Friday, February 10, 2017

Live Ledge #274: Robert Ellis

Last week was a disaster for Live Ledge on realpunkradio. As we were entering the last half hour of the show, the broadcast player suddenly froze up. Tonight's episode takes over where that show left off, and includes a few additional tracks by The Godfathers, Sadies, and Ron Gallo.

The show starts off with an airing of my recent interview with jazz-country singer/songwriter Robert Ellis. For the second time in 8 months, Ellis was back in South Dakota, and we chatted about his visit last summer, the tours of the U.S. and Europe, and an interesting take on the effects of streaming services such as Spotify.

As always, grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. Dropkick Murphys, Rebels with a Cause
2. Robert Ellis, Couples Skate
3. Robert Ellis, Drivin'
4. The Routes, Make You Hate Me More
5. The Routes, Thousand Forgotten Dreams
6. Gregg Turner, Tucson Girls
7. Wyldlife, Bandida Out on Your Block
8. The Main Grains, Teenage Kicks
9. The Taxpayers, Easy Money
10. Problem Daughter, Liars
11. Half Japanese, Wherever We Are Led
12. POW!, Back On The Grid
13. Cloud Nothings, Up to the Surface
14. Japandroids, North East South West
15. The Sadies, Another Season Again
16. T.S.O.L., The Right Side
17. Last Night, Razorblades
18. Simply Saucer, Rock and Roll the Brain Cells
19. Uranium Club, That Clown's Got A Gun
20. The Basements, Since I Met You
21. Ancient Shapes, Someone Always Blushing
22. The Godfathers, A Big Bad Beautiful Noise
23. The Godfathers, Miss America
24. Ron Gallo, Young Lady, You're Scaring Me
25. Ron Gallo, Put the Kids to Bed
26. The Cowboys, Transatlantic Romantic
27. Sheer Mag, Whose Side Are You On
28. Hey! Hello!, Loud & Fucking Clear
29. Sleater-Kinney, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (Live)

Friday, February 03, 2017

Live Ledge #273: New Releases

Sometimes the robots don't cooperate as they should.

I was all excited about today's new release episode, as it was the first of 2017. I had so much material to choose from that I was planning on running a little long this week.

So far, 2017 has been a great year for music, as evidenced by the material aired tonight from Bash and Pop, Chuck Prophet, Ty Segall, Mark Sultan, and so much more. I also found a new Mojo Magainze compilation of Kinks covers, which is always a treat.

I was in the midst of playing some new tunes by The Routes when the robots decided otherwise. My broadcasting program froze, and nothing would play. So I had to shut down early, even though I had so many more songs and bands to sample.

We'll get to those left out next week, but in the meantime here's what did make the cut tonight. Grab it via iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Public Image Ltd., Public Image
2. Wreckless Eric, Death of a Clown
3. Chuck Prophet, Situation Vacant
4. Ty Segall, Waterloo Sunset
5. Gaz Coombes, This Time Tomorrow
6. Bash & Pop, Not This Time
7. Bash & Pop, On The Rocks
8. Bash & Pop, Never Wanted To Know
9. Bash & Pop, Unfuck You
10. Chuck Prophet, Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
11. Chuck Prophet, Bad Year For Rock And Roll
12. Ryan Adams, Outbound Train
13. Dave Hause, Dirty Fucker
14. Dan Baird, Cemetery Train
15. Mark Sultan, I Love You So Much
16. Mark Sultan, It's Suicide
17. Tyler Jakes, All Worn Down
18. Ty Segall, Break A Guitar
19. Ty Segall, Thank You Mr. K
20. The Regrettes, I Don't Like You
21. The Regrettes, Juicebox Baby
22. Peach Fuzz, I Don't Want to Lie
23. PRIESTS, Puff
24. Pale Lips, Mary-Lou Sniffin' Glue
25. The Routes, Thousand Forgotten Dreams

Friday, January 27, 2017

Live Ledge #272: 1977 (Part 2)

Last week's tribute to 1977 was a lot of fun to put together, but it really didn't come close to hitting all of the high points of the year. Tonight's show carries on where last week's broadcast left off, with tracks by the likes of The Jam, Buzzcocks, Damned, Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, and so much more!

Even after four hours of music, there's enough tracks to put together a third show. Look for that to happen sometime later in the year, along with similar tributes to 1982, 1987, and maybe even 1972 and 1992.

As always, please grab this broadcast from iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Culture, Two Sevens Clash
2. The Clash, Police and Thieves
3. The Clash, Garageland
4. The Jam, In The City
5. The Jam, The Modern World
6. Wire, 12 X U
7. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat
8. The Adverts, One Chord Wonders
9. The Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict
10. The Stranglers, (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
11. Generation X, Your Generation
12. Tom Robinson, 2-4-6-8 Motorway
13. Eddie & The Hot Rods, Till the Night Is Gone (Let's Rock)
14. Eater, Thinking of the USA
15. The Hypstrz, Hold On
16. The Suicide Commandos, Match/Mismatch
17. The Nerves, Hanging On The Telephone
18. The Cramps, Surfin' Bird
19. Dave Edmunds, Here Comes the Weekend
20. Nick Lowe, Marie Provost
21. Elvis Costello, Watching The Detectives
22. Graham Parker, Back To Schooldays
23. Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
24. Television, See No Evil
25. Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blank Generation
26. X-Ray Spex, Oh Bondage Up Yours!
27. Talking Heads, Psycho Killer
28. Devo, Jocko Homo
29. Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, Ice Cream Man
30. Boys, First Time
31. Human Switchboard, Fly-in
32. Germs, Lexicon Devil
33. The Gizmos, Amerika First
34. The Misfits, She
35. Cock Sparrer, We Love You

Friday, January 20, 2017

Live Ledge #271: 1977 (Pt. 1)

First off, a few apologies for missing the last couple of weeks. A computer meltdown made it impossible to put together Live Ledge episodes, but hopefully tonight's episode more than makes up for it.

All of your favorite music mags will be celebrating the annniversaries of 1967, 1977, 1987, and other similar milestones. We're jumping ahead of the curve with tonight's look back to 1977. What a remarkable year! It's probably the most important year for fans of punk, power pop, and indie rock. So much of what we listen to today comes from the great bands and albums of this year. In fact, there's so many potential classics that there will be a part two sometime in the coming weeks.

It's also a very important year for me. I turned 15 in September of 1977, so you can imagine how the music of that time influenced me. I started off as a typical commercial hard rocker, which is represented at the beginning of tonight's broadcast with the inclusion of Kiss, AC/DC, and Cheap Trick. Then there was the big bang of the Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks" album. That opened the floodgates to the Drones, Boomtown Rats, Clash, and so much more.

Grab this via the usual sources, or...


1. The Kinks, Juke Box Music
2. Cheap Trick, Clock Strikes Ten
3. AC\DC, Problem Child
4. Kiss, Christine Sixteen
5. Motorhead, White Line Fever
6. Status Quo, Rockin' All Over The World
7. Chris Spedding, Wild In The Streets
8. Garland Jeffreys, Wild In The Streets
9. Dictators, Exposed
10. Iggy Pop, Funtime
11. Sex Pistols, Holidays In The Sun
12. Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen
13. Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant
14. The Clash, (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
15. Heartbreakers, Chinese Rocks
16. Heartbreakers, Born To Lose
17. The Ramones, Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
18. The Ramones, Here Today Gone Tomorrow
19. Ian Dury, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
20. The Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet
21. Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
22. The Drones, Persecution Complex
23. Boomtown Rats, Mary of the 4th Form
24. The Members, Fear on the Streets
25. The Lurkers, Be My Prisoner
26. The Dogs, 19 Streets
27. The Zeros, Hungry Streets
28. Radio Birdman, New Race
29. The Saints, I'm Stranded
30. The Real Kids, All Kindsa Girls

Friday, December 30, 2016

Live Ledge #270: In Memoriam

To say 2016 was not a good year is a bit of an understatement. Besides the social and political turmoil our country currently faces, we lost an inordinate amount of actors and musicians in the past twelve months. It seems like every day there's another passing to add to the list. Even today, as this show was being prepared I learned of the death of The Didjits' bassist Doug Evans.

Tonight's show is dedicated to all of the musicians that left us this year, but the focus isn't on the "superstars" that dominated newpapers and websites. Instead, it's primarily the lesser known that are spotlighted here - trucker songsmith Red Simpson, early blues-based rockers Long John Hunter and Lonnie Mack, Elvis sideman Scotty Moore. The list goes on and on. There are also members of bands such as Tuxedomoon, Mott the Hoople, The A-Bones, Jefferson Airplane, and so many more.

We can't completely ignore the more famous, though, which is why there are also tributes to Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard. Sharon Jones also has a spotlighted segment.

As always, grab this one via Stitcher, iTunes, or...


1. Suicide, Dream Baby Dream
2. Long John Hunter, El Paso Rock
3. Red Simpson, Truck Drivin' Man
4. Lonnie Mack, Memphis
5. Scotty Moore & DJ Fontana, Deuce and a Quarter (feat. Keith Richards & The Band)
6. Bobby Vee, Stagger Lee (with The Crickets)
7. The A-Bones, Rollin' To The Jukebox Rock
8. The A-Bones, (I'm In With) The Out Crowd
9. Leon Russell, Medley: Jumpin' Jack Flash/Young Blood
10. Status Quo, Rockin' All Over The World
11. Thunderclap Newman, Something In The Air
12. Jefferson Airplane, Takes Off
13. The Box Tops Soul Deep
14. Merle Haggard, Sing Me Back Home
15. Merle Haggard, The Bottle Let Me Down
16. Ralph Stanley, White Light/White Heat
17. Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Meet Me On The Corner
18. Mose Allison, Young Man's Blues
19. Mose Allison, Eyesight To The Blind
20. Bap Kennedy, Long Time a Comin'
21. Leonard Cohen, The Future (Live in Dublin)
22. David Bowie, Starman (Original Single Version)
23. David Bowie, Queen Bitch
24. Mott The Hoople, All The Young Dudes
25. Mott The Hoople, One Of The Boys
26. Prince, Head
27. Prince, Sister
28. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 100 Days 100 Nights
29. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, People Don't Get What They Deserve
30. Beastie Boys, Jimi
31. The Business, Loud Proud 'N' Punk
32. Tuxedomoon, Joeboy The Electronic Ghost
33. Dead Moon, Dark Deception
34. Didjits, Jerry Lee

Friday, December 23, 2016

Live Ledge #269: Best of 2016

As I do every December, I spend a few days surrounded by piles and piles of records, CD's, and an electronic device or two. The great debates of these days are all inside my head - Bowie or Lydia? Cheap Trick versus Bun E. Carlos? Whiskey vs. wine? Oh wait, that's a Day Drinking debate.

With a giant headache, I inevitably come up with an article or two that details my 40 picks for this year. You can find mine HERE! I also created a shorter list of reissues, box sets, and other catalog type releases HERE!!!

Tonight's show is a Casey Kasem-ish countdown of my 40 favorite albums of the year. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, only 32 of my 40 made it to air. For the most part, I deleted the more well-known artists (Radiohead, Neil Young) and/or quietest material (Jayhawks, Wilco, Leonard Cohen). But the 32 that are presented are in the reverse order they appear in my article. So yes, David Bowie's "Blackstar" is what I believe to be the best album of the year.

As always, grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, and please go read my articles. In fact, read them right after you...

1. Bun E. Carlos, Do Something Real (Featuring Robert Pollard)  
2. Pale Lips, (You Make Me) Wanna Be Bad 
3. Ty Segall, Californian Hills 
4. Bleached, Keep on Keepin' On
5. Dinosaur Jr., Goin Down  
6. Diarrhea Plant, Announcement
7. The Men, Dreamer  
8. Parquet Courts, Outside
9. Tracy Bryant, Subterranean 
10. Todd Snider, Hey Pretty Boy 
11. CTMF, A Song For Kylie Minogue
12. Audacity, Umbrellas 
13. Jacuzzi Boys, Boys Like Blood  
14. Drive-By Truckers, Ramon Casino 
15. Night Beats, Power Child
16. Public Access T.V., In Our Blood 
17. Twin Peaks, Walk To The One You Love 
18. Alejandro Escovedo, Horizontal Burn
19. John Doe, Go Baby Go 
20. The Fleshtones, Love Like A Man 
21. Hinds, Garden
22. D Generation, Lonely Ones
23. Descendents, On Paper 
24. Rolling Stones, Ride 'Em On Down
25. Beach Slang, Punks In A Disco Bar
26. Two Cow Garage, Brand New Flag 
27. The Coathangers, Make It Right  
28. Bob Mould, Pray for Rain 
29. Car Seat Headrest, Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed 
30. The I Don't Cares, Born For Me 
31. Lydia Loveless, Bilbao 
32. David Bowie, Lazarus 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Live Ledge #268: Runner-Ups

Over the last few days, I've been frantically looking through everywhere I store music. Vinyl is spread out over my living room floor. Playlist after playlist has been created on iTunes. Releases I forgot existed were given a new shot to impress.

All of this, of course, is to put together my annual list of the 40 best records of the year. Next week I'll unveil that list, but tonight's show is nothing but releases that could have found a spot on the list. Albums that I took a very close look at in the last few days, but they just couldn't jump ahead of my final 40.

It's actually a pretty strong list on its own, and I'm sure any fans of garage, punk, alternative, and/or any other form of rock should be able to enjoy these two hours of tunes. Grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Earwig, Wasted on You
2. The Blind Shake, I Shot All the Birds
3. Mrs Magician, Phantoms
4. The Backseat Angels, My Baby Wants To Brainwash My Mind
5. Connections, Month 2 Month
6. Berwanger, Exorcism Rock
7. Broncho, Jenny Loves Jenae
8. Personal And The Pizzas, Joey Quit The Pouch
9. The Dirty Nil, Wrestle Yu To Husker Du
10. Mind Spiders, Ulcer
11. Thee Oh Sees, Dead Man's Gun
12. Jeff The Brotherhood, Punishment
13. CFM, Brain of Clay
14. Wax Witches, Habit
15. Thee Attacks, Baby Baby
16. The See No Evils, Secrets In Me
17. The So So Glos, Dancing Industry
18. Cheena, Cry For Help
19. A Giant Dog, Creep
20. Frankie Cosmos, If I Had A Dog
21. Martha, Precarious (Supermarket Song)0
22. Pony Time, Really Nice Guys
23. Giant Peach, Your Blood
24. Terry Malts, Used to Be
25. Jeff Rosenstock, Festival Song
26. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, Coyote Conundrum
27. Mean Jeans, Long Dumb Road
28. Steve Adamyk Band, If I Wanted To
29. Sleeping Beauties, Meth
30. Choke Chains, Safe Word
31. Low Culture, I Feel Your Ghost
32. Danny & The Darleans, Outta My Way
33. Mannequin Pussy, Hey Steven
34. Bad Mongo,s I Fuck
35. The Julie Ruin, Record Breaker