END OF 2018 PART 2

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When you think you’re going to have a quiet weekend & you get a late Saturday morning phone call from your mother saying your brother is in the hospital, about to have surgery for appendicitis.  All went well!  Great way to start the new year bro!

He’ll be fine but will stay there overnight and be released today.  I’d much prefer it to be me, then I wouldn’t worry as much.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

If these songs were a part of a full album, it would easily be number 1 on my list

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

Easily my favourite song of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

The stereo audio is not very good, you can barely hear the orchestra.  The surround mix on the blu-ray is MUCH better.

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

Nothing but Thieves – What did you think when you made me this way? EP

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Smashing Pumpkins – SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT PT.1/NO PAST.  NO FUTURE.  NO SUN.

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

Queens of the Stone Age w/ Royal Blood opening (Calgary)

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

Usually I head up to Saskatoon to see Trivium on tour.  They skipped Saskatchewan completely this time.  Typical Canadian during a North American tour is, Montreal, Toronto, & maybe Vancouver now.  The fact that I got to see all of this stuff live is pretty cool.  Only had to go to Calgary to see Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood & Foo Fighters.

If I had to pick my favourite concerts of the year, Queens of the Stone Age & Boney M. would both take the win.  Could be that it was my first time seeing both bands live.  Boney M’s rhythm section was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

 

Here’s what to expect in 2019.  Big Wreck, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater (already preordered for release Feb. 22), Megadeth, Tool, Lamb of God, Mark Morton (Lamb of God guitarist) preorder January 11, full release March 1st, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Chevelle, & In Flames (preordered available January 11).  Likely more, that’s just off of the top of my head.

I’m really excited for the ‘In Flames’ album, full release March 1st.

This is a more thorough list of loud wire’s most anticipated rock & metal albums of 2019.

http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-new-slipknot-mask-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1xPDKeSB4j4cqQw9kMpgEdDRB0pnoRiJw12CzlQSqfTO2tB8FgXSpyfyk

The last Tool album was released in 2006, the last System of a Down album was released in 2005.  There will be a new Tool album before a System of a Down album.

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-hints-new-song-next-week/?fbclid=IwAR38eitwXYZOt4__oADBe5vs-qwOZGTWAaAUuYBn7ajv_JrK1n_PQcPXlMM

 

A baseball player is offered more than what he asked for from his previous team as a free agent, $300,000,000 over 10 years.  More than that was offered & he turned it down.  He must really not like where he was, I doubt any other team will offer him $10,000,000 a year to play a game for a living?  Once he hits the age of 30 or shortly thereafter you see almost all players start to decline athletically.  The back end (the last 3-5 years) of $300,000,000 will be terrible if he gets that deal.

 

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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

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END OF 2018 LIST PART 1

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV…”

I exercised to “Dead Sara” the album “Dead Sara”

 

This is a bit late today, sorry.  We had eye appointments this morning.  Then we came home to do my exercises after & Kim bolted to a meeting at work.

So I guess this makes me 10 years & 4 days cancer free.  The doctors thought my cancer might come back in 2013.  Thankfully it didn’t.  I would have been disappointed, & I wouldn’t want others to freak out, but many would have.

I’m not scared of death, I’m scared of how I’ll die though (hopefully in 50 years).  I’m not afraid of being dead though.  Hopefully it means that I’ve accomplished all that I needed to & it’s my time to go.

How were my holidays?  Very good, but glad to do something productive aka I’m ready for a break from my break.  I got to see my wife’s family for our first Christmas this year, Kim’s aunt Lorna was here too!  They were here from the afternoon of December 20th & drove home on the afternoon of the 24th.  Then we had our second Christmas with my family at my parents’ place.  Family from Calgary & Winnipeg came here this year too.  Good holiday, great time seeing so many people!

We had multiple Christmas’.  Kim’s family, my family, Timothy Wong & his son Nicholas, Chris Hutton & Laurie with their 2 kids, & Corey McDonald & Jolene with their 2 kids.

 

Exercise total for 2018; 26,675 pushups, 14,560 tricep lifts, 26,710 leg lifts, 7,660 back flexes, 15,220 crunches, 14,440 squats.

FYI – I DON’T LOOK AS THOUGH I’VE DONE MUCH EXERCISE AT ALL?

 

Top 10 albums of the year for me!  Singles, EPs, & live albums are only accepted as honorable mentions!  Before we get into my top 10 albums, here’s www.loudwire.com top 30 hard rock albums of the year.

http://loudwire.com/30-best-hard-rock-albums-2018/?fbclid=IwAR3qpfhfv9L9PeqK0DWNNDgSlUcMPaFJxzvorkmoAK1f4xPgMIKIYabeo3c

  1. Stone Temple Pilots – STP 2018

 

  1. Into Eternity – The Sirens

 

  1. Coheed & Cambria – The Unheavenly Creatures

 

  1. Burn the Priest – Legion XX

 

  1. Halestorm – Vicious

 

  1. Chevelle – 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides & Rarities

 

  1. Muse – Simulation Theory

 

  1. A Perfect Circle – Eat the Elephant

 

  1. Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger

 

  1. The Struts – Young & Dangerous

 

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S.  I decided to rest from exercise from December 21 – January 1st.  January 2nd it all started up again.

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED THE HOLIDAY BREAK/GRETA VAN FLEET/10 YEARS

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I fell asleep to “Coheed & Cambria” the album “No World for Tomorrow”

I exercised to “Muse” the album “Simulation Theory”

 

I love the fact that everyone’s entitled to a bad day……………..unless you’re me.  “Don’t let anyone else affect your mood”.  Why do I have to be held to this GIGANTIC pain in the butt standard, & nobody else has too?  That’s a TON of messed up pressure, especially when I actually care about others.  I guess I go about it the wrong way.

“I will be albatross…” for as long as you need.  I’ve earned it!  Might as well let me be your human punching bag!

I have the same New Year resolution as I do every year.  Do more exercise, get closer to walking on my own, be more independent, & just get better at everything.  Realistically this year, I need to do a TON more of practicing walking.

Goodbye 2018, you sucked.  Hello 2019, can you be better please?

Well, “Here I go again”

In no way do I want to belittle what people did for me on December 31st.  Ice cream cake & a banner saying “Congratulations on 10 years cancer free”.  That was great after one of my worst days (mentally) of the year.  Thank you to Mom, Dad, Mitch, Rachel, Danielle, Megan, Kim, Karen, & Ray. I hope you had fun!  I wanted to hibernate for the next 3 years.  Sorry for the negative attitude, I just wanted to keep it really low key & drink my problems away!  I didn’t, I was far too sober.  Remember that 10 years ago on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 I was diagnosed with brain cancer.

For me 2018 was a lot like high school, “When does this stop?  Is there any way I can get out of here sooner?”  I felt awkward & out of place for most of it.  2019 & nothing has really changed.  I’m in a wheelchair & still have an iPatch.  Thanks for the celebration.  I really didn’t want it to be about me at all.  It was a New Year for everyone.

WOW, one day of exercise, when you last did exercise on December 20th, really makes you tired & sweaty.

Here’s what my cancer clinic doctor wrote about me.  The report is actually 7 pages long but this is a small paragraph to sum up what it says.

“A 28-year-old man presented to the emergency room with a severe headache of one day’s duration. A computerized tomography scan showed a hemorrhagic tumor measuring 3.9 x 4.4 cm in the left cerebellar hemisphere. The resection specimen revealed medulloblastoma. He had two episodes of rebleeding and multiple postoperative issues preventing the use of prone craniospinal radiotherapy. We designed a supine technique for this tall man, which was not complicated to set up. The rapid safe implementation of this technique allowed us to avoid further rebleeding and successfully treat the residual tumor. This technique is the described technique in this case report and is compared to other techniques. At 7.5 years after surgery, he is alive without cancer and with only a mild residual deficit. This case is unusual since the majority of patients with the diagnosis of hemorrhagic medulloblastoma died.”

I woke up too early on New Year’s Eve day.  Like 5:07 or 6:07 am.  After flopping around in bed until 8-8:30 am, I admitted defeat.  Had breakfast & hit the couch.  I went to bed around 10:00 pm.  On occasion I sleep for a minimal amount of time.  Usually I flop around in bed for roughly 2 hours before I fall asleep.  I was tired & fell asleep too fast.

I just saw this which makes me feel less worried about this streaming music non-sense, to a point.  Worse comes to worse, google play, here I come.  Don’t screw this up Apple or you’ll fit in the category of Trump supporters.  They’ve all but taken away my faith in humanity.

https://metro.co.uk/2018/04/12/apple-reveals-truth-behind-claims-planning-kill-itunes-music-downloads-7462537/

Jimmy Iovine was also the one that said it was shutting down.

There’s obviously a demand, keep the supply until there is no demand.  If they do eliminate the option to purchase music, I’m not sure of what I’ll do?

On Friday I’ll tell you about my holidays & some year-end exercise totals & top 10 albums of the year for me.

 

Aquaman role inspired by Tool, Metallica, & Black Sabbath according to Jason Momoa

http://loudwire.com/jason-momoa-credits-tool-metallica-black-sabbath-aquaman-inspiration/?fbclid=IwAR3IDMnkokloHaRc6xL0cE9fjJGOcGQkK3J91j3Y3HZaX3nP3XsJKcwz0d4

 

GRETA VAN FLEET

2nd release from them “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” after the 8 song release (two 4 song EPs sold as one 8 song album) “From the Fires”.  Still all I hear from other music blogs is “THEY SOUND TOO MUCH LIKE LED ZEPPELIN!!!!!!”  Is that really the only thing anyone takes away after listening to their album?  If so, thank you, I know what you think.  Please stop whining about them & stop listening to them if you hate it so much!

I will say this 2nd release from them pales in comparison to their earlier release.  It does have some cool stuff on it though.  One song at the bottom to compare the 2 albums.

 

Anthem of the Peaceful Army

 

2017    FROM THE FIRES

It may be that I just prefer up tempo songs?  The first album had zero slow songs.  This second album has a small handful of them.

 

Look at them just releasing a steady diet of music.  Quick turn-a-round!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/greta-van-fleet-plotting-2019-album-release/?fbclid=IwAR3j4A-1c1Gapsb2uAYMkKxz68tSfSm86MKZIVERq_87eynGxN8eBHWWZ6Y

 

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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

40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY/MUSE – SIMULATION THEORY

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Music from this weekend!  “Foo Fighters”, “The Struts”, “Boston”, “Norman Greenbaum”, “Young MC”, & “Muse”

 

The BIG 40th wedding anniversary of my parents was on Saturday.  Yes, I’m 38.  They had me the same year they were to turn 21, I came along before their 21st birthdays.  My birthday is in January.  My brother came into the mix in 1987.  Yeah, 7 years between Mitch & I.  He’s bigger than me, especially now that I’m in a wheelchair!  Hahahahaha!

I don’t speak well so I wrote the speech & Mitch read it, added a few things & delivered the speech at the party.  My immediate family means the world to me, there’s no way I could live in a different city, province, or country.  My in-laws celebrate their 40th anniversary next weekend.  Unfortunately we won’t see them until Christmas.

It was a lot like our wedding for me.  Lots of visiting not enough drinking at the OPEN BAR!!!

Sunday was at my parents’ house.  Make your own bun which, drink whatever, & watch the Grey Cup if you like.  Kim’s not a football fan & with Calgary & Ottawa in the game, nobody really cared to watch it.  We went around 1:00 pm then came home around 7:00 pm.  Good times & a TON of people to catch up with!

Sunday was for the friends & family who didn’t have to travel home until Monday.

 

If you don’t believe in climate change, can I ask you why?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/federal-climate-change-report-759793/?fbclid=IwAR2cYuSo2KGlLM_jdLpcX1Mn4F-1qorutPkfPhuiRCVkUxFk_o_hlh_e9jM

 

That’s all until the New Year.  Be safe & have fun.  I’ll catch you on January 2nd 2019.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, & enjoy some time off of work!

 

MUSE – SIMULATION THEORY released Nov. 9, 2018.

I really like Muse, the album “The Resistance” was their first time doing an almost completely electronic album.  Good in theory, for me it was a very weak album.  If there was ever a progressive pop album, “Simulation Theory” would be it.  This album really reminds me of U2’s “Achtung Baby” & I love that U2 album.  Everybody is saying all of the Muse albums sounded the same.  Sure, some of them did.  This is a band I’ll likely never see live, so it will likely remain on my bucket list.  All I hear is “You gotta see them live”.  This is their 8th studio album.  If you were to put U2, Coldplay, the first 3 Radiohead albums, with a dash of Dream Theater in a blender, you’d have Muse!

You can’t make everyone happy all of the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.

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 Grohl

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

P.S. Kim has today off, so I do too!  This week will be my normal exercise for 4 days, then 3 exercises 3 days a week.  Then a 6 or 7 complete break around Christmas.