Positive Songs for Positive People

Earlier this year, my wife and I took a trip as part of an early 40th birthday present for me.  Isabelle surprised me with tickets to the Festival d’été de Québec.  The 10-day festival had a wide variety of acts playing, but the point of our trip was to see Foo Fighters.  (You can read about the trip in this blog.)  As much as I loved finally getting to see the Foo Fighters live in concert, one of the highlights of the night was one of the opening acts; namely Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. Continue reading “Positive Songs for Positive People”

Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits: A Quick Review

One of my all-time favourite bands is Black Label Society.  Formed 20 years ago, Zakk Wylde had stepped away from his years as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and formed his own heavy metal band.

Over the past few months, I had noticed a new BLS album on the shelves of our local record store, but when glancing at the cover and seeing the title Grimmest Hits, I dismissed it as a greatest hits compilation and didn’t give it a second look.  A few weeks ago, I was perusing the shelves, looking for some new music to bring with Isabelle and I on an up-coming road trip.  That’s when my eyes passed over this album cover again, but I noted a sticker saying “12 brand new tracks”.  So I immediately picked it up and headed home with it. Continue reading “Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits: A Quick Review”

Detectorists – a review

Over the past two weeks, I’ve binged two seasons of a delightfully fresh and fun britcom that I found on Netflix.  Detectorists is the story of two hobbyist metal detectorists (don’t call them metal detectors… those are the machines!) in a small rural community in England.  By times, laugh-out-loud funny,  and by others lovingly tender and sweet, it is a true tour de force put together by writer/director/star Mackenzie Crook.  While the two seasons on Netflix ares only 6 episodes in length each, they are all of high quality. Continue reading “Detectorists – a review”