Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 32: Covers (Again)

A few days ago, I heard The Jam's version of The Who's "So Sad About Us" on XM's Underground Garage and decided on the spot that the time was right for another covers show. So here's a super-sized episode (almost 2 hours!) of revved-up faves. As usual, you can download this on iTunes, or directly here. Realpunkradio.com will also stream it this Friday at 8 pm central time.

1. The Jam, "So Sad About Us" (The Who) from the Down in the Tube Station at Midnight 7"

2. The Cynics, "Last Time Around" (Del-Vettes) from Rock & Roll

3. Devil Dogs, "Burnin' Love" (Elvis Presley) from Saturday Night Fever

4. Candy Snatchers, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (Ramones) from Pissed Off, Ripped Off, Screwed: The First Two Years

5. Flamin' Groovies, "A Million Miles Away" (Plimsouls) from Replay: Groovies Greatest

6. The Records, "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby (Standing in the Shadows)" (Rolling Stones) from The Records/Shades In Bed split cd

7. Old 97's, "Rocks Off" (Rolling Stones) from live Mimeograph EP

8. Keith Richards/Toots & the Maytals, "Pressure Drop" (Toots & Maytals) from Run Run Rudolph single

9. The Clash, "Police and Thieves" (Junior Murvin) from s/t debut

10. Husker Du, "Eight Miles High" (Byrds) from 7"

11. The Minutemen, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (CCR) from 3-Way Tie (For Last)

12. The Pogues, "Maggie Mae" (Rod Stewart) from Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say Pogue Mahone box set

13. Shane MacGowan & Friends, "I Put a Spell On You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) benefit single (also includes Johnny Depp, Nick Cave, Chrissy Hynde, clash's Mick Jones, Bobby Gillespie from Primal scream, Glen Matlock, etc.

14. Thee Shams, "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" (Bob Dylan) from Please Yourself

15. Minus 5, "Revolution Blues" (Neil Young) from Butcher Covered, available only at live shows

16. Condo Fucks, "This Is Where I Belong" (Kinks) from from Fuck Book (aka Yo La Tengo)

17. Gary Myrick & The Figures, "Who'll Be The Next In Line" (Kinks) from s/t debut

18. Jesus & Mary Chain, "Surfin' USA" (Beach Boys) from Barbed Wire Kisses compilation

19. The Cramps, "Tear It Up" (Little Richard) from Songs the Lord Taught Us

20. The Feelies, "She Said, She Said" (Beatles) bonus track on The Good Earth reissue

21. Son Volt, "Hello, Goodbye" (Beatles) itunes single

22. Drive-By Truckers, "People Who Died" (Jim Carroll Band) from Alabama Ass Whuppin' (Live)

23. Supersuckers, "Piss Up a Rope" (Ween) from Fan Club CD #4 

24. Nada Surf, "Bright Side" (The Soft Pack) from If I Had a Hi-fi

25. Hot Rats, "Queen Bitch" (Bowie) from Turn Ons

26. Superchunk, "In Between Days" (Cure) from The Onion A.V. Club's "Undercover" video series

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rant a Bit, Episode 2

Argus Leader political journalist/columnist Jonathon Ellis joins Scott Erhisman and myself for the second episode of Rant a Bit. If you have a droid phone, you can download it through The Ledge app, or download it here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 31: Gunk Punk


On a whim a few weeks ago, I picked up Eric Davidson's awesome book, We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut 1988-2001. Inspired by the stories of some of the raunchiest, grimy rock and roll of the past 25 years, I compiled 90 minutes of my favorite "gunk punk" treasures. Nab it from iTunes, download it here or listen to realpunkradio this Friday at 8 pm central time. Rock on, my brothers and sisters!


1. Lazy Cowgirls, "D.I.E. In Indiana" from Their Sympathetic Majesties Request

2. The Alarm Clocks, "No Reason to Complain" from Back From the Grave, Volume 1

3. The Novas, "The Crusher" from Back From the Grave, Volume 1

4. Raunch Hands, "Your Fat Friend" from We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut

5. Dwarves, "Throw That Girl Away (alternate take)" from We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut

6. Oblivians, "Memphis Creep" from We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut

7. The Gibson Bros, "Barbara" from Memphis Sol Today!

8. Thee Headcoats, "Hatred, Ridicule, and Contempt" from Their Sympathetic Majesties Request

9. Devil Dogs, "Get On Your Knees" from Their Sympathetic Majesties Request

10. The Cynics, "Baby What's Wrong" from Rock & Roll

11. Cheater Slicks, "There's a Girl" from Don't Like You

12. Dirty Lovers, "Teenage Love Bomb" from 7"

13. The Mummies, "I'm Down" from We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut

14. Country Teasers, "Thank You God For Making Me An Angel" from Satan Is Real Again

15. Nine Pound Hammer, "Folsom Prison Blues" from Smokin' Taters

16. Gas Huffer, "Bad Guy Reaction" from Runnin' On Fumes: The Gearhead Magazine Singles Colleciton

17. Supercharger, "Mystery Action" from Runnin' On Fumes: The Gearhead Magazine Singles Collection

18. Cosmic Psychos, "Some Girls" from Runnin' On Fumes: The Gearhead Magazine Singles Collection

19. The Candy Snatchers, "She Goes Down" from Pissed Off, Ripped Off, Screwed: The First Two Years

20. Teengenerate, "My GTO" from 500 Miles to Glory

21. The Fall-Outs, "Don't Want the Sun" from 500 Miles to Glory

22. Supersuckers, "Caliente" from The Smoke of Hell

23. Rocket From the Crypt, "Born in '69" from Scream, Dracula, Scream!

24. New Bomb Turks, "Up For a Downslide" from Destroy-Oh-boy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 30: SST Records

SST Records was the mainstay of the new release bin of KAUR throughout the 80's, and so many of their releases continue to dominate my ipod time. Along with a few of the mainstays, episode 30 of The Ledge also includes some of the more obscure releases of the legendary label.

Along with the usual methods of listening, including a direct download here, there is one major change that commences with this week's show. My Friday timeslot at realpunkradio has been moved up an hour, starting at 8 pm central time. Join us this week in the chat!

1. Black Flag, "Six Pack"

2. Bad Brains, "Re-Ignition"

3. The Descendents, "I Don't Want to Grow Up"

4. Husker Du, "Pink Turns to Blue"

5. Dinsoaur Jr., "Freak Scene"

6. Meat Puppets, "Lake of Fire"

7. Saccharine Trust, "Belonging to October"

8. Angst, "The Weather's Fine"

9. Redd Kross, "Lovedoll Superstar"

10. Leaving Trains, "Temporal Slut"

11. The Stains, "Get Revenge"

12. Sonic Youth, "Star Power"

13. Opal, "Supernova"

14. Minutemen, "Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing"

15. Firehose, "For the Singer of R.E.M."

16. Get Me High, "Trend Junkies"

17. El Bad, "I Turned Into a Misfit"

18. Black Flag, "Wasted"

19. Camper Van Beethoven, "Wasted"

The Ledge, Episode 30: SST Records

SST Records was the mainstay of the new release bin of KAUR throughout the 80's, and so many of their releases continue to dominate my ipod time. Along with a few of the mainstays, episode 30 of The Ledge also includes some of the more obscure releases of the legendary label.

Along with the usual methods of listening, including a direct download here, there is one major change that commences with this week's show. My Friday timeslot at realpunkradio has been moved up an hour, starting at 8 pm central time. Join us this week in the chat!

1. Black Flag, "Six Pack"

2. Bad Brains, "Re-Ignition"

3. The Descendents, "I Don't Want to Grow Up"

4. Husker Du, "Pink Turns to Blue"

5. Dinsoaur Jr., "Freak Scene"

6. Meat Puppets, "Lake of Fire"

7. Saccharine Trust, "Belonging to October"

8. Angst, "The Weather's Fine"

9. Redd Kross, "Lovedoll Superstar"

10. Leaving Trains, "Temporal Slut"

11. The Stains, "Get Revenge"

12. Sonic Youth, "Star Power"

13. Opal, "Supernova"

14. Minutemen, "Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing"

15. Firehose, "For the Singer of R.E.M."

16. Get Me High, "Trend Junkies"

17. El Bad, "I Turned Into a Misfit"

18. Black Flag, "Wasted"

19. Camper Van Beethoven, "Wasted"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Board Of Ethics Needs Ethics

I’m learning more and more all the time that our city’s Home Rule form of government is a fraud. Or at least how our city’s leaders have elected to enact it isn’t kosher with our state constitution.

Few people with knowledge of the process were really surprised with last month’s court decision that determined that the red light cameras on 10th and Minnesota were illegal. I predict that sometime in the near future we’re also going to see that the city’s code enforcement procedures are also devoid of adequate due process.

Even the work of the City Commission is nothing more than a dog and pony show. For example, sometime later this summer they’ll be voting on Mayor Huether’s city budget. It’s a meaningless task, as the Mayor is not bound to their decision. Questions have already been raised about how he has moved around some funds to pay for summer road repair.

Why hasn’t this issue been raised before? It’s simple really. Former Mayor Munson had the majority of the Commission in his back pocket. Whatever he wanted, De Knudson and her pals delivered. Actually, I should say whatever Munson’s developer buddies wanted, they received.

Not only are the members of the City Commission completely powerless, it has come out that they may be powerless against witch hunts that can be initiated by a small group of people that are not answerable to the public. This issue was brought to light in the days following Huether’s election, as it was discovered that a couple of his supporters in the police department had filed a complaint with the Board of Ethics regarding employee address lists that Staggers had compiled from public records. The police officers erroneously claimed that Staggers had illegally obtained confidential city employee addresses.

While the Board ultimately cleared Staggers of the charges, for the first time the public (and members of the City Commission discovered how this process works. The Board of Ethics is a five-member citizens committee that is appointed by the Mayor, and they have the authority to impose reprimands, suspensions, and even removal from office.

Those charged with violations cannot speak publicly to clear their own name. They’re basically expected to bend over and take whatever the committee decides. Even after the committee has made their decision, the accused is required to remain quiet about the issue. This makes the accused appear guilty, even when the complaint is unfounded.

Clearly, this is not only wrong but idiotic, and Council Kenny Anderson Jr. summed it up best when he recently stated “they serve as the prosecutor and judge at the same time”. Councilors, who privately will admit that they’re afraid of the cost of defending against frivolous charges, want to change the law so that the Board will make recommendations but not have the ultimate say.

Doesn’t this seem reasonable? Everybody needs checks and balances. Then again, our city leaders thrive on not having to answer to the public…or even their city government brethren.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 29: Best of 2010 (So Far)

Ok, 2010 is now just over halfway finished, so I figured it's time to start contemplating what albums have inspired me the most so far this year. Here's a few things that help dispel the notion that there just isn't great music being released these days. Check it out at my mevio site or download it here.

1. The Fall, "Funnel of Love"

2. Alejandro Escovedo, "Anchor"

3. Peter Case, "House Rent Jump"

4. The Whigs, "Kiss Me Carolyne"

5. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, "Ativan Eyes"

6. Hot Hot Heat, "Goddess on the Prairie"

7. The Scruffs, "Ipod Girl"

8. Frightened Rabbit, "Nothing Like You"

9. Dr. Dog, "Shadow People"

10. Pernice Brothers, "Jacqueline Susann"

11. Avi Buffalo, "What's In It For"

12. Hold Steady, "Rock Problems"

13. Gaslight Anthem, "Orphans"

14. Soft Pack, "Answer to Yourself"

15. Spoon, "The Mystery Zone"

16. Eels, "Gone Man"

17. The National, "Anyone's Ghost"

18. Titus Andronicus, "Theme From Cheers"