Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Three songs debut (and one re-enters) with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
They Don’t Want What We Want – Asking Alexandria (re-entry), Free – Kirra, Hellfire – The Loyal Order, Cholera – Lightworker

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Wolf Totem – The Hu, Trials – Starset, Crux –Veio, Wolf – Static Cycle

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen adds including the latest from Alter Bridge, new Emissary Echo, South of Eden, new Like Machines, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Two songs debut (and two re-enter) with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
King of Misery – Saul, Blood From Above – Stryper, Wolf – Static Cycle (re-entry), Save Your Life – Jamie Fontaine & The Level (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
A Little Bit Off – Five Finger Death Punch, Guilty Hands – Nine Lashes, Uprise – Kingdom Collapse, Shine On – Adelitas Way

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen adds including the aforementioned Saul, new music from Helix, the latest Hell In The Club, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Be … something else

This is probably a brain dump as much as anything, so consider yourself warned.
It’s not particularly exciting, nor amusing, nor creative, so lower your expectations.
It’s mostly just me thinking aloud for a couple minutes, dangerous though that might be.

I watched a short “rambling video” from one of the more venerable YouTubers (boogie2988) on my list of subscriptions this morning, in which he talked about not really knowing what sort of content to even try to create at this point.  I realized that I didn’t have any solid answer about what he should create, but I did have some feedback on what he shouldn’t create … at least not if he wanted ME to watch.   (Some of this blog entry repurposes my response to him)

In his video the remark he made that resonated most with me was about the need for “escape”. I’m finding that to be true even more with music than with YouTube content. Arguably my favorite band of the past 18-24 months decided to go political with their latest release this week and I found that I simply wasn’t interested. Good, bad, didn’t matter, I just wasn’t interested.

Nearly all sports are pretty much dead to me at this point, music is rapidly getting there. Gaming is a last bastion but even that requires careful selection.

If I want controversy all I have to do is go … pretty much anywhere. Social media, (ostensibly) legitimate media, or glance out my own window.  I don’t have to go looking for it, it’s already everywhere

The value of YouTube — or any other recreational outlet — to me at this point is to be able to AVOID the madness that surrounds every facet of existence right now. There’s no shortage of any number of negative emotions, there’s no shortage of triggers for negative emotions.  My closing remark was this piece of advice “Whatever you choose to create, I’d say: do something different. The negativity niches all are full up.”

If you know me at all, you know I’m not reluctant to engage in controversy.

I’m not an isolationist, there isn’t a Polyanna gene in my whole body, I don’t consistently ignore the world around me, micro or macro.   But that’s the thing … I’m ALREADY acutely aware of the vast arrays of shitstorms , I don’t need to go looking for more of it.   In order to function as best I can in the wars being fought currently and the ones I believe lie ahead, my downtime needs to separate me from the constant misery of reality, not immerse me in it.  In the words of Full Metal Jacket’s Private Pyle “I *am* … in a world … of shit”.  The last thing on Earth I want is to voluntarily add another 50 gallons to the cesspool I’m swimming in.

Battle fatigue, that’s the closest approximation I can think of.   Is it really too much to ask for a little R&R away from the shelling?  That when you can get off the front lines and get to the rear, at least a temporary approximation of normalcy and enjoyment are possible.  Instead, it seems like the various relaxation niches — the collective USO if you will — have decided to take the approach of firing weapons, albeit largely loaded with blanks, at all hours just so there’s as little relief as possible.

Honestly, I’d love to be able to follow the advice I gave Boogie, to create something that counteracts the mess, even for a few minutes.  Alas, I’m afraid, I got nothing.  The best I can manage it seems is to limit myself to only the most necessary rants and raves, and I’m doing the best I can with that.

1 Comment

Filed under General, Personal, Politics

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

One song debuts (and one re-enters) with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Locked (In My Head) – Fit For A King, Shine On – Adelitas Way (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Best Mistake – Tense Machine, Save Your Life – Jamie Fontaine & The Level

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen adds including The Wheelblocks (f.Chris Jericho),new Ravenscroft, new Thundermother, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A very active week with SEVEN songs debuting with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
World On Fire – Daughtry, Song About James – Avoid, Medication – Royal Bliss (f. Shim), The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Nickelback (f.Dave Martone), Find What You’re Looking For – Honeymoon Suite, The Call – Ego Kill Talent, Save Your Life – Jamie Fontaine & The Level

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Flowers On A Grave – Bush, Shine On – Adelitas Way, I Won’t Be Your Tragedy – Farewell To Fear, Come Alive – The Outfit, Wolf – Static Cycle, No No No – Kuarantine (f. Chris Jericho), Drown – The Many Colored Death

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a half dozen adds including the several of the aforementioned songs as well as the latest Fit For A King, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs debut with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Today We Rise – Collision Of Innocence, Forever – Amity Affliction, Relevant – Ashes Of Soma, No No No – Kuarantine (f. Chris Jericho)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Save Me – Skillet, Survivor – Scott Stapp, Lazarus – Ignite The Fire, Blind – Saint Asonia

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen adds including the aforementioned Ashes of Soma, new Royal Bliss (f. Shim), the latest Discrepancies, Amaranthe, Crucifix, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Three songs debut with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Die Rockin’ – Whiskey Myers, Drown – The Many Colored Death, I Won’t Be Your Tragedy – Farewell To Fear

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
A Mannequin Idol – Ded, Fireproof – Sleep Signals, Zombie Viking – Armored Dawn

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version over a half dozen adds including brand new Black Stone Cherry, the latest Eve To Adam, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs debut (and one re-enters) with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
As Above, So Below – In This Moment, Crux – Veio, Fireproof – Sleep Signals (re-entry), Come Alive – The Outfit,Wolf – Static Cycle

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Antisocialist – Asking Alexandria, I Can’t Be The Only One – Killswitch Engage, King of This Town – The Wild, Entertain You – Within Temptation, Undertow – Discrepancies

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version over a half dozen adds including the aforementioned In This Moment, the latest Whiskey Myers, Ego Kill Talent, new Stryper, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

One song debuts (and three re-enter) with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Colossus – Avatar, Behemoth – Awaken (re-entry), Entertain You – Within Temptation (re-entry), Holy Ghost Fire – Larkin Poe (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Let The Chaos Reign – Pop Evil, Unspoken – Dead Daisies, Today We Rise – Collision of Innocence, Fireproof – Sleep Signals

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version over a half dozen adds including the aforementioned Avatar, new Aldo Nova, the latest H.E.A.T., and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs debut (and one re-enters) with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.   Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

New to the Spotify list this week:
Bye Baby Gone – W3apons, Unspoken – Dead Daisies (re-entry), Today We Rise – Collision of Innocence, Last Chance – A Killer’s Confession, Forget Me Not – Another Day Dawns

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Peace – Demon Hunter, Fireproof – Sleep Signals, Behemoth – Awaken, Breaking The Mirror – Fit For A King, Eternal Sadness – The Lonely Ones

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen adds including the aforementioned W3apons, new Hell In The Club, the latest Unleash The Archer, new Silvertung, and more.    You can find it at this link

Leave a comment

Filed under Music