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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

There’s two new arrivals (and two songs re-entering) included in my latest weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  Like always, it’s 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:
Sound of the Saints – Chaotic Resemblance

New to the Spotify list this week:
Livin Free- The Wild (re-entry), Let Go – Set For The Fall, Heart From Your Hate – Trivium, Notorious – Adelitas Way (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
The Violence – Rise Against, Baby – Royal Republic, Live Again – Torndown, Here Until Forever – In Flames

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen adds including the aforementioned Trivium, Falling In Reverse, Almost Kings, Pink Cream 69, and more.    You can find it at this link 

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Another busy week, with one re-entry and four new songs debuting in my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  Like always, it’s 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:
Rx – Theory Of A Deadman, The Coming Storm – Matt Moore, Notorious – Adelitas Way, Downfall – Kirra (re-entry), Dorian – Motograter

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Rivers – Chevelle, Where’s Your Money – Bleeker, Livin’ Free – The Wild, The Last Day That I Cared – The Letter Black, Replaceable – CKY

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen adds including new music from Trivium, the next single from Seether, new music from Great White, and more.    You can find it at this link 

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A little bit less activity in my Spotify Top 40 this week, still with two new songs making an appearance along with one re-entry.  That brings the turnover to nearly fifty percent over the past month, rock so fresh it might get slapped if it isn’t careful.

Missing songs this week:

All The Words – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Closer – Silversyde, Dead & Gone – Trivium, Made This Way – The Word Alive (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Everybody’s … In A UFO – Rob ZombieNothing More – Decyfer Down, Goodbye – Slipknot

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s  nearly a dozen songs added again this week, including new Saliva, Behind The Fallen, Everlit, Ace Frehley f. Paul Stanley, Sons of Texas 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 old blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Tight competition for spots this week but still a pair of new additions to my weekly Spotify Top 40.

Missing songs this week:
Breathing Lightning – Anthrax, All The Words – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Here I Am – Asking Alexandria, Break Free Like A Storm

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Defying Gravity – The Veer Union, Bad Seed – Ugly Kid Joe,

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs including the latest from Tremonti, a fantastic track from The New Black, new music from Avatar, an album cut from Trivium, 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 old blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Five in, five out, with the latest update to my  Spotify Weekly Top 40.  The rock rolls on.

Missing songs this week:
Breathing Lightning – Anthrax

New to the Spotify list this week
Everybody’s … In A UFO – Rob Zombie,War Zone-Light Up The Darkness, 
From The Pinnacle To The Pit-
Ghost, Take Me To Heaven – Filter, Wolves – Another Lost Year

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
When The World Grows Cold- Trivium, Through It All- From Ashes To New, We Are The Enemy – Aranda, Bring It On – Seventh Day Slumber, Defying Gravity – The Veer Union

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a dozen new songs including the latest single from Halestorm, a great video for a good song from Hudson, new Sunflower Dead, new Hollywood Vampires, an album cut from Trivium, new Sinbreed  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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2015 Albums of the Year

Sometimes things are predictable, the journey leads you to the destination you expected all along.  Other times when you arrive you end up discovering something that you didn’t anticipate.

The path to my fifth annual albums list had elements of both.

On the one hand the eventual top two albums felt like contenders for such heights upon my very first listen to them months ago.  That’s fairly typical for me, I may not be able to describe what my top album will sound like beforehand but I seem to know it right away when I hear it.  This is the third straight year that has been the case.

On the other hand one of the recurring themes throughout 2015 were the strong showings for established groups, particularly in the active rock niche and in terms of radio airplay.  The year felt at times dominated by groups with a long run of past success.  That’s likely why I was more than a little surprised to reach the end of this process with a list that was over two-thirds composed of artists that had never before made one of my year-end album lists.   That’s not entirely uncommon as the lists go, album cycles and even with a five year history of the list, there aren’t always multiple opportunities for someone to have appeared (for example, this was the first Disturbed album released since I started doing this).  It was still surprising to me given the way 2015 had felt as it played out from day to day.

The outcome also likely highlights my growing sense of disconnect between what radio plays and what is actually good, or what I choose to hear … but that really wasn’t much of a revelation, that’s more like a recurring theme.

As always, I point you toward the description of the list as originally described back in 2011.
“It’s a lot like my college football Top 25, there’s no one absolute factor that puts one entry ahead of another.  I’m not putting artistic merit ahead of fun or chart/sales success in front of my own enjoyment.  And, as always, I apologize in advance for any errors of omission.”

This year’s process was even more exhaustive and extensive than last year with just over 250 albums heard & re-heard, scored & re-scored, ranked & re-ranked.   That isn’t simply a number either, it’s an indication of another of my common themes: the sheer volume of material being released today is astounding, something I believe contributes to the challenges faced by artists, especially new artists, in ever achieving anything that resembles critical mass.  There’s only one pizza, whether it’s a 12″ or a 16″ or a 24″ super deluxe thick stuffed crust, sooner or later if you slice that pie enough times the pieces are too small to be filling.

One other change this year deserves explanation.   The list has expanded to 30 for the ultimately simple reason that I could not find any comfort at all in separating #25 from #30.   I’ve dealt with “ties” or “virtually identical overall impression” every year, but never with this big a group for the final spot(s) that I considered so evenly matched.  Try not to think of it as a cop out — again this year I could have easily expanded the list to 50 or more — just think of it as a good-faith effort to give artists recognition that I feel they well and truly earned.

Also, please be sure to check  my comments that follow the official posting of the Top 25 Albums (and the top 15 EP’s),  there are additional albums worthy of recognition that are included in various sub-categories/genres, including some very honorable mentions for various reasons.

And with all of that now said, I proudly give you Jon’s Three Cents Top 30 Albums of 2015

30) Poynte – Discreet Enemy
29) Reverance – Gods Of War
28) Ugly Kid Joe – Uglier Than They Used To Be
27) Adakain – Never Coming Home
26) Red Sun Rising – Polyester Zeal
25) Stellar Revival – Love, Lust,and Bad Company
24) Queensryche – Condition Human
23) Stryper – Fallen
22) Wilson – Right To Rise
21) Disturbed – Immortalized
20) Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.
19) The Wild – GxDxWxB
18) I Prevail – Heart vs Mind
17) Bullet For My Valentine – Venom (Deluxe Edition)
16) Sunflower Dead – It’s Time To Get Weird
15) Hinder – When The Smoke Clears
14) Eclipse – Armageddonize
13) Tremonti – Cauterize
12) Red Sky Mary – River Child
11) Level 10 – Chapter 1
10) The Bloodline – We Are One
9) Sons Of Texas – Baptized In The Rio Grande
8) Fall To June – Fall To June
7) Like A Storm – Awaken The Fire
6) Bridge To Grace – Origins
5) Saint Asonia – Saint Asonia
4) Longreef – Battle Plan
3) First Decree – This Is Our Rise
2) Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six (Deluxe Edition)
1) Trivium – Silence In The Snow

Jon’s Three Cents Top 15 EPs of 2015
15) Dharmata – Cycles
14) Bad Seed Rising – A Place Called Home
13) Soulswitch – RegeneratE
12) Mach22 – Like My Chances
11) Any Given Sin – Forbidden
10) Empire Of Fools – Devil Inside
9) Brother Grey – Eternal
8) Outlaws & Moonshine – 1919
7) Revolve – The Road To Here
6) Sonic X – Fall From Grace
5) Voodoo Vegas – Hypnotize
4) Andrew Watt – Ghost In My Head
3) Everlit – Renovate
2) Stone Sour – Meanwhile In Burbank
1) From Ashes To New – Downfall

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four changes in my Spotify Top 40 this week,with two true newcomers and two re-entrys.  It’s hot, it’s fresh, it’s the best way to rock while skipping all the irritating lightweight pseudo-rock.

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

New to the Spotify list this week:
Fallen Angel – Three Days Grace, The World I Used To Know – We Came As Romans (re-entry),
Nails – Pillar (re-entry), Dream Eater – Separations

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Cross My Heart – Awaken The Empire, Halo – Starset, Vicious Cycle – The Protest ,Defame Me – New Year’s Day

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen additions including the aforementioned Three Days Grace, new music from Skindred, Atreyu, Wayland 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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