July 16, 2018

80s Mod band Modest Proposal will livestream a preview of their new album Sunday July 22nd

Livestream on Sunday, July 22 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT https://www.facebook.com/modmodworld/

In the 80s we didn't have the internet, you had to really work to find good music. And it was especially difficult to find "mod" bands. You knew the locals of course, but out there in the hinterlands who knew what the hell was going on. Well, somehow I found out about Washington DC's Modest Proposal early on with the release of their 1985 single I've Seen Your Face Before b/w Nobody Says No and I was hooked. The album that came a couple years later was just as good, delivering a dozen sixties influenced, power pop tracks that have stood the test of time pretty well. The internet makes the world a smaller place, as it did in 2009 when Modest Proposal's lead singer Neal Augenstein contacted me to let me know they were have a reunion show. Now they're beyond just reuniting and the band is putting out a new release, part Modest Proposal, and part their later band The Mondays.

So, to celebrate we're hosting a livestream on Sunday, July 22 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT on the modacast Facebook page. Original members Neal and Bill Crandall will be on hand to play some songs and answer questions. The new album comes out August 10th, on Detour Records. Only printing 200 CDs, so you're gonna want to get in on the presale for this one!

July 8, 2018

Modcast #411: Behind The Music Vol. II

After a dozen years of modcasting the tables were finally turned in episode 400 when I was the one getting grilled by Mary Queen of Cosmos in Mr. Suave Behind The Music volume one. And now it's time for Behind The Music volume two with more on scenes, fanzines, the intersection of the mod scene with cocktail culture and the beginnings of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World.

Listen Now

Check out Modcast #400: Mr. Suave Behind The Music Vol. I.
Mary Queen of Cosmos sits me down and tortures me with booze to get the real story of how I ended up here. From The Bangs to The Who to Edwin Starr to oh so many more.

The Creation -- Biff Bang Pow
Small Faces -- My Mind's Eye
The Kinks -- Mr. Big Man
The Untouchables -- Whiplash
The Idea -- Power Poppers
The Jetz -- Moderns For A Day
Manual Scan -- Plan Of Action
Bad Manners -- Inner London Violence
Donkey Show -- Bali Island
Skeletones -- You Make Me Wanna Laugh
Combustible Edison -- Cat O' Nine Tails
Esquivel -- Mini Skirt
The Bob Crewe Generation -- Girls On The Rocks
Les Baxter & 101 Strings -- Que Mango!
Paul Weller -- Science
Swing Out Sister -- Something Everyday
Nicola Conte -- Free Souls (feat. Bridgette Amofah) - Free Souls
The Jam -- Give Me Just A Little More Time (Live, 1981)

Instead of bonus videos this time around you get bonus flyers and fanzines. I've uploaded tons of old flyers from the 80s southern California mod scene and you can check them all out here. And since we have a nice discussion about the fanzine I edited, Insight Out, I've got some cover shots here as well. From the first cut and paste issue to the full on desktop published issues. One and done, one year five issues. It was a lot of fun interviewing bands like Bad Manners and Buster Bloodvessel, The Skeletones, The Idea, The Funseekers and lots more.

And keep up with me between modcasts:
Twitter - @mistersuave
Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld
Subscribe - iTunes

July 1, 2018

Modcast #410: Hold Steady, More Rocksteady

Tons of cool, new music all up in the modcast this week, and all of if of the ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub variety.

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David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 -- Measure of a Man (2018)
The Kubricks -- Hold Us Down (2017)
The Slackers -- Dub Can't Hide (2015)
The Dualers -- Firestick (2012)
Dr. Packer -- Mr. Reggae (2015)
Quantic & Flowering Inferno -- Macondo (2016)
The Big Takeover -- Rainboots (2018)
The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling -- How Can You Stand There (2018)
The Beat featuring Ranking Roger -- Walking On The Wrong Side (2016)
Buster Shuffle -- I Don't Trust A Word You Say (2017)
The Interrupters -- She's Kerosene (2018)
Chainska Brassika -- Bad Habits (2015)
The Bodysnatchers -- Let's Do Rock Steady (1980)
Rico -- Sea Cruise (1981)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Interrupters -- Take Back The Power

June 22, 2018

Modcast #409: André M's One Handed Shuffle

I've got a special treat for you this week. Guest hosting is UK musician and composer André M. André has been pushing out some fantastic, hammond-based soul, funk and R&B for a bit now. When you hear what he's listening to you'll understand why his music is so much fun to listen to. Check out his debut album ‘Cheriton Drive’ and 45s 'Sneaky Thief' and the double A side 'Kenzy's Choice'/'Dap And Dip'. More music is on the way, too.

e-mail: andrem@set2records.com

Listen Now

Branding Iron - Born Too Late
John Fred and His Playboy Band - Judy In Disguise
Paul Weller - Into Tomorrow
Simon Haseley - Bora
Mark Ronson - Outer Version
Professor Longhair - Something On Your Mind
The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man
The Animals - It’s My Life
Billy Preston - Stop In The Name Of Love
The Valentines - Breakaway
Small Faces - I Feel Much Better
The Who - My Generation (Instrumental)
Keith Mansfield - Exclusive Blend
Dr Feelgood - Malamut
The Doors - Waiting For The Sun
Small Faces - Here Come The Nice
The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
André M - Dodged A Bullet

André M -- Sneaky Thief

June 20, 2018

Mr. Suave's First Five Shows

Everything has a beginning, even the world's longest running modcast. Step into your wayback machine Mr. Peabody and dial up the first ever five episodes of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World from way back in 2006.

Modcast #1:The 80s Mod Scene
Welcome to episode one featuring a number of lesser known, but still fantastic, mod bands from the US in the 1980s.

Modcast #2: It's a Mod, Ska and even Garage Rock kinda World
Welcome to episode two again featuring a mix of various mod, and ska, bands from the the 1980s.

Modcast #3: In The Garage
Welcome to episode 3 featuring garage revival bands.

Modcast #4: Mod Progeny - What Hath We Wrought?
This week's episode features current mod/mod friendly bands. So, here are a few contemporary mod-ish tracks.

Modcast #5: It's The Powerpop Stupid
Welcome to episode #5 dedicated to powerpop. Powerpop has always had a starring role in the mod scene.

June 14, 2018

Modcast #408: It's Still Rock & Roll To Me

Welly, welly, well, sirs, here it is. Start. Stop. Turn it off and back on again maybe it will work. Lo, and behold the modcast is back up and running after some behind the scenes technical difficulties with my host, Podomatic. I don't know if it makes me feel better to know it wasn't just me that suffered, but most all of those who use Podomatic. But no matter everything seems to be back online and in order.

So, without further ado here is my F-U to trolls of the recent weeks who felt the need to tweet or comment on the Facebook show about how terrible this show is. I think one of them said my voice was like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I've always said I had a face for radio and a voice for silent films, so it isn't like I haven't been upfront about this! My first thought was to actually use recordings of nails on chalkboards, but I was too lazy to spend the time to do all that. Most of the complaints were actually about content; apparently my choices aren't mod enough. I beg to differ for so many reasons, mostly because they're wrong. You can listen in to hear my reasoning, the tracks themselves of course, and judge for yourself.

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Billy Joel -- It's Still Rock And Roll To Me (1980)
Roger Daltrey -- As Long As I Have You (2018)
The Doughboys -- She Rocks My Soul (2017)
Dr. Feelgood -- Back In The Night (1975)
Foxy Shazam -- Last Chance At Love (2012)
Ian McLagan & The Bump Band -- Little Girl (2004)
The Mads -- Do the Snake (2018)
20/20 -- Kick It Up Twice (1982)
Mary's Danish -- Porcupine (1992)
Slade - So Far So Good (1974)
Blues Magoos -- Pipe Dream (1967)
Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane -- My Baby Gives It Away (1977)
Electric Light Orchestra -- Rockaria! (1976)
Jet -- One Hipster One Bullet (2009)
Steve Miller Band -- Roll With It (1968)
Nine Below Zero -- Three Times Enough (1981)
Brian Wilson feat. She & Him -- On The Island (2015)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Mads -- The Orange Plane

May 26, 2018

Modcast #407: The Obligatory Promotion of Mike's New Album

The Shingles (don't Google that on a full stomach) are in the driver's seat this week. Ken and Mike team up for some cool tunes and discussing Mike's new album First Days of Summer, among other bullshit.

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Elton John - The Bitch Is Back (Caribou, 1974)
Michael Simmons - Do Your Best To Care (First Days of Summer, 2018)
Beach Boys - Let Him Run Wild (Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), 1965)
Teenage Fanclub - I Don't Want To Control You (Songs from Northern Britain, 1997)
sparkle*jets u.k. - She's My Fave (In, Through, and Beyond, 1998)
Urge Overkill - Positive Bleeding (Saturation, 1993)
Crowded House - Kill Eye (Temple of Low Men, 1998)
Grays - Same Thing (Ro Sham Bo, 1994)
Adam Daniel - Battle Song (Blue Pop, 1999)
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Clair (Back to Front, 1972)
XTC - That Wave (Nonsuch, 1992)
Michael Simmons - Fuzzy Green Hat (First Days of Summer, 2018)
sparkle*jets u.k. - This Will Be Our Year (Unreleased)

Michael Simmons - It's My Fault

May 15, 2018

Modcast #406: Your Mileage May Vary

If you're looking for new tuneage you've tuned into the right show. Lots of cool new sounds for you to drown your earbuds in.

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The Damned -- Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow (2018)
Fontaines DC -- The Boys In The Better Land (2018)
The Vaccines -- I Can't Quit (2018)
The Vice Rags -- Shut Up & Love Me (2018)
Archie & The Bunkers -- You're The Victim (2018)
On And Ons -- Runabout (2017)
Danny Goffey -- Buzzkiller (2018)
Les Concordes -- Loneliness (2018)
Diamond Hands -- PCH (2018)
Cape Cartel -- More (2018)
Autonomics -- Brown Liquor (2017)
A Giant Dog -- Lucky Ponderosa (2017)
Dream Machine -- All For A Chance (2018)
Warm Soda -- Can't Erase This Feeling (2015)
The Exits -- Lovers Talk (1978)

Les Concordes -- The Kid's Growin' In Me

Danny Goffey -- Buzzkiller

Fontaines DC -- Winter In The Sun

April 28, 2018

Modcast #405: Play Ball wtih Mike from Vista Blue

It's baseball season so I've called up a promising prospect to give this week's modcast some real slugging power. Mike Patton from Vista Blue joins me this week to talk baseball, music, and baseball music. He's submitted a line up that is sure to win. So put on your rally caps, get yourself an overpriced beer and a cold hot dog because it's time to play ball!

Listen Now

Vista Blue -- Play Ball (2018)
The Zambonis - Johnny Got Suspended (1999)
Ozma - Baseball (2001)
Fountains of Wayne - All Kinds of Time (2003)
Better Than Ezra - This Time of Year (1993)
Vista Blue - Wonderboy Bat
Everclear - Jackie Robinson (2012)
The Ueckers - Took Her Out (2013)
Grim Deeds - Sports (2016)
The Zambonis - Curling Girl
Vista Blue - Somebody Put Something in My Gatorade (2016)
Baseball Project - Ichiro Goes to the Moon (2011)

The Baseball Project -- Ichiro Goes To The Moon

And keep up with me between modcasts:
Twitter - @mistersuave
Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld
Subscribe - iTunes

April 20, 2018

Modcast #404: New Cool Old School

Jazz has always played a big part of the mod lifestyle, indeed it was arguably the founding sound of the original mods. Over the years R&B, soul, power pop and other musical styles have become even more dominant in some ways. But elements of jazz always have been and always will be a mainstay of mods the world over. I'm not a deep jazz cat by any means, but I like jazz. I've got lots of jazz favorites like from the early stuff like Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Count Basie, and of course all the various flavors of mod jazz from Jimmy Smith, Chico Hamilton, Miles Davis, and so on. So, this week I'm veering a little more contemporary with more modern mod friendly jazz acts.

Listen Now

Aaron Tesser and The New Jazz Affair -- You, Me and Jazz (2008)
Robert Walter's 20th Congress -- Crux (2013)
Dusty -- Voodoo (2008)
The Greyboy Allstars -- Inland Emperor (2013)
Yussef Kamaal -- Black Focus (2016)
Brownout -- Flaximus (Renegades of Jazz Mix) (2013)
The Voodoo Trombone Quartet -- You Pleasure Is Ours (2005)
Andre M -- You Can't Change (2017) (sign-up for downloads from André)
Roy Budd -- Sonny (???)
European Jazz Trio -- Say A Little Prayer (2003)
Chico Hamilton -- Chic Chic Chico (1965)
Chris Columbo Quintet -- Minerology (1963)
Elmer Bernstein -- The Jazz At Waldo's (1959)
Trombone Shorty feat. Cyril Neville -- Here Come The Girls (2017)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

Trombone Shorty -- Buckjump

European Jazz Trio -- Hungarian Dances No5

April 4, 2018

Modcast #403: Hard To Beat

Hard to beat, both the music in this week's show and the flu that's been going around. I may have been down, but I'm not out. In fact, this week I'm in, way in, with new music and old.

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Green Day -- Still Breathing
The Incredible Vickers Brothers -- Mirrors (2018)
The Laissez Fairs -- High Horse (2018)
The Chats -- Bus Money (2018)
Tommy Sistak -- Alright (2018)
Gorilla* -- Oh Tonight (2018)
Trolley -- Crying All The Time (2018)
Sylvain Sylvain -- I'm So Sorry
Ray Daytona & Googoobombos -- It's Too Late
The Len Price 3 -- You Can't Say Goodbye
Saucy Jacks -- C'mon Jenny
Hard-Fi -- Hard To Beat
Squeeze -- Nirvana (2015)
Lack Of Afro -- I Got The Rhythm (feat. Elliott Cole) (2016)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Chats -- Smoko

March 4, 2018

More shows coming, until then catch up with past Modcasts you may have missed

Got some cool shows in the production pipeline: volume two of Mr. Suave Behind the Music; the mod vs the rocker; Mr. Suave after dark; special guest DJs; and shows highlighting new music, jazz, ska and more. Until then you can browse past shows and listen in to any you might have missed before. Enjoy!