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Friday, May 25, 2018

RA/OR 229 - BEST OF AOR? AOK! (with Greg Snazz)





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...

Friday, May 18, 2018

RA/OR 228 - BULLETBOYS' FREAKSHOW (with Greg Renoff and Jimmy D'Anda)





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.




Friday, May 11, 2018

RA/OR 227 - JOHN CALE (with Derek Brown)







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.

Friday, May 4, 2018

RA/OR 226 - POWERAGE TURNS 40 (with Julian Gill)





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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

RA/OR 225 - TWENTY ONE PILOTS (BJ's Daughter's Favorite Band)






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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

RA/OR 224 - CLASSIC LIT






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

METALLICA - FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
WARRANT - UNCLE TOM'S CABIN
QUEEN - BRIGHTON ROCK
BILLY SQUIER - CATCH 22 (LIVE)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - NIGHT
DIRTY LOOKS - TURN OF THE SCREW
KISS - ODYSSEY
THE HERD - PARADISE LOST
WARRIOR SOUL - THE WASTELAND
THE KINKS - ANIMAL FARM
NEW YORK DOLLS - FRANKENSTEIN
JOHNNY THUNDERS - IN COLD BLOOD
NEW MODEL ARMY - GREAT EXPECTATIONS
HYSTERIC NARCOTICS - CHARLOTTE'S WEB
CHEAP TRICK - LOLITA
TOMMI GUNN - ON THE ROAD
RHETT FORRESTER - GONE WITH THE WIND
FREHLEY'S COMET - STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND
THE GRAPES OF WRATH - TRAVELLIN'
STEPPENWOLF - NONE OF YOUR DOING
SOUL ASYLUM - GULLIBLE'S TRAVELS





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.