WEEKEND UPDATE/JIMMY EAT WORLD

 

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Music throughout the weekend. “Dave Grohl”, “The Struts”, “Lamb of God”, “Bruce Springsteen”.

 

Relatively quiet weekend.  Friday I watched the Toronto Blue Jays.  Did the same on Saturday.  Stopped the game on Saturday while visiting with Tim Wong & his kids.  I’ve been friends with Tim since grade 9 (1994-1995?).  Nice to see him.  I see him about once a year, since he lives in Edmonton.  Always a welcome visit when he’s in town.  Kim had a work BBQ on Saturday.  She left just before 3:00 pm & came home quite late (2:50 pm – 11:40 pm roughly), what was I doing?  I watched “Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi” after Tim & his kids left.

Today is our get ready for the week ahead, I’ve made my juice & Kim’s out grocery shopping.  I’ll bake some fish & Kim will put her lunches together once we hard boil some eggs.

Brewster is getting old.  Kim took him to the Vet this week.  He’s 12.5 years old, both ears are infected, & on a scale of 1 – 6 his heart murmur is at a 4.  Gets me more than a little worried.

 

I can’t wait to see “The Meg”.  That might rank up there for me with the movie “Jaws”?

 

JIMMY EAT WORLD

A pop/punk band made up of 7 people with 8 albums.  Again, more emphasis on the pop than the punk.  They made their debut in 1996 with the album “Static Prevails”.  I own 4 of their albums.  Not the first 2 releases or the last 2 releases.  They’ve hit the peak of their career for me.  I didn’t get into them until 2001 on their 3rd album “Bleed American” when I saw the video for the song “The Middle”.

 

2001    BLEED AMERICAN

 

2004    FUTURES

 

2007   CHASE THIS LIGHT

 

2010   INVENTED

I can see how people would get really bored with this band fast.  Very redundant with the majority of the songs in very simple 4/4 time.  If I’m listening to stuff like this or a very progressive type of music, I’m probably not thinking about the music & have just tuned out of everything.  If it’s very progressive I might be focusing or thinking too hard about what’s going on in the music.

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/EVE 6

 

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4 days again since Monday was the long weekend; 400 pushups, 240 tricep pushups, 90 back flexes, 400 leg lifts, 200 crunches, 240 squats.

 

I fell asleep to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants”

I had breakfast while listening to “Big Wreck” the album “Albatross”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure & the Greed”

We didn’t get to walking with my walker this week.  Kim’s had stuff on the go, & some of my family is in town.

Would have done better & got at least one day of walking in but that thing called life got in the way.  Ah well, next week should be good to squeeze in some walking.

When I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center, walking was my favourite therapy session to do & now, not so much.  I like getting up & getting everything done ASAP.  Walking with my walker requires Kim’s assistance, I just don’t like waiting to do it until she gets home from work.

I know what I’ll do next week.  I’ll do my morning floor exercises, then do my cardio/walking when Kim is free in the evening.

 

Ed Sheeran on Jimmy Fallon playing his version of metal (old)

 

Things the rest of the world finds weird about Canada

 

Want to look like Donald Trump?

 

Here’s the 23 minute instrumental song all by Dave Grohl, if you want to sit at your computer or stare at your phone for 31 minutes.  3 days to record the song, 3 drum sets, bass, & multiple guitars.  No vocals.

 

EVE 6

A trio of guys from California.  I thought they were around when I was much younger, guess I was wrong.  Their first album was released in 1998, the year I graduated high school!  Anyways, the first 2 albums had music videos that were on Much Music, shortly before Much Music was pandering to a younger market by playing teen aimed TV shows with far less music content.  Eve 6 released 4 albums in total, & yes, I have them all, 3 on CD & 1 from iTunes.  They’re a pop-punk trio.  Emphasis on the pop side of things….

1998   EVE 6

 

1999    HORRORSCOPE

On this album there is not a song without LANGUAGE!!!!!!!  However, I find this to be their catchiest album of the 4.

 

2003    IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

 

2012     SPEAK IN CODE   LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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THANK GROHL IT’S FRIDAY (3 DAY WEEKEND!!)/BRYAN ADAMS

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I fell asleep to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants”

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

 

2 days of walking with my walker with Kim helping me in the evenings.  She had some work related stuff to do this week.  I’m not posting the walking distance until the end of November.  It’s more about the quality than the quantity.

Morning exercise total; 625 pushups, 500 crunches, 650 leg lifts, & 420 squats.  Other exercises I did on occasion 150 tricep pushups & 40 back flexes.

Every day this week I’ve felt exhausted even before I exercise.  I wake up & think “Yay it’s Friday………nope it’s _________ ah, crap!”  No matter what I’m thinking on any day, I’m completely useless for a good 2-5 minutes & avoid any physical activity, even a shower.

So many things to think about when I’m walking!  Keep the walker straight, strike the floor with my heel, stand up straight, don’t take un-normal step amounts, etc.  I guess I should focus on one issue at a time, it should be less stressful that way.  I like to think my day is done after my morning routine, nope!  As much as I don’t like it, I don’t want to live in a wheelchair the rest of my life, & the exercises are making a noticeable difference, but I always know that someone is doing better than me.

This exercising isn’t just for me, it’s for me not to be a burden to other people too.  Nobody says I’m a burden, but things would be much easier if I was more independent.

 

How do I find out about the newer bands that I like?  Facebook &/or www.youtube.com.  I see a group I’ve never heard of & jump in feet first.  So this new music I find is all youtube’s fault.  “The Beaches”, “Nothing but Thieves”, “Dead Sara”, “The Struts”, “Greta Van Fleet” etc.  I see a thumbnail on www.youtube.com  & I click on it.  If I don’t like it, oh well there goes 3 minutes or less of my time.

If you don’t know who “The Beaches” are, you will come Juno time if you’re Canadian.  They’re nominated for ‘Best New Artist’.  They fall into the indie rock category which I sort of avoid but they got me.  4 girls in their early 20s from Ontario.

 

Summer TV isn’t terrible Toronto Blue Jays almost every day.  Then “Suits”, “Dr. Pimple Popper”, the TV series “Shooter”, “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”, & “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

It’s on TLC, I just assume it’s not real, very entertaining though!

“Shooter” is based on the movie starring Mark Wahlberg.  He the producer for this show.  The first season was the story that was told in the movie.  They’re on the 3rd season now.

No release date or preorder date has been announced yet, but I’m anxious for the new “Greta Van Fleet” album at the end of August or a bit later & MUSE in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today is “Into Eternity” day!!!

 

BRYAN ADAMS

I currently own only his ‘Greatest Hits’ & I had to add “Cuts Like a Knife” to it.  His album “Waking up the Neighbours” was one of the first 2 CDs I got with a boom box when I was 11.  The other CD was “C+C Music Factory”.  Bryan Adams is a Canadian legend.  I saw him last year at the new football stadium before the inaugural season started.  I saw him at ‘The Conexus Arts Center” 3 years ago (?), just him, his acoustic guitar, & a piano player.  Both shows did not disappoint. He’s been releasing albums since 1981 from what I can tell on iTunes.  Yes, he has a large catalogue of songs.  In no particular order, here’s a sampling…..

This first one is on “Waking up the Neighbours”

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/GREAT BIG SEA

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Music throughout the weekend. “Halestorm”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Tool”, “The Struts”

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

The second I posted Friday’s blog I went to www.youtube.com & there was already a review of the “Halestorm” album “Vicious”.  The album was released at midnight Thursday night.  WOW, I wait before I judge an album, I like to listen to it a few times & digest it.  That review should be a reaction video!

Here is utter ignorance at its best.  You realize they’re not just denying service to the #LGBTQ community!  I assume the rest of us that support the #LGBTQ community would boycott this establishment as well.  From what I know there is no location in Regina.  If I were to pass by one on a trip I might go in, buy a small meal, finish it, thank them & as I’m on my way out I’d shout “I’M GOING TO SPEAK WITH YOUR MANAGEMENT!  YOU JUST SERVED A GAY PERSON!”  Or I’ll just pass by & avoid a heart attack.  What if the employees have no gaydar?

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/07/25/chick-fil-a-toronto-canada_a_23489485/

“No, they sound too much like Led Zeppelin” – internet.  OK, if you don’t like Led Zeppelin that’s fine.  If you do like Led Zeppelin, why are you complaining?  Robert Plant, singer of Led Zeppelin, thinks they’re great.  If he doesn’t have a problem with them, why do Led Zeppelin fans?

I love Big Wreck but this sounds much like a specific Led Zeppelin song, other than a general sound.  Ian Thornley even admits that this song was heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin.

Friday was quite/tame here.  We stayed up too late, Kim hit the hay at midnight, while I stayed up to watch ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’.  Kim was grabbing some groceries & taking photos during most of the Blue Jay game, so I watched that since she really doesn’t care for baseball.

Saturday I watched more shark week & went to the Rider game that night.  Kim & Brewster were out & about while I was at the game.

Dear Saskatchewan Roughriders,

Sincerely,

Me.

 

Today is get ready for the week ahead.  Make a vegetable juice, hard boil some eggs, bake some fish, & try to be positive about cardio for 5 straight days as well as other possible workouts.  Kim will get a few groceries, & finish up the little bit of laundry left to do, then a nice long weekend to look forward to!

 

GREAT BIG SEA

4 guys from Newfoundland, Canada.  I think I saw them twice in Regina at ‘The Conexus Arts Center’.  I only own their first 2 albums, on CD.  I bought them in my teen years, the ‘90s.  One in 1996 & the other in 1997.  They released 10 studio albums & I believe band member, Alan Doyle, is currently a solo artist?  They’re known for being from Newfoundland & doing some traditional Newfoundland music.  I grew out of them when I discovered ‘grunge’ about 8-10 years after it exploded.

I must say that on the odd occasion that I do listen to them I like it.  It’s something completely different than my usual rock & metal music.

 

1996   UP

 

1997   PLAY

When these were released, I was still cautiously dipping my toe into heavier music.  I know I wasn’t into metal at the time.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/CHROMEO

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I fell asleep to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants”

I exercised to “I Mother Earth” the album “The Quicksilver Meat Dream”

 

Monday we had an appointment to check out my wheelchair options.  I get $1000 for life on a wheelchair & likely going to cost $6500, were in debt already might as well go deeper.  4 day weekly exercise total; 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 200 crunches, 300 tricep pushups, 80 back flexes, 240 squats.  Remember I’m alternating days.  I do 3 exercises one day, then the other 3 the next day.

 

My back & arm exercises take much more time than my abs & leg exercises.  I like not having to exercise for 2 or 2.5 hours.  I hope this is beneficial in the end.

I’m still not sure which wheelchair I’ll be getting?  I hope to have one ordered between 12:00 – 1:00 on Kim’s lunch break.  Kim was emailing with someone at the place they manufacture the lighter one & was told they could make it with the one change I’d like.  If the salesman in town can get a hold of someone there, I’ll get the 12 pound chair.  If not it will be the 22 pound chair.  So I’ll find out later today.  For me, it wouldn’t really make much of a difference.  The lighter wheelchair will be easier on other people’s back lifting it into a vehicle.  For me both chairs are MUCH easier to move around in, they seem to glide easier with little effort if that makes sense.  The issue is the foot rest.  I use my feet a lot in the house, but if were out shopping or something my legs get tired from lifting my feet off the ground.  I’d like to have that option in the lighter chair.  It normally comes with the foot rest as a structural need, but they do make a chair where the foot rest can be lifted to the side & out of my way.  I would like that option!

I talked with Kim & it looks like next week will be 5 days of cardio.  I find no joy in practicing walking with my walker, but it’s a necessary evil I guess.  BOOOOO!!!!

 

CHROMEO

2 guys out of Québec, Canada.  They have released 6 albums since their debut in 2004.  This pop music HIGH on the sugar side.  I bought their last 2 albums of the 6 available.  The earlier albums just didn’t sit well with me.  No I’m not all metal & rock.  I think it was Alice Cooper that said something to this effect “I can’t have someone yelling at me all of the time!”  I’m rather passionate about all of my music but even I need a break from someone yelling at me all of the time.  Chromeo is the complete opposite of heavy music….

 

2014      WHITE WOMEN

 

2018    HEAD OVER HEELS

 

The new “Halestorm” album “Vicious” is out today!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Next Friday, “Into Eternity” album “The Sirens” will be out on www.bandcamp.com for $15 or email them intoeternityCD@gmail.com if you’d like an actual CD for $20 + shipping.  This is an independent release, all proceeds go directly to the band.

 

I don’t like bashing any band, however when I saw this band playing at half-time in Hamilton, initially the lead singer looked as though she had better things to do aka she seemed very distant from the situation.  I’ve watched it a few times & it debunks my initial reaction a bit, but not enough.  As for the music, I’m good with it, but it’s probably not something I’d listen to multiple times.

 

After listening to the new Metallica album & reading many reviews, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a gateway album to the rest of their catalogue!  It’s really good!

 

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/TREMONTI

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Music throughout the weekend.

 

Quiet & uneventful weekend.  Kim was cleaning like crazy.  “Will you eat this?  It expires today” she asks me as she’s cleaning the fridge.  Of course I say “Yeah, sure!”  Mmmm, chocolate milk & vegetables, they don’t really go well together.

Friday night I watched the baseball game, then ‘Friends’ on Netflix until midnight.  Got up shortly after 9:00 am & watched more baseball.

Kim & I went out for a drive in the evening, she needed photos for her photography class.  Drove around the city & couldn’t find a place to photograph what she needed.  Came home, had supper & watched “The Secret Life of Pets”, even funnier with rum & coke in you!

Thought I would have more exciting news, but plans changed.  I hope you all are enjoying your summer!

 

TREMONTI

Yes, Mark Tremonti former guitarist of “Creed” & current lead guitarist of “Alter Bridge”.  “Tremonti” is his side/solo project.  He classifies his solo project as metal, I find it to be a different form of hard rock, much like Alter Bridge.  Both would be in the same genres, but I really don’t see a genres either group would easily fit into.  Usually what happens with Alter Bridge is that singer, Myles Kennedy, will take off to sing live/record for Slash, Mark Tremonti will do an album & tour with his solo group, where he is the lead singer also.  So far Alter Bridge has released 5 studio albums & a few live albums.  Tremonti has released 4 studio albums to date.

2012    ALL I WAS

 

2015    CAUTERIZE

 

 

2016    DUST

 

 

2018   A DYING MACHINE

 

 

Alter Bridge with Symphony Orchestra in England!!!!

I’m so excited about this DVD/Blu-ray.  Available on September 7th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Smashing Pumpkins cover Led Zeppelin & David Bowie on tour

http://loudwire.com/smashing-pumpkins-tour-opener-greatest-hits-led-zeppelin-david-bowie-covers/

 

More System of a Down news.

http://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-john-dolmayan-all-of-us-to-blame-new-album/

 

What the Heck was that??????  Unfortunately Metallica didn’t improve the Macarena.

http://loudwire.com/metallica-master-of-puppets-macarena-mash-up/

 

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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