Friday, January 31, 2014

Live Ledge #142: 1979

This was by far the easiest show I've ever put together.
The year is 1979. Your host is a shy, laid-back high school student disenchanted with the awful music his friends made him endure. He had ventured out before with earlier releases by the Sex Pistols and Clash, but it was during this year that he became a real record collector. Many a night was spent at either Iron Creek or Budget Tapes and Records, searching for the antidote to cure him from the diseased-plagued aural nightmare of the likes of Molly Hatchet and Kansas.
The collection grew and grew that year, thanks to the likes of Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, PIL, The Clash, Wire, and so many more. There was a great sampler record from a fledgling label called Twin Tone Records that opened my eyes to a growing music scene in Minneapolis.
But there were also more mainstream things that weren't so offensive, and two of them arrived in Sioux Falls on July 7, 1979. Cheap Trick was currently at the top of the charts with Dream Police, and they brought with them a fledgling Aussie band called AC/DC. This event was one of the rare sellouts in our city's history, and it's commemorated in tonight's show.
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1. The Patti Smith Group, So You Want To Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
2. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Accidents Will Happen
3. Nick Lowe, American Squirm
4. Dave Edmunds, Girls Talk
5. Graham Parker, Saturday Nite Is Dead
6. Curtiss A, Land of the Free
7. The Hypstrz, 6654321
8. The Suburbs, Urban Guerilla
9. The Suicide Commandos, Complicated Fun
10. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks T
11. The Buzzcocks, You Say You Don't Love Me
12. The Boomtown Rats, Having My Picture Taken
13. Joe Jackson, I'm The Man
14. Generation X, Gimme Some Truth
15. Public Image Ltd., Death Disco
16. The Clash, Death or Glory
17. The Damned, Smash It Up (Part 2)
18. The Soft Boys, Rock N Roll Toilet
19. The Ruts, Babylon's Burning
20. Wire, Two People In A Room
21. Stiff Little Fingers, Suspect Device
22. Devo, Mongoloid
23. Ramones, Rock 'n' Roll High School
24. The Dickies, She
25. The Germs, Lexicon Devil
26. The Dils, Mr. Big
27. Fear, I Love Livin In The City
28. Cheap Trick, The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)
29. AC/DC, If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
30. Motorhead, Louie Louie
31. The Kinks, Low Budget
32. Alex Chilton, Hey! Little child
33. The Cramps, Garbageman
34. The Beat, Rock N Roll Girl

Friday, January 24, 2014

Live Ledge #141: Odds And Sods

As of last night, I had no idea what to do for tonight's show. I even attempted to create an all-request broadcast, but my so-called "friends" on Facebook were more interested in Bieber jokes than to help me out. So I just spent some time in the music library picking out songs I hadn't heard in a bit. Various ideas then popped out, like airing the original versions of the cover songs on the new Springsteen album. Or playing a couple of Misfits songs after discussing the recently released biography, This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story of The Misfits, written by James Greene Jr. 
Some recently downloaded Replacements bootlegs helped fill in a few gaps, and I ended up with one of the more enjoyable shows of recent memory. Grab this in the iTunes store, Stitcher, or The Ledge app. For even more convenience, you can click on that Stitcher box on the side of the page for instant playback, or...

1. The Crunch, Gangster Radio  
2. The Replacements, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man  
3. The Replacements, Go  
4. Paul Westerberg, I Wanna Be Your Dog  
5. Grand Champeen, Chains  
6. The Bremen Riot, Land of 1000 Dancing Pills  
7. Suicide, Dream Baby Dream 
8. The Havalinas, High Hopes  
9. Saints, Just Like Fire Would 
10. New York Dolls, Who Are the Mystery Girls?  
11. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, All By Myself 
12. Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer  
13. The Clash, Garageland 
14. The Jam, Just Who Is The 5 O'Clock Hero?  
15. Misfits, Teenagers From Mars 
16. Misfits, Skulls  
17. Iggy & The Stooges, I Got A Right  
18. The Night Marchers, Loud Dumb and Mean 
19. Obits, This Girl's Opinion  
20. Superchunk, FOH 
21. Archers of Loaf, Harnessed In Slums  
22. Two Cow Garage, Stars & Gutters 
23. The Wrens, Faster Gun  
24. The Fleshtones, Hipster Heaven 
25. King Khan & the Shrines, Born to Die  
26. The Sights, Fool (I Can't Stop Making Out With You)  
27. Cherry Glazerr, All My Friends 
28. Mind Spiders, Make Make Make Make 
29. Dan Vapid and the Cheats, Miracle Drug   
30. Biters, The Boy's Alright 
31. The Men, Without A Face  
32. FIDLAR, Wake Bake Skate 
33. Tommy Keene, Much Too Much 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Live Ledge #140: Winter

I must admit that I rarely pay attention to the weather. I can't handle the constant hype on local TV news, and I obviously don't listen to commercial radio. Even the cliched conversations about weather drives me batty. I wake up in the morning, throw some clothes on, and head off to work.
With that in mind, you can imagine I was a bit shocked yesterday when a cold, (extremely) windy day turned into a blizzard. Or was it a blizzard? I can't tell anymore. All I know is that I read a Facebook post from my sister who said that she couldn't see in front of her vehicle because of the blowing snow.
After being informed that maybe I should head home, I did just that. Honestly, it still didn't seem like a real storm, but later that afternoon there was a 26 car accident just outside of the city. Stuff like that doesn't happen too often around here, so it was probably a good thing I left work.
This weather incident was just the latest of a season that has been exceptionally dire. The cold came in earlier and sunk to temps lower than I've seen in years. I went a good three weeks without seeing a positive temperature when I started my day. Thank God for my vehicle's remote start.
Frustrated with this situation, which was amplified by the fact that my Big Brother Gossip Show cohost Colette Lala is currently tanning and drinking in Hawaii, led to tonight's them of "winter". Yep, nothing but songs about everybody's least favorite part of the year.
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1. Muddy Waters Cold Weather Blues
2. Elvis Costello, I Felt the Chill Before the Winter Came
3. The Rolling Stones, Winter
4. Josh Rouse, Winter In The Hamptons
5. Bill Callahan, Winter Road
6. Mark Olson, Winter Song
7. Robyn Hitchcock, Winter Love
8. Garland Jeffreys, Coney Island Winter
9. The Dentists, Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It's Wintertime)
10.Trip Shakespeare, Snow Days
11. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Abominable Snowman In The Market
12. The A-Bones, I'm Snowed
13. Summer Hymns, 14 Inches Of Snow
14. Dumptruck, Winter
15. For Against, Wintersong
16. The Fall, Winter
17. The Housemartins, I Smell Winter
18. Killing Joke, Wintergardens (New Mix)
19. Superchunk, Winter Games
20. JEFF The Brotherhood, Hypnotic Winter
21. The Apples In Stereo, Winter Must Be Cold
22. Redd Kross, Winter Blues
23. Deer Tick, Straight into a Storm
24. U.K. Subs, Stormy Day
25. Minutemen, Storm In My House
26. Pixies, Winterlong
27. Lee Ranaldo, Winterlong
28. Fastbacks, In The Winter
29. Kent State, Nuclear Winter
30. The Tripwires, Flowers of Winter
31. Shannon And The Clams, Old Man Winter

Friday, January 10, 2014

Live Ledge #139: Bye Bye Phil

Shortly after I uploaded last week's show, the news of Phil Everly's death hit social media. Along with his brother, Don, The Everly Brothers were one of the first legends of rock 'n' roll. But you all know that, and you're better served searching for the hundreds of tribute articles that were published in the aftermath of his passing.
The only real tribute I can do is present a collection of songs, so tonight's show commences with Everly Brothers songs covered by the likes of R.E.M., Gram Parsons, and the strange but effective pairing of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones.
Once that set finishes, the rest of the show is a continuation of last week's new release episode. A bunch of new bands are highlights, along with a ton of "blog finds" that I couldn't fit into the show seven days ago.
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Friday, January 03, 2014

Live Ledge #138: New Releases

Generally speaking, the first show of a new year is tough to put together, especially if it is a show consisting primarily of new releases. The record industry slows to a crawl those last few weeks, hoping to survive off their existing blockbuster releases. Anybody dumb enough to actually release an album in December is likely to see it ignore anyway, as EVERYBODY has plenty of distractions during that month.
Surprisingly, this show was one of the easiest ever. In fact, I didn't even include the usual "blog finds" that fill up most of these monthly shows. There's a lot of music coming out in the next couple of months, and tonight's show is highlighted by many of those albums. Tonight also featured a bit of catching up, as various other published lists inspired me to check out some artists that I had missed. Plus, Greg Lonesome from Rock 'n' Roll Manifesto has a new compilation that you can download at realpunkradio. Three "pounders" from that free release were broadcast tonight.
A restructuring of the show also aided in compiling the tunes. In mid-2013, I had set aside my Sunday morning Rural Ledge-ucation broadcast due to side jobs and other obligations. This week, I decided that I'm going to expand the focus of Live Ledge to include some Americana and singer-songwriter tunes. Hopefully, this will cause my show to give a more well-rounded sampling of my loves and influences.
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1. Slaid Cleaves, One Good Year
2. Jeffrey Lewis and The Rain, WWPRD
3. The Barracudas, God Bless The 45
4. The NEW TROCADEROS, Money Talks
5. 7 Seconds, Slogan On A Shirt
6. Drive-By Truckers, Shit Shots Count
7. Drive-By Truckers, Pauline Hawkins
8. Hard Working Americans, Straight To Hell
9. Hard Working Americans, Welfare Music
10. Tim Easton, Crazy Motherfucker from Shelby Ohio
11. Missing Monument, Answer the Call
12. Motel Mirrors. Meet Me On The Corner
13. The Bremen Riot, Scenes From a Hot Tub
14. Pixies, Blue Eyed Hexe
15. The Suburbs, Taxman
16. September Girls, Heartbeats
17. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Janitor Revealed
18. The Fleshtones, What You're Talking About
19. The Fleshtone, Remember The Ramones
20. Tim Timebomb, In The City
21. Tim Timebomb, I'm Movin' On
22. The Pogues with Joe Strummer, Dirty Old Town
23. The Pogues with Joe Strummer, Brand New Cadillac
24. The Fall, Cab It Up! (Single Edit)
25. The Velvet Underground, Beginning To See The Light(unreleased early version)
26. CTMF. Joe Strummer's Grave (Alternate Version)
27. CTMF, Israelites
28. CTMF, She Said Yeah
29. Memphis Morticians, 13 O'Clock Rock
30. Lovesores, It's Like Lightning
31. Ricky C Quartet, Sometimes
32. Livids, (Some Of Us Have) Adrenalized Hearts
33. The Blendours, Teenage Drag Queen