Generally speaking, I don’t spend a lot of time these days describing the contents of the shows. I upload them, and write a paragraph or two, and hope that people discover and enjoy them.
While this week’s show is another of my monthly broadcasts dedicated to new releases, it’s also a bit more special than usual. This is immediately evident with the first track, Matthew Ryan’s “An Anthem For the Broken”. Besides being a teaser for his upcoming still-to-be titled album which also features Kevin Salem and Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem) on guitars, this uplifting track is a benefit for a friend in need. As Ryan says on his webiste, “my friend John (Anderson) is nearing the final stages of his battle with ALS. John and his wife repesent a lot of us to me…in our circle they have been a center. Now not only are they emotionally distressed by the changes in what the future and the present would be, they are also under the gigantic and daunting financial pressures ALSO brings.” Please spend the buck it costs for this track, as all money raised goest to the Andersons.
After Ryan’s emotional song, the show moves on to another old friend in need. Many past shows have documented Slim Dunlap’s ongoing needs after his devastating stroke. Last November saw the release of the entire Songs For Slim series, but his friends haven’t stopped helping the former Replacements’ guitarist. In December, Slim Town Singles began issuing a weekly release. I played five wonderful contributions tonight, and each of these songs are available for the cost of whatever you decide to contribute. Please do.
One of those bands, High on Stress, are currently in the studio putting the final touches on their fourth album, Leaving Mpls. They recently put together a Kickstarter campaign to help with the final sessions and post-production of the record, so check their site for further information on how you can help.
Thanks to my good buddy, Jason Loeb, I was also able to debut the first releases on the Merge Records 25th Anniversary subscription series. Along with new songs by Superchunk and Mikal Cronin, these first seven-inches include a Neil Young cover by Mount Moriah and Mountain Goats remaking Ozzy Osbourne’s “Shot In the Dark”.
There’s also recent releases by Drive-By Truckers, Habibi, Johnny Foreigner, Minneapolis legend Johnny Rey, and The Men, along with teasers of upcoming records by Fucked Up, Cloud Nothings, and Black Lips.
Oh yeah, one more important thing happened tonight. My good friend Jools came into the chat from Asia, and informed me that Live Ledge has been banned in Thailand! That’s the coolest thing ever!
There’s many ways to listen to tonight’s show. You can download my app, The Ledge, in iTunes or the Android store. You can subscribe to The Ledge in iTunes. You can stream it in Stitcher, or play it on the Stitcher box on the side of this page. Or…
Here’s tonight’s playlist:
1. Matthew Ryan, An Anthem for the Broken
2. Mammy Nuns, Slim Songs
3. The Mad Ripple, Sworn Member of the Slim Dunlap Club
4. The Bluefields, When Things Was Cheap
5. The Bremen Riot, Big Star Big
6. High On Stress, Little Shiva
7. Johnny Rey, And Then She Was Gone
8. Drive-By Truckers, Grandpa Rock City
9. Cheap Girls, New Madrid
10. Courtney Barnett, Lance Jr.
11. Habibi, Far From Right
12. Johnny Foreigner, Stop Talking About Ghosts
13. Sultan Bathery, Satellite
14. Superchunk, Good Morning
15. Mount Moriah, Revolution Blues
16. Mountain Goats, Shot in the Dark
17. Mikal Cronin, Takin’ it Easy
18. The Men, Different Days
19. The Men, Dark Waltz
20. Black Lips, Smiling
21. Black Lips, Drive By Buddy
22. Cloud Nothings, Now Here
23. Cloud Nothings, I’m Not Part Of Me
24. Eagulls, Nerve Endings
25. New Coke, I Am Drunk I Have A Gun I Want Names
26. Fucked Up, I Wanna Be A Yank
27. Fucktard, Ladder of Pigs
28. Geri X, Love Her Madly
29. The Raveonettes, The End
30. The Art Attacks, Neutron Bomb