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A lifelong music collector, Scott Hudson brings his years of expertise as he babbles about new and old indie, punk, and garage rock.

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A lifelong music collector, Scott Hudson brings his years of expertise as he babbles about new and old indie, punk, and garage rock.

    The Ledge #544: Power Pop, Pt. 2 (The Present)

    The Ledge #544: Power Pop, Pt. 2 (The Present)

    Last week’s show featured classic power pop tracks from the past. This week, we take a look a the current state of the genre with 40 tracks of fabulous guitar-driven pop music. In fact, the vast majority of these tracks are from 2022, with a handful of tunes from 2021 and 2020. The oldest song of the bunch dates back to 2014, and that tune from The Cry! was selected to be paired with the brand new single by lead singer Tommy Ray.



    It should be to nobody’s surprise that a good portion of the show compiles highlights from Big Stir Records as they are the without a doubt the gold standard of new music of this type. Author S. W. Lauden’s influence also extends beyond the books he compiled with co-author Paul Myers. Not only does he appear on a couple of the Big Stir tunes broadcast in this episode, his suggestions resulted in quite possibly the most exciting set of the show.



    I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. 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!



    For more information, including setlists, head to http://scotthudson.blogspot.com

    • 2 hr 17 min
    The Ledge #543: Power Pop, Pt. 1 (The Past)

    The Ledge #543: Power Pop, Pt. 1 (The Past)

    On a fairly regular basis I’m asked what type of music I most enjoy. It’s a pretty tough question to answer, to be honest. The standard answer I hear in return is “I love all kinds of music”, which to me is code for “I only like what’s popular”. Sorry, but having a playlist on Spotify that includes both Drake, Meghan Trainor, and Luke Bryan isn’t the proof of versatility most of these poeple believe it is.



    So what is the genre or sub-genre that is closest to my heart? “Punk” is a little too confining, and honestly there is a lot of s****y music under that moniker. “Alternative” doesn’t mean the same today as it did 30 years ago since maintstream rock radio has co-opted it. “Garage rock” is indeed getting closer but still doesn’t feel right.



    I think deep in my heart the term power pop, or at least my version of the term, best describes my music taste. I was, after all, born the day The Beatles recorded their first single, and the first two rock and roll albums I owned just out of my toddler phase was the first Monkees record and the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack. 



    My teen years coincided with the rise of punk rock, and the initial blast of punk was primarily sped up power pop. Catchy tunes played fast, and that is where my description of power pop may be a little bit different from what others consider power pop. There’s a lot of bands in this genre that, honestly, sound a little too wimpy for me. I emphasize the “power” portion of the term.



    Tonight’s show is not only a remembrance of bands and records from that time, but is also a reaction to reading a couple of great books that I recently acquired. Go All The Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop and Go Further: More Literary Appreciations of Power Pop are collections of essays on the genre compiled by Paul Myers and S.W. Lauden. This led me to dig through my iTunes archives to reacquaint myself with some long lost fave, and also asked for some suggestions on Facebook.



    This show is part one of a two part series. Here’s almost 2 1/2 hours of my favorites from the past. Next week will be a show devoted to current (or somewhat current) bands continuing to carry the torch for guitar-driven pop songs. Do you have some favorite current power pop bands or songs? Please let me know!!!



    I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. 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!



    For more information, including setlists, head to http://scotthudson.blogspot.com

    • 2 hr 24 min
    The Ledge #542: New Releases

    The Ledge #542: New Releases

    As always, first Friday means nothing but new releases, and tonight it’s an extended show featuring almost 2 1/2 hours of fabulous new rock and roll. And like always, it’s a wide mix of styles. There are bands that were formed just a few months ago mixed with the returns of legends from the past. There are both supergroups and bands that would probably not be recognized in their home towns. There are also quite a few “friends of the show”, including some tracks from Dan Israel’s awesome new LP, Seriously. 



    I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. 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!



    For more information, including setlists, head to http://scotthudson.blogspot.com

    • 2 hr 17 min
    The Ledge #541: Halloween Spooktacular

    The Ledge #541: Halloween Spooktacular

    I may say this every year but it is worth repeating. Halloween is the ultimate rock and roll holiday. Like truly great rock and roll, Halloween is dangerous, controversial, and noisy. Religious idiots for decades have claimed both are associated with Satan. 



    For the most part, tonight’s show is full of new or recently-released Halloween-themed tunes. Many tracks have been released within the last couple of weeks just for shows such as this one. The Damned, for example, just happened to put out a new live album TODAY! 



    I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. 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!



    For more information, including setlists, head to http://scotthudson.blogspot.com

    • 2 hr 11 min
    The Ledge #540: Archival Releases

    The Ledge #540: Archival Releases

    It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for box sets and other repackages of previously released material. I may be new release oriented, but I love a good set of odds and ends. Give me those unheard demos. Let me hear those old concerts. 



    Tonight’s show compiles those types of records. There’s unreleased material by a forgotten band that were contemporaries of the New York Dolls. There’s a new mixes of classic Dead Kennedys songs. There’s numerous outtakes by the likes of Wilco and Joe Strummer. And there’s also the recently discovered early recordings of future Velvet Underground tunes by Lou Reed. Plus, a ton of live releases from Todd Snider, Pixies, Soul Asylum, and others.



    I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. 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! 



    For more information, including setlists, head to http://scotthudson.blogspot.com

    • 2 hr 1 min
    The Ledge #539: New Releases (Pt. 2)

    The Ledge #539: New Releases (Pt. 2)

    As I said last week. this is another month where there is so much great new music that it couldn’t be contained to one new release episode. So this is part two of this month’s series, and it’s dominated by veteran artists. Pixies, Off!, Cockney Rejects, Built To Spill, Buzzcocks, and a trio of Irish rock and roll bands (The Mahones, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly). But there are also plenty of newer acts, including the glorious power pop of Uni Boys and 2nd Grade, along with noisier fare from the likes of Kate Clover, Pretty Sick, and Suzi Moon. 



    I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. 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!



    For more information, including setlists, head to http://scotthudson.blogspot.com

    • 2 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

rockykay ,

I love this podcast

As a rule, I’m not a fan of music podcasts. And honestly, I’m not a fan of all of The Ledge podcasts either. I hate punk. So why the 5 stars? Hudson dives deep and the breadth of his library is insane. Also, no commercials! I skip anything that announces itself as punk, and blast everything else, dancing around my digs like a kid. The Ledge has been my COVID exercise for forever.

vwismoovb ,

Great music playing here

Love the mix of songs each week. Always has something I already love and always has something new to me. Punk, Americana, rock and roll, roots and more. Scott Hudson has great taste in music

hotsaucethefish ,

Hell yeah!

The best music podcast out there! Garage, punk, post-punk, Scott knows knows what he likes and plays it - no compromise. New music and older gems are always welcome. I discover so many artist, band, and songs from this podcast. Scott’s show is indispensable to me!

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