Rock History

James Brown R.I.P.

James Brown, the legendary "Godfather of Soul" died today at the age of 73. Watch the man and remember:

Odds & Sods

Happy Holidays from The Rock and Roll Report!


Regardless of what you celebrate and how, I hope this holiday season brings you good health, happiness and rock and roll that makes your hips shake and your chicken bake!

All the best for the holiday season and I’ll see you in 2007 with more rock and roll fun for your eyes and ears.

Take care!


Reviews and Suggestions

The Absolute Powerpop Top 100 of 2006

It’s that time of year again! Here is the excellent music blog Absolute PowerPop and their Top 100 of 2006. Always a cool read and a great way to spend all that Christmas money that you will hopefully be getting on Monday!


Reviews and Suggestions

Rock & Roll Postcard from France – Gérard reviews The Teen Appeal “Pop”

THE TEEN APPEAL “Act” Pop The Baloon Records/Wizzard in Vinyl Records ou

Je suis ému et satisfait à la fois de la sortie de cet album : ému parce que source de souvenirs épatants d’avoir connu et vu ce groupe jouer. Satisfait qu’enfin on lui rende hommage à sa juste valeur, très grande à mes yeux. Leur unique album avait été tellement frustrant au regard de leur potentiel que je remercie plus que chaleureusement Fabien et Manu de Pop the Baloon et Daizuke de Wizzard in Vinyl. Déjà la 23e référence du label lyonnais(pour nos amis d’outre France, une grande et belle ville française avec un passé rock formidable) et déjà un bout de temps que notre ami Gilles Raffier, l’instigateur de ce label, est parti rejoindre Jim Ellison, Pete Ham et tous les autres grands Popsters. Teen Appeal était à l’image son label, brillant, inspiré, fan, sans moyens. Les Plimsouls étaient leurs grands frères (quel souvenir que ce concert à Barcelone avec les Teen Appeal en fans éplorés) sans que cela leur fasse de l’ombre, leur fougue et leur envoie emportaient tout sur leur passage. La reconnaissance a été limitée mais source de bonheur intense pour les gens qui les ont croisé. Il faut acheter ce disque rien que pour les bonus tracks : Cecilia, Money ou Summer is coming sont tout simplement indispensables à tout fan de rock qui se respecte. Beau livret, belles photos sur papier glacé s’il vous plait. Une météorite dans le ciel étoilé de la Pop. Indispensable

I am excited and satisfied in equal parts at the final release of this album. Excited because this is the source of some super souvenirs to get to know all over again and listen to the great band that performs them. Satisfied because finally we can pay this band the respect that they deserves in my eyes. It’s frustrating that this album hasn’t been able to get the respect that it deserves despite the efforts of Fabien and Manu of Pop the Balloon and Daizuke of Wizzard in Vinyl. The 23rd release of this label from Lyon (for my friends from outside of France this is a great and beautiful French town with a great rock history) is a testament to my friend Gilles Raffier, the founder of the label, who is joined by his friends Jim Ellison, Pete Ham and all the other great Popsters. Teen Appeal is a mirror image of his label: brilliant, inspired, a fan of great pop without excuses. The Plimsouls were considered older brothers (what a concert memory of them playing in Barcelona with Teen Appeal there as the teary-eyed fans!). Their popularity was limited but they were loved intensely by those who knew good music. You should buy this record if for nothing more than the bonus tracks: Cecillia, Money or Summer is Coming are simply indispensable for any true fan of rock and roll. A nice booklet with beautiful photos on glossy paper, this band was a shooting star in the starry sky of pop. Indispensible.

By Gérard Girard

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Indie-Music.Com’s “Best of 2006″

Indie-Music.Com has published their Best of 2006- Top 25 Indie CDs. Check it out and see how many you have in your collection. I have three!


Rock Radio 2.0

The Drastic Plastic Program Playlist for December 18, 2006

Doug Ford spun another cool show on the Drastic Plastic Program last Monday so for all of you that listened in, here is the playlist. For those of you who didn’t get a chance head to the CKUT FM archives immediately!

The opening volley begins with the classic pouty snarl of the Stiv Bators and the Deadboys, then off to New Zealand with the D4 and an adrenale landing in Detroit for a dose of Patti and Fred ‘Sonic’ Smiths’ son Jackson and his band Back in Spades.
Guitars are Go! for the second set with a trio of independent releases featuring Switzerland’s Black Sonic Prophets, Detroit’s My Machine, and Dublin Ireland’s Slow Motion Getaway.
The third set kicks off with easy groovin’ from Catfish Haven, followed by the extraordinary talent of Ireland’s Donal Norton who plays everything but the drums in this jazzy number by The Bare Bones Collective. The set ends with a charming rawker by  Dirty and the Derelicts. Spun around a loving Tom Waits sound, the Derelicts make their home in Vancouver B.C.
The final set digs into my affection for some good twang-core. The Blind Robins from Chicago with a genuine nitty-gritty sound, followed by Alabama’s The Dexateens from their splendid album Hardwire Healing. We finished up with a good rock’n tune (and somewhat of a  surprise ‘find’)  from Vancouver’s Desert Radio. Enjoy!

Band                                                         Album                                                 Song

the Dead Boys                        – Young Loud and Snotty                                     – I need lunch

the D4                                       – 6twenty                                                               – Heartbreaker

Back in Spades                      – The time is now                                                  – Baby Gettin’ Higher

Black Sonic Prophets             – independent release (2006)                            – Shut down the lights

My Machine                              – independent release (2006)                            – Mix it Up

Slow Motion Getaway             – independent release (2006)                            – What Exactly is Going On?

Catfish Haven                          – Tell Me                                                                – Crazy for Leaving

The Bare Bones Collective     – independent release (2006)                            – I Am Ready

Dirty and the Derelicts             – The Usual Way                                                  – Uke Ukerson’s Guitar

The Blind Robins                      – Panorama Valley                                              – Famous Non-Believers

The Dexateens                         – Hardwire Healing                                              – Naked Ground

The Desert Radio                     – Asleep at the Wheel                                         – February Day

Rock Radio 2.0


I just posted about "This is Rock and Roll Radio" this week and mentioned what a great show that it is and maybe unfortunately was. Dana and Carl and going through a cash crunch and this could spell the end of the show. I’ll let them explain:

Is this the end of THIS IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO?  We hope not, but things could look a lot better than they do right now.

On January 7th, Syracuse Community Radio will hold an emergency meeting to discuss whether or not to pull the plug on SCR’s webcast, a project which has proven to be an enormous drain on the station’s worse-than-limited resources.  Currently, we have about $3600 in immediate debt, with an additional $1800 in licensing fees to kick in on January 1st.   On top of what we already owe, the webcast costs $407 a month, yet brings in only about $150 a month in contributions.  This situation can not continue, and our system needs to be revamped, but right now we’re asking for your help.

First, we need a lot of money, FAST.  Our timing stinks–the week before Christmas may not be the best time to hit people up for donations to keep The Bay City Rollers on their media player, but we can’t control that.  We don’t expect anyone to go into hock on our behalf, nor do we wish you to bypass donations to any of your other favorite causes.  That said, we know that if someone doesn’t step up, THIS IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO is history.

If 36 TIRnRR fans each send a donation of $100, our old debt is erased.

If an additional 100 TIRnRR fans each send a donation of $20, the new licensing fee is met.

If a high-roller or two sends in even more, and the rest of us working-class schlubs send whatever we can, SCR can position itself to survive, if not thrive.

As always, all donations to Syracuse Community Radio are a hunnert-percent TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.  As a thank-you gift, we will also send a homemade CD-R (of pop obscurities from my own collection) to anyone who donates $20 or more.

Now, one listener has already asked if a donation at this time might just be throwing away good money after bad, that the station could collect her donation and then still decide to kill the webcast.  That’s a valid question, so this is the safeguard I propose:

1.  Make your check out to "Syracuse Community Radio," and write in the notes section of your check, "Targeted donation:  webcast."

2.  Do not send the check to the station.  Send it to my home address:  Carl Cafarelli, 5540 Taormina Drive, Clay, NY 13041.  I will collect all the checks, and present a total at the January 7th meeting.

3.  If the January 7th meeting results in a continuation of the webcast, your checks will then be cashed.  If the webcast goes the way of leisure suits and ELP eight-tracks, your uncashed check will be returned to you.  (And you’ll still get the CD-R; you held up your end of the bargain.)

4.  If you wish to pay with PayPal, contact me.  I’m uncomfortable with the idea of anyone paying a donation into my account, so that will probably have to go the station’s account, still targeted for the webcast.  We’ll figure that one out.


I apologize for hitting you all up like this, tin cup in hand and not even able to carry a proper tune.  But I think enough of you dig whatever it is Dana and I do on this little mutant radio show, and that you’ll wanna preserve it.  We come to you like Blanche DuBois playing a vintage Hofner bass:  we have always depended on the kindness of strangers, yeah yeah yeah.

The playlist for the eighth annual TIRnRR Christmas show will go out separately.  We are on a year-end hiatus for two weeks, but we will return on (oddly enough) January 7th, with a countdown of our most-played tracks from throughout 2006.  If the meeting goes well, this will begin our ninth year on the air; if things don’t go as planned, I guess it’ll be our last show, but we’ll go out with biff-bang-pow. 

Happy Christmas to you all, and all the best from Dana & Carl.

Since they sent out this e-mail a number of listeners have doanted various CDs as incentives to make a donation.

Dana and Carl are the real deal people. Try to be as generous as you can.




Live Rock and Roll

New Year’s in the OC

Eventweb100_01 Nothing to do New Year’s Eve? Here’s and event for all you music lovers out there, especially those who grew up in the glorious 80’s. I decided to go to this shindig last year after one of my new favorite bands, The Eyeliners was added to the bill. This is one of the best New Year’s Eve events I’ve been to, even better than Y2K in Vegas, so if you’re anywhere near southern California, you should check it out. The Orange County New Year’s Eve (OCNYE) will feature almost 30 bands including Blondie, The English Beat, the Violent Femmes, The Knack, The Tubes, Brett Michaels of Poison and more. Event founder, Rich Goodwin, say he started the event “simply because there was nothing to do in OC” (or anywhere else in Southern California for that matter). But when he came up with the idea nine years ago he had no money and no clout to get it done. After building a company called Vidsion Entertainment which managed 40 world-wide events in just 6 years, he sold it and went after the one event that eluded him for nine years-the OCNYE. Last year’s inaugural event had 15,000 attendees despite rain and wind storms coming through just 30 minutes prior to showtime. But, almost miraculously the skies cleared up in time, the water drained and the event went off as planned, highlighted by performances from Lit, Joan Jett, Sugar Ray on the main stage. Ocnye_bands Tickets to OCNYE are still available for the event and there are local partner hotels with shuttles available to the venue-so you can tie one on in your own private cabana or in one of the many lounges and you can leave the driving to someone else. Happy Holidays…and whatever you do, be responsible. Don’t Drink and Drive!

Reviews and Suggestions

Some last minute Christmas ideas found at the CD Baby store

album cover WISKEY BISCUIT: Santa Ana River Delta BluesSanta Ana River Delta Blues takes you through Wiskey Biscuit’s garage of roots rock to a small town in the country. Filled with retro organs and analog sounds, this album will remain timeless.

Buy the CD

album cover THE GOOD LOOKS: Let the Needle DropA swirl of garage, post-punk, and dance. It’s a rock legend superstar…

Buy the CD

album cover GREG GRIFFIN: The glass bottomAmericana/blues/indie/rock Noel Gallagher lauded, singer songwriter. British touring buddy of Oasis, Stereophonics, Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Paul Weller.

Buy the CD

album cover THE MEN: ReturnTHE MEN is a MOD outfit from Lund, Sweden. Simple, honest and melodic songs with harmony vocals, guts and love. The ultimate live-band; explosive, stylish, tight, groovy, cool and fun (No shoegazers.) á la spring 1965 in London.

Buy the CD

album cover THE BLAKES: The BlakesIn a year of great Northwest rock albums, the latest release from this Seattle trio might be the best of all. Their sound is more versatile than most, ranging from raw, noisy garage-punk and propulsive, Strokesish jangle to New Wave-influenced dance-rock

Buy the CD

Rock Radio 2.0

Attention all bands and labels: The Rock and Roll Report is finally going podcasting

Just a quick heads up to all of you bands and labels in MySpace land and elsewhere that I have had the pleasure of working with in the past on The Rock and Roll Report and Rock and Roll Report Radio. And a big hello to those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of working with yet.

In addition to Rock and Roll Report Radio I am in the early planning stages of a Rock and Roll Report podcast. Same format as the radio show on CKUT with high quality indie rock and roll throughout, just in a more accessible and interactive format.

Interested in getting involved? Shoot me an e-mail at and let me know. I am building a database of all those bands and labels who want in. Once that gets going I will be contacting you for the appropriate permissions.

Thanks in advance.