December 21, 2014

Modcast #317: Mr. Suave's Christmas Office Party

Well, here it is the second seasonal modcast this year! Joining me is Ken from The Shingles to help sort through a bunch of really cool Christmas tracks. Merry Christmas mods!

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Cute Lepers -- Cute Lepers Xmas Song
Angry Snowmans -- Egg Nog
The Dollyrots -- Because I'm Santa
Toy Dolls -- Credit Crunch Christmas
Bill Cosby -- Merry Christmas Mama
Jaymz Bee -- Sleigh Ride
Magnus T -- Snow Bunny
Marvin Gaye -- Purple Snowflakes
The Len Price 3 -- It's Christmas Time Ebenezer
Boss Martians -- 3 Ghosts
Chesterfield Kings -- Hey Santa Claus
Short Skirts -- Christmas Depends on You
Sleepwalkers -- Christmas Morning
Leevees -- How Do You Spell Channukkahh?
Lisa Mychols -- Lost Winter's Dream

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December 13, 2014

Mr. Suave's 3rd Annual Christmas Modcast Invitational

Ho, ho, ho, kiddies! It's time for another installment of the now annual Christmas Modcast invitational. That's right, as with all my VIP soirees this one is by invite only. I sent out a limited number of invites and moddoms publicity whores gobbled 'em right up. So, this year, you're going to be treated to a merry mix of seasonal sounds from all manner of podcasters, bloggers and musicians.

You'll hear from the kingpin of mod opinion-makers, Warren Peace of We Are The Mods, who's contribution proves that all a good fade takes is a steadily fiddled knob. And from the long reigning queen of mod podcasting, the one and only Penny Lane from Punks & Parkas. Also on board is the prince of power pop promotion, The Ice Cream Man; mod music maven, Modification's Melvyn Fickling, Mr. style and sophistication himself, soul dj Parka Pat; the mod world's favorite guest host, Ken from The Shingles, plus season's greetings from Paradise, The Idle Gossip, RAF, and The Inciters.

Finally, rounding out the show is a really fantastic spoken word essay from Mary Queen of Cosmos. Not to be missed. Trust me.

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Chris, John, Josh & Brad from RAF
Melvyn Fickling from Modifications Mod Radio
Ken from The Shingles
Mr. Suave
Mary Queen of Cosmos from Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Tamar Burke from Paradise
Warren Peace from We Are The Mods
Patrick Foisy from Parka Avenue
Don Roland from The Inciters
Mike Stilts from The Idle Gossip
Wayne from Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More
Penny Lane from Punks & Parkas
Kurtis Powers from The Face Radio

Check out last year's show here.

December 11, 2014

December 3, 2014

Modcast #315: Fully Loaded!

Here in Seattle the days are short, sun sets about 4:30pm. To add woe to that misery it's cold out there these days, sub freezing with black ice everywhere. As per my particular vices it's usually alcohol that warms me up, and nothing does better on a freezing day than some steaming hot alcohol enhanced with a few extras. Add to that a mercurial mix of hot music, and pretty soon you hardly know it's dark and cold. So, mix up something steamy and I'll serve up some songs to help you through the winter.

Orchard Boulevardier
v8 ounces apple cider
v4 ounces rye whiskey
v2 ounce Campari
v2 ounce sweet vermouth
vGarnish: 2 orange twists
Stir all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot. Do not bring to a boil. Serve in a mug. Makes 2 cocktails.

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Manual Scan -- For Those (1988)
The Who -- Be Lucky (2014)
The Sha La La's -- Missin' Words (2013)
Title Tracks -- Cain And The Twigs (2011)
The High Learys -- Idolise Your Woman (2013)
The Flamin' Groovies -- I'm Drowning (1968)
The Beau Brummels -- Don't Talk To Strangers (1965)
The Hi-Fives -- Rip It Up (1996)
Trolley -- The Calico Cat (2011)
Stupidity -- Try Not To Let It Show (1985)
Social Distortion -- It's All Over Now (2000)
The Hives -- If I Had A Cent (2012)
Jetty Boys -- Life Of The Party (2008)
The Cigarettes -- They're Back Again, Here They Come (1978)
The Briefs -- Criminal Youth (2005)
Veronica Falls -- Right Side Of My Brain (2011)

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November 25, 2014

Modcast #314: Cleaning Out The Garage

This week I'm giving you all the garage rock you can stand, from some sixties originals to some up and coming contemporary bands. After the original garage rock scene of the sixties passed away, it was a decade or so before it really sprang back to life. The punk rock scene of the late seventies fragmented into a number of different sounds, one of which was largely influenced by loud, raw, R&B of sixties bands like The Standells, The Chocolate Watchband, and The Count Five. They mixed the punk of the sixties with the punk of the seventies and incorporated the blues influences of the early Stones, Them and Yardbirds to create a distinct sound. Since then bands have built on those fuzzed out, guitar driven buzzsaw sounds incorporating elements of soul and modern alternative rock to keep the garage sound fresh but still recognizable.

Listen Now

The Electric Mind Machine
-- Electric Mind Machine (2014)
The Electric Mess -- Better To Be Lucky Than Good (2014)
The Blue Squares -- Something Going On (2014)
The Prisoners -- Be On Your Way (1986)
The Chocolate Watchband -- No Way Out (1966)
The Sixty Second Swingers -- On My Way (2014)
The Strypes -- I Can Tell (2013)
Downbeat 5 -- Dum Dum Ditty (2006)
The Go-Go's -- Beatnik Beach (1982)
The Primates -- I Ain't Like You (1985)
Big Brother & The Holding Co. -- Down On Me (Live) (1967)
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown -- Fire (1968)
The Funseekers -- Cry In The Night (1988)
The Black Carnations -- I'm Only Bleeding (1986)
Moby Grape -- Omaha (1967)
Cocktail Slippers -- Sentenced To Love (2009)
Crawling Walls -- Run Inside (1985)

The Electric Mess -- Runaway Daughter

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November 18, 2014

Modcast #313: Acid Jazzin'

No doubt one of the biggest parts of mod music for the last 30 or so years has been acid jazz. What is acid jazz? Well broadly speaking I would describe it as a combination of jazz, soul, funk, bebop and sometimes hip hop. Sometimes its all of those rolled into one big fatty of a track. Other times its just one or two of those mixed together for a quick, smooth hit. Acid jazz is a big canvas, and as you'll see on this week's modcast I'm painting with bold broad strokes, like Van Gogh or Cezanne. For me acid jazz is pretty big tent and you can cram a lot under a big tent.

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United Future Organization -- Loud Minority (1992)
The Style Council -- Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse (1984)
Sade -- Hang On To Your Love (1984)
Corduroy -- Out Of Here (1995)
Mother Earth -- Very Together (1995)
Brand New Heavies -- Midnight At The Oasis (1994)
Pizzicato 5 -- Go-Go Dancer (1995)
Count Basic -- Moving In The Right Direction (1996)
Humble Souls -- Beads, Things And Flowers (1996)
Liquid Soul -- Sure Fire One (1997)
Soulive -- Tonight (2009)
US3 -- Gotta Get My Hustle On (2013)
Miles Davis -- The Doo Bop Song (1992)

US3 -- Cantaloop

Liquid Soul -- Salt Peanuts

United Future Organisation - The Planet Plan

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November 3, 2014

Modcast #312: Gotta Look Sharp!

Welcome to the big post Halloween show, a show so big thirty minutes can't contain it! I want to thank my usual stand-in, DJ Ken from The Shingles, who nicely took over last week to you some great Halloween tunes for his 7th annual halloween modcast. A big thank you and a hearty handshake to Ken for drivin' the hearse last week while I was busy passing out razor blade apples and oxycontin sweettarts. This week I've got great tuneage for you: brand new tracks from French Boutik and The Safes, as well as some great 80s songs, and a whole slew of other stuff.

Listen Now

French Boutik -- Mieux Comme Ca (2014)
The Times -- Boys Brigade (1984)
Joboxers -- Just Got Lucky (1982)
Nick Heyward & Haircut 100 -- Calling Captain Autumn (1982)
ABC -- When Smokey Sings (1987)
Dexy's Midnight Runners -- There, There My Dear (1980)
Teen Machine -- School's Over (2000)
The Action -- Hey-Sha-Lo-Ney (1966)
Buffalo Springfield -- Mr. Soul (1967)
The Hellacopters -- Get Ready (2011)
The Lodger -- Have A Little Faith In People (2010)
The Official Secrets -- Fooling With My Heart (1981)
White Flag -- In The City (198?)
The Safes -- Hopes Up, Guard Down (2014)

The Safes - I Would Love To

The Lodger -- I think I Need You

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October 26, 2014

Modcast #311: Death Is A Lonely Business

Welcome to the annual Halloween modcast hosted by DJ Ken from The Shingles. As usual he's scared up a great show for you.

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01. Devo - Peek-A-Boo! (Oh, No! It's Devo, 1982)
02. Lords of Altamont - Bury Me Alive (Midnight to 666, 2011)
03. Electric Mess - He Looks Like a Psycho (Falling Off the Face of the Earth, 2012)
04. Creation - Nightmares (Single, 1967)
05. 3-D Invisibles - They Won't Stay Dead (They Won't Stay Dead, 1989)
06. Ramones - Why Is It Always This Way? (Rocket to Russia, 1977)
07. Agent Orange - Too Young To Die (Living in Darkness, 1981)
08. Hollywood Squares - Hillside Strangler (Hillside Strangler 7'' Single, 1978)
09. T.S.O.L. - Darker My Love (4 Songs, 2005)
10. Brian Auger & The Trinity- Black Cat (Black Cat (Gatto Nero)/Goodbye Jungle Telegraph 7" Single, 1968)
11. Lou Rawls - Season Of The Witch (Brotherman, 2003)
12. Frankie ''Zeke'' Hart - I Am The Red Devil (I Am The Red Devil / The Devil's High 7'' Single)
13. Lords of the New Church - Dance with Me (Is Nothing Sacred?, 1983)
14. Siouxsie & the Banshees - Spellbound (Juju, 1981)
15. Damned - Would You Be So Hot (If You Weren't Dead ) (Grave Disorder, 2001)
16. Altered Images - Dead Pop Stars (Single, 1981)
17. Wall of Voodoo - Ring of Fire (Wall of Voodoo EP, 1980)
18. Tom Waits - What's He Building? (Mule Variations, 1999)

Paul Lynde Halloween Special from 1976 (weird & funny shit, man! KISS, Betty White, Margaret Hamilton - WTF?!)

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October 24, 2014

From the Vaults: Five Haunting Halloween Modcasts

Trick or treat, here's a bagful of goodies! Five, that's right 5, of the last 6 halloween modcasts hosted by DJ Ken from The Shingles. Not sure where we buried the body of 2012's #249 but I'm sure it's rotten corpse will turn up sooner or later. Remember, 7th annual haunted modcast coming this weekend! Links below.

Modcast #107: Monsters A-Go-Go! (2008)

Modcast #144: Something Wicked This Way Comes (2009)

Modcast #181: Monsters Rule O.K. (2010)

Modcast #216: No Costume, No Candy (2011)

Modcast #283: How Do the Dead Come Back? (2013)

October 16, 2014

Modcast #310: The Misters Have It

You can blame this modcast on honorary producer Mary Queen of Cosmos who was the inspiration for this week's show -- as she often has been in the past as well. Anyhow she recently sent me Otis Redding's Mr. Pitiful which Redding wrote and recorded in the Stax studios in 1964and then released on his 1965 album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads. But I digress. Ms. Mary challenged me to come up with a playlist to go with the song, and that's how we all endup here listening to some really kick ass music. Mary says a Mr. Pitiful deserves a Mrs. Fabulous, so she's provided us with an excellent cocktail recipe that you'll want to take to heart ... or liver, as the case may be.

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Mrs. Fabulous

-1 thick slice of cucumber
-1 slice lime
-1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
-4oz Hendricks gin
-1tsp rosemary ginger syrup
-1 dash Angostura bitters
In a highball glass muddle cucumber, lime, & fresh ginger. Add ice and blend w/Hendricks gin, Angostura bitters, & rosemary ginger syrup.

Otis Redding -- Mr. Pitiful (1965)
Eldee Young -- Mr. Kicks (1962)
The Alan Brown Set -- Mr. Pleasure (1968)
Keith Relf -- Mr. Zero (1966)
Freddy Hill & The Reno Bops -- Mr. Lukcy (196?)
The Seeds -- Mr. Farmer (1966)
The Standells -- Mr. Nobody (1966)
Jean Knight -- Mr. Big Stuff (1971)
The Jetset -- Mr. Maybe (1985)
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics -- Mr. Wrong (2012)
The Jolt -- Mr. Radio Man (1980)
Len Price 3 -- Mr. Grey (2010)
Quincy Jones -- (Call Me) Mr. Tibbs (1970)
Combustible Edison -- Mr. Pushkin Came To Shove (1998)
The Style Council -- Mr. Cool's Dream (1986)
The Rolling Stones -- Mr. Pitiful, live (2005)

The Jetset - Wednesday Girl

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics -- My Dear

September 30, 2014

Modcast #309: It's Modtastic

Welcome to a very modtastic modcast. Great music from beginning to end, with lots of new stuff, as well as lots of familiar tracks. And, hopefully a few golden gems that you can dig. Enjoy the show.

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The Rifles -- Heebie Jeebies (2014)
Action Jets -- Action Jets (2013)
Supertonic Sound Club -- Little Boy (2014)
Big Boss Man (feat. Princess Freesia) -- Last Man On Earth (2014)
The Orange Peels -- Charmed Life (2009)
Wondermints -- Out Of Mind (2002)
The Finnlys -- Coz Your Love (Ain't Good Enough) (2012)
Subway Sect -- Ambition (1978)
Subway Sect -- Parallel Lines (1977)
Vic Goddard and the Subway Sect -- Stamp Of A Vamp (1980)
Vic Goddard and the Subway Sect -- Crazy, Crazy (1980)
Jo Boxers -- Boxerbeat (1983)
Jo Boxers -- She's Got Sex (1983)
The Lovers Key -- Saturday Night (2014)

Supertonic Sound Club featuring Dave Barker - Scheherazade

September 22, 2014

From the Vaults: Modcast #127 I've Got A Feeling

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 the spring of 2009. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

This week on the modcast you will be getting a blast of new tracks from Chris Richards, Beatnic Prestige and Maximo Park. You'll also get treated to some acid jazz Mother Earth, power pop from Bronco Bullfrog and even gospel punk from Mercy Seat. I've got a feeling . . . you're gonna like it.

Listen now

Chris Richards & the Subtractions - I Can't Quit Her (2009)
Beatnic Prestige - Doubtfire (2009)
Mercy Seat - I've Got A Feeling (198?)
Maximo Park - In Another World (2009)
Mother Earth - Apple Green (1995)
Paul Weller - Bitterness Rising (1992)
Kaiser Chiefs - Team Mate (2005)
The Its - Girls Kick Ass (1997)
The Knows - I Like Girls (198?)
Most Wanted Men - Good Girls (Go To Heaven)(1991)
Bronco Bullfrog - I Got The Rain (2004)

Beatnic Prestige - Suck It Up

Paul Weller Movement at Brixton Academy circa 1990/91

September 9, 2014

Modcast #308: 'E' For Exotica

Mods cannot live on soul alone. So come on into Mr. Suave's Swingin' Cocktail Lounge for some serious space age bachelor pad sounds. If you dig exotic sounds, lush orchestration, a bit of the tiki, then you're gonna love this week's modcast.

Combustible Edison:

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces Brandy, heated

Combine the Campari and lemon juice in a shaker tin, shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail coupe. After heating the brandy, ignite it and pour the flaming brandy into the cocktail glass. Serve.

Listen Now

-- Question Mark (1967)
Tikiyaki Orchestra -- Tabu For Two (2009)
Don Tiki -- Turkish Delight (2009)
Tiki Tones -- Tum Tiki (1996)
Martin Denny -- Quiet Village (1954)
Arthur Lyman -- BambooTamboo (1960)
Les Baxter -- Tropicando (1970)
Dick Hyman -- The Topless Dancers Of Corfu (1969)
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra -- Soul Sauce (1975)
The MGM Studio Orchestra -- Bachelor In Paradise (1961)
Mel Henke -- The Twisters (1962)
Br. Cleve & His Lush Orchestra -- Shaken Not Stirred (2003)
Dr. K -- Martini Swing (2005)
Ursula 1000 -- Samba 1000 (Nicola Conte Remix) (2003)
Low Fidelity Jet-Set Orchestra --Forbidden Expo In Hawaii (2008)
Combustible Edison -- Theme From The Tiki Wonder Hour (1994)

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September 2, 2014

Modcast #307: New to You

Here we are turning the final corner into the home stretch for the year and I've got more new music than there's even time to enjoy. It's been a good year for new releases and I've got a bunch for you on this week's show. And for those of you that stick it out I've got a nice little treat to wrap up the show.

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The Empty Hearts -- Soul Deep
The School -- When I Fall In Love
Johnny Marr -- Easy Money
The Bang Girl Group Revue -- Hey Mr. Beatmaker
The Zags -- Bridges Of 1987 (download)
The Black Tambourines -- I Wanna Stay Away (download)
The Youth -- Bubblegum
The Sugar Stems -- We Only Come Out At Night
The Len Price 3 -- Lonely
Kurt Baker -- Lost In Translation
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- People Don't Get What They Deserve
The New Mastersounds -- Monday Meters
The Buttshakers -- Night Shift
The English Beat -- Live in Seattle Aug. 26, 2014

The Bang Girl Group Revue -- Drink In Hand

Clem Burke of The Empty Hearts

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August 25, 2014

Modcast #306: The Big Skacast!

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Ska Ska World. That's right, this week's show is crammed full of ska, from original rocksteady to two-tone and everything in between.

Ska has been a mainstay of most mods musical catalog dating all they way back to the '60s when original Jamaican ska and rocksteady became a big part of the mods' dancehall scene. Later mods mixed ska and soul, and then ska with punk and power pop which was really what came together in the two-tone scene of the late '70s and early '80s. Since then there have been several ska revivals, some more mainstream and poppy, and others harder with a punk edge. But through it all, ska has always been there for us in one style or form or another.

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Bad Manners -- Skinhead Love Affair (1993)
Madness -- Benny Bullfrog (1981)
Madness -- Misery (2012)
Buster Shuffle -- Brothers and Sisters (2012)
Bombskare -- Do All Dogs Go To Heaven (2013)
Cherry Poppin' Daddies -- Skaboy JFK (2009)
Mr. Review -- Girl Is Money (1998)
Square Roots -- Sod Off (199?)
The Skatalites -- Guns of Navarone (1963)
The Ethiopians -- Train To Skaville (1966)
The Chequers -- Rudy's In Love (1968)
Desmond Dekker and The Aces -- Israelites (1968)
Skameleon -- Break On Through (2013)
The Toasters -- Secret Agent Man (1996)
Bim Skala Bim -- Sunshine Of Your Love (1996)
Skanatra -- The Lady Is A Tramp (1999)
The Offenders -- The Youth Paid (2014)

Skameleon -- What is Love

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August 19, 2014

From The Vaults: Mod Essentials: In The Beginning

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 back to a not so distant past, all the way back to 2008. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

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Recently a friend --we'll call him Minnesota Mark -- asked me what mod is. More than that, he asked if I could put together a short playlist of the best mod songs. And you know, I was blown away by how difficult a task that turned out to be. I found that you can't narrow down to a dozen or so the most quintessential mod songs. Not to mention it's a totally subjective thing. What I think of as quintessential mod songs will be much different than another mod's picks. And what is quintessential anyhow? Again it's pretty subjective. I think I would define the quintessential mod songs as the songs that made me a mod early on -- mostly these were the songs that I simply loved that were already considered mod songs. As I thought about it though, I realized that quintessential mod songs are also those that when I hear them they make me think mod, they make me think of the mod sound and what it means to be a mod. They need not be original quote unquote mod songs.

Anyhow, Minnesota Mark's question got me to thinking: I bet there are a lot of people who'd be interested in hearing what I think are the most quintessential mod songs. At least I hope so. So, I'm going to do a periodic series of modcasts picking the dozen or so most essential mod sounds -- each time corresponding with a specific genre unique to mods, or a specific mod era. For this modcast I'm starting where you should start, at the beginning, in the sixties. Thank you to Mark for asking the question of what a mod is and what mod music sounds like and getting this ball rolling. For the early mods it really all started rolling with the soul sound. I could go back to the jazz roots of mod -- the modernists, but this modcast is only supposed be a thirty minute affair and we're already going to blow that out of the water. So, let's jump up to the modernists' next gen children; the first 'mods' as it were and their love affair with all things soulful. all things bluesy, all things dancable. This podcast just barely skims the surface of what the sixties mod sound was like, but at least it's a start.

J.J. Jackson -- But Its Alright
The Miracles -- Tears of a Clown
Edwin Starr -- 25 Miles
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames -- Money (That's What I Want)
The Who -- I Can't Explain
The Creation -- Biff Bang Pow
Small Faces -- Wham Bam Thank You M'am
The Kinks -- Set Me Free
The Monkees -- I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone
The Zombies -- She's Not There
The Easybeats -- Friday on my Mind
Strawberry Alarm Clock -- Incense & Peppermints

So, what are your essential sixties mod songs? I'm dying to find out from people what they see as the quintessential mod sound. E-mail me at and let me know.

The Small Faces -- Rollin' Over

Edwin Starr -- 25 Miles

August 7, 2014

Modcast #305: For Tiki Oasis 2014 - Like, The Unofficial Beat-Tiki Mix Man

I've got a special treat for you this week: you don't have to listen to my scratchy voice. Instead, in honor of Tiki Oasis 2014 coming up in San Diego in a couple of weeks, DJ Ken from the Shingles has compiled a really great mix and there are some real gems in here. Tiki Oasis' theme this year is beat-tiki, so you know the tracks on this show are going to be super hip.

Listen now!

01. Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Bebop Spoken Here (The Capitol Big Band Sessions, 1950)
02. Lionel Hampton - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop (78 RPM 10" Single, 1945 )
03. Les Double Six - A Night In Tunisia (The Double Six of Paris: Swingin' Singin', 1960)
04. Carmen McRae With The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (Single, 1962)
05. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Twisted (Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross!, 1960)
06. Dave Frishberg - I'm Hip (Single, 1965)
07. Gary McFarland - Bloop Bleep (The In Sound, 1965)
08. Jack Costanzo - Dickey, Dickey, Dickey, Dockey (Learn-Play Bongos with Mr. Bongo, 1961)
09. Ken Nordine - You're Getting Better (Word Jazz, Volume 2, 1960)
10. Tom Waits - Step Right Up (Small Change, 1976)
11. Robert Maxwell & The Ray Charles Singers - Song of the Nairobi Trio (Solfeggio) (Single, 1956)
12. Katie Lee - Don'tville (Life Is Just A Bed Of Neuroses,1961)
13. Buddy Collette's Latin All Stars - Jazz Heat Bongo Beat (Jazz Heat Bongo Beat, 1959)
14. Brazilian Octopus - Gamboa (Brazilian Octopus, 1969)
15. Kingston Trio - Scotch And Soda (The Kingston Trio, 1958)
16. Christopher Logue & the Tony Kinsey Quintet - Lithe Girl, Brown Girl (Blue Shoes) (Red Bird: Jazz and Poetry, 1959)
17. Bob Dorough - Dog (Jazz Canto Vol. 1,1958)
18. Slim Gaillard & His Middle Europeans - Yip Roc Heresy (Single, 1951)
19. Babs Gonzales & His Orchestra - Capitolizing (Single, 1949)
20. Jack Hammer - Like (Songs & Poems of the Beat Generation,1960)
21. Oscar Brown Jr. - Mr. Kicks (Sin & Soul...And Then Some, 1960)
22. Rod McKuen - RSVP (Beatsville, 1959)
23. Terry & The Chain Reaction - Keep Your Cool (Single, 1967)
24. The Damned - Beat Girl ("Eloise" 12" single B-side, 1986)

Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) -- Ho Daddy!

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July 29, 2014

Modcast #304: '79 Hell Of A Lot More Than Just A Mod Revival

In 1979 there was a whole hell of a lot more going on than just the mod revival. You all know the mod revival inside and out I'm sure. Trom The Jam to the Purple Hearts, the Small Hours, The Aces, to Mods Mayday '79, and of course the release of Quadrophenia. All good stuff. And all been done to death. Heck, I did a big mod revival show a few years ago as part of my Mod Essentials series. It's a good show. As I said, a whole hell of lot of other things were happening in music. Like 1966 and 1994, 1979 was just one of those iconic watershed music years. So on this week's modcast I'm going to explore some of the other things happening at the same time the mod revival was in full bloom.

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Elvis Costello -- Moods For Moderns
Joe Jackson -- One More Time
The Vapors -- Waiting For The Weekend
Squeeze -- Cool For Cats
XTC -- Making Plans For Nigel
The Cure -- Jumping Someone Else's Train
Patrick Fitzgerald -- Improve Myself
B-52s -- Private Idaho
Oingo Boing -- Only A Lad
The Plimsouls -- Zero Hour
The Knack -- That's What The Little Girls Do
The Ramones -- Rock'n'Roll High School
The Dickies -- You Drive Me Ape
Weirdos -- Happy People
Madness -- In The Middle Of The Night
The Specials -- Too Much Too Young
The Beat -- Mirror In The Bathroom
The Undertones -- You've Got My Number

The Dickies do Basket Case on CPO Sharkey

Blondie -- Dreaming (Live on Midnight Special 1979)

NEW WAVE "20/20" video piece (1979)

July 20, 2014

Modcast #303: How Are The Acoustics In Here?

This week on the modcast it's all acoustic tracks -- raw, stripped down, just the bare bones. I love how acoustic versions of songs can so drastically change a song. Sometimes that stripped down, raw sort of thing is just more pure. Sometimes it makes the song heavier, sometimes lighter and softer. Either way it really does give you something fresh and new. The way so many albums are overproduced these days, for me it's a real treat when an artist does the acoustic thing. It's one reason that MTV's Unplugged series was so incredibly popular. I remember reading that Nirvana's Unplugged album was one of the band's best selling recordings. Acoustical tracks aren't all I want to hear, but I do enjoy the occasional vocal and guitar alone and it certainly can make the songs have a more powerful impact.

As promised here is a link to Modcast #253: East Meets West with the Shibuya-kei Soul Sound

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Pizzicato Five -- Baby Love Child (1995)
Franz Ferdinand -- Walk Away (2010)
Teenage Fanclub -- Sparkys Dream (1985)
Blondie One Way Or Another (2002)
Beautiful South -- Don't Marry Her (1999)
Oasis -- Married With Children (1994)
Blur -- Sunday Sunday (1993)
Supergrass -- Next To You (2006)
Pete Doherty -- Don't Look Back Into The Sun (2004)
Dirty Pretty Things -- Bang Bang Your Dead (2008)
The Rifles -- Local Boy (2006)
Pauline Black -- Three Minute Hero (2005)
Dave Wakeling -- Save It For Later (2006)
The Style Council -- Headstart For Happiness (1983)
Social Distortion -- Reach For The Sky (2010)
Jane Weidlin -- Our Lips Are Sealed (2010)

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Blondie -- Sugar on the Side

Vaselines -- Son of a Gun (Live acoustic KEXP)

July 2, 2014

Modcast #302: It's Got Some Kick To It

With the US, UK, Italy and Australia out of the World Cup now, there's no excuse for the countries that support Mr. Suave most to not be listening to this week's modcast. I've got almost as many new songs as Tim Howard had saves! From floor filling soul tracks to guitar driven power pop, this modcast can't be beat in regulation time. That's right this week's show is crammed full of new music from the likes Paul Weller, The Ace, The Blue Dawns, Fuzzy Vox, Paul Orwell, Smoove & Turrel and of course the ubiquitous more.

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Fuzzy Vox -- 1789 (2014)
Paul Orwell -- Little Reason (2014)
The Idle Gossip -- 11 Plus 11 (2012)
The Men -- All Time High (2014)
The Ace -- Egil's Head Ransom (2014)
Nicola Conte -- Free Souls feat. Bridgette Amofa (2014)
Smoove & Turrell -- Lay It On Me (2014)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- It's A Love Thing (2014)
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot -- Moulding Of A Fool (2014)
The Blue Dawns -- I've Seen Things (2014)
Paul Weller -- Flame-Out! (2014)
Johnny Marr -- Lockdown (2013)
Miles Kane -- Taking Over (2013)
The Vaccines -- All In Vain (2012)
Volage -- Not Enuff (2014)

Nine Below Zero (on The Young Ones) -- 11 Plus 11

Paul Orwell Tell Me Tell Me

June 20, 2014

Modcast #301: Let's Go To The Beach

In the summer of 1982 I met my first real bonafide mods -- surfers every one of them. They were from Huntington Beach and during the day dressed like most surf kids, long board shorts and maybe a shirt. In the evenings and on weekends though they were decked out in much finer attire like three-button suits, Fred Perry polos, paisley shirts, pegged pants and pork pie hats. They were just a bit older, seemed much cooler, and certainly dated more girls than I did. I was smitten by the whole look and style. Ever since then I've had a soft spot for sun, sand and surf.

So, it's finally time to the shoot the curl with modcast #301. I'm serving up a whole slew of surf related sounds this week to kick off summer here in Seattle, and also to kick off the 9th season of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World.

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The Beach Boys -- God Only Knows (1966)
Annette Funicello -- Bikini Beach (1964)
The Kingsmen -- How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)
The Supremes -- Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine (1965)
Dick Dale & His Deltones -- Secret Surfin' Spot (1963)
Jan & Dean -- Surf City (1963)
The Beach Boys -- Shut Down (1963)
The Sunsets -- Hot Generation (1967)
The Trashmen -- Surfin' Bird (1963)
The Barracudas -- Surfers Are Back (1982)
The Surf Raiders -- Kuk (1982)
The Pandoras -- Hot Generation (1984)
Jon & The Nightriders -- Rumble At Waikiki (Live At The Whiskey A-Go-Go) (1981)
Agent Orange -- Miserlou (1981)
Ramones -- Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (1977)
Sonic Surf City -- Sonic Surfer Boy (1989)
The Hitmen -- King Of The Surf (1978)

Barracudas -- Summer Fun (Top of the Pops 1980)

The Living Curl 60's Surf Film Trailer

Beach Blanket Boo Boo (Steve Martin, Carol Burnett)

June 19, 2014

Modcast #300: The Brill Building Sound (RIP Gerry Goffin)

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[Update 6-19-14] Just heard the sad news that one of the Brill Building's greats has passed away. According to The AP: "Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75."

It's been eight crazy years I've been producing the modcasts. When I started the show was pretty basic and the focus was on the music. The show is still pretty basic and the focus is still on the music. It seemed fitting to celebrate the eighth anniversary with a stroll through a musical treasure trove. The Brill Building.

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The Brill building is a big old art-deco thing that has one of the greatest music stories you could imagine. From the 1930s on the Brill Building has been at the center of American music; home to producers, writers, publishers, and musicians who all work and collaborate together.

“Expressing the optimism and outrage of the early civil rights movement, [the Brill Building catalog] amalgamated black, white, and Latino sounds before multiculturalism became a concept, much less a cliché, and integrated audiences before America desegregated its schools. It helped create a youth market – teenagers were a new breed of human being and a brand-new consumer category – and trafficked in teen idols from whom Justin Timberlake and the Simpson sisters directly descend.” -- Ken Emerson, Always Magic In The Air: The Bomp And Brilliance Of The Brill Building Era

The Brill launched the careers of the likes of Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon, Sonny Bono, Carol King, Neil Diamond, Paul Anka and many more. The Brill sound was made famous by Dionne Warwick, Lesley Gore, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, and many more. So, it seemed like as good a time as any to finally pay tribute to the Brill Building Sound.

Edwin Starr -- Twenty-Five Miles (1968)
The Crystals -- He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) (1962)
Steve Lawrence -- Go Away Little Girl (1962)
Cristina -- Is That All There Is? (1980)
The Monkees -- Pleasant Valley Sunday (1967)
Boyce & Hart -- I'll Blow You A Kiss In The Wind (1969)
Paul Revere & The Raiders -- Hungry (1966)
The Rolling Stones -- She Said Yeah (1965)
Buddy Rich -- The Beat Goes On (1967)
Lesley Gore -- 98.6/Lazy Day (1964)
Annette Funicello -- Blame It On The Bossa Nova (1965)
Tom Jones -- Promise Her Anything (1965)
Paul Weller -- Needles & Pins (2005)
Evie Sands -- I Can't Let Go (1966)
Doris Troy -- Just One Look (1963)
Laura Nyro -- Stoned Soul Picnic (1968)
Cal Tjader -- My Little Red Book (1969)


May 23, 2014

Modcast #299: I've Got Your Number

Can you hear me now? Good. No busy signals, no call waiting, and no dropped calls on this week's modcast. It's telephone time in the mod mod world, and I've got the best hold music you've ever heard so stay on the line for some great telephone songs.

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The B-52s -- 6060842
Wilson Picket -- 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) (1966)
The Marvelettes -- Beechwood4-5789 (1962)
Etta James -- 842-3089 (Call My Name) (1966)
The Kinks -- Party Line (1966)
The Partridge Family -- Echo Valley2-6809 (1972)
The Untamed -- Mayfair5-4321 (1966)
The Gloomys -- Calling Mayfair 5016 (1967)
The Soviettes -- Hanging Up The Phone (2005)
The Kicks -- Get Off The Telephone (1980)
The Jetty Boys -- Telephone Man (2010)
The Frinchers -- If You Know My Phone Number (2012)
The Records -- The Phone (1979)
The Troggs -- Double6 54321 (1966)
X -- Your Phones Off The Hook But Your Not (1980)

Louis CK on primitive rotary phones

The Frinchers - Across the Albert Dock

The Soviettes -- #1 is Number Two

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May 15, 2014

From The Vaults: Modcast #164 Mod Men

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. This week's show is brought to you by the letter Y as in Y chromosome. It's mod men week on the modcast. I've collected songs from mod men, some with undeniable mod street cred like Ray Davies, Steve Marriot, or Paul Weller, and to others like Mose Allison and Paul Heaton who I will go to my grave arguing are every bit the mod as any other man. Regardless of all that, you can't argue with the songs. It's another great mix, if I do say so myself.

It was hard to put together the list, partly because what I really wanted were established artists who were now doing solo work. It was easy for some of them. Then there were others, like Steve Marriot who I really wanted to put in the show, that I had to dig deep and still found them in a band situation, or guys like Mose Allison who have essentially been solo artists for their entire careers, I included them anyhow.

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Mose Allison -- Seventh Son (1962)
David Bowie -- Love You Till Tuesday (1967)
Manfred Mann -- 5-4-3-2-1 (1964)
Steve Marriott -- Money Money (1964)
Graham Coxon -- See Saw (2006)
Paul Heaton -- I Do (2008)
Adrian Holder -- Goodbye Tuesday (2006)
Paul Bevoir --It's Gotta Stop Somewhere (1992)
Liam Gallagher -- Married With Children (1994)
Ray Davies -- Other People's Lives (2006)
Paul Weller -- Broken Stones (1995)

Ray Davies - 20th Century Man

The Jetset (Paul Bevoir) -- Wednesday Girl

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April 30, 2014

Modcast #298: Flashback to '94

Just like some girls' mothers, some years are bigger than other years. One of the great mod friendly years in musical history happens to be back 20 years ago, Before the internet, before MP3s became ubiquitous, back to when vinyl was still dead, CDs ruled the musical universe. Before ipads, pods or phones. Hell John Major was still in 10 Downing street and things were just about to really get wild. 1994 brought us lounge music, pop punk, Britpop, and acid jazz. Now I'm bringing 1994 to you.

Interested in more Britpop? Check out Mod Essentials III: The Britpop Invasion.

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Combustible Edison -- Cadillac
These Animal Men -- Who's The Daddy Now
Sleeper -- Twisted
Elastica -- Stutter
Oasis -- Live Forever
Blur -- End Of A Century
Green Day -- She
Weezer -- Buddy Holly
The Offspring -- Come Out And Play
Pizzicato Five -- Sweet Soul Revue
Stereolab -- Ping Pong
Corduroy -- Don't Wait For Monday
The Beautiful South -- Good As Gold (Stupid As Mud)
Swing Out Sister -- Don't Let Yourself Down
The Night Trains -- Lovesick
Pulp -- Babies

Oasis - Shakermaker (Live, 1994)

Pizzicato Five -- Baby Love Child

April 12, 2014

Modcast #297: The Weekend Starts Now

Weekends make life worth living, and this modcast is going to make your weekend that much better. I've got lots of brand new music for you, as well as some older and deeper cuts. Start living better by listening now!

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The Rifles -- Under And Over (2014)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- Stranger To My Happiness (2014)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- Take Care Of My Love (2014)
The Allergies -- Special People (2014)
The Zags -- Tatoo (2014)
The Men -- BBQ (2014)
The Idle Gossip -- All I Wanna Do Is Dance (2014)
Paradise -- Pictures Of Matchstick Men (2014)
Spearmint -- Isn't It Great To Be Alive (1999)
The Red Button -- Gonna Make You Mine (2007)
Oasis -- She Is Love (2002)
Slim Gaillard -- Selling Out (1986)
The James Taylor Quartet -- Good Thing (2006)
The Fratellis -- Whisky Saga (2013)
The Offspring -- One Hundred Punks (200?)

"It's a Love Thing" Live Session - Nick Pride & The Pimptones featuring Beth Macari

The Idle Gossip - On My Way

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April 3, 2014

Modcast #296: The Swingin' Sound of Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street in the 1960s was the fashion, style and musical center of the universe; and where mod made its most artistic impact. The bands of the British invasion were the kings of Carnaby Street, The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks, Small Faces, all of them were there. You know all of them. But there was another similar sound.
It was the swinging sound of sixties London. It spawned an entire style of music that was easy listening, soulful, swinging, jazzy, cinematic; in short lounge music for lack of another genre moniker. That Carnaby sound was the inspiration for this week's show. I hope you're feeling groovy, baby.

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The John Schroeder Orchestra -- Agent Double-0-Soul (1966)
Low Fidelity Jet Set Orchestra -- Groovy Motion (2009)
The James Taylor Quartet -- Music To Watch Girls By (1997)
Corduroy -- Follow That Arab (1996)
Les Humphries Singers -- Mandrake (1969)
Stan Getz -- Marrakesh Express (1971)
Alessandro Alessandroni -- Spyscrapers (1977)
Roy Budd -- Getting Nowhere In A Hurry (1971)
Gert Wilden & Orchestra -- Beach Party (197?)
The Leading Figures -- Artistry in Ryhthm (1967)
John Barry -- Beat Girl (1961)
Pete Moore -- Catwalk  (1970)
Piero Umiliani -- Notte In Algeria (1963)
Garry Blake & His Orchestra -- Do It Again (1968)
David Holmes -- Trapdoor Man (2007)
Johnny Lytle Trio -- The Village Caller (1963)

Gert Wilden -- I Told You Not To Cry

Expo 67: Go Go Dancing in Ontario Pavilion

Carnaby Street - We're Going To Have A Smashing Time

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March 21, 2014

Modcast #295: Singing About The Ladies

It's all about the ladies this week in the mod world. I mean, it's always all about the ladies in my world, except when it's all about the cocktails. I was about half way through putting the show together when I realized all the songs had one thing in common. They all had a woman's name in the title. So, I figured what the hell it's as good a theme as any and I rounded out the set list with more songs about girls. Pretty good mix too, if I do say so myself.

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The Decibels -- Allison (2004)
Elvis Costello -- Veronica (1989)
Material Issue -- Diane (1991)
Pixies -- Allison (1988)
Green Day -- Amanda (2013)
Little Murders -- What's The Matter With Mary (1980)
Squire -- Does Stephanie Know (1981)
The Jam -- Liza Radley (1980)
The Jetset -- Judy's Toybox (1986)
The Move -- Stephanie Knows Who (1968)
The Standells -- Eleanor Rigby (1966)
Boyce & Heart -- Alice Long ( You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend)(1968)
The Darling Buds -- Mary's Got To Go (1988)
The Lolas -- Me & Barbara Stancyck (2006)
The Cheesedogs -- Rita Jenrette (1981)
The Dogs -- Shakin' With Linda (1982)

Material Issue -- Diane

The Dogs -- Too Much Class For The Neighbourhood

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March 12, 2014

Modcast #294: Garage Stompin'

Back to the garage. Dust off your pointy Beatle boots. Get your stovepipe pants out. And, press your paisley shirts. This week's modcast is definitely gonna rock your ears off with an hour of ball blistering garage music. Are you ready for the fuzz? Can you handle the howling, growling, garage rocking beat? Turn your stereo up to eleven and get ready to get blasted.

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The Cavestompers! -- Rock'N'Roll (2008)
Paradise -- My Kingdom (2014)
The Idle Gossip -- My Little Red Book (2014) (free downloads)
The Jackets -- Wasting My Time (2012)
The Black Belles -- Wishing Well (2012)
60 Second Swingers -- Lonely and Blue (2012)
Mondo Topless -- I'm Gonna Find A Cave (2010)
The Lust-O-Rama -- Candyman (1990)
The Rebel Set -- Nightmare (2012)
The Living Deadbeats -- Evil Hearted Blues (2012)
The Omens -- Look Away (2009)
The Tell-Tale Hearts -- Losing Myself (1986)
Thee Fourgiven -- Besides Me (1985)
The Fad -- Think (1982?)
The Fuzztones -- Look For The Question Mark (1985)
The Action -- I Can't Make a Friend (1967)
The Tulu Babies -- Mine Forever (1966)
The Shy Guys -- Black Lightening Light (1966)
The Go -- Let It Rip (1980)

Paradise - Diamonds and Pearls

Stephen Colbert & The Black Belles -- Charlene 2 (I'm Over You)

March 4, 2014

Modcast #293: What You Do To Me

Got a big show for you this week. And I do mean big. Big and loud. And fast. And rockin'. I just returned from a bit of R&R south of the equator. Spent some time in Santa Tereza a tiny little surfing village a way off the beaten path on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Sun, sand, surf, and more sun. Can't beat it. It did serve to recharge my internal battery and I'm hoping to deliver that they same sort of recharge to all of my dear listeners.

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Blondie -- Dreaming (Live Asbury Park 1979)
The Sympathy -- Happy Days (2014)
The Rifles -- Minute Mile (2014)
Volage -- Not Enuff (2013)
Fine Young Cannibals -- Suspicious Minds (1985)
Big Country -- Fields of Fire (1983)
Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire Doesn't Apply (1980)
Paul Weller -- Bull-Rush (1992)
The Movements -- I Feel Groovy (2011)
Maximo Park -- Apply Some Pressure (2005)
Love Jones -- Players Club (2011)
The Ordinary Boys -- Rudi's In Love (2005)
The Jeunes -- What You Do To Me (2004/5)
Sylvie Vartan -- It's Not A Game (1965)
The Customs Five -- Little Louie (1966)
The Summer Set -- Oh Miss Stone (1966)
Tony Cook -- Wait (Don't Rush Me) (1992)

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The Rifles - Heebie Jeebies

Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing

February 12, 2014

Modcast #292: More Sounds From Studio 66

As the cold, cold winter of our discontent slouches across the country, it also sees fit to deliver me a seasonal bout of the flu. Have no fear though, I have a bunch of great music lined up for you this week. As you will be able to tell from my voice, I've been suffering from a bit of cold and flu. So, rather than torture my voice, or the ears of those of you listening to it, this week I again keep my remarks short and sweet and deliver you another great hour of music. Like my last show, this is another of the sets I spun up at the recent Studio 66 mod night here in Seattle.

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The Untouchables -- Free Yourself
The Three O'Clock -- When Lightning Strikes
The Jetz -- Dance With Me
The Pandoras -- Stop Pretending
The Jam -- In The Midnight Hour
The Aces -- One Way Street
Squire -- Girl On A Train
Lambrettas -- Daaance
The Jet Set -- Count The Beating Hearts
The Gents -- New Direction
Purple Hearts --My Life's A Jigsaw
The Times --Whatever Happened To Thames Beat
Makin' Time -- Honey
Terry Tonik -- Just A Little Mod
Ministers Of The Groove -- Getting Out Of Your Life
The Graduate -- Elvis Should Play Ska
New Street Adventure -- Small Town Heroes
RAF -- We Are The Mods
Quitty & The Don'ts -- It's Not A Crime
The Apemen -- I Got Soul
The Madd -- Going All The Way

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RAF -- (It's a) Modern World

The Pandoras -- Hot Generation

February 6, 2014

Modcast #291: Sounds of Studio 66

All is right with the world this week. My Seattle Seahawks simply crushed the Denver Broncos in Superbowl 48, so I haven't really had time to do up a right proper show. What I do have for you is an hour of mod power, featuring the sounds of Studio 66. Studio 66 is a quarterly mod night held here in Seattle that I've had the fun privilege to DJ at a couple of times, one of which was last weekend on Superbowl eve. This is the opening set I played to get it all got kicked off. I'll be posting some of my other sets from that evening later, so keep an eye out for those.

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Burt Bacharach -- Pacific Coast Highway
The Cyrkle -- Turn Down Day
Free Design -- California Dreamin'
The Cascades -- Rhythm of the Rain
Mel Torme -- Games People Play
James Taylor Quartet -- Mister Twister
Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 -- With A Little Help From My Friends
Mel Henke -- The Lively Ones
Michael Brown & His Friends -- Rockin' With The Mods
Hipster Image -- Make Her Mine
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass -- Casino Royale
Freda Payne -- Band of Gold
Shel Naylor -- One Fine Day
Love -- My Little Red Book
Kickin' Mustangs -- Kickin'
The Beatles -- Paperback Writer
Graham Bond Organization -- Wade in the Water
The Who -- Motoring
The Creation -- Making Time
The Kinks -- Set Me Free
The Rolling Stones -- Empty Heart
Chob -- We're Pretty Quick
Jimmy Ruffin -- 96 Tears
John Berry Seven -- Beat Girl (theme)

James Taylor Quartet -- Live Paris 2004

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January 28, 2014

Modcast #290: Viva Bossa Nova!

This week, I'm gettin' all easy up in the suave lounge and delivering you a whole show of Bossa Nova. Bossa Nova became an American,and international really, music staple in the 60s, and it is still immensely popular. For this week's show I'm gonna take you through some stuff that should be in every mods catalog as we celebrate that South American sensation, Bossa Nova. Most everyone is familiar with the most popular of Bossa Nova tracks like The Girl From Ipanema, So Nice, and Bim Bom. What I'm hoping to do is dig a little deeper and share some lesser known tracks, as well as a few more recognizable songs.

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Eduardo "Edu" Lobo -- Upa Neguinho (1967)
Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim -- Agua De Beber (1965)
Joao Gilberto -- Doralice (1960)
Sergio Mendes -- So Danco Samba (1966)
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfoa, Joao Gilberto -- A Felicidate (1959)
Art Blakey -- No Hay Problema (1962)
Caetano Veloso -- Superbacana (1968)
Walter Wanderley -- Bicho Do Mato (1966)
Frank Popp Ensemble -- Belly Bossanova (2001)
Nicola Conte -- Bossa Per Due (2000)
Banda do Sul -- Could You Be Loved (2005)
Marcos Valle -- Batucada Surgiu (1967)
The Hi-Fly Orchestra -- Mambo Atomico (2013)
Bebo Best & The Super Lounge Orchestra -- Birombo (2013)
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd -- Desafinado (1962)

Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim -- Bossa Nova Medley (1967)

Black Orpheus (1959)

Marcos Valle & Norman Gimbel - Samba de Verão (Summer Samba/So Nice)

January 7, 2014

From The Vaults: Modcast #198 Spring Into Action

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 2011. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Spring is in the air, except in Seattle sadly. In the United States, spring means baseball. Contrary to popular belief, Seattle does have a professional baseball team. The Mariners. And the Mariners have Ichiro, undeniably one of the world's biggest and best baseball stars. So, fittingly I've included a track from The Baseball Project's latest album, "Ichiro Goes To The Moon".

Lots more cool stuff on this week's show. And, here's a bit of news. This will be the first modcast of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World to be carried on Mod Radio UK. I'm happy to be joining the ranks of some very cool people producing some of the best shows and playing some of the best musuc out there. 

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The Shingles -- Girl On A Train (2005)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- Lay It On The Line Feat. Zoe Gilby (2011)
Modus -- Some People Say
The New Fidelity -- All My Soul (2009)
Wicked Whispers -- Amanda Lavendar (2011)
Agony Aunts -- Greater Miranda (2010)
Brinley Schwarz -- I Like You, I Don't Love You (1974)
The Method -- Consider This Your Warning (2011)
The Routes -- A Love Like Mine (2011)
The Baseball Project -- Ichiro Goes To The Moon (2011)
Len Price 3 -- Man Who Used To Be (2010)
The Men -- Four Good Men And True (2010)
Jetty Boys -- Can't Wait (2009)
The Modesty -- Rennaisance Man (2010)

The New Fidelity -- 2nd Once In A Lifetime Girl

Zoe Gilby -- Waters of March