December 25, 2008

The Ghosts of Mod Christmas' Past


Here's an icy cool blast from the past. Two blasts actually, since this seems to be the kind of winter that outdoes itself.

First up is the 2007 modcast, so you can enjoy it all over again! Everything from Otis Redding to Arrah and the Ferns, High Elevations and Eux Autres to the Staple Singers. It's a great mix, perfect for any non-trad holiday outing. Get it here.

Then I've got the oft requested, Mr. Suave's Swingin' Christmas classic mix from 1999. All music, no annoying chatter! Bing, Frank, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Esquival, this one has it all. Get it here.



Enjoy.




December 24, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Chanukkah?

Jewish rockers The Leevees ask the age old question How Do You Spell Chanukkah? The band decided years ago to rock Hanukkah, partly because they couldn't understand why a Jew like Irving Berlin only wrote Christmas carols. The Leevees are sort of a Jewish alternative super group -- boasting members of other bands like Guster, The Zambonis and The Kings of France. The album, Hanukka Rocks, features what are sure to be future holiday classics like Latke Clan, At The Timeshare and Goyim Friends.

The Leevees - How Do You Spell Chanukkah?



A little bonus - Goyim Friends.

December 23, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 12

Well, here we are at day 12 and there's still no shortage of Christmas videos. Today you get The Ravonettes "Christmas Song." I've been into The Ravonettes for a few years now because I love sixties garage rock, sixties soul, and boy-girl vocal harmonies, which are all things that The Ravonettes have perfected. With a string of albums since 2002, the Danish duo did it a bit differently this year releasing four EPs, concluding just recently with Wishing You A Rave Christmas (most of which you can hear on their myspace page). One of the better Christmas releases of the past couple of seasons from an indie-type band.

This video however is not from that EP. This was their first (I think) Christmas endeavor from a couple of years back.

The Ravonettes -- Christmas Song

December 22, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 11

What says Christmas more than someone who has pledged his life to burning down shopping malls? Day 11 doesn't mean I'm running out of Christmas videos, it means I have to choose between the best of the best. And, so, here is that garage punk gadfly, the libertarian punk rocker, the sultan of psychobilly, the man who shares a name with a most disgraced president, the church of the subgenius's right reverend, Mojo Nixon. To paraphrase the Dead Milkmen: if your holiday don't have Mojo Nixon, then your Christmas could sure use some fixin.


Mojo Nixon -- Christmas Christmas

December 21, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 10

The greatest story ever told. Of course, I'm talking about that of the sibling rivalry between Snow Miser and Heat Miser as chronicled in the very best Christmas special ever, "The Year Without A Santa Claus." And no, I'm not talking about the eminently forgettable John Goodman/Delta Burke live action craptacular of a few years back. Simply put, Rankin & Bass' 1974 stop-motion animated version is the best. No comparison. Sure Charlie Brown's Christmas was cute, and Frosty's was fun, and Rudolph will always be ... well Rudolph. But the best, hands down, is "The Year Without A Santa Claus."


Interestingly, the show would seem to be ahead of its time environmentally. Although, back then --1974-- we were being warned of the looming ice-age, and now of course it's the dreaded global warming. Hell, local meteorologists can barely tell me if it's cold or warm -- usually warning of a 50% chance of rain (gee, thanks for the heads up). Anyhow, there it was 1974 and Mr. Heat Miser was boldy laying claim to being the "green" Miser brother. Maybe that was just to make us all forget he was also Mr. Heat Blister. Still suffering through Seattle's latest frigid little ice age, I have to agree with Mr. Heat Miser that "Some like it hot, but I like it really hot!"


December 20, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 9

Nothing says Mele Kalikimaka quite like some good surf music. What would Christmas be without the lounge-like, spaghetti western sounds of a great surf band? Well, it would be cold. And without warmth to boot! California north coasters, the Aqua Velvets, thankfully have remedied that. With something like a dozen releases to their credit, still my favorite is a schmaltzy old classic. O Holy Night. Something about the twang that just works with this particular Christmas classic.
Aqua Velvets - O Holy Night

December 19, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 8

Christmas lights. Punk rock Christmas Carols. The Dickies. These are a few of my favorite things. Twelve days of Christmas videos and day eight ups the ante. What can I say? Happy Holidays.

The Dickies -- Silent Night

December 18, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 7

When I first saw this video I knew I had to find a way to share it with some friends. You can't show this video (or especially the uncensored version) without a bit of setup and some context. So, I came up with this whole 12 days of videos thing to disguise the fact that I mostly just wanted to post Gunther. Ding, dong it's a Christmas song. Skanky, eurodisco. Lucky you.


Gunther - The Christmas Song (Ding Dong)

December 17, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 6

Who knew the Li'l Drummer Boy was a power popper? The Yobs knew it in '79. The Yobs are the christmasy alter ego of punkers The Boys. As far as I can tell The Yobs did mostly, or maybe even only, Christmas music. After bootlegging their own holiday material for a couple years he boys holed up in Pete Townsend's Eel Pie studios for two days in 1980 and cranked out The Yobs Christmas Album. Thier first Christmas single was Silent Night in 1978, and then this track, Rub-A-Dum-Dum, in 1979. It takes a little while to get rolling, but turns out pretty pretty good in the end as The Yobs play it pretty straight. With crunchy power pop guitars buzzing in and out, there is of course a pounding drumbeat as the drummer boy drives the whole song steadily forward. The video is a bit bizarre, making it all the more interesting.

The Yobs - Rub-A-Dum-Dum


December 16, 2008

Mr. Suave's 2008 Christmas Modcast

It's time for the annual Christmas Modcast. This year's show is a cozy little combination of songs that go well with hot chocolate and peppermint schnapse. I've got a few seasonal surprises for you this year from The Shambles, The Wondermints, The Yobs, Girl Trouble and more. I'm sure you've all got a bunch of online shopping to do and I've got loads of Christmas cocktails to shake up, so on with the show.


Got questions? Want to bitch about something? There are a few options, you can search me out at Myspace, or search for Rob Suave on Facebook. Or, you can kick it old school and send me an e-mail to rob@mistersuave.com.


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The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 5

On the 5th day of Christmas Videos I give to you The Monkees buying a Christmas Tree. (I know, I know, not exactly five golden rings, but you've heard about the economy right?)

December 15, 2008

the 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 4

We're four days in and it's time for a bit of swingin', loungy, holiday goodness. Normally, Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine sets my irony meter spinning annoyingly out of control. I mean, how many lounge versions of Blackhole Sun does the world really need? (Especially since Steve & Eydie already did the quintessential version) But, an all original Christmas song is a whole different matter. Enter Christmas in Las Vegas from his 2006 release Silent Nightclub. Always one to break new music marketing ground, Dick sponsored a Youtube contest for people to create videos for the song. This one, with illustrations by Bruce Snow, is my favorite. It compliments the song, rather than overshadowing it. So, enjoy, while you roll-e-o beneath the mistletoe.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine - Christmas in Las Vegas



December 14, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 3

There are some cool, some funny, some interesting Christmas related videos out there, so I thought I'd start highlighting a few of my favorites. On each of the next 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve I'm going to highlight a different video. Enjoy.



Everyone enjoys a punk rock Christmas. Don't they? Christmas music doesn't get much better than this. The song was a godsend for Ramones fans. Appearing on the otherwise sub-par Braindrain album in '89, it saved the album from being complete worthless and otherwise unlistenable. Interestingly, it even made NPR's eclectic list this year of Christmas hits not to be missed.


The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

December 13, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 2

There are some cool, some funny, some interesting Christmas related videos out there, so I thought I'd start highlighting a few of my favorites. On each of the next 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve I'm going to highlight a different video. Enjoy.




This is the forthcoming new single and video from hip, mod-friendly, Britpopsters,
The Wombats (due for release on Monday). It has an anthemic quality to it that I dig, complete with holiday horns and sleigh bells (suitably understated). Sadly though I don't think the video really does the song itself justice.

The Wombats - Is This Christmas?


December 12, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 1

There are some cool, some funny, some interesting Christmas related videos out there, so I thought I'd start highlighting a few of my favorites. On each of the next 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve I'm going to highlight a different video. Enjoy.


Okay, I'm going to start with something funny. It is after all a time to be full of good cheer. By now everyone has probably heard a few of radio DJ Bob Rivers' Twisted Christmas Carols. Rivers is the Weird Al of Christmas, a sort of Matt Stone & Trey Parker for the holidays. His first foray into holiday shenanigans was in the 80s when he released his first Christmas parody CD. On the backs of such songs as "Wreck the Malls," "Wish You Weren't Living With Us," and "The Twelve Pains of Christmas" he shockingly racked up over a million sales. Since then he's produced four more parody CDs with lots of classic comedy like "I Am Santa Claus" (to the tune of Iron Man), "It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year", "There's A Santa Who Looks A Lot Like Elvis," and the classic "Walkin' 'Round in Women's Underwear." To get my 12 Days of Christmas Videos kicked off I thought it only appropriate to go back to Bob's beginnings. And let's be honest, this pretty much sums up how Christmas actually is.

The Twelve Pains of Christmas.


December 8, 2008

Modcast #111: All New To You

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World.

2008 has seen a ton of cool music released, so this week I'm highlight a bunch of brand new stuff. Hopefully you will discover something new to you.

The Postmarks -- 7-11
The Perms -- Give Me All Your Lovin'
Deleted Waveform Gatherings -- Even A Black Cat
Julie Ocean -- Bright Idea
Locksley -- Hello Tomo (Pavey's Song)
The Lodger -- The Good Old Days
Mick Hucknall -- I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
The Bamboos featuring Megan Washington -- King Of The Rodeo
Parov Stelar -- Libella Swing
The Bicycles -- Roland

Questions? Requests? Are you in a mod band? Were you in a band a way back when? Spread the love and send me some MP3s and I'll work them into a future show. E-mail me at
mailto:rob@mistersauve.com.





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Bonus Videos

Parov Stelar -- Love





Julie Ocean - Ten Lonely Words


November 30, 2008

From The Vaults: Modcast #57 - The Warmth of the Sun

It is cold here in Seattle, and winter is on it's way. So, to take your mind off all that and focus it on something warmer and sunnier let's go once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Step back to summer 2007. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.




Summer will be officially kicking off this week so I've got a bunch of ... what do you think? Wrong! It's not a bunch of songs with summer in the title. Instead, I'm doing songs that remind me of summer, ar least of summer sun and warmth. You're going to hear a bunch of warm, sugary, summery, pop music that might or might not be twee, but certainly has a bit of the sixties and a bit of power pop going for it. So, enjoy this first episode of songs that benfit from the warmth of the sun. There's a second episode coming soon.


  • Ed James -- Welcome to the Show
  • The Hellers -- It's 74 in San Francisco
  • The Love Generation - When the Sun Goes Down
  • The Free Design -- Kites Are Fun
  • The Postmarks -- Goodbye
  • The Bicycles -- Two Girls from Montreal
  • Patience Please -- Unpublished
  • Would-Be-Goods -- The Camera Loves Me
  • The Sails -- Best Day
  • The Loose Salute -- Deathclub
  • Rivers Cuomo -- Tomorrow

Would-Be-Goods -- Le Crocodile





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November 20, 2008

Modcast #110: Right To Mod

Welcome to the modcast. While you are listening to this I am reclining on the lido deck of the good ship Elation, somewhere off the coast of Baja. I don't need no doctor, that's for sure.

  • Ray Charles -- I Don't Need No Doctor
  • Eux Autres -- When I'm Up
  • Headlights -- Catch Them All
  • The Brilliant Corners -- I'll Never Be The One To Break Your Heart
  • The Rakes -- Down With Moonlight
  • Locksley -- Only A Girl
  • Graham Coxon -- Right To Pop!
  • Dukes of Stratosphear -- Bike Ride To The Moon
  • Hidden Peace -- Summer of Love
  • Action Now -- Try
  • Fast Eddie -- I Don't Need No Doctor

    Questions? Requests? Are you in a mod band? Were you in a band a way back when? Spread the love and send me some MP3s and I'll work them into a future show. E-mail me at
  • mailto:rob@mistersauve.com
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    Bonus Videos

    Locksley - Don't Make Me Wait





    Graham Coxon - Standing On My Own Again




    Mod on, kids, mod on.

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  • November 14, 2008

    Modcast #109: On a Mission to Mod

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. It's with mixed feelings that I've opened the show with a track from the new Kaiser Chiefs album. That would be Good Days Bad Days from their new album Off With Their Heads. Interestingly this album garnered the Chiefs much critical acclaim, especially in the US, and rose to #2 in the UK. And I think its because it is the least mod friendly of their releases to date. It's a fine album, but it is light years from being as good as either Employment or Yours Truly Angry Mob. Less of the band's power pop influences are showcased, instead at the forefront is more of a post-punk vibe. Not a bad listen, but not as power pop incluenced as were their earlier works. Now, listen to the rest of the show and you will be rewarded. Ten fold. It's a treasure trove of great tracks. Questions? Requests? Are you in a mod band? Were you in a band a way back when? Spread the love and send me some MP3s and I'll work them into a future show. E-mail me at mailto:rob@mistersuave.com.


    Bonus videos? What bonus videos?

    The Lodger - The Good Old Days


    The Untold Fables on Rockstock 1988 - Spit The Winkle


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    November 7, 2008

    Modcast #108: Listen to the Boom

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, have I got a treat for you (and you thought Halloween was over and there were no more treats!). Actually two treats: a couple of live tracks I bagged last week at The Sonics appearance at the Paramount in Seattle on Halloween night. Known as the boom heard 'round the world, the band was booming all right.

    It was the legendary garage rockers first show in their native Northwest in 35 years. Still, they didn't miss a beat pounding out 90 minutes of original, blistering, garage punk. The rest of the show pays homage with lots of Sonics influenced, ballsy, sixties sounding, trash punk. Another Northwest garage group, Girltrouble, opened the show. These guys (and girl) have been playing for 25 years and in these parts are nearly as legendary as The Sonics themselves. The rest of this show is loud and fast, so turn up your computer speakers, your iPod, your stereo or whatever and enjoy.

    Girl Trouble - My Hometown



    Questions? Requests? Are you in a mod band? Were you in a band a way back when? Spread the love and send me some MP3s and I'll work them into a future show. E-mail me at mailto:rob@mistersauve.com.


    Naz Nomad - I Can't Stand This Love Goodbye




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    October 27, 2008

    (Halloween) Modcast #107: Monsters A-Go-Go!


    Halloween Modcast 2008: Monsters A-Go-Go!

    Be afraid, be very afraid. Ken from The Shingles is at the controls of the modcast this week and if that doesn't scare you, nothing will. Get haunted.

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    Video clip from "Mad Monster Party" - The Mummy!: Download

    October 19, 2008

    Modcast #106: You're Wondering Now

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. It's a good day indeed when you can say that Stereolab is back, and back with a pop passion that they haven't had for some time. I saw them on Friday night here in Seattle, the first time I've ever seen the band live. Absolutley incredible show, incredible because for me it was like seeing a totally different band. I went in knowing full-well of the band's eclectic past. Their sound over the years has twisted around like a tornado throwing out bits of space age bachelor pad music, bossa nova enahnced electronica, sweet sixties lounge, and synthesized soul. I expected a more cerebral show. But I was greeted with a band driven by a drummer setting an insane pace and what at times was as hard and rocking as any punk show I've ever seen. The songs were the same, the intensity was dialed up, and there was a very clear rock and roll core there that doesn't always show up on their albums. It was delightful. All that to say that this week's modcast opens with a track from Stereolabs new release, runs on along and closes with another new release from London's Supernovas, a band that is on a self-proclaimed mission to trigger a new mod revival. It's a good show that I think you'll enjoy.


    The Supernovas -- Ace Face


    The Groovy Cellar -- When You Fly Away



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    October 7, 2008

    From the Vaults: Modcast #38 Mod, Rock, & Soul

    Once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Step back to 2007. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.


    Modcast #38 complete with a little soul and a lot of rock and roll.
    • The Mosquitos -- Put Your Foot Down
    • The Machine -- Nobody Wants You
    • The Equals -- Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys
    • The Untouchables -- I Spy (For the FBI)
    • Straight Up -- One Out All Out
    • The Rakes -- 22 Grand Job
    • Dirty Pretty Things -- Doctors & Dealers
    • The Cogburns -- Rollers Rip
    • The New Breed -- Unto Us
    • Yardbirds -- Drinking Muddy Water
    • Risk -- Should Have Known Better

    Bonus Video: Here's "Left, Right & Center" by Lord Large, featuring vocals by Dean Parish. Interestingly, this song was penned by a young, teen-aged Paul Weller, well before his days with the Jam, and shows the obvious influence of soul music at a time when you would have thought he was more focused on power-pop bordering on punk. Of course the soul influence would resurface on later Jam albums. Lucky for us we have this now.



    E-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com

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    September 28, 2008

    Modcast #105: I Wanna Be A Mod

    What a week. If you're a financier you've been on a wild ride. And if you're not, well you've probably been watching it all from the comfort of your couch -- if you still have one.

    Suddenly there is lots of cool new music flooding the markets, the scene is topsy turvy with recent and still to come releases. Next week alone will see a brand new album from Oasis, as well as new mod jazz outfit Trio Valore Inc. And you are going to your first little taste of both on this week's modcast. Also on tap this week is new stuff from Raphael Saadiq, the Private Jets, Brazillian sensation Ari Borger, and Secret Beauty Cream. So as not to overdose on the new drugs, I dug through the suave music vault and have dusted off some old faves from the likes of The Unclaimed and the Goldstars. You can check out some cool bonus videos on the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com from Ari Borger and Trio Valore.

    No doubt, the wildness isn't over. So, buckleup kids because I'm going to take you on your own wild ride right now.

    Questions? Requests? Are you in a mod band? Were you in a band a way back when? Spread the love and send me some MP3s and I'll work them into a future show. E-mail me at mailto:rob@mistersauve.com.

    Trio Volare - Paint It Black (Live)


    Ari Borger Quartet - Progama do Jô


    The Del-Monas -- I Feel Like (recorded in 1986 especially in French for Belgian TV)


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    September 21, 2008

    Modcast #104: Your Big Sister Said You Ain't Never Been Cool

    NOTE: New MP3 uploaded. Some users were having trouble tuning into to this episode, so I've reposted a new stream of the modcast. E-mail me if you have trouble with it again. rob@mistersuave.com

    Welcome to

    Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

    What a time it's been gettin' the latest show produced and broadcast. I've been having weird technical problems that just cropped up recently. Problems that make the show sound amateurish and not at all polished. So, picked up a new mic and mini-mixer specifically for podcasting, and dammit all if I can't get it to work with my system. All to say that I hope this show is listenable because the music surely is.

    This week's show is a little longer than usual but it's worth it. Got a great big strong soul vibe going. With the new soul revival in full swing it seems there's always new --and old-- stuff to discover and enjoy. Got a great live track from JTQ, some new stuff from the Upper 5th and Buttonup among other things -- such as Lucky Soul, who is fast becoming one of my favorites. One other especially nice treat here is the new track by Adrian Holder, former front man for The Moment. He's putting together a new album and if it's anything like what you can get a taste of on his Myspace page then it will be one hell of a release. Mod on, kids, mod on.


    Let me know how I'm doing and what you think. E-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com.

    Bonus Videos

    New Mastersounds -- Carrot Juice


    Lucky Soul -- Add Your Light to Mine

    (Meet Lucky Soul here)

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    September 16, 2008

    From the Vaults: Modcast #23 Solid Suave Mod Sounds

    Once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Step back to October of '06. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

    Welcome to episode #23 of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. This week I've got The Friday Club, Elastica, Too Many Crooks and Raymond Lefever and His Orchestra among others. This week's mod lineage starts with Blondie, to Elastica to The Sounds. And if you don't know The Sounds, then track down their albums. They're a Swedish rock act that pretty much recreates the look and feel, if not exactly the sound, of Blondie, right down to their platinum blonde lead singer. Below is the video for their song Hit Me, which is strikingly similar to Blondie's 1976 video for X-Offender.

  • Shel Naylor -- One Fine Day
  • Joe Jackson -- I'm The Man
  • Linda Lyndell -- What A Man
  • Friday Club -- Window Shopping
  • Blondie -- X-Offender
  • Elastica -- Waking Up
  • Sounds -- Song With A Mission
  • Too Many Crooks -- Too Many Crooks
  • The Untouchables -- Mandingo
  • Critical Mass -- You Wanna Brawl
  • Raymond Lefevre -- Le Gendarme Pop

    If you have any questions be sure to e-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com

    The Sounds -- Hit Me


    Blondie -- X-Offender (1976)


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  • September 6, 2008

    Modcast #103: Back in the Saddle Again

    Here in the states the Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer; the final three-day holiday that will be spent working around the house; the last of summer vacations; and a return to work-a-day and school schedules. That means me gettin' back to regularly producing the modcast.

    Putting the show together proved to be harder than usual. I had a roster of songs to play but wasn't feeling it. I tossed 'em out and put together a completely new show. It was an excellent decision, and resulted in an excellent set of songs as I'm sure you'll agree. This week's show is packed with great music - as usual. You'll get a taste of new sounds from The Anydays and Andre Williams, as well as some older stuff from the Shambles, Yard Trauma, and more.

    Questions? Requests? E-mail me at rob@mistersauve.com. Mod on.



    The Anydays -- I Feel Free


    Andy Lewis -- Tell Me Once Again You Love Me



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    August 24, 2008

    Modcast #102: Mods Look Ready

    Welcome to the modcast. Gotta little bit of soul, a little bit of pop, and a whole lot of rock and roll. Mods look ready, ready to hear some great music from mods like Graham Day, Fay Hallam, Paul Bevoir and more. What are you waitin' for ... listen now.

    Are you in a mod band? Were you in a band a way back when? Spread the love and send me some MP3s and I'll work them into a future show. You can e-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com.

    Mod on, kids, mod on.

  • Berry Tweed & The Chasers -- 7 Days is too Long
  • Paul Bevoir -- Too Late Now
  • Sheetah & les Weissmuller -- Pire que le Silence
  • The Royal Suite -- Lovebiter
  • The Claim -- Armstrong's Revenge
  • Graham Day & The Gaolers -- South Avenue
  • Fay Hallam Trinity -- Always the Sky
  • Most Wanted Men -- Sweet Bird of Youth
  • The Jackpot -- Underneath the College Clock
  • Dirty Pretty Things -- Tired of England
  • The Zebras -- You Look Ready

    Graham Day & the Gaolers -- Too Few Things


    Dirty Pretty Things - Tired of England


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  • August 15, 2008

    Mod Essentials: In The Beginning

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. I'm back from vacation and have compiled a special episode of the modcast. This the first in a series called Mod Essentials -- fittingly this one is In The Beginning.

    Recently a friend --we'll call him Minnesota Mark -- asked me what mod is. More than that, he asked if I could put together a short playlist of the best mod songs. And you know, I was blown away by how difficult a task that turned out to be. I found that you can't narrow down to a dozen or so the most quintessential mod songs. Not to mention it's a totally subjective thing. What I think of as quintessential mod songs will be much different than another mod's picks. And what is quintessential anyhow? Again it's pretty subjective. I think I would define the quintessential mod songs as the songs that made me a mod early on -- mostly these were the songs that I simply loved that were already considered mod songs. As I thought about it though, I realized that quintessential mod songs are also those that when I hear them they make me think mod, they make me think of the mod sound and what it means to be a mod. They need not be original quote unquote mod songs.

    Anyhow, Minnesota Mark's question got me to thinking: I bet there are a lot of people who'd be interested in hearing what I think are the most quintessential mod songs. At least I hope so. So, I'm going to do a periodic series of modcasts picking the dozen or so most essential mod sounds -- each time corresponding with a specific genre unique to mods, or a specific mod era. For this modcast I'm starting where you should start, at the beginning, in the sixties. Thank you to Mark for asking the question of what a mod is and what mod music sounds like and getting this ball rolling. For the early mods it really all started rolling with the soul sound. I could go back to the jazz roots of mod -- the modernists, but this modcast is only supposed be a thirty minute affair and we're already going to blow that out of the water. So, let's jump up to the modernists' next gen children; the first 'mods' as it were and their love affair with all things soulful. all things bluesy, all things dancable. This podcast just barely skims the surface of what the sixties mod sound was like, but at least it's a start.

    J.J. Jackson -- But Its Alright
    The Miracles -- Tears of a Clown
    Edwin Starr -- 25 Miles
    Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames -- Money (That's What I Want)
    The Who -- I Can't Explain
    The Creation -- Biff Bang Pow
    Small Faces -- Wham Bam Thank You M'am
    The Kinks -- Set Me Free
    The Monkees -- I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone
    The Zombies -- She's Not There
    The Easybeats -- Friday on my Mind
    Strawberry Alarm Clock -- Incense & Peppermints


    So, what are your essential sixties mod songs? I'm dying to find out from people what they see as the quintessential mod sound. E-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com and let me know.


    The Small Faces -- Rollin' Over



    Edwin Starr -- 25 Miles




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    July 27, 2008

    Mr. Suave's 100th Mod Mod Modcast!

    Welcome to the 100th modcast of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. This is a special episode of the modcast with some of the best stuff I've ever shared with you all. In honor of busting out 100 modcasts over the last two years I'm celebrating with an ice cold martini (or three) and as usual, some fantastic music.
    I've got lots of cool stuff on this show including The Men, Manfred Mann, The Jam and The Jetset. But, if you're like me and you love The Style Council, and you dig Burt Bacharach and James Taylor Quartet, then I guarantee you will love hearing the brand new title track from Rinaldi Sings' new album Bingo (available Aug. 4 from Tangerine Records).

    And, if you head on over to the modcast homepage at mistersuave.com you will get two fabulous bonus videos, one from Rinaldi Sings, a rare track you won't see anywhere else of The Funseekers live at the Mods Mayday '89 show. (If you're interested in more Funseekers check out their 4-part movie at Youtube "A Northwoods Holiday")

    Okay, got questions? Wanna just give me a shout out, well then you can e-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com, and if you're more of the web 2.0 type then you can check out Mr. Suave on Facebook or Myspace and friend up with me.

    Now: a heads up for you all. I'm going to have another very special modcast next week, Mod Essentials: In the Beginning. Recently a friend asked me what mod is and if I could put together a short playlist of the most quintessential, foundational, mod songs. And you know, I was blown away by how hard it was. I found that you can't narrow down to a dozen or so the most quintessential mod songs. Not to mention it's a totally subjective thing. What I think of as quintessential mod songs will be much different than another mod's picks. And what is quintessential, again it's pretty subjective. When I first got interested in mod music, I think I would define it as those were the songs that made me a mod early on, the songs that I simply loved that were already considered mod songs. Later as I discovered all sorts of new music, I would say that it was songs that when I heard them they make me think mod, they make me think of the mod sound and what it means to be a mod. Anyhow, the question got me to thinking: I bet there a lot of people who'd be interested in hearing what I think are the most essential mod songs. So, I'm going to do a periodic series of modcasts picking the dozen or so most essential mod sounds each time, corresponding with a specific genre unique to mods, or a specific mod era. Next week I'm starting where you should start, at the beginning, in the sixties. Thank you to Mark for asking the question of what a mod is and what mod music sounds like and getting this ball rolling.

    Finally, I want to thank all my listeners for the past two years and 100 modcasts. Especially, a big thank you to Ken from The Shingles, as well as shout outs to other supporters who help make this show rock and roll -- like Dean from The Eddies, Steve Rinaldi of Rinaldi Sings, Mike Tholefsen, and the lovely Mrs. Suave -- can't wait for you to get home because Baby You've Got It.

    Mod on!


    Bonus Videos:
    The Funseekers - Make You Mine (Live Mods Mayday '89)



    Rinaldi Sings -- Avenues and Alleyways


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    This week's background music: Lalo Schifrin.

    July 19, 2008

    From The Vaults Modcast 31: Music for the Modern Mod

    Once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Step back to December of '06. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

    This is modcast 31 and I'm finally getting around to presenting what I think are the essential tracks for the modern mod's music library. These bands represent just a bit of the latest wave of music reflecting sixties R&B, power-pop and soul influences.

    Bonus Video: Mando Diao's video for "Paralyzed"



    This one is a recent appearance of Head Automatica on Carson Daily's show doing the Joe Jacksonesque "Lying Through Your Teeth".



    Questions? E-mail me at mailto:rob@mistersauve.com.

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    July 13, 2008

    Modcast #99: Time for Power Pop's Wild Weekend

    Word is spreading of a very wild weekend coming up soon. The official Wild Weekend in fact, the Wild Weekend Power Pop Festival in Austin, TX on August 29th and 30th. Just to be clear I am (unfortunately) not getting a dime, nor a nickel nor a penny, nor anything else, for plugging this gig. It's just an effing fantastic lineup of power pop bands new and old. One that, if I wasn't poor, and old and lame, I would damn sure be getting my ass down to Texas for. You can get your ass over here to find out how to get tickets.

    The line up is pretty spectacular with some legends of the genre coming together for the show: The Boys, The Pointed Sticks, 20/20 and Nikki Corvette to name a few. Nikki has even recorded some new material in the last year or two. The others have played some limited reunions, but these will be the first, or the most prominent, of such shows in the US for most of these guys. And it's about time.

    Thankfully, to keep the dinosaurs in line, there are a few new kids on the block doing their best to give punk rock a solid power pop public send up: The Baby Shakes with their blistering girl group meets garage rock sound, the Cute Lepers (maybe my fave of the whole shebang) with their welcome back to '79 sound, and The Pleasure Kills with their Blondie rules sound. Sound good? Damn straight.

    All in all this might be the best festival line up of the summer. How could I not give you a taste of that?

    Get out your skinny ties, it's power pop time.
    Bonus Videos

    Cute Lepers -- Terminal Boredom


    The Boys -- Terminal Love / See you later


    The Ugly Beats -- Bring Her Down




    Bitch, moan and whine here.

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    July 6, 2008

    Modcast #98: Giving You That Driving Beat

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. I'm opening the show with some solid soul with style from the heartland, from the brand new release by the Diplomats of Solid Sound - for the first time featuring the Diplomettes. The new CD --which will be released July 8th-- simply sizzles with soul and wicked good R&B. I've also got another brand new track from the Modfather himself, along with some French mod sounds, and some great sixties psychadelia.



    Bonus Video

    Stereoscope Jerk Reaction -- Bumble Bee




    The Diplomats of Solid Sound featuring the Diplomettes



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    June 30, 2008

    Modcast #97: Now is the Time

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. It is hot hot hot here in the pacific northwest. After almost no spring to speak of, seattle is finally jumping feet first into summer. So, I've happily put together a show that plays well in any climate, but especially seems suited for the summer sun we're enjoying here right about now. From pop to mod with a few stops in between this modcast is going to quickly become one of your favorites. You've got the trad mod sounds of the Bishops, some acid jazz goodnes from Mother Earth, and serious sixties vibes from The Monks, Boyce & Heart and The Free Design. Tune in, turn on and enjoy yourself.
    • The Triangles -- Meat Blanket
    • The Peasants -- I Close My eye
    • Boyce & Heart -- Countess
    • The Rebounds -- Help Me
    • Mother Earth -- Riot on 103rd St.
    • The Free Design -- Now is the Time
    • Saint Etienne - Are We Gonna Be Alright
    • Stomach Mouths -- Speedfreak
    • The Monks -- Higgle-dy Piggle-dy
    • The Bishops - Travelling Our Way Home
    • The Soup Dragons -- On Overhead Walkways

    Boyce & Hart -- Out & About (I Dream of Jeanie)



    Saint Etienne -- You're in a Bad Way


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    June 23, 2008

    From the Vaults: Modcast 24 Don't Give Up On A Good Thing

    Once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Step back to the end of the summer of '06. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.




    Welcome to episode #24 of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. This week, you will be treated to some most excellent tracks ranging from mod, to soul, to rock and even some late sixties ska. And, there's a great Swing Out Sister video too. What more could you possibly want from a podcast?

    Bonus Video: Somewhere in the World by Swing Out Sister





    Questions? E-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com.

    Visit me at my Myspace page and we can friend up.

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    June 14, 2008

    Modcast #96: Where's the Sunshine?

    You know what's good about this world? It's good when local boys make good. That's what the lead off band of this modcast --The Blakes-- have done, made good. Since I'm in Seattle and they're from here, that make's 'em local to me. This particular modcast is jam packed with very listenable songs. Got something new from Sloan, something cool from the Kaiser Chiefs, something very mod from the Len Price 3 and something obscure from 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't be Wrong. So get ready to have a blast. As always you can e-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com

    Bonus Videos

    The Blakes Live at Easy Street Records


    Sloan -- The Rest of My Life






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    May 29, 2008

    Modcast #95: A Few Strange Confessions

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, got some new stuff from the Jimmy Lingon Band, The Chalets and Fobxoro Hottubs this week, as well as some sixties psychadelia from the Riot Squad, sixties beat sounds from The Remains, and sixties sounding garage rock from Thee Fourgiven. If you want to catch a couple of cool videos scroll on down and check out The Jimmy Lingon Band lookin' and soundin' a whole lot like the Yardbirds, and a great clip of Tres Bien that includes several of their TV appearances as well as some interview clips.

    So, I'm creeping up on having produced a hundred modcasts. I'd like to hear from any of you about what some of your favorite shows of the past were, or if you're in a band and would like to hear your stuff on the show, or if you have any other comments feel free to e-mail me at rob@mistersuave.com. Now go enjoy your life.Bonus Videos

    Jimmy Lingon Band - Give me Soul


    Tres Bien



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    May 25, 2008

    A Special Message From Mrs. Suave

    Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, this is Mrs. Suave with an important message for all of you jonesing for a modcast fix. The good news is that Mr. Suave is busy supersizing the modcast's swingin' server system and soon will be back behind the microphone.

    Stay tuned for some mod sounds downloadable for your listening pleasure. You won't be disappointed.

    Questions? Email Mr. Suave at rob@mistersuave.com.

    May 16, 2008

    From the Vaults: Modcast #17: 3 Chords, 3 Minutes & Skinny Ties

    Once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Step back to the end of the summer of '06. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.



    This week's episode is features even more power pop songs, and this time around I've got some classics, as well as some more obscure tracks and some harder edged songs. If you are in a band and would like to be featured on Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, drop me a line at rob@mistersuave.com.

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    May 10, 2008

    Modcast #93: Just Floating By

    In listening, listening and relistening to this week’s Modcast, I have to say I’ve even impressed myself. This is a damn good show. It starts out strong, and it stays that way throughout. Lots of new stuff here from the Baskervilles, Looker, Radio Days, and The Fores, all of which make the show downright unstoppable. The rest of the show is only that much stronger for showing it’s staying power from the likes of The Kinks to Oasis. This is just a little snap shot of my current mod world. Don’t be so jealous, I’m sure you’re nearly as suave in your own way. Enjoy.



    I get e-mail. Can you believe that? If you have a question then just shoot it over to me at rob@mistersuave.com.

    Bonus Videos

    Looker -- Bullet Train



    The Kinks -- I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight





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