Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #58: Birthdays & Stuff

It's been a big week for rock 'n' roll birthdays, particularly for British punk/indie stars of the late 70's and 80's. As I noted on Friday's Live Ledge, Paul Weller turned 54 years old on May 25, and he's joined by the likes of Morrissey (53 on May 22), Jerry Dammers of The Specials (58 on May 22), and Siouxsie Sioux (55 on May 27). Oh yeah, and Split Enz/Crowded House leader Neil Finn (56 on May 27) and Bob Dylan (71 this past Thursday).
This week isn't just noteworthy for birthdays, though. The biggest story of the week is the triumphant return of The Afghan Whigs, who played their first show in ten years. For more info on that gig, you should check out former Ledge guest Caryn Rose's blog. Today also marked the anniversaries of the release of Buddy Holly's first single, "That'll Be the Day", and the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen". Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of David Bowie handing Mott the Hoople the tune that changed their career ("All the Young Dudes", and Wednesday was the 45th anniversary of Pink Floyd recording their landmark single, "See Emily Play".
Today's Rural Ledge-ucation celebrates all of these birthdays and anniversaries, and as always you can grab this in iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or...


1. The Afghan Whigs, Bulletproof
2. The Jam, That's Entertainment
3. The Jam, The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
4. The Style Council, Walls Come Tumbling Down
5. Paul Weller, The Attic
6. Morrissey, Suedehead
7. Pete Yorn, Panic
8. Colin Meloy, Every Day Is Like Sunday
9. Treepeople, Big Mouth Strikes Again
10. Siouxie & the Banshees, Dear Prudence
11. The Specials, A Message To You Rudy
12. Split Enz, I Got You
13. Buddy Holly, That'll Be The Day
14. Pink Floyd, See Emily Play
15. Mott The Hoople, All The Young Dudes
16. Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen
17. Bob Dylan, The Man In Me

Friday, May 25, 2012

Live Ledge #67: 1977

What a great year. After a period of ho-hum corporate rock some new noises finally made its way out of cities such as New York, London, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Melbourne. No long guitar solos (or solos at all), no giant stage shows. Just three minutes of power and attitude and they were done.
Tonight's show celebrates that great year that saw the first D.I.Y. releases (The Saints and The Buzzcocks), the first TV bans (Elvis Costello on SNL and The Sex Pistols on The Bill Grundy Show), and the first REAL female rock 'n' roll band (Runaways). There's so many essential tunes from 1977 that next week will see a second show of tracks from that year.
This is a must-have episode, so grab this in the iTunes store, stream it on Stitcher, or...


1. The Clash, 1977
2. The Jam, In The City
3. Sex Pistols, Holidays In The Sun
4. Buzzcocks, Time's Up
5. Wire, Three Girl Rhumba
6. The Runaways, Queens Of Noise
7. Status Quo, Rockin' All Over The World
8. Cheap Trick, He's a Whore
9. The Nerves, Hanging On The Telephone
10. Iggy Pop, Funtime
11. David Bowie, Be My Wife
12. Iggy & The Stooges, I Got A Right
13. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Ice Cream Man
14. Graham Parker, Back To Schooldays
15. Elvis Costello, Waiting For The End Of The World
16. Dave Edmunds, Juju Man
17. Nick Lowe, Marie Provost
18. The Saints, (I'm) Stranded
19. Radio Birdman, Do The Pop
20. The Gizmos, Pumpin' To Playboy
21. Eddie & The Hot Rods, Do Anything You Wanna Do
22. The Drones, Be My Baby
23. Boys, I Call Your Name
24. The Damned, Help (live)
25. The Vibrators, Jumpin' Jack Flash
26. The Rezillos, I can't stand my baby
27. Ultravox, Saturday Night In The City Of The Dead
28. Generation X, Your Generation
29. The Adverts, One Chord Wonders
30. Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blank Generation
31. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Baby Talk
32. The Ramones, California Sun
33. Television, See No Evil
34. Talking Heads, Psycho Killer
35. Devo, Jocko Homo

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #57: 3 Anniversaries & a Mick

I have to be honest. I had few expectations about last night's Saturday Night Live, even with Mick Jagger hosting and performing. Anybody who has read my twitter feed for the last couple of years knows that I'm constantly annoyed by the poor writing and performances by the cast, host, and musical performers.
Plus, there was something about the pairing of Jagger with Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters that just didn't feel right. They're both fine bands, but the Foos are bombastic while Arcade Fire are a bit too subtle for Jagger's hyper onstage schtick. (Plus, we all know about Jagger's acting ability...or lack of!)
Yet it worked! Sure, we had to endure some of Kristen Wiig's more annoying characters as she did her victory lap (she's reportedly leaving the show), and like most hosts Jagger had to rely a bit too much on the cue cards. But he was completely charming! His monologue was easily the best of the year, and he completely outshined Wiig on the "Word Guess" (or whatever it's called) skit. The segment where Mick was an insurance agent watching Jagger impersonations at a karaoke bar was genius!
Most importantly, the music performances were top-notch. Jagger did connect with not only the Foos and AF but also his old pal Jeff Beck (on a new blues tune called "Tea Party"). Sure, there were mistakes but everybody on that stage was having the time of their lives...and that IS what rock 'n' roll is all about.
Today's show includes those three musical segments, and also celebrates the anniversaries of three of the greatest albums of all time - Exile On Main Street, Blonde On Blonde, and Pet Sounds. Besides rarities from all three albums, the sets are extended by covers by the likes of Soul Asylum, Robyn Hitchcock, and Frank Black.
To access this show, download it via iTunes, stream it with Stitcher, or...


1. Mick Jagger & Arcade Fire, The Last Time
2. The Rolling Stones, Loving Cup
3. Soul Asylum, Sweet Virginia
4. Old 97'S, Rocks Off
5. The Gaslight Anthem, Tumbling Dice
6. Bob Dylan, Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [Alternate Take]
7. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
8. Robyn Hitchcock, Visions of Johanna
9. Jay Farrar, 16 Absolutely Sweet Marie
10. Mick Jagger & Jeff Beck, Tea Party
11. The Beach Boys, Sloop John B (alternate mix)
12. Oldham Brothers, Wouldn't It Be Nice
13. The Flaming Lips, God Only Knows
14. Frank Black Hang, On To Your Ego
15. Mick Jagger & Foo Fighters, 19th Nervous Breakdown/It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Friday, May 18, 2012

Live Ledge #66: Heather Hellkitten

Last week's episode was labelled as "whine-free", and somehow it became the most downloaded Ledge broadcast in over a year. Well, this week's episode not only feature plenty of whining, but also a bottle of wine. I was joined by the lovely Heather Hellkitten, the host of Realpunkradio's Morning Poo and Happy Hour With Heather Hellkitten. Besides talking about her shows, we basically became a couple of hens gossiping about reality television, wacky small town living, and awful pop culture trends. Oh yeah, and we spent a few minutes talking about our favorite e-cig flavors. For more info on that part of our lives, head to Rocky Top Vapor and enter ledge10 to get 10% off and free shipping on any order.
You can grab this tune via iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or...


1. Dodgems, Gotta Give It Up
2. Blondie, Rip Her To Shreds
3. Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart
4. Star Fucking Hipsters, Two Cups Of Tea
5. Rolling Stones, Rocks Off
6. Uncle Tupelo, Moonshiner
7. Joey Ramone, Party Line
8. Tim Barry, 40 Miler
9. The Replacements, Heartbeat- It's A Lovebeat
10. Against Me!, Bastards of Young

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Ledge #90: Jed's Dead

With a name like Jed's Dead, isn't it perfect that there would be a Ledge episode devoted to the band? Jed's Dead is an Las Angeles-based Americana band who describe themselves as "folk noir". Don't know what that is? Then listen to this show!
Singer/guitarist Edward Romero is the leader of Jed's Dead, and he recently sat down with host Scott Hudson to talk about not only the band, but other bands he loves. We also chat extensively about his time spent as a singer/songwriter troubadour in Europe, and his day job as a director/actor/soundman/etc. in Hollywood. For more info, check out the band's site at
To listen to the show, you can nab it via iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or


Romero was also in charge of this episode's playlist:

1. Jed's Dead, A Girl From Texas
2. Gear Daddies, No One's Home
3. Billy Bragg, The Price I Pay
4. Uncle Tupelo, New Madrid
5. Bucksworth, Lil' Girl
6. Dafni, Down and Dirty
7. Mojave 3, Who Do You Love?
8. Whiskeytown, Avenues
9. 16 Horsepower, Hutterite Mile
10. Amilia K. Spicer, I Know a Man
11. Dan Janisch, The Strongets Man
12. Jed's Dead, Party Wrecker

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #56: Happy Mother's Day

For the second straight year, I celebrate every mother all over the world with nothing but "Mom" songs. No, I don't mean lite rock or bubblegum pop. I'm talking about songs about these great ladies, performed by rockers, country dudes, and singer-songwriters. There's also a short set commemorating the birthday of my sister, Dawn (who is also a mommy, btw).
For a relaxing listen, download this show from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or...


1. Jeff Buckley, Mama You Been On My Mind
2. Robyn Hitchcock, Tell Me Mama
3. The Band, Rag Mama Rag
4. Neil Young, Motorcycle Mama
5. The Bottle Rockets, Trailer Mama
6. Hi Fi Guys, Rock & Roll Killed My Mother
7. Troy Hess, Please Don't Go Topless Mother
8. Rex Griffen, Sweet Mama Hurry Home
9. Billy Joe Shaver, Sweet Mama
10. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mother Blues
11. Warren Zevon, Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded
12. Paul Westerberg, MamaDaddyDid
13. The Rolling Stones, Crazy Mama
14. The Lemonheads, Dawn Can't Decide
15. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Little Dawn
16. The Beatles, Let It Be

Friday, May 11, 2012

Live Ledge #65: Whine-Free

Trust me, I'm well aware of my reputation as a curmudgeon. A negative creep, so to speak. Well over a decade of this blog is devoted to my vitrol, let alone my day to day bitchfests on twitter and Facebook. Yes, there's a reason I'm rarely invited anywhere (besides the fact that I tend to not show up anyway).
So after receiving the wrath of a friend earlier today for my constant complaints, I took it upon myself to try to put together a whine-free show. Well, the music probably still has its share of whining. I'm talking about my presentation. The goal was to be upbeat...and to not take anybody to task for what I perceive to be indiscretions against me, my life, the music biz...and music itself. So there's no Brian Fallon audio clips tonight. Just sunny ol' Scotty and his loud rock 'n' roll.
To be fair, I do have something to be happy about tonight. I have a sponsor! Yes, Rocky Top Vapor is now sponsoring all of my shows! If you're interested in getting into electronic cigarettes, or need some e-liquid or other supplies, just head over there and by entering ledge10 in the promo box you'll get 10% off AND free shipping! Do it now (and watch this site for future e-cig news)!
The drill is the same as always. Grab this show from iTunes, stream it via Stitcher or...


1. My Bloody Valentine, How Do You Do It
2. The Cribs, Come On Be a No-One
3. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Throw It To The Universe
4. Mind Spiders, On The Radio
5. Japandroids, Fire's Highway
6. Joey Ramone, New York City
7. Joey Ramone, 21st Century Girl
8. Sonic Avenues, Givin' Up On You
9. Ty Segall & White Fence, Easy Ryder
10. The Young Fresh Fellows, Picture Book
11. Elvis Costelllo, Whole Wide World
12. Perfect, Crocodile Rock
13. The Vapids, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
14. Kead Dennedys, Too Drunk to Fuck
15. The Primitives, Till You Say You’ll Be Mine
16. The Hussy, Bang Bang
17. Alice Bag Band, Gluttony
18. The Bags, We Will Bury You
19. The Avengers, Teenage Rebel
20. Free Kitten, Oh Bondage Up Yours!
21. The Blisters, Teenage Flower
22. The Master Plan, 14th Street
23. Muck and the Mires, Treat Her Right
24. The Nads, Blame It On The Priests
25. The Undertakers, Where The Wild Things Are
26. The Weirdos, Jungle Rock
27. Pixies, Nimrod's Son
28. Teenager, Funeral March
29. Pete And The Pirates, Blood Gets Thin
30. The Way-Outs, Stop Dragging Me Down
31. The Cheats, Run For Your Life
32. The Angry Dead Pirates, Being
33. The Movements, Put Me Down
34. Dodson's Dogs, You Better Run
35. The Mansfields, Shake Some Action

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #55: Oh Susanna

Every few weeks, I break format a little and use the Rural Ledge-ucation show to highlight nothing but new and upcoming releases. Today is one of those shows, with not only new music by Jack White, Todd Snider, Best Coast, and Spiritualized, but reissues of classic tracks by The Small Faces, World Party, and My Bloody Valentine. Add in some new versions of favorites by X's Exene and John, Ryan Adams, and Elvis Costello, and you have an episode that I consider worthy of checking out.
What will probably capture the most attention, though, is a preview of the first Neil Young and Crazy Horse album in almost a decade. Entitled Americana, the disc features reworkings of primarily public domain tunes we sang back in our school days. While this may seem a bit strange or lazy to some people, the leaked version of "Oh, Susanna" has me excited for the album, as Crazy Horse is as garage-y as ever. Young's version also ties the lyrics in with the melody of Shocking Blue's late 60's hit, "Venus". Other tracks on the release, which comes out on June 5, include Young's versions of "Clementine", "Gallows Pole", "This Land Is Your Land", and "God Save the Queen" (the British national anthem, not the Sex Pistols' classic). 
As always, you can find access to this show on Stitcher, iTunes, The Ledge iPhone/android app, or

1. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Oh Susannah  
2. The Small Faces, Get Yourself Together  
3. Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) 
4. World Party, Happiness Is A Warm Gun 
5. Jack White, Hypocritical Kiss  
6. Billy Bragg & Wilco, When The Roses Bloom Again 
7. Todd Snider, Pissin' In The Wind  
8. Ryan Adams, Houses On the Hill (iTunes Session)  
9. John Doe & Exene Cervenka, See How We Are 
10. My Bloody Valentine, Thorn 
11. M. Ward, Primitive Girl 
12. Best Coast, The Only Place  
13. The District Attorneys, Slowburner 
14. Diamond Rugs, Call Girl Blues  
15. Spiritualized, Hey Jane 

Friday, May 04, 2012

Live Ledge #64: RIP Adam Yauch

Just hours before the schedule time for the Live Ledge broadcast on Realpunkradio came news that Adam "MCA" Yauch of The Beastie Boys had passed away from cancer. I quickly pulled together a few Beasties tracks for a short tribute to a member of the band that truly brought rap to rocker, punkers, and metalheads in even the smallest rural community.
Besides the tribute, this episode also saw the debut by a ton of artists, including PIL, Gaslight Anthem, Die Toten Hosen, and so many more. Plus, we celebrated what would have been the 83rd birthday of legendary guitarist Link Wray.
Nab this sucka now from the usual online spots, or


1. Beastie Boys, White Shadow
2. Beastie Boys, Screaming at a Wall
3. Beastie Boys, Looking Down The Barrell Of A Gun
4. The Hot Rats, (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)
5. The Small Faces, Tin Soldier
6. Graham Parker & The Figgs, All Or Nothing
7. The Figgs, Chased The Day
8. Public Image Ltd., One Drop
9. Joey Ramone, What Did I Do To Deserve You
10. Die Toten Hosen, Traurig Einen Sommer
11. The Nomads, American Slang
12. Diamond Rugs, Gimme A Beer
13. Deer Tick, Mr. Cigarette
14. TEENANGER, Walking on Eggshells
15. Gaslight Anthem, 45  
16. Elvis Costello, 45
17. The Replacements, Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
18. Jawbreaker, Boxcar
19. OFF, Wiped Out
20. OFF, I Got News For You
21. OFF, King Kong Brigade
22. Dan Vapid And The Cheats, Baby Baby Get OVer Yourself
23. Link Wray, Ain't That Loving You Baby
24. Jason & The Scorchers, Tear It Up
25. Jason Ringenberg, Link Wray
26. T. Tex Edwards, Move It
27. Nervebreakers, Hijack The Radio
28. Gay Sportscasters, Cleo's Gone
29. Hickoids, Burnin' Love
30. Cheap Time, More Cigarettes