[2001-06-20] More Downtempo & Covers

Well, once again, it’s been several weeks since I’ve uploaded anything to here, and while I feel like offering an explanation, I can’t really think of anything beyond “INTERNET, LET ME TELL YOU — IT IS *HARD* TO THINK OF DIFFERENT MUSIC TO PLAY EVERY WEEK!!” Especially when my audience is apparently a tiny one — some may think that makes it easier, but when I don’t have a regular influx of ideas of new stuff to play, you’re basically going to get a lot of David Bowie, Japan, Secret Affair, The Fall, English Baroque, and Power Pop with a pretty regular rotation of Pizzicato 5. Left to my own devices, I’d probably have a Mod night of just The Berlin Trilogy, and the Glory Boys, I Am Kurius Oranj, and Big Hits & Jet Lag albums — and I am dead serious.

Mari Wilson & the Wilsations – Beat the Beat
The Monochrome Set – Lester Leaps In
Les Cappuccino – Bande a Part
Nouvelle Vague – Too Drunk to Fuck
Television Personalities – Makin’ Time
Biff Bang Pow! – There Must Be a Better Life
Pizzicato 5 – Summertime Summertime
Variety Lab – London In the Rain
Angie Bowie – I Just Wanna Have Something to Do (Mambo Mix)
Sandie Shaw – A Girl Called Johnny
Brian Auger & the Trinity w/ Julie Driscoll – Light My Fire
Flaming Stars – You Don’t Always Want What You Get
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
Hollywood Mon Amour (featuring Skye) – A View To a Kill
The Smiths – Oscilate Wildly
Gene – I Say a Little Prayer

[2011-03-28] Downtempo and Covers

I’ve been dragging my arse lately. It’s convenient to blame The S.A.D., how annoying this keyboard is, how cold my new room is, but that doesn’t get this done. I barely have this house unpacked to a manageable level, and I’m already planning a garden for both the front and back.

I’m also going to heartily point to my Tip Jar button, cos my projects cost me money. These are all pretty much labours of love, and so every little bit one can donate toward it all is a big help.


The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Poir Moi
Elton Motello – Jet Boy, Jet Girl
Hollywood Mon Amour – Call Me
Silicon Teens – you Really Got Me
the Noisettes – Ever Fallen In Love
Flamin’ Groovies – Paint It Black
Love & Rockets – Holiday On the Moon
Nouvelle Vague – Movement of Fear
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
Marianne Faithful – Working Class Hero
Andi Sexgang – Broken English
Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)
Japan – Don’t Rain On My Parade

[2010-09-13] Week late

I made this one last week, but I forgot that I hadn’t posted, uploaded, or even saved it all as one file (but I had the set written out, and that’s what’s important), so this week’s will be tomorrow, cos I’m kind of on a roll now. Regular schedule *should* resume next week, but I wouldn’t set my clock by it, cos I’ve got a few other projects all going right now.


They Might Be Giants – Dig My Grave
The Artwoods – I Take What I Want
Flaming Hands – I Belong to Nobody
The Solarflares – Valerie
The Embrooks – Venus At Night
The Loons – Face out of Phase
Les Fleurs des Lys – One City Girl
Manual Scan – I Want to Hold Your Hand
The Riots – Move Me
The Revillos – Bobby Come Back to Me
The Inmates – Talk Talk
The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
Social Security – Choc Ice
The Cigarettes – Surrender
The Chesterfield Kings – Outside Chance
Chris Farlowe – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
The Easybeats – River Deep, Mountain High
Flamin’ Groovies – Teenage Confidental
The Iguanas – Louie Louie (James Osterberg, a.k.a. Iggy Pop, on vocals)

[2010-09-06] In Monoraul!

I almost made a post of nothing but this song (at about 12:44, there’s a chorus of “It’s Labour Day!”, and I have to say, this is possibly the most wonderful song I’ve ever heard — but I listen to Yoko Ono and Iannis Xenakis, your opinion probably differs), but I like both my listeners — I wouldn’t do that to you.

I was hoping to putt another theme, but gods above, do you have any idea how lacking in the topic of labour is the music of a subculture composted by an overwhelming majority of working-classes? It’s very lacking. Very, very lacking.

So no theme for this one, I wish I could, but fuck it, maybe next time.

This is the longest set I’ve posted in a while, so this will make up for the fact that I forgot to post something last week, like I said I would — which I apologise for, but I woke up last Monday and honestly forgot it was Monday until quarter til midnight — and then I remembered that since I’m doing this in WordPress, I can set it to post things at a specific time and date, to avoid this. Which is what I’m doing now. Podcasting from the past! …or maybe I’m podcasting to the future? Either way, please, let this blow your freakin mind — or just tell me it did.

Also, please donate to the tip jar. I really want to go see some friends in Baltimore (and stalk John Waters, perhaps) later this year, and that cannot happen without delicious monies.


Boys Next Door – Boy Hero
Roxy Music – Do The Strand
Shakespear’s Sister – Excuse Me John
The Smiths – Handsome Devil
The Monochrome Set – Silicone Carne
Cat Stevens – Lovely City (When Do You Laugh)
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood – Lady Bird
Billie Davis – Billy Sunshine
The New Constitution – No Easy Way
Paul Weller – Peacock Suit
Them – Bright Lights, Big City
The Fall – City Hobgoblines
Art Brut – Blame It On the Trains
Gavin Friday – Kitchen Sink Drama
Leonard Cohen – Stories of the Street
Rufus Wainwright – Old Whore’s Diet (w/ Antony Hegarty)

[2010-07-19 Modcast] I’ve noticed a theme for when I’m cleaning…

No, serious, I have.

So, it’s my birthday on Thursday, and as loathe as I am to admit it on the ModCulture forum, my housekeeping skills are complete shit. I suppose if I wanted to, I could at least partially blame my parents who had the bizarre notion that expecting your child to clean their room was the same thing as teaching them good cleaning habits, but my family, and in particular, my parents are a subject best not thought about, if you ask me. Regardless, I admit, I have tendencies toward accumulating clutter, and I tend to mainly only really pick up around here when I’m expecting company — and my birthday is on Thursday, and I have some friends who plan on coming over.

So because yesterday I cleaned up in the bathroom and today it’s the kitchen’s turn, I’ve got more glam, punk, and art-rock for you.


Minty – Homme Aphrodite (Parts 1 & 2)
Roxy Music – Mother Of Pearl
Jobriath – Ooh La La
Be Bop Deluxe – Third Floor Heaven
David Bowie – John, I’m Only Dancing
Stiv Bators – Swingin’ A-Go-Go
The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)
Jayne County – Everyone’s An Asshole But Me
Nina Hagen – Stacheldraht
Lemming – Father John
Cuddly Toys – You Keep Me Hanging On
Slade – The Shape of Things to Come
Gary Glitter – Do You Wanna Touch Me
Pansy Division – Son Of a Preacher Man
The Tubes – White Punks On Dope

By the way, speaking of The Tubes — not only am i really surprised that I haven’t added “White Punks On Dope” to a cast yet, I’m kind of appalled that The Tubes are playing a county fair in Michigan this summer — and in September, they’re coming back to Michigan in October, playing a theatre venue. I looked up the theatre to check admission prices, and discovered that at the end of this month, they’re hosting Gallagher — which is even more appalling than The Tubes at a county fair, to be honest. Of course, I can’t decide which is more appalling about this: The fact that Gallagher is, for some inexplicable reason, still touring, or the fact that admission to see Gallagher at this theatre is six dollars more than The Tubes, and billed as a “non-smash” performance — which, as best as I can tell, is practically eliminating the primary reason to go see Gallagher in the first place. Almost makes me want to hold out on this performance and take the bus to Akron to go see them there — assuming that I can even, for all practicality, afford that.

[2010-04-19] Well, I thought I knew what I was doing with this one…

I would like to apologise for the somewhat disjointed set this week; but first I’d just like to mention that real life and real life illnesses have gotten in the way this last month, so that’s why it’s been so long since my last cast — I seriously thought about it last week, but have you even had such a violent coughing/mucus attack that you were physically exhausted afterward? If not, try and hope you never do.

So, I thought I knew what I was doing with this week’s cast, considering that I’ve decided to be a tad liberal with my definitions of “music for Mods” lately. You see, after I post this, I’m going back to the bathroom to film Part Two of How To Whiten Dyed Hair. If you watch the first part, you may notice that I’ve skipped a day because, honestly, my hair feels in really good condition — its best ever since I first started whitening my hair (including the last year and change I took off after a timing accident — but that’s another story for another time). So it hit me when I was contemplating today’s cast last night — “hey! I have a fair amount of music by people with whiten and/or bleached hair!” (I say and/or as I’m including The Winter Brothers and Welsh eclectic musician and recording engineer, David Wrench, who all have albinism, as well as Requiem In White and the other musical projects of Doc Hammer, who has either a spot-type albinism, possibly a chimeraism, or on odd placement of vitiligo of the scalp, resulting in a rare case of naturally two-toned hair, with a large section growing nearly white-blond and the rest dark brown.)

While this thought of last night is actually true, there are a few realities of my music collection that didn’t fully sink in until a couple hours ago:

  1. All of my stuff by The Winters (both solo and together) is on LP, and I’m still waiting for The Money Fairy™ to drop by and give me a spare $150-ish for a USB record player so I can mp3 my vinyl.
  2. This also means mp3 access to David Wrench Sings Songs of The Shangri-La’s, (which is honestly one of the strangest records I own, as well as one of the few that manages to be more depressing and down-tempo than Nico’s The Marble Index) is completely non-existent. Still, eternal thanks to Thea for acting as my record mule, as the seller did not ship across the pond on that one, the bastard.
  3. While I can reason the inclusion of Gary Numan on this set, considering everything else I lined up ahead of time, I really couldn’t do that for anything I currently have involving Doc Hammer — which makes me sad on several levels.

Furthermore, by “a fair amount”, I really meant “a lot of Johnny & Edgar Winter, David Wrench’s entire solo catalogue, and a complete discography of Japan”. At some point, I remembered Suzi Pinns is really “Jordan” (Pamela Rooke), who was best-recognised in part for her Mondrian-inspired make-up, and in part for her very bleached hair. Then I started really stretching the definition of “bleached hair” (and so included Divine, whose hair never got as fair as even Jayne County’s, and Nina Hagen, whose hair has been many colours, but never a very light blonde), and at some point gave up entirely and slipped in “White Punks On Dope” by The Tubes, because it’s my Modcast, and I’ll do whatever I want. Also, Ray Columbus & The Art Collection later became a band known as Powder — their inclusion is the latest of my many jokes, so if it doesn’t immediately come to you, think about why that might be funny.

In the end is something about as listenable as my Last.FM radio personalised stations, or at least WCBN 88.3 FM in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and more predictable than their Free Form Radio hours.


Suzi Pinns – Rule Britannia
Japan – Fall In Love With Me
Dusty Springfield – Windmills Of Your Mind
David Bowie – Look Back In Anger
Ray Colubmbus & The Art Collection – Snap, Crackle & Pop!
The Tubes – White Punks On Dope
Cuddly Toys – Fall and Decline of the Universe
David Wrench – Never Seen A Good Man Die
Tubeway Army – You Are In My Vision
The Cramps – Tear It Up
Nina Hagen – African Reggae
Jayne County & The Electric Chairs – I’m In Love With Dusty Springfield
Divine – I’m So Beautiful

[2010-03-22] Downtown in the Big City and Back Again

I’ve wanted to do a set like this for a while, but since I decided to use this podcast blog less as a “proper DJ blog” and more as a concept and form of self-expression, it’s been hard to think of times when I might be able to make a post such as this one. It’s no secret to my friends that I love big cities. Seriouslky, Philadelphia, while a gorgeous city, still feels too small to me. Even Chicago, with just short of 3milion, is probably the smallest city I’ve been happy with — London, on the other hand, city of my adolescent summers, not only has its nostalgic values for my life (where I first say RHPS, first got drunk, learned how to drive, etc…), but it has an urban population of nearly 8.25million and has this immaculate filthiness that has entranced people for generations.

But not every song can be about London, nor does every song have to have ties to a specific city.

And why? No, not “why can’t every song be about London?” The question is “why, Ruadhan, do you pick this of all weeks?” Because it seems that at my appointment with my allergist on Friday, March 19th, I was determined to be officially allergic to wilderness. All common grasses and half common tree pollens and weeds. And considering that my spirituality is even linked to large cities, my room-mate felt it appropriate to make the joke “this is some deity making a claim on you — because you can’t ever do anything simply by asking you to, you have to be given a reason”. Even ignoring the spiritual gratification, an allergy to wilderness not only explains elevated mood and feelings of wellness, but also the sometime-dramatic weight-loss I’ve experienced in long-term stays (two weeks or longer) in large cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, London, HK…. Hell, even Toledo, Ohio. Granted, city-prompted weight-loss is no doubt accelerated by the fact that the public transportation is better, and it’s easier to get to what I need and want to do just by walking, but personally, increasing mobility in rural and suburban areas has, for me, not done a whole lot for weight management on its own (and ask my smart-ass room-mate, I don’t eat that much; often enough, the “recommended serving size” on the package has proved itself too filling for me)

But don’t take this as me saying to pave the rainforests — after all, city air has to start as fresh air somewhere, and the grasslands are inefficient for oxygen production, as they’re where food is gestated before arriving in my grocery store, free of pollens and wrapped in cling-film. It’s all a splendiferous chain with connected ends, never ending, always turning in the hands of gods and daimons.

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Leonard Cohen – Stories of the Street
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood – Paris Summer
The Who – Armenia City In the Sky
Petula Clark – Downtown
Roxy Music – Streetlife
Cat Stevens – Lovely City (When Do You Laugh?)
The Monochrome Set – I Love Lambeth
David Bowie – London Bye Ta-Ta
T Rex – London Boys
The Inmates – Dirty Water
The Artwoods – Big City
The Lambrettas – London Calling
Manual Scan – Man About Town
Secret Affair – Soho Strut
The Jam – Town Called Malice
The Selecter – Bristol & Miami
Eleanor Rigby – Last Night In Soho
Madness – Razor Blade Alley
Giddle & Boyd – Sunset Strip SS

[2010-03-08] Idols

I like when I have a theme, and yesterday, I came up with a great theme — my idols. By that, i mean the musicians who have shaped my life and my creative process in certain ways that I can see, even when others can’t.

This, of course, implies “favourite artists of all time, ever”, but doesn’t necessarily imply “current top-X favourites” — nor does it imply that these are my favourite songs by these artists, as concern for time (I try to keep these casts under an hour) and flow/matching (not necessarily “beatmatching” — I’m also sure those of you who are well up on your muso trivia as I am have caught that I’ll make little in-jokes with song order, some jokes more obvious than others, I’m sure). For example, I tend not to listen to so much Queen these days, as I can get fairly weepy (having your favourite person in the world die when you’re ten can affect you), and even so, I rarely listen to “God Save the Queen” — but making it a closer to an opening of “Star-Spangled Bologna” just struck me as incredibly amusing.

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The Evolution Control Committee – The Star Spangled Bologna
Marc Bolan – Dandy In the Underworld
Daucus Karota – Raw Power
Iggy & The Stooges – Gimmie Danger
Gavin Friday – Man of Misfortune
DEVO – Be Stiff
Dexys Midnight Runners – Soul Finger
Rufus Wainwright – Greek Song
Danielle Dax – Fizzing Human Bomb
Japan – Talking Drum
The Who – Armenia City In the Sky
Cat Stevens – Lovely City (When Do You Laugh?)
David Bowie – London Bye Ta-Ta
Secret Affair – Only Madmen Laugh
Prince & the Revolution – America
Marc Almond – Brilliant Creatures
Queen – God Save the Queen

[2010-03-01] Music to Scrub Your Kitchen To

Don’t judge me! You have no right to judge me!

I will argue this in the simplest way possible — it is well-established among people who study these things that suedeheads listened to glam rock, Slade was at one time promoted as a Skinhead band, and anybody who fails to see the musical evolution from The Who’s “My Generation” to Vox Pop’s “Just Like Your Mom” is only fooling themselves.

That said, is there anything better to scrub down a kitchen during the waning of your annual winter depression than Glam & Punk Rock? No, no, there really isn’t. You can try and argue with me, but you’ll be wrong. How do i know? It’s my podcast, and I said so. So :-p

Be glad I didn’t break out the Guns N’ Roses this week (as I could have easily reasoned their inclusion in this week’s cast — I’ve already included The Germs and Vox Pop, and Vox Pop included Don Bolles’ then-girlfriend Mary “Dinah Cancar” Simms, who not only briefly dated Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue, but who is also included in the thank-yous on Appetite For Destruction, along with her and Bolles’ later band, 45 Grave), and be glad I spared you the Rozz Williams (which I have been listening to a lot of this week, for some reason I can’t figure out — and who’s music I’d be able to reason into here not only because 45 Grave gets on nod on Christian Death’s first album, only Theatre of Pain, but also because Don Bolles is featured in the last known photo taken of Rozz Williams), and be glad I spared you This Is Where the Fish Lives (which is my own noise project, and which I would have reasoned into this by pointing out that I once slept on Don Bolles’ couch) — no, this is punk rock and glam at its … well, maybe not at its finest, but at its loudest, its most enthusiastic, and its least intelligent, or (as much as I love Marc Bolan) at least its least comprehensible.

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Slade – Get Down, Get With It
MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
The Stooges – T.V. Eye
Jayne County – Everyone’s An Asshole But Me
Sweet – Wig Wam Bam
Stiv Bators – Swingin’ A-Go-Go
Pansy Division – On Any Other Day (<– and be glad I spared you all “Bill & Ted’s Homosexual Adventure”, because the last thing I need is somebody e-mailing me, telling me that they got fired for listening to this at work) The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again The Germs – Forming Vox Pop – Just Like Your Mom New York Dolls – Trash Cuddly Toys – You Keep Me Hangin’ On Raped – Moving Target Richard Hell & the Voidoids – Love Comes In Spurts Rocket From the Tombs – Sonic Reducer Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missle F1-11 T Rex – Funky London Childhood

[2010-02-22] Because Some Mornings Pizzicato Five is Better Than Coffee

If you missed me this month, I apologise. I seriously contemplated putting together a Valentine’s Day music cast, but most of this month, I’ve been struggling with allergies and other tasty shit, and while I did manage to get myself out of the apartment for Saturday, 13 February for Bloody Valentine’s Day at The Elbow Room, I wound up leaving earlier than my friends because even though it’s my apartment that I’m allergic to (or more accurately, something *in* said — I have tests coming up to determine what, but I’ve still made better cleaning efforts in the meantime), allergies can be exhausting.

This week, I start on a quirky downbeat and then immediately switch tones with some upbeat poppy stuff, because I’ve discovered that while I’m feeling like absolute hell, perky upbeat music actually has a sort of placebo effect on my mood. It doesn’t make everything completely better, but it helps some and I’m able to get things done.

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Dusty Springfield – The Windmills of Your Mind
Christian Death – Haloes
QYPTHONE – Monturno No 5
The Revillos – Motorbike Beat
Stereo Total – Comme Un Garcon
Jet – Nothing To Do With Us
The Plastics – Top Secret Man
Mari Wilson – Ecstasy
Style Council – A Solid Bond In Your Heart
Blondie – Dreaming
The Moderns – Got To Have Pop
The Direct Hits – Soul Shoes
The Mo-Dettes – White Mouse Disco
Flamin’ Groovies – Shgake Some Action
Giddle & Boyd – Going Steady with Peggy Moffitt
Pizzicato Five – Goodbye Baby and Amen