August 15, 2018

Modcast #413: Suburban Sunset

Prepare for a soundgasm of good music on this week's show. Stir up a strong something or other, sit back on the old porch and watch the sun go down while sweet, sweet music soothes your soul.

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Muck & The Mires -- #Lonliness (2018)
The Spitfires -- The Bitter End (2018)
The Time Sellers -- Down Here
Camens -- Boys Will Stray (2018)
Caper Clowns -- Sacre Bleu (2018)
Lia Pamina & Dario Persi -- So Far Tonight (2018)
Human Furniture Company -- Test Pilot (2018)
Wimps -- Trip Around The Sun 2017)
The Darts -- Subsonic Dream (2018)
Gin Blossoms -- Devil's Daughter (2018)
Cosmos Sunshine -- Letdown (2018)
Circa 62 -- Beby Behometh (2018)
Sobs -- Girl (2017)
The Molochs -- To Kick In A Lover's Door (2018)
David Robinson --What In The World (2018)
Simon Love -- Golden Boy (2018)
Fantastic Negrito -- Bullshit Anthem (2018)

The time Sellers -- Good Times

August 8, 2018

Makin' Time + The Threads = new release from The Deep Six

Thirty years on down the road mod revivalists of the 80s have been popping up all over the place. Now here's Mark McGounden of Makin' Time and Paul Hooper-Keely of The Threads with a new release from their latest combo The Deep Six.

They just released their third single, the delightfully catchy, bouncy, jangly, jaunty, hook filled It's Happening.

The Deep Six -- It's Happening
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August 7, 2018

Wait, Green Day went Tiki?

I had forgotten that on Nimrod Green Day had gone all Tiki exotica on Last Ride In. It's a pretty good, simple tune with some gently lapping waves, a bit of xylophone (or vibraphone, I can never tell the difference) and simple surf riffs. Who'da thunk it?

Green Day -- Last Ride In (Nimrod, 1997)

August 3, 2018

Modcast #412: This Is Where It's At

This week's show is short and sweet. You know what they say, size doesn't matter, it's what you do with it. And I do some amazing things this week with lots of new songs, as well as a couple older tracks.

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The Fratellis -- Sugartown (2018)
The Cheap Cassettes -- Kiss The Ass Of My Heart (2018)
Faz Waltz -- Oh Penny (2018)
Brad Marino -- On The Brink (2018)
Outtacontroller -- Glassy Eyes (2018)
Big Kizz -- I Want A Girl (2018)
Arlo -- Runaround (2018)
Samuel S. Parkes -- Let Me Go
Caroline Rose -- Bikini (2018)
Jet Banana -- Love Is Away
Flasher -- Who's Got The Time (2018)
Something To Do -- Sweet Caroline (2018)
Juliana Hatfield -- Physical
Spirit Kid -- Dot The I (2014)

Samuel S. Parkes -- Let Me Go

Big Kizz -- Eye On You

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August 2, 2018

The Tunes - Valerie

Summery, sunshine pop from yesteryear.

The Tunes - Valerie (Bright Yellow Sun, 2005)

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July 29, 2018

Clem Burke gets his due

I've always thought Clem was underrated and never really got that accolades he deserved. Until now. Can't wait to see this one.

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July 28, 2018

Marmalade Sky

Heavy, heavy sound.

Marmalade Sky - Showmen

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July 25, 2018

The Moldy Peaches -- NYC's Like A Graveyard

Suckers and fuckers and stupid retards | New York City's like a graveyard

The Moldy Peaches -- NYC's Like A Graveyard

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July 16, 2018

From the Vaults - Modcast #143 with guest host Modest Proposal's Neal Augenstein

Okay, with Modest Proposal set to release a new album next month, and livestream an acoustic session this weekend on the modcast facebook page, it seemed like a good time to open up the vaults and dust off this modcast from nearly a decade ago.  Modest Proposal front man Neal Augenstein guest hosted Modcast #143 at the time of the group's then first reunion in 25 years. Great mix of music and a bit of band history from Neal.

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Original post Oct. 11, 2009:
One of the first mod singles I ever owned was by Modest Proposal a band out of Washington DC. It was a great single and I played it to death over the years. So, it was cool to get a message from Neal Augenstein, MP's lead singer, with news that the band was planning to reunite. They will be playing November 28th at Comet Ping Pong, on upper Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC - and the opening band will be The Reply. (Get tix here)

Neal, who now works at radio station WTOP is chronicling the band's reunion. The first post is here and there are several others as well. I wish I could be in DC to see the band back together. If any of you do get to the show take some pictures and let us all know how it turns out.

This week's show is hosted by Neal and it's a crackin' good one. I think you'll enjoy it, I know I did.

The Modern Lovers -- She Cracked
The O'Kaysions -- I'm A Girl Watcher
Petula Clark -- Downtown
Cass Elliot -- Make Your Own Kinda Music
The Jam -- Standards
Jackson 5 -- The Love You Save
Davy Jones -- Girl
The Beatles -- I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Ramones -- Don't Go
Purple Hearts -- My Life's A Jigsaw
Peter Paul & Mary -- If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)

Modest Proposal -- Nobody Says No

80s Mod band Modest Proposal will livestream a preview of their new album Sunday July 22nd

Livestream on Sun., July 22 at 8pmEDT / 5pmPDT(

Watch the video of the livestream here now!

In the 80s we didn't have the internet, you had to really work to find good music. And it was especially difficult to find "mod" bands. You knew the locals of course, but out there in the hinterlands who knew what the hell was going on. Well, somehow I found out about Washington DC's Modest Proposal early on with the release of their 1985 single I've Seen Your Face Before b/w Nobody Says No and I was hooked. The album that came a couple years later was just as good, delivering a dozen sixties influenced, power pop tracks that have stood the test of time pretty well. The internet makes the world a smaller place, as it did in 2009 when Modest Proposal's lead singer Neal Augenstein contacted me to let me know they were have a reunion show. Now they're beyond just reuniting and the band is putting out a new release, part Modest Proposal, and part their later band The Mondays.

So, to celebrate we're hosting a livestream on Sunday, July 22 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT on the modacast Facebook page. Original members Neal and Bill Crandall will be on hand to play some songs and answer questions. The new album comes out August 10th, on Detour Records. Only printing 200 CDs, so you're gonna want to get in on the presale for this one!

July 8, 2018

Modcast #411: Behind The Music Vol. II

After a dozen years of modcasting the tables were finally turned in episode 400 when I was the one getting grilled by Mary Queen of Cosmos in Mr. Suave Behind The Music volume one. And now it's time for Behind The Music volume two with more on scenes, fanzines, the intersection of the mod scene with cocktail culture and the beginnings of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World.

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Check out Modcast #400: Mr. Suave Behind The Music Vol. I.
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.

The Creation -- Biff Bang Pow
Small Faces -- My Mind's Eye
The Kinks -- Mr. Big Man
The Untouchables -- Whiplash
The Idea -- Power Poppers
The Jetz -- Moderns For A Day
Manual Scan -- Plan Of Action
Bad Manners -- Inner London Violence
Donkey Show -- Bali Island
Skeletones -- You Make Me Wanna Laugh
Combustible Edison -- Cat O' Nine Tails
Esquivel -- Mini Skirt
The Bob Crewe Generation -- Girls On The Rocks
Les Baxter & 101 Strings -- Que Mango!
Paul Weller -- Science
Swing Out Sister -- Something Everyday
Nicola Conte -- Free Souls (feat. Bridgette Amofah) - Free Souls
The Jam -- Give Me Just A Little More Time (Live, 1981)

Instead of bonus videos this time around you get bonus flyers and fanzines. I've uploaded tons of old flyers from the 80s southern California mod scene and you can check them all out here. And since we have a nice discussion about the fanzine I edited, Insight Out, I've got some cover shots here as well. From the first cut and paste issue to the full on desktop published issues. One and done, one year five issues. It was a lot of fun interviewing bands like Bad Manners and Buster Bloodvessel, The Skeletones, The Idea, The Funseekers and lots more.

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July 1, 2018

Modcast #410: Hold Steady, More Rocksteady

Tons of cool, new music all up in the modcast this week, and all of if of the ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub variety.

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David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 -- Measure of a Man (2018)
The Kubricks -- Hold Us Down (2017)
The Slackers -- Dub Can't Hide (2015)
The Dualers -- Firestick (2012)
Dr. Packer -- Mr. Reggae (2015)
Quantic & Flowering Inferno -- Macondo (2016)
The Big Takeover -- Rainboots (2018)
The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling -- How Can You Stand There (2018)
The Beat featuring Ranking Roger -- Walking On The Wrong Side (2016)
Buster Shuffle -- I Don't Trust A Word You Say (2017)
The Interrupters -- She's Kerosene (2018)
Chainska Brassika -- Bad Habits (2015)
The Bodysnatchers -- Let's Do Rock Steady (1980)
Rico -- Sea Cruise (1981)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Interrupters -- Take Back The Power