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Live Ledge #398: Nick Lowe

Live Ledge #398: Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe has sort of quietly put together one of the best resumes in rock and roll history. He’s got tons of fantastic recordings, solo and with bands such as Brinsley Scwarz, Rockpile, and his recent collaborations with Los Straitjackets. He’s also one of the greatest producers of all times, helming some of the best albums or singles by the likes of Graham Parker & The Rumour, The Damned, Dr. Feelgood, Wreckless Eric, and, of course, Elvis Costello. Not to mention he was once married to Carlene Carter, which made him Johnny and June Carter Cash’s son-in-law! (Oh to be in the studio when Johnny recorded Nick’s “Without Love” accompanied by Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, and many others.) Inspired by the recent release of “Cruel To Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe” by Will Birch, tonight’s show is a snapshot of just a few of those great moments. If you’re intersted at all in Lowe’s life, go buy this book. It’s informative and at times pretty hilarious. After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy!

Live Ledge #382: RIP Roky Erickson + More 1989

Live Ledge #382: RIP Roky Erickson + More 1989

Minutes before the planned second episode devoted to 1989 was set to record came news of the death of legendary pyschedelic garage rocker Roky Erickson. A half hour or so of Roky’s music is aired at the beginning of the show before going into the original playlist.

Live Ledge #244: Wreckless Eric

Live Ledge #244: Wreckless Eric

An overview of Wreckless Eric’s career just hours before his Sioux Falls appearance. Show also includes Scott’s phone interview with Eric.

Live Ledge #215: Questions

Live Ledge #215: Questions

Nothing but musical questions tonight!

Live Ledge #214: 1980

Live Ledge #214: 1980

Live Ledge goes back to 1980 for two hours of punk, post-punk, and every other form of alt-rock from that year!

Live Ledge #208: Number Eight

Live Ledge #208: Number Eight

Nothing but track eight’s to commemorate that we still have a couple days left in the eighth month of the year.

Live Ledge #194: Track 4

Live Ledge #194: Track 4

A simple premise – everything played tonight is the fourth track of the album they appeared on!

Live Ledge #187: Freedom

Live Ledge #187: Freedom

Nothing but songs about freedom and employment, and freedom from employment!

Live Ledge #182: 1995

Live Ledge #182: 1995

As the Beatles song goes, “it was 20 years ago” all of these songs were released.

Live Ledge #161: 4th of July

Live Ledge #161: 4th of July

A tribute to the holiday, with songs about the day and America, along with tributes to two famous concerts from this day.

Live Ledge #160: Shuffle

Live Ledge #160: Shuffle

Scott let iTunes do all the work tonight in selecting the playlist.

Live Ledge #157: Threesomes

Live Ledge #157: Threesomes

In order to prove the theory that to be a great band you have to have a run of three classic albums, tonight’s show is nothing but trios of greatness!

Live Ledge #152: Fantasy Festival (Pt. 1)

Live Ledge #152: Fantasy Festival (Pt. 1)

In response to the horrors of Coachella, Hudson curates his own personal music festival.

Live Ledge #151: Record Company Weasels

Live Ledge #151: Record Company Weasels

An entire show dedicated to those evil folks who control the record industry.

Live Ledge #142: 1979

Live Ledge #142: 1979

A trip down memory lane – nothing but tunes from that magical year of 1979.

Live Ledge #140: Winter

Live Ledge #140: Winter

Host Scott Hudson “celebrates” what is starting to seem like the longest, coldest winter ever.

Live Ledge #137: Alphabet Rock

Live Ledge #137: Alphabet Rock

An alphabetical trip through some of Hudson’s favorite bands.

Live Ledge #128: What

Live Ledge #128: What

It’s simple – nothing but songs that include the word “what”.

Rural Ledge-ucation #99: Cowpunk

Rural Ledge-ucation #99: Cowpunk

The death of George Jones has inspired Hudson to look back at some of the 80′s country-punk that led him on the path to understanding the greatness of old school country artists.

Live Ledge #109: George Jones

Live Ledge #109: George Jones

Besides commemorating the passing of legendary country icon George Jones, tonight’s Ledge celebrates various anniversaries and birthdays of the past week.

Live Ledge #107: 1982 (Again)

Another examination of the great music that came out in 1982!

Rural Ledge-ucation #92: Daylight Savings Time

Rural Ledge-ucation #92: Daylight Savings Time

We all hate it, so why not a show dedicated to daylight savings time?

Rural Ledge-ucation #89: Bitter Tears

Rural Ledge-ucation #89: Bitter Tears

A companion piece to Friday’s “lonely” episode, this morning is nothing but “bitter” tunes.

Rural Ledge-ucation #81: Best Reissues of 2012

Friday night, I unveiled my list of best 2012 albums. This morning, it’s all about the reissues, box sets, and other compilations of the past 12 months.

Live Ledge #83: Odds & Sods

No real theme for this week – just some random tracks and irritated babbling from Scott.

Live Ledge #77: The Kinks

In response to NBC’s idiotic decision to not air Ray Davies at the Olympic Closing Ceremonies, tonight’s show is nothing but tunes by The Kinks!

Rural Ledge-ucation #64: Bootlegs

Nothing but live recordings and studio demos for this short Sunday morning set!

Live Ledge #75: Peel Sessions (Pt. 1)

Nothing but tunes from the late, great John Peel archive!

 

Rural Ledge-ucation #60: Marriage Stinks!

A followup to last week’s anti-wedding show, today we concentrate on songs that describe the perils of wedded “bliss”.  

Rural Ledge-ucation #59: Weddings Stink!

It’s wedding season, so here’s 90 minutes of songs that should give you silly people second thoughts about making this awful decision!

Live Ledge #68: More 1977

Last week’s ’77 theme went so well it just had to be repeated!

Live Ledge #67: 1977

Is 1977 the greatest year in rock ‘n’ roll? Check out this show and judge for yourself.

Live Ledge #65: Whine-Free

The goal was simple – to make it through an entire show without whining. Did I succeed?

Rural Ledge-ucation #55: Oh Susannah

Another show of new and upcoming releases, highlighted by a preview of the reunion of Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Live Ledge #64: RIP Adam Yauch

Besides a tribute to Adam Yauch from the Beasties, we celebrate Link Wray’s birthday and preview a ton of upcoming releases.

Live Ledge #63: Gorman Bechard

Author/director Gorman Bechard appears to talk about his upcoming Grant Hart documentary, along with updates on Color Me Obsessed and his Archers of Loaf concert movie.

Live Ledge #61: Silly Rock News

This was one strange week in rock news, and host Scott Hudson covered them all!

Rural Ledge-ucation #49: Happy Birthday Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe’s birthday is celebrated with some of his best tunes, covers, and production work.

Live Ledge #54: Get Well Slim!

A busy show – besides a tribute to former MC5 bassist Michael Davis there’s lots of time devoted to wishing former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap a speedy recovery.

Rural Ledge-ucation #44: Punkish Songwriters

What started out as a collection of punk-era singer/songwriters turned into something completely different.