TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017/FINAL POST OF THE YEAR/WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL

600 pushups, 500 leg lifts & 225 triceps pushups!  Crunches & Back flexes will be thrown into the mix on January 2nd.  120 pushups, 100 leg lifts, 100 crunches, 45 triceps pushups, & 40 back flexes a day, 5 days a week.

I can’t really make a top 10, there were a TON of AWESOME albums released this year.  Singles, live albums, Greatest Hits & EPs don’t count.  So here they are, & after the first 2, everything is pretty much tied for 3rd.  It’s only a top 10 list with other albums below that didn’t quite make the cut.

After this, I’ll catch you January 1st, with a holiday update.

 

  1. Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life. Her 7th studio album, not including her Christmas album.

 

  1. Halflives – Empty Rooms. Their first album.

 

 

  1. Trivium – The Sin & the Sentence. Their 8th studio album

 

  1. Ed Sheeran – Divide. His 3rd studio album

 

  1. Royal Blood – How Did We Get so Dark? Their 2nd studio album

 

  1. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains. Their 7th studio album

 

  1. Big Wreck – Grace Street. Their 5th studio album.

 

  1. Foo Fighters – Concrete & Gold. Their 9th studio album.  Once I got past the over production on the album, I REALLY enjoy this album

 

  1. Paramore – After Laughter. Paramore’s 5th album

 

  1. Nothing but Thieves – Broken Machine. This was their second release & much like the first release, it’s my favourite album of the year.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

Stone Sour – Hydrograd.  I’m just hooked on their 2nd, 3rd, & 4th album.  This is album number 6 for them.

 

Alter Bridge – B-Sides & Rarities w/ a double album Live at the 02 Arena

 

In Flames – Down, Wicked, & No Good 4 song EP of cover songs

Yes, Chris Izsak’s hit from the ‘90s

 

Ascot Royals – New Skin EP.  They opened for Big Wreck in February

 

The Watchmen – Live & in Stereo.  21 live songs from a show in Winnipeg (their home town) at The Burton Comings Theater.

 

Pentatonix – 4 EP.  They’re 7 cover songs on the EP done by the A Capella group.

It also has a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” but it’s just OK.

 

Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes.  An album released November 17th that will likely grow on me.

 

Alice Cooper – Paranormal.  Good album that was just missing something for me?  I can see this growing on me too

 

ALBUMS I BOUGHT BUT WASN’T HOOKED ON THEM OR I JUST HAVEN’T LISTENED TO ENOUGH

 

Linkin Park – One More Light

 

Muse – Dig Down Single

 

Jack Johnson – All the Light Above it Too

 

Prophets of Rage – Self-titled.  A bit too much on the rap side for me, but not bad.

 

I have a short list of albums to purchase from 2017.

 

Pink – Beautiful Trauma

 

U2 – Songs of Experience

 

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?

 

The Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

 

I’ve already checked out a few that aren’t listed here & didn’t make the cut.

 

7 albums to be released in 2018 I’ll check purchase from iTunes if I like them.

 

Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger

 

A Perfect Circle – TBA

 

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Halestorm – TBA

 

Dream Theater – Into the Great Divide

 

Tremonti – TBA

 

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Enjoy some time off of work!

 

Chris

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I fell asleep to “Stitched Up Heart” the album “Never Alone”

I exercised to “Candlebox” the album “Love Stories & Other Musings”

 

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OK, I get to sit here & fill you in on stuff I like, movies, TV shows, & music.  That’s great & all.  I do encourage you to check out stuff I recommend.  I also encourage you to find your own things & share it as a comment.  I’m aware that not everyone will like the same things, don’t be shy, “tell us about it”, and make us aware of something the rest of us are missing out on!  I would love for this to be much more interactive!  You don’t need to have survived brain cancer to have an opinion about something.

I hate exercising as much as the next person, until about 5 – 10 minutes after I’m done with it.  I figure “Ah, get it over with ASAP”.

I look up reviews on movies, music, & TV shows as much or more than the next person does or would like to.  “In the end” it’s quite subjective, check it out & see if it’s to your liking.

I always encourage you to make up YOUR OWN mind about everything!  Here’s an example, so many people love the Marvel Comic book movies.  Guess what?  I prefer the DC movies more than the Marvel movies.  Some people don’t like comic book movies.  It’s AOK with me.  Some people prefer to not watch movies or TV.  I’m OK with that too!  I don’t understand it, but I acknowledge that.

That’s the reason my music reviews are more like “Hey check this out.  See if you like it.”  Friday is my top 10 albums of the year & some stuff I haven’t gotten a chance to purchase yet.  That’s the only time I’ll rate an album.

 

 

We finished season/part 4 of “The Ranch” on Sunday.  Yes, we were binge watching it.  10 episodes each a ½ hour long.  Released on Friday.

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

 

Star Wars only got the 2nd highest opening weekend ever $220,000,000

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/star-wars-the-last-jedi-scores-second-best-opening-ever-w514191

 

I was going to purchase the “Depeche Mode” Greatest Hits album among other Greatest Hits albums.  I found out I’m not a big fan of the artist or groups, just a song here & there.  “In Flames” just released a 4 song EP of cover songs.  That’s what got me on this 1980, 1990, & early 2000s train.  Here are the 3 Depeche Mode songs I plan on purchasing 2 of the 3 songs have been covered.

 

Here are the 2 performances by Foo Fighters on SNL this past weekend.

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Friday was quite tame as usual.  Part 4 of “The Ranch” was on Netflix.  I think we ended on episode 3 & Kim fell asleep on the couch, she’s quite tired come Friday & it seems to get warmer in here as the day goes on.  All I did was exercise in the morning, shower, load the dishwasher, run it, do some hand wash dishes & empty the dishwasher.  I feel like I just rolled a marathon.  How did I get so sweaty?

I wonder how they’ll deal with Danny Masterson (Rooster from The Ranch or Hyde from That 70s show) being accused of rape.  This is the most recent news I’ve heard regarding this.

Saturday we were up late & had some friends over.  We watched “Office Christmas Party” then “Deadpool”.  Even after roughly 20 of seeing it, it never gets old for me!

Sunday.  Kim has more Christmas stuff to tend to.  She went out this morning to get a new cell phone.  Her iPhone fell out of her purse while in the parking garage & the glass broke.  I slept in, I showered while she was out, then we watched “Tanked”.  I miss having a fish tank, we were really good at killing fish.  We tried everything, perfect heat, no heat, proper PH balance, distilled filtered water, fresh filtered water, 1 fish added at a time, 5 fish added at a time, etc.  Nothing worked, we’d have 3 fish die a week!  I was baffled!

Now I’m off to watch SNL with Foo Fighters as the musical guest, then get ready for the week, as usual

 

 

James Corden crosswalk musical

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/james-corden-hugh-jackman-zac-efron-stage-guys-and-dolls-w514147

 

New In Flames video for their cover of Depeche Mode’s “No Good”

 

I just thought this was a very good interview/speech with Simon Sinek!

 

Tool news.  I personally don’t & won’t believe anything I hear about a new album until it is actually released.  Why?  I have no reason to believe them.  They do this far too often!

http://teamrock.com/news/2017-12-14/new-tool-album-will-definitely-arrive-in-2018

 

I’ve never been a Kiss fan & even less of a Gene Simmons fan.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kiss-gene-simmons-responds-to-sexual-misconduct-lawsuit-w514190

 

Pitchers Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, & Roberto Osuna should be untouchable.  All 3 are excellent, young, all have a bright future & are under contract for a few years.  In my opinion don’t trade them, if the Blue Jays do, they had better get something REALLY good in return.  Stroman & Sanchez are potential Cy Young award winners & Osuna is almost a guarantee to get 3 out in the 9th inning.  They’re all in their early 20s.  Unless they’re getting a superstar in return, no reason to trade them.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/report-phillies-inquired-blue-jays-marcus-stroman/

 

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I fell asleep to “Royal Blood” the album “How Did We Get So Dark?”

Followed by “Nothing but Thieves” their debut self-titled album

Why is this world so full of hatred?  Does anybody see religion against religion, colour against colour, gender against gender, or sexuality against sexuality?  Somebody PLEASE show me where that is written & who wrote or said it?  If any of this is true, why aren’t all Muslims terrorist?  Or all white people a part of the KKK?

It’s not Religion or else I’d be in a holy war against all non-Christian Religions.  I don’t care about someone else’ sexuality, race, or anyone’s difference in lifestyle!  If you’re a good person, let’s hang out!  If you’re not a good person, GO AWAY!  If only it was that easy!

I don’t understand the Q in #LGBTQ.  I don’t have to understand it, I have to acknowledge it, and I do.  I know it stands for ‘queer’ but none of those initials should not define you as a good or bad person.

My other question is the song “Imagine” by John Lennon appropriate at Christmas time?

Great song about peace!!!!!  If there’s “…no religion….” There’s no Christmas!  Kim & I were watching “A Pentatonix Christmas” & that was the final song.  Great song, but I don’t understand why it’s in a Christmas special?

 

I think everyone has both a good & bad personality.  I also think we can all do a little better & focus more on the good in us.  Not just at the holiday season, but every day!  We can all do better every day!

 

You know it will be entertaining.  You know………………..because he’s crazy.

http://loudwire.com/watch-trailer-charles-manson-documentary-narrated-rob-zombie/

 

Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of the year.  Wow, my list will be 10, I couldn’t afford 50!  I may have bought 15 or 20 & some of them were just OK.  2 of these 50 albums I bought & will make my list.  Most of the others I’ve either never heard of or are just not for me.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2017-w511763

 

We can’t afford the gas to see Queens of the Stone Age in Calgary, Edmonton, or Winnipeg.  I would REALLY like to see them in Calgary on Thursday, May 17th.  Forget about tickets, which regular seating or general admission is at most $70 plus fees & taxes!  I would expect wheelchair seating to be $49-$70 as it shows on www.ticketmaster.ca.   Gas alone will kill our money tree.

This looks like a really good show to me.  We also had our passports expire while I was sick.  This show is out of the question for me.  It’s also a bit to hit & miss for me anyways.  Tool, A Perfect Circle, Stone Temple Pilots, & Stitched Up Heart.  Many more too………

http://loudwire.com/tool-avenged-sevenfold-alice-in-chains-headline-2018-rock-on-the-range/

Sometimes I don’t like the fact that I live in the middle of nowhere.  Some bands must think “We’ll play everywhere in Canada except the northern Territories, Maritimes, & Saskatchewan”.  Weird, yet In Flames from Sweden has been to Saskatoon about 2 or 3 years ago!  Some bands hit Montreal, Toronto, & Vancouver & call that a Canadian tour.  Those places are minimum a 2 day drive for us!

I have to see Queens of the Stone Age at least once before I die.  This is their 7th studio album, & it’s AWESOME, makes me want to bust a move, in my wheelchair!

 

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I’M GOOD, JUST A BAD DAY ON TUESDAY

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I fell asleep to “Barenaked Ladies” the new album “Fake Nudes” followed by “In Flames” new 4 song EP of cover songs “Down, Wicked & Not so Good”, then their album “Siren Charms”

So, no worries, all is well!  I just needed a day away from my regular routine.  Got back to my exercise & such the next day.  So only 3 days of exercise this week.  I couldn’t quite make it to the Christmas break to relax, I’m confident I can now though.  300 pushups, 300 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 180 triceps’ pushups, & 120 back flexes.  I need to do some cardio!  Funny thing is that when I was using an exercise bike 3 days a week, my exercise therapist would take my heart rate before & after 30-45 minutes.  It was 98 per minute before & after weird?  One day it went up to 108 after a session.  “Are you OK?” she asked.  I said “Yep, I’m fine!” it wasn’t a big deal to me.  I wasn’t breathing heavily or sweating at all, I was fine

I was watching “The Flash” TV show & learned something during it, since I used to think the same way oddly enough, “Why me?”  Then he answered his own question, “Why not me?” I’m not super or a hero, but I can deal with this situation.  Sure, I’ll have the odd bad day like anyone else.  In the end I’d rather be the one in my situation than watch anyone else go through this, it’s not terrible though I’m alive!  I’ve got a lot of support & that’s all I need.  So, hold my beer & watch this!

The connection from my computer iTunes to our stereo is out of whack still.  The only way I can listen to music through our stereo is if it’s NOT in my library.  I have to use our Apple Music account & not put anything in my library.  Believe it or not that really bothered me.

I had a mini-melt down Monday evening.  iTunes just went to shreds on me, & I was feeling a TON of stress regarding the Christmas season.  I spend my cash on 3 things, iTunes, concerts, concert merchandise & alcohol when I’m out of everything.  It’s nowhere close to what I used to spend on alcohol.  12 beer a month & 3 or 4 bottles of hard liquor 4 times a year.  I don’t drink at the football games because it is $9 for a regular size can of generic pilsner.  I can purchase a case of 15 pilsner cans for the house for $18 if I wanted to (which I don’t).

When the CFL is done with their contract to Molson Brewery.  I hope the teams can bring in local craft breweries (like the Roughriders intended with the new stadium).

 

Drummer, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, hospitalized for heart issues, but is in good spirit & is recovering.

http://loudwire.com/black-sabbath-bill-ward-hospital-cancel-day-of-errors-tour/

 

Charles Manson died on the weekend as well.  Now Americans can rest assured that their taxes aren’t going towards keeping him alive.

 

Well we lost AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young last weekend.  I hope this isn’t the end of AC/DC for the fans out there.  I’m not an AC/DC fan, I’m a Motorhead fan.  However you know what you’re getting when you purchase either one of these bands albums.  I just prefer the sound of Motorhead.  Here’s Muse doing AC/DC’s “Back in Black” with singer Bryan Johnson of AC/DC.

 

A handful of concerts I’d love to go to but the money tree is bare & some are just bad timing for others to go.  I’ve never seen Queens of the Stone Age live, & they’re touring with Royal Blood as their opener.  I’ve also never seen Stone Sour or Halestorm live.  I am going to Big Wreck’s 20th anniversary of their first album “In loving memory of….” though!

 

These 2 above are making their way to Saskatoon, but it’s a Sunday.  It’s a co-headlining tour with 2 or 3 other bands opening for them.

 

I’ve also never seen Queens of the Stone Age live.  It’s May long weekend & many people are busy or just aren’t a fan of their new album & have decided that driving to Alberta or Manitoba isn’t worth it.

 

Stone Temple Pilots first performance of the new song “Meadow” with new singer Jeff Gutt.

 

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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!

 

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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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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/MY RE-OCCURING DREAM

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow” followed by “In Flames” the album “Sounds of a Playground Fading”

 

I exercised to “Slipknot” the album “5 The Gray Chapter”

 

500 crunches, 500 leg lifts, 375 pushups, 200 back flexes, & 25 minutes of planking.

That’s 100 crunches, 100 leg lifts, 75 pushups, 40 back flexes, & 5 minutes of planking each working day.

I think I figured out a portion, maybe all about a re-occurring dream I’ve been having since I was in the WRC.

I continually dream that I’m late for high school & I have an English paper that’s WAY overdue.  I get to school & have no clue as to what my locker combination is.

In University in 1999 my grandmother died of breast cancer.  I was a mess at the time.  I skipped out on an English final & drove to Moose Jaw & back instead.  With the 3rd Foo Fighters’ album that had just been released in November blasting the entire time.  My grandmother passed away on December 5th, 1999.

I guess that dream is more about me having some type of unfinished business to deal with?  Maybe it’s nothing & I’m reading too much into it?

No Trump talk!  You know what I think about him & you’re entitled to your own take on him!  I have never & will never condone violence to ANYONE.  If I thought it would change anything I’d give Trump a slap upside the head.

I’m typically not a political person.  Canadian politics bore me & I choose not to vote.  If I lived in the USA that would be different.  I watch too much CNN, since watching Trump lead the USA is much like his campaign x 100.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THE CANCER TALK FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

It’s August, there’s very little music being released & not much for music news but here’s what I could find.

 

Audio interview with Chris Adler, drummer for Lamb of God.

 

Audio interview with Corey Taylor, singer for Stone Sour & Slipknot.

 

Audio interview with Royal Blood.

 

 

Poor camera man!  Kim & I just laughed & laughed & laughed………..

 

When I was working, I’d listen to my iPod a double album of “Lynyrd Skynyrd” their Greatest Hits & “Systematic Chaos” by Dream Theater, or the odd podcast.  One ear bud in my right ear, other one down my shirt.  Noise cancelling headphones on.  Those 2 albums would pretty much last my 8 hour shift.

 

A 2nd song from Jack Johnson!!!!!

 

A PBS concert\documentary regarding Foo Fighters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/foo-fighters-rock-the-acropolis-in-landmarks-live-trailer-w498301

 

Jimmy Kimmel reads mean tweets from Trump supporters.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/jimmy-kimmel-reads-mean-tweets-from-angry-trump-supporters-w498287

 

Jose Bautista is too old to be the face of the franchise, he’ll probably ask for too much next year whoever he signs with & he’s a whiner.  Have fun on the Free Agent market at the end of the year, if you’re still with the Blue Jays at the end of August.

If Jose Bautista can hit 30 home runs this year, I still don’t think I’d renew his contract of $18,000,000.  Troy Tulowitzki & Jose Bautista would be the first of many players I’d try to dump on whoever wants to pay for a name.  Right there is $38,000,000 off the books of players not living up to their contracts!

 

My album of the year for whatever year it was, was “Nothing but Thieves” self-titled debut album.  Their 2nd album is being released on September 8th this year & here are the 3 singles they have released thus far…

It’s not close to hard rock, rock, or metal.  Lots of people my age & younger will not like this group.  I’m OK with that, for any music I listen to, I never said you had to like it.

August 25th new Queens of the Stone Age, September 8th Nothing But Thieves, Alter Bridge anthology, & Jack Johnson, September 15th Foo Fighters.  After that, who knows?

 

 

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“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