Monthly Archives: January 2015

Three Things (for Jan 28, 2015)

Been quite a while since I’ve done one of these but since inspiration seems to have struck, here goes:

1) Ended up in the teenager’s car for a short ride tonight, something I don’t do very often (me in his car that is, not the short ride part).   So short a ride in fact that he didn’t feel like bothering to hook his phone to the aux port for music, just punched around on the radio for the few minutes we were out.   Hearing commercials had an almost novelty feel about it, bordering on downright quaint.   Adding to the quaint nature of it was hearing a commercial for something local to the area was an even bigger mindboggle, since I hear virtually no terrestrial radio & watch virtually no broadcast network television and have Dish instead of cable … I really don’t hear/see local spots at all anymore & haven’t in several years.

2) That radio experience was even more unusual since it was only recently that the area got a rock station again after several years of being non-existent in the market.  Since August 2012 when Project 96-1 (WKLS-FM/Atlanta) flipped to Top 40 there really hasn’t been a rock signal that reached my exurban area.   After 3 years of SiriusXM (Octane primarily for music) listening to a “regular” station tonight was interesting for a bit … until I realized that I doubt I could ever go back.  It’s not the commercials, it’s the high frequency of songs that would be automatic button-pushes to change the station.   Sirius is exponentially better at programming to my taste than the wider targeting of radio, and I’m exponentially better at programming to my taste via Spotify than even Sirius.    It’s a labor intensive hobby — locating & identifying new music that I genuinely like instead of settling for whatever is shoved my way  — but at this point I’m pretty sure the ship has sailed for me … and won’t ever be coming back to that port.

3) Speaking of rock (and since I need a third thing here to make this post complete), I’m somewhat amused by a little quirk I’ve noticed lately.  Many of my friends are country music fans and a frequent topic of discussion lately is how “country isn’t country any more”, traditionalists genuinely upset by the influences from other genres that have not only penetrated the niche but seem to have largely overwhelmed it.   Trust me, I feel your pain, I lived through the musical wasteland of the “grunge era” after being pretty much music obsessed through most of the 80s.  That said though, what amused me is that the tables may at least slightly be turning back the other way.   Kid Rock’s latest single is flying up the rock charts & is pretty much a straight up modern country song.  Halestorm recently moved to Nashville and, while extremely exaggerated IMO, there are complaints that their latest single has too much country influence showing through.  And now the world’s reigning most famous & over-hyped incredibly boring & mediocre band — Foo Fighters — has released a song that features none other than Zac Brown.

Ya’ll just keep that stuff over there, m’kay.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs in & four songs out — mostly exiting from long runs at the top — on my weekly  Spotify Top 40,  still four songs that should be there missing from the service.

Missing songs this week:
Rock Or Bust – AC/DC,  I Blame You – XFactor1, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys, Pale Rider – Project 86

New to the Spotify list this week:
All Bad Things – Motley Crue, Untraveled RoadThousand Foot Krutch, Do You Wanna Start A War – Fozzy, Baptized In The Rio Grande – Sons Of Texas

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Moving On– Asking Alexandria, Moth – Hellyeah, Something From Nothing – Foo Fighters, Forgive & Forget – You Me At Six

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s well over a dozen new songs added on a very busy week including new music from 10 Years, the latest single from We Are Harlot, new Silvertung, something from another new Jorn Lande project (this time with Trond Holter), new songs from Otherwise and Theory Of A Deadman and much 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 1/25/15

What’s this? Actual movement at the top of the Active Rock airplay chart? {breathe Jon, breathe}

Despite the shock I somehow managed to avoid being left speechless for this week’s 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.

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 1/25/15. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 4 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1992
2 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 1827
3 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something…

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Three songs in & three songs out on my weekly  Spotify Top 40,  once again four songs that should be there missing from the service.

Missing songs this week:
Rock Or Bust – AC/DC, Do You Wanna Rock – Danko Jones, Pale Rider – Project 86, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys

New to the Spotify list this week:
Apocalyptic- Halestorm,  Karma – Charm City Devils,  My Allegiance – Ilia

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Letters From The Fire – Zombies In The Sun, Disaster – In The Verse, Never Coming Back – Bobaflex

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new songs added this week including the final new single from Motley Crue, the latest singles from Framing Hanley and In Flames, some “pop goes punk” from I Prevail and much 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 1/18/15

If you know me then you knew a rant was probably coming sooner rather than later.

It arrives in this week’s 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.

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 1/18/15. All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 2057
2 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 2022
3 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It…

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/11/15

I almost forgot to share this … which isn’t nearly as bad as all the rock radio programmers that apparently forgot it was time to get back to work.

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

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 1/11/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 2057
2 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 1977
3 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It…

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Making up for the lack of movement last week, five songs enter and five songs leave my weekly  Spotify Top 40,  with a higher than normal four songs that should be there missing from the service.

Missing songs this week:
Rock Or Bust – AC/DC, Pale Rider – Project 86, Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys, I Blame You – XFactor1

New to the Spotify list this week:
This Probably Won’t End Well – All That Remains, Resuscitate – Fireflight, Forgive & Forget – You Me At Six, Here For You – Devin Williams, Never Coming Back – Bobaflex

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Beautiful – Pop Evil, Breaking Skin – Nonpoint, Rise – Fight The Fade, Shots – Charm City Devils, The River – Decyfer Down

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s more than a dozen new songs added this week including the brand new singles from Halestorm, All That Remains, Charm City Devils,  the fantastic debut of Sons Of Texas, something new from Danko Jones, the killer vocals of Russell Allen with Level 10  and much 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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