The Ledge, Episode 60: Valentine's Day

"If you were a pill
I'd take a handful at my will
And I'd knock you back with something sweet and strong" - The Replacements, "Valentine"

Ok, I have to say I absolutely detest Valentine's Day. Big surprise, I know, but it's one of those fake "holidays" created by advertising execs to sell useless garbage and create unrealistic demands from people in otherwise healthy relationships.

It's not that I'm against doing nice things for the people you love...or at least lust. Shouldn't one do nice things every day, though? And I don't mean stupid hearts and flowers (although they're not out of the question). Kind words, thoughtful actions, and occasional nice gifts and meals given when the time is right, not when the calendar demands it.

Despite these beliefs, I couldn't resist putting together a show to "celebrate" the day. Clearly, though, this isn't the type of Valentine's Day show that's meant to accompany video footage of Cameron Diaz feeding Alex Rodriguez popcorn at the Super Bowl. Like most Ledge episodes, sarcasm generally replaces sentimental tripe in the lyrics of these tunes.

To listen to this episode, you can subscribe through iTunes, or download it here. Also, don't forget to tune into Live Ledge at this Friday at 5 pm central for two hours of primarily noisy punk, indie, and garage rock.

Here's the tunes:

1. The Pagans, What's This Shit Called Love?

2. The Replacements, Valentine

3. Get Up Kids, Valentine

4. Steven Deal, Valentine

5. Spoon, Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine

6. Frank Black, Valentine & Garuda

7. Screaming Blue Messaiahs, Twin Cadillac Valentine

8. Carissa's Weird, All Apologies and Smiles Yours Truy Ugly Valentine

9. Lazy Cowgirls, Broken Hearted

10. Psychedelic Furs, Valentine

11. The Undertones, Valentine's Treatment

12. My Bloody Valentine, Cupid Come

13. New York Dolls, Don't Mess With Cupid

14. Graham Parker, Cupid

15. Nick Lowe, Cupid Must Be Angry

16. Elliott Smith, Cupid's Trick

17. Chuck Ragan, Valentine

18. Liz Phair, Valentine

19. The Darling Buds, Valentine

20. Transvision Vamp, Bad Valentine

21. The Legendary Shack Shakers, Jipsy Valentine

22. Old 97's Valentine

23. Drive-By Truckers, Feb. 14

24. The Hydromatics, Valentine Frankenstein

25. The Humpers, Plastique Valentine

26. Bayside, The Ghost of St. Valentine

27. Ike Reilly Assassination, Valentines Day in Juarez

28. Tom Waits, Blue Valentines

30. Elvis Costello, My Funny Valentine


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