May 14, 2016

Modcast #358: Tin to Diamonds Pt. II

Round and round we go, and where we'll stop: Diamonds! We're celebrating Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World and its ten spins around the sun. Welcome to the second part of this momentous, multipart occasion. Last week, The Bangles left us dangling with "7 & 7 is." "Is It In My Head?" or is our next destination obvious? No self-respecting Suave celebration would be complete without acknowledging The Who and Quadrophenia. So mix up a Ms. Smith, turn the speakers up to ten, and unbuckle yourself as we wind our way to diamonds. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Suave! --Mary, Queen of Cosmos

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Northern Soulshaker

Spotify links for the entire episodes, complete songs, uninterrupted.
Part 1
Part 2:

Is It In My Head -- The Who
Head Held High -- Velvet Underground
High Ball Stepper -- Jack White
Steppin' Out -- Joe Jackson
Out of Here -- Corduroy
Here's the Good News -- Paul Weller
News of the World -- The Jam
The World Should Revolve Around Me -- Little Jackie
Me and You – She & Him
You Already Know – Arcade Fire
No Cities to Love – Sleater-Kinney
To Love Somebody – Nina Simone
Somebody Was Watching – Pops Staples (Pops Staples’s Belated Finale)
Watch Out For Lucy -- Clapton
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds -- The Beatles
Diamond Dogs -- David Bowie

A New Wave -- Sleater-Kinney (Carrie Brownstein's kick-ass white pantsuit!)

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May 7, 2016

Modcast #357: Tin to Diamonds Pt. 1

And they said it wouldn't last! In 2006, as an early birthday surprise, Mrs. Suave gifted her Mister with an iPod, and Modcasting history was made. Now, a decade later, we raise frosty cocktails (make mine a double!) to toast ten groovin' and glorious years of Mister Suave's Mod Mod World. The Small Faces get us marching with "Tin Soldier." With this mod-nod to the past, we launch into a musical maze of word-play. The challenge: to get from Tin (traditional ten-year anniversary gift) to Diamonds (the modern ten-year offering), leap-frogging across a celebratory retrospective of Suave-friendly songs along the way. In this manner, we go from "Tin Soldier," to "Tin Soldier Man," to "A Man is a Man," to "Man at the C & A," and on and on to Diamonds. If you're inclined to Choose Your Own Adventure, forge your own path from Tin to Diamonds and let us know how your journey goes. I'd love to hear your list. --Mary, Queen of Cosmos.

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Tin To Diamonds The First Half
Tin Soldier -- Small Faces
Tin Solder Man -- The Kinks
A Man is a Man -- The Who
Man at the C&A -- The Specials
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You -- The Monkees
You On My Mind -- Swing Out Sister
Mind Your Manners -- Pearl Jam
In A Manner of Speaking – Nouvelle Vague
Speak Like a Child – Style Council
Children of the Revolution – The Clash
Revolution Rock – Violent Femmes
The Rocking Surfer -- Beach Boys
Surf City -- Ramones
City of the Dead -- Desorden Publico
Dead Road 7 -- The Kills
7 and 7 is -- The Bangles (Live)

Listen to entire list on Spotify.

Small Faces - Itchycoo Park

April 26, 2016

Modcast #356: Groovin' At The Go-Go

Give me an hour and I'll give you the grooviest, groovin' set of tunes you've heard in a long while. Isn't it time you were goin' to a go-go?

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Charles Bradley -- Ain't It A Sin (2016)
Jill Scott -- Run Run Run (2015)
Saun & Starr -- Sunshine (Your'e Blowing My Mind) (2015)
Deep Street Soul -- Souls Come Alive (2016)
Men Of North Country -- Running (2016)
Speedometer -- Middle Of The Night
Mando Diao -- God Knows (2004)
Sharpshooters -- Groovin' At The Go-Go (2000)
Kickstart -- Everyday, Everynight (1997)
The Exits -- Revolt Into Style (1978)
Trotsky Icepick -- Bury Manilow (1988)
The Sherlocks -- Chasing Shadows (2013)
Robyn Hitchcock -- So You Think You're In Love (1995)
Lush -- Ladykillers (1996)
The Arrogants -- I'm No Fucking Mozart (2016)

Drink up!

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April 7, 2016

Modcast #355: Jetset Swingin'

It's time to get easy, mod easy, with another episode of Mr. Suave's Swingin' Cocktail Lounge. That's right, it's time to explore the lounge side of mod with the now sound of the space-age, jetset, bachelor pad. Call it what you will: cocktail music, tiki music, go-go music, exotica, space-age pop, jetset or now sound, it's all lounge music to me. As promised here's a couple of cool websites you're going to want to check out. First, a good read is The Strange World of Library Music. And one of the finest lounge music resources anywhere on the planet is the Space-Age Pop Music page.

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Tikiyaki Orchestra -- Bachelor #2 (2009)
Fantastic Plastic Machine -- Bachelor Pad (1997)
Dr. K -- Everybody Have A Good Time (2005)
Bebo Best & The Super Lounge Orchestra -- Malibu Summer 1966 (2013)
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited -- The Spacesound Effect (2000)
Keith Mansfield -- Powerhouse Pop (1969)
David Lindup -- The Zodiac (1969)
Piero Umiliani -- Topless Party (1968)
John Barry -- Beat Girl (1960)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass -- Slick (1968)
Hugo Montenegro -- Solo Busanova (1966)
Martin Denny & Si Zentner -- Bali Monkey Dance (1962)
Enoch Light -- Bond Street (1973)
Alan Hawkshaw -- Girl In A Sportscar (1973)
James Clarke -- Double Take (1975)

Library Production Music

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March 28, 2016

Modcast #354: March Modness

College basketball fever is sweeping the nation as it does every year about this time. March Madness is upon us and there is no cure, no vaccine, nothing but the just wait it out. With that in mind I thought I'd create my own mod bracket of great songs and see which one come out on top, voted on by you my dear listener. So, take a listen and then leave a comment letting me know which song you think should come out on top. No losers here, but still can only be one winner.

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Samuel S. Parkes -- What You Do In Your Own Time Is None Of Mine (2014)
John's Children -- Oh No (She Wouldn't Swallow) (1967)
The Troggs -- I Can't Control Myself (1966)
The Artwoods -- Smack Dab In The Middle (1965)
Bobby Bland -- Honey Child (1968)
Small Faces -- Hey Girl (1967)
Piney Gir -- Outta Sight (2011)
Monkeeman -- The A** Parade (2014)
Raglans -- Not Now (2014)
Ocean Color Scene -- Better Day (1997)
The Jeunes -- It's Alright (2008)
Jordan Allen -- Remembered (2014)
Makin' Time -- Nothing Else (2003)
The Style Council -- Speak Like A Child (1983)
Combine -- Dreams Come True (1985)
Secret Affair -- Don't Look Down Demo (2003)
The New Mastersounds -- Soul Sista (2014)
Viola Beach -- Like A Fool (2016)

Monkeeman -- Pressure

March 18, 2016

Modcast #353: All Ahead Full

A whole new mix of mod friendly music, with a little kick to it.

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The Last Shadow Puppets - My Little Red Book (Live) (2008)
Smooth Beans - All Power to the People (2012)
SkaFace - Wired Up (2012)
The Skints - This Town (2015)
Kid British - Rum Boys (2009)
Buster Shuffle - Naked (2014)
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruffians On Parade (2014)
Seaside Sons - Let Me Be (2015)
New Electric Ride - I Can't Help But Smile (2014)
The Broken Vinyl Club - Every Inch (2011)
The Fooley Mantras - Find The Key (2011)
Ordinary Boys - I'm Leaving You (And I'm Taking You With Me) (2015)
The Cherry Drops - Outta' Sight (2013)
The Most - She's Nuts (2015)
Squeeze - Cradle To The Grave (2015)

The Last Shadow Puppets -- Aviation (2016)

Scott Howells (ex Broken Vinyl Club) -- Worlds On Fire

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March 2, 2016

Modcast #352: Pleased To Meet Me, Album 1, Side 1, Track 1

Every story starts somewhere. In music, every band or artist has a first album, and every album has a side one. Or, at least they used to when LPs ruled the day. And every record had a side one, track one. So this week you're going to get a bunch of great bands very first introduction of themselves to you, the music loving public.

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The Classic Negroni
I like the bitterness that comes with the Campari, and I think it works best over ice rather than straight up. That being said I always use one giant ice cube for slow dilution and absolute chilling. Like diamonds, with ice bigger is always better.
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth
On the rockes
Garnish: orange twist

Toy Dolls -- Dig That Crazy Groove Baby (1983)
Ramones -- Blitzkreig Bop (1976)
The Damned -- Neat Neat Neat (1977)
Sex Pistols -- Holidays In The Sun (1977)
Generation X -- From The Hear (1978)
X -- Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not (1980)
Black Flag -- Rise Above (1981)
Mod Fun -- I Can See (Everything) (1985)
The Odd Numbers -- Don't Bother Me (1990)
The Prisoners -- Better In Black (1982)
The Purple Hearts -- Jimmy (1980)
The Gents -- The Faker (1981)
Diodes -- Red Rubber Ball (1977)
The Risk -- Man Insane (1987)
The Undertones -- Family Entertainment (1979)

Generation X -- Your Generation

The Undertones -- Teenage Kicks

February 17, 2016

Modcast #351: For Personal Use Only

All new modcast is here to tease, tempt and tantalize. Listen once or a dozen times, it only gets better with age.

I am coming up on my 10th anniversary as a modcaster here in a couple months, May to be exact. Got some cool shows in the works to celebrate. Whether you've listened once or three hundred and fifty times, leave me a comment and let me know what you've thought of the modcast over the years.

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The Lash Outs -- Don't Know Why (2016)
Marta Ren & The Groovelvets -- I'm Not Your Regular Woman
Cherry Boop & The Sound Makers -- Listen (2014)
Sharon Tandy -- Walk From Here To Mexico (2011)
Junior Parker -- Taxman (1970)
Vista Blue -- Betsy Took My Baby Away (2016)
The Bresslaws -- Don't Walk Away (2009)
The Rage -- Looking For You (1986)
The Crushers -- Love Song (2002)
Graham Day & The Gaolers -- Pass That Whiskey (2008)
Donuts -- She May Be Your Girl (1980)
The Keys -- Fire Inside (2010)
The DB's -- Love Is For Lovers (1984)
The Kinks -- Dead End Street (1996)
Four By Art -- Do The Shimmy Shimmy Duck (1984)

Cherry Boop and The Sound Makers -- I Want To Give You My Everything

Four By Art -- Who Killed Snoopy

February 5, 2016

Modcast #350: Bring It On!

Bring it on I can take it. Whatever you can dish out, I can eat it up. This week's show doesn't take no prisoners, and certainly don't take no shit. Whether it's brand new or classic, garage rock, psych rock or power pop, this is the modcast that's bringin' it all on. Hold on to your lids kids, it's gonna be a wild ride.

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The Saucy Jacks -- Goin' Out Tonight (2016)
Action Jets -- Tarot Cards (2016)
Sha La La's -- Bring It Down On You (2015)
The Terraces -- The Hustler (2015)
The Harringtons -- On My Mind (2015)
Trambeat -- Breaking The Rules (2015)
The Originators -- A Little Supreme (2015)
Denis Lotis -- The Finger Points At You (195?)
The Mickey Finn Group -- Garden Of My Mind (1966)
The Birds -- Magic Words (1966)
The Living Eyes -- Stuck In My Own World (2013)
The Quick Beats -- Sorry (2014)
The Trypt Up -- Love's Gone Bad (2012)
Slade -- Wild Winds Are Blowing (1969)
The Whereabouts -- I Don't Care (2014)
Graham Coxon -- Freakin' Out (2004)

Sha La La's -- Soul Of The Nation

January 21, 2016

Modcast #349: It's Go Time

After five hours in the ER with two pelvic x-rays, a chest x-ray and CT scan, I can say with great assurance that it is not go time for yours truly. With as many broken bones as I have between my back and my ribs, go time is a long time from now. Lest there be any wild rumors about what I was doing at the time this all came about, let me assure, dear listener: it was the dog's fault! Indeed, I'm pretty sure he, the Notorious G.I.B., pushed me. But I lack good security cam footage so we'll never know for sure. As I lay here recovering all I've got to console me is some wild, strange, soothing, swinging, engaging music. And I'm sharing it with you. Along with the recipe for my current pain killer chaser, the gin basil smash. And smashing it is.

Gin Basil Smash
2 Parts Hendrick's Gin
1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Part Simple Syrup
8 torn and quartered basil leaves
Add basil to base of cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard over ice. Strain over an ice-filled rock glass. (If you've recently been thrown down stairs by your animal companion you are encouraged to follow that first sip with a couple of percocet.)

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Martinibomb -- The Love God (2004)
French Boutik -- Hitch A Ride (2015) (Click here to help sponsor French Boutik)
The Family Silver -- Peace & Love (2015)
French Kicks -- So Far We Are (2006)
Jake Bugg -- Lightning Bolt (2012)
The Three O'Clock -- Fall To The Ground (1983)
Sleeper -- What Do I Do Now (1996)
The Damned -- Generals (1982)
The Bite -- Old White Money (2015)
The Reducers -- Let's Go (1984)
The Undertones -- Everything You Say Is Right (2007)
Thee Martian Boyfriends -- Mojo Action (2016)
Matt Grocott & The Shrives -- Turn Me On (2014)
Kurt Baker --Enoughs Enough (2015)
Parasites -- What Kind Of Love (2012)
Reno Bo -- Have You Seen Her Face (2015)
Sylvain Sylvain -- Every Boy And Every Girl (1982)

Kurt Baker -- Sends Me To Mars

January 11, 2016

Modcast #348: Mo' Bowls O' Soul

The new year is upon us and you know what that means. It means you gotta put on your slickest dancing shoes and get ready to strut your stuff, it's time for another bowlful of soul, another totally souled out modcast.

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Check out last year's soul kickoff for 2015: Modcast #321: Another Bowlful of Soul

The Inciters -- STOP (2015)
The New Mastersounds (Feat. Kim Dawson) -- Soul Sista (2014)
Brooklyn Funk Essentials -- Blast It! (2015)
Skeewiff -- Slam Your Funky Funk-Funk (Feat. Ashley Slater) (2015)
The Soul Motivators -- Free To Believe (2015)
Smoove & Turrell -- The Clown (2014)
The Mighty Sceptres -- Just Didn't Mean It (2015) (Nick Radford)
Stone Foundation -- Learning The Hard Way (2015)
Fay Hallam -- Soul Revolution (2015)
Supertonic Sound Club (Feat. Sharon Gitau) -- Cracked Up Over You (2015)
Speedomter (Feat. James Junior) -- Middle Of The Night (2015)
Leon Bridges -- Flowers (2015)
Mario Biondi -- Heart Of Stone (2015)
Kokolo -- How We Gonna Work It Out (2015)

Angeline Morrison -- Are You Ready Cat?

December 24, 2015

Modcast #347: Christmas Extravaganza 2015

It's time again for me to imbibe too much and serve up an eclectic mix of holiday tunes. I'm joined as usual for this merry mess by Ken who manages to keep this thing from going totally to the isle of misfit modcasts. Merry Crimble and all that.

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Vince Guaraldi Trio - Surfin' Snoopy (1965)
Aztec Camera - Walk Out To Winter (1983 - 7 Inch Version)
Donny Hathaway - This Christmas (1971)
Betty Lloyd - Snowflakes (1969)
Elin Ruth & The Beat From Palookaville - Christmas Is Sooner Than You Think (2015)
Gaspard Royant - Christmas Is Back in town (2015)
Helen Love & Friends - The Townhall (2015)
Chuck Brodsky - On Christmas I Got Nothing (1998)
Darlene Love - Christmas Time For The Jews (2005)
Martin Newell & Andy Partridge - Christmas In Suburbia (1993)
Genuine Fakes - Do You Want To Build A Snowman (2015)
Beach Boys - Melekalikimaka (1998)
Chris & Peter Allen - Ten Below (1968)
Gram Rabbit - California Christmas (2015)
Connection - Rock-N-Roll Christmas (2014)
Thee Headcoatees - Santa Claus (1992)
Love Me Nots - Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me (2015)
Critics - She Feels Like Christmas Day (1991)
Public Access TV - here come the bells (2015)
Albert Finney - I Hate People ("Scrooge" 1970)
Saturday's Children - Deck Five (1966)
Band - Christmas Must Be Tonight (1977)

SNL Funhouse - Christmastime for the Jews from Bix Pix Entertainment, Inc. on Vimeo.