WEEKEND UPDATE/MUSE

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I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Sturm Und Drang”

 

My in-laws were in town for the weekend, & I was doing some stuff offline on the computer.  I needed a little break from the computer, didn’t feel long enough though!

Kim’s parents & aunt got here about 3:00 pm or so on Friday coffee for the afternoon & pizza for supper.  The day ended with me staying up way too late, trying to clear the DVR.  We’re behind since I was at a concert on Tuesday & Kim’s taking a photography course once a week from 7:00-10:00 pm.

Saturday Kim & Sherry took their mom to a craft show & then grocery shopping.  That night, Kim cooked ham, hash brown casserole, & carrots.  Dairy Queen for dessert.  Later on was a showing of the movie “Wonder”.

This morning we went to Sherry & James’ for Brunch & a “goodbye” to the 3 headed north.

Nobody sang anything.  This has just been in my head!  They should be home very soon.

We came home Kim’s tending to the laundry, I’ve made my juice & cooked my fish for the week.  Once the dishwasher is done I’ll empty it & Kim will hard boil some eggs for the week.  Pretty tame weekend.  Nice to have Kim’s parents down, we haven’t seen them this year until today.

We still haven’t been to there house since 2007, we’ll likely drive up on a weekend this summer & likely out to the lake a few weekends.

 

MUSE

 

6 studio albums, 2 live albums, & a few singles.  They have said that their plans for 2018 is to release a full album & a few singles.  I really got into them in 2006.  I was at a band rehearsal at Todd Bryanton’s house.  He had “Muse” playing as we set up our gear.  I heard it & asked “Is this some new Radiohead I’ve missed?”  He told me it was Muse’s album “Absolution”, their 3rd studio album.

I believe they’re from England.  The comparison to early Radiohead is valid, just don’t tell any member of the Muse super trio (Shhhhh).  I was hooked instantly.  They’ve sort of lost my attention with 2 of their releases though.  They’re both good albums, but they could be better.  Their last 2 singles are great though. “Dig Down” & “Thought Contagion”.  I hope this leads to a great album in the near future.  Here’s a song from each album followed by the two standalone singles…

Now the 2 singles I own.

An article with Patton Oswalt.  Life, legend, & how a serial killer could be brought to justice.  His wife was murdered.

https://www.rollingstone.com/patton-oswalt-michelle-mcnamara-golden-state-killer-w519636

 

I’m not much of a fan of “Godsmack”, here’s a review of their new album though.

http://loudwire.com/godsmack-when-legends-rise-album-review/

 

10 drummer stunts

http://loudwire.com/10-amazing-drum-stunts/

 

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

20 year old asks Dave Grohl to adopt him.

 

New “Lamb of God/Burn the Priest” song

 

10 albums that led to grunge.  I’d have to agree.

http://loudwire.com/albums-led-grunge/

 

Rolling Stone (short) article with Dave Grohl regarding Donald Trump.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dave-grohl-trump-seems-like-a-massive-jerk-w519663

 

Lot’s of tasty food this weekend, not what I need when I’m trying to get slimmer for bikini season!

 

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

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/GRUNGE

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I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Kill ‘em All”

I exercised to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”

I had to clean up after Brewster, just missed his pad.  Washed my hands & had breakfast while listening to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Songs for the Deaf”

Exercise weekly total; 700 pushups, 490 leg lifts, 350 crunches, 210 tricep pushups, 210 squats, & 140 back flexes.  Odd week 1 day of no exercise & 1 day of half the amount of repetitions.

 

My father’s cousin died on Tuesday.  Kim & I would see him sleeping in his wheelchair when I was on the 2nd floor of the WRC.  He was born with Down syndrome.  Sad to see anybody die but his quality of life wasn’t that great.

We met a guy named Nick while I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center, super nice guy.  I’m pretty sure he wasn’t mentally handicapped but he was born physically handicapped.  He was in music therapy as well.  He recorded an album with help from the same music therapist I saw for a bit.  He played the drums on his album they made, she sang on it.  As far as the bass & guitar, I assume it was the music therapist.  I was impressed he could play the drums!  My kick drum leg wasn’t all that strong, I could get it to the kick drum, I just couldn’t keep my foot down.  It would hit the drum twice & my left hand is all but useless.  He probably doesn’t get out of his wheelchair much since he is severely physically handicapped.

He would see Kim & I in the cafeteria for lunch & always come to chat with us.  If he & I were having a conversation, Kim was our interpreter I was/am hard to understand & so was he.

He’s a really joyful guy to be around.  The rest of the people I saw & heard were very bitter about being there or whatever it was that put them there.  I was more on the bitter side of things.  I tried to keep it in.  I really leaned on Kim.

When I do my exercise “every morning”, lately, at least this year, I think to myself “Hurry up, do more, this is affecting a PILE of other people, not just Kim & I!  Hurry up & get better!”  That’s just the pressure I put on myself.  Nobody has ever said to me that I’m not trying hard enough, just me.

 

GRUNGE

I was born in 1980.  My parents weren’t into the GLAM metal scene going on in L.A.  It was basically a free pass, I got to choose what I wanted to hear.  Mom was into pop music & dad was into “Dire Straits”, “Jimmy Buffet” & whatever else popped up.  I do remember really liking “Fine Young Cannibals”.  I bought that CD just before I was diagnosed with brain cancer.  I was in high school when the entire “grunge” deal went down.  I was 8 or 9 years late to that party.  Now that’s my go to music.  I also played flute in the high school band & was recruited to join the choir, they needed more male voices for the 4 part harmonies.  When “grunge” was all the rage in the early 1990s, I couldn’t stand it.  I was really into Canadian bands who played the same type of music.  “I Mother Earth”, “The Inbreds”, “Our Lady Peace”, “Matthew Good Band”, “The Tea Party”, etc.  I ended up singing for what was basically a cover band.

I was at a bar with Chris Messer from the call center I worked at.  He was also a singer in a band.  He heard “Alice in Chains” playing over the P.A.  Yes, “Man in the Box” he turned to me & said “You guys should do this song.”  I replied “That vocal is very high.  I don’t know if I can hit those notes?”  After numerous rehearsals I did it!

Originally I was a 2nd bass singer, the really low notes in the 4 part harmonies in choir.  I think that song changed my vocal range.  After that song, my voice was going through a 2nd puberty.  I’d be speaking & my voice would crack.  Then I became a grunge fan.  Grunge & rock with some Metallica was what we played.

Our goal was to play “Beerfest” put on by the Engineering Society.  500 people, I found it nerve racking to play in front of that many people….for a bit.  Once we had played a few songs & we were in a groove all of the anxiety went away.  I was really into the Canadian response of grunge though at the time.  I had a lot of the grunge albums, didn’t listen to them much though, until needed.  Somehow I bought a metal, Into Eternity, album before I was into American grunge…..

We didn’t play all of the songs mentioned, that’s more of just what I was into at the time.  Our motto was “If somebody isn’t bleeding by the end of the night, we’re not trying hard enough”.  That was a weird way of gauging how the shows went.

Will Axl Rose continue with AC/DC?

http://loudwire.com/angus-young-new-ac-dc-album-axl-rose-rose-tattoo/

 

Yes, I watched “Justice League” again this week over 2 days this week.  Critics hated it, SURPRISE!  That’s really just a fancy title for someone who gets paid to watch movies if you ask me.  I guess I would be a terrible movie critic, since I enjoy the DC movies.  Yes I like the Marvel movies too.

 

I’m all about “Laid to Rest” with “Lamb of God”

http://loudwire.com/best-lamb-of-god-songs/

 

Highlights of rock & metal news of the week from Loud Wire

http://loudwire.com/cristina-scabbia-joins-the-voice-of-italy-tool-10-years-more/

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

REALITY TV/MORE OF MY CLASSIC ALBUMS

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I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “In Loving Memory Of…”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

 

It doesn’t bother me if you watch Reality TV.  I get sucked into it at times when Kim watches.  However it’s not reality, it’s “reality”.  They’re mostly talent contests & game shows.  They all have rules & restrictions to them.  Real life has no rules or restrictions other than breaking the law.  A writer or creator has a blank page & can take the TV show, movie, or musical anywhere.  “Parenthood” was probably the best example of this & much more realistic than any “Reality TV” show.

“Survivor” first aid is right there if you need them, “The Amazing Race” it’s a race, “America’s Got Talent” talent contest, “American Idol” singing/talent contest, “The X Factor” singing/talent contest, “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette” a contest to date & possibly meet your future spouse…etc.  At the end of these shows the winner gets a prize.  So where’s the real part of these “Reality TV” shows?  When did life become a completion?  At the end of real life you die.  You don’t necessarily win something, or did I miss the memo.  If you watch them or not, that’s cool with me.  I get sucked into a few that Kim watches, & then I become invested in the show.

 

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

 

All I can say is “Trump, karma is a fickle beast”

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/cyclist-who-gave-donald-trump-middle-finger-fired-from-job-w511155

So you have the freedom to own a gun & use it however you like.  However the freedom to express your opinion is NOT aloud?

 

Ozzy announces farewell tour.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ozzy-osbourne-announces-farewell-world-tour-w511088

 

My grandmother died of breast cancer on December 5th 1999.  Everyone in the family came to my parents’ house.  I was 19, Mitch was 12.  I went to my room & listened to I Mother Earth’s 3rd album “Blue, Green, Orange” turned up to 11 through headphones!

I was in university at the time when final exams rolled around, I was not in a good place mentally.  I’d drive my car to Moose Jaw, 45 minutes away, & back blasting Foo Fighters 3rd album “There is Nothing Left to Lose” both ways.  That’s the year Foo Fighters & Big Wreck became my favourite bands.  I turned 19 “Bar age” in January of 1999, and was able to see Big Wreck live.  Big Wreck would play Regina 3 – 4 times a year, I always went to see them.

From then on I was really expanding my musical preferences.  Any 80s hair metal band has been & likely will be a big NO from me.  They all seem to have that same 80s sound.  Don’t get me wrong they are really good musicians, just not something I’d listen too much, if at all.

Finger Eleven, I Mother Earth, Big Wreck, Foo Fighters & the grunge explosion stuff became my preferred listening bands.  Moral of this story do not go in a mosh pit, break your nose & lie to the First Aid guy at a festival so you can catch the end of the Big Wreck song you broke your nose to & be covered in blood half way through the day.

 

Finger Eleven & I Mother Earth were Mitch’s bands, & I Mother Earth, Big Wreck, & Foo Fighters were my bands.  We both like Finger Eleven, I Mother Earth, & Foo Fighters.  The difference is Mitch adores his 2 favourites more than me.  I’m all about Foo Fighters & Big Wreck.

 

2 movies I’m anxious to see in theaters this month.

 

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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

EXERCISE WEEKLY TOTAL

I fell asleep to “The Northern Pikes” the album “Snow in June” from 1990 originally from Saskatoon. Before that it was “Stone Sour” the album “House of Gold & Bones Part 2”

I exercised to ”Foo Fighters” the self titled debut album that Dave Grohl did by himself. Band was not assembled yet aka nobody said “FOO FIGHTERS UNITE”!

Perfect, it’s my dad’s/George’s birthday today.

Exercise total for the week; 15 minutes of Yoga, 120 squats, 160 leg lifts, 5100 crunches. My abs are in the best shape ever, I still have a layer of fat over them though. We/I need to do more cardio. It hurts until I get through the first 75-100 crunches, then it’s fine.

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I’ll tell you now, Monday’s post will be later than usual. Apparently baseball fans in Boston have Monday off? Day game that is on TV here at 10:30 am. Weekend Update on Sunday might be later in the day also.

I have 4 box sets. 2 of them are 3 CDs, 1 is a 3 CD set, 1 DVD & a book, 1 has 4 CDs, 4 Vinyl albums & numerous DVDs full of individual interviews. Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Nirvana, & Alter Bridge in order. While I was in the WRC & able to go out, Kim grabbed a 3 CD anthology by Lamb of God. When I discovered Opeth I bought a 4 CD set for $40, sweet deal!

Thursday’s episode of Netflix & Chill

Jimmy Fallon from Thursday night.

Son buys new self driving Tesla. Take’s his mother for a drive. HILARIOUS!!

Muse have bright new bass guitar!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BEMPsdLHXXp/?taken-by=muse

Echosmith’s family photo for siblings day

http://www.echosmith.com/photo

I did not enjoy this movie. Everyone else did though. Kim bought it, it’s right beside me.

http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/04/james-cameron-to-release-new-avatar-film-every-year-starting-christmas-2008/

Best metal albums of 2016 so far. These are my 2 below!

http://loudwire.com/best-metal-albums-2016-so-far/

Mark Tremonti demoing amplifier

Batman vs. Superman. I would love to see this very soon!

Chevelle must be done recording their new album? They’re packing up to play a show?

Duh? Of course their will be a sequel. The first one was vulgar, hilarious, & action packed!! Oh, it also made a TON of money!

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/ryan-reynolds-set-for-deadpool-sequel-20160414

SORRY LANGUAGE DESPITE MY POOR EFFORT!!!!

Avengers vs. Presidents on Jimmy Kimmel

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-kimmel-quiz-pedestrians-about-avengers-u-s-presidents-20160414

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden does a song for the HBO series “Vinyl”

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-chris-cornells-rousing-stay-with-me-baby-cover-for-vinyl-20160414

Sorry, can’t embed this for you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVTNT_g27G4

4 “Avatar” sequels ahead

http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/james-cameron-says-he-is-now-working-on-four-avata/404751?utm_campaign=nme-daily-15th-apr-15-04-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Nah, he can keep the autographed “Hello Kitty” guitar

http://loudwire.com/charity-auction-zakk-wylde-autographed-hello-kitty-guitar/

Grunge bands?

http://loudwire.com/10-greatest-grunge-bands-watch/

She is transgender, I’d play there if I was too! Just to make a stand! I hate that this is still an issue. Especially in such a progressive continent?!?!

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/its-total-bigoted-discrimination-against-me-singer-laura-jane-grace-on-north-carolinas-new-lgbtq-law?utm_campaign=nme-daily-15th-apr-15-04-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

I don’t usually listen to the lyrics but this Muse album lyrics are quite redundant, good thing the music is great!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-muse-drone-crash-into-audience-during-concert-20160415

I have 2 songs that changed my life. Both are below.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jimmy-page-the-song-that-changed-my-life-20160415

This gets me also. Why is race an issue? It’s a sweeping stereo type! LANGUAGE IN THE SONG INSIDE THE LINK!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-willie-ds-provocative-media-assassination-coon-20160415

Kongos preorder on iTunes now. First single when preordered

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/egomaniac/id1102580698

I’ll catch you on Sunday! Baseball tonight 4 game series in Boston for the Jays!!!!!!!!!

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Chris “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres