Monthly Archives: November 2015

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Rock your way over the river and through the woods with my  Spotify Weekly Top 40 .  Four songs enter for the first time, it’s just amazing how much good rock there is these days if you don’t waste time on all the lightweight dreck.

Missing songs this week:
Black Rebel – The Lazys,  The Boards – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Inside Yourself – Godsmack, Alive – Escape The Fate,  What About You – The Wild,  Impossible – Lacey Sturm

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Cold Speak- Islander, Crossroads – I Prevail, Bad Blood – Forever At Last, Say It Again – XXI

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version along with the aforementioned song from The Wild, there’s nearly a dozen new songs including the latest from Gus G (featuring Elize Ryd), Apocalyptica, Voodoo Circle, Inglorious,   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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J3C College Football Top 25 (after Week 12 )

 

The beat goes on.  As do the beatdowns and the beatings.  In other words, just a normal college football season.

The latest victim of reality turns out to be none other than the defending national champions.   Quite the dysfunctional family circus in Columbus apparently, finally brought out in the open with their first loss.  There’s a bit of irony in how Michigan State diminished their best win by virtue of giving someone their first loss but that’s the way things go sometimes …. Clemson and Alabama both dispatched lesser opponents in roughly the appropriate fashion, Notre Dame makes themselves a bit vulnerable by letting one hang around too closely … Not sure there’s any team elevating its stock more week after week than Oklahoma …. OK State on the other hand, well, so much for them I suppose … And whither Iowa?   Unappreciated giant? Paper tiger?  That probably doesn’t get answered until the B1G title game, but we should finally have an answer after that one way or the other … Elsewhere, Georgia escaped a near disaster.  Maybe not a job-saving win for CMR but one that I think he couldn’t lose and remained employed … Tennessee gets a win over a lackluster Missouri but that’s definitely a sign of progress nevertheless … and then there’s poor ol’ Georgia Tech.  Not really anything to say about that mess that I haven’t said more than once already.  I do still think this year’s renewal of Good Clean Old Fashioned Hate should have a stipulation that says the winner gets to fire their coach but the loser should be forced to keep their’s.  THAT would be high-stakes drama for sure.

It’s getting late, the contenders and pretenders are almost totally separated now, but we still need another JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(last week’s ranking follows their name)
1. Clemson (2)
2. Alabama (3)
3. Oklahoma (5)
4. Notre Dame (4)
5. Iowa (7)
6. Michigan State (12)
7. Baylor (8)
8. Ohio State (1)
9. Oklahoma State (6)
10. Florida (9)
11. North Carolina (11)
12. Michigan (14)
13. Florida State (15)
14. Stanford (16)
15. Navy (18)
16. TCU (10)
17. Washington State (21)
18. Oregon (23)
19. Ole Miss (25)
20. Northwestern (Un)
21. UCLA (Un)
22. Mississippi State (Un)
23. Houston (13)
24. Pitt (24)
25. Temple (Un)

Dropped out: LSU (17), Utah (19), Wisconsin (20), USC (22)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Five in, five out on my newly updated Spotify Weekly Top 40 .  I don’t just bitch about all the crap radio tries to shove down our throat, I do something about it.  Here’s the rock hits with the lightweight alternapop removed.

Missing songs this week:
Black Rebel – The Lazys,  Inside Yourself – Godsmack,  The Boards – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Dream Eater – Separations (return),  Blossom – I Mother Earth, Forget About The Blame – Trans-Siberian Orchestra f. Lzzy Hale, Let Me Live My Life – Saint Asonia, Paralyzed – Failure Anthem

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Angels Fall – Breaking Benjamin, Passenger – Trapt, Venom – Bullet For My Valentine, Dead In The Water – Pop Evil, Speed Of Light – Iron Maiden 

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version along with the aforementioned IME and TSO there’s more than a half dozen other additions the debuts of Last In Line and Cyberstar 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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J3C College Football Top 25 (after Week 11 )

If last week was marked by the sound of bubbles bursting, this week’s signature sound is more like KABOOM as several teams found themselves knocked out as thoroughly as Ronda Rousey.

Ohio State and Clemson delivered wins in unspectacular fashion, Alabama dismantled a Top 25 opponent, and then things went rather haywire … Baylor ran into a team that may simply be better than them, Oklahoma answered every challenge … Stanford rallied but lost to a wounded set of Ducks that delighted in playing spoiler after being the spoiled in the past … LSU got a dose of their own running game medicine and was significantly exposed for a second straight week … Below the bigger names no less than five other ranked teams lost in a variety of ways … even the teams who won didn’t all have an easy time of it, notably Iowa being pushed to the edge by a scrappy Minnesota and Oklahoma State having all sorts of trouble with 3-7 Iowa State … The homecoming crowd in Knoxville wasn’t particularly impressed by a win, even a shutout win, but it beats losing … For Georgia unimpressive was enough to handle an old rival … and for Georgia Tech fans a Thursday night game meant the suffering was already healing by Saturday, that’s about all the good there is to find on The Flats this year.

No standing eight count required here, let’s just roll out the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(last week’s ranking follows their name)

1.  Ohio State (1)
2. Clemson (4)
3. Alabama (4)
4. Notre Dame (6)
5. Oklahoma (10)
6. Oklahoma State (7)
7. Iowa (9)
8. Baylor (3)
9. Florida (11)
10. TCU (12)
11. North Carolina (17)
12. Michigan State (16)
13. Houston (13)
14. Michigan (14)
15. Florida State (18)
16. Stanford (5)
17. LSU (8)
18. Navy (23)
19. Utah (15)
20. Wisconsin (22)
21. Washington State (Un)
22. USC (Un)
23. Oregon (Un)
24. Pitt (Un)
25. Ole Miss (Un)

Dropped out: Mississippi State (19), UCLA (20), Temple (21), Memphis (24), BYU (25)

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The Evolution of Hard Rock Daddy’s Music Discovery Monday

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Music Discovery Monday - One Year Annivesary

By Adam Waldman (Publisher/Editor)

On November 10, 2014, Hard Rock Daddy launched Music Discovery Monday, a weekly feature to help hard rock and metal fans discover music from today and yesteryear.  Almost instantly, it became the most popular feature on the site for fans and artists alike.

Music Discovery Monday was a big undertaking that required a significant time commitment to launch.  If not for the tireless efforts of the HRD team, this popular weekly feature simply would not have made the impact that it has in its first year.

When this journey began last year, the goal was to give exposure to songs and artists that were getting little to no radio airplay.  As we began to hit our stride as a team, things evolved, and we started including new releases by artists who were likely to get airplay in the future (although these bands are in the…

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

One of those weeks where real life slowed my progress.  Or where a return to the Fallout universe slowed me down.  Or something.  But the music hasn’t slowed down any as another five songs enter or return to my Spotify Weekly Top 40 with the latest update.

Missing songs this week:
Black Rebel – The Lazys,  Inside Yourself – Godsmack,  The Boards – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Become The Enemy – Like A Storm (return),  In Chains – Shaman’s Harvest, Venom – Bullet For My Valentine, Dead In The Water – Pop Evil, Speed Of Light – Iron Maiden (re-entry) 

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Cirice– Ghost, Dream Eater – Separations, Straight To Hell – The Wild!, Ordinary – Miggs, Bloody Sunrise – Wayland

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s more than a half dozen additions this week including the latest from Disciple, newcomers Carolina Burn, album cuts from Sevendust and P.O.D.  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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J3C College Football Top 25 (after Week 10 )

Pop. Pop. Pop.  That’s the sound of bubbles bursting.

A busy Saturday highlighted by the Alabama-LSU powerhouse matchup.  As often happens with marquee games, it turned out to be a one-sided affair.  My brilliant pre-game analysis – if LSU can run they win, if they can’t run they lose — was spot on, even if it was kind of obvious.   At the very least the Heisman race is now wide open again … Clemson scuffled early but finished strong and go the job done.  At this stage of the season that’s what matter most of all for contenders … Ohio State, uh, see above I guess.  Unimpressive yet again, but efficient, which is a formula that has worked for champions in the past.   The question of whether there is a switch to be flipped for them remains … Baylor passed the first test with their backup quarterback.  Not the most stringent exam but still counts as at least a quiz grade … And then on the other side of the Saturday coin, POP goes the TCU bubble.  Their stock falls while giving rise to Oklahoma State’s value … POP goes the Michigan State bubble, albeit with yet another blown call determining the final outcome of a game.  Officiating at the college level seems to be regressing to the pitiful state of high school officiating … Toledo, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Duke all get relegated to the ranks of outright pretenders … Tennessee starts strong, plays weak for most of a half, survives.  And someone Butch Jones has the audacity to demand that reporting of the team be more positive?  Uh, you were a play away from having your seat warm right back up genius, beating South Carolina is not the time to start issuing demands … Speaking of hot seats, a win over mighty Kentucky at home ought to be worth about two ice pellets worth of cooling for CMR.  Any more than that is overvaluing a one week performance … And on The Flats, Georgia Tech managed to avoid yet another loss.  Open dates are a good thing at this point.

Stocks rise & stocks fall in the latest edition of JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(last week’s ranking follows their name)

1.  Ohio State (1)
2. Clemson (4)
3. Baylor (2)
4. Alabama (8)
5. Stanford (7)
6. Notre Dame (9)
7. Oklahoma State (12)
8. LSU (3)
9. Iowa (11)
10. Oklahoma (13)
11. Florida (10)
12. TCU (6)
13. Houston (13)
14. Michigan (16)
15. Utah (17)
16. Michigan State (5)
17. North Carolina (Un)
18. Florida State (18)
19. Mississippi State (22)
20. UCLA (23)
21. Temple (25)
22. Wisconsin (Un)
23. Navy (Un)
24. Memphis (15)
25. BYU (Un)

Dropped out: Toledo (19), Ole Miss (20), Texas A&M (21), Duke (24)

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