Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cade Aid

In my former life as a snarky “Tempest” writer, one of my favorite issues of the year featured the annual “Get Out of Town” list,. The staff would pick ten people, primarily politicians and media types, that we believed had done enough damage to our fair little city.

Was it classy? Of course not, but we were young and stupid.

Towards the end of that publication’s existence, a deal was struck that brought this feature to KRRO on a weekly basis. Who better to bring the bile but this silly music writer? It was especially humorous to me given that a few former KRRO staffers had made the list in previous years.

At first, it was a bit awkward. Some morning personalities enjoyed having me on the air, while others pretty much humored me. At some point, though, I was introduced to “Cade”, who demonstrated a similar sarcastic sense of humor as me.

For close to a decade, Wednesday mornings were the highlight of my week. Cade gave me free reign to talk about anything I desired, and the “Get Out of Town” topic gradually evolved into a forum for me to complain about anything I wanted. I was guaranteed at least one smile in the room, even if Cade didn’t agree with my viewpoint.

More importantly, Cade became a friend. He went to bat for me with management multiple times over the years when I may have crossed the line a little bit in my rants. More importantly, he was one of the few people who could get me to leave the house at night.

Unfortunately, new ownership ended my weekly segment a couple of years ago, and my self-imposed seclusion meant that we had few encounters. Whenever it did happen, though, I was greeted with his patented snide smile.

You can then understand why I was devastated to hear a few weeks ago that Cade, aka Ben Anderson, had been rushed to the hospital with brain seizures. Days later, he had brain surgery to remove the majority of a mass on his right frontal lobe. He’s already recovered enough to return to work, but he’s looking at a future of uncertainty...and a mountain of medical bills.

This Sunday, The District is hosting a benefit for the much-loved radio personality. Cade Aid was created by his former on-air co-host, Ryder and We’re No Angels frontman Seth Tornow to help raise money and, more importantly, to raise the spirits of Anderson and all of his friends. Besides a silent auction, The District will be donating a portion of their proceeds. Artists appearing at the event include We’re No Angels, March In Arms, Southside Pine, The Cartwright Brothers, and The Merdtones, a new band featuring former Janitor Bob vocalist Martin Dill.

If you can’t make the show, there’s also a site set up that I hope everybody considers donating whatever they can.

If, by chance, Cade sees this, all I want to say is rock on, my friend.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Live Ledge #211: By The Numbers, Part 2

Last week's "By the Numbers" episode left off at 1988, so tonight we carry on up until the current year. Again, these aren't necessarily my favorite songs or albums of each year, but they were all a part of my soundtracks for the individual years.
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1. Bob Mould, See A Little Light
2. Babes In Toyland, He's My Thing
3. The Neighborhoods, Pure And Easy
4. The Afghan Whigs, Turn On The Water
5. Bash & Pop, Never Aim To Please
6. Freedy Johnston, Bad Reputation
7. Archers Of Loaf, Harnessed In Slums
8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Stagger Lee
9. Supersuckers, Roadworn And Weary
10. Billy Bragg & Wilco, California Stars
11. Grant Hart, Think It Over Now
12. Ryan Adams, Come Pick Me Up
13. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Johnny Appleseed
14. Wilco, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
15. Cursive, Art Is Hard
16. Drive-By Truckers, Carl Perkins' Cadillac
17. The Hold Steady, Your Little Hoodrat Friend
18. Built To Spill, Conventional Wisdom
19. The Ike Reilly Assassination, Valentines Day In Juarez
20. Paul Westerberg, Who You Gonna Marry?
21. The Jim Jones Revue, Rock N Roll Psychosis
22. Superchunk, Digging For Something
23. Fucked Up, The Other Shoe
24. Japandroids, The House That Heaven Built
25. The Replacements, I'm Not Sayin'
26. Benjamin Booker, Have You Seen My Son?
27. The Sonics, The Hard Way
28. Pow Wows, Rebel Stomp

Friday, September 18, 2015

Live Ledge #210: By The Numbers, Part 1

With another birthday out of the way, I decided to have a show where I play one song for every year I've existed. Since I'm so old, that means this will be a two-part series. Tonight's show covers 1962-1988, and next week I'll conclude with the remaining years.
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1. The Who, Cousin Kevin
2. The Beatles, Love Me Do
3. The Ronettes, Be My Baby
4. The Sonics, The Witch
5. The Who, I Can't Explain
6. The Kinks, I'm Not Like Everybody Else
7. The Velvet Underground, Heroin
8. The Monkees, Porpoise Song (Theme From HEAD)
9. MC5, Kick Out The Jams
10. The Stooges, Down On The Street
11. The Flamin' Groovies, Slow Death
12. Rolling Stones, Loving Cup
13. New York Dolls, Personality Crisis
14. Big Star, September Gurls
15. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Roadrunner  
16. The Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
17. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Chinese Rocks
18. The Undertones, Teeange Kicks
19. The Clash, Death or Glory
20. Dead Kennedys, Holiday In Cambodia
21. The Cramps, Goo Goo Muck
22. X, The Hungry Wolf
23. Husker Du, Diane Metal
24. The Replacements, Favorite Thing
25. No Direction, Getting it On with Trudy
26. Camper Van Beethoven, (We're A) Bad Trip
27. Firehose, For The Singer Of R.E.M.
28. Dinosaur Jr, Freak Scene

Friday, September 04, 2015

Live Ledge #209: New Releases

The first Friday every month is devoted to nothing but new releases, and tonight's show is no exception. There's new tracks by the likes of Keith Richards, Fidlar, Craig Finn, Will Johnson, along with new live material by Against Me and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
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1. Dead Moon, I Hate the Blues
2. Keith Richards, Amnesia
3. Keith Richards, Trouble
4. Keith Richards, Substantial Damage
5. Craig Finn, Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son
6. Will Johnson, Call Call Call
7. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Chick Singer Badass Rockin
8. The Connection, Labor Of Love
9. The New Trocaderos, What The Hell Did I Do
10. The Barreracudas, Promises
11. The Strypes, I Need To Be Your Only
12. Mike Krol, Suburban Wasteland
13. Mike Krol, Left Out (ATTN: SoCal Garage Rockers)
14. Fidlar, West Coast
15. Fidlar, Leave Me Alone
16. Colleen Green, TV
17. Tomorrow's Tulips, Surplus Store
18. Melvins, Captain Comedown
19. Le Butcherettes, The Devil Lived
20. Against Me, I Was a Teenage Anarchist
21. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
22. Public Image Ltd., Bettie Page
23. Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Rock and Roll Baby
24. OBN IIIs, Trash Heap
25. Royal Headache, Need You
26. Traumahelikopter, Always Being Followed
27. Hurry Up, Pick You Up
28. Uh Bones, Over It
29. Dan Melchior's Broke Revue, I Don't Know
30. Wimps, Leftovers
31. Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power, Angelina
32. Natural Child, White Light~White Heat
33. All Dogs, That Kind of Girl