Monthly Archives: May 2014

Three Things (for May 31, 2014)

Another random installment featuring random thoughts.   I know you’re giddy with anticipation so let’s get right to it.

1) I see where the graduating class at my old alma mater is just over 250 students this year … or roughly 2.5x the size of my own class thirty years ago.    Sounds about right I guess, the population is roughly 2x to 3x what it was when I grew up there.  Still, seems kinda strange to think about my little Class AA school being a Class AAAA now.

2)  Note to bands that are paying to advertise on Facebook:  please don’t do this, at least not based on the fear mongering meme about how (oh noes) “your posts aren’t being seen by your fans”.  News flash suckers:  those ads aren’t being seen by anyone smart enough to run ad-blockers anyway.  Quality and quantity that add up to engagement,  that’s how you get seen on Facebook.

3) Give or take, it’s about 83 days until the start of high school football season in Georgia, around 90 days until the start of college football season.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four in, four out, back to three songs that belong on the list currently missing from Spotify as things seem to be heating up as we head into summer.

Missing songs this week:
So Divine – Tesla, Dirty Penny – Flash Lightnin, Eleanor Rigby – Letters From The Fire

New to the Spotify list this week:
March Of The Damned – Judas Priest, Rise – Skillet, Die To Save You – Sick Puppies, Come Home – Relentless Flood (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Take Out The Gunman – Chevelle, Times Are Hard – Redlight King, House Of The Rising Sun – Five Finger Death Punch, Chemicals – Smile Empty Soul, 

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a dozen new songs added including the next hit from The Pretty Reckless, the return of Body Count, a trio of hard tracks from Anthrax, Slayer and Mushroomhead, the latest single from The Winery Dogs, some Tantric,  and 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)

Cranking things up again this week with four songs cracking my top 40, four songs leaving, and still just one song that belongs on the list currently missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
So Divine – Tesla

New to the Spotify list this week:
Rise Up – Saliva, Respect – Devour The Day, Chemicals – Smile Empty Soul, We Are The Brave – Veridia

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
My Dying Time – Black Label Society, End Of Me – A Day To Remember, Memory – Decyfer Down, Soul To Preach To – Fuel

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s once again almost a dozen new songs added including the latest single from Skillet, the forthcoming single from Judas Priest, a great new song from classic artist Uriah Heep, a new song with a great funny video from The Last Vegas  and 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)

Busy, busy, busy.  Five songs crack my top 40, five songs leave, and we’re back to having one song that belongs on the list currently missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
So Divine – Tesla

New to the Spotify list this week:
End of Me – A Day To Remember, We Are The Broken – Seventh Day Slumber, The Burden Of Being Wonderful – Steel Panther (re-entry),  Memory – Decyfer Down, Loaded Gun-Gloryhound

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Sleepwalking – Bring Me The Horizon, My Demons – Starset, Redeemer Of Souls – Judas Priest, This Pain – Righteous Vendetta, Come Home – Relentless Flood

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s almost a dozen new songs added this week including the aforementioned single from Gloryhound, the next hit from Sick Puppies, a great new track from Veer Union featuring Johnny Heatherington (Art Of Dying), new music from Heartist, Rains, Wovenwar and 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)

I could get used to this, pure rock n’ roll goodness in abundance.   Two new in, two songs out, fours songs in, and a second straight week where there are no songs from my top 40 currently missing from Spotify.

Missing songs this week: NONE

New to the Spotify list this week
Redeemer Of Souls – Judas Priest, Words As Weapons – Seether

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
The Burden Of Being Wonderful – Steel Panther, The Hate Song – Soil

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new songs added this week including the aforementioned singles from Priest & Seether, promising newcomers from NY Within Reason,  some Adrenaline Mob  and 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 5/4/14)

Phones, games, television.   It’s like an electronic edition of Three Things

1)  So about a month into having my first-ever smart phone, after years (and years) of swearing that I’d never forego my trusty old flip phone.  I mean, it worked & I knew it hung up when I wanted to hang up, that’s pretty big with me.  I will concede that there are a few things I’ve enjoyed about it … aside from trying to figure out how to use the @#$%@$# phone part of this new fangled contraption.   I must admit that feeling less tied to the computer to check emails is kind of nice.  My witty observations on various social media platforms are now a little more timely.  The down side, alas … I realized just how tired & old I look thanks to the video camera, there won’t be any Vines from me any time soon, at least not with me in them.

2) Been playing quite a bit of Call Of Duty: Ghosts lately.  And by “quite a bit” I mean I’m about to cross the 5 days played threshold.   That’s 120 hours.  So while the standard $60 pricetag on video games feels high most of the time, that’s a heck of a great return on investment.   You wonder why I don’t go to movies and such?   When I get them for $0.50 an hour’s entertainment, call me.

3) The combination of room surfing and channel surfing has led me to the inescapable conclusion that if aliens ever randomly saw an episode of Real Housewives Of Atlanta  they would have no choice but to decide to exterminate the planet in order to put the rest of us out of our misery.   And, honestly, I couldn’t fault them based on that evidence.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs out, fours songs in, and a rare occasion to find no songs that should be in the top 40 currently missing from Spotify.  That’s so rare that I don’t even want to look back to see how long it’s been, instead I’ll just crank things to eleven and enjoy the serendipity.

Missing songs this week: NONE

New to the Spotify list this week
House Of The Rising Sun – Five Finger Death Punch,  How To Be A Human – Powerman 5000, Drown – Theory Of A Deadman, The Burden Of Being Wonderful – Steel Panther  (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Go Home-  Bleeker Ridge,  Time Machine – Winery Dogs, Memory – Decyfer Down, Breaking Out – Sumerlin

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added this week including the first single from forthcoming Fozzy album, promising newcomers H2NY (Halfway To New York), an unusually themed video for Smile Empty Soul’s latest single, the debut of U.K. rockers Damn Dice and 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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