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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. For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes
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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. For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes
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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. From 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. For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes
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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. For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes
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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. For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes
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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. For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes
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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. 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. For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes
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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.

For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com.

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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.

For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com.

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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.

For a complete track list, links to bands, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com.

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