Friday, August 30, 2013

Live Ledge #123: Replacements Roundtable

Last Sunday night, The Replacements performed together for the first time in over 22 years. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were joined by Josh Freese on drums and Dave Minehan on guitar, and they whipped through an amazing eight minute set at Riotfest in Toronto.
I wasn't able to attend the show, but plenty of my friends did. Tonight, a few of them sat in with me to talk about the show. Director Gorman Bechard, author Caryn Rose, Boston music blogger Brad Searles, and music fan Jason Loeb chatted about a number of different topics surrounding the show, including the setlist, musical surprises, and the excitable feelings they felt before, during, and after the show.
Admittedly, we had a few technical issues with Skype, but isn't that the point when it comes to The Replacements? It was a fantastic (almost) two hour chat, interspersed with some of Brad's recordings from the show. You can find this episode on Scott's The Ledge android/iPhone app, stream it via Stitcher, download from iTunes, or...


Thanks again to Gorman, Caryn, Brad, and Jason for helping me out tonight!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Live Ledge #122: Covers

It's been quite some time since I did an all-covers show, so that's what I went with tonight. While pulling tracks, I also discovered that today is the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Obviously, that changed the format of the show a bit, as there are now a couple of sets of Elvis covers. There's also the latest in the Songs For Slim series, along with covers of the Stones, Who, Kinks, Ramones, Husker Du, and many, many more.
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1. Frank Black & The Suicide Commandos, The King & Queen
2. You Am I, Ain't Exactly Good
3. The Replacements, Temptation Eyes
4. The Replacements, Raw Ramp
5. The Cramps, Jailhouse Rock
6. Batmobile, Burning Love
7. Dead Kennedys, Viva Las Vegas
8. Lemmy & The Upsetters with Mick Green, Blue Suede Shoes
9. The Saints, Kissin' Cousins
10. Sector 4, Heartbreak Hotel
11. The Primitives, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Guitar Man
13. Hi-Standard, Can't Help Falling in Love
14. The Right Here, Dead Flowers
15. Johnny Thunders, I'd Rather Be With The Boys
16. 1313 Mockingbird Lane, The Spider and the Fly
17. Hot Boogie Chillun, I Just Wanna Make Love To You
18. The Nelsons, Not Fade Away
19. The Vice Principals, Glad All Over
20. The Hentchmen, Some Other Guy
21. The Wildebeests, Secret Agent Man
22. The Flamin' Groovies, I Can't Explain
23. The Strypes, Leavin' Here
24. The Lubbers, Pictures of Lily
25. The Blaggers ITA, Guns Of Brixton
26. Dogs, (I'd Go the) Whole Wide World
27. The Crawdaddys, There She Goes Again
28. Chesterfield Kings, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
29. Miracle Workers, Psycho
30. The Lyres, Have Love Will Travel
31. The Mummies, I'm Down
32. Heliotropes, I Walked With a Zombie
33. The Mahones, Makes No Sense At All
34. Sloan, Nervous Breakdown
35. Dodge Main, I Got A Right
36. The Vacants, Beat On The Brat
37. Dee Dee Ramone, Born to Lose
38. Art Brut, Her Majesty

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: U

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know it’s been way too long since I had a walking report. I have some excuses, though. Trust me, lots of excuses. I won’t bore you with them, however, as I can see the eyerolling through this text.
I know. I should have kept on with it. I should have found that time somehow, but I didn’t. In fact, it took some “bullying” from a friend to get back on the mean streets of southeastern Sioux Falls. Bullying, you ask? Well, since that has become the misused word of the last couple of years, I figured it was my turn to describe anything that isn’t a complete compliment as that awful word.
Enough of the backstory. It’s Sunday afternoon, and I just transcribed an interview. Not knowing how I’m going to turn that transcription into a story, I figured it is a good time to clear my head. It’s super humid outside, but the temperature isn’t bad. It’s now or never.
My album for the day is Anodyne, the final album from legendary alt-country leaders Uncle Tupelo. While we didn’t know at the time of its release that the band was about to call it quits, listening to it almost twenty years later it seems pretty obvious. This is a record that really set the stage for both Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy’s post-Tupelo careers. Songs like “Slate” and “Chickimauga” are templates for the first handful of Son Volt albums, while “The Long Cut” and “New Madrid” would have fit perfectly on the first Wilco album.
Yes, this record in hindsight is sort of like the Beatles’ White Album, where instead of it being a “band” album, it is two solo albums backed by the rest of the band. Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch, as the White Album is a sprawling affair that jumps from genre to genre. A more realistic comparison is probably the last couple of Husker Du albums, where Bob Mould and Grant Hart alternated songs with minimal input from the other.
Not to say that Anodyne isn’t a great album. It stands proudly with the rest of their catalog. In fact, Uncle Tupelo is one of those rare groups where every one of their albums has at some point stood out as my personal favorite.
Anodyne was a great soundtrack for my return to my middling version of working out. I promise to get out more often. If I don’t, I’m sure I will be “bullied” some more!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Live Ledge #121: New Finds

This summer has been a bit of a disappointment for a music nerd like me. The new release lists keep getting shorter and shorter, so my need for new tunes is being ignored. This coming month, though, there are some great new albums coming out, and we preview a few of them tonight. Most notably is the great new album by Superchunk, I Hate Music, which comes out on August 20.
Besides Superchunk, there's also new music by Grant Hart, Hickoids, Robert Pollard, Fidlar, Dan Vapid and the Cheats, and so much more. There's also some great blog finds, including covers of the Stones, Records, and Chuck Berry by artists such as The Cheeks Girls, Hello, and Gang War.
Grab this show at the usual online spots, or...


1. The Cute Lepers, It's Summertime Baby
2. John Doe, Just For The Hell Of It
3. Deer Tick, From The Git Go
4. THE SILKS, Down At The Heel
5. THE SILKS, One More Try
6. Grant Hart, Letting Me Out
7. Grant Hart, (It Was a) Most Disturbing Dream
8. Grant Hart, Run for the Wilderness
9. Soul Asylum, Attacking the Beat
10. Wreckless Eric & James Nicholls, Little Child
11. Pete Molinari, I Wanna Be Your Man
12. Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Money (That's What I Want)
13. Superchunk, Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
14. Superchunk, Low F
15. Superchunk, Sunset Arcade
16. Superchunk, Trees of Barcelona
17. Hickoids, If Drinkin Don't Kill Me Kill Me
18. Hickoids, The Talking Hot Pants Blues
19. Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders, Small Town Rock Ain't Dead
20. Jason Isbell, Super 8
21. Generation X, What Do You Want
22. The Professionals, White Light White Heat
23. Hello, Let's Spend The Night Together
24. Gang War, Around & Around
25. FIDLAR, Awkward
26. Robert Pollard, Who Buries The Undertaker
27. Drivin' and Cryin', The LIttle Record Store Around the Corner
28. The High Learys, Idolise Your Woman
29. Dan Sarka and the Sometimes Why, Starry Eyes
30. The Cheeks Girls, That Don't Exist
31. Chixdiggit!, My Restaurant
32. King Khan & the Shrines, Bite My Tongue
33. Dan Vapid and the Cheats, Miracle Drug  
34. Fleshtones, The Friends Of Bazooka Joe
35. Melvins 1983, 99 Bottles Of Beer