Friday, November 21, 2014

Live Ledge #176: Bloodshot Records

Chicago-based Bloodshot Records has always been a favorite of mine. Over the years, they've put out some wonderful records by Alejandro Escovedo, Old 97's, Lydia Loveless, Graham Parker, and many more. They've also been the label responsible for tribute albums of the likes of Wanda Jackson and The Knitters, along with a number of other fantastic compilation projects.
This week, the label celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records. The two disc set features 38 artists covering great songs from the label's discography. Tonight's show heavily features this collection, including Superchunk's remake of Ryan Adam's "Come Pick Me Up", The Handsome Family remaking "1000 Dollar Car" by The Bottle Rockets, and many more. The rest of the show features samples from other releases from the label, including those samplers mentioned earlier.
Grab this show via the usual sources, or...


1. The Handsome Family, 1000 Dollar Car
2. Blitzen Trapper, To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
3. Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peas, Look the Other Way
4. Two Gallants, Truck Driver
5. Chuck Prophet, Dirt
6. Freakwater, Drunk Friend
7. The Handsome Family, Moving Furniture Around
8. The Starkweathers, Little White Trash Boy
9. The Bottle Rockets, Get Down
10. Graham Parker, Almost Thanksgiving Day
11. Old 97's, Victoria
12. Jon Langford, 1234Ever
13. Alejandro Escovedo, Castanets
14. Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, Pinetree Boogie
15. Trailer Bride, Poor Little Critter on the Road
16. The Blacks, The New World
17. John Doe With Jim and Jennie & The Pinetops, Call of the Wreckin' Ball
18. Porter Hall TN, People Who Died
19. Waco Bros, The Harder They Come
20. Neko Case, Rated X
21. Andre Williams & The Sadies, Shake A Tail Feather
22. Dollar Store, I Want To Destroy You
23. Eddie Spaghetti, If Anyone's Got the Balls
24. Scott H. Biram, Alcohol Blues
25. Cory Branan, C'mon Shadow
26. Lydia Loveless, Verlaine Shot Rimbaud
27. Limbeck, Sound of Running
28. Superchunk, Come Pick Me Up
29. Warm Soda, All Grown Up
30. Diarrhea Planet, Dry Land
31. Justin Townes Earle, Can't Hardly Wait

Friday, November 14, 2014

Live Ledge #175: Narco States

Every now and then, I discover a great band due to my Argus Leader writing gig. This was one of those weeks, as I was assigned to cover the Narco States show at Total Drag Records. Singer/guitarist Michael Meyer is a former Sioux Falls resident, and we had a great chat about old and new garage rock. Their new album, Wicked Sun, is one of the best releases to come out of Minneapolis in quite some time. If you're a fan of Roky Erickson's legendary psych-rock mixed with punk rock energy, then this is the record for you. You can read my article on the band HERE.
Besides two tracks from that release, I air my interview with Meyer on tonight's show. The rest of the show follows in a similar musical frame, with tons of recently-released garage rock. There's also a segment celebrating realpunkradio's latest free compilation. Swamp Jacuzzi, the show that preceeds Live Ledge at 5 pm CT every Friday night, has just put out a fabulous sampler of the types of bands he plays on his show. In the midst of that set, host Biggie Boutte comes on to talk about not only this release but the concept of his great show. Click HERE for your own copy of this set.
This is one of the best Live Ledge broadcast from quite some time, so grab this from iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Superchunk, Come Pick Me Up  
2. Narco States, Mass Exodus
3. Narco States, Lost In Time
4. Jeff the Brotherhood, Gouge Away  
5. Ty Segall, Green Belly
6. Meatbodies, Plank
7. Lombego Surfers, Monkey Juice
8. Ex Hex, Beast Rips
9. White Mystery, Dubble Dragon
10. Death Valley Girls, Girlfriend
11. The Pink Tiles, State Of The Nation
12. The Last Blackouts, Outta Site Outta Mind
13. The Great Dismal Swamis, I Wanna Get Ripped
14. Jane Rose & The Deadend Boys, Man's Ruin
15. Nox Boys, Mr. Noone
16. King Tuff, Headbanger
17. Lace Curtain, Saint Vitus
18. Spider Bags, Summer Of '79
19. The Creeps, Cancer Eulogies
20. The Gotobeds, Wasted On Youth/Melted Candle
21. Bleached, For The Feel
22. Useless Eaters, Dungeon
23. The #1s, Anything
24. Dead Strangers, Stella's Gone
25. Terry Malts, Grumpiest Old Men
26. Blind Shake, Dots In The Fog
27. Sonny Vincent and Spite, Dog On the Subway

Friday, November 07, 2014

Live Ledge #174: Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan's new album, Boxers, is one of the highlights of the year. Tonight he joins Live Ledge for a long, incisive interview about not only the new album but a variety of topics including the difficulties on being a D.I.Y. artist and how he wishes to be a "uniter" when it comes to music categories.
Along with the interview, and tracks from the new album, tonight's show also features new music by Cozy, Rancid, Thurston Moore, and many others, along with tracks from new archive releases by Bob Dylan, Big Star, and The Afghan Whigs.
It's a great episode, and I'd like to thank Matthew for his contribution. Now head over to his site and purchase your own copy of Boxers. You can also read a partial transcript of the interview at my Argus Leader blog
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1. Matthew Ryan, Boxers
2. Matthew Ryan, An Anthem for the Broken
3. Bob Dylan & The Band, Folsom Prison Blues
4. Bob Dylan & The Band, Baby Won't You be My Baby
5. Big Star, September Gurls (Live In Memphis)
6. The Afghan Whigs, What Jail Is Like (Demo)
7. Nude Beach, I'm Not Like You
8. The Barreracudas, Promises
9. Meatbodies, Disorder
10. Habibi, I Got the Moves
11. Sleater-Kinney, Bury Our Friends
12. Thurston Moore, The Best Day
13. Rancid, In The Streets
14. COZY, Kiss Me Dummy
15. Scruffy The Cat, Tiger Tiger

Friday, October 24, 2014

Live Ledge #173: Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. No, I'm not one of those fools that dresses up like a moron and gets shitfaced drunk. I've just always enjoyed the concept of a special day that has absolutely no pressure to deliver. There's no special meal to be prepared and/or devoured. You don't have to read minds on the needs and desires of family members. You simply hand out some cheap candy to neighborhood kids.
This is where I excel. For 364 days of the year, I'm not the best neighbor. I don't attend residential gatherings. I don't meet at the mailbox to discuss the weather or politics. My wanderings around these blocks are always accompanied by ear buds. I'm also the token divorced guy that plays loud music a good portion of the time. Halloween is my night to be a good neighbor, and I make the most of it by purchasing way too much candy. Every kid at my door receives a good handful of treats...and they're good treats. None of that super cheap crap candy no kid has ever liked. 
The day is also the best when it comes to music. While the majority of Christmas music is MOR garbage, most Halloween-inspired tunes are actually pretty great. Especially when it comes to punk, garage rock, and other forms of underground music. Tonight's show marks the fourth year of Halloween-themed episodes, and it's as good as the previous broadcasts. Grab this from the usual sources, or...

1. The Gaslight Anthem, Halloween  
2. Jackie Morningstar, Rockin' In the GraveYard  
3. Billy Taylor, Wombie Zombie  
4. Screaming Lord Sutch, I'm in Love with Dracula's Daughter  
5. Ronnie Dawson, Rockin' Bones  
6. Heil Hipster, Halloween  
7. The Nimrods, I Wanna Be A Groovie Ghoulie  
8. Round Robin, I'm the Wolfman 
9. The Affected, Ghoulies Are Go! 
10. Baby Ghosts, Ghost Boyfriend  
11. Scruffy The Cat, The Ghost Song  
12. The Fall, There's A Ghost In My House  
13. Subculture, Ghost Town Daze  
14. The Creeping Ivies, Ghost World  
15. Nervebreakers, I Wanna Kill You  
16. Nashville Pussy, Till the Meat Falls Off the Bone 
17. Reverend Horton Heat, Zombie 
18. Los Straitjackets, Theme From Halloween  
19. Ramones, You're Gonna Kill That Girl  
20. The Dictators, Slow Death  
21. The Vibrators, Bleed to Death  
22. Jesus Sons, You Put A Spell On Me  
23. Wooden Shjips, Ghouls  
24. Star Chiefs, Zombie Attack  
25. The Ghouls, Monsterbilly Heaven  
26. Groovie Ghoulies, Blood Beach  
27. The Smugglers, Death At Disneyland  
28. Subhumans, Death to the Sickoids  
29. Famous Monsters, Blood of Frankenstein  
30. Pointed Sticks, The Witch  
31. The DeRellas, Kill Me Kill You 
32. Dead Bundy & The Neat Neat Neats, Werewolf In A Girl's Dormitory  
33. OFF!, Death Trip On The Party Train  
34. Memphis Morticians, Dead By Dawn  
35. The Fall-Outs, Zombie 
36. Bad Vision, Flesh, Blood and Bones 
37. The Hares, Ghoul Goes West 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Live #172: Happy Birthday RPR

It's realpunkradio's fifth birthday, and the site has celebrated with a free download! Killing the Record Industry Vol. 5 is a collection of tracks submitted by bands that regularly make the playlist of the various RPR shows, and it's the best of the five releases. Get your copy by clicking HERE!
Besides tracks from that compilation, tonight's show is highlighted by selections from a Norton Records series of 7" singles featuring garage rockers covering the Stones. Fantastic acts such as the Real Kids, Lyres, and The Dirtbombs put their own greasy take on mid-period tracks such as "Under My Thumb", "What to Do", and other tracks. Grab this from the usual sources, or...


1. The Wildhearts, Some Days Just Fucking Suck
2. The Real Kids, Out Of Time
3. Janet St Clair & The Real Kids, Ride On Baby
4. The Little Killers, Think
5. The Dartford Renegades, Off The Hook
6. Thee Shams, Doncha Bother Me
7. Dexter Romweber Duo, Heart Of Stone
8. The Swingin' Neckbreakers, It's Not Easy
9. Lyres, Now I've Got A Witness
10. The Meatmen, Dinosaur
11. The Tremors, My Baby's Gone
12. Dead Bundy & The Neat Neat Neats, Gunslingin' Man
13. Teenage Brain, Insect
14. The DeRellas, She Kissed the Gun
15. Miscalculations, Live With Myself
16. Bad Co. Project, Anthem X
17. DeeCRACKS, Charité Forever
18. Gutter Demons, Guilty
19. The A-Bones, Miss Amanda Jones
20. The's, 19th Nervous Breakdown
21. The Greenhornes, Sad Day
22. Thee Shams, Under My Thumb
23. Black Lips, What To Do
24. The Dirtbombs, No Expectations
25. Sky Saxon & The Seeds, The Singer Not The Song
26. King Khan & BBQ, Flight 505
27. The Flakes, Stupid Girl
28. Violet, Behind Bars in Austin
29. Vertebrats, Left In The Dark
30. The 101'ers, Keys To Your Heart (Pathway Demos 4th March 1976)
31. The Ugly Beats, I'll Walk Away
32. The Undertones, Family Entertainment
33. The Vibrators, London Girls
34. X-Ray Specs, I am a Poseur
35. U.K. Subs, Stranglehold

Friday, October 10, 2014

Live Ledge #171: 1999

Creating entire shows out of a year's worth of releases is generally an easy job, as exemplified by earlier broadcasts dedicated to 1984, 1989, and 1994. This show that consists of nothing but 1999 releases was much tougher than I expected. It simply wasn't a great year for music. The punk and grunge explosions of the earlier part of the decade were a memeory, and the labels were taking back control. Teen pop was starting to pop up, and computer-based production styles were beginning to take over the charts.
Every year has some great music, though, so I was able to fill up my two-hour slot on realpunkradio. Some Americana artists were beginning to widen their scope, as exemplified by Wilco's marvelous Summerteeth album. Other artists such as Tom Waits and Joe Strummer saw comebacks, and Guided By Voices actually utilized a real studio and producer (Rick Ocasek) to create their catchiest album to date.
While there is a dearth of "classics" from that year, I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few forgotten treasures from 1999. Hopefully, you also find yourself reacquainted with some old faves on this episode. Grab it from iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Paul Westerberg, Best Thing That Never Happened
2. Wilco, A Shot in the Arm
3. Alejandro Escovedo, I Was Drunk
4. Drive-By Truckers, Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)
5. Tom Waits, What's He Building In There?
6. Guided By Voices, Teenage FBI
7. The Velvet Crush, Kill Me Now
8. Grant Hart, Think It Over Now
9. Built To Spill, The Plan
10. Sleater-Kinney, Start Together
11. Supersuckers, The Evil Powers Of Rock 'N' Roll
12. The Fastbacks, Goodbye Bird
13. The White Stripes, Stop Breaking Down
14. Superchunk, Hello Hawk
15. The Promise Ring, The Deep South
16. The Get Up Kids, Red Letter Day
17. The Shods, All Kinds Of Girls
18. The Chesterfield Kings, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
19. Zen Guerrilla, Moonage Daydream
20. The Vindictives, Radio Radio
21. Rancid, Cheat
22. Cracker, White Riot
23. Unwritten Law, The Guns Of Brixton
24. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, X-Ray Style
25. Mike Ness, Don't Think Twice
26. Mike Ness, Ball And Chain (Honky Tonk)
27. Wesley Willis, Jello Biafra
28. D Generation, Every Mother's Son
29. The Mopes, My Heart Won't Bleed for You
30. Deadly Snakes, Born To Burn
31. The Stitches, Amphetamine Girl

Friday, October 03, 2014

Live Ledge #170: New Releases

Every month begins with a Live Ledge rundown of recent and upcoming releases, and this month is no exception. There's a real treasure chest of new tunes, including full-length albums by Lucinda Williams, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck Prophet, and many more. This week also saw the announcement of the first Rancid album in five years. Honor Is All We Know will come out on October 27, and tonight's broadcast features the three tracks that were released on YouTube.
There's also some great indie music from The Growlers, Ex Hex, King Tuff, along with the returns of Sonny Vincent, The Vaselines, and The A-Bones. Reissues include a previously unreleased version of The Kinks' "Lola", and releases by Crime and Wreckless Eric.
Grab this via the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. The Replacements, Going to New York
2. Lucinda Williams, Something Wicked This Way Comes
3. Lucinda Williams, Walk On Down
4. Tweedy, I'll Sing It
5. Chuck Prophet, Ford Econoline
6. The Kinks, Lola Lola
7. Wreckless Eric, It's A Sick Sick World
8. Crime, Terminal Boredom
9. The Mahones, Teenage Kicks
10. Rancid, Collision Course
11. Rancid, Honor Is All We Know
12. Rancid, Evil's My Friend
13. Sonny Vincent and Spite, Dog On the Subway
14. Sonny Vincent and Spite, Sidewalk Cracks
15. Brian Setzer, Vinyl Records
16. The Growlers, Good Advice
17. Superdrag, Simpleton's Make-Believe
18. Ex Hex, Don't Wanna Lose
19. Ex Hex, How You Got That Girl
20. The Vaselines, High Tide Low Tide
21. Spider Bags, We Got Problems
22. The Gotobeds, New York's Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones)
23. King Tuff, Black Holes in Stereo
24. King Tuff, Beautiful Thing
25. The Number Ones, I Wish I Was Lonely
26. The Hares, Song About a Girl
27. Paul Collins, Feel The Noise
28. The Vibrators, Get Me a Beer
29. The A-Bones, Just a Little Bit of You
30. Bleached, Poison Ivy
31. Wand, Flying Golem
32. The Creeps, Leave It To Me
33. Sleaford Mods Pubic Hair Ltd