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Rant a Bit · 6d ago

Live Ledge #305: More New Releases

I must be honest here. One of the main reasons I've continued my monthly new release episode into a second week is so I can play more tracks from the new live Replacements album and the upco...
Rant a Bit · 1W ago

Live Ledge #304: New Releases

It's a day I never thought I'd see - a new release Live Ledge featuring new music by the Replacements! Yes, today is quite the day for me and my fellow Westernerds, as Rhino Records has put ...
Rant a Bit · 2W ago

Live Ledge #303: Number Nine

The track number show is a gimmick I've used from time to time over the last couple of years. Generally coinciding with whatever month it's originally broadcast, it's a fun way to investigat...
Rant a Bit · 1M ago

Live Ledge #302: Grant Hart

I think everybody was shocked by the news that former Husker Du drummer Grant Hart passed away this week. As much as I love his former bandmate Bob Mould, it's Grant's songs that were my mai...
Rant a Bit · 1M ago

Live Ledge #301: Jay Bennett

Who says I can't keep a secret? It was awhile back that Gorman Bechard informed me that he had been brought on to help produce "Where Are You, Jay Bennett?", a documentary on former Wilco mu...
Rant a Bit · 1M ago

Live Ledge #300: New Releases

I had given some thought to making the 300th edition of Live Ledge an extra special event. But then I thought about how this is such a great year for music isn't every "new release" episode ...
Rant a Bit · 2M ago

Live Ledge #299: Skiffle

Last year, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry put out a charming album of covers called “Shine a Light”. To record this record, they boarded a train in Chicago and headed to L.A. On the way they reco...
Rant a Bit · 2M ago

Live Ledge #298: New Releases

After a long, long wait, it appears that Mr. Westerbeg has come out of his basement. A few weeks ago a new site called Dry Wood Garage suddenly appeared, and since its inception a total of f...
Rant a Bit · 2M ago

Live Ledge #297: 2007

After last week's 1997 show, I decided why not follow that same logic with a show dedicated to 2007? Surely that should be just as easy to put together.Actually, though, it wasn't. My tastes...
Rant a Bit · 2M ago

Live Ledge #296: 1997

1997 was a pretty great year for music, especially if you're a fan of alt-country music. The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Steve Earle, Whiskeytown, and so many others made quintessential "Americana" ...