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”

Existentialism Wednesday

Note: This has always been a fortnightly feature, and if i were to resume the normal schedule after the massive hiatus (last such post from July), then it would coincide with the fortnightly Etsy Shop and project newsletter [which is actually completely different from the e-mail blog subscription, in case you were unaware], and I don’t want to do that. So I’m basically rebooting it, starting this week, and fortnightly from here.

What is the Absurd? It is, as may quite easily be seen, that I, a rational being, must act in a case where my reason, my powers of reflection, tell me: you can just as well do the one thing as the other, that is to say where my reason and reflection say: you cannot act and yet here is where I have to act… The Absurd, or to act by virtue of the absurd, is to act upon faith … I must act, but reflection has closed the road so I take one of the possibilities and say: This is what I do, I cannot do otherwise because I am brought to a standstill by my powers of reflection.[9]

— Søren Kierkegaard, Journals, 1849

What, then, is the absurd? The absurd is that the eternal truth has come into existence in time, that God has come into existence, has been born, has grown up. etc., has come into existence exactly as an individual human being, indistinguishable from any other human being, inasmuch as all immediate recognizability is pre-Socratic paganism and from the Jewish point of view is idolatry.

— Søren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, 1846

[2013-05-13] Modcast: Mostly Instrumental


The Creatures – “Standing There”
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – “Mission Impossible 2.0″
Lydia Lunch – “A Cruise to the Moon”
Rip Rig + Panic – “Warm To the If in Life”
Booker T & the MG’s – “Melting Pot”
Flipper’s Guitar – “Big Bad Bingo”
The Kinks – “Animal Farm”
The Easybeats – “All Gone Boy (alternate mix)”
Lorraine Silver – “Happy Faces”
Holly Golightly – “Too Late Now”
Mick Harvey & Anita Lane – “Who’s ‘In’, Who’s ‘Out'”

Yep, it’s longer than what I’ve been shooting for, lately. Consider it an extra treat. :-)

Soft Cell – “What?”

I really love this video, for a lot of (what should be) obvious reasons.

Also watch for Mari Wilson.

[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)

[2010-07-19 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.

[Modcast for 2010-07-12] I’m back!

Basically, I’ve had to start using another program for the Modcast, in addition to a dozen other hectic things that have been preventing me from uploading regularly.

Since the last time I’ve uploaded, I went to the Mod MayDay special event of Direct Hits at Goodnight Gracie in Ann Arbor, and the annual Mod Chicago Our Way of Thinking weekender. Met some awesome people I hadn’t met on previous years, and I might be visiting Baltimore later this year.

I’ve also implemented a new system that will hopefully help me remember to update this thing better every week.

Here’s this week’s playlist:

Qypthone – Modernica In the Office (audio play)
Nomoto Karia – “M.O.D.E.L. Agent”
Pizzicato 5 – Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy vs James Bond
The Smiths – This Charming Man
Sandie Shaw – Hand In Glove
Jasmine Minks – Think
Float Up C.P. – He Loves Me (No, No, No)
Tenpole Tudor – Fashion
Mick Karn & Midge Ure – After A Fashion (extended version)
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
The Coventry Automatics – Concrete Jungle
The New Hearts – City Life
Secret Affair – Somewhere In the City
The Fall – Victoria
Squeeze – Hesitation (Rool Britannia)
The Kinks – Mr Churchill Says
The Evolution Control Committee – Rebel Without A Pause (Whipped Cream Mix)

[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