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Friday, October 28


Yesterday, I posted a list of 10 Halloween songs that are not on KJRW.  Here are the 10 most popular songs that are on KJRW this week (with one Halloween tune making the list):
  1. Kitty - Presidents of the United States of America
  2. Have A Cigar - Foo Fighters
  3. Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
  4. Dance With Me - Dollyrots
  5. Rock 'N' Roll High School - Shonen Knife
  6. Gardening At Night - R.E.M.
  7. Death By Diamonds and Pearls - Band of Skulls
  8. Tommy the Cat - Primus
  9. On A Plain - Telekinesis
  10. Punk Rock 101 - Bowling for Soup
Enjoy all the spooky tunes. 
And don't forget to get your KJRW Halloween T-shirt at before they disappear.

Thursday, October 27


From  "Never mind those sugary sweets. Halloween brings some delectable ear candy, too. But which (witch?) Halloween songs are the most popular?"
  1. Thriller - Michael Jackson
  2. Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
  3. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
  4. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
  5. Highway To Hell - AC/DC
  6. A Nightmare On My Street - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
  7. Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
  8. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
  9. Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
  10. Witchy Woman - Eagles
I enjoyed playing half of that list while on Seattle's Classic Rock Station.  But, I picked a bigger and better list for KJRW.  Listen... if you dare!

Friday, October 21


There was a time when you could call a radio station at any hour to request a song.  Now, "regular" radio has a set list of songs they play that are not determined by the DJ anymore.  Many hours, there isn't even a DJ.  I want to assure you, I handpick every song played on KJRW, and in which order.  You can put in a song request by typing it in the "Shout Out" Box at the bottom of the station page, and I will make every effort to play it.  You also determine which songs get played on KJRW by giving them a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down".  If a song gets the "thumbs down", it gets the boot.  These are the songs that got the "thumbs up" this week:
  1. Kitty - Presidents of the United States of America
  2. Animal - Pearl Jam
  3. Rock 'N' Roll High School - Shonen Knife
  4. Death By Diamonds and Pearls - Band of Skulls
  5. Infected - Bad Religion
  6. Come As You Are - Nirvana
  7. On A Plain - Telekinesis
  8. Punk Rock 101 - Bowling for Soup
  9. Tommy the Cat - Primus
  10. Steady, As She Goes - Raconteurs
More scary music next week to get you in the mood for Halloween.  And you can get your KJRW Halloween T-shirt at

Tuesday, October 18


We have a winner in the What Would You Do? contest!  When asked what to do to promote KJRW, Anne from PA suggested this:

Monday, October 17


Just added a bunch of scary songs for More Music Monday.  Listen for spooky tunes from David Bowie, The Specials, Oingo Boingo and more!

And now KJRW Halloween T-shirts are available at!

Friday, October 14


It's the usual suspects on the top ten list this week:
  1. Steady, As She Goes - Raconteurs
  2. Kitty - Presidents of the United States of America
  3. Animal - Pearl Jam
  4. American Idiot - Green Day
  5. Stranger Than Fiction - Bad Religion
  6. Infected - Bad Religion
  7. Tommy the Cat - Primus
  8. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  9. Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols
  10. On A Plain - Telekinesis
Lots of spooky tunes coming your way on More Music Monday!

Tuesday, October 11

Women Who Rock

I flipped my Rolling Stone calendar to October, and the picture is of their magazine cover from October of 2003.  It was the special issue of Women Who Rock.  Posing for the cover photo was Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys and Eve.  Missy and Alicia are talented ladies, but they do not rock.  I don't even know who Eve is.  Listed down the side, under "Special Issue" are the names:  Dolly Parton, Sleater-Kinney, Christina Aguilera, Lucinda Williams, Karen O, and Bonnie Raitt.  One of these things just doesn't belong, as the old song goes.  It is the band Sleater-Kinney.  It is the only one with Women Who Rock.  Again, Dolly, Bonnie, Lucinda and Christina are talented ladies, but they do not rock.  And I don't know who Karen O is.  Women In Music would have been a more appropriate title for the issue.

Can we discuss the word "rock" for a moment?  It has become way overused and misused.  Rock and Roll is a style of music and an attitude.  It means sex.  And these days, rock is used to describe musical acts that lack that attitude and musical style.  There has to be a driving beat and some chugging guitar to be rock.  This current crop of mid-tempo, synthesized copycats does not fit the bill.  Country, Blues and Pop acts certainly should not be described as rock.  And I must say that when people tell me, "You Rock", it makes me cringe.  Because while I aspire to rock, it just smacks of the old fake lines, "You're beautiful.  Let's do lunch."

Sleater-Kinney does rock.  L7, Bikini Kill, 7 Year Bitch, Hole, Babes in Toyland, Blondie, Bratmobile, The Dollyrots, Garbage, The Gits, X, Team Dresch, The Breeders, The Donnas, The Pretenders and Joan Jett all rock.  And they're all on KJRW.

Friday, October 7


Same songs, different order -- for the most part, anyway -- for the first week of (R)October.  Here is the Top Ten, as voted by KJRW listeners:
  1. Animal - Pearl Jam
  2. Come As You Are - Nirvana
  3. Steady, As She Goes - Raconteurs
  4. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  5. American Idiot - Green Day
  6. Stranger Than Fiction - Bad Religion
  7. Infected - Bad Religion
  8. Someday - Strokes
  9. Waiting Room - Fugazi
  10. Pride (In The Name Of Love) - U2
Remember to vote for your favorite songs by clicking the 'thumbs up' while they are playing on KJRW.  I'm making a list (and checking it twice) of spooky tunes to play for Halloween.  Help me out.  Comment with suggestions.

Monday, October 3

Polka Face

The DVD of the “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! Alpocalypse Tour will be released tomorrow.  It aired on Comedy Central Saturday night. I would be very surprised if they don't broadcast it again -- considering the multitude of times the Charlie Sheen Roast has been shown.  The concert was recorded in Toronto.

We were lucky to see the show live in Puyallup, WA a couple weeks ago.  The live show was twice as long as the one on Comedy Central.  This was possibly due to all the costume changes.  But while those were happening, the video screens played old clips from his film, UHF and any program that mentioned "Weird Al".  I enjoyed seeing the old "Al TV" pieces.  It took me back to a time when "too much (was) never enough" of MTV.

Popular song parodies included:  "Polka Face", "Perform This Way", "White & Nerdy", "Fat" and "Canadian Idiot".  The audience waved their arms in the air for "Amish Paradise".  We were in the grandstand, where the crowd stomped its approval.  My favorite was "Smells Like Nirvana", complete with cheerleaders in black oufits and red pom-poms.