December 31, 2016

Modcast #377: The People Who Died

If ever a year demanded a wake it's 2016. Have we ever felt more deeply the loss of so many cultural icons from Muhammad Ali to George Michael (hey I still love Wham's first album, so there!), Garry Shandling to Garry Marshall. It was just a shitty year for the touchstones of Gen X, the people we grew up with. The defacto mom who raised us, Florence Henderson, to the defacto royalty, Princess Leia, who was a role model to even us boys. So many writers, actors, singers and storytellers, too many to count and seemingly more than most other years for some reason.

So, here's the wake, my and Mary Queen of Cosmos take on celebrating the end of the year, wherein we play a few songs, raise a few drinks, and remember all of those who now leave us only with those memories.

First rule of 2017? Don't talk about 2016.

Mary Queen of Cosmos recommends some additional reading/listening:
  • I'm Afraid of Americans -- by Thurston Moore on performing with David Bowie

  • GuyClark -- The songwriter's songwriter, Texas-born. A master story-teller. Hard-living, hard-loving, hard-working, he died in May at the age of 74. Rolling Stone beautifully eulogizes him much more eloquently than I ever could.

  • Sharon Jones on NPR:

  • Listen now

    Jim Carroll -- The People Who Died
    David Bowie -- I'm Afraid of Americans
    Guy Clark -- Walkin' Man
    Sharon Jones -- Without A Heart
    Al Caiola -- Temptation
    Alan Brown Set -- Mr. Pleasure
    Mose Allison -- You're Mind Is On Vacation
    Prince - Paisley Park
    Tribe Called Quest -- Can I Kick It?
    Earth, Wind & Fire -- September
    Inspiral Carpets -- This Is How It Feels
    The Untouchables -- City Gent
    The Specials -- Enjoy Yourself
    David Bowie -- Lazarus

    JB's Allstars

    December 20, 2016

    Modcast #376: It's Not Christmas Yet!

    It's not Christmas yet, so no Christmas songs this week. You'll get a full dose of that stuff on Christmas eve when DJ Ken from The Shingles joins me for the 10th Annual Modcast Office Christmas Party.

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    Dog Party -- 'Til You're Mine (2016)
    The Darts -- Revolution (2016)
    Miss Chain & The Broken Heels -- Uh Uh (2016)
    The Charms -- Boys Room (2003)
    The Bay Rays -- New Home (2016)
    Andre Williams -- What Now (2016)
    The Toasters -- House Of Soul (2015)
    Alexia Coley -- Love At First Sight (2016)
    Joel Sarakula -- Northern Soul (2015)
    Trambeat -- Walk A Mile In My Shoes (2015)
    The Dip -- Working Man (2015)
    The Jennifers -- Danny's Song (1992)

    Dog Party -- Los Angeles

    December 4, 2016

    Modcast #375: Time Out In The Garage

    It's time to get back out in the garage for some pounding, driving, hard rock-n-rolling. From yesteryear to this year here's a whole modcast packed with great garage rock.

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    Fuzzy Vox -- Distracted (2016)
    Echoes Of Carnaby Street -- Baby Doesn't Know (1966)
    The Blues Magoos -- Pipe Dream (1967)
    The Traits -- Nobody Loves The Hulk (1969)
    Quik -- I Can't Sleep (1967)
    Acid Drops -- She Laughed Out Loud (1987)
    The Crawdaddys -- You're Gonna Need My Love Someday (1981)
    The Lyres -- Busy Body (1984)
    The Miracle Workers -- Flashing Red Light (1984)
    Green Telescope -- Make Me Stay (1986)
    The Shoutless -- I Tell No Lies (1984)
    Kaz Mirblouk -- The Narrows (2016)
    The Blind Owls -- Unwanted Men (2016)
    The Regrettes -- Hot (2016)
    The Pinheads -- Wildfire (2016)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    Cadillac - The Crawdaddys

    November 22, 2016

    Modcast #374: Get Hip!

    "We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster." It worked for Steve Austin, and I'm hopin' it works for me. I'm going in for a hip replacement so I can get back to dancing, back to scootering and, just back to it all in general. This modcast is better, stronger, faster and totally hip.

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    Plan B -- What's On Your Mind (2016)
    Madness -- Grandslam (2016)
    The Mads -- The Way She Smiles (2016)
    ABC -- The Singer Not The Song (2016)
    The Monkees -- A Better World (2016)
    The Kickstand Band -- I LIve For The Sun (2016)
    Vista Blue -- Crystal Lake (2016)
    Green Day -- Revolution Radio (2016)
    Blink-182 -- She's Out Of Her Mind (2016)
    The Feels -- You're Gonna Haunt Me All My Life (2016)
    Q -- Stumble (2016)
    The Dealers -- Baths & Whirlpools (2016)
    Seven Long Years -- Come On Run With Me (2016)
    The Ragamuffins -- Paint By Numbers (2013)
    The Montesas -- Midnight Beat (2003)
    The White Wires -- I Can Tell (2010)

    Plan B -- I Don't Mind

    The Mads - The Way She Smiles

    The Dealers - My Mind

    November 8, 2016

    Mr. Suave's 2016 Electile Dysfunction Election Night Special


    One year, 6 months, 27 days and 16 hours ago that 'nasty' woman announced her bid to become president in 2016. That means we've suffered through 829440 minutes of hearing about her effing e-mails. It wasn't much later that an orange hot air balloon slithered down that escalator and started the whole world laughing. Funny thing is, no one's laughing anymore. But it's all over now, except the screaming and shouting and suing.

    So, turn on your least favorite cable news outlet whether it be MSNBC, FOX or CNN, turn the sound down on the tube and way up on your stereo system. With no talkin, just rockin' here is Mr. Suave's Electile Dysfunction Election Night Special playlist. Sort of like a soundtrack for your breakdown.

    I'm Mr. Suave and I approved this playlist.

    1 The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night
    2 The Temptations - Ball of Confusion
    3 Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction
    4 La-La-Lies - The Who La
    5 The Vipers - Telling Those Lies
    6 The First Steps - Anywhere Else But Here
    7 The Rainyard - Beyond the Pale
    8 The Guess Who - American Woman
    9 Pretty Things - Mr. Evasion
    10 The Jetty Boys - Mr. Negative
    11 Slickee Boys - This Party Sucks
    12 Buzzcocks - Oh Shit!
     13 Mad Parade - Real Horror Show
    14 Oingo Boingo - Capitalism
    15 Devo - Freedom of Choice
    16 The Riptides - Shit Outta Luck
    17 The Ruts - Babylon's Burning
    18 The Clash - White Riot
    19 Agent Orange - A Cry for Help in a World Gone Mad
    20 The Offspring - Stuff is Messed Up
    21 X - We're Desperate
    22 The Ramones - I Wanna be Sedated
    23 Steve Adamyk Band - Election Day
    24 The Cute Lepers - The News is Always the Same
    25 The Darling Buds - You've Got to Choose
    26 The Diodes - Shape of Things to Come
    27 The Grays - Both Sides Now
    28 Scissor Sisters - Running Out
    29 The Addicts - Stop the World I Wanna Get Off
    30 The Chambers Brothers Time has Come Today
    31 Mountain Goats - (I am Going to Make it through) This Year (if it Kills Me
    32 David Bowie - Changes
    33 Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come
    34 The Doors - The End  

    November 6, 2016

    Modcast #373: The Ladies of Britpop

    This week's show is focused on Britpop's leading ladies. The boys of Britpop have got their due over the years, but in my opinion the ladies are all too often forgotten. So here they are in all their musical glory.  

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    Kenickie -- Punka (1996)
    The Audience -- I Know Enough ( I Don't Get Enough) (1998)
    The Darling Buds -- Think Of Me (1988)
    The Flatmates -- Happy All The Time (1985)
    Velocette -- Get Yourself Together (1999)
    Republica -- Drop Dead Gorgeous (1996)
    Sleeper -- Delicious (1995)
    Sleeper -- Lie Detectors (1996)
    Dubstar -- No Morscrite (1997
    Echobelly -- Car Fiction (1994)
    Fluffy -- I Wanna Be Your Lush (1997)
    Salad -- Drink The Elixir (1995)
    Elastica -- Waking Up (1995)
    Lush -- Hypocrite (1994)
    The Popguns -- Living In Sin (1991)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    Saffron Interview

    Fluffy -- Nothing

    Echobelly -- King of the Kerb

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    October 28, 2016

    Modcast #372: And When I Die (Halloween 2016)

    Halloween is upon us and that means it's time for DJ Ken from The Shingles to roll out his annual haunting of the modcast. So, get your best costume on, indulge in your favorite candy, imbibe your favorite cocktail and enjoy DJ Ken's 9th annual Halloween modcast.


    Due to technical bullshit difficulties week's show is now streaming from Mixcloud.

    01. Smiths - Cemetry Gates (The Queen Is Dead, 1986)
    02. Japan - Halloween (Quiet Life, 1979)
    03. Beautiful South - Don't Fear The Reaper (Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs, 2004)
    04. Devo - Monsterman (Something Else For Everybody, 2013)
    05. Cryptics - You're Evil (Time Machine: The History Of Canadian 60's Garage Punk And Surf (1985-95))
    06. Damned - Born To Kill (Damned Damned Damned,1977)
    07. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes - Ghost Riders In The Sky (Love Their Country, 2006)
    08. T.S.O.L. - Silent Scream (Dance With Me, 1981)
    09. Misfits - Vampira (Walk Among Us, 1982)
    10. Turbonegro - Hi, I Got No Pulse (City Of Satan CDS, 2005)
    11. Arctic Monkeys - Red Right Hand (Crying Lightning Single B side, 2009)
    12. Holophonics - Bark At The Moon (MaSKArades Vol. 7: SKAlloween, 2014)
    13. Mission Creeps - Skeletons (Midnight Blood, 2013)
    14. Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) (This Modern Glitch, 2011)
    15. Joe 90 - And When I Die (Final Destination Soundtrack, 2000)
    16. Adam & the Ants - Killer in the Home (Kings of the Wild Frontier, 1980)
    17. Echo & The Bunnymen - Nocturnal Me (Ocean Rain, 1984)
    18. Robin McKelle - Go To Hell (Modern Antique, 2008)

    Disneyland Showtime 1970

    October 21, 2016

    Modcast #371: iMod Shuffle Vol. V

    Oops, the iPod did it again. That's right it's that time again, time for the old iPod to shuffle up a a batch of random acts of music excellence. Truth is, depending on how you look at it, I'm either too busy or too lazy to curate my own modcast this week. So let's set the iPod on shuffle and be on our way.

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    BMX Bandits -- Top Shop Girl (1992)
    Outrageous Cherry -- Pretty Girls Go Insane (2008)
    The Bangles -- I'm In Line (1982)2015)
    Spoon -- The Way We Get By (2002)
    The Urges -- Corners Of Her Mind (2015)
    Dirt Royal -- It Was You (2015)
    Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey -- Ice On The Motorway (2014)
    Selecter -- James Bond (1980)
    Comet Gain -- If You Ever Walk Out Of Life (2006)
    Brand New Heavies -- Stay This Way (1992)
    Samuel S. Parkes -- What You Do In Your Own Time Is None Of Mne (2015)
    Bonnie Hayes & The Wild Combo -- Inside Doubt (1982)
    Aldo Vanuccie -- Get A Hold On This (feat Kylie Auldist) (2016)
    Pretty Voices -- Lost Weekend (2010)
    The Mode -- Last One To Fall (2009)
    Beverly Ann Bemeser -- You've Got Your Mind On Other Things (1968)

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    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    Dirt Royal -- It Was You

    October 5, 2016

    Modcast #370: Cool New Sounds

    From my lips to your ears, here are some of the best new tunes you're going to find collected all in one place. This week's show has all new music, all released (or to be released) in 2016, from power pop to garage rock. Get to listening!

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    French Boutik -- Hitch A Ride
    Men of North Country -- One More Time
    The Dahlmanns -- Play It (On Repeat)
    The Fleshtones -- Too Many Memories
    Castlecomer -- Escapism
    Action Jets -- Big Dumb Show
    The Speed of Sound -- Shut All The Clubs
    The RPMs -- I Don't Like It
    The Cheap Cassettes -- Wreckless
    Death By Unga Bunga -- Fight!
    The Privates -- Action woman
    Dustaphonics -- You Don't Love Me Anymore
    Beach Slang -- Hot Tramps
    Dot Dash -- The Infinite

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    French Boutik -- Pousse au Crime

    Men of North Country -- Pandora

    Death By Unga Bunga -- Tell Me Why

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    September 24, 2016

    Modcast #369: It's a 60s Thing

    Step into the wayback machine for a blast from the past. This week it's all sixties music top to bottom.

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    The Balloon Farm -- A Question Of Temperature (1967)
    The Rolling Stones -- I Just Want To Make Love To You (1964)
    The Yardbirds -- Baby What's Wrong (1963)
    David Bowie -- Take My Tip (1964)
    Graham Bond Organization -- I Want You (196?)
    Rocking Vickers -- Dandy (1966)
    Georgie Fame -- Sunny (1966)
    Kenny & The Kasuals -- Journey To Tyme (1967)
    The Who -- Early Morning Cold Taxi (1967)
    The Creation -- Midway Down (1968)
    The Choir -- It's Cold Oustide (1966)
    The Smoke -- My Friend Jack (1967)
    The Drag Set -- Day And Night (1967)
    Count Five -- They're Gonna Get You (1966)
    The Eyes -- My Degeneration (1966)
    The Turnstyle -- Riding A Wave (1968)
    Mark Markham & The Jesters -- Goin' Back To Marlboro Country (1966)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    The Smoke -- My Friend Jack (original '67 version)

    The Smoke -- My Friend Jack (70s version)

    The Rolling Stones -- I Just Want To Make Love To You (Hollywood Palace Show June 1964)

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    September 12, 2016

    Modcast #368: Hold Steady, Rocksteady

    It's time for a rocksteady beat, so here's a full shows worth of ska, rocksteady and reggae sounds.

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    Madness -- Mr. Apples (2016)
    The Frightners -- Nothing More To Say (2016)
    Show Me Island -- Right Awful Proof (2016)
    Steady 45s -- Rush Hour (2016)
    Quantic & Flowering Inferno feat. Hollie Cook -- Shuffle Them Shoes (2016)
    Skameleon -- Hot Ska (2016)
    Rude Boy George -- Kids In America (2016)
    The Valkyrians -- Astro Zombie (2011)
    Max Romeo -- Wet Dream (1968)
    Culture -- Why Am I A Rastaman (2000)
    Lee Francis -- Whatever (2009)
    Ska Face -- Don't You Ever Leave (2012)
    Neville Staple -- Johnny Too Band (2014)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

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    September 5, 2016

    Modcast #367: On The Beat

    I have been lazing around a lot lately, slacking if you will. It's summer, I've earned it. But, summers over and it's back to work pumping out modcasts. Break's over, everyone back on their heads if you will. So, I've pumped this one out for you with some cool classics, and some brand new stuff as well. Get yourself situated because this one is going to rock your socks off.

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    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    The Zags
    -- Sick Stereo (2016)
    Swingin' Medallions -- Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) (1966)
    Gary Lewis & The Playboys -- Everybody Loves A Clown (1966)
    The Detroit Cobras -- Village of Love (2015)
    Nancy Sinatra -- Baby, Please Don't Go (2004)
    The Ace -- Man Out Of Time (2016)
    Vista Blue -- When It Was Summer (2016)
    The Perms -- Lose Yourself (2016)
    The Do-Its -- If You Don't Love Me (Then Don't Love Me) (2016)
    The Junipers -- Dig Me Up (2016)
    Siberian Death Crash -- 4 Outta 4 (On The Risk Board) (2016)
    Jools Holland's Orchestra feat. Mark Knopfler -- Mademoiselle Will Decide (2001)
    The Handcuffs -- Dirty Glitter (2011)
    The Strypes -- Status Update (2015)
    Pretty Voices -- Lost Weekend (2010)
    Death in Vegas feat. Paul Weller -- So You Say You Lost Your Baby (2002)

    The Zags -- Tatoo

    The Zags -- Replaced

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    August 18, 2016

    Modcast #366: Soul Stompin'

    Summer vacation is in full swing on the modcast this week.  I've been on a little vacation of late myself, and there's more to come.  But first here's a taste of some soul music both new and old.  As I enjoy some cool libations and soak up some sunshine I'll try to work out another cool music mix for when I can get back home.

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    Eli Paperboy Reed -- Tomorrow's Not Promised (2016)
    The Soul Snatchers -- Just Like Sly (2016)
    Lack Of Afro -- One World (feat. Herbal T)(2016)
    Hidden Jazz Quartet -- High Heels (feat. Omar)(2016)
    Cais Sodre Funk Connection -- Take It Like A Man (2016)
    Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- Sweetness & Light (2016)
    Family Atlantica -- Enjara (2016)
    The Third Wave -- Love Train (1970)
    James Brown -- The Boss (1973)
    Bobby Womack -- Never Let Nothing Get The Best Of You (1978)
    Jerry Jackson -- Hey Sugarfoot (1965)
    Stevie Wonder -- Monkey Talk (1963)
    Tom Jones -- Venus (1970)
    Matt Bianco -- Wap Bam Boogie (1988)

    August 1, 2016

    Tiki Oasis 2016: Party On Monster Island! (The Unofficial Mix)

    Hard to believe it's been a whole year since last year's tiki shindig. Indeed, it's once again time to don your tiki shirts, your cabana shorts, your deck shoes and head out to San Diego for the world's biggest tiki extravaganza, Tiki Oasis 2016: Party on Monster Island. This year's event promises to be a blast with great acts like The Sonics, The Woggles, Creepy Creeps, Jason Lee & The Riptides, Creepexotica and lots more.

    And as usual, friend of the Modcast DJ Ken has spun up a monster mix of terrifying tracks with his officially unofficial Tiki Oasis mix. An if you missed them before, you can check out the past two years' tiki mixes.

    01. Ethel Ennis - Mad Monster Party (2:33)
    02. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes - Science Fiction Double Feature (2:34)
    03. Five Blobs - The Blob (2:39)
    04. Bobby Fuller Four - Wolfman (2:46)
    05. Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (3:26)
    06. Brian Setzer - Go-Go Godzilla (3:37)
    07. 3-D Invisibles - Monsters Across The USA (3:13)
    08. Cramps - Goo Goo Muck (3:06)
    09. Creepy Creeps - Creepstomp (2:13)
    10. Boss Fink - Dawn of the Living Finks (2:35)
    11. Dave Edmunds - The Creature from the Black Lagoon (3:45)
    12. Dead Elvi - The Creature Stole My Surfboard (3:19)
    13. Deadly Ones - There's A Creature In The Surfer's Lagoon (2:10)
    14. Deadbolt - Tiki Man (3:35)
    15. Martin Denny - Voodoo Dreams (2:32)
    16. Messer Chups - Mobile Coffin (3:17)
    17. Eddie Angel & The Omega Men - Frankie's Groovy Monster Boots (2:43)
    18. Gene Miller - Frankenstein Walk (2:24)
    19. Fleshtones - Dracula a Go-Go (2:10)
    20. Woggles - Dracula's Daughter (2:05)
    21. Donna Loren - It Only Hurts When I Cry (2:32)
    22. Screaming Lord Sutch - She's Fallen in Love with the Monster (2:51)
    23. Shindiggers - Black 'N' Hairy (2:14)
    24. Sonics - Psycho (2:17)
    25. Stems - She's A Monster (3:53)
    26. Tubes - Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman (4:35)
    27. Little Tibia & the Fibias - It's The Mummy! (2:41)
    28. Slackers - The Mummy (3:21)
    29. Jump With Joey - El Diablo Ska (3:08)
    30. Jason Lee and The R.I.P. Tides - Snake Eyes (2:48)
    31. Jon & The Nightriders - Slither (2:25)
    32. Phantom Four - A Forest (3:50)
    33. Bollock Brothers - Horror Movies (4:17)
    34. Jimmy Psycho Experiment - The Munster's Theme (2:42)
    35. Fred Schneider & The Shake Society - Monster (3:35)

    Last year at Tiki Oasis 2105: Man or Astroman

    On board for this year are The Creepy Creeps -- Haunted Hop

    July 28, 2016

    Modcast #365: Summer Sailin'

    This week it's time to set sail to a smooth, smooth soundtrack of the much maligned yacht rock genre; much maligned but unfairly so if you ask me. While the sound's heyday was the 70s, it has influenced and generated similar music all through the decades since. The soulful synthpop of the 80s, the souljazz of the 90s, and many contemporary artists have dabbled with songs that could have ridden the high seas of the yacht rock during its prime. So, don your deck shoes, make sure your crew includes a mixologist, stock your bar and set sail with some smooth sounds.

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    The Red Button -- On A Summer Day (2011)
    Corduroy -- January Woman (1995)
    Steely Dan -- Black Friday (1975)
    Chicago -- 25 Or 6 To 4 (1970)
    Blues Image -- Ride Captain Ride (1970)
    Mother Earth -- Very Together (1995)
    Simply Red -- Something Got Me Started (1991)
    Steve Craddock -- Last Day Of The Old World (2011)
    Everything But The Girl -- Don't Leave Me Behind (1986)
    Sade -- Your Love Is King (1984)
    Swing Out Sister -- Feel Free (1994)

    You might also like: Modcast #253: East Meets West with the Shibuya-kei Soul Sound East meets west with Shibuya-kei taking center stage in the mod world this week. Shibuya-kei was a 1990s music movement that wasn't as much about Tokyo's ultra-trendy and fashionable Shibuya district as it was about a rather lucky gathering of Japanese musicians who mixed bossa nova, soul, funk, jazz, techno and synthpop into a retro-futurist sound that was both redundant yet fresh.

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    Steely Dan -- Do It Again (1973)

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    July 17, 2016

    Modcast #364: C'mon Get Happy

    If last week I was down, down, down, this week I'm up, up, up. Got some great, get happy sort of music for you on this week's show.

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    The Mads -- On The Bus (2016) (Bandcamp)
    Outtacontroller -- Television Zombie (2015)
    The Zolas -- Swooner (2016)
    Fashionism -- Subculture Suicide (2016)
    Parasites -- You Make Me Feel Good (2012)
    The Lash Outs -- Sha La La (2016)
    The Woggles -- Somebody's Been Sleepin' (2015)
    The Sonics -- Be A Woman (2015)
    Dexters -- Suburban Sex Dungeon (2015)
    Dot Dash -- Daddy Long Legs (2016)
    Chris Stamey -- Universe Sized Arms (2015)
    B-Movie -- Climate Of Fear (2016)
    Weezer -- Thank God For Girls (2016)
    Gary Ritchie -- Lonely Out In Space (2016)
    Squeeze -- Happy Days (2015)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

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    The Woggles -- Get Down With It

    July 11, 2016

    Modcast #363: The World's A Mess

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
    What a week it has been. What a month, what a year, a decade, a century in fact. It's like the world is falling apart around us and no one really has a clue of how to put it back together. Unless you were hiding under a rock lately then you, like everyone, have been inundated with the news, all of it bad. Much of it horrible. Killings, racism, phobias, terrorism, beheadings, culture clashes, not to mention a US presidential election. I don't mean to be a Donny downer but life sort of sucks right now. And relative to many, I have it pretty good day to day.

    It finally got to me when I discovered myself listening to more and more depressing music. Which naturally bleeds over into the modcast. Art imitates life after all. So, here it is in all it's depressing, apocalyptic glory. A collection of songs that are either a sign of the times or a reflection of the end of times.

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    Mad Parade -- Freak Show (2003)
    Offspring -- Stuff Is Messed Up (2008)
    Against Me! -- Transgender Dysphobia (2014)
    Everclear -- All Fucked Up (2000)
    NOFX -- Franco Un-American (2003)
    X -- The World's A Mess It's In My Kiss (1980)
    The Clash -- London Calling (1979)
    Circle Jerks -- Stars And Stripes (1982)
    Ramones -- Planet Earth 1988 (1984)
    The Editors -- Road To Nowhere (2006)
    The Decembrists -- Calamity Song (2011)
    The Kinks -- Drift Away (1993)
    Gloomy Sunday -- Billie Holiday (1941)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    Fishbone -- Party At Ground Zero

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    July 1, 2016

    Modcast #362: That Was Then, This Is Now

    Yet again I'm joined by Mary, Queen of Cosmos for a look back at some contemporary artists. The sound they had, and the sound they've got. There will be some classics and some surprises through out.

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    The Jam -- Left, Right & Centre (1976)
    The Monkees -- Valleri (1968)
    The Monkees -- Love's What I Want (2016)
    The New Pornographers -- Sing Me Spanish Techno (2005)
    The New Pornographers -- Brill Bruisers (2014)
    Calexico -- Alone Again Or (2003)
    Calexico -- Cumbia de Donde (2015)
    Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire Doesn't Apply (1980)
    Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Gazing In The Grass (2016)
    TV On The Radio -- Wolf Like Me (2006)
    TV On The Radio -- Million Miles (2013)
    The Prisoners -- Find And Seek (1986)
    James Taylor Quartet -- Why Can't We Get Along (2011)
    Paul Weller -- I'm Where I Should Be (2015)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

    June 23, 2016

    Modcast #361: Future's Cool Past

    The sun is out, the music's hot, and surprisingly so is my cocktail. I've mixed up some great tracks to get us going for the summer season. It's a bit of an eclectic mix, but that's what makes it so interesting. From new to old, from classic to contemporary, there's a little something here for everyone. Perfect for catching some rays.

    Listen Now

    The Most -- Louie Louie (2015)
    Vista Blue -- Striking Out With You (2016)
    Teenage Fanclub -- I'm In Love (2016)
    Faz Waltz -- Good Time Is Callin' Loud ( 2016)
    Biters -- The City Ain't The Same (2016)
    The Monks -- Complication (1966)
    The Tweeds -- I Need That Record (1981)
    The Hotrats -- Lovecats (2010)
    Green Day -- Give Me Nova Caine (2004)
    Teenager -- Singles Don't Sell (2013)
    Ramones -- On The Beach (1996?)
    The Enemy -- Get Up And Dance (2012)
    Oasis -- Live Forver (1994)
    The Californias -- I Will Wait For You (2006)
    Wavves -- Heart Attack (2015)

    Northern Soulshaker Cocktail
    I'm on a spicy cocktail kick, so this week's northern soulshaker cocktail is a spicy serrano cocktail. Mix one up, and then check out the modcast I've mixed up for you.

    Teenage Fanclub -- Live on the Dennis Miller Show 1992 -- What You Do To M + Pet Rock

    The Hotrats -- Crystal Ship

    June 8, 2016

    Modcast #360: Bring It On!

    It's time to kick off year eleven of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. That's right ten years in the bag and now looking towards another ten trips around the sun. In accordance with the grand and illustrious history of the show I'm sticking with the tried and true format of introducing you to some new tunes, all the while paying tribute to the greats of the past 50+ years. So, it should come as no surprise then that this modcast has everything from soul to indie pop, from power pop to R&B and even some soulful synthpop. Bring it on!

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    The Monkees -- You Bring The Summer (2016)
    Tommy & The Rockets -- Beer & Fun & Rock-N-Roll (2016)
    The Lash Outs -- State of Excess (2016)
    Julie Ruin -- I'm Done (2016)
    The Chamberdeacons -- Gotta Get Away (1996)
    Weezer -- L.A. Girlz (2016)
    The Posies -- Unlikely Places (2016)
    The Fraidies -- The Clang Of The City (2014)
    Dogtooth -- Get In Get Out (2016)
    Cloudberry Jam -- Your Love (2012 remix)
    ABC -- Confessions Of A Fool (2016)
    Dollsquad -- Bad Word (2012)
    Tacocat -- Crimson Wave (2014)
    Bare Wires -- Runaway Heart (2009)
    Outrageous Cherry -- What Have You Invented Today (2008)
    Eli Paperboy Reed -- Cut Ya Down (2016)

    Eli Paperboy Reed live at Union Pool - "My Way Home"

    Tacocat -- Crimson Wave

    May 28, 2016

    Modcast #359: Ten Years, Ten Songs

    Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World 10th Anniversary Special

    That's right, this week on the modcast we'll be celebrating 10 years of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Hard to believe it's been that long: so many shows, so many songs, so many good memories. To celebrate I've challenged longtime guest modcaster, DJ Ken from The Shingles to a head to head match up of his songs vs. mine. We each picked one year from each decade since the sixties. Next we each secretly selected two songs from that year to battle it out head to head. Then one of us reveals his two picks and the other picks which of those two songs he thinks one of his songs is better than, and it's on. Ten years, ten songs, and ultimately you're the judge. Vote for which songs think should win out. Vote who you think had the better selections overall. You can vote in the comments below, or bounce over to the show's Facebook page and mix it up there.

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    Bonus mix of all songs, included the losers

    DJ Ken: Aretha Franklin -- The House That Jack Built (1968)
    Mr. Suave: Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions -- People Get Ready (1965)
    Mr. Suave: The Jam -- In The City (1977)
    DJ Ken: The Jam -- Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (1978)
    DJ Ken: The Untouchables -- Dance Beat (1982)
    Mr. Suave: The Godfathers -- Birth, School, Work, Death (1988)
    DJ Ken: Love Jones -- I Like Young Girls (1993)
    Mr. Suave: Blur -- The Universal (1995)
    DJ Ken: Freddie & The Four-Gone Conclusions -- (Come On Over) To My Side (2002)
    Mr. Suave: Len Price 3 -- Rentacrowd (2007)
    Bonus Round:
    DJ Ken: The Yorktown Lads -- Something To Write About (2014)
    Mr. Suave: The Inciters -- STOP (2015)

    This week's northern soul shaker cocktail, from way back last month:
    The Suave Diablo

    Blur - The Universal

    Love Jones -- Custom Van

    May 14, 2016

    Modcast #358: Tin to Diamonds Pt. II

    Round and round we go, and where we'll stop: Diamonds! We're celebrating Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World and its ten spins around the sun. Welcome to the second part of this momentous, multipart occasion. Last week, The Bangles left us dangling with "7 & 7 is." "Is It In My Head?" or is our next destination obvious? No self-respecting Suave celebration would be complete without acknowledging The Who and Quadrophenia. So mix up a Ms. Smith, turn the speakers up to ten, and unbuckle yourself as we wind our way to diamonds. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Suave! --Mary, Queen of Cosmos

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    Northern Soulshaker

    Spotify links for the entire episodes, complete songs, uninterrupted.
    Part 1
    Part 2:

    Is It In My Head -- The Who
    Head Held High -- Velvet Underground
    High Ball Stepper -- Jack White
    Steppin' Out -- Joe Jackson
    Out of Here -- Corduroy
    Here's the Good News -- Paul Weller
    News of the World -- The Jam
    The World Should Revolve Around Me -- Little Jackie
    Me and You – She & Him
    You Already Know – Arcade Fire
    No Cities to Love – Sleater-Kinney
    To Love Somebody – Nina Simone
    Somebody Was Watching – Pops Staples (Pops Staples’s Belated Finale)
    Watch Out For Lucy -- Clapton
    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds -- The Beatles
    Diamond Dogs -- David Bowie

    A New Wave -- Sleater-Kinney (Carrie Brownstein's kick-ass white pantsuit!)

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    May 7, 2016

    Modcast #357: Tin to Diamonds Pt. 1

    And they said it wouldn't last! In 2006, as an early birthday surprise, Mrs. Suave gifted her Mister with an iPod, and Modcasting history was made. Now, a decade later, we raise frosty cocktails (make mine a double!) to toast ten groovin' and glorious years of Mister Suave's Mod Mod World. The Small Faces get us marching with "Tin Soldier." With this mod-nod to the past, we launch into a musical maze of word-play. The challenge: to get from Tin (traditional ten-year anniversary gift) to Diamonds (the modern ten-year offering), leap-frogging across a celebratory retrospective of Suave-friendly songs along the way. In this manner, we go from "Tin Soldier," to "Tin Soldier Man," to "A Man is a Man," to "Man at the C & A," and on and on to Diamonds. If you're inclined to Choose Your Own Adventure, forge your own path from Tin to Diamonds and let us know how your journey goes. I'd love to hear your list. --Mary, Queen of Cosmos.

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    Tin To Diamonds The First Half
    Tin Soldier -- Small Faces
    Tin Solder Man -- The Kinks
    A Man is a Man -- The Who
    Man at the C&A -- The Specials
    A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You -- The Monkees
    You On My Mind -- Swing Out Sister
    Mind Your Manners -- Pearl Jam
    In A Manner of Speaking – Nouvelle Vague
    Speak Like a Child – Style Council
    Children of the Revolution – The Clash
    Revolution Rock – Violent Femmes
    The Rocking Surfer -- Beach Boys
    Surf City -- Ramones
    City of the Dead -- Desorden Publico
    Dead Road 7 -- The Kills
    7 and 7 is -- The Bangles (Live)

    Listen to entire list on Spotify.

    Small Faces - Itchycoo Park

    April 26, 2016

    Modcast #356: Groovin' At The Go-Go

    Give me an hour and I'll give you the grooviest, groovin' set of tunes you've heard in a long while. Isn't it time you were goin' to a go-go?

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    Charles Bradley -- Ain't It A Sin (2016)
    Jill Scott -- Run Run Run (2015)
    Saun & Starr -- Sunshine (Your'e Blowing My Mind) (2015)
    Deep Street Soul -- Souls Come Alive (2016)
    Men Of North Country -- Running (2016)
    Speedometer -- Middle Of The Night
    Mando Diao -- God Knows (2004)
    Sharpshooters -- Groovin' At The Go-Go (2000)
    Kickstart -- Everyday, Everynight (1997)
    The Exits -- Revolt Into Style (1978)
    Trotsky Icepick -- Bury Manilow (1988)
    The Sherlocks -- Chasing Shadows (2013)
    Robyn Hitchcock -- So You Think You're In Love (1995)
    Lush -- Ladykillers (1996)
    The Arrogants -- I'm No Fucking Mozart (2016)

    Drink up!

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    April 7, 2016

    Modcast #355: Jetset Swingin'

    It's time to get easy, mod easy, with another episode of Mr. Suave's Swingin' Cocktail Lounge. That's right, it's time to explore the lounge side of mod with the now sound of the space-age, jetset, bachelor pad. Call it what you will: cocktail music, tiki music, go-go music, exotica, space-age pop, jetset or now sound, it's all lounge music to me. As promised here's a couple of cool websites you're going to want to check out. First, a good read is The Strange World of Library Music. And one of the finest lounge music resources anywhere on the planet is the Space-Age Pop Music page.

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    Tikiyaki Orchestra -- Bachelor #2 (2009)
    Fantastic Plastic Machine -- Bachelor Pad (1997)
    Dr. K -- Everybody Have A Good Time (2005)
    Bebo Best & The Super Lounge Orchestra -- Malibu Summer 1966 (2013)
    Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited -- The Spacesound Effect (2000)
    Keith Mansfield -- Powerhouse Pop (1969)
    David Lindup -- The Zodiac (1969)
    Piero Umiliani -- Topless Party (1968)
    John Barry -- Beat Girl (1960)
    Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass -- Slick (1968)
    Hugo Montenegro -- Solo Busanova (1966)
    Martin Denny & Si Zentner -- Bali Monkey Dance (1962)
    Enoch Light -- Bond Street (1973)
    Alan Hawkshaw -- Girl In A Sportscar (1973)
    James Clarke -- Double Take (1975)

    Library Production Music

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    March 28, 2016

    Modcast #354: March Modness

    College basketball fever is sweeping the nation as it does every year about this time. March Madness is upon us and there is no cure, no vaccine, nothing but the just wait it out. With that in mind I thought I'd create my own mod bracket of great songs and see which one come out on top, voted on by you my dear listener. So, take a listen and then leave a comment letting me know which song you think should come out on top. No losers here, but still can only be one winner.

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    Samuel S. Parkes -- What You Do In Your Own Time Is None Of Mine (2014)
    John's Children -- Oh No (She Wouldn't Swallow) (1967)
    The Troggs -- I Can't Control Myself (1966)
    The Artwoods -- Smack Dab In The Middle (1965)
    Bobby Bland -- Honey Child (1968)
    Small Faces -- Hey Girl (1967)
    Piney Gir -- Outta Sight (2011)
    Monkeeman -- The A** Parade (2014)
    Raglans -- Not Now (2014)
    Ocean Color Scene -- Better Day (1997)
    The Jeunes -- It's Alright (2008)
    Jordan Allen -- Remembered (2014)
    Makin' Time -- Nothing Else (2003)
    The Style Council -- Speak Like A Child (1983)
    Combine -- Dreams Come True (1985)
    Secret Affair -- Don't Look Down Demo (2003)
    The New Mastersounds -- Soul Sista (2014)
    Viola Beach -- Like A Fool (2016)

    Monkeeman -- Pressure

    March 18, 2016

    Modcast #353: All Ahead Full

    A whole new mix of mod friendly music, with a little kick to it.

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    The Last Shadow Puppets - My Little Red Book (Live) (2008)
    Smooth Beans - All Power to the People (2012)
    SkaFace - Wired Up (2012)
    The Skints - This Town (2015)
    Kid British - Rum Boys (2009)
    Buster Shuffle - Naked (2014)
    Kaiser Chiefs - Ruffians On Parade (2014)
    Seaside Sons - Let Me Be (2015)
    New Electric Ride - I Can't Help But Smile (2014)
    The Broken Vinyl Club - Every Inch (2011)
    The Fooley Mantras - Find The Key (2011)
    Ordinary Boys - I'm Leaving You (And I'm Taking You With Me) (2015)
    The Cherry Drops - Outta' Sight (2013)
    The Most - She's Nuts (2015)
    Squeeze - Cradle To The Grave (2015)

    The Last Shadow Puppets -- Aviation (2016)

    Scott Howells (ex Broken Vinyl Club) -- Worlds On Fire

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    March 2, 2016

    Modcast #352: Pleased To Meet Me, Album 1, Side 1, Track 1

    Every story starts somewhere. In music, every band or artist has a first album, and every album has a side one. Or, at least they used to when LPs ruled the day. And every record had a side one, track one. So this week you're going to get a bunch of great bands very first introduction of themselves to you, the music loving public.

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    The Classic Negroni
    I like the bitterness that comes with the Campari, and I think it works best over ice rather than straight up. That being said I always use one giant ice cube for slow dilution and absolute chilling. Like diamonds, with ice bigger is always better.
    1 oz. gin
    1 oz. Campari
    1 oz. sweet vermouth
    On the rockes
    Garnish: orange twist



    Toy Dolls -- Dig That Crazy Groove Baby (1983)
    Ramones -- Blitzkreig Bop (1976)
    The Damned -- Neat Neat Neat (1977)
    Sex Pistols -- Holidays In The Sun (1977)
    Generation X -- From The Heart (1978)
    X -- Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not (1980)
    Black Flag -- Rise Above (1981)
    Mod Fun -- I Can See (Everything) (1985)
    The Odd Numbers -- Don't Bother Me (1990)
    The Prisoners -- Better In Black (1982)
    The Purple Hearts -- Jimmy (1980)
    The Gents -- The Faker (1981)
    Diodes -- Red Rubber Ball (1977)
    The Risk -- Man Insane (1987)
    The Undertones -- Family Entertainment (1979)

    Generation X -- Your Generation

    The Undertones -- Teenage Kicks

    February 17, 2016

    Modcast #351: For Personal Use Only

    All new modcast is here to tease, tempt and tantalize. Listen once or a dozen times, it only gets better with age.

    I am coming up on my 10th anniversary as a modcaster here in a couple months, May to be exact. Got some cool shows in the works to celebrate. Whether you've listened once or three hundred and fifty times, leave me a comment and let me know what you've thought of the modcast over the years.

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    The Lash Outs -- Don't Know Why (2016)
    Marta Ren & The Groovelvets -- I'm Not Your Regular Woman
    Cherry Boop & The Sound Makers -- Listen (2014)
    Sharon Tandy -- Walk From Here To Mexico (2011)
    Junior Parker -- Taxman (1970)
    Vista Blue -- Betsy Took My Baby Away (2016)
    The Bresslaws -- Don't Walk Away (2009)
    The Rage -- Looking For You (1986)
    The Crushers -- Love Song (2002)
    Graham Day & The Gaolers -- Pass That Whiskey (2008)
    Donuts -- She May Be Your Girl (1980)
    The Keys -- Fire Inside (2010)
    The DB's -- Love Is For Lovers (1984)
    The Kinks -- Dead End Street (1996)
    Four By Art -- Do The Shimmy Shimmy Duck (1984)

    Cherry Boop and The Sound Makers -- I Want To Give You My Everything

    Four By Art -- Who Killed Snoopy

    February 5, 2016

    Modcast #350: Bring It On!

    Bring it on I can take it. Whatever you can dish out, I can eat it up. This week's show doesn't take no prisoners, and certainly don't take no shit. Whether it's brand new or classic, garage rock, psych rock or power pop, this is the modcast that's bringin' it all on. Hold on to your lids kids, it's gonna be a wild ride.

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    The Saucy Jacks -- Goin' Out Tonight (2016)
    Action Jets -- Tarot Cards (2016)
    Sha La La's -- Bring It Down On You (2015)
    The Terraces -- The Hustler (2015)
    The Harringtons -- On My Mind (2015)
    Trambeat -- Breaking The Rules (2015)
    The Originators -- A Little Supreme (2015)
    Denis Lotis -- The Finger Points At You (195?)
    The Mickey Finn Group -- Garden Of My Mind (1966)
    The Birds -- Magic Words (1966)
    The Living Eyes -- Stuck In My Own World (2013)
    The Quick Beats -- Sorry (2014)
    The Trypt Up -- Love's Gone Bad (2012)
    Slade -- Wild Winds Are Blowing (1969)
    The Whereabouts -- I Don't Care (2014)
    Graham Coxon -- Freakin' Out (2004)

    Sha La La's -- Soul Of The Nation