Friday, July 25, 2014

Live Ledge #163: Jason Isbell

As much as I love my little side gig writing for the local paper, it's rare that I get to interview artists that I truly care about. Most of my assignments fall into two categories - has-been classic rockers and pretty boy country hicks. Sometimes they're still interesting, and I do my best with the material they provide me, but I always long to chat to acts that I actually listen to in the privacy of my home.
This week, I had one of those rare opportunities. I've been a fan of Jason Isbell since his days in the Drive-By Truckers, and last year's Southeastern was one of my favorite records of the year. As soon as he was booked to play in our little city on July 29, I let my editor understand that I just had to talk to him.
It almost didn't happen, though, as Isbell was travelling in Canada last week and didn't have cell service. I made some arrangements to get an extension on my story, and he was finally able to squeeze in ten minutes this past Monday. While I'd obviously have liked to chat longer, I was pleased to get even a few minutes of his time.
The article was published on Thursday, along with a full-length version of the Q&A, which you can find here. Tonight's show includes a recording of that conversation, along with a couple of tracks from Southeastern. The rest of the show consists primarily of recently-released great Americana-ish artists, along with some old favorites.
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1. Jason Isbell, Super 8  
2. Jason Isbell, Songs That She Sang In The Shower  
3. Drive-By Truckers, The Day John Henry Died  
4. Hard Working Americans, Welfare Music  
5. The Bottle Rockets, Trailer Mama  
6. Uncle Tupelo, I Got Drunk  
7. Whiskeytown, Drank Like A River 
8. The Jayhawks, Big Star 
9. Centro-Matic, Academy of Lunkers  
10. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Vampire Girl  
11. Lydia Loveless, Really Wanna See You 
12. Nikki Lane, Sleep With A Stranger 
13. Hurray For The Riff Raff, I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright)  
14. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Motorhead Girl  
15. Lone Justice, Working Man's Blues  
16. Lucinda Williams, Real Live Bleeding Fingers & Broken Guitar Strings 
17. Old 97's, Let's Get Drunk & Get It On 
18. Two cow Garage, The Little Prince and Johnny Toxic 
19. Deer Tick, The Dream's In The Ditch  
20. The Del Lords, When the Drugs Kick In 
21. Supersuckers, Roadworn And Weary 
22. Steve Earle, Creepy Jackalope Eye  
23. Jonny Two Bags, One Foot In The Gutter 
24. The Replacements, Battleship Chains  
25. Jason & The Scorchers, White Lies  
26. Green On Red, No Free Lunch 
27. Hickoids, If Drinkin Don't Kill Me, Kill Me 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Live Ledge #162: Tommy Ramone

With the death of Tommy Ramone, we no longer have any living members of one of the greatest bands in the world. That's a shame. Tonight's episode is a tribute to the man, and the band. There are covers by other artists, covers of others by Tommy, tribute songs about the man and the band, and a few songs by artists influenced by The Ramones.
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1. Tommy Ramone, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
2. Ramones, Rockaway Beach
3. Ramones, Teenage Lobotomy
4. Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop
5. Ramones, I Wanna Be Well
6. Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Rock 'n' Roll High School
7. Tony Reflex (Adolescents), Cretin Hop
8. Banjoey Ramone, The KKK Took My Baby Away
9. The Clash, What's My Name
10. Redd Kross, Frosted Flake
11. Sex Pistols, Dolls (New York)
12. The Replacements, Kiss Me On The Bus
13. The Replacements, California Sun
14. Tommy Ramone, If Only You Were Lonely
15. Hüsker Dü, Something I Learned Today
16. Bob Mould, Fire In The City
17. The Junkyard Dogs, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
18. The Vapids, Tommy Ramone
19. The Fleshtones, Remember The Ramones
20. Mental Boy, She Likes The Ramones
21. The Havenots, I Love Her And She Loves The Ramones
22. Latex Novelties, I Don't Wanna Look Like No Ramone
23. The Queers, I Don't Care
24. The Paley Brothers & Ramones, Come On Let's Go
25. Full Blown Cherry, Rockaway Beach
26. Pit Ryan & The Beerbones, I Remember You
27. Jonathon E, Blitzkrieg Bop
28. Wardogs, Blitzkrieg Bop
29. Shonen Knife, Beat On The Brat
30. Danko Jones, The Return Of Jackie And Judy
31. Joey Ramone, What A Wonderful World

Friday, July 04, 2014

Live Ledge #161: 4th of July

Normally, the first show of the month is devoted to new releases. Given that this day coincides with Independence Day, I altered the format to celebrate the big holiday. Tonight's playlist is almost nothing but songs that are about the holiday, America, firecrackers, and other related topics.
There are two exceptions to the format, however, as the day also marks two big anniversaries. On July 4, 1976, the Ramones made their London appearance. In the audience were members of the Clash, Sex Pistols, Damned, Stranglers, and many others. Witnesses say that concert jumpstarted the British punk scene, and almost immediately everybody started playing faster.
On this day in 1991, a certain Minneapolis band played at Grant Park in Chicago. While it wasn't announced at the time, this became the last Replacements performance until their reunion last summer. This day is memoralized by that show's version of "Hootenanny", the last tune performed that day.
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1. X, 4th Of July
2. Violet, This is America
3. Ryan Adams, Firecracker
4. The Bottle Rockets, Wave That Flag
5. Jason & The Scorchers, American Legion Party
6. Nick Lowe, American Squirm
7. Elvis Costello, Crawling To The USA
8. Discount, Help Save The Youth Of America
9. Paul Collins, This Is America
10. HeadCat, American Beat
11. MC5, The American Ruse
12. The Hellacopters, All American Man
13. House Of Large Sizes, Cranko-American
14. Sass, Rockin' In The USA
15. The Smugglers, Fun in the USA
16. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Surfin' USA
17. The Devil Dogs, Rock City USA
18. The Breakaways, USA
19. The Normals, USA
20. The Avengers, The American In Me
21. Circle Jerks, American Way
22. The Weirdos, Fort USA
23. The Ramones, Judy Is A Punk
24. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat (Peel session)
25. Sex Pistols, Anarchy In The UK
26. The Clash, I'm So Bored With the USA (Beaconsfield Film School Session)
27. The Stranglers, (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
28. The Replacements, Hootenanny
29. Rocket From the Crypt, Straight American Slave
30. The Seat Belts, American Bandstand
31. The Wynona Riders, Kids In America
32. Agent Orange, America
33. Stiff Little Fingers, Fly The Flag
34. Dillinger Four, Americaspremierefaithbasedinitiative
35. The Celibate Rifles, Thank You America

Friday, June 20, 2014

Live Ledge #160: Shuffle

Ok, I have a confession tonight. I had no idea what to do for tonight's show. All week long I attempted to come up with a theme, and just drew a blank. Nothing. Nada.
So last night I did a little experiment. I opened up iTunes and set it to shuffle play, and created tonight's playlist in that manner. To be honest, though, I skipped the tracks that wouldn't fit on the realpunkradio network. But anything that could possibly work was grabbed, and tonight's show was played in that exact same order.
This admittedly lazy method of programming a show actually worked! It chose some of the usual acts you head on Live Ledge (Replacements, Elvis Costello, Clash), along with quite a few that I've ignored for years and years (Gruesomes, Obits, Future Primitives, Muck and the Mires). Even better, outside of "I Will Dare", shuffle tended to pick more obscure tracks. Quite a few of the regular artists were represented by live tracks, radio appearances, and b-sides from expanded reissues.
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1. The`Figgs, Tint
2. Mono Men, Pisswater
3. The Clash, Career Opportunities (Mickey Foote Demo)
4. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Head
5. D Generation, Rise And Fall
6. The Gruesomes, Heart Full of Pain
7. Muck and the Mires, I'd Do It All Over Again
8. The Meteors, Yellow Zone
9. Black Diamonds, I Want Need Love You
10. The Saints, The Ballad
11. Graham Parker, Saturday Nite Is Dead
12. The Hairlips, The Way She Goes New
13. The Distillers, Lordy Lordy
14. Mind Spiders, One Step Ahead
15. The Jam, But I'm Different Now
16. The Dictators, The Next Big Thing
17. The Jim Jones Revue, Big Len
18. The Replacements, I Will Dare
19. Newtown Neurotics, Hypocrite
20. Obits, Widow Of My Dreams
21. Elvis Costello, Call On Me
22. Rise Against, Nervous Breakdown
23. The Future Primitives, I'm The Sound
24. Slobberbone, Stumblin'
25. Avengers, Thin White Line
26. Crass, Where Next Columbus?
27. The Muffs, Agony
28. Sleater-Kinney, Stay Where You Are
29. Les Sexareenos, Carolina, Yeah!
30. Descendents, M 16
31. The Heartbreakers, I Wanna Be Loved
32. Pansy Division, Headbanger
33. Wire, I 2 X U

Friday, June 13, 2014

Live Ledge #159: RIP Rik Mayall

One of my favorite British comedies of all time is The Young Ones. Sort of a combo of Monty Python and the 3 Stooges, the series was one of the first non-music programs to ever air on MTV. Not that music wasn't a big part of the program, though, as acts such as Motorhead, Madness, and many others made appearances throughout the two seasons of episodes.
This past Monday, Rik Mayall, whose character, Rick, was the "pompous anarchist" of the cast, passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 56. Tonight's opening segments are a tribute to Mayall, including some classic Young Ones bits and music, along with some material from the years after the program ceased production.
Besides the Mayall tribute, tonight's show is a "covers" episode, featuring remakes of songs made famous by The Replacements, Clash, Rolling Stones, Undertones, and even Paul Abdul. Grab this one from the usual sources, or...


1. Cliff Richard & The Young Ones, Living Doll
2. Madness, House of Fun
3. Motorhead, Ace of Spades
4. Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondson, I'm Evil
5. Adrian Edmunson & The Bad Shepherds, London Calling/Manchester Calling/The Monaghan
6. Pipeline Pete, I'm in Trouble
7. The Standouts, Color Me Impressed
8. Lawnmower, Answering Machine
9. The Skinny, Bastards Of Young
10. Hollis Brown, Rock & Roll
11. The Royal Court of China, Heart Full of Soul
12. Sand Rubies, Starry Eyes
13. The Fuzztones, I Can't Control Myself
14. Alex Chilton, Little GTO
15. The Plimsouls, Dizzy Miss Lizzy
16. Old 97's, Career Opportunities
17. Mystery Girls, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
18. The Hold Steady, Closer To The Stars
19. Lords Of Altamont, 6 Days On The Road
20. Radio Birdman, You're Gonna Miss Me
21. The Saints, River Deep Mountain High
22. The Doughboys, Route 66
23. Groovie Ghoulies, 2000 Man
24. CTMF, She Said Yeah
25. The Problematics, Teenage Kicks
26. The Dictators, California Sun
27. Supersuckers, Never Let Me Down Again
28. The Rubber City Rebels, No Feelings
29. Dead Kennedys, I Fought the Law
30. Swingin' Neckbreakers, Bama Lama Bama-Loo
31. The Cramps, Mule Skinner Blues
32. Nozems, Heart Of Gold
33. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Straight Up

Friday, June 06, 2014

Live Ledge #158: Centro-Matic

I love my little writing side job. I really do. Yet it can be frustrating at times trying to conjure up questions for some of the acts that swing through our little city. As much as I appreciate this area, the musical tastes tend to be pretty conservative, which means I spend a good portion of my writing time interviewing "heritage acts" with few original members or pretty-boy country guys that sound exactly like the last one to swing through town.
This is why I was so excited with the news that Centro-Matic was heading to Icon Lounge on June 10. Finally, a band that I truly love hitting our city! A band that regularly hits my end of the year lists!
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Centro-Matic leader Will Johnson to help promote the show. Will and his band are swinging through the area to promote two releases. Redo the Stacks is an expanded reissue of his first record under the Centro-Matic name, while the just-released Take Pride In Your Long Odds is a brand new album financed via Pledge Music.
Tonight, I played our interview in its entirety. We talked about not only both of these releases, but also the benefits of Pledge Music, Will's dislike of streaming services, and many other topics.
Besides the interview, tonight's show is a "new release" broadcast, featuring nothing but brand new music from the likes of 7 Seconds, Shonen Knife, Bob Mould, and many more. I also debuted a demo by my son's band, The Pullouts!
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1. Lords Of Altamont, Live With Me
2. Centro-matic, Parade Of Choosers
3. Centro-Matic, Salty Disciple
4. King Buzzo, Useless King of the Punks
5. Hollis Brown, Train Round The Bend
6. 7SECONDS, 30 Years (And Still Going Wrong)
7. Shonen Knife, Bad Luck Song
8. Bob Mould, Little Glass Pill
9. Bob Mould, I Don't Know You Anymore
10. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Company Man
11. Parquet Courts, Black and White
12. Jack Ruby, Hit & Run
13. Crime, Hot Wire My Heart
14. Hollywood Brats, Sick On You
15. Electric Eels, Cyclotron
16. Sleaford Mods, From Rags to Richards
17. Eastlink, Gina
18. Cool Ghouls, Things I Seen
19. The Madcaps, All I Really Wanna
20. The Pullouts, Matrimony
21. Fucked Up, The Art Of Patrons
22. Watery Love, Competing Odors
23. Cheap Girls, Slow Nod
24. The Orwells, Southern Comfort
25. The Seeds, Can't Seem To Make You Mine

Friday, May 30, 2014

Live Ledge #157: Threesomes

Get your mind out of the gutter. Despite the title of this episode, there's nothing tawdry or sexual going on here. This is a different kind of threesome that occupies this week's broadcast.
The inspiration for this playlist began two weeks ago during director Gorman Bechard's appearance. Talking about favorite bands, we both agreed that a truly great band has to have some point in there career where they had three classic albums in a row. Around that same time, my Rock and Walk series for the Argus Leader was utilizing the Rolling Stones catalog as my exercising soundtrack. Now that I'm in that sweet period of their career, it only seemed natural to curate a show around this concept.
I also took it to Facebook and Twitter, and received a ton of great suggestions for the show...and some great discussions on the merits of some of those picks. Tonight's show utilizes some of those choices, but unfortunately I couldn't fit them all in. If I did, the show would have gone on until tomorrow. I'd like to thank everybody that did help, though, as it was one of the more enjoyable live shows of recent memory.
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1. The Rolling Stones, Stray Cat Blues (Beggars Banquet)
2. The Rolling Stones, Live With Me (Let It Bleed)
3. The Rolling Stones, Sway (Sticky Fingers)
4. The Rolling Stones, Loving Cup (Exile On Main St.)
5. The Replacements, Favorite Thing (Let It Be)
6. The Replacements, I'll Buy (Tim)
7. The Replacements, Red Red Wine (Pleased To Meet Me)
8. Hüsker Dü, Turn On The News (Zen Arcade)
9. Hüsker Dü, I Apologize New Day Rising)
10. Husker Du, Green Eyes (Flip Your Wig)
11. The Saints Kissin' Cousins (im Stranded)
12. The Saints, Know Your Product (Eternally Yours)
13. The Saints, Crazy Googenheimer Blues (Prehistoric Sounds)
14. The Stooges, Real Cool Time (The Stooges)
15. The Stooges, Down On The Street (Fun House)
16. The Stooges, Raw Power (Raw Power)
17. The Velvet Underground, Run Run Run (The Velvet Underground & Nico)  
18. The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat (White Light/White Heat)
19. The Velvet Underground, What Goes On (The Velvet Underground)
20. The Clash, Career Opportunities (The Clash)
21. The Clash, Tommy Gun (Give 'Em Enough Rope)
22. The Clash, Clampdown (London Calling)
23. Cheap Trick He's a Whore (Cheap Trick)
24. Cheap Trick, Southern Girls (In Color)
25. Cheap Trick, California Man (Heaven Tonight)
26. X, Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not (Los Angeles)
27. X, The Once Over Twice (Wild Gift)
28. X, Motel Room In My Bed (Under The Big Black Sun)
29. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Ramones)
30. The Ramones, I Remember You (Leave Home)
31. The Ramones, Teenage Lobotomy (Rocket To Russia)
32. Elvis Costello, Mystery Dance (My Aim Is True)
33. Elvis Costello, You Belong To Me (This Year's Model)
34. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Oliver's Army Armed Forces)
35. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, High Fidelity (Get Happy)