February 28, 2012

From the Vaults: Modcasts #176 & #18

Modcast #176: A Firm Grasp Of The Obvious

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. My mod world has been rocking out to a lot of power pop this week, so I kicked things off with a bit of early 80s Seattle power pop, courtesy of Jim Basnight and the Moberly's. Basnight is a jack of all trades when it comes to music, and something of a basketball fiend with the rest of his life, running a college basketball blog dedicated to the UW Huskies.

Even with all the power pop I've been imbibing of late the first full set of the show is new soul music. The soul revival continues, full-fledged with groups like the Diplomats and Fitz & The Tantrums, and winding its tentacles into indie pop with acts like She & Him. And, since it is summer, or at least the last few days of summer, I had to throw a little bit of summery, sunshiny, effervescent pop music. I don't know what in the world Japanese band The Bridge is singing about, but whatever it is it sounds good to me. They were one of the forerunners of Tokyo's whole Shubuya-kei scene in the early 90s that produced a slew of great artists/bands like Pizzicato Five, Towa Tei, Flippers Guitar, Fantastic Plastic Machine and a bunch more. I'm thinking I could do an entire show with just Shubuya bands. Hell I could easily do two such shows. And I just might.

Just to keep you all on your toes I've rounded things out with a set of two-tone styled ska, most notably featuring all girl ska band The Belle Stars. Most people, if they know The Belle Stars at all, probably know them from their hit cover of "Iko Iko" that was featured in the movie Rain Man, allegedly because Dustin Hoffman liked the band and lobbied for their inclusion -- no matter that the song had languished for five years before that and the band had already broken up. But, for my money their best stuff was their early stuff, so you get their debut single from 1980 like it or not (I think you'll like it).

Listen Now

Jim Basnight & The Moberlys -- Tonight (198?)
Fitz And The Tantrums -- Dear Mr. President (2010)
Diplomats of Solid Sound -- Promise Of A Brand New Day (2010)
She & Him -- Don't Look Back (2010)
Bridge -- Pool Side Music (1994)
Very Truly Yours -- Things You Used To Say (2010)
Skypark -- Secret Hideaway (1998)
Belle Stars -- Hiawatha (1981)
Kingpins -- Plan Of Action (1996)
The President's Men -- State Of Mind (1980)
The Ruiners -- Happy Birthday Bitch! (2010)

She & Him -- You Really Got A Hold On Me

Fitz & The Tantrums -- Winds Of Change

Modcasst #18: Chillin' in Mr. Suave's Mod Lounge

Welcome to Mr Suave's Swingin' cocktail lounge and now you can enjoy a few of the songs that started me down the lounge music path. There is no doubt that my involvement in the mod scene led me to being a lounge music junkie loving all sorts of easy listening, space age pop, acid jazz, swing and other retro types of music. Lucky for me!

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 -- Mais Que nada
Madness -- Los Palmas 7
The Style Council -- Paris Match
Burt Bacharach -- Bond Street
Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra -- Mambo Mania
Les Baxter -- Tropicando
Combustible Edison -- The Millionaire's Holiday
Pink Martini -- Sympathique
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited -- Robot A Go Go
Combustible Edison -- The Checkered Flag

February 15, 2012

Modcast #223: Good to the Last Drop

Welcome to the show. And what a show. Of course I have this little advanatage of having heard all the songs already while I was putting this thing together. And repeatedly. I couldn't help grinning the entire time. Kinda like soup. Mmm. Mmm. Good. It's a tasty treat you got coming people. I'm actually happy for you.

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Missing Andy -- Heartbeat Away (2011)
The Men -- I Don't Need No Doctor (2003)
Mystery Action -- Conspiracy (2000)
Diplomats of Solid Sound -- Fascination (2010)
MG & The Escorts -- A Someday Fool (1967)
The Rolling Stones - Little By Little (1964)
Danny White -- Natural Soul Brother (1966)
Amy Winehouse -- The Girl From Ipanema (2011)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (1966)
Sarah Vaughn -- One Mint Julep (1962)
Lack Of Afro -- P.A.R.T.Y. (2011)

The Men -- Four Good Men And True

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- Pretty World

February 8, 2012

From the Vaults: Modcasts #63 & #69

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 all the way back to those oh so sweltering days of Summer 2007. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

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Modcast #63: Mod For The Summer

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, I opened today's show with a track from a band called Airborne Toxic Event, and even though they're out of Los Angeles man they sound a lot like a british band with obvious influence from Franz Ferdinand and the Fratellis. The rest of the show is equally as good. I think there is pretty much something for everyone here -- except for the Def Leppard crowd (you know who you are, now leave me alone and learn to like better music).

The Airborne Toxic Event -- Does This Mean You're Moving On?
Tsar -- Wanna Get Dead
Pristine - King Without a Crown
The Rifles -- One Night Stand
The Mary Onettes -- Void
The Procession -- Major and Minor
The Lodger -- Kicking Sand
Mando Diao -- Paralyzed
Crawling Walls -- Tell Me Why
Paul Bevoir -- Maybe Not

The Lodger -- Let Her Go

Modcast 69: Mods, Skins, Punks

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, this week is a very garage rock sorta show so enjoy.

Fleshtones -- Push Up Man
The Lizardmen -- Mind on Fire
Plan 9 -- I'm Not There
Pandoras -- Stop Pretending
Tuff Darts -- (Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste
The Indikation -- Don't Send Me No Flowers
The Groovie Ghoulies -- An Unsolved Mystery
The Professionals -- Mods, Skins, Punks
The What -- East Coast Kids
The Tearjerkers -- Love Affair
TSOL -- Word Is

The Pandoras -- You're All Talk