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I'm first again. Being first is wonderful. My Indians won again. This is because they're the best. Edwin Encarnacion and Franky Lindor homer for my Indians. My Orioles won as well. That's great with a homer by Manny Machado. My Diamondbacks didn't play. Well, let's get three football wins. My Cardinals don't play until Monday, but my Ravens and Browns will win on Sunday. That will be awesome. I think it's time that my Browns win.

September 22, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

wild will

Life is getting crazy, Anyone else's wife hitting pre-menopause. Its like walking on egg shells at the home front, one minute all is good, then the horns come out of her head on very trivial matters.

I am learning not to speak as i don't feel like getting screamed at for leaving a dish on the counter, and disappear. I guess this is why Man invented the Garage :)

September 22, 2017 @ 10:17 AM


Random thoughts.

The MLS team in Atlanta recently drew 70,000 for a game. The largest crowd in MLS history. Traditionally, the Atlanta market hasn't supported anyone too well (Hawks, Preds, Falcons, Braves). Even when the teams win you see empty seats. Yet, apparently they have this rabid fanbase for soccer.

This made me think about the demographics of the NFL. Does anyone know anyone 18-34 who even watches the NFL? I think the demo is pretty damn kids I know follow football in general. There is no interest from the younger demo at least here in Canada. I feel like the great NFL TV ratings in Canada are the same people watching the CFL or Curling...big numbers no doubt, but I cannot find any of them in social circles.

Random other thoughts:

-What ever happened to Doug Fairway from the Fan. I believe he retired but he has no Twitter or social presence.

-Where is Chris Schultz? Don't care for the CFL but he was a familiar face on TSN and it's not there.

-I miss Scott Ferguson. Had he not left the Fan590 to join the Team1050, he would likely STILL be the main baseball guy on radio instead of Wilner

-I go home for lunches and often duck out for early lunches....Ben Ennis isn't too bad when I listen to him. The morning drive is music because the Fan590 morning show is just not entertaining. Blair is still entertaining.

-Jay and Dan on TSN. I haven't seen a minute. Any good?

-Anybody else grow up watching Saturday Night at the Movies with their parents on TVO?

September 22, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

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All good questions!

I can't help but think the Atlanta MLS numbers are because that's a brand new state-of-the-art stadium. We'll see how they're pulling in five years...

What do you think of Ben Ennis getting a co-host like Sophia J.?

September 22, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

The Voice of Reason


The Jay and Dan show on TSN is actually old and stale. Watching two 40 somethings act like Adam Sandler is not working.

Tessa Bonhomme was much better of a host and definitely easier on the eyes.

As for Chris Schultz, the last time he was on the panel my brother and I both thought he looked unwell, thin and more pale than usual. Hope that is not the case and wish him well.

September 22, 2017 @ 10:41 AM


Jay & Dan - Unwatchable. I just don't get the hype.

September 22, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

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I haven't caught any Jay & Dan yet, but I have to assume it's better than Sandler's Jack and Jill.

September 22, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

The Voice of Reason


Both seem like good broadcasters, this show is just a little over the top. They are trying to hard to be funny.

September 22, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

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Although I've only met Jay once, he did seem like a genuinely funny guy.

September 22, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

The Voice of Reason


watch their program, the "faux" commercials are right out of early 1980's SNL skits. The humour does not go well, sadly they have repeated these "commercials" on later days broadcasts and Jay even seems like they are no longer humourous.

September 22, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Urooj Islam

The standing ovations for Jose Bautista over the last series were bumming me out big time.

It hasn't even been two years since the Batflip game and he's a shell of himself. The sudden and steep decline of Bautista is the perfect encapsulation for how fun 2015 and 2016 were and how depressing 2017 was.

Great career with the Jays, a stint linked with winning which is a rarity for Toronto sports but it still sucks for it to end like this.

September 22, 2017 @ 11:26 AM


Does anyone know whatever became of the early '90s Canadian alternative
band Bootsauce (from Montreal)? They were a staple on CFNY between 1990
and late '92 or so. Similar (not musically) to The Doughboys (obviously a longer
carreer) and Rusty, in that they shone bright for a while and then disappeared just
as quickly.

September 22, 2017 @ 11:36 AM



I fall into the 18-34 demographic so I'll try and answer your NFL question.

First off there is no Toronto team. I cant get attached to a foriegn market team I have no personal connection to.

I also hate how commercialized it is, especially the super bowl.

I hate how controlling the league is and seeing players get fined for stupid things.

Basically corporate NFL ruined the on field product for me.

September 22, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

Chris in EY

National Post reported that Schultz is on leave and will be back around Thanksgiving.

September 22, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

Chris in EY

Correction - that info on Schultz was reported in 2016.

September 22, 2017 @ 3:37 PM

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I hope Chris Schultz is okay.

September 22, 2017 @ 4:02 PM

Blind Dave


My stepson who is 18 has an interest in the NFL, though that is because his dad is a big Steelers fan and they used to spend weekends together.

Thanks for the Saturday Night at the Movies reminder. My mom and I used to watch those wonderful, old movies. Mind you, Elwy Yost drove me crazy with his interviewing style. He was bound and determined to ask every single question, and rarely picked up on something interesting said by the guest.

September 22, 2017 @ 4:56 PM


Why would anyone watch something for over 3 hours...and counting....... to watch over 100 commercials, replays and talking heads........just to see 11 minutes of so called "action"? Gambling????Football is a freak sport with armour........size matters a la NBA. Unfortunately, even MLB going the same route....witness Judge and pitchers' size etc.
To me, soccer (read: the real football) is the only team sport where the average sized individual can develop skills and become a star. I never played the game, but certainly appreciate the skills displayed on the pitch. Scoring is not what always makes a great game.......but does help! :)

September 22, 2017 @ 7:29 PM


Friday Musings:
Prince Harry awesome for his involvement with the Invictus Games.

Jose Bautista in my top 5 of BJays ever. I'd say better than your fave Mike. Alomar, Steib, Halliday, Delgado & then Jose.

Leafs - Everyone too hyped, relax you have to realize most best players are 22 or younger, It could be dismal. Hardly any injuries last season but if??

Rogers - cable, internet, phone has been down for many hrs. the last 2 days. Called & response "there is a problem in your area & could be 24 hrs before available".

Global Warming. Nuff said. It's late Sept. & our summer was late Aug. & all Sept. June & July, cool & much rain. Now we need rain or snow?

Good luck to my co-workers who were let go today with severance pkgs. It's been a pleasure working with you all & I'm enjoying my severance time also. Sleeping in & great weather outside.

have a great weekend.

September 22, 2017 @ 7:32 PM

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My 15 year old is all about hockey and basketball. He doesn't care for baseball or football.


My favourite player is George Bell, but I believe the best Blue Jay was Roberto Alomar. Joey Bats is right up there, though... incredible player.

September 22, 2017 @ 7:56 PM



What was better - the catch Bell made to get to playoffs or Jose's home run & bat flip to get to American league championship series?
Jose in a crucial moment takes the next step. Bell was great also no question.
Bell, Moseby & Barfield the best outfield in baseball during their time.

September 22, 2017 @ 8:38 PM

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The bat flip was better, but it sure did feel good to clinch that first pennant in '85.

September 22, 2017 @ 8:53 PM

Urooj Islam

Any Top 5 Blue Jays list without Delgado, Stieb, Alomar and Halladay is tough to take seriously. There's one current hall of famer and one future hall of famer there.

The 5th person on the list can be anyone from George Bell to Vernon Wells to Jose Bautista to John Olerud to Tony Fernandez to Joe Carter. No wrong answer there.

September 22, 2017 @ 8:57 PM


My Indians lost. That sucks. They lost. Oh well, they'll win today. My Orioles also lost even though Chris Davis hit a home run. My Diamondbacks won though. Chris Ionetta hit two home runs and JD Martinez homered again. 'Well, my Ravens, Browns, and Cardinals will win tomorrow. If you're fed up with Rogers and Bell, get Primus. Primus is the best. Primus won awards for customer service. Rogers and Bell have bad customer service and they always send junk mail.

September 23, 2017 @ 8:13 AM

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It would be very difficult not to slide Joey Bats into that #5 slot on your Greatest Blue Jays of All-Time list. I have him ahead of my favourite Blue Jay, and I think my current top 5 looks like this:
1. Roberto Alomar
2. Roy Halladay
3. Carlos Delgado
4. Dave Stieb
5. Jose Bautista

September 23, 2017 @ 9:47 AM



More of a philosophical question, please don't take this the wrong way.

You and some posters on here complained about Sportsnet producing fluffy pieces about the Jays and their prospects, claiming it was biased and not journalism. TSN did the same thing with their coverage of the invictus games, promoting something that they are covering, and not a peep on here.

Is there a double standard? When Rogers does something, the audience is quick to jump, with TSN, nothing. If Rogers did this and not TSN, it wouldn't have needed me to bring it up.

Food for thought, or?

September 23, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

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One thing's for sure, there's no preference for Rogers over Bell. In my mind, they're from the same well.

I think the fluff piece you're referring to (at least the one I spoke about) is Brunt's piece on Shapiro. That was a Rogers piece on the Jays and in my mind that's very different than a piece on the Invictus Games.

Nobody is going to complain about a fluff piece on the Invictus Games. It's just a completely different animal.

September 23, 2017 @ 12:51 PM


Sports radio and TV has denigrated sports into the realm of "knuckle dragger" appealing to the lowest common denominator. The result is fans have left and find alternative ways to watch the game. That's why the Raptors sell as many tickets per game as the Leafs, but have almost zero ratings. It's why when HNIC introduced the Panjabi version ratings soared. Try living in Surrey BC, hockey fans abound, all of them brown. None of those people are served by white boy AM sports radio.

Sports radio sounds like Talk radio. It's the angry ramblings of some opinionated white dude whose "been around fora long time" so clearly that means he's smarter than everyone. Classic media guys, so disconnected from reality they can't realize what worked in 1989 doesn't work in 2017.

September 23, 2017 @ 1:15 PM



Respectfully, I think we can all agree TSN didn't make that documentary out of the kindness of their heart. They have the broadcast rights to the games, they wanted to do something to promote it to drive ratings. Half dozen of one, six of the other. When TSN does fluff pieces on the CFL, its no different. I just often see so much hatred towards what Rogers does, but not a peep about Bell. Its curious.

September 23, 2017 @ 1:35 PM


When Bautitista goes so goes that swagger. That 2015 team that just scored runs & more runs was the team that should of won it all led by Joe, He was on fire in that GM 6 vs KC & if it was him up & not Donaldson in the top of 9 with men on 2nd & 3rd there would of been a GM 7. This was Bautista's team.

Like people said before, his decline was sharp. He can still play but not for $17M. 20hr & 66rbi is probably worth 5-7M.

This team will never be the same again unless they bring in more power hitters & not pretenders.

PS Pillar u r not a power hitter.

2015 & 2016 were great years. We need a star but dont think those 2 pinheads can find it.

September 23, 2017 @ 3:27 PM


@Steven all the media are water carriers for corporations in one way or another. All of them aren't going to go past a certain point, even if they complain about a specific issue like bias. The fact that they actually have sports media who cover themselves (Richard Deutch sp?) is bizarre to me.

They complain about things selectively because it really bugs them or to cultivate a certain social media presence, which is more important than ever with the shrinking media outlets. Everyone has their line depending on where they work, that's all.

They can retweet and promote the You Can Play or make a big deal out of Anderson-Dolan having gay parents, because that jacks their hit count. If one of the old boys, who happens to be the Sr VP of Hockey Ops, calls a black player "the coloured guy" on PTS last week--believe me, no one will say squat.

September 24, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

Javed Jafri

Weezer are back with a new album to be released on Oct 27 called Pacific Daydream. A song from the album has already been released and it's a tribute to the Beach Boys simply called Beach Boys. Band member Rivers Cuomo has long been a fan of the group and has done some covers by them before.

Here is the new track:

September 24, 2017 @ 7:16 AM


How about those Indians. They lose on Friday, but then come back and win yesterday. So awesome. Yan Gomes hit two homers. Franky Lindor and Jose Ramirez also homered. This is great. Indians are winning the World Series, that's for sure. My Orioles lost another one. That's no good and my Diamondbacks lost again. Hockey sucked last night. My Habs and Coyotes lost. This is no good. Well, hopefully football will be good. Actually my Ravens play really soon, so football in the morning. Rogers and Bell both suck. Primus is better any day.

September 24, 2017 @ 8:22 AM



I think at a level it's always been there. You have some who act like it's a completely new thing. They complain about home broadcasters as being homers, do they not remember Fergie Oliver?

Im more curious why some get hate and others get a pass. As an example Joe Bowen is the self admitted life long leaf fan and doesn't apologize for it, that's how he calls the game. I've never heard complaints about him, but the Blue Jays broadcasters get backlash. If homerism in play by play is so wrong (imo Hometown broadcasts are suppose to be bias, but others don't), then why is one given a pass while others are attacked. There's no logic to it.

That's why I asked Mike about the Invictis Ganes. It may be a nicer story, but just like the Shapiro doc, it's something special they did to promote something they own. Nietger was done out of the kindness of their hearts, they where done to drive tragic to their properties. One is hated, not a peep on the other. The inconsistency is interesting

September 24, 2017 @ 12:50 PM


Sorry, that last comment was mine

September 24, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

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What irked me most about the Rogers piece on Shapiro wasn't so much the obvious bias but the fact it was from Stephen Brunt. I felt it sullied his integrity and that the fluff piece should have gone to someone with less integrity to lose.

Brunt's coming over next week. I'll ask him about it.

I have no problem with a regional broadcaster showing bias. We all accept it from Bowen but would not accept it from Jim Hughson or Bob Cole. I have never had a problem with Buck and Tabby's obvious bias. They're the Jays' broadcasters for goodness sake!

September 24, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

twins from bolton

Great into to BJays game today for Jose's possible last hurrah.
You either love him or hate it & he has been suck a deciding factor for the BJays the last 10 years.
He's one of those players you love when he is on your team but hate when you play against him.
Good Luck Jose as you have been an inspiration to both my kids playing BBall. I wore 19 & the other wore 91 in your honor.
Trumps tweets about lack of respect for national anthem will just make more players in NFL, MLB & soon NBA doing for not lack of respect for USA but for you Donnie. Think before you speak as most of your statements are pure gibberish & show how such a person you are.

September 24, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

Javed Jafri

@Twins from Bolton
Not sure what will happen but this is partially what an article on Huffpo says:
"After President Donald Trump in a Friday speech and then in a series of follow-up posts of Twitter criticized NFL athletes who have been protesting racism by kneeling during the national anthem, many other players are expected to demonstrate before today’s games.

Such a protest occurred in Sunday’s very first game ― played in London ― and included the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, joining in it with some of his players. Khan had donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

On Friday in Alabama, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired?’”

September 24, 2017 @ 1:53 PM



I hear you, but Westhead is TSN's Brunt, so again, six of one, half dozen of the other. I just continue to be confused about the uproar on one side while not a peep on the other. Like I said, it's odd.

September 24, 2017 @ 4:13 PM


Mike, they are all at the corporate teat now. I don't understand why you're making an arbitrary distinction. It seems to be based on their demeanor, rather than their actual factual relationship with corporate ownership. The difference between Hughson and Bowen is in degree, not in kind.

Brunt may have had integrity he built up in the years of newspapers, but that's gone now. If he's being paid by the team, he's not going to say squat when it matters. NO ONE does. Not even Elliotte Friedman. The radio silence on the Mike Richards situation spoke volumes.

Friedman is rightly respected for not being a hot take artist, and being balanced in his reporting. That doesn't change the fact that he won't go near certain topics that corporate owners don't want publicized. He's not pressured on it, because everyone is in the same boat.

September 24, 2017 @ 4:31 PM


Once again, the NHL (in this case the Penguins), are the laughing stock of sports and the statement about joining Trump shows how the people of the NHL operate in a bubble oblivious to the rest of the world. Way to go guys!

I totally see this as some idiot in the Pens org or NHL in general trying to take advantage of the NBA/Warriors "disrespecting" the president and trying to be the good guys here, when it makes the NHL come off as the priveleged white league it is.

September 24, 2017 @ 6:02 PM


@bsmntdwllr73, the Bootsauce song that comes to mind is "Everyone's A Winner" thanks to endless CanCon plays over the years. Here's a 2004 article about their frontman's new ventures at the time.

September 24, 2017 @ 7:11 PM

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I recently reached out to Rusty's lead singer because I really dug that band and then they just sort of disappeared on me. He's living in Sudbury now.

September 24, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

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The Bootsauce song I remember best is Love Monkey #9 because I'd catch the video on MuchMusic.

September 24, 2017 @ 7:16 PM


How about those Indians again. Another win. That's great. Jose Ramirez hit another homer. Corey Kluber was so awesome. My Indians will win at least 100 games before the season is over. My Orioles also won, but they're not going anywhere. My Diamondbacks just clinched a wild card. That's great. Indians and Diamondbacks in the World Series. Maybe a party. Football sucked yesterday. My Ravens got blown out big time. That was an awful game. My Browns lost as well. When will my Browns win a game? Well, hockey tonight. My Habs play at the Leafs. Time for a Habs win.

September 25, 2017 @ 8:24 AM


@Toronto Mike

Agreed 100%

I actually didn't watch the Shapiro documentary because you mentioned how biased it was. and judging just from the "trailer" it looked obscenely biased. The invictus games are a trumph of will, and deserve exposure, even if it happens to play on your emotions.

Also Brunt seems to have more or less disappeared from SN, aside from doing these weirdly stilted "documentaries"

@Twins @Javed

I wasn't concerned with the protests one way or another. But once Trump made his critical comments towards players kneeling for an anthem, after refusing to criticize white supremacist protesters with nazi flags because apparently THEY have the right to free speech. That really really got to me.

and then sending out a statement about Stef Curry not being invited... the guy who might be the nicest athlete on planet earth (With a Canadian wife :) )

Lastly, during all this, the Penguins releasing a statement confirming they are still going to go and refusing to acknowledge or talk about anything is just the most cowardly tone deaf response you could have. it makes me glad nobody watched hockey in the states

September 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM


Back in the day my father was a bookkeeper in a fur store on Yonge Street across
from the flagship Sam the Record Man store, and Tony Kenny from The Razorbacks
worked there for a time. Apparently my father would often talk to him because they
hung out in the same local pool hall, Times Square. Always thought that they were a
fun, energetic band. Jack de Keyzer also made music in a similar vein, albeit with a little
more of an electric blues feel. As well, the Stray Cats were a terrific band and Brian Setzer
is a very-underrated guitarist and vocalist. His vast solo catalogue is full of endless treasures!!

September 25, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

Urooj Islam

Wow, Brunt coming into the legendary basement in New Toronto this week? That's big!

As for the Brunt/Shapiro piece, do you guys think this Cleveland Indians team that Cheryl raves about everyday fell out of the sky? The guy is obviously a very, very capable baseball executive.

September 25, 2017 @ 10:15 AM


A lot of credit has to be given to Prince Harry for his dedication for the Invictus Games spending so much time in Toronto. This is awesome on his behalf with which he started.

A hat trick for AM tonight against Cheryl's Habs who haven't won in preseason yet.
The kid is ALRIGHT!

September 25, 2017 @ 10:23 PM

Urooj Islam

The only Invictus Games "coverage" I've seen is how Harry is holding hands and being seen in public with his Canadian girlfriend.

Scintillating stuff.

The royal family is the Kardashians for old white people.

September 25, 2017 @ 11:10 PM


Sports basically sucked last night. My Cardinals lost. That's no good. They were leading for a while. My Habs and Coyotes lost. This sucks. My Diamondbacks also lost. It really really sucks. Oh well, why can't my Habs win? It sucks. Well, looking forward to my Indians tonight. My Diamondbacks will get better in the playoffs and play my Indians in the World Series.

September 26, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

Urooj Islam

I am so pumped for the Brunt episode coming up this week, probably just as excited as I would be for the Ann Rohmer episode because both have no social media presence so listening to them make a new media appearance actually means something.

September 26, 2017 @ 12:53 PM


A couple of months ago I mentioned the bizarre lack of connection between the TTC Dundas West subway station and the Bloor GO Train/UP Express station that is directly above it. According to Metrolinx, construction to connect them won't start until summer 2018 at the earliest because of the need to go through "expropriation proceedings on the Crossway property to build a connection between the stations". That is the two-tower apartment building with ground-floor retail (Dollarama, CIBC, etc.) on the northwest corner of Bloor and Dundas West.,_Toronto

The apartment complex apparently opened in 1974, while the TTC subway station had already been there since 1966. I have no idea why the city would have allowed the Crossways to have been built in the first place in a way that did not allow for an exit/entrance for the eastern end of the subway station below it. It's the only TTC subway station I can think of that has one end of the platforms as the only access point, with no others in the middle or the other end.

September 26, 2017 @ 5:48 PM


^ Correction: It's on the northeast corner of the intersection.

September 26, 2017 @ 6:19 PM


My Indians lost last night. That game was not very good. For one thing, it was slow as molasses in January. Why do they have to change pitchers in the middle of an inning all the time? It sucks because that causes the game to slow down. Well, Edwin Encarnacion homered, but my Indians still lost. Well, my Orioles lost as well. My Diamondbacks won again though. JD Martinez homered again. Another hockey game tonight with Leafs and Habs. Why can't my Habs win? I want to know that.

September 27, 2017 @ 8:26 AM


While it is great news that Sunrise has managed to open many new stores as well as
maintain many of their older locations. the lack of a downtown Yonge Street location
is a sad testament to many of my contested-comments from last weekend. Sonic Boom
in Chinatown is a great store but they are largely centred around selling vinyl and as a
proud CD- collecting holdout (and holding my breath for some West Coast derision in 5,4,3...!!),
it doesn't really fulfill my needs on a regular basis. Still, good to know that there are other
options available in procuring my next musical fix!!

September 27, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

Javed Jafri

I liked the Razorbacks. Must have heard them on CFNY. I bought a cassette by them perhaps around 1988/89. Just dug out the cassette called "The Razorbacks Go To Town." What I did not remember about that album is that it was produced by Chris Spedding who was one of the most prolific British session players.

He is best known by CFNY listeners for the track Morbikin;:

September 27, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Javed Jafri

Here's the correct link for Motorbikin. That's what I get for trying to post to multiple boards.:

September 27, 2017 @ 2:19 PM


@Javed Jafri
Once again, you have very excellent taste in music and a nice breadth of
knowledge to boot!! Also, new article online about Sunrise Records mentions
used cassettes being very popular with their customers!! In fact, they intend to
start selling Walkmans very shortly!! Still take one of mine out in public quite often,
mostly to listen to the radio, and am often met with quizzical stares!! A lot of good
music still not available on CD and being too technically incompetent, quite glad that
I kept my tape archive intact.

September 27, 2017 @ 2:23 PM


people still by CD's?
I have used to collect but stopped when they reached prices of $20 or more..
I then started to use Itunes for music, then Apple Music for subscription if I were to buy anything physical it would be Vinyl, it truly does sound better .

September 27, 2017 @ 2:31 PM


The beauty of there being no real market for CDs anymore is that there
are often a great deal of them available for next to nothing at garage sales,
Church sales, thrift stores, library selloffs, etc. True, you will not find any recent
titles, but in my case I just borrow as many new releases as possible from Toronto's
great public library system!! In earlier times when I was more flush and downtown was
full of awesome record stores, I guess you could honestly say that music purchases were
my only true vice!!

September 27, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

Javed Jafri

One of the best things about Vinyl is the album cover art and the liner notes. I know some of this is available through downloads but very few to no album cover artists like Hipgnosis.

September 27, 2017 @ 4:22 PM


@Javed Jafri
Loved Hipgnois cover art for AC/DC's intntl. version of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"!
And there is a book available called "For The Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis"
and it is fantastic!!

September 27, 2017 @ 5:25 PM


Sorry, that should have read "Loved Hipgnosis".

September 27, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

Javed Jafri

Roger Dean's album art for Yes and other prog rock groups was also excellent. The music may have gotten overindulgent by the time of albums like "Tales from Topographic Oceans" but the art-work was great.

September 27, 2017 @ 10:37 PM


@ Cheryl
NA NA NA NA NA NA Hey HAbs Goodbye. 0-6 in preseason & the Price was not right tonight. The Leafs played many players via for a spot on the team & not 1st stringers.
Hab nots have scored 9 goals & given up 27 in 6 games.
Guy Lafleur retired many years ago & could probably make this team.

September 27, 2017 @ 11:20 PM


CDs? I sure don't buy them anymore. I have Spotify now. I can hear anything I want on Spotify by telling either Google or Amazon echo to play it. Sonic Boom took some of my CDs, but they pick and choose what they want. There is a guy in my building who took the bulk of my CDs to give to a friend to sell at a garage sale. Problem with vinyl is that you have to be sure your record and needle are clean which is hard to do. I like Spotify. Well, my Indians won last night, but they sure made it interesting in the ninth. Yan Gomes homered though. Hopefully they win number 100 this afternoon. My Diamondbacks also won, but my Orioles lost. Yes, my Habs lost again. What's wrong with them. When will they win a game?

September 28, 2017 @ 8:14 AM


@javed Jafri
Roger Dean is a great artist and if you ask me, the cover art for prog-rock records
(past and present) can never be too overly self-indulgent: fits perfectly with the music
contained within!! Ioannis is also another great cover artist in the rock and progressive
music vein!! Note to haters: Not judging the value of art work on the more commercial
side of music, just expressing a fondness/preference for this particular corner of the musical

September 28, 2017 @ 9:42 AM


@Javed Jafri,

I can't believe how sharply I turned from being a teen in the 90s desperate for any sign of a new Weezer album to "oh for christ's sake not another one, please go away already".

Of all the music I listened to in that era, Weezer is the only one I actively dislike nowadays. Their return albums even retroactively ruined their first two albums for me. All insipid.

Apparently I have opinions about Weezer!


Yeah I still buy CDs. Not nearly as much as before MP3s/Spotify, but I still like buying albums from favourite artists.

I do buy more vinyl than CDs today ... but think it's 100% bullshit that they sound better. To me, when everything is working perfectly, they approach CD-quality. When everything is not working perfectly, I remember why we were so quick to ditch vinyl in the 80s.

But, I'm fond of the presentation and I like the deliberateness of vinyl. They're often cheaper than t-shirts at shows, and more durable too, so great keepsakes.

September 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

Javed Jafri

@Markosaar. I'll give you that the new track is no Buddy Holly but not too bad either even if I have heard better Beach Boys tributes. Pale and Precious by The Dukes of Stratosphere ( XTC), Beach Boys Blood In My Veins by Dave Edmunds, Mr Wilson by John Cale are three of the better ones but there are a number of other good ones. I get that not everyone is a BB fan ( or familiar with their more creative work beyond Pet Sounds). Even the Beatles have their detractors.

September 28, 2017 @ 11:51 AM


@Javed Jafri
Nice mentions of Dukes of Stratosphear and Dave Edmunds. Not familiar with
that particular John Cale track, so I plan on checking it out shortly! Love later
period Beach Boys and Dennis Wilson solo album(s) as well!!

September 28, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

Javed Jafri

speaking of album covers. The first Dukes of Stratosphere album with Pale and Precious ( Psonic Psunspot) has quite the cover. Influenced by the cover of Buffalo Springfield Again.

The John Cale track is from his album Slow Dazzle. One of many albums he recorded since the demise of the Velvet Underground.

September 28, 2017 @ 12:10 PM


@Javed Jafri
The loss of XTC in any capacity has been quite traumatic. Ah well, the original
albums will always remain!! Also, the "25 O'Clock" EP had some great artwork as well.
Very familiar with the track "Guts" from that particular John Cale platter.

September 28, 2017 @ 12:21 PM


Leave the free little libraries alone, people!! We need to encourage reading not
attack the promotion of literacy for everyone. Have we not learned anything from the
likes of Bradbury and Atwood? Also, last weekend on another thread, one of my unintentional
contentious postings inspired a fellow passionate commenter to make the case that Public
Enemy's original Dj, Terminator X, was as equally important as Jimmy Page. Not here to debate
the merits of that opinion, but wanted to make sure that sonic innovators The Bomb Squad (P.E.'s
legendary production squad) of Eric "Vietnam Sadler" and Hank and Keith Shocklee, received their
fair due in any ongoing discussion of that sort. One fact is most certain, however: Both Led Zeppelin and Public Enemy are enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

September 28, 2017 @ 2:32 PM


@Javed Jafri,

Love the Beach Boys, severely dislike Weezer. This 11+ year old article now puts it better than I can:

September 28, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

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Re: Weezer... I still enjoy the Blue Album and Pinkerton, but that's it. And this is from a guy who has paid to see them a few times.

But the Blue Album and Pinkerton are great!

September 28, 2017 @ 2:45 PM


45 years ago today we got our 1st colour TV & the family couldn't wait it to be delivered from Eatons.
To top it off Sept. 28th 1972 was a day that Canada will never forget. I was in grade 11 & the final game of the Summit series with Russia the same day. Our school let students watch in certain rooms with TVs & also allowed to leave & go home & watch.
After 1st period Russia leading & ran home (knowing about the TV) from Keele & Eglinton to Jane & Lambton - a 3 mile run. I think I broke a world record.
When I got home family & neighbors already watching. Jubilation at the end & Paul Henderson, who I've met 2-3 times since then, was Canada's hero & still to this day.
A day in my life I will never forget.

September 28, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

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I'm an age where there was always a colour tv in the house. I'm also an age where Henderson's goal was before my time, but do I ever love documentaries about that series.

September 28, 2017 @ 5:04 PM

Rick C in Oakville

We got our first colour TV in 1967, a nice large 26" Admiral, made in Port Credit. It lasted until around 1991, far longer than any TV I have owned over the last 25 years.

September 28, 2017 @ 5:34 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Wanted to add I was in grade 6 for the Canada Russia series, and our teacher Mr. Young was a good friend of the school AV technician, and he got us basically the only TV in the school to watch this. Was very difficult to suppress a class full of young fans.

September 28, 2017 @ 5:37 PM

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