Dad’s Vinyls

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Papa Loves Mambo.”


I have always been the black sheep of my family in the music department. While I grew up listening and liking country my heart grew to love rock and metal. I loved the heavy riffs, the soaring guitar solos, the brutal breakdowns; I love rock! Even though rock and metal are my go to jams, I also listen to worship, classical, pop, folk, rap, and what ever else comes up. I love music in all it’s styles and forms.

While I don’t listen to the same music as my family, my dad has been my biggest musical influence. He did listen to classic rock, which introduced me to genre. We would often listen to it in the car; usually when it was him and I, and we would just drive. It was a great and fun time with my dad.

To go with it, my dad owned a record player (before the hipsters made it mainstream), and my favorite vinyls that he owned were John Croce’s Don’t Mess Around with JimLife and Times, and I Got a Name and the soundtrack Eddie and the Curisers (but when I was growing up, I never knew it was a soundtrack….even though it said Soundtrack on the record).

See it says Soundtrack *facepalm*

So while these records weren’t heavy rock these records really gave me a taste for the rock genre and all it could offer.

So thanks dad!

Rock On!


My New(ish) Friday Jams (9/25/2015)

There are a few jams for this fine Friday (the goal is newer albums or singles), but really only one stands superior to all:

Andy Mineo – Uncomfortable


Okays, so this album dropped last weekend; but I’m still cranking it in my Batman earbuds. It has a mix of catchy hooks and bars that are fire and convicting. It boasts his most personal tracks yet, and the emotion translates very well across the flow of the album. Definitaly one of the best albums of the year so far.

Tracks to rock to: “Uncomfortable”, “Now I Know”, “Hear My Heart”, “Vendetta”, “Love”

Marty- Marty for President

Marty for President

So Marty from Social Club, released a solo 6 track EP. Like Marty, its fun, relevant, and reflective. It feels like a different style (more laid back, slower, groove oriented tracks) then Social Club but its still as good.

Tracks to rock out to:  “The One Where She Stayed,”, “The One with My Friends”

Ryan Adams- 1989


Found this little gem while perusing Spotify. This CD makes Taylor Swift songs easier to listen to. I don’t know if I actually like this or just think its funny. He isn’t making fun of Taylor, but yet his voice makes it fun. It brings more of a rock/blues/folk feel to the pop heavy songs, so more my style; some songs do remind me of Gaslight Anthem, which has a style of love! Overall a fun album for all, Swift lovers and haters.

Tracks to rock out to: “Style”, “All You Had to Do Was Stay”, “I Know Places”

What are you listening to today? Have you listened to any of these albums? Let me know in the comments below!

Joe’s Favorite Albums of the Year

I am not an big authority in music. I’m just a musician (very very part time) and love music. Most of the day I have my ear buds in at my cube just jamming out; it must look hilarious to my coworkers when I accidently let out a head-bang.

So because I love music I made up my own list of top albums of the year, because why not? I have my own blog sucka…

Next year I want to actually put out reviews on some records, so hopefully the music section on this blog blows up next year.

Oh  before I forget, sound off in the comments what are your favorite albums of the year and did they match any of mine? This could be a chance to expand both of our musical horizons.

On to the list!


  1. Lecrae- Anomaly
  2. Trip Lee- Rise
  3. Any Mineo- Neverland
  4. Social Club- Misfits 2
  5. Hillary Jane- Sticks and Stones
  6. Propaganda- Crimson Cord

Lets be real, who else would be on top?? This was Lecrae’s year and it is definitely a reward for all the hard work and great songs!! Trip Lee created an amazing, hard hitting album and if it wasn’t for Lecrae, he would be a shoe-in for the top spot.  Andy Mineo just gave us a taste for what’s to come from him. So since he teased us, I’m teasing him with the third spot ;-p Social Club became one of my favorite artists this year. Their third full length was fun and thought provoking, but it did suffer from some pacing issues in the second half.  Hillary Jane comes in at #5 with her debut ‘Sticks and Stones’ EP, which is pretty solid for a freshman release. Propaganda  comes in at six because is stuff always blows my mind and I have to ponder his lyrics because the are the most thought provoking out of any artist on this list. He only suffered because I didn’t spend that much time on the record…hey it’s my fav list don’t hate.

Metal/ Metalcore

  1. For Today- Fight the Silence
  2. Beartooth- Disgusting
  3. Demon Hunter- Extremist
  4. Memphis May Fire- Unconditional
  5. The Overseer- Reset & Let Go

For Today came out swinging for the top spot and they won! “Fight the Silence” was an awesome album that kept me listening for the majority of the year. Beartooth blew up this year (but don’t worry they are still in one piece), and their cd was a great listen. Demon Hunter is always a solid band and their new effort “Extremist” did not disappoint. This was the first year (and really the latter part of the year) I really got into Memphis May Fire, so I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with the album but it still ended up in the fourth spot. The Overseer rounds out the list with “Reset & Let Go”, a solid effort.


  1. House of Heroes- Smoke
  2. Mike Mains & The Branches- Calm Down, Everything is Fine
  3. Artifex Pereo- Time in Place
  4. Flyleaf- Between the Stars
  5. Ilia- Reborn

House of Heroes took the cake with their EP Smoke. They are always a solid band and this release was nothing different. Mike Mains & The Branches had an amazing album, and like Trip Lee if House of Heroes wasn’t so awesome Mike and company would have easily took the cake. Artifex Pereo released a heavy hitter that was great fun to listen to and has lots of replay value. Flyleaf released their third full length which was the first album featuring new singer Kristen May. Her vocals didn’t disappoint. Ilia comes in fourth with their EP Reborn.


  1. Truslow- Hurricane
  2. Matty Mullins- Self Titled
  3. Gaslight Anthem- Get Hurt
  4. Anberlin- Lowborn
  5. Family Force 5- Time Stands Still

Truslow’s ‘Hurricane’ takes the cake, it is upbeat and stays that way throughout the whole EP. Very little EPs and LPs have the consistent energy like Truslow has. Matty Mullins self titled debut was a fun and thoughtful album. Gaslight Anthem put a heavy twist on their familiar and trademark sound. It had a lot of pacing issues but Gaslight Anthem is a good enough band to over come that. Anberlin had a great album, but the tragedy is that Lowborn was not their best, meaning they left the music scene on a lower point.  Family Force 5 released their first album since the leaving of their original lead singer Soul Glow Activator. It was a good outing but a lot slower then I was expecting.


  1. Bellarive- Before There Was
  2. Bethel Music-  You Make Me Brave
  3. King’s Kaleidoscope- Becoming Who We Are
  4. Jesus Culture-  Unstoppable Love
  5. John Mark McMillan- Borderland

Check them all out, they are all really good a deserve a listen to. So listen to them. Really do it….. DO IT!!!

So do we agree on any of the genre’s or does my list totally clash with yours? Sound of in the comments below.