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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August 19, 2014

From The Vaults: Mod Essentials: In The Beginning

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 back to a not so distant past, all the way back to 2008. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.




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Recently a friend --we'll call him Minnesota Mark -- asked me what mod is. More than that, he asked if I could put together a short playlist of the best mod songs. And you know, I was blown away by how difficult a task that turned out to be. I found that you can't narrow down to a dozen or so the most quintessential mod songs. Not to mention it's a totally subjective thing. What I think of as quintessential mod songs will be much different than another mod's picks. And what is quintessential anyhow? Again it's pretty subjective. I think I would define the quintessential mod songs as the songs that made me a mod early on -- mostly these were the songs that I simply loved that were already considered mod songs. As I thought about it though, I realized that quintessential mod songs are also those that when I hear them they make me think mod, they make me think of the mod sound and what it means to be a mod. They need not be original quote unquote mod songs.

Anyhow, Minnesota Mark's question got me to thinking: I bet there are a lot of people who'd be interested in hearing what I think are the most quintessential mod songs. At least I hope so. So, I'm going to do a periodic series of modcasts picking the dozen or so most essential mod sounds -- each time corresponding with a specific genre unique to mods, or a specific mod era. For this modcast I'm starting where you should start, at the beginning, in the sixties. Thank you to Mark for asking the question of what a mod is and what mod music sounds like and getting this ball rolling. For the early mods it really all started rolling with the soul sound. I could go back to the jazz roots of mod -- the modernists, but this modcast is only supposed be a thirty minute affair and we're already going to blow that out of the water. So, let's jump up to the modernists' next gen children; the first 'mods' as it were and their love affair with all things soulful. all things bluesy, all things dancable. This podcast just barely skims the surface of what the sixties mod sound was like, but at least it's a start.

J.J. Jackson -- But Its Alright
The Miracles -- Tears of a Clown
Edwin Starr -- 25 Miles
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames -- Money (That's What I Want)
The Who -- I Can't Explain
The Creation -- Biff Bang Pow
Small Faces -- Wham Bam Thank You M'am
The Kinks -- Set Me Free
The Monkees -- I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone
The Zombies -- She's Not There
The Easybeats -- Friday on my Mind
Strawberry Alarm Clock -- Incense & Peppermints


So, what are your essential sixties mod songs? I'm dying to find out from people what they see as the quintessential mod sound. E-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com and let me know.


The Small Faces -- Rollin' Over



Edwin Starr -- 25 Miles
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August 7, 2014

Modcast #305: For Tiki Oasis 2014 - Like, The Unofficial Beat-Tiki Mix Man

I've got a special treat for you this week: you don't have to listen to my scratchy voice. Instead, in honor of Tiki Oasis 2014 coming up in San Diego in a couple of weeks, DJ Ken from the Shingles has compiled a really great mix and there are some real gems in here. Tiki Oasis' theme this year is beat-tiki, so you know the tracks on this show are going to be super hip.

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01. Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Bebop Spoken Here (The Capitol Big Band Sessions, 1950)
02. Lionel Hampton - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop (78 RPM 10" Single, 1945 )
03. Les Double Six - A Night In Tunisia (The Double Six of Paris: Swingin' Singin', 1960)
04. Carmen McRae With The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (Single, 1962)
05. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Twisted (Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross!, 1960)
06. Dave Frishberg - I'm Hip (Single, 1965)
07. Gary McFarland - Bloop Bleep (The In Sound, 1965)
08. Jack Costanzo - Dickey, Dickey, Dickey, Dockey (Learn-Play Bongos with Mr. Bongo, 1961)
09. Ken Nordine - You're Getting Better (Word Jazz, Volume 2, 1960)
10. Tom Waits - Step Right Up (Small Change, 1976)
11. Robert Maxwell & The Ray Charles Singers - Song of the Nairobi Trio (Solfeggio) (Single, 1956)
12. Katie Lee - Don'tville (Life Is Just A Bed Of Neuroses,1961)
13. Buddy Collette's Latin All Stars - Jazz Heat Bongo Beat (Jazz Heat Bongo Beat, 1959)
14. Brazilian Octopus - Gamboa (Brazilian Octopus, 1969)
15. Kingston Trio - Scotch And Soda (The Kingston Trio, 1958)
16. Christopher Logue & the Tony Kinsey Quintet - Lithe Girl, Brown Girl (Blue Shoes) (Red Bird: Jazz and Poetry, 1959)
17. Bob Dorough - Dog (Jazz Canto Vol. 1,1958)
18. Slim Gaillard & His Middle Europeans - Yip Roc Heresy (Single, 1951)
19. Babs Gonzales & His Orchestra - Capitolizing (Single, 1949)
20. Jack Hammer - Like (Songs & Poems of the Beat Generation,1960)
21. Oscar Brown Jr. - Mr. Kicks (Sin & Soul...And Then Some, 1960)
22. Rod McKuen - RSVP (Beatsville, 1959)
23. Terry & The Chain Reaction - Keep Your Cool (Single, 1967)
24. The Damned - Beat Girl ("Eloise" 12" single B-side, 1986)


Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) -- Ho Daddy!



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July 29, 2014

Modcast #304: '79 Hell Of A Lot More Than Just A Mod Revival

In 1979 there was a whole hell of a lot more going on than just the mod revival. You all know the mod revival inside and out I'm sure. Trom The Jam to the Purple Hearts, the Small Hours, The Aces, to Mods Mayday '79, and of course the release of Quadrophenia. All good stuff. And all been done to death. Heck, I did a big mod revival show a few years ago as part of my Mod Essentials series. It's a good show. As I said, a whole hell of lot of other things were happening in music. Like 1966 and 1994, 1979 was just one of those iconic watershed music years. So on this week's modcast I'm going to explore some of the other things happening at the same time the mod revival was in full bloom.

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Elvis Costello -- Moods For Moderns
Joe Jackson -- One More Time
The Vapors -- Waiting For The Weekend
Squeeze -- Cool For Cats
XTC -- Making Plans For Nigel
The Cure -- Jumping Someone Else's Train
Patrick Fitzgerald -- Improve Myself
B-52s -- Private Idaho
Oingo Boing -- Only A Lad
The Plimsouls -- Zero Hour
The Knack -- That's What The Little Girls Do
The Ramones -- Rock'n'Roll High School
The Dickies -- You Drive Me Ape
Weirdos -- Happy People
Madness -- In The Middle Of The Night
The Specials -- Too Much Too Young
The Beat -- Mirror In The Bathroom
The Undertones -- You've Got My Number


The Dickies do Basket Case on CPO Sharkey



Blondie -- Dreaming (Live on Midnight Special 1979)



NEW WAVE "20/20" video piece (1979)




July 20, 2014

Modcast #303: How Are The Acoustics In Here?

This week on the modcast it's all acoustic tracks -- raw, stripped down, just the bare bones. I love how acoustic versions of songs can so drastically change a song. Sometimes that stripped down, raw sort of thing is just more pure. Sometimes it makes the song heavier, sometimes lighter and softer. Either way it really does give you something fresh and new. The way so many albums are overproduced these days, for me it's a real treat when an artist does the acoustic thing. It's one reason that MTV's Unplugged series was so incredibly popular. I remember reading that Nirvana's Unplugged album was one of the band's best selling recordings. Acoustical tracks aren't all I want to hear, but I do enjoy the occasional vocal and guitar alone and it certainly can make the songs have a more powerful impact.

As promised here is a link to Modcast #253: East Meets West with the Shibuya-kei Soul Sound


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Pizzicato Five -- Baby Love Child (1995)
Franz Ferdinand -- Walk Away (2010)
Teenage Fanclub -- Sparkys Dream (1985)
Blondie One Way Or Another (2002)
Beautiful South -- Don't Marry Her (1999)
Oasis -- Married With Children (1994)
Blur -- Sunday Sunday (1993)
Supergrass -- Next To You (2006)
Pete Doherty -- Don't Look Back Into The Sun (2004)
Dirty Pretty Things -- Bang Bang Your Dead (2008)
The Rifles -- Local Boy (2006)
Pauline Black -- Three Minute Hero (2005)
Dave Wakeling -- Save It For Later (2006)
The Style Council -- Headstart For Happiness (1983)
Social Distortion -- Reach For The Sky (2010)
Jane Weidlin -- Our Lips Are Sealed (2010)


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Blondie -- Sugar on the Side



Vaselines -- Son of a Gun (Live acoustic KEXP)













July 2, 2014

Modcast #302: It's Got Some Kick To It

With the US, UK, Italy and Australia out of the World Cup now, there's no excuse for the countries that support Mr. Suave most to not be listening to this week's modcast. I've got almost as many new songs as Tim Howard had saves! From floor filling soul tracks to guitar driven power pop, this modcast can't be beat in regulation time. That's right this week's show is crammed full of new music from the likes Paul Weller, The Ace, The Blue Dawns, Fuzzy Vox, Paul Orwell, Smoove & Turrel and of course the ubiquitous more.

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Fuzzy Vox -- 1789 (2014)
Paul Orwell -- Little Reason (2014)
The Idle Gossip -- 11 Plus 11 (2012)
The Men -- All Time High (2014)
The Ace -- Egil's Head Ransom (2014)
Nicola Conte -- Free Souls feat. Bridgette Amofa (2014)
Smoove & Turrell -- Lay It On Me (2014)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- It's A Love Thing (2014)
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot -- Moulding Of A Fool (2014)
The Blue Dawns -- I've Seen Things (2014)
Paul Weller -- Flame-Out! (2014)
Johnny Marr -- Lockdown (2013)
Miles Kane -- Taking Over (2013)
The Vaccines -- All In Vain (2012)
Volage -- Not Enuff (2014)


Nine Below Zero (on The Young Ones) -- 11 Plus 11



Paul Orwell Tell Me Tell Me



June 20, 2014

Modcast #301: Let's Go To The Beach

In the summer of 1982 I met my first real bonafide mods -- surfers every one of them. They were from Huntington Beach and during the day dressed like most surf kids, long board shorts and maybe a shirt. In the evenings and on weekends though they were decked out in much finer attire like three-button suits, Fred Perry polos, paisley shirts, pegged pants and pork pie hats. They were just a bit older, seemed much cooler, and certainly dated more girls than I did. I was smitten by the whole look and style. Ever since then I've had a soft spot for sun, sand and surf.

So, it's finally time to the shoot the curl with modcast #301. I'm serving up a whole slew of surf related sounds this week to kick off summer here in Seattle, and also to kick off the 9th season of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World.

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The Beach Boys -- God Only Knows (1966)
Annette Funicello -- Bikini Beach (1964)
The Kingsmen -- How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)
The Supremes -- Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine (1965)
Dick Dale & His Deltones -- Secret Surfin' Spot (1963)
Jan & Dean -- Surf City (1963)
The Beach Boys -- Shut Down (1963)
The Sunsets -- Hot Generation (1967)
The Trashmen -- Surfin' Bird (1963)
The Barracudas -- Surfers Are Back (1982)
The Surf Raiders -- Kuk (1982)
The Pandoras -- Hot Generation (1984)
Jon & The Nightriders -- Rumble At Waikiki (Live At The Whiskey A-Go-Go) (1981)
Agent Orange -- Miserlou (1981)
Ramones -- Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (1977)
Sonic Surf City -- Sonic Surfer Boy (1989)
The Hitmen -- King Of The Surf (1978)


Barracudas -- Summer Fun (Top of the Pops 1980)



The Living Curl 60's Surf Film Trailer



Beach Blanket Boo Boo (Steve Martin, Carol Burnett)



June 19, 2014

Modcast #300: The Brill Building Sound (RIP Gerry Goffin)


[Update 6-19-14]Just heard the sad news that one of the Brill Building's great has just passed away. According to The AP: "Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75."

It's been eight crazy years I've been producing the modcasts. When I started the show was pretty basic and the focus was on the music. The show is still pretty basic and the focus is still on the music. It seemed fitting to celebrate the eighth anniversary with a stroll through a musical treasure trove. The Brill Building.

The Brill building is a big old art-deco thing that has one of the greatest music stories you could imagine. From the 1930s on the Brill Building has been at the center of American music; home to producers, writers, publishers, and musicians who all work and collaborate together.

“Expressing the optimism and outrage of the early civil rights movement, [the Brill Building catalog] amalgamated black, white, and Latino sounds before multiculturalism became a concept, much less a cliché, and integrated audiences before America desegregated its schools. It helped create a youth market – teenagers were a new breed of human being and a brand-new consumer category – and trafficked in teen idols from whom Justin Timberlake and the Simpson sisters directly descend.” -- Ken Emerson, Always Magic In The Air: The Bomp And Brilliance Of The Brill Building Era

The Brill launched the careers of the likes of Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon, Sonny Bono, Carol King, Neil Diamond, Paul Anka and many more. The Brill sound was made famous by Dionne Warwick, Lesley Gore, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, and many more. So, it seemed like as good a time as any to finally pay tribute to the Brill Building Sound.

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Edwin Starr -- Twenty-Five Miles (1968)
The Crystals -- He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) (1962)
Steve Lawrence -- Go Away Little Girl (1962)
Cristina -- Is That All There Is? (1980)
The Monkees -- Pleasant Valley Sunday (1967)
Boyce & Hart -- I'll Blow You A Kiss In The Wind (1969)
Paul Revere & The Raiders -- Hungry (1966)
The Rolling Stones -- She Said Yeah (1965)
Buddy Rich -- The Beat Goes On (1967)
Lesley Gore -- 98.6/Lazy Day (1964)
Annette Funicello -- Blame It On The Bossa Nova (1965)
Tom Jones -- Promise Her Anything (1965)
Paul Weller -- Needles & Pins (2005)
Evie Sands -- I Can't Let Go (1966)
Doris Troy -- Just One Look (1963)
Laura Nyro -- Stoned Soul Picnic (1968)
Cal Tjader -- My Little Red Book (1969)


BRILL BUILDING


The Brill Building Approach to Pop




May 23, 2014

Modcast #299: I've Got Your Number

Can you hear me now? Good. No busy signals, no call waiting, and no dropped calls on this week's modcast. It's telephone time in the mod mod world, and I've got the best hold music you've ever heard so stay on the line for some great telephone songs.


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The B-52s -- 6060842
Wilson Picket -- 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) (1966)
The Marvelettes -- Beechwood4-5789 (1962)
Etta James -- 842-3089 (Call My Name) (1966)
The Kinks -- Party Line (1966)
The Partridge Family -- Echo Valley2-6809 (1972)
The Untamed -- Mayfair5-4321 (1966)
The Gloomys -- Calling Mayfair 5016 (1967)
The Soviettes -- Hanging Up The Phone (2005)
The Kicks -- Get Off The Telephone (1980)
The Jetty Boys -- Telephone Man (2010)
The Frinchers -- If You Know My Phone Number (2012)
The Records -- The Phone (1979)
The Troggs -- Double6 54321 (1966)
X -- Your Phones Off The Hook But Your Not (1980)


Louis CK on primitive rotary phones


The Frinchers - Across the Albert Dock


The Soviettes -- #1 is Number Two



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