Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Coming Up on Revolution Rock in February 2020!

It’s February which means that throughout this month Revolution Rock will devote each episode that airs in February to theme based programming. Dave and co-host Adam have special programming lined up ranging from jazz, punk, post-punk, garage, country, folk and surf. This year’s themed month programming starts off on February 1st with a program focusing on Black History Month that will feature a mix of music from Louis Armstrong, Andre Williams and a variety of other artists from different genres. This episode will also feature a guest host, Graeme Sylvio of CJAM FM’s Sylvio & Soul program. Revolution Rock airs every Saturday from 7-9 PM on CJAM 99.1 FM in Windsor/Detroit. It can be streamed via and be downloaded via the very same website afterwards.

What Is This Thing Called Swing: Revolution Rock Celebrates Black History Month
Saturday February, 1st, 2020
7-9 PM EST
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Born in New Orleans in August of 1901, Louis Armstrong was a jazz trumpeter and an influential figure in jazz music. His career spanned five decades in which Armstrong would be part of different and important eras of jazz music. In addition to his musical abilities on trumpet, Louis Armstrong was also a vocalist, composer and actor. He was one of the first African American entertainers to cross the gap in racially divided America at the time, being accepted by both white and black audiences. Armstrong generally remained neutral when it came to politics, which often resulted in criticism, however, in 1957 he did speak out during a conflict in Little Rock, Arkansas where he stood up for school desegregation. Also nicknamed “Satchmo”, “Satch” and “Pops”, Armstrong had a very distinct voice. His voice was usually defined by its rich, gravelly tone. The vocal style that he used also incorporated skat singing, which he was skilled at. Armstrong had a very unique ability to bend lyrics and melody in song when singing. Louis Armstrong appeared in a large amount of films such as Pennies From Heaven (1936), in the 1956 musical High Society where he did a duet with Bing Crosby, The Five Pennies (1959) and Paris Blues in 1961, which also starred Paul Newman. Some of the songs that he was known for were “What A Wonderful World”, “Hello Dolly”, “Jeepers Creepers” and “When You’re Smiling”. Armstrong also collaborated with legendary pianist and bandleader Earl “Fatha” Hines, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Duke Ellington. Louis Armstrong’s influence went beyond jazz, resulting in fans calling him one of the first great jazz soloists. He was an influence on soloists in every genre of American popular music. This episode will feature a set of music by Louis Armstrong, music from Andre Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Bo Diddley, Junior Wells and more artists in celebration of Black History Month. The program will also feature guest host Graeme Sylvio of CJAM FM’s Sylvio & Soul program.

Journey Through The Past: Selections from Neil Young's Discography
Saturday February, 8th, 2020
7-9 PM EST
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Neil Young is an influential musician/songwriter from Canada. He has played with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, his backing band Crazy Horse, The Stray Gators, Pearl Jam and numerous others. Young has been called the “Godfather of Grunge” by many, the music that he has created has ranged from folk and country to rock, hard rock and noise rock. He even put out rockabilly and synth rock album. His catalogue is vast and there are numerous live albums in addition to the music he created with others and as a solo artist. The Neil Young Archives Volume One was first released as a box set in 2009, but has since become available online as a streaming subscription service featuring a plethora of unreleased material. Some of his best known songs are “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down By The River”, “Old Man”, “Heart of Gold”, “The Needle and the Damage Done”, “Cortez The Killer”, “Rockin’ in the Free World”, there are too many to name. In 1972, Neil Young found critical and commercial success with Harvest. The albums that followed this (Time Fades Away (1973), On The Beach (1974), and Tonight’s The Night (1975)) are referred to as Young’s Ditch Trilogy. Neil Young released Everybody’s Rockin’ in 1983 a rockabilly album and Trans (1982), which explored music with synthesizers and electronic based sounds. In the 80s, Young experimented heavily with his sound. Young has also been involved in film, directing several films such as Journey Through The Past (1974), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003) and the documentary CSNY/Déjà Vu in 2008. Young continues to release music, most recently putting out the album Colorado with Crazy Horse. This episode will feature deep cuts and other selections from Neil Young's vast discography.

Rockin’ With Bloodshot Bill: The Music of Bloodshot Bill and Other Selections

Saturday February, 15th, 2020
7-9 PM EST
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Bloodshot Bill emerged out of Montreal around 1998. Starting out as a drummer, Bloodshot Bill began performing with just a guitar and stomp board. Bloodshot Bill often tours and performs as a one man band featuring, guitar, a bass drum, hi-hat and reverb soaked vocals. Live as a one-man band he provides the audience with his own brand of rockabilly music that is unlike any other, while at the same time drawing on the past. He once said that his influences range from early country and rock and roll records to what he refers to as his “holy trinity” of influences "Hasil Adkins, Charlie Feathers, and Link Wray.” Since starting out, Bloodshot Bill has released numerous records on different labels, recorded and collaborated with artists such as King Khan (as The Tandoori Knights and The Bollywood Argyles), Mark Sultan (The Ding Dongs), Deke Dickerson, Shannon Shaw, Jon Spencer and many others. In 2019, he released Come Get Your Love Right Now via Goner Records, Hang Ten With Bloodshot Bill (a surf EP) on Hi-Tide Recordings, an EP of music with legendary rockabilly/roots rock musician Deke Dickerson called The Bad Biscuit EP, a single with The Tandoori Knights (featuring King Khan), and a single with Japan’s the’s called My Little Muck Muck. He has also performed all over the US, Canada and parts of Europe. In addition to all this, Bloodshot Bill has performed with the bands The Hubcaps, The Hick-Ups, The Televionaires and Reverend Horton Heat. This episode will feature an interview with Bloodshot Bill in addition to music from Bloodshot Bill’s ever expanding, still potent and prolific catalogue of music.

The Stooges Fun House 50th Anniversary
Saturday February 22nd, 2020
7-9 PM EST
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When it was originally released in July of 1970, Fun House stood out as an album different from its predecessor and from other music at the time. It still does. Produced by Don Gallucci who played keyboards on The Kingsmen’s garage classic “Louie, Louie”, Fun House brought a new sense of groove and intensity to the music of The Stooges. As for influences, the sounds of Howlin’ Wolf and James Brown influenced part of the sound that the band was going for on this album. The band also added Saxophonist Steve MacKay to Fun House and he is found on the album’s second side as the band also pull in free Jazz influences into their dynamic, and especially during the chaotic sonic assault that ends the album “L.A. Blues”. Fun House was named after the band’s house and rehearsal space that they lived in back in Michigan, the album’s songs developed through being played live. Although he initially deemed the band “unrecordable”, Gallucci’s intention was to capture The Stooges live in the studio to try and get down the energy they projected live on tape. The feeling he went for was captured and resulted from having the band perform as if it were a live performance, removing all baffles and carpet from the studio and by having Iggy record with them with a handheld microphone, which was unconventional at the time. The music pushed forward and has been described as capturing a sense of instant mayhem. Other words used to describe this album have been apocalyptic, chaotic, destructive, punk blues, proto-punk and garage meltdown. The album would go on to influence punk and alternative music in the years that followed, setting a blueprint and growing in stature. It has a depth and influence that challenged rock conventions. For an album that was virtually ignored by the mainstream following its initial release, Fun House, now 50 years later is revered and identified as a cult classic. This episode will feature all of the songs from 1970’s Fun House album, plus selections from the 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions box set and a few other surprises.

Revolution Surf 2020: Intergalactic Instrumentals
Saturday February 29th, 2020
7-9 PM EST
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For the 14th annual Revolution Surf special, the program will focus on intergalactic instrumental themed songs, or in other words surf music with a space theme. One of the first surf/instrumental based songs to have a space or sci-fi theme was the song “Telstar” by The Tornados. Not to be confused with the US band of the same name (spelled “Tornadoes”), this band was from the UK and worked together with producer Joe Meek in the early 60s. Meek wrote and produced the song for The Tornados, utilizing new, pioneering production techniques that created distinctive, and “space age” futuristic sounds. With its use of keyboards and the Clavioline, “Telstar”, which was named after a telecommunications satellite that went into orbit on July 10th, 1962, became an immediate hit when released in August of 1962. In the UK the song was at #1 on the UK singles charts for 25 weeks and #1 in on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The Tornados were also the first British group to have a number one single in the US. Since then there has been a plethora songs and surf/instrumental bands that have named themselves based on space or sci-fi themes. In 1964, instrumental band The Ventures released their album Ventures in Space. The album explored more experimentation within the band’s classic sound and was influenced by Joe Meek’s space age production style. There has been countless bands with space inspired names such as Man or Astro-Man? who formed in the early 90s, The Metalunas in the 2000’s, and numerous bands with songs falling under this theme such as The Surfaris, The Marketts, Davie Allan & The Arrows, The Challengers, Messer Chups, Luau or Die, and so many others. On February 29th, take a journey into a world of intergalactic surf and instrumental music for Revolution Surf 2020. The show will also feature guest hosts Brady of CJAM FM’s Music From Planet Earth, Carley of CJAM FM’s Everything’s No Good and Derk Brigante of Surf Rock Radio’s The Surfphony of Derstruciton 2000.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Psychic Void Skeleton Paradise and Shows # 810, 811, 812

The sophomore album by Psychic Void, Skeleton Paradise, was released at the end of November 2019 on Vanilla Box. This album follows the Windsor, Ontario four piece’s 2018 album Terminal Vacation. Psychic Void consists of Jesse Knight (vocals), Josh Kaiser (guitar/sythns), Matt Menard (bass) and Sean Carpenter on drums. Peter Garant plays drums on this recording. The sound of Psychic Void is often described as psych punk. The music that they create is punk, but it is also has elements of 80s hardcore, garage and psych music. All of this gets combined with the subversive lyrics sung by Jesse Knight that seep into each track. Recorded, mixed and mastered by guitarist Josh Kaiser, Skeleton Paradise is an album on edge, unnerving, and filled with unease that doesn’t preach to the listener. It just tells it like it is.

“Dirty Hands” opens Skeleton Paradise with a heavy, lurking synthesizer introduction that sounds as if it spawned from an 80s horror movie. As the music comes in, fuzzy bass from bassist Matt Menard drives the track and album forward in between drums and guitar effects. The opening lyrics begin with the words “Fools of illusion/Stuck rats in a maze/Dollar signs expensive wines/They got the good medicine/Such happy smiling people”, which sets the tone for this psych punk track, as lyrically the song delves into addressing the falsities of people with expensive taste that actually reveal that they have no taste at all. When the chorus kicks in with “Numb the beast/Sexual relief/Rinse and repeat/Such dirty hands”, the band propels the point home even further. “Internet Human” picks up the pace in the punk direction as heavy guitar riffs cut deep with Knight’s reverb damaged vocals, driving bass and drums that explore a world of the present. In a recent music video for this song directed by Rob Maslanka, Psychic Void drive to an undisclosed location and destroy old computers with sledgehammers while wearing ski masks and being dressed all black in a Guy Ritchie meets Office Space scenario. This perfectly exemplifies some of the themes not only on this track and Skeleton Paradise, but also in the disconnected situations that are all around us. “Denim Daddy” brings in crunchy riffs ala Keith Morris-era Black Flag that stop and start as the song builds into chaos with lyrics that tap into a mini character study of a denim wearing, cigarette smoking, microdoser.

“Alley Dweller” starts with a combination of trippy synthesizers and guitar effects before fast hardcore punk riffs descend into the listener’s subconscious. With lyrics such as “Don’t go home tonight/Keep your head down” and “I just keep my feet/On the streets/I don’t even bother”, this heavy punk track attacks with a rage and venom for the introspective disaffected, “Sweet Dreams” features heavy garage psych guitar and bass riffs with lyrics such as “We all want something/Us average people with nothing/Kept so many secrets tucked under my bed/Until I was listening to the voices in my head” that are just as heavy in thought, “Boneshaker” rattles with the influence of 80s hardcore punk, while lyrically, the song revels in discord, “Small Talk” is mid-tempo garage punk track with a touch of Motorhead influenced grime featuring stream of consciousness-like lyrics. With words such as “Ya I bet you’re doing great/Ya I bet you’re doing fine/Ya you got married last week/Ya go follow the sheep/I don’t care” and “I don’t think before I speak/You can tell by the weakness in my speech”, “Small Talk” is a song about running into someone from your past at the grocery store that is immersed in their own sense of boring normalcy who won’t stop talking about themselves. All of this is contrasted with the inner dialogue and annoyance of being stuck in this situation, while at the same time looking for a way to escape from it.

“Hazel Eyes” ends Skeleton Paradise with more psych punk dynamics that deliver a blast of reverb-loaded vocals that evoke attitude and intensity. This song seems to end Skeleton Paradise with some sort of redemption to the chaotic, damaged surroundings that are vocalized on this album. However, like many of the songs on this album, it operates on different levels. “Hazel Eyes” also seems to punch holes into an idealized version of happiness that some people can become numb to. It is up to the listener to decide. Throughout Skeleton Paradise, Psychic Void combines a mixture of wit, disdain and anger with their own brand of psych punk music, which, like many of the layered, complex themes that run throughout this album doesn’t easily fit into a defined category. With Skeleton Paradise, Psychic Void shakes the bones of the past while breathing life into the present.

Show 812 (Originally Aired On January 25th, 2020)(Wolf Parade, Dry Cleaning, Clamm, Red Mass, Black Lips, The Sadies):

1. Wolf Parade - Against The Day
2. U.S. Girls - Waiting Room
3. Holy Fuck - No Error
4. Dry Cleaning - New Job
5. Fime - Flores
6. Clamm - Dog
7. Red Mass - Life is a Cabaret
8. Lie - Digging in the Desert
9. Priors - Sunshine
10. XTC - Respectable Street
11. Franz Ferdinand - Shopping for Blood
12. The Pop Group - She is Beyond Good and Evil
13. The Scientists - Nitro
14. Nap Eyes - Mark Zuckerberg
15. Andy Shauf - Neon Skyline
16. The Black Lips - Chainsaw
17. Drive By Truckers - Grievance Merchants
18. Gun Club - Brother and Sister
19. The Sadies - The Most Despicable Man Alive
20. The Beach Boys - Bluebirds Over the Mountain (Live in London 1968)
21. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - They Don't Call Them Chihuahuas Anymore
22. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Vibrolux Deluxe
23. Lost Patrol - That's Your Style
24. Destination Lonely - Out of Your Head
25. Saba Lou - Cherie Sherabou
26. The Libertines - The Boy Looked At Johnny

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 25.

Show # 811 (Originally Aired On January 18th, 2020)(The Make-Up, Reigning Sound, The Gonks, Psychic Void):

1. The Make-Up - Blue Is Beautiful
2. Reigning Sound - North Cackalacky Girl
3. Bloodshot Bill - Take me for a Ride
4. The Black Lips - Rumbler
5. Sloan - Keep On Thinkin'
6. Pavement - Elevate Me Later
7. Pixies - Mr. Grieves
8. Pixies - Crackity Jones
9. Sonic Youth - Bubblegum
10. Trout - Scaredy Cat
11. Nap Eyes - It's Only Life (Laginappe Session 2018)
12. Neil Young - Don't Cry No Tears
13. Diamond Rugs - Gimme a Beer
14. The Routes - Split Personality
15. The Gonks - I'm a Leaker
16. The Gonks - Hot Sick Vile and Fun
17. Frank Zappa - Hungry Freaks, Daddy
18. Scott Walker - Plastic Palace People
19. Chad VanGaalen - Pine and Clover
20. Corridor - Junior
21. Run Coyote - The Psychic
22. Family Video - Supergiant
23. Psychic Void - Sweet Dreams
24. Trophy Knife - Mano of Action
25. Fruit Tones - Pop My Clogs
26. The Replacements - Stuck In The Middle
27. Fugazi - Public Witness Program
28. The Jim Carroll Band - Catholic Boy
29. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Dynamite Lover
30. The Eyes - Topological Lies
31. Julie & the Wrong Guys - Calm Before the Storm (CJSW Session)
32. David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 18.

Show # 810 (Originally Aired On January 11th, 2020)(Nick Cave, Hank Williams Sr. & III, Public Image Limited):

1. Iggy Pop - Success
2. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - The Lyre of Orpheus Abbtoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
3. Captain Beefheart - Dali's Car
4. Starlites - I Can't See You
5 Steely Dan - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
6. The Bobby Tenderloin Universe - Cow Eyes
7. Psychic Void - Internet Human (CJAM Session)
8. Cellos - Mailroom Blues
9. The Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs
10. King James & The Royal Jesters - I Get A Feeling
11. The Painted Ship - Frustration
12. No Museums - Local Cold
13. Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
14. David Bowie - It's No Game (Pt. 2)
15. Adaptors - Trust In Technology
16. Paul Jacobs - Sucking On A Cigarette
17. Hank Williams - My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
18. Hank Williams III - Drinkin' Ain't Hard to Do
19. The Obsidians - Le Fiord
20. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues
21. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - Pirate Love
22. Public Image Ltd. - Bad Night
23. Pottery - Lady Solinas
24. Walrus - Half Smoke
25. Dumb - Slacker Needs Serious Work
26. The Only Ones - City of Fun
27. Roxy Music - Virginia Plain

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for January 11.

Show 809 was a repeat of a show that aired in October 2019 that also featured an interview with Mark Arm of Mudhoney. Find the download/stream link to this show here and the playlist here.

Show 808 was a repeat of a show that aired in December 2019. You can find a download/stream link to this show here and the playlist here.