Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Book Club 5 Year Anniversary Special Part 1 - Favorite discoveries Apr. 2020 - Apr. 2021 (April 11, 2021)

Jerry Cantrell
"Wow, five years since The Book Club! Where has the time gone?! I remember having a Notepad list of artists who I wanted to check out more, and it was right around the time I relaunched this station in late 2015/early 2016 when I was like, "This would be a great idea for a show!" I haven't had the best luck with radio shows outside the JT40 Countdown. The Canadian Rock 30 from the VFM days was kind of a trainwreck. The Awesome Show did really well for awhile but of course that ended in disaster. So I wasn't sure if this would stick or if it would be another failed project.

The first episode where I spotlighted Nicolette Larson was a great pilot episode, but the second episode where I spotlighted Harry Chapin was when I got REALLY motivated. I was so proud of that episode and everyone else loved it, especially "Sniper" which still slaps just as much as it did when I first heard it five years ago (and yes, feel free to kick my ass later for using the term "slaps").

The show has become so fun to work on since then and it's opened the door for so many other great discoveries, especially during The Yearbook miniseries. Since the show has been on the air, I have had a a newfound appreciation for bands such as Blue Oyster Cult and Queens Of The Stone Age, both of whom I only knew a few songs from before, artists who I never even heard of before such as Catherine Wheel and Bob Mould gained a fan in me, I went from becoming a casual fan of Soundgarden to Chris Cornell becoming one of my top 3 favorite artists ever and Superunknown - an album that was spotlighted on the show - becoming my second favorite album of all-time (because let's be real, nothing will ever beat Jagged Little Pill for me), and most recently, I have a new core artist and artist obsession in Alice In Chains and the solo career of Jerry Cantrell. And of course, let's not forget those awful, awful token bad songs! Some of those songs... phew. Makes me wonder what drugs both the artists involved and their record labels who OK'd those songs were on.

I am so proud of this show and I really enjoy doing it every week. The show has become my baby. I'm glad the listeners still enjoy it now just as much as they did five years ago and I'm really happy that it's still going strong - because dude - that Jerry episode from two weeks ago?! I'm probably gonna jam out to "She Was My Girl" for like the 284th time after I finish writing this!
tl;dr - Thank you for five years of The Book Club. I love the show, I love the station, and I love the supportive DJs who have made all of this possible!"

- DJ Jessica ❤️
Five years ago, on April 10, 2016, M4B Radio's flagship show, The Book Club, first premiered. To celebrate, there were two new episodes tonight - the first one being a retrospective of the show during the past year, with DJ Jessica commenting on her favorite episodes such as Jerry Cantrell, Chris Cornell's No One Sings Like You Anymore, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Rina Sawayama, as well of a top 30 rankdown of her favorite songs she has discovered during the past year on the show. Jerry Cantrell's 2002 Degradation Trip album track, "Locked On", was her #1.

Listen to tonight's show here!
30.    Chris Cornell - Sad Sad City
29.    Alice In Chains - Shame In You
28.    Rina Sawayama - Ordinary Superstar
27.    Jerry Cantrell - Psychotic Break
26.    Teenage Wrist - Wear You Down
25.    Taylor Swift - All Too Well
24.    Chris Cornell - Nothing Compares 2 U
23.    Alice In Chains - Frogs
22.    Jerry Cantrell - Jesus Hands
21.    Jerry Cantrell - Hellbound
20.    Taylor Swift feat. HAIM - no body, no crime
19.    Jerry Cantrell - Hurt A Long Time
18.    Alice In Chains - A Little Bitter
17.    Metallica - No Leaf Clover
16.    Queens Of The Stone Age - Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
15.    Alice In Chains - Brush Away
14.    Alanis Morissette - Ablaze
13.    Alanis Morissette - Losing the Plot
12.    Jerry Cantrell - Devil By His Side
11.    Jerry Cantrell - Settling Down
10.    Alice In Chains - Fear The Voices
9.    Chris Cornell - Showdown
8.    Queens Of The Stone Age - Go With The Flow
7.    R.E.M. - Ignoreland
6.    Jerry Cantrell - Angel Eyes
5.    Garbage - The Men Who Rule the World
4.    Chris Cornell - Watching The Wheels
3.    Jerry Cantrell - She Was My Girl
2.    Chris Cornell - Jump Into The Fire
1.    Jerry Cantrell - Locked On

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