Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four songs enter (or return to) my Spotify Top 40 this week as a summer marked by the strength of active/hard rock core artists continues.

Missing songs this week:
Passenger – Trapt, I Won’t Give In – Asking Alexandria

New to the Spotify list this week:
Overlord – Lamb Of God, Inside A Storm Starts To Rise – Reform The Resistance,  Get Em Up – Nickelback (re-entry), The Man Who Broke His Own Heart – Everclear (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Legend Of The Spaceborn Killer – Crobot, Another Heart – Tremonti, Stronger – Of Eyes That See, The World I Used To Know – We Came As Romans

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new songs added including the brand new Sevendust, new Atreyu, the next singles from Bridge To Grace and 10 Years, newcomers Rubikon 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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10 Songs I’m Cranking Up (7/25/15)

I was doing pretty well with these around one a month for a while last year and then *poof* they just sorta vanished.   Various reasons, but maybe it’ll inspire me a little to finally at least get another one posted.

Every week I share several playlists of hard rock here on the blog … my Spotify Top 40, my current YouTube playlist, there’s even a Spotify “Back Forty” for those who are really in the know.   Those are determined in various ways which I’ve explained elsewhere here on the blog.

Despite all that, I don’t say much about what I’m actually listening to and enjoying the most. You know, the songs that I immediately crank up whenever they come on Sirius Octane or that I make sure to play when I start building a queue in Spotify or that I sing (badly) randomly as I go about my day.

Whatever the case, I just thought it would be fun to occasionally forget about charts and singles vs album cuts and anything other than just plain ol’ “what I’m loving right now”.  Of course there’s more songs than just these that I’ll turn up if you try to talk while they’re on but I figure I have to have some sort of limit to how long this post gets.

In no specific order, here are 10 songs that I’m definitely cranking up a lot right now

The Vengeful One – Disturbed
Jekyll & Hyde – Five Finger Death Punch
What’s Next – Godsmack
You Want A Battle – Bullet For My Valentine
Here Comes The Light – Within Reason
Chemical Ride – 3 Years Hollow
Angels & Demons – Disciple
Give Em Hell – Wilson
Happy Song – Bring Me The Horizon
Win Hands Down – Armored Saint

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

So many relatively new songs have entered my Spotify Top 40 in the past few weeks that having only one debut this time around really isn’t surprising nor even particularly disappointing.   It’s still chock full of the very best active/hard rock around.

Missing songs this week:
Passenger – Trapt, I Won’t Give In – Asking Alexandria

New to the Spotify list this week:
The World I Used To Know – We Came As Romans

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Get Em Up – Nickelback

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new songs added including the latest from Bring Me The Horizon, Atlanta’s own Poynte, supergroup Metal Allegiance, album cuts from Saint Asonia and Pop Evil 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)

Four songs enter my Spotify Top 40 this week, more activity than I actually expected but it’s good stuff all around so I’m happy to have been mistaken.

Missing songs this week:
Passenger – Trapt

New to the Spotify list this week:
The Contender – Glorious Sons, Weathered & Worn – Seasons After, Chemical Ride – 3 Years Hollow, Stronger – Of Eyes That See

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Darkest Part – Red, Breathe Again – Spoken, I Am – Hands Like Houses, Get Higher – Palaye Royale

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including the latest from We Came As Romans, new music from Parkway Drive, one of the best songs I’ve heard to date from 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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Angry musical rant

Musical mini-rant time, just go around if you ain’t interested, I’m not blocking the aisle:    Having Dreck (aka Beck) infect the Active Rock airplay chart this week is bad enough but to look & see 4 allegedly Active Rock stations add another ^%#%$ Zac Brown Band song instead of playing AN ACTUAL ACTIVE ROCK SONG …. GAHHHH !

I wouldn’t object to the song (“Junkyard”) being added to a middle of the road mainstream rock station.  It’s as rock as,say, recent Eric Clapton or Joe Walsh material (although it’s more reminiscent of a recent hit for rap-rocker Yelawolf than either).

But to play this decidedly not hard/active rock song is a slap in the face of literally hundreds of hard working bands — old and new — that DO know how to rock, that aren’t afraid to rock, that actually have expend some energy and most of all that would actually benefit from the exposure and are willing to commit to BEING a rock band.

Never once have I heard an actual fan of hard/active rock say “ooh, I just gotta hear that new Zac Brown song again” and yet the milquetoast frustrated alternative programmers who’ve politicked (or worse) their way into jobs that should go to people who are neither ashamed or afraid of {gasp} actual ROCK shoved the last boring release down everybody’s throats because they wanted to revisit the 90s with his guest vocalist.  Newsflash assholes:  the 90s SUCKED and damned near killed rock past the point of being necromanced.  Now there’s a legion of bands that have the talent, have the balls, have everything it takes to be a fully legit rock band … and you won’t play them because you’re too busy trying to kill the format entirely by playing anything & everything BUT a rock song.

Roughly 1/3rd of the current chart – concentrated mostly in the upper half of the chart at that — are bland (at best) tracks borrowed from the Alternative chart.  Any ROCK programmer playing a @%^#^ Mumford & Sons song ought to be cleaning out his desk before the song stops spinning.   And the same goes for several dozen other whatever-they-are-they-aren’t-rock songs that have been inflicted on audiences for the past few years.

Let’s get something straight here:  I’m not mad at Zac Brown, this isn’t a mess of his making,he’s just doing his thing and that’s cool.    Hell, I’m not mad at Daddy Mumford nor any of his kids.  Go, do what you do, God bless.    The decision makers who can’t figure out that these are not active rock songs, however, there isn’t a corner of hell hot enough for them as far as I’m concerned.  The evidence is becoming overwhelming that they are actively TRYING to kill an entire format, by watering it down to the lowest common denominators, to the weakest sauce possible.  As a fan, one that has already endured one wasted decade that left me pretty much musically orphaned, I take that attempted homicide really personally.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Only three new entries in my Spotify Top 40 this week but it’s a strong group with another new track from BFMV.   Sit back, relax, and let the music blow away the nasty ol’ work week.

Missing songs this week:
Passenger – Trapt

New to the Spotify list this week:
Cut The Cord – Shinedown,  You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War) – Bullet For My Valentine,  I Am – Hands Like Houses

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Hush – Hellyeah, The Devil’s Engine – I Mother Earth, Rising Up – Young Guns,

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including the aforementioned new Shinedown, powerful stuff from Lamb Of God, new Red Line Chemistry, newcomers Failure Anthem 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)

Five new entries in my Spotify Top 40 this week including the stunning return of Disturbed and the long awaited addition of the legendary AC/DC to Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
I Won’t Give In – Asking Alexandria

New to the Spotify list this week:
The Vengeful One – Disturbed, Defame Me – New Years Day, Get Higher – Palaye Royale, Angels & Demons – Disciple, Rock The Blues Away – AC/DC

Dropping off the Spotify list this week
Failure -Breaking Benjamin,  Human Race – Three Days Grace, Black Buffalo – One Bad Son, Furious Love – Veridia, The Man Who Broke His Own Heart – Everclear

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs added including the latest single from Art Of Dying  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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