Vinyl Wednesday: Creedence Clearwater Revival – The 1969 Singles

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the voices of a generation. They aren’t my generation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t love a bunch of their songs. The 1969 Singles is a compilation of some of their most famous tracks all gathered onto one 10″ record.

I almost didn’t buy this album when it was released. This was a year that I was buying quite a lot of records at Dave’s Records for Record Store Day 2014 and I was debating on picking this up. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. This has ended up being one of my favorite classic rock albums that I’ve purchased in a long time. It’s all killer and no filler and Nancy and I have fallen asleep many times to this record.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Korn – Issues

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1999. Oh how I wish I could go back. Nu-Metal was in full swing. Rap was still decent. I had no bills/responsibilities/cares other than walking/feeding a dog. Fun times. In all of my youthful ignorance I was watching a lot of TV and I can still recall all the lead-up to this album’s release. Korn played two unfinished songs from the album at Woodstock ’99 (“Falling Away From Me” and “Beg For Me”). The band debuted the song “Falling Away From Me” on the South Park episode titled “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery”. When the album was in the can, Korn played a special concert at the NY Apollo Theatre on the eve of it’s release. They had a special backing band and played the full album in it’s entirety and streamed the audio over the radio. Video was also captured but I honestly don’t remember if it was ever shown anywhere. Want to check it out? It’s at the end of this post. MTV was also flooded with Korn-centric programming at the time. There was the Korn Cover Contest that offered a fans a chance to design the album’s main artwork. This was won by Alfredo Carlos. So, yeah, Korn was ruling the popular heavy-music landscape in the late 90’s and I (being all of 14 years old at the time) ate this stuff right up.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Gojira – Magma

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All hail the mighty Gojira!

This band kicks serious ass. No, really. They do. Gojira is a heavy metal band from France that was founded in 1996 (changed their name from Godzilla to Gojira in 2001). They meld together a lot of different styles of metal music to create a truly awesome soundscape of heaviness that generally pummels you into obedience. Their latest album, Magma, was released on June 17th and it has been in my main rotation ever since that day. You want proof that this album is good? Ask Nancy about it. Even she digs it and she was was/is an ardent hater of anything else the band has done.

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The Final (Good) Ride of Fall

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I took a day off of work a little while back and went on a ride with Garry. I didn’t have anywhere specific in mind as to where I wanted to go but of course Garry knew exactly where to go. He’s like human atlas for these Ohio roads. We met up on Rt. 20 and then rode through Oberlin and a few other small towns on our way to some park down in a valley. It was pretty awesome but I couldn’t ever get back there if I had to. I honestly had no clue where I was. Before we left I decided to take our bikes over to a walking path to snag some photos with some of the fall foliage. After the photos we hopped back on the bikes and made our way over to Huron to end up by the lake and then into Sandusky where we filled up my tank and parted ways. I rode back to Cleveland and he went on to Clyde to meet up with my mom and go riding along the lake again. He’s a busy dude, obviously.

Photos of the bikes as well as our two main stops are below.

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Friendly Woodland Critter Weekend

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Nancy and I have been busy with feeding our animals lately. We still don’t have a dog but we do have squirrels and other animals that make our backyard their home. On Saturday, one of our squirrel friends came by to visit us and as we were feeding him there were a lot of other critters that came out to play. In our excitement I figured I might as well bust out the zoom lens and see if I could get some decent photos. We saw a pretty varied wildlife from our back door (for what we are used to seeing) and even managed to get some photos of a Red-bellied Woodpecker that stopped by for a minute or two. I saw both genders but only managed to get a few photos of the brighter colored of the two. We got the chance to visit with cardinals (male and female), bluejays, a bunch of finch’s, the two woodpeckers, some sparrows and a squirrel or two. I didn’t get photos of any cardinals but there should be a photo of just about everything else. There’s even a video of me feeding the squirrels at the end. Check it out!

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