Friday, February 05, 2016

Live Ledge #227: New Releases

The first Friday of every month is a new release show, and sometimes it's hard to find enough recent releases to fill an entire show. One would think a February show of this type would be one of those rough months, but it ultimately was one of the easiest. If the quality of January's releases is any indicator of the rest of the year, then 2016 is going to be a fabulous year for music.
Obviously, I spent some time with the Paul Westerberg, Juliana Hatfield collaboration, The I Don't Cares. But there's a number of other great albums put out the last few weeks, including new music by Lucinda Williams, Javier Escovedo, and Ty Segall, along with great reissues by The Long Ryders and Dwarves.
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1. Ought, Money Changes Everything
2. The I Don't Cares, Born For Me
3. The I Don't Cares, Wear Me Out Loud
4. The I Don't Cares, Dance To The Fight
5. Lucinda Williams, Doors Of Heaven
6. Preacher Boy, Blister and a Bottle Cap
7. Javier Escovedo, Downtown
8. The Long Ryders, Six Days on the Road
9. HINDS, Garden
10. Bruise Violet, Sketchy Jeff
11. Dressy Bessy, Lady Liberty
12. The OhNos, The Curse of Kim Gordon's Shoes
13. Ty Segall, Californian Hills
14. Ty Segall, Diversion
15. Night Beats, Power Child
16. Night Beats, No Cops
17. Choke Chains, Safe Word
18. Choke Chains, She Collects Calendars
19. The Madcaps, Too Big For Your Boots
20. The On and Ons, Long Ride
21. Muscle Car, The Wrong Way
22. Muscle Car, Long Way Down
23. Dwarves, Love Makes Me A Monster 2 (Alternate)
24. Dwarves, I Wanna Kill You Boyfriend (Alt.Version)
25. Bad Kids, Rob Zombie
26. Bottlenose Koffins, Drunk Girls
27. Pleasers, Judy
28. Sloming Moops, sister bop
29. Bent Shapes, 86'd In '03
31. The Sound Reasons, Til The End Of Time
32. The Volcanics, Not What You Say
33. The Grinning Ghosts, Duller than Death

Friday, January 29, 2016

Live Ledge #226: BBC

Even before they landed in America and became known as the "British Invasion", the leading British bands of the early 60's were routinely featured in live settings on British radio. While this was partly due to a requirement that limited the number of "records" that could be played per day, it was also an opportunity for bands to take some chances. They'd try out new songs they've written or cover some of their old and/or current favorites.
While the BBC no longer has to worry about the amount of live material they broadcast, up to this day they have continued to broadcast both concerts and in-studio sessions. Obviously, John Peel's "Peel Sessions" are the most famous of these types of shows, but a number of other famous DJ's had their own versions of these sessions.
Since there's already been a Live Ledge devoted to Peel, tonight's broadcast stayed away from his archives (although it's inevitable that one or two tracks originated from his show). Instead, this is 50 years of live BBC recordings, from the Beatles covering "Hippy Hippy Shake" to a track from Off's Record Store Day release of live tracks from the broadcasting behemoth.
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1. Government Center, BBC
2. The Beatles, The Hippy Hippy Shake
3. Rolling Stones, Cops and Robbers
4. The Yardbirds, I'm A Man
5. The Who, I'm A Boy
6. The Kinks, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
7. The Artwoods, Can You Hear Me
8. The Small Faces, All Or Nothing
9. Faces Shake Shudder Shiver
10. Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, Ooh La la
11. David Bowie, Starman
12. Marc Bolan & T.Rex, Jeepster
13. Thin Lizzy, Cowboy Song
14. The Jam, When You're Young
15. Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen In Love
16. Joe Jackson, Sunday Papers
17. Blondie, X Offender
18. Madness, One Step Beyond
19. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Little Johnny Jewel
20. XTC, No Thugs in Our House
21. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, Perfect Skin
22. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Love Rock'n'Roll
23. The Woodentops, Well Well Well
24. The Fall, Rebellious Jukebox
25. Stiff Little Fingers, Roots Radicals Rockers and Reggae
26. Lurkers, Freak Show
27. Pixies, Wave Of Mutilation
28. The Breeders, Hag
29. Mudhoney, Touch Me I'm Sick
30. The Vandals, Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
31. OFF!, Void You Out
32. The Jim Jones Revue, Rock N Roll Psychosis
33. The Move, You'd Better Believe Me

Friday, January 22, 2016

Live Ledge #225: More Track Ones

This show could really be entitled "Beating a Dead Horse", as this is the third week in a row we've concentrated on an album's first songs. But hey, as I've said before it's the most important song on an album! With the conclusion of this broadcast, I have now aired six hours of "track ones", and it is definitely time to put this one to bed.
But I had to do a third episode, as I had yet to air acts such as Joe Jackson, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Superchunk, and so much more. And unlike the first two episodes, there is a "new release" segment, highlighted by the first track on the debut album by Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield's new collaboration, The I Don't Cares.
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1. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Roadrunner
2. The I Don't Cares, Back
3. Ty Segall, Squealer
4. HINDS, Garden
5. Bottlenose Koffins, Kristy Yamaguchi
6. Wimps, Vampire
7. David Bowie, Rosalyn
8. The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat
9. The Sonics, Witch
10. The Monkees, She
11. Ryan Adams, To Be Young
12. Whiskeytown, Midway Park
13. Flag with Hank, Don't Look My Way
14. Violet, Days Like This
15. John Wesley Harding, Kill the Messenger
16. Kevin Salem, Lighthouse Keeper
17. Velvet Crush, Hold Me Up
18. The Hold Steady, Constructive Summer
19. Pavement, Summer Babe [Winter Version]
20. Hüsker Dü, New Day Rising
21. The Leatherwoods, Proof Positive
22. Slim Dunlap, Not Yet/Ain't No Fair (In A Rock 'N' Roll Love Affair)
23. Suburbs, Love Is The Law
24. Joe Jackson, One More Time
25. The Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop
26. Sex Pistols, Holidays In The Sun
27. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Coma Girl
28. The Clash, London Calling
29. Superchunk, Digging For Something
30. The Soft Boys, I Wanna Destroy You
31. Dinosaur Jr., Little Fury Things
32. Mission Of Burma, Secrets
33. Social Distortion, Cold Feelings

Friday, January 15, 2016

Live Ledge #224: RIP David Bowie

Waking up on Monday to discover that David Bowie had died was one of the most shocking moments in recent memory, and I wrote about this earlier this week. Tonight's episode features a lengthy segment that includes not only some of his great songs, but a bit of the production work he did for other artists such as Lou Reed and The Stooges. There are also clips from the bizarre episode of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother from this past Tuesday when David's ex-wife, Angela Bowie, was informed of his death.
Along with the Bowie material is part two of our theme celebrating great track ones from favorite albums. This theme went so well that next week we'll be doing it again! If you have any ideas on some tracks to air, please leave some comments on what you want to hear.
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1. David Bowie, Watch That Man  
2. David Bowie, Five Years 
3. David Bowie, It's No Game 
4. Mott The Hoople, Sweet Jane  
5. Lou Reed, Vicious 
6. The Stooges, Search And Destroy  
7. Son Volt, Windfall  
8. Uncle Tupelo, Graveyard Shift 
9. Steve Earle, I Feel Alright  
10. Slobberbone, Meltdown  
11. Lucero, What Else Would You Have Me Be?  
12. Billy Bragg, The Milkman Of Human Kindness 
13. Scruffy the Cat, My Baby She's Allright  
14. Old 97's, Timebomb  
15. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Discovering Japan 
16. Lydia Loveless, Really Wanna See You 
17. The Girls!, Radio  
18. The Undertones, Family Entertainment 
19. Tommy Keene, Places That Are Gone 
20. Hoodoo Gurus, Bittersweet  
21. The Del Fuegos, Nervous and Shakey  
22. The Pontiac Brothers, Cry  
23. Liquor Giants, Over The Hill 
24. The Replacements, I.O.U.  
25. Paul Westerberg, High Time  
26. The Fall Eat Y'self Fitter 

Friday, January 08, 2016

Live Ledge #223: Track One

The most important track on an album is undoubtedly the very first one. The first song sets the tone for the rest of the album, and almost every classic record opens with one of the most meaningful tracks. Think about how “Subterranean Homesick Blues” introduced Dylan’s new electric sound to the world, or how the title track of Sgt. Pepper brought to fruition the idea of a concept album. The Stones routinely placed a classic cut in this spot, including “Sympathy For the Devil”, “Gimme Shelter”, and “Rocks Off”. The Replacements had a long line of incendiary intros such as “I.O.U.” and “Hold My Life”, and no song like “Hootenanny” better indicated that a record was going to be like no other. “Black Dog”, “Baba O’Riley”, “Vicious”, “Search and Destroy” - the list of classic track ones goes on and on. Hell, even “Hey Hey We’re the Monkees” works as this kind of memorable opening statement. Generally, these songs were not even the singles off the album, although it wasn’t unusual. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Radio Free Europe”, and “London Calling” worked as both hit singles and opening tracks. In this era of declining sales, single-track downloads, and the disappearance of the album as a piece of art, the opening track is almost always the so-called “big hit”. This is a sad development, and hopefully the return of vinyl brings back the concept of a grand opening statement. Tonight’s show isn’t a collection of the “greatest” opening songs of all time. It’s just a bunch of these types of songs, and if every great album has such a song there was clearly too many to squeeze into one show. Next week will see another two hours of “track ones”, and I’d like to see what other people believe are great tunes of this type. Leave a comment here or on my Facebook page, or tweet some suggestions to @paulisded or @theledgepodcast.

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1. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Hate Rock 'N' Roll
2. Wilco, I Must Be High
3. The Jayhawks, Waiting For The Sun
4. Golden Smog, V
5. Lucinda Williams, Right In Time
6. The Connells, Scotty's Lament
7. Dashboard Saviors, Cabaret College
8. Beat Rodeo, Twin Home Towns
9. Buffalo Tom, Sodajerk
10. The Pogues, If I Should Fall From Grace With God
11. Camper Van Beethoven, Good Guys & Bad Guys
12. Bash & Pop, Never Aim To Please
13. The Cavedogs, Tayter Country
14. The Plimsouls, Shaky City
15. The Church, Myrrh
16. The House Of Love, Christine
17. The Close Lobsters, Just Too Bloody Stupid
18, Pixies, Debaser
19. Rolling Stones, Rocks Off
20. Liz Phair, 6'1"
21. Cheap Trick, Hello There
22. Material Issue, Valerie Loves Me
23. The Heartbreakers, Born to Lose
24. Archers Of Loaf, Web In Front
25. Fugazi, Waiting Room
26. Sonic Youth, Teen Age Riot
27. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Accidents Will Happen
28. The Saints, (I'm) Stranded
29. Stiff Little Fingers, Suspect Device
30. Public Image Ltd., Public Image
31. Chris Spedding, Wild In The Streets
32. The Kinks, Victoria

Friday, January 01, 2016

Live Ledge #222: Runners-Up

In a weird sort of way, 2016 started off with a sort of mini-Christmas surprise. I woke up to the treat of not one, but two trailers to Gorman Bechard's next documentary, "Who Is Lydia Loveless?". Most of the day was spent trying to hype these clips, and possibly garner some interest for the next phase of that movie's Kickstarter campaign. If you want to help, click here!
Of course, I had to play the audio from both of these trailers on tonight's show. If you haven't seen them yet, here is the one that features a short clip of my house:

The rest of the show consists of albums that didn't quite make the last show's list of the 40 best releases of 2015. That doesn't mean there's a drop in quality, as this was a year featuring a plethora of great music. Many of these probably should have made my original list, but that's how this game works.
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1. I Don't Cares, King of America
2. Ike Reilly, Notes From The Denver International Airport
3. Destroyer, Dream Lover
4. Diamond Rugs, Voodoo Doll
5. Built To Spill, On The Way
6. The Bottle Rockets, Monday (Everytime I Turn Around)
7. Royal Headache, My Own Fantasy
8. The New Trocaderos, Love And Hate
9. The Connection, Labor Of Love
10. The Barreracudas, Promises
11. together PANGEA, Looked In Too
12. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, I'm In Your Mind
13. JEFF the Brotherhood, Mystified Minds
14. Wand, Dungeon Dropper
15. Bully, I Remember
16. Le Butcherettes, Shave the Pride
17. Go Betty Go, By Your Side
18. Peach Kelli Pop, Heart Eyes
19. SLUTEVER, I Miss America
20. Teenage Bottlerocket, I Found The One
21. Primitive Parts, Miracle Skin
22. Desaparecidos, The Underground Man
23. Baby Shakes, Summer Sun
24. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, Through My Head
25. Sonny Vincent, Don't Give A Fuck
26. Cosmic Psychos, Fuckwit City
27. Prima Donna, Tattooed Love Girls
28. Gateway Drugs, Friday's Are for Suckers
29. Panther Ray, Don't Hold Me Down
30. Ye Nuns, Boys Are Boys And Girls Are Choice

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