Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 10: 2010

After 9 episodes of mainly old faves, the tenth edition of The Ledge is all 2010 releases. Ok, there's a couple of old tracks included, but they're from recent reissues or archival recordings. Tune into realpunkradio.com on Friday at 9 am/pm, or download it here.

1. Buzzcocks, "Orgasm Addict"

2. The Soft Pack, "C'mon"

3. The Muslims, "Future Rock"

4. Nick Cave, "Rambling Mind"

5. The Eels, "Gone Man"

6. I Was a King, "Not Like This"

7. Spoon, "Trouble Comes Running"

8. Frightened Rabbit, "Nothing Like You"

9. Titus Andronicus, "Theme From 'Cheers'"

10. Hot Rats, "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party)"

11. Title Tracks, "She Don't Care About Time"

12. Elvis Costello, "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"

13. Plimsouls, "Zero Hour"

14. Ike Reilly, "Ballad of Jack and Haley"

15. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, "Ativan Eyes"

16. Robert Pollard, "Post Hydrate Update"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 9: Goddess Goodness

It's a dream come true - the beautiful Goddess visited the Hudson compound and chose an hour of her favorite music. Tune in to www.realpunkradio.com on Friday at 9 am/pm or download it here.

1. Paul Westerberg, "Seein' Her"

2. House of Love, "Love You Too Much"

3. Jawbreaker, "I Love You So Much It's Killing You"

4. Adorable, "Vendetta"

5. Voxtrot, "The Start of Something"

6. Ted Leo, "Hearts of Oak"

7. Libertines, "Boys In the Band"

8. Frank Black, "I Could Stay Here Forever"

9. Close Lobsters, "Just Too Bloody Stupid"

10. Coffinberry, "Smashed On Honey"

11. Dark Mean, "Happy Banjo"

12. Replacements, "Can't Hardly Wait (Tim Version)"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 8: Nuggets

Tune in to www.realpunkradio.com on Friday at 9 a.m/p.m. or download it here.


1. 13th Floor Elevators, "You're Gonna Miss Me"

2. The Creation, "Makin' time"*

3. The Del-Vetts, "Last Time Around"

4. Count Five, "Psychotic Reaction"

5. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, "Diddy Wah Diddy"

6. The Litter, "Action Woman"

7. Chocolate Watch Band, "Let's Talk About Girls"

8. The Sonics, "Psycho"

9. The Monks, "Complication"

10. The Music Machine, "Talk Talk"

11. The Other Half, "Mr. Pharmacist"

12. The Standells, "Riot on Sunset Strip"**

13. The Remains, "Don't Look Back"

14. The Mojo Men, "She's My Baby"

15. Syndicate of Sound, "Little Girl"

16. The Premiers, "Farmer John"

All tracks from Nuggets: Original Artyfacts of the First Psychedelic Era except:

*From Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts of the British Empire and Beyond
**From Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

"Words Hurt" Legislation Hurts Everybody

Unemployment is up. Sales tax revenues are down. Public schools are struggling for funding. Our highways and bridges are falling apart more and more with every snowfall. Yet our brilliant state legislature continues to waste time with silly, needless, and faulty legislation.

There’s a number of bills of this sort that I could spend a few hours babbling against, but there’s one bill that’s been introduced that directly affects me. Being a self-absorbed baboon, that’s obviously what I’m here today to whine about. House Bill #1277 should be renamed the “Words Hurt” bill, as some of our elected officials just don’t like the idea that online peeps aren’t always nice.

This isn’t a new issue for me, as I’ve been on mailing lists, message boards, blogs (obviously), myspace, facebook, video conferencing programs, twitter, and other interactive online methods of communication for over fifteen years. I’m currently on a couple of message boards devoted to two satellite radio shows, and another couple devoted to the Replacements. Add to that a handful of local blogs devoted to state and local issues, and it’s obvious that I have no life.

At times, the discussions in all of these “communities” can get pretty heated, and sometimes controversial. The reactions to “board drama” ranges from completely ignoring the community (ala Paul Westerberg), or to waste hours of airtime bitching about “faceless, nameless losers sitting in their parent’s basements” (ala Opie and Anthony).

At the heart of the matter, and the basis of this dumb bill, is the fact that in almost every online community the people are somewhat anonymous. With few exceptions, you choose a screen name the minute you sign up, and you decide afterwards just how open you are about your real persona. For the most part, people are fairly consistent on their usernames. For example, I’m “paulisded” everywhere except on Facebook, but I’ve never hid who I am. Personally, I believe that everybody should be open about their identity, as if you’re going to throw shots at people you should be willing to live with the consequences good or bad.

That’s just me, though, and as much as I believe in being open and honest, it’s not something that should be legislated…especially since it is already possible for people who believe they’ve been defamed to file “John Doe” lawsuits that allow one to subpoena IP addresses and other online data.

The “Words Hurt” bill puts this liability on the blog owner. Under this bill, bloggers would have to keep records on everybody who comments on their site. Guess what? We don’t have access to this data! Many blog services, including the one you’re reading right now, don’t provide that data, and even if they did there are so many “hidden-proxy” programs that it would be impossible to truly regulate (not to mention how this bill would handle out-of-state, let alone foreign postings).

As the Madville Times points out, this bill has the potential to stifle intelligent conversation:

HB 1277 and 1278 make it harder for regular folks to blog. Everyone who wants to use the Internet to express herself, whether about the neighborhood or unicorns or John Thune's or Tim Johnson's ineffectiveness as Senator, has to become a techno-whiz. Most of the bloggers I know are perfectly willing to take responsibility for their words. Require them to learn about IP identification and proxies and maintain records of everyone else's speech, and they'll be inclined to say, "Forget it. I'm not a techie, and I'm not a cop." And at that point, a lot of good voices disappear.

Even without the fact that it’s not possible to gather the required information, the benign nature of the majority of local blogs renders this bill unnecessary. Blog-owners routinely remove offensive comments; too many don’t allow comments at all. Even those that have an “anything goes” mantra have little to worry, as Dakota Today owner Douglas Wiken points out. “The best weapon against anonymous, fallacious comments is criticism of those anonymous posts and providing truth as an antidote, (along with) a healthy skepticism with regard to the validity of information in posts by those unwilling to include their actual names.”

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 7: Post-Punk

My latest silliness is now available! An hour of late 70's/early 80's post-punk, plus discussions on the Grammys and the season premiere of Lost. Download it here, or listen on www.realpunkradio.com this Friday at 9 a.m. or9 p.m.

1. Public Image, Ltd., "Public Image"

2. Magazine, "Shot By Both Sides"

3. Wire, "I Should Have Known Better"

4. The Fall, "Repetition"

5. Josef K, "Radio Drill Time"

6. Talking Heads, "Psycho Killer (acoustic demo)"

7. Suicide, "Dream Baby Dream"

8. Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

9. Echo & the Bunnymen, "Read It In Books (single version)"

10. The Cure, "Faith"