Saturday, October 26

TOP TEN

The Runaways are number one this week!  Here are the top ten tracks on KJRW:
  1. School Days - Runaways
  2. Train In Vain - Clash
  3. Minor Threat - Minor Threat
  4. The Hardest Button To Button - White Stripes
  5. Different - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  6. Wild Thing - X
  7. Emotional Blackmail - UK Subs
  8. Need You Around - Smoking Popes
  9. I Fought the Law - Clash
  10. Maxwell Murder - Rancid
Listen for spooky tunes from Godsmack, the Kills, Misfits and more for Halloween week on KJRW...

Friday, October 18

TOP TEN


Making the list this week is The Smoking Popes from Chicago.  Here are the top ten tracks on KJRW in mid-October:
  1. Train In Vain - Clash
  2. School Days - Runaways
  3. Different - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  4. Emotional Blackmail - UK Subs
  5. The Hardest Button To Button - White Stripes
  6. Need You Around - Smoking Popes
  7. Minor Threat - Minor Threat
  8. Pattern Skies - Greenhornes
  9. Personality Crisis - New York Dolls
  10. Wild Thing - X

Spooky tunes from Bauhaus, The Beat Dolls, The Accused and more coming your way on KJRW...

Friday, October 11

TOP TEN

New Joan Jett and the Blackhearts make the list!  Here are the top ten tracks on KJRW this week:

  1. The Happy Song - Poets of the Fall
  2. Train In Vain - Clash
  3. School Days - Runaways
  4. Different - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  5. Emotional Blackmail - UK Subs
  6. The Hardest Button to Button - White Stripes
  7. Pattern Skies - Greenhornes
  8. Maxwell Murder - Rancid
  9. Personality Crisis - New York Dolls
  10. Wild Thing - X
Songs from Jeff the Brotherhood, Betty Blowtorch, Dicks and more just added to the mix!

Monday, October 7

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Friday, October 4

SEPTEMBER MOURN

September has ended, so it is time to wake up and check our stats.  There were no record highs or lows for the month, and our rank on Live365.com remained the same.  The number of times KJRW was made a preset station was the highest it has been since May.  More streams were launched in September than in August.  And we hit the milestone of 35 thousand visits to the station page.

People spent the most time listening to KJRW in the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Spain, Mexico, Morocco, Slovenia, Germany, Hungary and Italy.  Inside the U.S., listeners remained with KJRW the longest in Montgomery, AL; Seattle, WA; New York, NY; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Oklahoma City, OK; Phoenix, AZ; Charlotte, NC and Denver, CO.

As Halloween approaches, be sure to send us your spooky song suggestions.

Tuesday, October 1

THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts just released their first album of new material in seven years.  We have heard most of the songs the last couple years played live, as the band has been trying them out in front of audiences.  There are some subtle changes on the recorded versions, but not enough of a change to say I prefer one over the other.

The first single from Unvarnished is Any Weather.  Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana co-wrote the song and played every instrument on it except for rhythm guitar.  He produced the track in his 606 studio with the mixing board from the Sound City recording studio.  If you are an audiophile or music history buff, you should watch his documentary, Sound City from earlier this year.

Another songwriting collaboration with someone outside of the Blackhearts is Soulmates to Strangers.  Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! worked on that one with Joan Jett.  My favorite collaborators are still Donita Sparks and Kathleen Hanna.

The Blackhearts take on topical issues such as over-sharing on Twitter with TMI, reality shows taking over our television screens on Reality Mentality and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy with Make It Back.

Joan gets personal with Hard To Grow Up and Fragile.  She has referred to recent years as the "decade of death".  She has lost many close to her, including her parents.  Listening to the lyrics makes me want to give her a big hug.  And I am honored that I was able to do that a few months after her mother passed away.

Bad As We Can Be reminds me of Poison's Talk Dirty To Me, but I still like it.  The song that I think I like the most on the album is Different.  Its theme really resonates with me.

The last track on the album is the only one not written by Jett.  Everybody Needs A Hero is an adventurous tune, employing strings, oboe and English horn.  It sort of ends the album on a sour note.  But everybody does need a hero, and mine is Joan Jett.