April 30, 2013

This Saturday in Seattle Get Thee To Studio 66 Mod Night


I'm getting off my lazy ass this weekend and going out on the town. I've been invited to be the guest DJ at Studio 66, the quarterly mod night at the LoFi Performance Gallery in Seattle. If you're in town look us up after 9pm. Also appearing will be Powder the sixties power/art pop band.

Powder - I try (1968)

April 24, 2013

Modcast #265: Doin' The iMod Shuffle III

This is the modern world. So proclaimed The Jam back in 1977. But how much more modern is the world today, as it is complete with iPods and mp3 players and more portable music than you can shake a tailfeather at?

When I first got into the mod scene portable music was a cassette tape played on a three pound Walkmen. Cassettes typically held a dozen songs, maybe 18-20 if you made a Ramones mixtape. But that was the best you could do if you wanted your music to go mobile.

Well, this indeed is the modern world. Now I have an iPod that has upwards of 6,000 songs on it, a phone that has a couple thousand more, and a laptop with a digital catalog of just over 30,000 songs. And in this digital musical dream world I have become a slave to shuffle.

So this week I'm bringing back the iMod shuffle. The whole show was picked out by my iPod's shuffle. This installment of the iMod shuffle is the result of a recent trip to the dog park with Kali Shiva and Dick Gibson (she's a goddess, and he's a dick). Anyhow, this modcast mix really did come up in exactly this order. That's the only rule for the iMod shuffle, I play it as it came up on the iPod -- these exact songs in exactly this order, no substitutions.

Have fun Doin' the iMod Shuffle.

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Jenny Dee & The Delinquents -- Let Me Go (2009)
Fitz & The Tantrums -- Moneygrabber (2010)
The Parties -- Kensington Avenue (2010)
Len Price 3 -- Jack In The Greens (2010)
Smashing Pumpkins -- 1979 (1997)
Erma Franklin -- Whispers (Getting Louder) (1968)
The Max Levine Ensemble -- Adventures In Petsitting (2011)
Secret Affair -- Three Wise Monkeys (1982)
The Saturday People -- The Castle (2001)
Just Brothers -- Sliced Tomatoes (1972)
Lavendar Diamond -- Open Your Heart (2007)
Jeremy Jay -- Just Dial My Number (2010)
Dig Dig Dig -- Our Money (1981)
Tomorrow's World -- Forgetting (1999)
Yard Trauma -- Little Girl (Who Left) 1984
Buzzcocks -- Real World (1978)

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The Max Levine Ensemble - Big Problems USA


The Len Price 3 -- Rentacrowd (Live)

April 17, 2013

Modcast #264: Waiting for Something to Happen

Modcast # 264 is so full of hot stuff it will be like sex for your ears. I've got new stuff from The Strypes, Rhonda, and Veronica Falls, as well as great stuff from The Dead 60s, The Charlatans UK, The Vice, Sky Saxon, and even Bill Cosby. So get yourself something to drink, get comfortable and let the music make love to your ears.

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Noise A Noise -- Get On With It (2004)
The Eddies -- Gonna Sing About This (2013)
The Strypes -- Monkey (2013)
The Vice -- Singing Around (2013)
Richard Groove Holmes feat. Brenda Jones -- This Is The Me Me (1976)
Rhonda -- Here We Go Again (2013)
The Solution -- Must Be Loving Coming Down (2004)
The Rooks -- Love Said To Me (1993)
The Rascals -- Bond Girl (2008)
The Dead 60's -- Control This (2005)
The Valkyrians -- Another Girl, Another Planet (2011)
The Yum Yums -- Walking Out On Love (2001)
Sky Sunlight Saxon & SS/20 -- Born To Be Wild (1984)
Veronica Falls -- Waiting For Something To Happen (2013)
The Charlatans UK -- Can't Get Out Of Bed (1994)
The Lodger -- The Back Of My Mind (2010)

Sky Saxon & Stardust Starlove -- I Wanna Be Your Dog live



Veronica Falls - Bad Feeling



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April 11, 2013

From the Vaults: Modcast #175 Gentlemen Start Your Engines

Welcome to the 175th installment of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. You are in for a treat today with some great covers that you will absolutely love, as well as some old school mod power pop, and a few bright and shining pieces of the now sound of indie power pop. What more can you ask for? If you're looking for one of the last things Ella Fitzgerald ever put on an album, or a shining example of soulful power pop courtesy of The Chords, or maybe something new from Scottish power poppers The Martial Arts, then you've come looking in the right place. Gentlemen, and ladies, start your engines. The race starts now.

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The Punkles -- Glass Onion (2006)
The Martial Arts -- Empty Out Here (2010)
The Burning Hotels -- French Heart Attack (2010)
The Love Language -- Heart To Tell (2010)
The Action -- She's Got My Heart (1982)
Twist -- This Is Your Life (1979)
The Second Generation -- The Way You Were (1988)
Supergrass -- Condition (1995)
The Chords -- Knock On Wood (1979)
Stupidity -- You've Got My Number (1983)
Ella Fitzgerald -- Get Ready (1969)


Supergrass -- Grace


The Chords -- Something's Missing


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April 3, 2013

Modcast #263: Made in America, Mod in the USA

Made in the USA is a tag that means something over here. Sort of. At least it means it wasn't tiny-hand crafted by children in a third-world sweatshop. Supposedly. But, I digress. The point today is that made in the USA means mod in the USA.

Worldwide, the modness out there is almost palpable. Spain. France. Russia. The Netherlands. Philippines. Is there anywhere a mod band won't pop up these days? Short answer is no.

From the four corners of the earth we've got slick dressed chicks and dandified dudes. And all of them are backed up by a lot of sixties inspired, soul infused, garage rockin', freakbeat driving, pogoing powerpop, music. And hey guess what: I ain't talkin' about Britain. This is America, we're having our own little mod revival going right here in these good ol' United States.

That right, this week's show is all Mod in the USA. All American bands representing different approaches to the mod scene -- soul bands, power pop bands, garage rock acts, I've got it all covered for you. So right here right now you can briefly stop being an anglophile and you can appreciate all the great American mod sounds.

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Propeller -- Gone Too Far (2013)
Paradise -- Creatures of the Night (2012)
RAF -- It's A Modern World (2012)
Trolley -- The Calico Cat (2011)
The Luck of Eden Hall -- She Falls Down (2011)
The Inciters -- End of our Love (2010)
Suedehead -- Small Town Here (2011)
Fitz & The Tantrums -- Out of My League (2013)
The Satin Chaps -- Wet Leather (2010)
The Mallrats -- I'd Be Impressed (200?)
The Young Veins -- Young Veins Die Tonight (2010)
Kurt Baker Band -- Weekend Girls (2012)
The Decibels -- So You're In Love Again (2004)
Manual Scan -- Yesterday's Gone (1986)
The Jetz -- Add It Up (Live, 1984)
The Key -- Those Days (1987)
This Is Ivy League -- London Bridges (2007)

Trolley -- I Woke Up


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