March 23, 2017
Hello, welcome to Rock and/or Roll.
This one I'm calling "The Episode."
And on this episode every song
Starts with "The" then it's one word long
The Trooper sounds the show begins
But on this episode no one wins
The sound of Built to Spill and Chicken Shack
Like Maiden said, "There's no turning back."
March 19, 2017
You're invited! A veritable cornucopia of podcasters crash one Skype conversation to ask for your support. Please go to gofundme.com/rocknpodexpo or Nashvillerocknpodexpo.com. THANKS!
March 16, 2017
BJ raided his record collection again, this time looking for live albums, and it made for a killer playlist. Give it a listen.
March 9, 2017
BJ is joined by co-host Brian Sword for this first in what will become another Rock and/or Roll series we're calling "Worst of..." and we're starting in the most logical place. BJ and Brian have each picked what they think are the five worst, or five of the worst, Beatles songs. Remember, opinions are like assholes.
March 2, 2017
It's time for volume seven in our ongoing series: AOR? AOK! Sit back and enjoy 21 great melodic rock songs from the eighties and early nineties.
February 23, 2017
Yes it's that time again, time for some great power pop. You're going to love the music on this episode.
February 16, 2017
Kyuss is one of those bands that was ahead of its time. A few years later and they might have been huge. They developed their own sound, accidentally on purpose, and made unique, interesting, compelling music. It wasn't metal, it wasn't grunge. It was Kyuss.
February 13, 2017
If that Unchained Melody episode wasn't up your alley maybe some hard rock and heavy metal will hit the spot?
February 9, 2017
Written to order in 1954 by Alex North and Hy Zaret for a long forgotten film, within a year "Unchained Melody" had become a hit multiple times and has since been recorded by 670 different artists. On this episode we'll explore the history of the song and hear more than 30 different versions that span 60 plus years.
February 2, 2017
You got a fever and the only prescription is...
January 26, 2017
Back on episode number 28 of the podcast BJ played some of his favorite songs from a wide variety of movie soundtracks. With this episode BJ revisits the concept, but this time focuses on great songs that were buried on random movie soundtracks in that glorious decade of the eighties, when new wave and AOR met, got married and had babies.
January 19, 2017
Another band, another episode. The Only Ones had something special, but they came along at a time when it was difficult to stand out and easy to implode. Yet as you'll hear on this episode the band made some great music in the short time that it existed.
January 13, 2017
Nils Lofgren got his first record deal before he was out of his teens and he made four records with that band, Grin, before launching a solo career in 1975 with one of the best records of that decade. Although he never matched the quality of his first solo record Lofgren has had a long and very respectable career as a songwriter and as a member of the E Street Band. Listen as BJ plays his favorites from the Lofgren discography.
January 5, 2017
Way back in March of 2014 BJ took a closer look at the wide variety of bands that have been damned to the purgatory of "hair" metal. On this episode we'll hear even more great songs by bands lost to history because the style and image they reveled in became unfashionable.
December 29, 2016
Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? Yeah, man! Well turn it up, man!
December 22, 2016
Screaming Trees was a classic sounding rock band lost in limbo between the eighties and nineties, between the eras of hair metal and grunge. The band never really found its place but they made some great music, much of which you will hear on this episode.
December 15, 2016
For this special edition of Vinyl Countdown BJ raided his record collection to gather together some of the most interesting and/or entertaining cover versions he could find.
December 8, 2016
On March 31, 1992, a mere six months after Guns N' Roses released two albums on the same day, Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day. They were called Human Touch and Lucky Town and are considered by most Springsteen fans to be low points in the Boss' career. In keeping with the twins theme Rock and/or Roll is releasing two episodes of Gettin' Bossy on the same day! On this episode, entitled Lucky Touch, BJ and his Gettin' Bossy co-host Brian Sword from The Double Stop take a look at the ten song album Bruce wrote and recorded in three weeks time. He was supposed to be writing one more song for Human Touch but instead wrote a second album's worth of material to be released on the same day and called Lucky Town. Then BJ and Brian have each taken the 24 songs that made up the Human Touch and Lucky Town albums and from that group of songs chosen and sequenced one album's worth of material in the spirit of "what could have been." On this episode Brian Sword describes the album he constructed from the available material, an imaginary album called Lucky Touch.
December 8, 2016
On March 31, 1992, a mere six months after Guns N' Roses released two albums on the same day, Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day. They were called Human Touch and Lucky Town and are considered by most Springsteen fans to be low points in the Boss' career. In keeping with the twins theme Rock and/or Roll is releasing two episodes of Gettin' Bossy on the same day! On this episode, entitled Human Town, BJ and his Gettin' Bossy co-host Brian Sword from The Double Stop take a look at how Bruce ended up out in sunny California instead of New Jersey making an album with studio musicians instead of the E Street Band. Then BJ and Brian have each taken the 24 songs that made up the Human Touch and Lucky Town albums and from that group of songs chosen and sequenced one album's worth of material in the spirit of "what could have been." At the end of this episode BJ describes the album that he constructed from the available material, an imaginary album called Human Town.
December 1, 2016
BJ is joined by Joey Haynie from the Rock Strikes Ten podcast for another round of No Shame. Let's do this.
November 25, 2016
Does the music make them do it? Dan and Steve Peters are dedicated to exposing the flip side of rock and roll--its lyrics which suggest suicide and self-destructive behavior.
November 18, 2016
Your time has come. It's a matter of dance and death as BJ is joined by Lee McCormack from the Tramps Like Us podcast to discuss Iron Maiden in the 21st Century and each picks his top ten favorite songs from the five Maiden albums released since 2000. It's the final frontier as we close the book of souls on the Iron Maiden series.
November 10, 2016
A briefcase, a lunch and the man on the edge was Bruce Dickinson. A solo career in his sights, Dickinson left Iron Maiden in 1993 and would be replaced by Blaze Bayley, former frontman of a raucous rock and roll band called Wolfsbane. Blaze would make two somewhat forgotten albums with the band and then be unceremoniously replaced by the man he'd replaced. On this episode BJ speaks with Blaze Bayley himself about the role he played in the Iron Maiden story.
November 7, 2016
Wanna hear what the various members of Iron Maiden did before and after Maiden? On this bonus episode we take that Maiden voyage.
November 3, 2016
This is thirsty work as Mark Cicchini from Three Sides of the Coin joins BJ to discuss his on again/off again relationship with Iron Maiden over the course of the band's career and how it all came to a head with the last two records of the original Bruce Dickinson era. Iron Maiden in the nineties: confusing and confused.
October 27, 2016
Seven holy paths to hell and your trip begins. For this episode BJ is joined by Craig Smith from the Pods & Sods Network to discuss Iron Maiden's aptly titled seventh album. You want to know the truth, son? Lord, we'll tell you the truth.
October 20, 2016
Feels like we've been here before! BJ is joined by frequent and favorite guest Greg Renoff for a discussion about album number six in the Iron Maiden catalogue.
October 13, 2016
Rolling, turning, diving and going in again. It's do or die when BJ lives to fly and flies to live with Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro from the Decibel Geek podcast as they discuss Iron Maiden's fifth album Powerslave released in 1984.
October 6, 2016
The bugle sounds and the charge begins! For the fourth episode in the Iron Maiden series BJ is joined by author DX Ferris to discuss Iron Maiden's classic fourth album Piece of Mind released in 1983.
September 29, 2016
Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of this episode, for it is a human number, its number is three, for this is the third episode in our series on Iron Maiden and this time around BJ is joined by Ryan McKay and A.D. Adams from The Shabby Road Record Show for an entertaining discussion about the band's third album The Number of the Beast.
September 22, 2016
For this second episode in our series on Iron Maiden BJ is joined by frequent guest Fistful of Dave for a discussion about the band's classic second album Killers released in 1981.
September 15, 2016
For the first episode in a ten episode series devoted to the discography of Iron Maiden BJ is joined by author Martin Popoff for a discussion about the origins of the band and the creation of the self-titled debut album released in 1980.
September 1, 2016
BJ goes back to the well for more great Power Pop.
August 25, 2016
It's the episode you've all been waiting for: more AOR! It's a doozy.
August 18, 2016
In this intentionally dichotomous episode BJ plays the heaviest songs he could find by some of the bands or artists often labelled, rightfully so or not, as "soft rock."
August 4, 2016
BJ is once again joined by Julian Gill from the KissFAQ podcast, this time to discuss the roller coaster career of the legend that is Zodiac Mindwarp.
July 28, 2016
BJ celebrates female songwriters and musicians on this episode with a selection of great songs by a broad spectrum of female artists.
July 21, 2016
One small podcast for a man, one giant podcast for mankind.
July 14, 2016
The sixties were a time of strong emotion and social change and the music spoke. Now Rock and/or Roll brings back the spirit of the sixties with the greatest songs of an unforgettable era! Spirit of the sixties brings you songs which live on as a symbol of free expression.
July 7, 2016
The sixties were a time of strong emotions and social change and the music spoke. Now Rock and/or Roll brings back the spirit of the sixties with the greatest songs of an unforgettable era! Spirit of the sixties brings you songs which live on as symbols of free expression.
June 30, 2016
BJ is once again joined by fellow record collector and CheapKISS Records owner Chris Grey, last time it was songs from Radio Station compilations and this time each has selected 12 songs from his collection Various Artists compilations from the late seventies and early eighties. It's all here: power pop, punk, AOR, metal.
June 23, 2016
BJ is joined by Jon Lamoreaux, host of a great podcast called The Hustle, to finish off our series on Def Leppard. Join them as they attempt to figure out how the band arrived at a point where the album X made sense, and should any rock band exist for 40 years.
June 16, 2016
Def Leppard hit the reset button. This week BJ is joined by Randy W. Hall from That Dandy Classic Music Hour for a discussion about the band's 1999 return to form, so to speak.
June 9, 2016
Show the world a brand new face. It's taken us all this time but we've made it to Slang. This week BJ is joined by Pat Francis from the Rock Solid podcast for a look back at Def Leppard's 1996 foray into alternative or modern rock.
June 2, 2016
Do you wanna get rocked? Well this might be the wrong episode. It's still the Def and/or Leppard show as BJ is joined by Eric Miller from The Pods & Sods Network for a frank discussion about the band's triple platinum 1992 release.
May 26, 2016
Break the bubble! Break it up! We're still talking Def Leppard. This week BJ is joined by Joey Haynie from the Rock Strikes Ten podcast for a discussion about the band's massive diamond certified 1987 comeback album.
May 19, 2016
Burn a building! Burn! Burn! Burn! Our series on Def Leppard continues and for this episode BJ is joined by frequent guest Greg Renoff, author of an amazing book from last year called Van Halen Rising, for a discussion about the band's smash hit album from 1983.
May 12, 2016
Our celebration of the Def Leppard catalogue continues as BJ is joined by Julian Gill, author of a spectacular book about the band's history called Leppard Tracks, to discuss the band's classic second album released in July of 1981.