January 29, 2013

From The Vaults Modcast #227: Get Easy, Mod Easy

Life is easy in the mod world this week. As in easy listening. Of course it's always easy listening to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, but this week it's especially easy. From bossa nova to lounge pop, I've got a suave set of easy listening music from the heyday of the now sound.

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Supergrass -- Coffee In The Pot
The Free Design -- Now Is The Time
Loveletter -- Barbarella
Truly Smith -- This Is The First Time
Roy Budd -- Getting Nowhere In A Hurry
Chris Montez -- The Face I Love
Harper's Bizarre -- Speak Low
The Gimmicks -- The Joker
Marcos Valle -- The Answer
The New Classic Singers -- Call Me
The Dudley Manlove Quartet -- Love American Style
The Four King Cousins -- Lets Get Away From It All
Love Generation -- Groovy Summertime
The Young Generation -- It Must Be Love
Frank Sinatra -- Wave

The Four King Cousins - Leaving It All Behind

Roy Budd -- Get Carter Theme

January 22, 2013

modcast #257: Some Side Effects May Include . . . Terminal Coolness

Welcome to the first real new modcast of 2013, featuring as always a smattering of new tracks, old tracks, classic tracks, and so on. The year is already off to a great start with a scorching hot new release from the Mannequins, as well as things to look forward to later in the year like a new release from Ocean Colour Scene. Last year was a pretty great year musically, so it will be interesting to see if 2013 can keep up the momentum.

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Da Lata feat. Floetic Lara -- Going Underground (2012)
The Clocktower -- Sounds Like Heartbeats (2012)
Ocean Colour Scene -- Painting (2012)
Ballard -- You're The Face (2012)
Mannequins -- Do You Remember The Time (2013)
Tape Five feat. Brenday Boykin -- A Cool Cat In Town (2012)
Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers -- The Kitchen Strut (2012)
Kraak & Smaak -- Call Up To Heaven (2011)
10,000 Maniacs -- Few And Far Between (1992)
Double Yellow -- If Only (2012)
The Mod-est Lads -- She Could Be In The Beatles (2012)
Michael Simmons -- Spooky (2012)
The Vaccines -- Runaway (2012)
P45 -- Top Floor (2012)
Reel Big Fish -- Don't Let Me Down Gently (2012)
Dee Dee Warwick -- You're No Good (1963)

Kraak & Smaak -- Call Up To Heaven feat. Lex Empress

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January 8, 2013

Modcast #256: Mr. Suave's Best of 2012

Another year is in the history books, and what a year it was too. Musically speaking, 2012 was one of the best in recent memory. I mean my head is about to explode from listening to all the great music of the past year.

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The year was packed with great new releases, so many so that one modcast can't contain them all. Alas, all I have time and bandwidth for is sharing with you 15 of my favorites. Not necessarily the best of the year, but definitely 15 of my most listenend to, and most enjoyed throughout the year.

Having room for only 15 means there's a lot that just didn't make the list. My god, Madness, one of my all time fave bands released a pretty damn good album this year. But it isn't on this list. And shhhhh, I could lose my mod status for this probably but, you ain't gonna hear the modfather on this modcast either. That's right Weller didn't make the cut. Damn it, but that's how good this year was. Tons of artists had great new releases like the Broken Vinyl Club, Ska Vengers, Green Day, Trolley, Brenda Boykin, Dot Dash, New Mastersounds, Dilouya, Jack White, Monophonics and so many more. I loved all their albums, but at the end of the day I picked the albums that I loved most, that I played most. That's what makes it Mr. Suave's best of list. Enjoy.

Quantic & Alice Russel with The Combo Barbaro -- Boogaloo 33
The School -- Some Day My Heart Will Beat Again
Men of North Country -- Man of North Country
Mr. Day -- Caveman
The Bang Girl Group Revue -- Losing Control
The Strypes -- Leaving Here
The Ace -- Oh Yeah!
The Past Tense -- Lost Without Your Love
The Vaccines -- Teenage Icon
Miles Kane -- First of My Kind
The Primitives -- Till You Say You'll Be Mine
Stanley Road -- Mieres Bridge
The Gramotones -- Exile
Buster Shuffle -- Brothers and Sisters
The Corner Laughers -- Twice The Luck

Men of North Country -- Man of North Country

The Strypes -- You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover

Gramotones -- A Soldier's Kiss

Miles Kane -- Rearrange

The Past Tense -- Wolfman

January 2, 2013

From The Vaults: Modcasts #18 & #29

Two classic modcasts for you to enjoy.
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Modcast #18: Chillin' in Mr. Suave's Mod Lounge

[First aired 2006] 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!

Bonus video: Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 -- Pretty World

Modcast #29: Biff Bang Mod

[First aired 2007] Welcome to modcast #29. Lots of good stuff this week, including a really cool video from United Future Organization. Now if that ain't mod, I don't know what is! Enjoy the sounds.Bonus Video: United Future Airlines, by United Future Organization