Friday, May 30, 2014

Live Ledge #157: Threesomes

Get your mind out of the gutter. Despite the title of this episode, there's nothing tawdry or sexual going on here. This is a different kind of threesome that occupies this week's broadcast.
The inspiration for this playlist began two weeks ago during director Gorman Bechard's appearance. Talking about favorite bands, we both agreed that a truly great band has to have some point in there career where they had three classic albums in a row. Around that same time, my Rock and Walk series for the Argus Leader was utilizing the Rolling Stones catalog as my exercising soundtrack. Now that I'm in that sweet period of their career, it only seemed natural to curate a show around this concept.
I also took it to Facebook and Twitter, and received a ton of great suggestions for the show...and some great discussions on the merits of some of those picks. Tonight's show utilizes some of those choices, but unfortunately I couldn't fit them all in. If I did, the show would have gone on until tomorrow. I'd like to thank everybody that did help, though, as it was one of the more enjoyable live shows of recent memory.
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1. The Rolling Stones, Stray Cat Blues (Beggars Banquet)
2. The Rolling Stones, Live With Me (Let It Bleed)
3. The Rolling Stones, Sway (Sticky Fingers)
4. The Rolling Stones, Loving Cup (Exile On Main St.)
5. The Replacements, Favorite Thing (Let It Be)
6. The Replacements, I'll Buy (Tim)
7. The Replacements, Red Red Wine (Pleased To Meet Me)
8. Hüsker Dü, Turn On The News (Zen Arcade)
9. Hüsker Dü, I Apologize New Day Rising)
10. Husker Du, Green Eyes (Flip Your Wig)
11. The Saints Kissin' Cousins (im Stranded)
12. The Saints, Know Your Product (Eternally Yours)
13. The Saints, Crazy Googenheimer Blues (Prehistoric Sounds)
14. The Stooges, Real Cool Time (The Stooges)
15. The Stooges, Down On The Street (Fun House)
16. The Stooges, Raw Power (Raw Power)
17. The Velvet Underground, Run Run Run (The Velvet Underground & Nico)  
18. The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat (White Light/White Heat)
19. The Velvet Underground, What Goes On (The Velvet Underground)
20. The Clash, Career Opportunities (The Clash)
21. The Clash, Tommy Gun (Give 'Em Enough Rope)
22. The Clash, Clampdown (London Calling)
23. Cheap Trick He's a Whore (Cheap Trick)
24. Cheap Trick, Southern Girls (In Color)
25. Cheap Trick, California Man (Heaven Tonight)
26. X, Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not (Los Angeles)
27. X, The Once Over Twice (Wild Gift)
28. X, Motel Room In My Bed (Under The Big Black Sun)
29. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Ramones)
30. The Ramones, I Remember You (Leave Home)
31. The Ramones, Teenage Lobotomy (Rocket To Russia)
32. Elvis Costello, Mystery Dance (My Aim Is True)
33. Elvis Costello, You Belong To Me (This Year's Model)
34. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Oliver's Army Armed Forces)
35. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, High Fidelity (Get Happy)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Live Ledge #156: Blog Finds

A couple of days ago, I woke up to discover that somebody had uploaded a new recording of the second Coachella appearance by The Replacements. Yes! I immediately downloaded it, but there was a bit of an issue. While it was easily the best recording I've heard of all of the shows so far, it was also way too bass-heavy. It almost sounded like it was Tommy's monitor mix.
To make this recording a bit more listenable, I contacted my buddy Pat Gayken. He's the epitome of a sound geek. Besides running sound for a zillion bands over the last 20 years, he's also one of those guys that enjoys playing around with mixers and mastering equipment. I sent him the recording, and within an hour he had improved it! It still needs some work, especially since a YouTube recording is bound to have some dropouts, but to my tired old ears it's great.
Tonight's show features a few songs from that performance, along with various odds and ends that I've found in the blogopshere. There's a section dedicated to the Bloodstains Across the UK 3 compilaion, and a few from a Swingin' Utters tribute record. It's a fun little show, although I had to cut it short to head out to see my son's band.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Live Ledge #155: Broken Side of Time

Author/director Gorman Bechard has the record for most Ledge interviews, and deservedly so. Besides directing documentaries on the Replacements, Archers of Loaf, and Grant Hart, his extremely strong opinions on the music industry make him the perfect Live Ledge guest.
Tonight's appearance is different than in the past, as we discuss the DVD release of his latest movie, Broken Side of Time. Described as "Last Tango In New Haven", the movie centers around Dolce, a thirty year-old nude internet model who has decided its time to leave the modeling world. Before "retiring", Dolce hits the road for final shoots with her favorite photographers. The flick will also be available on Hulu, but the DVD version includes hours of bonus features. For more info, click HERE!
Besides talking about the movie, Gorman also discusses other projects, including a final Kickstarter push to complete A Dog Named Gucci. We also discuss various music topics, including the only "perfect" album, Lydia Loveless, Angel Olsen, and the upcoming homecoming show for The Replacements in St. Paul.
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Thanks so much to Gorman for joining me on tonight's episode!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Live Ledge #154: Friends of Cesar Romero

After months and months of has-beens and pretty boy country acts, it was a refreshing change of pace to interview somebody whose music I actually respect. Friends of Cesar Romero are led by former Rapid City native J. Waylon Miller, and our discussion on not only his music but the state of garage rock made it a perfect interview to air on Live Ledge! To read my article based on the interview, head over to my Argus Leader blog!
Besides the Friends of Cesar Romero chat, tonight's show is another "new release" episode. Highlighted by a handful of tracks from the wonderful new Old 97's record, there's also brand new music by Pink Mountaintops, The Strypes, Off!, Sonic Chicken 4, and newly unearthed music by Detroit punk legends, Death. There's also a set of cover tracks by Perfect Pussy, King Khan & The Shrines, Genrationals, and Groovie Ghoulies.
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1. Sonic Avenues, Wasted Summer
2. Friends of Cesar Romero, The Hold
3. Friends of Cesar Romero, Teisco Telstar Stomp
4. Perfect Pussy, Candy's Room (Soleil's Room Edit)
5. King Khan & the Shrines, Know Your Product
6. Generationals, Making Time
7. Groovie Ghoulies, Child of the Moon
8. Old 97's, Let's Get Drunk & Get It On
9. Old 97's, Give It Time
10. Old 97's, Career Opportunities
11. OFF!, Learn to Obey
12. OFF!, I See Through You
13. Death, North Street
14. Porno Mags, Not Free
15, Sonic Chicken 4, El Nico
16. The Creeping Ivies, Dream Baby Dream
17. The Strypes, Hard to Say No
18. The Black Angels, Sunday Evening
19. Pink Mountaintops, The Second Summer of Love
20. Denney and The Jets, Broke
21. Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler, The Root