Friday, May 29, 2015

Live Ledge #199: 1985

At this point in my life 30 years ago, the world seemed to be ready for the taking. I had just graduated college, and was living the late night dream of having no obligations other than fun. The music of that time reflected this outlook, and tonight we look back at the soundtrack of the era. Some of it is a bit poppier than one usually hears on Live Ledge, but overall the influence of these sounds still resonate today.
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1. Dead Kennedys, MTV - Get Off the Air
2. R.E.M., Driver 8
3. INXS, This Time
4. Camper Van Beethoven, Wasted
5. Camper Van Beethoven, Ambiguity Song
6. No Direction, Getting it On with Trudy
7. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, Billy Needs a Beer
8. Guadalcanal Diary, Watusi Rodeo
9. The Del Fuegos, Don't Run Wild
10. Hoodoo Gurus, In The Wild
11. The Cult, Nirvana
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
13. The Church, Myrrh
14. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, Lost Weekend
15. The Mekons, Lost Highway
16. Jason & The Scorchers, Lost Highway
17. Beat Farmers, There She Goes Again
18. The Georgia Satellites, The Race Is On
19. Hickoids, Burnin' Love
20. Minutemen, Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
21. Gang Green, Voices Carry
22. Hüsker Dü, The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill
23. Husker Du, Makes No Sense at All
24. Dinosaur Jr., Repulsion
25. Dancing Hoods, Pleasure
26. X, Burning House Of Love
27. Joe Strummer, Love Kills
28. Circle Jerks, Love Kills
29. Descendents, Silly Girl
30. The Lyres, She Pays The Rent
31. The Replacements, Left Of The Dial
32. The Replacements, Little Mascara
33. 7 Seconds, Walk Together Rock Together
34. Fear, Have A Beer With FEAR

Friday, May 22, 2015

Live Ledge #198: Number Five

Last month, director Gorman Bechard gave me a great idea for a show - nothing but a certain track number. With April being the fourth month, the first show of this type was all track fours. Now that we're in May, let's skip down a track and do nothing but the fifth song of some old faves and current releases.
There's also a little tribute to Ross "Roscoe" Shoemaker, a legendary figure in the history of The Replacements. As the manager of a club called the Bowery in Oklahoma City, he asked the band if he could record their 1984 appearance in the club. "Why? We suck", replied Paul Westerberg.
Shoemaker hung up two mics, and (contrary to the legend) handed over the tape after the show. It was one of those chaotic nights that were somewhat commonplace at the time - only a handful of originals and then portions of two dozen different cover tunes.
There was something about that recording that piqued the interest of the band, however, and they released it on cassette as "The Shit Hits the Fans". Recently, Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 greatest live albums of all time.
Earlier this week, Shoemaker died due to a head-on collision on a highway in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In his memory, I went against my rule of not including live albums or compilations on these numerical shows, and played track five, "Sixteen Blue", from that release. RIP Roscoe.
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1. Lydia Loveless, Hurts So Bad
2. The Sonics, Psycho
3. The Stooges, Real Cool Time
4. The Velvet Underground, I Heard Her Call My Name
5. Cheap Trick, Auf Wiedersehen
6. The Exploding Hearts, Sleeping Aides & Razorblades
7. Rocket From The Crypt, Drop Out
8. Hot Snakes, Think About Carbs
9. The Supersuckers, I Want the Drugs
10. JD McPherson, It Shook Me Up
11. The Bottle Rockets, Sunday Sports
12. Social Distortion, Ring Of Fire
13. Twin Peaks, Making Breakfast
14. King Tuff, Bad Thing
15. Weed, Depending On
16. The Replacements, Sixteen Blue
17. The Replacements, The Ledge
18. Husker Du, Green Eyes
19. Soul Asylum, Beggars And Choosers
20. Suburbs, Black Leather Stick
21. The Neighborhoods, Hate Zone
22. The Nervebreakers, I Love Your Neurosis
23. Hoodoo Gurus, Like Wow - Wipeout
24. Pixies, Here Comes Your Man
25. The Ramones, Carbona Not Glue
26. Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen
27. The Clash, Rudie Can't Fail
28. The Jam, Start!
29. Archers Of Loaf, Might
30. Superchunk, Saving My Ticket
31. Sleater-Kinney, You're No Rock 'n Roll Fun
32. Radio Birdman, I 94
33. The Fall, Spolit Victorian Child

Friday, May 15, 2015

Live Ledge #197: Twin Peaks

Chicago's great garage-rockers Twin Peaks will be at Total Drag Records in Sioux Falls on May 20, and to help promote the show I was able to interview bassist Jack Dolan. The resulting article was in yesterday's Argus Leader, and on this episode you get to hear the entire interview, along with a few tracks from "Wild Onion", their fantastic second album.
The rest of the show is a hodgepodge of various artists, including tracks from compilations devoted to Ork Records, the original Cleveland punk rock scene, and obscure '60's garage rock bands. There's also a handful of 2015 Record Store Day releases that didn't make the earlier show devoted to the vinyl holiday.
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1. The Sonics, The Hard Way
2. Twin Peaks, I Found A New Way
3. Twin Peaks, Strawberry Smoothie
4. Twin Peaks, Telephone
5. Twin Peaks, Making Breakfast
6. The Minus 5, Blue Rickenbacker
7. The Baseball Project, To The Veteran's Committee
8. Leatherface, Razor Blades And Aspirin
9. Leatherface, You Are My Sunshine
10. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, It's Not Your Fault
11. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, Unlock
12. Heaters, Mean Green
13. D Generation, Piece of the Action
14. D Generation, Queens of A
15. The Pagans, Street Where Nobody Lives
16. Pere Ubu, Final Solution
17. The Broncs, Tele-K-Killing
18. The Human Switchboard, No !
19. Television, Little Johnny Jewel - Part One
20. Richard Hell, (I Belong To The) Blank Generation
21. Cheetah Chrome, Still Wanna Die
22. Alex Chilton, Take Me Home And Make Me Like It
23. Alex Chilton, The Singer Not The Song
24. The Feelies, Fa Ce'La
25. The Pastels, Mirage
26. The Es-Shades, Never Met a Girl Like You Before
27. The Expressions, One More Night
28. Our Gang, Careless Love
29. Mac McCaughan, Lost Again

Friday, May 08, 2015

Live Ledge #196: New Releases

Ok, so last week was supposed to be the "new release" episode of the week. I was sick, though! An awful hacking cough prevented me from sitting in front of the microphone in the Ledge Studios, so it was postponed a week.
I'm still not 100%, but I managed to make it through tonight's episode, primarily thanks to a great lineup of recently-released music. This week alone saw new material from Mikal Cronin, Best Coast, Panther Ray, and a wonderful, newly-discovered collaboration between living legend Sonny Vincent and Rocket From the Crypt.
There was also one of the music industry's biggest surprises, which was unveiled this morning. Miley Cyrus, Joan Jett, and Against Me's Laura Jane Grace collaborated on a singalong version of "Androgynous" by The Replacements, and it's shockingly fantastic! Seriously! Who would have ever believed that Miley Cyrus would make a Scott Hudson podcast? I guess anything is now possible.
As always, grab this sucka from iTunes or Stitcher, or stream it via The Ledge android/iPhone app, or...


1. Laura Jane Grace/Joan Jett/Miley Cyrus, Androgynous  
2. Sam Cohen, Let The Mountain Come To You
3. Rocky Votolato, White-Knuckles
4. Panther Ray, Get to You
5. Gateway Drugs, Friday's Are for Suckers
6. Titus Andronicus, Dimed Out  
7. Weed, Stay in the Summer
8. Palma Violets, Girl You Couldn't Do Much Better on the Beach
9. Blood Drugs, Diamonds
10. Mikal Cronin, Made My Mind Up
11. Mikal Cronin, ii) Gold
12. King Tuff, Dancing On You
13. Ty Segall, Girlfriend
14. Best Coast, Feeling Ok
15. Best Coast, Fine Without You
16. The Paranoid Style, National Sunday Law
17. Summer Cannibals, Something New
18. Joanna Gruesome, Last Year
19. Speedy Ortiz, Raising the Skate
20. Peach Kelli Pop, Heart Eyes
21. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, Through My Head
22. The Blind Shake, Tar Paper
23. The Brooklyn What, Buzzards and Dreadful Crows
24. Dead Men Walking, Damned - Damned - Damned
25. The Splits, Rotten Me
26. The Splits, No Time
27. The CRY!, Seventeen
28. The Miseries, Skinflint
29. The Mahones, Last One To Die
30. Mustard Plug, Roots Radicals
31. Kevin Seconds, Salvation
32. Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Brothels
33. Street Dogs, Avenues & Alleyways
34. Anti-Flag, Maxwell Murder
35. The Beaumonts, Let's Get Drunk