Friday, July 22, 2016

Live Ledge #250: Songs About Other Artists

This was a tough show to title. I had this idea of a theme where another artist is mentioned in the title of a song. But what do you call that? It's not necessarily a tribute. Just take a listen to Nerf Herder's tale of "Opening for Weezer". Sometimes the song is not even about the artist mentioned, like Lydia Loveless' "Steve Earle". Yet most of the time it is the case, and short of any other ideas I just went with "Songs About Other Artists".
Despite my lack of enthusiasm for creating a title, this ended up being a fun little broadcast. Get it from the usual sources, such as iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Tommy Womack, The Replacements
2. Art Brut, The Replacements
3. Slobberbone, Placemat Blues
4. Martha, St. Pauls (Westerberg Comprehensive)
5. The Gravel Pit, Paul Westerberg
6. Square Songs, Paul Westerberg
7. Chad Rex and the Victorstands, Song for Paul Westerberg to Sing
8. Minutemen, Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
9. Firehose, For The Singer Of R.E.M.
10. Lydia Loveless, Chris Isaaks
11. Lydia Loveless, Steve Earle
12. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Dwight Yoakam
13. Drive-By Truckers, Carl Perkins' Cadillac
14. Green On Red, Keith Can't Read
15. Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, Elvis is Everywhere
16. Wesley Willis, Elvis Presley
17. The Clash, Clash City Rockers
18. MBE : ), Joe Strummers Grave
19. Stiff Little Fingers, Strummerville
20. Sleater-Kinney, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
21. Amy Rigby, Dancing With Joey Ramone
22. The Fleshtones, Remember The Ramones
23. The Havenots, I Love Her And She Loves The Ramones
24. The Brewers, Ramones Radio
25. Mental Boy, She Likes The Ramones
26. Hallingtons, Joey Johnny Dee Dee & Marky (On Her Arm)
27. Nerf Herder, We Opened for Weezer
28. Diarhea Planet, Bob Dylan's Grandma  
29. CTMF, A Song For Kylie Minogue
30. Bo-Dogs, Bo Diddley's Dog
31. The Dunhill Blues, I Wanna Tickle Nick Cave
32. Laugh, Paul McCartney
33. The Lemons, Chubby Checker
34. NOFX, Sid & Nancy

Friday, July 15, 2016

Live Ledge #249: Track 7

The last year or so, there have been ocassional shows featuring only certain track numbers. With July being the 7th month of the year, it  completely makes sense to have a "Track 7" show.
Some may think that the seventh song on a record wouldn't be one of the stronger tunes. Those people would be wrong. Except in the CD age, track seven was more often than not the first track on the second side of a record. Of course that song would be something spectacular. What's great, though, is that while it's a strong tune it's rarely one of the overplayed singles off a record.
So here's slightly more than two hours of "track sevens". Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! grab this from the usual online sources, or...


1. Ron Wood, Seven Days
2. Cheap Trick, Clock Strikes Ten
3. New York Dolls, Bad Girl
4. David Bowie, Star
5. The Plimsouls, A Million Miles Away
6. The Replacements, Bastards Of Young
7. Paul Westerberg, Eyes Like Sparks
8. Bash & Pop, Fast & Hard
9. Beach Slang, Young & Alive
10. The Hold Steady, You Can Make Him Like You
11. Hüsker Dü, Dead Set On Destruction
12. Sugar, If I Can't Change Your Mind
13. Bob Mould, Lucifer and God
14. Superchunk, Learned To Surf
15. Pow Wows, Going Dark
16. King Tuff, Magic Mirror
17. Wand, Floating Head
18. Nude Beach, For You
19. Lydia Loveless, Verlaine Shot Rimbaud
20. The Girls!, Mesmerize
21. The Pretenders, Stop Your Sobbing
22. X, Sex And Dying In High Society
23. Dinosaur Jr., Repulsion
24. Archers Of Loaf, Fat
25. Bad Religion, Infected
26. The Lemonheads, Luka
27. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Head On
28. Pixies, Monkey Gone To Heaven
29. The Ramones, I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement
30. Sleater-Kinney, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
31. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Goon Squad
32. Wreckless Eric, Property Shows
33. The Jam, Billy Hunt
34. The Saints, Kissin' Cousins
35. The Clash, London's Burning
36. Sex Pistols, Seventeen
37. The Buzzcocks, I Don't Know What To Do With My Life
38. The See No Evils, Hooked On The Buzz

Friday, July 08, 2016

Live Ledge #248: Punk 45

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a new compilation of old punk rock. Now I have dozens and dozens of these types of releases, and rarely do they provide me with anything new.
That's not the case with "Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States of America Vol. 1". Yes, that's a mouthful, but Soul Jazz Records has done a phenomenal job with this series. Not up to six different double-album sets, each volume looks at one particular early punk scene - pre-punk, Hollywood, Cleveland, Akron, and UK post-punk are the other volumes. Each set is beautifully designed with extensive liner notes, and the mastering and pressings are pristine.
Tonight there's a handful or so tracks from all six volumes. A few will be well-known, but I believe that almost everybody can find something they haven't heard before. Download this via iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. The Deadbeats Kill The Hippies
2. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Chinese Rocks
3. The Randoms, Let's Get Rid Of New York
4. The Flamin' Groovies, Dog Meat
5. The Zeros, Wild Weekend
6. The Skunks, Earthquake Shake
7. The Hollywood Squares, Hillside Strangler
8. Death, Politicians In My Eye
9. Hollywood Brats, Sick On You
10. Pastiche, Derelict Boulevard
11. Jack Ruby, Hit & Run
12. Count Bishops, Ain't Got You
13. Rob Jo Star Band, Acid Revolution
14. Television Personalities, Part-Time Punks
15. Johnny Moped, Incendiary Device
16. The Mekons, 32 Weeks
17. The Jermz, Power Cut
18. Swell Maps, Real Shocks
19. The Nerves, TV Adverts
20. The Cigarettes, They're Back Again Here They Come
21. Pere Ubu, Final Solution
22. Rocket From The Tombs, Life Stinks  
23. The Pagans, Street Where Nobody Lives
24. The Human Switchboard, No !
25. The Mirrors, Hands In My Pockets
26. The Defnics, 51%
27. Devo, Auto Modown
28. Chi Pig, Ring Around The Collar
29. Jane Aire & The Belvederes, When I Was Young
30. Rubber City Rebels, Kidnapped
31. The Bizarros, I Bizarro
32. The Bags, Survive
33. The Flesh Eaters, Disintegration Nation
34. The Hollywood Squares, Hollywood Square
35. The Zeros, Don't Push Me Around
36. The Weirdos, A Life Of Crime
37. X, We're Desperate

Friday, July 01, 2016

Live Ledge #247: New Releases

Friend scoff at me, but I really think this has been a good year for new music...and it's only going to get better. I recently posted my top 15 for the first half of the year in my Argus Leader blog, and the next few weeks we'll see the long-awaited albums by the likes of Lydia Loveless, Drive-By Truckers, and the Descendents.
As we start the secondhalf of the year, it's time for another two hours of new music, along with a handful of reissues. It's a nice little rocking show tonight, featuring the returns of Jonathan Richman, The Julie Ruin, and the first solo album by Bags leader Alice Bag!!!
As always grab this from the usual sources (Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes), or...


1. Jonathan Richman, Outside O' Duffy's
2. Martha, St. Pauls (Westerberg Comprehensive)
3. The Dirty Nil, Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü (Audiotree Live Version)
4. KIEFF, Kieff Richards Kieff Richards
5. CTMF, A Song For Kylie Minogue
6. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon [Live]
7. The Muffs, Look At Me [Demo]
8. Angry Angles, Things Are Moving (unreleased version)
9. Bun E. Carlos, Do Something Real (Featuring Robert Pollard)
10. Alice Bag, Little Hypocrite
11. Alice Bag, Programmed
12. The Julie Ruin, Hit Reset
13. White Mystery, Cerebellum
14. Death Valley Girls, Death Valley Boogie
15. Sleeping Beauties, Bobby & Suzie
16. Freud and The Suicidal Vampires, Vanilla Boys With Loaded Guns
17. The Paper Jets, Brand New Shoes
18. Mikey Erg, Boys & Girls & Tentative Decisions
19. The Ain't Rights, What Have I Become?
20. The Gotobeds, "Bodies"
21. The See No Evils, That's Right With Me
22. Diarrhea Planet, Ain't A Sin To Win
23. G?ggs, G?ggs
24. G?ggs, She Got Harder
25. OBN III's, Rich Old White Men
26. Thee Oh Sees, Toe Cutter Thumb Buster
27. Broncho, Jenny Loves Jenae
28. Bazooka, Achristi Genia
29. The Daylight Savings and Loan, Parade Day
31. PUP, My Life Is Over and I Couldn't Be Ha
32. Honey, Taking a Ride
33. nothing, Vertigo Flowers
34. Mountains and Rainbows, Dad Rock!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Concert Review: Wreckless Eric at Total Drag

Note: For whatever reason this never made my newspaper blog.

I truly believe that everybody who made it down to Total Drag on June 10th firmly believed the evening was an exercise of nostalgia. Wreckless Eric was playing a solo show at the venue, and we all thought he’d just play a few songs from his new album, “amERICa”, a few classics from his Stiff Records years, and we’d go home after hearing “Whole Wide World”.
Instead it was a night that was completely different. This was not a night of an old rocker going through the motions. It was an evening of pure rock and roll; an evening of performance art with a garage-rock flavor.
When the show began after a set from Rich Show and Mark Romanowski, things didn’t seem to be gelling for Eric. There was a lot of issues with his guitar pedals and effects, or so it seemed. What we didn’t realize is that Eric was attempting to find that sweet spot that was just short of feedback when he was playing “normally”. Eric even advised the audience that we would “understand” what he was doing in just a few minutes.
The setlist was somewhat similar to what I described earlier. There were plenty of songs from the most recent album, and there were a few classics. “Whole Wide World” was indeed played, but it was in the middle of the set.
There was much more than the expected songs, however. Eric pulled out a few tracks from some of his lesser-known albums. Most stunning was one of his last tunes of the evening. “33’s & 45’s” from 2004’s “Bungalow Hi” album could be described as Eric’s “Idiot Wind” as it’s an epic look at a breakup full of hurt feelings.  
How did Eric create such a memorable night? It goes back to those opening moments where he was fiddling with his pedals. He found that exact combination of pedals and amps that would play “normally” when he was standing completely still at the microphone but would feedback in certain ways depending on which way he or his guitar moved.
What Eric did with this feedback was nothing short of stunning. It was a combination of Neil Young’s “Ragged Glory” era, Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”, Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music”, and any album in the Sonic Youth catalog. The garage-noise bands of today could learn a thing or two from this man. Almost every song began or ended with layers and layers of different frequencies of noise, some times with Eric on his knees to create the sounds he wanted. More accurately, almost every song ended with these sounds and then blended into the next tune. It was almost like a 90-minute medley of Wreckless Eric’s best songs.
This wall of sound, or noise, was accompanied by Eric’s snarky observations of the record business, politics, lawyers, and Sioux City. He apparently hated his appearance in that city, including the Howard Johnson motel where he stayed. Eric especially hated that the venue he was playing at had the Sirius metal station playing as his warmup music. 
Eric loved Sioux Falls, though, and it wasn’t just an attempt to receive an “easy pop”. He was seen around downtown during the day, and he told a few stories about wandering around to Coffea and other establishments. He even joked that he may move to our little city and make a living playing outside various restaurants. 
It was a great night, and the majority of us was stunned at what we had just witnessed. Total Drag owner Dan Nissen even posted on Facebook the next day that it was “probably the best set I’ve seen at Total Drag yet”. High praise from the owner of a venue that has at least three shows per week.  
Yet I agree. Wreckless Eric is no dinosaur. He’s certainly more than “Whole Wide World”. In fact, he may be even more relevant now than he’s ever been. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Live Ledge #246: Covers

It's been quite some time since I put together a show of cover tunes. Yet I still wondered if I had enough material to actually put one together.
I certainly did, and the vast majority of these tracks are from recent releases. It's a wide range of tunes, from Fucked Up covering the Grateful Dead to Sturgill Simpson performing a Nirvana tune. Most impressive (to me at least) are the two tracks I played from a record I obtained just hours before tonight's broadcast. Who knew that former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos had a new solo album? Who would have predicted it would be this great? I certainly never did.
It's no Sgt. Pepper, but Greetings From Bunezuella is great fun. Carlos and his famous friends (Alexandro Escovedo, Dave Pirner, Robert Pollrd, etc.) are clearly having a ball remaking songs by the likes of the Who, Dylan, and the Bee Gees.
The only non-covers in tonight's show are a couple of tracks recorded two weeks ago at the Wreckless Eric show. The almost two hour performance was fabulous, and I'm happy to share a couple of my favorite moments.
As always grab this from iTunes, Tunein, Stitcher, or...


1. Fucked Up, Cream Puff War
2. Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
3. Wreckless Eric, Semaphore Signals
4. Mick Harvey, The Man With The Cabbage Head
5. Colvin & Earle, Tobacco Road
6. Colvin & Earle, Ruby Tuesday
7. The Waco Brothers, All or Nothing
8. Lydia Loveless, When You Were Mine
9. Sturgill Simpson, In Bloom
10. Best Coast, Dumb
11. Beach Slang, About a Girl
12. Bun E. Carlos, Armenia City In The Sky
13. Bun E. Carlos, It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
14. Cheap Trick, The In Crowd
15. The Forty Nineteens, Moonlight Drive
16. The Lime Spiders, Save My Soul
17. The Chesterfield Kings, Street Fighting Man
18. Schlong, Rainy Days And Mondays
19. The BellRays, Living For the City
20. Julian Casablancas, White Light White Heat
21. Willie Nile, Sweet Jane
22. The Feelies, Barstool Blues
23. Melvins, I Want To Tell You
24. Dwarves, Brand New Cadillac
25. Gøggs, Billy Is A Runaway
26. Bruiser Queen, Black Coats White Fear
27. Naz Nomad & The Nightmares, I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
28. Tycoons of Teen, And Then He Kissed Me
29. The Traditional Fools, Rumble
30. Mexrrissey, International Playgirl (The Last Of The Famous International Playboys)
31. Blowfly, Fakin' The Bi

Friday, June 17, 2016

Live Ledge #245: 1976

1976 may have been the most important year in music since the Beatles landed in America. As the 1970's progressed, the charts began to fill up with songs and albums that had little to do with rock and roll. I could go on and on here, but this opinion has been well-documented in rock history books.
But it was also an important year for you podcast host. This was the year that started with me in 7th grade and (obviously) ended in eight grade. That shouldn't be that much of a change...but it was.
I began the year as a typical male teen of the times - I knew nothing about music history and only liked what ws being played on the local rock station. Thus, bands such as AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Kiss were the main records played at not only my home but at all of my junior high buddies.
Something remarkable happened that summer, though. I have probably told this story a few times, but a bout of chicken pox coincided with the arrival of my first Columbia House box of records. Yes, twelve records for ninety-nine cents. To be honest, at eight or nine of these records were releases that I would now be embarassed to list. The other three, though, were life-changing. There was the self-titled debut of the Runaways, which featured "Cherry Bomb". More importantly, the very first Ramones album.
My life was changed, and it became even more subsersive when I saw a report on NBC on the Sex Pistols. Finally, the music of my life had arrived.
Yet at the same time I was also studying the history of rock and roll. I bought my first Bob Dylan album, "Desire", and fell in love with "Hurricane". The Stones' "Black and Blue" may not have been among their best, but it was the first new Stones album that I was ever aware of. David Bowie, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Thin Lizzy were also part of year's discoveries.
Tonight is dedicated to that year, and includes little bits of all of those types of releases. I'll be the first to admit that many of these I didn't discover until years later, but every one of these tracks were an important part of the ever-changing music industry.
As always, you can grab this episode from the usual sources, including iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. The Runaways, Cherry Bomb
2. Bob Dylan, Hurricane
3. Warren Zevon, Poor Poor Pitiful Me
4. Tom Waits, Pasties & A G-String
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, American Girl
6. The Rolling Stones, Crazy Mama
7. David Bowie, Tvc15
8. Lou Reed, Kicks
9. Patti Smith, Ask The Angels
10. Peter Tosh, Legalize It 0
11. AC/DC, Live Wire
12. Aerosmith, Back In The Saddle
13. KISS, Do You Love Me
14. Thin Lizzy, Jailbreak
15. The 101'ers, Keys To Your Heart
16. The Flamin' Groovies, Shake Some Action
17. Blondie, X Offender
18. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Back to Schooldays
19. Nick Lowe, Heart of the City
20. Dave Edmunds, Here Comes The Weekend
21. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Roadrunner
22. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
23. Richard Hell, (I Belong To The) Blank Generation
24. Television, Little Johnny Jewel
25. Buzzcocks, Boredom
26. Sex Pistols, Anarchy In The UK
27. The Damned, New Rose
28. Radio Birdman, I-94
29. The Saints, (I'm) Stranded
30. Pere Ubu, Final Solution