August 27, 2013

Modcast #275: Always Stick The Landing

Here it is, the 275th of its name, the modcast to end ... this week's modcasts. As full of fine tunage as any modcast, to be sure. A nice mix of new and old, classics and classics to be.

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Dot Dash -- (Here's to) The Ghosts Of The Past (2013)
Shaolin Temple Defenders -- It's So Easy (2013)
Candace Bellamy -- Put Down The Foot (2013)
Robin McKelle -- Fairytale Ending (2012)
French Boutik -- Pousse au Crime (2013)
Hot Chocolate -- Heaven Is In The Backseat Of My Cadillac (1975)
James Brown -- Sex Machine (1970)
J.J. Jackson -- Come See Me (I'm Your Man) (1966)
Miles Kane -- You're Gonna Get It (2013)
The Francis Jetty -- Room 111 (2009)
Mr. Bridger -- Get Away (2010)
D4 -- Get Loose (2002)
The Gigolos -- This Generation (198?)
Too Many Crooks -- Too Many Crooks (1996)
The Clash -- Career Opportunities (1977)

Shaolin Temple Defenders -- One Way Or Another

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August 21, 2013

From The Vaults Modcasts #154 & #156

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 2010. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off two classic modcasts that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

Modcast #154: Give A Dog A Bone

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Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Got a great show lined up for you this week. Some well known things here, but a few more obscure itmes that you might not be familiar with as well. I think you'll dig it.

Morning Benders -- Dammit Anna
Foxboro Hot Tubs -- Highway 1
Naz Nomad & The Nightmares -- (Do You Know)I Know
Mornin Wood -- Beth Olive
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames -- Bend A Little
Manfred Mann -- She
Eddie's Crowd -- Take It Easy Baby
Purple Hearts -- Gun of Life
The Jolt -- Mr. Radio Man
Sham 69 -- Give A Dog A Bone
Oppenheimer -- Look Up

Purple Hearts -- Millions Like Us

Manfred Mann - Ha! ha! Said the Clown (1967)

Modcast #156: Play That Song

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Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, modcast #156. In honor of Valentine's Day I've done nothing. Nothing for Valentine, but everything for you dear listener -- and it's a much better story.

I've got a couple of brand new tracks from The Eddies and the Len Price 3. The Eddies are twins Dean and Dale Hoth backed up by legendary producer Earl Mankey on the drums. (If you don't know, Mankey was an original member of Sparks when they started out and later became a producer in the LA undergrounds for The Quick, The Last, Three O'Clock, Long Ryders, Leaving Trains and more.) Their new song shows off Mankey's producing with lots of cool sound affects throughout. The Len Price 3's latest album dropped last month to rave reviews, and you won't get any argument from me. They've outdone themselves again. In addition there are a few supercool, superhero number and some sixties stuff. Nothing not to like here.

The Eddies -- I Want You and I Want You (2010)
Len Price 3 -- Mr. Grey (2010)
The Svengalis -- Runaway (2007)
Radars to the Sky -- Victoria (2009)
The Kinks -- Apeman (1970)
The Jam -- Batman Theme (1977)
The Ramones -- Spiderman Theme (1992)
The Monkees -- Let's Dance On (1966)
The Groove -- Play That Song (1968)
? & The Mysterians -- Smokes (1966)
The Odd Numbers -- Time For Truth (1995)

The Kinks -- Apeman

The Jam -- Move On Up

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August 14, 2013

Modcast #274: Everybody's Going To The Love-In

Not sure how it happened, it just did. This week's modcast has a decidedly garage rock feel to it. In putting the show together these songs just seemed to work. So, you get a little power pop, some new garagish songs, and a little bit of soul. What's not to like about that?

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Material Issue -- Out Right Now (1991)
Ballard -- I Won't Be Coming Home (2013)
The Primates -- I Go Ape (1986)
The Trip -- Never Too Late For Linda (1984)
Thee Gravemen -- Rockin' In The Graveyard (2012)
The Flips -- That Girl Stacey (2009)
Mystic Eyes -- I Lost My World (1985)
Mark & The Spies -- Everything I Need (2007)
The Excitements -- Let's Kiss & Make Up (2011)
JoJo Effect -- The Beat Goes On (2005)
Action Now -- I Want You (1981)
Secret Service -- You've Been Gone For So Long (1988)
Last -- She Don't Know Why I'm Here (1977)
New Salem Witch Hunters -- At The Border (1986)
Hello -- Teenage Revolution (1975)

The Last -- Wrong Turn

Mark & the Spies - Won't Work On Me

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August 8, 2013

From The Vaults: Modcast #178 Featuring Keith Slettedahl lead singer of The 88

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 Fall 2010. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

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Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. This week the mod world is full of wonderfully pure pop music. What a show, what a show, what a show. From new to old, from The 88 to Manual Scan to the Small Faces, the whole show is packed with great music.

And a great interview with The 88's own front man, Keith Slettedahl who is the band's lead singer and main songwriter. If you're not familiar with The 88 you should be. They are a great power pop band that is carving out a really nice original sound for themselves. Rather than be just a derivative sort of soundalike band, they've incorporated influences from a lot of classic sixties bands like The Kinks, The Beatles, and The Zombies into a very modern, very original, pop sound that is all their own. You might also know them from the movie and TV work they've done, including recording the theme song to NBC's the Community. I've got some of their older stuff, as well as a taste of their brand new album appropriately titled The 88 which officially comes out next Tuesday, Sept. 28, but is already available through iTunes. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

The interview comes in two parts. In part one we talk about The 88's work this past year as the backing band for mod legend Ray Davies, how they write their songs and the sound of their new album. In the second half you'll find out how the band knows Danny Benair of Three O'Clock fame, some of Keith's other musical influences and what they're up to next.

Rounding it all out I've got a track that Bart Mendoza from Manual Scan sent me special for the show, a rare live track of Manual Scan backing up Squire's Anthony Meynell in 1985. If you missed my interview with Bart head on over to and look up modcast #177.

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The 88 -- Haunt You (2005)
Orange Peels -- Something In You (2005)
Franz Ferdinand -- Send Him Away (2009)
Supergrass -- Sad Girl (2005)
The 88 -- Center Of The Sun (2010)
The 88 -- Go Go Go (2008)
The Who -- Circles (1965)
The Kinks -- I Gotta Move (1964)
Small Faces - Sha La La La Lee (1966)
Manual Scan w/Anthony Meynell of Squire -- Walking Down The King's Road (live, 1985)

The 88 -- Coming Home

The Making of Love Is The Thing

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