Friday, December 30, 2016

Live Ledge #270: In Memoriam

To say 2016 was not a good year is a bit of an understatement. Besides the social and political turmoil our country currently faces, we lost an inordinate amount of actors and musicians in the past twelve months. It seems like every day there's another passing to add to the list. Even today, as this show was being prepared I learned of the death of The Didjits' bassist Doug Evans.

Tonight's show is dedicated to all of the musicians that left us this year, but the focus isn't on the "superstars" that dominated newpapers and websites. Instead, it's primarily the lesser known that are spotlighted here - trucker songsmith Red Simpson, early blues-based rockers Long John Hunter and Lonnie Mack, Elvis sideman Scotty Moore. The list goes on and on. There are also members of bands such as Tuxedomoon, Mott the Hoople, The A-Bones, Jefferson Airplane, and so many more.

We can't completely ignore the more famous, though, which is why there are also tributes to Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard. Sharon Jones also has a spotlighted segment.

As always, grab this one via Stitcher, iTunes, or...


1. Suicide, Dream Baby Dream
2. Long John Hunter, El Paso Rock
3. Red Simpson, Truck Drivin' Man
4. Lonnie Mack, Memphis
5. Scotty Moore & DJ Fontana, Deuce and a Quarter (feat. Keith Richards & The Band)
6. Bobby Vee, Stagger Lee (with The Crickets)
7. The A-Bones, Rollin' To The Jukebox Rock
8. The A-Bones, (I'm In With) The Out Crowd
9. Leon Russell, Medley: Jumpin' Jack Flash/Young Blood
10. Status Quo, Rockin' All Over The World
11. Thunderclap Newman, Something In The Air
12. Jefferson Airplane, Takes Off
13. The Box Tops Soul Deep
14. Merle Haggard, Sing Me Back Home
15. Merle Haggard, The Bottle Let Me Down
16. Ralph Stanley, White Light/White Heat
17. Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Meet Me On The Corner
18. Mose Allison, Young Man's Blues
19. Mose Allison, Eyesight To The Blind
20. Bap Kennedy, Long Time a Comin'
21. Leonard Cohen, The Future (Live in Dublin)
22. David Bowie, Starman (Original Single Version)
23. David Bowie, Queen Bitch
24. Mott The Hoople, All The Young Dudes
25. Mott The Hoople, One Of The Boys
26. Prince, Head
27. Prince, Sister
28. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 100 Days 100 Nights
29. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, People Don't Get What They Deserve
30. Beastie Boys, Jimi
31. The Business, Loud Proud 'N' Punk
32. Tuxedomoon, Joeboy The Electronic Ghost
33. Dead Moon, Dark Deception
34. Didjits, Jerry Lee

Friday, December 23, 2016

Live Ledge #269: Best of 2016

As I do every December, I spend a few days surrounded by piles and piles of records, CD's, and an electronic device or two. The great debates of these days are all inside my head - Bowie or Lydia? Cheap Trick versus Bun E. Carlos? Whiskey vs. wine? Oh wait, that's a Day Drinking debate.

With a giant headache, I inevitably come up with an article or two that details my 40 picks for this year. You can find mine HERE! I also created a shorter list of reissues, box sets, and other catalog type releases HERE!!!

Tonight's show is a Casey Kasem-ish countdown of my 40 favorite albums of the year. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, only 32 of my 40 made it to air. For the most part, I deleted the more well-known artists (Radiohead, Neil Young) and/or quietest material (Jayhawks, Wilco, Leonard Cohen). But the 32 that are presented are in the reverse order they appear in my article. So yes, David Bowie's "Blackstar" is what I believe to be the best album of the year.

As always, grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, and please go read my articles. In fact, read them right after you...

1. Bun E. Carlos, Do Something Real (Featuring Robert Pollard)  
2. Pale Lips, (You Make Me) Wanna Be Bad 
3. Ty Segall, Californian Hills 
4. Bleached, Keep on Keepin' On
5. Dinosaur Jr., Goin Down  
6. Diarrhea Plant, Announcement
7. The Men, Dreamer  
8. Parquet Courts, Outside
9. Tracy Bryant, Subterranean 
10. Todd Snider, Hey Pretty Boy 
11. CTMF, A Song For Kylie Minogue
12. Audacity, Umbrellas 
13. Jacuzzi Boys, Boys Like Blood  
14. Drive-By Truckers, Ramon Casino 
15. Night Beats, Power Child
16. Public Access T.V., In Our Blood 
17. Twin Peaks, Walk To The One You Love 
18. Alejandro Escovedo, Horizontal Burn
19. John Doe, Go Baby Go 
20. The Fleshtones, Love Like A Man 
21. Hinds, Garden
22. D Generation, Lonely Ones
23. Descendents, On Paper 
24. Rolling Stones, Ride 'Em On Down
25. Beach Slang, Punks In A Disco Bar
26. Two Cow Garage, Brand New Flag 
27. The Coathangers, Make It Right  
28. Bob Mould, Pray for Rain 
29. Car Seat Headrest, Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed 
30. The I Don't Cares, Born For Me 
31. Lydia Loveless, Bilbao 
32. David Bowie, Lazarus 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Live Ledge #268: Runner-Ups

Over the last few days, I've been frantically looking through everywhere I store music. Vinyl is spread out over my living room floor. Playlist after playlist has been created on iTunes. Releases I forgot existed were given a new shot to impress.

All of this, of course, is to put together my annual list of the 40 best records of the year. Next week I'll unveil that list, but tonight's show is nothing but releases that could have found a spot on the list. Albums that I took a very close look at in the last few days, but they just couldn't jump ahead of my final 40.

It's actually a pretty strong list on its own, and I'm sure any fans of garage, punk, alternative, and/or any other form of rock should be able to enjoy these two hours of tunes. Grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Earwig, Wasted on You
2. The Blind Shake, I Shot All the Birds
3. Mrs Magician, Phantoms
4. The Backseat Angels, My Baby Wants To Brainwash My Mind
5. Connections, Month 2 Month
6. Berwanger, Exorcism Rock
7. Broncho, Jenny Loves Jenae
8. Personal And The Pizzas, Joey Quit The Pouch
9. The Dirty Nil, Wrestle Yu To Husker Du
10. Mind Spiders, Ulcer
11. Thee Oh Sees, Dead Man's Gun
12. Jeff The Brotherhood, Punishment
13. CFM, Brain of Clay
14. Wax Witches, Habit
15. Thee Attacks, Baby Baby
16. The See No Evils, Secrets In Me
17. The So So Glos, Dancing Industry
18. Cheena, Cry For Help
19. A Giant Dog, Creep
20. Frankie Cosmos, If I Had A Dog
21. Martha, Precarious (Supermarket Song)0
22. Pony Time, Really Nice Guys
23. Giant Peach, Your Blood
24. Terry Malts, Used to Be
25. Jeff Rosenstock, Festival Song
26. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, Coyote Conundrum
27. Mean Jeans, Long Dumb Road
28. Steve Adamyk Band, If I Wanted To
29. Sleeping Beauties, Meth
30. Choke Chains, Safe Word
31. Low Culture, I Feel Your Ghost
32. Danny & The Darleans, Outta My Way
33. Mannequin Pussy, Hey Steven
34. Bad Mongo,s I Fuck
35. The Julie Ruin, Record Breaker

Friday, December 09, 2016

Live Ledge #267: New Releases

This episode was supposed to air last week, but the finale of "Big Brother Over the Top" meant that we did our final Big Brother Gossip Show last Friday night.

To make up for it, though, I went overtime tonight. Well, I had no choice as I had so much new music to sample. And what a variety of treats. Besides new power pop bands such as Public Access T.V. and covers projects by The Connection and Yo La Tengo, some legends surprised everybody with their best albums in quite some time.

Of course, I'm mainly talking about the Rolling Stones, whose new blues album, "Blue and Lonesome", is their best record since either "Tattoo You" or "Some Girls". Recorded in three days, this is the live-sounding studio record we've always hoped to hear.

Neil Young's brand new album, "Peace Trail", is also his best record in quite some time. Inspired by the protests at Standing Rock, the songs are not explicitly about what was going on up there but the cause truly aided in the songwriting.

There's also some reissue material from the likes of Big Star, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, and The Who. There's something here for everybody, so grab this on iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Otis Redding, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
2. Bob Dylan, Positively 4th Street
3. Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone
4. The Who, I'm A Man (Version 2
5. Big Star, Thank You Friends (Fry Rough Mix)
6. Big Star, Till The End Of The Day (Fry Rough Mix #2)
7. Rolling Stones, Just Like I Treat You
8. Rolling Stones, Ride 'Em On Down
9. Neil Young, Indian Givers
10. The Forty Nineteens, Frosty The Snowman
11. Yo La Tengo, Suspect Device
12. Yo La Tengo, Be My Baby
13. The CONNECTION, Stay With Me
14. The CONNECTION, Southern Girls
15. Public Access T.V., In Our Blood
16. COZY, Denim Child
17. Berwanger, I Want You Bad
18. Personal And The Pizzas, I Want You
19. Terminal Sunglasses, Psychotic Reaction
20. Nobodys, Beer For Breakfast
21. Danny & The Darleans, Bug Out Bag
22. The Blind Shake, I Shot All the Birds
23. Fur Helmet, Lunar Tomb
24. Meatbodies, Valley Girl
25. Jacuzzi Boys, Boys Like Blood
26. Title Tracks, I Don't Need to Know
27. Terry Malts, Won't Come to Find You
28. Pale Lips, Doo Wah Diddy Shim Sham Shimmy (Bama Lama Loo)
29. King Dude, Holy Christos
30. Uranium Club, Who Made The Man?
31. The Intended, Desperation
32. Tyvek, Tip To Tail
33. Dan Vapid, Gimme Gimme Gimme Ice Cream
34. Dancer, Ma Baby's Uh Monkee
35. Bad Mongos, Rocking Shoes
36. Gurr, #1985
37. BRAT CURSE, Complete Control

Friday, November 25, 2016

Live Ledge #266: Waiting To Be Forgotten

It was just a few days ago that Gorman Bechard contacted me about his involvement in a new Replacements-oriented project. Curated and edited by crime fiction author Jay Stringer, "Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by The Replacements" features 25 short stories of missed opportunities, fatal errors, love, hate, confusion and betrayal. Kind of like the works of Paul Westerberg, right? Each writer took a Replacements song and created their tragic tales around it.

Bechard and Stringer were kind enough to join me on tonight's show, as was former Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay. The trio discussed how they picked the song they used to formulate their story, their writing methods, and much, much more.

After that segment, there is also a recent interview I did with CFM leader Charles Moothart. A longtime collaborator with Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin, CFM's debut record, "Still Life Of Citrus and Crime" is one of the best recently-released garage-rock records. CFM will appear at Total Drag Records in Sioux Falls on Monday, November 28.

There are plenty of methods to listen to tonight's show, including Stitcher, Google Play, and iTunes. Or you can simply...


Friday, November 18, 2016

Live Ledge #265: Little Hypocrite

If anything good came out of the recent election cycle, it's the public discussion of what it is like to be a female in this country. It's still hard for a man to really grasp the condescension, the "mansplaining", and the outright sexism they have to endure on a daily basis.

It's even hard for me to write this little podcast intro, as the wrong words may be misinterpreted. I know that at some point in my life I probably haven't acted as I should. It's inevitable. Especially in the section of the country where I reside. But I try to do, act, or say the right thing.

So after "pussy grabber" was elected as our President, I've spent a lot of time listening to my favorite female songwriters and female-led bands. It's only natural that this led to another showcase for some of my more recent records that I have enjoyed. So here it is, ready for you at iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Patti Smith, Because the Night (Live)
2. Alice Bag, Little Hypocrite
3. Shonen Knife, Rock'n'roll T-shirt
4. Bikini Kill, This Is Not A Test
5. Sleater Kinney, No Anthems
6. Pretenders, Gotta Wait
7. The Juliana Hatfield Three, Dog On A Chain
8. Dressy Bessy, Pop Phenom
9. Boss Hog, Wichita Grey
10. Lydia Loveless, Real
11. The Girls!, Let's Get Weird
12. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Keep the Home Fires Burnin'
13. Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
14. The Coathangers, Squeeki Tiki
15. Colleen Green, TV
16. The Aquadolls, Rich Boyz
17. Baby Shakes, All the Pretty Things
18. Bully, I Remember
19. Bruise Violet, Sketchy Jeff
20. Bleached, Keep on Keepin' On
21. Joanna Gruesome, Jamie (Luvver)
22. Leggy, Even Lana
23. HINDS, Garden
24. Mannequin Pussy, Emotional High
25. Pony Time, Rock And Roll Will Kill You
26. Le Butcherettes, They Fuck You Over
27. L'Assassins, Psycho Beach
28. Go Betty Go, By Your Side
29. Cocktail Slippers, Shame On Me
30. Childbirth, Tech Bro
31. Dog Party, Round 'N' Round
32. Skinny Girl Diet, Lazy Eye
33. Dirty Ghosts, Quicksand Castle
34. Death Valley Girls, Death Valley Boogie
35. Hayley and the Crushers, Seventeen Strum
36. The Shiverettes, Fuck Yr Selfie

Friday, November 11, 2016

Live Ledge #264: Leonard Cohen RIP

It's interesting how the difference of a day can change a show. After technical issues last week, I had planned on tonight's show being the New Release episode that I had previously put together. Then came the tragic news that Leonard Cohen passed away this week at the age of 82.

This obviously led me to make a few changes. Now the majority of the first hour is a tribute to the great songwriter. Besides a touching cover of "Save the Last Dance For Me" from one of his recent tours, I've included a number of my favorite Cohen covers. There's no "Hallelujah", however, as it's quite frankly the one song I never need to hear again. If I had played that track, it would have been Jeff Buckley's version, as nobody can touch his emotional vocals.

After the Cohen tribute, the show carries on with a good percentage of what I haad planned for last week, along with a few additional new releases such as the return of The Men. The Brooklyn-based band is back with a fury, and is bound to make my end of the year list of favorite albums.

As always, you can grab this on iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Nouvelle Vague, I Wanna Be Sedated
2. Nick Cave, I'm Your Man
3. Johnny Cash, Bird On A Wire
4. Bill Callahan, So Long Marianne
5. Beck, Suzanne
6. R.E.M., First We Take Manhattan
7. Concrete Blonde, Everybody Knows
8. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Tower Of Song
9. Pixies, I Can't Forget
10. Lloyd Cole, Chelsea Hotel #2
11. Leonard Cohen, Save the Last Dance for Me
12. Bash & Pop, On The Rocks
13. The Rolling Stones, Just Your Fool
14. Eric Ambel, Hey Mr. DJ
15. Pretenders, Alone
16. Two Cow Garage, Terror Ride
17. Two Cow Garage, Brand New Flag
18. Alejandro Escovedo, Horizontal Burn
19. Alejandro Escovedo, Heartbeat Smile
20. The Beat & Ranking, Roger Walking on the Wrong Side
21. Madness, Good Times
22. Southern Culture On The Skids, Freak Flag
23. Japandroids, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
24. The Tuts, Tut Tut Tut
25. Mannequin Pussy, Emotional High
26. Hayley and the Crushers, Backseat Love
27. The Lippies, Walking On Fences
28. Calcinator, E-Lectrifie
29. Dogs, Here Comes My Baby
30. Angel Face, Wolf City Blues
31. Les Fantomes, I Wanna Be Your Dog
32. The Men, Dreamer
33. The Men, Hit the Ground
34. Haunted Tiger, Why You Gotta Be So Mean?
35. Chocolat, Ah Ouin
36. The Pukes, Gum In Your Hair