Friday, April 29, 2016

Live Ledge #239: Record Store Day

Last week was supposed to feature the episode where I run down all of the music that came out on this year's Record Store Day. Obviously, the death of Prince was much more important, but I still played an hour of RSD tracks.
Tonight features another two hours from two Saturdays ago, and there's a bit of a different focus. Last week primarily included direct reissues of previously released material by the likes of David Bowie, Big Star, Iggy and the Stooges, and Husker Du.
This week's show, for the most part, consist of material that's never been on the market before. That includes new live material by Patti Smith, The Sonics, Tom Petty, and Johnny Thunders. There's also studio recordings by Radio Birdman, Violent Femmes, Flat Duo Jets, and a sample of the new collaboration between Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. Finally, the RSD all-star award should probably go to Toronto's Metz, as they have two intriguing releases this year. The first is a Sub Pop split with Mission of Burma where they cover each other's songs. They also collaborated with Swami John Reis (Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) for two songs that may be my favorites of this year's batch.
As always, grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Patti Smith, Intro/Gloria
2. Colvin & Earle, Baby's In Black
3. Colvin & Earle, Wake Up Little Susie
4. Son Volt, Route (Live at the Bottom Line 2/12/96)
5. Son Volt, Looking At The World Through A Windshield (Live at the Bottom Line 2/12/96)
6. Uncle Tupelo, Truck Drivin' Man (Live)
7. Willie Nelson, Truck Drivin' Man
8. Warren Zevon, Werewolves Of London
9. The Flamin' Groovies, Werewolves Of London
10. The Sonics, Cinderella (Live)
11. The Sonics, Have Love Will Travel (Live)
12. The Rockin' Vickers, Dandy
13. The Rockin' Vickers, I Don't Need Your Kind
14. Fleshtones, End Of My Neighborhood
15. Fleshtones, Cardboard Casanova
16. Reverend Horton Heat, Hardscrabble Women
17. Reverend Horton Heat, Lying To Myself
18. Mission of Burma, Get Off
19. METZ, Good Not Great
20. Metz and Swami John Reis, Caught Up
21. Metz and Swami John Reis, Let It Rust
22. Beach Slang, About a Girl
23. Mean Jeans, Scoff
24. The Thermals, White Rabbit
25. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Live)
26. Joe Strummer, Punk Rock Blues
27. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, All By Myself (Live)
28. Radio Birdman, Buried and Dead
29. Radio Birdman, Ballad of Dwight Fry
30. NOFX, Sid & Nancy
31. Flat Duo Jets, Bumble Boogie
32. Violent Femmes, You Move Me

Friday, April 22, 2016

Live Ledge #238: Prince

It's stating the obvious that everybody was shocked by the sudden death of Prince Rogers Nelson yesterday morning. How could this be possible, especially just months after we lost David Bowie? It's a cruel year for rock and roll deaths.
Obviously, this week's Live Ledge had to cover this tragedy, so the first half of the show consists of covers by the likes of Lydia Loveless, The Replacements, and my local friend, Russ Stedman. After that, there's an hour of goodies from last Saturday's Record Store Day extravaganza. In fact, there were so many treats this year that there will be a second Record Store Day broadcast next week.
BTW, I did pen a little tribute to Prince within a couple of hours after it was announced he passed. You can find that HERE! As always, this show can be found at iTunes, Stitcher, or various other podcast services.


1. Riverboat Gamblers, Let's Go Crazy
2. Lydia Loveless, I Would Die 4 U
3. Gear Daddies, Little Red Corvette
4. Hindu Love Gods, Raspberry Beret
5. The Artist Formerly Known As Russ Stedman, Let's Pretend We're Married
6. Teddybears, Purple Rain
7. The Replacements, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
8. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Alphabet Street
9. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Nothing Compares 2 U
10. Pansy Division, Jack U Off
11. Goo Goo Dolls, Never Take The Place Of Your Man
12. The Kinks, Village Green
13. The Kinks, This Is Where I Belong
14. Dave Davies, Death Of A Clown
15. Dave Davies, Love Me Till The Sun Shines
16. David Bowie, Can't Help Thinking About Me
17. David Bowie, Good Morning Girl
18. Big Star, September Gurls
19. Big Star, Thank You Friends
20. The Feelies, Seven Days
21. The Feelies, Dancing Barefoot
22. Iggy and the Stooges, Raw Power
23. Iggy and the Stooges, Louie Louie
24. Husker Du, In A Free Land
25. Husker Du, What Do I Want?
26. Husker Du, M.I.C.
27. Bob Mould, The War
28. Bob Mould, The Descent
29. Suicide, Dream Baby Dream

Friday, April 15, 2016

Live Ledge #237: Who Is a Dog Named Gucci?

Everybody knows director Gorman Bechard loves rock and roll, but his greatest admiration is reserved for something else. Well, actually there are two greater loves, as his beautiful wife Kristine is certainly at the top of his charts.
But anybody who has spent any time at all with Bechard is aware of his adoration of dogs. Besides being a pet owner almost all of his life, Bechard has long been a loud advocate for stricter laws against those who do anything to hurt them. (In other words, never get him started on NFL quarterback Michael Vick.)
In 1994, Alabama professor Doug James was chatting with a neighbor when he noticed some teens setting a puppy on fire. James rescued the dog, and after his recovery from multiple surgeries "Gucci" became the face of a mission to change the animal abuse laws in Alabama.
When Bechard became aware of this case, he immediately knew this was to be his next documentary. Along with Gucci's tale, "A Dog Named Gucci" tells the tales of beautiful canines such as Susie, Louis, and Nitro. Each of these dogs suffered through horrific acts, but each of them also led to legislative action.
After hitting the festival circuit, "A Dog Named Gucci" will be available for purchase next Tuesday (4/19). This special edition also includes over two hours of extra features. Bechard sat in on most of tonight's Live Ledge to chat about the film, and also provided some updates on future screenings of "Who Is Lydia Loveless?" As always, Bechard picked a handful of his current favorite tunes, and the second half of the show is devoted to "dog" songs.
You can nab this show via the usual sources, including iTunes or Stitcher, or...


Thanks again, Gorman, for sitting in on the show!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Live Ledge #236: Burger Records

A few days ago, I downloaded the official Discogs app to my phone. Besides being able to find information on various pressings of every release, the app allows one to create their library by using your phone's camera to scan bar codes.
I did nothing but that for the next couple of days, and some surprises resulted from this inventory. First off, I found out that on four ocassions I purchased the same record twice. What a dope. But the more important stat I discovered by looking at the various ways one can look at their library. When grouped by label, I found out that over 10% of my vinyl purchases were from one record label - Burger Records.
Burger was formed around a decade ago by high school friends Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard. When they started their band, Thee Makeout Party, they creted a Burger Records logo to place on their 7" releases.
At first the label primarily released cassettes, and even licensed out a number of titles from labels that had no interest in putting out tape versions of their indie rock albums. Eventually, they expanded into full-length vinyl, which is where I come in.
While it's hard to describe a "typical" Burger release, for the most part they do share some similar sensibilities. Most of it is extremely melodic, and the vast majority are somewhat lightly produced. From there the sounds start to vary. Most of it has a garage-rock foundation, but many veer off into pscyh and even prog. Most importantly, most of it is great!
Grab this episode from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, or..


1. Tommy Stinson, Breathing Room
2. Audacity, Teenage Town
3. Audacity, Subway Girl
4. No Parents, Die Hippie Die
5. AJ Davila and Terror Amor, iggy prueba
6. together PANGEA, Looked In Too
7. Mozes And The Firstborn, Bloodsucker
8. Michael Rault, All Alone (On My Own)
9. Jaill, Just a Lovely Day
10. The Aquadolls, Our Love Will Always Remain
11. Peach Kelli Pop, Nude Beach
12. Sarah Bethe Nelson, Fast Moving Clouds
13. Habibi, I Got The Moves
14. Death Valley Girls, Sanitarium Blues
15. Feeding People, Big Mother
16. The Muffs, Like You Don't See Me
17. King Tuff, Lazerbeam
18. The Resonars, The World Is Wrong
19. Nobunny, Monster Kiss (Golden Boots)
20. Pizza Time, PIZZA TIME
21. White Fang, Bong Rip
22. Dead Ghosts, Another Love
23. The Memories, It Was A Hot Afternoon
24. The ABIGAILS, Twenty Nine
25. The Lemons, My Candy Girl
26. Part Time, I Saw Her Standing There
27. Mikal Cronin, You Gotta Have Someone (Demo)
28. Wyatt Blair, Girls
29. Penetration Moon, Real Wild Child
30. The Coathangers, Sex Beat
31. Young Guv, Call Me When The Cat Dies (Live)
32. Tomorrows Tulips, Convertible PCH
33. Wax Witches, Habit
34. Traumahelikopter, You
35. Froth, Saccharine Sunchine
36. Tracy Bryant, Hey Spaceman!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Live Ledge #235: New Releases

When did April 1 become a major day for new releases? No, this isn't an April Fool's joke! A ton of new records came out today, including albums by Willie Nile, Cheap Trick, Bleached, Shonen Knife, Frankie Cosmos, and Audacity (who will be playing in Sioux Falls on April 6).
Tracks from all of those releases were sampled on tonight's episode, along with many  other recent records. As always, you can grab this via Stitcher, or iTunes, or...


1. Willie Nile, Grandpa Rocks
2. Twin Peaks, Walk to the One You Love
3. Twin Peaks, Butterfly
4. Cheap Trick, Heart On The Line
5. Cheap Trick, The In Crowd
6. Bob Mould, Pray for Rain
7. Bob Mould, Lucifer and God
8. The Dirty Nil, Wrestle Yu To Husker Du
9. Soul Asylum, Supersonic
10. The Forty Nineteens, I'm Free
11. The Forty Nineteens, I Walked With a Zombie
12. The Waco Brothers, Devil's Day
13. The Feelies, I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. The Feelies, Too Far Gone
15. Bleached, Keep on Keepin' On
16. Bleached, Trying to Lose Myself Again
17. Shonen Knife, Jump into the New World
18. Shonen Knife, Rock'n'roll T-shirt
19. Solarflairs, Spirit of Johnny
20. Frankie Cosmos, If I Had A Dog
21. PINS, Dazed By You
22. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Heartbreak Boogie
23. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Jackson
24. Mexrrissey, Estuvo Bien (Suedehead)
25. Mexrrissey, International Playgirl (The Last Of The Famous International Playboys)
26. Sink Tapes, J Is for Jazzy
27. The Pom Pom Girls, Rancid Majesty
28. Audacity, Counting the Days
29. Audacity, Not Like You
30. Mind Spiders, No Filter
31. CFM, Clearly Confusion Stil
32. The Thermals, Into the Code
33. Parquet Courts, Dust Human
34. The Mants, Brass Knuckle Sandwich