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Thursday, April 12, 2018

RA/OR 223 - THE KINK KULMINATION






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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

RA/OR 222 - THE KINK KREATION





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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

RA/OR 221 - AOR?????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!



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




ENGLAND 402 - DAY AFTER DAY
LAURENCE ARCHER - HIDING AWAY
ARLEN SALTE - IN THE POWER OF LOVE
FRANK RYAN - FIRE IN THE DARK
CHANNEL - I'M BY YOUR SIDE
ZINATRA - ONLY YOUR HEART
BRINX - RAIN ON THE CITY
BECKETT - HOW CAN THE GIRL REFUSE
ROMEO - IT AIN'T WORTH IT
ROBBIN JULIEN - HERE WE GO
NUMBER NINE - WE'RE THE FUTURE
THE PRESS - DO YOU CARE ANYMORE
BRIAR - TO MY DOOR
DELLA STREET - GEMINI
DISTANCE - NO WAY OUT
SHARON O'NEILL - LOSING YOU
MONEY TALKS - IN A TRANCE
SEASONS IN COLOR - STAY IN TIME
ASK A STRANGER - STARLIGHT
PATRICK SIMMONS - KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR

Monday, March 19, 2018

RA/OR 220 - TOP 20 KISS SONGS









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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A RETROSPECTIVE OF MUSICIANS LOST TO GUN VIOLENCE








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.

Friday, March 9, 2018

RA/OR 219 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: THIRD ALBUMS







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

ALICE COOPER - SECOND COMING
SAXON - TO HELL AND BACK AGAIN
BLACK N BLUE - RULES
THE BOOMTOWN RATS - SOMEONE'S LOOKING AT YOU
THE KNACK - SWEET DREAMS
ROXY MUSIC - MOTHER OF PEARL
THE CONNELLS - UPSIDE DOWN
DESCENDENTS - CHEER
ALDO NOVA - IF LOOKS COULD KILL
THE GO-GO's - CAPTURE THE LIGHT
SQUEEZE - ANOTHER NAIL IN MY HEART
TOM PETTY - WHAT ARE YOU DOIN' IN MY LIFE
SPARKS - HERE IN HEAVEN
BLUE OYSTER CULT - FLAMING TELEPATHS
BLACK SABBATH - INTO THE VOID
OZZY OSBOURNE - SLOW DOWN
QUIET RIOT - LOVE'S A BITCH
PAT BENATAR - TAKE IT ANYWAY YOU WANT IT
RATT - IT DOESN'T MATTER
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH - DO WHAT THOU WILT
SOUL ASYLUM - CRASHING DOWN
KIX - SCARLET FEVER
KING KOBRA - IT'S MY LIFE
LED ZEPPELIN - OUT ON THE TILES

Friday, March 2, 2018

RA/OR 218 - JOHN PRINE






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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

RA/OR 217 - BEST OF HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH







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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

RA/OR 216 - ROB ZABRECKY FROM POSSUM DIXON



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.








Thursday, February 8, 2018

RA/OR 215 - THE WILDHEARTS







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:

Sick of Drugs
TV Tan
Show a Little Emotion
29 X the Pain
I Wanna Go Where the People Go
Two Way Idiot Mirror
Someone That Won't Let Me Go
Bang!
Everlone
Slaughtered Authors

Honorable mentions:

There's Only One Hell
Mazel Tov Cocktail
Putting It On
News of the World
Do the Channel Bop
Vanilla Radio
Geordie In Wonderland
Hard Way 
Bi-Polar Baby
Red Light Green Light
Girlfriend Clothes
Schizophonic
Sky Babies
etcetera



Tower Records In Store SXSW 2004

Here's a link to an article BJ wrote about The Wildhearts for the Decibel Geek website in 2013.

Friday, February 2, 2018

RA/OR 214 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP II







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.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

RA/OR 213 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP







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.




Friday, January 19, 2018

RA/OR 212 - THE LAST




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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

RA/OR 210 - EIGHTIES SCORPIONS





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.



Friday, December 29, 2017

RA/OR 209 - SEVENTIES SCORPIONS






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. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

RA/OR 208 - WAR ON XMAS





ENUFF Z'NUFF - HAPPY HOLIDAY
DEAN GRAY - DR. WHO ON HOLIDAY
SEX PISTOLS - HOLIDAY IN THE SUN (LIVE AT WINTERLAND, SAN FRANSISCO, JANUARY 14, 1978)
PIXIES - HOLIDAY SONG (LIVE)
OLD 97's - LONELY HOLIDAY
GINGER - HOLIDAY
DEAD KENNEDYS - HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA (LIVE)
THE KINKS - HOLIDAY (BBC SESSIONS)
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM - HOLIDAY ROAD
JOHN CORABI - HOOLIGAN'S HOLIDAY (ACOUSTIC)
NAZARETH - HOLIDAY
WEEZER - HOLIDAY
SCORPIONS - HOLIDAY (LIVE COLOGNE, GERMANY 11-18-1988)

Friday, December 15, 2017

RA/OR 207 - AOR????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!



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



PRICE/SULTON - STORIES
BRETT WALKER - NO SHORTCUT TO PARADISE
SYNCH - GIVE LOVE ANOTHER TRY
LINE - SOLITARY NITE
DESPERATE ANGEL - DESPERATE ANGEL
RAMPAGE - FIND A WAY
RONDINELLI - THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
PROTOTYPE - VIDEO KIDS
QWEST - DON'T SAY NO
HARLEQUIN - SAY GOODNIGHT
KEVIN MCKNELLY - YOU'RE ON MY MIND
JOJO - I CAN WAIT
DAVID PACK - WON'T LET YOU LOSE ME
THE MUGGS - COMEBACK
AIDEAN - TOKYO
MORITZ - CAUGHT UP IN THE ACTION
NIGHT WORK - STEALING YOUR HEART
SERGEANT - MAKE YOUR MOVE
THE CITY - INVISIBLE MAN
CLIMB - TRY ON
MARK POGUE & FORTRESS - WHO DO I BELIEVE

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

RA/OR 206 - SAIGON KICK'S WATER WITH BASSIST CHRIS MCLERNON







This week we take a look at another band following up a hit record with a challenging release. For this episode BJ is joined by bassist Chris McLernon for an in depth examination of Saigon Kick's excellent but unfortunately overlooked 1993 album Water.


Friday, December 1, 2017

RA/OR 205 - FAITH NO MORE'S ANGEL DUST WITH PRODUCER MATT WALLACE







How does a band like Faith No More follow up a platinum album and top ten single? On this episode BJ is joined by producer Matt Wallace, the man at the helm for the first four Faith No More albums, for a thorough examination of the band's 1992 schizophrenic masterpiece Angel Dust.

Friday, November 24, 2017

RA/OR 204 - NO SHAME FREE-FOR-ALL





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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

RA/OR 203 - NO SHAME 11 WITH "THE PODFATHER" KEN MILLS



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. 



Friday, November 10, 2017

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





For the second week of Noshameber BJ is joined by Wallygator and The Meister from the CGCM Podcast for a very Canadian round of No Shame.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

RA/OR 200 - 200











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. Special thanks to Greg Snazz, Jennifer Kjos, and Joe and Winter Thomas and much thanks to anyone and everyone who has ever appeared on the show or listened to the show.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

GETTIN' BOSSY 005 - WORST OF BRUCE: THE EIGHTIES




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.





Thursday, September 14, 2017

198 - THE MICHAEL BUTLER ROCK N POD TRAINWRECK







It's the conclusion of the Rock N Pod trilogy. Michael Butler gets mad at BJ for getting mad at Michael Butler. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

RA/OR 197 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: ROCK N POD ROAD TRIP






BJ plays songs from the records he acquired over the course of his Rock n Pod weekend road trip with stops in Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville and St. Louis.


SURRENDER - IT'S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE
STRAIGHT EIGHT - NOTHING TO LIVE FOR
HAWKS - THE GREAT ESCAPE
TOM DICKIE AND THE DESIRES - TWISTED YEARS
DONNIE IRIS - 10TH STREET
GENYA RAVAN - SHOT IN THE HEART
PROPHET - STREET SECRETS
RIGGS - CHRISTINE
MICHAEL WHITE - RADIO
WAYSTED - HELL COMES HOME
WILD DOGS - TWO WRONGS
QUEEN CITY KIDS - RIPPED OFF
THE BOYS - GABRIELLE
HUDSON BROTHERS - ISN'T IT LOVELY
STRETCH - IF THE CAP FITS
VELVET ELVIS - OUT OF MY HANDS
DESMOND CHILD & ROUGE - IMITATION OF LOVE
WITNESS - YOU'RE NOT MY LOVER
TIM KARR - INNOCENT KISS
ROUGHHOUSE - DON'T GO AWAY
TEENAGE HEAD - AIN'T GOT NO SENSE

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

RA/OR 195 - POWER POP VII






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

THE RAISINS - QUARTERS
HORIZONTAL BRIAN - EX-ARMY BOY
BLUE SHOES - SOMEONE LIKE YOU
ZOOT ALORS - SEND ME A POSTCARD
TOMMY HOEHN - WALK ALL OVER
STRANGEWAYS - WASTING TIME
BRUCE MOODY - A.M. ROMANCE
THE SQUARES - THIS IS AIREBEAT
THE SCREEN GEMZ - TEENAGE TEENAGE
THE ACES - ONE WAY STREET
THE DIRECTIONS - IT MAY BE TOO LATE
THE M&M'S - I'M TIRED
THE STRIPES - OBSERVER
THE COSMETICS - GUILT
PAUL WARREN & EXPLORER - TAKIN' HER BACK
THE PERFECTORS - TINY RADIO
THE CASSETTES - DON'T LABEL ME
THE PROBERS - TELL ME
THE SHAKERS - CHANGE MY MIND
ROCKER - SATELLITE RAIN
THE COLD - WAKE UP
RICHARD & THE TAXMEN - NOW WE'RE THROUGH
3D - IT'S NO FUN
GLASS MOON - SHE'S ON
THE WINDBREAKERS - MAKE A FOOL OUT OF ME
MIKE VIOLA AND SNAP - NOT THE ONLY ONE

Thursday, August 17, 2017

RA/OR 194 - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS







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. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

RA/OR 193 - DEVIL'S DEAL: RARE HEAVY METAL 45's






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

STITCH - DEVIL'S DEAL b/w TOUCHIN' THE STARS
SIREN - TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD b/w METRO MERCENARY
HIROSHIMA - SOLDIER OF THE WORLD b/w NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE
KEEN HUE - ONE OF TWO b/w SPREAD YOUR WINGS OF FIRE
SASHAY - LOOKING FOR SOME ACTION b/w TOGETHER
SATIN STEEL - KICK ME WHERE IT HURTS b/w LET'S NOT DIE
WHITE LIGHTNING - THIS POISON FOUNTAIN b/w HYPOCRITE
SALEM - COLD AS STEEL b/w REACH FOR ETERNITY
DENIGH - NO WAY b/w RUNNING
RAW DEAL - OUT OF MY HEAD b/w IN THE MOOD
RICOCHET - MIDAS LIGHT b/w OFF THE RAILS
SPOILER - KICK DOWN THE WALL b/w STARBLIND CHILD

Friday, August 4, 2017

RA/OR 192 - AL GREEN IN THE SEVENTIES







The seventies were a very fertile time for rock and roll but over in the realm of soul music Al Green, producer Willie Mitchell and a core group of musicians were making music that was extremely cool and unique. On this episode BJ examines the life and art of Al Green in the seventies.