Friday, July 10, 2015

Live Ledge #203: Jason Isbell

It was almost exactly a year ago that Jason Isbell first played in Sioux Falls. It was a bit of a groundbreaking night that showed that our little town would respond favorably to appearances by something other than tired old hair metal bands and bro-country.
Isbell returned to Sioux Falls this past Wednesday; one of the opening shows featuring material from his brand new album,  Something More Than Free. To help promote the show, I was able to chat with Isbell by phone about the new album (and other topics). Tonight, I aired that interview, along with two tracks from the new record.
I also talked about my second trip to Columbus, Ohio, to help with Gorman Bechard's upcoming documentary, Who Is Lydia Loveless? This time we were in the studio as she laid down tracks for her next album. Besides talking about that experience, this episode features material from Columbus bands that were purchased during this trip.
After that, it's nothing but new releases, as it is the first episode of the month. There's plenty of great new music out there, so check it out by downloading this episode from the usual sources, or...


1. Leon Bridges, Coming Home
2. Jason Isbell, 24 Frames
3. Jason Isbell, Palmetto Rose
4. Connections, Apt. by the Interstate
5. Cotton Jackson, Drink and Fuck
6. Dead Girlfriends, Ed Gein
7. The Girls!, It's Not You
8. The Squires, Going All the Way
9. Eddie Day and the Night Timers, How to Be a Musician
10. The Kinetics, Little Girl
11. The Zounds, Me and My Girl
12. The Fugitive Five, (I Ain't Gonna Give Up) My Way of Life
13. Brat Farrar, Nothing There
14. Blue Stratos, Good Times
15. Loose Pills, The Mess for Me
16. The Dunhill Blues, I Wanna Tickle Nick Cave
17. Wavves & Cloud Nothings, How It's Gonna Go
18. Cosmic Psychos, Fuckwit City Cum
19. The Hex Dispensers, Trapped in the Amber
20. Tenement, Crop Circle Nation
21. White Reaper, Make Me Wanna Die
22. Dog Party, Dead Guy
23. Bully, Reason
24. Negative Scanner, Ivy League
25. BRAIN TRAPS, It´s Alrite
26. Titus Andronicus, Standed (On My Own) [Seven Inch Version]
27. The Barbarellatones, Devil in Miss Jones
28. Archers Of Loaf, What Did You Expect?
29. Mr. Irish Bastard, I Hope They Sell Beer in Hell

Friday, June 26, 2015

Live Ledge #202: Columbus

Last week, I had the honor of travelling to Columbus, Ohio to assist director Gorman Bechard on filming for his next documentary, "Who Is Lydia Loveless?". We hit the band member's homes, sat in on rehearsal, and partook in the city's bars and restaurants.
Tonight's show recounts that fun week, and it's a must listen for any fans of Loveless...or even those who are enraptured by the creative process. Grab this off iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Wilco, Via Chicago
2. Lydia Loveless, Wine Lips
3. Lydia Loveless, Head
4. Lydia Loveless, Jesus Was a Wino
5. Two Cow Garage, Stars & Gutters
6. Hickoids, If Drinkin Don't Kill Me Kill Me
7. The Del Lords, When the Drugs Kick In
8. Superchunk, FOH
9. The Replacements, Answering Machine (Solo Home Demo)
10. The Replacements, Lost Highway
11. Grant Hart, Think It Over Now
12. King Tuff, Keep On Movin'
13. Cloud Nothings, Psychic Trauma
14. The Men, Another Night
15. The Girls!, Let's Not Be Friends
16. The Girls!, Radio
17. The Girls!, Rodney
18. Biters, The Boy's Alright
19. The Sights, Fool (I Can't Stop Making Out With You)
20. Oblivians, Woke Up In A Police Car
21. The Night Marchers, Big In Germany
22. Dead Boys, Tell Me
23. Bob Mould, Celebrated Summer (Live at the Cabaret Metro, 1989)
24. Archers of Loaf, Web In Front
25. Bad Sports, Hypothetical Girl

Friday, June 12, 2015

Live Ledge #201: Track Six

Just as I did the previous two months, tonight's episode is dedicated to the track number that corresponds with the current month. Yes, it's nothing but track number six all night long tonight, and the tone flips in and out various moods. There's some classic 70's rock, some initial late 70's punk, a set devoted to Minneapolis acts (shocker), and a few roots-oriented current acts.
There's also a bit of an explanation why there will be a few weeks in the next two months where there is no show. I'm heading out on the road on three different ocassions helping a good friend make a little movie. Tune in to the show for more details.
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1. Lydia Loveless, Head
2. The Rolling Stones, Bitch
3. Cheap Trick, Elo Kiddies
4. The Stooges, I Need Somebody
5. David Bowie, Rebel Rebel
6. JD McPherson, Head Over Heels
7. Benjamin Booker, Have You Seen My Son?
8. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Back To School Days
9. Justin Townes Earle, Can't Hardly Wait
10. The Plimsouls, Hush Hush
11. The Wrens, Faster Gun
12. The Number Ones, Sharon Shouldn't
13. Dogmatics, Teenage On Drugs
14. The Aquadolls, Better Off Without Her
15. Sleater Kinney, No Anthems
16. X, Los Angeles
17. The Muffs, Where Did I Go Wrong
18. The Jesus & Mary Chain, April Skies
19. The Buzzcocks, Sixteen Again
20. The Undertones, Wrong Way
21. Stiff Little Fingers, Barbed Wire Love
22. The Replacements, Never Mind
23. Paul Westerberg, 2 Days 'Til Tomorrow
24. Hüsker Dü, Hardly Getting Over It
25. The Magnolias, Coming On Strong
26. Suburbs, Hell A
27. The Clash, (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
28. The Clash, What's My Name
29. The Ramones, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
30. The Queers, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
31. Die Toten Hosen, If The Kids Are United
32. Sex Pistols, Problems

Friday, June 05, 2015

Live Ledge #200: New Releases

Until I began writing this post, I never noticed that tonight's show marked a passing of a special threshold. Tonight's show is the 200th live Friday night episode, and I did nothing special for it. Remember Live Ledge #100? A booze-filled night at a local bar in front of a live audience. Why didn't I do that again tonight?
Oh well, it's for the best thanks to the bad news that came across the internet about halfway through the show. Tonight marks the final performance of the comeback tour of The Replacements, and leader Paul Westerberg announced that the band was again breaking up. Ugh.
I didn't let that upset me too much, though, and carried on playing some of my favorite new releases of the past few weeks. This really has been a great year for music, and records by the likes of Thee Oh Sees, Michael Rault, Thee Tsunamis, and Warm Soda. Jello Biafra put out a fabulous live album of covers, and there's a new Uncle Tupelo tribute album coming out. The Replacements may be dead, but rock and roll lives on.
Grab this from the usual sources, or...


1. The Replacements, Another Girl Another Planet
2. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Slow News Day
3. Robert Pollard, What A Man
4. Robert Pollard, Photo Enforced Human Highway
5. Bo-Dogs, Hey Mr. Oil Drop Man
6. The Last Bison, Graveyard Shift
7. Smoking Popes, Life Worth Livin'  
8. Big Sky Blue, Before I Break
9. Cheap Girls, Screen Door
10. The Montecristos, Love Missile F1-11
11. The Montecristos, Brand New Cadillac
12. Jello Biafra, Don't Mess With my Toot Toot
13. Jello Biafra, Bangkok
14. Warm Soda, Dream I Left Behind
15. Warm Soda, I Wanna Know Her
16. Guantanamo Baywatch, Jungle Bride
17. Michael Rault, All Alone (On My Own)
18. The Nils, More Alike
19. The Nils, Tony Sanchez
20. Thee Oh Sees, Web
21. Thee Oh Sees, Poor Queen
22. Titus Andronicus, Fatal Flaw
23. The Gumbo Ya-Ya's, Stick Around
24. Panther Ray, Get to You
25. Dirty Fences, Give Me a Kiss
26. Dirty Fences, High School RIP
27. The Fall, Venice with the Girls
28. The Fall, Quit iPhone
29. Thee Tsunamis, Female Trouble
30. Thee Tsunamis, Trash Talk
31. Froth, Saccharine Sunchine
32. France Camp, No Love

Friday, May 29, 2015

Live Ledge #199: 1985

At this point in my life 30 years ago, the world seemed to be ready for the taking. I had just graduated college, and was living the late night dream of having no obligations other than fun. The music of that time reflected this outlook, and tonight we look back at the soundtrack of the era. Some of it is a bit poppier than one usually hears on Live Ledge, but overall the influence of these sounds still resonate today.
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1. Dead Kennedys, MTV - Get Off the Air
2. R.E.M., Driver 8
3. INXS, This Time
4. Camper Van Beethoven, Wasted
5. Camper Van Beethoven, Ambiguity Song
6. No Direction, Getting it On with Trudy
7. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, Billy Needs a Beer
8. Guadalcanal Diary, Watusi Rodeo
9. The Del Fuegos, Don't Run Wild
10. Hoodoo Gurus, In The Wild
11. The Cult, Nirvana
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
13. The Church, Myrrh
14. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, Lost Weekend
15. The Mekons, Lost Highway
16. Jason & The Scorchers, Lost Highway
17. Beat Farmers, There She Goes Again
18. The Georgia Satellites, The Race Is On
19. Hickoids, Burnin' Love
20. Minutemen, Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
21. Gang Green, Voices Carry
22. Hüsker Dü, The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill
23. Husker Du, Makes No Sense at All
24. Dinosaur Jr., Repulsion
25. Dancing Hoods, Pleasure
26. X, Burning House Of Love
27. Joe Strummer, Love Kills
28. Circle Jerks, Love Kills
29. Descendents, Silly Girl
30. The Lyres, She Pays The Rent
31. The Replacements, Left Of The Dial
32. The Replacements, Little Mascara
33. 7 Seconds, Walk Together Rock Together
34. Fear, Have A Beer With FEAR

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