Christmas

Christmas in 2020 is like none other before it. This year it's all about remembering the before, getting through the the during, and hoping for the after. Feel good music is the perfect present for your ears. DJ Ken joins me in mixing before, during and after songs for your seasonal survival. Here's to next year!



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Jeffrey Foskett -- Christmas Time Is Here (2018)
The Fleshtones -- Champagne Christmas (20060
Psycho Daisies -- Santa Claus Is Coming Down Again (1986)
Shrill Fit -- It's Been A Shitty Year (So Give Me All Your Presents)(2017)
Huntingtons - It's Always Christmas At My House (2000)
Ralphies Red Ryders -- I Won't Shoot My Eye Out (2020)
Connection -- West Coast (2014)
Dollyrots -- Christmas Baby Please Come Home (2020)
Decibels -- Angels We have Hard on High (2018)
Pencils -- Christmas Is Coming Again
Empty Hearts -- Joyful Noise (2020)
Lisa Mychols -- Wake Up Christmas (2017)
Genuine Fakes -- Christmas Tree farm (2020)
JD McPherson -- Bad Kid (2018)
Bird and the Bee -- You and I at Christmas Time 92020)
Patsy Raye & the Beatniks -- Beatniks Wish (1958)
Don Tiki -- Xmas Eve at the Club Bambu (2012)
Weeklings -- Gonna be Christmas (2019)
Cheap Trick -- Merry Christmas Darlings (2018)

December 12, 2020

Modcast #468: Sixties Dance Party

Shine your shoes, put on your best threads, and get your talcum powder, it's time to dance your ass off at home alone one more time this year. Here's a couple of sets with the full on garagesoulr&b vibe that is guaranteed to put your toes to tappin.


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Sam Cooke -- Shake (1964)
The Kinks -- Beautiful Delilah (1964)
Steampacket -- Can I Get A Witness (1965)
The Action -- Hey Sah No Ley (1966)
The Seeds -- She's Wrong (1965)
The Squires -- Going All The Way (1966)
The Monkees -- Let's Dance On (1966)
? & The Mysterians -- 8-Teen (1966)

Elmore James -- Shake Your Moneymaker (1961)
Georgie Fame -- Ride Your Pony (1966)
The Artwoods -- I Feel Good (1966)
Chris Clark -- Love's Gone Mad (1966)
The Brogues -- I Ain't No Miracle Worker (1965)
Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band -- Big Time Operator (1966)
Denis Lotis -- The Finger Points At You (1969)
Doc Thomas Group & The Silence -- She Was Really Saying Something (1967)


60's Mods - Dancing And Fashions


November 20, 2020

Modcast #467: Hip New Sounds

Covid is raging around the world. It's clear many musicians are using this time to tap into their inspiration and some great music is being written and recorded these days in spite of all the daily horrors. I've got a whole bunch of it cued up for you.  Originally, my plan for this modcast was to do a new and used show with new and old music mixed.  But I realized I've been remiss of late in highlighting all the great new music coming out in the past couple of months so decided to just focus on all the new stuff. Hope you dig it as much as I do. 

 

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First Set

Young Fresh Fellows -- A Young Mods Last Ride (2020)
Dirt Royal – Don’t Let The Bastards (Grind You Down) (2020)
Luncbox – Utopia (2020)
Mike Browning – Hangin’ Out (2020)
The Adam Brown – Hummin’ Around (2020)
Shane Tutmarc – Can I Count On You (2020)
Eric Din – Jupiter Girls (2020)
Irene Peña – The Summer Place (2020)
The Shang Hi Los – Sway Little Player (2020)

Second Set

Ralphie’s Red Ryders – I Won’t Shoot My Eye Out (2020)
The Stents – With Another (2020)
Beebe Gallini – Open Up Your Door (2020)
Brian Ray – Got A New Thing (2020)
The Moons – Today (2020)
The Nude Party – Cities (2020)
Johnny Magus & The Bursting Bubbles – Melody Delight (2020)
Fantastic Negrito – Platypus Disaster (2020)


Bonus Third Set

John Lee's Groundhogs - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1966)


The Rub - Death Of Pop


Giuda - Overdrive


The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Vanishing Girl


The Woggles -- Paisley in Paradise


Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Bike Lane (Live on KEXP)


Jarvis Cocker - Black Magic (Live in Sydney)


Alan Power - Prodigal Son


The Sh-Booms - Leon The Hustler


November 8, 2020

Modcast #466: 21st Century Garage Rock Reenvisioned

Join me on my deep dive into modern garage rock, all from around the turn of the century. A new century required a new garage rock sound. And we got it. Built around buzzed out, guitar driven buzzsaw sounds and incorporating elements of everything from soul to grunge to modern alternative rock, all aimed at keeping the garage sound fresh but still recognizable.

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The Mooney Suzuki -- Everything's Gone Wrong
The Come-Ons -- Whatcha Got?
The Detroit Cobras -- Breakaway
The Dirtbombs -- Chains Of Love
The Boss Martians -- She's In You're Gone
Jet -- Last Chance
Hawaii Mud Bombers -- Surf N Don't Walk

The Hives -- Knock Knock
Oblivians -- Jim Cole
The Black Keys -- Girl Is On My Mind
The White Stripes -- Broken Bricks
The Flaming Sideburns -- The Witch
The Vines -- Outtatheway
The Datsuns -- In Love
The Libertines -- Up The Bracket

All the past garage rock modcasts:
Modcast #425: Garage Rockin' Through the 80s (2019)
Modcast #415: Garage Stompin' in the Sixties (2018)
Modcast #375: Time Out In The Garage
(2016)
Modcast #314: Cleaning Out The Garage
(2014)
Modcast #294: Garage Stompin'
(2014)
Modcast #274: Everybody's Going To The Love-In (2013)
Modcast #161: Garage Rock 'Round The World
(2010)
Modcast #3: In The Garage (2006)

Bonus Third Set

Black Keys - Have Love Will Travel


Detroit Cobras - I'll Keep Holding On


The Strokes - Barely Legal


The Von Bondies - Going Down


The White Stripes - Screwdriver


Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Miles Away


The Sights - Rock and Roll Circus


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Hate The Taste


VPRO: Detroit Music Scene Documentary
A White Stripes & The Dirtbombs documentary made by the Dutch television station VPRO.




November 4, 2020

Modcast #465: The Devil Made Me Do It

Lucky you, you get to listen to DJ Ken's 13th annual halloween modcast, the unluckiest of modcast spooktaculars. Twenty tracks of ghoulish greatness. Like candy corn for your ears.

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You can catch up with any of the 12 past annual halloween modcasts right here.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Spooky Madness (Casper: A Spirited Beginning, 1997)

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (Black Celebration, 1986)

Damned - Black Is The Night (The Rockfield Files, 2020)

Fleshtones - Face of the Screaming Werewolf (Face Of The Screaming Werewolf, 2020)

Fred Schneider & The Shake Society - Summer In Hell (Fred Schneider & The Shake Society, 1984)

Kate Nash - Death Proof (Girl Talk, 2013)

No More Kings - Zombie Me (Apoca-Mix) (III, 2014)

Shaina Taub - If I Die Before You (Die Happy, 2018)

Horny Toad - Vampire Ska (Thirteen, 1996)

Baked A La Ska - Pesky Kids (Skalloween, 2019)

Slackers - Bo Evil (The Great Rocksteady Swindle, 2010)

Max Romeo & The Upsetters - Chase The Devil (War Ina Babylon, 1976)

Tampico Mariachis - La Llorona (Día de los Muertos: Viva Mexico, 2016)

Michael Jackson - Is It Scary (Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, 1997)

Dusty Springfield - Haunted (A Brand New Me, 1970)

Robert Upchurch - The Devil Made Me Do It (Single, 1974)

The Heavy - A Ghost You Can't Forget (Hurt and The Merciless, 2016)

Kaiser George & The Hi-Risers - I'm Gonna Haunt You (Transatlantic Dynamite!, 2006)

Vista Blue - This Street Sucks (Tricks and Treats, 2019)

Fats Waller - There's Going To Be The Devil To Pay (Single, 1935)

 

Vintage Halloween Safety 

 

November 3, 2020

Mr. Suave's Electile Dysfunction Election Night Special

From the vaults . . . I was going to do a special election episode of the Modcast, but in reviewing what I did in 2016 I found it was going to be hard to beat.

[Originally broadcast Nov. 2016] One year, 6 months, 27 days and 16 hours ago that 'nasty' woman announced her bid to become president in 2016. That means we've suffered through 829440 minutes of hearing about her effing e-mails. It wasn't much later that an orange hot air balloon slithered down that escalator and started the whole world laughing. Funny thing is, no one's laughing anymore. But it's all over now, except the screaming and shouting and suing.

So, turn on your least favorite cable news outlet whether it be MSNBC, FOX or CNN, turn the sound down on the tube and way up on your stereo system. With no talkin, just rockin' here is Mr. Suave's Electile Dysfunction Election Night Special playlist. Sort of like a soundtrack for your breakdown.

I'm Mr. Suave and I approved this playlist.

Featuring music from The Kinks, the Temptations, Barry McGuire, The Who, The vipers, The First Steps, The Rainyard, The Guess Who, Pretty Things, Jetty Boys, Slickee Boys, Buzzcocks, Mad Parade, Oingo Boingo, Devo, The Riptides, The Ruts, The Clash, Agent Orange, The Offspring, X, Steve Adamyk Band, The Ramones, The Cute Lepers, The Darling Buds, The Diodes, The Grays, Sam Cooke, Davie Bowie, Mountain Goats, The Chambers Brothers, The Addicts, Scissor Sisters and The Doors.


October 25, 2020

Halloween Grab bag of Musical Goodness for 2020

Halloween is upon us!



Ever year about this time DJ Ken hunkers down in his basement lacing his candy with some serious vinyl and carving his annual Halloween Modcast. Here's TWELVE razorblade free bagfuls of halloween musical goodies! That's right a dozen halloween modcasts hosted by DJ Ken from The Shingles.  Links below. Next week will bring an all new 13th Halloween spooktakular modcast. Stay tuned!

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 #249: Rest In Peace (2012)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2012/10/modcast-249-rest-in-peace.html

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

Modcast #311: Death Is A Lonely Business (2014)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2014/10/welcome-to-annual-halloween-modcast.html


Modcast #341: Dig My Own Grave ( Halloween 2015)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2015/10/halloween-is-upon-us-which-means-it-is.html

Modcast #372: And When I Die (Halloween 2016)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2016/10/modcast-372-and-when-i-die-halloween.html

Modcast #395: DJ Ken's 10th Annual Halloween Modcast #395: Back From The Dead (2017)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2017/10/dj-kens-10th-annual-halloween-modcast.html


Modcast #417 Death Is Amongst Us (Halloween 2018)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2018/10/modcast-417-death-is-amongst-us.html


Modcast #437: It's Later Than You Think (Halloween, 2019)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2019/10/modcast-437-its-later-than-you-think.html>

October 23, 2020

Modcast #464: Who Did It Better?


Welcome to Modcast #464: Who Did It Better in which I will undoubtedly piss off a bunch of people by proclaiming various covers to be far superior versions than the original songs themselves. Change my mind! Covers from artists such as The Jam, Goldbug, Night Trains, Secret Affair, the Three O'Clock, Paul Weller, Scissor Sisters, Agent Orange, White Stripes, Material Issue, The Beautiful South, Men of North Country, Oingo Boingo, and Cake

 

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Bonus Video Set

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 - The Fool On The Hill (1968)



The Fuzztones - Strychnine



The Offspring - Bloodstains



No Doubt - It's My Life



Green Day - Another State Of Mind



Social Distortion - Ring Of Fire



Chicago Transit Authority - I'm A Man



October 13, 2020

Modcast #463: We Have Lift Off!

Houston we have a problem, too much great music for just one modcast! From soul to power pop to punk to sixties styled R&B, I've got a great show standing on the launching pad ready to blast off to your ears. Crank up the volume on your headset and get ready to be blown outta this world.

 

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The Ghost Wolves -- Let's Go To Mars (2020)
The Sunchymes -- Emily Layne (2020)
The Lemon Drop Gang -- Georgie (2020)
The Corner Laughers -- Changeling (2020)
The Jaded Hearts Club Band -- This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (2020)
Eli Paperboy Reed -- That's Love (2020)
Billy Buchanan -- Love Me Right (2018)
Stone Foundation -- Deeper Love (2020)
Darron Robinson -- She Can Love (2020)

Nick Frater -- So Now We're Here (2020)
Brontosaurus -- Band Of The Week (2020)
The Bookends -- She's Got It (2020)
The Reflectors -- Teenage Hearts (2020)
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes -- Not To Me (2020)
Ed Ryan -- Let It Out (2020)
Bloods -- Girls Are Just Fucking Cool Like That (2020)
RX27 -- Murder Ballad (2020)
Live Ones -- Right On Sister (2020)

 Be sure to check out Rum Bar Records free summer sampler: Somebody Out There Is Having A Party Vol 2 


French Girls - No Morals


 

Foreign Films - Ocean Moon


 

James Taylor Quartet ft. Natalie Williams & Noel McKoy - People Get Ready


 

The Moons - Today


 

Hey My Friend - Brick Nova


 

Theater Royal - A Marvelous Death


 

60' Whales - Ready Go



September 23, 2020

Modcast #462: Skankin' To The Beat

Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up. Welcome to the skacast. Mr. Suave's Mod Mod world is going rocksteady this week with a full load of new ska and reggae tunes for you. I've mixed up a potent brew of new ska and reggae for you all. Your welcome.

 
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T-Killas -- Kowalski
Heavensbee feat. Mista Rhee -- Rude! Original! Suave! (A Tribute to Ranking Roger)
Omegaman feat. Kromanauts -- Politics of Greed
Subsetters -- bump In the Night
Lotek Hifi feat. Daddy Speedio -- This Is The Rebirth Of Rude
Emily Capell -- Lunatic On De Run
Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation -- No Bam Bam

The Specials -- B.L.M.
The Interrupters -- Easy On You
Kalles Kaviar -- 24 7 Ska
The Red Stripes -- Do The Ska
The Oldians -- Walking By The Line
Alpheus -- Gonna Be Good
Jamaican Jazz Lovers -- Delerium Tremens


T-KILLAS -- Dandy & Rude (Live Session)


Bite me Bambi- Song 2 (Blur Cover)


The Interrupters -- Easy On You


Crucial DBC -- Universal melody


Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Get Smart

The Slackers -- The Way Of A Woman

Get Up - Maroon Town


September 4, 2020

Modcast #461: The Lockdown Sound

Welcome to Mr. Suave's locked down, shut down, quarantined mod world. Periods of upheaval and trauma often result in amazing bursts of art -- physical art, written art, recorded art, all sorts of art.  Since right after the global shut down I started scouring the interwebs for artists who were producing new music from lockdown. And I found it. Lots of it. More than one modcast could possibly contain. I'm not gonna do another one, at least not right away. So you'll just have to enjoy this one.

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Emily Capell -- Rapture (Sweet Rapture) (2020)
The Regrettes -- What Am I Gonna Do Today? (2020)
Muck & The Mires -- Zoom Breakup (2020)
Marc Platt -- Insane World (2020)
Andy Lewis -- In the Lockdown (2020)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- Don't Turn Me Loose (2020)
The Go-Go's -- Club Zero (2020)
Gallows Birds -- My Lambretta (2020)

Geoff Palmer & Lucy Ellis -- In Spite Of Ourselves (2020)
Goldfinger -- 99 Red Balloons (2020)
The Dollyrots -- Teenage Kicks (2020)
The Grip Weeds -- For Pete's Sake (Stay At Home!) (2020)
Billie Joe Amstrong (with Sussanna Hoffs) -- Manic Monday (2020)
Oliver Orton -- Days (2020)
Kurt Baker -- You Can't Do That (2020)
The Interrupters -- Get Down Moses (2020)

Watch more lockdown music:
Emmaline is Quarantined -- Vista Blue (2020)
Housebound Ska Collective - Feel Good Inc.
Sparks - All That (Live in Isolation)
CHRISSIE HYNDE & JAMES WALBOURNE – DYLAN LOCKDOWN SERIES 01: IN THE SUMMERTIME