Friday, May 31, 2013

Live Ledge #114: 1983

It's a show that I've been planning all year, and tonight seemed to be the perfect night for it. Thirty years ago, I was a sophomore at Augustana College, and was coming in to my own as a college radio DJ. Tonight's show celebrates much of that music I played during that year, along with other 1983 releases that I discovered in subsequent years. Besides the usual suspects (Husker Du, Replacements, Violent Femmes, R.E.M.), there are sets that celebrate various college rock sub-genres and record labels.
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1. The Replacements, Hootenanny
2. R.E.M., Shaking Through
3. Let's Active, Every Word Means No
4. Violent Femmes, Kiss Off
5. The Call, Walls Came Down
6. Jonathan Richman, This Kind Of Music
7. Billy Bragg, The Milkman Of Human Kindness
8. Neats, Sad
9. The Fleshtones, Right Side Of A Good Thing
10. The Plimsouls, Shaky City
11. The Beat, All Over The World
12. The Birthday Party, Mutiny In Heaven
13. Public Image Ltd., This Is Not A Love Song
14. Killer Pussy, Pocket Pool
15. The Ramones, I Need Your Love
16. INXS, Don't Change
17. The Cramps, You Got Good Taste
18. X, Devil Doll
19. GG Allin, I Don't Give A Shit
20. Minor Threat, Think Again
21. Crass, A Rock 'n' Roll Swindler
22. The Dicks, Right Wing/White Ring
23. Minutemen, Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs
24. The Slickee Boys, When I Go to the Beach
25. The Phones, Back In Time
26. Suburbs, Rattle My Bones
27. Curtiss A, The Man Who Can't Say No
28. The Replacements, Color Me Impressed
29. Husker Du, Sunshine Superman
30. Man Sized Action, Pressure Relief
31. Rifle Sport, Angel Tears
32. Subhumans, Where's the Freedom?
33. Subhumans, Big Brother
34. No Direction, Reaganomics
35. Avengers, Paint It Black
36. The Fall, Neighbourhood of Infinity

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Live Ledge #113: Covers

I haven't done a covers show in quite some time, so after my friends at KRRO invited me to be a part of their holiday covers broadcast, I decided to carry it over onto Live Ledge. Tonight's show features a ton of recently-acquired remakes of the Stones, Who, Iggy, Bowie, and so much more. There's a little tribute in memory of Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died earlier this week, a mini-set of Sioux Falls bands remaking their favorite songs, and even a double-cover challenge pitting two versions of "Louie Louie" against each other.
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1. Paul Westerberg, Another Girl Another Planet
2. The Replacements, Roadhouse Blues
3. The Replacements, Light My Fire
4. X, Soul Kitchen
5. Siouxsie and the Banshees, You're Lost Little Girl
6. Ramones, Take It as It Comes
7. Milkshakes, Hippy Hippy Shake
8. Robyn Hitchcock/Peter Buck/Glenn Tilbrook/Billy Bragg, Rain
9. Brinsley Schwarz, Day Tripper
10. Guitar Wolf, Slow Down
11. The Crawdaddys, There She Goes Again
12. Wreckless Eric, Sweet Jane
13. David Bowie/Mott The Hoople with Lou Reed, Shakin' All Over
14. Garbage and Screaming Females, Because The Night
15. Dave Scarbrough, Getting It On With Trudy
16. No Direction, Transmission
17. Violet, Porpoise Song
18. 1313 Mockingbird Lane, The Spider and the Fly
19. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Star
20. The Nelsons, Not Fade Away
21. Messerschmitt, Jumpin Jack Flash
22. The Kords, Boris The Spider
23. The Litter, A Legal Matter
24. The Lubbers, Pictures of Lily
25. Oscar & The Majestics, I Can't Explain
26. The Spoons, Raw Power
27. Dodge Main, I Got A Right
28. The Wildebeests, One Track Mind
29. Chesterfield Kings, Chinese Rocks
30. Pit Ryan & The Beerbones, I Just Want To Have Something To Do
31. Flag, Louie Louie
32. The Clash, Louie Louie
33. Texas Terri & The Stiff Ones, Lifetime Problems
34. The Strypes, Got Love If You Want It
35. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Seasons In The Sun
36. Dogs, (I'd Go the) Whole Wide World
37. Zoo, Where Have All The Good Times Gone
38. The Other Half, Mr. Pharmacist
39. The Lyres, Have Love Will Travel
40. Los Punk Rockers, Pretty Vacant

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: H


I should have never bothered this afternoon, as it was nothing short of a disaster on almost every level. I had to get out, though, as rain and podcasting had taken away the last couple of walking days, and later this afternoon showers will commence that will carry on for another couple of days.
I just wasn’t in the mood, though. In recent months, Saturday has become my day off. The one day of the week that I had no work, writing, or any other obligations. It’s my day, and nobody can take that away. I can sleep late (I wish), relax at Black Sheep Coffee for as long as I care, and spend the majority of the day emptying the DVR. Hell, maybe even throw in a nap (or two).
So despite the fact that it was hot and muggy, and all I wanted to do was lay around, here I am heading out the door. But even this didn’t work as expected. Noticing there wasn’t anything in the “H” section that I wanted to use as my soundtrack, I set about re-syncing my iPhone to a brand new playlist. 
Unfortunately, that sync was taking FOREVER, and I didn’t have a large window of time before the rain was due to hit the city. So I grabbed the iPad and settled on the new album by The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Damn Right Honey!
Besides the fact that exercising while carrying an iPad is a bit unwieldy (my version of working with weights), the reality is that this band’s throwback combo of rockabilly, swing, and jump blues just wasn’t the right fit for a cantankerous curmudgeon forcing himself to get a bit of exercise.
Not to say that this isn’t a worthy album. It is a fun little record. How can an album with a song called “Motorhead Girl” not be fantastic? It just didn’t fit in to what was needed to get me motivated. 
The afternoon wasn’t a total waste, though. I got to witness a bit of a Three Stooges routine, as a person with little clue as to what he was doing attempted to chop down a large damaged tree. Would it land on the house, or on top of a passing vehicle? Luckily, for the owner, it hit the road with no incident.
There was also one other major pleasant change. The rising temps and Thursday’s rains have caused everything to bloom, so the walk was accompanied some sweet smells that I hadn’t encountered since last fall. A bit cheesy of an ending for me, sure, but at least something made me smile this afternoon.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Live Ledge #112: Love Is The Law

Who would have guessed that an almost-forgotten (but not by me) track by The Suburbs would become an anthem of sorts almost thirty years later? It's pretty amazing that as Minnesota's Marriage Equality bill started to gain traction that this wonderful song received a bit of the spotlight.
Tonight's show celebrates the passing of that bill, with nothing but songs and/or artists that express individuality. There's quite a few songs one would expect in such a show, but there are admittedly others whose connection probably only exists in my mind. Even without the message, it's a fun two hours that jumps around from genre to genre.
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1. Suburbs, Love Is The Law
2. Joan Jett, You Don't Own Me
3. The Lemonheads, Big Gay Heart
4. R.E.M., Life And How To Live It (Live in Greensboro 1989)
5. Tommy Keene, Love Is the Only Thing That Matters
6. The Replacements, Androgynous
7. The Queers, Unsatisfied
8. The Chesterfield Kings, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
9. Billy Bragg, Sexuality
10. Tom Robinson, 2-4-6-8 Motorway
11. New York Dolls, Looking For A KIss
12. The Heartbreakers, I Wanna Be Loved (mix 2)
13. Lou Reed, Vicious
14. David Bowie, Watch That Man
15. The Jim Carroll Band, Catholic Boy
16. Bob Mould, See A Little Light
17. Grant Hart, Think It Over Now
18. HÜsker DÜ, Love Is All Around
19. The Phones, Modern Man
20. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Bring Me The Head Of The Preacher Man
21. The Breeders, Do You Love Me Now?
22. The Vaselines, Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
23. Bikini Kill, Rebel Girl
24. Babes In Toyland, Swamp Pussy
25. Sleater-Kinney, The Ballad Of A Ladyman
26. Vice Squad, Stand Strong Stand Proud
27. Pansy Division, I'm Gonna Be a Slut
28. Against Me!, Unprotected Sex With Multiple Partners
29. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Ballad Of The Sin Eater
30. Circle Jerks, Put A Little Love In Your Heart
31. Patti Smith, People Have The Power

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: G


A few days after last Thanksgiving, my good buddy Craig called me. “Hey, Graham Parker and the Rumour are playing in the Cities. Are you in?”
It took me about five seconds to contemplate this question before I answered in the affirmative. Mid-December we headed up to see the man perform at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
This wasn’t an ordinary out of town venture for either of us. Graham Parker was one of our idols from his legendary albums of the late 70’s. He perfected the angry songwriter persona that Elvis Costello copied for bigger fame and fortune. 
He was also the interview that I’m most proud of conducting. Certainly, I interviewed bigger stars in my Tempest days. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee gave me all the juicy info of his sex tape just days after the footage hit the internet. Two members of Cheap Trick dealt with my fanboy questions during that time period. Frank Black, Bob Mould, Tommy Stinson, Todd Snider...the list goes on.
Graham Parker topped them all, and it was a great conversation as we chatted about his entire career. I’m sure it helped that my first comment to him was that VH1 should have hired him to host their new series, Songwriters. “You should write (producer) Bill Flanagan and tell him that”, was the response. Parker liked the resulting article enough that it had a place on his website for at least a full decade.
So here we are almost twenty years later making that long drive to see Parker. This show was the tour’s last stop with the just-reunited Rumour. That band had broke up way back in the early 80’s, and various articles pointed out that none of the band’s children (and most of their wives) had never seen them play with their most famous bandmates.
The show was as great as expected, with Parker mixing in tracks from all of their albums together, including the just-released reunion record, Three Chords Good. Even better was what happened about two hours after the show concluded.
We had wandered around downtown St. Paul after the concert, unsuccessfully looking for a suitable place to have a few drinks. Finally deciding to just hit the hotel bar, I was the first to notice what a table full of middle-aged men who were clearly not bankers or lawyers.
Yes, we had stumbled upon the post-tour party of Graham and his band! We slyly chose a table far enough away to not be a fanboy pest, but close enough that we could view the festivities. Noticing that they were drinking champagne, we had a bottle sent over. And then another.
The plan worked. Graham wondered who purchased the bubbly, and he ended up spending a half hour or so with us. We talked about my old interview, his Sioux Falls performance, the band’s reunion, and their appearance in the movie “This Is 40”. Later, we met various other members of the band, including keyboardist Bob Andrews, whose post-Rumour career included producing acclaimed released by Ten Pole Tudor, The Bluebells, and The La’s.
All of these memories came back to me this afternoon, as my walking soundtrack for the day was the record that was the reason for that tour. Three Chords Good was released a couple of months before that show, but I must be honest. While Parker’s new songs rank among his best in years, and are every bit as biting, the album needs a couple of blistering rockers. Live, these songs stood up well with the 70’s classics, but the production on the album is a bit languid. It’s a good album that easily could have been great.
Oh well, it’s still great to have them back, even if it is a one-off project. On a day where the overheated temps of yesterday were replaced by sweat-inducing humidity, it was a perfect companion. Isn’t that what matters for this lazy man’s exercise project?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: F


The guitar. A simple instrument usually featuring six strings. A member of the chordophone family, and preceded by instruments such as the lute and vihuela, it is easily the most powerful carrier of musical tones. When accompanied by the right words, it can bring down a dictator. It can cause the prettiest girls and boys to swoon. In the right hands, it’s a massive tool for bringing on social change.
It can also cause the walls of any room, from the smallest bedroom to the biggest stadium, to be stripped of its paint. On the coldest winter day, the right chords can create condensation to drip from the ceiling due to the sweat and tears of those within earshot.
The simplest of setups can cause this reaction. Usually, it’s a well-worn piece of crap that’s been torn apart and rebuilt many times, with the paint on the back worn off where it makes contact with the owner’s body. A cable with questionable wiring connects it to pedals or boxes that are lucky to work a third of the time. Another cable runs to an amplifier in even worse condition. There’s a big dent in the front from where the frustrated owner of this setup stabbed it with the guitar head on an especially bad night. Stickers from other bands and clubs are sprinkled on every piece of this sonic equation.
I have no idea what the guitarist from Fidlar looks like, but it’s probably safe to say that everything I just described isn’t too far removed from his setup. I bet I’m also not wrong to predict he doesn’t dress like a preppy Vampire Weekend wannabe either. No, whatever he wears onstage is probably what he wore the day before, the day before that, and probably a few days afterwards. There’s no such thing as laundry day when you have 350 miles to travel before the next night’s show. That also obviously means that poor van that struggles to hit city after city smells like an NBA locker room after a triple-overtime playoff game.
As you may be able to predict from that last couple of paragraphs, today’s walking soundtrack was the full-length debut of L.A.’s Fidlar, which came out around the beginning of the year. Seriously, anybody who thinks that rock ‘n’ roll is dead needs to check these guys out. Yes, it fits into the low-fi surf-ish garage rock sound of bands such as Jeff the Brotherhood, Wavves, Ty Segall, and so many others. There’s one major difference, though, and that’s these fourteen tracks are some of the catchiest tunes this sub-genre has ever seen.
Seriously, if one were to slow down the songs and play them on acoustics, the warbling show puppets on Idol and The Voice could successfully over-sing these tunes. The censors wouldn’t be too pleased, though, as almost all of the tunes deal with cheap drugs and even cheaper beer.
One more interesting tidbit - guitarist Elvis Kuehn and his brother, drummer Max, are the songs of T.S.O.L. keyboardist Greg Kuehn.
A driving, intense album of guitar noise such as this was the perfect pick for today’s walk. All of you motherfuckers that don’t think I’m serious about this project need to understand that just a few days after twenty degree temps, this afternoon’s jaunt was when the thermostat was at 95! That’s right, I said 95! I also inadvertently went way longer than planned, thanks to a wrong turn at the halfway mark. That detour caused me to make it halfway through a second album, Songs We Taught Ourselves by The Future Primitives.
Now that I’m done waxing poetic on the virtues of guitars and Fidlar, it’s time to relax. Same time tomorrow???

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: E


Another “no excuse” day for this little project. The temp was over 80. Laying on the couch was not an option. I even opted for shorts, which means that a number of people were blinded by something other than the hot sun.
For today’s selection, one must jump back to the mid-80’s. Although their sales didn’t skyrocket for another five years or so, this was the era where the influence of R.E.M. was at its peak. Every label, major AND indie, was looking for their own jangle-pop kings, and this influence was most felt on our local college station, KAUR. In fact, we used to joke that the with the playlist dominated by bands such as Guadalcanal Diary, Wire Train, and so many others, the station should be called K-REM.
One of the more obscure of these types of bands was E-I-E-I-O, and their big “hit” was “This Time”. Forget about R.E.M., if you want the quintessential jangle-pop track this is the song to go to. If one didn’t know better, it wouldn’t be out of the question to believe it was a long-lost Byrds single slightly speeded up.
Yet little was ever known about this band, which was typical for the era. If you weren’t on a major label, or considered a “major” indie band, band info was hard to come by. In this case, the album that featured “This Time”, suddenly found itself in the new release bin at KAUR, and if you were lucky you could special order it at Ernie’s.
In fact, it wasn’t until earlier this year that I found out more about this band. Somewhere I recall hearing they were from Wisconsin, but this wasn’t confirmed until I interview the BoDeans earlier this year. E-I-E-I-O were contemporaries of tthe BoDeans during an era where live music was thriving, partly thanks to the time’s lower drinking age. After this chat, I knew at some point this album would be a part of my spring walk.
What’s most surprising about the full album is how “This Time” isn’t a true representation of the band. The rest of the record is primarily mid-tempo bar band rock that’s not unlike the early BoDeans material, combined with a bit of Rank and FIle’s twang. It’s probably no surprise that the album was produced by Steve Berlin of the Blasters and Los Lobos.
Truthfully, while there are few true clunkers on the disc, “This Time” is by far the highlight, and will always be the track that ends up on “lost singles” playlists. 
Now that I’m all sweaty, it’s time for some refreshments.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: D


After another weather delay (enough with the rain!), I’m back out on the mean side streets of southeast Sioux Falls! The temp is in the 60’s, there’s no wind, and I just spent four hours transcribing an interview for this week’s Link. I need to get out of the house!
I had a little bit of trouble selecting an album for the day, but not the type you usually hear me whine about. The problem is the “D” section is pretty strong, so I had a ton of choices to wade through.
Yet I spent almost as much time deciding on today’s soundtrack as I did walking. Nothing sounded perfect for the day. Too many full albums I just wasn’t in the mood to hear, and for some strange reason bands in this section released too many EP’s. An EP would be cheating!
I almost selected the new David Bowie album, as I really haven’t given it enough time after that initial rush the week it was released. Then I looked at the running time - 61 minutes! No no no no! I’m not ready for that yet!
It was back to the drawing board, and then suddenly it hit me. A band that should have been huge, but I had never heard until constant airings on realpunkradio’s Mojo Workout, which used to air right after Live Ledge on Friday.
I’m talking about Downliners Sect, a band who released almost nothing but POUNDERS! This English band evolved out of an earlier lineup just called Downliners, and they were contemporaries of the Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Rolling Stones. We’re talking Brian Jones-era Stones, mind you. In fact, their adherence to the frantic R&B of that era is probably the exact reason we don’t hear about them as much as those bands already listed.
But they were every bit as authentic and frantic as those bands, and my album for the day, 1964’s The Sect, is proof. In fact, I’d put this album up against those first three Stones albums with full belief that nine out of every ten Stones fans would choose The Sect over England’s Newest Hitmakers, 12x5, or The Rolling Stones Now (or their UK equivalents). Like those albums, this album is chock full of covers of Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, and Chuck Berry, revved up to levels that only the best amphetamine junkies can muster.
Still need proof of the awesomeness of this band? When punk rock hit ten years later, most of the band went into the studio to record under the name F.U.2. The resulting album, Punk Rock, is as blistering as any of the “real” punk bands of the time.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Live Ledge #111: Jukebox

It's one of the most beautiful combination of noises a music fan can experience. Standing in front of the ageing monstrosity of a machine, the quarters are dropped. Cling! Cling! Cling!
The credits roll up as you take a look at the seemingly endless possibilities. Wait, THAT song is available? No fucking way! You quickly are down to one last choice, but you're torn three or four different ways. You haven't heard this one in forever, yet this other one is your favorite song in the world. Or...if you pick this one certain track that you would never otherwise even consider, maybe just maybe a certain person will reward you with a kiss. Or more.
Of course, that's the song you go with, and the noisy mechanism under the glass starts sliding over to your selection. The way it makes the entire machine shake indicates that this machine means business. It suddenly stops, causing one last massive wobble, and you hear the squeak as the arm pulls the record out of the library.
A low hum is the next sound you hear as the motor that powers the turntable comes on. The record is already spinning as you hear the thud of the needle touching the record. A crackle or two is also present as the needle searches for the groove.
Then it begins. Those with superior ears may wince as they hear the flaws in the vinyl, the lack of stereo separation, or the missing sound frequencies, but it sounds like heaven to you. All of those instruments and voices that can be individually heard on a modern surround sound system merge together into one giant Phil Spector-ish cacophony of noise.
Yet the song has never sounded better to you. It moves you in a way that you feel not only in your ears but your gut and heart. Even the most romantic ballad has balls, and the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world could recreate the power of the more upbeat tunes. (Yes, even the Stones at their 1973 finest.) You want the moment to last forever, and for a few seconds you even forget that girl that inspired you to pick this track. Yet you are now ready for her. More ready than you ever have been before.
Tonight's show is all about those sounds, feelings, and even that smell. Trust me, there are only a couple of fragrances greater than a jukebox whose inner electronics has been smoldering for the last two hours. Instead of an iTunes playlist or another sort of computerized broadcaster, my Seeburg jukebox provides tonight's soundtrack.
It could have easily been a technological disaster, as I had to navigate multiple mics that I prayed were set and pointed at the correct spots. Yes, some records sound better than others, especially given the fact that many of tonight's selections originated at garage sales and Goodwill. Others came from buddies by the names of Craig, Jim, Jon, Drazzle, and Mikeyboy. Some have never been played, while overplay has created flaws in others.
Honestly, though, tonight's show sounds better than it has any right to sound. I was pleasantly surprised as I did a touch of editing. Grab it now and I almost guarantee that you'll now understand why this fifty year-old machine was my best purchase in years.

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1. Bobby Fuller, I Fought the Law
2. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
3. Jesus and Mary Chain, Head On
4. The Stooges, No Fun
5. Black Keys, No Fun
6. The Replacements, Can't Hardly Wait (Drazzle request)
7. Grandpaboy, I Want My Money Back
8. Spooks EP (featuring Curtiss A and Slim Dunlap)
9. Suburbs, World War III EP (King Bubba request)
10. Husker Du, Statues
11. Grant Hart, So Far From Heaven
12. Sugar, A Good Idea
13. Myron Lee & The Caddies, Homicide
14. No Direction, Where's the Beach
15. PIL, Public Image
16. Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
17. Dogmatics, Gimme the Shakes
18. Plimsouls, A Million Miles Away (King Bubba request)
19. The Real Kids, All Kindsa Girls
20. Tommy Keene, Back to Zero now
21. Big Star, September Gurls
22. Cramps, Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?
23. Sonics, Have Love Will Travel
24. Supersuckers, 400 Bucks
25. Black Flag, TV Party
26. Bad Brains, Pay to Cum
27. The Jam, Going Underground
28. The Kinks, I'm Not Like Everybody Else

Thursday, May 09, 2013

It's Only Jukebox Music


Tomorrow night is a very special Live Ledge, as my jukebox will be the source of the entire two-hour show! Tune it to realpunkradio at 6 PM CT to hear what could easily be a technological disaster! Here are the potential choices for the night, and feel free to make some requests!

A1. Grant Hart, So Far From Heaven
B1. Grant Hart, Morning Star

A2. Bob Mould, See a Little Light
B2. Bob Mould, All Those People Know

A3. Sugar, A Good Idea
B3. Sugar, Slick

A4. Replacements, Can't Hardly Wait
B4. Replacements, Date to Church

A5. Replacements, Kiss Me On the Bus
B5. Replacements, Little Mascara

A6. Replacements, Alex Chilton/Nightclub Jitters
B6. Replacements, Election Day/Route 66

A7. Grandpaboy, I Want My Money Back
B7. Grandpaboy, Undone

A8. Black Flag, TV Party
B8. Black Flag, I've Got To Run/My Rules

C1. Husker Du, Statues
D1. Husker Du, Amusement

C2. Husker Du, Writer's Cramp
D2. Husker Du, Let's Go Die

C3. Husker Du, Makes No Sense At All
D3. Husker Du, Love Is All Around

C4. The Suburbs, Memory/Go/Stereo/Teenage Run-In/Chemistry Set
D4. The Suburbs, Your Phone/Couldn't Care Less/You/Prehistoric Jews

C5. Spooks, Fun Is Everything/Sinister Forces
D5. Spooks, Eye Eye/Laugh It Up/Scum of the Earth

C6. Graham Parker, Local Girls
D6. Graham Parker, I Want You Back

C7. Graham Parker, Stupefaction
D7. Graham Parker, Women in Charge

C8. Bad Brains, Pay to Cum
D8. Bad Brains, Stay Close to Me

E1. PIL, Public Image
F1. PIL, Cowboy Song

E2. Stooges, No Fun
F2. Black Keys, No Fun

E3. Paul Revere & the Raiders, Louie Louie
F3. Paul Revere & the Raiders, Louie Go Home

E4. Black Lips, Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
F4. Icky Blossoms, Arabian Knigh

E5. Sonics, Psycho
F5. Sonics, Have Love Will Travel

E6. Beatles, Day Tripper
F6. Beatles, We Can Work It Out

E7. Madness, Night Boat to Cairo/Deciever the Eye
F7. Madness, The Young and the Old/Don't Quote Me On That

E8. Face, Cindy Incidently
F8. Faces, Skewiff (Mend the Fuse)

G1. Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
H1. Ramones, Judy Is a Punk

G2. Mike Watt, Rebel Girl
H2. Mike Watt, 30 Days In the Hole

G3. Dogmatics Gimme the Shakes
H3. Dogmatics, 20 Flight Rock

G4. Dave Edmunds, Trouble Boys (Mono)
H4. Dave Edmunds, Trouble Boys (Stereo)

G5. Plimsouls, A Million Miles Away
H5. Plimsouls, I'll Get Lucky

G6. Monkees, I'm a Believer
H6. Monkees, Stepping Stone

G7. Rev. Horton Heat, Caliente
H7. Supersuckers, 400 Bucks

G8. Supersuckers, Born With a Tail
H8. Supersuckers, Are You Ready?

J1. Tommy Keene, Back to Zero Now
K1. Tommy Keene, Mr. Rowland

J2. Dwight Twilley, Girls
K2. Dwight Twilley, To Get to You

J3. Rolling Stones, Hang Fire
K3. Rolling Stones, Neighbors

J4. Joe Jackson, Is She Really Going Out With Him?
K4. Joe Jackson, (Do the) Instant Mash

J5. Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, Mary Lou
K5. Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, Need Your Lovin'

J6. Real Kids, All Kindsa Girls
K6. Real Kids, Common At Noon

J7. White Stripes, Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground
K7. White Stripes, Stop Breaking Down

J8. Kinks, Waterloo Sunset
K8. Kinks, Dedicated Follower of Fashion

L1. The Jam, Going Underground
M1. The Jam, The Dreams of Children

L2. Pretenders, Back on the Chain Gang
M2. Pretenders, My City Was Gone

L3. Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode
M3. Chuck Berry, Around and Around

L4. Chocolate Watchband, In the Midnight Hour
M4. Chocolate Watchband, Psychedelic Trip

L5. The A-Bones, Miss Amanda Jones
M5. The Rotting Stumps, My Obsession

L6. Undertones, Teenage Kicks/Smarter Than You
M6. Undertones, True Confessions/Emergency Cases

L7. White Stripes, Hotel Yorba
M7. White Stripes, Rated X

L8. Kinks, Sunny Afternoon
M8. Kinks, I'm Not LIke Everybody Else

N1. Rolling Stones, If You Need Me/Empty Heart/2120 S. Michigan Ave.
P1. Rolling Stones, Confessin' the Blues/Around and Around

N2. Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar
P2. Rolling Stones, Bitch

N3. Rolling Stones, Bye Bye Johnny/Money
P3. Rolling Stones, You Better Move On/Poison Ivy

N4. Rolling Stones, Out of Time
P4. Rolling Stones, Jivin' Sister Fanny

N5. Jesus and Mary Chain, Head On
P5. Jesus and Mary Chain, I'm Glad I Never

N6. Blinding Light, Violator/Glass Bullet
P6. Blinding Light, Heads Up/New Abuse/Blowing Smoke

N7. Charles Luden, Old Man-Old Lady
P7. Charles Luden, Sioux Falls Resolution Blues

Q1. Uncle Tupelo, I Got Drunk
R1. Uncle Tupelo, Sin City

Q2. Wilbert Harrison, Kansas City
R2. Wilbert Harrison, Listen My Darling

Q3. Rod Stewart, Maggie May
R3. Rod Stewart, Reason to Believe

Q4. Bob Dylan, Times They Are A-Changing
R4. Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone

Q5. Cramps, Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?
R5. Cramps, Blue Moon Baby

Q6. Janitor Bob, Clean Air
R6. Janitor Bob, Random Human Abuse

Q7. No Direction, Reagonomics
R7. No Direction, Where's the Beach

Q8. Myron Lee, Homicide
R8. Myron Lee, Aw C'mon Baby

S1. Sweet, Ballroom Blitz
T1. Sweet, Restless

S2. Tornadoes, Telstar
T2. Tornadoes, Jungle Fever

S3. Small Faces, Here Comes the Nice
T3. Small Faces, Talk to You

S4. Bobby Fuller Four, I Fought the Law
T4. Bobby Fuller Four, Little Annie Lou

S5. Uncle Tupelo, Gun
T5. Uncle Tupelo, I Wanna Destroy You

S6. T. Tex Edwards, Jekyll & Hyde
T6. T. Tex Edwards, Man From Mars

S7. Nervebreakers, Politics/My Life Is Ruined
T7. Nervebreakers, I Can't Help You/My Girlfriend Is a Rock

S8. Big Star, September Gurls
T8. Big Star, The Letter

U1. Beatles, Hey Jude
V1. Beatles, Revolution

U2. Luke the Drifter, Just Waitin'
V2. Luke the Drifter, Men With Broken Hearts

U3. Desmond Dekker, Israelites
V3. Desmond Dekker, My Precious World

U4. The Who, Won't Get Fooled Again
V4. The Who, I Don't Even Know Myself

U5. The Who, Join Together
V5. The Who, Baby Don't You Do It

U6. Nervebreakers, Girls Girls Girls
V6. Nervebreakers, I'd Much Rather Be With the Boys

U7. Nervebreakers, Hijack the Radio
V7. Nervebreakers, Why Am I So Flipped?

U8. R.E.M., Can't Get There From Here
V8. R.E.M., Bandwagon

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: C


Yes, it’s been a full week since my last walk. Sorry, but I do have some good excuses...namely the weather. May kicked off with a snowstorm, the latest our fine city had seen such a sight since the mid-70’s. The days following that silliness featured winter temperatures and/or rain. I had no choice but to lay around on my ass. Ok, I could have made other choices, but I had my excuse and stuck to it.
Today, though, saw the temps head back up the high 70’s, so I hit the sidewalk minutes after arriving home from work. Before I state my album of the day, though, I should explain the concept of “blog finds”. Those who listen to my podcasts are well aware of the term, but I know there’s a person or two that actually reads these self-indulgent posts that have never heard my silly little internet radio shows.
“Blog finds” is a term that I created for great musical discoveries that I’ve found on various music blogs. I have about a dozen or so sites that I check out every day that post rare or out of print albums. Some of these sites specialize in albums that have never seen a CD release, let alone a digital version. Others stick to great albums that may have been ignored upon their initial release. 
Once a month, I combine the best tracks from my “blog finds” with tracks from new releases for my Friday night Live Ledge show. In fact, this past Friday was one of those shows. Throw me a bone and check it out.
My musical accompaniment today was one of these online discoveries, and truthfully I initially downloaded it because they had a song called “Angelina Jolie”. How could I not love such a song or band? When it comes to tribute songs such as this, I’ve always wondered what the song’s subject thinks about being the focus of a tune. Or does the beautiful Angelina even know it exists?
The track is by an Australian band called The Chevelles, not to be confused with the Illinois rock band Chevelle. The album is Sunseeker, and the 2002 release is actually the band’s seventh album. They initially formed in 1989, and are actually still around today. 
The band’s sound is pretty straightforward - punk-influenced power pop, reminiscent of The Young Fresh Fellows. The lyrics are pretty witty, the energy never lags, and it was the perfect accompaniment for my brisk wandering. “Angelina Jolie” actually reminds me of a similar song, “Julie Francavilla”, in the mid-90’s by former North Dakotans Flop. That track, an ode to a Seattle news anchor, resonated with me as that tribute star was originally an anchor for KELO, and she even did a short interview with me about the tune for Tempest. (If only those old issues were digitally available.)
It was a perfect walk on a perfect day, and I believe (or hope) that we are finally past the idiotic weather that caused this series to be delayed for a few weeks. Look for these posts to be more regular in the days and weeks ahead.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Rural Ledge-ucation #100: Season Finale

As announced a few weeks ago, the Sunday morning show is taking a summer hiatus. With this episode being number one hundred, it seemed like a perfect spot to stop the show. The reason for the hiatus is simple - time is tight these days, especially with the new writing gig, and I need a little bit of the weekend to myself. The show will return in the fall, and there will undoubtedly be a special broadcast or two throughout the summer.
If this is the last one, though, I needed something special. What better way for me to end then with an all-bootleg, all-acoustic show devoted to Paul Westerberg? This morning's show goes all the way back to his first solo performance at First Avenue in 1982 up to one of his last public performances at the same venue for a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame filming. The sound quality varies, but I love every second of these performances.
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1. If Only You Were Lonely
2. I'm In Trouble
3. Nobody
4. Love Untold
5. Things
6. It's a Wonderful Lie
7. I'll Be You
8. I Will Dare
9. Skyway
10. Here Comes a Regular
11. Everyone's Stupid
12. Born For Me
13. Crackle and Drag
14. Waitress in the Sky
15. Treatment Bound

Friday, May 03, 2013

Live Ledge #110: May Finds

Another month has commenced, so it is once again time for a new release/blog finds episode. Today's show is extremely varied, and includes novelty tunes, covers, indie, punk, and so much more. We discuss (and dismiss) the new Black Flag tune, express joy over the new Songs For Slim tunes, and also include new releases by Guided By Voices, Iggy and the Stooges, The Melvins, and Frank Turner.
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1. Elizabeth R, God Save The Sex Pistols
2. The Monks, Johnny B. Rotten
3. Paul Jones, Pretty Vacant
4. The Vacants, Beat On The Brat
5. The Water Pistols, Gimme That Punk Junk
6. Ian Rubbish, Maggie Thatcher
7. Ian Rubbish, Living In the Gutter
8. Frank Turner, Losing Days
9. April March & The Makers, Try to Cry
10. Tommy Keene, Nowheres Near (with R. Walt Vincent)
11. Lucinda Williams, Partners In Crime
12. Tim O'Reagan & Jim Boquist, Cozy Songs
13. The Minus 5 feat. Curtiss A, Rockin' Here Tonight
14. Black Lips, Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
15. Art Brut, Her Majesty
16. Man or Astro-Man?, Communication Breakdown Part II
17. The Del Lords, When the Drugs Kick In
18. Black Flag, Down In the Dirt
19. Sloan, Nervous Breakdown
20. Sloan, Catalina
21. AM Stereo, Any Enemy
22. Iggy and The Stooges, Sex & Money
23. Melvins, Attitude
24. Guided By Voices, Xeno Pariah
25. Deerhunter, Leather Jacket II
26. The Cramps, Twist And Shout
27. The Lyres, Have Love Will Travel
28. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Rebel Rebel
29. The Vice Principals, Glad All Over
30. The So So Glos, We Got The Days
31. Zero Boys, Livin' In The 80's
32. Dodge Main, I Got A Right
33. The Suburbs, Memory
34. The Vertebrats, Diamonds In The Rough