Monthly Archives: December 2017

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

The final update for 2017 of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify finds three new songs on board to end the year.  Like always, you’ll find the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock alternacrap removed, replaced with more deserving songs.  Next week, we’ll roll into 2018 with the same approach.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
Painless – Fozzy, House On Fire – Rise Against, Catharsis – Machine Head

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Defy – Of Mice & Men, Hurricane – While She Sleeps, Purgatorium – Awake At Last

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen songs added, including the aforementioned Machine Head, a hot one from Discrepancies, Like Moths To Flames, and more.    You can find it at this link

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists

Had to figure things would be busy after a very rare week off.  Sure enough, SEVEN new songs show up in the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  Like always, you’ll find 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:
Year of the Tiger – Myles Kennedy, Defy – Of Mice & Men, Silence – Scarlet White, Cold As Ice – Blacklite District, Purgatorium – Awake At Last, Area – Zero Theorem, Virus – Memphis May Fire

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Come Together – Gary Clark, Jr., Underneath – Zahna, Sid Vicious In A Dress – Powerman 5000, Angry Heart – Otherwise, Don’t Walk Away – Decyfer Down, Last Regret – Veer Union, Beneath The Riverbed – Sons of Texas

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen songs added, including several of the aforementioned songs as well as the next single from Fozzy, new music from Lansdowne, the playlist premiere of Steal The City, new Hollywood Undead and much more.    You can find it at this link

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Three new songs enter my weekly Top 40 with the latest update on Spotify, along with a fourth that’s a re-entry.  Like always, you’ll find 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:
Hurricane – While She Sleeps, Rise – Ashes Remain, Last Regret – Veer Union, Beneath The Riverbed – Sons of Texas (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Rx – Theory Of A Deadman, The Resistance – Skillet, Satellite – Starset, Raining Down – Demon Hunter

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen songs added, including the aforementioned While She Sleeps, a harder sounding song from The Letter Black, the title track from the forthcoming Saxon album, a fun collaboration of vocalists with Michael Schenker, newcomers Jan Rem, and much more.    You can find it at this link

Note for you loyal followers:  Next week the playlists will be frozen, as I’ll be out of town for a rare bit of vacation.  Have no fear, I’ll have a fresh update for the wk of 12/18 and you’ll be well equipped for rockin’ around the Christmas tree

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J3C College Football Top 25 (end of regular season)

What the weekend lacked in quantity, it made up for with impact.

Clemson and Oklahoma both handled their business, in convincing fashion, and made the top two spots pretty simple to figure out … Georgia did what they needed to do, Auburn didn’t.  That not only settles the third playoff spot but, IMO, also opens the door for another possible coaching change in the SEC … Ohio State put to rest Wisconsin’s bid for a playoff spot … UCF & Memphis mixed it up in a shootout, and now the winner finds themselves officially in need of a new coach … USC kicked off the weekend by winning a conference title though it had little impact nationally … Oh, and FSU and New Mexico State made themselves bowl-eligible by winning their sixth games of the year.   That brings us to 81 teams eligible for 78 spots, so somebody is staying home despite managing to win six games … Georgia Tech, that’s not the reason you’re staying home … And, no, Tennessee still doesn’t have a head coach.  They do, however, have a new AD. And this time Phat Phil got a job despite no one having heart surgery.  Will wonders never cease?

Most seasons I end up saying that things work themselves out in the end.  That the rankings (both my own and the playoff committee’s ) end up being pretty obvious.   This year, I can only say that about the top three spots.  The fourth one, it was tough, I won’t lie.   And yes, I’m writing it having already seen what the playoff committee decided.  That doesn’t bother me much honestly, I’m usually in a fair bit of agreement with them by the time they reach the last one.   The key word there is “usually”.  This year is an exception.   It’s not that I was overly impressed by Ohio State’s win on Saturday, it’s more than I can’t shake the sight of not just Alabama’s loss to Auburn but the manner of that loss.  Discombobulated is not a good final impression to make, and for that reason, I believe the 2017 committee got it wrong.

After all of that, it’s time for the season’s penultimate JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.   We’ll do this one last time after all the bowls are complete.  (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Clemson (1)
  2. Oklahoma (2)
  3. Georgia (5)
  4. Ohio State (8)
  5. Alabama (4)
  6. Auburn (3)
  7. USC (10)
  8. Wisconsin (6)
  9. UCF (11)
  10. Penn State (9)
  11. Miami (7)
  12. Washington (13)
  13. TCU (12)
  14. Stanford (14)
  15. Notre Dame (17)
  16. Oklahoma State (16)
  17. Memphis (15)
  18. Michigan State (18)
  19. South Florida (19)
  20. LSU (20)
  21. Northwestern (21)
  22. Washington State (22)
  23. Mississippi State (23)
  24. Virginia Tech (25)
  25. Boise State (Un)

Dropped: Fresno State (24)

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