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Live Ledge #401: UK Punk Oct – Dec 1979 Plus More

Live Ledge #401: UK Punk Oct – Dec 1979 Plus More

Through the course 2019 there has been a series of shows devoted to looking back at the great music released 40 years ago. Tonight’s latest in that series documents the punk singles and albums released in the UK from October to December of that year. These tracks include veteran acts such as The Stranglers, The Damned, and others, along with early releases by The Vapors, Joy Division, Killing Joke and others. But the centerpiece of this anniversary special celebrates one of the greatest albums of all time. December 14, 1979 saw the release of The Clash’s third album, London Calling. There’s no denying it’s greatness from beginning to end. In fact, it’s my second favorite record of all time! Besides these fabulous UK tunes, the last half hour of the show jumps over the border to some 1979 highlights from Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and France. Ok, maybe one of these selections isn’t technically from 1979 but I’ll take any opportunity to play “Teenage Kicks”. Tonight may end our look at the 1979 UK punk scene, but it’s not the end of our series of shows devoted to that great year. Next week’s show will feature tunes from all over […]

Live Ledge #399: Halloween

Live Ledge #399: Halloween

I know I say this every year, but Halloween is the most rock and roll of all holidays. Thus it only makes sense that a Halloween-themed Live Ledge is one of the easiest shows to put together. Which is obviously why I host one almost every single year. Finding tracks to play is so easy, even without relying on the standard Halloween tunes that one hears everywhere. Songs about ghosts, witches, zombies, vampires, and other similar subjects are always rampant in rock, so it’s just a matter of scanning the library. This year’s version stands up proudly against all the previous episodes. There’s brand new bands such as Uncle, Rocket 808, and Pale Lips. There’s veteran punk rockers such as The Members, UK Subs, Billy Childish, and The Vibrators. There’s covers of Suicide, David Bowie, and (believe it or not) Tom Petty. There’s really something for everybody, so be sure to play this show next Thursday when the trick or treaters start arriving. After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy!

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 #397: New Releases

Live Ledge #397: New Releases

Tonight’s new release show is the broadcast that was planned for last week. In fact, it’s the exact set of songs that were put together before the shocking news about Kim Shattuck caused me to quickly put together a tribute to the fabulous Muffs leader. So this month’s new release show includes a lengthy set of Americana-ish veterans (Charlie Parr, Pernice Brothers, The Figgs, Wilco), Suicide-esque atmospheric punks (Atom, Rocket 808), female rockers (Baby Shakes, Paranoyds, Sweet Knives), covers (Dirty Nil, The Pretty Flowers, Das Clamps), and lots of good ol’ rock and roll from new and veteran artists. I also talk a little bit about the great show I saw earlier this week. The Cowboys made a stop at Total Drag Records, and as I’m known to do at these types of shows I purchased their entire discography. Or at least what they had with them. Great band and a fun show. After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy!

Live Ledge #396: RIP Kim Shattuck

Live Ledge #396: RIP Kim Shattuck

When news came out this past Wednesday that Kim Shattuck had passed away after a two year battle with ALS it was immediately clear that the planned “new release” episode for this week needed to be postponed. Kim Shattuck has always been one of my favorites. She had the greatest scream in all of rock and roll, whether it was with The Pandoras, The Muffs, The Beards, or The Coolies. From all accounts she was also one of the good people in rock and roll. A badass for sure, but the nicest badass you could find. Tonight’s show celebrates her entire career, from early recordings as bassist in The Pandoras up to a track from a brand new Muffs album, No Holiday, that Omnivore is releasing in two weeks. There’s also segments dedicated to her work in The Beards and The Coolies, collaborations with other artists, covers of her favorites that she recorded, and a few Muffs songs covered by other artists. After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy!

Live Ledge #395: Dead Man’s Pop

Live Ledge #395: Dead Man’s Pop

I’m sure it’s to nobody’s surprise that the new Replacements box set, Dead Man’s Pop, is the featured release on tonight’s show. Obviously this would be the case no matter what the quality of the music on said box, but in this case a close look is definitely warranted. It’s everything a Replacements fan could desire. This week’s show features set focused on each of the four discs of the box. Disc one is the new mix of Don’t Tell a Soul, and it’s such a sonic upgrade. It actually sounds like a Replacements album after all the studio gimmicky that cluttered the initial album is given the heave ho. To contrast the original with the new versions, I’ve included snippets of the Don’t Tell a Soul versions before each track. I’ve also utilized Color Me Obsessed director Gorman Bechard’s full-length interview with producer (and new mixer) Matt Wallace to get even more in-depth in the what he and the band originally wanted with this record. But that’s not all. Other bands released box sets this week, and a few other records of “vault” material has seen its way to the stores. A little band from Liverpool is celebrating the […]

Live Ledge #394: New Releases

Live Ledge #394: New Releases

I’m here tonight to officially designate September of 2019 “Dead Man’s Pop” month. Even though the box set containing four discs of previously unreleased Replacements material won’t be out until the end of the month it’s certainly going to be the focus of my life. Unfortunately, not much has leaked out so far to air on the new release episode, but just today the live version of “Alex Chilton” showed up on various music sites. Yep, I’m ready for the whole package. But that’s only the first five minutes of this month’s collection of new tunes. There are tracks from longtime faves such as Matthew Ryan, The Hold Steady, Jesse Malin, Redd Kross and so much more. There’s the return of 80’s faves Dogmatics. There’s new bands such as Les Grys-Grys, The Gotham Rockets, and so many others. There’s something here for every fan of garage rock, power pop, or punk-influenced rock and roll! After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy!

Live Ledge #393: PW & Friends

Live Ledge #393: PW & Friends

This week’s show came about partly thanks to a Juliana Hatfield tweet of an old article about The I Don’t Cares, her 2016 collaboration with Paul Westerberg. Remembering how much I was charmed by that record, I spent the afternoon reacquaintancing myself to that release. Then it suddenly hit me. If I went through all the various names that Paul and the rest of the Replacements had used for their various projects I should be able to fill a full Live Ledge episode. It was actually much easier than I expected. In fact, we even went a few minutes over our usual two hour timeslot. I also tried to shy away from the obvious tracks. For the Replacements and even the solo Westerberg material I picked mainly some somewhat rare live tracks. Tommy Stinson’s set includes a little known Clash cover he did for Uncut Magazine. This show is meant to just be fun and not a representation of the musician’s greatest moments, together or solo.

Live Ledge #392: Covers

Live Ledge #392: Covers

Not long after the last time I did a show of nothing but cover tunes, I started a folder just to collect these kinds of tracks as I discovered them. The plan was that as soon as I acquired enough it was time for a show of these types of tracks. Well, this is the week that the folder came close to overflowing, thanks to a couple of emails from two of my favorite labels, Slovenly Recordsings and Spaghetty Town Records. So tonight I present to you two hours of revved up tunes originally recorded by the likes of Tom Petty, The Clash, The Replacements, Material Issue, Pretenders, Rockpile, and so much more! After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! It’s that simple.

Live Ledge #391: Songs About The Ramones

Live Ledge #391: Songs About The Ramones

Earlier this week I noticed that over the last few weeks I’ve acquired a handful of brand new releases with songs about The Ramones. Knowing that I had quite a few more on my master library, this became the quest for the week. Then I discovered a site that in 2014 had compiled 400 different songs about this fabulous band. Ok, that filled a few holes in the playlist! This is obviously a fun show that takes a few surprising twists and turns. Who would have guessed that singer/songwriters such as Leeroy Stagger and Jesse Malin had songs about “da boys”? Or that a band like Latte+ has had such tributes on more than one record?

Live Ledge #390: RIP David Berman

Live Ledge #390: RIP David Berman

The bad news came just a few minutes before I was going to once again put the needle on the record. David Berman, former leader of Silver Jews who had just reemerged after ten years with the excellent Purple Mountains, had died. One of rock and roll’s most unique songwriters, it was an obvious decision to make the first half of tonight’s show a tribute to him. Thanks to Dan Nissen of Total Drag for a few song selections to help tell the story of this gifted artist. After that there’s an hour of some great recent used record finds, including old favorites by The Undertones, X, Old 97’s, and many others.

Live Ledge #389: New Releases

Live Ledge #389: New Releases

I’m back! Yes, I had to cancel a couple of Live Ledge shows due to a little bb-sized stone that decided to mess with my kidney. Two ER visits and lots of pain meds later, I’m here with another new release episode! And it’s a great collection of brand new tunes. Tons of garage rock and power pop. Some fantastic releases on Rum Bar, Spaghetty Town, and Stardumb. Big names and brand new acts. It’s a great summer listen!

Live Ledge #388: From The Archives

Live Ledge #388: From The Archives

Despite what you may believe, archive releases come out throughout the year. It’s not just for the Christmas holidays or Record Store Days. During the year there are tons of compilations, live records, remasters, and other odds and ends. Tonight’s show collects a number of these. Acoustic versions of classic Graham Parker and Superchunk albums. A collection of acoustic covers recorded by Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz. Live albums by Johnny Thunders, Die Toten Hosen, Paul Kelly, and so much more. A riveting triple-disc compilation of Billy Childish’s 40 year careeer. All these and more! Listen and then please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! It’s that simple.  

Live Ledge #386: 2nd Quarter Report

Live Ledge #386: 2nd Quarter Report

As I’ve stated almost every week this week, this has been a fabulous year for new music. Tonight’s show is proof of that fact. It’s the last show of June, which means we’ve hit the halfway mark of the year. Tonight’s show is the “2nd Quarter Report”; a presentation of some of the great releases from April, May, and June.

Live Ledge #385: UK Punk Summer 1979

Live Ledge #385: UK Punk Summer 1979

A celebration of the punk the UK was listening to in the summer of 1979!

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 #381: 1989

Live Ledge #381: 1989

No, this show is not about Taylor Swift. It’s the first part of a look at the final year of the 80’s. Was it as dismal as we’ve been led to believe?

Live Ledge #380: Tommy & Evan

Live Ledge #380: Tommy & Evan

Host Scott Hudson chats about his weekend at the Tommy Stinson/Lemonheads show, along with lots of great garage rock.

Live Ledge #379: Garage Pop Power Rock

Live Ledge #379: Garage Pop Power Rock

A great set of power pop and garage rock, including a lengthy set of new Rumbar Records releases.

Live Ledge #378: New Releases

Live Ledge #378: New Releases

Another two hour sampling of some of the best new releases.

Live Ledge #377: Arbor Day

Live Ledge #377: Arbor Day

The perfect soundtrack for planting trees or other Arbor Day celebrations.

Live Ledge #376: 1984 American College Rock

Live Ledge #376: 1984 American College Rock

A look back at quite possibly the greatest year in independent college rock and roll.

Live Ledge #374: New Releases (Pt. 1)

Live Ledge #374: New Releases (Pt. 1)

There’s so much great new music out there that this month’s new release episode has been expanded to two weeks. Part 1 is highlighted by a number of tracks from a great triple disc set designed to help pay off the medical bills of legendary rocker Sonny Vincent.

Live Ledge #373: First Quarter Report

Live Ledge #373: First Quarter Report

The first three months of 2019 has seen a ton of great new records. Tonight Scott Hudson plays tracks off those who have caught his ear.

Live Ledge #372: Midwest 1979

Live Ledge #372: Midwest 1979

An extended broadcast showcasing the 1979 Midwest indie rock scene.

Live Ledge #371: Partytime

Live Ledge #371: Partytime

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with these booze-oriented tracks.

Live Ledge #370: Boxes and Compilations

Live Ledge #370: Boxes and Compilations

Two hours of the best tracks from recent box sets and other sorts of compilations.

Live Ledge #369: New Releases

Live Ledge #369: New Releases

The first Friday of every month is devoted to new releases, and there’s a ton of great music to check out this month.

Live Ledge #368: Covers

Live Ledge #368: Covers

Scott’s folder of new cover songs was full so it’s time for a show of nothing but reworked songs.

Live Ledge #367:  New Releases

Live Ledge #367: New Releases

Two hours of great new music!

Live Ledge #366: 5 Songs 6 Labels

Live Ledge #366: 5 Songs 6 Labels

Five acts from six different indie labels are highlighted this week.

Live Ledge #365: British Punk January – May 1979

Live Ledge #365: British Punk January – May 1979

A look at British punk rock singles released in the first half of 1979.

Live Ledge #364: 1st Annual Ledge Awards

Live Ledge #364: 1st Annual Ledge Awards

With the help of Live Ledge listeners, awards are given out to the best music of 2018.

Live Ledge #363: New Releases

Live Ledge #363: New Releases

The first show of 2019 is also the first new release episode of the year!

Live Ledge #362: 2018 Runner Ups

Live Ledge #362: 2018 Runner Ups

Many great records of this year did not make last week’s “Best of 2018” list. Here’s a sampling of them.

Live Ledge #360: New Releases/Rocking Christmas

Live Ledge #360: New Releases/Rocking Christmas

A continuation of last week’s new release episode, plus an hour of new rock and roll Christmas songs!  

Live Ledge #359: RIP Pete Shelley/New Releases

Live Ledge #359: RIP Pete Shelley/New Releases

Tonight’s supersized show features a tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley, along with tons of new releases.

Live Ledge #358: 1983 (Part 2)

Live Ledge #358: 1983 (Part 2)

Two more hours of alternative and punk tracks from 1983!

Live Ledge #357: Europe 1978

Live Ledge #357: Europe 1978

The final chapter in the 1978 series focuses on mainland Europe.

Live Ledge #354: New Releases

Live Ledge #354: New Releases

It’s a supersized episode of brand new releases.

Live Ledge #353: Halloween

Live Ledge #353: Halloween

It’s the annual Live Ledge Halloween rock and roll party!

Live Ledge #352: Covers

Live Ledge #352: Covers

Emptying the folder, so to speak, of cover tunes collected over the last few months.

Live Ledge #351: New Releases Pt. 2

Live Ledge #351: New Releases Pt. 2

The second episode of a two-part series of brand new tunes.

Live Ledge #350: New Releases Pt. 1

Live Ledge #350: New Releases Pt. 1

It’s been such a great few weeks of new releases that this is part one of a two part series. Tune in next week for the rest of the great new tracks!

Live Ledge #349: 2013

Live Ledge #349: 2013

It’s not the usual nostalgic look at the past as we only go back five years on this episode, but there was so much great rock and roll that year.

Live Ledge #348: Odds and Ends

Live Ledge #348: Odds and Ends

What has Scott been listening to lately? Tune into this episode to find out!

Live Ledge #347: New Releases

Live Ledge #347: New Releases

The first Friday of every month is devoted to nothing but new releases, and this month is no different!

Live Ledge #345: More 1978 UK

Live Ledge #345: More 1978 UK

Continuing the series of shows looking at the great music of 1978, tonight’s episode focuses on more UK tracks from the year.

Live Ledge #344: The Revolution Starts Now

A look at political themes throughout the history of rock and roll.

Live Ledge #343: New Releases

Live Ledge #343: New Releases

The first Friday of every month is a rundown of brand new releases!

Live Ledge #342: 1983

Live Ledge #342: 1983

This week we take a look back at the great indie, punk, and college rock from 1983!

Live Ledge #341: East Coast U.S. & Canada 1978

Live Ledge #341: East Coast U.S. & Canada 1978

Continuing the series of shows focused on the magical year of 1978, this episode share classic punk tracks from New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and Canada.

Live Ledge #339: Best of 2018 (So Far)

Live Ledge #339: Best of 2018 (So Far)

A look at the state of music at the halfway mark of 2018.

Live Ledge #338: 2018 Archive Releases

Live Ledge #338: 2018 Archive Releases

We’re almost halfway through 2018 so it’s a good time to compile all the best archive releases for the year so far.

Live Ledge #337: Hot Fun In the Summertime

Live Ledge #337: Hot Fun In the Summertime

Let’s celebrate summer with a Live Ledge beach party!

Live Ledge #335: New Releases

Live Ledge #335: New Releases

The first Friday of every month is always devoted to new releases, and this supersized June 1 edition is no different!

Live Ledge #334: Covers

Live Ledge #334: Covers

Two hours of some great recently discovered covers of great tunes, including a few surprises!

Live Ledge #332: New Releases

Live Ledge #332: New Releases

A week later than usual host Scott Hudson goes through the latest new releases.

Live Ledge #329: New Releases

Live Ledge #329: New Releases

The “first Friday” of every month is devoted to new releases!

Live Ledge #326: Paddy O’Ledge

Live Ledge #326: Paddy O’Ledge

Live Ledge celebrates a punk rock St. Patrick’s Day!

Live Ledge #323: More Comebacks

Live Ledge #323: More Comebacks

It’s part two of a two part series on fantastic recent musical comebacks.

Live Ledge #322: Comebacks

A look at some of the artists who have recently released some of their best music in years.

Live Ledge #321: 1978

A momentous year in music for host Scott Hudson, as it was for music freaks everywhere.

Live Ledge #318: Found Gems

Live Ledge #318: Found Gems

Host Scott Hudson has scoured dozens of year-end lists to find this show full of records he missed through the course of 2017.

Live Ledge #307: Halloween Hootenanny

Punk rock and Halloween go together like my favorite whiskey and Coke, so here’s another edition of the annual Halloween show.

Live Ledge #299: Skiffle

Live Ledge #299: Skiffle

Inspired by Billy Bragg’s new book, tonight’s Live Ledge is two hours of skiffle music!

Live Ledge #297: 2007

Live Ledge #297: 2007

Two hours of great indie and punk releases from 2007!

Live Ledge #295: Alphabet Street

Live Ledge #295: Alphabet Street

An evening of great songs in alphabetical order!

Live Ledge #293: Best of 2017 (So Far)

Live Ledge #293: Best of 2017 (So Far)

It’s been a great year for music, as evidenced by this marathon look at the first six months of 2017.

Live Ledge #291: 1987 (Again)

Live Ledge #291: 1987 (Again)

More tracks from that fun, fun year of 1987!

Live Ledge #289: New Releases

Live Ledge #289: New Releases

Another set of fabulous new music and reissues!

Live Ledge #285: New Releases

Live Ledge #285: New Releases

It’s a supersized episode of brand new material on tonight’s Live Ledge.

Live Ledge #282: NE-HI

Live Ledge #282: NE-HI

Host Scott Hudson talks to vocalist/guitarist Jason Balla to promote their upcoming show at Total Drag in Sioux Falls, SD.

Live Ledge #281: New Releases

Live Ledge #281: New Releases

It’s a super-strong 2 hours of brand new music by old and new artists!

Live Ledge #280: 1987

Live Ledge #280: 1987

Tonight is a celebration of a momentous year for indie and alternative rock – 1987.

Live Ledge #278: Cory Branan

Live Ledge #278: Cory Branan

Bloodshot Records singer/songwriter Cory Branan chats about his upcoming album, Adios.

Live Ledge #275: The Incident In Sweden

Live Ledge #275: The Incident In Sweden

In support of the fine folks that have suffered due to that incident in Sweden, tonight’s show is a telethon of sorts.

Live Ledge #274: Robert Ellis

Live Ledge #274: Robert Ellis

Along with continuing on from last week’s incomplete New Release episode, host Scott Hudson also interviews singer/songwriter Robert Ellis.

Live Ledge #272: More 1977

Live Ledge #272: More 1977

Scott Hudson’s look back 40 years to 1977’s music scene continues in this episode.

Live Ledge #268: Runner-Ups

Live Ledge #268: Runner-Ups

Tonight’s show is all about the records that did not make Scott Hudson’s Best of 2016 list!

Live Ledge #267: New Releases

Live Ledge #267: New Releases

After a one-week delay, Hudson finally presents his final New Release episode of 2016!

Live Ledge #265: Little Hypocrite

Live Ledge #265: Little Hypocrite

The title means nothing, or does it? Another show of nothing but female-led rock and roll bands.

Live Ledge #263: Tommy Stinson

Live Ledge #263: Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson talks to Scott Hudson about the rebirth of Bash and Pop, the Replacements reunion tour, and many other topics regarding his long career.

Live Ledge #256: New Releases

Live Ledge #256: New Releases

The first show of September means it’s time for a first glance at fall new releases, including upcoming records by Wilco and Drive-By Truckers!

Live Ledge #251: More Songs About Other Artists

Live Ledge #251: More Songs About Other Artists

Since so many truly important tracks were not played last week, it was decided to dedicate one more show to songs with other artists in the title.

Live Ledge #250: Songs About Other Artists

Live Ledge #250: Songs About Other Artists

Two hours of songs that mention other artists in the title!

 

Live Ledge #249: Track 7

Live Ledge #249: Track 7

Over two hours of the seventh tracks of host Scott Hudson’s favorite records.

Live Ledge #245: 1976

Live Ledge #245: 1976

We go back 40 years for some of the best rock and punk from 1976.

Live Ledge #243: New Releases

Live Ledge #243: New Releases

A pretty rocking set of new music highlights this look at recent and future album releases.

Live Ledge #242: 1966

Live Ledge #242: 1966

Part one of a series of shows investigating whether author Jon Savage is correct in calling 1966 the greatest year of rock and roll.

 

Live Ledge #241: Compilations

Live Ledge #241: Compilations

Box sets, tribute records, and other sorts of compilations are the subject of tonight’s show.

Live Ledge #240: New Releases

Live Ledge #240: New Releases

A super-sized show highlighting some of the great music that has been released in the past few weeks.

Live Ledge #239: Record Store Day

Live Ledge #239: Record Store Day

Two hours of this year’s Record Store Day release highlights.

Live Ledge #238: Prince

Live Ledge #238: Prince

Tonight’s show is a tribute to Prince, plus some fabulous Record Store Day finds.

Live Ledge #234: Minneapolis

Live Ledge #234: Minneapolis

50 years of great music from the Twin Cities of Minnesota are celebrated tonight.

Live Ledge #233: The Pogues

Live Ledge #233: The Pogues

Sorry for the delay – there’s been RSS issues. Even though the big day was yesterday, why not continue the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with a ton of Pogues covers (and much more).

Live Ledge #232: 1986

Live Ledge #232: 1986

Host Scott Hudson shares some of his favorite bands and tracks from a very underrated 1986.

Live Ledge #226: BBC

Live Ledge #226: BBC

Throughout rock and roll history, the BBC has been a legendary source for special live releases.

 

Live Ledge #225: More Track Ones

Live Ledge #225: More Track Ones

The finale of a three-part series devoted to the first sounds you hear on your favorite records.
 

Live Ledge #223: Track One

Live Ledge #223: Track One

Part one of a two part series investigating the great first songs on classic records.