Monthly Archives: November 2014

J3C College Football Top 25 (after week fourteen)

What’s The Good Word?

Sorry, there really just isn’t another way to open this week’s entry.

While Good was busy triumphing — in most improbable fashion — over Evil a few miles from my door, there was no shortage of games that had more impact on the national picture, starting with FSU yet again testing the limits of how much to spot an opponent before coming away with yet another win.  The “D”  Word (as in Destiny) is getting kind of hard to avoid … Oregon did Oregon things … Alabama does it a little differently than FSU, more of a “flip the switch” feel than a “magical escape” vibe.   But when they flip the switch is sure can be something to see …. Baylor, did you really cut things that close?  How? … Ole Miss had one thing left to play for: ruining Mississippi State’s season, and that’s exactly what they did … Ohio State’s luck goes from awful to even worse, now looking to be on their third quarterback of the year … Arizona vs Arizona State was as close as I expected it to be … UCLA decided to join Miss State as the team to soil their proverbial sheets this week … Missouri got their business handled, finally, sooner than most teams … Colorado State and Marshall apparently decided that the pressure of a big bowl payout was more than they wanted to deal with, leaving Boise State to handle the burden yet again … And Tennessee has more trouble than they should have had against woeful Vanderbilt but managed to get themselves bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.  That, at least, is some sign of progress.  And more importantly for the very young team, it’s worth three extra weeks of practice together.

With little left before the bowls and that playoff thing, I’ll set aside the tumultuous celebration caused by “The Kick and The Pick” and  turn my attention to a new J3C Top 25  for the week.

1. Florida State (1)
2. Oregon (2)
3. Alabama (3)
4. TCU (6)
5. Baylor (4)
6. Ohio State (7)
7. Michigan State (8)
8. Arizona (12)
9. Kansas State (11)
10. Mississippi State (5)
11. Wisconsin (14)
12. Georgia Tech (15)
13. Oklahoma (17)
14. Missouri (18)
15. Ole Miss (20)
16. Georgia (10)
17. UCLA (9)
18. Arizona State (13)
19. Clemson (23)
20. Auburn (16)
21. Louisville (22)
22. Boise State (Un)
23. LSU (Un)
24. Nebraska (25)
25. Utah (Un)

Dropped from this week’s poll:  Marshall (19), Colorado State (21), Minnesota (24)

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5 Songs I’m Thankful For

I hesitate to even attempt this since there’s countless songs that fit the description.  But once I started thinking about it a bit, I decided it was perfectly okay since I’m going to pick five I am thankful for, nothing in that says those are the only ones.   In chronological order

“Rainbow In The Dark” – Dio (1983)
If anything captured how it felt to be a teenager in the final year of high school for me, this might have done it.  I’d enjoyed a lot of songs already to that point in my life, not sure that I connected with a lyric more though.  That’s a powerful thing to experience.

“Eyes Of A Stranger” – Queensryche (1988)
First time I can recall a song lyric becoming a mantra for me, a signature line that felt so perfect.   “Is that all that’s left of my life before me?  Straightjacket memories, sedative highs?”

“How You Remind Me” – Nickelback (2001)
After the vast musical wasteland of the 90’s there were several songs that helped bring me back around to rock and feel like there was something worth hearing again.  This was among them, and it was such a good feeling to have a lyric (I’ve been wrong, I’ve been down, Been to the bottom of every bottle) that I could sing along to with enthusiasm.

“Nightmare” – Avenged Sevenfold (2010)
In this case the song I’m thankful for represents an entire experience rather than just the song itself.  One of the greatest live performances I’ve seen, shared with my not-quite-yet teenager, convincing me that there was at least some hope that rock might just have a future.  That’s a pretty lofty emotion to experience.

“I Said It” – Nonpoint (2012)
If a song played when I entered a room, this would pretty much have to be the one.  Only took about 45 years for it to come along.   If this isn’t me, well … if you know me then you know why I there’s not even a chance this isn’t me.  Might shock some folks if it’s played at my funeral but it’s as spot on as I suspect anything will ever get.

I said it!
I said it!
I’m saying that I said it!
I admit it I don’t care!
I don’t care, I don’t regret it!
You needed to hear it and I needed to say it!
I’m not playing, I just said it!
No I don’t regret it!

That’s five … and I’m out.
Happy Thanksgiving

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Just in time for the holiday feast, a table full of tasty hard rock with three songs in and three songs out and nary a tune missing from the Spotify buffet.  Grab a fork and dig in, just be sure to use your napkin.  Here’s wishing you a Thanksgiving that goes all the way to eleven.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
Drown – Bring Me The Horizon, Zombies In The Sun – Letters From The Fire (re-entry), Million Miles An Hour – Nickelback

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Disaster – In The Verse, Rockstars Girlfriend – Pistol Day Parade,  As Winter Stays – Ilia

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added this week including the latest from Machinehead, Georgia-based rockers Poynte, a solid ballad from Christian rocker Devin Williams  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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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/23/14

Just in time for the holiday … a generous helping of the HRD Radio Report

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HRD RADIO REPORT

TheHRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), andappears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com. The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providingcommentary, reviews, recommendationsandpredictions. It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general. Whenever possible, the HRD Radio Report will feature insight from radio and record industry people, in addition to interviews with hard rock artists about their music, tours and more!

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/23/14. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week thirteen)

Resting up for rivalry week.  Okay, maybe not every ranked team had that situation but quite a few of them did.

With FSU there’s apparently no such thing as a D1 opponent they can rest against, yet somehow they keep surviving … Bama and Georgia stepped down a division for opponents, Oregon and Mississippi State might as well have … UCLA got the jump on rivalry week, and their rivals, but it didn’t matter much for their ranking … Arizona had a strong final quarter to put an exclamation point on their win over Utah … Wisconsin and Missouri did just enough … Minnesota & Louisville helped sort out the bottom of the pecking order … Duke laid a rather large egg on Thursday night and handed Georgia Tech an unlikely division title so, you know, thanks for that …Otherwise, a largely meh weekend of college football, although I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Virginia Tech and Wake Forest’s combined effort to set college offenses back about two generations.

As always, there’s a new J3C Top 25  for the week, just not a lot of changes in the spots that really matter most.

1. Florida State (1)
2. Oregon (2)
3. Alabama (3)
4. Baylor (4)
5. Mississippi State (5)
6. TCU (6)
7. Ohio State (7)
8. Michigan State (8)
9. UCLA (9)
10. Georgia (11)
11. Kansas State (12)
12. Arizona (13)
13. Arizona State (14)
14. Wisconsin (15)
15. Georgia Tech (16)
16. Auburn (18)
17. Oklahoma (21)
18. Missouri (20)
19. Marshall (19)
20. Ole Miss (10)
21. Colorado State (23)
22. Louisville (Un)
23. Clemson (Un)
24. Minnesota (Un)
25. Nebraska (17)

Dropped from this week’s poll:  Utah (22), USC (24), Duke (25)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

3 in & 3 out, with the arrival of a possible future #1 and the departure of a recent #1.  Lots to enjoy, so fire up the ol’ Spotify and crank that … stuff up.

Missing songs this week:
Play Ball – AC/DC

New to the Spotify list this week:
Follow Me Down – Pretty Reckless, Bent To Fly – Slash, Feels Like Forever – Of Mice & Men, 

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Edge Of A Revolution – Nickelback, Shots – Charm City Devils, Zombies In The Sun – Letters From The Fire

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added this week including the aforementioned new single from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.    Also on board is the new single from Nickelback, the debut of another down under band, The Lazys, with a distinct AC/DC influence, the title track from the new album from AC/DC themselves, as well as a new song from The Dreaming  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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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 11/16/14

I know it’s chilly outside but should the Active Rock chart be THIS close to frozen? Details on that as well as my pick of the week from Pretty Reckless on the HRD Radio Report

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HRD RADIO REPORT

TheHRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), andappears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com. The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providingcommentary, reviews, recommendationsandpredictions. It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general. Whenever possible, the HRD Radio Report will feature insight from radio and record industry people, in addition to interviews with hard rock artists about their music, tours and more!

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 11/16/14. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE

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