Friday, February 26, 2016

Live Ledge #230: Bob Mehr

Next Tuesday, Bob Mehr's long-awaited Replacements biography, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, will finally officially hit the stores (although Amazon has been shipping them a few days early). Over six years in the making, Mehr was somehow able to talk Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson into cooperating, and over 250 more people were interviewed. The results bring forth a ton of previously-unheard items, including Bob Stinson's tragic childhood abuse.
Mehr was kind enough to appear on this episode of Live Ledge, and through the marathon 2 1/2 hour show we touched on many of topics covered in the book. Mehr also curated the show's playlist, which obviously includes plenty of Replacements songs but a few other artists that were inspirations for the band.
Portions of tonight's show will be transcribed for my newspaper blog, and of course you can also find all Live Ledge episodes on Stitcher or iTunes. For a direct download of the mp3, click here!
I'd like to thank Bob for sitting in and sharing so many great stories during tonight's show. Please show your support by buying a copy at your favorite record store or through Amazon.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Live Ledge #229: Sophomore Surge

There's an old music cliche that says a band may have an entire life to write their first album, but they only have six months to write their second. It's partly due to this that the second record is an indicator if the act is going to last awhile.
Tonight's episode is a supersized look at some great sophomore releases, and much thanks have to go to my friends on Facebook and Twitter. They reminded me of some great material I may have otherwise ignored, and is a major reason why this show went to over 2 1/2 hours.
There is one issue, though. My broadcasting application was a bit "glitch-y" tonight, so there are a handful of spots where the songs stutter. Most of these troublesome spots are only a fraction of a second long, but there are a couple of times I had to stop a song in the middle. My apologies for these minor headaches.
Grab this episode from the usual sources, or...


1. Lydia Loveless, Crazy
2. Uncle Tupelo, Gun
3. Wilco, Outtasite (Outta Mind)
4. Whiskeytown, Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
5. Ryan Adams, Firecracker
6. Cheap Trick, Southern Girls
7. Big Star, September Gurls
8. The Stooges, Down On The Street
9. The Ramones, Suzy Is A Headbanger
10. New York Dolls, Who Are the Mystery Girls?
11. The Velvet Underground, Here She Comes Now
12. Lou Reed, Vicious
13. Patti Smith, Ask The Angels
14. Talking Heads, Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
15. The Jam, The Modern World
16. The Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
17. Radio Birdman, Hanging On
18. The Saints, Know Your Product
19. The Clash, Stay Free
20. Elvis Costello, Pump It Up
21. Joe Jackson, I'm the Man
22. Generation X, Night of the Cadillacs
23. R.E.M., Little America
24. X, the Once Over Twice
25. Dramarama, New Dream
26. The Del Fuegos, It's Alright
27. Billy Bragg, Love Gets Dangerous
28. The Waterboys, This Is the Sea
29. Hoodoo Gurus, Bittersweet
30. Dinosaur Jr, In A Jar
31. The Replacements, Hayday
32. Hüsker Dü, Pink Turns To Blue
33. Soul Asylum, Ship Of Fools
34. Suburbs, Cigarette In Backwards
35. Pixies, Wave Of Mutilation
36. Pavement, Silence Kit
37. Weezer, Tired Of Sex
38. Superchunk, Seed Toss
39. The Libertines, What Became Of The Likely Lads
40. The White Stripes, Hello Operator
41. Japandroids, The House That Heaven Built
42. The Hold Steady, Stevie Nix
43. Titus Andronicus, A More Perfect Union

Friday, February 12, 2016

Live Ledge #228: Anti Love Songs

It's become a bit of a Live Ledge tradition to "celebrate" Valentine's Day with songs that are quite the opposite of what you'll hear in a greeting card commercial. These are bitter songs filled with hate, despair, and quite often don't feature exactly the most politically correct lyrics.
They're great tracks, though, and it's always fun to spend two hours with "anti-love songs" such as these. Grab this from the usual sources, or...


1. Betty Davis, Anti Love Song
2. Carl Perkins, Allergic To Love (with NRBQ)
3. The Monks, I Hate You
4. Downliners Sect, Hurt By Love
5. Charlie Pickett, All Love All Gone
6. Trio, Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love
7. Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Love Comes In Spurts
8. The Wonder Stuff, Unbearable
9. Rank & File, (Glad I'm) Not In Love
10. Lydia Loveless, Girls Suck
11. Lydia Loveless, Bad Way to Go
12. L'Assassins, Liar
13. The Fizz Pops, Can't Seem To Love That Girl T
14. The Dishrags, I Don't Love You
15. The Shocking Pinks, Lovehate
16. Pagans, What's This Shit Called Love?
17. Anti-Nowhere League, Woman
18. Ramones, Love Kills
19. Joe Strummer, Love Kills
20. The Lonesome Savages, All Outta Love
21. Dogs Die In Hot Cars, I Love You 'Cause I Have To
22. Archers Of Loaf, Wrong
23. Reigning Sound, Everything I Do Is Wrong
24. Chris Cacavas & Junk Yard Love, Pale Blonde Hell
25. Night Beats, Bad Love
26. No Bunny, (Do the) Fuck Yourself
27. The Grinning Ghosts, Love's a Hole with a Knife
28. The Ex-Gentlemen, Judy is a Slut
29. Social Distortion, Ball And Chain
30. The White Stripes, You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
31. The Stitches, That Woman's Got Me Drinking
32. The Replacements, Valentine (Beacon Theatre, New York 1987)
33. The Sorrows, I Don't Like It Like That
34. Elvis Costello, Wave a White Flag (Honky Tonk demo)

Friday, February 05, 2016

Live Ledge #227: New Releases

The first Friday of every month is a new release show, and sometimes it's hard to find enough recent releases to fill an entire show. One would think a February show of this type would be one of those rough months, but it ultimately was one of the easiest. If the quality of January's releases is any indicator of the rest of the year, then 2016 is going to be a fabulous year for music.
Obviously, I spent some time with the Paul Westerberg, Juliana Hatfield collaboration, The I Don't Cares. But there's a number of other great albums put out the last few weeks, including new music by Lucinda Williams, Javier Escovedo, and Ty Segall, along with great reissues by The Long Ryders and Dwarves.
As always, you can grab this show via Stitcher or iTunes, or...


1. Ought, Money Changes Everything
2. The I Don't Cares, Born For Me
3. The I Don't Cares, Wear Me Out Loud
4. The I Don't Cares, Dance To The Fight
5. Lucinda Williams, Doors Of Heaven
6. Preacher Boy, Blister and a Bottle Cap
7. Javier Escovedo, Downtown
8. The Long Ryders, Six Days on the Road
9. HINDS, Garden
10. Bruise Violet, Sketchy Jeff
11. Dressy Bessy, Lady Liberty
12. The OhNos, The Curse of Kim Gordon's Shoes
13. Ty Segall, Californian Hills
14. Ty Segall, Diversion
15. Night Beats, Power Child
16. Night Beats, No Cops
17. Choke Chains, Safe Word
18. Choke Chains, She Collects Calendars
19. The Madcaps, Too Big For Your Boots
20. The On and Ons, Long Ride
21. Muscle Car, The Wrong Way
22. Muscle Car, Long Way Down
23. Dwarves, Love Makes Me A Monster 2 (Alternate)
24. Dwarves, I Wanna Kill You Boyfriend (Alt.Version)
25. Bad Kids, Rob Zombie
26. Bottlenose Koffins, Drunk Girls
27. Pleasers, Judy
28. Sloming Moops, sister bop
29. Bent Shapes, 86'd In '03
31. The Sound Reasons, Til The End Of Time
32. The Volcanics, Not What You Say
33. The Grinning Ghosts, Duller than Death