Friday, April 25, 2014

Live Ledge #153: Fantasy Festival (Pt. 2)

Just as I did last week, tonight's show is a curation of the perfect music festival. No trendy electronica or pop stars. No Kardashians running around. Just good ol' rock and roll of a variety of forms. Like last week, I'm even selecting the era of the act. Take the Rolling Stones. I'm going back to the Brian Jones era for their placement in my show. For the Who, it's before Pete Townshend began creating rock operas. Pink Floyd can only perform with Syd Barrett. Besides the oldies, there's also sets of music from Minneapolis and New York, along with a placing of an old Sioux Falls favorite, No Direction.
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1. The Replacements, Nowhere Is My Home
2. The Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb
3. The Who, Out In The Street
4. Vince Taylor, Brand New Cadillac
5. The Pretty Things, L.S.D.
6. Pink Floyd, See Emily Play
7. The Sonics, Psycho
8. 13th Floor Elevators, You're Gonna Miss Me
9. The Small Faces, All Or Nothing (live)
10. T.Rex, 20th Century Boy
11. Mott The Hoople, One Of The Boys
12. New York Dolls, Who Are the Mystery Girls?
13. Thin Lizzy, Jailbreak
14. Motörhead, Rock 'N' Roll
15. Soul Asylum, Made To Be Broken
16. The Suicide Commandos, Attacking the Beat
17. The Phones, Modern Man
18. Suburbs, Cows
19. Sex Pistols, (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
20. The Saints, River Deep Mountain High
21. The Nervebreakers, My Girlfriend Is a Rock
22. Pagans, What's This Shit Called Love?
23. Pere Ubu, Final Solution
24. Television, Venus Marquee Moon
25. Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Blank Generation
26. The Ramones, 53rd & 3rd
27. Patti Smith, My Generation (Live)
28. X, We're Having Much More Fun
29. The Muffs, Lucky Guy
30. Pretenders, The Wait (Single Version)
31. X-Ray Specs, I Am A Poseur
32. Supersuckers, Born with a Tail
33. No Direction, Getting it On with Trudy
34. Rocket From The Crypt, Hippy Dippy Do

Friday, April 18, 2014

Live Ledge #152: Fantasy Festival (Pt. 1)

After uploading last week's show, I plopped myself down on my couch and fired up my AppleTV. The first night of Coachella had commenced a few hours earlier, and The Replacements were scheduled to hit the stage around 10:45 central time. There had been some conflicting information as to whether their set would be broadcast on YouTube, but a ton of Westernerds sat on social media together and hoped for the best.
Instead, we got the worst. The absolute worst. Yes, I did get to see a blistering set by The Afghan Whigs, but after that it was beyond dismal. Somebody please explain to me the appeal of electronic music. I just don't get it. (Yes, I know I'm old.)
Angered by this turn of events, I decided that for tonight's show I would create my own music festival. Since it's a fantasy, I also decided that anybody in the history of rock and roll is eligible for a spot. Everybody is alive in this scenario, so Joe Strummer is back on stage with The Clash. Lou Reed is still performing unreleased Velvet Underground tunes. Johnny Thunders is causing chaos by grabbing that last hit almost an hour after he was due on stage.
Not only is everybody still alive, but their performance reflects my favorite time of their career. David Bowie is onstage around the Ziggy Stardust era, not the cleancut Let's Dance years of hits. Elvis Costello has just formed the Attractions, and Grant Hart and Bob Mould are at their Zen Arcade height.
With these rules, I had way too many artists selected, so I have expanded this theme for next week's show. Think of this show as day one of the Hudson Live Ledge Festival, and next week we'll conclude the circus.
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1. The Replacements, Takin' a Ride
2. Chuck Berry, Let It Rock
3. Jerry Lee Lewis, Mean Woman Blues
4. Johnny Burnette, Tear It Up
5. Gene Vincent, Race With The Devil
6. Eddie Cochran, Twenty Flight Rock (Version 1)
7. Downliners Sect, Beautiful Delilah
8. The Kinks, Who'll Be The Next In Line
9. MC5, Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
10. Lou Reed, I Can't Stand It
11. David Bowie, Hang On To Yourself
12. Blondie, Hanging On The Telephone
13. Devo, Satisfaction (I Can't Get No)
14. Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
15. The Heartbreakers, Born to Lose
16. The Exploding Hearts, Modern Kicks
17. F-Units, Psycho Urgency Rock Addiction
18. Descendents, I'm The One
19. Jawbreaker, Boxcar
20. The Clash, Jail Guitar Doors
21. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat
22. The Jam, All Around The World
23. The Buzzcocks, Harmony In My Head
24. Meteors, She Screams Out My Name
25. The Cramps, New Kind Of Kick
26. Alex Chilton, Can't seem to make you mine
27. Cheap Trick, Southern Girls
28. Graham Parker, Saturday Nite Is Dead
29. Elvis Costello, No Action
30. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
31. Hüsker Dü, Pink Turns To Blue
32. Archers Of Loaf, Wrong
33. Circle Jerks, Put A Little Love In Your Heart
34. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
35. Bikini Kill, Rebel Girl
36. The Faces, Had Me A Real Good Time

Friday, April 11, 2014

Live Ledge #151: Record Company Weasels

This genesis of this show started about a month ago when my alarm clock went off at 6:00 am. You see, I have an unused iTouch, so awhile back I purchased one of those iHome contraptions.
On this particular morning, the track that woke me up was "Top of the Pops" by the Kinks, a wonderful little piece of snark that pokes at the late 60's British music industry. Hmmmm, I thought that morning, this could be a good Ledge theme. So I took it to Facebook and the Postcard music list to get some ideas, and tonight is the result of not only those suggestions but some further research.
It's actually a perfect night to complain about record company idiots, as last night those exact types of people enshrined non-rockers such as Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The likes of Patti Smith, The Clash, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, and so many more are included in tonight's festivities, and there's even a twang set featuring Robbie Fulks, Kathleen Edwards, and a few others with their perspectives.
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1. The Patti Smith Group, So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
2. The Kinks, Top Of The Pops
3. The Kinks, The Moneygoround
4. The Replacements, Talent Show
5. Chris Mars, Radio Hook Word Hit  
6. The Clash, Complete Control
7. The Clash, Capital Radio Two
8. Sex Pistols, EMI
9. Dead Kennedys, Pull My Strings
10. Minor Threat, Cashing In
11. ALL, Empty
12. Robbie Fulks, Fuck This Town
13. Kathleen Edwards, One More Song The Radio Won't Like
14. Supersuckers, The Captain
15. Dan Baird, Younger Face
16. Mudhoney, Generation Spokesmodel
17. The mr. t experience, I Wrote A Book About Rock And Roll
18. NOFX, Dinosaurs Will Die
19. Graham Parker & The Rumour, Mercury Poisoning
20. Nick Lowe, I Love My Label
21. Rockpile, They Called It Rock
22. Elvis Costello, Radio Radio
23. The Nervebreakers, Hijack the Radio
24. Hot Snakes, Kreative Kontrol
25. The Ramones, This Business Is Killing Me
26. Stiff Little Fingers, Rough Trade
27. The Saints, Know Your Product
28. The Rezillos, Top Of The Pops
29. Poster Children, MusicOfAmerica
30. The Records, Starry Eyes
31. Wild Man Fischer, Music Business Shark
32. The Replacements, Treatment Bound (Alternate Version)

Friday, April 04, 2014

Live Ledge #150: New Releases

It's really been a great year for new music, which makes these First Friday Live Ledge episodes really easy to put together. Tonight's collection includes recently released tracks by artists such as The Baseball Project, Peter Buck, The Hold Steady, and Stiff Little Fingers, along with previews of upcoming records by Old 97's, Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould, and Off!
Also included is the world premiere of a brand new track by Minneapolis rockers High on Stress. Their upcoming album, Leaving Mpls., was funded through kickstarter (including a contribution from me), and will be released in early May. Future Live Ledge episodes will include more tracks from the album.
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1. Joseph Arthur, Walk On the Wild Side
2. The Baseball Project, 13
3. The Baseball Project, The Day That Doc Went Hunting
4. Peter Buck, (You Must Fight To Live) On The Planet Of The Apes
5. Peter Buck, Ride That Road
6. High On Stress, Windy City Endings
7. Hart Lake Mystery, Innver Voices
8. Curtiss A, Call My Name  
9. Bill Dankert and The Real Austinaires, Drop Down  
10. The Afghan Whigs, Parked Outside
11. Old 97's, Longer Than You've Been Alive
12. Bob Mould, Hey Mr. Grey  
13. The Hold Steady, The Only Thing
14. The Hold Steady, Records & Tapes
15. OFF!, Void You Out
16. OFF! Red White and Black
17. OFF!, Legion of Evil
18. OFF!, No Easy Escape
19. Jonny Two Bags Then You Stand Alone
20. Jonny Two Bags,, One Foot In The Gutter
21. Stiff Little Fingers, Liar's Club
22. Stiff Little Fingers, Full Steam Backwards
23. I Am The Avalanche, Two Runaways
24. Fucked Up, Disorder Year of the Dragon
25. The Coathangers, Shut Up
26. Jesus Sons, I Wanna Be Your Man
27. Brody Dalle, Don't Mess With Me  
28. The Creeping Ivies, What Would Joey Ramone Do?
29. HEIL HIPSTER, Menage a Trois
30. The Runaways, I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are
31. Little You Little Me, Yer Skin
32. The Baseballs, My Baby Left Me for A DJ