December 31, 2018

Modcast #422: Faves of 2018

This is it, the end of another year. 2018 is bowing out and 2019 is stepping up to the plate. This past year was a pretty damn good one for new music. So much so that it's taken me weeks to really filter through the crop and pick just the ripest bits of tasty musical fruit. Tons of good bands simply didn't make the cut, not because they didn't produce good stuff, but just because I only have one more hour this year and so you're going to get just the tastiest bits. The bands that didn't make the show could have a show of their own like The Mads, The Chats, Alkaline Trio, Faz Waltz, Outtacontrollers, the Darts, The Vaccines, The Interrupters, and The Laissez Faires. Which means what remains is going to give you one hell of a ride.

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The Peawees -- Christine
Michael Simmons -- Bucket List
Caroline Rose -- Soul No. 5
Dot Dash -- Fast Parade
Dream Machine -- Buried Alive
The Damned -- Procrastination
The Fratellis -- Starcrossed Losers
The Spitfires -- The New Age
Parquet Courts -- Total Football
Stone Foundation -- Don't Walk Away
Monophonics -- Beggin'
André M -- You Can't Change
Delvon Lamarrr Organ Trio -- Close But No Cigar
Fontaines DC -- Winter Sun

The Peawees -- Walking Through My Hell

December 23, 2018

Modcast #421: Blowin' Up Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and you know what that means. Time for another modcast office Christmas party. At past parties DJ Ken and I have thrown up on Christmas, been blown away by Christmas, blown off Christmas, but this year we're blowing up Christmas.

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Christmas Christmas -- Mojo Nixon
Bellrays -- Christmas train
Brad Marino -- Christmas Time Almost Here
Mark Bacino -- Merry Christmas, I Love You
Jeffrey Foskett -- Christmas Time Is Here
The Sonics -- Santa Claus
The Vipers -- Christmas I'll Be Home
Fuzztones & Screaming Jay Hawkins -- It's That Time Again
The Love Machine -- The Lonely Hearts Club Christmas
Rancid -- Xmas Eve
Ravers -- Punk Rock Christmas
The Business -- Bollocks to Christmas
JD McPherson -- Hey Skinny Santa
Yobs - Run Run Rudolph
Mistle Toads - Santa's A Boozer
Tommy Tutone -- 867-5309 Christmas Version
Empty Hearts -- It's Christmastime
Fountains of Wayne -- Valley Winter Song

The Sonics -- Santa Claus

December 12, 2018

Modcast #420: And On And On And On

Here we are twenty plus years past the heyday of Britpop and the internets are all atwitter wondering whether or not we're having a Britpop revival. Can you really revive something that never died? Maybe it's more of a Britpop resuscitation. Either way I settle the debate and put the question of a Britpop revival to bed on an all new, supersized modcast.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds -- While The Song Remains The Same (2015)
Beady Eye -- Beatles And Stones (2011)
Black Honey -- Corrine (2015)
Mando Diao -- God Knows (2004)
Paul Weller -- I'm Where I Should Be (2015)
The Rifles -- The Great Escape (2009)
The Fratellis -- Creepin' Up The Back Stairs (2009)
Dirty Pretty Things -- Tired Of England (2008)
Kaiser Chiefs -- Learnt My Lesson Well (2008)
Shambolics -- My Time Is Now (2018)
Shame -- Lampoon (2018)
Cleargreen -- Stargazed (2018)
Sports Team -- Kutcher (2018)
Brand New Friend -- Seatbelts For Aeroplanes (2018)
Estrons -- Strobe Lights (2017)
Otherkin -- Ay Ay (2018)
Shader -- Silver (2018)
Neon Waltz -- Dreamers (2018)
Fur -- Angel Eyes (2018)
Jack Fletcher Band -- Young Man At Heart (2015)

Past Britpop Modcasts

Modcast #190: The Britpop Launching Pad

Mod Essentials III: The Britpop Invasion

Modcast #373: The Ladies of Britpop

The Rifles -- Local Boy

Neon Waltz - The Stranger Things

Sports Team - Stanton | Live From The Distillery

Brand New Friend ~ Girl

Cleargreen - (To Be Understood) In My Paradise

Santa's sack is bulging . . . with past Christmas modcasts

November 23, 2018

Modcast #419: Bits & Pieces

Here we are nearing the end of the year and entering into holiday season. So, no holiday music! Just a whole bunch of great songs that I've been wanting to play on and off for a while. A few new tracks and lots of others spanning the gamut of time and genre.

In other news, Suave Manor is getting remodeled and my regular studio office has been relocated to the basement. So, if things sound a bit different that is probably why. As you can see from this on the spot shot of the modcast coming to form, it's not a bad room. Pretty cool in fact as I can stare some of my favorite framed records. Soon all will be right in my suave little corner of the universe and I'll have a newly remodeled office where I can once again work my magic.

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Heavyball -- The Perils of Midweek Drinking (2017)
The Rooks -- Friends of Mine (2000)
Mike Daly & The Planets -- Eelctricity (2017)
Sick Rose -- Girl On A Train (2014)
Daisy -- Little Love (2017)
The Devonns -- Come Back (2018)
Cocktail Slippers -- Who Are You (2007)
Buster Shuffle -- Pretty Boy (2017)
B-Back -- Brother Ringo (2006)
The Fall Outs -- Bury My Body (1996)
The Letters --- Nobody Loves Me (1979)
Wyldlife -- Teenage Heart (2018)
Rockpile --Queen of Hearts (Live) (1980)
Dirt Royal -- It Was You (2015)
The Strypes -- (I Need A Break From) Holidays (2017)
The Haywains -- I'm Still Waiting (1993)

The Fall-Outs -- Here I Come

Buster Shuffle - We Fall To Pieces

November 5, 2018

Modcast #418: Mr. Suave's Swingin' Cocktail Lounge

Turning the modcast into a loungecast one more time. Call it lounge music, cocktail music, jetset bachelor pad music, exotica, whatever, if it swings then its in the mix this week.

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Walter Wanderley -- Taste of Sadness (1966)
The Bob Crewe Generation -- Miniskirts in Moscow (1967)
The Dave Pike Set -- Jet Set (1966)
Pete Moore -- Catwalk (1970)
The Link Quartet -- Beat It (2002)
Low Fidelity Jet Set Orchestra -- Wasabi Sauce (2009)
Les Reed -- High Society (1963)
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited -- Nightclub '67 (2002)
Enoch Light -- The Dating Game (1966)
The Dudley Manlove Quartet -- Spanish Flea (1995)
Dennis Lotis -- Celebration (1968)
Mel Tormé -- Right Now (1965)
Shirley Bassey -- Light My Fire (1971)
Della Reese -- Why Don't You Do right? (1960)
Sammy Davis Jr. -- Love Is All Around (The Mary Tyler Moore Theme) (1972)
Jaymz Bee & The Royal Jelly Orchestra -- A Groovy Movie (1995)
Joey Altruda --Tropical Espionage (1995)

Joey Altruda

Dave Pike -- Jet Set

October 27, 2018

Modcast #417 Death Is Amongst Us (Halloween 2018)

There's a lot of Zombies in this year's Halloween modcast. It's a scary one with zombies, gravediggers, devils, and even hipsters. DJ Ken from the Shingles is back as the head devil for his eleventh annual haunting halloween blowout, Modcast #417: Death Is Amongst Us.

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Missed one of the others? Here's ten pumpkin's full of rockin' Halloween tunes.

Belle & Sebastian - Sukie In The Graveyard (The Life Pursuit, 2006)
Aquabats - Fashion Zombies (Charge!!, 2005)
Fleshtones - Haunted Hipster (Mondo Zombie Boogaloo, 2013)
Cadaver Club - Afraid Of Me (It's Always The Quiet Ones, 2013)
Fiends - Gravedigger (Gravedigger, 1998)
RAF - Zombie Girl (Single, 2018)
Vista Blue - Always Check the Backseat (Scary Songs To Sing in the Dark, 2017)
Teenage Bottlerocket - Haunted House (Tales From Wyoming, 2015)
Hula Girls - Curse Of The Tiki (The Curse Of The Tiki, 2010)
Messer Chups - Tales From The Crypt (Aloha Swamp Swamp Vacation (All Inclusive), 2018)
Buck-O-Nine - Don't Be Afraid (Punk Rock Halloween: Loud, Fast & Scary, 2017)
Madness - Death Of A Rude Boy (Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da, 2012)
Damned - Devil In Disguise (Evil Spirits, 2018)
Turbonegro - Hurry Up & Die (RockNRoll Machine, 2018)
Deadbolt - Scare Me (Tiki Man, 1994)
Shriekback - Nemesis (Oil And Gold, 1985)
Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion (Floodland, 1987)
Ray Davies - March of the Zombies (Our Country: Americana Act 2, 2018)
Norma Tanega - You're Dead (Walkin' My Cat Named Dog, 1966)
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell (Hot, 1996)
Rubinoos - Graveyard Shift (45, 2014)

Halloween Safety Tips from the 70s

October 17, 2018

Get Ready For Your 2018 Halloween Music Sugar Rush

Gear up for this year's annual Halloween modcast from DJ Ken, coming the weekend before the big day itself!

Tricks or treats? There's been a lot of both over the past decade. Here's TEN bagfuls of halloween goodies! That's right ten halloween modcasts hosted by DJ Ken from The Shingles.  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 #249: Rest In Peace (2012)

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

Modcast #311: Death Is A Lonely Business (2014)

Modcast #341: Dig My Own Grave ( Halloween 2015)

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

Modcast #395: DJ Ken's 10th Annual Halloween Modcast #395: Back From The Dead (2017)

Modcast #417 Death Is Amongst Us (Halloween 2018)

October 15, 2018

Modcast #416: Do The Dance Around

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, and this time around I'm delivering some new tunes, some older tunes, some soul, some power pop, basically a little bit of everything. And, I'm excited to have found and have a chance to share with you one special track.

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They Might Be Giants -- All Time What (2018)
Michael Simmons -- This Is Most Certainly True (2018)
Jack Mosbacher Band -- Burning Love (2016)
Weeland and the Urban Soul Collective -- Life's So Simple (2010)
Stone Foundation -- Next Time Around (2018)
Dot Dash -- Green On Red (2018)
Odd Robot -- Amnesiatic (2018)
The Control Freaks -- I Am Crime (2018)
The Peawees -- Walking Through My Hell (2018)
The Right Here -- More Delusions (2018)
The Laissez Faires -- High Horse (2018)
Juliana Hatfield -- Kellyanne (2017)
The Crows -- Don't Play Around (1980)
The Interrupters -- Broken World (2018)
They Might Be Giants -- Starry Eyes (2015)

Dot Dash -- Unfair Weather

September 18, 2018

Modcast #415: Garage Stompin' in the Sixties

Put on your stovepipe pants, slip into a paisley shirt and get your chelsea boots shined up, it's time to slip back to the sixties for some raw and raucous cave-stompin garage rock.

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The Moods -- Rum Drunk (1965)
The Missing Links -- Wild About You (1965)
The Downliners Sect -- Everything I've Got To Give (1966)
Count Five -- Can't Get Your Lovin' (1966)
The Climax -- You..! (1966)
Chob -- We're Pretty Quick (1966)
The Belles -- Come Back (1965)
Gents -- If You Don't Come Back (1967)
The Fleur De Lys -- I Walk The Sands (196?)
The Alarm Clocks - Yeah (1966)
Fly-Bi-Nites -- Found Love (1967)
The Jaguars -- It's Gonna Be Alright (1966)
The Uncalled For -- Do Like Me (1966)
The Abstracts -- My Baby Left Me (1965)
Gentlemen Wild -- You Gotta Leave (1965)
? & The Mysterians -- 8-Teen (1966)
The Standalls -- Don't Say Nothing At All (1967)

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Count Five -- Peace of Mind

The Fleur de Lys -- Wait For Me

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August 27, 2018

Modcast #414: iMod Shuffle Vol. VI

Here's your chance to peek behind the curtain as it were and see what's lurking on my disk drives. Let's set the iPod on shuffle and be on our way.

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Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears -- Boogie (2009)
Galliano -- Welcome To The Story (1991)
Supergrass -- Sun Hits The Sky (1997)
Mood Six -- What Have You Ever Done (1986)
Elvis Presley -- Hard Headed Woman (1958)
The Rifles -- She's The Only One (2006)
Monkeeman -- The A Parade (2014)
Acid Drops -- She Laughed Outloud (1988)
Payolas -- China Boys (1980)
Amyl & The Sniffers --I'm Not A Loser (2018)
The Dentists -- I Had An Excellent Dream (1985)
Ennio Morricone -- Valmont's GoGo Pad (1968)
Daisy -- Heartbeat (2008)
Disjam feat. Eric IQ Gray -- Point Blank (1995)
Dfactor Pop -- Back In The Game (2018)
Eric Clapton -- Cocaine (1977)
Green Day -- Nightlife (2012)

The Dentists -- Gas

August 15, 2018

Modcast #413: Suburban Sunset

Prepare for a soundgasm of good music on this week's show. Stir up a strong something or other, sit back on the old porch and watch the sun go down while sweet, sweet music soothes your soul.

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Muck & The Mires -- #Lonliness (2018)
The Spitfires -- The Bitter End (2018)
The Time Sellers -- Down Here
Camens -- Boys Will Stray (2018)
Caper Clowns -- Sacre Bleu (2018)
Lia Pamina & Dario Persi -- So Far Tonight (2018)
Human Furniture Company -- Test Pilot (2018)
Wimps -- Trip Around The Sun 2017)
The Darts -- Subsonic Dream (2018)
Gin Blossoms -- Devil's Daughter (2018)
Cosmos Sunshine -- Letdown (2018)
Circa 62 -- Beby Behometh (2018)
Sobs -- Girl (2017)
The Molochs -- To Kick In A Lover's Door (2018)
David Robinson --What In The World (2018)
Simon Love -- Golden Boy (2018)
Fantastic Negrito -- Bullshit Anthem (2018)

The time Sellers -- Good Times

August 8, 2018

Makin' Time + The Threads = new release from The Deep Six

Thirty years on down the road mod revivalists of the 80s have been popping up all over the place. Now here's Mark McGounden of Makin' Time and Paul Hooper-Keely of The Threads with a new release from their latest combo The Deep Six.

They just released their third single, the delightfully catchy, bouncy, jangly, jaunty, hook filled It's Happening.

The Deep Six -- It's Happening
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August 7, 2018

Wait, Green Day went Tiki?

I had forgotten that on Nimrod Green Day had gone all Tiki exotica on Last Ride In. It's a pretty good, simple tune with some gently lapping waves, a bit of xylophone (or vibraphone, I can never tell the difference) and simple surf riffs. Who'da thunk it?

Green Day -- Last Ride In (Nimrod, 1997)

August 3, 2018

Modcast #412: This Is Where It's At

This week's show is short and sweet. You know what they say, size doesn't matter, it's what you do with it. And I do some amazing things this week with lots of new songs, as well as a couple older tracks.

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The Fratellis -- Sugartown (2018)
The Cheap Cassettes -- Kiss The Ass Of My Heart (2018)
Faz Waltz -- Oh Penny (2018)
Brad Marino -- On The Brink (2018)
Outtacontroller -- Glassy Eyes (2018)
Big Kizz -- I Want A Girl (2018)
Arlo -- Runaround (2018)
Samuel S. Parkes -- Let Me Go
Caroline Rose -- Bikini (2018)
Jet Banana -- Love Is Away
Flasher -- Who's Got The Time (2018)
Something To Do -- Sweet Caroline (2018)
Juliana Hatfield -- Physical
Spirit Kid -- Dot The I (2014)

Samuel S. Parkes -- Let Me Go

Big Kizz -- Eye On You

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August 2, 2018

The Tunes - Valerie

Summery, sunshine pop from yesteryear.

The Tunes - Valerie (Bright Yellow Sun, 2005)

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July 29, 2018

Clem Burke gets his due

I've always thought Clem was underrated and never really got that accolades he deserved. Until now. Can't wait to see this one.

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July 28, 2018

Marmalade Sky

Heavy, heavy sound.

Marmalade Sky - Showmen

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July 25, 2018

The Moldy Peaches -- NYC's Like A Graveyard

Suckers and fuckers and stupid retards | New York City's like a graveyard

The Moldy Peaches -- NYC's Like A Graveyard

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July 16, 2018

From the Vaults - Modcast #143 with guest host Modest Proposal's Neal Augenstein

Okay, with Modest Proposal set to release a new album next month, and livestream an acoustic session this weekend on the modcast facebook page, it seemed like a good time to open up the vaults and dust off this modcast from nearly a decade ago.  Modest Proposal front man Neal Augenstein guest hosted Modcast #143 at the time of the group's then first reunion in 25 years. Great mix of music and a bit of band history from Neal.

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Original post Oct. 11, 2009:
One of the first mod singles I ever owned was by Modest Proposal a band out of Washington DC. It was a great single and I played it to death over the years. So, it was cool to get a message from Neal Augenstein, MP's lead singer, with news that the band was planning to reunite. They will be playing November 28th at Comet Ping Pong, on upper Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC - and the opening band will be The Reply. (Get tix here)

Neal, who now works at radio station WTOP is chronicling the band's reunion. The first post is here and there are several others as well. I wish I could be in DC to see the band back together. If any of you do get to the show take some pictures and let us all know how it turns out.

This week's show is hosted by Neal and it's a crackin' good one. I think you'll enjoy it, I know I did.

The Modern Lovers -- She Cracked
The O'Kaysions -- I'm A Girl Watcher
Petula Clark -- Downtown
Cass Elliot -- Make Your Own Kinda Music
The Jam -- Standards
Jackson 5 -- The Love You Save
Davy Jones -- Girl
The Beatles -- I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Ramones -- Don't Go
Purple Hearts -- My Life's A Jigsaw
Peter Paul & Mary -- If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)

Modest Proposal -- Nobody Says No

Mod band Modest Proposal livestreamed a preview of their new album

Livestream on Sun., July 22 at 8pmEDT / 5pmPDT(

Watch the video of the livestream here now!

In the 80s we didn't have the internet, you had to really work to find good music. And it was especially difficult to find "mod" bands. You knew the locals of course, but out there in the hinterlands who knew what the hell was going on. Well, somehow I found out about Washington DC's Modest Proposal early on with the release of their 1985 single I've Seen Your Face Before b/w Nobody Says No and I was hooked. The album that came a couple years later was just as good, delivering a dozen sixties influenced, power pop tracks that have stood the test of time pretty well. The internet makes the world a smaller place, as it did in 2009 when Modest Proposal's lead singer Neal Augenstein contacted me to let me know they were have a reunion show. Now they're beyond just reuniting and the band is putting out a new release, part Modest Proposal, and part their later band The Mondays.

So, to celebrate we're hosting a livestream on Sunday, July 22 at 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT on the modacast Facebook page. Original members Neal and Bill Crandall will be on hand to play some songs and answer questions. The new album comes out August 10th, on Detour Records. Only printing 200 CDs, so you're gonna want to get in on the presale for this one!

July 8, 2018

Modcast #411: Behind The Music Vol. II

After a dozen years of modcasting the tables were finally turned in episode 400 when I was the one getting grilled by Mary Queen of Cosmos in Mr. Suave Behind The Music volume one. And now it's time for Behind The Music volume two with more on scenes, fanzines, the intersection of the mod scene with cocktail culture and the beginnings of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World.

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Check out Modcast #400: Mr. Suave Behind The Music Vol. I.
Mary Queen of Cosmos sits me down and tortures me with booze to get the real story of how I ended up here. From The Bangs to The Who to Edwin Starr to oh so many more.

The Creation -- Biff Bang Pow
Small Faces -- My Mind's Eye
The Kinks -- Mr. Big Man
The Untouchables -- Whiplash
The Idea -- Power Poppers
The Jetz -- Moderns For A Day
Manual Scan -- Plan Of Action
Bad Manners -- Inner London Violence
Donkey Show -- Bali Island
Skeletones -- You Make Me Wanna Laugh
Combustible Edison -- Cat O' Nine Tails
Esquivel -- Mini Skirt
The Bob Crewe Generation -- Girls On The Rocks
Les Baxter & 101 Strings -- Que Mango!
Paul Weller -- Science
Swing Out Sister -- Something Everyday
Nicola Conte -- Free Souls (feat. Bridgette Amofah) - Free Souls
The Jam -- Give Me Just A Little More Time (Live, 1981)

Instead of bonus videos this time around you get bonus flyers and fanzines. I've uploaded tons of old flyers from the 80s southern California mod scene and you can check them all out here. And since we have a nice discussion about the fanzine I edited, Insight Out, I've got some cover shots here as well. From the first cut and paste issue to the full on desktop published issues. One and done, one year five issues. It was a lot of fun interviewing bands like Bad Manners and Buster Bloodvessel, The Skeletones, The Idea, The Funseekers and lots more.

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July 1, 2018

Modcast #410: Hold Steady, More Rocksteady

Tons of cool, new music all up in the modcast this week, and all of if of the ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub variety.

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David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 -- Measure of a Man (2018)
The Kubricks -- Hold Us Down (2017)
The Slackers -- Dub Can't Hide (2015)
The Dualers -- Firestick (2012)
Dr. Packer -- Mr. Reggae (2015)
Quantic & Flowering Inferno -- Macondo (2016)
The Big Takeover -- Rainboots (2018)
The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling -- How Can You Stand There (2018)
The Beat featuring Ranking Roger -- Walking On The Wrong Side (2016)
Buster Shuffle -- I Don't Trust A Word You Say (2017)
The Interrupters -- She's Kerosene (2018)
Chainska Brassika -- Bad Habits (2015)
The Bodysnatchers -- Let's Do Rock Steady (1980)
Rico -- Sea Cruise (1981)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Interrupters -- Take Back The Power

June 22, 2018

Modcast #409: André M's One Handed Shuffle

I've got a special treat for you this week. Guest hosting is UK musician and composer André M. André has been pushing out some fantastic, hammond-based soul, funk and R&B for a bit now. When you hear what he's listening to you'll understand why his music is so much fun to listen to. Check out his debut album ‘Cheriton Drive’ and 45s 'Sneaky Thief' and the double A side 'Kenzy's Choice'/'Dap And Dip'. More music is on the way, too.


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Branding Iron - Born Too Late
John Fred and His Playboy Band - Judy In Disguise
Paul Weller - Into Tomorrow
Simon Haseley - Bora
Mark Ronson - Outer Version
Professor Longhair - Something On Your Mind
The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man
The Animals - It’s My Life
Billy Preston - Stop In The Name Of Love
The Valentines - Breakaway
Small Faces - I Feel Much Better
The Who - My Generation (Instrumental)
Keith Mansfield - Exclusive Blend
Dr Feelgood - Malamut
The Doors - Waiting For The Sun
Small Faces - Here Come The Nice
The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
André M - Dodged A Bullet

André M -- Sneaky Thief

June 20, 2018

Mr. Suave's First Five Shows

Everything has a beginning, even the world's longest running modcast. Step into your wayback machine Mr. Peabody and dial up the first ever five episodes of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World from way back in 2006.

Modcast #1:The 80s Mod Scene
Welcome to episode one featuring a number of lesser known, but still fantastic, mod bands from the US in the 1980s.

Modcast #2: It's a Mod, Ska and even Garage Rock kinda World
Welcome to episode two again featuring a mix of various mod, and ska, bands from the the 1980s.

Modcast #3: In The Garage
Welcome to episode 3 featuring garage revival bands.

Modcast #4: Mod Progeny - What Hath We Wrought?
This week's episode features current mod/mod friendly bands. So, here are a few contemporary mod-ish tracks.

Modcast #5: It's The Powerpop Stupid
Welcome to episode #5 dedicated to powerpop. Powerpop has always had a starring role in the mod scene.

June 14, 2018

Modcast #408: It's Still Rock & Roll To Me

Welly, welly, well, sirs, here it is. Start. Stop. Turn it off and back on again maybe it will work. Lo, and behold the modcast is back up and running after some behind the scenes technical difficulties with my host, Podomatic. I don't know if it makes me feel better to know it wasn't just me that suffered, but most all of those who use Podomatic. But no matter everything seems to be back online and in order.

So, without further ado here is my F-U to trolls of the recent weeks who felt the need to tweet or comment on the Facebook show about how terrible this show is. I think one of them said my voice was like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I've always said I had a face for radio and a voice for silent films, so it isn't like I haven't been upfront about this! My first thought was to actually use recordings of nails on chalkboards, but I was too lazy to spend the time to do all that. Most of the complaints were actually about content; apparently my choices aren't mod enough. I beg to differ for so many reasons, mostly because they're wrong. You can listen in to hear my reasoning, the tracks themselves of course, and judge for yourself.

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Billy Joel -- It's Still Rock And Roll To Me (1980)
Roger Daltrey -- As Long As I Have You (2018)
The Doughboys -- She Rocks My Soul (2017)
Dr. Feelgood -- Back In The Night (1975)
Foxy Shazam -- Last Chance At Love (2012)
Ian McLagan & The Bump Band -- Little Girl (2004)
The Mads -- Do the Snake (2018)
20/20 -- Kick It Up Twice (1982)
Mary's Danish -- Porcupine (1992)
Slade - So Far So Good (1974)
Blues Magoos -- Pipe Dream (1967)
Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane -- My Baby Gives It Away (1977)
Electric Light Orchestra -- Rockaria! (1976)
Jet -- One Hipster One Bullet (2009)
Steve Miller Band -- Roll With It (1968)
Nine Below Zero -- Three Times Enough (1981)
Brian Wilson feat. She & Him -- On The Island (2015)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Mads -- The Orange Plane

May 26, 2018

Modcast #407: The Obligatory Promotion of Mike's New Album

The Shingles (don't Google that on a full stomach) are in the driver's seat this week. Ken and Mike team up for some cool tunes and discussing Mike's new album First Days of Summer, among other bullshit.

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Elton John - The Bitch Is Back (Caribou, 1974)
Michael Simmons - Do Your Best To Care (First Days of Summer, 2018)
Beach Boys - Let Him Run Wild (Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), 1965)
Teenage Fanclub - I Don't Want To Control You (Songs from Northern Britain, 1997)
sparkle*jets u.k. - She's My Fave (In, Through, and Beyond, 1998)
Urge Overkill - Positive Bleeding (Saturation, 1993)
Crowded House - Kill Eye (Temple of Low Men, 1998)
Grays - Same Thing (Ro Sham Bo, 1994)
Adam Daniel - Battle Song (Blue Pop, 1999)
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Clair (Back to Front, 1972)
XTC - That Wave (Nonsuch, 1992)
Michael Simmons - Fuzzy Green Hat (First Days of Summer, 2018)
sparkle*jets u.k. - This Will Be Our Year (Unreleased)

Michael Simmons - It's My Fault

May 15, 2018

Modcast #406: Your Mileage May Vary

If you're looking for new tuneage you've tuned into the right show. Lots of cool new sounds for you to drown your earbuds in.

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The Damned -- Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow (2018)
Fontaines DC -- The Boys In The Better Land (2018)
The Vaccines -- I Can't Quit (2018)
The Vice Rags -- Shut Up & Love Me (2018)
Archie & The Bunkers -- You're The Victim (2018)
On And Ons -- Runabout (2017)
Danny Goffey -- Buzzkiller (2018)
Les Concordes -- Loneliness (2018)
Diamond Hands -- PCH (2018)
Cape Cartel -- More (2018)
Autonomics -- Brown Liquor (2017)
A Giant Dog -- Lucky Ponderosa (2017)
Dream Machine -- All For A Chance (2018)
Warm Soda -- Can't Erase This Feeling (2015)
The Exits -- Lovers Talk (1978)

Les Concordes -- The Kid's Growin' In Me

Danny Goffey -- Buzzkiller

Fontaines DC -- Winter In The Sun

April 28, 2018

Modcast #405: Play Ball wtih Mike from Vista Blue

It's baseball season so I've called up a promising prospect to give this week's modcast some real slugging power. Mike Patton from Vista Blue joins me this week to talk baseball, music, and baseball music. He's submitted a line up that is sure to win. So put on your rally caps, get yourself an overpriced beer and a cold hot dog because it's time to play ball!

Listen Now

Vista Blue -- Play Ball (2018)
The Zambonis - Johnny Got Suspended (1999)
Ozma - Baseball (2001)
Fountains of Wayne - All Kinds of Time (2003)
Better Than Ezra - This Time of Year (1993)
Vista Blue - Wonderboy Bat
Everclear - Jackie Robinson (2012)
The Ueckers - Took Her Out (2013)
Grim Deeds - Sports (2016)
The Zambonis - Curling Girl
Vista Blue - Somebody Put Something in My Gatorade (2016)
Baseball Project - Ichiro Goes to the Moon (2011)

The Baseball Project -- Ichiro Goes To The Moon

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April 20, 2018

Modcast #404: New Cool Old School

Jazz has always played a big part of the mod lifestyle, indeed it was arguably the founding sound of the original mods. Over the years R&B, soul, power pop and other musical styles have become even more dominant in some ways. But elements of jazz always have been and always will be a mainstay of mods the world over. I'm not a deep jazz cat by any means, but I like jazz. I've got lots of jazz favorites like from the early stuff like Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Count Basie, and of course all the various flavors of mod jazz from Jimmy Smith, Chico Hamilton, Miles Davis, and so on. So, this week I'm veering a little more contemporary with more modern mod friendly jazz acts.

Listen Now

Aaron Tesser and The New Jazz Affair -- You, Me and Jazz (2008)
Robert Walter's 20th Congress -- Crux (2013)
Dusty -- Voodoo (2008)
The Greyboy Allstars -- Inland Emperor (2013)
Yussef Kamaal -- Black Focus (2016)
Brownout -- Flaximus (Renegades of Jazz Mix) (2013)
The Voodoo Trombone Quartet -- You Pleasure Is Ours (2005)
Andre M -- You Can't Change (2017) (sign-up for downloads from André)
Roy Budd -- Sonny (???)
European Jazz Trio -- Say A Little Prayer (2003)
Chico Hamilton -- Chic Chic Chico (1965)
Chris Columbo Quintet -- Minerology (1963)
Elmer Bernstein -- The Jazz At Waldo's (1959)
Trombone Shorty feat. Cyril Neville -- Here Come The Girls (2017)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

Trombone Shorty -- Buckjump

European Jazz Trio -- Hungarian Dances No5

April 4, 2018

Modcast #403: Hard To Beat

Hard to beat, both the music in this week's show and the flu that's been going around. I may have been down, but I'm not out. In fact, this week I'm in, way in, with new music and old.

Listen Now

Green Day -- Still Breathing
The Incredible Vickers Brothers -- Mirrors (2018)
The Laissez Fairs -- High Horse (2018)
The Chats -- Bus Money (2018)
Tommy Sistak -- Alright (2018)
Gorilla* -- Oh Tonight (2018)
Trolley -- Crying All The Time (2018)
Sylvain Sylvain -- I'm So Sorry
Ray Daytona & Googoobombos -- It's Too Late
The Len Price 3 -- You Can't Say Goodbye
Saucy Jacks -- C'mon Jenny
Hard-Fi -- Hard To Beat
Squeeze -- Nirvana (2015)
Lack Of Afro -- I Got The Rhythm (feat. Elliott Cole) (2016)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

The Chats -- Smoko

March 4, 2018

More shows coming, until then catch up with past Modcasts you may have missed

Got some cool shows in the production pipeline: volume two of Mr. Suave Behind the Music; the mod vs the rocker; Mr. Suave after dark; special guest DJs; and shows highlighting new music, jazz, ska and more. Until then you can browse past shows and listen in to any you might have missed before. Enjoy!

February 14, 2018

Modcast #402: Still Another Bowlful O' Soul

Get the funk up outta your chair and start movin' and groovin' to that souled out beat. From across the decades comes another bowlful of sizzling soul tracks, new, old, classic and everything in between.

Listen Now

Baby Charles -- I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2008)
Marlena Shaw -- California Soul (1969)
Stevie Wonder -- Living For The City (1973)
Angie Stone -- Wish I Didn't Miss You (2001)
Jacksoul -- Got To Have It (2014)
Quincy Jones (feat. Nate Turner, Venetta Fields & The Mirettes) -- Rap, Run It On Down (1969)
Diplomats of Solid Sound -- Soul Connection (2004)
Eddie Kendricks -- Boogie Down (1974)
Basement Freaks w/Kylie Audist -- White Hot (2016)
Otis Redding -- A Hard Day's Night (1967)
Pizzicato Five -- Sweet Soul Revue (1994)
Fay Hallam -- Soul Revolution (2015)
André M -- Kenzy's Choice (2018)
The James Hunter Six -- I Got Eyes (2018)

St. Germain Cranberry Cocktail
1 lime
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce St. Germain liqueur
1 ounce cranberry juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add vodka, elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice, and 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake vigorously to combine and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and frozen cranberries and serve. Zest 1/2 of the lime into a small bowl and combine with rimming sugar, rubbing the sugar and zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Sprinkle onto a small plate. Cut the lime into wedges, then use one to wet the edge of the serving glass. Gently tap the edge of the glass into the sugar, coating well. Set aside.

California Soul -- Diplo Remix

Pizzicato 5 - Triste

January 30, 2018

Modcast #401: The Last Gasp

Here it is, the first of the modcast's second 400 shows! Egads. What will happen first, Trump's impeachment or my last modcast? Stay tuned to find out. And in the meantime enjoy one last dip into the year in music that was 2017.

Listen Now

Dirty Fences -- Teen Angel (2017)
Heavyball -- Office Party (2017)
The Action -- Too Scared 2 Dance (2017)
The Buzz -- Tell Me Now (2017)
The Safes -- Disposable Outcome (2017)
K7s -- Every Night (2017)
Liam Gallagher -- Greedy Soul (2017)
New Politics -- Clouds (2017)
The Regrettes -- Seashore (2017)
The Len Price 3 -- Childish Words (2017)
The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown -- The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown (2017)
The Dip -- Sure Don't Miss You (2017)
Tanika Charles -- Soul Run (2017)
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio -- Concussion (2017)
Bee Bee Sea --Chum On The Drum (2017)

Raspberry Le Flor

1½ oz. Raspberry Vodka
½ oz. elderflower liqueur
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. water
To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake until well blended. Poor into cocktial glass and garnish with mint sprigs and raspberries.

The Dip -- Sure Don't Miss You

The Regrettes -- Fox On The Run

January 21, 2018

Modcast #400: Mr. Suave Behind The Music Vol. 1

Hitting a milestone this week with the #400th episode of the modcast. Mary Queen of Cosmos sits me down and tortures me with booze to get the real story of how I ended up here. From The Bangs to The Who to Edwin Starr to oh so many more.

Listen Now

The Standells -- Riot On Sunset Strip (1967)
The Monkees -- Saturday's Child (1966)
The Who -- Cut My Hair (1973)
Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 -- Look Around (1968)
Dead Kennedy's -- Viva Las Vegas (1980)
Rush -- A Passage To Bangkok (1976)
Oingo Boingo -- Only A Lad (1981)
Edwin Starr -- Twenty-Five Miles (1980)
Four Tops -- I Can't Help Myself (1965)
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -- I Second That Emotion (1967)
Three O'Clock -- With A Cantaloupe Girlfriend (1982)
The Bangs -- Getting Out Of Hand (1981)
Fishbone -- Ugly (1985)
Pandoras -- Hot Generation (1984)
The Untouchables -- Wild Child (1985)

Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World Promo Video

The Question -- Wild Child (Live 1988)

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