Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Ledge #88: Philly Punk With AngryHugo

Just over a year ago, Michael Gibbons (aka AngryHugo) appeared on The Ledge to school me on the greatness of Dischord Records. Gibbons returns this week to detail the history of Philadelphia punk rock (along with a little bit of indie rock). A couple of tracks include the talents of Mr. Gibbons; others involve musicians he has worked with. The vast majority of the selections, though, are the bands that were the late-night soundtrack of the late 80's club scene. Hugo is a great, great cohost, and I can't wait for him to come up with a theme for a future Ledge.
As always, the show can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, or directly download it HERE!

1. McRad, In My Forever
2. Little Gentlemen, Reflections
3. Officer Roseland, Cracked Harmonies
4. Ruin, White Rabbit
5. Electric Love Muffin, A Better Song
6. Flag Of Democracy, That’s the Deal
7. Jim McMonagle and The Dangerbirds, A Riot On The Cul-de-sac
8. Frank Phobia, Kabuki Girl
9. Ink And Dagger, Creatures Like Us
10. Kid Dynamite, Gate 68
11. Loved Ones, Last Call
12. The Gerunds, Gill
13. Weston, Indie Rock Star
14. Man Like Machine, Smoking Gun
15. Menzingers, I was Born
16. Dr. Dog, Stranger
17. Psalmships, Carrying Stones
18. Jukebox Zeroes, City of Bother and Loathe
19. The Holy Mess, Captain We’re Drinking
20. New Motels, Miss Juanita
21. Alec Ounsworth (CYHSY), South Philadelphia (Drug Days)
22. Kurt Vile, Baby’s Arms
23. Man Man, Trunk Eyes
24. One Star Hotel, Can’t Be Trusted
25. Scram, Here Tonight
26. Formula 43, Funeral

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #45: New Releases

Simply put, today is an hour of primarily new material, along with an update on the progress of Slim Dunlap. Grab this via iTunes, Stitcher or HERE!

1. Paul Westerberg, Good Day
2. The Mahones, Here Comes A Regular
3. Tommy Womack, Play That Cheap Trick Cheap Trick
4. Craig Finn, No Future
5. John K. Samson, When I Write My Master's Thesis
6. Ben Kweller, Mean to Me
7. The Plimsouls, Oldest Story In The World
8. Lucero, Juniper
9. Chuck Prophet, The Left Hand and the Right Hand
10. Wilco, Passenger Side
11. The Kills, Pale Blue Eyes
12. Mark Lanegan Band, Gray Goes Black
13. Alex Chilton, Jumpin' Jack Flash
14. Bob Dunlap, Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars

Friday, February 24, 2012

Live Ledge #54: Get Well Slim!

Replacements fans were saddened this week to hear the news that former guitarist Bob "Slim" Dunlap had suffered a stroke. While the initial news was good, he has had two surgeries this week to reduce the swelling in his brain. Please keep him in  your thoughts as he fights against this potentially devastating medical problem. For more info, you can join the Slim Dunlap Fan Page on Facebook, or read about his progress on CaringBridge.
Dunlap's situation wasn't the only bad news of the week, though. On February 17, former MC5 bassist Michael Davis died of liver cancer. Tonight's show features not only some of Davis' work in MC5 and other bands, but a long set of MC5 covers by bands such as The Damned, Turbonegro, and The Didjits.
This is definitely a show to hear, and you can find it in the usual locations in iTunes, Stitcher, and other services. The Ledge android/iPhone app has also been updated with the new feeds, or grab a direct download HERE!

1. The Who, Tattoo
2. Tommy Womack, The Replacements
3. The Replacements, Hey Good Lookin'
4. The Replacements, 'Round And 'Round
5. Curtiss A, Land of the Free
6. Slim Dunlap, Not Yet/Ain't No Fair (In A Rock 'N' Roll Love Affair)
7. Dan Baird, I Love You Period
8. Chuck Prophet, Play That Song Again
9. Mind Spiders, On The Radio
10. Wire, Smash
11. The Clash, I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
12. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Accidents Will Happen
13. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Discovering Japan
14. Shane MacGowan & The Popes, Hippy Hippy Shake
15. The Nervebreakers, I Love Your Nerosis
16. Doug Derek and the Hoax, Bobby's Got to Get Back to Boston
17. Rudi, Who You?
18. The Seat Belts, American Bandstand
19. Leisure Class, Weekend Punk
20. Crap Detectors, Intellectual Moron
21. Sharon Tate's Baby, Bored Stiff
22. MC5, I Can Only Give You Everything
23. Destroy All Monsters, Nobody Knows
24. Rich Hopkins & The Luminarios, Mr. Soul
25. The Hellacopters, American Ruse
26. The Damned, Looking At You
27. The Fastbacks, Ramblin' Rose
28. Turbonegro, I Want You Right Now
29. Didjits, Call Me Animal
30. Th' Losin Streaks, Leaving Here
31. Dwarves, Detention Girl
32. Tommy Bell, Swamp Girl

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #44: Punkish Songwriters

This morning's show is admittedly a bit schizophrenic. What started out as a look at the singer/songwriters of the punk and post-punk era ended up expanded into the quieter moments of not only the initial blast of punk but the mid-80's jangle-pop college radio days.
I've made the speech many times before, but if you haven't yet you need to resubscribe to The Ledge in iTunes. Just click on the entry in the store that has the black logo. Stitcher and The Ledge app have already been updated to the new feeds, but for a direct download just click HERE!

1. Joe Jackson, Sunday Papers
2. The Patti Smith Group, Dancing Barefoot
3. The Ramones, Baby I Love You
4. X, See How We Are
5. Elvis Costello, Brilliant Mistake
6. Billy Bragg, The Milkman Of Human Kindness
7. Graham Parker, Watch The Moon Come Down
8. Dave Edmunds, Back To School Days
9. Nick Lowe, Without Love
10. Rockpile, When I Write The Book
11. R.E.M., (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
12. Guadalcanal Diary, Where Angels Fear To Tread
13. Dream Syndicate, Slide Away
14. Green On Red, Keep On Moving
15. Peter Case, Echo Wars
16. Tommy Keene, Places That Are Gone
17. Paul Kelly and the Messengers, Before The Old Man Died
18. The Waterboys, Sweet Thing/Blackbird
19. World Party, Ship Of Fools
20. The Replacements, Can't Hardly Wait [Acoustic Outtake]

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ledge App Situation

Today I spent a little bit of time updating my iPhone/Android app for all of my podcasts, and a small problem arose. It currently shows all of my old Big Brother Gossip shows at the top, followed by all of the Rant a Bit episodes, before finally listing the roster of Ledge episodes. In other words, you must scroll down before getting to last night's "Rawk" broadcast, or my interview with Mike Virus from Wednesday. Obviously, this minor annoyance will disappear in the next few weeks as The Ledge feed is updated with new episodes, but I thought it was worth noting to those who utilize the app.
BTW, with these new feeds the app works better then ever, so if you haven't downloaded it yet you can get it HERE in the iTunes store, or in the Android market.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Live Ledge #53: Rawk!

Inspired by the over-saturation of Whitney Houston in the media, and the lack of rock on this year's Grammys episode, tonight I turn the amps up to 11 for two hours of pure RAWK! While some of the tunes may sort of be typical Ledge selections, the last half hour of the show features lots of tunes from my youth by bands that I've more or less disavowed thirty years ago.
As I stated before, there are different methods to access this episode (and all Ledge eps). If you had previously subscribed to The Ledge, you need to delete that version and subscribe to the new one HERE! If you're a Stitcher user, or utilize The Ledge iPhone/android app, there is no change. A direct download can be found HERE! (Note, due to my screwup, I had to use the inferior version provided by SAM, which features slightly distorted voice work by me. Sorry.)

1. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
2. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
3. Stiff Little Fingers, Alternative Ulster
4. Jawbreaker, Indictment
5. Pixies, Alec Eiffel
6. Soul Asylum, Cartoon
7. Husker Du, It's Not Funny Anymore
8. Replacements, Gary's Got A Boner
9. The Nomads, Can't Keep A Bad Man Down
10. The Humpers, For Lovers Only
11. Supersuckers, She's My Bitch
12. Gaza Strippers, Sheer Heart Attack
13. Nashville Pussy, Go Motherfucker Go
14. The Hellacopters, Television Addict
15. Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Blank Generation
16. Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
17. The Makers, Pushin' Too Hard
18. Sex Pistols, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
19. New York Dolls, Pills
20. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, All By Myself
21. Iggy And The Stooges, Gimme Danger
22. Thin Lizzy, The Rocker
23. T.Rex, 20th Century Boy
24. Cheap Trick, He's a Whore
25. AC/DC, If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
26. Electric Frankenstein, High Voltage
27. Aerosmith, Back in The Saddle
28. Motorhead, I'll Be Your Sister
29. Kiss, Christine Sixteen
30. Angel City, Marseilles
31. The Cult, Rain
32. Gas Huffer, Do The Brutus

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Ledge #87: Mike Virus and Punk Aid

Rock 'n' roll, particularly punk rock, has always had the stereotypical cliches about unfair treatment. Movie after movie has featured rockers typecast as outsiders, hassled by parents, teachers, police, jocks, and "the man". For the most part, these portrayals have been as far away from reality as a typical episode of Glee.
Yet 35 years after the great punk rock explosion, and almost sixty years after the first big blast of rock 'n' roll, punk rockers are being targeted in certain areas of the world. All of us at Realpunkradio were shocked to read this story from Aceh, Indonesia:

"Deputy mayor Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal says she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty in her crusade against the punk community of Banda Aceh, proudly telling of how she has supervised police raids at cafes and city parks in recent months.
The presence of the punk community is disturbing, and disrupts the life of the Banda Aceh public,” Illiza told the Jakarta Globe.
Sixty-four young people have been held by the Aceh Police since Saturday for the supposed crime of being “punk”. They have not been charged with any crime or brought before a court.
On Tuesday afternoon, police took the detainees to the Aceh State Police camp, located in the hills 62 kilometers outside of the city, to “re-educate” them. Mohawks and dyed hair came off as police shaved the men’s heads and forced them into a lake. The women’s hair was cut short in the fashion of a female police officer.
"This is a new social disease affecting Banda Aceh. If it is allowed to continue, the government will have to spend more money to handle them,” the deputy mayor said, adding that religious scholars were assisting at the camp."

Evacuate leader Mike Virus also read this story, along with many others that detailed even worse treatment from Aceh officials, and decided he needed to do something to help. Utilizing not only his contacts from a lengthy history in punk rock but also social media, within 48 hours he gathered over 70 bands to contribute tracks to Punk Aid 2012: Aceh Calling.
The Ledge is honored to have Mike Virus on this week's show, and he gave us access to all of the tracks from Punk Aid, which will be released on March 1 via Besides chatting about his musical career and the benefit album, we sample tracks from bands that span the globe, including some brave groups from Indonesia that vow to carry on no matter the repercussions. Virus also talks about what others can do to help the situation.
This is definitely a show worth hearing, and you can stream it via Stitcher, subscribe to the show at iTunes, or directly download it HERE! This episode will also be streamed on Realpunkradio this Friday (Feb. 17) at 5 pm eastern.
Here are the tracks aired during this interview:
1. Evacuate - Aceh Calling
2. Antiseen - Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch
3. Among the Enemies - Collatoral Damage
4. Burns Like Fire - One More Shot
5. Time Square Timebomb - One Of us
6. Doggy Style - Punker's Anthem
7. Violent Affair - Social Disease
8. Your Last Rights - A Contra's Objection
9. Combat Crisis - Our City
10. The Bricks - Punx United
11. Hangover Generation - Rise Up
12. Frankenstyle - Trip to Nowhere
13. Combat 77 - Unwanted Rebels
14. Cheapness - Police Bastard
15. Brigade of Bridge - Streetpunk Tonight
16. The Oversuck - Truth Can't Be Blind
17. The Borstal - Wake Up Boys
18. Skangkots - Dance Sucka
19. Versus - DIY Or Die

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Ledge's New Home

If you've listened to the last few shows (or read the descriptions here), you've undoubtedly heard the tale about how my old podcast host, Mevio, decided to screw over hundreds of podcasters such as myself. They eventually put my show back online, but rumors continue to circulate about the future of the service.
During this time, I have spent hours and hours moving all three of my shows (including Rant a Bit and The Big Brother Gossip Show) to a new home on the expanded RealPunkRadio site. Unfortunately, iTunes does not allow you to edit the feed that is used for the shows in the iTunes store, so I have had to resubmit as a brand new show.
Earlier tonight, I discovered that the new feed has been approved. Yay! The bad news is that anybody who had previously subscribed must go HERE and resubscribe. Note that the original show is still in the iTunes store, but within a few days it will be a dead feed. While you're there, could you possibly also add a review? Even if you hate the show, a review will help me spread the word and possibly put me in the "New and Upcoming" section.
Those who have The Ledge android/iPhone app will see little change, as the new feed will be entered into the source code in the next day or so.
Thank you everybody who has listened to any of the 187 episodes...even if it's just for a minute or two!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #43: Keith and Friends

During last week's episode of Rural Ledge-ucation, Drazzle mentioned that he was contemplating doing a show of all Stones covers. Since I had already done a similar show, I decided to follow up his fantastic show with a broadcast dedicated to Keith Richards rarities and collaborations. Over the years, Mr. Richards has been a helpful hired hand to tons of artists, particularly those that have also inspired him over the years. Besides some great rock 'n' roll, on this episode you'll find Keith dabbling in all of his other loves, including blues, country, and reggae.
As I stated in the Live Ledge entry, in the near future the methods of finding this show will be changing as I switch to a new feed. You can still nab this episode via iTunes, Stitcher, or directly HERE!

1. The Dirty Mac, Yer Blues
2. Ron Wood, I Can Feel The Fire
3. Ron Wood, Seven Days Gimme
4. The Faces, Sweet Little Rock and Roller
5. Keith Richards, Connection
6. keith richards, Hickory Wind
7. George Jones, Burn Your Playhouse Down
8. Marianne Faithfull, Sing Me Back Home
9. Keith Richards, Cocaine
10. Jerry Lee Lewis, That Kind Of Fool
11. Jerry Lee Lewis, Sweet Virginia
12. Keith Richards, Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
13. Scotty Moore & DJ Fontana, Deuce and a Quarter
14. Les Paul & Friends, Good Morning Little School Girl
15. Johnnie Johnson, Key to the Highway
16. Hubert Sumlin, Still A Fool
17. Ian McLagan, Truly
18. Ronnie Spector, Work Out Fine
19. Tom Waits, That Feel
20. Keith Richards, The Harder They Come
21. Lee "Scratch" Perry, Once There's A Will There's A Way
22. Keith Richards/Toots & The Maytals, Pressure Drop
23. The Rolling Stone,s Salt Of The Earth

Friday, February 10, 2012

Live Ledge #52: Valentine Girls

Ok, there's a few items of business that needs to be discussed, but before we get to that we must talk about tonight's amphetamine-driven show. I wanted to do an anti-Valentine's Day show, but after Greg Lonesome's fabulous episode of Rock 'n' Roll Manifesto I knew I had to come up with another theme. So why not another show featuring nothing but songs about girls? Yes, it's been done before, but since the vast majority of songs are about lust and...uh, lust, it's not that hard to create more episodes with no duplication.
Before you download this episode, though, we need to chat about the future of the show. No, I'm not going away, but there are going to be some changes in the near future. You've possibly heard my bitching about Mevio, and while the show is back live on that site all of us at Realpunkradio have banded together to create our own server. For the time being, I'll be posting my shows on both Mevio and my new home ( but sometime in the near future the Mevio feed will go dead. When that happens, the original Ledge podcast in iTunes will not be updated. Instead, you'll have to re-sub. There will be more information here as we get close to that day. For the time being, you can still grab this episode in iTunes, stream it on Stitcher or via The Ledge android/iPhone app, or nab a direct download HERE! 

1. Violent Femmes, Girl Trouble (demo)
2. The Jazz Butcher, Girlfriend
3. Big Troubles, Sad Girls
4. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Girlfriend
5. The Stitches, That Woman's Got Me Drinking
6. Untamed Youth, Hey Little Girl
7. The Mr. T Experience, Even Hitler Had A Girlfriend
8. Paul Westerberg, Another Girl, Another Planet (Live)
9. The Go, Rock'n'Roll Girl
10. The Real Kid,s All Kindsa Girls
11. The Plimsouls, Woman
12. King Louie's Missing Monuments, Girl Of The Nite
13. Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty 6, A Girl as Sweet as You
14. The Barreracudas, Girl
15. Milk 'n' Cookies, Not Enough Girls (In The World)
16. The Cynics, Get Away Girl
17. The Kwyet Kings, Self Important Girl
18. The Breakups, Everybody's Girl
19. The Crybabys, Where Have All the Good Girls Gone ?
20. Tall Boys, Action Woman
21. The Gruesomes, Stop It
22. Nikki & The Corvettes, I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend
23. The Busy Signals, Plastic Girl
24. The Brags, I Was A Girl
25. The Undertones, Girls Dont´t Like It
26. The Cramps, Give Me A Woman
27. New York Dolls, Who Are The Mystery Girls?
28. The Dictators, (I Live For) Cars And Girls
29. The Swingin' Neckbreakers, Thinkin' Man's Girl
30. The Devil Dogs, Gimme That Girl
31. The Penetrators, Little Girl
32. The Gravediggers, Hey Girl Come See Me
33. Steve Bledsoe, Too Many Girlfriends
34. Blacky Vale, If I Had Me A Woman
35. Bunker Hill, The Girl Can't Dance
36. Huntingtons, You're Gonna Kill That Girl

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #42: More New Stuff

Now that we're into 2012, new releases are finally beginning to make their ways into record stores, online retailers, and websites. Today's show samples a few of these recordings, along with a short tribute to Lux Interior, who died three years ago yesterday. Download this at the usual interwebs stops, or directly stream/download it HERE!

1. Wilco, Cruel to Be Kind (feat. Nick Lowe)
2. Leonard Cohen, Darkness
3. Mark Lanegan Band, Gray Goes Black
4. Dr. Dog, These Days
5. Jack White, Love Interruption
6. Nada Surf, Waiting for Something
7. John K. Samson, When I Write My Master's Thesis
8. The Cramps, It's Just That Song
9. The Cramps, Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?
10. Mike Doughty, 27 Jennifers
11. Mike Doughty, Like a Luminous Girl
12. The Rolling Stones, She's So Cold
13. The Rolling Stones, Little T&A
14. Destroyer, Leave Me Alone

Friday, February 03, 2012

Live Ledge #51: I Hate People

A busy, busy show tonight, as I bring back the Double Cover Challenge, along with celebrating the 56th birthday of X's Exene Cervenka. There's also tributes to two tragic rock 'n' roll deaths, Buddy Holly and Sid Vicioius. Add to that a discussion of the Mevio situation, along with some great (and two not-so-great) new and old tunes.
For the time being, you can still get this show via iTunes, Stitcher, or directly HERE! There will probably be an update in the next week or two on new ways to grab all of my shows.

1. The Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb
2. Mark Lanegan Band, The Gravedigger's Song
3. The Cult, Nirvana
4. Killing Joke, Eighties (live)
5. The Stooges, Down On The Street
6. T.Rex, Born To Boogie
7. Lou Reed, Satellite of Love (Live)
8. Mott The Hoople, Sweet Jane
9. David Bowie, Watch That Man
10. Personal & the Pizzas, Bored Out of My Brains
11. The Penetrators, Baby Dontcha Tell Me
12. Bare Wires, Cheap Perfume
13. Cloud Nothings, Cut You
14. X, We're Desperate
15. The Knitters, New World
16. The Knitters, Burnin' House Of Love
17. The Original Sinners, Birds & Bees
18. Buddy Holly, Rave On
19. Rockpile, Teacher Teacher
20. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Love Rock'n'Roll
21. Sex Pistols, C'mon Everybody
22. New Bomb Turks, I Hate People
23. The Meteors, I Hate People
24. H2O, Sick Boys
25. H2O, Train In Vain
26. The Clash, Louie Louie (Sandinista Outtake)
27. The Sons Of Hercules, Easy Action
28. The Church Keys, Ramona
29. The Pretty Things, Let's Talk About Girls
30. The Swingin' Neckbreakers, The Girl Can't Dance/Look Away
31. Spazzys, I Want A Divorce
32. Pink Mink, Booby Prize
33. Supersuckers, Born With a Tail

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #41: Amnesty Covers Dylan

Another delayed upload, this short show takes a look at the new four-disc set of Dylan covers released last week to benefit Amnesty International. While there are some of the typical weak tunes you come to expect form these types of releases, what makes this set stand out a bit is some unique choices in not material but artist.
Please subscribe through iTunes (and leave a review), stream it via Stitcher or directly download it HERE!

1. Johnny Cash & The Avett Brothers, One Too Many Mornings
2. Patti Smith, Drifter's Escape
3. Sinead O'Conner, Property of Jesus
4. Billy Bragg, Lay Down Your Weary Tune
5. Elvis Costello, License to Kill
6. Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli, One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
7. My Morning Jacket, You're a Big Girl Now
8. Queens Of The Stone Age, Outlaw Blues
9. Flogging Molly, The Times They Are A-Changin'
10. Rise Against, Ballad Of Hollis Brown
11. My Chemical Romance, Desolation Row
12. Bad Religion, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
13. The Gaslight Anthem, Changing of the Guards