Month: October 2017

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Tuesday October 31, 2017 Halloween

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1% with pomegranate; glass of tea Morning: apple; pomegranate; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: pork, cheddar and tomato sandwich with mayo and mustard; pickle Afternoon: tonic water Dinner: corn chowder; tortilla chips Dessert: chocolate bars (hey, it’s Halloween); carrot cake; probably something else What I Did for Exercise …

1977, Music

Street Survivors (1977) by Lynyrd Skynyrd

This album is perhaps most famous for its unfortunate album cover, showing the band (nearly) engulfed in flames. Three days after this album was released, 2/7ths of Lynyrd Skynyrd and four other people, including one of their backing vocalists. The album then became their most successful, as is often the case with these things, but …

1977, Music

Like a Mother Fucker (1977) by Heartbreakers

Aka L.A.M.F. and these Heartbreakers are not to be confused by Tom Petty’s band of the same name. Recorded in the UK, this record still sounds extremely “New York.” In fact, the central feature of this record and the thing that I struggle with while listening to it is its huge resemblance to the New …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Monday October 30, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles with yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard Dinner: chili; ginger ale What I Did for Exercise Completed most (7/8ths by sprints, 5/6ths by minutes) of a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Sunday October 29, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: coddle egg, hash brown, avocado; glass of tea Lunch: pizza; tonic water Dinner: eggplant parmigiana sandwich; caesar salad; IPA Dessert: ice cream sandwich Later: half a bole of BA sour, probably something else What I Did for Exercise Walked to Dufferin Mall, walked to Bloor, walked home Walked to Queen and …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Saturday October 28, 2017

What I Ate Brunch: waffles with yogurt; kiwi; glass of tea; glass of apple juice Lunch: dumplings; mini pork sandwich Afternoon: half a bottle of cinnamon stout Dinner: 3 slices of pizza; half a bottle of strawberry IPA After dinner: tonic water; mint tea Dessert: probably some frozen yogurt; maybe more beer What I Did …

2014, Movies

As Above, So Below (2014, John Erick Dowdle)

This is yet another found-footage horror film, number 300 and something at this point. (I have no idea whether that’s high or low.) When this was made, it was 15 years since¬†Blair Witch. At some point, shouldn’t low-budget horror filmmakers realize this gimmick is a little tired?

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Friday October 27, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; toast with peanut butter and jam; bread with peanut butter; tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; cookie Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard on rye Afternoon: tea Dinner: venison tartar with a quail egg and crackers; manhattan; rabbit pasta; red ale Dessert: semifreddo After dinner: …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Thursday October 26, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in kefir; glass of tea MWhat I orning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard on rye; apple Afternoon: apple Dinner: caesar salad; curry soup; imperial red ale Dessert: mezcal on the rocks; probably some frozen yogurt What I Did …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Wednesday October 25, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: carrot bread; Harvest Crunch with milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard on rye; apple Dinner: port; caesar salad; half a bottle of Mango Lassi IPA Dessert: half a bottle of sour wheat ale with mangoes; frozen …

1972, Music

Talking Book (1972) by Stevie Wonder

Of all R&B artists, I have been familiar with Stevie Wonder about as long as any, because Wonder was acceptable to the Oldies station I grew up with to a much greater extent than most of his contemporaries. (There was Motown of course – just the hits! – and a few Ray Charles hits, but …

1972, Music

I’m Still in Love With You (1972) by Al Green

The first time I heard an Al Green record, I must say I was disappointed. I had heard so much about his music over the years that I guess I was bound to be disappointed. In addition to the hype, I think I was probably disappointed by the lack of variation in the record. I …

1972, Music

Greetings From LA (1972) by Tim Buckley

Ever since Tim Buckley embraced jazz and abandoned the more staid, more traditional singer songwriter approach of his earliest records, there is always been a bit of soul to his music, but that soul, such as it was, was always filtered through the lens of jazz.

1972, Music

Bustin’ Out (1972) by Pure Prairie League

I feel like one of the problems of getting into a genre through a progenitor of that genre is that later bands don’t hold up. If you manage to listen to the later bands first, they always sound better because you don’t know what came first, you don’t realize how derivative they are.

1967, Music

Pleasures of the Harbor (1967) by Phil Ochs

I have a heard a lot about Phil Ochs as a songwriter and he has been recommended to me both by the critics I used to read and by friends of mine. Yet I have still managed to barely hear any of his songs, and usually only covers. Like so many other artists, his music …

1967, Music

One Nation Underground (1967) by Pearls Before Swine

There is a school of thought about how music evolved before the internet that believes that music needs urbanization to really develop. This school of thought views music as evolving in scenes in specific major cities. The internet has made this no longer necessary as now anyone can communicate with anyone else and even create …

1967, Music

Chelsea Girl (1967) by Nico

The first time I heard the Velvets’ early singles, with Nico on them, I didn’t like her voice. And for quite some time after, I don’t think I did. I’m pretty sure that, for a long time, I regarded her presence on that first album as some kind of weird aberration, forced upon them by …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Tuesday October 24, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with milk; carrot bread; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: “orangesicle” smoothie Dinner: stir fry with dumplings; ginger beer Dessert: tonic water; probably frozen yogurt or something What I Did for …

1962, Music

Surfin’ Safari (1962) by The Beach Boys

I listened to the Beach Boys a lot growing up, along with a lot of other music from this period. I had some Greatest Hits tapes and such, I believe. So when I discovered actually interesting music, the Beach Boys went the way of nearly all oldies bands and artists I listened to – I …

1962, Music

Modern Sounds in Country and Wester Music, Volume Two (1962) by Ray Charles

Ray Charles’ radical reinterpretations of country standards sound so dated now it’s really hard to appreciate them both for their radical boundary-breaking (black performers didn’t perform white music much at all at the time) and for the way in which Charles reinvigorated soul music with a new source of inspiration and a new avenue down …

1957, Music

Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957)

Without doing the appropriate research I am going to assume this was the first “rock and roll” Christmas album. There had been Christmas albums ever since the invention of the format but, until Elvis, they were more the purview of Bing Crosby than rock and roll performers.

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Monday October 23, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: pancakes; tea; pear Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheese and tomato sandwiches on rye with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: pork stirfry; apple juice Dessert: blondie with frozen yogurt; tonic water What I Did for Exercise Completed part (3/4s by sprints, 5/6ths by minutes) of a 30 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Sunday October 22, 2010

What I Ate Breakfast: fried eggs, avocado and toast; glass of tea; juice Afternoon: carrot bread; chips; tonic water Dinner: falafel and accoutrements Dessert: cherry square; frozen yogurt What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Greenwood Walked down the stairs at …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Saturday October 21, 2017

What I Ate Brunch: pancakes with fruit and yogurt; OJ; glass of tea Morning: carrot loaf Afternoon: half a bottle of oude geuze; olives; pita chips and dip; smoked salmon, cream cheese and crackers; shrimp Dinner: Few glasses of wine, pasta Primavera; ribs; bread and butter Dessert: cake with whipped cream and strawberries What I …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Friday October 21, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: cereal with milk; smoothie; glass of tea Morning: Apple Lunch: 2 salami, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on marble rye with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: tea Dinner: side ribs; peas After dinner: Lots and lots of beer Dessert: Big Mac, fries What I Did for Exercise Completed part (3/4ths by sprints, …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

The Log for Thursday October 19, 2017

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; tea Morning: salad Lunch: 2 salami, tomato and cheddar sandwiches on marble rye with mayo and mustard; apple Afternoon: apple Dinner: grilled cheese (with other things), kale; wine; half a bottle of IPA Dessert: frozen yogurt; raspberries What I Did for Exercise Completed part (3/4s by sprints, 5/6ths by time) …

2017, Movies

Gifted (2017, Marc Webb)

This is a film about one of those precocious child geniuses that only exist in Hollywood movies (and independent movies that wish they were Hollywood movies – I’m looking at your¬†Good Will Hunting) and how such geniuses should be nurtured. In real life, nobody is quite as smart (or quite as high functioning if they …