Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Another week, another week without a lot of change in the ol’ playlists.  Only 1 new song in and even that is a re-entry.  There wasn’t really a lack of new hard rock singles/tracks released in December, in fact there was a flurry of activity but reaction to them has been pretty slow (unless you’re Alice In Chains).    Only 2 songs that I need missing from Spotify.  I suspect there’s a big chart shakeup coming, only question is when.

Missing songs this week:
One More Shot – Rolling Stones, Scarecrows – One Bad Son
New to the Spotify list this week:
Bombs Away – Age of Days (re-entry)
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Standing In The Sun – Slash

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s more movement, with new music from In This Moment, Bullet For My Valentine, Bad Religion, and more.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

The new year arrives and I end up freezing my playlist for a week AND end up running behind updating it for the next week.  Good thing I ain’t getting paid for this I reckon, I’d get docked for sure.  Still not a lot of chart movement so far in 2013,  so even with two weeks worth of change there’s only  2 tracks in, 2 tracks out, and just 4 songs missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
One More Shot – Rolling Stones, Scarecrows – One Bad Son
New to the Spotify list this week:
Hollow – Alice In Chains, Perfect Life – Red
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Gentleman – Theory of a Deadman, Bombs Away – Age of Days

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s even more new music, including the latest from Sevendust,  Mark Tremonti, Hatebreed, and the second single from the latest EP by Detroit outfit The Product.

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J3C College Football Top 25 (2012 season final)

We could have saved a lot of hoopla and hype and foregone the national championship game this year.  W.O.P.R. figured out the outcome years ago

Alabama’s thorough destruction of Notre Dame puts the official seal on their dynasty.  Two in a row is fine and all, but there’s at least room for some discussion about where the run ranks in the history of college football.  Three in four seasons, especially in this day and age of “parity” (translation: lots of mediocre teams), well that’s an indisputable dynasty.  I’m no Alabama fan by any stretch of the imagination but like the Celtics, the 49ers, the Bulls, you have to tip your hat to them because they’ve earned it.

If you read this space regularly you may recall that I said I’d have picked the Irish to win it all if the game had been played after conference championship week.   But I also pointed out that the layoff was a long one and that I expected Saban to find a way to get his team ready and to win.  By the couple of days before kickoff I had formally picked Alabama by three.  I meant points, not touchdowns.  I knew the Tide would be ready but I didn’t expect Notre Dame to wilt in the spotlight, much less be trampled underfoot.  Shows you why I don’t ever bet on college football.

I’d have also lost my house betting on the outcome of GT-USC.  Perhaps as shocked as I’ve ever been by the result of a football game.  I’d have given better odds of Appy State beating Michigan than of the Jackets winning a bowl game under CPJ … but given the sight of Lane “Unabomber” Kiffin on the sidelines I’m thrilled to have been wrong.

In about 8 months, hope will spring eternal with new coaches on many sidelines, new players with visions of Heisman dancing in their heads and new hot seats warming up … but until then, it’s time for my final Top 25 for the 2011 season (final rank & pre-bowl rank before the team name, my pre-season rank follows their name)

1. (2) Alabama (1)
2. (4) Oregon (3)
3. (3) Ohio State (19)
4. (7) Texas A&M (Un)
5. (5) Georgia (11)
6. (1) Notre Dame (25)
7. (8) Stanford (21)
8. (12) South Carolina (7)
9. (13) Florida State (12)
10. (14) Clemson (15)
11. (6) LSU (6)
12. (9) Kansas State (22)
13. (20) Louisville (Un)
14. (18) Boise State (23)
15. (10) Florida (Un)
16. (11) Oklahoma (2)
17. (19) Northwestern (Un)
18. (23) Texas (17)
19. (22) Utah State (Un)
20. (25) San Jose State (Un)
21. (15) Oregon State (Un)
22. (Un) Vanderbilt (Un)
23. (Un) Baylor (Un)
24. (21) Michigan (5)
25. (16) Northern Illinois (Un)

Dropped Out This Week:  Northern Illinois (16), UCLA (17), Michigan (21), Nebraska (24)

Preseason ranked teams that finished unranked:  USC (4), Arkansas (8), Wisconsin (9), Michigan State (10), West Virginia (13), Oklahoma State (14), Nebraska (16), Virginia Tech (18), TCU (20), Washington (24)

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2012 Albums of the Year

Once again a musical year has come and gone and, much as I found myself saying this time a year ago, I’m not quite sure that the year in hard rock and metal was quite as good as the one before … but it wasn’t bad by any stretch either.

In fact, putting together this year’s list was so reminiscent of the process last year that the same explanation and disclaimer I used then works very well today.

The criteria was pretty simple really, released between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2012 and be a project that I got considerable enjoyment out of during the year.  It’s a lot like my college football Top 25, there’s no one absolute factor that puts one entry ahead of another, I’m not putting artistic merit ahead of fun or chart/sales success in front of my own enjoyment.  The thing I hate about doing year-end lists is the fear that I’m going to leave something out, so I’ll apologize in advance for any errors of omission.

The one change from last year’s list is that, in spite of my belief that the year might have been just a little weaker overall than 2011, the list has grown from 20 albums to 25.  There simply wasn’t enough to separate the final few for me to be comfortable with putting one clearly ahead of the other.  Once again, kind of reminds me of college football.

That all said, without further ado, here’s Jon’s Three Cents Top 25 Albums of 2012

25) Fozzy – Sin & Bones

24) Charm City Devils – Sins

23) Tremonti – All I Was

22) Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last Of A Dyin’ Breed

21) Adrenaline Mob – Omerta

21) Otherwise – True Love Never Dies

19) Ugly Kid Joe – Stairway To Hell

18) Rival Sons – Head Down

17) Aranda – Stop the World

16) Tank – War Nation

15) Trixter – New Audio Machine

14) Hoobastank – Fight or Flight

13) My Darkest Days – Sick & Twisted Affair

12) ZZ Top – La Futura

11) Joe Walsh – Analog Man

10) Hellyeah – Band of Brothers

9) Accept – Stalingrad

8) Stone Sour – House of Gold & Bones, Part 1

7) Papa Roach – The Connection

6) Nonpoint – Nonpoint

5) Hinder – Welcome To The Freakshow

4) Rush – Clockwork Angels

3) Three Days Grace – Transit of Venus

2) Slash f. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Apocalyptic Love

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