ROCK AND/OR ROLL
315 - GUITARISTS (with Ryan Mckay)

315 - GUITARISTS (with Ryan Mckay)

May 29, 2020

For this episode BJ is joined by Ryan McKay, the guitar player for the Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses and Kings of Dust, for a discussion about the history of the electric guitar and different styles and techniques.

314 - DRUMMERS (with Lee McCormack)

314 - DRUMMERS (with Lee McCormack)

May 22, 2020

Lee McCormack presents a partial overview of rock drumming: who influenced who and how are these drummers different stylistically.

313 - TONIGHT/TONITE

313 - TONIGHT/TONITE

May 15, 2020

25 songs called "Tonight" or "Tonite."

THE RASPBERRIES - TONIGHT

RUSS BALLARD - TONIGHT

BILL WRAY - TONIGHT

THE ELEKTRICS - TONIGHT

SNAIL - TONIGHT

THE MOVE - TONIGHT

CHILLIWACK - TONIGHT

APRIL WINE - TONITE

EAST COAST - TONIGHT

STRAIGHT EIGHT - TONITE

TRANSFORMER - TONIGHT

DERRINGER - TONIGHT

KEVIN LEE AND HEARTBEAT - TONIGHT

THE BOOMTOWN RATS - TONIGHT

NICK LOWE - TONIGHT

TOAD - TONIGHT

MC5 - TONIGHT

BRYAN ADAMS - TONIGHT

TOURIS - TONIGHT

SHY - TONIGHT

ROUGH HOUSE - TONITE

AIRKRAFT - TONIGHT

DEF LEPPARD - TONIGHT (ACOUSTIC)

OZZY OSBOURNE - TONIGHT

DAVID BOWIE/TINA TURNER - TONIGHT (LIVE)

312 - SYNTHPOP

312 - SYNTHPOP

May 8, 2020

BJ recently went down a synthpop rabbit hole. Check out what he found.

311 - BEST OF LIMP BIZKIT

311 - BEST OF LIMP BIZKIT

May 1, 2020

BJ and Brian Sword do it all for the nookie. They take that cookie and they stick it up their YEAH stick it up their YEAH stick it up their YEAH stick it up their--

310 - VINYL COUNTDOWN XIV

310 - VINYL COUNTDOWN XIV

April 24, 2020

BJ rescues two dozen more lost songs from his record collection.

309 - POWER POP X

309 - POWER POP X

April 17, 2020

Two dozen more power pop nuggets.

308 - FAKEWOOD MAC

308 - FAKEWOOD MAC

April 10, 2020

Over the course of just one year, 1974, british blues rock band Fleetwood Mac would go from a career low point, the bottom of the barrel, to suddenly, by years end, transformed, reinvented, and ready to become one of the most successful, top selling acts of all time.

307 - GOLDEN EARRING

307 - GOLDEN EARRING

April 3, 2020

Golden Earring is the world's longest surviving rock band, having formed a year before The Rolling Stones, and the current line-up of Barry Hay, George Kooymans, Rinus Gerritsen and Cesar Zuiderwijk has been intact since 1970. That's the same line-up for 50 years.

306 - REBELS RULE: JUNK SHOP GLAM 45s

306 - REBELS RULE: JUNK SHOP GLAM 45s

March 27, 2020

BJ plays a selection of junk shop glam singles, both sides.

And then at the end of the episode you will find the third installment of Dad Rock wherein BJ forces his daughter to listen to a Rolling Stones album with too much slide guitar.

305 - JUNK SHOP GLAM

305 - JUNK SHOP GLAM

March 20, 2020

For your listening pleasure: 30 junk shop glam obscurities.

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304 - AFTER ZEPPELIN

304 - AFTER ZEPPELIN

March 13, 2020

For your listening enjoyment BJ has curated a 20 song playlist from the solo projects of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, with some trivia in between.

303 - STONE TEMPLE WEILAND (with Cobras & Fire)

303 - STONE TEMPLE WEILAND (with Cobras & Fire)

March 6, 2020

BJ is joined by Bakko and Loose Cannon from Cobras & Fire for a discussion about Stone Temple Pilots and the evolution of Scott Weiland from a grunge mimic to a glam junkie, then each contributes five song choices to the ultimate Weiland playlist.

302 - SOUNDTRACKS 3D

302 - SOUNDTRACKS 3D

February 28, 2020

In a world where soundtracks didn’t suck, great songs were hidden on those soundtracks.

301 - EIGHTIES MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)

301 - EIGHTIES MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)

February 21, 2020

BJ and Jon Lamoreaux get to the church on time to finish off Jon's holy trinity with a discussion of David Bowie's eighties output and then each counts down his top ten favorite Bowie songs from that decade.

300 - AOR???????????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

300 - AOR???????????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 14, 2020

Let's celebrate the 300th episode with some more great AOR!

299 - SONG-POEMS (with Bob Purse)

299 - SONG-POEMS (with Bob Purse)

February 5, 2020

Song-poems were records created when random citizens wrote "poems" (lyrics) and sent them, along with a check, to various companies which employed musicians who would set those words to music, record the song and press it to vinyl. It was basically a scam and many of the records ended up in thrift shops and record stores where they at some point were discovered by collectors of the odd and obscure. On this episode one of those collectors, Bob Purse, shares with us some of his favorite songs discovered from more than two decades of seeking these things out. You can find more songs and info on Bob's blog pages:

https://bobpurse.blogspot.com/

https://inches-per-second.blogspot.com/

You can also check out the Song-Poem database Bob references here:

http://songpoemmusic.com/

 

298 - SEAWEED

298 - SEAWEED

January 31, 2020

Seaweed formed in Tacoma, Washington in the late eighties, found success with an indie label (the mighty Sub Pop), then signed with a major (Hollywood) and you can guess the rest.

This episode also includes the second installment of "Dad Rock." This time around BJ and his daughter discuss Let It Be by The Beatles.

297 - TIM HARDIN

297 - TIM HARDIN

January 24, 2020

Tim Hardin was an extremely talented songwriter and performer who spent decades struggling with heroin addiction.

296 - SAME NAME

296 - SAME NAME

January 17, 2020

Same name, different band.

295 - OVERLOOKED III: SINGLE BULLET THEORY

295 - OVERLOOKED III: SINGLE BULLET THEORY

January 10, 2020

If you've never heard it before, allow this episode to be your introduction to the great 1982 self-titled album by Single Bullet Theory.

And then at the end of the episode you will find the first in what will be a continuing series of segments sarcastically called "Dad Rock" wherein BJ encourages his 13 year-old daughter to listen to old records and share her thoughts. For this first installment of "Dad Rock" she listened to Revolver by The Beatles.

294 - THE MAGICAL MYSTERY OF KLAATU

294 - THE MAGICAL MYSTERY OF KLAATU

January 3, 2020

In early 1977 many in the music world began to speculate about a mysterious record by a band calling itself Klaatu. Who were the anonymous men behind this album? And could it be The Beatles, clandestinely reunited?

293 - CLASS OF 2019

293 - CLASS OF 2019

December 27, 2019

To close out the year BJ plays some of his favorite songs released in 2019.

292 - WORST OF DOKKEN - THE CLASSIC LINEUP

292 - WORST OF DOKKEN - THE CLASSIC LINEUP

December 20, 2019

BJ is joined once again by fellow huge Dokken fan Brian Sword from The Double Stop for a frank discussion about which five songs each thinks are the worst songs from those three classic Dokken albums from the eighties.

291 - THE SOUND OF SILENCE

291 - THE SOUND OF SILENCE

December 13, 2019

The third time was the charm. Two different versions of "The Sounds of Silence" had previously been released before the remixed hit version finally broke through, topping the charts at the beginning of 1966. 

290 - TONIO K.

290 - TONIO K.

December 6, 2019

Steven M. Krikorian adopted the stage name Tonio K, naming himself for Thomas Mann’s short story Tonio Kroger but shortening it to Tonio K in reference to Franz Kafka’s The Trial and it’s protagonist Josef K. His first album Life in the Foodchain was released in 1978 and became a critical smash. He would release three more albums and an EP in the eighties and then revert to a career as a professional songwriter for other artists.

289 - JIMMY CLIFF

289 - JIMMY CLIFF

November 29, 2019

BJ discusses the life and music of great songwriter and reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff.

288 - LMNOP

288 - LMNOP

November 22, 2019

LMNOP was the musical outlet for guy named Stephen Fievet from Atlanta who always maintained an element of mystery, a talented songwriter whose up tempo and melodic songs often camouflaged dark themes.

287 - OBSCURED BY SYD

287 - OBSCURED BY SYD

November 15, 2019

In early 1972 Pink Floyd were in the middle of creating one of the most successful and iconic albums in history when they took an unexpected break, flew to France and wrote and recorded an entirely separate album in just two weeks. That very same month, February of 1972, Pink Floyd's enigmatic founding member Syd Barrett surprisingly resurfaced, fronting a new band called Stars.

286 - AOR??????????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

286 - AOR??????????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 8, 2019

Right back atcha with two weeks in a row of killer AOR.

285 - AOR?????????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
284 - WORST OF OZZY - THE EIGHTIES

284 - WORST OF OZZY - THE EIGHTIES

October 24, 2019

BJ and Brian Sword pick the five worst songs from the Ozzy Osbourne albums released in the eighties.

283 - FLYING NUN (PART TWO)

283 - FLYING NUN (PART TWO)

October 18, 2019

The Flying Nun television series starring Sally Field ran on ABC from September of 1967 to September of 1970. New Zealand is a sovereign island country situated in Tasman Sea about 1,200 miles east of Australia comprised of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. Flying Nun is a record label launched by New Zealander Roger Shepherd in 1981 to document the many bands and artists active on the South Island who were developing what would become known as the Dunedin Sound. On this episode, part two, BJ plays a selection of songs from some of the more obscure examples of these Flying Nun bands.

282 - FLYING NUN (PART ONE)

282 - FLYING NUN (PART ONE)

October 11, 2019

The Flying Nun television series starring Sally Field ran on ABC from September of 1967 to September of 1970. New Zealand is a sovereign island country situated in Tasman Sea about 1,200 miles east of Australia comprised of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. Flying Nun is a record label launched by New Zealander Roger Shepherd in 1981 to document the many bands and artists active on the South Island who were developing what would become known as the Dunedin Sound. On this episode, part one, BJ plays a selection of songs from some of the more famous or well-known of these Flying Nun bands.

281 - SCENES FROM THE GOLDMINE WITH CAMERON DYE

281 - SCENES FROM THE GOLDMINE WITH CAMERON DYE

October 4, 2019

Actor and musician Cameron Dye joins BJ to discuss his career in film and music, the main focus being the 1987 film Scenes from the Goldmine and the awesome soundtrack that never was.

You can watch the film here.

280 - RODNEY ON THE ROQ

280 - RODNEY ON THE ROQ

September 27, 2019

For your listening pleasure BJ has assembled a collection of clips from Rodney Bingenheimer's radio program Rodney on the ROQ. These clips were broadcast on 106.7 FM KROQ out of Los Angeles, between 1976 and 1986.

279 - AFTER THE CELLAR

279 - AFTER THE CELLAR

September 20, 2019

BJ is joined by frequent guest Joe Royland for a discussion about the often excellent, sometimes overlooked material Ratt produced in the wake of the breakout success of their debut album Out of the Cellar and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs Ratt released after the Cellar.

BONUS EPISODE: LIVE QUEEN

BONUS EPISODE: LIVE QUEEN

September 16, 2019

Let's close out Freddie's birthday celebration with this bonus episode featuring a killer collection of Queen live recordings.

278 - QUEEN SOLO

278 - QUEEN SOLO

September 13, 2019

Continuing the celebration of Freddie's birthday BJ is joined again by Eric Miller from the Pods & Sods Network for a discussion about the solo careers of Queen's members and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs from that solo output.

277 - EIGHTIES QUEEN

277 - EIGHTIES QUEEN

September 5, 2019

Just in time for Freddie's birthday BJ is joined by Eric Miller from the Pods & Sods Network for a discussion about Queen's output in the eighties and then each counts down his top ten favorite Queen songs from that decade.

276 - BEST OF CREED

276 - BEST OF CREED

August 30, 2019

BJ is joined once again by Brian Sword for another episode of "Best of" wherein the pair force themselves to pick the five best songs by the worst bands. This time around they subjected themselves to the entire Creed discography, the mission being to find the least objectionable Creed songs.

275 - POWER POP IX

275 - POWER POP IX

August 22, 2019

BJ presents two dozen more power pop songs from the late seventies/early eighties for your listening enjoyment.

 

 

274 - NASHVILLE ROCK N POD EXPO 2019

274 - NASHVILLE ROCK N POD EXPO 2019

August 15, 2019

BJ made the trek to Nashville for the third year in a row to take part in the Rock N Pod Expo. On this episode you'll hear the interviews he recorded at the expo, plus a live panel discussion about life in the music business that featured insights from Dave Ellefson, Jason Bieler and Drew Fortier.

273 - HEALTER SKELTER

273 - HEALTER SKELTER

August 9, 2019

The Tate murders happened 50 years ago today.

272 - MAGNUM (with Richie from Focus on Metal)

272 - MAGNUM (with Richie from Focus on Metal)

August 2, 2019

BJ is joined by Richie from the Focus on Metal podcast for a discussion about the long career of British progressive hard rockers Magnum and then each chose his ten favorite Magnum songs.

271 - OVERLOOKED II: ILLUMINATIONS BY LEGGAT

271 - OVERLOOKED II: ILLUMINATIONS BY LEGGAT

July 26, 2019

On this episode BJ exposes you, the lucky listener, to a great lost album from 1982, Illuminations by Leggat, a short-lived band formed in 1981 in Toronto by brothers Hugh and Gord Leggat. Released by Capitol Records only in Canada as a ten song double album, it's an impressive piece of work.

270 - VINYL COUNTDOWN LUCKY 13

270 - VINYL COUNTDOWN LUCKY 13

July 19, 2019

It's time for more great, obscure tracks culled from BJ's record collection.

269 - STEVE EARLE (with Lee McCormack)

269 - STEVE EARLE (with Lee McCormack)

July 12, 2019

BJ let Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us take the lead on this episode, which is devoted to Lee's favorite artist of all time. After a quick overview of Steve Earle's life in music Lee and BJ each counts down his top ten favorite Steve Earle songs.

268 - HALL & OATES (with Jon Lamoreaux)

268 - HALL & OATES (with Jon Lamoreaux)

July 5, 2019

BJ is joined by friend of the show Jon Lamoreaux, host of The Hustle, for an interesting (and mildly combative) discussion about the merits of the half century partnership that is Hall & Oates, and then each counts down his top ten favorite Hall & Oates songs.

267 - POSTHUMOUSLY

267 - POSTHUMOUSLY

June 28, 2019

BJ plays a selection of songs which were unfortunately released posthumously.