Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

An even busier week than the past few, with six songs entering my top 40, six songs leaving and now four songs that should be included still missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
House Of The Rising Sun – Five Finger Death Punch, One Pill – Flash Lightnin,  Hungry – Three Years Hollow,  Soul To Preach To – Fuel

New to the Spotify list this week
I’m Glad You’re Dead – Bobaflex,  Just A Ride – The Virginmarys, This Pain – Righteous Vendetta, The Fold – Bridge To Grace,  So Far Away – Red, Sick Charade – The Letter Black (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Tired –  Stone Sour, Mz. Hyde – Halestorm, Infected – Eyes Set To Kill, The Burden Of Being Wonderful – Steel Panther, Cry Sister – Royal Bliss, You Are Not – Young Guns

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  more than a dozen new songs added this week including the first single from Kyng’s forthcoming new album, the latest from Saliva, a smokin’ track from Anti-Mortem, one from We As Human, the debut of (Adrian) Vandenberg’s MoonKings and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A third straight week with four songs in, four songs out, and still an unusually high number of five songs that should be included still missing from Spotify (but not the same 5 as the week before)

Missing songs this week:
One Pill – Flash Lightnin,  Into My Arms – Embers In Ashes, Hungry – Three Years Hollow,  House Of The Rising Sun – Five Finger Death Punch, Soul To Preach To – Fuel

New to the Spotify list this week
Break Down The Walls – Asking Alexandria, Would You Still Be There – Of Mice & Men,
Cry – The Used, The Burden Of Being Wonderful – Steel Panther

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
So Far Away – Red, Spore – Queensryche, Adrenaline – Shinedown,  Break The World – Nine Lashes

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  nearly a dozen new songs added this week including the just-released new video from Georgia’s own Brother Grey, the next single from Newsted, the latest from Scorpion Child, some Dory Drive, a new one from Christian artist Rhett Walker Band and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Three Things (for 2/15/14)

It seems as though Operation: Go To Sleep Early has failed, so I’ll see if I’ve got three things worth typing up.

1) I’ve mentioned more than once the amount of new music — rock, hard rock, etc — that’s being released these days, and wondered whether that played a role in how difficult it seems to be for anything to gain significant traction these days.  It really hit me again tonight, just looking at the number of new singles and/or videos released in the past week.   From February 14th back to Feb 8th, I’ve come across new songs from: Kill Devil Hill, Newsted, Scorpion Child, House Of Lords, The Sword, H.E.A.T., Vandenberg’s Moon, Joan Jett, Cage9, Pretty Maids, Freedom Call, Bill Leverty (ex-Firehouse), North Til Dawn, and Sweet Cyanide.  And that’s only taking into consideration stuff I considered worthy of future listens after one try.    And while it’s a little heavier than usual on melodic rock & artists with history stretching back to the 80’s, it’s not really an unusual number to see.  The previous week had singles and/or videos from Miracle Master, Pop Evil, Chevelle, Half Moon Run, The Virginmarys, Fuel, The Used, Dream Theater, and Straw Wings, plus a couple of Christian Rock tracks worth noting that came to my attention maybe a little bit past their official release dates.    That’s 25 songs in just two weeks, counting only those that really stood out to me positively, and not counting several that released new videos several weeks after they started getting airplay.   I can’t help but wonder, how is the average consumer/listener/fan supposed to digest that much material all at once?  I don’t know what could or should be done about it, I’m not suggesting any solution, but it’s really no wonder airplay can be so hard to come by for most bands these days.

2) Experienced an earthquake for the first time in my life tonight, apparently a 4.1 to 4.4 event located about 80 miles east just across the South Carolina border had no problem reaching Athens, GA.   While the story that goes with it — involving me tromping around in the dark & the leftover snow & the leftover ice trying to figure out which tree had fallen & struck our house — will be one that’s likely a part of grandparently stories some years down the road, I can’t say that I’m particularly amused by the experience.  Wasn’t something I’d ever care to feel again, not even at such mild levels.  Too freaky, too unnerving for my taste by more than half.

3) Maybe me getting older doesn’t entirely mean that I’m exclusively 100% grumpier … cause I think I found more humor than usual in the whole Valentine’s Day festivities, or even in the concept.  Between the Grumpy Cat Valentine card I saw online to various and sundry jokes, I didn’t really see as much angst about the day as I did more like relatively gentle mocking humor.  And that really started earlier in the week when a local sheriff declared the holiday officially postponed due to the wintry weather  and gained national media attention for the gesture.  I’m not trying to be unromantic or anything, I guess I just figure if you’re inclined that way toward somebody then it seems downright foolish to invest an undue amount of time & energy in noting in one day a year, you better have that down pat the whole 365 days, or at least as many of them as you can.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A second straight busy week, with another four songs in, four songs out, and an unusually high number of five songs that should be included still missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
Would You Still Be There – Of Mice & Men, One Pill – Flash Lightnin, Break Down The Walls – Asking Alexandria, Into My Arms – Embers In Ashes, Hungry – Three Years Hollow

New to the Spotify list this week
Take Out The Gunman – Chevelle, Old Train – Monster Truck, Dancing With The Moonlight – Scorpions, So Far Away – Red (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
The Fold – Bridge To Grace, Gunfight – Sick Puppies, Sick Charade – The Letter Black, Crying Shame – Motorhead

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  nearly a dozen new songs added this week including the aforementioned single from Monster Truck, brand new music from a hot new band from Chile called Agents, new Fuel, music from a pair of Christian rockers Relentless Flood & Decyfer Down and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A busy week, with four songs in, four songs out, and an unusually high number of five songs that should be included currently missing from Spotify.


Missing songs this week:
False Alarm – Smile Empty Soul, One Pill – Flash Lightnin, Break Down The Walls – Asking Alexandria, Into My Arms – Embers In Ashes, Hungry – Three Years Hollow

New to the Spotify list this week
Times Are Hard – Redlight King, The Fold – Bridge To Grace, Torn To Pieces – Pop Evil,
My Dying Time –
Black Label Society

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
So Far Away – Red, Mystify – Saving Abel, The Lion – Monster Truck, Battle Born – 5FDP

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  over a half dozen new songs added this week including the aforementioned single from Redlight King, brand new music from Chevelle, a nice acoustic song from the Scorpions, a great song from Syn City Cowboys and several more.  You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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