January 11, 2017

Modcast #378: Best of 2016

I'm not so over 2016, especially all the good music it delivered. I've got 18 great songs from 18 great bands on today's show. How good was 2016? So good none of these also really great bands made that cut: Men of North Country, Vista Blue, Teenage Fan Club, The Darts, Flat Five, Madness, Seven Long Years, The Q, The Posies, The Eddies, Charles Bradley, James Hunter, Explorers Club, Fashionism, The Zolas, Nick Pride & The Pimptones, Dustaphonics, The Regrettes, Eli Paperboy Reed, Girl Ray, Dogtooth, The Ace, Plan-B, The Fleshtones, The Julie Ruin. Stunning isn't it?! Here's to 2017 being able to deliver as much great tunage.

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Tommy & The Rockets -- Here Comes Summer
The Zags -- Sick Stereo
The Lash Outs -- Validation Song
The Kickstand Band -- Stay Inside
Pale Lips -- (You Make Me) Wanna Be Bad
The Well Wishers -- Impossible To Blame
French Boutik -- Je Ne Suis La
Hurry -- Under Her Thumb
Trolley -- Crying All The Time
The Soul Snatchers -- Use It Up
Quantic & Flowering Inferno -- 1000 Watts feat. Christopher Ellis
Lack of Afro -- Walk In The Sun feat. Professor Elemental
Cais Soder Funk Connection -- One Of These Days
ABC -- Singer Not The Song
Weezer -- (Girl We Got A) Good Thing
Green Day -- Still Breathing
B-Movie -- San Francisco
The Monkees -- Good Times


Le Casse - French Boutik


Pale Lips - Mary-Lou Sniffin' Glue


Cais Sodré Funk Connection - Offbeat




December 31, 2016

Modcast #377: The People Who Died

If ever a year demanded a wake it's 2016. Have we ever felt more deeply the loss of so many cultural icons from Muhammad Ali to George Michael (hey I still love Wham's first album, so there!), Garry Shandling to Garry Marshall. It was just a shitty year for the touchstones of Gen X, the people we grew up with. The defacto mom who raised us, Florence Henderson, to the defacto royalty, Princess Leia, who was a role model to even us boys. So many writers, actors, singers and storytellers, too many to count and seemingly more than most other years for some reason.

So, here's the wake, my and Mary Queen of Cosmos take on celebrating the end of the year, wherein we play a few songs, raise a few drinks, and remember all of those who now leave us only with those memories.

First rule of 2017? Don't talk about 2016.

Mary Queen of Cosmos recommends some additional reading/listening:
  • I'm Afraid of Americans -- by Thurston Moore on performing with David Bowie

  • GuyClark -- The songwriter's songwriter, Texas-born. A master story-teller. Hard-living, hard-loving, hard-working, he died in May at the age of 74. Rolling Stone beautifully eulogizes him much more eloquently than I ever could.

  • Sharon Jones on NPR:
    http://www.npr.org/2016/07/28/487707877/soul-singer-sharon-jones-the-cancer-is-here-but-i-want-to-perform
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126558180


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    Jim Carroll -- The People Who Died
    David Bowie -- I'm Afraid of Americans
    Guy Clark -- Walkin' Man
    Sharon Jones -- Without A Heart
    Al Caiola -- Temptation
    Alan Brown Set -- Mr. Pleasure
    Mose Allison -- You're Mind Is On Vacation
    Prince - Paisley Park
    Tribe Called Quest -- Can I Kick It?
    Earth, Wind & Fire -- September
    Inspiral Carpets -- This Is How It Feels
    The Untouchables -- City Gent
    The Specials -- Enjoy Yourself
    David Bowie -- Lazarus

    JB's Allstars



    December 20, 2016

    Modcast #376: It's Not Christmas Yet!

    It's not Christmas yet, so no Christmas songs this week. You'll get a full dose of that stuff on Christmas eve when DJ Ken from The Shingles joins me for the 10th Annual Modcast Office Christmas Party.

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    Dog Party -- 'Til You're Mine (2016)
    The Darts -- Revolution (2016)
    Miss Chain & The Broken Heels -- Uh Uh (2016)
    The Charms -- Boys Room (2003)
    The Bay Rays -- New Home (2016)
    Andre Williams -- What Now (2016)
    The Toasters -- House Of Soul (2015)
    Alexia Coley -- Love At First Sight (2016)
    Joel Sarakula -- Northern Soul (2015)
    Trambeat -- Walk A Mile In My Shoes (2015)
    The Dip -- Working Man (2015)
    The Jennifers -- Danny's Song (1992)

    Dog Party -- Los Angeles


    December 4, 2016

    Modcast #375: Time Out In The Garage

    It's time to get back out in the garage for some pounding, driving, hard rock-n-rolling. From yesteryear to this year here's a whole modcast packed with great garage rock.


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    Fuzzy Vox -- Distracted (2016)
    Echoes Of Carnaby Street -- Baby Doesn't Know (1966)
    The Blues Magoos -- Pipe Dream (1967)
    The Traits -- Nobody Loves The Hulk (1969)
    Quik -- I Can't Sleep (1967)
    Acid Drops -- She Laughed Out Loud (1987)
    The Crawdaddys -- You're Gonna Need My Love Someday (1981)
    The Lyres -- Busy Body (1984)
    The Miracle Workers -- Flashing Red Light (1984)
    Green Telescope -- Make Me Stay (1986)
    The Shoutless -- I Tell No Lies (1984)
    Kaz Mirblouk -- The Narrows (2016)
    The Blind Owls -- Unwanted Men (2016)
    The Regrettes -- Hot (2016)
    The Pinheads -- Wildfire (2016)


    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail


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    Cadillac - The Crawdaddys

    November 22, 2016

    Modcast #374: Get Hip!

    "We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster." It worked for Steve Austin, and I'm hopin' it works for me. I'm going in for a hip replacement so I can get back to dancing, back to scootering and, just back to it all in general. This modcast is better, stronger, faster and totally hip.

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    Plan B -- What's On Your Mind (2016)
    Madness -- Grandslam (2016)
    The Mads -- The Way She Smiles (2016)
    ABC -- The Singer Not The Song (2016)
    The Monkees -- A Better World (2016)
    The Kickstand Band -- I LIve For The Sun (2016)
    Vista Blue -- Crystal Lake (2016)
    Green Day -- Revolution Radio (2016)
    Blink-182 -- She's Out Of Her Mind (2016)
    The Feels -- You're Gonna Haunt Me All My Life (2016)
    Q -- Stumble (2016)
    The Dealers -- Baths & Whirlpools (2016)
    Seven Long Years -- Come On Run With Me (2016)
    The Ragamuffins -- Paint By Numbers (2013)
    The Montesas -- Midnight Beat (2003)
    The White Wires -- I Can Tell (2010)


    Plan B -- I Don't Mind



    The Mads - The Way She Smiles



    The Dealers - My Mind



    November 6, 2016

    Modcast #373: The Ladies of Britpop

    This week's show is focused on Britpop's leading ladies. The boys of Britpop have got their due over the years, but in my opinion the ladies are all too often forgotten. So here they are in all their musical glory.


    Technical note: For some reason Podomatic is not playing friendly with all browser platforms. It seems to work best with Chrome lately, and not so well with ID or Firefox. If you have trouble streaming or downloading, I have also uploaded the modcast to Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/mistersuave/modcast-373-the-ladies-of-britpop/]


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    Kenickie -- Punka (1996)
    The Audience -- I Know Enough ( I Don't Get Enough) (1998)
    The Darling Buds -- Think Of Me (1988)
    The Flatmates -- Happy All The Time (1985)
    Velocette -- Get Yourself Together (1999)
    Republica -- Drop Dead Gorgeous (1996)
    Sleeper -- Delicious (1995)
    Sleeper -- Lie Detectors (1996)
    Dubstar -- No Morscrite (1997
    Echobelly -- Car Fiction (1994)
    Fluffy -- I Wanna Be Your Lush (1997)
    Salad -- Drink The Elixir (1995)
    Elastica -- Waking Up (1995)
    Lush -- Hypocrite (1994)
    The Popguns -- Living In Sin (1991)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail


    Saffron Interview


    Fluffy -- Nothing



    Echobelly -- King of the Kerb



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    October 28, 2016

    Modcast #372: And When I Die (Halloween 2016)

    Halloween is upon us and that means it's time for DJ Ken from The Shingles to roll out his annual haunting of the modcast. So, get your best costume on, indulge in your favorite candy, imbibe your favorite cocktail and enjoy DJ Ken's 9th annual Halloween modcast.


    Due to technical bullshit difficulties week's show is now streaming from Mixcloud.




    01. Smiths - Cemetry Gates (The Queen Is Dead, 1986)
    02. Japan - Halloween (Quiet Life, 1979)
    03. Beautiful South - Don't Fear The Reaper (Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs, 2004)
    04. Devo - Monsterman (Something Else For Everybody, 2013)
    05. Cryptics - You're Evil (Time Machine: The History Of Canadian 60's Garage Punk And Surf (1985-95))
    06. Damned - Born To Kill (Damned Damned Damned,1977)
    07. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes - Ghost Riders In The Sky (Love Their Country, 2006)
    08. T.S.O.L. - Silent Scream (Dance With Me, 1981)
    09. Misfits - Vampira (Walk Among Us, 1982)
    10. Turbonegro - Hi, I Got No Pulse (City Of Satan CDS, 2005)
    11. Arctic Monkeys - Red Right Hand (Crying Lightning Single B side, 2009)
    12. Holophonics - Bark At The Moon (MaSKArades Vol. 7: SKAlloween, 2014)
    13. Mission Creeps - Skeletons (Midnight Blood, 2013)
    14. Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) (This Modern Glitch, 2011)
    15. Joe 90 - And When I Die (Final Destination Soundtrack, 2000)
    16. Adam & the Ants - Killer in the Home (Kings of the Wild Frontier, 1980)
    17. Echo & The Bunnymen - Nocturnal Me (Ocean Rain, 1984)
    18. Robin McKelle - Go To Hell (Modern Antique, 2008)


    Disneyland Showtime 1970



    October 21, 2016

    Modcast #371: iMod Shuffle Vol. V


    Oops, the iPod did it again. That's right it's that time again, time for the old iPod to shuffle up a a batch of random acts of music excellence. Truth is, depending on how you look at it, I'm either too busy or too lazy to curate my own modcast this week. So let's set the iPod on shuffle and be on our way.

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    BMX Bandits -- Top Shop Girl (1992)
    Outrageous Cherry -- Pretty Girls Go Insane (2008)
    The Bangles -- I'm In Line (1982)2015)
    Spoon -- The Way We Get By (2002)
    The Urges -- Corners Of Her Mind (2015)
    Dirt Royal -- It Was You (2015)
    Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey -- Ice On The Motorway (2014)
    Selecter -- James Bond (1980)
    Comet Gain -- If You Ever Walk Out Of Life (2006)
    Brand New Heavies -- Stay This Way (1992)
    Samuel S. Parkes -- What You Do In Your Own Time Is None Of Mne (2015)
    Bonnie Hayes & The Wild Combo -- Inside Doubt (1982)
    Aldo Vanuccie -- Get A Hold On This (feat Kylie Auldist) (2016)
    Pretty Voices -- Lost Weekend (2010)
    The Mode -- Last One To Fall (2009)
    Beverly Ann Bemeser -- You've Got Your Mind On Other Things (1968)

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    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    Dirt Royal -- It Was You








    October 5, 2016

    Modcast #370: Cool New Sounds

    From my lips to your ears, here are some of the best new tunes you're going to find collected all in one place. This week's show has all new music, all released (or to be released) in 2016, from power pop to garage rock. Get to listening!

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    French Boutik -- Hitch A Ride
    Men of North Country -- One More Time
    The Dahlmanns -- Play It (On Repeat)
    The Fleshtones -- Too Many Memories
    Castlecomer -- Escapism
    Action Jets -- Big Dumb Show
    The Speed of Sound -- Shut All The Clubs
    The RPMs -- I Don't Like It
    The Cheap Cassettes -- Wreckless
    Death By Unga Bunga -- Fight!
    The Privates -- Action woman
    Dustaphonics -- You Don't Love Me Anymore
    Beach Slang -- Hot Tramps
    Dot Dash -- The Infinite


    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail


    French Boutik -- Pousse au Crime



    Men of North Country -- Pandora



    Death By Unga Bunga -- Tell Me Why



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    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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