The Ledge #562: First Quarter Report

As this is the last show of the first quarter of 2023, and even airing on the last day of the month, it's only natural that we take a look back at some of the stunning new records released so far thsi year. It has been quite a year, especialy if you are a fan of guitar-driven music. Power pop, in particular, has made a great comeback this year, highlighted by the likes of The Whiffs, Local Drags, and Ryan Allen And His Extra Arms.

But it's also a great year for returning legends. Yo La Tengo, The Long Ryders, The Church, and Iggy Pop released their best albums in years. Billy Childish reunited the legendary Thee Headcoats for their first album in 22 years, and it's a smoker!

For this show, obviously, the main highlight comes from the "52 Weeks of Teenage Kicks" subtheme, and we received thrilling news earlier this week. The very first person I contacted when I came up with this idea was Malibu Lou from Rum Bar Records. Obviously, I was hoping that he could convince some of his bands to participate (and I still hope they do). What I wasn't expecting was for Lou to make the very first new submission. Weeks later, Lou uploaded his cover as a free Bandcamp single, and it's now in rotation on SiriusXM's Underground Garage!

As a thank you, I'm again airing Lou's cover, but this week's opening spot goes to The Dollyrots' cover that was found on last year's Down the Rabbit Hole compilation. Once again, though, I'm pleading with all listeners, musicians, labels and/or anybody else to please record their own version of the Undertones' classic. I'd love for some more new submissions to air, and maybe it can lead to bigger things just like what happened with Malibu Lou!!! If you have any questions, please send an email to


1. Dollyrots - Teenage Kicks

2. Malibu Lou & The Attackers - Teenage Kicks

3. The Reverend Horton Heat - Ready Teddy

4. Kepi Ghoulie - Happy When It Rains

5. Kepi Ghoulie - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

6. Yo La Tengo - Sinatra Drive Breakdown

7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Nothing Can Stop The Sound

8. The Church - C'est La Vie

9. The Long Ryders - Seasons Change

10. Iggy Pop - Frenzy

11. Thee Headcoats - The Baker Street Irregulars

12. CTMF - Failure Not Success

13. Guided By Voices - Released into Dementia

14. The Hold Steady - Sideways Skull

15. Quasi - Shitty Is Pretty

16. Brix Smith - Aphrodite

17. Death Valley Girls - Islands in the Sky

18. The C.I.A. - Impersonator

19. Shonen Knife - Spicy Veggie Curry

20. shame - Fingers of Steel

21. The Tubs - Sniveller

22. King Tuff - Smalltown Stardust

23. Local Drags - Heard About It

24. The Whiffs - Shot Thru

25. Steve Stoeckel - Mod Girl

26. Ryan Allen And His Extra Arms - Like The Ramones

27. The Tearaways - Come On Jaan

28. The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs  - Ain't It Summer

29. The Shang Hi Los - Plymouth Rock

30. The Laissez Fairs - Pretty Penny

31. Purling Hiss - Yer All In My Dreams

32. The Men - Hard Livin'

33. SLANDER TONGUE - Monochrome

34. Metal Marty - Goddamn Divorce

35. Tee Vee Repairmann - What's The Use

26. CIVIC - Blood Rushes


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