The Ledge #467: Rum Bar Records

Loyalty is an important word in my life. I try to be as loyal as possible to not only friends and family, but also the bands that I love. I'm even loyal to certain record labels. In the 80's it was Twin/Tone and SST. Merge and a few others fit that category in the 90's, and I've got a handful of current labels these days whose artists I will always check out. One of those is Rum Bar Records.

No label has been more loyal to what I do with The Ledge than Rum Bar Records. Head honcho "Malibu" Lou Mansdorf has not only kept me in the loop with his constantly growing stable of releases, but he also routinely tosses a care package of physical releases to my mailbox. It's because of people like Lou that this show has continued to prosper for over a decade.

But it also turns out that loyalty is an important word to Mansdorf, as proven by the testimonials from his artists that pop up throughout this marathon all-Rum Bar broadcast. Most have been his friends for decades, but even recent signing have nothing but glowing words for him.

Tonight's show features tracks from the entire Rum Bar discography, including reissues of his earlier releases under the Melted Records moniker. The centerpiece of the show is a lengthy set that includes two tracks each from three fabulous records that were released today by Beebe Gallini, Electraluxx, and Indonesian Junk. 

The Ledge is even teaming up with Rum Bar for an Instagram contest. Three lucky winners will receive a Rum Bar prize pack for entering via my personal Instagram account. The rules are super simple, and the deadline is Thursday, March 25.

Special thanks must go to Brent Dowell for helping select tonight's tracks, and also to the following people for their contributions: Luke Metz, John Lynch, Geoff Palmer, Kurt Baker, Nato Coles, The Right Here, "Muck", Justine Covault, Hayley Crusher, Miss Georgia Peach, Scott Dennis, Rick Dennis, Daniel James, and Brad Marino.

After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. And if you buy these records directly from the artist or label, please let them know you heard these tunes on The Ledge! Let them know who is giving them promotion! You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher...or


1. The Dogmatics, I Love Rock and Roll

2. The Heartdrops, Innocence

3. The Morning Shakes, Thunderbird ESQ

4. The Cretins, Stuck In Yesterday

5. Watts, Flash of White Light

6. The Dirty Truckers, Stranger in Disguise

7. Tom Baker & the Snakes, Doll Eyes

8. Mono In Stereo, Bakersfield

9. ZipGun Bomber, Chase That Feeling

10. The Connection, Let The Jukebox Take Me

11. Geoff Palmer, Everything Is Cool

12. Geoff Palmer & Lucy Ellis, I'll Never Fall In Love Again

13. Kurt Baker, Doin' It Right

14. K7s, Running Back To You

15. Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band, Demolition Man

16. The Right Here, Here We Go Again

17. LIVE ONES, Right On, Sister

18. The Yeah You Rights, Lucy Anna

19. Muck and the Mires, Mint Condition

20. Yum Yums, Let's Worry About Tomorrow ...Tomorrow

21. Gallows Birds, My Lambretta

22. The Backseat Angels, My Baby Wants To Brainwash My Mind

23. The Peawees, A Reason Why

24. The Laissez Fairs, Redundant Beach

25. Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out, One Less Step

26. The Hi-End, Heart of the City

27. Freddie Dilevi, Die Tonight

28. Justine and the Unclean, Be Your Own Reason

29. Justine's Black Threads, The Other Side Of A Six Pack

30. A Bunch of Jerks, White Girl Wasted

31. Hayley and the Crushers, Jacaranda

32. Beebe Gallini, My Way Of Thinking

33. Beebe Gallini, Danny

34. Electraluxx, Catalina

35. Electraluxx, Little Miss ESP

36. Indonesian Junk, One More Try

37. Indonesian Junk, Livin' In The USA

38. KEWPID, Tunnel Of Love

39. The Nuclears, I Just Wanna Have Nothin' To Do

40. The Cheap Cassettes, Valentine (Live at The Sunset Tavern) 

41. French Girls, Crazy Yo!

42. Brad Marino, Even the Score


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