Friday, February 27, 2015

Live Ledge #188: Back From the Grave

To say I was thrilled when I heard that 2015 would see new Back From the Grave releases would be stating the obvious. I've long been a fan of the influential Crypt Records series, and was excited to discover what rare '60's garage rock tracks had been unearthed since the last volume was released in 1996.
The new editions, volumes 9 and 10, live up to the standards of the previous releases. One could even argue they are superior to the others, as technology has obviously come a long way since the original eight versions were put out. Given that these tracks are mastered from surviving 45 copies, having the ability to clean up the muck and scratches is a godsend.
Tonight's episode presents a set for each specific volume, and it's two hours of pure energy. If you're a fan of noisy rock and roll from any era, you should check out not only this show but each of these records. Long out of print, the first eight are in the process of being reissued to go with the two new releases.
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1. The Elite, My Confusion
2. The Alarm Clocks, Yeah
3. The Malibus, Cry
4. The One Way Streets, Jack The Ripper
5. The Swamp Rats, Psycho
6. The Outsiders, Summertime Blues
7. Triumphs, Surfside Date
8. The Novas, The Crusher
9. Lil' Boys Blue, I'm Not There
10. Willie The Wild One, Willie The Wild One
11. Murphy & The Mob, Born Loser
12. The Mods, You've Got Another Thing Comin'
13. Montells, You Can't Make Me
14. Red Beard & The Pirates, Go On Leave
15. Hallmarks, I Know Why
16. Rocky & The Riddlers, Flash And Crash
17. Sloths, Makin' Love
18. Humans, Warning
19. Few, Escape
20. The Jesters Of Newport, Stormy
21. The Henchmen, Livin'
22. The Shames, My World Is Upside Down
23. The Golden Catalinas, Varsity Club Song
24. The Shandels, Caroline
25. The Treytones, Nonymous
26. The Syndicate, The Egyptian Thing
27. The Bends, If It's All The Same To You
28. Mystic Five, Are You for Real Girl?
29. The Spiders, Don't Blow Your Mind
30. The Groop, Alright!
31. Piece Kor, All I Want Is My Baby
32. The Cavedwellers, Run Around
33. The Nightcrawlers, Want Me
34. The Pastels, Circuit Breaker
35. The High Spirits, It's Alright with Me
36. Lord Charles & The Prophets, Ask Me No Questions
37. The Gentlemen, It's a Cryin' Shame
38. James Bond and the Agents, Wild Angel
39. John English III and the Heathens, I Need You Near
40. The Orphans, Without You
41. The Hard Times, Mr. Rolling Stone

Friday, February 20, 2015

Live Ledge #187: Freedom

There's no spoilers this week. You need to listen to the show to understand the theme. Do it now by...


1. Todd Snider, In Between Jobs
2. The Who, I'm Free
3. The Rolling Stones, I'm Free
4. The Kinks, Got To Be Free
5. The Mystic Eyes, Baby We're Free
6. Jimmie Rodgers, I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now
7. Merle Haggard, I'm Free
8. Carlene Carter, I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow
9. Alex Chilton, Free again
10. Lou Reed, I'm So Free
11. The Velvet Underground, I'm Set Free
12. Dramarama, Work For Food
13. Son Volt, Live Free
14. John Wesley Harding, I Don't Work Here
15. Graham Parker, Honest Work
16. Ryan Adams, I Don't Wanna Work
17. The Godfathers, Birth School Work Death
18. Natural Child, Hard Workin' Man
19. Dead Bundy & The Neat Neat Neats, Working Class Man's Blues
20. The Nomads, Wasn't Born To Work
21. Elvis Costello, Welcome To The Working Week
22. Devo, Freedom Of Choice
23. The A-BONES, Don't Need No Job
24. The Newtown Neurotics, Living With Unemployment
25. The Replacements, God Damn Job
26. The Clash, Career Opportunities
27. The Buzzcocks, Running Free
28. The Creation, Work All Day (Sleep All Night)
29. Downliners Sect, All Night Worker
30. Rave-Ups, Freedom Bound
31. The Nils, Freedom
32. The Prime Movers, Freedom
33. The Delinquents, Food Free Food
34. Dwarves, Working Class Hole
35. Tim Timebomb, Working
36. Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon, Where Are We Gonna Work (When The Trees Are Gone?)
37. The Young Fresh Fellows, Taco Wagon

Friday, February 13, 2015

Live Ledge #186: Vinyl

To say that I'm obsessed with obtaining vinyl would be a gross understatement. Since acquiring a turntable in mid-December, I've been on a tear. Local record stores just love me! On tonight's show I showcase my recent buys with a setlist that spans over 50 years. Selections include brand new releases, reissues, old faves, and fantastic finds in the used bins.
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1. Steve Earle, Valentine's Day
2. The Replacements, Valentine
3. Paul Westerberg, You've Had It With You
4. Nude Beach, I'm Not Like You
5. The Abigails, Twenty Nine
6. JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll
7. Benjamin Booker, Wicked Waters
8. Small Houses, Staggers And Rise
9. Jason Isbell, Super 8
10. Sturgill Simpson, Life of Sin
11. The Ramones, Judy Is A Punk
12. Husker Du, Back From Somewhere
13. The Black Lips, Sea Of Blasphemy
14. Three O'Clock, Jet Fighter
15. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Come On
16. The Plimsouls, Shaky City
17. Hoodoo Gurus, I Was A Kamikaze Pilot
18. Dictators, Search & Destroy
19. Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet
20. The Junk Monkeys, Everything Remains The Same
21. The Aquadolls, Our Love Will Always Remain
22. Sugar Stems, Run Run Rabbit
23. Lydia Loveless, To Love Somebody
24. Sleater Kinney, Surface Envy
25. It's Them/Tthhemm, Baby (I Still Need Your Lovin')
26. The Pastels, Circuit Breaker
27. The Benders, Can't Tame Me
28. Syndicate, The Egyptian Thing
29. Endless Bummer, High Tide
30. Thee Oh Sees, Flood's New Light
31. Wax Witches, Summer Suckers
32. Nobunny, Mask's On
33. Mozes And The Firstborn, Peter Jr.
34. Viet Cong, Pointless Experience

Friday, February 06, 2015

Live Ledge #185: New Releases

If this show is any indication, 2015 is going to be a great year for music. We've already seen the triumphant comeback of one of rock's greatest bands (Sleater Kinney), a surprisingly great album of Sinatra covers (Dylan's Shadows In the Night), and new and upcoming releases by the likes of Steve Earle, The Mahones, Danko Jones, and many others. There's even two new followups to the wondrous Back From the Grave 60's garage rock compilations.
There's also a plethora of new or sort-of-new garage-oriented bands that deserve attention. Endless Bummer, Mozes and the Firstborn, The Living Eyes, The Blank Tapes. The list goes on and on, and hopesfully will continue to grow as the year continues.
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1. Bob Dylan, Some Enchanted Evening
2. Steve Earle, Go Go Boots Are Back
3. Small Houses, Revel
4. The Rainmakers, Shithole Town
5. Benjamin Booker, Chippewa  
6. No Age, Sex Beat
7. No Age, Six Pack
8. Eel Bros, Hanging on the Telephone
9. Marc With a C, The Official Ironmen Rally Song
10. The Mahones, Last One To Die
11. Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Feeling Of Wonder
12. The Aquadolls, Tweeker Kidz
13. Cocktail Slippers, Show 'Em Good
14. Sleater Kinney, Bury Our Friends
15. The Hard Times, Mr. Rolling Stone
16. The Emeralds, Like Father Like Son
17. The Four, 69
18. The Color, Young Miss Larsen
19. Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake, Dune Rider
20. Muck and the Mires, Cheating Yourself
21. Sink Tapes, Blow Me A Kiss
22. The Suicide Commandos, Burn it Down
23. Hoodoo Gurus, Too Bad She's Bad
24. Mozes And The Firstborn, Bloodsucker  
25. Jonly Bonly, I Don't Mind
26. The Living Eyes, High Standards
27. Drowners, Long Hair
28. Danko Jones, Gonna Be a Fight Tonight
29. Cheap Time, I Don't Know What To Think
30. The Grannies, Corner of Fuck and You
31. Straight Arrows, Can't Stand It
32. Endless Bummer, Runaround
33. Gino And The Goons, Sex Drugs & Paranoia
34. The Blank Tapes, Do You Wanna Get High
35. Hard Girls, 996 Tears
36. The Yolks, I'm Going Down

Friday, January 30, 2015

Live Ledge #184: Lydia Loveless

When director Gorman Bechard confided to me a few weeks ago that his next project was going to be a documentary on singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless, I begged him to set up a Live Ledge interview. After all, her latest album, "Somewhere Else", topped my 2014 list of the year's best records.
Bechard came through, and the resulting chat is one of the most enjoyable interviews I've ever had. Lydia chatted about her childhood, songwriting, life on the road, and the plans for the next record. Loveless also curated the eclectic playlist for tonight's show, which flows from classic Motown to Americana, with a bit of current electronic pop thrown in at the end.
Bechard is also on hand, and he chats about how he discovered Lydia's music, and what he hopes to showcase with this project. For more information, head over to the "Who Is Lydia Loveless?" kickstarter page.
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Here are Lydia's music selections:

1. Lydia Loveless, Mile High
2. Tammi Terrell, All I Do Is Think of You
3. Alison Krauss, This Time the Dream's On Me
4. Paul Collins, Hurting's On My Side
5. Ash, Lost In You
6. John Moreland, Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anyore
7. Richard Lindgren, Back to Brno
8. Fort Shame, Sundowner
9. Total Foxxx, Toothless and Vile
10. Swearengens, Tonight You'll Be Breaking
11. Sky Ferreira, 24 Hours
12. Phantogram, Fall In Love
13. Lydia Loveless, Crazy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Live Ledge #183: Big Takeover's Jack Rabid

Over the course of its 35 year tenure, The Big Takeover has been the premiere document of all forms of independant music - from the CBGB's punk scene of the late 70's to the fuzz-pop indie rock of today. Published only twice a year, it's book-like thickness may be a bit intimidating but is always an engrossing read.
Jack Rabid is the founder and ediitor-in-chief, and he spent the first hour on tonight's show talking about the history of his publication. It's a fascinating conversation that not only talks about the music that inspired him to the start the magazine, but how this passion has ignited his passion for politics and social issues. Most impressive is his assertion that the friendships that have developed through the magazine are infinitely more satisfying than any financial rewards that could have come from any other life path.
Next week, Jack joins the realpunkradio familly with his new show, The Big Takeover With Jack Rabid. The weekly show can be heard on realpunkradio every Monday at noon ET, or can be downloaded later at the station's website. This will definitely be a must-listen for any music fan.
After Jack departed to help his wife set up the house for his son's birthday party, Live Ledge moved on to a segment devoted to Lydia Loveless, who will be the subject of Gorman Bechard's next documentary. Like all of Bechard's movies, Who Is Lydia Loveless will be funded via kickstarter, and you can help by heading HERE!!!
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1. The Replacements, Hootenanny
2. The Stimulators, Loud Fast Rules!
3. Lydia Loveless, Really Wanna See You
4. Lydia Loveless, Jesus Was a Wino
5. Lydia Loveless, Boy Crazy
6. Kim Fowley, The Trip
7. Belfast Gypsies, Gloria's Dream
8. Paul Revere & The Raiders, Like Long Hair
9. The Rangers, Justine
10. Freaks Of Nature, People! Let's Freak Out
11. The D.I.s, Your Dad's a Cop
12. The Gears, I Smoke Dope
13. The Wildebeests, I Wanna Be Loved
14. The Penetrators, No.1 Band In Town
15. The Zeros, Cosmetic Couple
16. The Mighty Gordinis, Don'tcha love T-Rex
17. Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Jungle Rock

Live Ledge #182: 1995

The beginning of the new year found a number of sites publishing "shocking" articles about the 20 year anniversary of a number of supposedly classic albums. Obviously, that inspired tonight's show, although I can guarantee that the vast majority of records listed in those stories won't see any airplay here.
Looking back, I had two primary music forces running my life in 1995. The Americana scene was gathering momentum, and the year was wonderful for that type of music. Uncle Tupelo had broke up two years before, and their subsequent bands, Wilco and Son Volt, released wonderful debut records. Steve Earle came out of jail with a triumphant comeback album, Train a Comin', and other acts such as Dashboard Saviors, Blue Mountain, and the Jayhawks also released strong albums.
Besides the country-ish sounds of those acts, noisy punk-influenced rock and roll dominated my CD player. The list of these types of albums could go on for hours and hours, including Rocket From the Crypt, Supersuckers, Mudhoney, and Archers of Loaf. Female-fronted rock was also strong that year, from the alternative pop of Elastica and Throwing Muses to the fury of Sleater-Kinney and Babes in Toyland.
It's a fun show, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'd love to hear what you also listened to that year, so feel free to comment. Maybe there will be a future followup show!
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1. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Hate Rock 'N' Roll
2. The Jayhawks, I'd Run Away
3. Steve Earle, Tom Ames' Prayer
4. Elvis Costello, I Threw It All Away
5. Vic Chesnutt, Strange Language
6. Wilco, Box Full of Letters
7. Son Volt, Route
8. Whiskeytown, Drank Like A River
9. Blue Mountain, Soul Sister
10. The Harvesters, Sense of Style
11. Jason & The Scorchers, Take Me Home Country Roads
12. Dashboard Saviors, Preacher's Daughter
13. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
14. L7, Suzy Is A Headbanger
15. Bikini Kill, I Hate Danger
16. Sleater-Kinney, Don't Think You Wanna
17. The Muffs, Agony
18. Throwing Muses, Bright Yellow Gun
19. Elastica, Connection
20. Boss Hog, Winn Coma
21. Liz Phair, Turning Japanese
22. Fugazi, Bed For The Scraping
23. Bad Religion, We're A Happy Family
24. Jawbreaker, I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
25. Face To Face, Disconnected
26. Rocket From The Crypt, Born In '69
27. Supersuckers, Born with a Tail
28. Mudhoney, Generation Spokesmodel
29. Archers Of Loaf, Harnessed In Slums
30. Superchunk, Hyper Enough
31. The Riverdales, Judy Go Home
32. Guided By Voices, Watch Me Jumpstart

Friday, January 09, 2015

Live Ledge #181: Leftovers

The year 2014 was ultimately a surprisingly great one for music. Even after a show devoted to the best reissues of the year, and another show counting down my 40 favorite new records, I had a ton of great music that deserved to be noted.
Tonight's show is dedicated to those albums that could have or should have made either of those two lists. There's a set of nothing but reissues from the likes of Radio Birdman, Game Theory, and Yo La Tengo. The vast majority of the show consists of noteworthy new releases, including material released by veterans such as the Supersuckers, Cracker, and Chris Spedding. But there's also a ton of new bands that hit the scene this past year, including The Pink Tiles, Sugar Stems, together PANGEA, and so many more. Take a listen and I'm sure you'll find some new favorites.
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1. Geoff Useless, What Would Paul Westerberg Do?
2. Chris Spedding, Not Luv
3. Sonny Vincent and Spite, Bad Superstition
4. Jonny Two Bags, Then You Stand Alone
5. Cracker, Life In The Big City
6. Scott H. Biram, Alcohol Blues
7. Reverend Horton Heat, Never Gonna Stop It
8. The Fleshtones, Hipster Heaven
9. Radio Birdman, Love Kills
10. Game Theory, The Letter
11. Ex Hex, All Kindsa Girls
12. Ty Segall, Femme Fatale
13. Yo La Tengo, Big Day Coming
14. James Williamson, Cock in My Pocket
15. Swingin' Utters, Tonight's Moons
16. Supersuckers, Never Let Me Down Again
17. The Growlers, Good Advice
18. Sugar Stems, Baby Teeth
19. Tweens, McMicken
20. The Pink Tiles, State Of The Nation
21. The Memories, True Love Will Find You In The End
22. The CRY!, Discoteque
23. COZY, Just a Touch
24. The Gotobeds, Fast Trash
25. Meatbodies, Disorder
26. Baby Ghosts, Oil/Sunshine
27. together PANGEA, Sick Shit
28. Hospitality, I Miss Your Bones
29. The Coathangers, Adderall
30. Spider Bags, Summer Of '79
31. The Creeps, Leave It To Me