Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 28: The Return of The Goddess

When I heard the news that the beautiful and talented Goddess had returned to "Ledge-Land" to visit her relatives, I just had to get her to record another show. Unfortunately, her small amazing boy had other plans for the evening, so we had no third mic. We managed without him, however, thanks mainly to Goddess charm and excellent choices in music. 

I'm sure you know the drill by now. You can check out the show by subscribing through iTunes, through The Ledge android app, via realpunkradio this Friday at 9 am/pm central time, or by direct download here.

1. Jonathon Richman, "That Summer Feeling"

2. Beat Rodeo, "Twin Home Towns"

3. New Pornographers, "Twin Cinema"

4. Mission of Burma, "That's When I Reach For My Revolver"

5. The Wrens, "Faster Gun"

6. Translator, "Everywhere That I'm Not"

7. The Call, "Everywhere I Go"

8. The Jesus & Mary Chain, "Head On"

9. The Pixies, "Levitate Me"

10. The La's, "There She Goes"

11. Babyshambles, "There She Goes"

12. Matthew Sweet, "Girlfriend"

13. The Jazz Butcher, "Girlfriend"

14. Violent Femmes, "Gone Daddy Gone"

15. Soul Asylum, "Just Plain Evil"

16. Alex Chilton, "Let Me Get Close to You"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Introducing a New Podcast - Rant a Bit With Scott and Scott

A few weeks ago, Scott Ehrisman cohosted an episode of The Ledge. After the show was completed, we hatched a plan to introduce a political podcast unlike anything that can be heard in the area. Rant a Bit With Scott and Scott is the result of our conversations - completely uncensored, beholden to nobody. We discuss local, state, and national politics in a manner guaranteed to piss off both Republicans and Democrats.

Our show can be found at http://rantabit.mevio.com, or you can download here.  Or search for the show on iTunes.

The Ledge, Episode 27: Covers By Westerberg

Ok, I get it. You're all sick of the Replacements. Well, bear with it for one more episode. Since I started the month of June with an ep of songs covered by the Replacements, and also posted two shows recorded in Minneapolis, it's only fitting that I bookend the month with an episode of covers performed by Mr. Westerberg. Yes, the sound (and performance) quality varies, but it's a fun 90 minutes of goofiness.

I'm sure by now you know the drill to hear the show. Subscribe through iTunes, listen to Realpunkradio this Friday at 9 am/pm central time, or download it at here

1. I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face

2. Mr. Rabbit

3. Make Your Own Kind of Music

4. Daydream Believer

5. Different Drum

6. These Days

7. Souvenirs

8. Live Forever

9. If I Had a Hammer

10. Positively 4th Street

11. Nowhere Man

11. John, I'm Only Dancing

12. Whole Wide World

13. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

14. Rebel Rebel

15. Rock 'n' Roll

16. 49:00 Medley

17. I Think I love You

18. What Kind of Fool Am I?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 26: Director Gorman Bechard


I recently spent almost a full week in Minneapolis, and much of that time was spent following the Color Me Obsessed film crew as they interviewed musicians, DJ's, record store owners, and fans (more on that in a later post). On a rare break in filming during my last day in town, director Gorman Bechard took an hour out of his busy schedule to sit down with The Ledge. Besides picking out the music for the show, Bechard discussed his filmed biography of the Replacements, his fantastic book The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, and the music that has inspired his life and work. My time with Gorman and his crew was a wonderful experience, and I have nothing but appreciation for lettine me feel right at home throughout those hectic days. I'd also like to thank my old friend Matt Mauch for giving us use of his beautiful home for the taping of this episode. As always, you can subscribe to The Ledge through iTunes, listen to it at realpunkradio this Friday at 9 am/pm (central time), or download it at here.

1. The Replacements, "Can't Hardly Wait"

2. The Guess Who, "American Woman"

3. Rod Stewart, "Maggie Mae"

4. Husker Du, "New Day Rising"

5. Archers of Loaf, "Web in Front"

6. Whiskeytown, "Revenge"

7. Wilco, "Via Chicago"

8. Townes Van Zandt, "Waitin' Around to Die"

9. Jonny Polansky, "Evil Scurvy Love"

10. Aubrey Debauchery, "A Love Song For No One"

11. Casey Scott, "7th of November"

12. The Whigs, "Kill Me Carolyn"

13. Alberta Cross, "Old Man Chicago"

14. The Replacements, "If Only You Were Lonely"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Save East Side Dave!



I've been a longtime supporter of satellite radio. I signed up for XM shortly after the service commenced, and due to a few formats that weren't on that platform I added Sirius a year or so later. Yes, the inside of my vehicle is a mess, especially when one of my iPods is added.

For quite some time, I could not have been happier with both of these companies. I'm (obviously) not an easy to person to please when it comes to music, but I was blown away on an almost daily basis by the selection, particularly the tracks aired on the garage band and indie rock channels.

In recent years, though, I haven't been so pleased. Once the two companies merged, the music channels began to be run like terrestrial radio. The punk channel was eliminated, and the playlists seemed to shrink more and more every month.

Yet there was still plenty of material to make the service worthwhile. Between the two formats, I could listen to any baseball, basketball, or football game of my choice. Most of my listening, however, was on one channel.

XM202 is the showcase for the Opie and Anthony Show, which dominated my listening time for the first couple of years. As I tired of their "shock jockery", I found myself drawn to another show on that same channel. The Ron and Fez show featured much of the same uncensored, (at times) uncouth humor of O&A, but combined it with serious discussions of music, movies, religion, and politics.

A good portion of my attraction to the show came from the actions of Dave McDonald, aka East Side Dave. This was a man living a dream. Fans always fantasize about becoming a part of the organization they follow, and Dave did just that. He was an ardent listener, dating back to Ron and Fez's days on New York commercial radio. The show has always had a strong connection with their fans, utilizing live events and the ronfez.net message board to stay in touch. It was through these activities that the show first noticed this goofy, pale-skinned redhead.

In the fall of 2005, Dave's dream became a reality as he was hired to be a producer on the show. At the time, he was one of four producers. During the next couple of years, two of the other producers (Pitzy and Earl Douglas) left the show, but SiriusXM refrained from replacing them. 

Besides having his workload as a producer doubled, Dave also began seeing more and more mic time. Ron obviously recognized some talent, and while all producers are included in the daily broadcast, Dave's segments became more elaborate and took up more and more airtime. His dual role as "The Midnight Rider" may be the greatest radio stunt I've ever heard, and after proposing to my good friend Casey Elan on the air, Ron convinced him to forget about the small, quiet wedding they had planned in favor of a big party broadcast from the Hard Rock Cafe on Times Square.

Throughout the last two years, Dave's presence continued to increase, particularly due to the lesser role of Fez Whatley. Two heart attacks and various personal problems caused Fez to quite often go almost entire shows without speaking, so Ron generally used Dave as his on-air foil. Dave also brought in great segments such as "Board Gossip", which showcased the inane conversations that populated the various message boards that surrounded both Ron & Fez and Opie & Anthony. He continued to create new characters, such as the "Bearded Joker", sportscaster "Guy Guyerson", and even had Tony Soprano's family tattooed on his back after losing an on-air bet.

Why am I telling this story? Despite the fact that his official workload as a producer doubled, along with his growing on-air presence (not to mention his new Saturday evening show with O&A producer Sam Roberts), Dave had never received a raise. Now married with two kids, Dave even moved out of New York into central Jersey to save money. This move caused him to spend almost four hours per day busing to and from the SiriusXM studios.

A few months ago, Dave took his need for a raise to his bosses. After months with no notice, Dave finally set a date where he would have to quit. The day passed with no raise, and now he's out of work. Not only are Dave and his family suffering, but so is the Ron and Fez Show fan base. Fez is still silent for a good portion of the show, and Ron now only has lone producer Pepper Hicks to respond to his babbling.

Angered by how Dave was treated, a number of fans have commenced a "Save ESD" campaign. Besides "twitter bombing" SiriusXM, we have also been sending emails to SiriusXM execs. Please join us. Add "eastsidedave" on twitter, use #savedave, #saveesd, or #davepound as hash tags on twitter, or send an email to jeremy.coleman@siriusxm.com or steve.blatter@siriusxm.com. Please help us out, as Dave's silliness helps keep me sane during my long days at work.  



-- Post From My iPad

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 25: Drinking In Minneapolis

Since I was spending a few days in Minneapolis, I decided to record a couple of episodes while I was up there. On my first night in town, old pal Pat Burns and myself decided to help ourselves to room service booze while we put together this selection of his favorite bands and songs. As usual, you can subscribe via iTunes, or download it at here.

1. The Replacements – Sixteen Blue (Let It Be)

2. Galactic - Love on the Run (Crazyhorse Mongoose)

3. Ryan Adams – Oh My God, Whatever, Etc. (Easy Tiger)

4. Son Volt – Live Free (Trace)

5. Silos – Commodore Peter (self-titled)

6. The Pogues - Sally Maclennane (Rum, Sodomy & the Lash)

7. Flogging Molly - Far Away Boys

8. Green on Red – That’s What Dreams Are Made For (Gas Food Lodging)

9. Bottle Rockets – Wave That Flag (self-titled)

10. Feelies – Higher Ground (It’s Only Life)

11. Soul Asylum – Never Really Been (Made to Be Broken)

12. The Magnolias – Bring It Back (For Rent)

13. Trip Shakespeare – The Slacks (Across the Universe)

14. Bob Mould – Heartbreak a Stranger (Workbook)

15. Mason Jennings – Some Say I’m Not (Boneclouds)

16. Chan Poling/New Standards – Love is The Law (self-titled)

17. The Replacements – Johnny’s Gonna Die (Sorry, Ma)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 24: Replacements as Cover Band

I'll be the first to admit that I've had plans for an all-'mats show ever since I commenced to producing this silly little show. But I didn't want to just do a nice greatest hits program, so I spent the better part of two days going through various live recordings for this compilation of cover songs performed by America's greatest rock 'n' roll band!

Along with the tunes, I have more info on the Color Me Obsessed filming, including details for a "tweetup" this Sunday at the famed CC Club.

You know the drill to hear this little gem. Subscribe to me through iTunes, or download it
here - or tune into realpunkradio.com this Friday at 9 am/pm (central time).

1. Radio Free Europe/More Fun In the New world from The Shit Hits the Fans cassette recorded at The Bowery, Oklahoma City, OK (11/11/84)

2. Hey, Good Lookin' from expanded reissue of Stink

3. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock from expanded reissue of Stink

4. I Will Follow (Kids Don't Follow) from CBGB's in NY (12/9/84)

5. Let It Be (Fuck School) from CBGB's in NY (12/9/84)

6. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (Takin' a Ride) from CBGB's in NY (12/9/84)

7. I'll Be There from Everyone Loves an Egomaniac recorded at CBGB's in NY (10/12/84)

8. Folsom Prison Blues from Moore Theatre in Seattle (7/5/87)

9. Heartbeat, It's a Lovebeat from expanded reissue of Let It Be

10. Temptation Eyes from expanded reissue of Let It Be

11. Hitchin' a Ride from Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ (2/4/86)

12. Nowhere Man from Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ (2/4/86)

13. 20th Century Boy from expanded reissue of Let It Be

14. Gudbuy T'Jane from expanded reissue of Pleased to Meet Me

15. Route 66 from expanded reissue of Pleased to Meet Me

16. Tossin' N' Turnin' from expanded reissue of Pleased to Meet Me

17. Around and Around from Shit Shower and Shave bootleg recorded in Bristol, CT (8/31/89)

18. September Gurls from Shit Shower and Shave bootleg recorded in Bristol, CT (8/31/89)

19. Another Girl, Another Planet from It Ain't Over 'till the Fat Roadies Play recorded at Grant Park in Chicago (7/4/91)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Weather Practitioner Malpractice

I've always had three questions when it comes to local television coverage of weather situations:

1. When did the definition of "storm" change from serious weather to any time there's a possibility of a dark cloud?

2. Is a storm really a storm if there's no weather practitioners to cover it?

3. What exactly did we do before Doppler?

These questions have constantly returned to my head following the events of the past couple of weeks, and I have no doubt I'll continue shaking my head for as long as I'm alive.

You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, all three of our local stations hauled out all of their Lite-Brites, 3D ovals, and other even less impressive toys out of the closets for marathon coverage of potential weather situations that didn't come anywhere near the more populated areas of our state. Anchors on all three stations repeated the same lines over and over and over throughout the evening.

Granted, the stations did luck out as a couple of tornados did cause some damage in the northern portion of the state. Overall, though, they needlessly scared tens of thousands of blue-hairs from Rapid City to Sioux Falls (and beyond). I firmly believe that the only reason they went balls-out was because a). they were fully staffed and b). Saturdays are a network disaster consisting of primarily re-airings of shows from the previous week. There's no way the finale of Lost the next night would have been pre-empted by this silliness.

Two days later, however, our portion of the state did receive some nasty weather. Conditions were awful enough that our local cable signal was cut into by the EAB to warn us that a storm was imminent. I still screamed at my television, though, as the lengthy warning occurred with 24 seconds left in what could have been the climatic game of the Celtics/Magic series.

When the game finally ended, I went to bed just as the weather fired up. Wondering what was actually happening, I turned on my TV to discover that NOBODY was covering this situation other than a small map showing the cloud coverage. I guess 75 mph winds in the state's biggest city isn't enough reason to call in Trobec, Cable, or whatever intern worked the 10 pm duties at KDLT.

The weather crews must also have had the holiday weekend off, as another storm hit the central part of the state this past Saturday. A good friend of mine who lives in the Winner area had just finished mowing her lawn and was about to cook dinner when the clouds rolled in. "(My husband) had just gotten home at this point, and we headed to our basement laundry room for me to clean up from mowing, and him to clean up from a day at the farm. He had showered while I folded some laundry, and then I got in the shower. I had been hearing a steady rumble and roar of thunder, but thought it was just a normal thunderstorm."

An hour later, she was cleaning up broken glass as softball-sized hail broke through her roof, destroyed her vehicles and shattered every window on two sides of her home. "It was as if someone was shooting at the house as I could hear glass shattering everywhere" she told me. "We (had) six inches of hail and water standing in our driveway. The yard looked like it had snowed." A neighbor discovered their bed was now the resting place for one of their windows. (Good thing they weren't...well, you know...when this happened.) Conservative estimates put their damage at $20,000; many neighbors were even higher. "The town is a total mess."

Yet once again there was nothing on our local stations. As the twitter pics and descriptions began rolling in, I went through the channels and could find nothing other than that little corner map that didn't indicate what these towns were going though.

The fact that I obtained better weather coverage via twitter is embarrassing, yet we go through this every summer. We get "worst case scenario" predictions when the entire crew is available, and almost complete indifference the next day. All I ask for is consistency. If you want me to take you seriously, come on the air when it's truly needed...and ONLY when it's warranted. Crying wolf for every dark cloud will cause people to shrug their shoulders whenever you do interrupt programming. Picking and choosing your opportunities seemingly based on staffing results in a lack of confidence. I understand it's a fine line, but few people can argue that so far this summer your track record is suspect.




-- Post From My iPad