WEEKEND UPDATE/SUM 41

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Music throughout the weekend.  A Perfect Circle, Tremonti, & Dead Sara.

Friday I went to the final exhibition football game of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  We left with about 3:00 left in the game since they were losing 38-9 at the time in the 4th quarter.  This could be a very long season.

Hannah wanted to sleep over at “auntie” Kim & “uncle” Chris’ house.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to see her much.  5 minutes before I left for the game & when I got home everyone was in bed.  I slept on the couch as usual & slept in, with my iPod playing.  I couldn’t hear a thing.  Pretty much “Hi Hannah & bye Hannah”.

The rest of Saturday was quiet in the afternoon.  Ended up going to Sherry & James’ place.  BBQ, back patio, some beer, & music playing on they’re laptop.

I preordered the new “Tremonti” album on iTunes only to find on Saturday it was WAY out of whack!  The songs go 1, 3, 12, 2, 4-11 in order then 11, 13, 14.  Weird?

This is the same issue I had before.  The guy I called last time this happened isn’t in the office until Monday evening.  He was very good last time, actually the best customer service person I have ever dealt with, at any type of business!  Hopefully I’ll hear from him tomorrow.  I’m out of ideas as to how to fix it, I’ve tried about 9 different things.

You know what today is, get ready for the week.  Laundry, groceries, hardboiled eggs, fish, & juice.  YAY!

Last week my exercise nearly killed me!  I haven’t been that sweaty ever other than my therapy outdoors at the WRC in July 2012.  Here’s looking for a better/less grueling week!

 

SUM 41

 

A Canadian band out of Ontario in the Greater Toronto Area.  They came onto the scene in 2001 as a pop-punk band with their release “All Killer No Filler”.  There is one release before this album called “Half Hour of Power”.  Until their last 2 releases I haven’t paid much attention to them.  I got their first album to see what all of the rage was about.  I wasn’t a fan.

The group has 8 studio albums & a greatest hits album from what I can tell from iTunes.  I only own 3 albums in total, I only listen to the 2 most recent releases.  They’ve become more of a rock band than a pop-punk band.  You’ll hear the difference from their 1st big album to the 2 most recent albums.

 

ALL KILLER NO FILLER       2001

 

SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER        2011

 

 

13 VOICES      2016

 

 

I’m SO glad I’m not a celebrity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/OPTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

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I fell asleep to “Megadeth” the album “Endgame”

Not much happening here Friday evening.  TONS of snow though, highways & the ring road are shut down.  I was going to attend a funeral Saturday morning but getting my wheelchair through all of the snow would have been impossible.  We watched some Netflix & stayed indoors.

Saturday was a stay inside day too.  Just a TON of snow & I hear there are major ruts in the roads.  Sounded like a day of TV, youtube, & “Pitch Perfect 3” on blu-ray.

AWESOME & HILARIOUS movie, I REALLY like all 3 of them!  I still haven’t seen “Black Panther” though.

I continue to become more of a “Metallica” fan.  To say that Metallica is uncharted territory for me is an overstatement!  This album is my most recent addition.  If I was to get another Metallica album it might be “Ride the Lightning”?

I now have 8 studio albums on my iTunes by Metallica.  “Hardwired…..to Self-Destruct” is still my preferred album of theirs but that may change, the further I go into the dark side?

Today we are getting ready for the 4 day week ahead.  I’m thinking I’ll post just this blog & Thursday’s post as my “WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL”.  No need for a Wednesday post this week.

I want to act like a parent & treat certain things like a young child “NO!  No more technology until you fix the stuff that’s broken”.  “America, were taking all of your guns away.  When you learn to play nice we might give them back with tighter rules”.  If another person doesn’t have a gun, why does another civilian NEED one?  If you’re not an officer of the law or part of the military, you only need a gun for hunting if you’re into that.  A rifle that can hold one bullet at a time.

 

TECHNOLOGY

I wasted almost an entire day trying to make stuff work, apps & such.  Yeah, I’m slowly dipping my toe in the water of technology.  The further I go, the less I can use the way I want to.  When it works, it is FANTASTIC, when it doesn’t it is HORRIBLE & FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You don’t need every new piece of technology that comes out, you’re convinced by commercials that you NEED it.  With that being said, you & I are at the mercy of technology or communication companies like Access, Shaw, Sasktel, Bell, Rogers, etc.

We already have desktop computers, laptops, tablets, iPads, iPad minis, iPods, HD TVs, super slow motion replays, etc.  We don’t need this stuff.  I was born in 1980.  Didn’t have any of these things aka I can survive without them.  Yeah, some of that stuff I have.  A desktop computer, an iPod classic that still works & 2 HDTVs, both with a PVR in HD.  I’m good with where were at with everything.  How about fixing the technology we have, before creating more of a mess?  All of this stuff is optional, you can buy it or leave it be.  Totally up to the individual.  Example; I choose not to own any type of mobile device, maybe that bothers people.  If I’m out or doing something I’m sorry I don’t have time to discuss something with you.  This is all stuff you WANT but don’t NEED!

I don’t like seat warmers in a car, if it’s on, I turn it off.  I didn’t need it before & I don’t need it now.

Why did I ever learn to read, there’s almost an emoji for EVERYTHING.  Now there are drones & robots.  Wait, I’ve heard this story before……….Trump is president & there are robots which means the human race could possibly be wiped out?  Hahahahaha!

By the way I did NOT search for any of the videos on this topic.  They were just on my opening page of www.youtube.com

Steve Jobs is severely missed!  Apple is, unfortunately, going downhill fast.  “Ah, I need the same gadget as everyone else has.”  Who told you that?

I can’t say I’m a fan of Apple products or their software, their customer service is REALLY good though.  I’ve never had a customer service person call me to give me an update just to say “…the engineers are working on the issue at the moment….”  Yes, I get my music from iTunes & I still have a working iPod classic from late 2011 or early 2012.  Some musicians I’ve talked with are getting a large amount of the money spent on iTunes.  Must be something they’ve put in their contract with the label?  How about, “JUST MAKE STUFF WORK ALL OF THE TIME PLEASE.”

Even better how about developing a cheap way to get clean drinking water, food & shelter to those who need it?

 

Deadpool 2 trailer, May 18th in theaters.

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

 

Slash, or whatever his mom calls him, has confirmed that he has been in the studio with Myles Kennedy working on an album to be released in the fall.

http://loudwire.com/slash-myles-kennedy-and-the-conspirators-fall-2018-album/

 

What are “Lamb of God” up to?

I REALLY enjoyed “Justice League”, but I’m not the same as everyone else.  Fair enough.  If you’re on the fence, watch it & form your own opinion!  I didn’t care for either “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, but a lot of people did.

Lamb of God’s Facebook status

“Before Lamb of God, there was “Burn he Priest”. Today we’re excited to resurrect “Burn the Priest” for a full length album titled Legion: XX, out May 18, featuring covers of artists that inspired us to form the band over twenty years ago. Pre-order merchandise bundles & watch the video for “Inherit the Earth” now at burn-the-priest.com”

 

Burn the Priest – Legion: XX

  1. Inherit the Earth (The Accüsed)
  2. Honey Bucket (Melvins)
  3. Kerosene (Big Black)
  4. Kill Yourself (S.O.D.)
  5. I Against I (Bad Brains)
  6. Axis Rot (Sliang Laos)
  7. Jesus Built My Hotrod (Ministry)
  8. One Voice (Agnostic Front)
  9. Dine Alone (Quicksand)
  10. We Gotta Know (Cro-Mags)

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/MYLES KENNEDY (ALTER BRIDGE SINGER)

 

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I fell asleep to “Nothing but Thieves” the album “Broken Machine”

Like I said we didn’t do much on Friday evening.  At the age of 38 that’s pretty common for us.  We sat on the couch & rented “Lady Bird” from iTunes.  “Dave Matthews Band” song “Crash Into Me” was in it a few times, forgot how much I enjoy “DMB”.  The movie was OK, might have been better if I hadn’t heard so much buzz about it?

The kids seem to be outplaying the veterans.  2019 & 2020 are the last 2 years of the $20,000,000 a year contract for Troy Tulowitzki.  I’d like to pay out his contract for $30,000,000 next year just to go away.  There’s already 4 younger/cheaper players in the minor league system waiting to take over at Short-Stop.  They play again today on TV, next Saturday, 2 more spring training games in Montreal, then a 4 game series against the New York Yankees in Toronto to open the season.  They’re playing many other games before the regular season starts, these are just the televised games.

Saturday, Kim went grocery shopping since I was watching pre-season baseball.  Instead of groceries, she came back with 4 blu-rays I had asked for to use my birthday money on & order through www.amazon.ca!  We ended up watching “Thor: Ragnarok” easily the best “Thor” movie of the 3 for me.

Watched the movie & we were in bed between 9:30 & 10:00 pm

Got up today watched “Saturday Night Live” & “Tanked”, then off to visit some friends, yes, I was wearing shorts as usual.  Picked up Brewster, grabbed some groceries & Kim’s BBQing steaks for supper!

 

 

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/parkland-florida-school-shooting-gun-control-debate-nra-washington-w517618  I hope so!

The American government wants to make schools safe.  Florida has already changed it’s gun laws.  That’s great that the kids are changing things in schools.  What happens if you’re at a concert, movie, mall, or anywhere else?  America has had mass shootings at all of these locations.  A shooting could happen anywhere?  I hope what they’ve done in Florida becomes a Federal law?

So they’re having issues with the “Alexa” device from Amazon?  Who saw that coming?  Everyone!  New technology not working properly.  Biggest complaint was that it laughs maniacally at random or just stops responding.

Do we really need a device like this?

What about A.I. robots?

Makes the movie “Weird Science” not look so weird!

Guess what?  Nobody worried about this stuff in the 1980s!

Most fans have nothing but praise for “Alter Bridge’s” second album “Blackbird”.  I’m a big fan of “Alter Bridge” but that album is my least favourite of their 5 studio albums.

http://loudwire.com/alter-bridge-albums-ranked/

I’m still dealing with the same issue from Apple/iTunes, dad said he’d try something different for me (wiring stuff for me).  An issue a lot of people would scoff at but it’s causing me WAY to much stress & frustration, heck it started sometime in October.  I surrender (sort of).  Some albums load the songs, some don’t, & some albums load the songs but they’re out of order.  All of this is very random.  If it doesn’t work over the stereo, it’s fine on my iPod or computer!  It’s weird & my TV freezes when you first use the Apple TV.  4 or 5 months is ridiculous & the guy that was helping me with this at first, no longer calls me & doesn’t return my calls or emails!?

 

Myles Kennedy.

He just released his solo album first solo album.  If you’re expecting it to be a hard rock album, keep looking.  10 songs that are acoustic.  He had an album of hard rock songs & left it for possible “Alter Bridge” albums or something different later.  This guy could sing the old phone books & I’d go to a show of his, Alter Bridge, or his first group “The Mayfield Four”.  I saw “The Mayfield Four” once.  They were in Regina & they opened for “The Watchmen”, & headliner “Big Wreck” in 1999 or 2000.  He also sang inaudible backing vocals on “Big Wreck’s” 2nd album.  His solo album is titled “Year of the Tiger”, his father died in 1974 which was the “Year of the Tiger.  Here’s a bit of his other projects & his solo album…

 

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MY FIRST “HEAVY” BAND/TECHNOLOGY

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Ascendancy”

I exercised to “Better Than Ezra” the album “Deluxe”

What the heck is this?  “Alexa, I’m too lazy to pull my cell phone out of my pocket to do anything, so here’s 6 things I need you to do for me.”  A few weeks back I saw a news report regarding Alexa/Echo “Turn on my TV, order me a pizza, etc.”

So were all just going to get fat & rely on robots to do everything for us?  I saw a story on one of the late night talk shows I watch about a sex robot.  It has different settings to put it to, & one is “kill”.  $15,000 to have a robot kill you?  If I worked as a police officer & went to that call, I’d laugh hysterically!  “This person paid $15,000 to have a robot kill them”!  Hahahahahahaha!

I don’t have a cell phone or any other type of mobile device as a personal choice.  There was a mother complaining about the ban on cell phones at live concerts.  “What if my babysitter is having a rough time with my kid?”  I replied “What did people do before cell phones if they went out?”  Did everybody stay home to watch the kids?

Cell phones, desktop computers, mobile devices, big TVs, email, & social media.  I’m good with that!  We have 2 TVs, I have a computer, Kim has a cell phone, computer, & an iPad.  That’s fine with me.  All of this is fine with me as long as it doesn’t affect me.  Alexa?  I’m not getting that for as long as possible, just like a cell phone or a mobile device.  Didn’t grow up with any of these gadgets & there’s a lot of them I don’t need.  “How do you live without a cell phone?”  Easily I have a landline cordless phone & it makes phone CALLS.  “How do you remember what you have to do on a certain day?”  I have paper & a pen to write stuff down!  I don’t need a ton of this stuff, & I just don’t want it.  If you do, that’s OK with me.

I don’t need a phone with me, why?  I’m always with someone if I’m out, they have a cell phone.  Me having one would be redundant.  All I ask is this.  If you’re at a concert, using your cell phone, please consider that we all paid a similar price to be there, & not all of us want to watch it through your 6” cell phone screen.

I saw “Big Wreck” in February.  Before anyone came on stage there was an announcement over the P.A.  “Please turn off any recording device or cell phone during the show”.  It was enforced by security as well!  All I could think was “YES!”

How could America stop Russia from meddling with the mid-term election?  Paper ballots.

 

I MOTHER EARTH

I really wasn’t into “grunge” right away, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” came out in ’91, I was 11 at the time & I wasn’t raised on any type of rock other than “Dire Straits” from dad.  I remember way back when in ’96 that members of U2 & Tool were spotted at their shows in Ontario.  I saw them twice in the ‘90s.  Once in ’96 in Saskatoon & once in Regina.  1996 was the release of their 2nd album “Scenery & Fish”.  My family & Jan Wagner from high school all piled into our car & stayed in a hotel overnight.  Mitch really wanted to go to the show but wasn’t allowed to for some reason?  Jan & I went to the show at the hockey arena in Saskatoon.  Mitch & I both loved/love that album.  He was ticked that he couldn’t come to the show.

They released 4 albums in total.  The first 2 with a singer named “Edwin” & 2 more with a singer named “Bryan Byrne”.  Bryan’s voice seems to work well with the first 2 albums as well as the 2 other ones.  I’ve never heard Edwin even attempt the 2 newer albums.  They broke up shortly after the 4th album “The Quicksilver Meat Dream”, 1 video/single from that album & no tour as far as I know.  Edwin is back & they tour across Canada fairly often & they’ve released 3 singles since getting together.  I still LOVE this band!  I’m guessing it’s because of the weird stuff like a percussionist with a drummer & slap guitar I’ve never heard before, in some of their songs.  Here’s 2 songs from each album of theirs….

New singer “Bryan Byrne” from here on.

Really this is slap guitar!!!  LITTLE LANGUAGE!!!!!!

 

Yes, I’ve preordered Myles Kennedy’s solo album release on Friday (Alter Bridge singer).  I’ve heard it’s all acoustic.  He had an album of hard rock stuff that he scrapped in 2016 & made this acoustic album instead.

http://loudwire.com/myles-kennedy-year-of-the-tiger-exclusive-acoustic-performance/

“Year of the Tiger” was 1974, the year his father passed away.

 

“Halestorm’s” Facebook page says March 8th, 2018.  That must be the preorder date for what I hope is a new album?

 

Inside a Foo Fighters’ rehearsal!!  Van Halen’s “Jump” meets John Lennon’s “Imagine”!

A photo of Tool in the studio proves they’re in the studio?  When was the photo taken?  I don’t believe a single word or photo coming from anyone associated with Tool.

http://loudwire.com/tool-in-studio/

 

The Toronto Blue Jays did it finally.  I don’t know him personally & I have nothing against him personally.  They’ve finally sent outfielder Ezekiel Carrera to the minor leagues.  He knew how to bunt, hit for contact, & was fast.  Unfortunately he never learned which base to throw to from the outfield.  I hope he learns what to do properly & that he has a bright future.  Now there are only 5 players fighting to play Left Field for the Jays, it will be mentor, Curtis Granderson age 37,  platooned with one of the remaining 5 players.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/carreras-future-blue-jays-unclear-surprise-designation/

 

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Chris

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THE FINAL SECTION OF MY CLASSIC ALBUMS

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

I don’t get to listen to music much at the moment, something is off with my iTunes & our universal remote is loopy at the moment.  Possibly Friday all should be normal, well the remote more than likely.  The guy helping me at Apple has been really good, above & beyond a regular customer service person.

Very short week of exercise for me!  Honestly, I could use it.  A full week seems to make me very tired.  On weekends, lately, I tend to sleep in longer, like as long as I did as a teenager.  11:00 am is quite normal for me on weekends.  I really don’t like that, it feels like I’ve wasted the day!  During the week I like getting up around 7:00 am & getting stuff done.  Lately I get up early & feel very sluggish.  I don’t know if it’s because I’ll be 38 in January or that I need a break?  We really don’t know how to relax.  We’re both tired from each of us having very different days doing very different things than the other.  I have no plan in relaxing until the break between Christmas & New Year.  I just hope I can make it that far.

Anyways, Monday was a holiday & Kim has Friday off, I’ll be off as well!  3 day week for me.  If you haven’t subscribed you may want to do so before the posts becomes a very random, instead of the typical Monday, Wednesday, & Friday.  Facebook seems to slow down from December-January.  I’ll be doing a blog post on Friday though.

Yesterday after my exercise, I was awake………………barely.  I felt…

Today was much better!

 

THAT’S ALL FOR WHAT’S ON MY MIND & CANCER TALK!  HERE COMES THE POPCULTURE STUFF! 

 

 

Remember please that these have all been my most precious albums that have influenced me.  I enjoy metal music, some of it, I could never play it or growl.  I played & sang rock music.  After I got into metal, I started dating Kim in 2002.  Her brother-in-law was a metal fan & we’d suggest metal & rock bands to each other.  Then my brother started listening to some metal.  These are all from the first albums I heard by these groups or purchased/borrowed.  So here’s a few bands I’ve found out about through our grape vine which includes Corey McDonald…

I know Mitch & Corey aren’t into all of this anymore, I couldn’t tell you about James though?

I discovered more on my own that James was in to, & left me to discover it on my own.

Before all of this we all got in to “System of a Down” on our own.  I really didn’t like them at first.

 

No, I don’t just listen to metal music.  I have some Harry Connick Jr, Nat King Cole, Norah Jones, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Genesis, etc.  My first 2 CDs as a kid were….

The actual Bryan Adams album “Waking up the Neighbours”

 

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I fell asleep to “Paramore” the recently released album “After Laughter”

I exercised to “Rage Against the Machine” the self-titled album

 

I’m 37 now, high school was a loooooooooooooooooooooong time ago.  Next year, I graduated 20 years ago.  High school isn’t something I think of very often since it was so long ago.  It was very much a clique situation.  I wasn’t a jock, “cool kid”, a part of any labeled group.  I hung out with Timothy Wong, Jonny Amore & Guy McWatt.  When I wasn’t with them, Timothy Wong & I hung out with Faye Wallenberg & Jan Wagner.  Both of those groups were pretty much unlabeled from what I know.  My high school was ENORMOUS!  I think my graduating class of 1998 was 240+?  I know for sure it was over 200 people.  I played in the school band, quit that & joined the choir.  Choir stuck as an extra-curricular activity, then I auditioned for the schools Chamber Choir, I made it!  I never expected to be on the list but I was beyond surprised!  The music program was very well regarded, one of the best in Western Canada, how did I fit into that?

In grade 11 (1997) I figured I’d try out for the baseball team, I made that too!  Another thing that I was shocked with!  I was seriously lacking in self-confidence.  I figured eventually “What’s the worst that can happen?  I might as well give it a shot.”  Achieving those 2 things were both pretty cool to me.

That was the last year I played baseball.  Playing 3B on a city league team & my high school team, I ended up throwing my arm out.  It just ached all of the time.  As much as I would have liked to play the next year, I knew I was done, just when I got really good at striking out VERY consistently.  I had one single in my last 2 seasons!  My batting average must have been .008 over the last 2 years, that’s not a good average at all.  A decent average for a 3B is around .260 or more.  I played baseball from the age of 4 – 17 so 1984-1997.  By 1996 the pitching was too fast for me, good thing I knew how to field decently to play every day.

Those were my 2 hobbies.  That’s why I watch as much baseball as possible & know a bit about music.  I may listen to rock & metal quite a bit but I’m not against orchestral music or listening to one of the many Harry Connick Jr. albums I own.

I can’t tell you where this all comes from.  I come in here, in front of my computron & just write verbal diarrhea.  Whatever pops out.  Stream of consciousness, like one of my favourite books “The Catcher in the Rye”.  I haven’t read that in years.

 

If you’re here strictly for the cancer news, that’s all I have for you today. 

 

Since the release of “After Laughter” by “Paramore”, I’ve been on an intense Paramore kick, with all 5 of their albums.  This new one sounds completely different & there’s definitely a “Blondie” influence.  I’ve never been hooked on Blondie though.

Just wanted to show that I’m not the only one who hears a “Blondie” influence.

I went to see “The Proclaimers” last year at the casino.  I remember sitting there thinking to myself “I’m probably the only one here wearing a ‘Lamb of God’ T-Shirt that will be back here in 2 days to see ‘I Mother Earth”

 

With the Manchester bombing & all of the other garbage happening in this world, I’m thankful to wake up the next day, especially with Trump steering, arguably, the most powerful country on earth!  My thoughts go out to those in Manchester who went out to unwind & have a good time.

The world is a VERY UGLY place right now!  It’s only going to get better if we all work together.  Seems like there is hatred around every corner now.  Remember how some little picture said it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 10 or fewer to smile?  I say “Smile & Wave” more at people instead of frowning & shuffling on.  It’s an ugly “dirty world” out there, do what you can to help out someone, it doesn’t have to be a HUGE gesture.  Help an elder cross the street?

I feel sorry for the younger generation that will inherit this mess we’ve collectively screwed up.  At least we get a mood booster from Ellen Degeneres weekly!

 

Rockers react to the attack in Manchester

http://loudwire.com/rockers-react-manchester-concert-bombing/

I totally agree with Randy Blythe, of Lamb of God! “..the human race must do better than this..”

I’m not against any religion or atheist, believe in whatever you choose or don’t believe at all.  What religious book are they reading?  What ‘God’ would tell followers to kill others?  Why do others have to conform to the same religion as the EXTREMISTS do?  Why aren’t the other religious followers of the same religion doing what the extremists are doing?

I’m not trying to take this latest attack lightly.  If you think about it ISIS are like the carnival game whack-a-mole. They pop up, mess with your day, and go back into hiding before you can get them.  Why?  Because members of ISIS know they did something wrong!
 

New ‘Stone Sour’ video!!!!!!!!!!!!  Album out June 30th

 

Apple Music playlist of recent rock releases.  I’ve got both “Highly Suspect” albums & a few on preorder at the moment.  “Stone Sour”, “Royal Blood”, & “Nothing but Thieves”.  I really like the “Muse” single as well.  I bought the single & attached it to my favourite Muse album or else I’d never listen to it as a standalone single.

http://mixing.io/playlist/apple-music-rock-the-a-list-rock

 

Why so that there are more people to witness and be injured in a terrorist attack?  You need to think a step ahead of ISIS!  I don’t see adding more troops/security/police doing much unless they know what to look for.  Until our protectors change the game & get ahead, the same thing will continue to happen.   I’m not trying to say they aren’t doing as much as possible at the moment, but whoever they are, it’s time to change their/our approach.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/uks-may-sends-military-to-concerts-sports-events-w483933

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/guns-n-roses-security-ireland/

 

Busy day, lots to do here.  Not much time for the computron or interweb today.  I’ll be on here later.  Mostly I’ll be watching the Blue Jay game today!

 

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I fell asleep to “The Pretty Reckless” the album “Light Me Up”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” all 4 studio albums on shuffle

^^I broke my nose to that last song at Edgefest, a 1 day outdoor festival in Saskatoon, only bone I’ve ever broken. I’ve cracked ribs & stretched tendons in my right knee while playing baseball, but they’ve healed..

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Since the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple has made error after error, it’s a fact, look it up! Apple stock is on a decline while Microsoft is on an incline. As you know, I don’t like the idea of streaming music, it has it’s pros & cons. The moment we signed up for Apple Music, iTunes doubled multiple files in our iTunes catalogue. Sure it’s cheap, $9.99 I think…I don’t use it, Kim does. Corey McDonald & I were talking about it a few weeks ago. He made a very good point. Saying that we’ll always have access to music, even if Apple Music & other streaming sites cease to exist. True, solid point. I view it differently.

We’ve always been able to purchase our music & be assured that it’s in our possession, now streaming music feels like renting music, to me? Yes, everything I buy music wise is from iTunes now & yes I miss being able to read the liner notes, the lyrics & thank you sections on a physical copy.

Now a country, not sure which one, has declared that burning a CD from iTunes is illegal. Now Apple sells their laptops & iMacs without a CD tray, that seems illegal to me. I haven’t put all of my CDs on my iTunes, what if I had an Apple computer? No CD drive & somewhere around 300 CDs to import? If I wanted them all on iTunes, I’d have to repurchase each album? That would be in the neighborhood of $3000? But I own them now on CD at roughly $25 each! I’ve paid for them once & now I’d have to buy them again? Sure I could go to a streaming site & get them. What if said streaming music site worked like Netflix? Netflix shows aren’t on there for life? They change their catalogue of shows on a monthly basis? So if I attain my music from a streaming site, will it be there forever. Probably & maybe not at the same time.

I also have a few CDs that are now out of print? iTunes doesn’t have them, will a streaming site? This is out of print so I’m glad I bought this on CD when I found out about it in 2001 or 2002?

I also have a few other CDs out of print & not available anywhere. I had bought some newer albums on iTunes by a group Corey got me interested in. He saw them on my iTunes & said they’re not available on Apple Music yet. I don’t want to wait for new music that isn’t available yet on a streaming site yet. I’m not saying streaming music sites are wrong, I’m saying they’re not for me. Guess who is making money on Digital music?………………….the site that provides the music, download, streaming or from a CD store. Vinyl, I have no idea? So the people actually making the product aren’t making money on any sales of their product? That seems wrong to me. It’s legal, but it doesn’t work for me. If I had the physical space, I’d be purchasing CDs or Vinyl records still. An album on iTunes costs $9.99 usually how about splitting that 3 ways? $3.33 for Apple, the label/management and the artist(s), then everyone gets an equal amount as opposed to $0.71 for the band/artist that is signed to a label? $9.99 wont kill me, maybe I’ll have to wait a few weeks because it doesn’t fit into our budget at the moment, at least I know that once I buy it, it will be there forever.

I can’t be the only person with computer access that thinks this way? Apple isn’t keeping iTunes available for just me.

In the end it doesn’t really matter how you get your music. The musicians of today are making far less than they would have 8 years ago, thank you Napster for nothing! Really, financially nothing!

Kim was going to get me a “Fit Bit” for my birthday earlier this year. I can count the sets of my workout & keep track of what I’m doing. When we go walking, she puts on her GPS on her phone. Nice gesture, but I can count.

10 best American metal bands…………..in the eyes of those at www.loudwire.com

http://loudwire.com/best-american-metal-bands/

I don’t think I’d just slap the metal label on Tool? I do like Lamb of God though!

Alter Bridge dedicate this song to the troops!!! Thank you!

From what I’ve heard Alter Bridge is set to release their 5th studio album in September. Depending if it’s early or late in September, a preorder should be available in July or August possibly. For those who don’t know Alter Bridge is made from the guitarist, original bassist, & drummer from Creed. The singer is the difference. Creed had a baritone singer, Scott Stapp. Alter Bridge has a tenor singer, Myles Kennedy. Every studio album has surpassed the previous album, for me.

Maya Rudolph & Martin Short in a variety show. It starts tonight, & I’ve got the series recording. Seems like it will be a funny show. I really like them individually! Theme song inside the link.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-jack-whites-theme-for-maya-rudolph-martin-short-variety-series-20160531

Here is a festival line up I’d attend in the USA if my passport hadn’t expired.

http://loudwire.com/avenged-sevenfold-slipknot-lead-2016-louder-than-life-festival/

I’ve been a fan of Foo Fighters since ’97 when their 2nd album was released. Big Wreck is right up there with them since I was able to see them live in ’99 when I was 19 & of age to get inside a bar. I think now I should add Tool & Alter Bridge to the top of my favourite groups. If The Watchmen were still recording new music they’d be a very close 2nd to that group along with many others, for me.

Prophets of Rage announce line up & first show!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/prophets-of-rage-confirm-lineup-announce-first-show/

This 2nd album from progressive metal group, Third Ion, sounds like it will far surpass the success of the first album.

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=123781

Glastonbury festival line up & Stage times announced

http://www.nme.com/news/glastonbury/93869?utm_campaign=nme-daily-31st-may-31-05-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Other than Muse, Adele, Coldplay, & The 1975, I wouldn’t attend this festival if I could.

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