October 27, 2008

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

Halloween 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.


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

October 19, 2008

Modcast #106: You're Wondering Now

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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

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.

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