Friday, November 25, 2016

Live Ledge #266: Waiting To Be Forgotten

It was just a few days ago that Gorman Bechard contacted me about his involvement in a new Replacements-oriented project. Curated and edited by crime fiction author Jay Stringer, "Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by The Replacements" features 25 short stories of missed opportunities, fatal errors, love, hate, confusion and betrayal. Kind of like the works of Paul Westerberg, right? Each writer took a Replacements song and created their tragic tales around it.

Bechard and Stringer were kind enough to join me on tonight's show, as was former Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay. The trio discussed how they picked the song they used to formulate their story, their writing methods, and much, much more.

After that segment, there is also a recent interview I did with CFM leader Charles Moothart. A longtime collaborator with Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin, CFM's debut record, "Still Life Of Citrus and Crime" is one of the best recently-released garage-rock records. CFM will appear at Total Drag Records in Sioux Falls on Monday, November 28.

There are plenty of methods to listen to tonight's show, including Stitcher, Google Play, and iTunes. Or you can simply...


Friday, November 18, 2016

Live Ledge #265: Little Hypocrite

If anything good came out of the recent election cycle, it's the public discussion of what it is like to be a female in this country. It's still hard for a man to really grasp the condescension, the "mansplaining", and the outright sexism they have to endure on a daily basis.

It's even hard for me to write this little podcast intro, as the wrong words may be misinterpreted. I know that at some point in my life I probably haven't acted as I should. It's inevitable. Especially in the section of the country where I reside. But I try to do, act, or say the right thing.

So after "pussy grabber" was elected as our President, I've spent a lot of time listening to my favorite female songwriters and female-led bands. It's only natural that this led to another showcase for some of my more recent records that I have enjoyed. So here it is, ready for you at iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Patti Smith, Because the Night (Live)
2. Alice Bag, Little Hypocrite
3. Shonen Knife, Rock'n'roll T-shirt
4. Bikini Kill, This Is Not A Test
5. Sleater Kinney, No Anthems
6. Pretenders, Gotta Wait
7. The Juliana Hatfield Three, Dog On A Chain
8. Dressy Bessy, Pop Phenom
9. Boss Hog, Wichita Grey
10. Lydia Loveless, Real
11. The Girls!, Let's Get Weird
12. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Keep the Home Fires Burnin'
13. Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best
14. The Coathangers, Squeeki Tiki
15. Colleen Green, TV
16. The Aquadolls, Rich Boyz
17. Baby Shakes, All the Pretty Things
18. Bully, I Remember
19. Bruise Violet, Sketchy Jeff
20. Bleached, Keep on Keepin' On
21. Joanna Gruesome, Jamie (Luvver)
22. Leggy, Even Lana
23. HINDS, Garden
24. Mannequin Pussy, Emotional High
25. Pony Time, Rock And Roll Will Kill You
26. Le Butcherettes, They Fuck You Over
27. L'Assassins, Psycho Beach
28. Go Betty Go, By Your Side
29. Cocktail Slippers, Shame On Me
30. Childbirth, Tech Bro
31. Dog Party, Round 'N' Round
32. Skinny Girl Diet, Lazy Eye
33. Dirty Ghosts, Quicksand Castle
34. Death Valley Girls, Death Valley Boogie
35. Hayley and the Crushers, Seventeen Strum
36. The Shiverettes, Fuck Yr Selfie

Friday, November 11, 2016

Live Ledge #264: Leonard Cohen RIP

It's interesting how the difference of a day can change a show. After technical issues last week, I had planned on tonight's show being the New Release episode that I had previously put together. Then came the tragic news that Leonard Cohen passed away this week at the age of 82.

This obviously led me to make a few changes. Now the majority of the first hour is a tribute to the great songwriter. Besides a touching cover of "Save the Last Dance For Me" from one of his recent tours, I've included a number of my favorite Cohen covers. There's no "Hallelujah", however, as it's quite frankly the one song I never need to hear again. If I had played that track, it would have been Jeff Buckley's version, as nobody can touch his emotional vocals.

After the Cohen tribute, the show carries on with a good percentage of what I haad planned for last week, along with a few additional new releases such as the return of The Men. The Brooklyn-based band is back with a fury, and is bound to make my end of the year list of favorite albums.

As always, you can grab this on iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. Nouvelle Vague, I Wanna Be Sedated
2. Nick Cave, I'm Your Man
3. Johnny Cash, Bird On A Wire
4. Bill Callahan, So Long Marianne
5. Beck, Suzanne
6. R.E.M., First We Take Manhattan
7. Concrete Blonde, Everybody Knows
8. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Tower Of Song
9. Pixies, I Can't Forget
10. Lloyd Cole, Chelsea Hotel #2
11. Leonard Cohen, Save the Last Dance for Me
12. Bash & Pop, On The Rocks
13. The Rolling Stones, Just Your Fool
14. Eric Ambel, Hey Mr. DJ
15. Pretenders, Alone
16. Two Cow Garage, Terror Ride
17. Two Cow Garage, Brand New Flag
18. Alejandro Escovedo, Horizontal Burn
19. Alejandro Escovedo, Heartbeat Smile
20. The Beat & Ranking, Roger Walking on the Wrong Side
21. Madness, Good Times
22. Southern Culture On The Skids, Freak Flag
23. Japandroids, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
24. The Tuts, Tut Tut Tut
25. Mannequin Pussy, Emotional High
26. Hayley and the Crushers, Backseat Love
27. The Lippies, Walking On Fences
28. Calcinator, E-Lectrifie
29. Dogs, Here Comes My Baby
30. Angel Face, Wolf City Blues
31. Les Fantomes, I Wanna Be Your Dog
32. The Men, Dreamer
33. The Men, Hit the Ground
34. Haunted Tiger, Why You Gotta Be So Mean?
35. Chocolat, Ah Ouin
36. The Pukes, Gum In Your Hair