The Ledge #581: 2013

Generally speaking, when I do shows devoted to years of the past I go way back. Like, at the bare minimum 25 years, and as far back as 50 years. Looking at my shows from 2013, though, I decided tonight I'd do something a little different. Let's go through some of my favorite records from only ten years ago.

While I am one that believes there's great rock and roll released each and every years (despite what many of my fellow oldsters proclaim), 2013 was even better than usual. There's all sorts of lofi indie power pop from the likes of Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, and Fidlar. There's the discovery of a wonderful up and coming songwriter named Lydia Loveless. There's the second release by the reformed Superchunk (my favorite record of the year).

And, of course, there's also the return of The Replacements. Yes, this happened due to a tragedy, as Slim Dunlap had suffered a stroke the previous year. But what a joy to hear Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson quickly recording a handful of their favorite oldies. Even better was the Songs For Slim singles series which saw all kinds of Slim's friends recording their favorite Dunalp tunes.

As for this week's edition of "52 Weeks of Teenage Kicks", I once again have a band I wasn't acquainted with before. The Vamps are a UK band that formed in 2012, and over the next few years their first two records went gold in their home country. 2013 saw an EP called Can We Dance that included the live cover of "Teenage Kicks" that opens tonight's show. And like always, I must again plead with y'all for more versions of "Teenage Kicks". If you are a musician, or have any contact with artists that could record their own take on the classic, please contact me!


1. The Vamps - Teenage Kicks (Live)

2. The Replacements - I'm Not Sayin'

3. The Replacements - Lost Highway

4. Chris Mars - Radio Hook Word Hit

5. The Minus 5 Feat. Curtiss A - Rockin Here Tonight

6. The Young Fresh Fellows - Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars

7. Grant Hart - So Far from Heaven

8. Two Cow Garage - The Little Prince and Johnny Toxic

9. Hickoids - If Drinkin Don't Kill Me, Kill Me

10. CTMF Wild Billy Chyldish - The Second Generation Punks

11. Tommy Keene - Have You Seen My Baby? (Flamin' Groovies)

12. Tim Timebomb - Honor Is All We Know

13. Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders - Small Town Rock Ain't Dead

14. Wooden Shjips - Back To Land

15. Obits - Taste The Diff

16. The Night Marchers - Loud Dumb and Mean

17. FIDLAR - Cheap Beer

18. Warm Soda - Jeanie Loves Pop

19. Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy

20. Bleached - Looking for a Fight

21. Shannon And The Clams - Rip VanWinkle

22. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion - Motorhead Girl

23. The Men - Half Angel Half Light

24. Mind SpidersInside You

25. Bad Sports - Wahed Up

26. The Dirtbombs - Crazy For You

27. Thee Oh Sees - Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster

28. Ty Segall - You're The Doctor

29. Mikal Cronin - Am I Wrong

30. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds - Killer Diller

31. The Connection - Wrong Side of 25

32. Shocked Minds - Kalamazoo

33. The Tall Boys - The Man Who Walked On The Moon

34. Terry Malts - Two Faces

35. Telekinesis - Empathetic People

36. Superchunk -FOH


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