Friday, December 12, 2014

Live Ledge #179: Best 2014 Reissues

It's the time of year where everybody puts together end of the year lists. I'm no exception, and I've been doing them since the early 90's. Tonight's show compiles music from the best reissues, box sets, tribute albums, live releases, and other odds and ends. You can read my reasoning behind all of these choices HERE. Next week I'll count down the 40 best new releases of the year.
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1. The Replacements, Favorite Thing
2. The Bluebells, Everybody's Somebody's Fool
3. Scruffy The Cat, Mybabyshe'sallright
4. CSNY, Revolution Blues
5. The Afghan Whigs, What Jail Is Like (Demo)
6. Crime, Hot Wire My Heart
7. The Artwoods, Can You Hear Me
8. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Don't Change
9. The Jam, When You're Young
10. Pixies, Debaser
11. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Inside Me
12. Primal Scream, Velocity Girl
13. The Mighty Lemon Drops, Happy Head
14. Close Lobsters, Firestation Towers
15. The Velvet Underground, I Can't Stand It
16. Superchunk, Come Pick Me Up
17. The Jayhawks, Big Star
18. Camper Van Beethoven, (I Was Born In A) Laundromat
19. Camper Van Beethoven, Harmony In My Head
20. Uncle Tupelo, Whiskey Bottle [1989 Demo]
21. The Small Faces, Wham Bam Thank You Mam
22. The Small Faces, Get Yourself Together
23. The Small Faces, Lazy Sunday
24. The Kinks, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion [Session Excerpt - Take 1-3]
25. The Kinks, Lola
26. Fugazi, Waiting Room
27. Wilco, Handshake Drugs (First Version)
28. Bob Dylan & The Band, Johnny Todd

Friday, December 05, 2014

Live Ledge #178: Flogging Molly

With Flogging Molly hitting our fine little city this weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with mandolin/banjo player Bob Schmidt. It was a great little interviewer, starting with his love of playing around with any instrument up through the formation of the band, before ending with their plans to hit the studio sometime next year for a brand new album.
After that segment, I have a little tribute to Ian McLagan and Bobby Keys, who both passed away this week. Finally, there's a full hour of brand new releases, along with a bit of commentary on that insipid list of best albums that Rolling Stone published this week.
You can grab this episode from the usual sources, or...


1. The Velvet Underground, We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together
2. Flogging Molly, Revolution
3. Flogging Molly, Requiem For A Dying Song
4. The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
5. The Faces, Had Me A Real Good Time
6. Small Faces, All Or Nothing
7. Jim Carroll Band, City Drops Into The Night
8. Pixies, Wave of Mutilation
9. Wilco, Passenger Side (Live)
10. The Jam, David Watts (Remixed Demo Ver.)
11. Strand Of Oaks, Goshen '97
12. Strand of Oaks, Alex Chilton
13. The Memories, True Love Will Find You In The End
14. King Khan & the Gris Gris, Born in 77
15. CJ Ramone, Understand Me?
16. The Ex-Gentlemen, Judy is a Slut
17. The Spastic Hearts, Can't Get Enough
18. Swingin' Utters, Fistful of Hollow
19. Legendary Wings, Conversations
20. Single Mothers, Overdose
21. The CRY!, Discoteque
22. Tweens, Bored in the City
23. Beach Slang, All Fuzzed Out

Friday, November 28, 2014

Live Ledge #177: Charlie Siren

Total Drag Records is quickly becoming Sioux Falls' biggest secret, and it has also been a godsend for my writing and pocasting. Tonight, Minneapolis pop-punkers Charlie Siren are headlining a show at the record store, so I'm airing the interview that resulted in today's Argus Leader article.
Otherwise it's a short show for this holiday weekend, highlighted by a number of tracks from a great compilation of Irish punk rock, Good Vibrations: The Punk Singles Collection. There's also some whining about what I'm missing in Minneapolis this weekend, which includes a Replacements tribute show and an appearance by Lydia Loveless on Saturday. Thanks to Gorman Bechard, I was able to preview a song by a band led by Lydia's sister, Jessica Wabbit. Her band, The Girls! will be opening the show at the Triple Rock tomorrow night. Gorman summed up their debut album, Let's Not Be Friends, perfectly on Facebook: "Let's Not Be Friends is a great power pop record that comes at a time when power pop is pretty much six feet under. But it's alive and kicking here."
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1. You Am I, Another Girl, Another Planet
2. Charlie Siren, Broken
3. Charlie Siren, Rearranging Rooms
4. Undertones, Smarter Than U
5. Rudi, Overcome By Fumes
6. Outcasts, Love You For Never
7. Androids, Bondage In Belfast
8. The Girls!, Let's Not Be Friends
9. Wild Flag, Romance
10. The White Wires, Just Wanna Be With You
11. The Yum Yums, Girls Like That
12. The Wrens, Faster Gun
13. 999, Homicide

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.
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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