November 29, 2011

Modcast #218: The Mods Are Alright

Welcome to Mr. Suave's mod mod world. If eclectic is your thing then you're in for a treat. From the psychadelic garage rock of Trolley to the very swirly power pop from the aptly named Swirl 360 to the Protones a 90s act that channels 70s power pop pretty damn well, then this week's show is a grabbag of goodies. It's kinda like busting open a mod pinata and suddenly there's all this candy for your ears.

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Trolley -- I Woke Up (2011)
The Orange Peels -- 2020 (2009)
Jack Oblivian -- Girl On The Beach (2011)
Swirl 360 -- Hey Now Now (1998)
The Laynes -- I'm Lost (2011)
Jarvis Humby -- Ain't No Friend Of Mine (2004)
Protones -- The Right Time (To Be In Love) (1998)
The Riots -- Sell Out (2010)
The Oranges -- Love You (2006)
The Shamrock -- The Mods Are Alright (2004)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? (2011)

The Laynes -- We Got Time

Jarvis Humby - Vampyros Hetros

November 22, 2011

Peaches and Herb Struttin' their Stuff in '68

When did these kid split up and then get reunited?

Peaches & Herb - Two Little Kids

November 16, 2011

Modcast #217: Now With More Fiber!

How much fiber do you need in your diet? Who the hell cares. What you do need a daily dose of is some cool music and this week's modcast fits the bill. A few sharp blasts from the past, as well as a some more contemporary sounds, all making for a well-rounded show.

It starts with a single helping of Sugar Stems, a band I really should have played before now. Including members of the late great all-girl garage rock combo The Flips and The Jetty Boys, the Sugar Stems have a pretty pitch perfect take on sixties influenced power pop. You get a lot of protein power out of Sick Rose -- both old and new, The Candyskins and The Blades. For the main course there's a review of Title Tracks fantastic 2011 release In Blank. You can round it all out with some sweet treats from Sweden, The Tangerines. Who wouldn't want a meal like this everyday?

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Sugar Stems -- Cry Baby
Sick Rose -- Before You Go
Sick Rose -- I Want Love
The Mallrats -- I'd Be Impressed
The Vaccines -- Post Break Up Sex
The Candyskins -- Tired of Being Happy
Mighty Mighty -- Everybody Knows The Monkey
The Blades -- Hot For you
Mr. Suaves Reviews You Can Use: The Title Tracks
Title Tracks -- Shaking Hands
Robbers on High Street -- Shout To The Top
Everything But The Girl -- Each and Everyone
Stone Foundation -- Holy Blue
The Tangerines -- Rock N Roll Girl

Stone Foundation -- Holy Blue

Everything But The Girl -- Don't Leave Me Behind

November 8, 2011

From The Vaults: Modcast #57 & #58 from 2008

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. Take a giant step outside your current listening constraints and journey with me back to a not so distant past, all the way back to 2008. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a couple of classic modcasts that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

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Modcast #57: The Warmth of The Sun Pt 1

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
The Would Be Goods -- Le Crocodile

Modcast #58: The Warmth of The Sun Pt 2

This is The Warmth of the Sun, the second in a special two-part ode to the start of summer and really just an excuse to enjoy some more infectious pop music. The sounds here within are all reminiscent of Bacharach, the Beach Boys and even the Beatles. For this show I've got a bunch of great pop songs that will put you in mind of girl groups with a nod to the sixties, some power pop strumming and all smartly done with catchy pop hooks, harmonies and melodies. What could be more welcoming to summer than this?
  • Birdie -- Laugh
  • The Pipettes -- The Burning Ambition Of The Early Diuretics
  • The Dynette Set -- Seed of Love
  • The Carrots -- Secret Since '99
  • Couple -- Gotta Be My Girl
  • The Boy Least Likely To -- Be Gentle With Me
  • Acid House Kings -- Tonight is Forever
  • The Jigsaw Seen -- Jim is the Devil
  • Fiery Furnaces -- Here Comes The Summer
  • The Lodger -- My Advice is on Loan
  • Wolfie -- Hey It's Finally Yay
If you've got rants or raves you can e-mail me at

The Lodger -- I love Death

Couple -- Now That I Can See