WEEKEND UPDATE/METAL MUSIC (Quietly, Shhhh!  No Links, No Worries)

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Music throughout the weekend.  Yes we were babysitting for a bit this weekend.

 

We actually did something this weekend!  I don’t get out much.  I pop my out once in a while to see if I’ve missed something, then back into the bunker!

Friday was tame.  Stayed home & a bad movie that Kim wanted to see, next time I get to choose!  Saturday morning Jolene brought Bennett over so Kim could do some photos for them.  We hung out with him while she took a moment to get some shopping done at Superstore.  When they headed home we waited to go out for supper at Lancaster’s Pub with Kim & Sherry’s cousin, husband, daughter, boyfriend.  Kim’s cousin & husband live in Kenora, Ontario, their daughter Paige, just moved into a house in Moose Jaw.  YAY fish & yam fries along with a Black Bridge Milk Stout!

Sunday morning Cam, Michelle, & little Aurora came over for coffee!  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen them.  Aurora is 14 months old & it was the first we’ve met her.  I also don’t remember seeing Michelle pregnant?

 

METAL MUSIC (Quietly, Shhhh)

I know metal music isn’t popular, lots of people reading this likely hate it?  I’m not going to smother you with songs you don’t like.  I’ll list the band names & if you like you can check them out on www.youtube.com

The Agonist, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Baroness, Black Sabbath, Burn the Priest, Chevelle, The Contortionist, Corrosion of Conformity, The Damned Things, Def Leppard, Devin Townsend, Down, Dream Theater, Earthside, Econoline Crush, Evanescence, Evergrey, Halestorm, I Mother Earth, In Darkness, In Flames, Into Eternity, Tony Iommi, Iron Maiden, Kill Devil Hill, Kyuss, Lacuna Coil, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Metallica, Motorhead, Nine Gates, Opeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, A Perfect Circle, Portal, Rob Zombie, Sanctity, Sepultura, Slayer, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Suffersurge, The Sword, Symphony X, System of a Down, Terrifier, Tesseract, Third Ion, Tool , Tremonti, Trivium, & White Zombie.

A lot of these are debatable as to if you consider them rock or metal, for me & likely other fans of these bands.  Here are 3 of the many questionable bands.

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Eric Grohl

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/PRETTY VICIOUS

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8 days of exercise.  I’m adding the 3 days from last week to this total; 600 pushups, 1000 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 450 tricep lifts, 750 squats, 500 back flexes.

I fell asleep to “I Mother Earth” the album “Scenery & Fish”

I exercised to “Coldplay” the album “A Head Full of Dreams”

 

Yes, I’m born & raised in Regina, Saskatchewan & yes we have free health care.  Living in the WRC was fine, after 2 years it got tough.  Our mortgage insurance covered us for the first 2 years, then we had to pay our mortgage & $1,700/month for my room at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.

Kim did some paintings for friends & staff members at the WRC to get us through that rough patch.  A friend of the family cleared our drive way of snow & cut our lawn.  For the last year of that, we’d go home & Kim tended to the snow & lawn.  I was getting strong enough to transfer to my wheelchair to get to the washroom if needed.  Another friend of the family took over my Saskatchewan Roughriders season ticket.

All in all we could be in a much worse situation.  We can’t afford anything fancy, & we’ve cut back on a few things.  Kim has done really well of getting us out of debt each time we fall into some, other than our mortgage, but most people have a mortgage.  We’re not rich or poor, we’re low end middle class, or upper lower class?  I’m not classy, Kim is though……………….well classier than me.

A TON of people helped us out, & more that I didn’t mention.  THANK YOU!

 

Metallica lead singer, James Hetfield, will be on the big screen in a true story about serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

http://loudwire.com/serial-killer-movie-metallica-james-hetfield-premiere-sundance-film-festival/?fbclid=IwAR0nQQP5uHjEBzmxkq16mdJfdPdM7I6h32_wtollg2H_Mg8FAF_18X7pCPk

Oddly enough I LOVE serial killer documentaries!!!!!!!  Check out “Mindhunter” on Netflix if you do as well!!!!!!

 

“In Flames” is available for preorder today, full release March 1st.

 

I have “Dream Theater” preordered for release on February 22nd.  This one will be much better than their last album!

 

“System of a Down” news

 

PRETTY VICIOUS

I found out about this group over the holidays.  For me, they have an indie rock vibe, like ‘The Strokes’ but a TON more to my liking!  4 guys from Wales in the UK.  They have a 4 song EP which I made into an 11 song album with their 7 other singles on iTunes.  I’m assuming they’re fairly new.  The EP was from 2016, the singles were released from 2015 – 2018.  I think this is a rock band you’ll either hate or love?  I just saw that they’re planning a full release early 2019, which will include the 2 singles they released in 2018.

The newer groups out now, are found on www.youtube.com or occasionally on social media.  It was Much Music, then Regina’s rock station, then www.youtube.com, always friends, & now www.youtube.com & social media.  I rarely listen to the radio, even in 2007.

Did that last one remind you of U2 a bit or was it just me?

 

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

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#! $ %^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Grohl

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

END OF 2018 PART 2

Sorry email folks, it didn’t make the jump to Facebook.

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

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

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

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

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

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

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

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

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

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

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

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

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

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

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

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

 

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

 

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

END OF 2018 PART 2

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

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

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

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

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

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

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

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

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

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

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

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

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

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

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

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

 

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

 

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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/CANDLEBOX

 

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Pitiful 2 day exercise total; 200 pushups, 120 tricep pushups, 100 back flexes, 120 squats, 200 leg lifts, 100 crunches.

I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “Come Clarity”

I exercised to “Rush” the album “Roll the Bones”

 

Tuesday I woke up with a sinus cold.  I didn’t have a cold on Wednesday, my “bones & joints” were sore, like aching, growing pains.  Took an extra strength Tylenol at bed time & woke up with no pain.  Did 4/6 exercises Thursday, no problem!  After my exercise on Thursday, I feel much better!

Arms are my exercises on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  The total is a 2 day total.  I find it more reasonable to separate the exercises to let the muscles rest for a day.

I’m not going to tell you what to do, I know most people have a job &/or kids just maybe try doing 10 crunches &/or 10 pushups each day if you have time?

If you don’t have the time or energy, that’s fine.  When I was working, exercise was very far from my mind.  I guess Kim & I went to “Curves” for woman exercise & across the parking lot I went to “The Blitz” for men immediately after work.  We didn’t go for more than 3-6 months in total.  On any day, whether we went to the gym or not, we’d flop down on separate couches & just be “exhausted”.

 

New Coheed & Cambria video.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The Joyous Wolf do a spot on cover of “Mississippi Queen”

No, I’ve never heard of “The Joyous Wolf”.  All they have on iTunes is a single with this cover & another song.

 

I won’t share anymore metal music.  Here are 5 reasons people (Metal fans) hate “Lamb of God”

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

 

I’m a big fan of The Struts!!!!!!!!!!!!  They were on Jimmy Fallon this week.  If you missed it, here it is.  Muse was also on the show this week!

 

CANDLEBOX

Kim’s brother-in-law got me into them.  He doesn’t own the album “Lucy” so I avoided it as well.  They have 6 studio albums, 2 Greatest Hits compilation, & a live album.  I have 5 of 6 studio albums.  The self-titled album was their first release in 1993.  They release stuff, they’re just slow with the releases, like “Tool” just not as extreme.  Here’s a few songs from their last 2 albums….

 

2012   LOVE STORIES & OTHER MUSINGS

 

2016   DISAPPEARING IN AIRPORTS

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

 

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

 

P.S. Kim has Monday off, so I will too.

WEEKEND UPDATE/JACK JOHNSON

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Music from this weekend!  “Dead Sara”, “Big Wreck”, “Foo Fighters”, more “Dead Sara”, “A Perfect Circle”, & “Nothing But Thieves”.

STRONG LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Friday was regularly quiet, that’s getting old, but everyone is tired on Fridays.  I get to cram 8 hours of energy in 1 – 1 ½ hours in the morning & plant myself on the couch until I feel like showering in the afternoon.  Most people have to spread their energy out over 8 hours or more. I get to use it all right away, then rest.  I’d like to do something on Friday night, but I understand why others don’t want to do anything.

Saturday was, wake up at 7:00 am, go back to bed & sleep until 11:00 am.  Kim went grocery shopping with her sister, I made my weekly vegetable juice & took care of some dirty dishes while she was out.

For supper, Kim picked up some steak to BBQ to go with the sweet potato fries.  So Kim, steak, beer, & football for a Saturday night, pretty sweet deal here!  B.C. lost to Calgary which means the Saskatchewan Roughriders have a home playoff game next weekend against arch rivals the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Whenever Winnipeg is in town, it’s always a fun game!

Today is hard boiling some eggs, baking some fish & such, getting ready for the week ahead.

 

Dream Theater, Big Wreck, In Flames, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Alter Bridge & Tool (which I’ll believe when I see it) have all started the writing &/or recording process for release’s next year!

http://loudwire.com/dream-theater-announce-new-album-2019-tour-teaser-clip/?fbclid=IwAR2KEqzclA4GLGIlF8ZaLJCdUJh4yEgZUWDyy2PtrhTGN4GSTGI2jtrZG5k

 

You will NEVER hear this song by Tool live!  Rumor is Maynard James Keenan couldn’t speak for 3 weeks after recording the vocals?

 

JACK JOHNSON

7 studio albums in total.  I own 6 of them on CD.  He’s from Hawaii & does a lot of surfing.  He would film himself & his friends surfing.  I think he put his music on the videos & then started releasing his music to the masses?  Don’t quote me on that last comment.  The 3rd album has the song for our first dance at our wedding, we had a hard time finding a song we agreed on.  I seem to prefer his first album though?  Anyways, here are a few songs from his first album….

 

2001   BRUSHFIRE FAIRYTALES

 

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

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#! $ %^*&( DEAL”-David Eric Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-David Grohl

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

THE CARS/WEEKEND UPDATE

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Music from this weekend!  “Coheed & Cambria”, “Foo Fighters”, “Radiohead”, “Live”, & “In Flames”

Wear a shirt, listen to the band!

 

Really quiet weekend here.  All we did Friday was watch TV.  Got up Saturday & binge watched the rest of “The Fosters” on Netflix & now we’re done.

Watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game on TV against Winnipeg 31-0 for the wrong team.  That’s 2 games in a row that the Riders have failed to score a touchdown with the offence on the field.  Bad time of the season to get into that habit with the playoffs around the corner!

After supper we tackled season 2 of “Atypical” on Netflix.   We binge watched 5 of 10 half hour episodes.

Of course today is us getting ready for the week, groceries, laundry, etc.  I’ve made my juice, boiled eggs & Kim is out to get some groceries at the moment.

 

THE CARS

More music my parents turned me onto.  All I have is a greatest hits compilation that I bought years ago on CD.  All I know about them is that the lead singer is married to a supermodel, whose name escapes me at the moment. The Cars used synthesizers for good, not evil like “Rush” did in the 1970s.

 

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

Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#! $ %^*&( DEAL”-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