Friday, October 25, 2013

Live Ledge #130: Halloween

It's my new favorite tradition - a Halloween-themed episode sometime before the big day. In past years, though, it's been a breeze to pick out songs for this show. Not this year. Where are all the new punk rock tunes about ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and everything else associated with this great holiday? Since I try to not duplicate past shows, it became a worrisome process to produce a usable setlist for the night.
Worrisome until earlier this week, when a great new album was released. Mondo  Zombie Boogaloo is collaboration between Los Straitjackets, Southern Culture on the Skids, and The Fleshtones. Each band produced a handful of songs, and then everybody sang on the Spanish-language version of "Monster Mash". Now I have a show!
This is the perfect soundtrack to play when the neighbor kids come over for candy next Thursday. Play it loud, and play it proud! Grab this from iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Nouvelle Vague, Bela Lugosi's Dead
2. Southern Culture On The Skids, The Loneliest Ghost In Town
3. Southern Culture On The Skids, Tingler Blues
4. Southern Culture On The Skids, Demon Death
5. Southern Culture On The Skids, Goo Goo Muck
6. Roky Erickson, I Walked with a Zombie
7. Roky Erickson, If You Have Ghosts
8. The Sonics, The Witch
9. Black Lips, You Must Be a Witch
10. No Direction, Graveyard
11. Thee Oh Sees, Grown in a Graveyard
12. John Wesley Coleman, My Grave
13. Snakeout, They Come Out Of Their Graves
14. The Fleshtones, Ghoulman Confidential
15. The Fleshtones, (Sock It To Me Baby) In The House Of Shock
16. The Fleshtones, Haunted Hipster
17. The Fleshtones, Dracula A Gogo
18. The Pop Project, Give Me Corporate Candy Or Give Me Death
19. Low Culture, I Feel Your Ghost
20. Swamp Sisters, Leader of the Wolf Pack
21. The Muldoons, Building Franky
22. The Healers, Ghosts
23. The Bubblegum Hearts, The Ghost of Vincent Price
24. The 3-D Invisibles, Go-Go Ghost
25. The 3-D Invisibles, Gorilla Mummy
26. The Misfits, Horror Business
27. The Misfits, Ghouls Night Out
28. The Misfits, Science Fiction/Double Feature
29. Los Straitjackets, It's Monster Surfing Time
30. Los Straitjackets, Theme From Halloween
31. Los Straitjackets, The Ghoul On The Hill
32. Los Straitjackets, Que Monstruos Son
33. The Hentchmen, Ghost Of John
34. The Brains, Screaming
35. Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy, Bela Lugosi's Dead

Friday, October 18, 2013

Live Ledge #129: RIP Drazzle

We at realpunkradio lost a great friend last weekend. Wait, let me take that back. The world lost a great person a few days ago. David Scott Rasile, aka "Drazzle", not only operated heavy machinery but he was an internet radio machine. He hosted three shows on our network - Paddy O'Punk, Coffee Time With Drazzle, and Music From the Far Side. The wealth of knowledge this man housed inside his head was completely beyond anything I could ever hope for.
Besides his iron man abilities as a DJ, Drazzle was an even better man. His wife and daughter were clearly the true loves of his life, and he talked about them on every episode of his programs. The Coffee Time episode he put together just a day or two after his mother died last year may have been the most heartfelt show I've ever heard.
Being as my two shows followed his on the realpunkradio schedule, there was no doubt that I had to put together something special to commemorate his great life. This was a bigger project than I could do alone, though, so I called upon others to assist me. Tonight's show featured commentary and requests from not only current DJ's, but former RPR jocks, friends, and even a listener. There are elements of all three of his shows in tonight's broadcast, including his usual Johnny Cash min-set and his "Pride of Cleveland" section. Plus, there are a few clips of Drazzle himself, including an exceprt from his last ever set break.
It's a really special show that I think everybody should check out, despite the technical snafus that plagued the first hour. I lost my internet signal twice, and at one point my mic input also malfunctioned. I'd like to think that it was a cruel, cruel joke by my old buddy, Draz. Cheers, my friend. You can't imagine how greatly you are missed.
Download this ep from the usual sources, or...


1. The Replacements, Here Comes A Regular
2. Church of the Lazy Bastards, Torn
3. Craic, Steppin' Out
4. The Bloody Irish Boys, Drink Drink Drink
5. The Tossers, Buckets of Beer
6. Marty Robbins, Big Iron r
7. Johnny Cash, Cocaine Blues
8. Johnny Cash, Big River
9. Leadbelly, Rock Island Line
10. Rocket From The Tombs, Sonic Reducer
11. Pere Ubu, Final Solution
12. Lords Of The New Church, World Without End
13. Dead Boys, Ain't It Fun
14. Pagans, Street Where Nobody Lives
15. Rubber City Rebels, Rubber City Rebels
16. New Bomb Turks, Up for a Downslide
17. The Cramps, New Kind Of Kick
18. Devo, Come Back Jonee
19. Johnny Thunders, You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
20. Pretenders, Kid
21. Jane Aire & the Belvederes, When I Was Young
22. Joan Jett, You Don't Know What You've Got
23. Naked Raygun, Wonder Beer
24. The White Stripes, The Air Near My Fingers
25. Bouncing Souls, Bulling The Jukebox
26. Wazmo Nariz, Checking out the Checkout Girl
27. Shane MacGowan & The Popes, Danny Boy

Friday, October 11, 2013

Live Ledge #128: What

It's a simple theme, really. Admittedly not very original, either. I just decided to have a show where every song has the word "what" in it. Somehow it worked, though, as there are a ton of tunes that utilize that word. There's a couple of local tunes, some classics, and lots and lots of almost-forgotten album tracks by the likes of The Clash, Undertones, Supersuckers, and so much more. Grab this one now from your favorite online source, or...


1. Paul Westerberg, What a Day (For a Night)
2. The Velvet Underground, What Goes On (Closet Mix)
3. The Kinks, Give The People What They Want
4. Reverend Horton Heat, What's Reminding Me Of You
5. Naked Ted, What I Had in Mind
6. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, What You're Doing to Me
7. The Real Kids, What She Don't Know
8. Purple Hearts, What Am I Gonna Do?
9. Dead Boys, What Love is
10. Pagans, What's This Shit Called Love?
11. The Ramone,s What'd Ya Do?
12. Joey Ramone, What Did I Do To Deserve You?
13. Make Out, What U Doing Later?
14. The Throbs, I'll Do What I Want  
15. The Muffs, What You've Done
16. Thee Spivs, What's Wrong With You
17. Superchunk, What Can We Do
18. Archers of Loaf, What Did You Expect?
19. Chixdiggit!, Don't Believe What You Read
20. The Clash, What's My Name
21. Glen Matlock & The Philistines, What Do You Want From Me?
22. Buzzcocks, What Do I Get?
23. Cock Sparrer, What's It Like To Be Old
24. Supersuckers, What Love Is
25. Social Distortion, I Want What I Want
26. The Cramps, What's Behind The Mask
27. X, What's Wrong With Me
28. The Mr T Experience, What Is Punk
29. Turbonegro, What Is Rock!?
30. The Undertones, What's With Terry?
31. Elvis Costello & The Imposters, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: Z

Another beautiful days means another day where pudgy Hudson moves his little legs around the neighborhood. We’re now at the end of the alphabet once again, so that means my choices are pretty limited. Although a kind commenter suggested I go with a Zappa record, I ultimately went with the classic Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies.
The story of this album, not to mention the band, is extremely interesting. While the 60’s are renowned for melodic pop geniuses, few writers were as talented as Chris White and Rod Argent. They formed in 1962, and had a gigantic U.S. hit in 1964 with “She’s Not There”, but by mid-1967 were struggling. They let Decca Records and signed with Columbia, but entered the studio in June, 1967 with an extremely limited budget. The budget was so limited, in fact, that Blunstone and Argent were forced to self-finance the stereo mix that the label suddenly demanded.
After the album was finished, it sat in the vaults for a few months. Then something weird happened. Musician/songwriter/producer Al Kooper, famous for the keyboards on Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, had taken a liking to the record. It was his pleas to label head Clive Davis that led to the album’s release in April, 1968. The third single from the record, “Time of the Season”, became a huge hit in early 1969.
Unfortunately, the band had broke up shortly after the album’s release. Although Argent and White reportedly attempted to record more tracks to capitalize on the song’s success, they ultimately went ahead with their new band, Argent.
Despite the hit single, the album didn’t sell at the time. Like a few other pop masterpieces of the era, including the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and The Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society, the record continued to gain momentum over the years, and is now considered a melancholy, psych-rock classic. Former Jam leader Paul Weller lists it as his favorite record of all time, and it regularly places on “Greatest Album” lists in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Mojo, and many others.
It truly deserves all the accolades. Besides the great songwriting, Colin Blunstone’s plaintive vocals are the perfect voice to their words and melodies. Unlike most of the ear’s “psychedelic” releases, the production isn’t overbearing. Having a limited budget was actually a positive influence on the record, as it retains a live feel with only the basic instrumentation (and some innovative uses of the mellotron).
The sunny sounds may have been more apt for a May or June walk, but it turned out to be perfect on an afternoon that was close to 80 degrees. But I still have the issue with what to do next. I’m at the end of the alphabet. How do I carry on with this series. Please send me an email at with your recommendations!

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Walking Alphabet: Y

Before I talk about my walk and the accompanying soundtrack, I need to vent. Hey Spotify, why did you fuck up your app???
The music streaming service has been a godsend when it comes to certain letters of the alphabet where I had NOTHING on my device worth listening to while I walked. Although their search services are terrible, a bit of advance planning allowed me to find something for letters such as “V” and “X”.
Today, I got ready to do my walk as normal. Knowing that my choices were again limited, I had already decided to utilize the latest Yo La Tengo album, Fade. While the record got a few spins when it was released at the beginning of the year, I buy so much music that I had actually forgotten that it existed.
I turned on Spotify after doing my stretches, and made my way out the door. When I turned on my RunApp, the sound died. After restarting, it again died after a couple of minutes. They had taken away the background features of the app!! What good is this? Unless I want to turn off the Auto-Lock and completely drain my battery, Spotify is now completely useless on a portable device.
Luckily, I had another Yo La Tengo album on my iPhone, so my walk today is to 1990’s Fakebook. Even more lucky is the fact that it’s one of my favorite albums by the Hoboken indie rock veterans. A bit of a departure from their more garage-oriented previous albums, Fakebook is primarily a folk-ish set of covers by the likes of Daniel Johnston, The Kinks, and the Flamin’ Groovies.
Fakebook turned out to be a great soundtrack for a surprisingly warm October day. Keep in mind that just three days ago half of my state was covered by snow, and Saturday’s temps didn’t even hit 50. Today was a perfect 75 or so, and I must admit that I could even feel the strengthening effects of that other workout routine I’m doing these days.
I’m now one letter away from finishing the alphabet, though, so I need some help as to what to do next. Seriously, any recomendations for a walking series? A discography of a band, maybe? If so, who? Or something completely different? Send me an email at if you have any ideas!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Live Ledge #127: Stormy New Releases

Frankie McDonald was completely correct! After the YouTube video of his forecast for South Dakota storms earlier this week, he was widely mocked by almost everybody who saw it. Here comes Friday night, and I'm doing my show amid reports that multiple tornadoes hit Sioux City, Iowa, and over half of the east/west interstate was closed due to "blizzard" conditions.
Tonight's show is dedicated to young McDonald, and is the latest in a series of monthly shows devoted to new releases and blog finds. Not only does tonight's broadcast include the latest tracks by Joan Jett, The Strypes, Tommy Keene, and many others, there is a set devoted to the latest Songs For Slim tracks, a couple of tracks from the most recent Replacements reunion show, and reissues by Roky Erickson and The Clash.
Grab this one via my iPhone/Android app, the Ledge, or stream it via Stitcher. Or...


1. The Replacements, Hello Goodbye/Can't Hardly Wait
2. Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers, Hate This Town
3. Young Fresh Fellows, Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars
4. Jeff Tweedy, Ballad Of The Opening Band
5. Lucero, From The Git Go
6. The Bad Shepherds, Gary Gilmore's Eyes
7. Tommy Keene, Ride On Baby
8. The Strypes, Heart Of The City
9. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Any Weather
10. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cherry Bomb (Live)
11. Joanna Gruesome, Anti Parent Cowboy Killers
12. The Dirtbombs, Born in a Haunted Barn
13. King Khan & His Shrines, Annabelle
14. Obits, This Girl's Opinion
15. The Connection, Wrong Side of 25
16. Radio Birdman, New Race
17. The Screaming Tribesmen, A Stand Alone
18. feedtime, Dont Tell Me
19. Lime Spiders, Out of Control
20. Roky Erickson, Don't Slander Me
21. Roky Erickson, If You Have Ghosts
22. The Hitmen, I Am The Man
23. The Clash, Spanish Bombs
24. Parquet Courts, You've Got Me Wonderin' Now
25. The Future Primitives, In And Out
26. The Rocketz, California Hell
27. Bare Mutants, Growing The Affliction
28. The Shambles, But I'm Different Now
29. The Shambles, Leavin' Here
30. Lorette Velvette, 20TH Century Boy
31. Veronica Falls, Teenagers
32. The Replacements, Hootenanny

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The Walking Rock Alphabet: X

The voice of my RunApp, Beverly, was extremely pleased with me today. I set new records for distance, speed, calories, and a bunch of other statistics that mean nothing to me. She was so pleased that she even cut into my music to inform me of my stats at a couple of spots in addition to the usual five minute marks.
Yes, I’m jumping the gun here, but you can’t help but be happy for this chubby boy. Between my walks and my Diamond Dallas Page yoga workouts, I’m actually feeling a bit more upbeat these days. I’m still your favorite curmudgeon, but I’m no longer spending my entire evenings curled up in a ball watching bad reality shows. The laziness is now reserved for only part of the night.
The point of this series, though, is the music, right? Once again, I found myself at one of those letters that doesn’t give me too much flexibility. Since my last run-through saw me listen to an X album, my only other real choice was XTC.
Although their wikipedia page calls them a “new wave” band, they are in no way to be confused with the likes of The Fixx or Haircut 100. I’d say a more accurate description would be to consider them the poppier side of the post-punk movement. They’re quirky, to be sure, but the lyrics of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding were much more interesting and inventive than most of the bands of that era.
To be honest, though, I’m not the biggest fan of the band. I liked them enough to purchase most of their catalog, including a ten-disc set of Andy Partridge demos, but outside of Skylarking I never found their albums to be consistent enough to give much airtime. Their singles, however, are fantastic, making this one of those few bands in my library where the hits collections are my favorites.
For today’s walk, though, I went with 1982’s English Settlement, mainly because of the singles, “Senses Working Overtime”, “Ball and Chain”, and “No Thugs In Our House”. Being as it’s a double album, I have to be honest and admit I never made it through the full seventy-two minutes. Hey, I made it halfway through side three!
As expected, I loved the singles, but I also felt a new appreciation for much of the rest of the album. Unfortunately, the decision to make this a double probably wasn’t the band’s smartest move, as a number of songs were just okay. Musically interesting, to be sure, but also a bit too produced for my tastes.
Still, it was a pleasant selection for a perfect afternoon of mild temps and lots of sun. Now what am I going to do for the letter “Y”?