Friday, September 30

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

Still a couple from Bad Religion in the Top Ten for the first week of Fall.  Here's who made the list:
  1. Steady, As She Goes - Raconteurs
  2. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  3. American Idiot - Green Day
  4. Someday - Strokes
  5. Infected - Bad Religion
  6. Pride (In The Name Of Love) - U2
  7. Stranger Than Fiction - Bad Religion
  8. Kiss Them for Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees
  9. Waiting Room - Fugazi
  10. Breed - Nirvana
Songs being added from R.E.M., the Sex Pistols and the Ramones for More Music Monday -- as well as new Blondie!

The Class of 2012

The nominees for the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame are:
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Cure
  • Guns 'N Roses
  • Heart
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Beastie Boys
  • Donna Summer
  • War
  • Donovan
  • The Spinners
  • Rufus with Chaka Khan
  • The Small Faces/The Faces
  • Freddie King
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Laura Nyro
Vote here:  http://rockhall.com/get-involved/interact/poll/
I won't tell you who to vote for, but their name is in bold.  ;-)

Friday, September 23

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

Last week, the Ramones had three songs in the top ten, but now none.  Bad Religion and Green Day each have two.  Here is the Top Ten List for the last week of Summer:
  1. Pride (In The Name Of Love) - U2
  2. Lump - Presidents of the United States of America
  3. Someday - Strokes
  4. Stranger Than Fiction - Bad Religion
  5. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  6. American Idiot - Green Day
  7. Steady, As She Goes - Raconteurs
  8. Welcome To Paradise - Green Day
  9. Infected - Bad Religion
  10. Straight Ahead - Pennywise
Girl In A Coma makes their debut on KJRW this More Music Monday with the brand new song, Smart.

Tuesday, September 20

PJ20

PJ20 day is here!  Screenings of the Cameron Crowe documentary will be happening all over the world tonight.  The one in Seattle has been sold out.  I will have to catch it on PBS next month.  Amazon.com has the book and soundtrack.  Links are to the right -->

The first Pearl Jam song I heard was "Alive".  It was my senior year of college.  I grabbed on-air time on the college radio station, WSCW every chance I could.  And every time I was on that year, I played "Alive".  A friend remarked that the singer sounded more dead than alive on that song, but he later became a Pearl Jam fan, too.  I did not relate to the theme of the song, a semi-autobigraphical story about a boy who learns that he was not raised by his real father and that his real father was dead.  But, the power of the song hit me.

I listened to the album, Ten over and over.  "Jeremy" was the big hit.  I could relate to that one more.  What kid that was picked on in school couldn't?  "Why Go" and "Black" are my favorites.

The sophomore release, Vs. was also a good album.  The songs did not speak to me as much, but I still enjoy them.  My favorite is "Glorified G" for the lines:  "Got a gun.  In fact, I've got two.  That's okay, man, cuz I love God."

Vitalogy, I had to purchase on vinyl because it contained the ode to vinyl, "Spin the Black Circle".  My favorite on that album is "Not For You".  I did not listen to the album that much because my turntable died.  My copy was signed by Mike McCready a few years ago.  I was lucky to meet him and Jeff Ament.  Both are nice, quiet guys.

To me, it seems that Nirvana and Pearl Jam were the Beatles and Rolling Stones of the era.  Nirvana and the Beatles sharing a short-lived meteoric rise, while Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones play on.  I do think that original power Pearl Jam had on Ten has diminished over the years, but maybe these 20th Anniversary celebrations will give them a boost.

Lots of Pearl Jam on KJRW today.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 19

Nevermind

I originally posted this in July, when SPIN issued its magazine all about the Nirvana album, Nevermind.  This week is the 20th anniversary of that great record.  In celebration, you will hear a song from that album every hour on KJRW.   And don't miss the special presentation of the entire album played in under a minute!


When Nirvana's Nevermind was released in September 1991, the number of copies shipped to U.S. retailers was 46,251. It has now sold over 25 million copies worldwide. SPIN magazine celebrates "The 20th Anniversary of the Album That Changed Everything" in its August edition. In its pages, many give their accounts of what the album means to them.

It was my senior year at college. Our station, WSCW played the crap out of the album. I have to admit that it didn't grab me right away. I was into Pearl Jam's Ten and the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magic a bit more. Those albums all came out within a week or so of each other. All of them occupied my CD player, along with the Singles soundtrack for many months. Nevermind grew on me. From the bombastic beginning of Smells Like Teen Spirit to the sad ending of Something In The Way -- and then after about ten minutes of silence, Endless Nameless surprised me.

What does Nevermind mean to you? What is your favorite song on the album? Come As You Are? Polly? Lithium?

Friday, September 16

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

Wow, the Ramones have 3 songs in the Top 10!  Here is this week's list:
  1. Lump - Presidents of the United States of America
  2. Welcome To Paradise - Green Day
  3. The Everlasting Gaze - Smashing Pumpkins
  4. We're A Happy Family - Ramones
  5. Where Eagles Dare - Misfits
  6. Incinerate - Sonic Youth
  7. Someday - Strokes
  8. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Ramones
  9. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
  10. I Fought the Law - Clash
All the songs added on this More Music Monday with be from Nirvana and Pearl Jam.  Big 20th Anniversary celebrations for both.  Don't miss the special KJRW presentation of Nevermind in under a minute next week!

Friday, September 9

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

Once again a freshly added song shot to number one in its inaugural week.  Here is the Top 10 for the first week of September:
  1. The Everlasting Gaze - Smashing Pumpkins
  2. Lump - Presidents of the United States of America
  3. Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
  4. Where Eagles Dare - Misfits
  5. On A Plain - Telekinesis
  6. Stranger Than Fiction - Bad Religion
  7. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
  8. I Fought the Law - Clash
  9. Incinerate - Sonic Youth
  10. Take It Off - Donnas
Songs from the Ramones, Misfits and Pearl Jam will be added on More Music Monday!

Friday, September 2

KJRW TOP TEN LIST

Over a thousand streams launched in August!  Thank you!  These are the songs you gave the thumbs up the last week of August:
  1. Lump - Presidents of the United States of America
  2. Rocket - Smashing Pumpkins
  3. Welcome To Paradise - Green Day
  4. Where Eagles Dare - Misfits
  5. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop
  6. New College - Dollyrots
  7. Uprising - Muse
  8. Stranger Than Fiction - Bad Religion
  9. Suffragette City - David Bowie
  10. Incinerate - Sonic Youth
Songs from U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Blondie and more will be added on More Music Monday.  Is there a song you think should be on KJRW?  Comment here... I dare you!