May 21, 2015

Modcast #329: 9th Anniversary Special & Tribute to Mad Men

Hard to believe it's been almost a decade since the first modcast away back in May of 2006! The world is a smaller place than it was when I kicked this thing off, and I like to think a better place because of it. Joining me to celebrate and commiserate the end of Mad Men is frequent mod world guest host Ken from The Shingles.

Got a really big show for you this week, in fact this is by far the longest modcast in the show's entire nine year run. But it's okay because this whole show is focused on mid-century music in the tradition of Mad Men. Few programs have ever used music so effectively as Matt Weiner did on Mad Men. The music did more than just date the show. It was more than period piece set decoration. The music on Mad Men was like a whole other character with all the emotion and plot direction that goes with such.

Not all the songs here were featured on the show, though quite a few of them were. But they are definitely songs you could have imagined, and maybe wished had been on the show.

Listen Now

Henry Mancini -- Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll -- Don't Do It No More (1967)
Petula Clark - I Know a Place (Season 4, episode 9, The Beautiful Girls)
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie -- More (1964)
Me & My Gin -- Dinah Washington (1958)
Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road (Season 4, episode 1, Public Relations)
Tom Jones -- Promise Her Anything (1966)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Casino Royal Theme (Main Title) (Season 5, episode 13, The Phantom)
Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot - Bonnie and Clyde (Season 6, episode 4, To Have and to Hold)
Gillian Hills - Zou Zou Bisou (Season 5, episode 1–2, A Little Kiss)
Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Season 5, episode 1–2, A Little Kiss)
Nancy Sinatra -- I Gotta Get Out Of This Town (1967)
Martin Denny - Misirlou (Season 2, Episode 11, The Jet Set)
Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (Season 5, episode 8, Lady Lazarus)
Zombies - This Will Be Our Year (Season 7, episode 2, A Day's Work)
Judy Collins - Both Sides Now (Season 6, episode 13, In Care Of)
Beach Boys - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (Season 5, episode 6, Far Away Places)

One of my favorite scenes from the first season of Mad Men:

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May 10, 2015

Modcast #328: Guaranteed Fillers, Thrillers & Killers

If you asked me to DJ your dance party you'd get something kinda like this -- a whole set of floor filling, toe tapping, blistering rug cutters. I'll keep the chat to a minimum and let you just dig the deep grooves. Get to steppin'!

Listen Now

Combustible Edison -- Cadillac (1994)
Just Brothers -- Sliced Tomatoes (1968)
David Whitaker -- Strip Poker At Caesers Palace (1967)
The Undertakers -- Beat Party (1966)
James Clarke -- Wild Elephants (1973)
Sugarman 3 -- But It's Alright (2012)
Casey & The Pressure Group -- Comin' Home (1971)
Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm - Thinking Black (1969)
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals -- Purple Haze (1968)
Erasmus Chorum -- Jungle (1973)
6ix Toys -- Do Your thing (2014)
US3 -- Cantaloop (1994)
Herbie Hancock -- Bring Down The Birds (1966)
United Future Organization -- The Planet Plan (1996)
Ursula 1000 -- Kinda Kinky (2002)
Hansi -- Cocaine (2012)
Fatboy Slim -- Rockafeller Skank (1998)
Bad Manners -- Pipeline (1998)
Madness -- One Step Beyond (1979)
The Specials -- Sock It To 'Em JB (1980)

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