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.
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.
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.
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.
Friend of the show Craig Cohen recently had the opportunity to speak with CJ Ramone and wanted you all to hear it. Thanks Craig!
Check out CJ's new solo album The Holy Spell that comes out next week.
Have you read the news in the Soho Tribune? On this, the fourth episode in the Motley Crue series, BJ is joined by Bakko and Loose Cannon from Cobras and Fire. Listen in as they conduct a gynecological exam on Motley's fourth album Girls Girls Girls.
BJ and returning guest Craig Cohen discuss the various incarnations of Black Sabbath that took shape as Tony Iommi shepherded the band through the turbulent decade of the eighties and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs the band produced in those ten years.
There may be nearly 40 different species of wild cat running around out there, but only four make it into the big cat club: the lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar. Many bands have chosen to name themselves after one of these variants, including cheetah, panther and cougar. Hear them roar on this very special episode.
On September 17th, 1991 Guns n' Roses released two CDs on the same day, crammed with 30 songs and more than 2 1/2 hours of music. This was a questionable way to follow up one of the most critically praised and commercially successful debut albums of all time. On November 16th, 2018 BJ Kahuna and Brian Sword released two episodes of Rock and/or Roll on the same day, crammed with more than 2 1/2 hours of commentary. On this episode, Use Your Illusion II, each counts down his five least favorite songs from the 30 songs included on these gratuitous collections.
On September 17th, 1991 Guns n' Roses released two CDs on the same day, crammed with 30 songs and more than 2 1/2 hours of music. This was a questionable way to follow up one of the most critically praised and commercially successful debut albums of all time. On November 16th, 2018 BJ Kahuna and Brian Sword released two episodes of Rock and/or Roll on the same day, crammed with more than 2 1/2 hours of commentary. On this episode, Use Your Illusion I, each counts down his five favorite songs from the 30 songs included on these gratuitous collections.
John Kastner from the classic Canadian punk bands the Asexuals and the Doughboys tells BJ all about his experiences in the music business, from hand to mouth punk tours in the eighties to signing with a major label in the nineties and eventually going into artist management.
BJ is joined once again by Joey Haynie from Rock Strikes Ten for a discussion about the life and crimes of Alice Cooper in the 1980's, from new wave to hair metal and everything in between, and then each counts down his top ten favorite Alice songs from that tumultuous decade.
Titanic Love Affair formed at the University of Illinois in the late eighties and released two albums and an EP in the nineties before the band's driving force, the late Jay Bennett, joined Jeff Tweedy's post-Uncle Tupelo band Wilco. On this episode BJ celebrates this great, unsung band.
BJ had a great time at the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo last weekend. Hear him interview Troy Lucketta of Tesla, Paul Taylor of Winger, Joe X. Dube and Brendan Harkin of Starz and Ben and Dakota Denman. And for an encore BJ takes the Canadian Inquisition.
BJ is joined by Craig Cohen from Slycast and Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us to discuss the trials and tribulations of punk legends the Ramones in the eighties and then each counts down his top ten favorite Ramones songs from that decade.
In a world where producers were greenlighting low budget films to be released directly to video there would be no soundtracks, but there would still be music. There were songs in those movies. Otherwise unreleased songs. Great songs. These are those songs.
The Transformers: The Movie is a 6 million dollar animated film that came out in 1986, co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin, who also produced the original The Transformers television series on which the film was based. The origins of that cartoon series was a line of toys produced by Hasbro, based on designs which originated in Japan, toys that were vehicles which transformed into robots. The film spawned an amazing hard rock soundtrack which is the focus of today’s episode. On this episode you will hear conversations BJ had with Stan Bush, who wrote and sang the first single from the soundtrack, "The Touch," Vince Dicola, who wrote the song "Dare," also sung by Stan Bush (Vince also wrote the score for the film), and members from the three bands featured on the soundtrack: Jerry Best, bassist from Lion, who recorded a heavy metal version of The Transformers theme, Ernie Petrangelo, guitarist and songwriter from Rhode island metal band NRG, responsible for the killer track "Instruments of Destruction," and Larry Gillstrom, guitarist from Canadian heavy metal band Kick Axe, who were credited as Spectre General for the soundtrack, they contributed two songs, "Nothing’s Gonna Stand In Our Way" and "Hunger." This episode is a deep dive into one of the funnest movie soundtracks of the eighties. It's more than meets the ear!