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.

Listen Now

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.

Listen Now

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.

Listen Now

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.

Listen Now

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.

Listen Now

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.

Listen Now

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

July 17, 2021

Modcast #487: Here Comes The Ice Cream Man

Modcast #487

Ages ago I discovered this great blog (yes blog!) called Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More. It was highlighting all the exact types of music that I loved. Eventually that morphed into the fantastic Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More Podcast and Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More Records, run by the even more fantastic, prince of power pop promotion, Wayne Lundqvist Ford. I'd be shocked --shocked I tell you-- if you could find anyone who has done more to promote independent artists playing all the great types of mod friendly music from power pop to northern soul and everything in between. His compilations featuring new and old bands are legendary for breaking new sounds as well as sometime being so vast you're riding high for weeks listening to them all.

So, I invited him to chat about new music, old music, what is good music, and more. He even kindly brought some brand new tunes to share with us all.

Where's Wayne at? Well, like Roy Kent he's here, he's there, he's every f*cking where.
Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More Podcast (Podomatic)
Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More Records (Bandcamp)
Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More (Facebook)
Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More (Twitter)

BTW: Wayne guest hosted a couple of modcasts back in the day, one of which has even survived into the present: Modcast #276: With Guest Host The Ice Cream Man.

Listen Now

The Shambles -- It's A Mod Mod World (2006)
ANC4 -- Is It Me Again (2021)
Mark And The Clouds -- You Wanna Put Me Down (2021)
The RU Handies -- Raining Teardrops (2021)
The Len Price 3 -- Sucking The Life Out Of Me (2017)
The Most -- Howl (2021)
Small Faces -- Hey Girl (1967)
Velvet Starlings -- Kids In Droves (2019)

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July 12, 2021

Modcast #486: Today's Hit Parade

Modcast 486 Today's Hit Parade

The sounds may cover the decades, but they're all now sounds from now bands. With nods to past eras aplenty, all of the band here are pumping out great, new music.

Listen Now

Stephen's Ruin -- Tonight (2021)
Charlton Lane -- Gimme Gimme Gimme (2021)
The Only Things -- Head Down (2020)
Lannie Flowers -- Back Of A Car (2021) (Bandcamp)
Peppermint Kicks -- Hey Fanzine (2021)
The Checkered Hearts -- So Long, Maybe (2021)
Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience -- He's A Liar (2021)
Joe James & The Pariahs -- Abandon Ship (2021)

Channel Three -- Flat By The Sea (2021)
Cloud Eleven -- You Make Me Happy
Kelly Finnigan -- Smoking & Drinking (2021)
Kat Eaton -- The Joker (2021)
The JB Conspiracy -- Falling Down (2021)
The Action -- Radio Bar (2021)
Catbite -- Call Your Bluff (2021)

Pavid Vermin -- Take Me To Your Leader

Tommy Ray -- In Love Again

Dirty Sidewalks - With a Girl Like You

The Well Wishers - We Grow Up

The Dents - Mistreatment

Los Chicos -- I Don't Wanna Learn

The Yellowhead Project -- A Million Minds in Tune

The Short Fuses -- Rockford Getaway

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June 29, 2021

Modcast #485: Down With The Upstroke

Time to get down with the upstroke, the Jamaican R&B shuffle that is the foundation of ska music. Got lots of cool music for you this week with some new ska, some unlikely ska, some ska covers -- hey can't have a ska show without covers can you.

Listen Now

Buster Shuffle -- Sucker Punch Shuffle (2021)
Kim Wilde -- 26580 (1981)
Joe Jackson Band -- Pretty Boys (1980)
Blur -- Fade Away (1995)
The Meow Meows -- Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (2017)
Capitol 1212 -- Love Will Tear Us Apart (2018)
Alpha Boy School -- Boys Don't Cry (2003)

Bad Operation -- Kinda Together (2020)
Ranking Jr. feat. The Ordinary Boys -- Jump And Skank (2021)
Urban Blight -- Escape From Reality (1986)
The Targets -- Perfect Guy (1983)
Top Secret -- She's So Ugly (1980)
The Akrylykz -- Smart Boy (1980)
The Communicators -- Let It Go! (2019)

Alpha Boys School - The Roots of Reggae and Ska

Bonus Third Set

Boss [Boff] -- Rude Boys Are Back In Town

The Steady 45s -- Equal Rights

The Bandulus - Dear Lord

The Sensibles -- Nuclear Paradise

The Offspring -- What Happened To You

Kilburn & The High Roads -- Roadette Song

Dance Hall Crashers -- Lost Again

Klang - Beat It

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June 20, 2021

Modcast #484: Summer Solstice Sounds

Modcast 484 Summer solstice soundsI've queued up some sunshine pop for your summer listening enjoyment. It's summer in Seattle, and a few other places around the world as well, and that means it's time for some sunshiney sounds. I've got lots of new tunes and few older ones to keep you cool on those hot summer nights.

Listen Now

The Incredible Moses Leroy -- 1983 (2001)
Portable Radio -- Hot Toddy (2021)
Emma Noble -- Woman of the World (2021)
Four King Cousins -- Love So Fine (1968)
The Explorers Club -- Say You Will (2020)
The Jetset -- The Flavor Of The Year (1992)
The Adam Brown -- Hummin Around (2021)
Long Tall Shorty -- And That Ain't All (2001)

The Corner Laughers -- Shadow Dancing (2021)
Menswe@r -- Can't Smile Without You (1996)
Pama International -- You Are So Beautiful (2019)
Lack of Afro -- Walk in the Sun (feat. Professor Elemental) (2016)
The Zigzag Hearts -- Pretty Hung Up (2021)
The Vapour Trails -- That'll Do It (2021)
Emperor Penguin -- Planet of Love (feat. Lisa Mychols) (2021)

The Yum Yums -- Here Comes Summer

Stephen's Ruin -- Runaround

Cloudberry Jam -- Walking In My Sleep

The Free Design -- Happy Together

Joel Sarakula -- Harmony

The Incredible Moses Leroy -- Fuzzy

King Cousins Top Twenty - The King Family Show 1965

The Four King Cousins perform on premiere of 1969 King Family Show

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June 11, 2021

Modcsat #483: All Things Star Collector

This week I was fortunate to connect with the lead singer of Vancouver, BC's Star Collector (Bandcamp, Facebook). It was a fun conversation about the band, his inspirations and what he's listening to currently. Star Collector's latest album, their first in about 15 years, is Game Day and it is a rip roaring power pop ride from start to finish. Highly recommended, as is anything from their four earlier LPs. You won't be disappointed.

Listen Now

Star Collector -- Morningstar (1999)
Star Collector -- Have You Seen Suzie (2001)
The Jam - -Start (1982)
Star Collector -- Game Day (2021)
Star Collector -- Funeral Party (2021)
Star Collector -- The Evil Room (2006)
Star Collector -- Overpass (2003)
The Dirty Sidewalks -- Rock and Roll (Save My Soul) (2018)

Vic's Picks -- what he's listening to lately

Jim Trainor -- Heaven Descending

Dirty Sidewalks - Hey Girl

Deadlights -- Breaking Down

Kevin Robertson -- Love's Blue Yonder

The Purrs -- Destroy the Sun

Dolph Cheney -- I Wanted You

RAF Mod Band -- Want You To Know

The Legal Matters -- Light Up The Sky

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June 1, 2021

Modcast #482: Mr. Suave Sells Out (15th Anniversary Show)

Fifteen years in and the modcast is still going strong. Stronger than strong having just recently passed 1,162,585 visitors to, and over over 500,000 downloads and streams of the modcast since it's inception in 2006. Big thanks to all the fans and friends who've been listening down the years.

We're all products of good marketing these days. Good marketing often includes good music. So this week DJ Ken joins me in showcasing some of the great songs that have been sold out to hawk all manner of products and outlets.

Listen Now

Buzzcocks -- Everybody's Happy Nowadays (1979)
The Muffs -- Everywhere I Go (1993)
Dandy Warhols -- Bohemian Like You (2000)
Caesars -- Jerk It Out (2002)
Speedies -- Let Me Take Your Photo (1979)
The Fratellis -- Flathead (2006)
Supergrass -- Alright (1995)
Marlena Shaw -- California Soul (1968)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- Midnight Rider (2016)
T Bones -- No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) (1966)
Franz Ferdinand -- No You Girls (2009)
The Clash - Pressure Drop (1980)
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire (1963)

Alka-Seltzer "No Matter What Shape" 1966

The Clash Pressure Drop 2007 Nissan ad

The Muffs 1997 Fruitopia commercial