Friday, January 30, 2015

Live Ledge #184: Lydia Loveless

When director Gorman Bechard confided to me a few weeks ago that his next project was going to be a documentary on singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless, I begged him to set up a Live Ledge interview. After all, her latest album, "Somewhere Else", topped my 2014 list of the year's best records.
Bechard came through, and the resulting chat is one of the most enjoyable interviews I've ever had. Lydia chatted about her childhood, songwriting, life on the road, and the plans for the next record. Loveless also curated the eclectic playlist for tonight's show, which flows from classic Motown to Americana, with a bit of current electronic pop thrown in at the end.
Bechard is also on hand, and he chats about how he discovered Lydia's music, and what he hopes to showcase with this project. For more information, head over to the "Who Is Lydia Loveless?" kickstarter page.
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Here are Lydia's music selections:

1. Lydia Loveless, Mile High
2. Tammi Terrell, All I Do Is Think of You
3. Alison Krauss, This Time the Dream's On Me
4. Paul Collins, Hurting's On My Side
5. Ash, Lost In You
6. John Moreland, Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anyore
7. Richard Lindgren, Back to Brno
8. Fort Shame, Sundowner
9. Total Foxxx, Toothless and Vile
10. Swearengens, Tonight You'll Be Breaking
11. Sky Ferreira, 24 Hours
12. Phantogram, Fall In Love
13. Lydia Loveless, Crazy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Live Ledge #183: Big Takeover's Jack Rabid

Over the course of its 35 year tenure, The Big Takeover has been the premiere document of all forms of independant music - from the CBGB's punk scene of the late 70's to the fuzz-pop indie rock of today. Published only twice a year, it's book-like thickness may be a bit intimidating but is always an engrossing read.
Jack Rabid is the founder and ediitor-in-chief, and he spent the first hour on tonight's show talking about the history of his publication. It's a fascinating conversation that not only talks about the music that inspired him to the start the magazine, but how this passion has ignited his passion for politics and social issues. Most impressive is his assertion that the friendships that have developed through the magazine are infinitely more satisfying than any financial rewards that could have come from any other life path.
Next week, Jack joins the realpunkradio familly with his new show, The Big Takeover With Jack Rabid. The weekly show can be heard on realpunkradio every Monday at noon ET, or can be downloaded later at the station's website. This will definitely be a must-listen for any music fan.
After Jack departed to help his wife set up the house for his son's birthday party, Live Ledge moved on to a segment devoted to Lydia Loveless, who will be the subject of Gorman Bechard's next documentary. Like all of Bechard's movies, Who Is Lydia Loveless will be funded via kickstarter, and you can help by heading HERE!!!
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1. The Replacements, Hootenanny
2. The Stimulators, Loud Fast Rules!
3. Lydia Loveless, Really Wanna See You
4. Lydia Loveless, Jesus Was a Wino
5. Lydia Loveless, Boy Crazy
6. Kim Fowley, The Trip
7. Belfast Gypsies, Gloria's Dream
8. Paul Revere & The Raiders, Like Long Hair
9. The Rangers, Justine
10. Freaks Of Nature, People! Let's Freak Out
11. The D.I.s, Your Dad's a Cop
12. The Gears, I Smoke Dope
13. The Wildebeests, I Wanna Be Loved
14. The Penetrators, No.1 Band In Town
15. The Zeros, Cosmetic Couple
16. The Mighty Gordinis, Don'tcha love T-Rex
17. Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Jungle Rock

Live Ledge #182: 1995

The beginning of the new year found a number of sites publishing "shocking" articles about the 20 year anniversary of a number of supposedly classic albums. Obviously, that inspired tonight's show, although I can guarantee that the vast majority of records listed in those stories won't see any airplay here.
Looking back, I had two primary music forces running my life in 1995. The Americana scene was gathering momentum, and the year was wonderful for that type of music. Uncle Tupelo had broke up two years before, and their subsequent bands, Wilco and Son Volt, released wonderful debut records. Steve Earle came out of jail with a triumphant comeback album, Train a Comin', and other acts such as Dashboard Saviors, Blue Mountain, and the Jayhawks also released strong albums.
Besides the country-ish sounds of those acts, noisy punk-influenced rock and roll dominated my CD player. The list of these types of albums could go on for hours and hours, including Rocket From the Crypt, Supersuckers, Mudhoney, and Archers of Loaf. Female-fronted rock was also strong that year, from the alternative pop of Elastica and Throwing Muses to the fury of Sleater-Kinney and Babes in Toyland.
It's a fun show, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'd love to hear what you also listened to that year, so feel free to comment. Maybe there will be a future followup show!
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1. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Hate Rock 'N' Roll
2. The Jayhawks, I'd Run Away
3. Steve Earle, Tom Ames' Prayer
4. Elvis Costello, I Threw It All Away
5. Vic Chesnutt, Strange Language
6. Wilco, Box Full of Letters
7. Son Volt, Route
8. Whiskeytown, Drank Like A River
9. Blue Mountain, Soul Sister
10. The Harvesters, Sense of Style
11. Jason & The Scorchers, Take Me Home Country Roads
12. Dashboard Saviors, Preacher's Daughter
13. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
14. L7, Suzy Is A Headbanger
15. Bikini Kill, I Hate Danger
16. Sleater-Kinney, Don't Think You Wanna
17. The Muffs, Agony
18. Throwing Muses, Bright Yellow Gun
19. Elastica, Connection
20. Boss Hog, Winn Coma
21. Liz Phair, Turning Japanese
22. Fugazi, Bed For The Scraping
23. Bad Religion, We're A Happy Family
24. Jawbreaker, I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
25. Face To Face, Disconnected
26. Rocket From The Crypt, Born In '69
27. Supersuckers, Born with a Tail
28. Mudhoney, Generation Spokesmodel
29. Archers Of Loaf, Harnessed In Slums
30. Superchunk, Hyper Enough
31. The Riverdales, Judy Go Home
32. Guided By Voices, Watch Me Jumpstart

Friday, January 09, 2015

Live Ledge #181: Leftovers

The year 2014 was ultimately a surprisingly great one for music. Even after a show devoted to the best reissues of the year, and another show counting down my 40 favorite new records, I had a ton of great music that deserved to be noted.
Tonight's show is dedicated to those albums that could have or should have made either of those two lists. There's a set of nothing but reissues from the likes of Radio Birdman, Game Theory, and Yo La Tengo. The vast majority of the show consists of noteworthy new releases, including material released by veterans such as the Supersuckers, Cracker, and Chris Spedding. But there's also a ton of new bands that hit the scene this past year, including The Pink Tiles, Sugar Stems, together PANGEA, and so many more. Take a listen and I'm sure you'll find some new favorites.
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1. Geoff Useless, What Would Paul Westerberg Do?
2. Chris Spedding, Not Luv
3. Sonny Vincent and Spite, Bad Superstition
4. Jonny Two Bags, Then You Stand Alone
5. Cracker, Life In The Big City
6. Scott H. Biram, Alcohol Blues
7. Reverend Horton Heat, Never Gonna Stop It
8. The Fleshtones, Hipster Heaven
9. Radio Birdman, Love Kills
10. Game Theory, The Letter
11. Ex Hex, All Kindsa Girls
12. Ty Segall, Femme Fatale
13. Yo La Tengo, Big Day Coming
14. James Williamson, Cock in My Pocket
15. Swingin' Utters, Tonight's Moons
16. Supersuckers, Never Let Me Down Again
17. The Growlers, Good Advice
18. Sugar Stems, Baby Teeth
19. Tweens, McMicken
20. The Pink Tiles, State Of The Nation
21. The Memories, True Love Will Find You In The End
22. The CRY!, Discoteque
23. COZY, Just a Touch
24. The Gotobeds, Fast Trash
25. Meatbodies, Disorder
26. Baby Ghosts, Oil/Sunshine
27. together PANGEA, Sick Shit
28. Hospitality, I Miss Your Bones
29. The Coathangers, Adderall
30. Spider Bags, Summer Of '79
31. The Creeps, Leave It To Me