Sunday RNR: Chris Cornell


Earlier this week, we lost Chris Cornell to suicide. Cornell was one of the pioneers of the grunge era of the 90’s and continued to create great works throughout his career and inspired many others to do the same. Cornell is best known as the vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave, which I have included a short playlist of. With so many great hits between the two, I didn’t have a chance to pull in some of his solo work, but all that matters is to celebrate the life and music of another one of the greats gone too soon. Rest in peace, Chris.



Sunday RnR: AC/DC – High Voltage


AC/DC’s High Voltage was originally released (in the US) on May 14, 1976 and was the band’s first international release. This album is full of the songs you know. “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll)”, “T.N.T”,, “Live Wire”, “The Jack”, and of course “High Voltage”.  Though critics did not have much to say at the time of the release, there is still something to appreciate 41 years later.


Sunday RnR: Slash – Live at the Roxy 9.25.14


Good Sunday to all, my friends. This is an absolutely crazy week for me (I have a film premiering tonight and have to prep the rest of the show), so I don’t have much time for get you guys something. But music is important, so I’m here sharing just what I happened to be listening to at the time of writing. As to why I’m listening to Slash’s latest live album, a show from about a week after the release of his last solo record World On Fire, well there is also a film version that I wanted to see first. I was having trouble finding it the other day, and just decided I would listen regardless. With an expanding catalog of his own, Slash plays a few less of the Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver hits in this show than others, even with Myles Kennedy’s outstanding performances on the Guns N’ Roses songs (check out the vocals on “Rocket Queen”). Anyway, that’s all I got. Hope I see you next week.


Sunday RnR: Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde


The news recently came out that Zakk Wylde will be playing with Ozzy Osbourne again in his upcoming shows. Zakk and Ozzy have a long history together, Zakk joining and exiting Ozzy’s line up from time to time every since first joining in 1987. In celebration of the reunion, here is a playlist of some of the best Ozzy songs Wylde played on, as well as some hits from Black Label Society.


Sunday RnR: Judas Priest – Sin After Sin


Today makes the 40th anniversary of Judas Priest’s third studio album, Sin After Sin, originally released April 23, 1977. This was the first album on a major record label for the group, as well as the first to fully embrace the heavy metal sound. I was gonna write more about this album, but then a KFC ad started playing on Spotify and now I can only stare into oblivion wondering if any of it was ever worth it? When are we here? What are those 11 herbs and spices? Oh. The album is back. Never mind.


Sunday RnR: Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire


This week on Sunday RnR, aside from taking a break from bumping Kendrick’s new album (as hard as it is to stop), we have the 21st anniversary of Rage Against the Machine’s Evil Empire, released April 16, 1996. The big hitter on this one is “Bulls on Parade”, the first single and for sure the one Rage Against the Machine song anyone would know. “Vietnow”, “People of the Sun”, and “Down Rodeo” were also released as singles from this album, a lot of which with politically charged lyrics still relevant in certain aspects of today’s society. I’m personally a pretty big fan of “Revolver”. Evil Empire has some of the best examples of the different musical styles of the members coming together to make not only something unique, but freaking cool.


Sunday RnR: Rainbow – Long Live Rock n Roll


On this day 39 years ago, April 9th, 1978, Rainbow released Long Live Rock n Roll. This was their third studio album and the last one to feature original and legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio. While the singles off this album include the title track, “L.A. Connection”, “Lady of the Lake”, and “Sensitive to Light”, my personal favorite Rainbow song (and one of my favorite rock songs in general) “Kill the King” is also on this album. It’s a quick listen that still kicks some major ass, living just as long as the title suggests.


Sunday RnR: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand


Mastodon’s new album, Emperor of Sand, was released on Friday, and it’s a pretty good one. Conceptually, the album follows a character sentenced to death wandering the endless deserts. The band draws inspiration from several family members and loved ones who have suffered or are suffering from various forms of cancer. While the subject matter is quite dark, that doesn’t hold the band back from making some absolute bangers on the track list. While you do not have to listen to the whole thing, I don’t control your life, it is designed to be heard that way, so I won’t even mention what I found to be my favorite tracks on this album. Just have a listen and rock out.


Sunday RnR: Motörhead – Overkill


38 years ago, on March 24, 1979, Motörhead released their second album Overkill. This album became a use influence on the trash metal genre. The title track along with other hits like “Damage Case”, “Stay Clean”, and “Metropolis” appear on this album and are some of the group most well known songs. While Motörhead never called themselves metal, their influence in the genre is impossible to deny, and it all started here.


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.