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Music throughout the weekend “TOOL”, “I Built the Sky”, “Sevendust”, & “Chromeo”

 

To clarify Friday’s post; Things in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada are taxed heavily!  7% Government Sales Tax aka GST & 7% Provincial Sales Tax.  The majority of stuff we purchase in Saskatchewan is 14% higher than America & our dollar fluctuates $0.75-$0.85 on America’s dollar.  Canadians pay a higher price on most things other than health care.  Example;  My father bought a 66oz. of Bacardi White Rum while renting a house in Arizona for a month, he left it there because almost full because it was cheap.  If it was here I could see that at least $80 or more.  Messed up since we didn’t get to vote in the USA federal election, nor did anyone else other than Russians.

 

Friday we watched the last however many episodes of “Atypical” season 3 on Netflix.  Kim’s parents came to town about mid-day on Saturday.  We all had supper here Saturday evening, James fixed a few issues I was having with my computer.  Too early for me for Christmas movies, but there was one playing Saturday night.  I missed it while getting things arranged on my computer.

Sunday morning Kim & Sherry hung out with their mom & went shopping.  Me & my Homeslice (Brewster) had breakfast, hung out & I finally had a bit of time to watch part of “The Cure” blu-ray, who I just got into believe it or not.  Kim got home around 2 pm.  I needed a refill on some medication & Brewster needed another appointment at the vet at 4 pm, he had an ear infection.  We picked up my refill at a pharmacy near a Dairy Queen.

There was a guy asking if we could get him something to eat, so of course we did.  He told Kim he didn’t want money, just something to eat.  We grabbed him some food & it was freezing outside.  I asked Kim if we could ask for a hot drink for him, but we were already through the drive-through.  Kim gave him her mitts & I offered my toque, he said he had a toque & declined.  I felt bad for him, he looked like he was still in his early 20s.

After that it was off to the vet.  Not good news.  Brewster’s ear infection was/is deep down by his ear drum.  He needed to stay there for a few hours since he needed to be sedated.  “Should we resuscitate him if he has heart failure due to his murmur?”  I can’t believe that was a question?  OF COURSE!

I was waiting in the car, since we didn’t think it would be anything major.  Kim came out to tell/ask me what to do.  Whatever it takes to make him feel better was the answer on both of our minds.  I thought nothing of it until after supper.  Kim was quiet & my mind was racing thinking the worst, “Was that the last time I’d hold him?  Is he going to go down because of an ear infection?”  I worried myself sick.  I was so relieved when we got the call to pick him up.  He typically NEVER barks, Kin said he was barking his head off when she went in to get him.

He’s home and he’s fine.  He had a lot of water & was growling at me before we got home for his food.  He’s pretty intimidating, all 12 ½ pounds of him.  I think he’s almost done his bronchitis medication (Kim gives it to him) & he’s doing much better.  Kim says to me “He’s already cost us as more than a guitar you wanted!”  Better to have some cash for a rainy day than a guitar, always better to keep Brewster healthy & happy.  Easy call on that one!  We both said if he needs $5000 of health stuff, we wouldn’t blink, that’s as true now as it was in 2006 when we got him as a pup.

Kim & Brewster went to bed while stayed up to do more stuff on my computer & watch some recorded TV from the afternoon.

3:30 am & up to feed Brewster at 9:30 am, I should go to bed earlier!  Brewster’s tired today too.  He was up & down all night drinking multiple bowls of water & of course peeing.  Kim went to have coffee with her parents, then off to get groceries afterwards.  I got up & didn’t really stop until noon.  Kim got home with groceries, I made my vegetable juice & finally hit the shower.

 

I don’t think Trump will have problems with immigration.  I think fleeing Americans could be his biggest problem if he’s not impeached?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-takeover-courts-supreme-court-mconnell-federalist-society-menashi-909799/?fbclid=IwAR1iL0QGxSFlTHStpvtQThWQYjOXlpLvZ73kj2TLBHDOM5A3aHHOo6ZeSZU

Unreleased song from “Prince” album ‘1999’

New “Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders” video and album released on Friday, November 8.  Taylor Hawkins is the drummer for “Foo Fighters” and has 3 side projects where he plays drums & does lead vocals.  He also does the backing vocals in “Foo Fighters”.  This is from the third album released by “Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders”.

YAY new “Sepultura” song!!!!!!

All of this crap happened & it could have been worse if no one was checking what Trump was doing?????????????

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/nikki-haley-top-advisors-trump-didnt-know-what-he-was-doing-910444/?fbclid=IwAR3CxPcbdkKp2MeVG7ONBYuHa4ZZTuwxVGZEmKIrN6IDYrlarLwKDluQ4As

 

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4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 600 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 600 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but the sun”, followed by some of “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

 

I had to cut back the back flexes to 300 over a 5 day week, easily the toughest part of my exercise.  I’ve also brought the number of squats down, quality over quantity.  I’m expecting to be at a minimum of 300 in a 5 day week.  Everything else will stay as it is, another sweaty week but feeling good & confident.

So as I was finishing my exercise on Tuesday doing the downward dog yoga pose, I fell getting back to the ground I rammed my face into the ground, off of the mat & on the laminate floor.  Sure it hurt for a bit, I checked my nose & teeth.  My nose wasn’t bleeding & my teeth were all there & not chipped, I was fine, sweaty but fine.

Now that I’m stronger & more confident, I want to do more.  My mind races at night thinking of small things I can do to help around here & elsewhere.  Kim’s been taking are of the house me & Brewster for over 12 years.  I want to step up & do my part here so she doesn’t become overwhelmed.  She comes home from work 5 days a week & makes a REALLY FANTASTIC meal & I clean up after supper.             Other than that, I fold & put away my laundry, vacuum on occasion & sometimes wet Swiffer the floor.  I feel now as though I can do more since I’m here all week.

I can’t afford the moon or anything extravagant.  I can help in smaller ways now.  I’m starting with my grandparents.  They don’t drink water.  So I’ve filled 2X1liter bottle of water flavoured with Mio flavouring so that it tastes more like a juice than plain water.  Something little I can do to help out.  I get excited about stuff like this.  It’s nice to look forward to something other than exercise every day.

I’m getting stronger now, I can tell!  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch still, & no driving since Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Just physically stronger.  Not only am I able to help out around the house more, but now my mid-life crisis present to myself is back but, if it happens it will likely be a 2/3 life crisis at least.  It was a car & now it’s a PRS guitar.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/ce_24_semi_hollow_2019

A bunch of cool stuff none of which I have & it’s pretty!  Mid-life crisis?  13/16 life crisis or pipe dream!

Well forget that!  Brewster went to the vet after Kim was done work Wednesday & the news wasn’t great!  His heart murmur is between a 5 & 6.  6 is the worst, which means a strong possibility of heart enlargement, heart attack &/or fluid in his lungs.  Now I’m EXTREMELY worried.  Tests & definitely medication, just a matter of how much medication?

Kim is home sick today, she’ll likely be spending the day in bed today.  I got up a bit after 6:00 am, got to my exercises while Kim showered & tried to go to work.  She showered and did her hair but never made it out of the bedroom.  I don’t like contract work much.  She’s not there, she doesn’t get paid.  Oh well, not my job & not really my business.

 

I didn’t even know about this movie on Netflix?  I’ll have to watch it sometime soon!  Here’s the trailer & a review.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-reviews/spy-netflix-sacha-baron-cohen-review-875869/?fbclid=IwAR3MunXWxtwF5rgQksY3MOSjeCIcN8Xcv1_z7xkLXwZlWj2ydKn5i8CMnkU

New TOOL article/interview as of September 1st!  Long but GREAT album!  Worth the 13 year wait.

https://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-new-tool-album-fantastic-eight-years-ago/?fbclid=IwAR12zIinHj9dji_QtPMmf1hfSkznv9qNv4Bo1HTifEEem9qRugqBLFw9-9Y

Every TOOL fan has seen this lately, I saw it late last week.  Very well done mashup of Taylor Swift & an older TOOL song!

BIG THANKS to Mitch & George Fraser for getting my VERY old electric guitar gear working!!!!!!!  Another thing to look forward to everyday!

I’ve often thought about listening to “Gojira” since I do like “Sepultura”, but something stops me from being a fan every time?

https://www.kerrang.com/features/11-bands-who-wouldnt-be-here-without-sepultura/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1ELqwBCkiV4pXmBJ4GF6hYbx4Ke_7pgCzU4hxy1kcGYDNHgBSjde-w_Tc

Nobody should like “System of a Down”.  Many of my friends & I think they’re GREAT!   Maybe because there’s nothing that sounds like their music, at least in North America or that I know of?  Here’s a story about their second album out of a total of 5 mass releases.  They’re quite popular.

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR1yPaxfTH97VoELvpGisijllxuYLz9hkJUcDTOiyvYCfCXwt5u9BKGqFew

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-facts/?fbclid=IwAR0nZfpbSbP-QKO6eBPkIdsiTARxAQCGvjlx6hM08CsCzWQ_mRsOKLTfyeQ

I don’t think any rock/metal/other band is about to change mainstream music.  It will be a force of many bands & artists to make a significant change.   I couldn’t care less about album sales, as long as I get to hear what I like!

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-likely-numer-1-taylor-swift/?fbclid=IwAR0TQxS-nQJnFY1nkffdS45MdkDLGGO-_pCh1VZblqSBHm5sr18w2ZtpN9s

Under rated albums of the 1990s.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-12-most-underrated-albums-of-the-90s/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR2H2OdGO2_euSra9krb_GxWAchw1pYJHlKCPrqa0Jj0KB-p_M3u6Epr-wk

 

EARTHSIDE

More progressive rock/metal but they tend to go quiet & mellow to the heavier side of things throughout a song.  I haven’t done an “Opeth” music guide yet, but they would be “Opeth” lite followed by “Tool” who would be “Earthside” lite.  All 3 of these bands are progressive & they are all capable of doing light atmospheric music on their albums as well as rock & metal, much like “Dream Theater” as well.

When I say “progressive” in reference to these current metal/rock bands, I mean that the songs are often in rare time signatures.  Not always a song you can tap your foot to.  Most radio friendly songs are in a basic 4/4 time.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s simple & to the point.  That gets boring for me after a while & other bands will change time signatures 2-6 times in one song.  Then that can become boring & I’ll go back to the 4/4 stuff.  I always listen to the drums in a song.  It’s the rhythm that I listen to the most in a song.

I have one album by “Earthside” so here’s a sampling of it.

 

2015   A DREAM IN STATIC

 

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Kim told me last night that she had today off, so I didn’t work out today.

I fell asleep to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains” followed by “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

This song^^ is just completely sugar coated in reverb on the album.

400 crunches, 400 leg lifts, 160 back flexes, 20 minutes of planking, & 400 pushups.  Each morning starts with filling Brewster’s dishes.  100 crunches, 100 leg lifts, 40 back flexes, 5 minutes of planking (rest periods not included), & 100 pushups.  Then I lay on the floor, roll over in complete exhaustion, trying to catch my breath & carry on with my day.

Some people think I sit around all day laying on the couch watching TV, Movies, or listening to music.  If I’m lucky, that happens about twice a month, after my exercises or on the odd occasion that I don’t sleep well.

Unless I’m sick, there is always exercise going on & something to get to, that I normally wouldn’t have time to get to.  Remember, it’s not just me that has to be happy, it’s Kim’s place too.  Yes, Brewster is happy too.  Rough life for a dog.

On Wednesday, I spent far too much time working on the problem with my iPod.  All of my art work disappeared.  I still have an iPod Classic 160 gigabytes I got while in my rehabilitation in early 2012.

I do what I can.  Some cleaning, started cooking (on the stove top), I always handle the dishes, etc.  For some reason we went with a fancy stove that has buttons instead of dials.  I get very confused with which burner I’m turning on, or if I’m turning on the oven?

 

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

 

Foo Fighters on James Corden, carpool karaoke

 

Walk off the Earth’s mini movie 15 minutes long

First single from the 6 song soundtrack, which is available now!

 

Gene Simmons plays www.wikipedia.com fact or fiction

 

Best metal bands from 30 countries

http://loudwire.com/best-metal-band-each-country/

 

New Trivium album release on October 20th.  Here are 2/4 videos about the making of the album!  SOME LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Holy Led Zeppelin Batman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve thought that since I bought Big Wreck in February.

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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Maybe I haven’t heard the music, seen the movie or TV show? Don’t be afraid, I don’t bite!

Wednesday’s Rock It Out Blog

http://consequenceofsound.net/video/lollapalooza-interview-toro-y-moi/

1st inning 2nd batter.

Kansas throws at his head in each of the next 2 at bats. They hit new Blue Jay SS Troy Tulowitski, then eject the rookie in the 8th inning. I guess MLB umpires can get away with anything? Blue Jays never retaliated after or before the warning, yet the field manager gets ejected from the game & suspended for 1 game. Then all of this nonsense & ballyhoo happens…

8th inning rookie pitcher suspended for 3 games, ejected immediately. If your on the mound to hit a batter, you throw at his torso or head, not his leg/ankle.

I saw “Montage of Heck” on youtube. It was either a fake or VERY over hyped.

http://loudwire.com/kurt-cobain-montage-of-heck-soundtrack-unheard-tracks-comedy-routine/

Time to move on Mr. Cavalera

http://loudwire.com/max-cavalera-sepultura-sad-to-see-band-turn-to-s-t/

Some bands just don’t get it?

http://loudwire.com/mushroomhead-defend-confederate-flag-merchandise-introduce-rebel-mask/

Hetfield/Garfield mash up

http://loudwire.com/comic-strip-hetfield-garfield-metallica/

Ryan Adams is doing a cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album in the style of The Smiths

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/08/ryan-adams-is-recording-a-covers-album-of-taylor-swifts-1989-in-the-style-of-the-smiths/

The Book of Opeth

http://opethbook.com/

Yes, I like Opeth!

Jon Stewart’s Wednesday night’s show.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/jon-stewart-remembered-on-daily-show-a-man-who-was-on-tv-20150806

Remember when Edgefest toured across Canada & I broke my nose in the mosh pit? I miss that, not the broken nose part…………………..but this is the song I broke my nose to.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004EE7A4F351BA

The Agonist shared it….

Rolling Stone says you need to hear these country albums. This is my preferred country music

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/30-great-country-albums-of-2015-you-probably-didnt-hear-20150806

iTunes is now illegal in the U.K.??????????????????

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/08/itunes-is-now-illegal-in-the-uk/b

If it becomes illegal here, I’m out for digital music. Vinyl it is! Buy it, rip it to a different software, & throw out the album. I’m not touching any streaming music site!!!!

The Zombies to release new album. I know this isn’t their song.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/classic-zombies-lineup-to-reunite-for-odessey-oracle-tour-20150720

Another Halestorm solo contestant for the song ‘Mayhem’

This mornings workout included this album…..

Finger Eleven’s album “Five Crooked Lines” is available world wide & definitely worth a listen!

http://www.fingereleven.com/five-crooked-lines-is-available-worldwide/

Duran Duran working with Lindsay Lohan?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/duran-duran-on-working-with-lindsay-lohan-keeping-brand-duran-fresh-20150806

6 Trivium albums in 6 minutes

Unsettling scene cut from the Kurt Cobain bio-pic ‘Montage of Heck”

http://loudwire.com/unsettling-end-scene-kurt-cobain-montage-of-heck/

Songs I like, “New Meanies” The last time I saw them was in ’99. Immediately after the show I went to the hospital to see my grandmother who died of breast cancer that year.

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Bye,

Chris