Friday, May 27, 2016

May 16, 1966 is considered by many to be the greatest new release day of all time. Not only did Bob Dylan complete his triumphant trio of electric albums with Blonde on Blonde, but the Beach Boys put out the only album I'd even consider to listen by them. That, of course, is Pet Sounds, which is more of a Brian Wilson solo album anyway. Both of these records routinely top, or come close to topping, the dreaded "Best Album of All Time" articles that plague most music magazines.
1966 is known for much more, however. In fact, British music journalist Jon Savage's new book, "1966: The Year the Decade Exploded", makes the case that 1966 is the year that rock and roll's most important year. I can't really disagree. Besides the Dylan and Beach Boys albums, The Beatles released "Revolver". The Kinks carried on with classic albums and singles, most notably the "Face to Face" album. "Aftermath" became the first Stones album with nothing but original tracks.
Yet it wasn't just the big names that progressed beyond lovable moptops. It could be argued that 1966 was garage rock's birth. All of those kids that bought guitars because of the Beatles or Stones on Ed Sullivan had now moved from just aping their heroes to writing their own furious tracks. The term "Nuggets" came about from the tracks of that time, and there are a ton of these songs that are regularly covered every night in some dark bar.
Tonight's show concentrates mostly on the hits of that year. Even without playing anything from Stax or Motown, which also had a triumphant year, there's more material than time allows. Sometime in the near future will be a sequel that will focus on more unknown garage rock singles; the kind that is found in the "Back From the Grave" series and other fabulous compilations.
As always, grab this one from iTunes or Stitcher, or...


1. Kim Fowley, The Trip
2. Cool Ghouls, Here Today
3. The UFO Club, Hang On To Your Ego
4. Phosphorescent, I Want You
5. Night Beats, Obviously 5 Believers
6. The Beatles, Paperback Writer
7. The Beatles, Rain
8. The Rolling Stones, Doncha Bother Me
9. The Who, A Quick One
10. The Kinks, Rosie Won't You Please Come Home
11. The Pretty Things, A House In The Country
12. The Yardbirds, Train Kept A Rollin'
13. The Small Faces, You Need Loving
14. The Byrds, Mr. Spaceman
15. Them, It's All Over Now Baby Blue
16. The Animals, Don't Bring Me Down
17. The Remains, Don't Look Back
18. The Monkees, Sweet Young Thing
19. Troggs, I Can't Control Myself
20. The Turtles, Outside Chance
21. Paul Revere & The Raiders, Kicks
22. The Litter, Action Woman
23. The Electric Prunes, I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
24. The Standells, Riot On Sunset Strip
25. Love, Can't Explain
26. The Tidal Waves, Farmer John
27. The Leaves, Hey Joe
28. The Music Machine, Talk Talk
29. Syndicate Of Sound, Little Girl
30. Count Five, Psychotic Reaction
31. The Monks, Boys Are Boys And Girls Are Choice
32. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Diddy Wah Diddy
33. 13th Floor Elevators, Reverberation (Doubt)
34. The Other Half, Mr. Pharmacist
35. The Seeds, The Tripmaker
36. The Del-Vetts, Last Time Around

Friday, May 20, 2016

Live Ledge #241: Compilations

Over the past few months, there have been a number of great compilation releases. There's usually a place for samples of these albums in my monthly "new release" episodes, but quite frankly there hasn't been room for inclusion.
So tonight features sets devoted to a good mix of these types. There's a couple of sets from the new box set of 80's British psychedelia, "Another Splash of Colour". There's odes of great guitar-punk from the 60's and 70's from the latest "Punk 45" and "Last of the Punk Rock Unknowns" series. Swami Records enters the mix with their "Hardcore Matinee" "mix tape", and there's plenty of gems from a 2007 Fleshtones tribute album, "Vindicated".
As always, Live Ledge can be found on Stitcher or iTunes, or...


1. Captain Sensible, The 4 Marys Go Go Dance All Night at the Groovy Cellar
2. The Soft Boys, The Only the Stones Remain
3. Robyn Hitchcock, It's a Mystic Trip
4. Kimberley Rew, Stomping All Over the World AS 0
5. The Blue Orchids, Work
6. The Barracudas, Inside Mind
7. The Prisoners, Reaching My Head
8. The Green Telescope, Two by Two
9. The Delmontes, Don't Cry Your Tears
10. The Thunderbirds, Hey Little Girl
11. The Kinetics, You're Gonna Miws Me
12. Caesar & His Romans, Black Lantern
13. The Ebb Tides, Little Women
14. Caedman and the Nobles, More Than a Kiss
15. The Druids, Too Shy
16. The Night Crawlers, Let's Move
17. The Esquires, You Got Another Thing Comin'
18. The Weirdos, A Life Of Crime  
19. Black Randy & The Metrosquad, Trouble at the Cup
20. The Hollywood Squares, Hollywood Square
21. The Deadbeats, Final Ride
22. Hot Snakes, Stay In School
23. The Sultans, Hardcore Matinee
24. The Widows, Cut Yr Teeth
25. The Heartaches, Purple Hearted Mind
26. The Loons, Transparent Eyes
27. The Woggles, The Theme From "The Vindicators"
28. Hoodoo Gurus, Pickin' Pickin'
29. The Insomniacs, I Wanna Feel Somthing Now
30. The Psychotones, Hitsburg U.S.A.
31. The Nomads, American Beat'07
32. The Slickee Boys, Headlock On My Heart
33. The Turpentines, The Girl From Baltimore
34. The Hate Boys, The Dreg
35. Julian Casablancas, Run Run Run

Friday, May 06, 2016

Live Ledge #240: New Releases

It's that time of the month!
Oh shut up. This has nothing to do with periods. It's the first Friday of May, which means it's a night of nothing but new releases. This past month was so fantastic that I had to cut over 20 songs, and I still went 25 minutes over my scheduled time!
It's a varied show featuring the return of Americana greats (Jayhawks, John Doe), power pop (Forty Nineteens, Guided By Voices), garage rock (Tracy Bryant, The Coathangers), and even some good friends from Germany (Torpedohead) that were nice enough to record a promo for me. Thanks so much! There's also a little chatter about my experiences at the Paul McCartney show last Monday night.
As always, grab this from the usual sources, including Stitcher and iTunes. And don't forget to buy some of these albums if you enjoy the show!


1. ??? Mystery Cover ???
2. The Jayhawks, The Dust Of Long-Dead Stars
3. Ryan Adams, Petal in a Rainstorm (Outtake)
4. Sturgill Simpson, Call To Arms
5. John Doe, Get On Board
6. John Doe, Go Baby Go
7. Parquet Courts, Outside
8. Parquet Courts, Paraphrased
9. The Forty Nineteens, 383 Dodge Charger
10. The Forty Nineteens, Get Myself a Selfie
11. Guided By Voices, Kid on a Ladder
12. Guided By Voices, Glittering Parliaments
13. Car Seat Headrest, Destroyed By Hippie Powers
14. Car Seat Headrest, 1937 State Park
15. Tracy Bryant, Subterran
16. Tracy Bryant, Shining
17. Kyle Craft, Pentecost
18. Wax Witches, Habit
19. Wax Witches, Closer To The Lord
20. Levitation Room, Lazy Lawrence
21. Thee Mightees, Pop Culture Icon Eyes
22. Tenement, Taking Everything
23. Mean Jeans, 2 Far out 4 Me
24. Torpedohead, Get Off My Back
25. Torpedohead, Angel City
26. The BellRays, Dream Police
27. Glenn Robinson, Betamaximum Sentence (feat. Kurt Baker)
28. PJ Harvey, The Community Of Hope
29. White Lung, Kiss Me When I Bleed
30. The Coathangers, Make It Right N
31. The Coathangers, Nosebleed Weekend
32. The Girls!, Meet Me By The Pool
33. The Girls!, All For You
34. Bruiser Queen, Rise and Fall
35. Bruiser Queen, Black Coats White Fear
36. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, Ricky Ticky Tocky
37. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, We Love You
38. Music Band, 5th Street
39. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Evil Death Roll
40. Wire, Nocturnal Koreans