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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Live Ledge #263: Tommy Stinson

Sometime around mid-September, I received a call from my friend Jeff at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo and Piercing. He told me that he was contacted by somebody representing Tommy Stinson in regards to him performing in his venue. Would I like to help him promote that show?

I think you know my answer, and it turned into one of my favorite moments as a writer. Tommy called me as he was driving through the California desert, and warned me that we may be disconnected at some point. We did; twice in fact, but he immediately called back both times and picked up exactly where he left off.

At one point, Stinson described himself as an open book. He's completely right. There was a willingness to answer any question regarding his entire career, including his tenure in Guns and Roses and the failure of the Replacements reunion to put out an album of new material. (Don't get me wrong. I know I'm not exactly an investigative reporter.)

This week's episode includes the entire interview, along with Stinson-related songs. Most of the included tracks reference a subject from the chat, including a segment featuring songs from his production work with Together Pangea and Midnight Reruns.

The Vishnu Bunny appearance is this Friday night (October 28), and starts at 7 PM. If you're in the Sioux Falls area, you owe it to yourself to witness a rare intimate performance.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Live Ledge #262: Trump Nose Candy

Let's start with the obligatory disclaimer. The title and contents of tonight's show is not accusatory. It's not partisan. It's just this silly online radio DJ taking today's headlines and utilizing it to create a playlist.

To be honest, I didn't watch either debate. I made up my mind months ago, and that's my decision and nobody else's. I don't participate in the daily mudslinging or futile half-truth sharing. That's why I refrained from viewing these clown car contests. It's bad enough enduring it on twitter and Facebook.

But I was getting a good laugh out of everybody making cocaine jokes due to Trump's sniffing problems on both nights. With that in mind, I did a few word searches in my iTunes library, and came up with tonight's cocaine-oriented broadcast.

Yes, this is not a show for the kids. The "explicit" check box is there for a reason, but it's a surprisingly strong set of tracks that range from depression-era country to modern garage-punk.

Grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...

1. East River Pipe, When You Were Doing Cocaine  
2. Kentucky Ramblers, Good Cocaine (Mama Don't Allow It) 
3. Keith Richards, Cocaine 
4. Elvis Presley, Drugs Dialogue 
5. Soul Asylum, Cocaine Blues 
6. Eddie Spaghetti, Cocaine Blues 
7. Eric Ambel & The Roscoe Trio, Cocaine Eyes 
8. The Del Lords, When the Drugs Kick In 
9. The Fleshtones, High On Drugs 
10. Blake Babies, Swill And The Cocaine Sluts 
11. Electric Frankenstein, Cocaine Blues  
12. Reverend Horton Heat, Bales Of Cocaine 
13. Nashville Pussy, Hooray for Cocaine Hooray for Tennessee 
14. Black Lips, Drugs 
15. The Replacements, Dope Smokin Moron  
16. Static Taxi, Cocaine Couples  
17. Dogmatics, Teenager On Drugs 
18. FIDLAR, Cocaine  
19. The Mekons, Cocaine Lil 
20. Mark Lanegan, When It's In You (Methamphetamine Blues)  
21. Derek Lyn Plastic, Methamphetamines  
22. Sleeping Beauties, Meth 
23. Ravi Shavi, Amphetamine 
24. Two Cow Garage, Amphetamine 
25. Strutter Motherfuckers, Gimmie Some Coke 
26. Dwarves, Free Cocaine (Toolin') 
27. Flash Boys, Cocaine Babble
28. Supersuckers, I Want The Drugs  
29. The Clash, Drug-Stabbing Time  
30. Seawhores, Bath Salts
31. Jason & The Scorchers, Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man 
32. White Fang, Drugs I've Taken  
33. Sleeping Beauties, Addicted to Drugs 
34. Low Culture, Pills 
35. Yung, Pills 
36. White Reaper, Pills
37. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Tell Me About Your Drugs 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Live Ledge #261: New Releases

Over the course of the time I've hosted this monthly rundown of new music, there are obviously months better than others. There are months where it's almost impossible to create a two hour playlist.

This isn't one of those months. There's a deluge of great music to check out. There are celebrated comebacks (Pixies, Green Day), reissues of former glories (Ramones, Dow Jones & the Industrials), and even surprisingly fabulous tributes to Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, and Husker Du. There's also the return of Todd Snider, who just today put out what could be the album of his career.

That doesn't even include all of the new bands that surprised me with interesting debuts. Milk LInes, High Waisted, The Lasters, and many others are new bands on my radar that I'll have to further investigate.

As always, grab this from your favorite podcast source, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. J Mascis, Waltz #2
2. Teenage Fanclub, Thin Air
3. Car Crash Sisters, Everything Flows
4. Fir Cone Children, The Concept
5. The Skating Party, Metal Baby
6. Todd Snider, Hey Pretty Boy
7. Todd Snider, 37206
8. Todd Snider, Ways And Means
9. Milk Lines, Domesticate
10. Bloodshot Bill & Shannon Shaw, Honey Time
11. The Dustaphonics, You Don't Love Me Anymore
12. High Waisted, Party in the Back
13. Never, Makes No Sense At All
14. Monographic, Sorry Somehow
15. Dirty Sidewalks, The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill
16. Teenage Sin Taste, Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
17. Beach Slang, Younger Us (Japandroids)
18. Beach Slang, Punks In A Disco Bar
19. Beach Slang, Young Hearts
20. Low Culture, Comfort Zones
21. Natural Child, Sure Is Nice
22. Danny & The Darleans, Outta My Way
23. The Growlers, Dope on a Rope
24. The Lasters, The Lasters Feel Inadequate
25. Pixies, Head Carrier
26. Pixies, Oona
27. Pansy Division, Halfway to Nowhere
28. Tyrannamen, I Don't Want to Go to Jail
29. Green Day, Revolution Radio
30. Green Day, Bouncing Off The Wall
31. Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (demo)
32. Dow Jones and the Industrials, It Ain't Good Enough
33. Dow Jones and the Industrials, Can't Stand the Midwest
34. The International Swingers, Gun Control
35. Baby Strange, Nude