ROCK AND/OR ROLL
235 - DIRECT-TO-VIDEO

235 - DIRECT-TO-VIDEO

July 6, 2018

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.

234 - B-SIDES

234 - B-SIDES

June 29, 2018

B-sides: otherwise unreleased songs that appear on the singles but not the albums.

233 - THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK

233 - THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK

June 22, 2018

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!

232 - THE VANDALS TOOK THE HANDLES

232 - THE VANDALS TOOK THE HANDLES

June 15, 2018

For your listening enjoyment BJ presents a collection of cover versions of Bob Dylan songs.

231 - NEIL YOUNG vs. THE EIGHTIES

231 - NEIL YOUNG vs. THE EIGHTIES

June 8, 2018

BJ is joined by Lee McCormack from the Tramps Like Us podcast to discuss the schizophrenic recorded output of Neil Young in the eighties and then each counts down his top ten Neil songs from that decade.

230 - SOUNDS LIKE BRUCE (CO-RELEASE WITH TRAMPS LIKE US)

230 - SOUNDS LIKE BRUCE (CO-RELEASE WITH TRAMPS LIKE US)

June 1, 2018

BJ raided his record collection at the behest of Lee McCormack, the host of Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen Podcast, the quest being to find songs that sounded like Bruce Springsteen, and then Lee played 15 of them on his show, so this episode is a co-release with Tramps Like Us.

229 - THE BEST OF AOR? AOK! (with Greg Snazz)

229 - THE BEST OF AOR? AOK! (with Greg Snazz)

May 25, 2018

May 27, 2018 is the 5th anniversary of the first episode of the podcast and what better way to celebrate five years of Rock and/or Roll than with some AOR! And not just any AOR. For this episode musician and listener Greg Snazz phoned in all the way from Japan with his list of the 20 best AOR songs he's heard on the podcast, and then some. So let's take a walk down MemAORy Lane...

228 - BULLETBOYS’ FREAKSHOW (with Greg Renoff and Jimmy D’Anda)

228 - BULLETBOYS’ FREAKSHOW (with Greg Renoff and Jimmy D’Anda)

May 18, 2018

BJ and guest co-host Greg Renoff, author of Van Halen Rising, are joined by drummer Jimmy D'Anda of the Bulletboys for an in depth discussion about the band's killer second album Freakshow.

227 - JOHN CALE (with Derek Brown)

227 - JOHN CALE (with Derek Brown)

May 11, 2018

On this episode BJ and Derek Brown, guitarist and keyboardist for the Flaming Lips, present an overview of the life and solo career of founding member of the Velvet Underground John Cale and each then picks his top ten favorite John Cale solo songs.

226 - POWERAGE TURNS 40 (with Julian Gill)

226 - POWERAGE TURNS 40 (with Julian Gill)

May 4, 2018

Julian Gill from the KISSFAQ podcast drops by to help BJ celebrate the 40th anniversary this month of the release of AC/DC's classic album Powerage.

225 - TWENTY ONE PILOTS (BJ’s Daughter’s Favorite Band)

225 - TWENTY ONE PILOTS (BJ’s Daughter’s Favorite Band)

April 27, 2018

BJ is joined by his 11 year-old daughter for a discussion about her favorite band, Twenty One Pilots, and she counts down her top 15 favorite TOP songs, plus BJ plays his two favorites.

224 - CLASSIC LIT

224 - CLASSIC LIT

April 20, 2018

For this episode BJ has put together a fun playlist of songs which share a title with a classic literary work.

223 - THE KINK KULMINATION

223 - THE KINK KULMINATION

April 13, 2018

For this second episode devoted to Ray Davies and the Kinks BJ delves deeper into the band's astonishing late sixties output, especially the essential The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society album.

222 - THE KINK KREATION

222 - THE KINK KREATION

April 6, 2018

In part one of a two part examination of the Kinks BJ explains the origins of the band and we begin to hear how the band progressed.

221 - AOR?????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!

221 - AOR?????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!

March 30, 2018

This is the 10th volume of AOR? AOK! and it's a good one.

220 - TOP 20 KISS SONGS

220 - TOP 20 KISS SONGS

March 19, 2018

Inspired by Eddie Trunk c/o Terry Means BJ counts down his top 20 favorite KISS songs.

A RETROSPECTIVE OF MUSICIANS LOST TO GUN VIOLENCE

A RETROSPECTIVE OF MUSICIANS LOST TO GUN VIOLENCE

March 15, 2018

This is a special episode compiled by our friend Eric Miller of the Pods & Sods Network, in solidarity with the student protests of March 14.

219 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: THIRD ALBUMS

219 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: THIRD ALBUMS

March 9, 2018

BJ raided his record collection looking for third albums and put together a killer playlist.

218 - JOHN PRINE

218 - JOHN PRINE

March 2, 2018

John Prine is a songwriter's songwriter. His songs can be literary or funny, serious or clever, but he’s never pretentious, he just has something to say and he makes you think or feel. On this episode BJ looks back at Prine's early career.

217 - BEST OF HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH

217 - BEST OF HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH

February 23, 2018

Rock and/or Roll listeners are familiar with the "Worst of" series where BJ and special guest co-host Brian Sword pick the five worst song by the best bands. Now with this new series "Best of" they've decided to turn that idea on its head and force themselves to pick the five best songs by the worst bands, starting with Hootie and the Blowfish.

216 - ROB ZABRECKY FROM POSSUM DIXON

216 - ROB ZABRECKY FROM POSSUM DIXON

February 16, 2018

BJ has a conversation with Rob Zabrecky from Possum Dixon about the great band's tumultuous decade and the career in magic he has cultivated since.

215 - THE WILDHEARTS

215 - THE WILDHEARTS

February 9, 2018

For this episode BJ has enlisted help from the two biggest Wildhearts fans he knows, his old friends Dan and Chris. Hear them reminisce about their shared discovery of and enthusiastic fandom for the Wildhearts, including a brief overview of the one of a kind band's career, and then at the end the three attempt to narrow down the band's astonishing catalog to just ten essential songs.

214 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP II

214 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP II

February 2, 2018

BJ's record collection: 41 squares, about 80 records per square. The listeners provided the coordinates and BJ plays a song from whatever record they hit.

213 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP

213 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP

January 26, 2018

BJ's record collection: 41 squares, about 80 records per square. The listeners provided the coordinates and BJ plays a song from whatever record they hit.

212 - THE LAST

212 - THE LAST

January 19, 2018

No, it's not the last episode. Not yet at least! This episode is about the classic L.A. post punk band The Last.

211 - FAST EDDIE

211 - FAST EDDIE

January 11, 2018

R.I.P. Fast Eddie Clarke. Thanks for all the kick ass rock and roll.

210 - EIGHTIES SCORPIONS

210 - EIGHTIES SCORPIONS

January 5, 2018

BJ is joined by frequent guest Joe Royland for part two of an overview of the career of German heavy metal pioneers Scorpions and then each counts down his personal top ten favorite Scorpions songs from the eighties.

209 - SEVENTIES SCORPIONS

209 - SEVENTIES SCORPIONS

December 29, 2017

BJ is joined by frequent guest Fistful of Dave for part one of an overview of the career of German heavy metal pioneers Scorpions and then each counts down his personal top ten favorite Scorpions songs from the seventies. 

208 - WAR ON XMAS

208 - WAR ON XMAS

December 22, 2017

Happy holidays!

207 - AOR????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!

207 - AOR????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!

December 15, 2017

Just in time for the holiday season BJ delivers the gift of some more great AOR. 

206 - SAIGON KICK’S WATER WITH BASSIST CHRIS MCLERNON

206 - SAIGON KICK’S WATER WITH BASSIST CHRIS MCLERNON

December 8, 2017

BJ is joined by bassist Chris McLernon for an in depth examination of Saigon Kick's excellent but unfortunately overlooked 1993 album Water.

205 - FAITH NO MORE’S ANGEL DUST WITH PRODUCER MATT WALLACE

205 - FAITH NO MORE’S ANGEL DUST WITH PRODUCER MATT WALLACE

December 1, 2017

BJ is joined by producer Matt Wallace, the man who was at the helm for the first four Faith No More albums, for a thorough examination of the band's 1992 schizophrenic masterpiece Angel Dust.

204 - NO SHAME FREE-FOR-ALL

204 - NO SHAME FREE-FOR-ALL

November 24, 2017

BJ closes out Noshameber with a No Shame potluck featuring No Shame picks from nine different friends of the show: Jon Lamoreaux from The Hustle, Joe Royland from Sit and Spin, Craig Cohen from the Slycast, Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us, Steve Wright from Podder Than Hell and listeners Jason Radtke, Douglas Levy, Jennifer Kjos and Terry Means.

203 - NO SHAME 11 WITH “THE PODFATHER” KEN MILLS

203 - NO SHAME 11 WITH “THE PODFATHER” KEN MILLS

November 16, 2017

For the third week of Noshameber BJ is joined by "The Podfather" himself Ken Mills who oversees a podcasting empire that includes the PodKISSt, Cheap Talk with Trick Chat, Zilch! A Monkees Podcast and POP! A Pop Culture Podcast. 

202 - NO SHAME 10 WITH WALLY AND RICH FROM THE CGCM PODCAST

202 - NO SHAME 10 WITH WALLY AND RICH FROM THE CGCM PODCAST

November 9, 2017

For the second week of Noshameber BJ is joined by Wallygator and Rich "Meister" Dillon from the CGCM Podcast.

201 - NO SHAME 9 WITH MARK STRIGL FROM TALKING METAL

201 - NO SHAME 9 WITH MARK STRIGL FROM TALKING METAL

November 2, 2017

Mark Strigl from Talking Metal joins BJ to celebrate the first week of Noshameber.

PODKISST 108 - UNMASKED Part Deux: BJ’s Revenge

PODKISST 108 - UNMASKED Part Deux: BJ’s Revenge

October 26, 2017

BJ is taking the month of October off but check out this great episode of the PodKISSt where BJ is called out for giving the show a bad iTunes review.

PODKISST 112 - RUNAWAY

PODKISST 112 - RUNAWAY

October 19, 2017

BJ is taking October off but check out this awesome 2015 episode of the PodKISSt where BJ, Ken Mills, Craig Cohen and Jeff Hulit dismantled the 1984 Gene Simmons starring vehicle Runaway.

BIG SCREEN BOOK CLUB EPISODE 2: 58 MINUTES/DIE HARD 2

BIG SCREEN BOOK CLUB EPISODE 2: 58 MINUTES/DIE HARD 2

October 12, 2017

BJ is taking October off but be sure to check out this great episode he did with Craig Cohen for a podcast called Big Screen Book Club in 2015.

BIG SCREEN BOOK CLUB EPISODE 1: NOTHING LASTS FOREVER/DIE HARD

BIG SCREEN BOOK CLUB EPISODE 1: NOTHING LASTS FOREVER/DIE HARD

October 5, 2017

BJ is taking October off but this week and next week you can check out the first two episodes of a podcast called Big Screen Book Club that he did with Craig Cohen in 2015.

200 - 200

200 - 200

September 28, 2017

On this the 200th episode BJ takes a look back, counts down his top ten favorite episodes of the podcast, and we hear from some listeners. Thanks to Greg Snazz, Jennifer Kjos, and Joe and Winter Thomas!

GETTIN’ BOSSY 005 - WORST OF BRUCE: THE EIGHTIES

GETTIN’ BOSSY 005 - WORST OF BRUCE: THE EIGHTIES

September 21, 2017

Not only does this episode play dual roles in the RA/OR universe as an episode of both Gettin' Bossy and Worst of... but BJ and Brian Sword are also joined by Lee McCormack, the host of a great Bruce Springsteen centric podcast called Tramps Like Us, for a Worst of Bruce extravaganza which focuses on the low-points (according to us) of the Boss' eighties output.

198 - THE MICHAEL BUTLER ROCK N POD TRAINWRECK

198 - THE MICHAEL BUTLER ROCK N POD TRAINWRECK

September 14, 2017

Michael Butler gets mad at BJ for getting mad at Michael Butler.

197 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: ROCK N POD ROAD TRIP

197 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: ROCK N POD ROAD TRIP

September 7, 2017

BJ plays a selection of songs from the records he acquired while travelling to and from Nashville for the Rock n Pod Expo.

196 - ROCK N POD 2017

196 - ROCK N POD 2017

September 1, 2017

BJ had a crazy weekend.

195 - POWER POP 7

195 - POWER POP 7

August 24, 2017

Once again it's time for more power pop. Great music on this episode.

194 - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS

194 - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS

August 17, 2017

Stiff Little Fingers used punk rock to criticize and satirize the feuding forces that plagued their homeland and plundered their youth and as fate would have it punk rock fittingly became their ticket out. 

193 - DEVIL’S DEAL: RARE HEAVY METAL 45’s

193 - DEVIL’S DEAL: RARE HEAVY METAL 45’s

August 10, 2017

BJ spins some very cool and rare heavy metal 45's from the eighties, Side A and Side B.

192 - AL GREEN IN THE SEVENTIES

192 - AL GREEN IN THE SEVENTIES

August 3, 2017

The seventies were a very fertile time for rock and roll but over in the realm of soul music Al Green and a core group of musicians were doing something extremely cool and unique.

191 - KISS KONNECTIONS III

191 - KISS KONNECTIONS III

July 28, 2017

Every year Chris and Aaron over at Decibel Geek celebrate Kissmas In July with a month full of Kiss related episodes. In 2015 BJ joined in on the fun with two episodes called Kiss Konnections. July 2017 is almost over but Kiss Konnections III is here just in time!