Friday, July 26, 2013

Live Ledge #120: Detroit Rock City

Earlier this summer, Steve Miller (the journalist, not the musician) published an excellent book on the history of Detroit-based rock 'n' roll. Beginning with the garage rock of the mid-60's, Miller's oral history moves through the acid rock years of the late 60's, the rise and fall of the Stooges and MC5, and the hardcore and garage rock of the past couple of decades. It's a fascinating read, even if Miller did completely miss the story of Death, one of the great lost punk bands of all time.
Inspired by this book, tonight's show is fueled by nothing but music from that great city. There are plenty of household names (Romantics, Suzi Quatro, White Stripes), but also plenty of bands that deserved more acclaim (Gories, Laughing Hyenas, Necros) than they received during their time together.
You can find this show at the usual sources, including my android/iPhone app, The Ledge, or...


1. The Stooges, I Wanna Be Your Dog
2. The Old Exciting Scot Richard Case, Get The Picture
3. Rationals, Respect
4. Wanted, In The Midnight Hour
5. Terry Knight & The Pack, What's On Your Mind
6. Amboy Dukes, You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire
7. Detroit, Rock & Roll
8. The Frost, Rock And Roll Music
9. Frijid Pink, House of the Rising Sun
10. Alice Cooper, Reflected
11. The Bob Seger System, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
12. MC5, Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
13. Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Heart of Stone
14. Death, Rock 'n Roll Victim
15. Pleasure Seekers, Gotta Get Away
16. Suzi Quatro, Glycerine Queen
17. The Romantics, Running Away
18. SS,M Screwed Up
19. The Hentchmen, Some Other Guy
20. Dirtys, Midnite Till Noon
21. Necros, Police Brutality
22. Negative Approach, Why Be Something That You're Not
23. Elvis Hitler, Cool Daddy In A Cadillac
24. The Meatmen, Bad Reputation
25. Laughing Hyenas, Just Can't Win
26. The Gories, There But for the Grace of God Go I
27. The Screws, Into the Ground
28. The Muggs, Just Another Fool
29. The Go, Capricorn
30. Demolition Doll Rods, Sex Machine
31. The White Stripes, You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
32. The Von Bondies, Broken Man
33. Dirtbombs, It's Not Fun Until They See You Cry
34. The Detroit Cobras, Leave My Kitten Alone

Friday, July 19, 2013

Live Ledge #119: Richie Ramone

This may go down as my favorite show that I've ever done. I had high hopes for my interview with former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, but what happened far exceeded my expectations. Richie talked about his entire career, from first picking up a drum at the age of four to his upcoming new album, Entitled (due October 8). He couldn't have been more honest, even when talking about his departure from the band or his (non)-relationship with his successor, Marky. I must give a big thanks to Richie for spending time on my show.
We also previewed a handful of songs from Entitled, along with songs that Richie wrote for The Ramones. Add to that a handful of Ramones covers from the likes of The Hellacopters, Graham Parker, Shonen Knife, and many more, and you have a show that is definitely worth your listening time.
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Note: At Richie’s request, the tracks from the upcoming album, which will be available via iTunes on September 17, have been removed from the show.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Richie Ramone on Live Ledge!

Tomorrow night's Live Ledge is going to be a real treat. Former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone will appear to talk about not only his life with the band but also his upcoming album, Entitled (due October 8). Please spread the word, and let me know if there are any questions you want me to ask him!

Live Ledge is streamed on on Friday nights from 7-9 PM ET. The show will be available for download shortly after its aired.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Live Ledge #118: New Finds

The beginning of the month means another show of new and newly-discovered tunes. Too bad there wasn't much released the last few weeks, so the focus is on the blog finds. Besides a trio of live covers by Wilco, there's some great garage rock from the likes of Dee Rangers, miracle Workers, Fun things, and so much more. There's also a miniset of tracks from my Walking Rock Alphabet series, and a look at the infamous Good  Vibrations label.
The best way to listen to the show is to go download my app, The Ledge, from the android store or iTunes. I've recently updated it to include my writings for the Argus Leader and Big Brother Gossip, and all of my shows are now on it. Or...


1. X, 4th of July
2. Wilco, The Boys Are Back In Town
3. Wilco, Color Me Impressed
4. Wilco, Roadrunner
5. The Replacements, Buck Hill - Another Girl Another Planet
6. Paul Westerberg, Daydream Believer
7. The Inmates, I Wanna Be Your Man
8. Robert Pollard, Who Buries The Undertaker
9. The Strypes, Hometown Girls
10. Glen Matlock & The Philistines, Mug's Game
11. Dave Edmunds, Let It Rock
12. The Bots, We Are Not Kids Anymore
13. Criminal Hygiene, Grady Get Angry
14. Heliotropes, Early in the Morning
15. The Shivas, Swimming With Sharks
16. The Ramones, The KKK Took My Baby Away
17. THe Mono Men, Kick Out the Jams
18. Roy Loney & The Longshots, Who'll Be the Next in Line
19. Dirtbombs, It's Not Fun Until They See You Cry
20. Dee Rangers, Shake Your Ass
21. The Golden Horde, She's A Weirdo
22. The New Christs, Born Out of Time
23. The Woggles, Ragged But Right
24. Hot Boogie Chillun, Dirty Old Man
25. Miracle Workers, Mystery Girl
26. The Hellcats, Wall Of Death
27. Fun Things, (I Ain't Got) Time Enough For Love
28. Rifle Sport, Angel Tears
29. The Shods, Igno Sally
30. thee cybermen, hasty bananas
31. thee cybermen, don't ask my name
32. Undertones, Smarter Than U
33. Outcasts, The Cops Are Coming
34. Ruefrex, Cross The Line
35. The Fleshtones, American Beat '84

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: T

The fact that I’m out on a holiday either means I’m dedicated or that I have no life. I would say it’s the latter. While everybody else is at the pool, the park, or parties and parades, my highlight of the day is putting on my walking shoes and losing myself in the music.
The letter “T” is an easy one for the music selection, but I wanted to stick to a subset of it. My friend “Mag” once said that the true sign of a pounding rock ‘n’ roll band is if their name starts with “Thee” instead of “The”. It’s a pretty exclusive club, but the band of choice for today is Thee Cybermen, a 90’s British garage-rock band that is clearly influenced by another group from that club, Thee Headcoats.
It’s all mid-60’s freakbeat rock, sped up a bit to include the influence of punk rock and Billy Childish. It must have been the perfect album for the day, as I set new records in total time, distance, and even speed.

Much of that success is also due to the weather. Knowing it was going to be extremely hot later in the day, I made this a noon-ish jaunt. WIth moderate temperatures and a nice little breeze, I expanded my route, and just kept going and going. At least today is good for something.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: S

Due to other commitments, I missed a couple of prime walking days. The temps were in the low 70’s, and there was a nice wind. Of course, when I decide I HAVE to make it out it is now in the 80’s with an unbearable humidity.
Today’s album selection is again thanks to my buddy Greg Lonesome, the host of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Manifesto on Realpunkradio. He’s a huge Shods fan, and I’m shocked that I had never heard of this great band. They formed in Lowell, MA, in 1993, and produced their first EP just a few days after their formation. Over the next decade, they put out a handful of albums before they were sadly forced to breakup due to guitarist/vocalist Kevin Stevenson’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Here Come the Shods, their debut, was my pick for the day. Chock full of driving rock ‘n’ roll, it was the perfect motivator to get my ass around the neighborhood. Not that there isn’t a misstep or two on the record. “Igno Sally”, the second track, is sort of a recycled Chili Peppers track that just doesn’t fit their loud, aggressive sound, and the ten-minute “Rip It Out” is about six minutes too long. Otherwise, a wonderful soundtrack to a sweaty, sweaty day.