January 29, 2012

Modcast #222: Just The Ladies This time

This week it's the ladies turn at Suave HQ. I realized that it's been a while since I did a show feturing just the ladies, so here it is. In going through my catalog I realized that while I have a lot of great female bands and singers, the ratio of male to female singers is about 30:1. Still, I did find some good stuff, so don't worry there's lots of X chromosomes coming your way. There are soul singers, garage rockers and guitar mavens. Got bands from the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Finland, and even Seattle just to name a few. Sort of an international estrogenfest you might say. There's some old, some young, some new, some famous, some obscure. Lots of fishes in the sea, as they say. So, cast your line and reel in some fresh ones on this week's modcast.

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Eleanor Rigby -- Getting Through The Day (198?)
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators -- A Perect Kind Of Love (2005)
Laura Vane & The Vipertones -- Hours On Hours (2011)
Fonxinaires Feat. Brandy Butler -- Till You Love Me Too
Petula Clark -- Who Am I
Truly Smith -- Takin' Time Off (1966)
Tracey Rogers -- Back With You Baby (1967)
The School -- Valentine (2010)
The Like -- I Can See It In Your Eyes (2010)
Seapony -- Dreaming (2011)
Shocking Blue -- Send Me A Postcard (1968)
Daughters of Eve -- Don't Waste My Time (1966)
She -- Outta Reach (1970)
Looker -- Gates Of The Old City (2008)
Tiger Trap -- Words And Smiles (1993)
Madder Rose -- Beautiful John(1993)
Cocktail Slippers -- Give It To Me (2007)

Shocking Blue -- Mighty Joe

Looker - After My Divorce

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January 25, 2012

Modcast #221: Baby It's Cold Outside

What a week. Icy cold storm kept me holed up in suave headquarters most of the week, only to emerge to the news that Etta James had died. Jamesetta, that was her real first name which she later reversed for her stage name, grew up hard, lived hard, worked hard, and sang hard. She had a voice that was large and in charge. Didn't seem like much of a show without something from the legendary Ms. James. So, it's got that going for it.

Most of the week though was spent sipping hot beverages like hot chocolate with coffee liquueur and amaretto just to keep warm. And of course I had thse beautiful songs to heat me up. So, listen up and I guarantee you'll get hot. Of course, as usual, you get what you pay for.

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Etta James -- Something's Got A Hold On Me (1962)
The Accidents -- Trigger Happy (1980/1996)
The Haywains -- Desperately Seeking Something (1993)
The Soup Dragons -- Slow Things Down (1986)
The Pepper Pots -- Time To Live (2009)
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound -- Everything Will Be Fine (2011)
Secret Affair -- Don't Look Down (Demo) (1981/2003)
The Red Squares -- You Can Be My Baby (1966)
The Beat Chics -- Now I Know (1964)
Strawberry Alarm Clock -- Hummin' Happy (1967)
The Standells -- Rari (1966)
The Len Price 3 -- Julia Jones (2007)
The Postelles -- 123 Stop (2011)
The Rascals -- Suspicious Wit (2008)
The Robustos -- My Heart & Soul (2005)

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound -- I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

The Postelles -- White Night

January 17, 2012

Modcast #125: Mod Essentials II - The Revival

Welcome to Mr. Suave’s Mod Mod World. This is a special episode of the modcast, the second in a series I call Mod Essentials. The first one, Mod Essentials: In The Beginning premiered last summer and featured my take on the most essential mod tracks of the 1960s. As you can imagine it was hardly definitive. And this one likely won’t be either . This is Mod Essentials II: The Revival. You will see that while there are some fantastic songs here, there are a number of key artists missing like The Crooks, Squire, The Amber Squad, Long Tall Shorty, The Cigarettes and lots more.

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From 1977 to 1981 mod was reborn in the UK, which sparked mod revivals around the world. For a few glorious years the energy and angst of punk was wed to the rhythm of soul, the pulse of power pop, and the fashions of the sixties. The Who released Quadrophenia at the height of the revival creating even more interest in all things mod. Inevitably the mod scene became overexposed, it went mainstream briefly, and that more than anything else killed it and drove the remaining mods back to their soul clubs to await the movements next revival -- still more than a decade away.

Here then are the songs that I think epitomize the wide range of sounds in the mod revival. So, what are your essential mod revival tracks? I'm dying to find out from people what they see as the quintessential mod revival sound. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my list here, what you would have added, or what you would have scrapped. Don't be shy.

The Jam – In The City
Secret Affair – Days of Change
Small Hours – Hangin’ In The Balance
Teenbeats – I Can’t Control Myself
Purple Hearts – Can’t Help Thinking About Me
The Chords – Something’s Missing
The Lambrettas – Go Steady
Beggar – Don’t Throw Your Life Away
Speedball – No Survivors
The Adverts – Bored Teenagers
Merton Parkas – Put Me In The Picture
The Jam – Precious (12” dance mix)

Mod documentary clip featuring interview with Secret Affair's Ian Page, and Secret Affair performing Time For Action

January 9, 2012

Modcast #220: The Best of 2011

Welcome to 2012, sure to be a better year than 2011 (the Mayan calendar fiasco not withstanding). Even though it is 2012 the focus of this modcast is actually 2011. It is time for my annual "best of" show where like all the other music critics out there I am going to give you a piece of my mind, specifically the piece that lists out what I thought were the best releases of the past 12 months. I'm highlighting some power pop, some indie pop, some soul, some garage rock, all of which rose to the top of the heap of last years new music. Enjoy!

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Agony Aunts (The Corner Laughers) -- Transamerica Pyramid
James Taylor Quartet -- Woman
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- Lay It On The Line Feat. Zoe Gilbey
Raphael Saadiq -- Movin' Down The Line
The Vaccines -- Norgaard
Title Tracks -- No Air
The Perms -- High School High
Suedehead -- All I Need
The Red Button -- I Can't Forget
Steve Craddock -- Last Day Of The Old World
Miles Kane -- Come Closer
The Movements -- I Feel Groovy
The Love Me Nots -- I'm Gonna Be Your Girl
Sick Rose -- Before You Go
The Gents -- How It All Began

Sudehead -- New Traditions

The Vaccines - Tiger Blood

January 3, 2012

From the Vaults: Best of 2009 & 2010 Modcasts

I guess I am just like everybody else. End of year lists of songs and albums are a mainstay of the muscial intertubes. Here then is a reprise of my shows highlighting some of the best mod friendly tunes in 2009 and 2010. And lest you think I'm shirking last year completely, I'm not. I've got a best of 2011 show coming up next week and then it will be back to mixing up some old, some new, and everything in between. Until then remember back to when these tunes were still fresh.

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Modcast #151: The Last Gasp of 2009

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

Modcast #186: Out With The Old The Best Of 2010

It's time to ring in the new year in the mod world. Closed out 2010 last night partying at my usual haunt here in Jet City, and today it's time to ring in the new year with a whole modcast showcasing my favorite albums from this past year, which was a pretty damn good one as far as music goes.

2010 brought us a lot of cool music from the ultra mod sounds of The Moons, The Men, The Ace and The Modesty to the pogoing power pop of Betty & The Werewolves, The Candy Hearts and Caroline & The Treats, all while garage rock fans got new stuff from Tres Bien, Mondo Topless and The Booze. It was quite a good year for soul and funk with new albums from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Kings Go Forth, The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Healer Selecta, Eli Paperboy Reed, The Apples, The Bahama Soul Club, Gabin, and Chris Joss. The Hot Rats checked in with one of the best covers albums I've ever heard even as Soulive turned in a soulful Beatles tribute, and a few old timers dropped some pretty good bombs on us like Devo, Ocean Color Scene, Paul Weller and The Vibrators.

As is usually the case when you put together these year end lists of the best albums there are inevitably some great records that don't make the cut. Case in point, all the great stuff I just listed above didn't even make this modcast. So you know that what is here is damn good, the best of the best, the cream of the crop. In my humble opinion.

Happy new year and here's hopin' that 2011 is as great as 2010 was.


DC Fontana -- Six Against Eight (Listen to their interview)
She & Him -- Don't Look Back
The School -- Valentine
The Like -- He's Not A Boy
The Goldstars -- The Race (Listen to their interview)
The Len Price 3 -- Pictures
The Above -- Bollywood Woman
The Young Veins -- Young Veins (Die Tonight)
The Parties -- Annie (Listen to their interview)
Teenage Fanclub -- Baby Lee
Fitz And The Tantrums -- Moneygrabber