Sunday, May 30, 2010

Color Me Obsessed Filming/Tweetup

It's probably no surprise that I would be a member of a message board that obsesses over everything evolving around Paul Westerberg and the Replacements. I've been a member of "Man Without Ties" for close to a decade, and it was during one of my daily checks of the board that I saw this message earlier this year:

"OK…here's the deal. A movie called COLOR ME OBSESSED was being made by Hansi Oppenheimer about the rabid fans of The Replacements. Things happened, and that film has fallen into my lap… 

Who am I? My name is Gorman Bechard. I've written 5 novels, including THE SECOND GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD in which God's Daughter proclaims her love for the Mats, sending their CDs to the top of the charts, and having them fill Giant's Stadium. Oh, and she even has a discreet affair with one of the band members. Most recently I've directed the award-winning indie feature YOU ARE ALONE. My new feature is another indie, FRIEND (WITH BENEFITS), that's just being submitted to film festivals now. And yes, I am a rabid Replacements fan. 
Pretty much everything you need to know about me is on one of these sites: 
Why am I posting here on Craigslist? Well…I want to shoot a LOT more footage for COLOR ME OBSESSED. I want it to be feature length. I want it to tell the story of the greatest rock band of all time solely through the words of their fans and peers. 
I'm looking for people to sit down in front of the camera with me for thirty minutes, an hour, however long it'll take, and tell me their Replacements stories. Especially people who knew the band, saw the band, played on the same bill as the band, drank with the band, lived next door, anything and everything…WITH the band members. You get the picture. (You can love them…be indifferent…even hate them.) 
And what better place to start than Minneapolis? 
I'm planning to come out there in May, and am just now starting to make a list of whom I should speak with. This is my first posting. 
So if you're interested in being a part of this documentary, drop me an email: 
Talk with me on camera. Or suggest someone who should (please have their contact info). Be a part of what could be (will be!) a very cool film about The Replacements. 
Thank you!"

As you may imagine, I was more than intrigued, and after checking out the movie's website, I discovered that I could indeed become involved. Later this week, I'm heading up to Minneapolis to not only tell my story (no spoilers as to what I'm going to talk about), but to assist Gorman and his crew in any possible way.

If anybody reading this (or any friends/relatives) is going to be in Minneapolis on Sunday, June 6, you can be a part of the fun. We're having a filmed "tweetup" at the CC Club (2600 S. Lyndale Ave.) at 10 am, and I'd love to see a few familiar faces. No, you don't have to actually be a twitter user to be a part of this event. Come have a drink or three and completely geek out with other 'mats fans. I've even buying a round!

Why the CC Club? Besides the fact that it's a charming blue-collar neighborhood bar, it was also one of the major hangouts for Minneapolis musicians in the 80's and 90's. It's also across the street from the former Oar Folkjokeopus Records (now Treehouse Records), where Paul slipped future manager Peter Jesperson the demo tape that initiated the band's legendary career, and is just a few blocks from their old record label's home (Twin Tone Records) and the infamous house that's seen on the cover of Let It Be.

The recently updated website has more info on the project, including some interview clips. Filming has already commenced in New York and Boston, and the crew will be headed to Chicago, Phoenix, and Los Angeles in the coming months. If you have any questions about the tweetup or filming, shoot me an email at, or contact

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 23: New York City

The Ledge heads to the Big Apple for this 90 minute set of fabulous New York City rock, punk, and indie rock. Subscribe through iTunes, listen on Friday at 9 am/pm at realpunkradio or download at here

1. John Lennon, "New York City"

2. Velvet Underground, "What Goes On (Closet Mix)"

3. Lou Reed, "Perfect Day (Acoustic Demo)"

4. New York Dolls, "Personality Crisis"

5. Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, "Born To Lose"

6. Ramones, "Chinese Rocks"

7. Joey Ramone, "Maria Bartiromo"

8. Television, "See No Evil"

9. Richard Hell, "Love comes in Spurts"

10. Dead Boys, "Sonic Reducer"

11. Dictators, "Two Tub Man"

12. Fleshtones, "Right Side of a Good Thing"

13. Sonic Youth, "Star Power (Acoustic 09 Version)"

14. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Bell Bottoms"

15. Pussy Galore, "Rocks Off"

16. The Strokes, "Last Night"

17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Maps"

18. Jesse Malin, "In the Modern World"

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 22: Guest Cohost

Local loud-mouth (and that's a compliment) Scott Ehrisman visits The Ledge studios this week, bringing along an interesting mix of rock, blues, jazz, and other intriguing genres. Download the show here or tune into this Friday at 9 am or 9 pm. For more info on Ehrisman, check out his blog at

1. MC5, "Sister Anne"

2. Hank Williams, "Long Gone Lonesome Blues"

3. Howlin' Wolf, "Smokestack Lightnin'"

4. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, "I Put a Spell On You"

5. Tom Waits, "Eggs and Sausage"

6. Leonard Cohen, "I'm Your Man"

7. Nina Simone, "Sinner Man"

8. Patti Smith, "Free Money"

9. The Clash, "Lost in the Supermarket"

10. Whiskeytown, "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart"

11. Robbie Fulks, "Let's Live Together"

12. Charles Mingus, "Group Dancers"

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Ledge Exile on Main Street Special

Since I had nothing to do today, and due to being so pleased to obtain the May 18 reissue of my favorite album of all time, I quickly put together this 90 minute overview of Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones. Besides tracks from the original album and bonus tracks found on the reissue, I also utilized some of my favorite unreleased bootleg tunes. As usual, you can get it off iTunes or download it at here.

1. Rocks Off (Live)

2, Sweet Virginia

3. Loving Cup

4. Torn and Frayed

5. Travelin' Man

6. Shake Your Hips

7. I'm Going Down

8. Happy

9. Soul Survivor

10. Pass the Wine

11. So Divine

12. Good Time Woman

13. All Down the Line (mono 45 version)

14. Get a Line On You

15. Shine a Light

16. Rip This Joint

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 21: Australia

This week, I head way, way down south to sample some classic Aussie punk, indie, and even a prime slice of metal. Download it to your droid with The Ledge app, stream it on this Friday at 9 am/pm central time, or download it at here.

1. Hoodoo Gurus, "I Want You Back"

2. The Victims, "Television Addict"

3. Lime Spiders, "Slave Girl"

4. The Saints, "River Deep, Mountain High"

5. Radio Birdman, "New Race"

6. The Scientists, "Swampland"

7. The Screaming Tribesman, "Ice"

8. Boys Next Door, "Sex Crimes"

9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, "The Mercy Seat"

10. The Church, "The Unguarded Moment"

11. INXS, "Don't Change"

12. Paul Kelly & The Messengers, "Before the Old Man Died"

13. Died Pretty, "Stoneage Cinderella"

14. Someloves, "Don't Talk About Us"

15. Mental As Anything "(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet"

16. Angel City, "Can't Shake It"

17. The Casanovas, "California"

18. You Am I, "White and Lazy"

19. Tim Rogers, "Here Comes a Regular"

20. The Go-Betweens, "Caroline and I"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dave and De to Pierre? Please!

For the first time ever, I really wish I could vote in next month's primaries. Because I refuse to recognize either the Democrats or Republicans as organizations worthy of anything but scorn, I never will be able to participate in these normally worthless charades.

But goddamn, I wish I could enter the voting booth next month to cast my vote for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Knudson. Not that I find him a worthy candidate. Well, I guess he's not so bad, and anything is better than the organized family syndicate that has enriched the Rounds family coffers the past eight years.

Trust me, it's certainly not his ad campaign that has won me over. In fact, the Mr. Fixit series of commercials is beyond embarrassing. Which ever marketing company conceived these idiotic, non-humorous spots should be fired immediately. Having said that, though, they are a minor step above Dennis Daugaard's sleep-inducing family history promos.

My main reason for wanting to support Knudson is simply because I can finally cry victory in one of my main goals of the last few years. Yes, I'm being selfish here, but I can almost grasp the gratification that would come if everything plays out as I desire.

It's very simple - a vote for Dave means a vote to rid our city of De. That sentence almost has a hint of poetry to it. I know it's going to be my mantra for the next few weeks.

Ok, granted that De's finished as a City Councilor (thank god!), and it's unlikely that she'll ever run for political office again. That's not enough for me, though. We really need to get her off of the potholed streets that she helped create. Let Pierre have that Moe Howard haircut for a few years.

I must warn the voters, though, that she's not going to go quietly. She certainly didn't leave City Hall without one last blast of idiocy (along with a final, unpublicized "no" vote). In last Sunday's daily paper, Ms Knudson was asked to contribute some words of wisdom for the newly elected Mayor and City Council members. Of course, they were as self-serving as anything she's ever done, and really highlighted just why she was a waste of a space on the Council:

1. Be yourself.

2. Answer constituents’ e-mails and phone calls immediately.

3. Work closely with the mayor’s office to actually get things done.

4. Know that you can contact the mayor and every department director when you need answers to anything.

5. Continue to enhance the collaborative efforts among the Minnehaha and Lincoln County commissioners.

6. Remember that you are just a part-time city councilor and not more than that.

7. Laugh once in a while at yourself.

8. Watch lots of Channel 16.

9. Keep a scrapbook or files on every imaginable topic from the very beginning.

10. Work hard to move the city forward.

11. Get to know the new legislators and try once again to convince them to allow cities to vote on an optional one penny sales tax for badly needed projects across the state.

12. Be honest.

13. Be a team player.

14. Avoid showboating.

15. Spend taxpayers’ money wisely.

16. Remember those who are not as fortunate as you are.

17. Find time for quality time with your families during these four years.

18. Learn as much as you can about this great city.

19. Enjoy the great diversity of topics you will handle.

20. Remember that I will be watching you closely and wishing you the best always.

A couple of comments on this drivel. She certainly believed in point #3, as she absolutely never went against her beloved Mayor McMushmouth. I also think there was a typo in point #8, as she was known for watching lots of TV while on the council but I don't think CNN is on channel 16.

The real doozy, though, is point #11. Despite the public opinion polls, and the quick yet stunning defeat in Pierre, she still is determined to get our city's sales tax raised. This is especially humorous when her husband's main platform for running for Governor is that he's going to cut taxes and reduce spending.

Fine folks of Pierre, you can have Ms Knudson. In fact, I beg you to take her off our hands for as long as possible. One word of warning, however. She does like to jog in a sports bra. Trust me, you're going to want to avert your eyes if she comes running your way.

-- Post From My iPad

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 20: Americana

For the 20th episode of The Ledge, we head to the backwoods area of Georgia, California, Missouri, Tennessee, and even Canada to compile 90 minutes of jangly, twangy goodness. Call it whatever you want - cow-punk, Americana, alt-country, but it's all closer to the memories of Hank and Johnny than anything you'll hear on those godawful modern country stations.

Download it here or tune into realpunkradio at 9 am or pm on Friday. Or download The Ledge app in the Android Market!

1. The Knitters, "The New World"

2. Jason & the Scorchers, "Lost Highway"

3. Long Ryders, "Looking For Lewis & Clark"

4. Green on Red, "Keep On Moving"

5. Blue Rodeo, "Til I Am Myself Again"

6. R.E.M., "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville"

7. Camper Van Beethoven, "Wasted"

8. The Sidewinders, "We Don't Do That Anymore"

9. The Jayhawks, "Martin's Song"

10. Uncle Tupelo, "Gun"

11. Wilco, "Passenger Side"

12. Son Volt, "Route"

13. Bottle Rockets, "Indianapolis"

14. Whiskeytown, "Drank Like a River"

15. Ryan Adams, "Come Pick Me Up"

15. Supersuckers, "Roadworn and Weary"

16. Ween, "Piss Up a Rope"

17. Drive-By Truckers, "Birthday Boy"

18. Lucero, "The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo"

19. Bob Mould & Vic Chesnutt, "Hickory Wind"

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Fringe Players

What's the biggest problem facing our country right now? Health care? Terrorism? The economy? Oil spills? The return of Brett Favre?

The answer is none of the above. What is most damaging our nation these days is something that's been a part of our culture for decades, if not centuries, but has been severely ramped up in recent months as almost all of our mass media is infatuated with insane attention whores playing ludicrous multi-act arcs straight out of Vince McMahon's playbook of heels versus faces.

I'm talking, of course, about the dumbing down of political discourse in our nation, and the rise in importance of fringe actors on both sides of the spectrum who fall further and further away from representing their constituents.

If we're to believe what we hear, read, and see, our nation is greatly divided between "fascist socialists" who want to dissolve democracy and mentally-challenged racists who don't believe in any public spending (unless they can somehow benefit from it, of course). Supposedly, every American fits into one of those categories, and anybody who doesn't believe as your group preaches should be immediately shunned, imprisoned, or deported.

This is complete bullshit. Not only is neither party the sole owner of the path to future prosperity, there really is very little difference between the two parties. They're both beholden to the big corporations that fund their campaigns, and both have done little to nothing to help the very people they serve.

Yet the far fringes of both of these parties feel empowered, and more and more candidates are doing anything they can to align themselves with these nut jobs. The latest is House of Representatives candidate Kristi Noem, and I almost spit out my dinner when I first saw this campagn ad:

Did you catch the key words there? "Washington is attacking our freedoms." "South Dakota's voice is not being heard in the House." Not to mention attempting to warm our hearts with her tale of returning to the state to run her parent's (partially taxpayer-funded) farm.

This is the silly kind of rhetoric we've heard for ever and ever, and we're hearing more and more all the time. It would be easy to tear apart each of these statements, particularly since it was her party in the previous administration that actually did dismantle a good portion of the Bill of Rights with the Patriot Act, but it all boils down to the fact that she's a part of that side's collection of morons who feel that it should be mandated that every single citizen believes what she believes, and dissent is not allowed. Kind of goes against her babbling about "freedom".

We hear all the time that various states are blue or red, but those classifications are meaningless as all political viewpoints are present in any state. Sure, the Republicans outnumber the Democrats in South Dakota, but not by the numbers we're led to believe. In fact, more and more people don't belong to any party. Why would they? Who really does speak for the complex beliefs of the vast majority of individuals who just want to live a happy, peaceful life?

Every year we hear the moaning and groaning about dropping voter percentages in both local and national races, but I guarantee the vast majority of those folks stopped voting simply because there aren't any candidates that speak to them. Kristi Noem's commercial is a perfect example of speaking to the fringes and forgetting the common person.

For those sitting back and venting anger at my so-called "liberal" babbling, I can guarantee that I'll have a similar complaint once her "socialist" opponent commences her media blitzkrieg later this summer. And I'll do the same for the vast majority of politicians who run for office this year...particularly if their campaign plan is to appease the lunatic fringe.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Ledge Special May Music Preview

It was a boring Sunday afternoon, so I decided to go through my lengthy folder of pre-release music to compile this special show. Click on the iTunes link on the left side of this blog, or download it at here

I also now have t-shirts and stickers, as you can see by the picture of the lovely Goddess. If you're interested in obtaining one, send me an email with your choice of size and color (red or black), along with your address, to

1. The Dead Weather, "Bare Blood Blues"

2. Sweetapple, "I've Got a Feeling (That Won't Change)"

3. The Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang"

4. Let's Wrestle, "We Are the Men You'll Grow to Love"

5. Male Bonding, "All Things This Way"

6. Blitzen Trapper, "Laughing Lover"

7. Band of Horses, "Compliments"

8. Hold Steady, "Heaven is Whenever"

9. The National, "Anyone's Ghost"

10. The Black Keys, "Next Girl"

11. LCD Soundsystem, "Drunk Girls"

12. The New Pornographers, "Silver Jenny Dollar"

13. Broken Social Scene, "Texico Bitches"

14. Paul Weller, "Wake Up the Nation"