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  • 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. Well, not brand new, of course, as they’re defunct but today marked the release of the Deluxe Edition box set of Pleased To Meet Me. Along with a remaster of the original record, this box set is full of demos and outtakes, and tonight’s show kicks off with a handful of songs that didn’t originally make the cut.

    After that it’s the typical collection of great new punk, indie, garage, and Americana releases. Some of the highlights include new albums by the likes of Lydia Loveless, Drive-By Truckers, and Bob Mould. There’s also the usual lengthy section devoted to new music from Rum Bar Records. How does Lou keep finding these great new bands?

    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

     

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  • 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 use nothing but toy instruments on the film soundtrack.

    As always, Gorman is also giving the key to the Ledge soundtrack this week, and his choices not only includes some of Falcone’s soundtrack work but recent releases by Lydia Loveless, Todd May, Soccer Mommy, and S.G. Goodman.

     

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  • 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 released in the next 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.

     

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  • 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 other genres. You just can’t say rock and roll is dead.

    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.

     

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  • 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 from the summer of 2020.

    And as I tend to always say, it’s been a fabulous period for new tunes. There’s all kinds of stuff guaranteed for any type of rock and roll fan. From elderly artists such as Bob Dylan to the teen rock of Hinds, it’s a summer of punk, garage, indie, power pop, post-punk, and Americana. In other words, Ledge music.

    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.

     

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  • 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”.

    Tonight’s show features over 50 years of power pop, from The Who single “Pictures of Lily” that Pete Townshend described as “power pop” to some great new bands that are powering that sound into the future. Lou from Rum Bar Records even helped us out with some great gems from the early days of his label.

    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.

     

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  • 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 (at least as far as releases went) moved from New York to the West Coast. It was quite a year for California bands, with many veteran acts still pumping out new music, but also a ton of brand new bands with their first single or album. X, The Plimsouls, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Red Cross, Minutemen, and so many more made their debuts that year. (And yes, there is one error as a non-1980 track was discovered to have aired.)

    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.

     

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  • 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, I do have too many rules. No live albums. No compilatoins. No single albums expanded to two pieces of vinyl by nefarious ways (bonus tracks, 45 speed, etc.). Real double albums.

    So the results is an interesting mix spanning over 50 years. From top sellers by the world’s biggest bands to landmark college rock albums to a few more recent masterpieces. Feel free to comment on YOUR favorite double albums as I certainly acknowledge there are so many seminal records missing from this list.

    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.

     

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  • The Ledge #435: Scott’s Favorite Records, Vol. 5 – Americana

    Americana, country-punk, No Depression, alt-country. Whatever you want to call this twangy-ish sort of music it’s been a part of my life since the early 80’s. Nope, not after the scene exploded with Uncle Tupelo. The country influence has always been a part of college rock, which is the first half of this week’s look at my favorite songs of all time.

    The second half does kick off with Uncle Tupelo and the wonderful spinoffs Wilco and Son Volt, along with quite a few fantastic singer/songwriters and revved up Gram Parsons acolytes. Actually, acolyltes of both Parsons AND The Replacements!

    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.

     

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  • The Ledge #434: New Releases

    This is another of those new release episodes that featured some last minute additions. Thanks to another Bandcamp day where 100% of all proceeds go to the artists, a number of artists surprised fans with new music. There was a new Cloud Nothings album. A return by The Baseball Project. A great new sampler to help save the rewnowned Cat’s Cradle club in North Carolina.

    All of these great surprises just made what was already a fabulous collection of new music even that much better. This month sees the return of The Jayhawks, some great new bands such as Country Westerns, and a lengthy set of the usual awesomeness that routinely comes from Rum Bar Records!

    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.

     

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