The Log for Saturday November 18, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Brunch: french toast; glass of tea Lunch: pasta; muffin; mini chocolate bar Dinner: shwarma, chips; DIPA Dessert: probably a muffin, more alcohol What I Did for Exercise Walked to College and Shaw, to Dundas and Grove, and Ossington and Argyle and home Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up the stairs at Main, walked from Wineva and Queen and Beech and Queen Walked form Beech and Queen to Hambly and Queen, walked down the stairs at Main, walked up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Nothing Read More

The Log for Friday November 17, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Toast with peanut butter and jam; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mustard and mayo Afternoon: mini chocolate bar Dinner: baked beans; greek salad; wine Dessert: mini chocolate bar; muffin; wine What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights Walked to Grace and College and home What I Did with My Life Wrote Did some work for a client Read More

The Log for Thursday November 16, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch, blackberries and 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 salami, tomato and cheddar sandwiches with mayo and mustard; OJ Afternoon: apple Dinner: 2 fried egg sandwiches with tomato and sauerkraut; OJ Dessert: mini chocolate bar so far What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up half the stairs at Yonge, had to take escalators at Davisville Walked down the stairs at Davisville, walked down half the stairs at Yonge, walked up the Read More

Brooklyn Castle (2012, Katie Dellamaggiore)

Categories: 2012 and Movies.

Brooklyn Castle is a film about a year in the of a particularly successful junior high school chess team. The film follows a few of these students of different ages as they compete in chess tournaments. At first glance, it feels like one of the innumerable “kids competing” documentaries that spread up in the wake of Spellbound. But it’s not. It has more in common with something like American Promise than Spellbound. SPOILERS if you possibly care about spoilers in a documentary. Read More

“Luciferian Towers” (2017) by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Categories: 2017 and Music.

I think it’s easy to listen to GY!BE and think that all their albums sound (somewhat) the same. I get that at some level. (I think it’s wrong, but I get it.) Rise and fall, rise and fall, rise and fall. The pattern of their compositions is certainly familiar even if the music within them is less repetitive that it might seem. Read More

The Log for Wednesday November 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; cream cheese and jam on toast; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea, apple Lunch: re-fried vegetables, egg; toast Dinner: pork chop; pasta; tonic water Dessert: Plum square What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to College and Shaw and back Lifted weights What I Did with My Life Wrote Did work for two clients Read More

Mogwai Young Team (1997)

Categories: 1997 and Music.

By 1997, post rock had existed for some time but I think you could make a compelling case that the sounds we most associate with post rock were still not that common within this horribly named genre, which is really a bunch of different genres. The grandeur and epic scale of much post rock was a new thing and most of the music called post rock before 1997 we might not even recognize as post rock now. 1997 feels like a watershed year in post rock, with the debuts of many of the great post rock bands coming in that Read More

The Log for Tuesday November 14, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch and blackberries with kefir; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple; mini chocolate bar Lunch: chicken soup; tonic water; mini chocolate bar Dinner: wild boar pizza; pint of IPA After dinner: pint of IPA, bottle of white IPA, can of IPA Dessert: few spoonfuls of ice cream What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 10 squats Walked to Shaw and College and back Walked to Roncevalles and Grenadier and back What I Did with My Life Wrote a bit Did work for two clients Read More

Joya (1997) by Will Oldham

Categories: 1997 and Music.

Though I have heard far from all – not even half – of Will Olham’s music, I think it’s safe to say that Oldham is one of my favourite songwriters to debut in the 1990s. He may be my favourite. Something about his lyrics connect we me, even though I don’t always recognize his situations, beliefs and emotions. Like with some of my other favourite songwriters, I feel like I am listening to his soul, like I’m getting through the layer of artifice that most people put up around themselves. Read More

Around the Fur (1997) by Deftones

Categories: 1997 and Music.

Whenever I first heard the Deftones, I thought they were Nu Metal. I thought that because a) they were definitely marketed as part of that moment in time by the music video channels and b) I wasn’t one who was going to discern – it was all noise to me. Later on, I read some admiring reviews of this band (not this album though) I heard the term “alternative metal” thrown around. I’d become a fan of alternative metal in the interim. I figured I should check them out. Read More

So Much for the Afterglow (1997) by Everclear

Categories: 1997 and Music.

I don’t know this band save for “Wonderful” so I cannot tell you whether the Beach Boys-esque opening to the title track is a giant left turn or not. If it is, that’s brave of them. But, for those of us who do not know this band, it’s the wrong note to start the album. It tells us we’re getting one thing, and we get something else. Read More

The Log for Monday November 13, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple; mini chocolate bar Lunch: chicken soup; tonic water Dinner: 2 hot dogs; tomato soup; cider Dessert: probably a plum square What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights Walked to Shaw and College and back What I Did with My Life Work for two clients Read More

Robbie Robertson (1987)

Categories: 1987 and Music.

When I was growing up my dad had a Robbie Robertson album, I don’t remember which one. When I discovered the Band, I had a hard time reconciling the memories I had of his solo music with The Band’s music – they seem to have been made by two totally different people, or at least by musicians with very, very different ideas of aesthetics. Read More

The Log for Sunday November 12, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: poached eggs with re-fried vegetables and toast; glass of tea; glass of apple cider Lunch: cucumber salad; toast with cream cheese and jam; tonic water Dinner: IPA; fish and chips Dessert: Haven’t eaten it yet What I Did for Exercise 10 squats Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Broadview, walked from Broadview along Queen to Logan Walked from Logan and Queen to Broadview and Gerard, walked home from College What I Did with My Life Did work for a client Read More

Cowboys and Indians (2011, Jon Favreau)

Categories: 2011 and Movies.

Many years ago, in my teens, I had a habit of writing down every movie idea I had, as I dreamed I would one day be a filmmaker. One such idea was a western film in which aliens showed up part way through. However, a key part of the idea – perhaps the key part – was that the audience didn’t know the aliens were coming. Titling a movie Cowboys and Aliens accomplishes a few things: It alerts the audience to the presence of aliens, thereby ruining any suspense or surprise around the introduction of the aliens into the film It Read More

The 10 Best Neil Young Songs of All Time

Categories: Music.

See the Top 50 Neil Young Songs | Or, to read the introduction to this list, see the Top 100 Neil Young Songs I agonized over this Top 10 list of the Greatest Neil Young Songs. Every one of these songs would likely be in my Top 15 or Top 25 if I did it again in a few weeks, but there are definitely some songs in the Top 50 that I feel like I should have included in this list. Alas, there are only 10 spots. I apologize for the huge bias to basically one decade. This is my Read More

The Log for Saturday November 11, 2017 Remembrance Dance

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Morning: glass of tea Brunch: french toast with cheese and onions; salad; hot chocolate Afternoon: chocolate donut Dinner: chicken soup; RIS Dessert: probably plum and pistachio squares, maybe more alcohol What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to Dundas and Grace, walked home Walked to Bloor, walked to Howland, walked to Lansdowne, walked home What I Did with My Life Shared a post I wrote about a documentary about war   Lest we forget… Read More

The Log for Friday November 10, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: glass of tea; mini chocolate bars; cookie Lunch: 2 chicken, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard Afternoon: Mini chocolate bars Dinner: elderflower royale; sloppy joes; salad; wine Dessert: pistachio plum square; wine What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 10 quats Walked to College and Shaw and back Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, walked up the stairs at Runnymede What I Did with My Life Did work for two clients Read More

The Top 50 Neil Young Songs of All Time

Categories: Music.

This list of the Top 50 Neil Young Songs has been narrowed down from the hundreds of songs he wrote over time. I had a really hard time making it and many songs in the “Honourable Mentions” section of my Top 100 could have easily been on here instead. That Top 100 was a bit of a cop out, but this part of the list is truly ranked. So I hope you enjoy the Top 50 Neil Young Songs of All Time   50. “Running Dry” from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969) An appeal to his new band to Read More

The Log for Thursday November 9, 2011

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: cream cheese and jam on toast; tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple; mini chocolate bar Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard Afternoon: apple; mini chocolate bars Dinner: cassoulet; red wine Dessert: plum squares are on the menu; more wine What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights Walked to Shaw and College and back What I Did with My Life Wrote Did work for two clients Read More

The Vietnam War (2017, Ken Burns, Lynn Novick)

Categories: 2017 and TV.

This mammoth, 17+ hour documentary about The United States’ war in Vietnam is not perfect; it is a flawed film in at least two ways. But it is essential viewing for anyone alive today who hopes to understand the United States, its role in the world and its continued (seemingly endless) foreign policy mistakes, which have real world consequences for millions of people around the world, every day. Though it may not be Ken Burns’ best work in terms of consistency, it is, I believe, his most important documentary, and I only wish he had been able to make it Read More

Neil Young’s 100 Best Songs

Categories: Music.

I attended a live recording of Slate’s Culture Gabfest recently in which Carl Wilson argued we are waiting too long to celebrate our greats once they’re dead, we should celebrate them while they’re still alive. Hence, this celebration of Neil Young. Bob Dylan is the Greatest (English language) Songwriter of All Time, changing the way people wrote lyrics in a way that nobody could ever do again. But of all the post-Dylan songwriters, you could argue Neil Young has created the greatest body of work: he has written more songs than just about anyone of his generation (save Dylan) and Read More

The Log for Wednesday November 8, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with pineapples and kefir; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apples; mini chocolate bar Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; OJ Afternoon: cookie; mini chocolate bar Dinner: beat salad; cassoulet; tonic water; OJ Dessert: remains to be seen, probably cookies and ice cream What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 10 squats Walked to College and Shaw and walked home Walked to Dufferin Mall, walked down and up the stairs, walked home What I Did with My Life Wrote Read More

The Log for Tuesday November 8, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: bit of eggs; Harvest Crunch with 1%; glass of tea Morning: two glasses of tea Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; chocolate bar Afternoon: cookie Dinner: hot dogs; salad; half a bottle of Laser Show Dessert: half a bottle of Pineapple Sculpin; cookie and ice cream What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne, walked around a bit Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Read More

RIP Roy Halladay

Categories: 2017, Baseball, RIP, and Sports.

It’s hard to know what to say when someone famous dies. When it’s a musician or filmmaker, I talk about their work. I can’t do that with sports. Normally, I don’t write blog posts about athletes when I they die, as I don’t feel as close to athletes as I to do artists, it’s just my nature. But Roy Halladay was my favourite Blue Jay; the only baseball player whose jersey I’ve ever purchased. He was also only 4 years older than me. So this death has hit me harder than I would have imagined; not only is it shocking Read More

The Velvet Rope (1997) by Janet Jackson

Categories: 1997 and Music.

I had a very, very fixed idea of Janet Jackson before listening to that record. It was an idea essentially created by music videos (Janet Jackson is attractive) and the odd accidental radio exposure, but also created by the music industrial complex, which has generally marketed female performers in a particular way for quite a long time. This idea was complete wrong, in addition to being completely unfair. I am glad I listened to this record, because Janet Jackson is so much more than what I thought she was. Read More

Faith (1987) by George Michael

Categories: 1987 and Music.

I have never had any desire to listen to George Michael. Nothing about his music has ever really struck me. I find myself listening to this record only because of my podcast. It’s a weird combination of cheese and kitsch with earnestness and bravado. As someone who has only recently started (seriously) listening to music like this in the last couple of years, I am not quite sure what to do with it. Michael has a real knack for melody and I’d say that nearly every one of the melodies here is quite strong. The lyrics are a little less Read More