Free Form Rock Podcast

Welcome to the Free Form Rock Podcast, with our hosts, one fellow who has a wider range of musical interests and another fellow who likes to think of himself as a bit more limited and obscure, ha ha. Actually, we are proud of our diversity, as long as it stays within the limits of what is known as rock music, and we invite you to listen to our episodes and become more open-minded about music. Cheers, everybody!

Episode 218-Velvet Revolver-Contraband-With Guest James West

May 2nd, 2020

Velvet Revolver – Contraband

On this episode, Marc and Lee are joined by James West to review the first album by Velvet Revolver called, “Contraband.” We talk a bit about how the pandemic is affecting us (and right now there’s not too many other subjects to talk about… at least as far as activities are concerned). After the review, we play our tracks of the week. Marc picked Suicidal Tendencies “Trip At The Brain” and Lee picked Piper “Blues For The Common Man” and James picked Stone Temple Pilots “Dead And Bloated.” We conclude with a song by Lee called, "The Things That You Taught Me." Enjoy the episode and stay healthy, happy and entertained. Yee! J

Episode 217-The Groundhogs-Thank Christ For The Bomb

April 24th, 2020

The Groundhogs – Thank Christ For The Bomb

On this episode, we tackle the third album by the British band The Groundhogs called, “Thank Christ For The Bomb.”  We give our opinions (whether those opinions are good or bad) and generally talk about what makes a group a good group as opposed to a group who doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing. Listen to find out what we think. The tracks of the week are Firehouse, “Hold Your Fire” and Stray, “Come On Over.” Our Lee Gerstmann track is called, “Moving Again.” Cheers, everybody! Let’s hope we stay safe but still party happily! Yee! J

Episode 216-Van Halen-A Different Kind Of Truth-With Guests Ralph Viera(AKA)Dr Fukk and James West

April 17th, 2020

Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

On this episode, we have a round table discussion of sorts. Ralph Viera (a/k/a Dr. Fukk) and James West join Marc and Lee to discuss an album that many Van Halen fans were clamoring for. Thanks to Wolfie [Wolfgang]  Van Halen (bassist on the album), we got it! We chime in on our opinions of the songs and talk about related things of interest in regard to Van Halen. Ralph’s track of the day is a live version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Needle and the Spoon”, James’ track is a song by Down called, “Bury Me With Smoke.” Marc picked a track from the Tubes called, “Talk To Ya Later” and Lee picked a song by Earth Quake called, “Guarding You.” As a code, the episode concludes with a Lee Gerstmann song called, “That Was Then.” Peace, everybody! Stay well and continue to be entertained by good music. J

Episode 215-Quicksilver Messenger Service-Quicksilver Messenger Service

April 10th, 2020

Quicksilver Messenger Service – On this episode, we review Quicksilver Messenger Service’s self-titled debut album from 1968. David Freiberg from Jefferson Airplane was in the band as well as John Cipollina who was in Copperhead (whose album we reviewed in an earlier episode). Our tracks of the week are: Michaelangelo “West” and Harvey Danger “Flagpole Sitta.” We conclude the episode with Lee Gerstmann’s song “Rehearsed Intelligence.” Kick back, enjoy and have some fun… sip some refreshments. Cheers!

Episode 214-Tak Matsumoto Group(TMG)-TMG1

April 3rd, 2020

TMG – Tak Matsumoto Group

On this episode, we review an album by a group by Tak Matsumoto that includes Eric Martin (from Eric Martin Band and Mr. Big) and Jack Blades (from Night Ranger and Damn Yankees).  Our tracks of the week are Mark Slaughter’s “Baby Wants”, Jack Green’s “I Can’t Stand It” and we close with a song by Lee Gerstmann which he wrote back in 1976 with Nicholas Kent called “I Got You.” Here’s hoping you continue listening to good music and good podcasts, especially ours. Stay safe, warm and comfortable. Cheers!

 

Link to buy album:

https://www.amazon.com/Tmg-1-Tak-Group-Matsumoto/dp/B00064JTA2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tak+matsumoto+group&qid=1585951189&sprefix=tak+matsumoto&sr=8-1

 

Episode 213-Illusion-Together(As a Way Of Life)

March 27th, 2020

On this episode, Marc and Lee review a somewhat obscure band called “The Illusion.” They review the group’s second album. There is a good deal of yelling and arguing (from you-know-who haha) but it’s all meant in fun. Our tracks of the week are: Jack Russell’s Great White “Sign Of The Times”, Gila “Aggression” and we close with a Lee Gerstmann song called “Café Center Romance.”  Kick back, have fun and sip a drink or two and enjoy yourself. Cheers!

Episode 212-Alice In Chains-Dirt

March 20th, 2020

On this episode, we review the second studio album by the band Alice In Chains. Marc gets real and emotional on this one… while Lee tries to make a claim for what good music is all about. Who will win? Does anybody win? Listen and find out, haha. Our tracks of the week are: Mother Love Bone “Crown of Thorns” and The Seeds “No Escape.” We finish with Lee’s song “Preparation.” Regardless of your taste in music, we invite you to enjoy our opinions. Rock on… whichever way you want to do so. Cheers!

Episode 211-Rex-Rex-With Special Guest Ralph Viera (AKA) Dr FUKK

March 17th, 2020

Tonight we review the self-titled debut of the group Rex, featuring Rex Smith. Our guest co-host is Ralph Viera (a/k/a Dr. Fukk from Thrash Or Die). For those of you who are familiar with Rex Smith’s work on Street Hawk and The Pirates of Penzance, you may not realize he started doing heavy rock. Listen while Marc, Lee and Ralph give our individual opinions on the music. As usual, we include a Lee Gerstmann tune, “My Other Type of Wish” and our picks of the week are: Rob Thomas “Her Diamonds”, Steppenwolf “Chicken Wolf” and Manowar “Black Fire Wind and Steel.” Until the next time, groove on and keep rocking steady, everybody!

 

 

 

 

Episode 210 - Special Interview With Tod Howarth

March 14th, 2020

On this episode, Marc and Lee talk with Tod Howarth, musician extraordinaire who’s worked with bands such as 707, Cheap Trick, Frehley’s Comet, Four By Fate as well as doing some excellent solo material. We cover a wide range of subjects and the interview is really cool and fun. Take a listen and rock on!

Episode 209-Two guys Chatting About A Bunch Of Stuff

March 9th, 2020

On this impromptu episode of The Free Form Rock Podcast, we go all casual and chat about everything from what makes KISS the band they are now (as opposed to when they were really good) and music well-known and obscure. You'll hear things you never would have imagined hearing as well as things you might have figured we'd play. We have fun and take off our ties (so to speak... we don't need to wear no freaking ties... ha ha). You'll hear songs from Ultimate Spinach and Traffic and Barnes & Barnes and The Fabulous Thunderbirds... and some very unique surprises. Tune in, have fun and don't worry about what anyone thinks about you. You're listening and you're cool. Rock on!