Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 6

Yeh, so this is the final installment in our series acquainting you with some of the riches we recently found over at Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Maybe we've overdone it a bit, but once you get there, you'll see we've only scratched the surface. Mr. S plunks our twanger bigtime, and we sure hope he gets to yours as well. We visit his fab blog on a regular basis now and expect to charge our musical loving cup many times in future. We'll say thanks again and look forward to good times ahead. We'll also remind you that once you get to MSMMW, be sure to click the post titles to launch the songs.

The Soup Dragons - Hang Ten! - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - long-time faves
The Quick - Pretty Please - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Corner Laughers - The Commonest Manifesto - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - With their kind permission we posted these San Franciscans early and lovingly. You can hear more here.

Holiday - Who's Gonna Find Out - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Icicles - Snappy - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Sleeper - Bedhead - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Permanent Green Light - We Could Just Die - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Nirvana Devils - Some Foreign Shore - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Graduate - Elvis Should Play Ska - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The English Beat - Big Shot - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Eight Miles High - See My Way - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 5

Behold more of the excellent songage we found at Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Links are ready and rarin' and but await your touch. Thanks, Mr. S!

Locksley - Let Me Know - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Len Price 3 - Rentacrowd - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
American Breed - I'm Gonna Make You Mine - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Generation X - One Hundred Punks - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Black Carnations - Black Carnations - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Long Tall Shorty - Win Or Lose - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Action Now - When Wednesday Comes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Pretty Things - Midnight to Six Man - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Mark & The Spies - But I Do - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Ace-Tones - In Your Eyes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 4

Thanks to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World for letting us hear the following. (When you get to Mr S's, be sure to click the post titles.)

Material Issue - Something's Happened to Catherine - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The On/Offs - This Town - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Baskervilles - Everybody Looks Not Everybody Finds - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We love Baskervilles and prove it here. Be sure to check out other downloadable tracks from their Twilight 14 series here. Superb stuff! (It's been kinda fun to find Mr. Suave likes a lot of the same groups we like!)
The Primates - I Ain't Like You - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Parties - Gotta Get Out - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We previously posted songs by The Parties here and here, along with songs by other excellent groups.

Svengalis - Soda and Cigarettes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Couple - Love You Yes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Young Sportsmen - Metropolitan - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - The Young Sportsmen tune I posted is still here, along with songs by some other stellar Seattle bands.
The Kickovers - Black and Blue - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Jolt - I Can't Wait - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 3

Thanks to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World for posting the following. Click and check 'em out, if you like.

The School - I Want You Back - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Bicycles - Oh No It's Love - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Pinkees - Say What You're Thinking - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Mando Diao - And I Don't Know - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Cute Lepers - It's Summertime Baby - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We posted another by the Leps here. It's still viable, along with a buncha other gooduns.

The Pranks - Modern Communication - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We posted this one previously. It isn't working now at our place, but "Spending Time" is, along with some other good songs by some other good artistes.
Graham Day & The Gaolers - Pass That Whiskey - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Now - Baby I'm Bad - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The V.I.P.'s - Need Somebody to Love - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Satelliters - Lost in Time - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 2

Yeh, we know, you were right, you can't trust pp to ppost anything in a timely manner these days. We therefore, in rapid-fire succession, ppost the rest of the incredible stash of things moderniste we most liked at Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. We didn't mention last week that Mr. S has been doing a "Mod-A-Day" thing this entire fast-fading last year of the decade, so there are literally hundreds of items you might like even better than the below and those we previously posted. Once you get there, be sure to click on the post title to launch the song. And once again: thanks, dear dear Mr. S!!!

The Groovie Ghoulies - Criswell Predicts - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Squire - Debbie Jones - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Frank Popp Ensemble - Live Wire - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Plasticland - Flower Scene - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Trotsky Icepick - Bury Manilow - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - A fun, long-time favorite. We also dig "A Little Push at the Top of the Stairs," if you can find it.

The Tranzmitors - Dancin' In The Front Row - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Things - Can't Get Enough - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Cola Jet Set - El sueño de mi vida - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Hush Puppies - Hot Shot - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - Some mods liked to wear Hush Puppies. Also desert boots!!!
The Music Explosion - Little Black Egg - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 1

I've got a new friend (who, as usual, doesn't actually know me). His name is Mr. Suave, and he's a mod. There's a lot more I could tell you about him, but you can easily read and hear all about it at his fantastic blog, Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. For our immediate purposes, the main thing you need to know is that Mr. S has posted an incredibly large and most excellent buncha songs by mod and mod-influenced artists. Mr. S is not a stickler for genrefication, so his repetoire is deep and wide and includes powerpop, psych, garage, ska, r&b, and other genres. I've found so many ace songs I'm going to spread my favorites out over several posts. ("Uh oh," you say, "when pp says stuff like that, we reach for grains, maybe even pillars of salt, not to mention the fact he hasn't even posted for A FREAKIN' MONTH!") And you are very wise to do so. But, please, be moderate. Give pp a chance. Let's just see what happens, mkay?

Lined up below, like so many eager Vespas and Lambrettas, are the pleasure vehicles of Installment 1. Click them to scoot over to MSMMW. I rather think you won't be disappointed. Oh, I should also say that once there, you can either click Mr. S's post titles or the blue mini-players to hear and possibly download the songs. Click his blog name at the top to go to his homepage and check out his fun-filled modcasts. Of course, many thanks to The Suave One for turning us on to so much great music. And many thanks as well to the most excellent Peter over at Peter's Power Pop, where I discovered Mr. S in a comment.

The Madd - You Can Be My Baby - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Anydays - On My Way - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Mystic Eyes - My Time To Leave - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Sorentinos - Summertime - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Modest Proposal - Already An Angel & Seen Your Face Before - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World


The Attack - Feel Like Flying - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Buzzcocks - Nostalgia - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Julie Ocean - At The Appointed Hour - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - I previously posted an excelente by Julie Ocean here. There are other extant excelentes in that post as well.
The Naomi Star - She Told Me - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Shoes - Your Very Eyes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - I previously posted a couple of songs by this, one of my all-time favorite bands, here.