Friday, May 27, 2016

May 16, 1966 is considered by many to be the greatest new release day of all time. Not only did Bob Dylan complete his triumphant trio of electric albums with Blonde on Blonde, but the Beach Boys put out the only album I'd even consider to listen by them. That, of course, is Pet Sounds, which is more of a Brian Wilson solo album anyway. Both of these records routinely top, or come close to topping, the dreaded "Best Album of All Time" articles that plague most music magazines.
1966 is known for much more, however. In fact, British music journalist Jon Savage's new book, "1966: The Year the Decade Exploded", makes the case that 1966 is the year that rock and roll's most important year. I can't really disagree. Besides the Dylan and Beach Boys albums, The Beatles released "Revolver". The Kinks carried on with classic albums and singles, most notably the "Face to Face" album. "Aftermath" became the first Stones album with nothing but original tracks.
Yet it wasn't just the big names that progressed beyond lovable moptops. It could be argued that 1966 was garage rock's birth. All of those kids that bought guitars because of the Beatles or Stones on Ed Sullivan had now moved from just aping their heroes to writing their own furious tracks. The term "Nuggets" came about from the tracks of that time, and there are a ton of these songs that are regularly covered every night in some dark bar.
Tonight's show concentrates mostly on the hits of that year. Even without playing anything from Stax or Motown, which also had a triumphant year, there's more material than time allows. Sometime in the near future will be a sequel that will focus on more unknown garage rock singles; the kind that is found in the "Back From the Grave" series and other fabulous compilations.
As always, grab this one from iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Kim Fowley, The Trip
2. Cool Ghouls, Here Today
3. The UFO Club, Hang On To Your Ego
4. Phosphorescent, I Want You
5. Night Beats, Obviously 5 Believers
6. The Beatles, Paperback Writer
7. The Beatles, Rain
8. The Rolling Stones, Doncha Bother Me
9. The Who, A Quick One
10. The Kinks, Rosie Won't You Please Come Home
11. The Pretty Things, A House In The Country
12. The Yardbirds, Train Kept A Rollin'
13. The Small Faces, You Need Loving
14. The Byrds, Mr. Spaceman
15. Them, It's All Over Now Baby Blue
16. The Animals, Don't Bring Me Down
17. The Remains, Don't Look Back
18. The Monkees, Sweet Young Thing
19. Troggs, I Can't Control Myself
20. The Turtles, Outside Chance
21. Paul Revere & The Raiders, Kicks
22. The Litter, Action Woman
23. The Electric Prunes, I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
24. The Standells, Riot On Sunset Strip
25. Love, Can't Explain
26. The Tidal Waves, Farmer John
27. The Leaves, Hey Joe
28. The Music Machine, Talk Talk
29. Syndicate Of Sound, Little Girl
30. Count Five, Psychotic Reaction
31. The Monks, Boys Are Boys And Girls Are Choice
32. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Diddy Wah Diddy
33. 13th Floor Elevators, Reverberation (Doubt)
34. The Other Half, Mr. Pharmacist
35. The Seeds, The Tripmaker
36. The Del-Vetts, Last Time Around

Friday, May 20, 2016

Live Ledge #241: Compilations

Over the past few months, there have been a number of great compilation releases. There's usually a place for samples of these albums in my monthly "new release" episodes, but quite frankly there hasn't been room for inclusion.
So tonight features sets devoted to a good mix of these types. There's a couple of sets from the new box set of 80's British psychedelia, "Another Splash of Colour". There's odes of great guitar-punk from the 60's and 70's from the latest "Punk 45" and "Last of the Punk Rock Unknowns" series. Swami Records enters the mix with their "Hardcore Matinee" "mix tape", and there's plenty of gems from a 2007 Fleshtones tribute album, "Vindicated".
As always, Live Ledge can be found on Stitcher or iTunes, or...


1. Captain Sensible, The 4 Marys Go Go Dance All Night at the Groovy Cellar
2. The Soft Boys, The Only the Stones Remain
3. Robyn Hitchcock, It's a Mystic Trip
4. Kimberley Rew, Stomping All Over the World AS 0
5. The Blue Orchids, Work
6. The Barracudas, Inside Mind
7. The Prisoners, Reaching My Head
8. The Green Telescope, Two by Two
9. The Delmontes, Don't Cry Your Tears
10. The Thunderbirds, Hey Little Girl
11. The Kinetics, You're Gonna Miws Me
12. Caesar & His Romans, Black Lantern
13. The Ebb Tides, Little Women
14. Caedman and the Nobles, More Than a Kiss
15. The Druids, Too Shy
16. The Night Crawlers, Let's Move
17. The Esquires, You Got Another Thing Comin'
18. The Weirdos, A Life Of Crime  
19. Black Randy & The Metrosquad, Trouble at the Cup
20. The Hollywood Squares, Hollywood Square
21. The Deadbeats, Final Ride
22. Hot Snakes, Stay In School
23. The Sultans, Hardcore Matinee
24. The Widows, Cut Yr Teeth
25. The Heartaches, Purple Hearted Mind
26. The Loons, Transparent Eyes
27. The Woggles, The Theme From "The Vindicators"
28. Hoodoo Gurus, Pickin' Pickin'
29. The Insomniacs, I Wanna Feel Somthing Now
30. The Psychotones, Hitsburg U.S.A.
31. The Nomads, American Beat'07
32. The Slickee Boys, Headlock On My Heart
33. The Turpentines, The Girl From Baltimore
34. The Hate Boys, The Dreg
35. Julian Casablancas, Run Run Run

Friday, May 06, 2016

Live Ledge #240: New Releases

It's that time of the month!
Oh shut up. This has nothing to do with periods. It's the first Friday of May, which means it's a night of nothing but new releases. This past month was so fantastic that I had to cut over 20 songs, and I still went 25 minutes over my scheduled time!
It's a varied show featuring the return of Americana greats (Jayhawks, John Doe), power pop (Forty Nineteens, Guided By Voices), garage rock (Tracy Bryant, The Coathangers), and even some good friends from Germany (Torpedohead) that were nice enough to record a promo for me. Thanks so much! There's also a little chatter about my experiences at the Paul McCartney show last Monday night.
As always, grab this from the usual sources, including Stitcher and iTunes. And don't forget to buy some of these albums if you enjoy the show!


1. ??? Mystery Cover ???
2. The Jayhawks, The Dust Of Long-Dead Stars
3. Ryan Adams, Petal in a Rainstorm (Outtake)
4. Sturgill Simpson, Call To Arms
5. John Doe, Get On Board
6. John Doe, Go Baby Go
7. Parquet Courts, Outside
8. Parquet Courts, Paraphrased
9. The Forty Nineteens, 383 Dodge Charger
10. The Forty Nineteens, Get Myself a Selfie
11. Guided By Voices, Kid on a Ladder
12. Guided By Voices, Glittering Parliaments
13. Car Seat Headrest, Destroyed By Hippie Powers
14. Car Seat Headrest, 1937 State Park
15. Tracy Bryant, Subterran
16. Tracy Bryant, Shining
17. Kyle Craft, Pentecost
18. Wax Witches, Habit
19. Wax Witches, Closer To The Lord
20. Levitation Room, Lazy Lawrence
21. Thee Mightees, Pop Culture Icon Eyes
22. Tenement, Taking Everything
23. Mean Jeans, 2 Far out 4 Me
24. Torpedohead, Get Off My Back
25. Torpedohead, Angel City
26. The BellRays, Dream Police
27. Glenn Robinson, Betamaximum Sentence (feat. Kurt Baker)
28. PJ Harvey, The Community Of Hope
29. White Lung, Kiss Me When I Bleed
30. The Coathangers, Make It Right N
31. The Coathangers, Nosebleed Weekend
32. The Girls!, Meet Me By The Pool
33. The Girls!, All For You
34. Bruiser Queen, Rise and Fall
35. Bruiser Queen, Black Coats White Fear
36. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, Ricky Ticky Tocky
37. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, We Love You
38. Music Band, 5th Street
39. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Evil Death Roll
40. Wire, Nocturnal Koreans

Friday, April 29, 2016

Live Ledge #239: Record Store Day

Last week was supposed to feature the episode where I run down all of the music that came out on this year's Record Store Day. Obviously, the death of Prince was much more important, but I still played an hour of RSD tracks.
Tonight features another two hours from two Saturdays ago, and there's a bit of a different focus. Last week primarily included direct reissues of previously released material by the likes of David Bowie, Big Star, Iggy and the Stooges, and Husker Du.
This week's show, for the most part, consist of material that's never been on the market before. That includes new live material by Patti Smith, The Sonics, Tom Petty, and Johnny Thunders. There's also studio recordings by Radio Birdman, Violent Femmes, Flat Duo Jets, and a sample of the new collaboration between Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. Finally, the RSD all-star award should probably go to Toronto's Metz, as they have two intriguing releases this year. The first is a Sub Pop split with Mission of Burma where they cover each other's songs. They also collaborated with Swami John Reis (Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) for two songs that may be my favorites of this year's batch.
As always, grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Patti Smith, Intro/Gloria
2. Colvin & Earle, Baby's In Black
3. Colvin & Earle, Wake Up Little Susie
4. Son Volt, Route (Live at the Bottom Line 2/12/96)
5. Son Volt, Looking At The World Through A Windshield (Live at the Bottom Line 2/12/96)
6. Uncle Tupelo, Truck Drivin' Man (Live)
7. Willie Nelson, Truck Drivin' Man
8. Warren Zevon, Werewolves Of London
9. The Flamin' Groovies, Werewolves Of London
10. The Sonics, Cinderella (Live)
11. The Sonics, Have Love Will Travel (Live)
12. The Rockin' Vickers, Dandy
13. The Rockin' Vickers, I Don't Need Your Kind
14. Fleshtones, End Of My Neighborhood
15. Fleshtones, Cardboard Casanova
16. Reverend Horton Heat, Hardscrabble Women
17. Reverend Horton Heat, Lying To Myself
18. Mission of Burma, Get Off
19. METZ, Good Not Great
20. Metz and Swami John Reis, Caught Up
21. Metz and Swami John Reis, Let It Rust
22. Beach Slang, About a Girl
23. Mean Jeans, Scoff
24. The Thermals, White Rabbit
25. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Live)
26. Joe Strummer, Punk Rock Blues
27. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, All By Myself (Live)
28. Radio Birdman, Buried and Dead
29. Radio Birdman, Ballad of Dwight Fry
30. NOFX, Sid & Nancy
31. Flat Duo Jets, Bumble Boogie
32. Violent Femmes, You Move Me

Friday, April 22, 2016

Live Ledge #238: Prince

It's stating the obvious that everybody was shocked by the sudden death of Prince Rogers Nelson yesterday morning. How could this be possible, especially just months after we lost David Bowie? It's a cruel year for rock and roll deaths.
Obviously, this week's Live Ledge had to cover this tragedy, so the first half of the show consists of covers by the likes of Lydia Loveless, The Replacements, and my local friend, Russ Stedman. After that, there's an hour of goodies from last Saturday's Record Store Day extravaganza. In fact, there were so many treats this year that there will be a second Record Store Day broadcast next week.
BTW, I did pen a little tribute to Prince within a couple of hours after it was announced he passed. You can find that HERE! As always, this show can be found at iTunes, Stitcher, or various other podcast services.


1. Riverboat Gamblers, Let's Go Crazy
2. Lydia Loveless, I Would Die 4 U
3. Gear Daddies, Little Red Corvette
4. Hindu Love Gods, Raspberry Beret
5. The Artist Formerly Known As Russ Stedman, Let's Pretend We're Married
6. Teddybears, Purple Rain
7. The Replacements, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
8. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Alphabet Street
9. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Nothing Compares 2 U
10. Pansy Division, Jack U Off
11. Goo Goo Dolls, Never Take The Place Of Your Man
12. The Kinks, Village Green
13. The Kinks, This Is Where I Belong
14. Dave Davies, Death Of A Clown
15. Dave Davies, Love Me Till The Sun Shines
16. David Bowie, Can't Help Thinking About Me
17. David Bowie, Good Morning Girl
18. Big Star, September Gurls
19. Big Star, Thank You Friends
20. The Feelies, Seven Days
21. The Feelies, Dancing Barefoot
22. Iggy and the Stooges, Raw Power
23. Iggy and the Stooges, Louie Louie
24. Husker Du, In A Free Land
25. Husker Du, What Do I Want?
26. Husker Du, M.I.C.
27. Bob Mould, The War
28. Bob Mould, The Descent
29. Suicide, Dream Baby Dream

Friday, April 15, 2016

Live Ledge #237: Who Is a Dog Named Gucci?

Everybody knows director Gorman Bechard loves rock and roll, but his greatest admiration is reserved for something else. Well, actually there are two greater loves, as his beautiful wife Kristine is certainly at the top of his charts.
But anybody who has spent any time at all with Bechard is aware of his adoration of dogs. Besides being a pet owner almost all of his life, Bechard has long been a loud advocate for stricter laws against those who do anything to hurt them. (In other words, never get him started on NFL quarterback Michael Vick.)
In 1994, Alabama professor Doug James was chatting with a neighbor when he noticed some teens setting a puppy on fire. James rescued the dog, and after his recovery from multiple surgeries "Gucci" became the face of a mission to change the animal abuse laws in Alabama.
When Bechard became aware of this case, he immediately knew this was to be his next documentary. Along with Gucci's tale, "A Dog Named Gucci" tells the tales of beautiful canines such as Susie, Louis, and Nitro. Each of these dogs suffered through horrific acts, but each of them also led to legislative action.
After hitting the festival circuit, "A Dog Named Gucci" will be available for purchase next Tuesday (4/19). This special edition also includes over two hours of extra features. Bechard sat in on most of tonight's Live Ledge to chat about the film, and also provided some updates on future screenings of "Who Is Lydia Loveless?" As always, Bechard picked a handful of his current favorite tunes, and the second half of the show is devoted to "dog" songs.
You can nab this show via the usual sources, including iTunes or Stitcher, or...


Thanks again, Gorman, for sitting in on the show!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Live Ledge #236: Burger Records

A few days ago, I downloaded the official Discogs app to my phone. Besides being able to find information on various pressings of every release, the app allows one to create their library by using your phone's camera to scan bar codes.
I did nothing but that for the next couple of days, and some surprises resulted from this inventory. First off, I found out that on four ocassions I purchased the same record twice. What a dope. But the more important stat I discovered by looking at the various ways one can look at their library. When grouped by label, I found out that over 10% of my vinyl purchases were from one record label - Burger Records.
Burger was formed around a decade ago by high school friends Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard. When they started their band, Thee Makeout Party, they creted a Burger Records logo to place on their 7" releases.
At first the label primarily released cassettes, and even licensed out a number of titles from labels that had no interest in putting out tape versions of their indie rock albums. Eventually, they expanded into full-length vinyl, which is where I come in.
While it's hard to describe a "typical" Burger release, for the most part they do share some similar sensibilities. Most of it is extremely melodic, and the vast majority are somewhat lightly produced. From there the sounds start to vary. Most of it has a garage-rock foundation, but many veer off into pscyh and even prog. Most importantly, most of it is great!
Grab this episode from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or..


1. Tommy Stinson, Breathing Room
2. Audacity, Teenage Town
3. Audacity, Subway Girl
4. No Parents, Die Hippie Die
5. AJ Davila and Terror Amor, iggy prueba
6. together PANGEA, Looked In Too
7. Mozes And The Firstborn, Bloodsucker
8. Michael Rault, All Alone (On My Own)
9. Jaill, Just a Lovely Day
10. The Aquadolls, Our Love Will Always Remain
11. Peach Kelli Pop, Nude Beach
12. Sarah Bethe Nelson, Fast Moving Clouds
13. Habibi, I Got The Moves
14. Death Valley Girls, Sanitarium Blues
15. Feeding People, Big Mother
16. The Muffs, Like You Don't See Me
17. King Tuff, Lazerbeam
18. The Resonars, The World Is Wrong
19. Nobunny, Monster Kiss (Golden Boots)
20. Pizza Time, PIZZA TIME
21. White Fang, Bong Rip
22. Dead Ghosts, Another Love
23. The Memories, It Was A Hot Afternoon
24. The ABIGAILS, Twenty Nine
25. The Lemons, My Candy Girl
26. Part Time, I Saw Her Standing There
27. Mikal Cronin, You Gotta Have Someone (Demo)
28. Wyatt Blair, Girls
29. Penetration Moon, Real Wild Child
30. The Coathangers, Sex Beat
31. Young Guv, Call Me When The Cat Dies (Live)
32. Tomorrows Tulips, Convertible PCH
33. Wax Witches, Habit
34. Traumahelikopter, You
35. Froth, Saccharine Sunchine
36. Tracy Bryant, Hey Spaceman!