The Log for Thursday November 2, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch and 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salmi, brie, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; small orange Dinner: homemade fish and chips with a deep fried red pepper (who knew?); half a charcoal porter What I Did for Exercise Somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes on the exercise bike (technical difficulties) Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Broadview, walked home from Broadview What Read More

What Would The Community Think? (1996) by Cat Power

Categories: 1996 and Movies.

This is a solid collection of rootsy indie music. Her songs are strong and the arrangements are idiosyncratic, albeit not anywhere near as idiosyncratic as was becoming common in the indie world. I have always thought I should get into Cat Power but, though I like this record, I find it kind of innocuous. It’s fine, but I don’t know that my impression will last and, at least at this moment, I cannot see myself rushing back to it any time soon. 7/10 Read More

Horse Stories (1996) by Dirty Three

Categories: 1996 and Music.

Dirty Three charts their own course in the post rock world, sounding nothing like other post rock bands, in part because of their unique configuration (violin, guitar, drums) and in part because of their willingness to be noisy. The performances range from mournful to unbelievably intense while sounding like literally nobody else. Great stuff. 9/10 Read More

The Log for Wednesday November 30, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pieces of bread with peanut butter and jam, mango slices and kiwi slices; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; 2 small oranges Lunch: pad thai Dinner: egg in a tortilla; Bam Biere What I Did for Exercise 14 lengths of front crawl, 12 lengths of breast stroke Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home What I Did with My Life Not much, I don’t think Read More

Still Feel Gone (1991) by Uncle Tupelo

Categories: 1991 and Music.

Before Uncle Tupelo, I feel like alt country (such as it was) was so much cleaner. Despite the ostensible punk influence on the genre, the alt country records I’ve heard from the last 80s are all pretty much straight up country rock. There’s more of an edge here, even if it isn’t much of one compared to some later alt country bands. It’s a strong set of songs and one reason I prefer these guys to Son Volt is because I like the two competing songwriters, I think it made them better. 8/10 Read More

Laughing Stock (1991) by Talk Talk

Categories: 1991 and Music.

Though Hex is generally considered the official beginning of post rock, you could make a very strong argument that post rock begins with this record. Already very much hinting at it on Spirit of Eden, the music here is often even less recognizable as rock music, with entire songs seemingly barely existing as actual pieces, in a way that had little precedent in popular music prior to this band. The jazz influence is perhaps even more pronounced this time out, but though some or even all of these songs were initially recorded as if they were free jazz, the results Read More

Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986) by Megadeath

Categories: 1986 and Music.

Megadeath have been on my list of essential 80s bands to listen to for years, possibly a decade or more. And now that I’m finally getting to them I’m so, so disappointed I don’t really know what to say. This is some pretty damn heavy music for 1986, and that part is good and cool. But I don’t like Mustaine – I don’t like the guy personally, which is probably obvious, but I don’t like his lyrics, they’re worse than regular metal lyrics. And the mix forces his vocals way up front which makes everything less heavy. Having come at Read More

The Log for Tuesday November 29, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Did for Exercise 30 minutes on the exercise bike at the highest resistance Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Dufferin Walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up half the stairs at Spadina What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, brie and tomato sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: Smoked meatloaf sandwich with fries and coleslaw, goblet of the new Sawdust Read More

Trompe Le Monde (1991) by Pixies

Categories: 1991 and Music.

With hindsight this feels like a step between the earlier Pixies records and Frank Black’s solo career, which would make sense. To me, though, it suffers in that sense, lacking the strongest songs of either earlier Pixies records or Black’s early solo albums, but produced almost if it was one of his solo records. That’s not to say I dislike it – it’s still the Pixies doing what they do best pretty well. I just feel like it’s their weakest record and it very much feels like a transitional one for their main songwriter. 7/10 Read More

The Log for November November 28, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate: Breakfast: 3 pancakes, glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea, 1 apple Lunch: 2 salami, brie and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: 2 orangies Dinner: Huevos Rancheros; larger bottle of LTM Hopfenweisse What I Did for Exercise: Nearly 30 minutes on the exercise bike at the full resistance Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Donlands, walked home What I Did with My Life Helped two clients with their sites Read More

Raise (1991) by Swervedriver

Categories: 1991 and Music.

This is a strong shoegaze set with roots a little more on the rock side of things (there’s a CCR riff in the opening track…) than what I’m used to, and I must say that endears this to me more than the more famous shoegaze bands I’ve heard previously. There’s still the sort of laconic thing vocal thing that irks me when I don’t love the music, but enjoying the music more than other shoegaze helps. It’s interesting; they straddle this line between shogegaze and more American alternative that I never really imagined. 7/10 Read More

Pretty on the Inside (1991) by Hole

Categories: 1991 and Music.

This is a noisy, abrasive set of songs which manages to be significantly more noisy than most of the other grunge bands of the era, at least on record.. That feels like even more of an accomplishment given the expectations around a female-fronted band at the time. I can’t say that I love the songs all that much, but I appreciate the seeming unwillingness to compromise (which seems to have been revealed as something very different through interviews). Pretty great stuff. 8/10 Read More

The Log for Sunday November 27, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 4 pancakes with syrup; glass of tea Lunch: small honeydew smoothie, a few rice crackers with dip; some chips with dip Dinner: huevos rancheros What I Did for Exercise 25+ minutes on the exercise bike on the highest setting Walked to the mall and back What I Did with My Life I worked a little bit on the work for two clients Read More

Broken (2013, Bright Wonder Obasi)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

Had I not seen other Nollywood movies, I might have been shocked by how awful this film’s production values are. But having seen a number of Nollywood movies now, I know that this is actually above average when it comes to those production values. It’s only the sound that’s really, really awful (and only at times), – this one is actually pretty seemingly competently edited, which is not always the case. Read More

The Log for Saturday November 26, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Morning: 2 pieces of French Toast with homemade yogurt and maple syrup, fruit salad Rest of the day: samples of 17 different beers, lots of chips, veggies, salsa, guacamole, dill dip; “Greek” burger What I Did for Exercise Walked from Spadina and Front to Harbourfront Walked from Harbourfront to Parliament and King, walked from Broadview and Gerard home What I Did with My Life I hosted my annual beer tasting Read More

The Log for Friday November 25, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and brie sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard Before Dinner: rum and sparkling wine cocktail, chips and dip Dinner: 3 spare ribs, some cauliflower with cheese saw, two helps of coleslaw glass of wine After dinner: 2 pieces of gluten-free almond torte, glass of wine What I Did for Exercise nearly 30 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, Read More

Boccacio ’70 (1962, Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, Luchino Visconti)

Categories: 1962 and Movies.

This is a collection of four roughly 50 minute long films (just three in the US theatrical edition) poking fun at the sexual mores of 1960s Italy (which is why there’s “’70” in the title???) in tribute to Decameron by Boccacio, a 14th century set of tales considered one of the early Italian literary masterpieces. Perhaps a little like The Canterbury Tales for all I know. Knowing how I generally feel about much Italian cinema in general, and Fellini in particular, and “sex comedies,” and learning that I have never heard of Boccacio or read Decameron, one might well wonder Read More

The Log for Thursday November 24, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa and cheddar sandwiches on rye with tomatoes, mayo and mustard Dinner: piece of chicken with shakshouka on a bed of spinach, Gigantic Scrilla APA After Dinner: 2015 Isseki Nicho aged in Pinot Noir barrels ; peanut butter and spinach on a tortilla What I Did for Exercise Nearly 30 minutes on the exercise bike at the highest resistance level Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, walked up the first set of stairs at Sherbourne but accidentally Read More

The Log for Wednesday November 23, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 slices of sourdough toast with peanut butter and jam; pomegranate seeds, kiwi and sort of homemade yogurt (not made by me!) Morning: 2 glasses of tea Lunch: lentil and potato salad; large fruit smoothie Dinner: chicken on spinach with some shakshouka on it; Karma Citra What I Did for Exercise 14 lengths of front crawl, 12 of breast stroke Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home What I Did Read More

The Log for Tuesday November 22, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: mixture of Harvest Crunch (Honey version?) with Mini Wheats with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: Lentil and potato salad with Brussels sprouts in bacon; glass of Cote du Rhone After dinner: small amount of cookie dough ice cream; glass of Cote du Rhone What I Did for Exercise Almost 25 minutes on the exercise bike at resistance level 7 (out of 9 or 10) Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up Read More

Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985) by Neil Postman

Categories: 1985.

Amusing Ourselves to Death is a frustrating and maddening book that might be better called Old Man Yells at New Technology and About How Things Were Better Before He Was Born. It’s considered a classic examination of the problems of new technology, which I find odd given how shoddily the argument is made. If this is an argument for books over TV, maybe write a better book… Read More

The Log for Monday November 21, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pieces of homemade German apple pancake; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami and cheddar sandwiches on rye with mayo, mustard and tomato Dinner: chicken, roasted red pepper and brie sandwich with spinach salad, Indie Ale House Instigator After Dinner: Karma Citra What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on the exercise bike (at a way higher resistance level, due to some technical difficulties) Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the escalator for the first set of stairs at Sherbourne because so many people were Read More

The Log for Sunday November 20, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: shakshouka, glass of tea, glass of grapefruit juice Lunch: medium bubble tea, egg tart After dinner: Indie Ale House Love Triangle, some Kit Kat pieces Dinner: Chicken, brie and red pepper sandwich, spinach salad; Imperial IPA What I Did for Exercise 20 minutes on the exercise bike (second day on the new resistance level, so that’s an improvement) Walked to the mall and back 10 reps with each arm with a 20+ lb dumbell What I Did with My Life I got hired! Read More

Bright Days Ahead (2013, Marion Vernoux)

Categories: 2013 and Movies.

This is the kind of film that I am glad exists but that I don’t get much enjoyment out of. Were I older – and were I female – I’d probably enjoy it much more. But I am super happy that people make movies like this and I wish there were more of them. (Also, I wish this particular one was better.) Basically, this is a November-July romance dramedy that probably feels great to watch if you’re a retired woman, but doesn’t resonate with me, personally, as I am nowhere near that part of my life. The result feels middling Read More