Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Things slow down a bit but there’s still a couple of new entries in my Weekly Top 40 on Spotify. With the flurry of activity the past couple of weeks it’s still the freshest way to enjoy today’s active rock hits without the annoying alternacrap.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
Ready To Roll– The Wild, I Will Not Go Quietly – Sixx A.M.

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Cut Me Loose – Killswitch Engage, The Worst In Me – Bad Omens

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a half dozen new adds including the latest from Amity Affliction, an album cut from Stuck Mojo and more.   You can find it at this link 

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Walking Dead premiere reaction

My intention here is to be spoiler-free, I’ll do my very best.

Maybe now some of my comments around social media in the past few days make a little more sense. I honestly don’t know that an American TV audience will prove willing to deal with this level of … brutality.  

 
For those that don’t watch The Walking Dead, consider everything you’ve seen on television — fiction, reality, any & all — and then consider that what just aired has me sincerely wondering whether it’s maybe just … too much.
 
I don’t mean from a should they/shouldn’t they aspect. The creative team was well within their rights & then some. This IS what the source material is. This is what always had to happen.
 
But will that have an audience on television?  I have my doubts to be honest.

The Walking Dead isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  I don’t mean that the audience suddenly goes away overnight.  But I do expect as much as 30% – 40% of the audience to be gone a year from now.  In my heart of hearts, I just don’t believe the level of cruelty on display is something that we en masse are looking for.  We get enough of that in our every day lives, one way or another.

It’s often brilliantly done television, hell, writing & acting period never mind the medium.
It’s a tribute to all those involved that we have such strong reactions.

But is this … entertainment?  And if we aren’t being entertained, what motive to watch do we have?

I’m really having some doubts about that in recent days, tonight did nothing to change those.

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week eight)

The second half of the season gets underway with (shocker) some surprises.

Hey look, Bama is behind.  Oops, sorry, if you blinked you missed it.  At this point I’m not sure how often during their run that it’s looked like the gap was larger between the Tide and the rest of the country … a different sort of kick-six pushes Ohio State on the bubble for the playoffs, and perhaps on the wrong side of that bubble unless they get some help … Clemson had the weekend off, Michigan and Washington might as well have also … It was Nebraska’s turn to only play two quarters but that was enough while Louisville got to take two quarters off but under the circumstances they earned ’em … After yesterday I’m a little surprised that we haven’t heard of Houston being arrested on morals charges ’cause they’ve been indecently exposed as a pretender to being relevant.  So much so that I wonder whether LSU would roll the dice on the presumed front-runner for their head coaching job after yesterday … Speaking of criminal acts, what Auburn did to Arkansas is illegal in a number of places … The disgraceful performance of the Razorback defense gets lost in the glare of Oklahoma vs Texas Tech.  I’m really not sure what to say about that one, maybe they were just playing in honor of the now-floundering Arena Football League or something … Not quite suddenly Ole Miss will now have to spend the next few weeks just hoping they can manage to get bowl eligible.  Much as I hate to, have to credit the LSU defense for quietly having nearly as much to do with their victory as the resurgent Fournette …

In a world where it looks as though Alabama deserves at least a first round playoff bye, here’s  the new JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25 after week eight. (previous week J3C ranking follows their name)

1. Alabama (1)
2. Michigan (3)
3. Clemson (4)
4. Washington (5)
5. Nebraska (7)
6. Louisville (8)
7. Ohio State (2)
8. West Virginia (10)
9. Texas A&M (6)
10. Baylor (9)
11. Wisconsin (11)
12. Florida (12)
13. Oklahoma (14)
14. Boise State (15)
15. Florida State (17)
16. Auburn (Un)
17. North Carolina (19)
18. LSU (Un)
19. Western Michigan (18)
20. Utah (22)
21. Colorado (23)
22. Tennessee (21)
23. Navy (24)
24. Oklahoma State (Un)
25. Virginia Tech (Un)

Dropped:  Houston (13), Arkansas (16), Ole Miss (20), South Florida (25)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

And I thought last week had a surprising amount of movement.  A minor shift here, a new single there, a couple of strong debuts, and suddenly I find myself with SEVEN new entries in my latest Weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see at least some of the songs there were bumped make their return sooner rather than later however.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
The Stage– Avenged Sevenfold, Never Again – Breaking Benjamin, Ready For War – Adelitas Way, Nightmare – Veracity, Even Though I Say – Saint Asonia, Breathe – Through Fire, The Worst In Me – Bad Omens

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Prayers For The Damned – Sixx A.M., Here It Comes – Shaman’s Harvest, Lanterns – Fight The Fade, Breakin’ Outta Hell- Airbourne, Heart of War –Message From Sylvia, Hold On – Dope, Rot – Lacey Sturm

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new adds including the aforementioned Adelitas Way, brand new Sixx A.M., fantastic work from Theocracy, a thoughtful track from Moccasin Creek, an album cut featuring an alternate version of a Queen classic and more.   You can find it at this link 

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week seven)

The midway point of the season for many teams and with it comes increased understanding for the programs and observers alike.

Alabama is pretty darned good, though I can’t say that comes as a surprise … Ohio State can take a punch, which we probably suspected but couldn’t be sure of … Clemson isn’t what they were last year, uncertain why that’s the case but it’s becoming increasingly obvious … This time next week we’ll know a lot more about Texas A&M … West Virginia might be considerably better than expected, especially compared to the rest of the country … Wisconsin still ain’t bad … Florida is looking better by default … North Carolina can’t really figure out what level they are …  Ole Miss just can’t quite get over the hump this year … Tennessee illustrates the gap between the SEC West and the SEC Least as well as anyone in the conference … Vanderbilt revealed Georgia’s true situation … Georgia Tech managed to beat Georgia Southern and the masses yawned.

We’re gaining more and more clarity as the season progresses, the growing question may be whether there’s four teams that are truly playoff worthy.  It’s looking more & more like there may be One, followed by 24 dwarves of various sizes.  With that chilling notion, time for the JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25 after week seven. (previous week J3C ranking follows their name)

1. Alabama (1)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Michigan (3)
4. Clemson (4)
5. Washington (5)
6. Texas A&M (6)
7. Nebraska (7)
8. Louisville (8)
9. Baylor (9)
10. West Virginia (19)
11. Wisconsin (11)
12. Florida (16)
13. Houston (12)
14. Oklahoma (15)
15. Boise State (14)
16. Arkansas (21)
17. Florida State (17)
18. Western Michigan (23)
19. North Carolina (Un)
20. Ole Miss (10)
21. Tennessee (13)
22. Utah (22)
23. Colorado (Un)
24. Navy (24)
25. South Florida (25)

Dropped:  Miami (18), Virginia Tech (20)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

One of those weeks where I found myself surprised at the amount of change.  The week felt relatively slow musically and yet there’s still four new entries in my latest Weekly Top 40 on Spotify.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
How Did You Love– Shinedown, This Light I Hold – Memphis May Fire, Heart of War -Message From Sylvia, Rot – Lacey Sturm

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
I Don’t Care Anymore- Saint Asonia, Soul Machine – Black Stone Cherry, Breaking Now – From Ashes To New, Avalanche – Bring Me The Horizon

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new adds including brand new music from Avenged Sevenfold, the latest single from Breaking Benjamin, new From Ashes To New (f. Deuce), a strong debut from Art of Anarchy with Scott Stapp now on vocals, and more.   You can find it at this link 

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week six)

Kind of an odd week but maybe that isn’t so out of the ordinary this season.

Odd, in the sense that the most talked about game might have been one that wasn’t even played.   It seems to be a race to see who can try to avoid the LSU-Florida game more at this point, both have ended up looking kind of silly.  We’ll see whether the SEC forces them to do the right thing and get the game played … The next most talked about was probably a 72 point drubbing, complete with massive discount for high-end steak lovers in Ann Arbor … These sorts of things take precedence in a week where most of the other top teams did pretty much what was expected of them and beat lesser opponents relatively easily … The week wasn’t entirely without games of consequence, it was certainly meaningful (in a bad way) for Houston, but mostly it was unranked teams that were the most interesting, for example Iowa State and Kansas both remembered who they were in time to let wins slip away … Georgia Tech fared similarly, playing to their familiar level of frustrating mediocrity … Tennessee finally ran out of luck, though given the number of turnovers it might be fair to say they simply used their luck up in staying within several touchdowns of a team that played and executed better for much of the day … Oh, and we had Sunday college football too, as Georgia saw their freshman QB play like a freshman QB and still won fairly handily.  As reality checks go, the budding star picked a good opponent to flop sweat against.

And after all that, let’s roll out the JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25 after week six. (previous week J3C ranking follows their name)

1. Alabama (1)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Michigan (3)
4. Clemson (4)
5. Washington (5)
6. Texas A&M (7)
7. Nebraska (10)
8. Louisville (8)
9. Baylor (13)
10. Ole Miss (12)
11. Wisconsin (14)
12. Houston (6)
13. Tennessee (11)
14. Boise State (19)
15. Oklahoma (17)
16. Florida (20)
17. Florida State (23)
18. Miami (9)
19. West Virginia (22)
20. Virginia Tech (Un)
21. Arkansas (16)
22. Utah (Un)
23. Western Michigan (Un)
24. Navy (Un)
25. South Florida (Un)

Dropped: Stanford (15), North Carolina (18), Colorado (21), TCU (24), UCLA (25)

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