WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/THE ARROGANT WORMS

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 400 curls, 100 tricep lifts w/ weights,  yoga, & stretching.

Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights.  In that order.  Both of those days, I do more sets on my left/weaker arm.

I fell asleep to “Counting Crows” the album “August & Everything After”, followed by “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”

I exercised to “Travelling Wilburys” the only album they released S/T

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I may have very little muscle improvement that is visual, other than a drop in weight.  I am much stronger though.  This is an extension of my physiotherapy.  If they thought I needed to be there still, I would be.  There are some people who could be there for life.  There were people there before me who are likely still there.  I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center from 2009-Thursday, July 26th 2012.  Before that was Tuesday, Feb. 5th 2008 in the Pasqua Hospital.

It was a lot like being in a bunker for 4 ½ years.  Not a ton of contact with people, which was fair, they have their lives outside of my world.  When I was released from the WRC, it was pretty much “a whole new world” on the outside.  Even know we’ll go to an area of town & I’ll be asking Kim, “When did that building pop up here?”  Multiple times.

I exercise because I have to.  Over time it’s become normal for me & something I just get up & do.  I didn’t like it in the beginning & now it’s just something I do, & feel better after it.  Throughout the day I stick to fruits, vegetables, 2 eggs, chicken, turkey, or fish.  Supper is whatever Kim feels like having, which is usually quite healthy also.

As for the weights I’ve switched to, I use a 10 pound weight for curls & a 5 pound weight for my triceps & other exercises.  I think in the very near future I’ll use a 20 pound & a 10 pound weight?

 

We need “Rage Against the Machine” to come back now, more than ever!

I hear there are some American basketball fans that really don’t like that the Toronto Raptors were in the championship round of the NBA.  Why?  In the 90s there were American teams in the Canadian Football League.  Hockey is considered a Canadian sport yet the majority of the teams are American in the NHL.  The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 & 1993 & the Canadian flag was upside down for one of the games, so they dealt with being shamed by Americans.  Worst of all basketball was invented by a Canadian gym teacher, James Naismith.

Now that the Raptors have won the championship, I’m assuming they’ll receive more belly aching?  I still have no interest in watching the game since I don’t understand it or have the desire to learn about it.  Kim has made me watch 6 minutes of basketball over the course of the last 2 games.  I haven’t watched any basketball in the last 27 years of my life.  I’m just not a fan.  I know many people enjoy it though!  Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors!

Sum 41 released a 2nd video/song from their upcoming album in July.

 

I use preorders on iTunes, easier to wake up & find that you have a new album other than making a note with the date of the release, that you might not look at.

FANTASTIC way to celebrate your 13th birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://loudwire.com/metallica-perform-13-year-old-drummer-birthday/?fbclid=IwAR2oYgjubNgyf32R_e_Zm477RrNAV9XapmuK92B1XXWlzNbIyUtITRvA5kA

I’m a BIG fan of Alter Bridge, I do find this to be rather subjective.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/articles/features/best_bands_that_rose_to_fame_in_the_last_15_years_alter_bridge-91890?fbclid=IwAR2EUgiThzM5SnYtfBVUbzMKUPFgmpgobZ8iMYKQfnoXXL7ILHmzSRtZU3M

Also subjective.  I’ve liked all of the “In Flames” albums.  The new album is AWESOME!  Who has the right to judge any art though?  You could ask 100 people & get 100 different answers.  It’s not the judges on “American Idol”, “The Voice”, or “America’s Got Talent” or any other talent contest.

Over the last 7-10 years, In Flames fans have been complaining about them not being as heavy as their previous albums.  Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.  They made some really good rock/metal albums during that time.  That’s my opinion, not anybody else’.

https://loudwire.com/2019-best-metal-albums-so-far/?fbclid=IwAR092m9Bp3jg4CWgrl2Ic_lkdDwj8_gK9somsertjD1Y-OYq4I-SJmtVbVE

Lamb of God added a song to Spotify from an album released in 2009.  That’s why I don’t use Spotify.  I don’t use music streaming sites at all.  This is my issue with Spotify only (other than it’s a streaming site).

 

THE ARROGANT WORMS (OLD & LIKELY NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT)

They’re what I would call a novelty act.  Every home Saskatchewan Roughrider game you will get up & stretch with “Work Safety Bob” between the 3rd & 4th quarter to “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate”.  Like I said, they’re more of a novelty/comedic group, but some of those songs will get stuck in your head, so beware!

 

1992   THE ARROGANT WORMS

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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MENTAL HEALTH (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MENTAL HEALTH (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

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Music throughout the weekend.  “1970s Rock Compilation”, “In Flames”, “Lamb of God”, & “Dead Sara”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Well Friday I didn’t feel like watching the baseball game at all.  Instead Kim & I watched a movie on Netflix.  We don’t watch horror movies much at all.  The movie “Get Out” was really good though!

I stayed up late to watch 3 episodes of “That 70s Show” on Netflix.

Saturday Kim got up & made a large delicious breakfast for us.  Bacon, oatmeal, & fruit.  Then I buckled in to watch the Blue Jays lose again.  This is a rebuilding year for the team.  The President & General Manager are doing a rebuild without stating what they’re doing.

It’s a team full of young players.  I have no expectations this year or next year really.

Woke up early today 5:20 am.  Went to visit a different cousin from Winnipeg at my parents’ place.  Movie night, they hadn’t seen “Aquaman” so we watched that on dad’s big HD projection screen in the basement.

Binge watched the last 3 episodes of the first season of “Big Little Lies” on Crave.  2nd season is starting today

Now it’s time to see if the Jays can score a run today, or find another way to lose a game?

 

Ed Kowalczyk (singer for Live) radio interview.

https://waaf.radio.com/media/audio-channel/ed-kowalczyk-live-calls-mistress-carrie?fbclid=IwAR3gFjv4JlIVfRaYv3lfCBGxzGkBSVJ-UDQrvd9Buy9HRyLqan4OABCb0Mk

…And I liked one song from the debut “Velvet Revolver” debut.

https://loudwire.com/velvet-revolver-contraband-album-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR3MknO614civEZIpEvkz_m_Rx2y6sFWXX3ZkDvKUHzuOYK8SyPeaJsCGwk

“The Agonist” are back with a single from their upcoming album.

http://www.metalsucks.net/2019/06/07/the-agonist-release-heavy-new-song-in-vertigo/

 

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

They’re a rock band, just not a heavy rock band.  If you remember “Oasis” from the 1990s, you probably remember the name Noel Gallagher.  He was the guitar player in “Oasis”, his brother Liam was the singer.  Constantly bickering in public at each other during the “Oasis” days when they were one of the biggest bands in the world.

Now they don’t have each other’s phone number from what I’ve read.

They both have their own separate bands.  I checked out Liam Gallagher’s band & it just wasn’t for me.  Noel Gallagher’s very opinionated & really doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.  He’s right & everyone else is wrong.  I really like his music though.  He’s also the singer in his band.  I have 2 of his albums, there’s also an EP & another album on iTunes that was released before the 2nd & 3rd album.

 

2015   CHASING YESTERDAY

 

2017   WHO BUILT THE MOON?

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/BARONESS

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5 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 450 squats, 300 back flexes, 475 curls, 150 tricep lifts w/ weights,  yoga, & stretching.  I’m still trying to figure out the numbers with the weights.

I fell asleep to “Them Crooked Vultures”, followed “The Watchmen” the album “Silent Radar”

I exercised to.  Nothing totally forgot to grab the remote before I started exercising

 

I don’t mind this exercise stuff at all.  I do feel better & more alert a few minutes after I exercise.  Like having a cup of coffee in the morning.  I drink very little coffee lately.  I’m not sure why, I just don’t crave it & with the combination of coffee & my pills, I get dry mouth.  Even with just my pills, the only side effect I notice is dry mouth.  Coffee just adds to the problem.

I was speaking with a friend of mine who is a body builder regarding my eating habits.  I’m not trying to look beefy, just wanting to stand on my own.  I’m almost doing what he recommended.  I just need to have small meals 6 times a day instead of the 5 I have during the day.  He didn’t say this but I need my sugar intake to decrease & stick to just natural sugar such as fruit & not ice cream or cookies as often.

Weekends I’ll have a minimal amount of alcoholic beverages, like 4 for the weekend on occasion I’ll avoid it on a weekend, & have no desire for it.

I’m not really cutting anything out, just paying attention as to what & how much of it I’m putting into my body.

8 weeks until they can fix our air conditioner.  They need to order a valve from Texas.  Our building manager went out of his way to buy us a portable air conditioner.  He didn’t have to do that, but we’re happy he did that for us.

 

Something is EXTREMELY wrong/not working with my Facebook account since March or April?  I’ve sent Facebook many messages asking if they could please fix the problem, but it seems as though they’re not willing to fix the problem I’m having.

I got my brand new iPod touch that you’ll need for the update in the fall. It holds 256 GB.  All of my iTunes are on it (128 G) & it loaded very fast Wednesday evening, when Kim & I set it up & had to switch our home sharing to 2 apple IDs.  I was the second user on her account before.  Everything is great with it, now I just have to learn how to use a touch screen.  I’ve used my father’s cell to text mom on our way home from Calgary & I really don’t like using them.  Apple should bring back the iPod Classic.

Brian Doherty (Big Wreck 2nd guitarist) lost his battle with cancer.  R.I.P.  Thanks for the music you left us with.  You will be missed.

Pre-Season CFL football Thursday evening.  YAY it’s back!  Roughriders lost but it was a very entertaining game regardless.  Winnipeg beat us 35W-29L.  It’s only pre-season though.  I missed the Jays game Thursday night though.

 

BARONESS

An American metal band out of Virginia.  The group consists of 4 people but it has been a revolving door of members.  Other than that, I really don’t know much about them.  I have 2 albums by them.  Their albums are titled as colours.  I have an album called “Purple” & a double album called “Yellow & Green”.  Others on iTunes are “Blue Record”, “Red”, & “Gold & Grey” which is currently available for preorder June 14th.  I bought these 2 albums long before my wife had an Apple Music account.  The preview on iTunes suckered me in.  They’re not terrible albums, they just don’t have much lasting power to make me go back & listen to them.

 

2012   YELLOW & GREEN

 

2015   PURPLE

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT/ANDREE 3000/iTunes Update

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I fell asleep to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “…like Clockwork”

I exercised to “Pretty Vicious” a 4 song EP & multiple singles

 

 

+40 Celcius outside, & our A/C isn’t working at all.  I guess that means it’s +29 Celcius in our suite.  This is our 6th summer here & there’s only been 1 summer we haven’t had to call about the A/C not working.  That’s the main reason I exercise ASAP in the morning.  In the winter it will remain +20 Celcius & nobody in the building turns on their boiler heat & the A/C will freeze if we turn it on.  We open our balcony door in the winter just as much as we do for using the BBQ in the summer.

All of our windows face South so it’s usually +20 Celcius or more in here year ‘round without the boiler or A/C on.  I often wish we lived in igloos all year like some other countries assume we do.

We borrowed a fan from my parents on Monday.  By far the best sleep I’ve had in a month!

 

Chris Adler not up to drumming for “Lamb of God” yet after injury.  There’s an album I can stop waiting for this year.  😦

Billy Joel plays “Pour Some Sugar on me”.  Would be nice if you could hear his piano in the mix.

If you think metal fans are crazy, read this study

http://www.openculture.com/2019/05/1980s-metalhead-kids-are-alright.html?fbclid=IwAR1DLfDyS0q875p8d4JIe2AvMw0n20tb4SrWZQLEDZrrpnNpmrmzlo07we8

I listen to one of the bands mentioned.  I’ve heard a 2 or 3 of the others & I’ve never even heard the name of the majority of other groups.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/10-bands-no-one-expected-to-be-so-influential-today/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1yJK8P5fGAFDksbO1TtV4pkROQ0zCx-tzwCWVPhI-jvgdtCGpqrlUiMOc

This is real!  I called the Apple support line regarding this.  iTunes is gone, but the idea of it isn’t.  Anything purchased before or after the Apple update will stream.  Everybody will have the option to buy music or subscribe to the streaming service after the update.  One store, one media player, & 2 ways to attain music, purchase for the entire file or “download” it as a streaming item only.  Nothing is really changing except the software, you will need pretty much anything other than an iPod Classic to stream the music.  I have a new iPod touch coming soon, yet my iPod Classic still works.  For me this is not a big deal.  If you still have an iPod Classic, I recommend you get an iPod Touch, iPhone, switch music players & order CDs from Amazon.  Unfortunately the update does not support the iPod classic.  You’ll need a cell phone or an iPod Touch to use the update.

https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-killing-itunes-macos-catalina-what-happens-to-your-library-2019-6?utm_content=buffer1dd72&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-bi&fbclid=IwAR2ZI9E-uccGzdG4OXs-UtI8u0L9xmVnCGtNK_j4yNxI2rsN5GKkmOiDqKE

I think this is a very good move by Apple, since all I use it for is music!  The only downside of this move are the people who have working iPod Classics.  Mine still works but I have an iPod Touch on the way.  The update also includes PC computers.  What I forgot to ask is “If I stream the music I’ve paid for, do I pay the monthly fee to stream it?”  I don’t think that will be the case, but I could be wrong?  If I am wrong, I’ll just use it as a regular iPod classic, if it streams GREAT!  As for the release of the update?  It won’t happen until the fall of this year.

I don’t listen to Disturbed’s music, I haven’t listened to it since I heard their 3rd album & stopped listening to all of their albums.  Their lead singer doesn’t seem to take any criticism well, but he’s not against dishing it out!!!

 

 

ANDREE 3000

Yep, the guy from the rap duo “Outkast”.  I bought the album on CD where the 2 of them made an album without the other guy.  I liked the Andree 3000 album more.  “The Love Below” he also acted in the movie “Four Brothers” with Mark Wahlberg.  About 4 adopted boys returning home to find the killer of their foster mother.

Here’s one of their hits as a rap duo.

 

2003   THE LOVE BELOW

 

 

 

It took a rocket foul ball to hit a very young child at a baseball game before players reacted saying there needs to be extended netting around the 3rd base & 1st base line.  What did analyst/former backup catcher Gregg Zaun say before he got the boot from Roger’s Media 2 years ago?  Something to the effect of ‘Don’t buy a ticket in that area if you can’t react fast enough for a ball or a bat flying into the stands’.  I don’t like the reason he was fired, sexual misconduct which means there’s at least one victim if not more, but I’m elated he’s gone.  Just sucks that his actions likely made someone a victim.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-guerrero-jr-grichuk-support-extending-safety-netting/

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/THE CONTORTIONIST

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Coheed & Cambria”, “Big Wreck”, “Metallica”, & “Testament”

 

As for the previous post, Kim knows that I’m blunt to a fault.  I actually called her to see what she thought of Friday’s post.  There was no discussion really.  I just wanted to make it clear that my intent was not to blame Kim for leasing a new vehicle.  I didn’t like the idea from the start.  If she says she can make it work, I trust her completely.  She takes care of the finances here because she is much better than I am with money!  If I like it or not, the papers are signed & it’s done now.  I guess we’ll be driving a new, red, Toyota RAV4 in about a month.  Straight from the factory!  We’re trading in our 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe.  She really pressed the sales man hard on the issues we spoke about that day.  We still have a few details to iron out when it gets here.

Kim & the salesman figured out a way financially to make the vehicle payments reasonable for us, now I feel a bit better about things.  If I had just listened to what they were talking about & didn’t have Brewster constantly turning on my lap & wanting to see everyone, the previous post wouldn’t have been a real thing.

 

Friday I spent my entire day going through my iTunes & deleting all of the doubled files I always get.  I didn’t even eat lunch.  I finished at about 6:15 pm.  My elbow was sore from being in the same position for so long.

Saturday I woke up early.  2 rum & coke press’ Friday night.  That sugar amount in the evening wakes me up quite early, it’s been that way since 2003 probably.  We spent the afternoon with some Rebellion beer on Sherry & James’ deck while Brewster patrolled the yard for us.  He likes the opportunity to roam free in a backyard.

I guess we’re not as cash poor as I thought.  Kim ordered me a new 256 GB iPod Touch.  She didn’t even tell me.  She ordered it & showed me the ordered screen after on her phone.  She really didn’t have to do that.  She said to me “You can have stuff too.  I/We got a new vehicle, so here’s a new iPod Touch!”  If she had told me I would have said “Nah, I don’t need it.  We should just save some cash for our anniversary next year.”  I hope this isn’t a pity gift because I was grumpy about the new vehicle?

Today should be just a regular lazy Sunday.  Groceries, in the middle of boiling eggs, already made my juice, & laundry.

 

Thursday evening I got an update from iTunes.  Earlier in the week they introduced 3 new iPod touch players.  Then these stories come out on Friday about iTunes being shut down in the coming week.  I don’t buy these reports at all.  When I get an email directly from Apple, then I’ll believe it.  Am I right?  Who knows?  I also heard last year that CDs & other 3rd party files would be eliminated after March.  That didn’t happen.  I can still import CDs to iTunes as I’ve always been able to.  I have a preorder for an album to be released in July also.  If iTunes is going away, what does anyone need a 256 GB iPod Touch for?  I just saw another preorder for an album being released in July.  I think this iTunes cancellation news is just to sell the new models of the iPod Touch?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/apple-is-finally-killing-itunes-842750/?fbclid=IwAR3gD1IVaWRDeQbYktfCGWYktTBvQHBEmb4P6XPASazI1amsv2cZzqMTDFE

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/record-companies-five-threats-842064/?fbclid=IwAR0UiSEyk0929lXU895VmM73vQVGZ389II46eQfJRI4sVCAsPrOLXSK3XZg

https://loudwire.com/rest-peace-itunes/?fbclid=IwAR2tI0td7ksz6wR2EH0EQbIlR3G2EIXJ06hTtBlvCIRqAP7lhvThtP8CH1Y

Well this isn’t the greatest news for Canadians.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/plant-that-can-cause-third-degree-burns-popping-up-in-canada-giant-hogweed-ontario-bc-prairies-maritimes-heracleum-mantegazzianum

Bonus on 25th anniversary edition of Live’s “Throwing Copper”

I’ll just grab the 3 unreleased songs when the album’s released.

 

 

THE CONTORTIONIST

Full disclosure, I know nothing about this band, the members, or where they come from.  This is a band my sister-in-law, Sherry, recommended to me.  She’s tiny but likes to rock out.  I have 2 of their 5 albums on iTunes…..

 

2015   LANGUAGE

 

2017   CLAIRVOYANT

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres