Sunday RnR: Chuck Berry


Yesterday (March 18th) the news came out that founding father of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, passed away at the age of 90. Berry took the elements of rhythm and blues and pushed them in a newer direction, creating the characteristics of rock and roll music as we know it. Almost every musician in rock and roll when asked about their influences don’t hesitate to top Chuck Berry near the top of that list. Whether directly influencing or influencing newer generations through their direct influences, Chuck Berry formed rock and roll in every imaginable way. I know I would be a very different musician without him. So thank you, Chuck Berry, for all you’ve done. Rest in peace.



Sunday RnR: Quiet Riot – Metal Health


Quiet Riot’s third studio album, Metal Health, was released 34 years ago on March 11, 1983. This album was the first to go mainstream in the glam metal genre, and the whole genre exploded after Metal Health reached number one on the Billboard charts. Bands from all up and down the Sunset Strip, including Mötley Crüe, WASP, and Warrant all got signed to record deals to capitalism on the interest in glam metal. Metal Health includes hits like “Cum on Feel the Noize” (a cover of a Slade song), “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)”, “Slick Black Cadillac”, and “Breathless”. This album helped shape the way music sounded in the 80’s and today on Sunday RnR, we shall feel the noise.


Sunday RnR: Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning


34 years ago, on March 4, 1983, Thin Lizzy released their final album, Thunder and Lightning. Having released the album, the band embarked on a farewell tour, plagued with its own set of problems. The album had a slightly heavier sound than the rest of Thin Lizzy’s body of work. Ironically, the last single off the record was “The Sun Goes Down”, as this was what was happening to the band, as an era was ending. Founding member, frontman, and bassist Phil Lynott passed away 3 years later. While the Band has reformed a couple times since then, this remains their final album, only touring in tribe to Lynott’s work.


Sunday RnR: Foo Fighters


Foo Fighters have been making a lot of noise this week, both literally and metaphorically. The band played their first show in over a year, where they teased an couple new songs, all the while slowly releasing show dates to follow. As is tradition, Sunday RnR this week features a mix of some of their biggest hits and well as a few of my personal favorites. I’m excited to hear what these guys have in the works, but for now listening to the old stuff is fine with me.


Sunday RnR: Kiss – Kiss


43 years ago, on February 18, 1974, Kiss released their self titled debut album, Kiss. The album was recorded and mixed in only 3 weeks and contained hits like “Nothin’ to Lose”, “Strutter”, “Firehouse”, and “Cold Gin” that were some of the band’s most popular songs through their entire career. Check it.


Sunday RnR: Valentine’s Day 2


For whatever reason, I really enjoyed making last year’s Valentine’s Day playlist. It was honestly one of the Sunday RnRs I went back to the most. So I figured I’d try again this year. It’s not quite as fire as last year, because I took a lot of the heavy hitters, but luckily there is no shortage of love songs. So whether you’re making moves or by yourself this Tuesday, you can feel the love on Sunday RnR.


Sunday RnR: Green Day – Dookie


I know what you’re thinking. “Jagger, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. I want a playlist to get me hype for sports.” As it turns out, my playlist from last year was too good, so it would take me too long to make another one, so if you’re trying to get hype for the game, check out the Super Bowl Playlist here.

As for today’s RnR, 23 years ago Green Day released their third studio album, Dookie, which was their first record on a major label. The album is often credited to bringing punk rock to the front of mainstream attention in America, and also had five singles, including “Longview”, “Welcome to Paradise”, “Basket Case”, “When I Come Around”, and “She”. This is basically an album full of jams, I don’t have too much to say about this. It’s just good. Enjoy.


Sunday RnR: Red Hot Chili Peppers


I was out this my friend, Jim, the other night and he asked me what I was putting up this Sunday. I told him I had no idea yet. He mentioned being pretty into Red Hot Chili Peppers recently, so this week’s RnR is by request. RHCP is an American funk rock band that’s been working pretty consistently since 1983. This playlist is a mix of some of their biggest hits, as well as some of my personal favorites. Also, in this case, the two songs off of the 2016 album The Getaway were the two that Jim had mentioned in our conversation, though they probably would have made the cut anyway. Enjoy the rock, my friends.


Sunday RnR: TWRP – Ladyworld


TWRP is back on Sunday RnR with their sick ass electro-sync rock sound. The sound is great, the bass lines are amazing, the beats and syncs carry the song to higher places, and the guitars come in to add just a little something extra. Not many groups are doing what TWRP is doing, and none of them are doing it as well. I don’t have any specific recommendations off “Ladyworld”, they’re all worth a listen, and since the whole thing is under 30 minutes long, why not just enjoy it all?


Sunday RnR: Shuffle 7

There’s supposed to be a funny picture here, but the media loader is acting up. Sorry, friends.

I straight up have no idea what day it is. I was only as I started getting my stuff together to go to work had I realized it was Sunday, and with Sunday comes rock music. Because of my negligence, the time has come for Shuffle Playlist 7. As always, these are the first 20 songs from my iTunes shuffle that are also on Spotify. You can blame the universe if you don’t like this playlist. Or I guess whatever algorithm shuffles an iTunes library.