Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four new arrivals with the latest update to my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  The best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock alternacrap removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
My Champion – Alter Bridge, Lure & PersuadeCitizen Zero, Back From The DeadSkillet, Worth The Pain – Letters From The Fire

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Naivety – A Day To Remember This Light I Hold – Memphis May Fire, Pure Evil – Like A StormFighter – Seasons After

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen additions including the latest singles from Blacklite District and Stitched Up Heart, new music from Never Say Die and Tokyo Motor Fist, album cuts from Five Finger Death Punch and Sick Puppies, and more.    You can find it at this link 

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O Happy Day … sorta

It’s about to get political up in here.   You’ve been warned.

{polite pause for the scrollers}

Ding dong, the fence post turtle is gone.  That’s the good news.

And yes, I’m a happy deplorable in the sense that we got the best (by FAR) possible outcome from the available options. Do not confuse that with me being particularly optimistic.

Trump is, at best, a rather pale imitation of my policy desires far too often for me to be too encouraged just yet.  There are encouraging signs, there are discouraging signs, the proof will be in the proverbial pudding.

I hope he proves my lack of starry-eyed optimism wrong.

I hope he is more aggressive than I expect, that he more successful at bringing the nation back from the abyss, even more resolute and adept at moving mountains that I anticipate.  I hope he exceeds my expectations ten-fold and the fears of the liberal left twenty-fold.

I hope he channels Conan the Barbarian, exemplifying what is best in life “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.”

I’d like for “Hail To The Chief” to be suitably replaced by Kid Rock’s “You Never Met A Mother****** Like Me” by the mid-term elections.  For more formal occasions, Nazareths’ classic “Hair of the Dog” can be substituted.

Because one part angry mutha and one part S.O.B. is what it will take to undo eight years of damage presided over by the second-worst President in U.S. history.   (Yes, I still think Carter was actually a worse President, a truly unique combination of damned fool and inept bungler)

I’ve spent eight years being mortified on a regular basis, eight years being downright embarrassed to be an American.   Sorry if that rankles some uber-patriots but it’s the cold hard truth and I’m not inclined to lie about it.  Thing is, that isn’t Obie’s fault, he’s just a symptom.  The disgraceful disease is the rampant liberalism that allowed such a worthless empty-suit to be elected in the first place.  And THAT is what I want President Trump to address.   Treat the symptoms so that we can survive, secondary complications from such a serious malady can kill you, so they have to be dealt with.

But then, well, ideally Trump becomes the national form of chemotherapy.   The personal embodiment of a merciless assault on the terminal illness that plagues a once-great nation.  Every time he smacks down some idiot in sore need of a backhand, we take a step toward recovery.  Every time he speaks a straightforward truth, we move a step back toward reality and away from “safe-space” nonsense.  Every time he shows a little backbone, hopefully a cell regenerates in the national spine.

Today was a symbolic step in the right direction.  It’s a reason to hope, a thin silver of sunshine after eight years of steady, and sometimes torrential, rain.  It will take extraordinary resolve to repair the damage, let alone begin to rebuild.   Trump has defied the odds repeatedly, here’s hoping he can do so again.

And, at the very worst, we get perhaps the biggest upgrade in First Lady’s EVER.   And that is, at least, SOMETHING.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

2017 really kicks into gear with five changes in my latest weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  Three re-entries are joined by new songs from Halestorm and Silverstein.   The best of today’s hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock alternacrap removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
Royals – Otep (re-entry), This Light I Hold – Memphis May Fire (re-entry),  Still Of The Night – Halestorm, Ghost- Silverstein, Fighter – Seasons After(re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Seal The Deal – Volbeat, Amnesia – Red Sun Rising, Night Never Ending – Avatar, Divided, Conquer Them – Nonpoint, Dark Daze – Sylar

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen additions including the latest single from Skillet, new music from Eclipse, Wilson’s nicely done cover of a classic rock tune, album cuts from Volbeat, I Prevail, Hellyeah,  and more.    You can find it at this link 

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

My first weekly Top 40 for 2017 includes three new songs in the update.  Not a ton of movement in several weeks now honestly, but still the best way to enjoy the current rock hits without having to wade through all the alternacrap.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
Shatter To Pieces- In The Verse, White Offerings – AFI, Pure Evil – Like A Storm

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
I’m Not Laughing – Lacey Sturm, Fighter- Seasons After, This Light I Hold – Memphis May Fire

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a half dozen additions including new Letters From The Fire, newcomers Code Red Riot and more.    You can find it at this link 

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J3C College Football Top 25 (2016 season final)

And so, it ends.  With a bang more than whimper even.

In a sequel that did indeed top the original, Clemson claims it’s first national championship in 35 years and it was well earned.  Whether it’s a temporary changing of the guard or the start of an unpredictable tumultuous era at the top of the college football hierarchy is still a wide open question.

Looking back at my final Top 25 from last year I’m really struck by how similar a lot of things actually are one year later, despite the change in who wears the crown.   A year ago I wrote a lot about how perceptions – good and bad – were my lingering takeaway from the season that was.
Today I’m noticing that some of the same things carry over year later even with the change at the very top.

I still have a notion that, after the bowls are factored in, the Big10 has been overrated … yet I’m probably going to rank quite a few of their teams highly when all is said and done. I still think the jury is out on the Kirby Smart hire at Evil, Inc.  I still think terminal decline continues on North Avenue, with this season’s record being just a slight aberration.

On the other hand, the Heisman race looks wide open for next season.  And the perception of Rocky Top being on the rise has taken a big step in the other direction.

I do have a few new thoughts I guess.  Not “new” really, but ones that are even stronger in my perception of things.

I feel like the gap between the top 1 or 2 teams versus the rest of the field is still enormous.  I feel like the gap between the top 6/8/10 teams and the rest of the field is pretty sizable too.  I feel like parity continues to shrink the list of “great” teams each year and brings everyone closer to mediocrity, a bland nether region of “eh, they’re okay but nothing special” .  And I feel like you could throw about 20-25 teams into a hat and pick randomly and not be far off from the final ten spots of a top 25.

And yet, tradition demands certain efforts be made.   So, without the aid of a hat, here is my season-ending Top 25

JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(Final rank & pre-bowl rank before the team name, my pre-season rank follows their name)

1. (3) Clemson (2)
2. (1) Alabama (1)
3. (9) USC (15)
4. (4) Washington (16)
5. (7) Oklahoma (3)
6. (10) Florida State (6)
7. (5) Penn State (Un)
8. (2) Ohio State (5)
9. (8) Wisconsin (25)
10. (6) Michigan (7)
11. (13) Oklahoma State (20)
12. (15) Stanford (4)
13. (17) LSU (8)
14. (19) Virginia Tech (Un)
15. (21) Florida (Un)
16. (11) Colorado (Un)
17. (12) Western Michigan (Un)
18. (14) West Virginia (Un)
19. (24) South Florida (Un)
20. (Un) Miami (Un)
21. (Un) Utah (23)
22. (18) Louisville (21)
23. (Un) Tennessee (13)
24. (Un) Kansas State (Un)
25. (16) Auburn (Un)

Dropped out:  Temple (20), Iowa (22), Nebraska (23), Pittsburgh (25)

Teams ranked in pre-season that finished 2016 unranked:
Ole Miss (9), Michigan State (10), Notre Dame (11), TCU (12), Houston (14), Georgia (17), North Carolina (18), Iowa (19), UCLA (22), Arkansas (24)

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Ready To Rock (almost)

Just a quick note to say that, for what I believe is the first time since 2012, I’m going to declare my regular playlists “frozen” for the week.

The weekly updates are based largely on the movement and contents of the Active Rock airplay chart with additional data pulled from various other charts and there was simply almost no movement to speak of during the holiday slowdown.  I’ll devote the time to my usual year-end processes and expect to return next week with an update.

#RockAintDead … but it sure took a long nap in December 2016.

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