Friday, June 22, 2012

Live Ledge #71: Cruel Summer

This past Wednesday was the summer solstice, so it's an obvious theme to play nothing but summer-related tunes. That's right, there's nothing but songs about summer, beaches, bikinis, etc. I've done it before, my ever-expanding library continues to include songs that I haven't played on previous episodes (although there may be a repeat or two).
It's also fitting that this would be my longest Live Ledge ever, as there was no Mojo Workout following tonight's Live Ledge. Rather than cutting to the auto-player, I decided to just empty out my queue of tunes. Hopefully, you won't get sick of all of these warm weather rockers.
Grab this hot one from the usual sources, or


1. Superchunk, Cruel Summer
2. Superchunk, This Summer
3. The New Salem Witch Hunters, (It Seems Like) Summer's Here At Last
4. The Cosmic Dropouts, Let's Go To The Beach
5. Muck and the Mires, Cocoa Beach
6. Graham Parker, Sock's 'n' Sandals
7. Rhett Miller, This Summer Lie
8. The Rainmakers, One More Summer
9. Material Issue, Echo Beach
10. Howler, Beach Sluts
11. Male Bonding, Tame the Sun
12. The White Wires, SUmmer Girl
13. Sonic Avenues, Late Summer Goner
14. Eddie Cochran, Summertime Blues
15. The Small Faces, Lazy Sunday
16. The Lyres, Love Me Till The Sun Shines
17. The Kinks, Wait Till The Summer Comes Along
18. Famous Monsters, Murder Beach U.S.A.
19. Pink Mink, Hidden Beach
20. Tuuli, Summer Song
21. Shonen Knife, Sunshine
22. Cheap Girls, Gone All Summer
23. Bare Wires, Dirt Beach
24. Ty Segall, You Make The Sun Fry
25. The Vindictives, California Sun
26. Blagn Dahlia, Rockaway Beach
27. The Ramones, Surfin' Bird
28. The Meteors, Surf City
29. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Surfin' USA (Summer Mix)
30. Thee Headcoats, Fingers In The Sun
31. The Cramps, Sunglasses After Dark
32. Husker Du, Celebrated Summer
33. X, Under The Big Black Sun
34. Radio Birdman, Zeno Beach
35. The Undertones, Here Comes The Summer
36. The Brewers, S.u.m.m.e.r.
37. Pathos, Straight Into The Sun
38. Wild Billy Childish And The Spartan Dreggs, The Physics Of Blown Sand And Desert Dunes
39. Thee Holy Ghosts, Sand In My Beer
40. Adolescents, Learning to Swim
41. The Vikings, Summer Of Hate
42. The Stabilisers, Love Is Easy In The Summertime
43. The Go, Summer Sun Blues
44. Demons, Where The Sun Don't Shine

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Live Ledge #70: Pleased to Meet Me

This is one of those days that makes me feel like an old man. It's just impossible to believe that on this day 25 years one of my favorite albums, Pleased to Meet Me by The Replacements, was released. It's a cliche, but it seems like the album is only a few years old.
PTMM isn't my favorite Replacements album. That award goes to Let It Be. Well, this week it's my fave. Next week it could be Hootenanny...or Tim...or Sorry, Ma. It's probably my most-played 'mats album, however, primarily because of the time it was released. Previously, I wasn't aware of release dates, so this marks their first album I actually purchased the day it was available. Coming out in June also made it the summer album of that year.
What's most interesting about the strength of the release is that it could have been a disaster, as the band was not at full health. They had fired not only their manager, Peter Jesperson, but their lead guitarist, Bob Stinson. The record company was not happy with their drunken antics, and rumors circulated that they were on the verge of breaking up.
After an initial June, 1986 recording session in Minneapolis (before Bob was fired), they traveled to Memphis around the end of '86 to record at the famed Ardent Studios with the legendary Jim Dickinson (Flamin' Groovies, Big Star, Rolling Stones) producing. As recounted in a later interview, the sessions were contentious, as Dickinson and engineer John Hampton struggled not only with the band's hard-drinking lifestyle but also music textures such as horns and strings that Dickinson added to the tunes.
Many great albums come out of chaos, however, and Pleased to Meet Me is one of them. It's also the most documented sessions of the band's career, with tons of demos and outtakes floating around in the collector's market. Today's show celebrates the anniversary of the band with nothing but alternate versions of the entire album, along with a few b-sides and unreleased songs. Portions of Bob Stinson's final recordings are also included, along with interviews with Paul Westerberg and fans of the album. (For the full Westerberg interview, plus tons of other Replacements-related videos, check out BobStinsonsGhost on YouTube.)
As always, this episode can be found in iTunes, or can be played on The Ledge android/iPhone app, streamed via Stitcher, or


1. IOU (Live)
2. Time Is Killing Us
3. Red Red Wine
4. Photo (PO Box)
5. Birthday Gal
6. Bundle Up
8. I Don't Know
9. Nightclub Jitters
10. Never Mind
11. Route 66
12. Tossin' N' Turnin'
13. Jungle Rock
14. Election Day
15. Shooting Dirty Pool
16. The Ledge
17. Skyway
18. Can't Hardly Wait (Remix)
19. Alex Chilton

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #60: Marriage Stinks!

When I decided on last week's anti-wedding theme, I went to Facebook to ask for some song suggestions. Along with some great selections that I utilized in that show, a few people also threw in some anti-marriage tunes. Obviously, the little bells in my tea-sized brain began ringing, and I decided to do a sequel of sorts to that show.
This week's live Realpunkradio broadcast was all about what happens when the bliss departs from marriage life - the arguments, the dismay that life will not be as rosy as expected, and the dreaded "D" word. There's a little bit rock, a little bit country, and even a funk tune in this week's playlist. Grab yourself a beer and shed a few tears as you listen to these sad tales from some of the world's greatest songwriters.


1. Frank Sinatra. Love and Marriage
2. Nina Simone. Marriage Is For Old Folks
3. Tom Waits. Better Off Without A Wife
4. Bob Dylan. My Wife's Home Town
5. Elvis Costello. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
6. Kelly Hogan. We Can't Have Nice Things
7. Amy Rigby. Are We Ever Going To Have Sex Again?
8. Liz Phair. Divorce Song
9. Cowboy Junkies, Sun Comes Up It's Tuesday Morning
10. Richard & Linda Thompson, Don't Renege On Our Love
11. The Black Keys, Next Girl
12. The National, Conversation 16
13. Elbow, Grounds for Divorce
14. The Fall, Married 2 Kids
15. Ben Folds Five, Song For The Dumped
16. Squeeze, Labelled With Love
17. Paul Westerberg, Things
18. Hayes Carll, She Left Me for Jesus
19. The Other Kids, Married To The Muse
20. The Knack, The Man From The Marriage Guidance Bureau
21. Wilco, Hate it Here
22. Tammy Wynette, D-I-V-O-R-C-E
23. Jan Terri, If You Want a Divorce
24. Kitty Wells, I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted
25. Jerry Lee Lewis, She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
26. Marvin Gaye, You Can Leave But It's Going to Cost You

Friday, June 08, 2012

Live Ledge #69: I Need That Record

After two weeks of themed shows, the new releases and blog finds have started to pile up. Tonight's show premieres a ton of new music, including just-released material by Shonen Knife, Bouncing Souls, Alejandro Escovedo, and so many more. There's also a bunch of blog finds, and we celebrate a few birthdays and a tragic anniversary.
You can find this show in the iTunes store, or you can stream it via Stitcher, or...


1. The Tweeds, I Need That Record
2. Ian Hunter, All The Way From Memphis
3. The Psychedelic Furs, Forever Now
4. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Alphabet Street
5. The Libertines, Boys In The Band
6. Dee Dee Ramone, Now I Want To Be Sedated
7. Joey Ramone, Life's A Gas
8. Holly and Joey, I Got You Babe
9. Holly & The Italians, Tell That Girl To Shut Up
10. Japandroids, The Nights of Wine and Roses
11. Guided By Voices, Hang Up and Try Again
12. The Hives, 1000 Answers
13. Alejandro Escovedo, Man Of The World
14. Shonen Knife, Pop Tune
15. 45 Grave, Night Of The Demons
16. Dirt Box Disco, Rock n' Rolla
17. Apa State Mental, Stupidity
18. The Love Me Tenders, Rock N Roll Don't Pay The Rent
19. The Riverboat Gamblers, Bite My Tongue
20. The Bouncing Souls, Coin Toss Girl
21. White Flag, Hes A Whore
22. The Reducers, Hippy Hippy Shake
23. New Salem Witch Hunters, It's All Over Now Baby Blue
24. Terry Malts, No Sir I'm Not A Christian
25. Husker Du, Divide And Conquer
26. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Summer Morning
27. Motors, Summertime (Is Calling)
28. Watermelon Men, Pretty Days In The Summertime
29. Psychotic Youth, Wanna Be In The Sun
30. Heartbreakers, Chinese Rocks
31. Demolition 23, I Wanna Be Loved
32. The Zeroes, Wimp
33. The Coyotemen, Lard Ass
34. Screaming Lord Sutch, Black And Hairy

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #59: Weddings Stink!

It's probably no surprise that I'm no fan of weddings. They're uncomfortable gatherings. I don't like dressing up, and the food and music is generally offensive to my admittedly closed-minded standards. Plus, I'm against the whole idea of marriage. I tried it once, and it didn't work. It's doubtful I'll ever stoop to that level again.
So today's show gathers tunes that share that anti-wedding theme, inspired by a shuffled play of "Nobody" by The Replacements. Shocking, yes, that this band would inspire yet another show. Next week's show will be a sequel of sorts, an anti-marriage episode. If you have any suggestions for tracks to air on that broadcast, please leave them as comments to this post, or email them to me at
As always, the show can be found in the iTunes store, can be streamed on Stitcher, or...


1. Stud Cole, Stop The Wedding
2. The Replacements, Nobody
3. The Replacements, You're Getting Married
4. Elvis Costello, Alison
5. Rockpile, I Knew The Bride
6. Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, $1,000 Wedding
7. Laura Cantrell, I Gave My Wedding Dress Away
8. Jerry Lee Lewis, Wedding Bells
9. Old 97's, Borrowed Bride
10. Leeroy Stagger, Waste Of A Wedding
11. Jim Cuddy, Married Again
12. Two Cow Garage, Bastards And Bridesmaids
13. Jason Isbell, Shotgun Wedding
14. Billy Bragg & Wilco, Don't You Marry
15. Paul Kelly, I Can't Believe We Were Married
16. John Wesley Harding, Bridegroom Blues
17. Bob Dylan, Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar
18. The Kinks, Labour Of Love
19. Guided By Voices, Big Boring Wedding
20. Excuse 17, This Is Not Your Wedding Song
21. XTC, Big Day
22. Drive-By Truckers, Marry Me

Friday, June 01, 2012

Live Ledge #68: More 1977

Besides the fact that I had almost two hours of tunes left over, last week's 1977 theme was so fun I had to continue it for a second episode. There are rules for this type of show, however. It would have been extremely easy to just play more tracks from the same releases as last week. Nope, can't do that.
Here's the rule - if an act was repeated this week it was because they had multiple 1977 releases, and it's quite amazing just how many bands had two albums. The Jam, The Damned, and Ramones are just a few groups that fit into this category, and The Clash and Elvis Costello were repeated because they had a full-length AND a single (although Elvis' "Watching the Detectives" was inserted into the U.S. edition of My Aim Is True).
There's even a hard rock set in this show, but how could I ignore the 1977 greatness of Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, and AC/DC?
Nab this via the usual online sources, and it should be noted the Android version of The Ledge app is back in the market, or...


1. The Kinks, Prince of the Punks
2. The Boomtown Rats, Lookin' After No. 1
3. Chris Spedding, Wild In The Streets
4. Cheap Trick, Southern Girls
5. The Real Kids, All Kindsa Girls
6. The Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet
7. Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
8. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Stick to Me
9. Elvis Costello, Watching The Detectives
10. Suicide, Rocket U.S.A
11. X-Ray Spex, Day The World Turned Day-Glo
12. Eater, Thinking of the USA
13. Dmz, Mighty Idy
14. Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
15. Dictators, Search & Destroy
16. Ramones, Do You Wanna Dance?
17. The Clash, Garageland
18. The Damned, Problem Child
19. The Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict
20. The Jam, The Modern World
21. The Stranglers, (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
22. Sham 69, I Don't Wanna
23. The Hypstrz, Action Woman
24. Rubber City Rebels, Rubber City Rebels
25. The Dogs, 19 Streets
26. The Misfits, She
27. The Germs, Lexicon Devil
28. The Zeroes, Don't Push Me Around
29. Weirdos, Life Of Crime
30. AC\DC, Problem Child
31. Thin Lizzy, Bad Reputation
32. Kiss, Plaster Caster
33. Motörhead, Motorhead
34. Slaughter and the Dogs, Who are the Mystery Girls