BJ and Jon Lamoreaux from The Hustle discuss the career of R.E.M. and how this once very significant band has seemingly faded from the public consciousness.
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.
It's long overdue but BJ finally spins 24 more great examples of late seventies/early eighties power pop.
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.
In the wake of the recent dissection of the Use Your Illusion albums let's take a listen to what Izzy Stradlin has been up to post-Guns.
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 so...more
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 fro...more
This makes a dozen episodes in the AOR? AOK! series. I'm gonna run out of room for the commas and exclamation points!
BJ put out a request for word suggestions on the Facebook page and on this episode he plays songs inspired by the words provided.
BJ is joined once again by Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us to discuss the high points of Neil Diamond's fifty plus year career as a songwriter and performer.
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 is joined by Gerald Collier from one of his favorite rock bands of the nineties, Best Kissers In The World, for a frank discussion about his adventures in the music industry.
BJ plays songs from the records he picked up on his annual Nashville Rock N Pod Expo road trip.
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.
Gimme an A! Gimme an O! Gimme an R! What's the spell?
Make "Hey" while the sun shines.
On this first episode in a new recurring series BJ focuses on one specific album that has been overlooked and this time around it's a 1980 record by the British band Interview called Snakes & Lovers.
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.
For this episode BJ is joined by Jon Lamoreaux from The Hustle podcast to talk about Jon's favorite band, Crowded House, and then each counts down his top ten favorite Crowded House songs.
For this episode BJ is joined by podcaster and comedy writer Courtney Cronin Dold for a discussion about Kiwi art rockers turned new wave pioneers Split Enz.
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.
B-sides: otherwise unreleased songs that appear on the singles but not the albums.
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 ...more
For your listening enjoyment BJ presents a collection of cover versions of Bob Dylan songs.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
For this episode BJ has put together a fun playlist of songs which share a title with a classic literary work.
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.
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.
This is the 10th volume of AOR? AOK! and it's a good one.
Inspired by Eddie Trunk c/o Terry Means BJ counts down his top 20 favorite KISS songs.
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.
BJ raided his record collection looking for third albums and put together a killer playlist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, it's not the last episode. Not yet at least! This episode is about the classic L.A. post punk band The Last.
R.I.P. Fast Eddie Clarke. Thanks for all the kick ass rock and roll.
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.
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.
Just in time for the holiday season BJ delivers the gift of some more great AOR.
BJ is joined by bassist Chris McLernon for an in depth examination of Saigon Kick's excellent but unfortunately overlooked 1993 album Water.
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.
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.
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.
For the second week of Noshameber BJ is joined by Wallygator and Rich "Meister" Dillon from the CGCM Podcast.
Mark Strigl from Talking Metal joins BJ to celebrate the first week of Noshameber.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Michael Butler gets mad at BJ for getting mad at Michael Butler.
BJ plays a selection of songs from the records he acquired while travelling to and from Nashville for the Rock n Pod Expo.
BJ had a crazy weekend.
Once again it's time for more power pop. Great music on this episode.
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.
BJ spins some very cool and rare heavy metal 45's from the eighties, Side A and Side B.
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.
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!
You can never have too much AOR!
The Nits formed in Amsterdam in 1974 and have released almost 20 albums in 40 years but none of them came out in the US (they are mostly available on iTunes now). They were a clever and creative band, always innovative and capable of greatness, as the songs you will hear on this episode will attest.
BJ Kahuna and Brian Sword are joined by past guest Randy W. Hall from That Dandy Classic Music Hour. who contributed $50 to the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo fund in order to acquire the rights to talk shit about one of his favorite bands in a public forum.
BJ is joined by listeners Sonny Pooni and Steven Michael, each of whom contributed $50 to the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo and thereby secured the rights to a public shaming.
BJ plays a random selection of songs which have two things in common: 1) they are good and 2) a portion of the title is offset by parentheses.
BJ takes a look at the lives and music of a few eccentric (each in his own way) but talented artists. You'll hear some great stories and some great music.
BJ is joined by Dustin Wikoff from the Drunken Lullabies podcast to pay tribute to the life and career of Marc Bolan and then each counts down his top ten favorite T. Rex songs. It's a hubcap diamond star halo of a time!
BJ takes a look at the grunge phenomenon that arose out of Seattle in the late eighties and plays some of the key bands and songs, plus some obscure favorites.
BJ decided to recycle an old idea and once again ask the members of the Rock and/or Roll facebook page for suggestions of bands or artists by whom he might play his favorite song. The listeners obliged!
BJ is joined by old friend Darrell AKA Caleb Fraid to discuss the homegrown cassette label scene that both were a part of in the mid-nineties.
BJ is joined once again by Joe Royland, host of Sit and Spin, for a discussion about that other Canadian power trio and each counts down his top ten favorite Triumph songs, or Triumph's Triumphs.
For this episode special guest Terry Means contributed $50 to the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo fund and in so doing garnered himself the opportunity to join BJ and Brian Sword for a "Worst of" episode of his choice and Terry chose KISS. Get ready to rock and roll all nite and part of every day as each of the three lists what he thinks are the five worst KISS songs of the seventies and the five worst KISS songs of the eighties. Oh yeah!
Rusty Willoughby was the creative force behind the Seattle pop punk band Flop who recorded three albums in the first half of the nineties including a lost classic for Epic Records in 1993 called Whenever You're Ready. On this episode BJ is joined by old friend and biggest Rusty Willoughby fan on earth Chris Standish and together they have a great conversation with the man himself, Rusty Willoughby, about his songwriting career with Pure Joy, Flop, Llama, and solo.
BJ is joined once again by Brian Sword for another volume of "Worst of..." this time each has chosen the five worst Led Zeppelin songs to subject you to.
On this episode BJ plays some of his favorite songs from the Power Metal genre. It's fast-paced and melodic. Enjoy!
Parental Advisory! BJ is joined by Ralph Viera and Ian Wadley from the Rock and Metal Combat podcast for another round of No Shame.
Jane Dornacker was a comedian, actress, singer, songwriter, mother. Approximately one million New Yorkers listened to her last words live on the radio in 1986.
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."
BJ raided his record collection again, this time looking for live albums, and it made for a killer playlist. Give it a listen.
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.
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.
Yes it's that time again, time for some great power pop. You're going to love the music on this episode.
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.
If that Unchained Melody episode wasn't up your alley maybe some hard rock and heavy metal will hit the spot?
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.
You got a fever and the only prescription is...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? Yeah, man! Well turn it up, man!
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.
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.
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...more
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 ...more
BJ is joined by Joey Haynie from the Rock Strikes Ten podcast for another round of No Shame. Let's do this.
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.
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.
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.
Wanna hear what the various members of Iron Maiden did before and after Maiden? On this bonus episode we take that Maiden voyage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you ready?
BJ goes back to the well for more great Power Pop.
It's the episode you've all been waiting for: more AOR! It's a doozy.
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."
THE ALIEN VISITORS: OUR FRIENDS. FRIENDSHIP IS UNIVERSAL. THE FUTURE - TOGETHER.
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.
BJ celebrates female songwriters and musicians on this episode with a selection of great songs by a broad spectrum of female artists.
One small podcast for a man, one giant podcast for mankind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For this first in a series of episodes devoted to a celebration of the Def Leppard catalogue BJ is joined by Joe Royland from the Sit and Spin videocast for a discussion about the band's debut album from 1980.
It's such a shame our friendship had to end.
BJ is joined by Ryan McKay and A.D. Adams from The Shabby Road Record Show for an unfiltered discussion about the elephant in the room of rock and roll: rock stars and their unabashed fondness for underage girls.
It's for your own good! BJ prescribes 22 more doses of awesome yet obscure AOR. They'd be wearing their hearts on their sleeves if their shirts had any sleeves.
Believe it or not there is a thriving rock scene in North America that has been churning out great music for decades but very few people outside of the Canadian province of Quebec even know about it. This is because Quebec (population 8 million) is a predominantly French speaking province surrounded by English speaking provinces and the US below it and this has led to the development of what some people refer to as Francophone: Quebec based bands or artists that choose to perform in French and t...more
It's about time! BJ is once again joined by podcasting legends Craig Smith and Eric Miller from The Pods & Sods Network for another round of No Shame wherein each proudly presents a list of ten songs he enjoys even though many rock fans would probably be ashamed and/or embarrassed to admit to liking such songs but hey, the theme is still NO SHAME and none is felt.
BJ has a conversation with Frank Secich, author of a new book called Circumstantial Evidence, about his experiences over the course of his career in rock and roll, from Blue Ash to Stiv Bators and beyond.
Time flies, hands of the hourglass.
BJ is once again joined by Brian Sword from The Double Stop podcast for the second episode in an ongoing series they're calling "Gettin' Bossy." On episode #64 of the podcast the pair discussed Bruce Springsteen's 1982 album Nebraska and for this episode they decided to tackle the new Springsteen box set called The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. In October of 1979 Bruce Springsteen delivered a completed album to be called The Ties That Bind to his record label, only to change his mind bef...more
It's RA/OR UNPLUGGED as BJ plays 25 of his favorite acoustic songs.
With the debut of Headbangers Ball in April of 1987 MTV began devoting an entire three hour block every Saturday night to nothing but hard rock and heavy metal. Are you ready for a blast from the past? Let's go back and experience a moment in time: Saturday into Sunday morning, October 8th into October 9th, 1988. For your listening enjoyment BJ has engineered an audio recreation of the entire episode of Headbangers Ball from that night.
On this episode BJ plays 50 more songs that are less than two minutes long. After that...sudden death.
On this episode BJ has an in depth conversation with Chip Z'Nuff about the early years of his great band Enuff Z'Nuff and how a power pop band came to be marketed as a hair metal band. Chip also gives us the inside scoop on Enuff Z'Nuff's near misses with reality TV and also the story behind his fellow Chicago band Life Sex & Death and the mysterious Stanley.
With over 100 episodes in the can that means that well over 1000 bands or artists have been played on the podcast thus far, some of them more than once but many of them only once. For this episode BJ revisited the previous episodes and chose 20+ bands or artists to give an encore. On this episode BJ plays another song by bands or artists that have only been played once before on the show.
BJ raids his vinyl collection again.
Michel Pagliaro is a one of a kind artist and a true seventies rock visionary. Famous in Quebec but virtually unknown outside the French Canadian province, Pagliaro made music ahead of its time and yet with obvious universal appeal. On this episode BJ actually has a conversation with this elusive figure in the history of rock music. Many thanks to Simon Fauteux and Six Media Marketing for making this happen!Purchase Pagliaro's music on iTunes HERE.Purchase the tribute album Pag Revisite HERE.
BJ is joined by James Dickerson, author of Colonel Tom Parker: The Curious Life of Elvis Presley's Eccentric Manager, for a conversation about Parker's shady past and mysterious motives and how his conniving impacted the course of Presley's career.
BJ is joined by Joe Royland from Sit and Spin for a discussion of the great rock band Tesla and then each counts down his top ten favorite Tesla songs.
BJ counts down his top ten favorite albums to be released this year, 2015.
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with some AOR?
BJ is joined by Michael Butler, host of The Rock and Roll Geek Show, for another round of No Shame.
Who wants you?
Battle of the Podcast Allstars is a tournament that pits rock podcasters against each other to determine who is rock trivia king, hosted by Ken Pardo and moderated by Eric Miller of Pods and Sods. The final battle of round one features the three winners from round one: BJ from Rock and/or Roll, Ryan McKay from The Shabby Road Record Show and Randy W. Hall from That Dandy Classic Music Hour.
Battle of the Podcast Allstars is a rock trivia tournament between rock podcasters hosted by Ken Pardo and moderated by Eric Miller. On this episode Craig Smith from the Pods & Sods Network will battle Randy W. Hall from That Dandy Classic Music Hour and Joe Royland from Sit and Spin.
Battle of the Podcast Allstars is a rock trivia tournament between rock podcasters hosted by Ken Pardo and moderated by Eric Miller. On this episode Ryan McKay from The Shabby Road Record Show will battle Craig Cohen from Slycast and Zilch! The Monkees Podcast and Ken Mills from the PodKISSt and Cheap Talk.
Battle of the Podcast Allstars is a rock trivia tournament between rock podcasters hosted by Ken Pardo and moderated by Eric Miller. On this episode Chris Czynszak from Decibel Geek will battle Matt Porter from The Kiss Room and our very own BJ Kahuna from Rock and/or Roll.
It's hard to believe this is already the 100th episode of Rock and/or Roll. BJ takes a look back with some help from friends Greg Renoff and Ken Mills and stay tuned until the end when we'll take a look ahead with Eric "Trebek" Miller. And for a limited time you can help BJ celebrate reaching this landmark by going to the new Redbubble store and buying a ROCK AND/OR ROLL T-SHIRT!
Since this is the 99th of the podcast BJ decided to discuss his top ten favorite albums to be released in the corresponding year of 1999.
An album by album discussion of the Cheap Trick catalogue.
Let's spend some time together.
This episode is more popular than Jesus.
As a companion piece to the Nineties Power Pop episode BJ counts down his top ten favorite Teenage Fanclub songs.
On this episode BJ plays some of his favorite songs by some of the various bands and/or artists that came to be called "power pop" in the nineties.
This episode is long overdue! BJ finally gets around to raiding his power pop collection again for an episode filled with obscure gems.
Since this is the 93rd episode of the podcast BJ decided to discuss his top ten personal favorite albums to be released in the corresponding year of 1993.
In the wake of the Metallica episodes BJ is once again joined by Fistful of Dave for a discussion of Thrash Metal in general and a bunch of cool, obscure thrash tunes are included.
BJ is once again joined by Fistful of Dave to discuss Metallica's unfortunate reinvention of themselves with the so-called "Black Album" and then Joey Haynie from the Rock Strikes Ten podcast joins BJ to offer a different perspective on the album and whether or not it was a success, "success" having multiple definitions.
BJ is joined by Fistful of Dave to discuss the early years of Metallica and to examine how the band's unique version of heavy metal developed over the course of the early demos and live performances.
Since this is episode number 89 of the podcast BJ takes a look at his top fifteen favorite albums released in the corresponding year of 1989.
This is for the ones who stood their ground.For Tommy and Gina, who never backed down.
The list of great rock bands still inexplicably excluded from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is way too long and Foreigner may not be near the top of that list but they are on the list, they do deserve that level of respect for what they accomplished and what they contributed to the history of rock and roll. On this episode BJ gives credit where credit is due.
BJ is joined by Randy W. Hall and Handsome Dan from That Dandy Classic Music Hour for this third installment of No Shame. Who will sink so low as to admit to liking a Beatles tune? Listen and find out.
After a brief detour into nineties alternative rock let's cleanse our palate with some AOR!
Last week BJ was joined by Craig and Eric from Pods & Sods to discuss Pearl Jam and the role they played in the "alternative revolution" that temporarily dominated pop culture in the nineties. On this episode BJ takes a look at the myriad of the bands that the members of Pearl Jam were in before Pearl Jam formed.
BJ is once again joined by Craig Smith and Eric Miller, the hosts of Pods & Sods, this time to discuss the fascinating career of Pearl Jam and the part the band played in the "Alternative Revolution" that temporarily dominated pop culture in the nineties.
Since this happens to be the 82nd episode of the podcast BJ presents his top ten favorite albums to have been released in the corresponding year of 1982.
BJ raids his vinyl collection once again in order to present another collection of random favorites and interesting obscurities.
Two artists...two songs...one title. Which song shall be crowned the victor? That's up to you. Vote HERE
It's the Decibel and/or Geek as BJ is joined by AAron Camaro and Chris Czynszak from the Decibel Geek podcast for another installment of "No Shame." Listen as three dudes raised on metal shamelessly admit to liking some decidedly non-metal tunes.
BJ presents a brief history of the 8 track tape cartridge and then raids his own 8 track collection to play some great songs ripped directly from the 8 track tapes. Why? Why not?
Slade were one of the greatest rock bands of the seventies but they also made some amazing music in the eighties and so as a companion piece to the "Into the Eighties" episode let's all celebrate the awesomeness of Slade into the eighties.
On this episode BJ plays some of his favorite songs from the eighties by bands mostly known for what they did in the seventies.
BJ gets some help from special guest Jayson Kohl (aka Eggman) this week as they take a look at an odd collective of bands that arose out of Germany in the late sixties making some very strange sounds that came to be known as Krautrock.
This is the podcast you have heard about.This is the podcast you have read about.Soon you will be talking about the podcasting shock of the year: TWO MINUTE WARNING. On this episode BJ plays 50 songs that are each less than two minutes in length. After that...sudden death.
Since this is episode 74 of the podcast BJ decided to take a look at his own personal top ten favorite albums that were released in the corresponding year of 1974.
BJ is joined by special guest Chris Grey, co-owner of Cheapkiss Records, who was gracious enough to share with us his vast collection of regional radio station compilations from the early eighties. BJ and Chris discuss the obsessive nature of record collecting and then you'll get to hear a bunch of cool songs by local, unsigned bands from those radio station comps.
I simply could not devote an episode of the podcast to Rod Stewart without also acknowledging the brilliance of his former bandmate Ronnie Lane. Enjoy this bonus episode.
BJ closely examines the first ten years or so of a storied career. Rod Stewart played a pretty major role in the development of rock and roll before he forsook his artistry (and the guy was a true artist) for the pomp and circumstance of pomp and circumstance. If you are unfamiliar with Rod's early work, solo and with the Faces, prepare to be impressed.
It's time for Pods and/or Roll as BJ is joined by Craig Smith and Eric Miller from the Pods & Sods podcast for a revelatory discussion about songs each of them likes that people more prone to shame and/or embarrassment would perhaps hesitate to admit to liking but the theme of this episode is "no shame" and absolutely none is felt.
Since this is episode number seventy BJ decided to take a look at his own personal top ten favorite albums that were released in the corresponding year of 1970.
It's Shabby and/or Road! BJ is joined by Ryan McKay and A.D. Adams from a great podcast called The Shabby Road Record Show and together they turn the idea of the "Sophomore Slump" on its head by discussing bands' second albums which they think were better than the debut.
BJ plays too many of his favorite "new wave" songs but he wanted to play a lot more.
For this epsiode BJ is joined by Ira Robbins, co-founder and editor of the legendary Trouser Press magazine, the Trouser Press Record Guides and the Trouser Press website to discuss the convoluted genre that is "New Wave."
BJ continues his celebration of the truly inspired work of one of his favorite artists. As you will hear Lindsey Buckingham has created some astonishing pop music post-Tusk, with and without Fleetwood Mac.
In part one of his two part tribute to one of his very favorite songwriters BJ presents an overview of Lindsey Buckingham's career, focusing on the amazing Lindsey Buckingham album contained within Fleetwood Mac's 1979 double album Tusk.
BJ is joined by special guest Brian Sword of The Double Stop podcast to discuss Bruce Springsteen's 1982 folk masterpiece Nebraska.
This one could go over like a lead balloon. BJ outs the led and gets the led out.
BJ shares some of his favorite tunes by one his favorite bands.
BJ plays some of his favorite heavy metal songs from the eighties. That means metal with hooks.
The episode without a theme! BJ just wanted an excuse to play some songs he loves.
On this episode BJ has a conversation with Lea Hart about his decades long career as a rock songwriter with his bands Slowbone, The Roll-Ups, and Ya Ya; and also his time in Fastway and his solo career.
BJ raids his vinyl collection again to play some more of his obscure favorites.
BJ is once again joined by author of Van Halen Rising Greg Renoff, this time to discuss the phenomenon known as "Van Hagar." Why did Sammy Hagar alienate so many Van Halen fans and who else might the brothers have chosen to replace David Lee Roth?
BJ is once again joined by old friends Chris and Dave to discuss a band that all three of them agree used to be great. Used to be.
BJ is joined by two old friends Chris and Dave to discuss a band that three of them agree in its prime was one of the greatest rock bands ever--Soul Asylum.
Inspired by the film Boyhood BJ sets out to construct a "lost Beatles album" from all of the Fab Four's post-Beatles solo work.
The Bee Gees were a lot more than a disco band. BJ presents an overview of the early career of these amazing artists.
BJ put out a request on Facebook for listeners to suggest bands or artists by whom he might play his favorite song and this episode is the result.
BJ presents an overview of the unfortunately brief career of one of the great unsung rock bands of the seventies: Artful Dodger.
To celebrate the 50th episode of the podcast BJ went back and selected some of his favorite songs from the previous 49 episodes.
BJ plays some absolutely killer heavy metal from the eighties, the hitch is these songs were all sung in languages other than English. If you're a fan of eighties metal prepare to have your mind blown.
BJ is joined once again by Greg Renoff, author of the forthcoming book Van Halen Rising, but this time to discuss one of BJ's favorite bands growing up: Dokken.
BJ plays more of his favorite AOR songs.
BJ plays more songs which are connected to KISS in some way.
BJ plays a variety of songs which are connected to KISS in some way.
BJ has a conversation with Adny Shernoff aka Andy Shernoff, the brains behind one of the coolest rock bands ever, The Dictators.
BJ plays some of his favorite rock songs where the piano is the main instrument, and they're not all ballads!
BJ plays some of his favorite songs from all the indie rock seven inch singles he collected in the nineties.
BJ raids his record collection and plays some of his obscure favorites, direct from the vinyl.
BJ has a conversation with David Konow about his books Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal and Reel Terror.
BJ plays more of his favorite songs from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
BJ is joined by Fistful of Dave to discuss the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
BJ is joined by Greg Renoff, author of the forthcoming book Van Halen Rising, to discuss the topic of his book: the early years of Van Halen.
BJ and special guest Matthew Joseph discuss the many detours KISS took in the eighties.
BJ takes a closer look at the vast array of bands unfairly tagged "hair metal."
BJ has a great conversation with guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman about his seminal heavy metal bands Deuce, Vixen, and Hawaii.
BJ has a conversation with Jon Montgomery, frontman for legendary NYC rock band Street Punk.
BJ plays more of his favorite obscure power pop.
BJ has a conversation with Michael Butler, host of the Rock and Roll Geek Show, about his band American Heartbreak and about his favorite moments from his long-running podcast.
BJ plays some of his favorite rock songs which are sung in languages other than English.
The final installment of BJ's Oz Rock trilogy.
BJ plays some of his favorite songs from movie soundtracks.
BJ plays more of his favorite rock and roll from down under.
BJ takes a look at the history of Australian rock and plays some of his favorites.
BJ plays some of his favorite rock that came out in 2013.
The obligatory X-mas episode.
Parental Advisory: Explicit Content.
BJ examines the origins of the genre of punk rock and plays some of his favorites.
BJ has a conversation with author Frank Portman, a.k.a. Dr. Frank from pop punk band the Mr. T Experience.
BJ and Fistful of Dave play some of their favorite heavy seventies rock.
BJ is joined by author Martin Popoff and Fistful of Dave to discuss just what heavy means and how heavy rock developed over the course of the seventies.
It's the PodKISSt and/or Roll! BJ and an esteemed panel discuss the KISS album that never was.
BJ takes a close look at the tragic career of a truly wonderful band.
BJ plays a bunch of rare recordings from the Sunset Strip glam explosion of the late eighties/early nineties.
BJ takes a look at the development of the Sunset Strip hard rock scene in the seventies and early eighties.
BJ examines the art of the cover song, what exactly is a "cover" and what makes for a great cover song.
BJ has a conversation with Sean Spillane from the Sub Pop band Arlo and more recently the artist behind the soundtracks for films The Woman and Jug Face.
BJ pays tribute to what an "album" used to be, when it meant something.
BJ plays some of his favorite AOR songs. They'd be wearing their hearts on their sleeves if their shirts had any sleeves!
BJ and his co-host D. Plov attempt to answer a question asked by Indiana punk band The Gizmos--"Progressive Rock, it really sucks, don't it? Don't it really suck?"
BJ has a conversation with Kory Clarke of Warrior Soul about his career in rock and roll.
BJ examines the importance of the city of Detroit in the history of rock and roll.
BJ plays some of his favorite Canadian rock from the seventies.
BJ examines the history of the Pub Rock movement in the UK in the seventies.
BJ has a conversation with Jimme O'Neill, frontman for the classic bands Fingerprintz and The Silencers.
BJ investigates how glam rock manifested itself in the US in the seventies.
BJ gives an overview of the Glam Rock phenomenon that overtook the UK in the mid-seventies and plays some of his favorite Junk Shop Glam.
BJ plays some of his favorite power pop songs.
On the debut episode BJ gives a sort of introduction to himself and then presents a short history of the genre of power pop.