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The Ledge #480: What Would Paul Westerberg Do? (New Releases)

The Ledge #480: What Would Paul Westerberg Do? (New Releases)

It’s a question I ask myself multiple times a day. What would Mr. Westerberg do?  The answers guide my day to day life, which explains quite a bit about the status of Mr. Hudson these days. But Geoff Palmer understands, and his great track that gives thsi episode its title is just one of the many incredible songs on his upcoming record, Charts and Graphs. (BTW, somebody please count the Westy song references on this track. I just may have a prize for the person who comes closest.) As always, this isn’t the only great record coming out soon on Rum Bar Records, and the last 20 minutes consist of nothing but great tracks from that label. There are also sets devoted to wonderful new music from Red On Red Records and Big Stir Records. These are all great records that really would appreciate some support from Ledge listeners. Go check them out. And that’s not all. I mentioned last month the mystery of a band called The Revenants. They have released over 30 records so far this year, and they’re all free! Please, if somebody out there has any info on this prolific act give me the deets! There’s also the return of the […]

The Big Takeover Show – Number 336 – June 28, 2021

The Big Takeover Show – Number 336 – June 28, 2021

This week, after a refrain from the 1967 Who: brand new Aints!, Low, Lou Barlow, Checkered Hearts, Chills, Juliana Hatfield, Haroula Rose, and Cub Scout Bowling Pins, plus The Action, Jack Greene, Dr. Alimantado, John Martyn, Detroit Emeralds, Count Ba…

The Ledge #479: Second Quarter Report

The Ledge #479: Second Quarter Report

There’s not a lot to say about this show, as the title pretty much describes the contents of this broadcast. It’s the final show of June, which means the second quarter of the year has now concluded. Hence, tonight’s show features the…

The Big Takeover Show – Number 335 – June 21, 2021

The Big Takeover Show – Number 335 – June 21, 2021

This week, after a small snatch of 1967 Buckinghams: brand new Piroshka, Split Single, Idles, Justin Sullivan, Dinosaur Jr., La Luz, Illuminati Hotties, and Cheap Trick, plus Barrett Strong, Elton John, Kitty Wells, Lloyd and Glen, Nancy Sinatra & Lee …

The Ledge #478: Covers

The Ledge #478: Covers

The decision to do an all-covers show was decided sometime on Wednesday when my good friends High On Stress announced that they would be releasing a Tommy Keene cover on Friday. This was shortly followed by emails containing new cover tracks by Kid Gulliver and The Dirty Denims. Always having a folder full of such tracks ready for air, it was an easy decision that this was the week to do such a show. I also had an intriguing idea to put a new spin on such a show. Searching through my archives, I discovered that I had enough Replacements covers to recreate side one of the “Pleased To Meet Me” album.  Although my broadcast program decided to suddenly play two tracks out of order, all of the songs from that group of tracks did make the air. There are also country-tinged coves of old alt-rock tracks by a fabulous British band called Independent Country (including a great ‘mats remake), Richard Thompson and Dead Moon tributes by Country Westerns, Brad Marino doing a lovely Ramones’ track, and many, many other similarly fantastic tunes. I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of […]

The Big Takeover Show – Number 334 – June 14, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 334 – June 14, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXV

This week, after a brief 1971 Grass Roots bit: brand new Goon Sax, Flock of Dimes, TUNS, Joy Formidable, Doug Tuttle, Lucy Dacus, GospelbeacH, and Tom Jones, plus Isley Brothers, Duane Eddy, Don Gibson, Yabby You, Outsiders, Jimmy Powell, Nara Leã, etc.

The Ledge #477: Summer Means Fun (Plus Recovered Bonus Show)

The Ledge #477: Summer Means Fun (Plus Recovered Bonus Show)

On last week’s new release broadcast I had attempted to right a wrong. I definitely missed the boat on the fabulous Minneapolis band Low Rats blend of “proto-punk meets ’90s garage rock style”, as reviewer Carolyn Keddy recently wrote. Their full-length debut, Year of the Rat MMXX came out late last year, and last week they debuted a brand new “double-dose” single, “Taxi Driver/Brand New Cadillac”. I was so pleased to finally give some of their tunes a little airplay. And then guess what happened? I had an issue with the file, and I couldn’t upload the episode. Ugh!!! So this week I tried again, and I actually played a couple more songs than I did the week before. And, as an added bonus, I’ve also included a couple of tracks from vocalist Michael Myers’ previous band, Narco States, who I interviewed wasy back in 2015. The rest of this week’s show consists of music I’ve been playing around the house the last fw weeks. There are well over 60 years of tunes on this broadcast, including some stories I’ve picked up from a couple of books I’ve recently acquired. And you fine people also get as a bonus the […]

The Big Takeover Show – Number 333 – June 7, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXIV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 333 – June 7, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXIV

This week, after a short 1967 Beatles remembrance: brand new Descendents, Art Bergmann, Lou Barlow, Jane Weaver, Dinosaur Jr, Gary Numan, Petrified Max, and A Place to Bury Strangers, plus Martha & the Vandellas, Mose Allison, Desmond Dekker, The Who, …

The Big Takeover Show – Number 332 – May 31, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 332 – May 31, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXIII

This week, after a 1980 Lightning Raiders trill: brand new Chills, TUNS, Reno Divorce, Marty Stuart, Songs For Snakes, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, and Reds, Pinks and Purples, plus Ronettes, Dee Dee Sharp, Pretty Things, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Beatles, J…

The Ledge #476: Happy Birthday Bobby D!

The Ledge #476: Happy Birthday Bobby D!

Putting together a Dylan tribute show for this week was clearly a no-brainer. After all, he turned 80 years old this past Monday! Of course The Ledge would celebrate! It actually wasn’t until the day of his birthday that I decided on this theme, though, and I have to give special thanks to Lydia Loveless. To help raise money for NIVA (National Independent Venue Association), Lydia and a dozen other artists were a part of Happy Birthday Uncle Bob! A Dylan Tribute. That release is just one of many recent releases that are the focus of the first half of the show. Daniel Romano, Billy Childish (as The William Loveday Intention), Lucinda Williams, and others have full-length albums of Dylan remakes, and the second half of the show consists of some old favorites such as Paul Westerberg, Jason & The Scorchers, Mike Ness, and many others. After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. And if you buy these records directly from the artist or label, please let them know you heard these […]

The Big Takeover Show – Number 331 – May 24, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 331 – May 24, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXII

This week, after a 1980 Jam refrain: brand new Dinosaur Jr., Stranglers, Real Estate, Split Single, Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen, Maxïmo Park (with Pauline Murray), and Joy Formidable, plus Idle Race, Scott Walker, Hank Williams, Elmore James, Ken Bo…

The Ledge #475: New Releases (Pt. 2)

The Ledge #475: New Releases (Pt. 2)

This week’s show may be a sequel to last week’s new release episode, but there’s no letdown in quality. Here are two hours of some of the best new music from all over the world – not only the U.S. but Canada, England, Sweden, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain. There’s some pure punk, along with power pop, heavy rock, indie rock, and much more. There are longtime veterans with five decades of rocking, along with some brand new bands with their first releases. One of the many highlights is the opening set that includes a handful of newly-discovered tracks by an obscure band called The Jacks. Originating in Oklahoma, one member of the band found himself living in Minneapolis. Working in a record store allowed him to befriend members of The Replacements, Husker Du, and The Suicide Commandos. Recordings featuring these amazing musicians have now been released on the album “Make ‘Em Cry”. We also have the premiere of three tracks from Geoff Palmer’s upcoming album, “Charts & Graphs”. Due out on July 23, this fantastic collection of power poppish punk should be a highlight of the summer. There’s also new tunes by Dropkick Murphys, The Dictators, Juliana Hatfield, […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 330 - May 17, 2021 - Homebound Edition LXI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 330 – May 17, 2021 – Homebound Edition LXI

This week, after snatch of 1964 Gerry & the Pacemakers: brand new The Goon Sax, Justin Sullivan, Sleator-Kinney, Lou Barlow, Christopher Paul Stelling, Shannon & the Clams, and Greg Antista & the Lonely Streets, plus Dillard & Clark, Sandie Shaw, The W…

The Ledge #474: New Releases (Pt. 1)

The Ledge #474: New Releases (Pt. 1)

I’m back! Yes, I had to take last week off due to some behind the scenes server issues that are too complicated to go into here. That means that this month’s new release episode is NOT the first Friday of the month…which is a fact tha…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 329 - May 10, 2021 - Homebound Edition LX

The Big Takeover Show – Number 329 – May 10, 2021 – Homebound Edition LX

This week, after small slice of 1966 Bee Gees: brand new Descendents, Black Watch, Beachy Head, Chills, Songs For Snakes, Bobby Gillespie & Jhenny Beth, and TUNS, plus The Kinks, Temptations, John Renbourn (with Jacqui McShee), Ernie Ashworth, Dawn Pen…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 328 - May 3, 2021 - Homebound Edition LVIV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 328 – May 3, 2021 – Homebound Edition LVIV

This week, after smidgen of 1996 Sebadoh: brand new Piroshka, Justin Sullivan, Sunshine Boys, Real Estate, Tambourina, Flyying Colours, and Mute Swan, plus Traffic, Jack Nitzsche, The Move, Albion Band, Mighty Diamonds, George Jones, Nino Rota, and Fra…

The Ledge #473: This and That

The Ledge #473: This and That

A few weeks ago, I experimented with a show that didn’t really have a theme. It consisted of nothing but songs and/or albums I had been listening to around the house. Apparently plenty of listeners enjoyed this show, as I received a number of encouraging messages, so I guess it’s now sort of a “non-theme” that I’m going to try to do at least once a month. So that’s what you’re experiencing on this week’s show. These are all records I’ve been playing around the house the last couple of weeks. Included are excerpts from two giant box sets of important works by John Lennon and The Who that came out just last week. There’s an attempt to prove a theory that Gang of Four influenced Credit In Heaven, the third album of the Suburbs. There’s a few records I pulled out of the archives for the first time in years, along with some great new finds at the used store. And there’s also a set of two great new releases that came out today! Brad Marino’s latest, Looking For Trouble, is every bit as great as expected, and fellow Rum Bar Records artist The Nuclears put out a smoking […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 327 - April 26, 2021 - Homebound Edition LVIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 327 – April 26, 2021 – Homebound Edition LVIII

This week, after a bit of 1971 Electric Light Orchestra: brand new TUNS, Lou Barlow, Guided by Voices, Angel Olsen, Art Bergmann, Submotile, and Reds, Pinks and Purples, plus Wanda Jackson, Kaleidoscope, Bunny Wailer, Dick Dale, The Weavers, Frank Wils…

The Ledge #472: Songs About Records

The Ledge #472: Songs About Records

There are times where a potential theme for a show pops up out of nowhere. This week’s episode of The Ledge is a perfect example. This past Wednesday afternoon I was on my way to a local record store, accompanied by a great power pop playlist on Spotify. Suddenly, a song came on that I hadn’t heard in many years. The tune was “I Need That Record” by Tweeds, a great under-appreciated 70’s power pop band  Besides the fact that this title was exactly why I was in my car at the time, it lit up a little light bulb in my head about a show devoted to songs about my favorite objects, records. It didn’t take long to put together the playlist. Wilco’s “Boxful of Letters” was an obvious pick. As were tunes by Todd Snider, Supersuckers, Nick Lowe, and Elvis Costello. iTunes searches came up with a vast majority of the rest of the tracks. But it was the discovery of an old Wreckless Eric track that secured the idea of this show. “33s + 45s” deals with the aftermath of a breakup, and the inevitable splitting of the music library. These lines hit me hard: “My dismantled […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 326 - April 19, 2021 - Homebound Edition LVII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 326 – April 19, 2021 – Homebound Edition LVII

This week, after a trill of 1977 Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers: brand new Justin Sullivan, Cheap Trick, Dinosaur Jr., Tom Jones, Lucy Dacus, Eleventh Dream Day, and Tambourina, plus Ike & Tina Turner, The Sweet, The Action, Gene Autry, Palace Guard, T…

The Ledge #471: 1981 US Punk Faves

The Ledge #471: 1981 US Punk Faves

1981 was a very special year for your favorite podcast host. I graduated from high school, and immediately started at the local radio station when I entered college. While the 2 – 6 am shift may seem like a nightmare to most people, it was the perfect opportunity for me to investigate the floor to ceiling record racks in the cramped studio. This week’s show represents the US-originated records from that era that mean the most to me today. Most of them I discovered during these late night shifts, but a few of them I must admit they weren’t faves until years later. Of course, I have to highlight the first releases from my two favorite Minneapolis bands of all time, and longtime faves the Ramones put out their sixth album that year. There’s also a couple of new indie labels, IRS and SST, that would greatly influence me throughout the rest of the decade. After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. And if you buy these records directly […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 325 - April 12, 2021 - Homebound Edition LVI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 325 – April 12, 2021 – Homebound Edition LVI

This week, after a little 1995 Teenage Fanclub: brand new Naked Raygun, TUNS, Pauline Murray, Tombstones in Their Eyes, Sensible Gray Cells, Triptides, and Submotile, plus The Seeds, Slade, Marvelettes, Love, Roy Orbison, Johnny Jones, and Thomas & Ric…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 324 - April 5, 2021 - Homebound Edition LV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 324 – April 5, 2021 – Homebound Edition LV

This week, after tad a’ 1956 Chuck Berry: brand new Joy Formidable, GospelbeacH, Real Estate, Fastbacks, Teenage Fanclub, Flyying Colours, and Cliff and Ivy, plus Jimmy Ruffin, Elvis Presley, Jamaicans, Misunderstood, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Sandy S…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 323 - March 29, 2021 - Homebound Edition LIV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 323 – March 29, 2021 – Homebound Edition LIV

This week, after a refrain of 1980 Echo & the Bunnymen: brand new Wedding Present, Reds, Pinks and Purples, Sensible Gray Cells, Black Watch, American Darlings, Lucy Dacus, and Belle & Sebastian, plus Hollies, Pyramids, Billy Edd Wheeler, Arthur Lee & …

Gone Mental Final Episode

Gone Mental Final Episode

Here it is! Going out with over 4 hours of the good stuff. Too many bands to name, but after all this time you know what to expect. Thanks for hanging out all these years.
Git it.

Mojo Nixon | Gadzooks!!! The Homemade Bootleg | Take Me To Your Leader(…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 322 - March 22, 2021 - Homebound Edition LIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 322 – March 22, 2021 – Homebound Edition LIII

This week, after a little 1967 Tony Hazard/Manfred Mann/Yardbirds slice: brand new Chills, Cheap Trick, Flyying Colours, Altin Gün, TV Smith, Petrified Max, and Triptides, plus Moody Blues, Bobby Womack, Bee Gees, Xavier Cugat, Otis Redding, Faron Youn…

The Ledge #467: Rum Bar Records

The Ledge #467: Rum Bar Records

Loyalty is an important word in my life. I try to be as loyal as possible to not only friends and family, but also the bands that I love. I’m even loyal to certain record labels. In the 80’s it was Twin/Tone and SST. Merge and a few others fit that category in the 90’s, and I’ve got a handful of current labels these days whose artists I will always check out. One of those is Rum Bar Records. No label has been more loyal to what I do with The Ledge than Rum Bar Records. Head honcho “Malibu” Lou Mansdorf has not only kept me in the loop with his constantly growing stable of releases, but he also routinely tosses a care package of physical releases to my mailbox. It’s because of people like Lou that this show has continued to prosper for over a decade. But it also turns out that loyalty is an important word to Mansdorf, as proven by the testimonials from his artists that pop up throughout this marathon all-Rum Bar broadcast. Most have been his friends for decades, but even recent signing have nothing but glowing words for him. Tonight’s show features tracks from the entire […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 321 - March 15, 2021 - Homebound Edition LII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 321 – March 15, 2021 – Homebound Edition LII

This week, after some 2013 Sensible Gray Cells lament: brand new GospelbeacH, Savage Republic, Maxïmo Park, Luxembourg Signal, Arab Strap, Melt Citizen, and Lisa Mychols & Super 8, plus Esquerita, Wayne Fontana, Smokey Robinson, Manfred Mann, Augustus …

The Ledge #466: Home Plays

The Ledge #466: Home Plays

I have to admit that I get too hung up on themes. Obviously, the new release episode is always going to be a part of the lineup, but I really don’t have to create a basis for my weekly music choices. I actually wish that I could think in terms of just randomly airing songs that fir my mood for the day. This week I actually attempt such a show, but there’s still sort of a theme. These are all records that I’ve been listening to in my spare time. One is a newly-unearthed Rolling Stones bootleg. There’s tracks from a great compilation of late 60’s rockers from The Dakotas. There’s a new Neil Young live album from his vast archives. But the freedom of this loose theme is that I did throw in some songs that I have never aired before. That Soiuxsie and the Banshees album that I happened to grab at the record store a few weeks ago? Sure, why not. The Lloyd Cole track from the box set I ordered directly from Lloyd? Yep. A great 2018 album by The Conquerors that my friend Dan recommended? Of course. And I just had to air a couple […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 320 - March 8, 2021 - Homebound Edition LI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 320 – March 8, 2021 – Homebound Edition LI

This week, after little 1978 Rutles worship: brand new Dinosaur Jr., Sensible Gray Cells, TV Smith, Sid Rainey, Hadda Be, Athensville, and Sister John, plus The Zombies, Bel-Airs, Nick Drake, Eddie Marshall and Rosalie Allen, Shirley Bassey, and Cannon…

The Ledge #465: New Releases

The Ledge #465: New Releases

It’s the first Friday of the month, so you know what this means. Yes, once again I have over two hours of the best new indie, garage, power pop, punk, and Americana releases. Plenty of veteran acts, and even more brand new artists. If you care ab…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 319 - March 1, 2021 - Homebound Edition L

The Big Takeover Show – Number 319 – March 1, 2021 – Homebound Edition L

This week, after small 1964 Simon & Garfunkel rumination: brand new Flyying Colours, Maxïmo Park, Reds, Pinks & Purples, Wedding Present, Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Jello Biafra, and Altin Gün, plus Sam Cooke, Left Banke, Jefferson Airplane, Sonny Washing…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 318 - February 22, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLIX

The Big Takeover Show – Number 318 – February 22, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLIX

This week, after lil’ bit of 1960 Johnny Kidd & the Pirates: brand new Cheap Trick, Guided by Voices, Bye Bye Blackbirds, X, Arab Strap, Belle & Sebastian, and Star Collector, plus Desmond Dekker & the Aces, Lloyd Price, Eddie Arnold & the Tennessee Pl…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 317 - February 15, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLVIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 317 – February 15, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLVIII

This week, after little Jim duets with dad on a 1962 Goffin & King/Crickets fave: brand new Flyying Colours, Sensible Gray Cells, Brother Kite, Teenage Wrist, Lickerish Quartet, Persian Leaps, and Gretchen’s Wheel, plus Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Amy W…

The Ledge #462: New Releases (Pt. 2)

The Ledge #462: New Releases (Pt. 2)

Last week’s new release show was all about submitted tracks. This week’s part two of the series compiles all of the other new records that have recently been released (or will be soon). The show is marked by the return of quite a few vetera…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 316 - February 8, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLVII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 316 – February 8, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLVII

This week, after a small slice of 1988 Libertines U.S: brand new Natvral, Triptides, Joy Cleaner, Bloodstains, Vicious Blossom, X, and Belle & Sebastian, plus Jackie Wilson, Jackie Lomax, Upsetters, Kingston Trio, Rivingtons, and Sons of the Pioneers);…

The Ledge #461: New Releases (Pt. 1)

The Ledge #461: New Releases (Pt. 1)

Few things make a music critic/internet DJ happier than a package of new music, and I’m blessed to have the support of so many bands and labels. Whenever I receive an email that includes a link to a single or album, or find a packet in my mailbox, I immediately put it in the front of my pile of music to check out. As I was putting together this month’s new release episode, I suddenly noticed just how many great records I’ve received in the past few weeks. So why not do an entire show bassed on artist/label submissions? That’s what we have here this week. Some are from individual artists (Dan Israel, Jeremy Porter, Indonesian Junk, New Rocket Union, etc.) that want me to check out their new tunes. Others are because I’ve found myself on a label’s mailing list. I definitely need to thank Big Stir Records, Red on Red Records, and Rum Bar Records, who really knocked it out of the park with not one but two free samplers of current and upcoming new releases! After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 315 - February 1, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLVI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 315 – February 1, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLVI

This week, after a bitta 1969 Fourmyula: brand new The Wedding Present (with Louise Wener), Chills, Teenage Fanclub, Bad Religion, Altin Gün, Juliana Hatfield, and Willie Nelson, plus Sandie Shaw, Can, Ronnie Dawson, Fairfield Parlour (Kaleidoscope), P…

Gone Mental Episode 381

Gone Mental Episode 381

Only posting this one week behind schedule but better late than never! 2+ hours of the greatest rocknroll on earth from The Devils, Juliette Seizure & The Tremor Dolls, Lonesome Kings, Fear, The Subversives, Beat Devils, Hank Williams, and more!
Git it…

The Ledge #460: Covers

The Ledge #460: Covers

As I stated on tonight’s all-covers episode, I have a folder on my hard drive where I toss in any cool remakes that I accumulate. When that folder is filled then it’s time to do another show of that type.
Well, the folder is full, and was a…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 314 - January 25, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 314 – January 25, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLV

This week, after a slice of 1965 Anthony Newley via Nina Simone: brand new Sensible Gray Cells, Arab Strap, Death Cab For Cutie, Stuyvesant, TUNS, James Williamson & Deniz Tek, and Swansea Sound, plus Jimmy Cliff, Byrds, Ray Charles, Crystals, Beatles,…

The Ledge #459: UK Punk 1981

The Ledge #459: UK Punk 1981

Since it’s a new year I have a whole list of new “anniversaries” to celebrate this year. You can expect many upcoming episodes devoted to years such as 1986, 1991…and, obviously, 1981. Tonight’s broadcast is the first of a…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 313 - January 18, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLIV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 313 – January 18, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLIV

This week, after a small 1960 Goffin & King trill: brand new Triptides, Belle & Sebastian, Sleaford Mods, Spizzenergi, Petrified Max, X, and Telescopes, plus Nina Simone, Bee Gees, Lord Brynner & the Sheiks, Whistling Jack Smith, Pee Wee King, and Wood…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 312 - January 11, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLIII - Part 2 of 2, Special Countdown Show: Jack Rabid’s 50 Best Albums of 2020

The Big Takeover Show – Number 312 – January 11, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLIII – Part 2 of 2, Special Countdown Show: Jack Rabid’s 50 Best Albums of 2020

This week: Part 2 of 2, Special Countdown Show: Jack Rabid’s 50 Best Albums of 2020 (+ 10 Best Stand-Alone Singles & EPs, and 10 Best Retrospectives/Reissues Tracks)

The Ledge #457: New Releases

The Ledge #457: New Releases

It’s the first show of the new year, which means it’s the first new release episode of the year! Generally, there isn’t much for new material this time of year, but this year seems to be an exception. You’ll find plenty of great…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 311 - January 4, 2021 - Homebound Edition XLII - Part 1 of 2, Special Countdown Show: Jack Rabid’s 50 Best Albums of 2020

The Big Takeover Show – Number 311 – January 4, 2021 – Homebound Edition XLII – Part 1 of 2, Special Countdown Show: Jack Rabid’s 50 Best Albums of 2020

Happy New Year! This week, after another 1788 Robert Burns homage: Part 1 of 2, Special Countdown Show: “Jack Rabid’s 50 Best Albums of 2020 (+10 Best Stand-Alone Singles & EPs, and 10 Best Retrospectives/Reissues Tracks)”

Gone Mental Episode 380

Gone Mental Episode 380

Ending off 2020 with a bang. 2.5 hours of bangers to be exact. More red hot rocknroll from Big Mama Thornton, Lee Rockers, Old 97’s, Lonesome Kings, The Darts, Mad Sin, Henry & The Bleeders, and more!
Git it.

Peter & The Test Tube Babies | Fuctifano |…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 310 - December 28, 2020 - Homebound Edition XLI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 310 – December 28, 2020 – Homebound Edition XLI

This week, after little 1947 year-end refrain: brand new Neil Young, The Spits, Drive-By Truckers, Exploding Flowers, Protomartyr, Cheap Star (with Matthew Caws), and Ringo Deathstarr, plus The Outsiders (Ohio), Lightnin’ Hopkins, Max Romeo & the Upset…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 309 - December 21, 2020 - Homebound Edition XL

The Big Takeover Show – Number 309 – December 21, 2020 – Homebound Edition XL

This week, after little Jim helps sing a snippet of 1965 Vince Guaraldi: brand new The Chills, Sensible Gray Cells, Sleaford Mods, Death Cab For Cutie, Maxïmo Park, Fawns of Love, and Tanya Donelly & the Parkington Sisters, plus Solomon Burke, Mart…

Gone Mental Episode 379

Gone Mental Episode 379

Doing it again with over two hours of the finest. Pure greatness from Rachel Brooke, The Darts, Thug Murder, The Bloodies, Angry Samoans, Naked Aggression, As Diabatz, and more!
Git it.

Loretta Lynn | You Ain’t Woman Enough | You Ain’t Woman Enough(De…

The Ledge #456: Lockdown Christmas

The Ledge #456: Lockdown Christmas

Everybody’s favorite holiday tradition is back as once again The Ledge annual Christmas show brings you the best rockin’ holiday tunes in this supersized show! What’s great about this show is that it’s not a show relying on tun…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 308 - December 14, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXIX

The Big Takeover Show – Number 308 – December 14, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXIX

This week, after a snippet of 1953 Louis Armstrong holiday cheer: brand new Springhouse (remix), Fotoform, Trotsky Icepick, Guided By Voices, Belle & Sebastian, Boyracer, and Toots & the Maytals, plus The Kinks, Ventures, Los Bravos, Donovan, Big Dee I…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 307 - December 7, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXVIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 307 – December 7, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXVIII

This week, after a small portion of 1986 Agent Orange: brand new Foxycontin, John Foxx & the Maths, Honeychain, Flying Vipers, The Adam Brown, and Moon Attendant, plus Edwin Starr, Pretty Things, Roy Orbison, Buckinghams, Brothers Four, Kitty Wells, an…

Gone Mental Episode 378

Gone Mental Episode 378

Over two and a half hours of punk, ska psychobilly and more! Pure greatness from Scott H. Biram, Radio Birdman, Fret Rattles, Bad Manners, Madness, The Adicts, Adam Ant, New Bomb Turks, The Cavemen, War On Women, and more!
Git it.

Scott H. Biram | Fev…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 306 - November 30, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXVII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 306 – November 30, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXVII

This week, after a slice of a 1920 Russian song via Mary Hopkin: brand new Gretchen’s Wheel, Steve Winwood, Bob Mould, Reds, Pinks and Purples, Damned, and The Black Watch, plus The Temptations, Pirates (New Orleans), Patsy Cline, Chuck Berry, Trees, L…

The Ledge #453: Under Consideration

The Ledge #453: Under Consideration

This is the time of year where I’m going through my music library making notes on what albums should be considered for my year-end rankings. With the volume of great music released every year, however, there are records that I honestly sort of fo…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 305 - November 23, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXVI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 305 – November 23, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXVI

This week, after little Jim trills a little 1964 Zombies: brand new Honeychain, Belle & Sebastian, Flower, Bats, Trotsky Icepick, and Sensible Gray Cells, plus Ike & Tina Turner, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Hank Williams, Lloyd Price,, Gordon Lightfoot, Je…

Gone Mental Episode 377

Gone Mental Episode 377

Burning it down again with brand new greatness from The Spits, The Bloodies, and The Chats. Plus more of the usual mental rocknroll from Big Fuckin’ Skull, Hillbilly Casino, Godless Wicked Creeps, Cosmic Psychos, Victory, Hank Robot, The Raymen, and mo…

The Ledge #452: 1985

The Ledge #452: 1985

The Big Takeover Show - Number 304 - November 16, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 304 – November 16, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXV

This week, after a little bit of 1972 America: brand new Teenage Fanclub, Sleaford Mods (with Billy Nomates), TV Smith, Luxembourg Signal, Bob Mould, and Guided By Voices, plus Moody Blues, Outsiders, Marvin Gaye, Del Shannon, Paul Revere & the Raiders…

The Ledge #451: 1990

The Ledge #451: 1990

It may be a cliche, especially compared to the dumpster fire of this year, but it was definitely a simpler time for me in 1990. It was a year that I sort of became an adult. Sort of are the key words here. It was also a year of musical transition for me, as it was the year of the last Replacements album and the year of Uncle Tupelo’s debut album. For the next few years, “Americana” became my leading musical force. With a few exceptions, of course. (Both of these recors, The Replacements’ “All Shook Down” and Uncle Tupelo’s “No Depression”, get an extended look during tonight’s show.) This week’s show takes a look at much of what was in my gigantic portable CD carrier during that year. Yes, I had one of those 64 disc cases that went with me wherever I went. One has to be prepared, you know. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this nostalgic look at my personal music taste from that era. After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 303 - November 9, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXIV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 303 – November 9, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXIV

This week, after little Jim ’n’ Jack break out the joy of 1969’’s Beatle George Harrison: brand new Wolfhounds, Fontaines D.C., Moon Attendant, Willie Nelson, Black Swan Lane, and Lisa Mychols & Super 8, plus Charlie Rich, Ray Charles, Davy Graham, Joh…

Gone Mental Episode 376

Gone Mental Episode 376

Brand new music this week from The Rusty Robots and War On Women! This and more of the greatest blowing your doors off from The 5.6.7.8’s, New Bomb Turks, The Darts, Voodoo Zombie, Demented Are Go, The Crucifucks, T.S.O.L., and more!
Git it.

Mojo Nixo…

The Ledge #450: New Releases

The Ledge #450: New Releases

In all the years of doing this monthly new release show, this may be the most varied I’ve ever done. After initial sets of folk-ish, acoustic rock, this month’s supersized show gradually built up the intensity until a final set of veteran h…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 302 - November 2, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 302 – November 2, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXIII

This week, after a slice of 1965 Kinks: brand new Pauline Murray, James Williamson & Deniz Tek, Trostsky Icepick, Belle & Sebastian, Harry Shearer, and Honeychain, plus Chi-Lites, Leaves, Colin Blunstone, Dennis Brown, Roy Harper, Easybeats, and Moon M…

The Ledge #449: Halloween

The Ledge #449: Halloween

The Halloween episode has been an important part of The Ledge calendar year for over a decade. Outside of maybe one or two years, there has always been a show during the week before the great holiday featuring fantastic Hallowen-themed punk, garage, indie, power pop, and almost every other rock and roll sub-genre. Why is this such a big show? It’s simple, and I’ve said it before. Halloween is a rock and roll holiday. The very themes of the big day have been a part of rock and roll since the early days. The sound of an electric guitar itself fits the day, as does the pounding, basic rhythms of the real rock and roll. It also helps that every year sees the release of a ton of tracks that can be shoehorned into the theme. In fact, the overwhelming majority of songs on this year’s edition were released in the last ten months, which obviously adds to the freshness of this show every single year! After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 301 - October 26, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 301 – October 26, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXII

This week, after some of 1964 Petula Clark: brand new Toots & the Maytals, Flower, Art Bergmann (and Wayne Kramer), Bob Mould, Drew Citron, and The Spits, plus Big Star, The Who, The Grass Roots, The Beatles, Astrud Gilberto, Dolly Parton, and Hoag…

Gone Mental Episode 375

Gone Mental Episode 375

Doing what we do again with another 2+ hours of the best rocknroll ever made. Red hot greatness from The Nips, Powersolo, The PArtisans, Dayglo Abortions, Henry & The Bleeders, Lost Souls, Batmobile, Howlin’ Wolf, Bloodshot Bill, The Dickies, D.O.A., a…

The Ledge #448: Reissues

The Ledge #448: Reissues

The Ledge isn’t all about new music, obviously. And with the record companies constantly repackaging old material with bonus demos, outtakes, and live takes my collection just continues to grow.
Tonight’s show is a look at some of these spe…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 300 [Woo Hoo!] - October19, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXXI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 300 [Woo Hoo!] – October19, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXXI

This week, after some prophetic ol’ 1993 Bad Religion: brand new Bad Religion, Damned, Black Nite Crash, Maxïmo Park, Bats, and Kurt Bloch with Kim & Lulu, plus Temptations, Alice Cooper, Merseys, Larry Williams, Ricky Nelson, Peter Tosh, and Phil Ochs

The Ledge #447: Covers

The Ledge #447: Covers

On one of my laptops I have a folder where I toss in any cover versions that I think could possibly include in a Ledge episode. Once that folder has a sufficient number of songs I know it’s time to do a covers show.
This is that time. The folder …

The Big Takeover Show - Number 299 - October 12, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXX

The Big Takeover Show – Number 299 – October 12, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXX

This week, after a small warble of 1996 Billy Bragg: brand new Tough Age, Dennis Davison, Foxycontin, Flying Vipers, The Rifles, and Cliff and Ivy, plus Everly Brothers, Buckinghams, Hollies, Donna Lynn, Chris Farlowe, Charlie Feathers, and Dusty Sprin…

Gone Mental Episode 374

Gone Mental Episode 374

Back again with another 2+ hours of the greatest rocknroll on earth. Absolute greatness from The Spits, Amyl & The Sniffers, Blitz, Mad Sin, The Tremors, Old 97’s, Filthy Still, and more
Git it.

The Cramps | A Date With Elvis | How Far Can Too Far Go?…

The Ledge #446: New Releases

The Ledge #446: New Releases

Due to Gorman Bechard’s appearance last week, this month’s new release episode was bumped back a week. But this delay turned out to be for the benefit of the show, as it allowed for me to include some brand new tracks by The Replacements. W…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 298 - October 5, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXIX

The Big Takeover Show – Number 298 – October 5, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXIX

This week, after snatch of 1975 Elvis Costello: brand new Sloan, Hoodoo Gurus, The Spits, Furious Seasons, Black Watch, and Doves, plus Davy Jones (David Bowie), Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown, Lynn Tait & the Jets, Small Faces, Judee Sill, and Little Richa…

The Ledge #445: Gorman Bechard

The Ledge #445: Gorman Bechard

It’s always a lot of fun when Gorman Bechard appears on The Ledge, and this week was no exception. He’s got two brand new documentaries that were released this past Tuesday, and both are pretty fantastic. Pizza: A Love Story is all about the legendary New Haven pizza, and the award-winning trio of family businesses that created the edible delights that I’ve personally heard Gorman ramble on and on about for well over a decade. New Haven historian Colin M. Caplan sits in on this portion of the show to talk about the research that went into the creation of this film. The other film, Seniors: A Dogumentary is as perfect of a feel-good story as one can possibly make. How can you not love a film that collects a number of tales involving such amazing elderly dogs? Much of the film centers around the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, an organization that houses and fosters elderly dogs, but there’s other fabulous dog tales such as the heartwarming tale of Chaser, who proves why he is generally considered the smartest dog in the world. Dean Falcone, who created the music on both films, also chats about his innovative idea to […]

The Big Takeover Show - Number 297 - September 28, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXVIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 297 – September 28, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXVIII

This week, after a lilbit of (topical) 1971 Moody Blues: brand new Shins, Bob Mould, Tommy & the Commies, Asteroid No.4, and (both) Tobin Sprout and Guided By Voices, plus The Zombies, Weavers, Standells, Safaris, George Jones, Max Frost & the Troopers…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 296 - September 21, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXVII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 296 – September 21, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXVII

This week, after a glob of 1965 Everly Brothers: brand new Bats, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Maximo Park, Doves, and Typewriter (Mark Bandola), plus Fats Domino, The Creation, Charlie Parker, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ju…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 295 - September 14, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXVI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 295 – September 14, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXVI

This week, after a zittle zlice of 1964 Zombies: brand new Bob Mould, Throwing Muses, Bad Religion, Harry Shearer, Herb Alpert, and Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine, plus Bee Gees, Millennium, Bill Justis, Byrds, Eric Idle/George Harris…

Gone Mental Episode 373

Gone Mental Episode 373

Bringing out another 2+ hours of the good stuff again with greatness from Buck Owens, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Condo, Big Mama Thornton, Oblivians, Telekrimen, Amyl & The Sniffers, War On Women, and more.
Git it.

Buck Owens | Ruby | Ruby (Are You Mad)(Capi…

The Ledge #443:Scott’s Favorite Records, Vol. 6

The Ledge #443:Scott’s Favorite Records, Vol. 6

As it’s my birthday today it’s only fitting that I put together another in my series of favorite songs of all time. This time around, it’s primarily songs from the 90’s, although a handful of songs actually come from records rel…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 294 - September 7, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 294 – September 7, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXV

This week, after a 1936 standard gets warbled: brand new Flaming Lips, Flower, Joe Pernice, Gretchen’s Wheel, Nat Birchall & Al Breadwinner, and Smokescreens, plus The Impressions, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mary Wells, Booker T & the MGs, Love, The Smoke, and (…

The Ledge #442: New Releases

The Ledge #442: New Releases

It’s another great month of new releases. I know I say that every month but we are living in a time where somehow artists are still creating fabulous, vital music. Just take a listen to this two hours of rock, folk, punk, surf, indie, and a few o…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 293 - August 31, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXIV

The Big Takeover Show – Number 293 – August 31, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXIV

This week, after a 1971 Badfinger refrain: brand new Doves, Andy Bell, Sad Lovers and Giants, Guided By Voices, Frankie Stubbs, and Furious Seasons, plus Syd Barrett, The Miracles, Emer Bernstein, The Paragons, Tina Turner, George Jones, and The High N…

Gone Mental Episode 372

Gone Mental Episode 372

Another 2+ hours of the good stuff with red hot rocknroll from Big Boys, D.O.A., The Weirdos, Bishops Green, The Gonads, Surfin’ Wombatz, Batmobile, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Redskins, and more.
Git it.

Dwarves | The Dwarves Must Die | Fefu(Sympathy …

The Ledge #441: Fave Records of Summer 2020

The Ledge #441: Fave Records of Summer 2020

The calendar may have a different definition, but summer to me has always been the months of June, July, and August. With that in mind, since tonight was my last show for August I decided to put together a show of nothing but my favorite new records fr…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 292 - August 24, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 292 – August 24, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXIII

This week, after little Jim plays and sings a 1978 Rutles tune: brand new Smokescreens, Toots & the Maytals (with Ziggy Marley), Beths, Los Straitjackets, Persian Leaps, and Neil Young, plus Shocking Blue, Temptations, Eddie Fontaine, Fats Waller, Merr…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 291 - August 17, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 291 – August 17, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXII

This week, some 1982 Comsat Angels trilling: brand new Damned, Exploding Flowers, Jayhawks, Furious Seasons, Gretchen’s Wheel (with Matthew Caws & Ira Elliot), and Joe Pernice, plus Junior Wells (with Buddy Guy), The Beatles, Howlin’ Wolf, Simon & Garf…

Gone Mental Episode 371

Gone Mental Episode 371

Tearing it up again with another 2+ hours of the best rocknroll on earth. This week we had a new one from Fret Rattles off the upcoming RNR Manifesto 7″ plus more greatness from Legendary Shack Shakers, The Nitros, Raygun Cowboys, Batmobile, Subhumans…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 290 - August 10, 2020 - Homebound Edition XXI

The Big Takeover Show – Number 290 – August 10, 2020 – Homebound Edition XXI

This week, a smidgen of 1972 Bee Gees: a special guest set by KGLT DJ Ron Sanchez, plus brand new Bad Religion, Hoodoo Gurus, Cloud Nothings, Tobin Sprout, No Joy, and Tanya Donelly & the Parkington Sisters, plus Smoky Robinson & the Miracles, Paul McC…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 289 - August 3, 2020 - Homebound Edition XX

The Big Takeover Show – Number 289 – August 3, 2020 – Homebound Edition XX

This week, after a small bit of 1970 Shocking Blue: brand new Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Rifles, Hoops, Wolfhounds, and Christopher Paul Stelling, plus The Coasters, Lemon Pipers, (Little) Jimmy Dickens, Buffalo Springfield, Stan Getz & Charlie B…

Gone Mental Episode 370

Gone Mental Episode 370

Once again, here we go! Episode 370 bringing another 2+ hours of the greatest rocknroll ever heard. Pure greatness from Deadbolt, Rip Carson, Jesse Dayton, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Ponx Attax, Eater, D.O.A, Liquor Beats Winter, a brand new track from The…

The Ledge #438: Power Pop

The Ledge #438: Power Pop

What is power pop? According to the dictionary, it’s “a style of pop music characterized by a strong melody line, heavy use of guitars, and simple rhythm”. Yeah, that works. I prefer to just call it “revved up pop music”.

The Big Takeover Show - Number 288 - July 27, 2020 - Homebound Edition XIX

The Big Takeover Show – Number 288 – July 27, 2020 – Homebound Edition XIX

This week, after a refrain of 1972 Neil Young: brand new Bob Mould, Jeffrey N Pezzati, Flower, Willie Nelson, Black Watch, and Shirley Collins, plus The Fenmen (with Jimmy Page), Sonny Boy Williamson [II], The 1st Battalion of The Black Watch, The Move…

The Ledge #437: 1980 American Punk

The Ledge #437: 1980 American Punk

Earlier this year I featured a show that focused on British punk rock from 1980. Tonight, I do the same thing but featuring nothing but tunes from American punk bands from that same year.
It’s kind of interesting how the focus of the punk scene (…

The Big Takeover Show – Number 287 – July 20, 2020 – Homebound Edition XVIII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 287 – July 20, 2020 – Homebound Edition XVIII

This week, after a short tribute to 1966 Left Banke: brand new Beths, Doves, Cut Worms, David Newtown, Wolfhounds, and Toots & the Maytals, plus The Who, Lovin’ Spoonful, Everly Brothers, Charlie Rich, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and The Eyes; and R.I.P…

Gone Mental Episode 369

Gone Mental Episode 369

Gone Mental Episode 369 here to blow out your ear holes. Come get over two hours of the greatest rocknroll on earth from The Dwarves, The Spectres, The Spastiks, Battle Of Ninjamanz, The Hex Dispensers, Cock Sparrer, Swingin’ Utters, Hillbilly Casino, …

The Ledge #436: Double Albums

The Ledge #436: Double Albums

It was a few weeks ago when Sonic Youth’s “Teenage Riot” came up in a Spotify playlist, and it spurred my feeble mind into this week’s show format. This week is a countdown of my 15 favorite double albums of all time. As always,…

The Big Takeover Show - Number 286 - July 13, 2020 - Homebound Edition XVII

The Big Takeover Show – Number 286 – July 13, 2020 – Homebound Edition XVII

This week, after a refrain of 1964 Del Shannon: brand new Rifles, Cloud Nothings, Successful Failures, Joe Pernice, Snowgoose, and Guided By Voices, plus Procol Harum, The Electric Banana (Pretty Things), Johnny Cash (and June Carter Cash), Johnnie Tay…

Gone Mental Episode 368

Gone Mental Episode 368

Another 2+ hours coming at you alive and loud! Only the best rocknroll for you from Del Moroccos, Lavern Baker, MFC Chicken, Satan’s Pilgrims, Psycho Tendencies, Henry & The Bleeders, Newtown Neurotics, Mass Arrest, and more!
Git it.

The Del Moroccos …

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