Friday, January 25, 2013

Live Ledge #97: Tributes

On my way to work the other day, I heard the song "Steve Earle" by Lydia Loveless, and immediately knew what Live Ledge needed to be this week. Nothing but songs about other artists. Some of these are actual tributes, while others are maybe not quite so reverential.
Unfortunately, my choices were more limited than usual, as the day before the show my entire library vanished in the haze of a faulty networked drive. While a wonderful friend is tirelessly working on restoring this mess, there is a good chance that I may be taking a bit of a hiatus while this is sorted out.
In the meantime, download this super-sized show via the usual online sources, or...


1. Nick Lowe, Rollers Show
2. David Bowie, Song For Bob Dylan
3. Jonathan Richman, Velvet Underground
4. Billy Bragg, Levi Stubbs' Tears
5. Hamell On Trial, John Lennon
6. House Of Love, Beatles And The Stones
7. Pavement, Range Life
8. Dandy Warhols, Cool As Kim Deal
9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth
10. Tommy Womack, Replacements
11. Steve Westfield and the Burnouts, Bent and Melted Next to Paul Westerberg
12. Lucinda Williams, Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings
13. Slobberbone, Placemat Blues E
14. They Might Be Giants, We're the Replacements
15. Art Brut, The Replacements
16. The Replacements, Johnny Fast
17. The Replacements, Alex Chilton (Alternative Version)
18. Posies, Grant Hart
19. Anthemic Pop Wonder, How Great Was Husker Du!
20. Big Dipper, Robert Pollard
21. Wally Pleasant, Hardcore Man
22. Lydia Loveless, Steve Earle
23. Drive-By Truckers, Carl Perkin's Cadillac
24. Old 97's, Crash on The Barrelhead
25. Uncle Tupelo, D. Boon
26. Centro-matic, D. Boon-Free (A Ninth Grade Crime)
27. Minutemen, Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs
28. fIREHOSE, For The Singer Of R.E.M.
29. Amy Rigby, Dancing with Joey Ramone
30. Sleater-Kinney, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
31. J Church Why I Liked Bikini Kil
32. Redd Kross, Shonen Knife
33. Shonen Knife, Redd Kross Secret
34. Wesley Willis, Urge Overkill
35. Wesley Willis, Jello Biafra
36. Wesley Willis, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
37. Sex Pistols, New York
38. Johnny Thunders, London Boys
39. Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, N.Y. Doll
40. Supersuckers, Ozzy

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rural Ledge-ucation #86: Burlap Wolf King

One aspect of this new gig writing for the local paper that I'm really enjoying is getting myself reacquainted with the local music scene. Ten years removed from covering it means I have a LOT to learn.
It's been so much fun sitting down with these musicians and not only discussing their music but also the artists that inspired them to pick up an instrument and start playing. Today's show is a perfect example. While I had chatted with Thomas Hentges in the past about appearing on The Ledge, the timing hadn't worked out.
Timing wasn't a problem today, as Hentges, under the name Burlap Wolf King, has a brand new self-titled EP that will be hitting local shops in a week or so. To celebrate, he also has a pair of shows next weekend at Lattitude 44 in Sioux Falls, SD.
Besides playing the entire EP, Hentges also picked out a few other tunes from artists that have inspired him in the past. You can grab this show in iTunes, Stitcher, The Ledge android/iTunes app, or...


1. Burlap Wolf King, There Goes Another Year
2. Neil Young, On the Beach
3. Joni Mitchell, cactus Tree
4. Burlap Wolf King, Swallows Song
5. Burlap Wolf King, August Rain
6. Townes Van Zandt, Like a Summer's Thursday
7. Songs: Ohia, I've Been Riding
8. Burlap Wolf King, Terracotta
9. Burlap Wolf King, Wash Away Your Worries
10. Burlap Wolf King, Bleed Or Leave It Alone

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rural Ledge-ucation #85: David Menconi and Whiskeytown

As music critic for the Raleigh (NC) News and Observer, David Menconi has been covering the career of former Whiskeytown leader Ryan Adams since his first band, The Patty Duke Syndrome. He has witnessed countless performances over the years, and has also interviewed him numerous times to promote band and solo releases.
Menconi has recently published an excellent look back at Adams' time in Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams: Losering, a Story of Whiskeytown. Utilizing his backlog of interviews not only with Ryan but former band members, friends, and other witnesses to capture that initial burst of creative energy (and personal instability) that makes Adams' such a polarizing character to this day.
Besides interview segments that bookend this show, this week's show spotlight's the second Whiskeytown album, Stranger's Almanac. Menconi says this album perfectly captures life in Raleigh, so in the book he "imagined the album as a narrative of a night on the town". For this episode, Menconi performs a reading of the entire chapter, accompanied by each of the album's tracks.
A special thanks must go out to Allison Green, who helped set up this interview. You can find this show in the iTunes store, stream it via Stitcher or The Ledge android/iPhone app, or...


Friday, January 11, 2013

Live Ledge #96: Texas

I've intended to do a show devoted to Texas music for quite some time, as there is obviously a rich history of greatness in that state. Instead of the usual blues and Texas swing, though, the majority of this show collects some of the great garage, punk, and indie rock of the last 50 years.
It was also a perfect time to do this theme, as Texas blues guitarist Hadden Sayers will be in Sioux Falls on January 19. Hadden's chat includes the afternoon he spent driving the Ramones around town, late-night jam sessions with greats such as Joe Ely and Gatemouth Brown, and the time he halted his career to follow his wife to a lucrative new gig in Ohio. Sayers is set to release a new album, Rolling Soul, which follows on the footsteps of his acclaimed 2011 album, Hard Dollar.
This show can be found in iTunes, streamed on Stitcher or The Ledge android/iPhone app, or...


1. Flame Trick Subs, The Pride Of Texas
2. Mouse & The Traps, I'm A Man
3. Wig, Crackin' Up
4. Positively 13 O'Clock, Psychotic Reaction
5. Hadden Sayers Band, Hippie Getaway
6. Hadden Sayers Band, Take Me Back to Texas
7. Rank and File, Amanda Ruth
8. True Believers, Tell Her
9. Buick MacKane, End
10. 13th Floor Elevators, You're Gonna Miss Me
11. Roky Erickson & The Aliens, If You Have Ghosts
12. The Nervebreakers, Why Am I So Flipped
13. T. Tex Edwards, Have You Ever Spent The Night In Jail?
14. Butthole Surfers, I Hate My Job
15. Big Boys, Fun Fun Fun
16. Dicks, Lifetime Problems
17. Skunks, Cheap Girl
18. Old 97's, Timebomb
19. Reverend Horton Heat, 400 Bucks
20. Tenderloin, So Cold
21. Hickoids, Neat Neat Neat
22. The Strange Boys, They're Building the Death Camps
23. Sons Of Hercules, Angry Little Girl
24. Harlem, Friendly Ghost
25. Bad Sports, Last Cigarette
26. Daniel Johnston, True Love Will Find You In The End

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Rural Ledge-ucation #84: America's Dewey Bunnell

One of the many benefits of this new newspaper gig is the opportunity to interview some great musicians. Today's episode is one of those moments, as America guitarist Dewey Bunnell calls in to chat about his forty years in the music business. Besides highlighting some of the band's great songs, we chat about opening for Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys, working with George Martin, and their possible influence on the Americana genre. Oh yeah, and we also talk about the silly myth that "Horse With No Name" is actually a Neil Young song.
As we waited for Bunnell's call, we also checked out a couple of tracks from the This Is 40 soundtrack, along with a cover of one of America's biggest hits, "Sister Golden Hair", by The Dandy Warhols. To listen to this show, search for The Ledge in the iTunes store, Stitcher, or...


1. The Dandy Warhols, Sister Golden Hair
2. Wilco, I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
3. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Watch The Moon Come Down
4. America, Always Love
5. America, Ride On
6. America, Time Of The Season
7. America, Ventura Highway (Live)
8. America, Sister Golden Hair (Live)

Friday, January 04, 2013

Live Ledge #95: 2013

One would think that it would be extremely tough to find new music this time of year. The record business basically shuts down around Thanksgiving, and only begins trickling out new material around the middle of January.
Yet it wasn't really tough to create another of my series of "new release" shows. Odds and ends did appear in the last few weeks of the year, and a number of new tunes were unveiled in the first few days of the new year. The first major release of the year, Signed and Sealed in Blood by the Dropkick Murphys, will hit stores next Tuesday (January 8), and two weeks later it will be joined by True North by Bad Religion. Tracks from both albums appear in this episode, along with new music by Nick Cave, Bettie Serveert, The Memories, Beach Fossils, and so much more.
Filling up the show is a half hour or so of recent blog finds, including some great covers of the Stones, Replacements, Flamin' Groovies, and The Troggs. It's a fun episode, and can be found at the usual online spots, or...


1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, We No Who U R
2. Beach Fossils, Generational Synthetic
3. Nude Beach, Radio
4. Thee Vicars, I Wanna Be Your Vicar
5. The Memories, She's So Tight
6. Dropkick Murphys, The Boys Are Back
7. Dropkick Murphys, Don't Tear Us Apart
8. Black Lips, Dumpster Dive (Live)
9. Bad Religion, True North
10. Masonics, Don't Talk To Me
11. Ceremony, Everything Burns
12. Meteors, Hell Must Be Empty (All The Demons Are Here)
13. The Hel-Gators, Trailer Park Elvis
14. Bettie Serveert, Shake-Her
15. The Murlocs, Tee Pee
16. Swearin', Kill 'Em With Kindness
17. The Tempests, Lemon Lime
18. The Squires, BaTmoBILE
19. The Road Runners, Road Runnah
20. Dick Dale & His Deltones, Jungle Fever
21. The Twilights, 007
22. The Emotionals, Miserlou
23. Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, Good Idea
24. No Age & Bob Mould, I Apologize
25. Bob Mould, Celebrated Summer
26. Kurt Baker, Weekend Girls
27. Kurt Baker, Hanging On The Telephone
28. DM3, Rock and Roll Ghost
29. The Swingin' Neckbreakers, Can't Explain
30. Flash Boys, She Said Yeah
31. Guitar Wolf, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
32. Customs, Have Love Will Travel
33. Chris Wilson & The Sneetches, Slow Death
34. Thee Mighty Caesars, Career Opportunities
35. The Fuzztones, I Can't Control Myself
36. The Heroes, Seven Days Week End (7'' version)
37. Dragons, Sleep When I'm Dead