December 12, 2017

Modcast #398: Have Yourself a Mary Little Christmas

And now for something completely different. Well, okay, not completely different. The difference-maker this week is Mary Queen of Cosmos who is bringing her sleigh full of Christmas spirits to the modcast. She's delivering an audio essay augmented with all the holiday music you could want. It's a more a true podcast in the style of This American Life, but with the perfect seasonal accompaniment.

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Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' -- Albert King
Black Christmas -- Rose Graham
Holiday Cheer -- The Martini's
Christmas Threw Up All Over You -- April Smith and the Great Picture Show
It's Cliched to Be Cynical at Christmas -- Half Man Half Biscuit
I Want a Present for Christmas -- J.B. Summers
Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects -- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
My Favorite Things -- The Supremes
Christmas Gift -- Margie Joseph
Soul Santa -- Funk Machine
This Christmas -- Donny Hathaway
A Marshmallow World -- Darlene Love
Santa Claus -- The Sonics
Candy Cane Children -- The White Stripes
The Christmas Song -- The Raveonettes
Happy Xmas (War is Over) John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Fairytale of New York -- The Pogues (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day -- Pedro the Lion
That Was the Worst Chirstmas Ever! -- Sufjan Stevens
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -- Darlene Love


Cranberry Gin Cocktail

1½ ounces Gin
¾ ounce rich simple syrup
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Crushed ice
7 fresh cranberries, divided
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1 mint sprig, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, rich simple syrup, lemon juice and 2 to 3 pieces of crushed ice. Shake vigorously, then pour ½ ounce of the mixture in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add 4 of the cranberries to the glass and muddle well. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the remaining cocktail into the glass. Top with even more crushed ice then garnish with the remaining cranberries. Dust the cranberries with confectioners’ sugar, then garnish with a mint sprig and serve.



Christmas Modcasts Over The Years

Season greetings from the vaults. Here are a few of the past Christmas shows that I've dug out of retirement and reposted at Mixcloud for your listening pleasure. Please, please me by listening to them all. Check back occasionally as I'll be posting more as I uncover them.

Modcast #347: Christmas Extravaganza 2015
A damn good holiday show, if I do say so myself.
Listen on Mixcloud

Modcast #317: Mr. Suave's Christmas Office Party (2014)
DJ Ken from The Shingles joins me in queueing up a sleighfull of Christmas tracks.
Listen on Mixcloud








December 2, 2017

Modcast #397: Get Hip To The Beat

Welcome to Modcast number 397 and inching ever closer to 400 all the time. This episode is chock full of new music, so turn it up to 11 and get ready to rock.

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Liam Gallagher -- Greedy Soul (2017)
The Len Price 3 -- Sucking the Life Out of Me (2017)
Blondie -- My Monster (2017)
The New Pornographers -- Darling Shade (2017)
The Perms -- Lose Yourself (2017)
The Thorpedians -- On the Top of My Wall (2017)
Jonny Magus & The Bursting Bubbles -- Melody Delight (2017)
Mean Motor Scooter -- Wavespotting (2017)
Dirty Fences -- Teen Angel (2017)
Oh! Gunquit -- Walking The Streets (2017)
Bee Bee Sea -- D.I. Why Why Why (2017)
The Eddies -- Nuclear Boy (2016)
The Regrettes -- Fox on the Run (2017)
Robyn Gibson -- I Can't Reach You (2017)
Green Day -- Bouncing Off the Wall (2016)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail


The Perms -- Lose Yourself





November 21, 2017

Modcast #396: They Got You Covered

I'm baaaaaack. And with a very cool show of very cool covers. Everybody loves a good cover song. I've got a baker's dozen of them for you that showcase some of the best. What makes a good cover? Everybody has a different answer, but for me it's when a band surprises you somehow. Either with an atypical but spot on tribute, like The Ramones did on occasion, or when they simply outshine the original with a unique twist of some sort. Whatever it is that makes a good cover we all know one when we hear one, and you're going to hear a bunch on this modcast.

D'oh! Now with a working link!

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The Clash -- I Fought The Law (Bobby Fuller Four)
Madness -- It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre)
The Specials -- Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (Guy Lombardo & The Royal Canadians)
UB40 -- Red Red Wine (Neil Diamond)
Beautiful South -- Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)
Talking Heads -- Take Me To The River (Al Green)
Cake -- I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Social Distortion -- Ring of Fire (Anita Carter)
X -- Soul Kitchen (The Doors)
Ramones -- Needles & Pins (Jackie Delshannon)
The Damned -- Alone Again Or (Love)
Blondie -- Hanging On The Telephone (The Nerves)
Chicago Transit Authority -- I'm A Man (The Spencer Davis Group)

NORTHERN SOULSHAKER COCKTAIL


Guy Lombardo & His Canadians -- Enjoy Yourself


Doris Day -- Enjoy Yourself


Bing Crosby & Dean Martin -- Medley w/Enjoy Yourself


Louis Prima & Keely Smith -- Enjoy Yourself





October 29, 2017

DJ Ken's 10th Annual Halloween Modcast #395: Back From The Dead (2017)

After 10 years of torturing us with his halloween mixes DJ Ken is Back From The Dead with a mix so ghoulish it'll make you long for some pumpkin spice. 

Gluttons for punishment will want to check out his 9 other halloween modcast mixes


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3-D Invisibles - The Monster DJ (Jump Off The Screen, 1986)
Spinal Tap - Back From The Dead (Back from the Dead, 2009)
Creepshow - Life After Death (Life After Death, 2013)
T.S.O.L. - Terrible People (Disappear, 2001)
Cadaver Club - I'm Making A Monster, Baby (A Fate Worse Than Life, 2013)
Eels - Your Lucky Day in Hell (Beautiful Freak, 1996)
Tally Hall - Cannibal (Good & Evil, 2011)
Josie & The Pussycats - Voodoo (Single, 1970)
Todd Rundgren - Wolfman Jack (Something/Anything?, 1972)
Damned - Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde (The Black Album, 1980)
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Happy House (Kaleidoscope, 1980)
Elvis Costello - Complicated Shadows (All This Useless Beauty, 1996)
Joe Jackson - Evil Eye (Beat Crazy, 1980)
Madness - Shadow Of Fear (Absolutely, 1980)
Messer Chups - Coffin-Mobile (Vamp Babes (Upgrade Version), 2004)
Captain Clegg & The Night Creatures - Day Of The Dead (Rob Zombie Presents Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures, 2009)
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds - La Araña (La Araña Es La Vida, 2016)
Cubanismo - Marie Laveaux (Mardi Gras Mambo, 2002)
King Flash & the Calypso Carnival - Zombie Jamboree (Single, 1956)
Mummy Calls - Beauty Has Her Way (Mummy Calls, 1986)
Southern Culture On The Skids - Undertaker (Zombified, 1999)
Syreeta - Happy Birthday to Me (Happy Birthday to Me Soundtrack, 1981)


The Three Stooges "Spook Louder" 1943



October 27, 2017

Get Ready For Your Halloween Music Sugar Rush

Tricks or treats? There's been a lot of both over the past decade. Here's nine bagfuls of halloween goodies! That's right nine halloween modcasts hosted by DJ Ken from The Shingles.  Links below.

And coming soon, if the kids in his basement don't escape and ruin it, DJ Ken's 10th Annual Halloween Modcast Mix! 



Modcast #107: Monsters A-Go-Go! (2008)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2008/10/halloween-modcast-107-monsters-go-go.html


Modcast #144: Something Wicked This Way Comes (2009)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2009/10/modcast-144-something-wicked-this-way.html


Modcast #181: Monsters Rule O.K. (2010)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2010/10/modcast-181-monsters-rule-ok.html


Modcast #216: No Costume, No Candy (2011)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2011/10/annual-halloween-modcast-216-no-costume.html


Modcast #249: Rest In Peace (2012)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2012/10/modcast-249-rest-in-peace.html


Modcast #283: How Do the Dead Come Back? (2013)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2013/10/modcast-283-halloween-special-2013-how.html


Modcast #311: Death Is A Lonely Business (2014)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2014/10/welcome-to-annual-halloween-modcast.html


Modcast #341: Dig My Own Grave ( Halloween 2015)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2015/10/halloween-is-upon-us-which-means-it-is.html

Modcast #372: And When I Die (Halloween 2016)
http://www.mistersuave.com/2016/10/modcast-372-and-when-i-die-halloween.html








October 21, 2017

Modcast #394: Give Yourself A Hand

So this is it, this is where the modcast jumps the shark ... again. All the music in the world and I'm busy making a jerk off mix. Hey, I just made it, you're listening to it. I hope. It wasn't the easiest modcast to put together either. Do you know how many songs there about self pleasure? It was hard to narrow it down. But I did. So get comfortable and listen in.

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The English Beat -- Hit It (Auto-Erotic) (1981)
Barenaked Ladies -- It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland) (2001)
Macy Gray -- B.O.B. (2015)
Garfunkel & Oates -- Go-kart Racing Accidentally Masturbating
Cyndi Lauper -- She Bop (1983)
The Decemberists -- Billy Liar (2003)
Devo -- Praying Hands (1978)
Oingo Boingo -- Nasty Habits (1981)
Nerf Herder -- Doin' Laundry (1999)
The Pixies -- Holiday Song (1987)
The Buzzcocks -- Orgasm Addict (1977)
Makin' Time -- Pump It Up (1986)
The Vapors -- Turning Japanese (1980)
Ivor Biggun And The Red-Nosed Burglars -- The Winkers Song (1978)
The Modsters -- Put Your Hands Down There (1985)
The Who -- Pictures of Lily (1967)

The Who -- Pictures of Lily


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