Monday, May 30

Where in the World...

People all over the world are listening to KJRW!  It is sort of mind-blowing to me.  Some friends have expressed interest in this topic.  So I thought I would share a list of the countries where people are listening.  The United States tops the list, of course, but rounding out the top ten are:  Canada, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, Peru, Brazil, Columbia and Singapore.  What do you think of that?

Friday, May 27

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

We have a new number one!  It is a cover of a Rolling Stones song by Devo.  It's the third song by Devo that has been on KJRW.  The other two were not very popular.  A fourth Devo song was added today.  We will have to see how that one fares.  Here's this week's list of the most popular songs on KJRW:
  1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Devo
  2. Soup Is Good Food - Dead Kennedys
  3. Black Math - White Stripes
  4. Activity GRRRL - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  5. Dreaming - Blondie
  6. Radio - New Hell Republic
  7. Precious - Pretenders
  8. Time For Livin' - Beastie Boys
  9. Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols
  10. Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies
Questions?  Comments?  Please post below.

Monday, May 23

I Love Rock 'N' Roll

I spent Saturday night hugging the stage at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA.  The Blackhearts arrived a little late due to a power outage in Minneapolis.  They chartered a jet to get to the west coast.  The band certainly did not show signs of fatigue.  (The one exception was Manager/Keyboard player Kenny Laguna, who had to leave the stage a few times.  But we can certainly forgive him.)  It was a high-energy show from start to finish.

As usual, they began with "Bad Reputation" and "Cherry Bomb".  Two other Runaways songs were played in addition to "Cherry Bomb":  "I Love Playing With Fire" and the first song Joan Jett ever wrote, "You Drive Me Wild".  The most recent album, "Sinner" was highlighted with it's tracks:  "A.C.D.C.", "Naked", "Change the World", "Androgynous", "Fetish" and "A 100 Feet Away".  The latter originally appeared on "Album".  Other songs from "Album" performed were "Fake Friends", "The French Song" and what has become the last song played at most shows, "Everyday People."  (Yes, the Sly and the Family Stone song.)  Of course they played the hits: "Do You Wanna Touch Me", "Crimson and Clover", "I Hate Myself For Loving You", "Light of Day" and "I Love Rock 'N' Roll".  I was pleased they did a couple of my favorites, "Love Is Pain" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog." 

It was especially amusing to see Joan "prepare" for the cover of Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by bending over and shaking her hair out at the back of stage left.  When she stood back up, you could tell that she was "in the zone".  Lead Guitarist Dougie Needles and Drummer Thommy Price were as great as always.  Bassist Acey Slade was a welcome addition.  He tossed a couple guitar picks our way.

My disappointment was with the Emerald Queen Casino security.  I tried to give Joan some gifts we had brought, but the guard at the door was very rude.  Another guard lied to us and said that she was already headed to the airport.  Not only did Joan stay to sign autographs and take pictures that night, but she spoke at a high school in Edmonds, WA today.

If you have never seen Joan Jett and the Blackhearts live, I highly recommend it.  Even "non-fans" have said they put on "a helluva show".

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Saturday, May 21

Better Than Ezra

Yesterday, a few of us were laying about, watching old episodes of Bill Maher's show and eating Thai food.  We decided KJRW needed a tagline, or two, or more.  Someone said, "KJRW is better than paying twelve dollars to sit in a theatre and watch Thor."  Another said, "KJRW is better than your high school reunion."  Then there was, "KJRW is better than bansawing weasels for heroin money."  Okay, so we got a little out there.  What do you think KJRW is better than?  Comment below.

Friday, May 20

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

The Dead Kennedys remain at number one on this week's Top Ten.  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts move up to number two.  :-)  Peter Gabriel makes his first appearance in the Top Ten.  Here's the whole list:
  1. Soup Is Good Food - Dead Kennedys
  2. Activity GRRRL - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  3. Precious - Pretenders
  4. Dreaming - Blondie
  5. Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
  6. Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies
  7. Holiday In Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
  8. Bitchin' Camaro - Dead Milkmen
  9. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
  10. Get Down, Make Love - Nine Inch Nails
Vote for your favorite songs while they are playing on KJRW by clicking the 'thumbs up' icon.

Tuesday, May 17

What's Happening, Hot Sauce?

I picked up the new Beastie Boys album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two on the 6th.  It was during a quick visit to one of my favorite stores, Newbury Comics.  It began as a little place on Newbury Street in Boston and has since expanded to several stores.  I was at the Avon, Mass. store for a little over a half hour, sifting quickly through the Rock CD bins.  Along with the Beastie Boys, I also picked up some Black Keys, Weezer, Cracker, Devo, Clash, Garbage and Soundgarden.

On the drive from Avon to Worcester, Mass., I listened to the Beastie Boys CD twice.  It started off great with "Make Some Noise".  "OK" and "Say It" were good, too.  I think the most rocking tune was "Lee Majors Come Again". It debutes on KJRW this Friday.

Are there any songs you've heard lately that you think should be on KJRW?

Friday, May 13

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

Lots of changes in the Top 10 this week.  The song at number one was at the bottom of the list when it was added to the mix a few weeks ago.  I had even considered taking it off the station.  Now that is quite a turnaround!  Oh, and may I say that I am pleased to see Joan Jett at number 3.
  1. Soup Is Good Food - Dead Kennedys
  2. Precious - Pretenders
  3. Activity Grrrl - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  4. Bitchin' Camaro - Dead Milkmen
  5. Train In Vain - Clash
  6. Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies
  7. 21st Century (Digital Boy) - Bad Religion
  8. The Hardest Button To Button -  White Stripes
  9. Be My Baby - Dollyrots
  10. Ball and Chain - Social Distortion
Remember to vote for songs by clicking on the thumbs up or down while they are playing on KJRW.