January 3, 2010

Modcast #151: The Last Gasp of 2009

Happy new year, I'm back baby!

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod world, 2009 is in the history books, and 2010 is upon. But I'm giving 2009 one last gasp before moving. The first decade of the 21st century is history, but this last year saw great music produced. I've got eleven treats for you to close out the last year from power pop to soul to indie rock. And it's all mod friendly.

This past year I had the Mod-A-Day project, where I posted a different band everyday covering everything from mod to punk, ska, lounge, garage rock, indie pop and more. The idea was to familiarize people with mod friendly music.

When I first got into the mod scene as teenager I was easily influenced by other older scenesters who convinced me that if it was sixties, or soul, or part of the mod revival than it was crap. Unfortunately, taking that to heart, I really missed out on a lot of great music that I could have enjoyed. Fortunately, over the years I've caught up on much of that. In an effort to help keep such from happening to others I decided I would post a band a day. One main idea was to highlight groups that didn't get much attention over the years. So, I enjoyed highlighting a lot of great southern California mod bands I grew up with like The Targets, Three O'Clock, The Question and Chardon Square. Some of it was to remind people of great soul music from the past like PP Arnold, The Flirtations, or Eddie Floyd. Some of it was to remember some of the great mod and ska acts of yesteryear like Secret Affair, Madness, The Style Council or The Who. At times I updated you all about more recent and contemporary mod bands like The Len Price 3, The Insomniacs, The Odd Numbers and The Bishops. And sometimes I went a bit further afield and posted items about new wave bands, lounge acts, rock combos, twee groups, and power poppers like Birdie, The Carrots, Oingo Boingo, Social Distortion, Sweet, Combustible Edison, The Quick, and Love Jones.

It was fun, and I'm proud to say I managed a post every single day last year. I'm not giving up totally, but you won't be finding daily posts this year, though I'll still probably do a few a week. Hopefully with more and varied material from cocktail notes to interviews with bands and artists. As usual there will always be a mod . You will still get weekly modcasts. Those will keep on coming, don't you worry.

Go enjoy this week's modcast and I'll see you later in the week.

Mr. Suave

Last Gasp of 2009
The Parties -- Kensington Avenue
The Raveonettes -- Bang!
The Madd -- The Erroneous Ideas of Mr. Rupert Stapleton
Naomi Starr -- Powerpop Nugget
Franz Ferdinand -- Send Him Away
The Takeover UK -- Main Street Crush
The Bishops -- Laughter in the Dark
The Corner Laughers -- Stonewords
Mando Diao -- Go Out Tonight
The Black Hollies -- Run With Me Run
The Pepper Pots -- Real True Love

Mando Diao - Gloria

The Black Hollies -- Paisley Patterned Ground