[Modcast 2013-10-14] Songs Without Moustaches


Lee Hazlewood – “You Look Like a Lady”
Tom Jones – “Stop Breakin’ My Heart”
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – “Gold Rush Part 1 / Dollars In the Night / Gold Rush Part 2″
Thee Mighty Caesars – “69 Seconds”
Television Personalities – “I Was a Mod Before You Was a Mod”
Otis Spann – “I’m Ready”
Liz Brady – “Palladium”
Cal Tjader – “Soul Motion”
The Ups and Downs – “In the Shadows”
The Jetset – “The Man Who Lives Upstairs”
Long Tall Shorty – “Falling For You”
Neils Children – “Get Away From Me, Now”
The Chantalles – “I Want That Boy”
Booker T & the MG’s – “Hang ‘Em High”
Manual Scan – “New Difference”
Makin’ Time = “Honey (Fast version)”
Jacques Dutronc – “les Cactus”
Style Council – “The Whole Point of No Return”
Tom Waits – “More Than Rain”

I know what you’re thinking and nope, sorry, Hazlewood released the album that one is on after demoustaching. I know, I know, it seems wrong to me, too, Lee hazlewood without a mustache, but it happened and we don’t talk about it.

While I have you here, today only, I have a coupon code for my Etsy shop. In theory, it’s a Tumblr exclusive, but this gets cross-posted to there, anyway, so go check it out. ☺

[Modcast 2013-10-07] Music to Protect Your Drag Clothes from Your Cat To


John Cooper Clarke – “Midnight Sun”
Makin’ Time – “I’m Not Really a Welder”
The Moodists – “Where the Trees Walk Downhill”
Graduate – “Elvis Should Play Ska”
Department S – “Somewhere Between Heaven and Tesco’s”
The Headcoatees – “True To You”
Franz Ferdinand – “Tell Her Tonight (in German)”
Broder Daniel – “Lovesick”
United Future Organisation – “Fool’s Paradise”
The Prisoners – “Say Your Prayers”
The Real Kids – “She’s Alright”
The Pretty Things – “Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut”
Rousers – “Face Toward the wall”
Powder – “I Try”
Purple Hearts – “Restless Dream Recurring”
Mick Harvey – “The Ticket Puncher”
The Fall – “Jawbone and the Air-Rifle”
The Go-Betweens – “People Say”
Tom Waits – “The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me”

Spot On Etsy: Strawberry Wine

So, I had originally planned a treasury that’s been in my drafts for longer, titled “A Very British phenomenon”, but then Middleton had to go and take all my birthday Twitter attention away from me. So then I had half a mind to go into PhotoShop and crudely draw a crown over Kate Beaton’s “Shut Up About Babies” t-shirt, and have that be my “Spot On Etsy” for the day.

…but I’m over my urge to throw a tantrum, now, and I bring you this fine Etsy Treasury I’ve created, “Summer Wine”:

The following badges have also been added to my on shop:

…and badges from my shoppe have gotten nods in the following treasuries:

I also wanted to remind everyone that there are four copies of New Dance back in stock, AND, for the rest of this month, use the coupon code HAPPYBIRTHDAYRUADHAN for 16% off all purchases of $3 or more (before shipping).

I also wanted to acknowledge that yes, i HAVE neglected the newsletter, but I’m transitioning it to monthly rather than fortnightly, and wanted to take some time to reconsider the format. It *should* be ready to start back up in August.

DJ RJ’s Modcast for 15 July 2013


Saint Etienne – “Railway Jam”
Department S – “Whatever Happened To the Blues?”
Dexys – “You”
Paul Bevoir – “Changing Places”
Madness – “Believe Me”
Gli Evangelisti – “Un ragazzo di strada”
Tony Clarke – “Landslide”
The Out Cast – “You’ve Gotta Call Me”
The Smiths – “Work Is A Four Letter Word”
Purple Hearts – “Plane Crash”
The Small Faces – “Tin Soldier”
The Meddyevals – “Place called Love”
The Kinks – “Village Green”
The Ordinary Boys – “Over the Counter Culture”
The Monochrome Set – “Two Fists”
Prince – “4 the Tears In Your Eyes”
Skandalous All-Stars – “Cult of Personality”
Alexei Sayle – “The Winebars of Old Hampstead Town”

The Monday Modcast: 27 May 2013 – Garage & Swamp


The Gun Club – “Sex Beat”
Richard Hell & the Voidoids – “You Gotta Move”
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Dead Man In My Bed”
The Dead Boys – “Ain’t Nothing to Do”
The Flaming Stars – “Treptower Park”
The Bluestars – “Social End Product”
Snake-Out – “I Ain’t Ghandi”
The Fall – “Pay Your Rates”
The Inmates – “Mr. Unreliable”
Thee Headcoatees – “Shadow”
Radio Birdman – “New Race (original version)”
The Prisoners – “Deceiving Eye”
The Moodists – “Swingy George”
Crime & the City Solution – “Motherless Child (Dance Mix)”
The Black Belles – “Leave You With a Letter”
The Del-Byzanteens – “Sally Go Round the Roses”
Brian Auger Trinity w/ Julie Driscoll – “This Wheel’s On Fire”
Julie Grant – “Come To Me”

Sunday at the Gallery


In honour of “Bad Mutha’ Day” west of the Atlantic.

The Twilight Zone

In 1959, Hollywood’s own Angry Young Man, Rod Serling, launched one of the most memorable anthology series of television history, The Twilight Zone. It’s a science fiction series, but it’s never been all spaceships and alien encounters, as most assume of the sci-fi genre these days, but more often dystopia, time travel, extreme natural disasters, and a lot of times plots or even elements that others might consider more fantasy –common themes in stories explore the fine line between insanity and different realities, or science fiction and ghost stories. rodserling An entire episode is even dedicated to the idea of reality as experienced by five dolls in a charity’s donation bin.

Having watched most episodes over the last six months, I feel confident in saying this: Rod Serling was one pessimistic curmudgeon. Among the common themes of most episodes includes “people are horrible to each other” and “humanity will damn itself before anything else could”. He was also a fan of cosmic irony, one of the most famous examples in The Twilight Zone being the episode “Time Enough at Last”, about a man who, at first on the verge of losing his job due to reading, suddenly finds himself the sole survivor of a disaster that otherwise destroyed the city, because he had been locked in the bank vault reading; toward the end of the episode, he realises that, though alone, he now finally has time enough to read everything he wants, without any fear s of having to do anything else that could get in the way of his reading —only to accidentally step on and destroy his glasses, after carefully arranging the first stacks of books he wanted to read. In Serling’s world of dubious reality and aliens planting just the tiniest seeds to let humanity destroy itself, there is clearly some divine force at work to make sure that no-one is ever happy. R-1459371-1221319782

Serling totally earned his nickname of “angry young man of Hollywood”, which was likely drawn from both the similarities between himself and the vague collection of British writers the term had been applied to across the Atlantic (practically none of whom liked the label, and only just barely could tolerate each-other) and the high amount of criticism he had of the industry, especially earlier on in his career, though by the time of The Twilight Zone, he had claimed to have “outgrown” that moniker, and by the age of 34 in 1959, was simply “petulant”[link], and claimed that his waning anger was due in part to his own success affording him freedoms he previously didn’t have. To be frank, I simply cannot envision a Mod scene without an appreciation for not only crime dramas, but also a deep appreciation for Rod Serling.

Though his next major anthology series, The Night Gallery, suffered in quality which he later blamed on himself, it’s still worth seeing, in this humble (p)op-art-culture junkie’s opinion. To address the wane in quality, Serling said he had grown weary of the pressures associated with the kind of creative control he had on The Twilight Zone, so agreed to less control over The Night Gallery (with his only contributions to some episodes being his introduction sequences). While I generally enjoy the themes of classic science fiction and even horror (one of the major differences between The Night Gallery and The Twilight Zone is that the latter was dominated by themes common to science fiction, fantasy, and were often philosophical –The Night Gallery primarily focused on horror, including psychological horror and its overlapping with science fiction, the macabre and “supernatural”, and often aimed for black and dark humour), the quality of The Night Gallery, when compared to The Twilight Zone, is very apparent. While Serling certainly had a handful of other writers and directors contributing to The Twilight Zone, the quality was constant, and one typically needs to check the credits to know whether it’s a Serling-heavy episode, or whether the writing and/or direction was taken on by others. The Night Gallery, in contrast, has the inverse true: If you’re familiar with The Twilight Zone, it’s generally pretty easy to pick out which stories showcased on The Night Gallery were Serling-heavy, while many others very clearly were not. But even on his major contributions to The Night Gallery, he stuck to the reality that he knew best: Humans are horrible to each-other, humans are all doomed at their own hands, and the Fates have a sick sense of humour.