YAY IT’S FRIDAY & OPETH “In Cauda Venenum”

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5 day exercise total; 900 leg lifts, 1,200 crunches, 100 squats, 300 back flexes, 50 pushups, 400 curls (10 pounds), 250 tricep extensions (7 pounds), 200 shoulder raises (7 pounds).  Stretching & yoga.

I had to hold back on the squats this week.  There’s a nagging minor pain in my back.  Squats seem to make it worse, back flexes strengthen the muscles.  Ended up being a disappointing week, exercise wise, for me.

I fell asleep to “The Beatles” my favourite album of theirs, many FANTASTIC songs, “Blackbird”, Ob-la-di ob-la-da”, “Back in the USSR”, “While my guitar gently weeps”, “Happiness is a Warm Gun”, etc. but this is my favourite below.  I saw, Canadian rock band “Our Lady Peace” play this song in concert in 1998 & that was it.

I exercised to “Devin Townsend” the album “Empath”

 

The other place is now an afterthought.  They have an offer, negotiated a price & now all we can do is sit & wait.  This could be over by October 11th, sooner, or if a miracle occurs we’ll get another shot?  I was bummed yesterday & didn’t bother to even exercise.

Today, it’s time to move on & keep doing our thing.  I’m looking at it as one less thing to worry about & the biggest thing I don’t need to worry about.  I worried myself sick on Wednesday & was crushed on Thursday.  Now the stomach nerves are gone.  Just keep swimming!

I could sit here & complain but I don’t have time for that & there’s already enough people complaining about other issues.  Much like my exercise, which I do a TON of, I want to be better at guitar than I was before.  What will fix both of these issues?  Practice & proper repetition.

I’m listening to more of The Beatles lately since I’m relearning, from memory for the most part, how to play the song “Blackbird” on guitar.  I’m throwing in finger picking chords in the wrong place.  I ended up caving & went to a guitar tab site.  I can’t read music anymore, haven’t been able to since 1998 or so.  After I graduated high school.

In 2001 I got my first guitar & taught myself on the internet after learning most of the proper chords from a guitar book laying around that my mother owned.

I looked at the tab, & WOW, no wonder I forgot the order of stuff after almost 12 years.  I’m surprised I remembered all of the chords after an ABI, Acquired Brain Injury.  I’ve got a TON of practicing & memorizing to do.

I’ll “slow it down” a bit for now & focus on my technique for now & just a few songs!

I exercise for a couple of hours, write this up, play guitar for WAY too long & somewhere in there I eat, shower, & snack/eat throughout the day.  Kim comes home & whips up a tasty meal, then I clean up.

She’s working at another job to make some extra cash right now (Every year).  While she’s doing that or watching something on TLC, that’s not “Dr. Pimple Popper”, I’ll either grab a guitar or see what all of the news is on Facebook.

Not as much music being played through the stereo here lately.  It’s more of me practicing guitar.  I’ve still only listened to the TOOL album in its entirety twice.  It’s been more of 1 or 2 songs here & there, long album!

I get to use my ticket at the Saskatchewan Roughriders game this weekend WOO HOO!

There are screwed up people EVERYWHERE.  A fan goes to any type of concert to have fun, not to get stabbed!  Why are people like this?

https://loudwire.com/amon-amarth-fan-stabbed-after-show-edmonton/?fbclid=IwAR2IH-h7WE7kT3_3yx4eAbfRZ32RicO-CRfKmxGYP8sdM4uRVS8uEsTsmoQ

I like Slayer to a point.  Mood music that actually calms me down & usually just 2 albums out of 12 or 15?  “Reign in Blood” & “Seasons in the Abyss”.

https://loudwire.com/slayer-repentless-killogy-theater-premiere/?fbclid=IwAR0iapzVIKYC0tanhWlXZE9Z4_t3LAIw5FV_uSZWrqr0y9sGQkm6j1b7w3o

I’m a rock/metal fan but I do like other stuff.  I like Ed Sheeran, even saw him in concert here.  As for the Grammy Awards, I’m all in for Billie Eilish’s album & Lizzo’s album “Cuz I Love You” featuring the song “Juice”.  I have the Billie Eilish album, the Lizzo album is great but I can’t see myself listening to it often?
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/2020-grammy-nominee-predictions-885231/?fbclid=IwAR3l8hB-Peq3PmKyQrg1kyGhmO4kjGhoyXiTheZ3Tne76O9yq1hfcg38am0

Any “Joker” movie shouldn’t be funny.  The character is a psychopath.

https://screencrush.com/joker-review/?fbclid=IwAR1UYNjy-ULJlrBYNxUHp2OYLFEvll8rt37JyFiB8mq1kAQHTkg-dA0bBVE

 

OPETH   “IN CAUDA VENENUM”

A progressive everything band rock, metal, orchestral, & ambient music.  Based in Sweden.  This album is available in English & Swedish.  I think this is the first album they’ve made available in Swedish as well as English?  Not sure, they have a LARGE back catalogue.  This album is more of a progressive rock album, but not for the average rock fan.  This is progressive, not an album you can tap your foot to the beat.  The last few albums have been very light, music wise compared to the death metal growling from previous releases.  They’ve been rather odd with weird keyboard & more atmospheric music.

This album certainly isn’t a metal album, but maybe I’m jaded?  This seems far more along the lines of a hard rock album, no screaming but definitely aggressive music in odd time signatures.

 

Opeth   “In Cauda Venenum”

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ DEVIN TOWNSEND/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

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4 day exercise total; 400 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 squats, 200 back flexes, 500 curls 10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm, 300 tricep lifts w/5 pound weight, 200 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Sum 41” the new album “Order in Decline”

I got up too early to turn on the music today.  Last night I also listened to “Live” the 25th anniversary edition of “Throwing Copper”

 

I had my 2nd appointment with my psychiatrist.  I think my pills are helping, quite a bit!  Just waiting for a referral to a psychologist or therapist to talk to.

Honestly it’s little things that drive me nuts, I don’t talk about them, & eventually I just blow up on whoever, despite them not doing anything.  Mainly technology.  It feels like “Here’s a bunch of new stuff for you, we built it, and you figure it out”.  At least IKEA gives you a page of instructions.  Fix the old stuff that doesn’t work, then move on to newer stuff we apparently “need”.  “In the meantime” “I need to keep my head together”!  The increase in 1 of my anti-depressant pills has helped, but I think I should talk with someone.

In other news our A/C seems to be fixed.  I’m always warm & I wear shorts year ‘round.  If I’m in pants I’m headed to or leaving a wedding or funeral!  Apple pointed me in the right direction & I figured things out from there, 7 CDs to reload & iTunes should be fixed!

 

Justin Bieber is a BIG fan of Tool!  AWESOME!

What do I think about this?  I don’t care, listen to whatever you like.  As for his wife’s opinion, she probably doesn’t get Maynard’s humour if she’s not a fan of Tool, A Perfect Circle, or Puscifer.  She blew it a bit out of proportion.  Appropriately, Maynard didn’t reply.

In all fairness to Tool, it’s about quality, not quantity!

https://loudwire.com/13-amazing-things-took-less-time-new-tool-album/?fbclid=IwAR0TNSWJqsocVh7NAXSVpeqMfyc9DErzs307fkkiZpR6aCy5oOaLPjctqto

4 of my anticipated albums this year are on this list!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-albums-to-still-be-excited-about-in-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1dxnNiBFE79udMh3E2PTdderVy9ngqo2McbRr2NSZsdMZv0XVk2yLLZuE

Bands & musicians after the old age app is applied!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/we-put-a-bunch-of-bands-through-the-old-age-filter-on-faceapp/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3KcNHE23gITofbbMP9aaaOlYkEl6UCl-bv-9gxFrmC9CmNkZmyxk0Au1k

I guess people miss “Mudvayne” fair enough I miss “System of a Down”

https://loudwire.com/mudvayne-reunion-brbr-deng-meme/?fbclid=IwAR0GdcK8LJBL98lY2kv1csuFX2qiskRgx9Y_lbwt3aVvNZb3l4gVm7vmUC0

Fans of “The Offspring” get ready for a new album.  For me they’re there, I don’t mind them, & I don’t hate them.  I’ve never felt compelled to buy an album of theirs.  I have performed one song of theirs.

https://loudwire.com/the-offspring-new-album-done/?fbclid=IwAR1M_uZxeWGTXi2cyd8hKnG22R0yUZBxPDwuzoPcHBbUykmB5VLASBPY-UA

YAY new video from “The Struts”!  Great band!

I’m not a “Guns n’ Roses” fan, but this is really funny.  Even I know that “…the grass is green & the girls are pretty…” in Paradise City!

https://thehardtimes.net/culture/report-majority-of-millennials-cant-even-find-paradise-city-on-a-map/?fbclid=IwAR2Et0BrYaC4Zx0i0s38cCuDtCaoBEfONKqKDBjHicRuVrzxp1U_lf-CHGI

What I do like about 1987 is “Testament’s” first album, “U2” released “The Joshua Tree”…………………….oh yeah, my brother was born that year!

New video from the upcoming album by “The Agonist”

I do enjoy “Iron Maiden”.  You’d probably be hard pressed to find a metal fan who doesn’t like them.  The singer has an incredible vocal range!

https://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-2019-legacy-of-the-beast-setlist-video/?fbclid=IwAR2EDmH3oGM4HG8dumZGwL9HB7fIaJDol4AQQpnLF6RLmzrnDnsHyrIb2M4

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

I have talked about him before, this time I’d like to focus on “Devin Townsend Project” specifically the album “Epicloud”.  Devin Townsend has made too many albums to count.  Including the little that I know of, about 12 Devin Townsend Project albums, at least 3 “Strapping Young Lad” albums, & a handful of solo albums.  Yes he’s an odd, but refreshing, character in the world of metal!

He also produced the 2nd “Lamb of God” album “As The Palaces Burn”  this does not include the first album “Lamb of God” released under the name “Burn the Priest” a terrible album in my opinion.

Devin Townsend is Canadian & resides in British Columbia.

 

2012   EPICLOUD

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/MENTAL HEALTH/THE AGONIST

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5 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 150 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Thursday.  Today, YAY no water pressure.  Kim walked out the door for work & the water pressure died within 10 minutes.

I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the 20th anniversary of “In Loving Memory of…”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour & the Shape”

NO POST UNTIL MONDAY.  LONG WEEKEND, SEE YOU THEN!

 

When I do my exercises I always try to at least hit my goals, if not exceed them.  By the time Thursday rolls around, I’m very tired.  My muscles on top of my shoulders are sorer this week than last week.  I’m not doing arms next week, 2 days of stretching & yoga next week.  I felt fine, started with my tricep lifts on Tuesday & almost cried in pain, I finished doing 150 of them, then my 200 pushups.  Pushups were fine.  Maybe yoga, stretching, & 200 pushups next week?  I am SO ready for the weekend.  My shoulders are killing me!  I took a muscle relaxant in hope of getting rid of this pain.  I have to make sure I can take certain medications with my regular pills.

All of these pills make me feel old.  I’m going to see a psychiatrist for my depression, not a psychologist.  A psychiatrist will chat briefly & prescribe medication.  I don’t think more pills are what I need.  As much as I don’t like talking about my mood or emotions, that’s probably what I need.  The first thing I’ll tell the doctor is that I would like to not have more pills.  The pills don’t seem to be helping much, if at all.

 

There’s supposed to be a TON of new albums out this year, yet only 7, 4 albums I had no clue about, have been released & I know of 3 that are in the mixing process.  Where is the new “Chevelle”, “Lamb of God”, “Anthrax”, or “Megadeth”?  “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, & “Alter Bridge” are done recording & now mixing.  I’ve got 2 standalone singles from “Big Wreck”.  I hope there is a bit of time between the releases.  I like to give each album a concentrated listen or usually 5 good listens to it before saying anything about it.  I had no clue about “Pink”, “The Damned Things”, “Sum 41” or “Devin Townsend” so those were pleasant surprises!  “Sum 41” won’t be released until mid-July.  Right now “Pink” & “In Flames” are my favourite releases of the year so far.

The 3 in mixing at the moment are the 3 albums I’m really anxious to hear, “Tool”, “Big Wreck”, & “Alter Bridge”.

I know all of this exercise is beneficial.  Right now I’ve got a “…beefy arm & a wing-a-ling….” Beefy on the right arm & wing-a-ling for my left arm.

I use my right arm mostly, my left arm shakes quite a bit.  If I go to fill my water bottle & get a glass of juice.  The water bottle has a lid so I carry that with my left hand, the shaky one.  The glass of juice will be in my right hand.

Did everyone catch the series finale of “The Big Bang Theory”?

 

THE AGONIST

A metal group from the province of Québec, Canada.  I own all of their 5 albums.  I bought their first album on CD when it was released in 2007.  They’re fronted by a female, in 2007 & now.  I think the original singer was replaced for the 4th & 5th album, I know she was replaced but I’m not sure when?  Both were capable of doing death metal vocals & singing.

I saw them on Much Music on the show “Loud” that I recorded since it was on at 3:00 am or some ridiculous time.  They’ve released 5 albums in total, the first 3 are no longer available on iTunes?

 

2007   ONLY ONCE IMAGINED

 

2009   LULLABIES OF THE DORMANT MIND

 

2012   PRISONERS

 

2015   EYES OF PROVIDENCE

 

2016   FIVE

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/OBADIAH PARKER

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5 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 450 crunches, 150 tricep lifts, 450  squats, 300 back flexes.  Yoga & stretching for just over an hour on Thursday.

Let me “Break it down” for you!

3 days of 200 leg lifts, 150 crunches, 150 squats, & 100 back flexes. 1 day of 200 pushups, & 150 tricep lifts.  Then Thursdays are yoga & stretching for a little more than an hour.

I fell asleep to “Puscifer” the album “V is for vagina”

I exercised to “Devin Townsend” the album “Empath”

 

Apparently I won’t be seeing the doctor that tells me to “lose some weight” is not there anymore.  Our brother-in-law works on the servers for the cancer clinic at the Pasqua hospital.  It’s a long story that I haven’t heard as to why that doctor is not there.  I’ll be seeing a new doctor who’s been given my case.

Kim tells me that the reason I’ve had to continue with appointments is that it was because my previous doctor wanted me there.  More info for the story of how the chemo, radiation, & medication helped keep me alive.  I guess this is a double edged sword in some way.

It would be great if they got all of the info regarding what worked to keep me alive & help other patients & doctors with the entire story.  On the other hand I won’t have to deal with someone body shaming me once a year.

The body shaming didn’t bother me at all, I just found it odd & rude.  That was the only doctor that said that to me.  I graduated high school at 185 lbs.  When I went into the hospital I was 265 lbs.  I probably weighed 270 or 280 when I was released & kept eating garbage.  Right now I’m 230 lbs.  If I lose 20 lbs that would be great, any more than that, I’ll look like a bag of bones.

I’m 6’1” with a big frame.  That is the same thing for most of my relatives on my mother’s side of the family.  The majority of my T-Shirts fit me & I feel healthier since doing daily exercise & eating healthier.  I don’t really care how much I weigh as long as I feel good.  Losing 20 more pounds is more of a bonus than a necessity.

 

Trivium’s guess for the release of a new Tool album was WAY off!

https://loudwire.com/trivium-predicted-tool-exact-new-album-release-date/?fbclid=IwAR0NX367cofiVEnNG3u0nBwhl5SmbQsdZZhRGuQcvuYLTnR1BPXu6SM7YjE

I miss “Pantera” too.  I was late to the game.  They were all alive when I got into them through Corey McDonald in SIAST.  They were in different bands at the time though.

I don’t know if rock music needs/wants to be saved?  It’s there, just harder to find.

http://the-radical.com/2019/the-struts-interview/?fbclid=IwAR2ZOpSg2MF5SGFqUj1j_iOKxXhAGSyh1e-plcCQ8cqsbRIGAlhIMJ2s9Zc

REALLY?????????????????????????

https://thehardtimes.net/music/benefit-concert-to-save-guitar-center-features-97-dudes-playing-sweet-child-o-mine/?fbclid=IwAR2ek2mWT9aeE8W80hGsX6EUaN6sYwyB96plGvM0uyeWBH0nFx2WPlZw0Ao

At every home “Saskatchewan Roughriders” game, I hear the song below.  It’s from 1987.  LIVE IN THE NOW PLEASE!

Sorry, Guns n’ Roses aren’t for me.

When you live in Regina, Saskatchewan & have only been to 3 music festivals over 20 years ago.  Not being able to see a festival sucks but it’s the norm in the middle of nowhere.  You’ll be OK Miami.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/ultra-music-festival-leaves-miami-833255/?fbclid=IwAR1_vDkhUu7rR8rKgmGQ-rCwQUqITFcGt62gSMmwko9G30l3pebVjoRYZg4

Today “Big Wreck” released only another single.  I was hoping it would be a preorder as well, it wasn’t.  I’m pretty sure they’re busy with the 2nd guitarist’s cancer though.  We’ve got 2 singles from the new album this new one first then the first single below it.  Much heavier than I’ve heard from them!

 

OBADIAH PARKER

Right at the beginning I’ll admit that I know nothing about him.  Acoustic guitar player & singer.  I can tell you after a brief google check that he’s American.  His name is Matt Weddle, Obadiah Parker is his stage name.  I own 3 EPs, 5 songs each.  They’re all cover well known songs.  He has 2 original albums on iTunes, I haven’t heard them yet.  He does have a band but it is very rare to hear them on the EPs……

 

2008   THE TIP JAR VOL.  1

 

2014   THE TIP JAR VOL. 2

 

2016   THE TIP JAR VOL. 3

This EP is very tough to find any videos from.  He does cover this song though…

How long are the Toronto Blue Jays going to continue this “Socrates Brito” experiment going?  He’s one of the worst hitters on bad team.  If a player’s batting average is 0.077, they’re very lucky to be on any roster.  An average of 0.250 is just OK.  Are they keeping him there because he can catch a fly ball?

For me he’s just a guy taking up space when there are 2 minor league players knocking on the door to play right field.  Heck they have 2 capable right fielders now.  Brito plays maybe once a week.  They’re going to trade 2 of their top pitchers, but keep Brito?  I don’t think you’d get anything in return if they traded Brito.  I say just cut him & move on.

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Devin Townsend”, “In Flames”, “Mark Morton”, “Lamb of God”

 

I figured I’d just carry on as usual, I’ve always been a little wacky anyways.  My mood is far more level more often than not.  I like my workout physically & here’s hoping I can get to talk to someone who can help me with my head & get it back to normal.  I’d never hurt anyone physically unless they were intending to harm my family or friends.  If it’s a family member hurting another family member, they can figure that out on their own.

Of course I’ll carry on with this blog & exercises.  I think even the mental part of this could be somewhat to do with cancer.  I could be wrong though & I don’t want to play the cancer card as an excuse for my mental health, that wouldn’t be fair in my eyes.  I want to go through this as transparent as possible!  You get to see all of the upcoming blemishes & triumphs as usual.  I like that this blog is transparent.  I want someone/anyone else in a similar situation to read this & figure out what they need to do.

Honestly, metal music calms me down.  I guess it’s my mood that dictates my music choice for that moment?  I can listen to it & mentally try to make sense of the controlled chaos or just disappear into the sound of the music.  Same deal with Blue Jays baseball.  I know the Blue Jay players & they’re the only team I watch but this could be the same thing with any baseball team.  It’s a distraction for my mind.  I know the game to an extent.  If you’re not thinking about how many outs there are, what inning it is, or the outcome of what to do wherever the ball will end up on every pitch, you’re doing it wrong.

Kim says that since I can’t see anyone yet, I should try writing 3 things a day for 21 days, that I’m thankful for.  I can do that!  A) I’m alive.  B) I’m with Kim.  C) Our extended, immediate family & friends that are AWESOME!  A)  Brewster is a very well behaved dog.  B)  I was raised very well.  C)  I live in Canada without the rule of a wanna be dictator.

 

Friday evening was the 2nd Blue Jays regular season game.  Our “niece” tells me every time she sees me.  “Uncle Chris, we don’t watch baseball in our house.”  She cracks me up!  Just the way she says it!

I’m not American or interested in politics in most cases but watching CNN “from a good safe distance” is very entertaining.

Before Saturday’s game, there’s only 160 games to go.  The pitching & very young players are doing a FANTASTIC job so far.  Even in their first game of the season which they lost 2-0 they played really well!  New, fresh people are good to see & I don’t have any expectations for them this year.  If they win 60-70 games I’d call it a success!  It will be a year full of “Growing Pains”

We watched “The Dirt” on Netflix Friday evening.  I prefer the book.  I’ve never been a fan of their music.  They did it for the wrong reasons if you ask me.  They did it for a life of booze, heroin, cocaine, & to have sex with every female they encountered.  I had 1 or 2 groupies in our first band & I couldn’t get rid of them fast enough.  “No.  I’m not coming up to your hotel room.  I’ve got a TON of gear to load up & a girlfriend.  You can kiss me on my cheek & find someone else to fool around with”.  Not something I’ll ever be interested in!

Kim stepped out to get a few things.  She has been cleaning EVERYTHING Friday & Saturday!  I’ll shout at her from the couch and ask “KIM DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ANYTHING?” & she always says no.  My weekends are quite easy that way.  Stay out of her way & don’t move until I’m told & I randomly ask if I can help with anything.

We finished the day with a spinach & strawberry salad & BBQ steaks.  I made my veggie juice for the week & a glass & ½ of a fruit smoothie.  We watched part 1 of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary, so not for kids!

Part 2 of “Leaving Neverland” this morning, a play date with Mitch & Rachel’s pup.  Toronto Blue Jays 4th game into the regular season & the Blue Jays are 2W-2L.  Better than I expected, but when you consider the small sample size & who they were playing against, this doesn’t really tell you anything yet.  158 games to go around the half way mark in the season is when you can really tell.

 

 

THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

Saskatchewan rock band that got 0:05 seconds of fame & broke up after 2 albums.  I believe they grew up in small town Saskatchewan.  I think the singer, Todd Kerns, is now playing bass for Slash.  The guitar player moved on to form a band called “Limblifter” with his brother or cousin on drums?  I only have “The Age of Electric’s” first self – titled album, I heard a lot of the 2nd album that our bass player, Rob Wirtz, in University had.  I’ll give you a bit of both albums in order.

 

1995   THE AGE OF ELECTRIC

 

1996   MAKE A PEST A PET

 

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STREAMING VS. DOWNLOADING/ BARSTOOL PROPHETS

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The first 3 quarters of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ the Saskatchewan Roughriders was quite possibly in my top 3 terrible football games I’ve ever seen in my 38 years of life that I can remember seeing.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

A season ticket holder.

 

Music throughout the week.  A lot of “Devin Townsend”, “Dead Sara”, “Big Wreck”, & “Tremonti”

 

There was no exercising going on this week.  My wife told me on Tuesday that she had Wednesday off, so I decided I had the week off.  Fair enough my finger is 98% better, a few extra days of doing the bare minimum won’t hurt it.  Being your own boss definitely has it’s benefits!

I leave Regina for a few days & it seemed as though everything flipped on me?!  Best Buy has stopped selling CDs, Trump is still President, the Toronto Blue Jays made a trade, & nobody wants to OWN music??!!?!

I hear a LOT of whispers that CDs & downloading music will soon be a thing of the past?  Downloading should stick around.  I wouldn’t think downloading an album or streaming an album wouldn’t cost Apple extra money, but I really don’t know?  I’m waiting for an announcement from Apple/iTunes regarding this.

I’ve heard that vinyl will still be around though?  Is it really cost effective to do away with CD production & still release vinyl?  I have no clue?

If that’s all that is available in the future, vinyl & streaming, I plan to use both.  I’ll stream stuff on my iPod, I’ll also purchase vinyl every 3 or 4 months of the stuff I want to own.  That’s my opinion, I’m not speaking for anyone else or saying that it’s wrong.

This streaming crap drives me crazy, in a VERY bad way.  What the heck Apple?  iTunes isn’t available just for me.  I have the option to purchase my music or stream/rent it like a magazine subscription.  I’d like to have that option in the future.  Nobody these days seems to care if Apple Music shuts down & leaves them with nothing?

I find the entire thing as ridiculous as Trump being President.  “We’re going to give you streaming music only & royally piss off musicians that make all of our product” – internet.  I want the option, it can’t be a waste of money on Apple’s side of things?  “Stupid is as stupid does” – Forrest Gump.

If this is where the music industry is headed, I’m glad that I wasn’t talented enough to be in a professional band, where I work for pennies when someone streams my music!  At this point, EVERYONE should work for free if musicians have to!

I’m not a fan of Apple’s music software, but downloading from iTunes is very convenient, when it works properly!  Kim & I have hacked away at problems that occur & “so far so good”

Lots of people like having the option to stream or purchase music.  I don’t understand the cost benefit of doing away with both CDs & legal downloading?

This is just a very disappointing moment for the music industry.  The guy that created Napster needs a hard smack upside the head.  I hate to agree with anything Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, says but he was right for how he took a stand against Napster.  I’ll see you soon vinyl!  This entire idea I find to be very pathetic & stupid!  A vinyl album costs a minimum of $20 each.

 

You can’t take vinyl albums to listen to in your vehicle but I guess you can take streaming music with you.  I can also take my iPod full of iTunes purchases in the vehicle too.  I just want the option.  Purchasing vinyl albums will severely cut down on me purchasing music.

 

John Oliver has a bit on his show that asks this question.

I’d like to know this.  How are mass shootings still a thing?

 

July 4th 1995 Dave Grohl released the first Foo Fighters album on which he recorded all of the instruments & vocals with the exception of one guitar part.

 

BARSTOOL PROPHETS

 

4 guys from Cornwall, Ontario.  They released 2 major albums.  I have the first one on CD & the other one is only available on www.amazon.ca for $70.  I own the album “Crank” the 2nd one is called “Last of the Big Game Hunters”.  I’d get the 2nd one but I’m not paying $70 for a CD!?!?  “Crank” was released in 1995 & “Last of the Big Game Hunters” was released in 1997.  I was under age to see them live in 1997 when they played in Regina, so I’ve never seen them live.

From what I can tell on their website, they just tour Ontario, Canada.  I would think that if they’re still active they’d put their 2nd album on iTunes & Streaming sites.  I’ve only seen the video for the song “Little Death” back in the day when Much Music actually played music videos 24 hours a day.  That song was enough to make me get the CD.  Luckily the rest of the album is great.  Check out their website here https://www.barstoolprophets.ca/

It’s a 12 song album, so that should be enough for you to get the idea.

 

I agree with most of this.  I think Trivium should be thrown in the mix & Lamb of God should be higher up.  I like Slayer, but I find them over rated.

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

 

Rock & Metal’s greatest vocal intros LANGUAGE!!  On the “Papa Roach” intro.

http://loudwire.com/15-greatest-vocal-intros-of-all-time/

 

Trivium’s Matt Heafy covering Toto’s Africa

 

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