Thursday, 9 January 2014

Audiojunkie Cam's Top 10 Of 2013

Ok - so as I promised on the podcast -  

Here is my Top 10 List for 2013!

These albums are in no real particular order, because I like so many different things for so many different reasons...but I will say that The Shanks record is by far my favourite of the year. Sometimes you find something that just hits you right and connects...this was that album for me.

After we taped the podcast I checked out the Jason Isbell record that I referred to and the Daft Punk record...they both made such an impact on me that they bumped a couple other ones off the list...

Anyway - here they are...send us your lists!!

1. The Shanks - Surfing The Lexicon
2. David Bowie - The Next Day
3. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
4. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
5. The Grapes Of Wrath - High Road
6. Blue Rodeo - In Our Nature
7. Black Sabbath - 13
8. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
9. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
10. Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series #10 - Another Self Portrait - (1969-1971)

Honourable Mentions:

- Brendan Canning - You Gots 2 Chill
- By Divine Right - Organized Accidents 
- Haim - Days Are Gone
- Hayden - Us Alone
- Queensryche - Queensryche (The Todd LeTorre Version)
- Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience
- Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt


Eric's London Pics

3 Saville Row, headquarters of Apple Records and site of the famous Beatles rooftop concert.

12 Bar Club.

100 Club.

Abbey Road crosswalk, John's perspective.

Abbey Road Studios entrance.

Wall outside Abbey Road Studios.

St Martin in the Fields.

Thomas Attwood.

Bob Dylan painting of the walls of the Troubadour.

Cart and Horses, birthplace of Iron Maiden.

Dominion Theatre.

Earl's Court.

102 Edith Grove. Rolling Stones residence and album cover.

Elgar plaque at Abbey Road Studios.

Birthplace of Iron Maiden, Cart and Horses, Stratford.

Hammersmith Apollo.

Hampden Gurney Street. Site of Vangelis' Nemo Studios.

Jimi Hendrix apartment. A museum is planned here.

Handel House museum.

Jimi Hendrix painting at The Troubadour Club.

Joni Mitchell  painting at The Troubadour Club.

Keith Moon plaque.

Keith Moon painting at The Troubadour Club.

John Lennon apartment.

John Lennon apartment.

Birthplace of Iron Maiden, Cart and Horses, Stratford.

Marquee Club, Soho.

Site of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's shop.

Music stores, Soho.

Ronnie Scott's

Ruskin Arms. Early home to Iron Maiden, Small Faces.

Crypt entrance, St. Martin in the Fields.

Inside the Troubadour Club.

Troubadour Club Sign.

Ralph Vaughan Williams plaque.

Ralph Vaughan Williams statue.

Whole Lotta Love.

Site of Ziggy Stardust album cover photo.

Thursday, 4 April 2013


Here are this week's selections - again no reason other than they were the songs that grabbed me the most this week:

Earball Playlist #2:

1. Connection - Elastica 
2. Life - ...and you will know us by the trail of dead
3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) - David Bowie
4. How Does The Grass Grow - David Bowie
5. I'll Take You There - David Bowie
6. Second Time Around - The Posies
7. Hitman - The Fags
8. Public Animal #9 - Alice Cooper
9. Toughest Street In Town - Thin Lizzy
10. Siberian Khatru - Yes



Saturday, 16 March 2013


Lee has asked me on many occasions to put together a 10 song playlist for him to change up some listening patterns. These songs have no particular theme other than the fact that they are the ones I dug the most this week...

 I thought this might be a good place to post them for anybody else that might be interested. I'll try to do these fairly and suggestions on themes are welcome...

Earball Playlist  #1:

1. Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind - Spinners (from "Spinners")
2. Strictly Reserved For You - Charles Bradley (from "Victim Of Love")
3. Pearl Of The Quarter - Boz Scaggs (from "Memphis")
4. Creation Dream - Bruce Cockburn (from "Dancing In The Dragons Jaws")
5. South Shore - Big Faith (from "Grounded")
6. Look Sharp - Joe Jackson (from "Look Sharp")
7. In Your Eyes - Kate Boy (from "Northern Lights" ep)
8. Frame By Frame - King Crimson (from "Discipline")
9. One O'Clock Tomorrow - FM (from "Black Noise")
10. Knocking At Your Backdoor - Deep Purple (from "Perfect Strangers")


Sunday, 3 March 2013


This week features selections that live on the outskirts of metal. Be sure to check out PART 1 and PART 2.

1. The Faith/Void split (1982)

Highly influential record from two D.C. bands. The Void side in particular is considered by many to be a prototype for the punk/metal hybrid dubbed "Crossover".

2. Exciter - Violence and Force (1984)

A gem from Canada's impressive contribution to speed metal in the early eighties.

3. Helloween - Walls of Jericho (1985)

The debut LP for these German power metal pioneers. It features guitarist Kai Hansen on vocals with a decidedly aggressive edge to the music. Remastered and expanded in 2006, Walls of Jericho is a must hear.

4. Death - Scream Bloody Gore (1987)

While the origins of Death Metal could be debated, Scream Bloody Gore is a definitive recording. There is no question as to where these guys are coming from. Classic.

5. Candlemass - Nightfall (1987)

Swedish doom metal originals got it so right in 1987. This album was reissued in 2001 with a bonus disc. Epic and towering, Nightfall's  musical statement and influence stand strong to the present day.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013


FM was a progressive rock band from Toronto, ON that released their first record "Black Noise" in 1978. "Black Noise" was reissued on CD a few years ago but up until now the rest of the catalog was unavailable digitally. The band is now reissuing their 4 classic period albums on remastered CD's.

1978 - Black Noise
1978 - Direct To Disc
1979 - Surveillance
1980 - City Of Fear

These records are some of my favourite Canadian Prog Rock from the period.

Here is a 10 song playlist to throw an earball on:

1. Surface To Air (from "City Of Fear")
2. Phasors On Stun (from "Black Noise")
3. One O'Clock Tomorrow (from "Black Noise")
4. Hours (from "Black Noise")
5. Journey (from "Black Noise")
6. Orion / Horizons (from "Surveillance")
7. Random Harvest (from "Surveillance")
8. Up To You (from "City Of Fear")
9. City Of Fear (from "City Of Fear")
10.  Nobody At All (from "City Of Fear")


Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Max Webster was one of my favourite bands when I was growing up. I still can't get enough of the records that they made between 1976-1980. If you're Canadian, you probably already know the hits and what gets played on the radio, but if you want to dig a little deeper or if you don't them at all - here's a ten song playlist for you to check out...

1. Blue River Liquor Shine (from "Universal Juveniles" 1980)
2. Charmonium (from "A Million Vacations" 1979)
3. Night Flights (from "A Million Vacations" 1979)
4. April In Toledo (from "Universal Juveniles" 1980)
5. Chalkers (from "Universal Juveniles" 1980)
6. Rain Child (from "High Class In Borrowed Shoes" 1977)
7. Astonish Me (from "Mutiny Up My Sleeve" 1978)
8. Look Out (from "A Million Vacations" 1979)
9. Words To Words (from "High Class In Borrowed Shoes" 1977)
10. Sun Voices / Moon Voices (from "A Million Vacations" 1979)

serious bad-assery...