Sunday, October 23, 2016

Live Ledge #263: Tommy Stinson

Sometime around mid-September, I received a call from my friend Jeff at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo and Piercing. He told me that he was contacted by somebody representing Tommy Stinson in regards to him performing in his venue. Would I like to help him promote that show?

I think you know my answer, and it turned into one of my favorite moments as a writer. Tommy called me as he was driving through the California desert, and warned me that we may be disconnected at some point. We did; twice in fact, but he immediately called back both times and picked up exactly where he left off.

At one point, Stinson described himself as an open book. He's completely right. There was a willingness to answer any question regarding his entire career, including his tenure in Guns and Roses and the failure of the Replacements reunion to put out an album of new material. (Don't get me wrong. I know I'm not exactly an investigative reporter.)

This week's episode includes the entire interview, along with Stinson-related songs. Most of the included tracks reference a subject from the chat, including a segment featuring songs from his production work with Together Pangea and Midnight Reruns.

The Vishnu Bunny appearance is this Friday night (October 28), and starts at 7 PM. If you're in the Sioux Falls area, you owe it to yourself to witness a rare intimate performance.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Live Ledge #262: Trump Nose Candy

Let's start with the obligatory disclaimer. The title and contents of tonight's show is not accusatory. It's not partisan. It's just this silly online radio DJ taking today's headlines and utilizing it to create a playlist.

To be honest, I didn't watch either debate. I made up my mind months ago, and that's my decision and nobody else's. I don't participate in the daily mudslinging or futile half-truth sharing. That's why I refrained from viewing these clown car contests. It's bad enough enduring it on twitter and Facebook.

But I was getting a good laugh out of everybody making cocaine jokes due to Trump's sniffing problems on both nights. With that in mind, I did a few word searches in my iTunes library, and came up with tonight's cocaine-oriented broadcast.

Yes, this is not a show for the kids. The "explicit" check box is there for a reason, but it's a surprisingly strong set of tracks that range from depression-era country to modern garage-punk.

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1. East River Pipe, When You Were Doing Cocaine  
2. Kentucky Ramblers, Good Cocaine (Mama Don't Allow It) 
3. Keith Richards, Cocaine 
4. Elvis Presley, Drugs Dialogue 
5. Soul Asylum, Cocaine Blues 
6. Eddie Spaghetti, Cocaine Blues 
7. Eric Ambel & The Roscoe Trio, Cocaine Eyes 
8. The Del Lords, When the Drugs Kick In 
9. The Fleshtones, High On Drugs 
10. Blake Babies, Swill And The Cocaine Sluts 
11. Electric Frankenstein, Cocaine Blues  
12. Reverend Horton Heat, Bales Of Cocaine 
13. Nashville Pussy, Hooray for Cocaine Hooray for Tennessee 
14. Black Lips, Drugs 
15. The Replacements, Dope Smokin Moron  
16. Static Taxi, Cocaine Couples  
17. Dogmatics, Teenager On Drugs 
18. FIDLAR, Cocaine  
19. The Mekons, Cocaine Lil 
20. Mark Lanegan, When It's In You (Methamphetamine Blues)  
21. Derek Lyn Plastic, Methamphetamines  
22. Sleeping Beauties, Meth 
23. Ravi Shavi, Amphetamine 
24. Two Cow Garage, Amphetamine 
25. Strutter Motherfuckers, Gimmie Some Coke 
26. Dwarves, Free Cocaine (Toolin') 
27. Flash Boys, Cocaine Babble
28. Supersuckers, I Want The Drugs  
29. The Clash, Drug-Stabbing Time  
30. Seawhores, Bath Salts
31. Jason & The Scorchers, Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man 
32. White Fang, Drugs I've Taken  
33. Sleeping Beauties, Addicted to Drugs 
34. Low Culture, Pills 
35. Yung, Pills 
36. White Reaper, Pills
37. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Tell Me About Your Drugs 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Live Ledge #261: New Releases

Over the course of the time I've hosted this monthly rundown of new music, there are obviously months better than others. There are months where it's almost impossible to create a two hour playlist.

This isn't one of those months. There's a deluge of great music to check out. There are celebrated comebacks (Pixies, Green Day), reissues of former glories (Ramones, Dow Jones & the Industrials), and even surprisingly fabulous tributes to Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, and Husker Du. There's also the return of Todd Snider, who just today put out what could be the album of his career.

That doesn't even include all of the new bands that surprised me with interesting debuts. Milk LInes, High Waisted, The Lasters, and many others are new bands on my radar that I'll have to further investigate.

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1. J Mascis, Waltz #2
2. Teenage Fanclub, Thin Air
3. Car Crash Sisters, Everything Flows
4. Fir Cone Children, The Concept
5. The Skating Party, Metal Baby
6. Todd Snider, Hey Pretty Boy
7. Todd Snider, 37206
8. Todd Snider, Ways And Means
9. Milk Lines, Domesticate
10. Bloodshot Bill & Shannon Shaw, Honey Time
11. The Dustaphonics, You Don't Love Me Anymore
12. High Waisted, Party in the Back
13. Never, Makes No Sense At All
14. Monographic, Sorry Somehow
15. Dirty Sidewalks, The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill
16. Teenage Sin Taste, Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
17. Beach Slang, Younger Us (Japandroids)
18. Beach Slang, Punks In A Disco Bar
19. Beach Slang, Young Hearts
20. Low Culture, Comfort Zones
21. Natural Child, Sure Is Nice
22. Danny & The Darleans, Outta My Way
23. The Growlers, Dope on a Rope
24. The Lasters, The Lasters Feel Inadequate
25. Pixies, Head Carrier
26. Pixies, Oona
27. Pansy Division, Halfway to Nowhere
28. Tyrannamen, I Don't Want to Go to Jail
29. Green Day, Revolution Radio
30. Green Day, Bouncing Off The Wall
31. Ramones, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (demo)
32. Dow Jones and the Industrials, It Ain't Good Enough
33. Dow Jones and the Industrials, Can't Stand the Midwest
34. The International Swingers, Gun Control
35. Baby Strange, Nude