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These Days: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016



Live: Saturday night, the Tragically Hip, Canada’s biggest band, Prime Minister Trudeau said “Gord and the Tragically Hip are an inevitable and essential part of what we are and who we are as a country. And tonight we get to say thanks, and we get to celebrate that,” performed what may be their last concert.  Lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and so did, as one does, decided a mini-tour of Canada was in order. They performed in  hometown, Kingston, Ontario . Live on national TV, the country came to a complete standstill to pay tribute to their biggest band. In a small country, these things happen.

Recorded: I am ambivalent, and not for the first time, over a Frank Ocean album. Blond feels too slight and even while I respect how Ocean has followed his muse wherever it might lead him, even so I find it not particularly memorable, nothing stops me cold (yet?). Well, that’s not true, two spoken word tracks and a hidden spoken word montage stopped me cold and had me hitting the next button post-haste. Grade: B+

More Recorded: Both the Presley and Prince albums are highlights. Prince’s Girl 6 is the absolute best, a greatest hit and mix vastly superior to Batman, and the Presley is On Stage… need I say more?

Sports: the US owes Ryan a debt of gratitude. Just as the world was sick to their back teeth of the US running up the Olympic medal score, here he comes to smack us back to earth and remind the world they don’t have to hate us, we’re just like them.

Television: I have Amazon Prime, Hulu, Cable, Netflix and what do I spend my time watching? The Aristocats.

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