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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KELLY CLARKSON

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence”, followed by “Nothing but Thieves” the album “Broken Machine”, followed by “Queens of the Stone Age the album “Villains”

 

I exercised to “Boston” the self-titled album.  “…I turned on some music to start my day….”

Very short album though!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the amount of Donald Trump on social media?  I do & I try to avoid it as much as possible.  He’s just EVERYWHERE!  We’ll see what happens in the next week or so?  Harvey Weinstein has been singled out as a sexual monster, yet Trump seems to have avoided his accusers?  I think Trump deserves the same fate as Weinstein or worse since Trump is president?  !  How do you go from the best president in my lifetime to the worst ever?

I live in Canada & I avoid politics, yet I’m bombarded with Trump non-sense every waking hour, I’m not on twitter, & I don’t own a cell phone!

Unfortunately cancer didn’t make Trump disappear, just me for 4 ½ years.  As much as I don’t like Trump, I would never wish for anyone to be harmed in any way.  If you ask me, he’s just making work for the next president to tend to!

 

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Kristen Bell (Magnum P.I.) & Dave (Letterman) Grohl rock out to Frozen/Metallica!

Alice Cooper interviewed by Dave (Letterman) Grohl

Alice Cooper with Foo Fighters!

 

Jimmy Kimmel is with his family this week as his youngest son (maybe a year old) is having issues with his heart again.  His child was born with heart issues.  I wish the best for Jimmy Kimmel & his family.  There’s a different host on his show each night this week.

 

 

KELLY CLARKSON (Meaning of Life)

If you’ve ever wondered if she could pull off Aretha Franklin, the question is YES.  Fantastic album with a throwback feel to the 60s, 70s, & early 80s.  Here are a few previous hits.

I don’t own all of her albums.  I’ve got a song or 2 from her 1st & 3rd album.  I have nothing from her previous album “Piece by Piece”.  This new album “Meaning of Life” is VERY good, so here are a few tracks from it.

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/LINKIN PARK

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I fell asleep to “Kelly Clarkson” here new album “Meaning of Life”, followed by “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”, & finally “Royal Blood” the album “How did We Get so Dark?”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” 60 B-Sides on shuffle.

 

Sorry this is a little bit later than usual.  Got up early, exercised, had breakfast, showered & had a funeral to attend.  Rachel’s grandfather passed away (Mitch’s girlfriend).

 

400 crunches, 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 160 back flexes, 80 triceps pushups.

I woke up late on Thursday, & decided I really didn’t feel like exercising.  I woke up & then just stayed in bed for too long, keeping warm under the blankets.  Which means, I’ll be very busy today.  So there are the numbers for the week.

Those numbers are underwhelming for me.  I always expect more from myself.  I’m “my own worst enemy”.

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

I’ve never done that before except once when I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  Kim forced me to go to occupational therapy.  I had little to no desire to do anything that day.  I got to the therapy room & just said “No” to the questions as to what I wanted to do that day.  My physical therapist came out & fired some suggestions to me.  After far too long she asked if I’d go for a walk with my walker.  I went for a very short walk.  Instead of a 45 minute therapy session, I had a 10 minute session.  The very next day I immediately apologized to them both.  I didn’t raise my voice or swear at either of them, I apologized for being so incredibly stubborn.

 

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

 

Hmmm?  A bass player from Marilyn Manson’s band accused of rape.  Who saw that coming?  I believe, don’t quote me on this, Marilyn Manson was accused of sexual misconduct years ago during a show.  No, I don’t listen to him.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/twiggy-ramirez-issues-statement-following-rape-accusation-w510245

 

I don’t care what a singer looks like!  I’m only going to see them in the odd video or in concert if it’s near me!  Do they sound good?  That’s all I really care about.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kelly-clarkson-i-wanted-to-kill-myself-when-really-skinny-w509945

Kelly Clarkson has released her album today.  The 2nd season of “Stranger Things” hits Netflix today as well.

 

LINKIN PARK

 

The latest release from Linkin Park is a total 180 from their earlier albums.  It got a lot of backlash from people saying it’s terrible.  I don’t think it’s terrible but it’s VERY different from previous releases, so much that I don’t consider it a Linkin Park album.  Here’s some popular/previous songs!

 

Now a few songs from their latest release “One More Light”

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Here’s their carpool karaoke filmed 6 days before Chester Bennington’s (singer) suicide.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

 

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

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

Emptied the dishwasher to “Dire Straits” the album “Brothers in Arms”

 

Kim calls me the human iPod.  My father & my brother are much the same.  When I was in the WRC & had exercise therapy, the radio was always on.  Somebody would ask our therapist “Who is this on the radio?”  Our therapist would ask me.  I’d respond with “Oh, that’s so & so.”  Once the message was delivered, I’d wait for 10 seconds & here the person’s reply to me.  “You weren’t even born yet!  How do you know that?”  I’ve got far too much useless trivia in my head!

 

Kim’s birthday on October 22nd 2002 (the year we started dating).  The Foo Fighters album “One by One” was released.  I bought 2 copies, 1 for me & 1 for Kim.  I also bought her a media stand to hold her CDs & electronics.

 

 

Kim’s much more involved with the fact that I’m alive at the moment.  From the instant of Tuesday, February 5th 2008, she was with me 24/7 until I was discharged on Thursday, July 26th 2012.  When she leaves for work in the morning, Brewster & I both miss her A LOT!

It’s 6 years from my leaving WRC & I miss her SO much each day.  Brewster starts to whine at me & the front door at 5:30 pm as if he’s saying “Is she coming back?”  When she gets home, all 11 pounds of Brewster nearly knocks her over!

I’m INCREDIBLY lucky to have her as my wife, she has incredible emotional strength & will power.  Guess what she told my parents on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008?  “He’s not going to die”.

 

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The weekend update is changing to a specific topic each week.  There’s not much music news on a Saturday.  There may be a story or 2 at the end?

Nothing like complaining from a small rock/metal/blues band that has to be on social media for recognition!

http://teamrock.com/feature/2017-09-15/clutch-it-sucks-that-a-band-has-to-do-wacky-social-media-to-be-recognised

 

Why?  Did he find out something else about El Chapo?

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/narcos-location-manager-shot-and-killed-in-mexico-w503606

 

Here you go AC/DC & Foo Fighters fans a cover of AC/DC by Foo Fighters

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-foo-fighters-cover-acdc-with-hives-singer-in-sweden-w503637

 

No new music coming my way until October 20th.  Kim’s birthday is October 22nd.  Lucky girl!  On the 20th I have a new Trivium album preordered & on the 27th I have Kelly Clarkson preordered!

 

Chester Bennington will have a tribute concert from his bandmates of Linkin Park.

http://loudwire.com/linkin-park-hollywood-bowl-celebration-chester-bennington-one-more-light-video/

 

I told you water & air would be on Gene Simmons list of things to trademark!

http://loudwire.com/kiss-gene-simmons-if-i-could-i-would-trademark-the-air-you-breathe/

 

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I fell asleep to “Royal Blood” the album “How did we get so dark?” followed by “Paramore” the album “After Laughter”

I exercised to “Metallica” the album “Hardwired………………..to self-destruct”

I bought a special edition of rare songs, a double album of a concert, a DVD documentary & other physical things I can’t download.  Open it, put it on iTunes and I have to use Home Sharing from iTunes to play the CDs I just legally imported.  I may have bought it legally but iTunes can’t figure that out? I usually play music through Apple Music, I’m fine with home sharing.  I have to use it for music from a 3rd party aka a CD.  I preordered “Nothing but Thieves” & “Jack Johnson” from iTunes.  Now they won’t play on Apple Music.  Why?  I bought them through Apple/iTunes, yet no go.  It’s Sunday still & here comes another customer service call.  I’m not going to tear a strip off of them, that doesn’t work.

I called them again.  The guy was very good about it.  After a ½ hour he said the problem was fixed!  I thanked him, asked a few questions & ended the call.  He even mentioned that he had problems with iTunes at home & had to fix them on his shift.  Apparently they’ve had an increase in customer service calls in the last 2 or 3 weeks.  That’s sad to hear, but at least now I know I’m not doing anything wrong.

We had to wait a few hours for the songs to be eligible for the iCloud which is fine.  He fixed EVERYTHING regarding iTunes, even stuff I didn’t bother to mention!  My new CDs were even available for me to listen to on Apple Music, and older problems I had & stopped worrying about!  I may have felt like “Kermit the Frog” on the inside, since it was EXTREMELY frustrating, but in the end it all worked out & I kept my cool.  With everything showing up on Apple Music, I don’t have to turn on my computer first to listen to my iTunes stuff through our stereo!

I was stressing out pretty hard, but managed to keep my cool very well.  I knew it wasn’t the customer service representative’s fault, so I worked with him & helped him with whatever he needed to fix the problems I’ve had recently.  That call gets an A+ from me!

 

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Which album/tour was this drummer on for “Trivium”?

 

AWESOME NEW TV SHOW!  “The Orville”.  Sunday evening on Fox.  Imagine if “Star Wars” & “Star Trek” had a baby & it was written by lead actor was Seth MacFarlane.  Watch it laugh & enjoy!

 

The new/2nd album from “Nothing but Thieves” seems to be making a splash, after their 1st self-titled album that was also really good.  It sounds nothing like first 3 “Radiohead” albums but that’s the easiest comparison.

2 songs from the 2nd album

2 songs from the 1st album.  Both should be available everywhere!

I listened to this first album many times while waiting for the 2nd album to be released last Friday.

 

Remember, Thursday at 12:00 am Eastern, Foo Fighters’ album “Concrete & Gold” will be available!

 

Yes, I’m still enjoying Big Wreck, Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, & Paramore!

 

New Kelly Clarkson album ready for preorder, full release October 27th

One week after I get the “Trivium” album a metal album.  I swear I’m not schizophrenic!  My faith in iTunes has been restored as long as the musicians are getting a good chunk of the money!

 

Nobody forced you to like or buy certain music or albums?  Get over it!

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P.S.  Keep an eye on your fancy iPhone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DONALD TRUMP

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I exercised to “Chevelle” 8 albums on shuffle

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Everyone is marching, protesting & refusing to let him be President.  If America voted to have him as their leader, who voted for him?  Remember he still has, I think it’s 11, accusations of sexual assault against him.  I don’t know if he can be allowed in the White House as President until he’s proven innocent of those allegations?  A President can’t really do much unless other politicians agree for the same law, from what I know.  (There’s a good chance here that I have no clue what I’m talking about).  United States of America, I don’t think so.  At the moment it seems more like the Divided States of America.  A President leads you, you’re in a “Free” country.  Now, more than ever, is when America has/needs to come together.  Democrat or Republican, it’s every American’s country, & you only get one so treat it well.  Bring back the American dream!  Trump is worried about illegal immigrants, I don’t see that being an issue at the moment.  I think the only immigrants to worry about right now are the ones who want to cause an act of terror.  The rest of them are likely too scared to immigrate to the USA.

I’m a little scared here in Canada.  Whatever happens in America, eventually affects the neighbors to the north in some way.  That I don’t agree with but I’m pretty sure there’s nothing I can do about it.  “I would never wish bad things but I don’t wish Trump well”

Now the KKK want to have a victory parade for Trump.  OK, if he actually shows up, that’s another strike against him.

https://ca.yahoo.com/news/ku-klux-klan-plan-a-donald-trump-victory-march-135829272.html

He’s President, hold him to his promises & watch him back pedal

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/donald-trump-responds-to-reports-of-violence-racism-stop-it-w450256

http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swf

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Looks as though Big Wreck are doing a video shoot

 

Foo Fighters have highlighted another piece of the map, only on Facebook though.

 

Bon Jovi is at number 1.  Is it the 1980s again?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/charts-bon-jovis-house-settles-at-number-one-w450215

 

Pentatonix shared it…

 

I love the word “prodigy” what are you gonna get?  A box of chocolates.

http://loudwire.com/10-awesome-guitar-prodigies/

 

Maynard James Keenan’s, Tool, A Perfect Circle, & Puscifer singer, 10 weirdest stage outfits.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/10-weirdest-maynard-james-keenan-onstage-outfits/

 

Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne’s most recent & retired guitar player.

http://loudwire.com/zakk-wylde-wild-things-with-wylde-audio-guitars-exclusive-video/

 

Just because I can & they were my first concert when I was 12 & my only sibling, Mitch, at the age of 5.

 

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I fell asleep to “The Refreshments” the album “Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big, & Buzzy” followed by “In Flames” the live album “Sounds from the Heart of Gothenburg”

I exercised to “AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!”  “Kelly Clarkson” the album “All I Ever Wanted”

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It’s official Brewster has a younger Aunt!  My parents bought their puppy on Saturday.  It’s a mutt, ½ Maltese & ½ Yorkie.  Fully grown, Goose, will be around 8 pounds.  I think they got ripped off we went over on Sunday (without Brewster, they can’t be around each other until Goose gets her 3rd vaccination & has begun the deworming pills) Goose is the size of a Guinea pig right now.  It’s weird seeing a dog that small, I thought Brewster was tiny, but then I met Goose who I think is just over 1 pound.  Brewster couldn’t even smell Goose on us.  Goose did fall asleep on both of us (licked & chewed on my thumbs, puppies have really sharp teeth).  Brewster looked HUGE when we picked him up after our visit.  Yes, Goose is named after Goose from “Top Gun”.  I guess Mitch & I have a younger sister now.  I was hoping for a sister when Mitch was born, I guess Goose will do.  The difference other than the gender is the size.  Goose is just as furry as Mitch though.

Today, Kim & I both just wanted to stay in bed.  We did until roughly 6:20 am. I went out & started with 60 squats.  Brewster didn’t want to get up either, I had to wake him up (after a belly rub) & took him outside.  He was up & down from our bed all night.  He can’t get on our bed, he growls until someone helps him, 99.9% of the time it’s Kim.

It’s November, & it was 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fairenhight.  I was outside yesterday in shorts & a T-Shirt.  I grabbed my hoodie & Kim told me I wouldn’t need it.

It’s a 4 day week in Canada.  Friday, November 11th is Remembrance Day.  A day to remember our veterans aka the reason we speak English and/or French.  I’ve already lost 1 of 3 poppies (a pin of the flower that Canadians wear over our heart).  I lost my poppy in the vehicle, I don’t think it lasted 30 minutes?

Best albums of the ‘90s.  I’ve posted this before.  Foo Fighters’ album “The Colour & The Shape” was an instant game changer for me.

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-albums-1990s/#photogallery-1=1

 

In need of some winter “Iron Maiden” swag?  It might make your egg nog latte taste better?

http://loudwire.com/officially-licensed-iron-maiden-sweater-scarf/

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

35 homemade Slipknot masks.

http://loudwire.com/best-worst-slipknot-masks/

 

Singer of “My Morning Jacket”, Jim James, discusses his latest solo album.  The albums of My Morning Jacket are EXTREMELY tame compared to seeing them live.  I saw them in 2003 opening for Foo Fighters.  The CD I bought is caked I reverb & the album is very mellow.  More of mood music for me.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/jim-james-on-happy-accident-solo-lp-new-my-morning-jacket-w447248

 

I like this new Green Day album.  Here’s a new video!!!

 

Sum 41 members play Wikipedia fact or fiction

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres