Gerald Turner's Passing Sunday May 31, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that my father Gerald Turner, passed away this morning at the Chinook Care Centre Hospice in Calgary. Due to COVID and the recent birth of my daughter, I was unable to attend, but he passed peacefully and painlessly after an extended battle with cancer with Bennie by his side.

Gerry lived a full life very few people will ever experience – from growing up in mountains of Mussoorie, India to his years in Ealing and growing up in the art world of London to travelling the world working on rigs across the Middle East, Canada, and South America. His stories were always engrossing and somewhat unimaginable, yet he experienced life with a kind heart, a dry wit, very few words, and an infectious chuckle.

Over thousands of cups of coffee and tea, I was lucky enough to get to know him better than most ever will. He was someone I idolized and admired, I one day hope I can match the love and admiration he had for family and friends. But given the emotions of the past week, it would be a disservice and fool-hearted to his memory to fully try and convey what the big guy meant to me at this time, so I will save those for another day.

Love you and miss you always dad,

Your ‘chubbo’

Categories: the-turners, The-Family,

Theodora Turner Wednesday May 27, 2020

Caitlin and I are happy to share the news that on Wednesday morning, the one and only Theodora Margaret Dian Turner of New Westminster arrived into this glorious and crazy world. We’re all happy, healthy and fucking tired. #babyturner

Categories: The-Family, the-turners,

Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2020 Wednesday December 25, 2019

From my family to yours, have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2020. Love and joy to everyone across the world.

Categories: The-Personnal, The-Past,

ctoverdrive's Top Five Records of 2019 Saturday December 14, 2019

That time of year again kids. Yup, it is time to dust off those pretentious hats and come up with my top five records of the year. I won’t bother you with my usual spiel from the past five years of being old and out of touch and instead this time, I’ll just cut to the chase and get to the beef of my list

5. Baroness – Gold & Grey

The first record in ye’ old #top5of2019 list is Baroness’ Gold & Grey. Probably one of the best ‘rock’ albums I’ve heard in a long, long time. While the rock/alternative/metal genre feels dead and buried nowadays, it was nice to hear someone carrying the torch for the few of us still craving some early Queens Of The Stone Age-inspired ‘stoner’ rock.

4. Bon Iver – i,i

If feels like you’re either a pre-Kanye Bon Iver fan or a post-Kanye fan. I fall smack dab into the Post-Kanye Bon Iver fandom. 22 A MILLION is still one of my favourite records of the past decade and this year’s follow up doesn’t disappoint at all.

3. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse Soundtrack

Technically this is a 2018 record, but it was released last year after everyone put together their ‘best of’ lists. If you haven’t seen the movie or listened to the soundtrack by now, I’m not sure there is much I can do to help you on the pop culture front. It’s pretty much perfect from beginning to end and for an old fossil like me, it gave me a better understanding of the appeal that the next generation of hip-hop artists are bringing to the masses.

2. Beck – Hyperspace

While not as energetic or as exciting as ‘Colors’ from a few years ago, ‘Hyperspace’ is probably my second favourite record of the year and one of my favourite Beck records. A weird mix of 80s-synth-pop and ‘B’ sides from earlier Beck albums, but still something that still feels like a great Beck album.

1. IGOR – Tyler, The Creator

… and the final record of #ctoverdrivetop5 goes to Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR. Not going to lie, I had zero expectations this would be any good, but instantly fell in love with its quirky early-N.E.R.D. soulful crooning vibe. Easily my favourite and most listened to record of the year.

Categories: The-Music, The-Past,

ctoverdrive's Top Five Records of 2018 Saturday December 29, 2018

It might just be my age, but I thought 2018 was a pretty lacklustre year for music. Yes, I acknowledge I’m not the music aficionado that I was for most of my 20s, but putting this list together was an epic chore. I have a list of far more disappointing records, then I do of records that blew my mind away. Most of the bands who should have put together some interesting music, [cough] Arctic Monkeys [cough], laid bonafide eggs and others didn’t release any thing of interest. And given the political climate and social turmoil engulfing the world, you’d think that 2018 would have been a perfect year for music to provide a societal elixir.

But alas, it wasn’t.

But even with that debbie downer of a preamble, enjoy my list. If you have a recommendation, that isn’t Kendrik Lamar, I’d love to hear it. Hope you enjoy’em and find some new music to listen to over round out the holidays.

1. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

I stumbled upon this gem, while doing my yearly poaching of records from various best of lists and I am so happy I found it. Now I will warn you it’s a totally unique listen and it’ll take a listen or two to really dig into the fascinating vocal and sonic layers and lyrical play/structure. So it takes a bit of a patience, but the reward is fantastic. Tracks like In My View, Fee Fi, Lord, and Wow are easily career making standouts. It’s really not a record that can be easily compared to anything else out there, so it’s best to just fire up the headphones and strap yourself in for a weird wonderful journey.

2. Dear Rouge – PHASES

Even though a couple of their hits, are probably overplayed a bit due to can-con regulations, this is easily my favourite “alternative/rock” record of 2018. If you need something to quench that CHVRCHES or early Metric vibe, then Phases is the record for you. Dear Rouge is probably one of the few Canadian acts that I would strongly recommend keeping an eye out for in the near future. They have star potential written all over them.

(Plus the added head nod to my favourite mid ranged city along the QEII also helps their cool factor).

3. Pusha T – Daytona

Even with the taint of a MAGA-era Kanye West (who produced the album as apart of his infamous Wyoming sessions), Daytona is Pusha T at his finest. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone who has been following his career since his days with The Clipse and The Neptunes movement of the early 2000s.

4. Elton John – Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin

I have always had a soft spot for a good set of covers, so when Queens of The Stone Age announced they had contributed their take on Yellow Brick Road I was already sold. Oddly enough, it’s probably not the strongest of the covers on this collection. Tracks such as Alessia Cara’s cover of I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues and Sam Smith’s cover of Daniel are the true gems of this compilation.

5. Black Panther – Original Soundtrack

As I’ve stated about 2,000 times, I am in no way a massive Kendrick Lamar fan. For whatever reason, he falls into my category of acts like Arcade Fire ‘that everyone adores, but I just don’t get’. But this record, this record is just exceptionally crafted. Not a single track on it doesn’t embody the spirit and feel of the movie – and in this day and age of one-hit wonders that on to itself is achievement. Plus it produced two of the mot unique pop tracks of the year in All The Stars and Pray For Me.

Categories: The-Music, The-Pop-Culture,

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