Sunday, December 06, 2009

A long time

It has been a long time since I posted anything on this blog page. It's been even a longer time since Lungbutter was together. After over 7 years. we ended up having a reunion of sorts. I had a bit of time so I thought I would make a most of it and put up a post.

There was a local band called "Shadow in the Mirror" who John was friends with and worked with one of the members years back. Over the course of this there was talk about John should try to get the band back together to play a show with them for fun. It was all talk. But then for some strange reason, we (lungbutter members) were all sending emails to each other with song title ideas, lyrics and so forth, and something sparked when we were talking about the "old times". I got myself even more interested over this same period, when we were putting the majority of our Garbage City catalog on last fm for free download.

Then in October there was talk about the possibility about playing a half hour or so set with the previously mentioned band. We thought we could try it and see what would happen.

Since of out inactivity we changed our name to "Actual Lungbutter" as there are presently 3 or 4 other lungbutters out there in the world. There can be only one. And to celebrate the reunion of the band, Dallas even designed a hockey jersey for us to where for the show.

Next thing I know, the show passed last Friday night and I am left wanting more. I think we played a fantastic show. When we went on stage at the exchange, and started it didn't feel like over 8 years had passed at all since we were on the same stage. Cause I think it was October of 2001 since we were last on that stage. Like my buddy Brett said after seeing the show, "you guys didn't skip a beat", Ahmad thought it was better then the albums, as it was the first time he had ever seen us.

I myself had a blast. I was just excited to be able to play again and let my kids be able to see it, as I thought that would of never been possible.

The energy and excitement was held by all of us. And if this strikes something new in the future, that would be awesome and I am definitely up for the ride.

The future is unwritten.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

bye bye kindeling

I cancelled my subscription to the newspaper today. We haven't been reading it and thought it would be a couple of extra bucks in my pocket.
It's funny how that when you do something like that, how offended the rep on the other end can get. "Why are you canceling?", "Would you like a weekend subscription only?".. Like what's it to you? .. can't you just let me cancel it without giving me 20 questions? Yeesh.

I found out the weekend subscription wasn't even a dollar less. Hmmm .. don't think so Charlie Brown.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

20 some years ago

I have been going though some of my video tapes. I am debating to tossing them all, but before that I am going to go through them, keep the ones that have any "home movies" on them and start transfering some of the stuff on to DVD. The ZPZ show that I saw (see this date) got me to look through my old video tapes and find the old episodes of "Normal Life" that I have recorded.

- was watching some footage of Hema's 16th birthday party. Wow that's over 20 years ago already. Antique footage.

Monday, August 24, 2009

NEW!!! TMBG - Electric car

The new TMBG album "Here Comes The Science" is out in Sept!! Check out the sneak peak!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

leftovers

It was nice to sleep in a bit this morning. And I am happy I didn't go to that movie last night. Even though I know it will be fantastic.. but my day will come. No worries.

Dallas and I took the leftover stuff from the Garage Sale to VV today. We must have done ok though because after taking a van stuffed of just my stuff to his house, we didn't fill the van nearly as much with both his and my stuff.

That is the thing about Garage Sales.. at least with me. You end up likely spending more money, then what you sell. We bought a desk for Harley for his room, he just loves it. Now he wants a computer to put on it. Too bad I didn't think of that before I just got rid of the old motherboard at the garage sale, I could of had that setup for him to break ... darn.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Im a jerk.. But sometimes a guy just needs to sleep

My friend Figgy just called me to go see "District 9" with him for 10:30 tonight. Since I had quite a week of late nights the last week, I was planning on hitting the sack right after this blog post, so I turned it down. I am such a jerk.

I am sure it would have been a fine movie though. Sorry Figgy

We finished up the garage sale today and Leanne went to a farewell bbq from a Fabricland workmates. I tried to clean the house, but I got stuck transferring old Look People footage from video tape to DVD, while the kids watched Zathura for the umpteeth time. Man.. The Look People were good times.

mmmmmm ...Punjab

Man I love Indian food!...but It sure doesn't love me. Well .... I guess I should correct myself. It doesn't make me feel sick, it's just what is comin' out of my butt now is making the others around me sick.

Going to continue with our Garage sale now.. hopefully Dallas is not experiencing the same thing otherwise it's gonna be nuclear bumfare this afternoon.

Friday, August 21, 2009

who the hell wants it? .. do you want it? .. I dont want it .. who the hell wants it?

We are in the middle of doing a garage sale with Dallas and Lynnai. So far I think we have spent more then made, but the good thing is at least we are getting rid of a bunch of stuff out of the house that I haven't been using anyway.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Katamari

- went and saw Wax Mannequin. This show introduced me to two new artists who I never heard before. Julia McDougall and Depravity Brown.
- Julia and her Piano caught me by total surprise. She had an incredible voice, I recommend everyone to check her out now.

Ahmad found a copy of 'we love Katamari' for Playstation 2 I am so excited to have a copy of the game finally. I somehow feel strangly complete with my game collection now because of it. Well.. that is if you don't include PS3. I would love to have Little Big Planet. But so far that is the only game that interests for that system, other than the obvious reason that its a blue-ray player. But I don't have enought time to enjoy the toys that I have now. So I am not going to go down that road and purchase one of those at this point of my life.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What has my sister done to him!!

Harley was rocking out to Bon Jovi in his bedroom and singing along to "It's my life" at the top of his lungs.. I am thinking of banning the radio from his bedroom.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

One of the best nights of my life!!

No words can possibly explain the show that I saw last night. It is going to take a while to get over this one. The best show I have ever got to see in my life hands down. My heart was broken when Frank Zappa passed away at the end of '93. At first it was exciting to know that in years to come the Zappa Family trust would be putting out some new material because there is so much material stashed away in the vault, but I never expected to get to experience his music in a live form. There were a couple of times in the past where we saw 'Look People' do a version of 'We Are Not Alone' and that was great.. and then John put a tribute together with Regina artists like Jack Semple and Dan Siljer and it was good.. but to experience A full live show by his son playing with a band that has musicianship to the like of the original Zappa musicians back in the day, was something that was impossible to imagine. Of course I saw the ZPZ video when it was released and it was great, but I thought that was a one time thing.

The people that experienced the trip with me was Ahmad, John, Dallas and Tony. We had a blast both on the drive up and back. Maybe I can make a separate blog posting about some of the stuff that spewed out of our mouths, I will leave it up to one of the other guys to comment about those things if they desire. But here is a point form of some of the things that happened on the same day that was other than the show:
- tour of Tony's new house
- tour of CBC in Saskatoon
- The bike cop "getting out of the car"
- the toilet that almost sucked me back to the infinite beyond
- Ass Gravel Porch Box

Waiting outside in line felt like an eternity. We got inside and while I was enjoying a few moments of the security guard feeling me up, I noticed there were signs all over the place stating absolutely no cameras at all. This made me feel better about forgetting to take my camera with me (hindsight though .. taking pictures gets in the way of simply enjoying the moment). While others whaffled to the bar or to the merch booth, I said screw that and I went straight to the front of the stage and stood there. Since it was all standing room only and no seats, I wanted to make damn sure I got the best spot so I can see everything and not be disturbed by any people who may care to talk and drink more instead of enjoying the reason why they spent money to go into the bar in the first place.



So there I was, right in front of the middle of the stage, where soon, Dweezil is going to come out on stage, and I am going to feel like a young teenage boy having my first rock show experience.

They come out on stage and my heart felt like it skipped a beat, They start the show with "Apostrophe" and tears start wellin' up in my eyes. I am trying to keep it cool and enjoy the show, but they crack into "Village of the sun" and a couple of other classics from the Roxy shows that Zappa did in '73 and I loose it.

The show was simply amazing, the best thing I have every seen in my entire life. I could easily never go to another show again. Nothing can touch that show. There were others that came close, and there are artists like Look People, Wax Mannequin or the Rheostatics that will always be my favorite bands to see live. But this show simply blew anything I have witnessed out of the water. Of course a lot of it had to do with the fact that I came to terms with the thought of never seeing Zappa live.

Over halfway through the show, I summed up the courage to ask Dweezil if I could take pictures with my cell phone. Also in the process while I was sticking out my hand just to get his attention he gave me a good firm " Good Mornin-Ahmad style" hand shake and said "sure! go ahead"



He then said he wasn't ready for that one, and posed for another.



Throughout the show everyone in the band got a chance to show their skills and everyone's solos where spectacular.

Ben Thomas also did some great interpretive dancing for Black Page and Purple Lagoon. Hilarious stuff.



There where so many surprises for me during that show, I never expected them to do 'Willie The Pimp' and during the show, Dweezil brought up a kid on stage and taught him a bit of the solo. Good Stuff!



Dweezil gave the audience the choice of More Trouble Everyday, I'm The Slime and Peaches as options. I screamed my heart out for Peaches and I am happy that it did go that way. Other bucket of tears came though me as I was experiencing one of my fave Zappa tunes being played by Dweezil himself no more than a foot in front of me. It was awesome.



Dallas nabbed the set list from the stage at the end of the show and we noticed that they were originally planning going to end the show with 'More Trouble Everyday". As much as I enjoy that song as well, I am soo happy that they ended with Peaches En Regalia.



There were sooo many highlights in that show. It would have been nice to have a tape of it. But to sum it up somewhat, here is the set list:

Apostrophe
Montana
Village Of The Sun
Echidna's Arf of You
Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
Black Page (1)
Black Page 2
Bobby Brown Goes Down
Magic Fingers
Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
Wind Up Workin a Gas Station
San Ber'dino
Inca Roads
Broken Hearts Are For Assholes
Bamboozled By Love
Pound For A Brown (with band solos and improvs)
Zomby Woof

Encores (minus scheduled encore: More Trouble Everyday)
-------------
Purple Lagoon
Cosmik Debris
Willie The Pimp
Peaches En Regalia

We got to briefly meet Dweezil and other members of the band, they signed our Jersey's and Dweezil took a quick snap with John and I.



I was like I was a kid who got to meet Santa Claus.

The whole show was quite the emotional roller coaster for me that night. And was so filled of joy and happiness. The only days in my life that can top the emotional happiness that was felt on this evening are when my kids were born and the days I got engaged and married to my best friend.

I think what I enjoyed most about the show is that you can tell that everyone was enjoying what they were doing, having smiles on their faces and gave their best! .. I even heard that Joe Travers was sick at the end of the show but man .. with his playin' you couldn't tell. As a result we were not able to meet the vaultmeister himself at the end of the show.

I hope that Dweezil will come by here again in the future, and I would really like to see him perform some of his own material sometime.

So Dweezil, if you happen to be reading this, I would like to request that you perform "Shampoohorn" live. That would be be the bomb!

Monday, August 17, 2009

one more sleep

We are going to go see Zappa Plays Zappa tonight. I didn't get any sleep last night. All I could think about the show, what is the show going to be like? What Am I to expect? .. I am feeling sick to my stomach. Crossing my fingers that this show does not get cancelled.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lawn

Dreams do come true!! I got my lawn cut tonight!!

I did't get the back yard done though. That's for next yeat!! :D

Monday, August 10, 2009

Cost-co

Went to cost-co today. And yes .. all of the hype is just that. They were selling christmas stuff already!! ... WTF?

Sunday, August 09, 2009

sunday night tonight

So why is it that Saturday night is alright for fighting but not tonight? Damn! ..I was too late and now I missed out.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Gran Torino

Finally saw Gran Torino. Not Bad .. but I think I let all of the hype get to me on the movie, And I guess I expected something more then what happened. It was missing something. The acting was kinda poopy too.. except for Eastwood. He always kicks ass. I am also indifferent about him singing the title track at the end of the movie.

Friday, August 07, 2009

farm

Leanne went to the farm went to the farm with the kids today. I am going to go too. It is too quite in the house here.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Like Father, Like Daughter

Talya cut her lip open jumping off the bed in Harley's Room. She came out cryin like crazy and Harley's saying "I didn't even push her!! I didn't push her!!"

Leanne took her to the hospital. And instead of stitches (like back in my day) they glued her lip. That's bizarre. glue??

All I can say was really that she had it comin.. she was blessed with her daddie's klutziness and I am surprised she made it this far without any stitches.

She smacked her head good just last weekend on the floor in the mall when she toppled over the shopping cart using her head as a cushion and the shopping cart coming down on top of her.

Harley felt pretty bad and guilty, even though he didn't really do anything to her himself. But I don't thing it helped any when the nurse was pickin' on him sayin. "So ya punched yer sister eh?"
"No! No! I didn't" as he was getting all defensive.
The nurse said he was just buggin him and he felt a little better.

Kinda funny though.. he gets joshed like that all of the time from his dad. Maybe I gave him a complex now.

Harley, if you ever read this. I just want you to know. I'm sorry if I fucked you up. Love Dad.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Desert Island Disc

A while ago, I was talking about music with my buddy at work and the subject of the Rheostatics came up. He himself has never really been exposed to Rheostatics, so that made me think... Other then the obvious choice of owning Whale Music, I wondered if I would be able to make a "compilation" of my favorite tunes. It was really an impossible challenge in a way as I love everything that the Rheostatics have put out. So I wanted to see if I could limit myself to if I only had 1 CD of whatever Rheostatics material I wanted, what would I come up with. After putting in to thought over the past few weeks and then finally staying up though the night over last weekend to piece it together, I came up with a pretty decent compilation. (If I say so myself). In fact, I believe that Rheostatics should release it on zunior.com or something as they don't really have a "compilation" of sorts. I thought I would share it with you all..

1. P.I.N - “Night of the Shooting Stars” (2001)
2. Claire
- “Introducing Happiness” (1994)
3. Aliens (Christmas 1988)
- “Melville” (1991)
4. Bad Time To Be Poor
- “The Blue Hysteria” (1996)
5. It’s Easy To Be With You
– “The Story of Harmelodia” (1999)
6. The Tarleks
- “2067” (2004)
7. “Northern Wish” –
“Music Inspired by the Group of 7” (1995)
8. Palomar –
“Whale Music” (1992)
9. Record Body Count -
“Melville” (1991)
10. Self Serve Gas Station –
“Whale Music” (1992)
11. Song of Flight –
“Music from the motion picture ‘Whale Music’” (1994)
12. King of The Past –
“Whale Music” (1992)
13. The Ballad of Wendel Clark pts.1 & 2 –
“Greatest Hits” (1987)
14. Henry’s Musical Beard –
“The Nightlines Sessions” (1998)
15. Little Bird, Little Bird -
“2067” (2004)
16. Home Again –
“The Story of Harmelodia” (1999)
17. All The Same Eyes - “
The Blue Hysteria” (1996)
18. Stolen Car (live) –
“Double Live” (1997)
19. One More Colour - “
Introducing Happiness” (1994)

BONUS TRACK:
20. Barenaked Ladies- Legal Age Life at The Variety Store (live in Regina) f
rom “Rheostatics Tribute: The Secret Sessions”


I have to say. I think it is pretty damn good. And I hope that all of you Rheostatics fans out there can appreciate it, and those of you who don't know who they are then I believe it is an excellent collection.

No I know there are A LOT of tracks that didn't make it.. But I had to limit myself to 1 CD. It could have very easily been a "box set" but then it would have just been me telling you to listen to the whole discography.

Thank you Rheostatics.

..and of you can't get enough of the Rheostatics and you want more, then I highly recommend that you check out the Rheostatics Live website. There are some great CBC radio performances on there.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

no gamer here

Ahmad came over for a surprise visit. I realize that I enjoy playing video games but I will never be considered as a gamer.

For example, Ahmad kick my but at sword fighting the first time he played it tonight, and I have been playin it for a while already.

But that is alright. I enjoy playin games no matter how much I suck.

... well maybe except for mario kart.

Monday, August 03, 2009

bye bye long weekend.

Goodbye my long weekend, we had a good time together. I will miss you so. Perhaps we can get together again in a month or so?

It's now 10pm and my kids are still not in bed. We were out with our friends and their kids love playin with mine. They are like the best of friends. So my kids still have to come off of the high. They haven't been together for over a week, so they are going though withdrawal.

I better get on that right now.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Meat. .. it's fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

mmm.. bacon bacon bacon

LETS HAVE A WIENER PARTY!!!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Ex

We took the kids to the exhibition today. Never again. Not on a Saturday anyway. Too many people and .. too much cigarette smoke. I like how you can't smoke at the majority of places now.. but it sure make you hate smoke more when you are around it. At first I couldn't care less. But now. I simply can't stand it.

I think next time I decide to take my kids on a Saturday to the ex, I'll get a hammer and bash it into the side of my head. .. well no .. it wasn't that bad truthfully. The kids were awesome and we had a great time... I am just beat from it right now.

Since it was the beginning of the month and I fell off the wagon of trying to watch what I eat... I thought I would see if I could somewhat start "fresh" .. well at least erase my data on the wiifit (because I dont want it to give me shit again) and start off fresh .. so I weighed myself (almost 229 lbs!! woopee!!) and did a first test to check my wii fit age. I got 25!! I thought that was so awesome that I decided to put the foot board away and award myself with a big bag of chips and my favorite dip!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Old

I think I am getting to old for this stuff sometimes. I don't think I would ever start a twitter account. I don't know how it works, and don't have the time to figure it out as you can tell with my account.

Though however my friend has one. And its pretty funny

Check out Octoglot here!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

last.fm

If you are wondering why you don't see many updates to my last.fm as of late, it is simply because I don't listen to music much from my computer, lately it has been vinyl, cd's and cassette tapes again.

I think I am feelin that I am just getting old for a lot of the newer things that are coming out and I still need to enjoy the stuff that I have.

now don't get me wrong. you still will see some updates to last.fm but it is not a true representation of what I listen too. I just like to have it up there for fun. Like me! .. Im fun!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

is blogger lonely?

I wonder if blogger is starting to feel lonely now that it seems that facebook is starting to take all the fun for the majority of people.

Ah. Well I still love you blogger. I will still add my useless thoughts to you.

As you can tell. I don't have many thoughts at all. HAHA.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

soundtrack of my life

I already put this on my facebook, but I thought to put it here as well.

here's how it works...

1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For the first question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...just type it in man!
7. Tag 20 people (or don't), and they have to do it too :)

1. Opening Credits
Opus 1-#6-2nd Movement-Minuet - Frank Zappa

2. Waking Up:
Take A Chance on Me - Abba

3. First Day at School:
Child's Crusade - Andy Partridge

4. Falling in Love:
Upside Down - Diana Ross

5. Losing Virginity:
O4/07/05 Thursday - Fantomas

6. Fight Song:
Christmas in Jail - Prarie Oyster

7. Breaking Up:
At Least That's what you said - Wilco

8. Prom:
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Genesis

9. Life:
Do Lord - Johnny Cash

10. Mental Breakdown:
I Don't Need Society - D.R.I.

11. Driving:
The Wake - IQ

12. Flashback:
For All I Care - Gruesomes

13. Getting Back Together:
tell me what you want - The Pipettes

14. Wedding:
Seizure of Power - Marilyn Manson

15. Birth of Child:
Savoy Truffle - Beatles

16. Final Battle:
Falling off the Edge of the World - Black Sabbath

17. Death Scene:
Respectable Street - XTC

18. Funeral Song:
Train of Thought - Mother Mother

19.End Credits:
Meadowlake Street - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Too Funny!!

Hands down! .. one of the funniest things I have seen in a long. Warning: Contains explicit Content. So don't say I didn't warn ya.



Thanks to Blair for this one.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Colonel

This was great! .. Thank's to Brett for this.



The thing I don't understand though is .. why would she call him Paul?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

the great one

I did a new drawing on and posted it for the color 99 contest

you can see it here

View all of the contest entries here

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

everything is so amazing an nobody is happy

A true perspective on how everyone seems to take everything for granted. Louis CK on Conan



We should be happy and enjoy thing things we have.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gilly the "artist"

I finally got around to posting my pictures at the the Collecting Smiles website. A website that lets you upload your drawings from the Colors app for DS and iPhone.

Check it out my pics here!

Monday, February 23, 2009

graffitti and colors.

I have been playing with graffiti again in facebook. Here are a couple of pics that I did for fun.

This one I did for Leanne:




And this one I did for Ahmad. It is a picture of one of the trucks that he bought that he going to rebuild.




I have also being doing drawings on the DS for fun with the colors program but I have not got around to figuring out how to post them at this website yet. But there are some beauties from other people on there. Pretty fun stuff

Monday, February 09, 2009

News Anchor secret handshake

Ever wonder what the news anchors do while they are waiting for the commercial break. Well these guys have been together for a number of years and started a small secret handshake. Over the years it has expanded to this:



Makes me wish I got into television.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Though Sexual Harassment in a workplace is no laughing matter. This video actualy is.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Charice Pempengco

Ok .. I will be the first to admit that I don't like "processed pop" music like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston and the list goes on.. but this girl blew my mind.



This was her first appearence on the Ellen show over a year ago. She is currently recording a new album with David Foster and already has a debut album released in the Phillipines last May.

.. hmm ... maybe I should get a hold of the Phillippine's recording before David Foster polishes it all to hell. ..

I think I am getting old. For why would I like this style of singing? .. I was never a big fan of it before! .. Maybe my hearing is going. But honestly, I admit. I like her voice. And I make sure I won't tell you guys it brought tears to my eyes.

.. ah crap

http://www.charicepempengco.com/

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

America's oldest worker

I thought this was a cool story of americas oldest worker.



its an older story.. and it looks like he is still alive today, so he would be a 106. Thats pretty friggin cool

Hmmm .. I wonder if I will live past to be 100. I can handle it as long as Leanne is beside me as well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sebastian's Doll

Here is a great animation that was forwarded to me from by buddy Tony. Had to post it



Speaking of great. Lost season 5 starts tonight! .. whoohoo! .. so stoked!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Talya's 3 today....

.. but she doesn't know that. We purposely are not telling Talya that it is her birthday today and we have been setting her up for the Sunday. Simply because I am working and Leanne is working all evening today. Since Leanne and I will have our day off together on Sunday, we are going to celebrate her birthday at that time. It blows my mind to think that 3 years have passed already. Where does the time go

.. oh.. and I didn't say happy birthday for myself earlier on the 3rd. Happy birthday me! It was this birthday where I have realized that facebook is pretty much taken over email in some ways. I get more messages through facebook now then I do my regular gmail account. Is email a thing of the past? .. is facebook and texting the way to communicate these days? Whatever it is, nothing will be better then personal contact and face to face conversation. That is probably why coffee shops are so friggin busy because nobody knows how to make coffee and play cards weekly at someones house any more. But then again, I probably would we doing that if my kids were a little older... like today for Talya.

Anyway I got a little off track there, but happy birthday Talya. I will tell you in person this Sunday.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy New Year

Well, it is 2009 and what a great way to start the new year then one of the main servers at work going down!!!

WHOHOOO

that was sarcasm.. but other than that, so far I have been more positive these last few days then I have been in quite a while. Actually to the point, where I want to puke!

There are so many things to be thankful for, that I really don't want to wasting my time stressing out on things where in most cases I can't control the outcome of anyway. I got my family, I got my friends. Hell what more you need.

I think it might be that 2008 ended so crappy for me that there is no other way to go but up.

So .. here is to a new year. Cheers!

yeah .. I know I know ..you are saying. Gil? .. you haven't really posted anything but video lately and all you give us is this lame crap? .. I answer that with.. well .. I guess we will have to see what 2009 brings! .. BOUILLONYEAH!!!