Friday, July 25, 2014

Live Ledge #163: Jason Isbell

As much as I love my little side gig writing for the local paper, it's rare that I get to interview artists that I truly care about. Most of my assignments fall into two categories - has-been classic rockers and pretty boy country hicks. Sometimes they're still interesting, and I do my best with the material they provide me, but I always long to chat to acts that I actually listen to in the privacy of my home.
This week, I had one of those rare opportunities. I've been a fan of Jason Isbell since his days in the Drive-By Truckers, and last year's Southeastern was one of my favorite records of the year. As soon as he was booked to play in our little city on July 29, I let my editor understand that I just had to talk to him.
It almost didn't happen, though, as Isbell was travelling in Canada last week and didn't have cell service. I made some arrangements to get an extension on my story, and he was finally able to squeeze in ten minutes this past Monday. While I'd obviously have liked to chat longer, I was pleased to get even a few minutes of his time.
The article was published on Thursday, along with a full-length version of the Q&A, which you can find here. Tonight's show includes a recording of that conversation, along with a couple of tracks from Southeastern. The rest of the show consists primarily of recently-released great Americana-ish artists, along with some old favorites.
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1. Jason Isbell, Super 8  
2. Jason Isbell, Songs That She Sang In The Shower  
3. Drive-By Truckers, The Day John Henry Died  
4. Hard Working Americans, Welfare Music  
5. The Bottle Rockets, Trailer Mama  
6. Uncle Tupelo, I Got Drunk  
7. Whiskeytown, Drank Like A River 
8. The Jayhawks, Big Star 
9. Centro-Matic, Academy of Lunkers  
10. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Vampire Girl  
11. Lydia Loveless, Really Wanna See You 
12. Nikki Lane, Sleep With A Stranger 
13. Hurray For The Riff Raff, I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright)  
14. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Motorhead Girl  
15. Lone Justice, Working Man's Blues  
16. Lucinda Williams, Real Live Bleeding Fingers & Broken Guitar Strings 
17. Old 97's, Let's Get Drunk & Get It On 
18. Two cow Garage, The Little Prince and Johnny Toxic 
19. Deer Tick, The Dream's In The Ditch  
20. The Del Lords, When the Drugs Kick In 
21. Supersuckers, Roadworn And Weary 
22. Steve Earle, Creepy Jackalope Eye  
23. Jonny Two Bags, One Foot In The Gutter 
24. The Replacements, Battleship Chains  
25. Jason & The Scorchers, White Lies  
26. Green On Red, No Free Lunch 
27. Hickoids, If Drinkin Don't Kill Me, Kill Me 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Live Ledge #162: Tommy Ramone

With the death of Tommy Ramone, we no longer have any living members of one of the greatest bands in the world. That's a shame. Tonight's episode is a tribute to the man, and the band. There are covers by other artists, covers of others by Tommy, tribute songs about the man and the band, and a few songs by artists influenced by The Ramones.
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1. Tommy Ramone, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
2. Ramones, Rockaway Beach
3. Ramones, Teenage Lobotomy
4. Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop
5. Ramones, I Wanna Be Well
6. Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Rock 'n' Roll High School
7. Tony Reflex (Adolescents), Cretin Hop
8. Banjoey Ramone, The KKK Took My Baby Away
9. The Clash, What's My Name
10. Redd Kross, Frosted Flake
11. Sex Pistols, Dolls (New York)
12. The Replacements, Kiss Me On The Bus
13. The Replacements, California Sun
14. Tommy Ramone, If Only You Were Lonely
15. Hüsker Dü, Something I Learned Today
16. Bob Mould, Fire In The City
17. The Junkyard Dogs, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
18. The Vapids, Tommy Ramone
19. The Fleshtones, Remember The Ramones
20. Mental Boy, She Likes The Ramones
21. The Havenots, I Love Her And She Loves The Ramones
22. Latex Novelties, I Don't Wanna Look Like No Ramone
23. The Queers, I Don't Care
24. The Paley Brothers & Ramones, Come On Let's Go
25. Full Blown Cherry, Rockaway Beach
26. Pit Ryan & The Beerbones, I Remember You
27. Jonathon E, Blitzkrieg Bop
28. Wardogs, Blitzkrieg Bop
29. Shonen Knife, Beat On The Brat
30. Danko Jones, The Return Of Jackie And Judy
31. Joey Ramone, What A Wonderful World

Friday, July 04, 2014

Live Ledge #161: 4th of July

Normally, the first show of the month is devoted to new releases. Given that this day coincides with Independence Day, I altered the format to celebrate the big holiday. Tonight's playlist is almost nothing but songs that are about the holiday, America, firecrackers, and other related topics.
There are two exceptions to the format, however, as the day also marks two big anniversaries. On July 4, 1976, the Ramones made their London appearance. In the audience were members of the Clash, Sex Pistols, Damned, Stranglers, and many others. Witnesses say that concert jumpstarted the British punk scene, and almost immediately everybody started playing faster.
On this day in 1991, a certain Minneapolis band played at Grant Park in Chicago. While it wasn't announced at the time, this became the last Replacements performance until their reunion last summer. This day is memoralized by that show's version of "Hootenanny", the last tune performed that day.
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1. X, 4th Of July
2. Violet, This is America
3. Ryan Adams, Firecracker
4. The Bottle Rockets, Wave That Flag
5. Jason & The Scorchers, American Legion Party
6. Nick Lowe, American Squirm
7. Elvis Costello, Crawling To The USA
8. Discount, Help Save The Youth Of America
9. Paul Collins, This Is America
10. HeadCat, American Beat
11. MC5, The American Ruse
12. The Hellacopters, All American Man
13. House Of Large Sizes, Cranko-American
14. Sass, Rockin' In The USA
15. The Smugglers, Fun in the USA
16. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Surfin' USA
17. The Devil Dogs, Rock City USA
18. The Breakaways, USA
19. The Normals, USA
20. The Avengers, The American In Me
21. Circle Jerks, American Way
22. The Weirdos, Fort USA
23. The Ramones, Judy Is A Punk
24. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat (Peel session)
25. Sex Pistols, Anarchy In The UK
26. The Clash, I'm So Bored With the USA (Beaconsfield Film School Session)
27. The Stranglers, (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
28. The Replacements, Hootenanny
29. Rocket From the Crypt, Straight American Slave
30. The Seat Belts, American Bandstand
31. The Wynona Riders, Kids In America
32. Agent Orange, America
33. Stiff Little Fingers, Fly The Flag
34. Dillinger Four, Americaspremierefaithbasedinitiative
35. The Celibate Rifles, Thank You America