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)

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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)


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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)

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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 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)

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