Friday, March 25, 2016

Live Ledge #234: Minneapolis

Although there probably is a show dedicated to Minneapolis somewhere in the Ledge archives, it has to pale in comparison to tonight's show. With the help of my friends on Facebook and Twitter, tonight's marathon 2 1/2 hour broadcast captures not only the known legends of the Minneapolis scene but a lot of forgotten greats that should have received more notoriety during their short time.
Sure, there are expected spots for the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Husker Du, and others, but I remember how much I loved those albums by the likes of the Flamin' Oh's, The Ticks, Loose Rails, and The Phones.
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1. The Replacements, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
2. The Litter, Action Woman
3. The Hypstrz, Hold On
4. The Suicide Commandos, Attacking the Beat
5. Curtiss A, It Was Heaven / Almost Magic
6. The Flamin' Oh's, I Remember Romance
7. Johnny Rey and The Reaction, The New Way
8. The 27 Various, Yes Indeed
9. Crash Street Kids, Little Girls
10. Mighty Mofos, I need you
11. Otto's Chemical Lounge, Fire
12. The Phones, Back In Time
13. Suburbs, Cig Machine
14. Hüsker Dü, Statues Amusement EP 1980 4:26 S 0
15. Soul Asylum, Veil Of Tears
16. The Replacements, Can't Hardly Wait (Tim Version)
17. Blue Hippos, When A Punk Becomes A
18. Baby Astronauts, Tricycle Hell
19. Run Westy Run, Bad Guys
20. Rifle Sport, Correctional Facility
21. Man Sized Action, Who's Kiddin' Who
22. The Jayhawks, Sioux City
23. The Honeydogs, Your Blue Door
24. Rank Strangers, St. Paul
25. Howler, Back To The Grave
26. Polara, Game Over
27. Magnolias, Beat Skip Jump & Wink
28. God's Favorite Band, Cut Bait
29. Dillinger Four, Doublewhiskeycokenoice
30. Cows, Two Little Pigs
31. The Contras, Wifebeater
32. The Ticks, Waiting On You
33. Loose Rails, Tell Me Now
34. Lifter Puller, To Live and Die In LBI
35. The Violent Shifters, Badman
36. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
37. Zuzu's Petals, Do Not
38. Bruise Violet, Sketchy Jeff
39. Awesome Snakes, Awesome Snacks
40. The Soviettes, Twin Cities Sound
41. L'Assassins, Blood on the Sheets
42. Now Now, Thread
43. Fury Things, Mersault
44. Blind Shake, Dots In The Fog

Friday, March 18, 2016

Live Ledge #233: The Pogues

I originally wasn't going to do a St. Patrick's Day show. With the actual holiday being yesterday, and my city's celebrtion have occurred last weekend, there really didn't seem a point to it.
But then as I was contemplating tonight's theme, I discovered this fabulous Pogues tribute album. Curated by a Russia's Vladimir Andreevich, this 27 track collection of bands from all over the world exceed all expectation. Most tribute records are terrible! You buy them because you're a collector of one or two of the contributors, and never listen to the rest. Not in this case. It's great from top to bottom. Grab it for free while you can at their bandcamp site.
That's not all we have for tonight's show. Following my pal Gorman's lead, I played a little trick at teh beginning of the show with nothing but songs with "green" in the title. From their we moved on to some of my favorite Irish punk bands (Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers), some contemporary American bands with Irish influences (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys), and so much more.
Grab this at the usual online spots, including Stitcher and iTunes, or...


1. The Replacements, Green Acres Theme
2. Husker Du, Green Eyes
3. Ty Segall, Green Belly
4. Superchunk, Green Flowers, Blue Fish
5. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Green Shirt
6. The Nips, Gabrielle
7. The Pogues with Joe Strummer, London Calling (Live)
8. The Pogues, Maggie May (Live)
9. Shane MacGowan & The Popes, Victoria
10. The Boomtown Rats, Lookin' After No. 1
11. Stiff Little Fingers, Suspect Device
12. The Outcasts, Just Another Teenage Rebel
13. The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
14. Red Box, If I Should Fall from Grace with God
15. Craic Haus, A Pair of Brown Eyes
16. Craicheads, Sally MacLennane
17. Greenland Whalefishers, Birmingham Six
18. Flogging Molly, The Hand Of John L. Sullivan
19. Dropkick Murphys, Going Out In Style
20. The Mahones, Ghost Of A Whiskey Devil
21. The Real McKenzies, Up on a Motorbike
22. CRAIC, Sayonora
23. The Humble Hooligans, Turkish Song of the Damned
24. Harley McQuinn, London Girl
25. Forgotten Generation, Rain Street
26. The Bad Shepherds, White Riot
27. Mr. Irish Bastard, Holidays In The Sun
28. The Go Set, Seven Years
29. The Tossers, Buckets of Beer
30. Kelush and the Bastards feat. Chris Dutchak, Fairytale of New York
31. Happy Ol' McWeasel, Sunny Side of the Street
32. Middle Class Bastards, Big City

Friday, March 11, 2016

Live Ledge #232: 1986

Has it been 30 years already? Wow. 1986 was a wonderful year for me. I had graduated college, and was running a record store by day and playing club DJ at night. I was still doing college radio, though, and tonight's show is a sampler of the types of stuff I was enjoying back then. There's jangly guitar rock led by R.E.M. and multitudes of copycats. There's that wonderful wall of guitars that Minneapolis was known for - Husker Du, early Soul Asylum, and The Magnolias. There was a bit of country-punk still boiling from the likes of the Beat Farmers and Jason and the Scorcher. And, of course, there were the punk rock veterans still on the road the vast majority of the year. The Ramones, Cramps, Descendents, and the Dead Kennedys.
Despite a godawful year for commercial radio and mainstream rock, tonight's show proves that the year wasn't as bad as some people would have you believe. Grab this episode via iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty Medley)
2. Public Image Ltd., FFF
3. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Cities In Dust
4. The Waterboys, Fisherman's Blues
5. R.E.M., I Believe
6. E-I-E-I-O, This Time
7. Beat Rodeo, Twin Home Towns
8. Dumptruck, Back Where I Belong
9. The Feelies, Slipping (Into Something)
10. Camper Van Beethoven, (We're A) Bad Trip
11. Camper Van Beethoven, We Saw Jerry's Daughter
12. Elvis Costello, Lovable
13. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, I Hope You're Happy Now
14. Peter Case, Echo Wars
15. Billy Bragg, Greetings to the New Brunette
16. Violent Femmes, Children Of The Revolution
17. Tommy Keene, Run Now
18. Jason & The Scorchers, Golden Ball And Chain
19. The Beat Farmers, Powderfinger
20. Scruffy The Cat, 40 Days & 40 Nights
21. The Pontiac Brothers, She Knows It
22. Soul Asylum, Dragging Me Down
23. Soul Asylum, Ship Of Fools
24. The Magnolias, Reach Out
25. Hüsker Dü, Sorry Somehow
26. Descendents, Wendy
27. Dead Kennedys, Take This Job and Shove It
28. Ramones, Somebody Put Something in My Drink
29. The Cramps, Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?
30. The Fall, Mr. Pharmacist

Friday, March 04, 2016

Live Ledge #231: New Releases

As I do with the first show of every month, tonight's broadcasts consists of nothing but new releases. Well, technically I should call this a "new finds" show, as some of the material does date back to 2015. There may even be a song or two from 2014.
This is because I've recently found myself enamored with some previously unknown-to-me indie labels, primarily Randy Records and Slovenly Records. Both labels specialize in various forms of garage rock, although Slovenly is a bit noisier than Randy. A good portion of the second half of the show comes from these two labels, including songs by the likes of Bazooka, Spike and the Sweet Spots, The Yolks, Wet Ones, and Choke Chains.
The rest of the show veers in and out of various types of music, from the classic country of Loretta Lynn's new album to Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus covering each other's songs titled "No Future". There's a sneak peak at the upcoming Bob Mould album, and today saw the long-awaited comeback of the Violent Femmes.
As always, grab this from Stitcher or iTunes, or...

1. Greg Dulli, Modern Love 
2. The I Don't Cares, Love Out Loud  
3. The I Don't Cares, Done Done Done 
4. Titus Andronicus, No Future (Craig Finn)  
5. Craig Finn, No Future (Titus Andronicus)  
6. Bob Mould, Voices In My Head  
7. Loretta Lynn, Everything it Takes (feat. Elvis Costello) 
8. Loretta Lynn, In the Pines 
9. Margo Price, Hurtin' (On The Bottle)  
10. Thee Headcoats, He's So Popular With The Girls  
11. Thee Headcoats, Every Bit Of Me 
12. Thee Attacks, On the Move 
13. Thee Attacks, Rip My Heart Out  
14. Violent Femmes, Traveling Solves Everything  
15. Violent Femmes, Memory  
16. Kurt Baker, High Fidelity  
17. Robert Pollard, My Daughter Yes She Knows 
18. Yoko and the Oh No's, She Knows It 
19. Yuck, Cannonball  
20. Wild Nothing, Japanese Alice  
21. Sheer Mag, Can't Stop Fighting It 
22. The Yolks, There She Goes 
23. Spike and the Sweet Spots, Pulling Us Away 
24. Pizza Time, Solo Tu  
25. The Lemons, Chubby Checker 
26. Bazooka, Achristi Genia 
27. Bazooka, Othoni  
28. Scraper, Panic 
29. Wet Ones, Waaah Waaah Waaah 
30. Choke Chains, Moisture Technician 
31. The Dirty Nil, Friends In The Sky  
32. Jack Oblivian & The Sheiks, Boy In A Bubble  
33. Pronto, Animal  
34. Ravi Shavi, Bloody Opus  
35. Dyke Drama, The Thing I Do Best 
36. Helta Skelta, Want You 
37. Torpedohead, Get off my back