Friday, August 31, 2012

Live Ledge #79: Devil Music

With our city under siege by a giant Christian music festival, I decided that this may be a week to dedicate a show to "devil music". Of course, the selections on this show really aren't praying to the evil God, but at their time of release rock 'n' roll was under siege by religious leaders for being Satanic.
Clearly, this was not the case, although history repeated itself in the early 70's with the androgynous look of glam rock. Live Ledge #79 combines elements from this entire time period, from late 50's rockabilly through late 70's psychedelia and culminating in a glam set where the world seems to revolve around Bowie.
You can hear this show via the usual methods, including Stitcher, The Ledge app, or by subscribing through iTunes. Or you can...


1. The A-Bones, Devil Dance
2. Corky Jones (Buck Owens), Rhythm And Booze
3. Ronnie Allen, Juvenile Delinquent
4. Johnny Burnette, Tear It Up
5. Vince Taylor, Brand New Cadillac
6. Allen Page, She's The One
7. The Wailers, Out Of Our Tree
8. The Sonics, The Witch
9. The Zakary Thaks, Bad Girl
10. The Monks, Monk Time
11. Paul Revere & The Raiders, Have Love Will Travel
12. Esquires, Come On Come On
13. Vvaa, Hey Now Little Girl
14. The Premiers, Farmer John
15. The Pretty Things, Rosalyn
16. The Blue Rondos, Baby I Go For You
17. The V.I.P.'s, Don't Keep Shouting At Me
18. The Attack, Any More Than I Do
19. The Electric Prunes, Ain't It Hard
20. Moby Grape, Omaha
21. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Zig Zag Wanderer
22. 13th Floor Elevators, Reverberation (stereo edition)
23. Love, Can't Explain
24. District Six, 7 And 7 Is
25. Pink Floyd, Arnold Layne
26. The Misunderstood, Children Of The Sun
27. The Move, Fire Brigade
28. The Small Faces, What'Cha Gonna Do About It
29. The Yardbirds, Talkin' 'Bout You
30. The Who, A Legal Matter
31. The Stooges, Real Cool Time
32. T.Rex, Jeepster
33. David Bowie, Watch That Man
34. Mott The Hoople, Sweet Jane
35. The Velvet Underground, Beginning To See The Light (Closet Mix)
36. The Litter, Action Woman
37. The Seeds, Can't Seem to Make You Mine
38. Ronnie Hawkins, Who Do You Love

Rural Ledge-ucation #67: More New Finds

Friday's Live Ledge was all about the more rockin' new and old tunes I've discovered in recent weeks. Today's Rural Ledge-ucation is the quieter side of that same pile of new acquisitions. Many of the tracks may be old, but they are new primarily new releases. Many of the live tracks (Wilco, Afghan Whigs, Blur) are online-only recordings of recent tours, while others (Flatlanders, Kinks) are from recently discovered archive tapes. Grab this one via the normal methods, or...


1. Los Lobos, Peace
2. Ry Cooder, Mutt Romney Blues
3. Andre Williams And The Sadies, America (You Say "A Change Is Gonna Come")
4. Rodriguez, Sugar Man
5. The Afghan Whigs, Bulletproof
6. Blur, Coffee and TV
7. Graham Parker & Ther Rumour, Watch the Moon Come Down
8. The Kinks, Celluload Heroes
9. Dinosaur Jr., Rude
10. The Felice Brothers, Lincoln Continental
11. Old Crow Medicine Show, Genevieve
12. The Flatlanders, Dallas
13. Wilco, Box Full Of Letters

Friday, August 24, 2012

Live Ledge #78: New Finds

After a couple of shows with specific themes, the new releases and blog finds were starting to pile up. Tonight's show previews quite a few of these, including the upcoming Bob Mould, The White Wires, and Young Fresh Fellows. Besides those brand new tracks, there are a ton of blog finds, including rare live material by The Jam, The Clash, Dead Boys, and The Saints. It's a fun show, worthy of a night of drinking. Nab this mutha in the iTunes store, stream it on Stitcher, or...


1. Minutemen, Corona
2. The Kinks, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
3. Sweet, Blitzkrieg Bop
4. The Brewers, Mona Is A Punkrock Queen
5. Pixies, Levitate Me
6. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Come On
7. Divine Fits, What Gets You Alone
8. The Gaslight Anthem, Handwritten
9. Black Pistol Fire, Stripes or Keys
10. Bob Mould, The Descent
11. Sugar, Armenia City In The Sky
12. The Hypstrz, Little Girl
13. The Phones, I'm So Neat
14. Paul Westerberg, Betwwen Love And Like
15. Thee Oh Sees, Flood's New Light
16. The Bad Lovers, Things That I Forgot
17. The White Wires, All Night Long
18. Young Fresh Fellows, Another Ten Reasons
19. The Orwells, Painted Faces and Long Hair
20. The Rip-Offs, Hooked On Phonics
21. JEFF The Brotherhood, Hypnotic Mind
22. Ty Segall Band, The Tongue
23. Black Randy & The Metrosquad, Say It Loud I'm Black And I Pass The Dust
24. The Clash, Safe European Home
25. The Professionals, Silly Thing
26. The Jam, So Sad About Us
27. Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
28. The Saints, Stranded
29. Only Ones, Trouble In The World
30. Reverend Horton Heat, 400 Bucks
31. Supersuckers, She's My Bitch
32. THE WALL, Day Tripper
33. Hollywood Brats, Then He Kissed
34. The Mummies, Land Of A Thousand Dances
35. The Wolfmen, Insane In An Insane World
36. Magic Chrstian, Teenage Head

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #66: Happy Birthday Joe Strummer

This Tuesday, August 21, Joe Strummer would have been 60 years old. It's only fitting that today's show is a tribute to him, and we're focusing only on his post-Clash career. Along with collaborations with Big Audio Dynamite, Johnny Cash, and The Pogues, there are also tracks from the numerous film soundtracks he worked on, and, obviously, tunes from his final solo albums with the Mescaleros. The conclusion of the show includes the three songs he performed with Clash guitarist Mick Jones just a few weeks before his death. It was their first onstage collaboration since Jones was dismissed from the band in 1983, and unfortunately it would be their last time together.
This show can be found in the iTunes store, streamed on The Ledge android/iPhone app or via Stitcher, or...


1. Joe Strummer, London Calling
2. Big Audio Dynamite, V. Thirteen
3. Billy Bragg and Joe Strummer, Police and Thieves
4. The Pogues, I Fought The Law
5. Joe Strummer, Love Kills
6. Joe Strummer, Ambush At Mystery Rock
7. Joe Strummer, The Unknown Immortal
8. Joe Strummer, Gangsterville
9. Joe Strummer & Latino Rockabilly War, Trash City
10. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Johnny Appleseed
11. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Road To Rock N' Roll
12. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, X-Ray Style
13. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Coma Girl
14. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Blitzkrieg Bop
15. Joe Strummer & The Long Beach Dub All Stars, The Harder They Come
16. Joe Strummer, It's A Rockin' World
17. Joe Strummer, Bankrobber (With Mick Jones)
18. Joe Strummer, White Riot (With Mick Jones)
19. Joe Strummer, London's Burning (With Mick Jones)
20. Joe Strummer & Johnny Cash Redemption Song

Friday, August 17, 2012

Live Ledge #77: The Kinks

Anybody who follows me on social media is well aware that I was beyond angry this past Sunday when NBC elected to not broadcast Ray Davies' performance of arguably the quintessential British pop hit, "Waterloo Sunset", as part of the Olympic Closing Ceremonies. What moron decided this was a good idea? Instead, they showed One Direction, George Michael, and some creature named Jesse J. Why? Explain this to me.
Tonight's Live Ledge is my revenge. Besides airing the audio of Ray's performance from that evening, the entire show consists of songs written by Ray. A few are actual Kinks originals, but the vast majority are covers of what I consider the richest library in rock history. There's some pop, power pop, a slash of country, and lots of garage and punk classics in tonight's show. This is a keeper, my friends, so grab this now from iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Ray Davies, Waterloo Sunset
2. David Bowie, Where Have All The Good Times Gone
3. Elvis Costello, Days
4. Cheap Trick, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
5. Big Star, Till The End Of The Day
6. Young Fresh Fellows, Picture Book
7. The Minus 5, Wicked Annabella
8. The Liquor Giants, Hold My Hand
9. Fastbacks, Waterloo Sunset
10. Gary Myrick & The Figures, Who'll Be The Next In Line
11. Cud, Lola
12. Jonathan Richman, Stop Your Sobbing
13. Motherfucker 666, Celluloid Heroes
14. Matthew Sweet, Big Sky
15. Yo La Tengo, Oklahoma U. S. A.
16. Condo Fucks, This Is Where I Belong
17. The Kinks, Never Met A Girl Like You Before
18. The Kinks, Shangri-La
19. The Kinks, Set Me Free
20. The Kinks, Autumn Almanac
21. Marky Ramone And The Intruders, Better Things
22. The Stranglers, All Day & All Of The Night
23. The Jam, Dead End Street
24. The Fall, Victoria
25. The Lyres, Tired Of Waiting
26. Chocolate Watch Band, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
27. Mod Fun, I Need You
28. Bob Hocko and the Swamp Rats, She's Got Everything
29. The Records, See My Friends
30. The Kwyet Kings, David Watts
31. Southern Culture On The Skids, Muswell Hillbilly
32. T. Tex Edwards, Death Of A Clown
33. 13th Floor Elevators, You Really Got Me
34. The Kinks, A Well Respected Man

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #65: Waterloo Sunset

Apparently, Ray Davies will be a part of the Olympic final ceremonies tonight. Too bad one has to read the fine print of an article to find out that one of the greatest songs of all time, "Waterloo Sunset", will be aired to millions (or do they still claim billions) of people around the world. No, it's more important to make a big deal out of a Spice Girls reunion (blech) or what I prefer to call The Half-Who.
It doesn't really matter either way, I guess, as I have not watched a single second of this year's Olympics. I'll never ignore a chance to play Ray's wonderful tune, though, so it does get an airing on today's show. There's also a birthday tribute to Elliott Smith, who would have been 43 on August 6. Add in some Yo La Tengo, Graham Parker, and a new collaboration between Andre Williams and The Sadies and you have a show!
You can get this hour-long extravaganza via iTunes, Stitcher, The Ledge android/iPhone app or...


1. The Knitters, Call Of The Wreckin' Ball
2. Elliott Smith, Ballad Of Big Nothing
3. Elliott Smith, Thirteen
4. Elliott Smith, Son of Sam
5. Elliott Smith, Waltz #2
6. The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset
7. Yo La Tengo, Big Sky
8. Yo La Tengo, Speeding Motorcycle
9. Jimmy Cliff, Guns Of Brixton
10. Tim Armstrong, Just For Tonight
11. Peter Tosh, Don't look Back
12. Andre Williams And The Sadies, I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail
13. Paul Westerberg, Mr. Rabbit
14. Rhett Miller, Queen Bitch
15. Graham Parker & Ther Rumour, Fool's Gold
16. The Bottle Rockets, I'll Be Comin' Around

Friday, August 10, 2012

Live Ledge #76: Peel Sessions (Pt. 2)

After a wonderful show last week that focused primarily on the first wave of punk and post-punk, the second show devoted to John Peel's BBC Sessions expands to power pop, grunge, and American indie rock. By the 90's, almost every band that hit the Brit shores were invited in to record a Peel Session, and tonight's show includes quite a bit of these. Grab this show via the usual outlets, or...


1. The Fall, Rebellious Jukebox
2. The Cure, Boys Don't Cry
3. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Love in a Void
4. The Sugarcubes, Motorcrash
5. The Pogues, Streams of Whiskey
6. Close Lobsters, From This Day On
7. Squeeze, Sex Master
8. The Wedding Present, You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
9. Young Marble Giants, Brand New Life
10. Ween, Captain Fantasy
11. Pavement, Circa 1762
12. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jennifer
13. Pixies, Hey
14. Frank Black And Teenage Fanclub, Handyman
15. The Breeders, Hellbound
16. Stiff Little Fingers, Suspect Device
17. Chris Spedding & The Vibrators, Pogo Dance
18. The Damned, Sick Of Being Sick
19. Generation x, Your Generation
20. Sonic Youth, Victoria
21. Soundgarden, Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey)
22. Mudhoney, Here Comes Sickness
23. Nirvana, Mollys Lip's
24. Hole, Violet
25. Babes In Toyland, Pearl
26. Velocity Girl, Here Comes
27. Bratmobile, Make Me Miss America
28. The Cramps, What's Inside a Girl?
29. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, Telepathetic
30. Fugazi, Waiting Room
31. Big Black, The Ugly American
32. Shellac, Canada
33. The White Stripes, Hotel Yorba
34. Detroit Cobras, Bad Girl
35. Hot Snakes, Braintrust
36. New Bomb Turks, I Hate People
37. The Mummies, The Fly 1994
38. The Meteors, Voodoo Rhythm

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #64: Bootlegs

I've always been a sucker for the rarities - whether they be studio demos, radio sessions, or live concert recordings. In fact, one of the more depressing episodes of my big house revamp was the discovery of literally hundreds of unmarked CDR's that I know contain some great concerts that will never be added to the digital library.
Today's show consists of some of these rare oddities; primarily live recordings but also a couple of demos. Compiled together, it's a nice little collection to enjoy on this pleasant Sunday afternoon. You'll find this in the usual online spots, or you can...


1. Bob Dylan With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, I Forget More
2. Neil Young, Roll Another Number (For The Road)
3. The Jayhawks, Reason To Believe
4. Son Volt, Route
5. Wilco, Candyfloss
6. The Gaslight Anthem, Left Of The Dial
7. Justin Townes Earle, Can't Hardly Wait
8. The Replacements, Rock n Rock Ghost
9. Paul Westerberg, Betwwen Love And Like
10. Nick Cave, Do You Love Me
11. The Waterboys, Fisherman Blues
12. The Afghan Whigs, Come See About Me
13. Johnny Thunders, You Cant Put Your Arms Around a Memory
14. Elvis Costello, Peace Love and Understanding

Friday, August 03, 2012

Live Ledge #75: Peel Sessions (Pt. 1)

While it may be a shameless tie-in, Live Ledge is nothing but England-centric shows until the Olympics are over. Unfortunately, I have no idea when that is as I have yet to watch a second of the festivities.
No matter. If England is my theme, then it's no shock that I have decided to do a show focusing on John Peel Sessions. To those who are without a clue, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft (6/30/39 - 10/25/04) is the greatest radio host of all time. He got his start on American radio in the mid-60's as a tie-in to the British Invasion. You know, if he's British he must know the Beatles! He returned to England in 1967 to work on a pirate radio station (Radio London), and joined the BBC later that year after authorities cracked down on these illegal stations. Over the years, he had a number of different shows and timeslots, but is mainly known for the Peel Sessions, which were generally four songs recorded by an artist in the BBC studios. Given the brevity of time in this studio, quite often the results were punchier and more exciting than the original version!
The success of these shows also led to the BBC understanding that there is indeed a market for live radio recordings, and in the mid-80's they started releasing a number of these shows. Many are included in tonight's broadcast, along with quite a few "forgotten" performances that continue to circulate among hardcore fans of either Peel or the band!
Tonight is part one of a two-part series, and focuses primarily on British acts from the late 70's to mid-80's. Next week there will be more American acts included, and the selected artists are a bit louder than what you get in this episode. This is a show worthy of hearing either via The Ledge app, Stitcher, or


1. The Undertones, Family Entertainment
2. Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart
3. The Smiths, What Difference Does It Make
4. The Housemartins, Happy Hour
5. Echo & The Bunnymen, Read It In Books
6. Elvis Costello, Red Shoes
7. Joe Jackson, I'm The Man
8. Billy Bragg, Greetings To The New Brunette
9. Gary Numan, Cars
10. J. Mascis, Freakscene
11. Jim & William Reid, You Trip Me Up
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Some Candy Talking
13. The Boomtown Rats, Looking After Number One
14. The Slits, Love Und Romance
15. X-Ray Spex, I Am a Poseur
16. Bow Wow Wow, Radio G-String
17. Crass, Shaved Women
18. The Selector, Street Feeling
19. The English Beat, Tears Of A Clown
20. Magazine, I Love You You Big Dummy
21. Gang of Four, Return The Gift
22. The Jam, Artschool
23. The Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet
24. Wire, I Am the Fly
25. 999, Homicide
26. The Stranglers, Hangin' Around
27. The Rezillos, Top of The Pops
28. Killing Joke, Nuclear Boy
29. Moondogs, Schoolgirl's Crush
30. The Lurkers, Pills
31. Skids, Walk On The Wild Side
32. The Drones, Be My Baby
33. Thin Lizzy, Cowboy Song