Friday, September 30, 2011

Live Ledge #34: Ramones Mania

The last couple of weeks I've discovered a treasure trove of Ramones tribute albums. Some of these were typical multi-artists sets; others were single act recordings of a full Ramones album. These finds, combined with a full day spent in my vehicle with a Ramones box set, inspired tonight's super-sized collection of Ramones cover tunes. The running order jumps from genre to genre, and includes acts from the U.S., Canada, England, Japan, Sweden, and Norway. It was a lot of fun, and definitely worth a chance if you haven't yet jumped on The Ledge bandwagon. Download it now from the usual sources, including a direct link HERE!

1. Hoodoo Gurus, The Ramones Medley
2. Ronnie Spector, She Talks To Rainbows
3. Garbage, I Just Wanna Have Something to Do
4. L7, Suzy Is A Headbanger
5. Sahara Hotnights, Rockaway Beach
6. Jesse Malin, Questioningly
7. Pete Yorn, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
8. The Strokes, Life's A Gas
9. Eddie Vedder/Zeke, I Believe in Miracles
10. Kiss, Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio
11. Motorhead, Ramones
12. Tom Waits, Return of Jackie & Judy
13. Die Toten Hosen, Blitzkrieg Bop
14. Stiv Bators, Poison Heart
15. Buglamp feat. Keith Morris, Sha-La-La (Howling At The Moon)
16. Blagn Dahlia (The Dwarves), Rockaway Beach
17. Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Rock 'n' Roll High School
18. Tony Reflex (Adolescents), Cretin Hop
19. Shonen Knife, The KKK Took My Baby Away
20. Supersnazz, Slug
21. The Strawberry Mud Pie!, Yea Yea
22  Remones, I Wanna Be Sedated
23. TV Idols, Chinese Rocks
24. The Flatmates, I Don't Care
25. Face to Face, The KKK Took My Baby Away
26. Bad Religion, We're A Happy Family
27. Husker Du, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
28. Pennywise, Blitzkrieg Bop
29. The Vandals, Judy Is A Punk
30. The Hellacopters, What'd Ya Do?
31. The Nomads ft. Kissettes, I Remember You
32. THE Colvins, Oh, Oh, I Love Her So
33. THE Tip Toppers, Everytime I Eat Vegetables It Make Think Of You
34. Backyard Babies, Pet Semetary
36. The Vindictives, California Sun
37. The Queers, Do You Wanna Dance?
38. The Mr. T Experience, She's the One
39. D.I,. She's A Sensation
40. Chemical People, I Want You Around
41. The Adicts, I Wanna Be Sedated
42. The Agnews, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg
43. The Creamers, 53rd And 3rd
44. The Dictators, I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
45. The Tommyknockers, We Want The Airwaves
46. White Flag, Babysitter
47. Mojo Nixon, Rockaway Beach
48. Yo La Tengo, Blitzkrieg Bop
49. Groovie Ghoulies, Pet Sematary
50. The Meteors, Somebody Put Something In My Drink
51. Full Blown Cherry, Teenage Labotomy
52. Rancid, Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
53. Dee Dee Ramone Feat. Lux Interior, Bad Horoscope
54. Marky Ramone & THE Intruders, Nowhere Man
55. Joey Ramone, Don't Worry About Me

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rural ledge-ucation #24: September Releases

After a lazy summer, the record industry finally gets it going again in September with a steady lineup of new releases. Today's Rural Ledge-ucation is filled with tracks from these new albums, including new tunes from Wilco (to be released on Tuesday), The Jayhawks (released last Tuesday), Ryan Adams (released next month), Nick Lowe, Waterboys, and so much more. Add to that a little mini-set of obscure Repalcements covers, and  you have the perfect Sunday morning soundtrack.
I'm sure you all know  how to grab this by now - use the iPhone/Android app, stream it via Stitcher, or direclty download it HERE!

1. The Jayhawks, Hide Your Colors
2. Wilco, Dawned On Me
3. Ryan Adams, Lucky Now
4. John Doe, Don't Forget How Much I Love You
5. A.A. Bondy, Surfer King
6. Glen Campbell, Ghost On The Canvas
7. Glen Campbell, Hold On Hope
8. Bright Little Field, We're Coming Out
9. Cary Brothers, Skyway (Solo Acoustic)
10. The Weakerthans, Swinging Party
11. Deer Tick, Mr. Cigarette
12. Tommy Stinson, Destroy Me
13. The Bottle Rockets, I Don't Want to Go Home
14. Nick Lowe, The Poisoned Rose
15. Gomez, Options Whatever's On Your Mind
16. The Waterboys, Mad As The Mist & Snow
17. The Wooden Birds, Long Time To Lose
18. The Horrible Crowes, Behold The Hurricane
19. John Paul Keith, I Think I Fell In Love Today
20. Josh Rouse and The Long Vacations, Movin' On
21. Blitzen Trapper, Taking It Easy Too Long
22. Lydia Loveless, Jesus Was a Wino
23. The Jayhawks, High Water Blues
24. Wilco, Born Alone
25. Glen Campbell, Any Trouble

Friday, September 23, 2011

Live Ledge #33: Minneapolis Finds

Last weekend, I head up to Minneapolis to witness a pathetic attempt at professional football by the Minnesota Vikings. After steamrolling to a 17-0 lead in the first half, they promptly gave it away in the second. Oh well. At least I was able to spend a few hours the previous day doing what I love to do in that fine city - trolling the city's record stores. Tonight's show consists primarily of my finds that weekend, along with a few brand new tracks and some great blog finds. Oh yeah, and there's a short tribute to R.E.M. at the beginning of the show.
Nab this sucka wherever you normally find it - the Ledge iPhone/Android app, iTunes, Stitcher, or directly here!

1. Helen Shapiro, Today Has Been Cancelled
2. R.E.M., Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)
3. R.E.M., Sitting Still (Hib-Tone)
4. Big Star & John Davis, Don't Lie to Me Live
5. Big Star & John Davis, In the Street
6. Cheap Trick, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (Live)
7. The Members, Working Girl
8. Ups & Downs, Solitary Man
9. Wavves, Destroy (feat. Fucked Up)
10. Wavves, I Wanna Be Dave Grohl
11. Spooner, Where You Gonna Run?
12. Trotsky, Icepick (I'm) Stranded
13. The Original Sins, Erotic Neurotic
14. The Leaving Trains, Demolition Girl
15. Missing LinkS, You're Driving Me Insane
16. Masters' Apprentices, Poor Boy
17. Mr. T Experience, Sex Offender
18. Los Reactors, Dead In The Suburbs
19. Make Out, I Don’t Want Anybody That Wants Me
20. The Jewws, Love In A Pill
21. Oscar & The Majestics, Got To Have Your Lovin'
22. The Poets, That's The Way It's Gotta Be
23. Joey Gee & The Come-Ons, She's Mean
24. The Trodden Path, Don't Follow Me
25. The Hitchhikers, Feel A Whole Lot Better
26. The Tailgators, Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
27. The Deltas, John I'm Only Dancing
28. The Radiacs, Jungle Rock
29. Guana Batz, Radio Sweetheart
30. The Stitches, That Woman's Got Me Drinking
31. The Green Hornets, Brand New Cadillac
32. The Jim Jones Revue, Bag O' Demons
33. Thee Headcoats, Maintrap
34. Hasil Adkins, Ducken

Friday, September 16, 2011

Live Ledge #32: Pure Pop For Now People

I was in a bit of a power pop mood tonight, so a good percentage of the tracks sort of fit into that category. There's not much more to add to that, except to note that there will not be a Rural Ledge-ucation episode this Sunday since I'll be in Minneapolis. So just download this sucker HERE and listen to it again on Sunday morning!
Oh yeah, one more thing. If you enjoy any of my shows, including Rant a Bit or The Big Brother Gossip Show, please go to and nominate me! Please?

1. Public Image Ltd., Public Image
2. The Breakaways, Walking Out On Love
3. Jack Lee, Sex
4. The Plimsouls, A Million Miles Away
5. The Beat, All Over The World
6. Wire Train, She Comes On
7. Translator, Everywhere That I'm Not
8. The Barracudas, We're Living In Violent Times
9. Rave-Ups, Freedom Bound
10. Beat Rodeo, Twin Home Towns
11. Cheap Trick, Southern Girls
12. The Move, California Man
13. Eddie Cochran, Twenty-Flight Rock
14. The Master's Apprentices, Black Girl (In The Pines)
15. The Kinks, Love Me Till The Sun Shines
16. The Who, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
17. Hickoids, Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
18. Slade, Gudbuy t'Jane
19. New York Dolls, Give Her a Great Big Kiss
20. Iggy And The Stooges, Search and Destroy
21. Pixies, Velouria
22. Archers Of Loaf, Wrong
23. Tommy Keene, Hey Little Child
24. The dB's, Bad Reputation
25. Rockpile, Teacher Teacher
26. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Kokoro No Tabi
27. The Ramones, Little Bit O' Soul
28. Shonen Knife, Rock 'N' Roll High School
29. The Bad Shepherds, Ramones Medley
30. The Tommyguns, One More Shot of Whiskey
31. Jack Oblivian, Let Me Be Your Chauffeur
32. The Cosmic Dropouts, I Want You
33. Mystery Girls, Circles in the Sand

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Ledge #84: Jeff Smith of The Hickoids

A few weeks ago, Realpunkradio main guru Jason Snyderman played a great cover of The Damned's "Neat Neat Neat" on his Burrito Electrico show. Once I found out that it was the Hickoids that were performing the remake, Snyderman informed me that if I was interested he could get Hickoids leader Jeff Smith on The Ledge. Yes! Definitely!
Due to conflicting schedules, it took us a little bit of time to find time to record, but this past Sunday we were able to spend a couple of hours chatting and playing tunes. Originally formed in 1985, The Hickoids are one of those bands that are impossible to categorize. Yeah, there's some punk rock in there, along with some elements of country, psychobilly, garage rock, and so many more.
The best description is probably found on their website, which states "to truly 'get' The Hickoids as they were in their original wild, wooly and damned loud and raucously ragged magnificence, combine tequila with beer chasers (not the other way round), psychedelic shrooms, demon musical seeds spewed by The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and Iggy & The Stooges, honky-tonk and 'Hee Haw', hay bales scattered in the air...". Ok, you get the idea.
After a decade-plus break, The Hickoids reconvened a few years ago, along with a record label, Saustex, run by Smith. Besides Hickoids product, the label has also recently released albums by The Sons of Hercules, Glambilly, Pinata Protest, Churchwood, Snowbyrd, and The Service Industry. For more information, check out
You can download the show at the usual spots - utilize The Ledge android/iPhone app, subscribe via iTunes, stream through Stitcher, or directly download here. Here's Jeff's playlist:

1. The Hickoids, "Gudbuy t'Jane"
2. Lou Reed "Vicious"
3. Wounded Turkey "Suffragette City"
4. Johnny Kid & The Pirates "Shakin' All Over"
5. The Who "Substitute"
6. Hickoids "Pictures Of Lily"
7. Sex Pistols "Satellite"
8. Hickoids "Neat, Neat, Neat"
9. The Rolling Stones "Satisfaction"
10. David Bowie "Let's Spend The Night Together"
11. Hickoids "Have You Seen Your Mother..."
12. Cheap Trick "C'mon, C'mon"
13. Hickoids "Brontosaurus"
14. Little Richard "Good Golly Miss Molly"
15. Slade "Get Down and Get With It"
16. New York Dolls "Lone Star Queen"
17. Hickoids "Bennie & The Jets"
18. Sons Of Hercules "Your Salvation"
19. Robert Calvert, "Ejection"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Color Me Obsessed Is Coming To Sioux Falls!

The Reel Dakota Film Festival announced their lineup earlier this week, and I was rendered almost speechless to discover that Color Me Obsessed is the closing film of the festival. The film is slated to run on Sunday, October 23 at 7 pm, and director Gorman Bechard will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Oh, and by the way, alcohol will be served!
Anybody who has spent any time around me over the last 18 months has heard plenty about this wonderful documentary of the The Replacements. Don’t just take my word on the quality, though. Rolling Stone listed it as “one of the 7 best music docs of the year”, while PopMatters named it “one of the top 5 most anticipated music documentaries”. Just this past week, Spinner stated that it is one of the “best music docs of all time”, next to movies such as Gimme Shelter, The Last Waltz, Dig!, and The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
I’m warning everybody that for the next few weeks I’m going to be bugging ALL of my local friends to attend this feature. Seriously, even if you just want to point and laugh at my blubber for my five second cameo, you have to show up.
For more information on the festival, check out The entire lineup is solid, and I’m excited to see MST300’s Joel Hodgson hit town to showcase Manos: The Hands of Fate, which he proclaims as the “worst movie ever made”.
In other CMO news, tickets went on sale today for the New York City premiere on November 16 and 17. Besides the screenings, there are also special all-star Replacements tributes shows on both nights that include Brian Fallon, Charlie Mars, Danny Sage, Dave Hause, Don DiLego, Jesse Malin, Johnny T., Kevin Kinney, Alejandro Escovedo, Matt Romano, Matthew Ryan, Nicole Atkins, Steve Wynn, Tommy Ramone, Todd Youth & Willie Nile. Other stars will be named later, and former MTV VJ Matt Pinfield will be MC. Check out for more info.
One more note – I have a few pairs of tickets that I’ll be giving away through this site. Details on how to sign up for a chance to win will be posted in the near future.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rural Ledge-ucation #23: Old Man Kensey

As I stated two days ago on the post for Live Ledge, I generally ignore my birthday...especially after the events on this day ten years ago. But the Goddess, along with Ash and so many others, encouraged me to do a birthday show. So here is a collection of birthday and old man-related tunes. Hopefully, it can be a bit of a distraction on a day where the media focuses on tragedy.
Nab this show at the usual places, including iTunes, Stitcher, or directly here!
Here's the playlist:
1. R.E.M., Old Man Kensey (Athens Demo)
2. Neil Young with The Stray Gators, Old Man
3. The Beatles, Dirty Old Man
4. The Byrds, Wasn't Born To Follow
5. Rank And File, I'm An Old, Old Man
6. Cracker, Happy Birthday To Me
7. American Music Club, It's Your Birthday
8. Paul Westerberg, Born For Me
9. Drive-By Truckers, Birthday Boy
10. Rhett Miller, Happy Birthday Don't Die
11. Joan Jett, Too Bad On Your Birthday
12. Runaways, Born to Be Bad
13. Zuzu's Petals, Happy Birthday
14. T.Rex, Born To Boogie
15. Supersuckers, Born with a Tail
16. Rancid, Born Frustrated
17. The Vandals, Happy Birthday to Me
18. Social Distortion, I Wasn't Born To Follow

Friday, September 09, 2011

Live Ledge #31: Pre-Birthday

Generally, I don't mention my birthday. For one, I'm old. Really old. Plus, my big day is on September 11, which is not exactly the day to bring attention on yourself.
I was under a bit of peer pressure this year, though. The beautiful and talented Goddess forced me to acknowledge the day on not only tonight's show but this Sunday's Rural Ledge-ucation. It helped that she sent me the perfect t-shirt as a gift. Ledge listener Craig also sent me a nice little gift, which I opened during tonight's show.
So you get a birthday set, some blog finds, AND brand new music by Wilco and Wild Flag. Grab it in the iTunes store, stream it via stitcher, or directly download it HERE!

1. Paul Westerberg, 2 Days 'Til Tomorrow
2. The Replacements, Hold My Life Tim
3. Tommy Stinson, It's A Drag
4. Alex Chilton, September Gurls
5. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon
6. The Fleshtones, Let's see the Sun
7. The Shods, Bobby's Birthday Party
8. Fugazi, Birthday Pony
9. Mission Of Burma, Birthday
10. Buffalo Tom, September Shirt
11. Wilco, Standing O
12. Wild Flag, Romance
13. Wild Flag, Boom
14. The Drones, Be My Baby
15. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I'm In With The Out Crowd
16. Black Lips, Dumpster Dive
17. John Doe, Never Enough
18. The Dark Rags, Drunken Angel
19. The Cynics, Crawl
20. Chocolate Factory, Baby What You Want Me To Do
21. The Shindiggers, Talk About Love
22. The Scurs, Never Spit (On Any Little Happiness Bit)
23. Tall Boys, Brand New Gun
24. De Keefmen, Told You Once Told You Twice (Take 1)
25. Nervebreakers, Hijack The Radio
26. Roky Erickson (with The Nervebreakers), You're Gonna Miss Me
27. Hickoids, Neat Neat Neat
28. Glambilly, White BBQ Sauce
29. The Ettes, Excuse
30. Dum Dum Girls, Teardrops on My Pillow
31. Shonen Knife, Chinese Rock
32. Jaill, She's My Baby
33. Bare Wires, Dancing On A Dime
34. Supersuckers, Rock 'n' Roll Records (live)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The Ledge #83: Nervebreakers Guitarist Mike Haskins

Whenever I make it up to Minneapolis, I inevitably spend a few hours at my favorite record stores. During a break from following the Color Me Obsessed film crew last summer, I made my way over to Treehouse Records across from my favorite Minneapolis bar, The CC Club. In fact, I probably had a cocktail or two before I spent too much money on music.
On this venture, a magazine that I had never heard of caught my eye. Ugly Things was the name of the publication, and The Kinks were featured on the cover. Flipping through it, I discovered the rag was chock full of bands that looked like "Scott Music" but I was aware of only a few of the acts features. Yes, I had to have this.
It wasn't until months later that I cracked open the 200 page magazine, and was immediately hooked on an article regarding a late 70's band from Dallas called The Nervebreakers. Along with telling the story of the band's creation of seminal revved-up versions of late 60's psych-garage, the story also talked about opening for the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and John Cale. They also were Roky Erickson's backup band for awhile, which resulted in a must-have live album that has been repackaged a number of times over the years.
Thanks to ebay and Realpunkradio head honcho Jason Snyderman, I acquired most of the band's catalog in the next few months, including quite a few unreleased studio and live cuts. Jason also hooked me up with guitarist Mike Haskins, who joins me on this week's episode of The Ledge. Along with talking about the history of The Nervebreakers, Mike also told me stories about his first concert (The Who in '67), his life in music before and after The Nervebreakers, and the process of songwriting.
Haskins also corrected me in the pronunciation of Roky Erickson. For years I thought it was Ro-kee. Nope. It's Rocky, and I'm such an idiot I even repeated my error a few minutes later.
For more information on Haskins and The Nervebreakers, check out and Mike was also in charge of this week's playlist, which is a fantastic overview of his music career. This show is a must listen, so download it through iTunes, Stitcher, or directly here!
1. The Nervebreakers, Face Up To Reality
2. The Mike Haskins Experience, Nothin' To Lose But Your Mind
3. The Nervebreakers, My Girlfriend Is a Rock
4. The Mike Haskins Experience, Walk Across the Sun
5. The Nervebreakers, Strange Movies
6. Diamonds Forever, 5 Minutes w/Diamonds Forever
7. Rock Erickson & The Nervebreakers, Starry Eyes
8. Tex and the Saddletramps, Ever Spent the Night in Jail?
9. The Nervebreakers, My Life is Ruined
10. The Big Guns, Pistol Packin' Preacher
11. The Nervebreakers, Hijack the Racio
12. The Idiots, 6 Minutes w/The Idiots
13. The Big Guns, See Me Thru
14. The Big Gundown, Maybe One Maybe Nine
15. The Nervebreakers, Why Am I So Flipped?
16. The Big Gundown, El Gato Lobo

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Rural Ledge-ucation #22: Labor Day

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I realize that once again I've gone for the obvious theme for today's show, but I must admit it turned out even better than I anticipated. Besides the tracks that I compiled for the Realpunkradio broadcast, various wonderful people in the chat requested (and transferred to my dropbox) some great tunes that I neglected. Celebrate your holiday with these tunes via iTunes, Stitcher, or directly here! 

1. The Rolling Stones, Salt Of The Earth
2. Woody Guthrie, Union Burying Ground
3. Johnny Cash, Casey Jones
4. Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm [Live at Newport]
5. Tom Waits, I Can't Wait To Get Off Work (And See My Baby On Montgomery Avenue)
6. Billy Bragg, There is Power in a Union
7. John Wesley Harding, I Don't Work Here
8. Graham Parker, Honest Work
9. Todd Snider, Lookin' For A Job
10. The Kinks, Dead End Street
11. The Beat, Working Too Hard
12. The Walkmen, This Job Is Killing Me
13. The Rakes, Just a Man With a Job
14. The Jim Carroll Band, Work Not Play
15. Devo, Working in a Coalmine
16. The Band Of Blacky Ranchette, Working On The Railroad
17. The Clash, Career Opportunities [Sandinista! version]
18. Alex Chilton, Lost My Job
19. The Replacements, Bad Worker
20. The Replacements, Takin' Care Of Business
21. Pride Of Ohio, Local 00
22. The Godfathers, Birth School Work Death
23. Art Brut, Summer Job
24. Earlimart, We Drink On The Job
25. Dramarama, Work For Food
26. Jerry Lee Lewis, Big Boss Man
27. Drive-By Truckers, This Fucking Job
28. Hank Williams III, Workin' Man
29. Uncle Tupelo, Coalminers
30. John Paul Keith, I Work At Night
31. Steve Fobert, Labor Day 08

Friday, September 02, 2011

Live Ledge #30: New Release & Blog Finds

It's a night of discovery, as I not only previewed tracks from tons of new releases (Tommy Stinson, Tommy Keene, Josh Freese, Surfer Rosa), but also shared some of the great finds I've recently uncovered on various music blogs. Subscribe via iTunes, stream it through the Stitcher app, or download here!
1. Pylon, Stop It

2. R.E.M., Crazy

3. Tommy Stinson, Don't Deserve You

4. The Replacements, Heartbeat- It's A Lovebeat

5. Josh Freese, See You In 2010

6. Tommy Keene, Already Made Up Your Mind

7. John Doe, Don't Forget How Much I Love You

8. X, The New World

9. Surfer Rosa, Fire

10. Bare Wires, Seeking Love

11. Shannon And The Clams, Baby Don't Do It

12. The Kinks, David Watts

13. The Fall, Victoria

14. Husker Du, It's Not Funny Anymore

15. Man Sized Action, Claustrophobia

16. Phones, Hav Luv Will Travel

17. Mink Jaguar, Love To Love You

18. The Fleshtones, Another Direction

19. The Jags, Back Of My Hand

20. De Keefmen, Cryin' At My Door

21. Tranzmitors, Why Don't Boys Cry

23. The Wailers, I'm Down

24. The A-Bones, Monkey Man

25. Them, Gloria's Dream

26. The Move, Stephanie Knows Who (Live)

27. Flaming Groovies, Teenage Head0

28. Hickoids, Pictures Of Lily

29. The Vacant Lot, Miss You Baby

30. The Insomniacs, Sunshine Girl

31. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend [Live]

32. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Imposter

33. Stride & Plain, Laugh At Me

34. The Singles, I'm In Love With You

35. The Ugly Beats, Take A Stand

36. The Avengers, We Are The One