Friday, December 27, 2013

Live Ledge #137: Alphabet Rock

As tonight's show was the last Live Ledge of 2013, I didn't want to create some convoluted theme that featured nothing but obscurities. I wanted a fun, loud rock 'n' roll show, possibly designed for New Years Eve festivities. What you're getting here is an alphabetical journey through my collection. Every letter has at least one band, and for the most part they're my favorite group of the corresponding letter (or in the cases of letters like Q or Z, they're the only bands worthy of airing).
You can grab this show from all of the methods that I routinely print in this paragraph, or you can hit play in the Stitcher player on the side of this page, or...


1. Alex Chilton, Bangkok
2. Big Star, September Gurls
3. The Buzzcocks, Harmony In My Head
4. Camper Van Beethoven, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
5. The Clash, Spanish Bombs
6. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat
7. Elvis Costello, (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
8. Firehose, For The Singer Of R.E.M.
9. The Flamin' Groovies, Slow Death
10. Grandpaboy, Psychopharmacology
11. Guided By Voices, Glad Girls
12. Husker Du, Green Eyes
13. Iggy And The Stooges, Search and Destroy
14. The Jam, David Watts
15. The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset
16. The Lyres, Don't Give It Up Now
17. Mission Of Burma, That's When I Reach For My Revolver
18. New York Dolls, Looking For A Kiss
19. The Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet
20. Pixies, Wave Of Mutilation
21. The Queers, Unsatisfied
22. Radio Birdman, New Race
23. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
24. The Replacements, You Lose
25. The Saints, Know Your Product
26. Sex Pistols, Something Else
27. Superchunk, Slack Motherfucker
28. T.Rex, Raw Ramp
29. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
30. Violent Femmes, Children Of The Revolution
31. Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
32. X, The New World
33. The Yayhoos, What Are We Waiting For
34. The Zeros, Wild Weekend

Friday, December 20, 2013

Live Ledge #136: Christmas

It's another one of those yearly traditions. Every year, I spend a good portion of December hunting down new and/or undiscovered new holiday songs. It's actually an easy show to fill, even with the desire to never repeat anything from previous years. This time around, there's new music by Nick Lowe, Hold Steady, Angry Snowmans, Bad Religion, and many, many more, along with newly-found tracks by the likes of Jukebox Zeros, Black Knights, and Television City. The results are a special show that should be the soundtrack of every Christmas celebration! Unless, of course, there's people present who are easily offended.
As always, grab this from Stitcher, iTunes, or stream it on The Ledge app. You can also hit that box on the side of the page and stream it in your browser, or...


1. John Goodman & Keenan Thompson, All I Want For Christmas Is Booty
2. The Hold Steady, Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You
3. The New Mendicants, A Very Sorry Christmas
4. The Hives & Cyndi Lauper, A Christmas Duel
5. Nick Lowe, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
6. The Connection, Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)
7. Yo La Tengo, Rock N Roll Santa
8. Dr. Dog, Christmas Party
9. The Backsliders, Christmas (Doesn't Have To Be So Bad)
10. Cheap Trick, Come On Christmas
11. Elephant Stone, Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
12. Dwight Twilley, Rockabilly Christmas Ball
13. Warm Soda, Without You By My Side
14. Shannon And The Clams, All I Want For Christmas Is You
15. Angry Snowmans, Bright Lights
16. Angry Snowmans, Toblerone Addict
17. The Vandals, C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S.
18. The Vandals, Oi To The World
19. Bad Religion, O Come All Ye Faithful
20. Bad Religion, O Come O Come Emmanuel
21. The Misfits, Blue Christmas
22. Iggy Pop, White Christmas (Guitar Stooge Version)
23. Jukebox Zeros, Christmas in the City (Ain't Too Pretty)
24. 45 Adapters, This Xmas
25. Hateful, Merry Christmas Everybody
26. Vice Squad, Rockin' Around The Xmas Tree
27. Vice Squad, Christmas Has Been Cancelled
28. 10 Cents Fuck Flicks, Whiskey Clause
29. Jim Diamond's Pop Monsoon, Christmas In Detroit
30. Johnny Cash, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
31. The Untamed Youth, Santa's Gonna Shut 'Em Down
32. Black Knights, Xmas Record Hop
33. Guitar Slingers FT, Stomp That Xmas
34. The Dyes, Santa Claus
35. Everything On Red, Merry Christmas Everyone
36. The Davenports, Whore For The Holidays
37. Television City, The Night Johnny Thunders Saved Christmas

Friday, December 13, 2013

Live Ledge #135: Best of 2013

For well over 20 years, I have been spending a good portion of my last weeks of the year going through my collection to compile my personal list of the best releases of the year. The results always results in a huge mess. Even in this digital age, I still purchase CD's, so there are stacks all over the bedroom. Some piles are reissues and box sets. Others are possibilities for the best new albums. Inevitably, the biggest stack consists of the records that didn't make the cut.
The list is done, and you can read it on my Argus Leader blog. For a sampling of some of the albums that made the cut, tonight's show is a countdown of sorts of many of the choices. There's also segments for reissues, box sets, and even cover songs.
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1. The Replacements, I'm Not Sayin'
2. Wilco, Color Me Impressed
3. Sloan, Nervous Breakdown
4. Tommy Keene, Ride On Baby
5. Roky Erickson, If You Have Ghosts
6. The Kinks, Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
7. The Beatles, The Hippy Hippy Shake
8. The Heartbreakers, One Track Mind
9. Blind Lemon Jefferson, Match Box Blues
10. The Clash, Career Opportunities
11. Babyshambles, Nothing Comes To Nothing
12. The So So Glos, Blowout
13. High Learys, Idolise Your Woman
14. The Julie Ruin, Ha Ha Ha
15. The Bronx, Style OVer Everything
16. King Khan & the Shrines, Better Luck Next Time
17. Fuzz, What's In My Head?
18. Swearin', Watered Down
19. Warm Soda, Jeanie Loves Pop
20. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Any Weather (606 Version)
21. Bad Sports, Nothing In This World
22. Ty Segall, The Keepers
23. Mikal Cronin, Am I Wrong
24. Grant Hart, So Far from Heaven
25. Thee Oh Sees, Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster
26. The Strypes, Blue Collar Jane
27. The Dirtbombs, Crazy For You
28. FIDLAR, Stoked And Broke
29. The Men, Half Angel Half Light
30. Mind Spiders, Inside You
31. Two Cow Garage, Geri
32. Superchunk, Me & You & Jackie Mittoo

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Live Ledge #134: New Finds

It's that time of the month once again! For the last "new release" show of the year, I have again gone through my new release piles and also scoured the internet for the latest recent tunes. Most are true new releases, but there are also plenty of reissues and blog finds.
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But those aren't the only ways to listen to the show. Take a look at the side of this blog and you'll see an imbedded Stitcher player. Clicking on the play button will automatically start the latest Ledge episode. Get through the whole thing and it will go on to the second newest, and then the third, etc. Just have a marathon Ledge day!

1. Billy Bragg, The Milkman of Human Kindness
2. Young Fresh Fellows, Slim's Place
3. Jayhawks (as LP.Org), Ballad of the Opening Band
4. Frankie Lee, Times Like This
5. Uncle Tupelo, I Wanna Be Your Dog
6. Uncle Tupelo, Commotion
7. Drive-By Truckers, People Who Died
8. The Feelies, Dancing Barefoot
9. The Bremen Riot, Easy Joe!
10. Fuzz, What's In My Head?
11. High Learys, Idolise Your Woman
12. Cheap Time, Same Surprise
13. KNOTS, Action
14. The Deadbeats, Kill The Hippies
15. The Randoms, Let's Get Rid Of New York
16. The Normals, Almost Ready
17. The Skunks, Earthquake Shake
18. Ty Segall, You're The Doctor
19. Wooden Shjips, Ghouls
20. Frankie Teardrop, Greasy Motherfucker
21. The Pampers, Monkey Drip
22. The Kinks, 20th Century Man
23. Tall Boys, Gary Gilmore's Eyes
24. Neo Boys, I'm Free
25. The Fuzztones, You're Gonna Miss Me
26. Lyres, Sick And Tired
27. Thee Headcoats Sect, Baby What's Wrong
28. Godfathers, Bad Boy
29. Latex Novelties, I Don't Wanna Look Like No Ramone
30. The Delusionaires, Short Shorts
31. Sham 69, Give A Dog A Bone
32. The Replacements, Nowhere Man Medley