Friday, February 26, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 7: February 26, 2021

Well, you bastards, you got to me.  I know I said I was ok with it, but after thinking about it for a bit, I started feeling more and more guilty about not writing anything of note for last week's post.  I half-assed it, and I thought owning up to it would make me feel ok with it, but people, I am not ok with it.  And as I dwelled on it, I realized I had to somehow make it up to you.  I had to reward your tolerance with my mediocrity with something special, something above and beyond, a Durf's Weekly Workout for the ages.  And as I continued to dwell on my guilt, an idea took hold, and I realized what I had to do.  I went on a run.

You know what?  I didn't hate it.  I told the Durfette as I headed out that I was going running just to quiet the nagging voice in my head suggesting I go for a run, and I wasn't joking.  I honestly thought I would get into it, ask myself what I was thinking, grumble about how stupid running is and how dumb I am for doing it, and then head home, satisfied that I wouldn't have to hear my inner voice suggest running for another year.  Instead, I found myself actively enjoying myself, getting into a groove of pace and taking joy in just zoning out.  I would do it again, even.  Really, my only complaint is that we live in a very hilly neighborhood, and some of those hills are steep.  Those I didn't enjoy so much.  Did I walk up a few of them?  Of course I did.  But I jogged on the flat ground, and it was great.  I ran two miles, and was sweaty and breathing heavy in the cold air, and all I could think about was doing it again.  Which was completely unexpected, and not as unwelcome as I thought it would be.

This week brought four new albums, and one returning favorite.  Onward!


Friday, February 19, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 6: February 19th, 2021

This week was one of those weeks.  You know, those weeks.  I've probably spent ten hours shoveling snow, the Durfling 2: Electric Boogaloo is due in ten days, my mother in law arrives today to help out so we've been getting the house ready... it's been crazy busy, and physically and mentally exhausting, to the point where I'm honestly shocked that I not only lifted every day this week, but also found enough words to put into time everything I listened to.  ...or something like that.  Anyway, in light of whole-assing my workouts (and life!), I'm very ok with half-assing this intro section this week.  On to the week's music! 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 5: February 12, 2021

Something that I've been asked at least once is how do I manage to work out most every day during the week.  I'm a concrete forms carpenter, and it's a job that can be more than a little physically demanding, an eight to ten hour workout in its own right.  Then there's a family, dogs, chores and work to do around the house... life really seems exhausting when you write it all down.  So what's my secret, what heretofore undiscovered methods do I utilize to keep myself motivated, energized, and ready for the day?


Friday, February 5, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 4: February 5th, 2021

I've mentioned before that I work out in my garage, but that hasn't always been the case.  Before COVID, I went to a small, local gym about fifteen minutes from my house.  When I started working out at home in earnest and cancelled my membership, I was concerned that my workouts would suffer, and fortunately that hasn't really been the case at all.  Part of that is undoubtedly that I'm paying a far more attention to what I'm eating and drinking than I ever have before, but I think another important part is just embracing the limitations of a home workout set up and leaning into them.  Instead of focusing on what I can't do, I've been focusing on what I can, which helps me look for more unique approaches to achieve my goals.  Plus, there are other benefits to not going to a gym.


Friday, January 29, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 3: January 29, 2021

Now that we're three weeks into this little endeavor, it's time to talk about routine.  Routine is critical to working out in a few ways, primarily because doing the same exercises weekly will help results show up more noticeably, and also because sticking to a routine makes it easier to stick to your plan and keep it up.  So yeah, routines are important.  Just as important, however, is shaking up your routine to ensure it doesn't become a rut.  I try and shift and modify my workouts every three months or so in order to keep things fresh and challenging, and whenever I'm preparing for this and trying to decide what I should do, I always have the same thought: What if I started running?

Friday, January 22, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 2 : January 22, 2021

 Well holy cow, Durf's Weekly Workout is back for Week 2!  I'm just as surprised as you, honestly; I sort of figured I'd be excited about this for like two days and then go back to pretending I never thought it up as a way to feel less guilty about abandoning it.  But for now I'm still here, lifting and listening and passing insights on to you.  This week was a little rough; the Durfette has a head cold, so sleep was compromised and motivation waned.  I certainly don't want to complain, because I can't imagine being pregnant and dealing with all that goes on with that and then being sick on top of that, but maaaaybe the gap between being pregnant and dealing with a pregnant woman is sma... (Ed. Note: Durf is trending toward dangerous territory, so to protect him from himself I've put this Editor's Note over his probably-correct-but-incredibly-stupid-to-vocalize thoughts on being the partner of a pregnant women.  Brutalitopia values its writers' safety, because there are only three of them and they don't write that much anyway, so we have to keep them safe. *listens* Ok, I think he's finished.)..ou know?  But sleep or no sleep, I'm committed dammit; I made the lifts and listened to the tunes, so now all that's left is to recap!  Onward!


Monday, January 18, 2021

Best of 2020 Playlist on Spotify

Still catching up on the unholy goodness that 2020 had to offer? We're here to help. If you have yet to view any of our year-end lists, and have no intention of doing so, we've compiled our favorite tracks from each of the albums that made the cut onto a Spotify playlist.

You can get to that playlist using this link.

If you want to know the playlist but for some reason don't want to follow that link above, then read on after the break! 


Friday, January 15, 2021

Durf's Weekly Workout # 1 : January 15, 2021

Ah, the dawning of another year.  A new beginning, a chance to really get your life together this time, a fresh start.  And you know what that means, don't you?  Why yes, it's another Brutalitopia attempt at a weekly article, something that will pop up at the same time, each week!  I know, I'm just as surprised as you are!  Much like New Year's Resolutions, it is my hope that I will stick with this column, as it fulfills my two personal goals for the year; much like New Year's Resolutions, it will surprise no one if we never speak of this column again after January.

I enjoy working out in the mornings before my family wakes up/I go to work.  There's something about getting a good sweat in before the day actually gets started that appeals to me, and it's also my time.  I have a wife, a toddler, and a baby due in a couple months, and while I love them all to death, I need time to be by myself.  So my alarm goes off at 3:15, I slug down a quick cup of coffee, and then it's out to the garage for an hour to an hour and a half of me time.  If I keep this up, maybe I'll go into my actual workouts, but for now, let's get to why this belongs on a metal blog.


Friday, December 18, 2020

Mick's Töp 15 Albums of 2020

With 2020 taking Game 1, we need to hone the resilience of MJ

Oh 2020, where do we even begin? You were a year that kept devouring more and more for itself, but if you were good for anything it was making obvious the value of music. In a year where the world is on pause, escapism becomes a hot commodity. Movies and video games will always offer that to an extent, but there's something completely unique to letting music take you on its own journey. From desolate forests to the American Wild West, my favorites from this year took me to some pretty sublime places. Hopefully, they can bring you a little comfort as well.

Check out my favorites from this abysmal year after the break!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Durf's Töp 15 Albums of 2020

Listen, we all just lived through the same year, so let's not bother rehashing it.  Instead, let's jump right into fifteen albums that were bright spots in 2020, like finding graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars right next to a big ol' dumpster fire!