WEEKEND UPDATE/BURN THE PRIEST

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Music throughout the weekend.  “Foo Fighters”, “Radiohead”, “Testament”, “Tool”, & “Opeth”

 

Friday evening we caught up on some TV from the week.  We seem to be quite busy these days & not watch nearly as much TV as we used to.  With Kim being at work & me being busy at home and moving a bit slower than I’d like in a wheelchair, we watch Ellen Degeneres, another show, & one of us will watch something the doesn’t want to.  I do watch a recorded Late Show with Stephen Colbert the next day while Kim’s at work.

My tummy was a bit off Friday night, so I didn’t sleep great.  Hello couch Saturday morning & all is well!  I slept for about 2 or 3 hours on the couch after finally getting out of bed at about 6 am, slept from 8:40 am until 11:50 am or so & was ready to go.  All we had on was our “niece’s” 6th birthday party at 5 pm.

“Auntie Kim, what’s in the present?”  Nice try but Auntie Kim’s smarter than a 6 year old.  I got cuddles from our 1 ½ year old “nephew” as soon as he saw me.  Kim was only a little “jealous”.

I’m sure our “niece” had a long day.  Presents, cake, kids birthday party followed by family friends birthday party, hide & seek, & what looked like mechanical bull riding on a small bouncy toy cow.  Sort of looked like this sheep….

Always good times with the kids!

Today is a get ready for a, hopefully, busy week ahead.  My eggs & vegetable juice are done.  Now to get hyped up to cram as much exercise & guitar in.  Watch the last Blue Jays game of the year, clear off as much of the DVR as possible & get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight.

 

 

If you like vinyl, here’s a “Nirvana” reissue!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/nirvana-mtv-unplugged-in-new-york-vinyl-reissue-891521/?fbclid=IwAR3xRr4xsfAiA6bCn6A-v5wETh4qNqDXO0rx6c0A80toEmTfCwgGUKRvLCY

The making of Alter Bridges’ new album “Walk the Sky” out October 18th

YAY!!  It’s official & done Spider-man is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Off the record with Alter Bridge!

Sure, rock & metal music are starting to come back.  Both genres aren’t popular enough for the stage of the Super Bowl Half-Time Show…..yet.  I’m not sure Dee Snider of 80s band “Twisted Sister” is the guy to call out the NFL at this point?

https://loudwire.com/dee-snider-hypocrisy-nfl-super-bowl-halftime-booking/

All the best to him, he’s been down this road before & it has worked out for him in the past!

https://loudwire.com/metallica-james-hetfield-rehab-addiction/?fbclid=IwAR37HYpEYKMs9tDLFvhbH1yOllXMYURvdYDbqR93WXBgFXR2tpLPT_Lp770

New “Jimmy Eat World” album out called “Surviving” on October 18th.

 

BURN THE PRIEST

This is actually “Lamb of God”.  Their first album was released under the name “Burn the Priest”, I’ve never been a fan of that album.  They did release a cover album last year under the name “Burn the Priest”.  This is an album of cover songs that cross the punk/metal influences they have…

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

 

Today’s the final day of the regular season for baseball.  Which means I’m done with the Blue Jays for the year.  There was no hope of them making the playoffs months ago.

162 games per team in a season.  With game left today, the Jays are right where I predicted they’d be 66W-95L.  I figured at the start of the year they’d finish with 65-75 wins this year.  In 2020 or more likely 2021 I figure they’ll be a contender.  Other teams are already calling them a dangerous team.  They’re the 2nd youngest team in baseball for average age of players.  They get a few decent pitchers in the offseason & keep the young guys together, they’ll be fine.  The kids are alright.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MENTAL HEALTH (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

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! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

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

MENTAL HEALTH (ALMOST)/ALTER BRIDGE ROCK OR METAL?

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I fell asleep to “Coheed and Cambria” the album “IV”

I exercised to “Big Sugar” the album “Heated”

 

Monday was supposed to be my first appointment with a psychiatrist.  I wrote down the date & time while on the phone, June 10th at 11:20 am.  Kim missed half a day off work for it (if she’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid).  We got up around 7:30 am.  Kim hit the shower, while I did ¼ of my exercises.  Dropped off Brewster at Kim’s sister’s place (he has anxiety issues in a bad way.  We’ve had a noise complaint once shortly after we moved here).

Drop off Brewster & head off to my appointment.  We go in up to the front desk.  Kim says “Appointment for Chris_______”.  The lady checks her computer and asks “Christopher?” “Yes” replies Kim.  “He doesn’t have an appointment here until this date with that doctor”. What a waste of Kim’s morning.  Either I screwed up the date (which we both think is highly unlikely) or they messed something up.  Either way it’s money from Kim’s paycheck we can’t get back & the future date is going to be a gong show of a day for us, already too much on the go.  If only I could drive?  Unfortunately my iPatch, slow reflexes, & legs that don’t fully work, prevent me from doing so.  I keep asking, & I get the same response “Nah, not this time” Hahahahaha!

Nobody said I should see a professional about my frustration or knee jerk reactions.  I started to notice that people around me were just waiting to see when the time bomb would go off.  Well after 2 explosions, 8 or 9 years apart.  That’s far too many for me.  So later on I’ll be seeing someone this month.

My cousin wanted to exercise with me on Monday.  I spent the rest of my day at my parents’ place.  So I counted out loud for us.  I think I broke here, even though she’s in her early 30s.  “OK, we’ll start with 150 crunches.”  We get to 50 & she needs to take a short rest.  I told her “If anything starts to hurt, just stop”.  I do 150 crunches with no break.  I’d do more but I need to be careful regarding my back.  We finished the crunches & moved on to leg lifts.  I do 200 in a half crunch with my legs down, then alternate between the 2 legs up & down. I do 100 at a time & take a break in between sets.  I think she kept up with me or we did 4 sets of 50?  Then she asks me “Are we done?”  I replied “Nope, 100 back flexes to go.  I rest after 50 for a bit & then do another 50”, she kept up with me.  She looks at me & says “You do this 3 days a week after 150 squats?”  “Yes I do.  Then Tuesdays & Thursdays are stretching, yoga, & weights for about an hour to an hour & a half.”  I’m guessing she thinks I’m a little insane.

In other news, our air conditioner is now working!  As of Thursday last week the plumber needed to order a valve from Texas to fix it, so it was going to take roughly 8 weeks to have it installed here.  They found one here!  They put it in on Monday, & “so far so good”.  The building manager said we should keep the portable air conditioner for a week in case our air conditioner breaks down.  When Kim & I got home Monday night it was like a meat locker in here +18 Celcius.  We went to bed about an hour later & it was at +20.  It got a bit warmer since we changed the thermostat to +22.

If all of this is true & you use iTunes, don’t expect a single to come along with a preorder date.  The members of “Tool” prefer fans to listen to the entire album.  That is the reason for previous releases not being sold on iTunes or streaming sites until now.

I read recently that streaming music sites are not what they used to be as far as popularity goes.  I have one thought as to why this is happening.  I think a streaming site would make the music from it very disposable?  I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess.  I was buying CDs still in 2012 when I finished my physiotherapy.  1 CD a month.  Then I started to use iTunes & I still do $10 for a complete album, SWEET!  Kim put me on a monthly allowance to iTunes of $50 a month.  Now that I know what I want to purchase, I’ve scaled it down to $20 a month.  Saving money & listening more intently to the album in question.

The beauty & downfall of Napster was that you owned the music & didn’t pay anything for it.  With a streaming music site you pay a monthly fee to borrow the music.  You don’t own it & it can be taken away by the site at any moment & that would be legal.

I’ve got 2 albums on preorder.  Sum 41 in late July & The Agonist in September.  Tool members are saying August 30th, I’ll believe Tool when I have it or an unlikely preorder.

Are you all sick of hearing “Let it go” yet?  I don’t if there will be another song your kids will sing for a long time, but “Frozen 2” is coming.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/frozen-2-princess-elsa-must-save-arendelle-in-new-trailer-846743/?fbclid=IwAR0oZx-3LzztWrECrSvh0SJr2haSsWm9fPvWeJjdsvvZfD_5hDmMy6jkDXs

If any of it sounds like “post-OK Computer” I’m out.  I love “The Bends” & “OK Computer”, “Pablo Honey” was a decent first release.  After those 3 albums, Radiohead lost me.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/radiohead-leaked-ok-computer-material-minidisc-hack-846664/?fbclid=IwAR2yxgc3NZxEI-RUtpgKq2V6a9hwUHt1qXD50DH-DjgET2CjkTpcsPEFYXQ

 

 

 

ALTER BRIDGE

I don’t know what category these guys fit into?  The singer, Myles Kennedy, has the best voice I have ever heard.  He sings & never really had the desire to learn how to do death metal vocals.  The other 3 members are from the original line-up of “Creed”, drummer, bassist, & lead guitar.  Myles Kennedy didn’t tell them he played guitar until he was caught playing his guitar in his room on the first tour.  Even the lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, says that Myles is better than him on guitar technically.

Don’t let the “Creed” connection worry you.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.  Two completely different bands.

 

ALTER BRIDGE

 

2004   ONE DAY REMAINS

 

2007   BLACKBIRD

 

2010   ABIII

 

2013   FORTRESS

 

2016   THE LAST HERO

 

There will be a new studio album release in September or a bit later, this year for sure!  I also have 4 live albums & 3 concert blu-rays.  1 of the blu-rays & a live album is with a symphony orchestra.  That was actually their most recent release.

 

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! Word of mouth is the only way of promoting this.

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

EXERCISE/BLUES TRAVELER

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I fell asleep to “Radiohead” the album “The Bends”

I exercised to “Nickleback” the album “Feed the Machine”

 

YAY, Monday came right on time………………………..UGH!  Yay, exercise starts up for the week………ugh.  Well at least it’s Wednesday.  Everybody’s at work & so am I.  You’ll be working an 8 hour day or possibly more, I go all out for about an hour & a ½, during which the time I get horrendously sweaty, watch some TV while waiting for the energy to carry on with my day or more than likely hit the shower.

Then Kim comes home & follows me closely while I walk with my walker, just in case I stumble. We’ve been walking multiple laps in our suite.  I think it’s time to get down to our underground parking soon.  From the door to an outside wall is 100 meters.  I can do that, rest for a bit, & go back I think.

When I first left the rehabilitation program we went to the Lawson, well the field house.  Recumbent everything & a 200 meter track for walking, jogging, or running.  At the time I’d do 200 meters, rest then do 400 meters, rest do 200 more for a total of 800 meters.  Then Kim would jog on the track while I would use the recumbent stepper or exercise bike for 30-45 minutes.

If I had continued to do that I’d likely be using my walker more often now!  Yes, I’m an idiot more often than I’d like to be.  I’ve done it before, I can do it again.

Now when Kim gets home it’s more of a “Crap, time for more exercise.”  That’s probably why I don’t like it anymore?  I’m just starting to relax & I have to do my walking.  When I was at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center, I would wake up for therapy which would start at 9 am, do two 45 minute therapy sessions, have lunch when I was able to eat & drink, do 1 or 2 more therapy sessions & be done by 4:00 pm.

Before I could eat or drink I was on an IV of TPN.  I don’t know what that stands for but I was never hungry.  I learned how to eat solid food & then it was just an IV of water.  That of course went away eventually also.

 

Linkin Park released their album “Meteora” 16 years ago on Monday, March 25, 2003.

Keith Flint, singer of Prodigy, committed suicide at the age of 50.  I have one album of theirs from the 90s or maybe the early 2000s?  I listened to it once last year & before was likely 2 or 3 times when I bought the CD.

 

 

BLUES TRAVELER

I own 1 CD.  1994’s release “Four”.  My music growing up was more like acoustic rock music.  Can’t say I’m a huge fan of that now.  I do like this group & I’ve been a fan of the Barenaked Ladies from the beginning when I saw them on tour at the age of 12 in 1992.  The Blues Traveler album is acoustic rock with a harmonica that the lead singer plays.  That’s the only instrument he plays in the band I believe or at least on this album….

 

1994   FOUR

Skip to the 2:00 minute mark for Emma Stone’s lip sync!

I try not to talk much about baseball but I watch the Blue Jays almost every day & I played for 13 years of my life.  After watching Monday evening’s preseason game in Montreal, I’m very confused.  They spent $56,000,000 to buy out 2 contracts to make room for younger players.  Good move!

My 2 questions are the following.  Devon Travis has been with the Jays since 2014.  I don’t think he’s played a full season because of injury.  I think his shortest stint on the disabled list has been 2 weeks or a month.  Get rid of him, he’s a fragile piece of glass.  When he’s healthy he’s great, but he’s not healthy very often.  Bring up Bo Bichette to take Travis’ roster spot.  Probably cheaper & also younger (21 right now).

My second question is why is Kevin Pillar still the everyday center fielder?  He’s simply not fast enough at that position, reason for the so-called “TV dives” which don’t exist.  He’s also not that great of a batter.  Get rid of him & bring up Anthony Alford as a 4th outfielder.  My outfield is set!  McKinney in right, Grichuk in center, Hernandez in left, & Alford on the bench.  As for starting pitchers, they still have quite a few to look at, even though the regular season starts tomorrow.

If I was Bo Bichette I’d be wondering “What else do they want me to do to make this team & not be sent down to AAA Buffalo?”  As for Rowdy Tellez he’s still just OK to me.  I’m good if he’s here or in AAA.

It won’t cost anywhere near as much to pay out these 2 contracts!  To get rid of Pillar & Travis would cost at most $8,000,000 – $9,000,000.

 

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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

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

WEEKEND UPDATE/BIG WRECK

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I fell asleep to “Terrifier” the album “Weapons of Thrash Destruction”

I tallied up my exercise totals so far for this year & here it is; 4800 crunches, 5470 leg lifts, 7230 pushups, 2145 tricep pushups, 1860 back flexes, & 2390 squats.  Still a bit disappointing to me.

 

Kim & I went to a boxing event/fundraiser at “The Conexus Arts Center”.  The local “Lonsdale Boxing Club” where Kim used to go, with other boxers from Saskatchewan against an Irish boxing club.

I can’t watch boxing on TV but live I find it very entertaining!  I don’t know that much thought went into this though?  “Let’s invite an Irish boxing club & their fans here on March 16th, fill the Irish fans with alcohol as they get primed for St. Patrick’s Day.”  Hahahahaha!

At least we weren’t paying for the banter or music.  “Regina’s Rock Station 104.9 The Wolf” hosted the show, & now I know why I stopped listening to that radio station oh so long ago!  Michael Ball aka Ballsy from the morning show was the M.C.  Most rock fans say “Less talk, more rock”, not for me Friday evening.  “Less talk, less generic rock, more box!”  Way too much filler, not enough killer!  At first I thought Kim took me to a Nickelback show?  Pyro, lights, & Nickelback booming over the P.A. system.  I started to think “What did I do that made her mad at me?”  Nothing, 2 Nickelback songs followed by some of my preferred music.  Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, & Big Sugar.  Fun night though.  I quite enjoy live boxing.  11 fights, 3 rounds of 1-2 minutes in length in total.

Sorry if you like Nickelback, I don’t hate them, I choose not to listen to them.  If you’re a fan, that’s great that you’ve found a modern rock band that you enjoy.

Saturday/St. Patrick’s day we stayed in & watched a couple of movies.  “I, Tonya” & “Justice League”.  We rented “I, Tonya” which was really good but I don’t need to see it again.  We bought “Justice League” on Tuesday, it was AWESOME!  Everyone says it’s so bad, I absolutely disagree!  I must be off my rocker, because I really enjoyed “Batman vs. Superman”, “Suicide Squad”, & “Justice League”!  “Wonder Woman” was just OK for me.  My only issue with “Wonder Woman” was that it was a period piece.  From what I know Wonder Woman did not intervene in any war?  But what do I know.  All of these other movies are works of science fiction, check your brain at the door, enjoy your popcorn, & be entertained for a few hours.  I don’t know what everybody’s looking for in a comic book/action movie, because I thought “Justice League” was among the best comic book movies made!  Superman’s moustache was un-noticeable to me.

Today, we went for brunch with my brother & hopefully future sister-in-law.  No pressure bro!  Now it’s time to hard boil some eggs, cook some fish, do some more laundry, watch a spring training game, etc. & get ready for the week ahead.

 

BIG WRECK

I was finally 19, legal bar age, & was able to see this band that an older co-worker was raving about.  WOW, he was right!  This band was AMAZING!  The original 4 members dropped out of “The Berkley School of Music” to create Big Wreck.  1 Canadian & 3 Americans.  Ian Thornley, the vocalist by vote of the band, was the only Canadian in the group, yet they toured Canada 3 or 4 times a year.  I always went, I couldn’t get enough of them.  If they were in Regina, I was there!  They released their 2nd album in 2001 & broke up in 2002.  2002 was the last time I saw them.  However I saw them a minimum of 10 times during those 4 years.  They disbanded & Ian Thornley started a new band called “Thornley” for me they were OK.  They released 2 albums in 10 years.  I read many newspaper articles that Ian Thornley was interviewed for & stated his unhappiness while doing “Thornley”.  2012 Big Wreck reassembled with a different line up.  3 guitarists, bass player, & a drummer.  Only Ian Thornley & guitarist Brian Johnson were in the original line up.  Not that it matters but Brian Johnson was now the only American in the group.  The 3rd guitarist left since he wanted to spend more time with his family.  Since 2012, Big Wreck has released 3 full length studio albums & a live EP with a cover of “The Cars” “Good Times Roll”.  Here come the Big Wreck songs & the last 2 are from the 2 “Thornley” albums………………….

Here’s one song from each “Thornley” album.  He makes it very clear that this was a band, not a solo project.

 

This is well done but don’t mess with classics, like an Elton John song.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-q-tip-demi-lovatos-new-video-for-elton-john-cover-w517941

 

Look at that Nickelback covered “The Tragically Hip” very well!

http://loudwire.com/nickelback-pair-tragically-hip-ahead-by-a-century/

 

Anthrax’s Scott Ian & Metallica’s Cliff Burton arrested in London in 1984.

http://loudwire.com/anthrax-scott-ian-arrested-metallica-cliff-burton/

 

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

SERIOUS LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait, so he kept buying Radiohead albums & listened to them despite hating them.  NOW he’s ticked off.  Nobody forced him to listen to them?  WOW, rage issues much?

 

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”, followed by “Myles Kennedy” his solo album “Year of the Tiger”

Friday is release day, so I get my albums at midnight eastern time, one bonus to daylight savings time!

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Beautiful Trauma”

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

Exercise weekly total; 1000 pushups, 700 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 300 tricep pushups, 300 squats, 200 back flexes.

I don’t think of myself as disabled.  Waking up in the middle of the night to pee has become a normal thing since I drink so much water every day. I wake up, I immediately get moving, I get in my wheelchair, roll to our en suite bathroom, get out of my wheelchair & sit down to pee.  No big deal.

I like to get up by 8:00 am at the latest & get my exercises done first thing in the morning.  For me I prefer quality over quantity.  Everything is pretty good for me right now.  I’ll be doing this total next week.  The week after, who knows?

Out of all of the exercises I do, back flexes & leg lifts are by far the most difficult.  Leg lift amount I don’t see moving anytime soon.  Things don’t increase to an astronomical amount ever.  If I think I should raise anything I usually add 5 to each set I do of that exercise.  If it’s still difficult, the number won’t move.  I can see both types of pushups going up slightly.  Hopefully the squats eventually also.

If I don’t do some type of exercise during a week day, it feels like a wasted day to me.  If I hit my goal for the total at the end of the week, I’m happy with that.  I know that eventually, I can do more!

 

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Yes, this is pre-written & now I have some stuff to do around the house.  I’ll be back but it might be a while?

 

RADIOHEAD

Radiohead made 1 OK album followed by 2 masterpiece albums, then noise from then on beginning with the album “Kid A” & have since continued to make very bleak albums with 0 sense of a time signature or melody.  The singer (Thom Yorke) has a fantastic voice but prefers to warble into the microphone now.  Each album is pretty much a guitar player strumming one string & playing with his effect pedals.  During the first 3 albums, they were on my bucket list to see live, but not anymore.  Foo Fighters were on tour with Radiohead & got to watch Radiohead create their masterpiece “OK Computer” the album Rolling Stone Magazine claimed to be the best album ever recorded.  It’s a great album, but that seems like an overstatement to me?  I’ve heard that Radiohead were never fans of their song “Creep”, the distorted guitar that comes in just before the chorus was the guitar player striking his guitar in rage, not sure if that’s true though?  Anyways here are 2 songs from the first 3 albums & one from a future album…………………….

Myself & my friend continued to load up my “Radiohead” CD collection, why I don’t know?

 

Really good & interesting interview with Alice Cooper regarding Religion & Marilyn Manson

http://loudwire.com/alice-cooper-evil-bands-religious-talks-marilyn-manson/

 

I haven’t watched the “Justice League” yet, I got it on blu-ray to watch it this weekend.  What I find odd is that this ruined the movie for them?  I guess people just really enjoy complaining.

 

Top 10 Black Sabbath songs, according to loudwire

http://loudwire.com/best-black-sabbath-songs/

 

Opeth albums ranked by loudwire

http://loudwire.com/opeth-albums-ranked/

 

Spring training for baseball is drawing to a close.  Regular season games start Thursday, March 29.  What would really impress me is if the Toronto Blue Jays could move Troy Tulowitzki & his remaining $60,000,000 contract ($20,000,000 a year)!!!  He’s great defensively but his offense is nowhere close to what it used to be.  There seems to be a back load of AAA players ready to take over his spot (short stop).  They’re cheaper, younger, good infielders, faster, & they can hit.  Tulowitzki won’t even play until the end of April.  Big contracts are hard to move, I get that.  What might be more realistic is give him $30,000,000 – $35,000,000 next year, buy out his contract & cut him loose.  He hasn’t touched a baseball field in a game since May or June of last year.  So the Jays are paying him $20,000,000 to be a “cheerleader”?

 

St. Patty’s day tomorrow.  Get your dark Guiness beer or other beer to colour green & say “Thank you” to the Irish!

 

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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “AEnima”

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

I decided to work out today.  It would have been a wasted day for me otherwise.

400 pushups, 400 crunches, 400 leg lifts, 160 back flexes, 80 triceps pushups.  I achieved all of my exercise goals this week.

Exercising for 4 days is much easier than 5 days.  I had far more energy than usual.  I didn’t feel like rolling over into the fetal position & crying afterwards like I feel most days lately.  Wednesday, Thursday, today felt good!  I hope this trend stays around for a while!

All of these people being accused of sexual harassment, & now Roy Moore running for senate in Alabama saying ‘Why now & not in 1979?’  Well I get the fact that these women are now coming out & saying something now.  They feel safe now & confident that people will take notice of what they have to say.  Now they will be heard, while the filthy liars who committed these crimes try so hard to deny these accusations.  Roy Moore says “I asked their mother before taking them out” SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!  When someone is 14 & sexually assaulted by a 32 year old, I don’t care if you had God’s blessings.  He’s been accused of sexually assaulting 5 teenage girls in the 1970s & early 1980s.  I hear Roy Moore was also banned from a mall.  Get off of your high horse & throw away your gun that you showed at your rally.

With all of these accusations coming out, how is Trump still president?  He’s been accused & has admitted to it & people have turned a blind eye to his wrongdoings.  WHY?  People like this belong in a jail cell, & should be treated like every other sexual predator!

 

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

 

I’ve been a fan of “Queen” from as far back as I can remember.  Now that I know “Foo Fighters” are fans of “Queen” makes it much better than it already was.  I get to hear this now when I see “Foo Fighters” in concert!

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

 

No, I want to see real people doing their craft.  Concerts would get boring if this hologram stuff.

http://loudwire.com/lars-ulrich-metallica-hologram-fine-with-me/

 

 

Stone Temple Pilots have a new singer & single

The singer’s name is Jeff Gutt.  He placed 2nd on one of the season of “The X Factor”.  Here he is on “The X Factor” doing a great cover of “Radiohead”

I think this adds validity 2 things I’ve always thought.  These “reality” shows are nothing more than subjectively judged talent shows.  Also he got the last laugh in the end!  The judges aren’t wrong, it’s just a subjective response.

 

The new “Barenaked Ladies” album “Fake Nudes” was released last night.  I’ll give it a good listen before I review it.

 

Dave Grohl with Guns n’ Roses

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-dave-grohl-join-guns-n-roses-for-paradise-city-w511828

 

50 Greatest Pop/Punk albums according to www.RollingStone.com

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-greatest-pop-punk-albums-w508222/discount-half-fiction-1997-w508302

I’ll admit I’m not much of a punk fan but there are quite a few on this list that I like!

 

“A Perfect Circle” made a video for their single “The Doomed”

 

“Queens of the Stone Age” are on tour with “Royal Blood” opening for them.  Unfortunately no one wants/can go to a show in Calgary or Winnipeg in May.

I guess it saves us some cash though!  L

 

How do I say this politely?  Ummmmmmmmmmm YEAH!

https://ca.yahoo.com/sports/news/mlb-determined-find-baseballs-juiced-2017-035422507.html

 

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold” yes I got it last night, I’m really not sure about this album.

I exercised to “INXS” their “Greatest Hits” & as most times silence after the album is done.

500 crunches, 500 leg lifts, 500 pushups, 200 back flexes, & 25 minutes of planking.  I check Brewster’s food & water dishes, then exercise, eat, then shower & make myself look respectable.  I know what you’re thinking “Does he just wake looking that bad?”  No, I wake up far worse. It takes quite a while to polish this turd.

All of this exercising does make a noticeable difference when I practice walking!  Not only that but I’ve dropped 46 pounds, slowly.  I eat better now & I drink around 2.5 liters of water.  I no longer crave sugar either!  Friday & Saturday are the only evenings I drink alcohol, usually 2 or 3 drinks each night or more if it’s a special occasion.  Then when Sunday comes I don’t touch any alcohol until Friday!  This not only makes me feel better & more alert, it helps out our bank account.  There’s even been a few weekends that I just don’t feel like drinking alcohol.

5 days a week I eat the same thing for breakfast & lunch, supper is commonly healthy as well.

I may weigh less than I ever have but all of my fat went straight to my belly aka a lot of my T-Shirts still don’t fit.  “I’ll have to do cardio more often”-said no one ever!

 

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

 

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in bio-pic film.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/watch-rami-malek-as-freddie-mercury-playing-queens-live-aid-w502573

 

Don’t forget Foo Fighters’ album “Concrete & Gold” is out now for all to enjoy!  I’m a HUGE Foo Fighters fan. Was I listening to The Beach Boys or FF last night? Initial awesome songs & some miss’. I like The Beach Boys, in small doses. Foo Fighters had a plethora of harmonies on that album though. I listened to it twice last night, I’ll have to sit down & give it a good listen.

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

Dave Grohl audio/video interview with Lars Ulrich of Metallica

 

“Prophets of Rage” is also out today!  I like “Rage Against The Machine”, but I’ll wait to hear it all before I buy “Prophets of Rage”.

 

There’s also a (Deluxe) (Remastered) version of Radiohead’s album “OK Computer” with 11 bonus songs.  Their 2nd & 3rd album for me, are absolute necessities!  As for this remastered bonus version, I’d buy a few songs but I’m good with the Radiohead albums I own on CD.  There’s a band who’s first 3 albums are really good!  I was so excited for the release of their 4th album “Kid A” which turned out to be a HUGE disappointment for me.  They kept a lot of fans & likely lost a lot of fans but gained a lot as well.

2nd album

3rd album

The first Radiohead album is good, it’s more of a “grunge” album though.

 

Wait, wait, wait!  “Steel Panther” waited 2 decades for hair metal to be all but gone, then released their first album?

http://loudwire.com/top-metal-bands-first-album-21st-century/#photogallery-1=1

First album 2011?  REALLY!  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who the heck listens to this?  Oh right, Rydell!  Great guy, but how did we ever play in the same band?

 

A phone for $1000?  Will it call or receive phone calls?  That’s all I need.  $15 at Walmart for a land line phone, I’m good with that!

I will never understand the adoration most Alter Bridge fans have for the album & song “Blackbird”.  It’s subjective like all art is I guess.

http://whatculture.com/music/alter-bridge-ranking-all-5-studio-albums

 

Halestorm is in the studio recording their 4th album, according to a photo on Facebook!  YAY!

 

New Big Wreck video

 

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THURSDAY, JULY 26 2012 & HOME

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I fell asleep to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Rated R” followed by “Radiohead” the album “The Bends”

 

I exercised to “Corrosion of Conformity” the album “America’s Volume Dealer” then 2 “Diemonds” albums on shuffle

 

I completely forgot!  Thursday, July 26th 2012 was my final day in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  I was discharged in the early afternoon after my last physio session & a short meeting with my doctor, therapists, & pharmacist.  We’ll leave the details for Friday!

 

SHARK WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yah, it’s Shark Week on the Discovery channel.  I love Shark Week.  It hit me the other day.  Why are people so afraid of sharks?  Is it because they will bite & kill if needed?  Probably.  Well the seas & oceans are where they live, their home.  Humans live on dry land, that’s our home.  We go into their home uninvited to poke & prod them to learn about them.  If a stranger came into your house & started doing scientific tests on you, would you just sit by & let them do that or would you retaliate so much to avoid them ever coming back?  I would yell, swear, fight & act like I was right out of my mind with a baseball bat in hand!

I’m not about to welcome a complete stranger into my home at any given time to do as they please?  I wonder why sharks can kill people?  Oh right, that’s their self-defense kicking in!  The scientists doing all of these tests will say “This doesn’t hurt the animal”.  Great, how do you know that?  Are you a shark that has experienced this type of testing?  Oh, you tried it on yourself & it didn’t bother you, really?  The shark feels pain at the exact same threshold as you?  Tell me a better story, I don’t buy that one.

Then they investigate sharks in the deep ocean, where it’s very dark 4000 feet.  I wonder why those species live in the deep ocean?  I’m guessing part of the reason is they don’t want to be bothered.

It’s great that scientists & divers have a thirst for knowledge, but does anyone NEED to know what’s going on 4000 feet down on the ocean floor?

Our weekend finished with me watching most of the Jays game until it looked as though it was out of hand by 8 runs for the wrong team.  Now that they’re basically out of it, “Blue Jays in :30” is all I need to see.

Yes, it’s a regular 5 day week for us this week.  That means as of Monday, I’m back to my exercise routine.  I’d love to increase a few things, but I have to take my back into consideration.

 

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Thor & The Incredible Hulk, “Ragnarok” trailer.  In theaters in November.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/watch-thor-incredible-hulk-unite-in-new-ragnarok-trailer-w493636

 

Justice League movie trailer.  In theaters in November

 

You know what would be better than virtual reality?  Reality!  There are actual people going to a festival to see stuff in virtual reality.  Great, go for it, try it out but remember everything happens in actual reality!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-panorama-music-festivals-virtual-reality-experience-w491892

 

Who doesn’t enjoy some John Oliver!

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/coal-baron-attempts-to-halt-critical-last-week-tonight-rebroadcast-w493788

 

At the moment ‘Royal Blood’, ‘The Watchmen’, ‘The Smalls’, ‘Paramore’, ‘Stone Sour’, ‘Slipknot’ & ‘Big Wreck’ are ruling my world!

 

FANTASTIC Pearl Jam song, maybe it was because I could play it without putting my guitar in some wacky tuning?

 

I like ‘Walk off the Earth’ & they shared it…….

 

 

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