Sunday, October 23, 2016

Live Ledge #263: Tommy Stinson

Sometime around mid-September, I received a call from my friend Jeff at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo and Piercing. He told me that he was contacted by somebody representing Tommy Stinson in regards to him performing in his venue. Would I like to help him promote that show?

I think you know my answer, and it turned into one of my favorite moments as a writer. Tommy called me as he was driving through the California desert, and warned me that we may be disconnected at some point. We did; twice in fact, but he immediately called back both times and picked up exactly where he left off.

At one point, Stinson described himself as an open book. He's completely right. There was a willingness to answer any question regarding his entire career, including his tenure in Guns and Roses and the failure of the Replacements reunion to put out an album of new material. (Don't get me wrong. I know I'm not exactly an investigative reporter.)

This week's episode includes the entire interview, along with Stinson-related songs. Most of the included tracks reference a subject from the chat, including a segment featuring songs from his production work with Together Pangea and Midnight Reruns.

The Vishnu Bunny appearance is this Friday night (October 28), and starts at 7 PM. If you're in the Sioux Falls area, you owe it to yourself to witness a rare intimate performance.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Live Ledge #262: Trump Nose Candy

Let's start with the obligatory disclaimer. The title and contents of tonight's show is not accusatory. It's not partisan. It's just this silly online radio DJ taking today's headlines and utilizing it to create a playlist.

To be honest, I didn't watch either debate. I made up my mind months ago, and that's my decision and nobody else's. I don't participate in the daily mudslinging or futile half-truth sharing. That's why I refrained from viewing these clown car contests. It's bad enough enduring it on twitter and Facebook.

But I was getting a good laugh out of everybody making cocaine jokes due to Trump's sniffing problems on both nights. With that in mind, I did a few word searches in my iTunes library, and came up with tonight's cocaine-oriented broadcast.

Yes, this is not a show for the kids. The "explicit" check box is there for a reason, but it's a surprisingly strong set of tracks that range from depression-era country to modern garage-punk.

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1. East River Pipe, When You Were Doing Cocaine  
2. Kentucky Ramblers, Good Cocaine (Mama Don't Allow It) 
3. Keith Richards, Cocaine 
4. Elvis Presley, Drugs Dialogue 
5. Soul Asylum, Cocaine Blues 
6. Eddie Spaghetti, Cocaine Blues 
7. Eric Ambel & The Roscoe Trio, Cocaine Eyes 
8. The Del Lords, When the Drugs Kick In 
9. The Fleshtones, High On Drugs 
10. Blake Babies, Swill And The Cocaine Sluts 
11. Electric Frankenstein, Cocaine Blues  
12. Reverend Horton Heat, Bales Of Cocaine 
13. Nashville Pussy, Hooray for Cocaine Hooray for Tennessee 
14. Black Lips, Drugs 
15. The Replacements, Dope Smokin Moron  
16. Static Taxi, Cocaine Couples  
17. Dogmatics, Teenager On Drugs 
18. FIDLAR, Cocaine  
19. The Mekons, Cocaine Lil 
20. Mark Lanegan, When It's In You (Methamphetamine Blues)  
21. Derek Lyn Plastic, Methamphetamines  
22. Sleeping Beauties, Meth 
23. Ravi Shavi, Amphetamine 
24. Two Cow Garage, Amphetamine 
25. Strutter Motherfuckers, Gimmie Some Coke 
26. Dwarves, Free Cocaine (Toolin') 
27. Flash Boys, Cocaine Babble
28. Supersuckers, I Want The Drugs  
29. The Clash, Drug-Stabbing Time  
30. Seawhores, Bath Salts
31. Jason & The Scorchers, Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man 
32. White Fang, Drugs I've Taken  
33. Sleeping Beauties, Addicted to Drugs 
34. Low Culture, Pills 
35. Yung, Pills 
36. White Reaper, Pills
37. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Tell Me About Your Drugs 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Live Ledge #261: New Releases

Over the course of the time I've hosted this monthly rundown of new music, there are obviously months better than others. There are months where it's almost impossible to create a two hour playlist.

This isn't one of those months. There's a deluge of great music to check out. There are celebrated comebacks (Pixies, Green Day), reissues of former glories (Ramones, Dow Jones & the Industrials), and even surprisingly fabulous tributes to Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, and Husker Du. There's also the return of Todd Snider, who just today put out what could be the album of his career.

That doesn't even include all of the new bands that surprised me with interesting debuts. Milk LInes, High Waisted, The Lasters, and many others are new bands on my radar that I'll have to further investigate.

As always, grab this from your favorite podcast source, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. J Mascis, Waltz #2
2. Teenage Fanclub, Thin Air
3. Car Crash Sisters, Everything Flows
4. Fir Cone Children, The Concept
5. The Skating Party, Metal Baby
6. Todd Snider, Hey Pretty Boy
7. Todd Snider, 37206
8. Todd Snider, Ways And Means
9. Milk Lines, Domesticate
10. Bloodshot Bill & Shannon Shaw, Honey Time
11. The Dustaphonics, You Don't Love Me Anymore
12. High Waisted, Party in the Back
13. Never, Makes No Sense At All
14. Monographic, Sorry Somehow
15. Dirty Sidewalks, The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill
16. Teenage Sin Taste, Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
17. Beach Slang, Younger Us (Japandroids)
18. Beach Slang, Punks In A Disco Bar
19. Beach Slang, Young Hearts
20. Low Culture, Comfort Zones
21. Natural Child, Sure Is Nice
22. Danny & The Darleans, Outta My Way
23. The Growlers, Dope on a Rope
24. The Lasters, The Lasters Feel Inadequate
25. Pixies, Head Carrier
26. Pixies, Oona
27. Pansy Division, Halfway to Nowhere
28. Tyrannamen, I Don't Want to Go to Jail
29. Green Day, Revolution Radio
30. Green Day, Bouncing Off The Wall
31. Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (demo)
32. Dow Jones and the Industrials, It Ain't Good Enough
33. Dow Jones and the Industrials, Can't Stand the Midwest
34. The International Swingers, Gun Control
35. Baby Strange, Nude

Friday, September 30, 2016

Live Ledge #260: Number Nine

It's the last day of the month, so why not celebrate it with nothing but "track nines"??? It's a simple but fun little theme. Please note that these aren't (for the most part) the greatest track nines of all time. The playlist is primarily fairly recent releases, including today's new record by Drive-By Truckers.
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1. Ryan Adams, Come Pick Me Up
2. Drive-By Truckers, What It Means
3. Son Volt, Catching On
4. Willie Nile, When Levon Sings
5. D Generation, Rich Kids
6. The Replacements, Red Red Wine
7. The I Don't Cares, Outta My System
8. The Juliana Hatfield Three, Blame The Stylis
9. The Girls!, Laney
10. Lydia Loveless, Clumps
11. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Nothin' Feels Right but Doin' Wrong
12. Sonny Vincent, Tear It Into Pieces
13. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, They Say You Are Crazy
14. Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake, The Lonely Sea Sweeper
15. Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Bad News Pefume
16. The Muffs, Big Mouth
17. Colleen Green, Grind My Teeth
18. The Aquadolls, Long Hair Don't Care
19. The Coathangers, I Don't Think So
20. Childbirth, Since When Are You Gay?
21. Sex Stains, Spidersss
22. Dog Party, Operation #2
23. Tweens, Forever
24. The Sonics, I Got Your Number
25. U.K. Subs, Dope Fiend
26. Ramones, Havana Affair
27. The Jam, The Eton Rifles
28. Beach Slang, Hard Luck Kid
29. Beach Slang, The Perfect High
30. Twin Peaks, Getting Better
31. Diarrhea Planet, Hot Topic
32. Pansy Division, Mistakes
33. Warm Soda, Can't Erase This Feeling
34. The Right Here, If This Land Isn't My Land
35. Bob Mould, Hands are Tied

Friday, September 23, 2016

Live Ledge #259: DBT's Patterson Hood

Tonight was quite the nightmare. I was all set to go live on Real Punk Radio. I had the songs put together in the order I wanted them aired, and I had logged on to the broadcast server.

That's when the problems started. My broadcast program decided it didn't like the order I had picked, and decided to just play whatever it wanted. After three unsuccessful attempts to go live, I had to give up. It just wasn't going to work.

Yet I was desperate to somehow put together a show for tonight. I had this fabulous interview with Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, and I wanted my local pals to hear it before their Sunday Sioux Falls appearance with Lydia Loveless. So I went back to my early days of podcasting and put manually linked all of the tunes and the interview with short little announcing breaks I recorded as needed.

While I forgot what a pain in the ass it was to produce a show this way, I'm pretty proud of the results. Besides the interview and tracks from the DBT's new record, "American Band", I have brand new music by Tim Easton (who will be in Sioux Falls next Friday), Billy Bragg, The Coal Porters and so much more.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Live Ledge #258: More Forgotten Treasures

So what if I'm just copying myself? It's my show, dammit. Yes, it's another edition of tracks I forgot I owned...with some exceptions. Obvioiusly, I'm completely fluent in the I Don't Cares, the collaboration between Juliana Hatfield and Paul Westerberg. Since tonight's show consists of artists between I and K, I thought what the hell and grabbed a tune from "Wild Stab"
As always, you can find this show wherever your favorite podcasts are located, including iTunes and Stitcher. Or...


1. Ian Hunter, Just Another Night
2. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, Billy Needs a Beer
3. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, Play With Me ("Jean Anne")
4. Jonathon E, I'm in Trouble
5. The Inspectors, Dead Girls Don't Say No
6. Ian McLagan, Little Troublemaker
7. The Inmates, Dirty Water
8. Keene Brothers, Where Other Fail
9. The I Don't Cares, Need The Guys
10. Jason Ringenberg, Honky Tonk Maniac From Mars
11. Jack Lee, Sex
12. Kimberley Rew, Stomping All Over The World
13. Josh Freese, I Wanna Cheat On My Girlfriend
14. The Jazz Butcher, Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present
15. Jack-O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers, Sweet Thang
16. The Intelligence, Sex
17. The Kingbees, My Mistake
18. Kent State, Behind Closed Doors
19. The Konks, Outta My Mind
20. Joyride, 24 Hours
21. Jacuzzi Boys, Happy Damage
22. King Kurt, Road To Rock `N` Ruin
23. The Jackals, Iron Horse
24. The In Crown, Things She Said
25. The Infections, Good as It Gets
26. Junk Monkeys, Marigold
27. The Jewws, You're Gonna Lose
28. King Louie's Missing Monuments, (It's Like) Xtc
29. Jesus Sons, I Wanna Be Your Man
30. The Jolt, Route 66
31. The Kwyet Kings, David Watts
32. The Kids, Hey Little Girl
33. The Jags, Back Of My Hand
34. Johnny And the Distractions, Let It Rock
35. Killer Pussy, Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage

Friday, September 09, 2016

Live Ledge #257: Forgotten Treasures

I've stated a few times on recent shows that I'm in the long, boring process of cleaning up my iTunes. Of course, Apple doesn't help much in these kinds of activities, as iTunes becomes clunkier and clunkier every year. As a great tweet recently stated, it's like Apple actively finds the people who care the least about music to design their music app.

Oh well. I know that will never get better, and don't get me started on the lack of headphone jacks on the new iPhones. So I've spent a lot of recent time attempting to clean up my music files. I've been deleting any duplicate albums, fixing a few tags, and anything else that could help me find some room on the crowded external hard drive(s) I use to store my music.

I've made it to the "R's", and one of the great things about this project is that I'm discovering bands, albums, and songs that I've completely forgot about. There's plenty of records that I've downloaded and added to my library but have only sampled a few tracks. Or they received a lot of initial play but have gotten lost in the shuffle in the last few years.

Tonight's show gathers a bunch of these types of tunes. To give you an example of just how forgetful I am, this show only features forgotten material fro the letters N-P. I guess it's safe to say tonight is the first in a series of broadcasts of this sort.

Like always, grab this from the usual sources - iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and the others. And maybe leave me a nice little review on iTunes if you enjoy this little show. Or...


1. Perfect, Making Of An Asshole
2. Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders, Small Town Rock Ain't Dead
3. New Salem Witch Hunters, New Curves in School
4. Nick Curran, Reform School Girl
5. The Original Sins, The Party's Over Now
6. Peter Zaremba's Love Delegation, Delegation Time
7. Payolas, Jukebox
8. The Pandoras, Hot Generation
9. Playmates Fine, Fine Day
10. Neo Boys, Abnormal Chick
11. Naked Ted, Nothing to Say
12. Pastor Dean, Long Cut
13. Oxford Comma, Noisy Ghost
14. No Direction, Beauty Part Two
15. No Direction, Michael Nydelski
16. The Rackateers, Chewed Down To The Bone
17. The Numbers, Partys
18. The Nelsons, Sister Sister
19. The Not Quite, Get Lost Girl
20. PARASITES, Love Me Too
21. The Nivens, Mr Spacema
22. The Neatbeats, Reelin' and Rockin'
23. Paranoiacs, I Think I love You
24. Nuisance, Brown Eyed Girl
25. Radio City, She's A Heartbreaker
26. The Put-Outs, Off Key
27. Radioactivity, Sickness
28. The Outnumbered, Why Are All The Good People Going Crazy
29. THE OGRES, Don't Tell Me No Lies
30. The Penetrators, Teenage Lifestyle
31. The Other Kids, Livin' Downtown
32. The Offhooks, Wild About You
33. Newton Neurotics, Get Up and Fight
34. Office Of Future Plans, The Loyal Opposition
35. The Phantom Surfers and Davie Allan, Sheena was a Punk Rocker