February 26, 2013

Modcast #259: Too Fast For You

Slow down, you say? I'm moving too fast, you say? Hurry up and get on the good foot, I say to you. Got a great show lined up for all you kids to dig. Want some Brit-pop? You got it. Yearning for a bit of soul music? You got it. Mod? Powerpop? Check. Check. Yup, got that covered too. Speaking of being covered, I've even got some cool covers of classic songs. Might I suggest you get yourself some booze, sit back, relax, and just enjoy the ride.


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The Specials -- International Jet Set (1980)
RAF -- Jennifer (Sits Alone) (2013)
The Sha La La's -- Get up on yourself (2011)
Likely Lads -- My Life (2012)
The Kooks -- She Moves In Her Own Way (2006)
Mr. Day -- Forgotten Realms (2012)
Schoolhouse Rock -- Verb, That's What's Happening (1974)
Monophonics -- All Together (2012)
Smash Mouth -- Every Word Means No (2005)
Radiators -- Try & Stop Me (1979)
The Wonder Stuff -- Blackberry Way (2011)
The Postelles -- Stella (2011)
Electra -- For The Record (2010)
Gentlemen Jesse -- I'm A Mess (2011)
The Church -- Too Fast For You (1981)


Schoolhouse Rock: Verb, That's What's Happenin'



Mr. Day -- Heaven Knows



February 19, 2013

From The Vaults: Modcasts #92 & #58


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 suave days of 2008 and 2009. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a couple classic modcasts that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

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Modcast #92: We Must All Be Mad

Got some new stuff to share this week, including the brand new single from Paul Weller, joined by Noel Gallagher, called Echoes Around the Sun. It's a psych rocker, lots of fuzziness, lots of noise, but eventually it evens out. Weller's never shied away from production values, but this one might be a bit overdone for my taste. Still, amongst all the noise and atmosphere there are some good hooks. His full album is due out in June, so you've got that to look forward.

The rest of the show is just as strong with new stuff from the Stabilisers and tracks from the A-Lines, The Ammonites, John Mayall, Ian McClagan and Etta James just to name a few. Enjoy.

  • Paul Weller (Ft. Noel Gallagher) -- Echoes Around The Sun
  • The A-Lines -- One Day
  • The Kooks -- Eddie's Gun
  • The Stabilisers -- Wanna
  • Wood & The Splinters -- I Must Be Mad
  • Ammonites -- Blue Lagoon
  • The Chefs -- I'll Go Too
  • Etta James -- Seven Day Fool
  • John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers -- Looking Back
  • Ian McLagan & The Bump Band -- Little Girl
  • The White Stripes -- The Denial Twist

    Bonus Video
    The Stablisers - Belinda

    Modcast #58: The Warmth of The Sun

    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
    The Lodger -- I love Death

    Couple -- Now That I Can See
  • February 14, 2013

    From The Vaults: Modcast #225 Can't You Hear The Music?

    [Originally posted March 2012]

    Welcome to the mod world friends. What a crazy world it is, too. Here it is March 13, 2012, a week from the dawning of the spring era here in Seattle, and by jove it snowed last night. Believe it or not, it's untypically cold here right now.

    One thing is hot thought. This modcast. From start to finish, from The Twin-Sets to The Housemartins, from top to bottom, this thing is smokin' hot. Best be careful or you'll burn your ears.

    A quick shout out to a couple of fantastic blogs for providing much inspiration: Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More (Ding Ding) and Shotgun Solution, both of which are reliable sources for cool music tips and hints.

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    The Twin-Sets -- Take Your Rest
    The Morlocks -- Born Loser
    Black and Whites -- Gonna Have Some Fun Tonight
    The Last Ones -- Bit of You
    B-Back -- Are You Ready?
    Karol Keyes -- Can't You Hear The Music?
    Danielle -- I'm Gonna Marry The Boy
    The Spinshots -- If I Would Fall
    Death By Chocolate -- Zap The World
    Betty & The Werewolves -- Plastic
    The Housemartins -- Anxious

    Betty & The Werewolves -- Euston Station


    The Morlocks -- You Don't Know

    February 6, 2013

    Modcast #258: Biff, Bang, Power Pop


    Welcome to the mod world. The power pop mod world this week. Get your skinny ties on because I've got a full show of power pop for you with 17 great power pop tracks.

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    Kurt Baker Band -- Everybody Knows (2012)
    The Young Veins -- Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won't (2010)
    The Rattlers -- On The Beach (1980)
    Innocents -- One Way Love (1980)
    The Modesty -- Northern Soul (2010)
    The Corsairs -- Here She Comes (1984)
    Ministers of The Groove -- Getting Out Of Your Life (1985)
    The News -- The Kids Are Dancing (1978)
    The Gwen Stacys -- Miles Away (199?)
    The Moberlys -- Tonight (198?)
    The Madd -- You Treated Me Bad (2008)
    The Invaders -- She's A Heartbreaker (1980)
    The Go -- Instant Reaction (1980)
    Rotjoch -- Too Many Weirdos (1981)
    Len Price 3 -- The Girl Who Became A Machine (2010)
    Little Murders -- After The Fire (1980)
    The Fallouts -- Greed (1990)

    The Corsairs -- What Am I (Live 1985)