Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 58: 2011 Preview

Whew! This episode was a disaster in the making. In fact, there were two disasters during its creation. The first occurred with only a few minutes left in the recording session. Not noticing that the two sections of the power cord were somehow unattached, the computer suddenly shut down in the middle of a song. Ok, no big deal. I just powered the machine back up, and recorded a second part to edit together with the first section.

Unfortunately, there was another problem. These shows are recorded as a wave file straight from a mixing board to an iPod. Somehow the iPod's settings were changed to low quality...which is a much lower bit rate and in mono. Not only did it sound like shit, but my laptop's mixing software wouldn't allow me to insert the interrupted song.

Surgical procedures on the recording were obviously needed. I had to take the original mono recordings, and cut out and save my between-songs banter. The songs were then reinserted before and after my babbling. For the most part, the cuts are seamless, but those with good ears will hear a couple of bad edits.

Was this show worth all this work? Yes!!! 2011 is shaping up to be a great year in music, and this episode highlights not only some of the great releases that has already come out but also samples from upcoming albums. Do yourself a favor and download it now  here. This show won't be streamed at, though, as this Friday at 5 pm I'll be putting on another LIVE LEDGE!

Here's the setlist:

1. The Twilight Singers, Last Night In Town from Dynamite Steps (available 2/15)

2. The Feelies, Should Be Gone from Here Before (available 4/12)

3. Social Distortion, Gimme the sweet and Lowdown from Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

4. The Get Up Kids, Tithe from There Are Rules

5. Robert Pollard, Touch Me In the Right Place at the Right Time from Space City Kicks

6. Lifeguards, Paradise Is Not So Bad from Waving at the Astronauts (available 2/15)

7. Cloud Nothings, Should Have from Cloud Nothings

8. Yuck, Get Away from Yuck (available 2/15)

9. Switch Blade Justice, Punk Rock Show from Killing the Record Industry, Vol. 1 (available now at

10. Pig Pen, Mattress Back from Killing the Record Industry, Vol. 1 (available now at

11. The Mahones, Ghost of a Whiskey Devil from The Black Irish (available 3/8)

12. Flogging Molly, Don't Shut from upcoming album to be released on 5/24

13. Wanda Jackson, Thunder on the Mountain from Wanda Jackson

14. The Joy Formidale, The Magnifying from The Big Roar (available 2/1)

15. Telekensis, Please Ask For Help from 12 Desperate Straight Lines (available 2/15)

16. Hands and Knees, Close Your Eyes from Wholesome (available now at

17. R.E.M. It Happened Today from Collapse Into Now (available 3/8)

18. R.E.M., Mine Smell Like Honey from Collapse Into Now (available 3/8)

19. The Decemberists, Down By the Water from The King Is Dead

20. David Lowery, All Those Girls Meant Nothing to Me from The Palace Guards (available 2/1)

21. J. Mascis, Not Enough from Several Shades of Why (available 3/15)

22. Jayhawks, Won't Be Coming Home (Demo) from Tomorrow the Green Grass

23. Jayhawks, Leave No Cold from Hollywood Town Hall

24. The Dirtbombs, Alleys Of Your Mind from Party Store (available 2/1)

25. LCD Soundsystem, Drunk Girls from London Sessions

26. Wire, Two Minutes from Red Barked Tree

27. British Sea Power, Stunde Null from Valhalla Dancehall

28. Drive-By Truckers, I Do Believe from Go Go Boots (available 2/15)

The Great Atomic Power---Louvin Brothers

R.I.P. Charlie Louvin - one of the underrated greats.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Live Ledge Friday at 5!

Barring some equipment malfunction (which has been known to happen lately), a live version of The Ledge is scheduled to air on realpunkradio on Friday, January 21 at 5 pm central. Join us in the chat!

Edit: The show went well (I think). Judge for yourself by downloading it here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 57: Winter Songs

I'm generally not one to complain about the weather. I know I'm going to sweat like a pig in the summer, and freeze my ass off in the winter. That's the way it is, and I don't need some silly Dirk Doppler 50,000 to tell me so.

These past few days, though, have been almost unbearable, and it's not helped by the fact that the heater doesn't work in Jenna the Jeep. It works well enough that I can be somewhat comfortable when it's in the 20's, but this plus or minus single digit BS is just too much for poor Jenna.

The only positive aspect of this situation is that it provided me with inspiration for this week's show. I've spent a couple of freezing evenings looking through the library for songs that represent this time of year. Some are obvious classics; others are the typical obscurities you're used to with my silly show.

The drill to hear this show is a bit different than usual. Yes, you can still subscribe through iTunes, or directly download it here.

Barring some technical difficulties, however, this week's show will NOT be streamed at realpunkradio this Friday at 5 pm central time. Instead, I will be broadcasting LIVE!!! Yes, I realize that my Tuesday experiment was a complete FAILDOZER, but I'm confident that the technical problems will have been fixed by Friday night. Please come listen to the LIVE LEDGE show this Friday, and join us in the chat!

Here's the setlist for the Winter Show:

1. Bob Dylan, Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)

2. The Decemberists, January Hymn

3. Crooked Fingers, Shelly's Winter Love

4. Beck, Cold Brains

5. Galaxie 500, Cold Night

6. Pixies, Winterlong

7. The Ocean Blue, Frigid Winter Days

8. Husker Du, Ice Cold Ice

9. Grant Hart, In a Cold House

10. Paul Kelly, Winter Coat

11. Peter Case, It's Cold Inside

12. Ben Weaver, White Snow

13. Mark Eitzel, Stunned & Frozen

14. White Stripes, In the Cold Cold Night

15. Brendan Benson, Cold Hands (Warm Heart)

16. Willie Nile, She's So Cold

17. Rolling Stones, She's So Cold

18. Rolling Stones, Winter

19. Dumptruck, Winter

20. The Who, Early Morning Cold Taxi

21. Tripwires, Flowers of Winter

22. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cold Light

23. Fleshtones, Cold Cold Shoes

24. Apples In Stereo, Winter Must Be Cold

25. Black Lips, Cold Hands

26. Superchunk, Winter Games

27. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Cold Winter

28. Captain Beefheart, Steal Softly Thru Snow

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Oh Chuck!

To be fair, this is only a misdemeanor charge...hardly worth the 90 second inflammatory KELO story.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 56: 1981

Let's get the jokes out of the way. Yes, I'm an old man. Old enough that it's been 30 years since I graduated from high school...and 30 years since I started doing radio shows at KAUR.

This week's episode celebrates that anniversary with music from 1981. The vast majority of the selections come from releases that were discovered in the massive library at that radio station, but also included are also bands, albums, and songs from that year that has been discovered since then. Besides some mainstream alt-rock hits, the year also was noteworthy for the rise of American hardcore and independent record labels.

You know the drill by now. One can hear the show by subscribing at iTunes, or by tuning into realpunkradio this Friday at 5 pm central time. A direct download can also be found here.

Here's the tunes:

1. R.E.M., Gardening at Night

2. The Church, The Unguarded Moment

3. The Psychedelic Furs, I wanna Sleep With You

4. Squeeze, In Quintessence

5. Elvis Costello (with Glen Tilbrook) - From a Whisper to a Scream

6. Elvis Costello, Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down

7. Dave Edmunds, Almost Saturday Night

8. The Blasters, Marie Marie

9  The Plimsouls, Hush Hush

10. db's, Bad Reputation

11. The Vertebrats, Hang On To Your Man

12. The Vertebrats, Diamonds in the Rough

13. The Suburbs, Cigarette in Backwards

14. The Fleshtones, Right Side of a Good Thing

15. The Cramps, New Kind of Kick

16. Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Come On Little Mama

17. The Replacements, Something to Du

18. Husker Du, Data Control

19. The Ramones, THe KKK Took My Baby Away

20. X, White Girl

21. Gun Club, Sex Beat

22. Redd Kross, Linda Blair

23. Flesh Eaters, See You in the Boneyard

24. Flipper, Sex Bomb

25. Agent Orange, Everything Turns Grey

26. Dead Kennedys, Dog Bite

27. Saccharine Trust, Community Lie

28. Black Flag, Six Pack

29. The Adolescents, L.A. Girl

30. Government Issue, Religious Ripoff

31. Minor Threat, Stepping Stone

32. TSOL, Abolish the Government/Silent Majority

33. The Exploited, I Believe in Anarchy

34. Crass, Bata Motel

35. The Wipers, Born With a Curse

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 55: Debuts

Along with most people, I spent the first day of the new year lying around my house doing nothing but napping. Unlike most people, though, I was consumed with thoughts about my first show of the new year. A new release show? Nah, as not enough material has leaked to fill two hours. Shows devoted to the years 1986, 1981, 1976, or 1971? That's way too much work for the first week of the year.

I ultimately decided on an easy theme for this show - since it's the debut episode for the year, why not a show of nothing but debut releases? Since everybody has a first release, I could do a whole month with this theme. (Hey, that's not a bad idea.) The rules for this show are pretty vague - not everything is truly a first release. Some selections are the first single; others come from the first EP or full-length album. Many tunes are known to be classics; others don't even really hint at future acclaim. It's my show, after all. I can play whatever the hell I want! :)

Now that you know what you're getting into, it's time to listen. Subscribe via iTunes, tune into realpunkradio this Friday at 5 pm central, or directly download it here.

Here's the setlist:

1. Rolling Stones, Come On

2. The Who, Out In the Street

3. The Kinks, Long Tall Shorty

4. Velvet Underground, I'm Waiting For the Man

5. Lou Reed, I Can't Stand It

6. New York Dolls, Personality Crisis

7. The Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer

8. The Batusis, Bury You Alive

9. Patti Smith, Hey Joe

10. Television, See No Evil

11. The Damned, New Rose

12. The Sex Pistols, Anarchy In the UK

13. The Clash, White Riot

14. The Jam, In the City

15. Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

16. The Fleshtones, Girl From Baltimore

17. Suicide Commandos, Attacking the Beat

18. The Suburbs, Cig Machine

19. Replacements, I'm In Trouble

20. Replacements, If Only You Were Lonely

21. Husker Du, Statues

22. Soul Asylum, Draggin' Me Down

23. X, We're Desperate

24. The Pixies, Ed Is Dead

25. Chunk, What Do I

26. Pavement, Box Elder

27. Uncle Tupelo, Graveyard Shift

28. Whiskeytown, Drank Like a River

29. Long Ryders, 10-5-60

30. Jason and the Scorchers, Broken Whiskey Glass

31. Big Star, The Ballad of El Goodo