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  • 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 from the artist or label, please let them know you heard these tunes on The Ledge! Let them know who is giving them promotion!

     

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  • The Ledge #452: 1985

    After last week’s wildly fun look back at 1990, it only made sense to do another similar-themed show. This time we go back to 1985, one of the most important years of my life. It’s the year I graduated from college. It’s the year that music pretty much became a full time way of life for me.

    It was also a year of some of my favorite records of all time, as shown by the three spotlight artists of the evening. The first is pretty obvious. The major label debut of The Replacements, “Tim”, came out in September of that year, and everybody knows my feelings over that record. Another artist saw their debut album rescued from the KAUR garbage bin. Camper Van Beethoven’s “Telephone Free Landslide Victory”, rescued from the dumpster by the late Don Holmstrom, became the late night party record for me and my drinking buddies. And Husker Du had not one but two classic records that year (“Flip Your Wig” and “New Day Rising”).

    But obviously that’s not all. New sounds were coming out of the UK thanks to the likes of The Jesus and Marychain. Jangle pop was alive and well in the U.S. with R.E.M. and a plethora of other artists. Even Sioux Falls had developed a bit of a scene with great records by No Direction and Ill Bill & The Spinal Chills. It’s a great two hours of memories!

    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 #428: Scott’s Fave Songs Vol. 4 – Minneapolis

    It’s safe to say that a Minneapolis-themed show would come out of the series of my favorite songs of all time. It was actually the easiest of the shows to put together. No, it’s not two hours of Replacements and Husker Du songs. Certainly both of those bands are well-represented but so many other bands from that great city had a huge impact on my life. Many of these are extremely popular (Soul Asylum, Jayhawks, Suburbs) but there are also a lesser-known ton of records that were just as important in my life. For example, I saw The Phones as many times over the years as I saw any of these other bands. And I may not know much about the history of artists such as The Ticks or Crash Street Kids but I played those records to death over the years.

    Now here’s a bit of a disclaimer. I did switch away from Minneapolis for a long set of Sioux Falls bands, and other artists from places such as Austin, Minnesota and Cedar Falls, Iowa are represented. And technically The Hold Steady are a Brooklyn band. But Minneapolis certainly influenced all of the Sioux Falls bands I included, and those other bands did consider Minneapolis home. Or a second home?

    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 #421: Don’t Stand So Close To Me

    I understood pretty early on this week that it was going to be impossible to come up with a new theme this week. The pandemic is the only thing any of us are thinking about these days, especially with the situation being more grim every day.

    Since last week’s “isolation” theme went pretty well, as far as I’m concerned at least, I decided to put together another week with a similar collection of songs. Last week’s was confined primarily to recent releases, however, outside of a few older tracks that I definitely wanted to include. This week I opened up the major Hudson music archives and did a few searches with the same key words – “isolation”, “flu”, “ghost town”, etc. Of course, I always need to be guided by the great words of Paul Westerberg, so he also gets his share of play in this episode.

    After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! Touring artists are having an especially tough time these days with the cancellation of SXSW and the closings of most venues.

     

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  • Live Ledge #376: 1984 American College Rock

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

     

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