September 24, 2016

Modcast #369: It's a 60s Thing

Step into the wayback machine for a blast from the past. This week it's all sixties music top to bottom.

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The Balloon Farm -- A Question Of Temperature (1967)
The Rolling Stones -- I Just Want To Make Love To You (1964)
The Yardbirds -- Baby What's Wrong (1963)
David Bowie -- Take My Tip (1964)
Graham Bond Organization -- I Want You (196?)
Rocking Vickers -- Dandy (1966)
Georgie Fame -- Sunny (1966)
Kenny & The Kasuals -- Journey To Tyme (1967)
The Who -- Early Morning Cold Taxi (1967)
The Creation -- Midway Down (1968)
The Choir -- It's Cold Oustide (1966)
The Smoke -- My Friend Jack (1967)
The Drag Set -- Day And Night (1967)
Count Five -- They're Gonna Get You (1966)
The Eyes -- My Degeneration (1966)
The Turnstyle -- Riding A Wave (1968)
Mark Markham & The Jesters -- Goin' Back To Marlboro Country (1966)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Smoke -- My Friend Jack (original '67 version)

The Smoke -- My Friend Jack (70s version)

The Rolling Stones -- I Just Want To Make Love To You (Hollywood Palace Show June 1964)

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September 12, 2016

Modcast #368: Hold Steady, Rocksteady

It's time for a rocksteady beat, so here's a full shows worth of ska, rocksteady and reggae sounds.

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Madness -- Mr. Apples (2016)
The Frightners -- Nothing More To Say (2016)
Show Me Island -- Right Awful Proof (2016)
Steady 45s -- Rush Hour (2016)
Quantic & Flowering Inferno feat. Hollie Cook -- Shuffle Them Shoes (2016)
Skameleon -- Hot Ska (2016)
Rude Boy George -- Kids In America (2016)
The Valkyrians -- Astro Zombie (2011)
Max Romeo -- Wet Dream (1968)
Culture -- Why Am I A Rastaman (2000)
Lee Francis -- Whatever (2009)
Ska Face -- Don't You Ever Leave (2012)
Neville Staple -- Johnny Too Band (2014)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

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September 5, 2016

Modcast #367: On The Beat

I have been lazing around a lot lately, slacking if you will. It's summer, I've earned it. But, summers over and it's back to work pumping out modcasts. Break's over, everyone back on their heads if you will. So, I've pumped this one out for you with some cool classics, and some brand new stuff as well. Get yourself situated because this one is going to rock your socks off.

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Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Zags
-- Sick Stereo (2016)
Swingin' Medallions -- Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) (1966)
Gary Lewis & The Playboys -- Everybody Loves A Clown (1966)
The Detroit Cobras -- Village of Love (2015)
Nancy Sinatra -- Baby, Please Don't Go (2004)
The Ace -- Man Out Of Time (2016)
Vista Blue -- When It Was Summer (2016)
The Perms -- Lose Yourself (2016)
The Do-Its -- If You Don't Love Me (Then Don't Love Me) (2016)
The Junipers -- Dig Me Up (2016)
Siberian Death Crash -- 4 Outta 4 (On The Risk Board) (2016)
Jools Holland's Orchestra feat. Mark Knopfler -- Mademoiselle Will Decide (2001)
The Handcuffs -- Dirty Glitter (2011)
The Strypes -- Status Update (2015)
Pretty Voices -- Lost Weekend (2010)
Death in Vegas feat. Paul Weller -- So You Say You Lost Your Baby (2002)

The Zags -- Tatoo

The Zags -- Replaced

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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