Friday, September 23, 2016

Live Ledge #259: DBT's Patterson Hood

Tonight was quite the nightmare. I was all set to go live on Real Punk Radio. I had the songs put together in the order I wanted them aired, and I had logged on to the broadcast server.

That's when the problems started. My broadcast program decided it didn't like the order I had picked, and decided to just play whatever it wanted. After three unsuccessful attempts to go live, I had to give up. It just wasn't going to work.

Yet I was desperate to somehow put together a show for tonight. I had this fabulous interview with Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, and I wanted my local pals to hear it before their Sunday Sioux Falls appearance with Lydia Loveless. So I went back to my early days of podcasting and put manually linked all of the tunes and the interview with short little announcing breaks I recorded as needed.

While I forgot what a pain in the ass it was to produce a show this way, I'm pretty proud of the results. Besides the interview and tracks from the DBT's new record, "American Band", I have brand new music by Tim Easton (who will be in Sioux Falls next Friday), Billy Bragg, The Coal Porters and so much more.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Live Ledge #258: More Forgotten Treasures

So what if I'm just copying myself? It's my show, dammit. Yes, it's another edition of tracks I forgot I owned...with some exceptions. Obvioiusly, I'm completely fluent in the I Don't Cares, the collaboration between Juliana Hatfield and Paul Westerberg. Since tonight's show consists of artists between I and K, I thought what the hell and grabbed a tune from "Wild Stab"
As always, you can find this show wherever your favorite podcasts are located, including iTunes and Stitcher. Or...


1. Ian Hunter, Just Another Night
2. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, Billy Needs a Beer
3. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, Play With Me ("Jean Anne")
4. Jonathon E, I'm in Trouble
5. The Inspectors, Dead Girls Don't Say No
6. Ian McLagan, Little Troublemaker
7. The Inmates, Dirty Water
8. Keene Brothers, Where Other Fail
9. The I Don't Cares, Need The Guys
10. Jason Ringenberg, Honky Tonk Maniac From Mars
11. Jack Lee, Sex
12. Kimberley Rew, Stomping All Over The World
13. Josh Freese, I Wanna Cheat On My Girlfriend
14. The Jazz Butcher, Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present
15. Jack-O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers, Sweet Thang
16. The Intelligence, Sex
17. The Kingbees, My Mistake
18. Kent State, Behind Closed Doors
19. The Konks, Outta My Mind
20. Joyride, 24 Hours
21. Jacuzzi Boys, Happy Damage
22. King Kurt, Road To Rock `N` Ruin
23. The Jackals, Iron Horse
24. The In Crown, Things She Said
25. The Infections, Good as It Gets
26. Junk Monkeys, Marigold
27. The Jewws, You're Gonna Lose
28. King Louie's Missing Monuments, (It's Like) Xtc
29. Jesus Sons, I Wanna Be Your Man
30. The Jolt, Route 66
31. The Kwyet Kings, David Watts
32. The Kids, Hey Little Girl
33. The Jags, Back Of My Hand
34. Johnny And the Distractions, Let It Rock
35. Killer Pussy, Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage

Friday, September 09, 2016

Live Ledge #257: Forgotten Treasures

I've stated a few times on recent shows that I'm in the long, boring process of cleaning up my iTunes. Of course, Apple doesn't help much in these kinds of activities, as iTunes becomes clunkier and clunkier every year. As a great tweet recently stated, it's like Apple actively finds the people who care the least about music to design their music app.

Oh well. I know that will never get better, and don't get me started on the lack of headphone jacks on the new iPhones. So I've spent a lot of recent time attempting to clean up my music files. I've been deleting any duplicate albums, fixing a few tags, and anything else that could help me find some room on the crowded external hard drive(s) I use to store my music.

I've made it to the "R's", and one of the great things about this project is that I'm discovering bands, albums, and songs that I've completely forgot about. There's plenty of records that I've downloaded and added to my library but have only sampled a few tracks. Or they received a lot of initial play but have gotten lost in the shuffle in the last few years.

Tonight's show gathers a bunch of these types of tunes. To give you an example of just how forgetful I am, this show only features forgotten material fro the letters N-P. I guess it's safe to say tonight is the first in a series of broadcasts of this sort.

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1. Perfect, Making Of An Asshole
2. Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders, Small Town Rock Ain't Dead
3. New Salem Witch Hunters, New Curves in School
4. Nick Curran, Reform School Girl
5. The Original Sins, The Party's Over Now
6. Peter Zaremba's Love Delegation, Delegation Time
7. Payolas, Jukebox
8. The Pandoras, Hot Generation
9. Playmates Fine, Fine Day
10. Neo Boys, Abnormal Chick
11. Naked Ted, Nothing to Say
12. Pastor Dean, Long Cut
13. Oxford Comma, Noisy Ghost
14. No Direction, Beauty Part Two
15. No Direction, Michael Nydelski
16. The Rackateers, Chewed Down To The Bone
17. The Numbers, Partys
18. The Nelsons, Sister Sister
19. The Not Quite, Get Lost Girl
20. PARASITES, Love Me Too
21. The Nivens, Mr Spacema
22. The Neatbeats, Reelin' and Rockin'
23. Paranoiacs, I Think I love You
24. Nuisance, Brown Eyed Girl
25. Radio City, She's A Heartbreaker
26. The Put-Outs, Off Key
27. Radioactivity, Sickness
28. The Outnumbered, Why Are All The Good People Going Crazy
29. THE OGRES, Don't Tell Me No Lies
30. The Penetrators, Teenage Lifestyle
31. The Other Kids, Livin' Downtown
32. The Offhooks, Wild About You
33. Newton Neurotics, Get Up and Fight
34. Office Of Future Plans, The Loyal Opposition
35. The Phantom Surfers and Davie Allan, Sheena was a Punk Rocker

Friday, September 02, 2016

Live Ledge #256: New Releases

September - the greatest month of the year. The temps go down, the mood is more relaxed, and, most importantly, it's a fabulous time for new music. Everything that you've waited all summer to hear is finally being released to the stores and streaming services.
Tonight's show celebrates all the great music that's about to come out or has just been released. There's thew Wilco album, "Schmilco", scheduled to go out next Friday. There's also the long-awaited release by the Drive-By Truckers called "American Band." Plus, tons of other garage, punk, and pop-punk records. There's even a surprising return of The Wedding Present!
As always, you can grab this on iTunes, stream on Stitcher, or...


1. Basketball Shorts, Drive
2. Wilco, Nope
3. Wilco, We Aren't the World (Safety Girl)
4. Drive-By Truckers, Once They Banned Imagine
5. Drive-By Truckers, Ramon Casino
6. The Fleshtones, Love Like A Man
7. The Fleshtones, Rick Wakeman's Cape
8. The Higher State, Long Someways To Go
9. Shearwater, Boys Keep Swinging
10. Wireheads, Isabella Says
11. The Mahones, Punk Rock Saved My Life
12. The Mahones, Alternative Ulster
13. The Wedding Present, Two Bridges
14. The Wedding Present, Secretary
15. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Bottled in Cork
16. Ty Segall, Wave Goodbye
17. Natural Child, Crack Mountain
18. Metz, Get Off
19. Sex Stains, Land of La LA
20. Sex Stains, Don't Hate Me 'Cuz I'm Beautiful
21. Wendy James, You're A Dirtbomb Lester
22. Gymshorts, Burrito
23. Thee Oh Sees, Dead Man's Gun
24. Thee Oh Sees, Gelatinous Cube
25. Jeff The Brotherhood, Juice Zone
26. Jeff The Brotherhood, Portugal
27. Descendents, Fighting Myself
28. Descendents, Comeback Kid
29. Descendents, Beyond the Music
30. Marc With a C, Ethics In Gaming
31. Chook Race, Sometimes
32. Frankie Teardrop, Stay Dumb
33. Cheena, Car
34. Bad Sports, Done To Death
35. Sleeping Beauties, Bobby & Suzie
36. Heaters, Elephant Turner
37. The Bouncing Souls, I Wanna Be Bored
38. Cymbals Eat Guitars, 4th of July Philadelphia (Sandy)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Live Ledge #255: Random Noise Generator

I've got to be honest here. I was a bit too busy to really come up with a theme, so I let a little machine do the work. This plan started a few weeks ago, as I started to clean up my main iTunes library. Over the course of time, it's become a bit of a mess with multiple versions of the same albums, untagged tunes, and other issues that needed to be addressed. So that's what I've been doing when I've had some spare time, and I realized I have a ton of tunes that I have no recall of what they sound like.

So yesterday I spent some time with iTunes on shuffle. If the resulting choice was acceptable for a Live Ledge broadcast, it was thrown in the queue. Obviously, some of my folk faves didn't find a place, but I really didn't discard that many tunes.

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1. The Monkees, Listen To The Band
2. Warren Smith, Ubangi Stomp
3. The A-Bones, Just a Little Bit of You
4. Zakary Thaks, I Need You
5. Orbital, Make the Rules
6. The Tyrants, Hard To Get
7. The Velvet Underground, What Goes On
8. The Rolling Stones, Sweet Virginia
9. The Replacements, Lovelines (Alternate Vocal)
10. Alex Chilton, Take Me Home And Make Me Like It
11. Head Candy, Thank You Friends
12. The Pedaljets, The Crossing
13. The Fuzztones, I Never Knew
14. Jesse Malin, Addicted
15. Superchunk, Let It Go
16. Bikini Kill, Ocean Song
17. The Aquadolls, Woah Man
18. The Coathangers, Sex Beat
19. The Milkshakes, I Need Loving
20. Jawbreaker, Wound
21. Gigolo Aunts, Bloom
22. Beat Happening, Pajama Party In A Haunted Hive
23. Teenage Moods, Making Notebooks Full
24. The Infections, Zombi
25. Eddy Current Suppression Ring, I Got a Feeling
26. Bad Brains, Expand Your Soul
27. Bad Religion, Individual
28. Descendents, Hateful Notebook
29. The Buzzcocks, What Ever Happened To?
30. The Fall, Sir William Wray
31. Ramones, Hair of the Dog
32. The Mr T Experience, Kenny Smokes Cloves
33. The Cynics, I Want It All
34. Testors, She's Not Changed
35. Supersuckers, Shut Your Face
36. Meteors, My Life For Thee
37. The God Damn Whores, Trip AM

Friday, August 19, 2016

Live Ledge #254: Lydia Loveless Interview

Today is a big day for folks like me, as the new Lydia Loveless record, "Real", has been officially released. Thanks to Gorman Bechard allowing me to tag along during the making of "Who Is Lydia Loveless", I've been living with these songs for well over a year. (I've related the stories of those weeks way too often, so this week I'll spare you those details.)

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to talk to Lydia about the record finally being released, along with other topics involving songwriting, touring, and even a little dinner party held at my house during a day off for the band.

It just so happens that on this same day, there's been another music video released. Once again directed by Bechard, it's for the stunning acoustic track, "Clumps".

Lydia and her band will be coming back to Sioux Falls on September 25, opening for the Drive-By Truckers. To read a transcript of most of this interview, click HERE!!!

I must give a special thanks to the fine folks at Bloodshot Records for setting this up, along with Lydia and the rest of her band. Besides the great music, they made me feel completely at home last summer while they were making this record.

As always, this show (and all episodes of The Ledge) are available on iTunes, Stitcher, and quite a few other podcast services. Or you can...


Friday, August 12, 2016

Live Ledge #253: Odds and Ends

There's no theme tonight. I just couldn't come up with something that made sense. Instead, I kind of did some random searching through my "recent release" iTunes library (as opposted to my bigger collection), and just pulled some songs. There's no rhyme or reason for them, and they're not even all "recent releases". Just some old and new songs I enjoy.

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1. The Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb
2. Wilco, I Love My Label
3. The Hold Steady, Your Little Hoodrat Friend
4. Replacements, I Wanna Destroy You
5. The I Don't Cares, Born For Me
6. The Velvet Underground, What Goes On
7. The Forty Nineteens, I'm Free
8. The Right Here, Judge Me When I'm Sober
9. Twin Peaks, Butterfly
10. Torpedohead, Angel City
11. The Aquadolls, Tweeker Kidz
12. The Girls!, Get Out Of My Dreams
13. The Coathangers, Nosebleed Weekend
14. Bangles, Want You
15. Mozes And The Firstborn, Bloodsucker
16. together PANGEA, Alive
17. Legendary Wings, Conversations
18. Beach Slang, American Girls And French Kisses
19. Beach Slang, Punk Or Lust
20. The Jam, David Watts
21. The Suicide Commandos, Burn it Down
22. The Mahones, Last One To Die
23. Ty Segall, Femme Fatale
24. The Ex-Gentlemen, Judy is a Slut
25. King Khan & the Gris Gris, Born in 77
26. The CRY!, Hanging Me Up
27. Dead Strangers, Cashing In On Coat Tails
28. Useless Eaters, American Cars
29. The Spastic Hearts, Can't Get Enough
30. Narco States, Lost In Time
31. The Split Squad, Now Hear This
32. Nude Beach, I'm Not Like You
33. Wax Witches, Social Introvert
34. Bad Star, Pretty Day Is Shit