August 18, 2016

Modcast #366: Soul Stompin'

Summer vacation is in full swing on the modcast this week.  I've been on a little vacation of late myself, and there's more to come.  But first here's a taste of some soul music both new and old.  As I enjoy some cool libations and soak up some sunshine I'll try to work out another cool music mix for when I can get back home.

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Eli Paperboy Reed -- Tomorrow's Not Promised (2016)
The Soul Snatchers -- Just Like Sly (2016)
Lack Of Afro -- One World (feat. Herbal T)(2016)
Hidden Jazz Quartet -- High Heels (feat. Omar)(2016)
Cais Sodre Funk Connection -- Take It Like A Man (2016)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- Sweetness & Light (2016)
Family Atlantica -- Enjara (2016)
The Third Wave -- Love Train (1970)
James Brown -- The Boss (1973)
Bobby Womack -- Never Let Nothing Get The Best Of You (1978)
Jerry Jackson -- Hey Sugarfoot (1965)
Stevie Wonder -- Monkey Talk (1963)
Tom Jones -- Venus (1970)
Matt Bianco -- Wap Bam Boogie (1988)

August 1, 2016

Tiki Oasis 2016: Party On Monster Island! (The Unofficial Mix)

Hard to believe it's been a whole year since last year's tiki shindig. Indeed, it's once again time to don your tiki shirts, your cabana shorts, your deck shoes and head out to San Diego for the world's biggest tiki extravaganza, Tiki Oasis 2016: Party on Monster Island. This year's event promises to be a blast with great acts like The Sonics, The Woggles, Creepy Creeps, Jason Lee & The Riptides, Creepexotica and lots more.

And as usual, friend of the Modcast DJ Ken has spun up a monster mix of terrifying tracks with his officially unofficial Tiki Oasis mix. An if you missed them before, you can check out the past two years' tiki mixes.

01. Ethel Ennis - Mad Monster Party (2:33)
02. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes - Science Fiction Double Feature (2:34)
03. Five Blobs - The Blob (2:39)
04. Bobby Fuller Four - Wolfman (2:46)
05. Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (3:26)
06. Brian Setzer - Go-Go Godzilla (3:37)
07. 3-D Invisibles - Monsters Across The USA (3:13)
08. Cramps - Goo Goo Muck (3:06)
09. Creepy Creeps - Creepstomp (2:13)
10. Boss Fink - Dawn of the Living Finks (2:35)
11. Dave Edmunds - The Creature from the Black Lagoon (3:45)
12. Dead Elvi - The Creature Stole My Surfboard (3:19)
13. Deadly Ones - There's A Creature In The Surfer's Lagoon (2:10)
14. Deadbolt - Tiki Man (3:35)
15. Martin Denny - Voodoo Dreams (2:32)
16. Messer Chups - Mobile Coffin (3:17)
17. Eddie Angel & The Omega Men - Frankie's Groovy Monster Boots (2:43)
18. Gene Miller - Frankenstein Walk (2:24)
19. Fleshtones - Dracula a Go-Go (2:10)
20. Woggles - Dracula's Daughter (2:05)
21. Donna Loren - It Only Hurts When I Cry (2:32)
22. Screaming Lord Sutch - She's Fallen in Love with the Monster (2:51)
23. Shindiggers - Black 'N' Hairy (2:14)
24. Sonics - Psycho (2:17)
25. Stems - She's A Monster (3:53)
26. Tubes - Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman (4:35)
27. Little Tibia & the Fibias - It's The Mummy! (2:41)
28. Slackers - The Mummy (3:21)
29. Jump With Joey - El Diablo Ska (3:08)
30. Jason Lee and The R.I.P. Tides - Snake Eyes (2:48)
31. Jon & The Nightriders - Slither (2:25)
32. Phantom Four - A Forest (3:50)
33. Bollock Brothers - Horror Movies (4:17)
34. Jimmy Psycho Experiment - The Munster's Theme (2:42)
35. Fred Schneider & The Shake Society - Monster (3:35)

Last year at Tiki Oasis 2105: Man or Astroman

On board for this year are The Creepy Creeps -- Haunted Hop

July 28, 2016

Modcast #365: Summer Sailin'

This week it's time to set sail to a smooth, smooth soundtrack of the much maligned yacht rock genre; much maligned but unfairly so if you ask me. While the sound's heyday was the 70s, it has influenced and generated similar music all through the decades since. The soulful synthpop of the 80s, the souljazz of the 90s, and many contemporary artists have dabbled with songs that could have ridden the high seas of the yacht rock during its prime. So, don your deck shoes, make sure your crew includes a mixologist, stock your bar and set sail with some smooth sounds.

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The Red Button -- On A Summer Day (2011)
Corduroy -- January Woman (1995)
Steely Dan -- Black Friday (1975)
Chicago -- 25 Or 6 To 4 (1970)
Blues Image -- Ride Captain Ride (1970)
Mother Earth -- Very Together (1995)
Simply Red -- Something Got Me Started (1991)
Steve Craddock -- Last Day Of The Old World (2011)
Everything But The Girl -- Don't Leave Me Behind (1986)
Sade -- Your Love Is King (1984)
Swing Out Sister -- Feel Free (1994)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

Steely Dan -- Do It Again (1973)

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July 17, 2016

Modcast #364: C'mon Get Happy

If last week I was down, down, down, this week I'm up, up, up. Got some great, get happy sort of music for you on this week's show.

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The Mads -- On The Bus (2016) (Bandcamp)
Outtacontroller -- Television Zombie (2015)
The Zolas -- Swooner (2016)
Fashionism -- Subculture Suicide (2016)
Parasites -- You Make Me Feel Good (2012)
The Lash Outs -- Sha La La (2016)
The Woggles -- Somebody's Been Sleepin' (2015)
The Sonics -- Be A Woman (2015)
Dexters -- Suburban Sex Dungeon (2015)
Dot Dash -- Daddy Long Legs (2016)
Chris Stamey -- Universe Sized Arms (2015)
B-Movie -- Climate Of Fear (2016)
Weezer -- Thank God For Girls (2016)
Gary Ritchie -- Lonely Out In Space (2016)
Squeeze -- Happy Days (2015)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

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The Woggles -- Get Down With It

July 11, 2016

Modcast #363: The World's A Mess

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
What a week it has been. What a month, what a year, a decade, a century in fact. It's like the world is falling apart around us and no one really has a clue of how to put it back together. Unless you were hiding under a rock lately then you, like everyone, have been inundated with the news, all of it bad. Much of it horrible. Killings, racism, phobias, terrorism, beheadings, culture clashes, not to mention a US presidential election. I don't mean to be a Donny downer but life sort of sucks right now. And relative to many, I have it pretty good day to day.

It finally got to me when I discovered myself listening to more and more depressing music. Which naturally bleeds over into the modcast. Art imitates life after all. So, here it is in all it's depressing, apocalyptic glory. A collection of songs that are either a sign of the times or a reflection of the end of times.

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Mad Parade -- Freak Show (2003)
Offspring -- Stuff Is Messed Up (2008)
Against Me! -- Transgender Dysphobia (2014)
Everclear -- All Fucked Up (2000)
NOFX -- Franco Un-American (2003)
X -- The World's A Mess It's In My Kiss (1980)
The Clash -- London Calling (1979)
Circle Jerks -- Stars And Stripes (1982)
Ramones -- Planet Earth 1988 (1984)
The Editors -- Road To Nowhere (2006)
The Decembrists -- Calamity Song (2011)
The Kinks -- Drift Away (1993)
Gloomy Sunday -- Billie Holiday (1941)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

Fishbone -- Party At Ground Zero

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July 1, 2016

Modcast #362: That Was Then, This Is Now

Yet again I'm joined by Mary, Queen of Cosmos for a look back at some contemporary artists. The sound they had, and the sound they've got. There will be some classics and some surprises through out.

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The Jam -- Left, Right & Centre (1976)
The Monkees -- Valleri (1968)
The Monkees -- Love's What I Want (2016)
The New Pornographers -- Sing Me Spanish Techno (2005)
The Pornographers -- Brill Bruisers (2014)
Calexico -- Alone Again Or (2003)
Calexico -- Cumbia de Donde (2015)
Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire Doesn't Apply (1980)
Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Gazing In The Grass (2016)
TV On The Radio -- Wolf Like Me (2006)
TV On The Radio -- Million Miles (2013)
The Prisoners -- Find And Seek (1986)
James Taylor Quartet -- Why Can't We Get Along (2011)
Paul Weller -- I'm Where I Should Be (2015)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

June 23, 2016

Modcast #361: Future's Cool Past

The sun is out, the music's hot, and surprisingly so is my cocktail. I've mixed up some great tracks to get us going for the summer season. It's a bit of an eclectic mix, but that's what makes it so interesting. From new to old, from classic to contemporary, there's a little something here for everyone. Perfect for catching some rays.

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The Most -- Louie Louie (2015)
Vista Blue -- Striking Out With You (2016)
Teenage Fanclub -- I'm In Love (2016)
Faz Waltz -- Good Time Is Callin' Loud ( 2016)
Biters -- The City Ain't The Same (2016)
The Monks -- Complication (1966)
The Tweeds -- I Need That Record (1981)
The Hotrats -- Lovecats (2010)
Green Day -- Give Me Nova Caine (2004)
Teenager -- Singles Don't Sell (2013)
Ramones -- On The Beach (1996?)
The Enemy -- Get Up And Dance (2012)
Oasis -- Live Forver (1994)
The Californias -- I Will Wait For You (2006)
Wavves -- Heart Attack (2015)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail
I'm on a spicy cocktail kick, so this week's northern soulshaker cocktail is a spicy serrano cocktail. Mix one up, and then check out the modcast I've mixed up for you.

Teenage Fanclub -- Live on the Dennis Miller Show 1992 -- What You Do To M + Pet Rock

The Hotrats -- Crystal Ship

June 8, 2016

Modcast #360: Bring It On!

It's time to kick off year eleven of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. That's right ten years in the bag and now looking towards another ten trips around the sun. In accordance with the grand and illustrious history of the show I'm sticking with the tried and true format of introducing you to some new tunes, all the while paying tribute to the greats of the past 50+ years. So, it should come as no surprise then that this modcast has everything from soul to indie pop, from power pop to R&B and even some soulful synthpop. Bring it on!

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The Monkees -- You Bring The Summer (2016)
Tommy & The Rockets -- Beer & Fun & Rock-N-Roll (2016)
The Lash Outs -- State of Excess (2016)
Julie Ruin -- I'm Done (2016)
The Chamberdeacons -- Gotta Get Away (1996)
Weezer -- L.A. Girlz (2016)
The Posies -- Unlikely Places (2016)
The Fraidies -- The Clang Of The City (2014)
Dogtooth -- Get In Get Out (2016)
Cloudberry Jam -- Your Love (2012 remix)
ABC -- Confessions Of A Fool (2016)
Dollsquad -- Bad Word (2012)
Tacocat -- Crimson Wave (2014)
Bare Wires -- Runaway Heart (2009)
Outrageous Cherry -- What Have You Invented Today (2008)
Eli Paperboy Reed -- Cut Ya Down (2016)

Eli Paperboy Reed live at Union Pool - "My Way Home"

Tacocat -- Crimson Wave

May 28, 2016

Modcast #359: Ten Years, Ten Songs

Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World 10th Anniversary Special

That's right, this week on the modcast we'll be celebrating 10 years of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Hard to believe it's been that long: so many shows, so many songs, so many good memories. To celebrate I've challenged longtime guest modcaster, DJ Ken from The Shingles to a head to head match up of his songs vs. mine. We each picked one year from each decade since the sixties. Next we each secretly selected two songs from that year to battle it out head to head. Then one of us reveals his two picks and the other picks which of those two songs he thinks one of his songs is better than, and it's on. Ten years, ten songs, and ultimately you're the judge. Vote for which songs think should win out. Vote who you think had the better selections overall. You can vote in the comments below, or bounce over to the show's Facebook page and mix it up there.

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Bonus mix of all songs, included the losers

DJ Ken: Aretha Franklin -- The House That Jack Built (1968)
Mr. Suave: Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions -- People Get Ready (1965)
Mr. Suave: The Jam -- In The City (1977)
DJ Ken: The Jam -- Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (1978)
DJ Ken: The Untouchables -- Dance Beat (1982)
Mr. Suave: The Godfathers -- Birth, School, Work, Death (1988)
DJ Ken: Love Jones -- I Like Young Girls (1993)
Mr. Suave: Blur -- The Universal (1995)
DJ Ken: Freddie & The Four-Gone Conclusions -- (Come On Over) To My Side (2002)
Mr. Suave: Len Price 3 -- Rentacrowd (2007)
Bonus Round:
DJ Ken: The Yorktown Lads -- Something To Write About (2014)
Mr. Suave: The Inciters -- STOP (2015)

This week's northern soul shaker cocktail, from way back last month:
The Suave Diablo

Blur - The Universal

Love Jones -- Custom Van

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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