Friday, May 22, 2015

Live Ledge #198: Number Five

Last month, director Gorman Bechard gave me a great idea for a show - nothing but a certain track number. With April being the fourth month, the first show of this type was all track fours. Now that we're in May, let's skip down a track and do nothing but the fifth song of some old faves and current releases.
There's also a little tribute to Ross "Roscoe" Shoemaker, a legendary figure in the history of The Replacements. As the manager of a club called the Bowery in Oklahoma City, he asked the band if he could record their 1984 appearance in the club. "Why? We suck", replied Paul Westerberg.
Shoemaker hung up two mics, and (contrary to the legend) handed over the tape after the show. It was one of those chaotic nights that were somewhat commonplace at the time - only a handful of originals and then portions of two dozen different cover tunes.
There was something about that recording that piqued the interest of the band, however, and they released it on cassette as "The Shit Hits the Fans". Recently, Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 greatest live albums of all time.
Earlier this week, Shoemaker died due to a head-on collision on a highway in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In his memory, I went against my rule of not including live albums or compilations on these numerical shows, and played track five, "Sixteen Blue", from that release. RIP Roscoe.
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1. Lydia Loveless, Hurts So Bad
2. The Sonics, Psycho
3. The Stooges, Real Cool Time
4. The Velvet Underground, I Heard Her Call My Name
5. Cheap Trick, Auf Wiedersehen
6. The Exploding Hearts, Sleeping Aides & Razorblades
7. Rocket From The Crypt, Drop Out
8. Hot Snakes, Think About Carbs
9. The Supersuckers, I Want the Drugs
10. JD McPherson, It Shook Me Up
11. The Bottle Rockets, Sunday Sports
12. Social Distortion, Ring Of Fire
13. Twin Peaks, Making Breakfast
14. King Tuff, Bad Thing
15. Weed, Depending On
16. The Replacements, Sixteen Blue
17. The Replacements, The Ledge
18. Husker Du, Green Eyes
19. Soul Asylum, Beggars And Choosers
20. Suburbs, Black Leather Stick
21. The Neighborhoods, Hate Zone
22. The Nervebreakers, I Love Your Neurosis
23. Hoodoo Gurus, Like Wow - Wipeout
24. Pixies, Here Comes Your Man
25. The Ramones, Carbona Not Glue
26. Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen
27. The Clash, Rudie Can't Fail
28. The Jam, Start!
29. Archers Of Loaf, Might
30. Superchunk, Saving My Ticket
31. Sleater-Kinney, You're No Rock 'n Roll Fun
32. Radio Birdman, I 94
33. The Fall, Spolit Victorian Child

Friday, May 15, 2015

Live Ledge #197: Twin Peaks

Chicago's great garage-rockers Twin Peaks will be at Total Drag Records in Sioux Falls on May 20, and to help promote the show I was able to interview bassist Jack Dolan. The resulting article was in yesterday's Argus Leader, and on this episode you get to hear the entire interview, along with a few tracks from "Wild Onion", their fantastic second album.
The rest of the show is a hodgepodge of various artists, including tracks from compilations devoted to Ork Records, the original Cleveland punk rock scene, and obscure '60's garage rock bands. There's also a handful of 2015 Record Store Day releases that didn't make the earlier show devoted to the vinyl holiday.
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1. The Sonics, The Hard Way
2. Twin Peaks, I Found A New Way
3. Twin Peaks, Strawberry Smoothie
4. Twin Peaks, Telephone
5. Twin Peaks, Making Breakfast
6. The Minus 5, Blue Rickenbacker
7. The Baseball Project, To The Veteran's Committee
8. Leatherface, Razor Blades And Aspirin
9. Leatherface, You Are My Sunshine
10. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, It's Not Your Fault
11. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, Unlock
12. Heaters, Mean Green
13. D Generation, Piece of the Action
14. D Generation, Queens of A
15. The Pagans, Street Where Nobody Lives
16. Pere Ubu, Final Solution
17. The Broncs, Tele-K-Killing
18. The Human Switchboard, No !
19. Television, Little Johnny Jewel - Part One
20. Richard Hell, (I Belong To The) Blank Generation
21. Cheetah Chrome, Still Wanna Die
22. Alex Chilton, Take Me Home And Make Me Like It
23. Alex Chilton, The Singer Not The Song
24. The Feelies, Fa Ce'La
25. The Pastels, Mirage
26. The Es-Shades, Never Met a Girl Like You Before
27. The Expressions, One More Night
28. Our Gang, Careless Love
29. Mac McCaughan, Lost Again

Friday, May 08, 2015

Live Ledge #196: New Releases

Ok, so last week was supposed to be the "new release" episode of the week. I was sick, though! An awful hacking cough prevented me from sitting in front of the microphone in the Ledge Studios, so it was postponed a week.
I'm still not 100%, but I managed to make it through tonight's episode, primarily thanks to a great lineup of recently-released music. This week alone saw new material from Mikal Cronin, Best Coast, Panther Ray, and a wonderful, newly-discovered collaboration between living legend Sonny Vincent and Rocket From the Crypt.
There was also one of the music industry's biggest surprises, which was unveiled this morning. Miley Cyrus, Joan Jett, and Against Me's Laura Jane Grace collaborated on a singalong version of "Androgynous" by The Replacements, and it's shockingly fantastic! Seriously! Who would have ever believed that Miley Cyrus would make a Scott Hudson podcast? I guess anything is now possible.
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1. Laura Jane Grace/Joan Jett/Miley Cyrus, Androgynous  
2. Sam Cohen, Let The Mountain Come To You
3. Rocky Votolato, White-Knuckles
4. Panther Ray, Get to You
5. Gateway Drugs, Friday's Are for Suckers
6. Titus Andronicus, Dimed Out  
7. Weed, Stay in the Summer
8. Palma Violets, Girl You Couldn't Do Much Better on the Beach
9. Blood Drugs, Diamonds
10. Mikal Cronin, Made My Mind Up
11. Mikal Cronin, ii) Gold
12. King Tuff, Dancing On You
13. Ty Segall, Girlfriend
14. Best Coast, Feeling Ok
15. Best Coast, Fine Without You
16. The Paranoid Style, National Sunday Law
17. Summer Cannibals, Something New
18. Joanna Gruesome, Last Year
19. Speedy Ortiz, Raising the Skate
20. Peach Kelli Pop, Heart Eyes
21. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, Through My Head
22. The Blind Shake, Tar Paper
23. The Brooklyn What, Buzzards and Dreadful Crows
24. Dead Men Walking, Damned - Damned - Damned
25. The Splits, Rotten Me
26. The Splits, No Time
27. The CRY!, Seventeen
28. The Miseries, Skinflint
29. The Mahones, Last One To Die
30. Mustard Plug, Roots Radicals
31. Kevin Seconds, Salvation
32. Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Brothels
33. Street Dogs, Avenues & Alleyways
34. Anti-Flag, Maxwell Murder
35. The Beaumonts, Let's Get Drunk


Friday, April 24, 2015

Live Ledge #195: Record Store Day

Theoretically, Record Store Day is Christmas, Easter, and the best birthdays all rolled into one day. Honestly, while cruising record stores is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday, it's not quite THAT great of a day. Limited quantities of most titles spread across the entire country is a major bummer, and it's a nightmare for those of shut-ins who hate large crowds.
Yet there I was on Saturday morning, hitting all three of our local participating stores. I ended the morning with an impressive haul, but the real story of the day has little to do with the actual pieces of wax. It's the bonding of those who share this crazy lifestyle, and what we do to help each other out.
I'm a case in point. There were only three titles I HAD to have - a Lydia Loveless 7", a Replacements 10", and the Slim Dunlap double vinyl reissue. As of Friday, it didn't look good for me to obtain any of these titles.
After a little Facebook rant about the situation, I was immediately contacted by a record store owner in another city who promised to set aside the Slim and Replacements releases. This was followed by a direct message from a Dunlap family member offering to send me one. I was able to grab both of them at Ernie Novembers on Saturday, though, but I sooooo appreciated their help.
Nobody in town had the Lydia Loveless single, though, but a complete stranger grabbed one for me in Michigan, and it arrived at my door on Tuesday. Thanks so much, Chris!
The biggest news of the day, however, occured in Minneapolis. My friend Jon Clifford, who owns Hifi Hair and Records, put together a day for music fans to celebrate the life and music of Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke a few years ago. Much to shock and tears, Slim showed up for the festivities. It was an extremely emotional day for everybody in attendance, and those of us Slim fans who live hundreds and thousands of miles away.
Today's show celebrates the finds of the day, from rare 7" reissues of classic punk and alt-rock to full-length compilations of rare outtakes and radio session. There's also brand new music by the likes of Built to Spill, Todd Snider, and many others.
Plus, there's a few tracks from the first 2015 performance by The Replacements, along with a discussion of the possibility of new music and video in the near future. Grab this episode from the usual sources, or...

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1. The Replacements, The Ledge
2. The Replacements, Seen Your Video
3. The Replacements, Treatment Bound
4. The Replacements, Kissin In Action
5. Slim Dunlap, Rockin' Here Tonight
6. Slim Dunlap, Busted Up
7. Slim Dunlap, Not Yet/Ain't No Fair (In A Rock 'N' Roll Love Affair)
8. Slim Dunlap, Times Like This Times
9. Todd Snider, Backlash
10. Todd Snider, Shattered
11. Blitzen Trapper, Are You Ready for the Country
12. Lydia Loveless, I Would Die 4U
13. Twin Peaks, In the Morning (In the Evening)
14. Twin Peaks, Got Your Money
15. Lucero, Boom Boom Boom
16. Lucero, Midnight Special
17. Built To Spill, All Our Songs
18. Built To Spill, On The Way
19. Built To Spill, Never Be The Same
20. The 101'ers, Letsgetabitarockin
21. The 101'ers, Keys To Your Heart (Version 2)
23. Shoes, She Satisfies
24. The Kinks, Milk Cow Blues
25. The Lemonheads, Mallo Cup (Peel Session)
26. The Lemonheads, Clang Bang Clang (Peel Session)
27. X, Adult Books
28. X, We're Desperate
29. OFF!, Void You Out
30. OFF!, Red White and Black
31. OFF!, Over Our Heads
32. OFF!, Legion of Evil
33. The Replacements, Route 66

Friday, April 10, 2015

Live Ledge #194: Track 4

In the midst of my "trio of trios" shows, Gorman Bechard came up with an interesting idea. His suggestion was a series of shows where every song was the same track number from their respective albums. Doesn't that sound right up my alley?
Tonight is the first of these types of shows, and since April is the fourth month of the year that seemed like a natural choice. But halfway through the show, my friend Nick posted a screencap from an article that Elvis Costello wrote for Vanity Fair years ago. Discussing how he picked his choices for the best tracks off the 500 albums he deemed necessary for everybody to hear, he stated that if no songs were listed to check out the title track, or "when in doubt, play track 4 - it is usually the one you want".
The selections range from classics and personal faves to a set devoted to recent releases. There really is no reason why you shouldn't check out this episode. Grab it from Stitcher or iTunes, or...

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1. Dave Edmunds, Here Comes the Weekend
2. Lydia Loveless, Boy Crazy
3. Wilco, Outtasite (Outta Mind)
4. The Bottle Rockets, Radar Gun
5. Blue Mountain, Soul Sister
6. The Sonics, You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
7. Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake, Kooks On The Face
8. Pow Wows, I Can See But You Don't Know
9. Jesse Malin, Oh Sheena
10. The Aquadolls, Tweeker Kidz
11. Superchunk, Crossed Wires
12. The Exploding Hearts, You're Black and Blue
13. Hot Snakes, Kreative Kontrol
14. Supersuckers, On The Couch
15. The Replacements, Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
16. Paul Westerberg, Silent Film Star
17. Bash & Pop, One More Time
18. Goo Goo Dolls, There You Are
19. Hüsker Dü, Sorry Somehow
20. Sugar, Helpless
21. Soul Asylum, Cartoon
22. Suburbs, Goggles On
23. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
24. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
25. The Heartbreakers, I Wanna Be Loved
26. X, Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not
27. The Cramps, What's Inside A Girl?
28. The Clash, White Riot
29. The Clash, Complete Control
30. Sex Pistols, Liar
31. Elvis Costello, Blame It On Cain
32. The Drones, Be My Baby
33. The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Hardest Walk


Friday, April 03, 2015

Live Ledge #193: New Releases

As always, another new month means a show of nothing but new music. Well, there are a couple of exceptions, as recent vinyl acquisitions of Curtis Harding and David Dondero also warrant an inclusion. But otherwise, it's been a great few weeks of releases, and some great stuff coming out in the near future. My highlight of this set is the return of The Sonics after 49 years. Yes, 49 years since their last album, the garage rock legends are back!
There's also the long-awaited new albums by Courtney Barnett, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jesse Malin, and many more. The Biters preview their summer release with a new song, "Restless Heart", and psycho-rockers such as Male Gaze, King Khan & The BBQ Show, and Criminal Hygiene highlight this episode.
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1. Curtis Harding, I Don't Wanna Go Home
2. Courtney Barnett, Elevator Operator
3. Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
4. Houndstooth, Bliss Boat
5. Nevermores, I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend
6. David Dondero, Jesus From 12 To 6
7. Nic Hessler, Expel Me
8. Young Guv, Kelly, I'm Not A Creep
9. Turbo Fruits, Don't Let Me Break Your Heart Again
10. The Mountain Goats, The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
11. Jesse Malin, Turn Up the Mains
12. Jesse Malin, Boots of Immigration
13. Ryan Adams, I Lost My Fucking Mind
14. Biters, Restless Hearts  
15. The Sonics, I Don't Need No Doctor
16. The Sonics, Bad Betty
17. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Betty Vs The NYPD  
18. Criminal Hygiene, Sold In The City
19. Alvvays, Adult Diversion
20. Soko, Who Wears the Pants??
21. Go Betty Go, By Your Side
22. Slutever, Smother
23. The King Khan & BBQ Show, Alone Again
24. The Prefab Messiahs, College Radio
25. JEFF the Brotherhood, Black Cherry Pie
26. Wand, Self Hypnosis in 3 Days
27. Teenage Bottlerocket, Nothing Else Matter (When I'm With You)
28. Tenement, Sitcom Moms
29. Mean Jeans, Stoned 2 The Bone
30. The Miseries, Skinflint
31. Male Gaze, Smog Dawn
32. Weed, Stay in the Summer
33. Pow Wows, Car Cemetery

Friday, March 27, 2015

Live Ledge #192: Trio In a Row

For the third straight week, this episode consists of nothing but three-song segments of classic albums. Aided by ideas submitted by friends and acquaintances on Facebook and Twitter, this is one of those rare examples of a sequel equaling or exceeding the previous versions. Thanks so much to everybody that helped out, and look for similar shows later this year.
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1. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Discovering Japan
2. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Local Girls
3. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Nobody Hurts You
4. The Replacements, Left Of The Dial
5. The Replacements, Little Mascara
6. The Replacements, Here Comes A Regular
7. Bash & Pop, Never Aim To Please
8. Bash & Pop, Hang Ups
9. Bash & Pop, Loose Ends
10. The Buzzcocks, Money
11. The Buzzcocks, Hollow Inside
12. The Buzzcocks, A Different Kind Of Tension
13. The Lemonheads, Don't Tell Yourself
14. The Lemonheads, Uhhh
15. The Lemonheads, Fed Up
16. Superchunk, Hyper Enough
17. Superchunk, Silverleaf And Snowy Tears
18. Superchunk, Yeah It's Beautiful Here Too
19. Social Distortion, Sick Boys
20. Social Distortion, Ring Of Fire
21. Social Distortion, Ball And Chain
22. The Stooges, Search And Destroy
23. The Stooges, Gimme Danger
24. The Stooges, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
25. Sex Pistols, Holidays In The Sun
26. Sex Pistols, Bodies
27. Sex Pistols, No Feelings