Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

There’s something very rock n’ roll about posting this entry in the middle of the night … right?  Or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.   Four new entries in my Spotify Top 40 this week with a fairly wide variety of styles … but they all rock just like the rest of the songs in the list.

Missing songs this week:
Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys, Rock The Blues Away – AC/DC

New to the Spotify list this week:
For You – All That Remains, Dirty Diana – Shaman’s Harvest (re-entry), Intoxicated – Hinder, Love, Lust, and Liars – I Prevail

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Bent To Fly – Slash, Fair-Weather Friend – Stars In Stereo, I Get Around – Adelitas Way, Gone – Red Sky Mary,


For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including the latest single from Marilyn Manson, a new one from Motionless In White, a scorcher from Romantic Rebel, new Knock Out Kaine, an album cut from Sevendust 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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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Where DOES the time go?  A bit later than usual but still in plenty of time to help you rock your way through the holiday weekend.   A lot of new entries in my Spotify Top 40 this week –five, counting one returning song — so follow the drill:  crank to 11, remove knob, enjoy.

Missing songs this week:
Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys, Rock The Blues Away – AC/DC

New to the Spotify list this week:
What’s Next – Godsmack, Killpop – Slipknot, Gone – Red Sky Mary, Chicago – Acidic, Breathe Again – Spoken (f. Matty Mullins)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Coming For The Throne – Otherwise, Baptized In The Rio Grande – Sons Of Texas, My Allegiance – Ilia, Dirty Diana – Shaman’s Harvest, Karma – Charm City Devils


For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including tracks from All That Remains, Temple Agents, the debut of Saint Ansonia, an incredible new song from Eve To Adam 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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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Only one change to my weekly  Spotify Top 40 this week but lots of fresh hard rock to choose from regardless.  Enjoy

Missing songs this week:
Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys, Rock The Blues Away – AC/DC

New to the Spotify list this week:
Dirty Diana – Shaman’s Harvest

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
FML – Godsmack


For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including tracks from New Year’s Day, Wovenwar, I Prevail, Bridge To Grace 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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“Bro” … ENOUGH already

Yep, I have a rant coming, re: the whole bro country thing.   Doesn’t bother me much … USUALLY.   Not really my circus, definitely not my monkeys, I’ve found some of it more entertaining that some previous country trends (the “generic young female” era pretty much killed country for me for example).  That the drummer from My Darkest Days is part of this, well, that bothers me.

I started laughing within the first minute as we opened with lyrics like “with the beer in the back & the girls in the front, put on a little Skynyrd … ” but once we got to “it’s Friday nite, let’s get lit, ’cause round here last call don’t mean … shhhhhh ” I realized that the ssssssssshark may have indeed been jumped.

That last bit? It’s actually cute the way they deliver it but at this point even I’ve had enough I think … and I don’t really ever hear any of this stuff on purpose, only in passing or by accident.  Those of you who try to listen to country on a daily basis, honestly, I don’t know how you haven’t gone postal.

The production is fine, the sound is fine (if you don’t mind some auto-tuning), I suspect all these guys are considerably talented, probably a great bunch of super nice fellas … but the words sound like the came out of some sort of lyric generator software.   Just as Steve Goodman may have captured “the perfect country and western song” once upon a time, I think perhaps we’ve just found “the most generic bro country song”.   Mission accomplished, now let’s move on.

I understand the need to make a living, I don’t begrudge anyone for doing so legally.   But the madness has to stop somewhere.

So with that in mind … Matt Walst, get your ass back to My Darkest Days and stop making so-so records with Three Days Grace.   The latest 3DG record is okay, has some pretty good moments I guess but pretty much anyone could step in & make records that aren’t particularly memorable, and that’s what you’re part of now.   That’ll fix the part of this that set me off in the first place.

Next? Country labels, find a new gimmick, you’ve beaten this one to death.  Stop signing every generic band that sounds like every other generic band.   Rock radio, get the hell off the bandwagon before you pull a muscle trying to hop on board, you’re embarrassing yourself.

This isn’t Bret Michaels latest single (“Girls On Bars”) bad … but this is ultimately part of why that tragedy exists in the first place.

Oh, in case you’re wondering, here’s what provoked all this in the first place.

 

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

My weekly  Spotify Top 40 has four new entries this week, mostly from heavy hitters.   Plenty of rockin’ to be done so … what are you waiting for?  Get to it.

Missing songs this week:
Shake It Like You Mean It – The Lazys, Rock The Blues Away – AC/DC

New to the Spotify list this week:
Nobody Praying For Me – Seether, Halo- Starset FML – Godsmack, Get ‘Em Up – Nickelback

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Coming For You – Offspring, Chicago – AcidicAll Bad Things – Motley Crue, Bitch – Bridge To Grace


For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new songs added including  new Hinder, a fantastic debut from Minnesota newcomers Fifth Hour, new songs from The Bloodline and Amaranthe, the latest from Glamour Of The Kill, 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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Three Things (for May 2, 2015)

You know how this works, well, WHEN it works anyhow.   Three quick takes on whatever happens to be on my mind.   Been a while but let’s just skip the jokes about my mind being a blank, m’kay?

1) My 17 year old used the phrase “over it” when describing one of his peers & the situation with an extracurricular activity.  That simple throwaway line sparked what I fear could be an unfortunate epiphany for me, as I quickly inventoried all the different things my child could say that about.  Things that he’s simply just “over”.   His generation seems to be involved in a million different things from an early age– sometimes by choice, sometimes by the need to fill in all those checkboxes for college applications — but I now wonder whether the unintended consequence of all that activity & exposure will be a generation that by their mid-20s or so is simply pretty much “over it” with virtually everything.  If that’s the case, what the heck are they going to do then?  One of the more disturbing thoughts I’ve had about the future really, even if I may not be around to see all of it, I really hate to think about the majority of a generation feeling like they’re 40something by the time they’re just 20something.

2) My vision really isn’t that bad, at least by the standards of people who really do have major vision problems.  That said, it CANNOT be a good sign that I found myself having trouble figuring out which pair (regular lenses or bifocals) was which as I tried to grab them to go out the door last night … and realized that I needed to have glasses on to easily tell them apart.   So that’s what it’s come to:  I need glasses to be able to figure out which pair of glasses I’m trying to put on.   No, that can’t be a good sign.

3) From time to time it becomes necessary to dispatch certain people from my cyber-life.  It’s not something I do that often, not something that I enjoy doing, but what struck me again this weekend is how consistently it’s turned out to be a good call when I finally do it.  Never once has it been a spur of the moment thing, it’s always been something that I’d found myself on the verge of doing repeatedly before it actually happened, and not once to date have I ever looked back and regretted it.  It sort of suggests that maybe I should pay more attention to my instincts a little sooner.

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