Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #72: 1st World Problems

Let's be completely honest here. I'm a "negative creep". A pessimist; a curmudgeon. Insert any words that are similar to those. I'm all that and more. Admittedly, the vast majority of my whines are about people, topics, and/or situations that really mean nothing in the long run.
Today's show includes some of those types of complaints - a phone that doesn't work correctly; issues with contractors. At the end of the day, they really don't mean anything, but I do have this microphone, mixer, and podcast account to ensure at least a few people have to endure my complaints.
But wait! It's not just about my whines. Today's show features primarily recent releases, including tunes from box set releases by Ryan Adams, Billy Bragg & Wilco, and World Party. There's brand new tunes by Dwight Yoakam and Justin Townes Earle. There's also a set of tracks from the most recent Uncut Magazine recreation of The Byrds Younger than Yesterday album (although I erroneously say it is Mojo Magazine). It's not all doom and gloom, so take a listen at the various online spots that feature this show, or...


1. Muddy Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man
2. The Soft Pack, Captain Ace
3. The Sadies, Wasn't Born To Follow
4. Flamin' Groovies, Feel A Whole Lot Better
5. Velvet Crush, Mr Spaceman
6. Dwight Yoakam, Dim Lights Thick Smoke
7. Justin Townes Earle, Baby's Got a Bad Idea
8. Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Long White Cadillac
9. Todd Snider, New York Banker
10. R.E.M., So. Central Rain
11. Ryan Adams, Firecracker
12. Billy Bragg & Wilco, When The Roses Bloom Again
13. The Honeydogs, Fighting Weight
14. World Party, Cry Baby Cry

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #71: Paul & Ryan

On October 30, Matthew Ryan will release a new album, In the Dusk of Everything. Described on his website as a "folky mood record", Ryan eschewed digital technology for this album and recorded it on old school two-inch tape. In a conversation held earlier this week, Ryan not only agreed to do a future Ledge interview but provided me with a track from the album. "She's a Sparrow" certainly fits that moody folk description.
"She's a Sparrow" also fits into the overall theme of the show. With yesterday being the first day of the new season, today's show is primarily tracks about the fall. Wind, cooler temps, shorter days...that kind of thing. There's also a set dedicated to Leonard Cohen's 78th birthday, which was this past Friday.
Oh yes, there is one more treat on this show. This past Friday, various websites were provided with a brand new Paul Westerberg tune! "My Road Now" is a solo piano tune that hopefully is the precursor to a brand new album! Please make it so, Paul!
Today's episode is a really fun show for a wonderful autumn day, so download this now from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or...


1. The Kinks Autumn Almanac
2. Matthew Ryan, She's A Sparrow
3. The Church, Autumn Soon
4. Wilco, Not For The Season
5. Son Volt, Windfall
6. Jerry Lee Lewis, Seasons Of My Heart
7. Bob Dylan, Four Strong Winds
8. Bob Mould & Vic Chesnutt, Hickory Wind
9. Nick Lowe, Soulful Wind
10. Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows
11. Johnny Cash, Bird On A Wire
12. Lloyd Cole, Chelsea Hotel #2
13. Paul Westerberg, My Road Now
14. The Replacements, Here Comes A Regular
15. Paul Westerberg, Love You In The Fall
16. The White Stripes, Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground

Friday, September 21, 2012

Live Ledge #82: Green Day

Next Tuesday, Green Day will be releasing their first album in three years. Uno! is the first shot of a trio of discs that will be coming out in the course of the next four months, and the pre-release hype claim that it is a return to the glory days of Kerplunk and Dookie.
Having obtained an advance copy, tonight's Live Ledge includes six songs (half the album), and these tracks include two of the best ("Nuclear Family" and "Let Yourself Go"), two of the worst ("Kill the DJ" and "Troublemaker"), along with two tracks ("Sweet 16" and "Fell For You") that definitely fit the claim that the band was going for a sound similar to Cheap Trick. I'm also joined by Big Brother Gossip Show cohost Ash Masters  for additional commentary. The consensus? You'll have to download this to find out.
Besides the Green Day tracks, tonight's show also includes new material by Natural Child, The Soft Pack, Corin Tucker, and a couple of tunes from a Repo Man tribute album.
Grab this fun show from the usual suspects or...


1. Natural Child, Laid Paid and Strange
2. The Soft Pack, Saratoga
3. The Soft Pack, Second Look
4. Polar Bear Club, TV Party
5. Mike Watt & The Secondmen, Let's Have A War
6. Corin Tucker Band, Neskowin
7. Green Day, Nuclear Family
8. Green Day, Let Yourself Go
9. Green Day, Kill The Dj
10. Green Day, Troublemaker
11. Green Day, Sweet 16
12. Green Day, Fell For You
13. The Bags, We Will Bury You
14. The Gits, Another Shot Of Whiskey
15. Babes in Toyland, Bruise Violet
16. The Muffs, From Your Girl
17. The Fastbacks, Fortune's Misery
18. Black Flag, Nervous Breakdown
19. Angry Samoans, You Stuipid Asshole
20. Adolescents, Kids of the Black Hole
21. The Adicts, Viva La Revolution
22. Al Bundie's Army, Today Your Love
23. Flanders 72, The Kkk Took My Baby Away
24. Boney Fiend, Rock And Roll High School
25. The Ramones, Baby, I Love You
26. Joey Ramone, New York City
27. The A-Bones, Spinning My Wheels
28. The Cramps, Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?
29. Batmobile, Give me some pussy
30. Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict
31. The Replacements, Kids Don't Follow
32. Archers Of Loaf, Wrong
33. Anti-Nowhere League, I Hate People

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #70: White Light White Heat

It's become a monthly tradition for Rural Ledge-ucation - a show devoted exclusively to new releases. September is shaping up to be a great month for new releases, including great albums by Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Calexico, and Patterson Hood. Bracketing the show are covers of "White Light/White Heat" by Ralph Stanley and Mark Lanegan from the Lawless sountrack.
Nab this sucka from iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Ralph Stanley, White Light/White Heat
2. Bob Dylan, Narrow Way
3. Ian Hunter And The Rant Band, Just The Way You Look Tonight
4. Ry Cooder, The Wall Street Part of Town
5. Bill Fay, Home Was the Place
6. The Avett Brothers, Live And Die
7. Calexico, Fortune Teller
8. Patterson Hood, Leaving Time
9. The Kinks, Days
10. Waxahatchee, Grass Stain
11. Aimee Mann, Living A Lie
12. Juliana Hatfield, My Wife
13. The Trypes, Love You To
14. The Bootleggers Feat. Mark Lanegan, White Light/White Heat

Friday, September 14, 2012

Live Ledge #81: Family Tree

The concept is pretty simple - play a track by a band you love and then follow it up with spin-offs, solo projects, subsequent bands, etc. Tonight's Live Ledge featured a handful of these types of sets dedicated to The Replacements (shocker), Husker Du, Rocket From the Crypt, and Sonny Vincent. Besides those lengthy sets, there were new releases by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Raveonettes, The Whigs, Robert Pollard, and many, many more, along with the usual blog finds, reissues, and other longtime faves.
This show can be found in the iTunes store, Stitcher or...


1. The Replacements, Hello Dolly
2. Bob Mould, Star Machine
3. Sugar, Helpless
4. Grant Hart, Think It Over Now
5. Husker Du, Back From Somewhere
6. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Get Your Pants Off
7. The Whigs, Rock And Roll Forever
8. The Raveonettes, Young and Cold
9. Robert Pollard, Who's Running My Ranch?
10. Ian Hunter And The Rant Band, Comfortable
11. The Stooges, Real Cool Time
12. Lou Reed, Sally Can't Dance
13. Ian Dury & The Blockheads, I'm Partial To Your Abacadabra
14. Cheap Trick, Come On Come On  
15. The Rolling Stones, Respectable
16. Freddy Lynxx & Jeff Dahl, Born To Lose
17. Strutter Motherfuckers, I Don't Give A Fuck
18. Supersuckers, Burnin Up
19. Electric Frankenstein, She's My Bitch
20. The Hellacopters, Gimme Shelter
21. The Nomads, She Pays The Rent
22. Rocket From The Crypt, Born In '69
23. Drive Like Jehu, Golden Brown
24. Hot Snakes, Audit in Progress
25. The Night Marchers, Jump in the Fire
26. The Sultans, Hold You Down
27. The Replacements, Kiss Me On The Bus
28. Slim Dunlap, Girlfriend
29. Chris Mars, Popular Creeps
30. Tommy Stinson, Teenage Kicks
31. Paul Westerberg, World Class Fad
32. Model Prisoners, Bad Attitude
33. Shotgun Rationale, Carnal Carnival
34. Shotgun Rationale, Me Myself and I
35. Sonny Vincent and His Rat Race Choir, Roky
36. The Testors, Time Is Mine
37. Soul Asylum, To Sir With Love

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #69: Life Story (Pt. 2)

Starting off where we left off on Friday's Live Ledge, today's Rural Ledge-ucation continues the year-by-year music selections, culminating with a track from Bob Dylan's new album, Tempest. Yes, Mr. Zimmerman is giving me a birthday present once again this year with a new album coming out on my supposedly big day.
The rest of the show fluctuates between Americana, power pop, and indie rock. There's even a tune by a local band, Violet, that was the soundtrack of my life for a few years in the 90's. You can find this show in iTunes, Stitcher, The Ledge app, or...


1. Whiskeytown, Drank Like A River (1995)
2. Golden Smog, Red Headed Stepchild (1996)
3. Violet, So Lonely (1997)
4. Neutral Milk Hotel, King Of Carrot Flowers Part 1 (1998)
5. Peter Bruntnell, You Won't Find Me (1999)
6. The Jayhawks, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (2000)
7. The White Stripes, Hotel Yorba (2001)
8. Wilco, Heavy Metal Drummer (2002)
9. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Coma Girl (2003)
10. Paul Westerberg, As Far As I Know (2004)
11. The Decemberists, 16 Military Wives (2005)
12. Built To Spill, Conventional Wisdom (2006)
13. The Ike Reilly Assassination, Valentines Day In Juarez (2007)
14. The Hold Steady, Sequestered In Memphis (2008)
15. Art Brut, The Replacements (2009)
16. Arcade Fire, Month Of May (2010)
17. Tom Waits, Satisfied (2011)
18. Bob Dylan, Duquesne Whistle (2012)

Friday, September 07, 2012

Live Ledge #80: Life Story (Pt. 1)

The rumors are true. Later this week, Old Man Hudson is officially old. Like ancient. Older than he ever thought he would be.
Instead of crying about my age (although tears have been shed), I decided to be self-indulgent and turn it into not one but two shows. Tonight's show, along with Sunday's Rural Ledge-ucation, are the story of my life. Starting off with that fatal day where a screaming little brat was born in a Midwest hospital while at the same time four scruffy lads from Liverpool were putting the final touches on their first single, part one of the series concludes as I was close to my mid-30's. There is a song on this show to represent every year up to 1994, and includes glam, punk, power pop, folk-rock, and every other temporary trend that whose bus I leaped onto.
Sunday's show will take off from where I left off, with tracks from 1994 to a song that will be released on my birthday later this week. Combined, there will be almost four hours of songs that I have been obsessed with most of my life. Grab this show from the usual online locations, whether it is iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. The Beatles, Love Me Do (1962)
2. The Ronettes, Be My Baby (1963)
3. The Kinks, All Day And All Of The Night (1964)
4. Bob Dylan, Positively 4th Street (1965)
5. Love, 7 And 7 Is (1966)
6. The Monkees, (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone (1967)
7. The Rolling Stones, Salt Of The Earth (1968)
8. MC5, Kick Out The Jams (1969)
9. The Stooges, Down On The Street (1970)
10. T.Rex, Raw Ramp (1971)
11. David Bowie, Starman (1972)
12. The Flamin' Groovies, Shake Some Action (1973)
13. Big Star, September Gurls (1974)
14. Sweet, Fox On The Run (1975)
15. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (1976)
16. Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant (1977)
17. The Boomtown Rats, She's So Modern (1978)
18. The Clash, Death or Glory (1979)
19. The Jam, Going Underground (1980)
20. X, We're Desperate (1981)
21. Translator, Everywhere That I'm Not (1982)
22. R.E.M., Sitting Still (1983)
23. The Replacements, Unsatisfied (1984)
24. Husker Du, Makes No Sense At All (1985)
25. Tommy Keene, Places That Are Gone (1986)
26. Dinosaur Jr, Just Like Heaven (1987)
27. Pixies, Bone Machine (1988)
28. Superchunk, Slack Motherfucker (1989)
29. Uncle Tupelo, Graveyard Shift (1990)
30. Reverend Horton Heat, Bad Reputation (1991)
31. Rocket From The Crypt, Hippy Dippy Do (1992)
32. Archers Of Loaf, Web In Front (1993)
33. Guided By Voices, I Am A Scientist (1994)

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Rural Ledge-ucation #68: Labor Day

It's become a yearly tradition - the Labor Day weekend Ledge episode of working songs. As the lovely Goddess points out, though, it's role as the unofficial end of summer make is also the "evil twin of Memorial Day". Wrapped around two songs that mark the end of the lazy, hot season are songs by the likes of Todd Snider, Lou Reed, Peter Case, and many others. Yep, these aren't typical labor-related tunes (although there are a few of those here, too).
Pour yourself a stiff one and enjoy the tunes on this holiday after grabbing it via Stitcher or iTunes, or...


1. The Kinks, Summer's Gone
2. Woody Guthrie, Farmer-Labor Train
3. Johnny Cash, Working Man Blues
4. Todd Snider, Lookin' For A Job
5. Alex Chilton, Lost My Job
6. The Walkabouts, Maggie's Farm
7. The Baseball Project, Show Up To Work Every Day
8. Earlimart, We Drink On The Job
9. Graham Parker, Honest Work
10. Lou Reed, Don't You Talk To Me About Work
11. The Jim Carroll Band, Work Not Play
12. Peter Case, Workin' For the Enemy
13. John Wesley Harding, I Don't Work Here
14. The Lemonheads, Paid To Smile
15. The dB's, Working For Somebody Else
16. The Beat, Working Too Hard
17. The Members, Working Girl
18. Frank Black, The End Of The Summer