October 4, 2017

Modcast #393: Caution Gerbils May Explode If Kicked

Action packed show this week, so hot it could explode into flames at any time.

Here we are turning the corner from summer to fall and heading into the back stretch of 2017 aimed at the finish line. There's about a dozen weeks left in the year and I've got seven modcasts to pump out in order to hit show #400. I was hoping to do that this year, but it's going to be tight. But I pumped one out for you this week that has lots of cool new music, as well as some ... er, shall we just call them more experienced sounds?

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Karla Kane -- Lilac Line (2017) (get the new album here)
Vista Blue -- Girl Who Can Curl (2017)
Oh! Gunquit -- Never Sorry (2017)
The Darts -- Revolution (2017)
Dirty Fences -- Goodbye Love (2017)
Duncan Reid and the big heads -- Bombs Away (2017)
Alvvays -- Plimsoll Punks (2017)
Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg -- Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (1995)
Mood Six -- Flowers and Boxes (1987)
Southern Culture on the Skids -- Freak Flag (2016)
The Selecter -- Frontline (2017)
Rude Boy George -Town Called Malice (2017)
Spy Kids -- Today's News (1991)
The Employees -- Pick It Up (1980)
King Apparatus -- Made For TV (1999)
The Jam -- But I'm Different Now (1980)


Dirty Fences -- Teen Angel



Oh! Gunquit -- Lights Out






October 3, 2017

The Corner Laughers vocalist debuts a soft and sensational new solo album



The Corner Laughers have become one of my favorite groups over the past decade. It's surprising because I'm not to fond of folk music, and they have folksiness in spades. Rather than folksy though I've always heard a sort of twee, poppishness to their songs. Vocalist Karla Kane has always ridden atop the Laughers music effortlessly, an integral part of the whole. When I realized the latest release was a solo project I wondered how that would sound. And now I know. It sounds great. Again surprising to me is my enjoyment of what can only be called a folk album. Kane's voice is strong and striking as always, reminding a little bit of She & Him's Zoey Daschenal not because they sound so similar but because they have this sort of ethereal quality that belies an elegant and underlying strength. They both share a softness around the edges that works especially well here for Kane when coupled with the thought provoking lyrics on songs like All Aboard, the feminist folk of Don't Hush Darling, and the album's title track King's Daughters Home For Incurables. Another striking song is Lilac Line, with Kane's customary ukulele twanging along, it boasts a catchy chorus and builds to what amounts to a crescendo for an otherwise subtly understated album. And it reminded me just a bit of the Beautiful South, which is a good thing in my book. Overall this is a strong and enjoyable solo debut, and maybe will inspire me to expand my listening boundaries even a bit further. I'm not going to stop hoping for another right proper album from the Laughers as a whole though!

Karla Kane's King's Daughters Home For Incurables will be released October 6th and you can order it here.

September 19, 2017

Modcast #392: What Is The Perfect Pop Song?

What is the perfect pop song? Good luck on getting an answer. Most of us can't agree on what a pop song is, let alone which ones are perfect. Or near to. But, Mary Queen of Cosmos had the guts, the chutzpah, the balls if you will, to take up Mr. Suave's challenge to figure out the modern day perfect pop song. It's a good show with quote, "a lot of good upstroking and downstroking", so you know you're going to enjoy it on some level. What do you think? What is the perfect pop song, if there is such a thing? Are any of these that? I'll be the judge. The jury. And the executioner. If the Queen of Cosmos is lucky she will while away the rest of her life in musical purgatory. But if she's very, very lucky (hint, hint, I'm the judge) she won't have to pay for all the vodka she wasted making all those cosmos to make this show listenable.

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Nick Lowe -- Cruel To Be Kind (1979)
Sleigh Bells -- Rill Rill (2010)
Phoenix -- Girlfriend(2009)
Best Coast -- Feeling Okay (2015)
The Preatures -- How I Feel (2014)
The Beach Boys -- Good Vibrations (1966)
The Romantics -- What I Like About You (1980)
Green Day -- Basket Case (1994)
Devo -- Girl U Want (1980)
Sleater-Kinney -- Leave You Behind (2000)
The Postal Service -- Such Great Heights (2003)
The Rolling Stones -- Ruby Tuesday (1967)
The Cure -- Boys Don't Cry (1979)
Paul Weller -- Close To You (2004)
The Police -- Every Breath You Take (1983)

Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?








September 3, 2017

Modcast #391: Beat Party

Great line up on this week's show if I do say so myself. And I do. Lots of new music, as well as lots of great tracks from yesteryear.


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Action Skulls -- Mainstream (2017)
Gary Lewis & The Playboys --My Heart's Symphony (1966)
Graham Bond Organization -- I Want You (1965)
Count Five -- They're Gonna Get You (1966)
Small Faces -- What's A Matter Baby (1968)
Russ Kennedy & The Little Wheels -- I've Been Watching You (1966)
The Buzz -- Smithereens (2017)
Propeller -- Little Unsteady (2017)
Suzy & Los Quattros -- Start Again (2017)
Kwyet Kings -- Radiated By Your Charm (1997)
Teenage Fanclub -- Slow Fade (2005)
Now -- Into The 80s (1979)
Sick Sad World -- Skateboarding Girl (2015)
Liquid Soul -- Spam Sucker (2000)
Seaside Sons -- Let Me Be (2015)
Camper Van Beethoven -- The Day Lassie Went To The Moon (1985)


Northern Soulshaker Cocktail
Spicy Raspberry Jalapeno Margarita
2oz. Tequila
1oz. Jalapeno Liqueur
1oz. Sweetened Lime Juice
Crabbie's Scottish Raspberry Flavored Ginger Beer
Fresh raspberries and fresh jalapenos

In cocktail shaker stir together tequila, jalapeno liqueur and lime juice, and set aside. In a half-pint glass muddle half a dozen raspberries and some jalapeno slices in the bottom. Fill glass with ice, add the tequila mixture and fill the rest of the glass with the ginger beer. If you're looking for an extra kick add a few splashes of Bitterman's Hellfire Habanero Bitters. Garnish with lime slice.

Barnes & Barnes -- Party In My Pants


Barnes & Barnes - Fish Heads













August 25, 2017

Modcast #390: Joe Strummer's Bootcamp

Unless you've been living under a rock you know all about the recent outbreaks of violence during protests, anti-protests, free speech marches, and so on. From Portland, OR to Portland, ME; Boston, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, Louisville. It seems like there is some sort of unrest just about everywhere. None of it more publicized though than the white supremacists and neo-Nazi's who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. We shouldn't be surprised, this has happened many times before. Sadly, it will likley happen many times again.

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This now famous quote from uber-contrarian Henry Rollins has been popping up in memes and social media over and over again. "This is not the time to be dismayed, this is punk rock time. This is what Joe Strummer trained you for." That got me and Mary Queen of Cosmos thinking and drinking (we do a lot of both).

Who are the people Joe trained? Who are the graduates of Joe Strummer's Bootcamp? This week's modcast highlights just a few.

The Clash -- Know Your Rights (1982)
Gil Scott Heron -- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1970)
Jamila Woods -- Blk Girl Soldier (2016)
The Julie Ruin -- I Decide (2016)
Billy Bragg & Wilco - All You Fascists (2000)
X -- See How We Are (1987)
Propagandhi - White Proud and Stupid (1998)
Body Count - No Lives Matter (2017)
A Tribe Called Quest -- We The People (2016)
Chumbawamba - Enough Is Enough (1994)
The Offspring - L.A.P.D. (1992)
Fink -- Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us (2011)


Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes -- Wake up Everybody





August 6, 2017

Modcast #389: Unofficial Tiki Oasis 2017 International Intrigue Mix

As is his usual modus operandi Ken from the cocktail syndicate is back with the officially Unofficial Tiki Oasis 2017: International Intrigue mix. It's really chapping my hide to have to listen to this since for the first time in a few years I'm not attending Tiki Oasis. I had to buy a roof and some siding for the house --neither of which I ever get to really look at you know seeing as they're on the outside and I'm on the inside-- which really put a dent in the old pocketbook. And following on the heels of my trip to New York, where the Suave's spent money like drunken sailors on leave, and ahead of an upcoming mele kalikimaka holiday expedition to the Hawaiian islands, money is tight. Like .... well never mind what it's tight like. Get a cocktail and loosen up for a good time.

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01. Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra - Come Spy With Me (Come Spy With Me, 1966)
02. Petula Clark - L'Agent Secret (Single, 1966)
03. Ennio Morricone - Deep Down (Diabolik) (Danger: Diabolik Soundtrack, 1968)
04. Barry Adamson - 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme (The Murky World Of Barry Adamson, 1999)
05. Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Get Smart (Melbourne Ska Orchestra, 2013)
06. Barbara Feldon - 99 (Single, 1966)
07. Combustible Edison - Spy Vs. Spy (I, Swinger, 1994)
08. Hollies Ft. Peter Sellers - After the Fox (After The Fox Soundtrack, 1966)
09. Del Noah and the Mount Ararat Finks - Push the Button, Max! (Shots In The Dark, 1996)
10. Clee-Shays - Ed Spy (Super Spy Themes, 1966)
11. Bent Scepters - Harry Palmer (Blind Date with Destiny, 1997)
12. David Whitaker Orchestra - Federation Of Finks (Music To Spy By, 1966)
13. Corduroy - Follow That Arab (High Havoc, 1993)
14. Swingerhead - She Could Be a Spy (She Could Be a Spy, 1998)
15. Johnny Dankworth - Modesty Blaise (Main Theme) (Modesty Blaise Soundtrack, 1966)
16. Carlo Montez - Danger In Go Go Boots (Nymphomania, 1998)
17. Bikini Machine - Where's N°11? (An Introduction To Bikini Machine, 2003)
18. Propellerheads - Spybreak! (Single, 1997)
19. Joey Altruda - Tropical Espionage (Cocktails With Joey, 1995)
20. Lalo Schifrin - Jim On The Move (Mission: Impossible Single, 1968)
21. Billy Strange - Run Spy Run (The Secret Agent File, 1965)
22. Wall of Voodoo - Spy World (Call Of The West, 1982)
23. Walker Brothers - Deadlier Than the Male (Deadlier Than The Male Soundtrack, 1967)
24. Mike Redway - Casino Royale (Unreleased Casino Royale Closing Credits, 1967)
25. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Come Spy With Me (The Love I Saw In You Single, 1967)

WELCOME TO TIKI OASIS TV!





July 28, 2017

Modcast #388: Deep Diving the Revival

Welcome to Modcast #388 in which I deep dive the mod revival and post-punk late '70s early '80s mod revival this week. There are a few here that most of you will know, but much of the rest is a bit more obscure. But no less better for being less renowned that's for sure. If you know 'em all, and if you don't sit back and enjoy the show.

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Dirty Looks -- Let Go (1980)
The Scene -- I've Had Enough (1979)
Normal Day -- Angelina, Angelina (1980)
Screen Gemz -- Teenage Teenage (1979)
The Donuts -- All The Innocent Girls (1980)
The Fans -- You Don't Live Here Anymore (1980)
Nirvana Devils -- Some Foreign Shore (1985)
The Jetz -- Moderns For A Day (1983)
Wildfang -- Like Ringo (1984)
City LImits -- Dancing In The Heat (1980)
Strangeways -- Show Her You Care (1978)
Rudi -- The Pressure's On (1979)
The Really 3rds -- Everyday, Everyway (1981)
The Piranhas -- Fiddling While Babylon Burns (1980)
Starjets -- 10 Years (1979)
The Jetset -- Count The Beating Hearts (1985)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

Dirty Looks -- Lie To Me


The Jetset -- Wednesday Girl


July 16, 2017

Modcast #387: Twophers

It's double the listening pleasure, twice as nice, two times the fun, on all new Modcast #387: Twophers. Because, I'm playing two tracks from every artist this week. Started out with a couple of bands that I just couldn't decide which track to include, and so I thought what the hell I'll play both. And, so here we are with a whole of show of double doses of musical goodness.

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The MnM's -- Knock Knock Knock (1980)
Peter Perrett -- An Epic Story (2017)
Peter Perrett & The One -- I'm Not Like Everybody Else (1994)
Playboy Manbaby -- Last One Standing (2017)
Playboy Manbaby -- You Can Be A Fascist Too (2016)
The Buttertones -- Sadie's A Sadist (2017)
The Buttertones -- Matador (2017)
Hurry -- Fascination (2016)
Hurry -- Under Her Thumb (2016)
Ragamuffins -- Dance 'Til Your The Last One Standing (2016)
Ragamuffins -- Telling Tales (2015)
Mando Diao -- Long Before Rock'n'Roll (2006)
Mando Diao -- Tv And Me (2006)
The MnM's -- I'm Tired (1980)

The Ragamuffins - Dance (Til You're The Last One Standing)


Playboy Manbaby -- Last One Standing


Peter Perrett -- How The West Was Won




July 5, 2017

Modcast #386: The Shingles Ruin Summer Again

Only the second episode of season 11 and I'm already shirking my modcasting duties and turning the show over to The Shingles. DJ Ken is joined by Michael Simmons and the two deliver some seriously suave sounds for your summer soundtrack.


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01. Beach Boys - It's a Beautiful Day (Americathon Soundtrack, 1979)
02. Supergrass - Sun Hits The Sky (In It for the Money, 1997)
03. Randell Kirsch & Papa Doo Run Run - California Sleepwalking (Santa Cruz, 2001)
04. Rick Henn - Girl On The Beach (Single, 1973)
05. Explorers Club - California's Callin' Ya (Together, 2016)
06. Thee Midniters with Godfrey - Down Whittier Blvd. (Single, 1967)
07. Tikiyaki 5-0 - Supernova (Introducing The Exotic Sounds Of Tikiyaki 5-0, 2016)
08. XTC - Grass (Skylarking, 1986)
09. Electric Soft Parade - Summertime In My Heart (Idiots, 2013)
10. Mark Eric - Place For The Summer (A Midsummer's Day Dream, 1969)
11. Rumer - Pizza And Pinball (Into Colour, 2014)
12. Lindsey Buckingham - Holiday Road (National Lampoon's Vacation Soundtrack, 1983)
13. Johnny Aloha - Drink To Hawaii (Lavapalooza: Richard Cheese Presents Johnny Aloha, 2010)


1966 Surfing, Skateboarding and Bikinis



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June 21, 2017

Modcast #385: Back in the Saddle

I'm baaaaack. Did you miss me? My first extended sabbatical from the modcast is over. It only took 10 years for me to take a real break. That's right I've got ten full years of modcasting under my belt now. So welcome to season eleven. And that puts us at the halfway mark of 2017, so I've got lots of new music from the first of half of the year.

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Eggstone -- Shooting Time
One Way Ticket -- Miss Grievous
Los Padrinois -- La Pinta Completa
Blondie -- Doom Or Destiny
Honeychain -- Lucky One
Indonesian Junk -- Crimes
Courtney Barnett -- How To Boil An Egg
Kurt Vile -- Pretty Pimpin'
The Charlatans -- Let's Go Together
The Mountain Goats -- Rain In Soho
The Strypes -- Behind Closed Doors
Eggstone -- Like So


Honeychain -- Messy Love


Strypes -- Behind Closed Doors




May 25, 2017

Crack Open The Vaults Of The Modcast

While I take a short break and try to get things back on track you should crack open the vaults and check out some of the past modcasts. Here's what's online right now. If there's a past show you'd like to hear just let me know and I'll hook you up.


 
 
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May 7, 2017

Modcast #384: Something's Funky Up Here

Hello funkonauts! This is the funkiest modcast in a long while, so I hope you're in for some very cool super soul. This is soul music, superfunkified, always cool, always fresh, sometimes jazzy, occasionally with a hint of acid, and never without a full dose of the disco. This is funky.

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Quasamodo & The Q Orchestra -- Funkentstein (2013)
Skeewiff -- Get Down To The Pumpe Up Funk (2015)
Onam Agemo & The Disco Jumpers -- The Disco Jumpers (2017)
Ikebe Shakedown -- Curitiba Strut (2017)
Shaolin Temple Defenders -- Super Nacho Funk (2013)
Midas Touch -- Big Deal! (1977)
Jazzkantine -- Funky Old Kantina (2016)
Club Des Belugas -- Skip To The Bip (2006)
Lack Of Afro -- Holding My Breath (Feat. Jake Morley) (2011)
Mako & The Hawk -- The Devil Made Me Do It feat. Chima Anya (2016)
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound -- I Got High (2011)
Jamiroquai -- Superfresh (2017)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail



JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound -- You Can't Break Me


Mako & The Hawk -- Party Goin' On