Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 41: More Random Crap

For the first time in a month, I'm without a co-host...or a real theme for that matter. Instead, I'm just a lonely man sitting in his bedroom surrounded by a computer, CD's, and a microphone. The results are a mishmash of brand new and old tunes that are united only by the fact that they've recently been in my playlist.

I'm sure you all know the drill by now. Subscribe from iTunes, listen via realpunkradio this Friday at 5 pm central, or directly download it here

Here's the playlist:

1. The Baseball Project w/Craig Finn, Don't Call Them Twinkies

2. Bloody Hollies, Tired of Shit from 2006's Fire at Will

3. Tim Armstrong, Into Action from 2007's Poets Life

4. The Jim Jones Revue, High Horse from Burning Your House Down

5. Grinderman, Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man from Grinderman 2

6. Wayne Kramer, Bad Seed from Daytrotter Session

7. Jon Langford, Getting Used to Uselessness from Old Devils

8. Street Dogs, Yesterday from self-titled release

9. No Age, Fever Dreaming from Everything In Between

10. The Thermals, I Don't Believe from Personal Life

11. Deerhunter, Memory Boy from Halcyon Digest

12. Pete Yorn, Velcro Shoes from Pete Yorn

13. The Pixies, Velouria recorded 9/16/10 in Omaha, NE

14. Bob Mould, Celebrated Summer from Live at ATP 2008

15. The Nils, Scratches and Needles from Green Fields in Daylight compilation album

16. Telekinesis, Game of Pricks from Parallel Seismic Conspiracies EP

17. Boston Spaceships, Fly Away (Terry Sez) from Our Cubehouse Still Rocks

18. Two car Garage, Lydia from Sweet Saint Me

19. Velvet Underground, Satellite of Love (Demo) from expanded edition of Loaded

20. Raveonettes, I Wanna Be Adored

21. Charlatans, Love Is Ending from Who We Touch

22. Jenny & Johnny, Committed from I'm Having Fun Now

23. Arcade Fire, Month of May from The Suburbs

24. Bad Religion, Only Rain from The Dissent of Man

25. Alex Chilton/Alan Vega/Ben Vaughn, Fat city from 1996's Cubist Blues

26. Superchunk, Crossed Wires from Majesty Shredding

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 40: Expletives W/The Goddess (Part 2)

The two hours of tunes with dirty words in episode 38 was just not enough to squelch the fury of The Goddess. Thanks to new technology, she somehow returns in episode 40 with over two dozen more songs you're guaranteed to not hear on regular radio. A special thanks much go to our friends on twitter and Facebook for many of the noisier tunes you hear on this extra special show. As always, you can subscribe via iTunes, tune in to this Friday at 5 pm central time, or download it here.

Here's the tracklist:

1. Eric Idle, Fuck the FCC

2. The Buzzcocks, Oh Shit from 1977's Another Music In a Different Kitchen

3. Human Sexual Response, Butt Fuck from 1980's Fig. 15

4. The Cramps, Elvis Fucking Christ from 2003's Fiends of Dope Island

5. Boss Hog, What the Fuck from 1995's S/T

6. The Lemonheads, Fucked Up from 1987's Hate Your Friends

7. Showcase Showdown, Fuck You Norway from 2000's Permanent Stains

8. The Dwarves, Fuck 'em All from 1992's Revolution Come And Gone Sub Pop compilation

9. Nashville Pussy, All Fucked Up from 1998's Let Them Eat Pussy

10. GG Allin, I Wanna Fuck Myself from 2003's Rock 'n' Roll Terrorist

11. Wesley Willis, Fuck You from 1999's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

12. Subhumans, Fuck You from 2008's Death Was Too Kind

13. Smut Peddlers, Fuck You from 2006's The Two Old Ones

14. The Vandals, Fucked Up Girl from 1998's Hitler Bad, Vandals Good

15. Josh Freese, It's Fucked Up from 2009's Since 1972

16. Mclusky, Fuck This Band from 2002's Mclusky Do Dallas

17. Turbonegro, Fuck The World from 2003's Scandinavian Leather

18. PJ Harvey, Who the Fuck from 2004's Uh Huh Her

19. Betty Blowtorch, Shut up and Fuck from 2008's Last Call

20. Rocket City Riot, I Just Wanna Fuck from 2007's We Name the Guilty Men

21. Angy Samoans, You Stupid Asshole from 1980's Inside My Brain EP

22. Anti-Nowhere League, So What from B-side of Streets of London debut single

23. DOA, Fuck You from 1983 Bloodied But Unbowed compilation

24. Dead Milkmen, Life Is Shit from 1993's Beelezebubba

25. Jason Loewensteim, I'm a Shit from 2006's At Sixes and Sevens

26. Frank Turner, Heartless Bastard Motherfucker from 2007's The Real Damage

27. Brian Jonestown Massacre, Fucker from 1996's Take It From the Man

28. Steve Earle, F the CC from 2004's The Revolution Starts Now

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 39: Former Argus Journalist Thom Gabrukiewicz

Many, many months ago, I was shocked to find out that Argus Leader outdoors/conservation journalist Thom Gabrukiewicz was a fan of The Ledge. How could it be possible that a person who writes about huntin’ and fishin’ for a living be a fan of my silly music choices? Hell, he even wears a cowboy hat on his twitter profile pic!

Once I discovered that he indeed was a good member in standing of the Obscure Hipster Music Club, I just had to get him to cohost a show. For the longest time, we discussed making this happen. When Gabrukiewicz resigned from the Argus Leader, though, the deadline for this opportunity made this a giant priority.

Finally, Thom made it into the Paulisded Studios, and we spent two hours listening to music while drinking from the giant Crown Royal bottle that Craig Ellerbroek presented me when he made his Ledge appearance a few weeks ago. Besides music, Thom and I also chatted about his lengthy career in journalism, his various writing projects, and his upcoming move to New York City to pursue his dream as a “real” writer.

Thanks, Thom for a great show, and best of luck in the future. For more information on Mr. Gabrukiewicz, check out his blog at As always, the show can be found at, downloaded directly here  and it will also be streamed at this Friday at 5 pm central time.

Here are the tunes he selected for this episode:

1. The Easybeats, Friday On My Mind

2. Sweet, Ballroom Blitz

3. The Knack, Good Girls Don't

4. The Velvet Underground, Rock and Roll

5. Iggy & the Stooges, Search and Destroy

6. Buzzcocks, Boredom

7. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat

8. The Clash, The Magnificent Seven

9. Elvis Costello, Radio Radio (Live)

10. Stiff Little Fingers, Gotta Gettaway

11. Social Distortion, Backstreet Girl

12. Angry Samoans, Lights Out

13. Black Flag, Slip It In

14. Dinosaur Jr., Over It

15. Dillinger Four, Doublewhiskeycokeonice

16. The Pixies, Bone Machine

17. Liz Phair, Flower

18. Hold Steady, Our Whole Lives

19. Titus Andronicus, A More Perfect Union

20. Replacements, Within Your Reach

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rant a Bit, Episode 3

It's long overdue, but the two Scott's (Hudson and Ehrisman) finally collaborated on episode three of Rant a Bit. This month's topics include the city's budget, the event center, the lack of objectivity in local media, "Trafficgate", medical marijuana, and a new segment that's sure to piss a few people off. Subscribe through iTunes, or download here

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 38: Expletives w/The Goddess (Part 1)

The Goddess was in a surly mood when she arrived at the Paulisded Studio this past weekend. Initially wary of being within six inches of the fuming beauty, I calmed down after she smiled and instructed me to load the playlist with nothing but expletive-heavy tunes. Besides the tunes we selected, our friends on facebook and twitter suggested so many additional tracks that in two weeks there will be a second episode of tunes that will never meet FCC guidelines. As always, this episode can be downloaded through itunes, or here.

Here's the tracklist:

1. Harry Nilsson, You're Breaking My Heart from 1972's Son of Schmilsson

2. Rolling Stones, Star Star from 1973's Goats Head Soup

3. Sex Pistols, Bodies from 1978's Never Mind the Bollocks

4. Pavement, Range Life from 1994's Crooked Rain Crooked Rain

5. The Eels, Old Shit/New Shit from 2005's Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

6. Pernice Brothers, Grudge Fuck from 2006's Live a Little

7. Martha Wainwright, Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole from 2005 EP

8. Supersuckers, Pretty Fucked Up from 2007's Live in Orange County live album

9. Ween, You Fucked Up from 1992's At The Cat's Cradle live album

10. The Kills, Fuck the People from 2003's S/T debut

11. Bikini Kill, I Like Fucking from 1995 Singles compilation

12. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, This Love Is Fucking Right from 2009's S/T debut

13. Liz Phair, Fuck and Run from 1993's Exile in Guyville

14. The Posies, Everybody is a Fucking Liar from 1998's Amazing Disgrace

15. Ben Folds, ROckin' the Suburbs from 2001 Rockin' the Suburbs

16. Babyshambles, Fuck Forever from 2006's Down From Albion

17. Spiderbait, Fucking Awesome from 2004's Tonight Alright

18. Dirty Pretty Things, You Fucking Love It from 2006's Waterloo to Anywhere

19. Lambchop, Your Fucking Sunny Day from 1997's Thriller

20. Big Black, The Model from 1992's Songs About Fucking

21. Girls, Big Bad Mean Motherfucker from 2009's Album

22. Replacements, Fuck School from 1982's Stink EP

23. Dead Kennedys, Too Drunk to Fuck from 1981 single

24. Camper Van Beethoven, No More Bullshit from 1987 ii & iii

25. Elf Power/Vic Chesnutt, Little Fucker from 2008's Dark Developments

26. Superchunk, Slack Motherfucker from 1990's S/T debut

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Mike Watt fills in the spaces for the Stooges -

Great article on my favorite bass player!

Mike Watt fills in the spaces for the Stooges -

Mike Watt banged up a knee while onstage thumping his bass with legendary proto- punk band the Stooges a few weeks back, so, at least for a while, there won't be any kayaking or morning bicycle rides around his beloved San Pedro for the local art-punk champ. But that doesn't mean he's going to stop playing.

"I'm still doing the gigs," he says with a crusty laugh, "I ain't quit, but it's like an ironing board, man. It's totally stiff, and it's just immobilized. But I got more gigs to do. I gotta stay in motion."

That means he'll soon be hopping back in the van to crisscross the country, like he's done countless times since his days with the esteemed L.A. punk trio Minutemen, which formed 30 years ago. In that time, he's gone through four vans: "This one is only a few years old, it's got 248,000 miles … it's a big country."

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One of the hardest-working men in showbiz, Watt is renowned for his slapping bass and wild enthusiasm in many bands both local and national. There's his Material Girl tribute band the Madonnabes, and the original Punk Rock Karaoke with Eric Melvin of NOFX and Greg Hetson of Bad Religion. Watt's been doing some shows recently with former Minutemen drummer George Hurley and recorded three albums with Hurley, Saccharine Trust guitarist Joe Baiza and various lead vocalists under the name Unknown Instructors. Also, there's Hellride, Li'l Pit, Pair of Pliers, the Jom & Terry Show, Crimony, Dos, the Secondmen and Bootstrappers. He's got his Missingmen band going too, as well as a weekly Web radio program, "The Watt From Pedro Show" (, his Hootpage blog and loads of other things — including his third opera.

This summer, the bassist has been occupied with Iggy Pop's revitalized Stooges, with whom Watt has been playing since Coachella in 2003. It's a longer period than Watt's stint with the formative band of his musical life, Minutemen, which "was five years and 11 months." His time spent under Pop's tutelage has been extremely valuable, he says.

"Iggy's a great cat, as a music person, but he actually knows a lot about culture," says Watt. "He's very intelligent. I've learned so much about being a better bass player from that guy. There's these guys that don't operate machines, they have different perspectives of the sound; they're more like conductors, almost like a bridge to the people. So they can help you, especially with bass, because it's kind of mysterious how bass works. It's not just a guitar. It's a weird thing, kinda like grout between the tiles.

"Iggy's songs are so much a part of our scene, they're like the Source," he says with a trace of awe. "I never believed I'd be in that situation."

He's being typically modest. Says former SST Records labelmate Henry Rollins, "Mike is the only living bass player I know who could be in the Stooges. To hit that pocket the way they do, they needed a bass player who understands what makes it work, and that's Mike Watt."

Watt likes being the grout, he'll tell you over and over. It's an idea he got from his late Minutemen bandmate D. Boon, who died in a van crash in 1985.

"A lotta my stuff comes from playing with D. Boon. Boon was all for pushing the bass out, in a more egalitarian thing. It was more like political ideas in a band, the way he'd pull back on his guitar. And that's where a lot of my style, whatever, comes from. But all bands are not like the Minutemen."

"If you ever see Watt play or listen to his records," says longtime Watt collaborator guitarist Nels Cline, "you notice that he always brings every ounce of his being to all that he does. The Minutemen were the beginning of my personal involvement in what could be called the punk scene in L.A., which was a scene — at least in the initial stages — that as a jazz-type dude I thought had little to do with me. But upon seeing the Minutemen, I realized that it had a lot to do with me, because of the vastness of their music, the originality of how they expressed themselves."

The amiable, gregarious Watt is a beloved and valuable figure on the L.A. scene who can always be counted on to push his music forward. His recent recording project Floored by Four released its debut full length on Sean Lennon's Chimera label. It was made in New York with a quartet also featuring guitarist Cline (best known these days for his work in Wilco), ex-Cibo Matto keyboardist Yuka Honda and drummer Dougie Bowne. The result is risk-taking, spontaneous and thought-provoking electric music — that's also a lot of fun to listen to.

In crafting the album, Watt played or sang each player a very basic bass part to improvise around and sat back to be the glue as each worked his or her magic.

"Writing songs on bass is pretty weird," he says, "but I kinda like it because it leaves a lot of room for other people. And I'm playing the bass and saying, well, what do you wanna do? If you've got all these years of improvisation and stuff — like us four, you can just jump on it."

Floored by Four is one of many projects on Watt's plate. He has the freedom to stay busy but likes even more the opportunity to keep growing, however far it may take him from his "punk" roots. He's got another three albums recorded with Cline coming out; a project with a Canadian artist he's never met (they exchanged files over the Internet); another album with his longstanding Missingmen crew; more work with Unknown Instructors. At his count, there's a total of about "13 to 14" items in the pipeline.

Watt's most crucial current "proj," as he calls them, is his third punk opera, to be titled "Hyphenated-Man." The follow-up to 1997's "Contemplating the Engine Room" and 2004's "The Secondman's Middle Stand," it was recorded in Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone's New York studio with Watt's Missingmen crew (former Slovenly guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales), and it too is all about establishing a new freedom in the way music called rock might be shaped and what its sources of inspiration might be.

Inspired by the Minutemen's oft-brief tunes, many of which clocked in at under a minute, as well as by painter Hieronymous Bosch, Watt is creating "Hyphenated-Man" out of 30 little songs that, combined, will reveal a broader whole. The idea is similar to, he says, the life he's been living, or hopes for. He wrote it all on D. Boon's Telecaster.

"This third opera is different from the other two," he says. "The first one had a sad ending, the second one a happy ending. This one, there's no ending. It's all middle." The theme is suggestive of its author, who, at 52, is a middle-aged man, still doing what he does and looking to glimpse an overview on what it all's about.

"'Hyphenated-Man' is a voyage into the middle, without being all sappy about it. You played the game, but still you confront yourself: What is 'Man'? In middle age you start asking yourself these questions, and it's not like you've gotta figure it out. But you're more open. There's more questions than answers."

Meanwhile, Watt keeps pushing forward with the same drive and determination that mark his best basslines.

"The recorded work is real important to me, because I've never had children, and they're still gonna be here when I'm gone," he says. "All my focus lately has been in trying to get all these things done, and out, and fighting for trippy places to put my bass, situations where I'm not just stuck in the 'I Love Lucy' rerun."

Mike Watt's got a legacy to uphold, of relevant, progressive and utterly smoking music.

"I've gotta keep going. D. Boon would want me to keep going. Keep the child's eye wandering, I've been told. Be excited about things, just fire it up. Go for it. And don't make it more complicated than that."

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Soft Boys reissuing ‘Underwater Moonlight,’ ‘A Can of Bees’ on CD, audiophile vinyl | slicing up eyeballs // 80s alternative music, college rock, indie

Soft Boys reissuing ‘Underwater Moonlight,’ ‘A Can of Bees’ on CD, audiophile vinyl | slicing up eyeballs // 80s alternative music, college rock, indie

The first two albums by Robyn Hitchcock’s late-’70s/early-’80s neo-psychedelic band The Soft Boys — 1979’s A Can of Bees and 1980’s classic Underwater Moonlight — will be reissued in stripped-down CD and audiophile vinyl editions that come with new download-only bonus tracks.
Both reissues are due out Oct. 19 on CD and 180-gram vinyl, and each will feature just the original album on the physical release, plus promo codes to download the full albums plus the all of the bonus tracks digitally, Yep Roc Records announced today.
The Soft Boys’ 11-track debut, A Can of Bees, is long out of print, and has not been reissued on CD since 1992 (a “new” copy of that disc currently is priced at $209 in’s marketplace) — and never has been reissued on vinyl. The reissue will be accompanied by eight bonus tracks, and they’re entirely different from the extra material on the ‘92 Rykodisc reissue (see full tracklists below).
As for Underwater Moonlight, the band’s sophomore album was reissued in a 2CD set in 2001. This new release includes the original 10-track album on CD and vinyl, plus 30 download-only bonus tracks, four of which were not on the 2001 reissue: “Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole,” “Empty Girl,” “Have a Heart Betty (Mark 2)” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Toilet (Mark 2).”

The Ledge: Episode 37: Second Acts

A band breaking up or taking a hiatus doesn't necessarily mean the creative juices have dried up. Episode 37 of The Ledge compiles some highlights of solo albums and side projects. Sometimes, the results outshine the original band. In other cases, previously ignored band members emerge as million-selling artists. Episode 37 of The Ledge compiles some of these treasures. Download it from iTunes, or directly here. will also stream it this Friday night at 8 pm CST.

1. The Breeders, Doe from 1992's Pod

2. The Martinis, You Are the One from 2004's Smitten

3. Frank Black, Seven Fingers

4. Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon, Love Me, I'm Liberal from 1994's Prairie Home Invasion

5. P.I.L., Public Image from 1978's First Issue

6. Joey Ramone, Don't Worry About Me from 2002's Don't Worry About Me

7. Shane MacGowan, That Woman's Got Me Drinking from 1995's Snake

8. John Doe, Hotel Ghost from 2007's A Year In the Wilderness

9. Cracker, Don't Fuck Me Up (With Peace and Understanding) from 1992's S/T debut

10. Chris Mars, Popular Creeps from 1992's Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

11. Slim Dunlap, Radio Hook Word Hit from 1996's Times Like This

12. Perfect, Alternative Monkey from 1996's When Squirrels Play Chicken

13. Paul Westerberg, World Class Fad from 1993's 14 Songs

14. Sugar, Helpless from 1992's Copper Blue

15. Grant Hart, 2541 from 1990's Intolerance

16. Sebadoh, Magnet's Coil from 1994's Bakesale

17. Robert Pollard, Motion Sickness Ghosts from 2007's Standard Gargoyle Decisions

18. Joe Strummer, Coma Girl from 2003's Streetcore

19. Big Audio Dynamite, The Bottom Line from 1985's This Is Big Audio Dynamite

20. Chuck Prophet, Freckle Song from 2007's Soap and Water

21. Steve Wynn, Amphetamine from 2004's Static Transmission

22. Hot Snakes, Audit in Progress from 2004's Audit in Progress

23. The Night Marchers, Jump In the Fire from 2008's See You In Magic

24. Kevin Seconds, Slights and Snickers from 2010's Good Luck Buttons

25. Mike Ness, Misery Loves Company from 1999's Cheating at Solitaire

26. Wilco, Outtasite (Outta Mind) from 1996's Being There

27. Son Volt, Route from 1995's Trace

28. Tim Armstrong, Hold On from 2007's Poets Life