The Ledge #566: Twofers

Tonight unveils a new sort of theme for a Ledge episode - Twofers! Everybody loves a twofer deal at the bar, so why not transfer the idea to rock and roll. (Yeah yeah yeah, I know radio stations have done this for decades. But it's new to The Ledge!)

The inspiration was a handful of great records that I've been paying a lot of attention to in the last few days. Last Saturday, for Record Store Day Sioux Falls (soon to be) legends Off Contact put out a few advance copies of their upcoming debut album, Pearls Before Swine. Of course I had to air some tracks off it!

And then two days ago I received what may be my second-favorite power pop album of the year. Paint Fumes new record, Real Romancer, is chock full of great hooks accompanied by the sort of noisy guitars that everyone knows I love so much. Of course, I couldn't resist airing tracks from the brand new albums of original punkers The Damned and former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock.

But it's not all twofers on the show. There's a "four-fer" of selections from the Record Store Day release of previously unreleased live Husker Du tracks, Tonite Longhorn. There's five tracks from the infamous C86 compilation, picked due to my love of the new Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An Indie Odyssey by Nige Tassell. And there's a lengthy set of one-off tunes by Justine & The Unclean, The Darts, The Morning Line, The Scarlet Goodbye, and Single Mothers.

Even the latest in the "52 Weeks of Teenage Kicks" series is a twofer. When I saw that both Thee Headcoats and their all-girl cohorts Thee Headcoatees had covered the classic it just made sense to play them as a pair. Of course, I also have to remind everybody that I'm still looking for new versions of The Undertones classic. Please, please, please send them my way!


1. Billy Childish & His Famous Headcoats - Teenage Kicks

2. Thee Headcoatees - Teenage Kicks

3. Off Contact - Device

4. Off Contact - Demonize

5. J.T. IV - Sunday Morning

6. J.T. IV - Jet Lag Time Drag

7. Hüsker Dü - I'm Not Interested

8. Hüsker Dü - Nuclear Nightmare

9. Hüsker Dü - All Tensed Up

10. Hüsker Dü - Statues

11. The Scarlet Goodbye - Celebrated Summer

12. The Darts - Snake Oil

13. Justine and the Unclean - The Chasm

14. The Morning Line - End of the Night

15. Single Mothers - James Gandolfini

16. Primal Scream - Velocity Girl

17. The Soup Dragons - Pleasantly Surprised

18. The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head

19. Close Lobsters - Firestation Towers

20. The Wedding Present - This Boy Can Wait (A Bit Longer!)

21. The Damned - The Invisible Man

22. The Damned - Beware of the Clown

23. Glen Matlock - Head On A Stick

24. Glen Matlock - Something 'Bout the Weekend

25. The Lollipop Shoppe - You Must Be A Witch

26. The Lollipop Shoppe - Don't Look Back

27. Dead Moon - Graveyard

28. Dead Moon - It's O.K.

29. Paint Fumes - Book of Love

30. Paint Fumes - Starting Over

31. The Undertones - Here Comes The Sommer

32. The Undertones - Jimmy Jimmy

33. He Who Cannot Be Named - Get Out

34. He Who Cannot Be Named - Please Kill Yourself


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