Friday, January 30, 2015

Live Ledge #184: Lydia Loveless

When director Gorman Bechard confided to me a few weeks ago that his next project was going to be a documentary on singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless, I begged him to set up a Live Ledge interview. After all, her latest album, "Somewhere Else", topped my 2014 list of the year's best records.
Bechard came through, and the resulting chat is one of the most enjoyable interviews I've ever had. Lydia chatted about her childhood, songwriting, life on the road, and the plans for the next record. Loveless also curated the eclectic playlist for tonight's show, which flows from classic Motown to Americana, with a bit of current electronic pop thrown in at the end.
Bechard is also on hand, and he chats about how he discovered Lydia's music, and what he hopes to showcase with this project. For more information, head over to the "Who Is Lydia Loveless?" kickstarter page.
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Here are Lydia's music selections:

1. Lydia Loveless, Mile High
2. Tammi Terrell, All I Do Is Think of You
3. Alison Krauss, This Time the Dream's On Me
4. Paul Collins, Hurting's On My Side
5. Ash, Lost In You
6. John Moreland, Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anyore
7. Richard Lindgren, Back to Brno
8. Fort Shame, Sundowner
9. Total Foxxx, Toothless and Vile
10. Swearengens, Tonight You'll Be Breaking
11. Sky Ferreira, 24 Hours
12. Phantogram, Fall In Love
13. Lydia Loveless, Crazy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Live Ledge #183: Big Takeover's Jack Rabid

Over the course of its 35 year tenure, The Big Takeover has been the premiere document of all forms of independant music - from the CBGB's punk scene of the late 70's to the fuzz-pop indie rock of today. Published only twice a year, it's book-like thickness may be a bit intimidating but is always an engrossing read.
Jack Rabid is the founder and ediitor-in-chief, and he spent the first hour on tonight's show talking about the history of his publication. It's a fascinating conversation that not only talks about the music that inspired him to the start the magazine, but how this passion has ignited his passion for politics and social issues. Most impressive is his assertion that the friendships that have developed through the magazine are infinitely more satisfying than any financial rewards that could have come from any other life path.
Next week, Jack joins the realpunkradio familly with his new show, The Big Takeover With Jack Rabid. The weekly show can be heard on realpunkradio every Monday at noon ET, or can be downloaded later at the station's website. This will definitely be a must-listen for any music fan.
After Jack departed to help his wife set up the house for his son's birthday party, Live Ledge moved on to a segment devoted to Lydia Loveless, who will be the subject of Gorman Bechard's next documentary. Like all of Bechard's movies, Who Is Lydia Loveless will be funded via kickstarter, and you can help by heading HERE!!!
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1. The Replacements, Hootenanny
2. The Stimulators, Loud Fast Rules!
3. Lydia Loveless, Really Wanna See You
4. Lydia Loveless, Jesus Was a Wino
5. Lydia Loveless, Boy Crazy
6. Kim Fowley, The Trip
7. Belfast Gypsies, Gloria's Dream
8. Paul Revere & The Raiders, Like Long Hair
9. The Rangers, Justine
10. Freaks Of Nature, People! Let's Freak Out
11. The D.I.s, Your Dad's a Cop
12. The Gears, I Smoke Dope
13. The Wildebeests, I Wanna Be Loved
14. The Penetrators, No.1 Band In Town
15. The Zeros, Cosmetic Couple
16. The Mighty Gordinis, Don'tcha love T-Rex
17. Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Jungle Rock

Live Ledge #182: 1995

The beginning of the new year found a number of sites publishing "shocking" articles about the 20 year anniversary of a number of supposedly classic albums. Obviously, that inspired tonight's show, although I can guarantee that the vast majority of records listed in those stories won't see any airplay here.
Looking back, I had two primary music forces running my life in 1995. The Americana scene was gathering momentum, and the year was wonderful for that type of music. Uncle Tupelo had broke up two years before, and their subsequent bands, Wilco and Son Volt, released wonderful debut records. Steve Earle came out of jail with a triumphant comeback album, Train a Comin', and other acts such as Dashboard Saviors, Blue Mountain, and the Jayhawks also released strong albums.
Besides the country-ish sounds of those acts, noisy punk-influenced rock and roll dominated my CD player. The list of these types of albums could go on for hours and hours, including Rocket From the Crypt, Supersuckers, Mudhoney, and Archers of Loaf. Female-fronted rock was also strong that year, from the alternative pop of Elastica and Throwing Muses to the fury of Sleater-Kinney and Babes in Toyland.
It's a fun show, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'd love to hear what you also listened to that year, so feel free to comment. Maybe there will be a future followup show!
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1. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Hate Rock 'N' Roll
2. The Jayhawks, I'd Run Away
3. Steve Earle, Tom Ames' Prayer
4. Elvis Costello, I Threw It All Away
5. Vic Chesnutt, Strange Language
6. Wilco, Box Full of Letters
7. Son Volt, Route
8. Whiskeytown, Drank Like A River
9. Blue Mountain, Soul Sister
10. The Harvesters, Sense of Style
11. Jason & The Scorchers, Take Me Home Country Roads
12. Dashboard Saviors, Preacher's Daughter
13. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
14. L7, Suzy Is A Headbanger
15. Bikini Kill, I Hate Danger
16. Sleater-Kinney, Don't Think You Wanna
17. The Muffs, Agony
18. Throwing Muses, Bright Yellow Gun
19. Elastica, Connection
20. Boss Hog, Winn Coma
21. Liz Phair, Turning Japanese
22. Fugazi, Bed For The Scraping
23. Bad Religion, We're A Happy Family
24. Jawbreaker, I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
25. Face To Face, Disconnected
26. Rocket From The Crypt, Born In '69
27. Supersuckers, Born with a Tail
28. Mudhoney, Generation Spokesmodel
29. Archers Of Loaf, Harnessed In Slums
30. Superchunk, Hyper Enough
31. The Riverdales, Judy Go Home
32. Guided By Voices, Watch Me Jumpstart

Friday, January 09, 2015

Live Ledge #181: Leftovers

The year 2014 was ultimately a surprisingly great one for music. Even after a show devoted to the best reissues of the year, and another show counting down my 40 favorite new records, I had a ton of great music that deserved to be noted.
Tonight's show is dedicated to those albums that could have or should have made either of those two lists. There's a set of nothing but reissues from the likes of Radio Birdman, Game Theory, and Yo La Tengo. The vast majority of the show consists of noteworthy new releases, including material released by veterans such as the Supersuckers, Cracker, and Chris Spedding. But there's also a ton of new bands that hit the scene this past year, including The Pink Tiles, Sugar Stems, together PANGEA, and so many more. Take a listen and I'm sure you'll find some new favorites.
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1. Geoff Useless, What Would Paul Westerberg Do?
2. Chris Spedding, Not Luv
3. Sonny Vincent and Spite, Bad Superstition
4. Jonny Two Bags, Then You Stand Alone
5. Cracker, Life In The Big City
6. Scott H. Biram, Alcohol Blues
7. Reverend Horton Heat, Never Gonna Stop It
8. The Fleshtones, Hipster Heaven
9. Radio Birdman, Love Kills
10. Game Theory, The Letter
11. Ex Hex, All Kindsa Girls
12. Ty Segall, Femme Fatale
13. Yo La Tengo, Big Day Coming
14. James Williamson, Cock in My Pocket
15. Swingin' Utters, Tonight's Moons
16. Supersuckers, Never Let Me Down Again
17. The Growlers, Good Advice
18. Sugar Stems, Baby Teeth
19. Tweens, McMicken
20. The Pink Tiles, State Of The Nation
21. The Memories, True Love Will Find You In The End
22. The CRY!, Discoteque
23. COZY, Just a Touch
24. The Gotobeds, Fast Trash
25. Meatbodies, Disorder
26. Baby Ghosts, Oil/Sunshine
27. together PANGEA, Sick Shit
28. Hospitality, I Miss Your Bones
29. The Coathangers, Adderall
30. Spider Bags, Summer Of '79
31. The Creeps, Leave It To Me

Friday, December 19, 2014

Live Ledge #180: Best of 2014

It's the end of a long, long year. Personally, there were many ups and downs, but musically this has been extremely intersting. Many big names disappointed with their 2014 releases, but so many more exceeded expecatation or seemingly came out of nowhere. Tonight's show is a countdown of the majority of my 40 favorite records of the year. For timing sake, a few things were eliminated, yet I still ran over my two hour broadcast time. For a full recap of my list, please check out my article HERE.
This is definitely a show worthy checking out, and you can grab it at the usual online sources or...


1. Narco States, Mass Exodus
2. Wax Witches, Summer Suckers
3. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Dereconstructed
4. Habibi, I Got The Moves
5. Nude Beach, I'm Not Like You
6. Against Me!, FuckMyLife666
7. Drive-By Truckers, Shit Shots Count
8. The Girls!, Get Out Of My Dreams
9. Parquet Courts, What Color Is Blood
10. Cheap Girls, Slow Nod
11. The Number Ones, I Wish I Was Lonely
12. Angel Olsen, Forgiven/Forgotten
13. Steve Adamyk Band, Suicide
14. Ty Segall, Connection Man
15. Centro-Matic, Salty Disciple
16. Nikki Lane, I Don't Care
17. Thee Oh Sees, Encrypted Bounce (A Queer Sound)
18. OFF!, Hypnotized
19. The Dwarves, Trailer Trash
20. Black Lips, Smiling
21. Sturgill Simpson, Life of Sin
22. Cloud Nothings, Now Here In
23. Rancid, Honor Is All We Know
24. Old 97's, Let's Get Drunk & Get It On
25. Tweedy, Low Key
26. The Muffs, Weird Boy Next Door
27. Bob Mould, I Don't Know You Anymore
28. Matthew Ryan, An Anthem for the Broken
29. The Men, Another Night
30. King Tuff, Beautiful Thing
31. Ex Hex, Beast
32. Benjamin Booker, Violent Shiver
33. Lydia Loveless, Really Wanna See You

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