Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 8/3/2015: Recap, Playlist, and Download Links

Last night was another rousing edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown, with a new guest co-host, Holly. It was Holly’s ffirst time doing radio, and after the nerves wore off, she did great. We had a cover comparison which pitted The Righteous Brothers up against the great Joe Lynn Turner. Great conversation, listener interaction, and requests, as my listeners are awesome!

We thought it might be the last one for a while, but I will be covering for Gina’s Organized Chaos tomorrow at 5:00 PM East/2:00 PM Pacific on XTFM. As always, if you like what you hear and wish to support the page, Buy Stuff From Amazon!

And now, the playlist:

  1. UFO, Out in the Street
  2. UFO, Back into My Life
  3. Gary Moore, Don’t Take Me For A Loser
  4. Shooting Star, Last Chance
  5. Kid Rock, So Hott
  6. Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
  7. Godsmack, Something Different
  8. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Word Crimes
  9. Written In Red, Not My Home
  10. Red, Fight to Forget
  11. Cavo, My Little Secret
  12. Sick Puppies, There’s No Going Back
  13. Taylor Swift, Red
  14. Taylor Swift, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  15. Halestorm, I Miss The Misery
  16. Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece
  17. Demi Lovato, Skyscraper
  18. Demi Lovato, La La Land
  19. Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody
  20. Joe Lynn Turner, Unchained Melody
  21. Rainbow, Stone Cold
  22. Stoney LaRue, Texas Moon
  23. Gregg Allman Band, I’m No Angel
  24. .38 Special, Hold On Loosely
  25. Motley Crue, Kickstart My Heart
  26. Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Love
  27. Aranda, Don’t Wake Me
  28. Aranda, Starting Over
  29. Stone Sour, Children Of The Grave
  30. Stone Sour, Through Glass
  31. Slipknot, The Devil In I
  32. Jessie J, Flashlight
  33. Selena Gomez & the Scene, Hit The Lights
  34. Sara Bareilles, I Choose You
  35. Styx, Blue Collar Man
  36. Styx, The Best Of Times
  37. Genesis, Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
  38. Buckcherry, The Madness
  39. Buckcherry, Bring It On Back
  40. Shinedown, Cut the Cord
  41. Pentatonix, Run To You
  42. Pentatonix, Natural Disaster
  43. Pentatonix, I Need Your Love
  44. Jason Derulo, Want To Want Me
  45. The Pretty Reckless, Follow Me Down [Explicit]
  46. Bruno Mars, Grenade
  47. Meghan Trainor, No Good For You
  48. Adelitas Way, Last Stand
  49. Theory Of A Deadman, Hate My Life
  50. Thin Lizzy, Still In Love With You
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 8/1/2015: Recap, Playlist, and Download

Last night’s edition of the Meltdown featured myself and Just Jo taking you on a 5-hour journey of music and conversation. Cover comparison pitted Gerry Rafferty against the Foo Fighters. I told a story of a college radio stalker from back in the day. We discussed some favorite, and some most annoying, children’s shows…And much more. We played new music from Written In Red, and Saint Asonia. A great mix of Christian and secular material on this week’s program. Warning…Some of the language may not be suitable for young ears or the easily offended.

I’ll be back on-air Monday, August 3, covering for Bob, with a special guest host at 10:00 PM East/7:00 PM Pacific on XTFM. Please join us!

And as always, if you like what you hear and wish to purchase any of the tracks played, Visit me on Amazon.com!

  1. Casting Crowns, Lifesong
  2. Kutless, If It Ends Today
  3. Decyfer Down, Scarecrow
  4. Written In Red, Pray for the Prey
  5. Lynn Anderson, Rose Garden
  6. Gram Parsons, In My Hour Of Darkness
  7. Sir Douglas Quintet, Mendocino
  8. Texas Tornados, Who Were You Thinking Of
  9. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Seeds And Stems (Again)
  10. Ryan Adams, Somehow, Someday
  11. Mike Schmid, To Show You My Love
  12. Kelly Clarkson f./Vince Gill, Don’t Rush
  13. Christina Perri, A Thousand Years
  14. Thomas Rhett, It Goes Like This
  15. Blake Shelton, God Gave Me You
  16. Gerry RAFFERTY, baker street
  17. Foo Fighters, Baker Street
  18. Miranda Lambert, White Liar
  19. Miranda Lambert, Bring Me Down
  20. Saint Asonia, Better Place
  21. Saint Asonia, Fairy Tale
  22. Three Days Grace, Pain
  23. Three Days Grace, Never Too Late
  24. Thousand Foot Krutch, Untraveled Road
  25. Fiona Apple, Paper Bag
  26. Red, Hold Me Now
  27. Halestorm, Apocalyptic
  28. Halestorm, Blackdog
  29. My Chemical Romance, I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
  30. Avril Lavigne, Let Me Go (feat. Chad Kroeger)
  31. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind
  32. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try
  33. Emmylou Harris, Two More Bottles of Wine
  34. Rodney Crowell, After All This Time
  35. The Notorious Cherry Bombs, It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long (Reprise)
  36. Ratt, I Want A Woman
  37. Dream Theater, Lie
  38. Company of Wolves, Call of the Wild
  39. Default, Wasting My Time
  40. Alice In Chains, Don’t Follow
  41. Hinder, Without You
  42. Hinder, Rather Hate Than Hurt
  43. Lee Brice, Love Like Crazy
  44. Brad Paisley, She’s Everything
  45. Lady Antebellum, Bartender
  46. Fifth Harmony, Miss Movin’ On
  47. Walk The Moon, Shut Up And Dance
  48. Alter Bridge, Open Your Eyes
  49. Written In Red, Yahweh
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Written In Red ~ Not My Home: Fresh Christian Rock Worth Hearing!

Release Date: June 27,2015 (per Amazon.com)

Label: Self-released

Rating: 9 out of 10

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Every so often, a new artist comes along that, after hearing their album, you know they have the potential for great things. Such is the case for Wyoming 5-piece Written in Red.

Describing themselves, according to their website and Facebook, as Christian rock with a “touch of metal and Southern influences”, to my ears, is an understatement. Just as heavy as Stone Sour, Shinedown, Seether, or other notable secular artists, these guys pack a Spiritual punch. Even if you’re not a Christian, you owe it to yourself to check out the music, and see where the lyrics lead you. If you are a Believer, and you like good, hard-driving rock, then Written In Red’s Not My Home belongs on your MP3 or CD player. If you’re a fan of Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, Decyfer Down, and the like, you’ll love these guys.

On a sidenote, when you search for this band, make sure you find the right one. Apparently, there was another band, out of North Carolina, using the same name who put out an album in 2007. Definitely not the same group. So be careful.

Before getting the album on a friend’s recommendation, I’d not heard of Written In Red. From the opening track, simply entitled Intro, there is no mistaking where this band stands with regard to their faith in Christ and their mission to spread the gospel and have a good time doing it.

From there, the album launches into the title track, Not My Home. The message is solid. We’re here to spread love, bring lives to Christ, but this isn’t our home. Our home awaits us in Heaven.

I won’t do a track-by-track, but I will say this. If you want to rock out, check out Pray for the Pray, We Are (Broken World), The Reason, Battle Within and Cry.

Perhaps the two best tracks on this release are the slower-tempo ballads. Hollow speaks to the listener. It talks about how life felt empty, meaningless…But all that changed when the writer of the track found Christ and turned his life around.

Yahweh is the album’s closer, as far as original tracks. The CD actually closes with an excellent acoustic version of the title track. Yahweh is an excellent song that I could easily hear being played in any church that does modern praise and worship music. Though the rest of the record is pretty much hard rock, this is a track I could see being played on Christian radio right alongside Casting Crowns and Third Day.

In short, Written In Red are versatile, talented, and genuine about what they sing. It’s great to hear a band with massive talent who don’t water down their beliefs, and aren’t ashamed to be Christians who know how to rock hard. Definitely wishing nothing but great success for this band. I guarantee you I will continue to play them on my shows on XTFM.

About The Band and Links

Written in Red are a 5-piece Wyoming Christian powerhouse. I don’t have much information on the band, but here’s what we’ve got.

Members:

  • Ben Rose-Vox & Rhythm Guitar
  • Shaun Collins-Bass & Back up Vocals
  • Steven Nichols-Lead/Rhythm Guitar
  • Mike Fridley-Lead/Rhythm Guitar
  • Ty Hilbert-Drums

Connect with the band.

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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/23/2015: Show Notes, Playlist, and download

This was, by far, one of my favorite shows I’ve ever done in the six years I’ve done internet radio. Yes, it was riddled with internet drops and other technical difficulties, but despite that, this one was a blast to be a part of. In addition to great music, and a Slash block in honor of yesterday being his 50Th birthday, I had the chance to have a long-time friend of mine and my brothers on the program. We were joined for the majority of the show by Spyke Kasson, who is trying out for NBC’s The Voice. She’ll be attending tryouts on Saturday, July 25, at which point, she’ll learn whether or not the producers think she has what it takes to move on to the next round of competition. We hope to have her on again on Saturday, August 1, to hear about her trip, the results, and what the future holds. The August 1 show will run from 7:00-10:00 PM Pacific/10:00PM-1:00 AM Eastern…Maybe even later if we’re having fun. Catch the show on XTFM, along with our other awesome DJ’s.

In addition to an excellent interview, Spyke serenaded us with two songs. We heard both “Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple and “Syrup and Honey” by Duffy.

Below is the playlist for the remaining music played by myself and Jo, as well as the links to stream or download the show. Of course, if you wish to purchase any of the tracks on tonight’s show and want to help out the site, Visit my Amazon Site.

  1. Written In Red, Not My Home
  2. Written In Red, The Reason
  3. My Darkest Days, Porn Star Dancing featuring Zakk Wylde
  4. Witchburn, Army of Voices
  5. Witchburn, Warning To The Weak
  6. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
  7. K-Face Rules, Dark Lord Funk
  8. Jennifer Paige, Crush
  9. Patty Loveless, Lonely Too Long
  10. Hunter Hayes, Wanted
  11. Lady Antebellum, Just A Kiss
  12. Demi Lovato, Lightweight
  13. Bridgit Mendler, Ready Or Not
  14. Cheap Trick, I Want You To Want Me
  15. Don Henley, Boys Of Summer
  16. Ataris, The Boys Of Summer
  17. Guns & Roses, Sweet Child o’ Mine
  18. Slash’s Snakepit, Beggars & Hangers-On
  19. Daughtry, What I Want (Feat. Slash)
  20. Slash, Gotten feat. Adam Levine
  21. Slash, Anastasia
  22. Slash, Bent to Fly
  23. Chris Ledoux, Tougher Than The Rest
  24. Jerry Jeff Walker, Up Against The Wall Redneck
  25. Kacey Musgraves, Follow Your Arrow
  26. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Conversation With The Devil
  27. James McMurtry, Choctaw Bingo
  28. Jason Isbell, The Life You Chose
  29. Cody Canada and the Departed, Back Closer
  30. Robert Earl Keen, Feeling Good Again (live)
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