Friday, November 27, 2015

Live Ledge #219: Thank You Friends

Thanksgiving is a day where you reflect on everybody who has postively affected your life. Being a psychotic music fanatic, that obviously includes all of the artists who have made you ponder life, smile, or simply raise your fist in the air.
Tonight includes just a small percentage of the artists who fit that category. Seriously, this could have become a marathon show. But there is a mix of tracks from the 50's to today, from Minneapolis to London, from pop music to punk rock.
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1. Big Star, Thank You Friends
2. Big Star, September Gurls
3. Chris Bell, I Am The Cosmos
4. Alex Chilton, Bangkok
5. The Box Tops, Cry Like A Baby
6. The Replacements, I.O.U.
7. Paul Westerberg, 2 Days 'Til Tomorrow
8. Bash & Pop, Never Aim To Please
9. Tommy Stinson, Not A Moment Too Soon
10. The Sonics, The Witch
11. Gene Vincent, Race With The Devil
12. Johnny Burnette, The Train Kept a Rollin'
13. Jerry Lee Lewis, Good Golly Miss Molly
14. Lydia Loveless, Wine Lips
15. Liz Phair, 6'1"
16. Patti Smith, Gloria
17. The Aquadolls, Tweeker Kidz
18. The Muffs, Red Eyed Troll
19. Babes In Toyland, He's My Thing
20. Husker Du, Green Eyes
21. The Magnolias, Pardon Me
22. The Suicide Commandos, Burn It Down
23. The Flamin' Oh's, I Remember Romance
24. The Phones, Modern Man
25. Crash Street Kids, Do You Still Believe In Rock And Roll?
26. The Suburbs, Waiting
27. Iggy And The Stooges, Search and Destroy
28. David Bowie, Hang On To Yourself
29. Lou Reed, Vicious
30. T.Rex, 20th Century Boy
31. New York Dolls, Pills
32. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
33. Rolling Stones, Rip This Joint
34. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Redemption Song
35. Joey Ramone, What A Wonderful World

Friday, November 20, 2015

Live Ledge #218: From the Archives

Even as the record industry continues to fall apart, the ritual is the same every fall. Besides the superstar releases, the shelves (or Amazon warehouses) are filled with compilations, box sets, reissues, and live albums.
A cynic would call it nothing more than a cash grab, and they wouldn't be wrong. For a serious music fan, though, it's quite often a few dreams coming true. This year is no different. An 18-disc Bob Dylan box set may be overkill for all but a few nutjobs, but the six-disc set of 1965 outtakes is quite possibly the best of his entire "Bootleg Series". The same with the six-disc live set of The Jam, "Fire and Skill". How can I resist buying a box that features one concert for every year they existed?
Tonight includes selections from both of those sets, plus much, much more. Grab this via the usual sources, or...


1. Eagles of Death Metal, Got A Woman
2. Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues (Take 1)
3. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (Take 7, False Start)
4. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (Take 5, Complete)
5. Bob Dylan, Visions of Johanna (Take 5, Rehearsal)
6. Son Volt, Loose String (Demo)
7. Son Volt, Looking At The World Through A Windshield (Live)
8. Wilco, Random Name Generator (Live)
9. Wilco, Outtasite (Outta Mind) (Live)
10. Drive-By Truckers, Shit Shots Count (Live)
11. Drive-By Truckers, Women Without Whiskey (Live)
12. Willie Nile, She's so Cold (Live 1980)
13. Willie Nile, Substitute (Live 2000)
14. The Jam, All Around The World (Live)
15. The Jam, David Watts (Live)
16. The Jam, The Eton Rifles (Live)
17. The Jam, Funeral Pyre (Live)
18. The Jam, Mr. Clean (Live)
19. Television, Little Johnny Jewel
20. Cheetah Chrome, Take Me Home
21. Richard Hell, You Gotta Lose
22. Alex Chilton, Can't Seem To Make You Mine
23. Jasmine Minks, What's Happening
24. X-Men, The Witch (Peel 13/9/1984)
25. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Just Like Honey (Demo Oct '84)
26. White Fence, Swagger vets & Double moon
27. White Fence, She Relief
28. The Velvet Underground, We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together
29. Neil Young, This Note's for You

Friday, November 06, 2015

Live Ledge #217: New Releases

As always, the first show of a new month consists of nothing but new releases and reissues. Besides brand new tracks from Beach Slang, Supersuckers, Jesse Malin, and my friends in Pasadena '68 and Dakota Shakedown, there are quite a few great box sets and reissues now available in stores. Tonight we sample tunes from those types of releases by Son Volt, Velvet Underground, The Jam, Ork Records, and a set devoted to a fabulous tribute to The Dicks.
Grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. Son Volt, Windfall (Demo)
2. Pasadena '68, Moving Target
3. Dakota Shakedown, Shut Out the Night
4. Jesse Malin, Stay Free
5. Michael Stasis, Crushed
6. Supersuckers, I Can't Cry (feat. Lydia Loveless)
7. Supersuckers, This Life... With You (feat. Hayes Carll)
8. Peter Case, Pelican Bay
9. Walter, Ice Cream
10. The Jam, The Modern World (Live At The 100 Club, London, 1977)
11. The Jam, Going Underground (Live At Wembley Arena, UK, 1982)
12. The Velvet Underground, What Goes On
13. Drive-By Truckers, Girls Who Smoke
14. together PANGEA, Looked In Too
15. together PANGEA, Awful
16. Primitive Parts, Miracle Skin
17. Circus Devils, Schedules of the Dead
18. Beach Slang, Throwaways
19. Beach Slang, I Break Guitars
20. Beach Slang, Young & Alive
21. Beach Slang, A Million Miles Away
22. Fuzz, Rat Race
23. Dead Ghosts, Rat Race
24. White Fang, Bong Rip
25. Birth Defects, Drunken Religious Rant By A Soulless Heathen
26. Richard Hell, Blank Generation
27. Cheetah Chrome, Still Wanna Die
28. Peter Holsapple, Big Black Truck
29. Lester Bangs, Let It Blurt
30. Mike Watt + The Secondmen, Shit On Me
31. New Mystery Girl, Right Wing - White Ring
32. Churchwood, Suicide Note
33. The Jesus Lizard, Wheelchair Epidemics
34. Midnight Reruns, Ain't Gonna Find
35. The Sangomas, Bored

Friday, October 30, 2015

Live Ledge #216: Halloween

Of all the holidays, Halloween is easily the best when it comes to rock and roll. Sure, Christmas songs have their place, and there are certainly more tunes for that special day, but Halloween just oozes rock and roll. From the earliest days of rockabilly heroes to punk rock and beyond, the electric guitar matches well with songs about ghosts, goblins, and other assorted creatures.
Tonight is another show dedicated to this wonderful day, and I urge everybody to use it as their soundtracks as they hand out candy this year. Grab this from iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Chuck Berry, Trick Or Treat
2. Suburbs, Monster Man
3. Suicide Commandos, Monster Au Go Go
4. Agent Orange, This House Is Haunted
5. Social Distortion, Mommy's Little Monster
6. Redd Kross, Dracula's Daughters
7. New York Dolls, Frankenstein
8. 3-D INVISIBLES, Frankenstein Monster
9. Electric Frankenstein, Frankenstein
10. The Fall, There's A Ghost In My House
11. The Spits, Halloween Fun
12. The Meteors, Halloween Scream
13. The Makers, Death Of Mr. Monster
14. The King Khan & BBQ Show, Killing The Wolfman
15. Dwarves, Love Makes Me A Monster
16. Reverend Horton Heat, The Halloween Dance
17. Rocket From The Crypt, I Drink Blood
18. Southern Culture on the Skids, Werewolf
19. Los Straitjackets, 'The Munsters' Theme
20. Fuzztones, Happy Halloween
21. The Fleshtones, Return to the haunted house
22. Screaming Tribesmen, Date With A Vampire
23. The Mummies, The Fly
24. Lords Of Altamont, Gods And Monsters
25. The Cramps, I Was A Teenage Werewolf
26. The Cramps, Zombie Dance
27. The Sonics, The Witch
28. The Misfits, Spook City USA
29. Agent Orange, Whistling Past the Graveyard
30. The Revillos, The Vampire Strikes
31. The A-Bones, Spooks-A-Poppin' Theme
32. Thee Cormans, Werewolves In Heels
33. Thee Spivs, Invisible Man
34. The Dead Brothers, Bela Lugosi's Dead
35. The Radioactive Chicken Heads, Boris the Spider
36. Haunted Cologne, Monster Mash

Friday, October 23, 2015

Live Ledge #215: Questions

A few days ago, my old friend and longtime Ledge listener David Butler celebrated a birthday. As I acknowledged the special day on Facebook, he noted that a possible future Live Ledge theme could be songs that whose titles are questions.
The little bell in my head rung quite loudly on that idea, and so here we go tonight. As typical of my life, we offer no answers but we loudly have a ton of queries. 38 of them, to be exact! Grab this from iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. ? and the Mysterians, Are You For Real?
2. The Kinks, Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
3. The Small Faces, What'cha Gonna Do About It?
4. The Creation, How Does It Feel To Feel?
5. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding?
6. Pixies, Where Is My Mind?
7. Hoodoo Gurus, What's My Scene?
8. The Buzzcocks, What Do I Get?
9. Stiff Little Fingers, Who Died And Made You Elvis?
10. The Jam, Just Who Is The 5 O'Clock Hero?
11. Purple Hearts, What Am I Gonna Do?
12. The Undertones, What's With Terry?
13. Bad Religion, What Can You Do?
14. Benjamin Booker, Have You Seen My Son?
15. Centro-matic, Am I The Manager Or Am I Not?
16. Matthew Melton, Are You Taking Her Home?
17. Warm Soda, WIll You Be There For Me Tonite?
18. The Dictators, Who Will Save Rock and Roll?
19. Radio Birdman, What Gives?
20. New York Dolls, Who Are the Mystery Girls?
21. The Nervebreakers, Why Am I So Flipped?
22. The Muffs, Is It All Okay?
23. The Go-Go's, Johnny Are You Queer?
24. Make Out, What U Doing Later?
25. The Cramps, Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?
26. Minutemen, Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Truth?
27. Husker Du, Could You Be The One?
28. God's Favorite Band, Who's Kiddin' Who?
29. Wipers, Is This Real?
30. The Queers, Do You Wanna Dance?
31. The Ramones, Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?
32. CJ Ramone, Understand Me?
33. The Creeping Ivies, What Would Joey Ramone Do?
34. Archers Of Loaf, What Did You Expect?
35. Tenement, Do You Think About Him?
36. The Smugglers, Coffee Tea Or Me?
37. 7 Seconds, How Do You Think You'd Feel?
38. Misfits, Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Live Ledge #214: 1980

The year was 1980. Your favorite little podcaster was a boy destined to...remain a boy for many more years. His musical knowledge was increasing, though, as he had gained a job at Budget Tapes and Records. Tonight's show goes back to that naive time, and the expanding of taste to include hardcore, post-punk, and so much more.
There's also some discussion on new autobiographies by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and Hollywood Brats' leader Andrew Matheson. Unfortunately, though, there's some audio issues throughout the broadcast that resulted in a few hiccups on some of the tracks. Sorry about that! Hopefully, it will be fixed by next week's broadcast!
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1. The Jim Carroll Band, People Who Died
2. Magazine, Because You're Frightened
3. Devo, Girl U Want
4. Members, Goodbye To The Job
5. Fleshtones, Let's See the Sun
6. Hollywood Brats, Chez Maximes
7. Hollywood Brats, Then He Kissed Me
8. Hollywood Brats, Sick on You
9. The Jam, Going Underground
10. Purple Hearts, Jimmy
11. The Cramps, I Was A Teenage Werewolf
12. The Soft Boys, I Wanna Destroy You
13. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, High Fidelity
14. Rockpile, When I Write The Book
15. Squeeze, Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
16. The English Beat, Mirror In The Bathroom
17. The Pretenders, Precious (April 1978) (Demo)
18. The Pretenders, The Wait (April 1978) (Demo)
19. The Pretenders, Kid (December 1978) (Demo)
20. The Ramones, Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?
21. Dead Kennedys, Holiday In Cambodia
22. Black Flag, Jealous Again
23. Angry Samoans, Right Side of My Mind
24. Hüsker Dü, Statues
25. Suburbs, Cows
26. The Phones, I'm So Neat
27. The Hypstrz, All Or Nothing
28. The Clash, Somebody Got Murdered
29. The Clash, Police On My Back
30. X, Johny Hit And Run Paulene

Friday, October 09, 2015

Live Ledge #213: Number Ten

A few months ago, I started a series of shows devoted to individual track numbers. Now that we're in October, it's only natural to do a show devoted to the tenth song from old and new releases.
In the midst of the show, I also came up with an idea for a future broadcast, and I need your help. Got any songs that are critical or dismissive of other artists? Let me know!
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1. Big Star, September Gurls
2. No Direction, Where's the Beach?
3. Flag With Hank, What About Me
4. Rich Show, The Great Divide
5. Violet, Loaded Gun
6. T.Rex, Baby Strange
7. New York Dolls, Private World
8. David Bowie, Queen Bitch
9. The Rolling Stones, Shattered
10. Bash & Pop, Tiny Pieces
11. Chris Mars, Candy Liquor
12. Slim Dunlap, Ballad of the Opening Band
13. Paul Westerberg, Between Love & Like
14. The Replacements, Little Mascara
15. Crash Street Kids, Monday Morning
16. Soul Asylum, Long Way Home
17. Hüsker Dü, Powerline
18. The Suicide Commandos, Premature
19. Fidlar, Stupid Decisions
20. OBN IIIs, I'm Done  
21. Uh Bones, Bottle of You
22. Jaill, Pointy Fingers
23. The Ramones, Listen To My Heart
24. The Damned, 1 of the 2
25. The Jam, Boy About Town
26. The Buzzcocks, ESP
27. The Clash, The Guns of Brixton
28. Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant
29. The Heartbreakers, I Love You
30. Radio Birdman, New Race
31. The Muffs, Every Single Thing
32. Sleater-Kinney, The Last Song
33. The Velvet Underground, After Hours