Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Ledge #67: From the Burro's David Brewington

One of the great rewards of podcasting is the wonderful people you get to know. From the Burro's David Brewington is one of those folks. Hailing from a small city near Nashville, Brewington has released close to 150 shows over the past few years, dealing primarily in the same sorts of material you hear on The Ledge.

Connected via Skype, Brewington is this week's cohost, and provides all of the music you hear in this show. Divided between old favorites and virtually unknown local heroes, this show was a pure pleasure to record. Besides the great tunes, we also chatted about music scenes, podcast wars, and some old concert memories. I recommend that everybody check out his show at

As always, you can hear this week's episode by subscribing to iTunes, or directly downloading here.

Here's Brewington's music selections:

1. The Clash, White Riot

2. The Ramones, My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down

3. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Hand In Hand

4. Elvis Costello, I'm Not Angry

5. The Replacements, Can't Hardly Wait

6. Cake, Guitar

7. The Dead Weather, Blue Blood Blues

8. The Black Keys, 10 AM Automatic

9. Nirvana, Drain You

10. Foo Fighter, Gimme Stitches

11. Fountains of Wayne, Bright Future in Sales

12. Marvelous 3, #27

13. Nada Surf, The Way You Wear Your Head

14. Visqueen, Beautiful Amnesia

15. The Bad Habits, #1 Fighting Force

16. 60 Ft. Dolls, Stay

17. Lemuria, Lipstick

18. Grayling, Terra Bella

19. The Holly Days, 7th Street

20. The Hard Lessons, See You Again

21. Local H, BMW Man

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rural Ledge-ucation #3: Reactions to Color Me Obsessed Premiere

While I haven't really publicized it on this blog, I've started doing a live show on Sunday morning from 10 - 11am Central. Rural Ledge-ucation is quieter version of The Ledge, primarily featuring Americana and acoustic tunes.

Yesterday's show featured the quieter side of The Replacements (surprise, surprise), and was highlighted by phone calls from two witnesses to Saturday's Color Me Obsessed premiere in Tampa. Executive Producer Diane Welsh was the first to call, and old pal Davey Butler shared his thoughts later in the show.

As always, you can subscribe via iTunes (why haven't you yet?), or download it directly here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 66: Color Me Obsessed Director Gorman Bechard

It was nine months ago that I had the pleasure of following author/filmmaker Gorman Bechard and his crew for four days as he interviewed fans and colleagues of The Replacements. Since that wonderful week, I've patiently waited for news on its completion.

Well, the movie is finally finished, and a few days ago Bechard announced the following screenings of Color Me Obsessed:

Saturday, March 26 @ 7:30pm
(World Premiere)
Gasparilla Gasparilla International Film Festival
Tampa, Florida
Buy tickets
Saturday, April 2 @ 6:45pm
Wisconsin Film Festival
Madison, Wisconsin
Buy tickets
Friday, April 15 @ 6:30pm
Chicago International Movies and Music Festival
Chicago, IL
Buy tickets
Wednesday, May 4  @ 6:00pm
Sound Unseen special screening
Minneapolis, MN
Buy tickets
June 13-19 (exact time and date TBA)
Toronto, CA
Tickets TBA
It's probably obvious that I will be at the Minneapolis screening!
With the premiere just days away, I felt it was time for Gorman to return to The Ledge studio to talk about the movie, the upcoming screenings, and to also share some of his current fave releases. The second half of the show includes music from some of the artists interviewed for the movie.
To hear my conversation with Bechard, you can click on the iTunes logo on the left to subscribe, or directly download it here.
Here's the playlist for this show:
1. The Replacements, Seen Your Video
Gorman's Current Playlist
2. Lucinda Williams, I Don't Know How You're Livin' (Kitchen Tapes Version)
3. Amanda Palmer, Fake Plastic Trees
4. Ida Maria, Let's Leave
5. Mumford & Sons, The Cave
6. The Rural Alberta Advantage, Good Night
Selections From Artists Interviewed for Color Me Obsessed
7. Archers of Loaf, Underachievers March and Fight So
8. Superchunk, Learned to Surf
9. The Neighborhoods, Pure and Easy
10. Berrence Whitfield, Rockin' the Mule
11. The Bristols, Another Boy
12. Babes in Toyland, He's My Thing
13. Goo Goo Dolls, Just the Way You Are
14. Husker Du, Chartered Trips
15. The Del Fuegos, Don't Run Wild
16. The Figgs, Wasted Pretty
17. Jesse Malin, Don't Let Them Take You Down
18. Matthew Ryan, 3rd of October
19. The Decemberists, Oh Valencia
20. Deer Tick, Houston TX
21. Gaslight Anthem, Tumbling Dice
22. The Hold Steady, Your Little Hoodrat Friend
23. Titus Andronicus, My Time Outside the Womb
24. Bill Janovitz, Little Mascara

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 65: Craig Ellerbroek (Part 2)

When my good buddy Craig Ellerbroek made his first appearance on The Ledge last September, the plan was for the second part of his musical journey would follow within a few weeks. Ellerbroek's busy schedule, particularly tending to his adorable little toddler, forced us to push back his taping a few months.

He finally returned to The Ledge studio this week, and in this episode we recall the days of his legendary indie rag, The Tempest. Besides talking about the issues and events that were covered during these years, Ellerbroek came up with the soundtrack of those times. Well, actually an abbreviated soundtrack, as it's next to impossible to condense ten years of music into a two hour show. In fact, there are now plans for another show with Craig, this time centering on the great artists that I had the pleasure of interviewing during my time as music editor.

To listen to the show, subscribe through iTunes or directly download it here. Also, don't forget to check out Live Ledge this Friday at 5 pm central, and a brand new show, Rural Ledge-ucation, on Sunday at 10 am central. Join us on this site for both of those shows, and register your name in the chat box on the left side of this page to participate in the chat.

Here is Ellerbroek's playlist:

1. Dave Alvin - Wanda & Duane
2. Webb Wilder - Everyday I Kick Myself
3. Bad Examples - Not Dead Yet
4. Dharma Bums - Wreck Around Town
5. Junk Monkey's - Marigold
6. Green Day - 409 In Your Coffee Maker

7. Deacon Blue - Fergus Sings the Blues
8. John Wesley Harding - The Devil in Me
9. Peter Case - Put Down The Gun
10. Boomhank - Work My Jack
11. Paul Kelly - You Can't Take It With You
12. Something Happens - Hello Hello Hello Hello Hello (Petrol)
13. Too Much Joy - Crush Story

14. Flag with Hank - Bruce, I'm Not Feeling Fine
15. Violet - Mary & Carl
16. State Birds - Right to Left and Counter-Clockwise
17. Naked Ted - Always a Road

18. Tweed Sneakers - L.O.E.
19. Connells - Stone Cold Yesterday
20. General Public - Punk
21. The Wonder Stuff -  Full of Life

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 64: Jason Loeb

A few weeks ago I received an email from longtime Ledge listener Jason Loeb asking about the distance from Omaha to Sioux Falls. The Boston native was going to be in Nebraska for business, and wanted to see if it was conceivable to make the trip up north to participate in a Ledge taping.

Obviously, I said yes, and Loeb made the three hour trip through light snow...armed with two dozen great songs he wanted to share with Ledge listeners. Some were old classics; other were relatively new bands that he wanted to share with me. The results are a great show and a great chat about the current music scene in his hometown.

To hear the show, subscribe via iTunes or download it here. One further note - there probably won't be a Live Ledge this week as realpunkradio retools their site. The show will return soon, though, and the chat and tunes will be on this site.

Here's Jason's musical selections:

1. The Replacements--Hayday

2. The Hold Steady--Girls Like Status

3. The Mountain Goats--This Year

4. Dillinger Four--Portrait of the Artist as a Fucking Asshole

5. The Adolescents--Kids of the Black Hole

6. Social Distortion--Mommy's Little Monster

7. Frank Turner--Try This at Home

8. Superchunk--Slow Drip

9. Reverse--Helicopters

10. AM Stereo--Bob Stinson

11. Tugboat Annie--Posterboy

12. Cherry 2000--Rodeo Clown

13. Teenage Fanclub--It's All in My Mind

14. Idlewild--Roseability

15. The Teen Idles--Deadhead

16. Stephen Egerton (feat. Milo Aukerman)--She's Got Everything

17. Apex Manor--I Know These Waters Well

18. Neutral Milk Hotel--Two Headed Boy

19. Jawbreaker--Bad Scene, Everybody's Fault

20. Lucero--Nights Like These

21. The Weakerthans--Aside

22. Sloan--Losing California

23. The Clash--Clampdown

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Ledge, Episode 63: Matthew Tomich

It was around the time of the demise of the Replacements that I made my initial forays into the online world. Armed with a state-of-the-art 56k modem, I patiently waited...and waited some more...for primitive text-based web pages to load. There were no streaming videos or audio tracks. A small picture would even dramatically slow down the process.

Most of my online activity at this time took place on Compuserve, a precursor to AOL. It was on that service that I eventually discovered a discussion group devoted to The Replacements. This was an eye-opening experience, as until then I never realized there were other fanatics like myself. This small group of us, which included quite a few people I'm still in contact with today, would discuss anything and everything about the band. Shows we'd seen, our favorite (and least favorite) albums and songs, influences, and other music-related topics. It really wasn't that much different than what still happens today on Kathy Shine's message board at

A couple of years later saw the introduction of Skyway, an email-based publication that collected various news items and stories surrounding the band and their subsequent solo careers. The publisher of this venture was Omaha musician Matthew Tomich, whose various bands over the years have included The Scaries and Sorry About Dresden. A few weeks ago, he sent out his first new issue in many years, and it was through this nice surprise that I contacted him to appear on The Ledge.

Now based in Malta, Matthew's main priority is in his role as teacher, but this episode of The Ledge shows that he still hasn't lost his passion in music. The overriding theme of his music selections is that there is vital rock 'n' roll still being created in almost every community just waiting to be discovered. Musical geniuses are not just found on giant stages; many rarely move beyond self-released projects burned onto blank CDR's.

It really was a pleasure chatting with Matthew, and the result is the longest episode of The Ledge to date. To hear Tomich's music selections and his commentary, subscribe to The Ledge at iTunes or directly download it  here.

Here's Tomich's playlist:

1. The Replacements - Nowhere Is My Home

2. Mercy Rule - Time of Day

3. Uncle Tupelo - Whiskey Bottle

4. Mollycuddle - Dwindled

5. Mark Kozelek - Celebrated Summer

6. Raygun Theater - 9 a.m.

7. The Scaries - One Way (Demo)

8. Sorry About Dresden - Sick and Sore

9. Late NIght Television - Losers, Let Downs, and Low Points

10. Erie Choir - When It's Done

11. I Was Totally Destroying It - Summer State

12. Capitol Ghost - Fix Myself

13. Cheap Trick - Reach Out

14. Bash & Pop - Situation

15. The Wrens - Hopeless

16. The Exploding Hearts - So Bored

17. The Velvet Teen - Noi Boi

18. Hästpojken - Shane MacGowan

19. The Notwist - One With the Freaks

20. Mañana - Berliner Blau

21. We Loyal - One Youth

22. Cola Jet Set - En Esta Pista Ya No Se Puede Bailar

23. Surf City - Records of a Flagpole Skater

24. Cassis Orange - Listen Heartbeat