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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 #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 #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.  

The Last Backlog Dump Before We Get Our Shit Together!

The Last Backlog Dump Before We Get Our Shit Together!

Morning Show 4.2.19 Radio Show 4.2.19 Morning Show 4.23.19 Radio Show 4.23.19 Morning Show 4.30.19 Radio Show 4.30.19 Morning Show 5.7.19 Radio Show 5.7.19 Morning Show 5.21.19 Radio Show 5.21.19 Radio Show 5.28.19 Morning Show 6.3.19 Radio Show 6.3.19 Radio Show 6.18.19 Radio Show 6.25.19 Morning Show 7.2.19 Radio Show 7.2.19 That is everything we […]

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 #383: New Releases Pt. 1

Live Ledge #383: New Releases Pt. 1

It’s a supersized episode of great new tunes, including releases from Rum Bar and Spaghetty Town Records. Part one of a two part series.  

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 #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 #375: New Releases (Pt. 2)

Live Ledge #375: New Releases (Pt. 2)

A continuation of last week’s comprehensive look at recent releases that travels all over the world.

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #357: Europe 1978

Live Ledge #357: Europe 1978

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

Live Ledge #356: 1968

Live Ledge #356: 1968

An extended episode taking a look at some of the classic music celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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 #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 #346: Food

Live Ledge #346: Food

Obviously, we all need food, and you now need to hear this collection of songs about food.

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 #340: New Releases

Live Ledge #340: New Releases

Scott Hudson once again takes a look at the best new releases of the last few weeks.

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 #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 #316: Drunk on Sunday

Live Ledge #316: Drunk on Sunday

The final show of 2017 compiles drinking tunes perfect for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Live Ledge #271: 1977

Live Ledge #271: 1977

It’s the first of two episodes that looks back 40 years to the magic year of 1977!

Live Ledge #260: Number Nine

Live Ledge #260: Number Nine

Like a few previous shows, this one is dedicated to an individual track of an album. In this case, it’s “number nine”.

Live Ledge #257: Forgotten Treasures

Live Ledge #257: Forgotten Treasures

A thorough scrubdown of iTunes resulted in the discovery of all kinds of forgotten songs, bands, and albums. Tonight’s selections are some of the examples of these kinds of buried treasures.

Live Ledge #255: Random Noise Generator

Live Ledge #255: Random Noise Generator

It was a busy night, so Scott put his iTunes on shuffle (and edited out a few unworthy tracks).

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 #248: Punk 45

Live Ledge #248: Punk 45

This week’s show examines the six volumes of Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series.

Live Ledge #247: New Releases

Live Ledge #247: New Releases

The new month always commences with a show featuring nothing but new releases!!!

Live Ledge #246: Covers

Live Ledge #246: Covers

Two hours of primarily brand new cover songs, along with a couple of tracks from Wreckless Eric’s performance at Total Drag 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 #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 #237: Who Is a Dog Named Gucci?

Live Ledge #237: Who Is a Dog Named Gucci?

Director Gorman Bechard visits with host Scott Hudson about next Tuesday’s DVD release of A Dog Named Gucci, and gives an update on the upcoming Who Is Lydia Loveless? documentary.

Live Ledge #236: Burger Records

Live Ledge #236: Burger Records

A look at one of Scott Hudson’s favorite record labels, Burger Records.

Live Ledge #231: New Releases

Live Ledge #231: New Releases

Another month, another show of nothing but brand new or recently discovered tunes!

Live Ledge #229: Sophomore Surge

Live Ledge #229: Sophomore Surge

A supersized study of great second album releases by a wide range of artists.

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 #223: Track One

Live Ledge #223: Track One

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

Live Ledge #221: Best of 2015

Live Ledge #221: Best of 2015

In this super-sized episode, host Scott Hudson plays selections from his 40 favorite records of 2015.

Live Ledge #220: New Releases

Live Ledge #220: New Releases

The last new release episode of 2015 features lots of great tunes that just may end up on my 2015 compilation.

Live Ledge #219: Thank You Friends

Live Ledge #219: Thank You Friends

A post-Thanksgiving episode celebrating just a few of the artists I’m thankful to have in my life.

Live Ledge #218: From the Archives

Live Ledge #218: From the Archives

Fall is the season for box sets and live albums, and tonight is a preview of many of these releases.

Live Ledge #217: New Releases

Live Ledge #217: New Releases

Two hours of brand new music!

 

Live Ledge #216: Halloween

Live Ledge #216: Halloween

The ultimate rock and roll holiday is celebrated tonight!

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 #213: Number Ten

Live Ledge #213: Number Ten

Continuing the series of shows devoted to track numbers, tonight’s show is nothing but the tenth tune off favorite old and new releases.

Live Ledge #212: New Releases

Live Ledge #212: New Releases

Another month, another show of nothing but brand new music.

Live Ledge #211: By The Numbers, Part 2

Live Ledge #211: By The Numbers, Part 2

We continue the journey of a song from every year host Scott Hudson’s been alive, including two from 2015.

Live Ledge #210: By The Numbers, Part 1

Live Ledge #210: By The Numbers, Part 1

To celebrate a birthday, Hudson starts a two-part series where he plays one song from every year he’s lived.

Live Ledge #209: New Releases

Live Ledge #209: New Releases

Another month, another two hours of primarily brand new music!

Live Ledge #207: The Good Life

Live Ledge #207: The Good Life

Tim Kasher from The Good Life is tonight’s special guest.

Live Ledge #206: Rock Goddesses

Live Ledge #206: Rock Goddesses

Two hours of nothing but female-led rock and roll.

Live Ledge #205: New Releases

Live Ledge #205: New Releases

Another new month, another two hours of nothing but new music.

Live Ledge #204: Sarah Bethe Nelson

Live Ledge #204: Sarah Bethe Nelson

Hudson’s interview with Sarah Bethe Nelson is aired, along with a discussion on touring with Lydia Loveless for a week.

Live Ledge #203: Jason Isbell

Live Ledge #203: Jason Isbell

Scott’s interview with Jason Isbell is aired tonight, along with some great new releases.

Live Ledge #202: Columbus

Live Ledge #202: Columbus

Hudson recounts his week in Columbus, Ohio, with Lydia Loveless and her band.

Live Ledge #201: Track Six

Live Ledge #201: Track Six

To celebrate the sixth month of the year, tonight’s show is nothing but the sixth tracks of fantastic albums.

Live Ledge #200: New Releases

Live Ledge #200: New Releases

Another month, another set of fantastic new tunes.

Live Ledge #199: 1985

Live Ledge #199: 1985

Hudson takes a trip back 30 years to night with a show featuring nothing but music from 1985.

Live Ledge #198: Number 5

Live Ledge #198: Number 5

Since we’re in the fifth month of the year, why not a show dedicated to nothing but track five of some fantastic albums?

Live Ledge #197: Twin Peaks

Live Ledge #197: Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks bassist Jack Dolan is interviewed by Live Ledge host Scott Hudson.

Live Ledge #195: Record Store Day

Live Ledge #195: Record Store Day

Host Scott Hudson shares some of his Record Store Day haul, along with a discussion on the latest Replacements’ shows!

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 #193: New Releases

Live Ledge #193: New Releases

Another month, another show of nothing but brand new music!

Live Ledge #192: Trio In a Row

Live Ledge #192: Trio In a Row

Completing a trio of shows, tonight’s playlist features nothing but three consecutive classic tracks in a row.

Live Ledge #191: More Three In a Row

Live Ledge #191: More Three In a Row

The second part of three episodes where host Hudson highlights albums that featured three classic tunes in a row.

Live Ledge #189: New Releases

Live Ledge #189: New Releases

Host Scott Hudson presents some of the latest new indie, surf, punk, and blues releases.

Live Ledge #188: Back From the Grave

Live Ledge #188: Back From the Grave

To celebrate the releases of volumes 9 and 10 of the influential Back From the Grave compilations, host Scott Hudson plays tracks from each release.

Live Ledge #187: Freedom

Live Ledge #187: Freedom

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

Live Ledge #186: Vinyl

Live Ledge #186: Vinyl

Scott plays tracks from his new obsession – vinyl records!

Live Ledge #185: New Releases

Live Ledge #185: New Releases

The first new release showcase of 2015!