Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 19: Grrrrly Treats

Last week's mini-set of the Slits and X-Ray Specs has inspired me to pull out more of my favorite female-fronted indie rock tracks. Episode 19 compiles an hour of these tracks, which can be heard at realpunkradio or download it here

1. The Runaways, "Cherry Bomb"

2. Patti Smith, "Dancing Barefoot"

3. Siouxie and the Banshees, "Cities in Dust"

4. Holly and the Italians, "Tell That Girl To Shut Up"

5. Concrete Blonde, "Still in Hollywood"

6. Sonic Youth, "Swimsuit Issue"

7. The Launderettes, "What Would Joan Jett Do?"

8. Sleater-Kinney, "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone"

9. Amy Rigby, "Dancing With Joey Ramone"

10. Liz Phair, "Fuck and Run"

11. Ko & the Knockouts, "Cry No More"

12. The Muffs, Saying Goodbye"

13. The Fastbacks, "Fortune's Misery"

14. Lucinda Williams, "Metal Firecracker"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Meet The New Boss!

Our long local nightmare is finally over.

I’m not just talking about the past four months of mayoral and city council campaigning, though. No, what I’m really referring to is that we finally no longer have to deal with King David. No more mushy-mouthed speeches. No more staged photographs of our pal Dave helping out the street crews. No more closed-door meetings with the real people who ran this city, or his rarely-seen six-figure, do-nothing news bunny. King David can finally do the job he was born to do, and that’s greet people as they waddle into Walmart.

But it is a relief that the local election cycle is finally complete. No more robo-calls. No street signs dirtying up the lawns that are finally turning green. And finally our local media can go back to actually reporting news. Ok, scratch that one. It’ll never happen.

As long as we’re bidding farewell to the 2010 city elections, and also in part because I’ve neglected this site the past few months (outside of details on my silly little pod casts), it’s probably time to evaluate the campaigns of everybody who attempted to replace King David:

6. Janoct Adja. It probably was no surprise to anybody outside of Janoct himself that he ended up with the least support of this election. He had no cash, and didn’t help himself by not showing up at a number of mayoral discussions. While many stated that he had no business being in the race, I have to give him credit for making his voice heard. Every race needs candidates willing to speak for those that are rarely heard, and while Adja rarely was a coherent voice, he does give credence to the idea that any citizen can (and should) run for office. Plus, he gets an extra point for actually giving an honest answer to that idiotic KELO question on who people should vote for besides himself - “none of these people!”

5. Bill Peterson. Truthfully, I have no idea why Peterson even ran. Although a pretty well-known local political insider, he really didn’t run a campaign. Plus, his overused one-liner about how he’s “not Al Franken” had no shred of humor or truth. As a friend stated to me last night, it’s almost as if he quickly realized he didn’t have a shot and folded his campaigning.

4. Pat Costello. Arrogance can sometimes be costly, and Costello is living proof. From the very beginning, the attitude that emanated from Costello seemed to be that the citizens owed him this title. The problem is that to the average working-class citizen he was too closely aligned with the elite developers that most people believe actually run this community. Money can obviously buy a lot of things, but for once it didn’t purchase the head office of this city.

3. Vernon Brown. After making serious headway in the 2006 Mayoral elections, “Fedora Boy” clearly thought he was on the inside track of becoming our next Mayor. It didn’t quite work out that way, even with the help of his former employers at KELO. Long a favorite of the blue-haired crowd, Brown was also too aligned with the De Knudson/Dave Munson/etc. crowd to be a serious contender this time. After years of irresponsible spending and insider dealing, the “I love Sioux falls” mantra was simply not going to work this time. His anecdotal lies about the local presence at Sioux City events also didn’t help him.

2. Kermit Staggers. You have to hand it to Kermit for making it as far as he did despite no help from the agenda of our local media. He wasn’t the prettiest face on the campaign trail, and being the smartest man in the room rarely is a beneficial asset. Ultimately, the very reason he made it to the runoff was also his main downfall. He was always the lone man who wouldn’t rubber stamp everything King David brought to the table. While this fired up a considerable voter base who was tired of the wasteful spending of the previous administration, it also made it easier for his opponents to create a false image of Kermit as a “no no no” curmudgeon. Despite his loss, the newly elected Mayor and City Council members should keep in mind that voter anger is continuing to grow.

1. Mike Huether. Congratulations are in order to our new Mayor. He wasn’t my choice, but I’m actually not offended that he came out with a victory. Sure, I was not happy with the robocalls that clogged up my voicemail, and I’m not especially crazy about the idea that this office is nothing but a stepping stone for bigger political ambitions. But he had a goal, and showed that he would do whatever it took to win, even if it meant controversial moves like hiring a nationally-prominent campaign manager or soliciting support from one side of the political spectrum. It worked, and I have no doubt that he will prove to be a breath of fresh air after the nightmare we’ve just endured under the Pothole King.

I leave you now with one minor plea for our new leader. For your first act, I’d love to see you take a maintenance crew down to Falls Park and yank out that hideous shrine to the Mayor who actually did the least work on the decade-long project to clean up our most beautiful landmark in the city. If Mr. Huether heeds my advice, I promise to support his reelection campaign in 2014.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 18: Guest Choice

Guest co-host Corey Vilhauer visits the Hudson studio this week, bringing with him an hour of music he wants to share with listeners of The Ledge. Download it here, or tune in to Realpunkradio on Friday at 9am/pm.

1. White Stripes, "Little Room"

2. Modest Mouse, "Never Ending Math Equation"

3. Ugly Casanova, "Things I Don't Remember"

4. Lucero, "What Else Would You Have Me Be"

5. Blitzen Trapper, "Furr"

6. Bright Eyes, "If the Brakeman Turns My Way"

7. Jim Ward, "Broken Songs"

8. Mason Jennings, "The Times They Are a Changing"

9. The Beatles, "Dig a Pony"

10. Spoon, "The Underdog"

11. Ween, "Vallejo"

12. Frank Black, "Calistan"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Ledge Record Store Day Special

I love Record Store Day, and yesterday was no exception. Inspired by the lengthy list of special releases, I put together a special Sunday show. Download it here or hit the iTunes logo on the left to subscribe.

1. Hold Steady, "The Weekenders" from upcmoing Heaven is Whenever to be released May 3

2. Elvis Costello, "Accidents Will Happen" originally on bonus 7" to Armed Forces, also on Live at Hollywood High

3. Weezer, "I'm Your Daddy (featuring Kenny G)" from Rattitude EP

4. Rolling Stones, "Plundered My Soul" from upcoming expanded version of Exile on Main Street

5. Against Me, "I Was a Teenage Anarchist (Acoustic Version)". Original version will be released on White Crosses, to be released on June 8.

6. Telekinesis, "Dirty Thing". The single is the band's first release since 2009's self-titled album, and features the new songs "Dirty Thing" b/w "Non-Toxic" and "The Drawback."

7. Built to Spill, "Water Sleepers" from 7".

8. Dum Dum Girls, "Pay For Me".

9. Male Bonding, "Before Its Gone". Sub Pop album Nothing Hurts comes out May 11.

10. Karen Elson, "The Ghost Who Walks". Elson is the supermodel wife of jack white, whose debut album will be released on May 25.

11. Black Keys, "Tighten Up" From the forthcoming Brothers album scheduled for release On May 18.

12. Hold Steady, "Hurricane J" from Heaven is Whenever.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 17: 70's British Punk

The news of Malcolm McLaren's death inspired me to pull out some of my favorite old 70's Brit-punk tunes. Download it here or tune into realpunkradio this Friday at 10 am/pm.

1. Sex Pistols, "Pretty Vacant (Demo)"

2. The Damned, "Help"

3. The Buzzcocks, "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone)"

4. 101'ers, "Key to Your Heart"

5. The Clash, "I'm So Bored With the USA"

6. The Jam, "In the City"

7. Adverts, "One Chord Wonders"

8. X-Ray Specs, "Oh! Bondage Up Yours!"

9. The Slits, "I Heard it Though the Grapevine"

10. Undertones, "Teenage Kicks"

11. Sham 69, "If the Kids Are United"

12. The Stranglers, "(Get a) Grip (On Yourself)"

13. The Only Ones, "Another Girl, Another Planet (Peel Session)"

14. Joe Jackson, "I'm the Man"

15. Ian Dury, "Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll"

16. Sex Pistols, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle"

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 16: Garage Rock

With warmer weather finally here, it's time to get out into the garage for spring cleanup. What better background noise than crunchy, lo-fi guitar rock? Click on the icon to the left of the page, download it here or tune into realpunkradio this Friday at 9 am/pm!

1. The Clash, "Garageland"

2. The Horribly Wrong, "Blood All over Your Body"

3. Young Governor "Summer Girl"

4. Paul Westerberg, "2 Days till Tomorrow"

5. Josh Freese, "Blood On Your Knuckles"

6. Nomads, "Bangkok"

7. Hellacopters, "Gimme Shelter"

8. Supersuckers, "On the Couch"

9. Rocket From the Crypt, "Hippy Hippy Do"

10. Hard Ons, "Girl In the Sweater"

11. Celibate Rifles, "Dancing Barefoot"

12. Dirtbombs, "Tina Louise"

13. The White Stripes, "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"

14. Guided By Voices, "Glad Girls"

15. Replacements, "Kiss Me On the Bus"

16. Fleshtones, "Let's See the Sun"