Friday, March 30, 2012

Live Ledge #59: Lottery Win!

Full turned out I didn't win the MegaMillions jackpot. That didn't stop me from dreaming and scheming for two hours about what I would do if I did win over a half-billion dollars. Drazzle inspired a few, like having James Earl Jones read to me every day, or buying the Munsters vehicle. With this cash, I'd reunite The Replacements, buy a Tazer, and definitely upgrade my podcasting equipment. Hell, I'd personally fly in all my future Ledge guests.
Alas, it didn't happen, but it was still a lot of fun. Besides the babbling, tonight's show featured a ton of recent tunes, a set of Replacements covers, and also a mini-set of Ramones material to promote the recent publication of Johnny Ramone's autobiography.
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1. Ian Dury and the Stiff Records Crew, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
2. High On Stress, These Days Are Gone
3. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Coricidin Bottle
4. Tommy Womack, Let's Have Another Cigarette
5. Justin Townes Earle, Baby's Got a Bad Idea
6. Dr Feelgood, Heart Of The City
7. Lucero, Women & Work
8. Dukes Of Hamburg, Slow Down
9. Joe Strummer,  It's a Rockin' World
10. Moe Tucker, Too Shy
11. The Primitives, Crash
12. The Muffs, Rock & Roll Girl
13. The Launderettes, I Wanna Jump Your Bones
14. Husker Du, She's A Woman (And Now He Is A Man)
15. The Phones, Have Luv Will Travel
16. Soul Asylum, Jukebox Hero
17. Paul Westerberg, Let's Not Belong Togerther
18. Against Me!, Bastards of Young
19. Two Cow Garage, Bastards of Young
20. Druglords of the Avenues, Favorite Thing
21. The Holy Shits, Jim Beam Floats
22. The Men, Open Your Heart
23. De Keefmen, 6654321
24. The Booze, Rachel
25. Black Tambourine, I Want You Around
26. Shonen Knife, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
27. The Ramones, California Sun
28. Joey Ramone, Don't Worry About Me
29. Bastards of Melody, Fuck Wakin' Up
30. The Barreracudas, Don't Roll Your Eyes
31. The Shods, Fuckin' Around
32. The Kinks, Never Met A Girl Like You Before

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #49: Happy Birthday Nick Lowe

Yesterday was Nick Lowe's 63 birthday, so it was only fitting that I'd dedicate a show to one of my favorite songwriters, producers, and performers! There was a period in my life (1978-1982) that I'd immediately purchase anything with his name on it...which means I have a lot of Nick Lowe releases as he was extremely prolific at the time. Lowe's "Bash it out" style of production (hence, his "The Basher" nickname) resulted in lively, primarily punchy first-take tunes.
Today's show celebrates all aspects of Nick's career - from his original tracks to production credits to some great covers of his best songs. As a bonus, I had ZERO technical problems today! Grab this via iTunes, Stitcher, The Ledge android/iPhone app, or


1. Nick Lowe, I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)
2. Brinsley Schwarz, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding
3. Nick Lowe, Marie Provost
4. Wilco, I Love My Label
5. Nick Lowe, So It Goes
6. Elvis Costello, (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
7. Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
8. Pretenders, Stop Your Sobbing
9. Graham Parker, Back To Schooldays
10. Nick Lowe, They Called It Rock
11. Rockpile, Girls Talk (Live)
12. Rockpile, Cruel to Be Kind (Live)
13. Rockpile, Teacher Teacher
14. Johnny Cash, Without Love
15. Carlene Carter, Baby Ride Easy
16. Johnny Cash, The Beast In Me
17. Little Village, Don't Go Away Mad
18. Eric Ambel, 12 Step Program (To Quit You Babe)
19. The 'lectric Chairs, Heart Of The City
20. Nick Lowe & The Impossible Birds, I'm Coming Home
21. Nick Lowe, Baby It's You
22. The Glimmer Stars, Rollers Show
23. The Lowe Beats, I Don't Want The Night To End
24. Sparkle*Jets, Uk When I Write The Book
25. The Damned, New Rose
26. Richard Hell, The Kid With The Replaceable Head
27. Mickey Jupp, You'll Never Get Me Up In One Of Those
28. Dr Feelgood, She's A Wind Up
29. Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Kill
30. Steve Earle, (What's So Funny About) Peace Love & Understanding

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Live Ledge #58: Kickstarter

First off, my apologies for the lateness in posting this episode. Due to some last minute cancellations, Mojo Workout was short a few people, so I sat in with them once again after my show ended. Once that was over, it was bedtime for me.
But here it is...finally. Most of the audio issues of the last couple of shows are gone...or at least diminished. That doesn't mean all is perfect, though, as the broadcasting program attempted to make it's own playlist multiple times throughout the show. It even shut down at one point as I was wiring my soundboard for Skype. So please enjoy my confusion.
Most of this show consists of new releases and new finds, along with the announcement that I'm once again involved in a rock 'n' roll documentary. Former Ledge guest Gorman Bechard, the director of last year's Color Me Obsessed film about the Replacements, is now going to work his movie-making magic on Husker Du's legendary songwriter/vocalist/drummer Grant Hart. If the Kickstarter goal is met, filming will commence this summer. For more information, please check out the Kickstarter site.
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1. Rockpile, Here Comes The Weekend/So Fine
2. Titus Andronicus, Treatment Bound
3. The Diamond Dogs, Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
4. The Vibrators, Keys To Your Heart
5. Black Tambourine, I Remember You
6. Full Fathom Five, Paingiver
7. The Replacements, I Hate Music
8. The Hillbilly Hellcats, I Hate Music
9. Jacuzzi Boys, Do The Coma
10. Reverend Horton Heat, Wiggle Stick
11. Pete Donnelly, When You Come Home
12. The Connection, Baby Doll
13. The Nivens, Shake Some Action
14. Gentleman Jesse, Eat Me Alive
15. Robert Pollard, Bats Flew Up
16. Guided By Voices, The Unsinkable Fats Domino
17. The Bloody Hollies, I Dream Of Bees
18. Mind Spiders, Beat
19. The Men, Please Don't Go Away
20. Husker Du, Sorry Somehow Candy
21. Nova Mob, Shoot Your Way To Freedom
22. Grant Hart, Think It Over Now
23. Lee Ranaldo, Off The Wall
24. The Stranglers, Giants
25. The Fall, Taking Off Ersatz
26. Centro-matic, D. Boon-Free (A Ninth Grade Crime)
27. Uncle Tupelo, D. Boon
28. Minutemen, Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs
29. fIREHOSE, Slack Motherfucker
30. The Cynics, Rock Club
31. The Forty Fives, More Than Eve
32. The Unknowns, White Trash Girl
33. The Vibes, Miniskirt Blues
34. The Riviera Playboys, I'm the Pusherman
35. Muck and the Mires, All I Really Wanna Do Is Cry
36. DM Bob & The Deficits, Bad With Wimen

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #48: Alex Chilton

It was two years ago yesterday that we lost Alex Chilton, and The Ledge will continue to commemorate his career as long as the show exists. Today's show features primarily the quieter side of his career, with lots of covers by Americana artists, including Kelly Willis, Wilco, and John Doe. There's also some power pop, and lots of Chilton-related rarities, including a trio of tracks recorded at a 1987 Philadelphia concert.
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1. Alex Chilton, Come On Honey
2. The Box Tops, Soul Deep
3. Paul Collins, The Letter
4. The Posies, What's Goin Ahn
5. Teenage Fanclub, Free Again
6. The Loud Family, Back Of A Car
7. Young Fresh Fellows, She Might Look My Way
8. The Walkabouts, Big Black Car
9. Wilco, Thirteen
10. Evan Dando, The Ballad of El Goodo
11. Alex Chilton, B-A-B-Y
12. Alex Chilton, September Gurls
13. Alex Chilton, Take It Off
14. Head Candy, Thank You Friends
15. Jill Sobule & John Doe, I'm In Love With A Girl
16. Juliana Hatfield, Don't Lie To Me
17. Kelly Willis, When My Baby's Beside Me
18. Big Star, Femme Fatale
19. Big Star, Kanga Roo
20. Alex Chilton, Sugar, Sugar/I Got The Feelin'
21. The Replacements, Alex Chilton

Friday, March 16, 2012

Live Ledge #57: Paddy O'Ledge

Yes, I realize that St. Patrick's Day is actually tomorrow...but why not start tonight? Tonight's show is divided into two categories - Irish rock and Irish music. The first category consists of rock and punk band's that just happen to come from Ireland (Undertones, Them, etc.), while the rest of the show features Celtic flavors from all over the world...including Japan, Germany, and Belgium!
This is the perfect soundtrack to your drinking festivities tomorrow, and you can nab this mother from iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. The Commitments, Take Me To The River
2. Them, Mystic Eyes
3. Belfast Gypsys, Gloria's Dream
4. Thin Lizzy, Romeo And The Lonely Girl
5. Boomtown Rats, Looking After Number One
6. Undertones, Family Entertainment
7. Stiff Little Fingers, Alternative Ulster
8. The Waterboys, The Return of Pan
9. Dropkick Murphys, Going Out In Style
10. Flogging Molly, Revolution
11. The Mahones, Drunken Lazy Bastard
12. Smoking Popes, You'll Never Walk Alone
13. Bap Kennedy, Dirty Old Town
14. Damien Dempsey, The Rocky Road To Dublin
15. Greenland Whalefishers, Ramones
16. Blaggards, Big Strong Man
17. The Nips, Nervous Wreck
18. The Pogues, Streams Of Whiskey
19. The Pogues, London Calling
20. Shane MacGowan & The Popes, Paddy Rolling Stone
21. The Cherry Coke$, Rude Boy
22. Modern B Beard, The Leaving Of Liverpool
23. Mr. Irish Bastard, Holidays In The Sun
24. Craic, For The Man
25. The Tossers, Buckets of Beer
26. The Fisticuffs, In Heaven There Is No Beer
27. The Bloody Irish Boys, Pass Out On the Floor
28. Bastards On Parade, Pipes And Drunx
29. The Black Tartan Clan, White Crosses
30. The Blue Casket, The Irish Witchsbroom
31. The Skels, Song From Debtors' Prison
32. The Dreadnoughts, Katie Bar The Door
33. The Pogues, Danny Boy

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #47: Daylight Savings Time

I woke up this morning angry at the time change. Within five minutes into this show, I was angry at much, much more. Not only did I lose an hour of sleep last night, but the program that I use to broadcast these dumb little shows decided to not properly work. Immediately, the tunes were full of stutters and skips. I restarted the program, and there was no change. I restarted the entire laptop, and while a bit better it was still not up to snuff. So this is a hugely flawed show, with the songs quite often sounding like garbage. I uploaded it anyway, mainly so my friends can point and laugh at my idiocy.
The theme was supposed to be a simple one - songs about time. There's a few songs about Sundays, another group are about mornings. I should have made it an anti-technology show!
If you feel like enduring my pain, grab this at the usual spots, or directly download it HERE!

1. Rank Strangers, Daylight Savings
2. Cheap Trick, Good Morning Good Morning
3. The Velvet Underground, Sunday Morning
4. The Feelies, Morning Comes Here
5. Bob Dylan, New Morning
6. Johnny Cash, One Too Many Mornings
7. Flag With Hank, Running Out Of Time
8. Graham Parker, Back In Time
9. The Go-Betweens, The Clock
10. The Stereotypes, Our Time
11. Neutral Milk Hotel, I Will Bury You In Time
12. Madness, Saturday Night Sunday Morning
13. 13th Floor Elevators, She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)
14. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Can't Find The Time For Times
15. Uncle Tupelo, Wipe the Clock
16. Son Volt, Dust of Daylight
17. The Bottle Rockets, Kit Kat Clock
18. The Rolling Stones, Time Is on My Side
19. Pretenders, Time The Avenger

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Live Ledge #56: Not-So-Pure Pop

Yes, I realize I'm late in posting this week's Live Ledge, but I have an excuse. Right after my show ended, I immediately jumped onto the Mojo Workout ship, and by the time their three-hour tour concluded it was bedtime. It was definitely worth the extended on-air duties, though, as I was able to successfully induct Alex Chilton into the REAL Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Back to my show, though. I didn't intend to have a power pop show, but that's really what it became...especially as I collected favorite songs on a number of great garage-pop new releases. 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for music, and you'll agree with me if you enjoy the majority of this week's show.
As always, get this episode from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher or The Ledge android/iPhone app, or directly download it HERE!

1. Violet, Porpoise Song
2. The Suicide Commandos, Attacking the Beat
3. Howler, This One's Different
4. High On Stress, Lost My Invitation
5. The Tough Shits, Cats and Dogs
6. Sleeper Agent, Force a Smile
7. Thee American Revolution, Haircut
8. Chris Devotion and The Expectations, Tell The Girl
9. The Plimsouls, Zero Hour
10. Vertebrats, Left In The Dark
11. The Barreracudas, Numbers
12. The Rippers, She Drives Me Mad
13. The Thanes, Can't Stop Thinking About Her
14. Kurt Baker, Don't Steal My Heart Away
15. Muck and the Mires, King Of The Beat
16. The Reckless Hearts, Personal Property
17. The Dictators, 16 Forever
18. Electric Frankenstein, Cant Keep A Bad Man Down
19. The Hellacopters, Pack Of Lies
20. The Men, Turn It Around
21. The Men, Please Don't Go Away
22. Personal and The Pizzas, I Don't Wanna Be No Personal Pizza
23. Personal and The Pizzas, Pepperoni Eyes
24. Transistors, Two Shadows
25. The Avengers, The American In Me
26. Dmz, Watch For Me Girl
27. F.U.2, Come On Strong
28. The Wynona Riders, The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle
29. Mr. Irish Bastard, God Save The Queen
30. Sex Pistols, Bodies
31. Sid Vicious, Something Else (1st mix)
32. Shrapnel, Sunset Strip
33. Secret Affair, The Young Ones
34. Thee Vicars, I Don't Wanna Be Like You
35. The Shimmys, Don't Slander Me
36. The Little Killers, Jenna Lee
37. The Mansfields, Hell On Wheels
38. Guitar Gangsters, Bad Bad Girl

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #46: Down With Wilco

Since their formation in the mid-90's, Jeff Tweedy and Wilco have been one of rock's busiest bands. Besides nine full-length albums, they have served as a backing band for a number of other artists...and have made guest appearances on tons of other projects. Add a handful of side projects and you have the makings of a Rural Ledge episode!
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1. Wilco, Box Full Of Letters  
2. Uncle Tupelo, Gun  
3. Son Volt, Windfall  
4. The Bottle Rockets, Indianapolis 
5. Golden Smog, Until You Came Along  
6. Wilco, Cruel to Be Kind (feat. Nick Lowe) 
7. Charlie Louvin, Great Atomic Power  
8. Rosanne Cash, Long Black Veil  
9. Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone 
10. The Minus 5, (I've Got A) Lyrical Stance  
11. The Minus 5, Where Will You Go?  
12. Steve Forbert, My Time Ain't Long 
13. Billy Bragg & Wilco, All You Fascists  
14. Wilco, Kamera (alternate version)  
15. Wilco, I'm the Man Who Loves You (alternate version) 
16. Beck, Little Hands 
17. 7 Worlds Colllide, Too Blue  
18. Tommy Keene, Long Time Missing  
19. Loose Fur, The Ruling Class  
20. The Hilltops, Broke Down And Busted  
21. Titanic Love Affair, Oh 
22. Jay Bennett & Edward Burch, My Darlin'  
23. The Geraldine Fibbers, Pills  
24. Jeff Tweedy, Heavy Metal Drummer 
25. Deerhoof & The Raccoonists, Behold Jeff Tweedy in the Darkness  
26. Wilco w/Fleet Foxes, I Shall Be Released

Friday, March 02, 2012

Live Ledge #55: RIP Davy Jones

I'll always have a place in my heart for The Monkees. Throughout my childhood, I can recall one of the TV networks taking a break from Saturday morning cartoons for reruns, and one of my first albums ever was their self-titled debut. So, yes, I was a little sad when I heard the news that Davy Jones had died of a heart attack earlier this year, and their presence just had to be felt in this show.
There's more to this week's Live Ledge than Beatles-esque pop songs, though. Besides lots of new releases and a few blog finds, I talk about Lou Reed's 70th birthday and give an update on the health of former Replacements' guitarist Slim Dunlap.
Please download this episode via iTunes, Stitcher, or directly HERE!

1. Paul Westerberg, Daydream Believer
2. Paul Westerberg, You Just Might Be the One
3. The Monkees, She
4. Sex Pistols, (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
5. Deer Tick, Born At Zero
6. Kevn Kinney & The Golden Palaminos, Gotta Move On (Again)
7. High On Stress, Bite Your Tongue
8. Howler, This One's Different
9. Pink Mink, Booby Prize
10. The Magnolias, Where Do You Go?
11. Sugar, If I Can't Change Your Mind
12. Chris Devotion and The Expectations, I Need Your Touch
13. Mind Spiders, Beat
14. Cloud Nothings, Cut You
15. The Velvet Underground, Run Run Run Peel
16. David Bowie, White Light/White Heat
17. The Celibate Rifles, I'm Waiting for the Man
18. Guitar Gangsters, Scrape Me Off your Shoe
19. 78 RPM's, The Longest Way Home
20. Classics Of Love, Bandstand
21. Thanes, Can't Stop Thinking About Her
22. Wyldlife, Invisible Boy
23. The Barreracudas, Baby Baby Baby
24. The Plimsouls, Good Times
25. Skangkots, Dance Sucka
26. The Borstal, Wake Up Boys
27. The Dragons, Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
28. Cannibals, I Can't Control Myself
29. DM Bob & The Deficits, Jeepster
30. The Monkees, For Pete's Sake