Friday, March 21, 2014

Live Ledge #149: RIP Scott Asheton

The music world lost another legend this last Sunday, as Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passed away due to an unspecified illness at the age of 64. Tonight's show pays tribute to Asheton, consisting primarily of covers of the Stooges. The artists come from all over the world, including Sweden (Nomads, Hellacopters), Australia (Radio Birdman, Feedtime), and the UK (Sex Pistols). There's also a set that consists of bands that Asheton worked with during the Stooge's 1974-2003 hiatus (Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Destroy All Monsters, Sonny Vincent).
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1. The Stooges, Search And Destroy
2. Uncle Tupelo, I Wanna Be Your Dog
3. Alejandro Escovedo, I Wanna Be Your Dog
4. The Feelies, Real Cool Time
5. The Fuzztones, Down On The Street
6. Exploding White Mice, Down On The Street
7. These Immortal Souls, Open Up & Bleed
8. Feedtime, Ann
9. Sex Pistols, No Fun
10. The Black Keys, No Fun
11. Joey Ramone, 1969
12. Mission Of Burma, 1970
13. Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Dangerous
14. Destroy All Monsters, You're Gonna Die
15. Sonny Vincent and His Rat Race Choir, Roky
16. Iggy And The Stooges, Kill City
17. Iggy And The Stooges, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell
18. Iggy and The Stooges, Sex & Money
19. Misfits, I Got A Right
20. Dictators, Search and Destroy
21. Radio Birdman, TV Eye
22. D-Generation, I Got Nothing
23. Pansy Division, Loose
24. 7 Year Bitch, Shake Appeal
25. The Hellacopters, I Got a Right
26. The Nomads, Real Cool Time
27. Iggy and the Stooges, Louie Louie

Friday, March 14, 2014

Live Ledge #148: Compilations

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite music blogs, Ramone To the Bone, unleashed a giant compilation mix (All About Girls, Vol. 2) featuring primarily unknown punk band s playing songs about the ladies. Inspired by the great quality of so many of these tracks, I decided to put together a show based around nothing but various artists records of these sorts.
Too bad I ended up having little time for tracks from this collection. Who knew that in recent weeks I had gathered so many other compilatons? The show begins with acoustic covers of primarily punk favorites (PV Undercover) before spinning tracks from a new Doors tribute record (A Psych Tribute to The Doors) and some great garage rock from a relatively old blog find (The Rebel Kind).
From there, we head all over the globe, stopping in Wisconsin (Radio Ready Wisconsin: Lost Power Pop Hits 1979-1982), Canada (Sympathetic Sounds of Montreal), Texas (Deep In the Throat of Texas), before heading to London for some fairly obscure blasts from the early days of the legendary punk rock scene (Punk 45, Volume 2). Finally, a couple of All About Girls tracks makes the playlist, but the rest of the planned material from this album must wait for another day.
As always, grab this from the usual sources, or...


1. Alturos, Rock N Roll Girl
2. Fighting Fiction, Oliver's Army
3. VRGNS, Attitude
4. The Flatliners, Maximum Piss & Vinegar
5. Camera, People Are Strange
6. Psychic Ills, Love Me Two Times
7. The Black Angels, Soul Kitchen
8. The Nomads, Have Love Will Travel
9. Fuzztones, Ward 81
10. Miracle Workers, Infected With You
11. The Long Ryders, And She Rides
12. Sidewalks, Whoever Said That You Was Cool
13. The Haskels, Daddy's Girl
14. The Minors, Another Stupid Love Song
15. Spooner, You're The Lucky One
16. Valiants, Shake Baby Shake
17. The Cheating Hearts, Horse Fever Blues
18. Stack O'Lees, Masked Marvel
19. The Sunday Sinners, Loretta Lynn
20. BBQ, Debra Lee
21. AK47, The Badge Means You Suck
22. Really Red, Corporate Settings
23. The Next, Mr.Wonderful
24. Uncalled 4, Grind Her Up
25. Vast Majority, God's Groin
26. Mekons, 32 Weeks
27. The Users, Sick of You
28. The Jermz, Powercut
29. Now, Development Corporations
30. Swell Maps, Real Shocks
31. The Scabs, Leave Me Alone
32. The Nerves, TV Adverts
33. The Killjoys, Johnny Doesn't Want to Go To Heaven
34. The Sheckies, She Kicked Me Off Facebook
35. The Havenots, I Love Her And She Loves The Ramones

Friday, March 07, 2014

Live Ledge #147: New Releases

Generally speaking, I don't spend a lot of time these days describing the contents of the shows. I upload them, and write a paragraph or two, and hope that people discover and enjoy them.
While this week's show is another of my monthly broadcasts dedicated to new releases, it's also a bit more special than usual. This is immediately evident with the first track, Matthew Ryan's "An Anthem For the Broken". Besides being a teaser for his upcoming still-to-be titled album which also features Kevin Salem and Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem) on guitars, this uplifting track is a benefit for a friend in need. As Ryan says on his webiste, "my friend John (Anderson) is nearing the final stages of his battle with ALS. John and his wife repesent a lot of us to our circle they have been a center. Now not only are they emotionally distressed by the changes in what the future and the present would be, they are also under the gigantic and daunting financial pressures ALSO brings." Please spend the buck it costs for this track, as all money raised goest to the Andersons.
After Ryan's emotional song, the show moves on to another old friend in need. Many past shows have documented Slim Dunlap's ongoing needs after his devastating stroke. Last November saw the release of the entire Songs For Slim series, but his friends haven't stopped helping the former Replacements' guitarist. In December, Slim Town Singles began issuing a weekly release. I played five wonderful contributions tonight, and each of these songs are available for the cost of whatever you decide to contribute. Please do.
One of those bands, High on Stress, are currently in the studio putting the final touches on their fourth album, Leaving Mpls. They recently put together a Kickstarter campaign to help with the final sessions and post-production of the record, so check their site for further information on how you can help.
Thanks to my good buddy, Jason Loeb, I was also able to debut the first releases on the Merge Records 25th Anniversary subscription series. Along with new songs by Superchunk and Mikal Cronin, these first seven-inches include a Neil Young cover by Mount Moriah and Mountain Goats remaking Ozzy Osbourne's "Shot In the Dark".
There's also recent releases by Drive-By Truckers, Habibi, Johnny Foreigner, Minneapolis legend Johnny Rey, and The Men, along with teasers of upcoming records by Fucked Up, Cloud Nothings, and Black Lips.
Oh yeah, one more important thing happened tonight. My good friend Jools came into the chat from Asia, and informed me that Live Ledge has been banned in Thailand! That's the coolest thing ever!
There's many ways to listen to tonight's show. You can download my app, The Ledge, in iTunes or the Android store. You can subscribe to The Ledge in iTunes. You can stream it in Stitcher, or play it on the Stitcher box on the side of this page. Or...


Here's tonight's playlist:

1. Matthew Ryan, An Anthem for the Broken
2. Mammy Nuns, Slim Songs  
3. The Mad Ripple, Sworn Member of the Slim Dunlap Club
4. The Bluefields, When Things Was Cheap
5. The Bremen Riot, Big Star Big
6. High On Stress, Little Shiva  
7. Johnny Rey, And Then She Was Gone
8. Drive-By Truckers, Grandpa Rock City
9. Cheap Girls, New Madrid
10. Courtney Barnett, Lance Jr.
11. Habibi, Far From Right
12. Johnny Foreigner, Stop Talking About Ghosts
13. Sultan Bathery, Satellite
14. Superchunk, Good Morning
15. Mount Moriah, Revolution Blues
16. Mountain Goats, Shot in the Dark
17. Mikal Cronin, Takin' it Easy
18. The Men, Different Days
19. The Men, Dark Waltz
20. Black Lips, Smiling
21. Black Lips, Drive By Buddy
22. Cloud Nothings, Now Here
23. Cloud Nothings, I'm Not Part Of Me
24. Eagulls, Nerve Endings
25. New Coke, I Am Drunk I Have A Gun I Want Names
26. Fucked Up, I Wanna Be A Yank
27. Fucktard, Ladder of Pigs
28. Geri X, Love Her Madly
29. The Raveonettes, The End
30. The Art Attacks, Neutron Bomb