Mail From Jedi Master Lebrain

Mail From Jedi Master Lebrain

subtitle: The AAAA Welcomes New Residents!

Ages ago, and because he is super-amazing, Mike said he was gonna hook me up with the Blue Rodeo live album, Just Like A Vacation. Wahoo! I sure do like me some Blue Rodeo, but I never owned the live album. Go figure, I’ve never seen them live either (oversiiiiight!).

Anyway, it took a little while, but it came to pass that I had something to send to him, too (you’ll hear that story shortly, I’m sure), so we mailed to each other on the same day. The Canada Post race was on! I won that race, but only by one day, and only because the central mail depot is nearMike‘s house, so of course it was easier to get things to him quickly. The rutted wagon trail to my town means it takes a bit longer for the mail delivery to reach us… not to mention the constant threat of highway robbery by bandits hiding in the woods… Ha. Still, it was only the very next day after Mike got his thing that I got… well, it was more than the Blue Rodeo set. A LOT MORE.

I came home yesterday morning to this:







Holy shit.

That does not look like a box that contains a single CD case of a Blue Rodeo concert, to me…


Did I miss a memo that said Christmas was being moved to May, this year? First, Geoff sent me awesomeness. And now Mike has overloaded my senses with more greatness?! The words ‘above and beyond,’ as regards recent events and this box (which named me Jedi Master Aaron) simply cannot do this justice. Check this out:





Let’s have a look at the contents, shall we…

1) Two CDs (well, technically 3):

a) Blue Rodeo – Just Like A Vacation (2CD). The reason for the mailing! That band always hits me just right. I cannot wait to dig into all of the goodness sure to be contained within this set! THANKS HEAPS, MIKE!

b) Alice Cooper – A Fistful Of Alice. It looks to be a Hits set (and will therefore be double awesome because 1) Alice, and 2) Alice’s Hits!). Excellent!! “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”

2) Two copied cassettes:

a) Samson – Head First / Shock Tactics. This is gonna be brilliant. I’ve never heard any Samson (I don’t think so, anyway). It even has a typed j-card with fancy fonts on the titles. Bring on the Bruce Bruce!

b) Hellacopters – Grande Rock. I’ve heard individual songs from these guys, here and there, but never owned an album. This’ll be great!!

3) Two books:

a) Robert Hilburn – Johnny Cash: The Life. How awesome is this? Oh my goodness. A pull-quote on the cover from Rolling Stone declares it “The ultimate Johnny Cash biography.” This is going to the top of the reading pile!

b) Brian Southall – The Beatles In 100 Objects: The Story Of The World’s Greatest Rock And Roll Band Through The Items They Used, Created And Inspired. Whoa. I didn’t even know this book existed. A quick flip through it reveals guitars, post cards, gig posters, a car… This is gonna be a huge, enlightening read! What a splendid idea for a book.

In Sum:

This is just incredible. Seriously. I am flabbergasted. The generosity that has been raining down on the KMA’s Ontario offices lately has been astounding. Mike. Mike Mike Mike. Thank you. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!

14 thoughts on “Mail From Jedi Master Lebrain

  1. Harrison says:

    When I first saw Fistful I thought it was a hits set as well. Then I played it and was so glad that it was live and not studio. Such a great live album it is.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh man you guys are slaying me. What a week!! Between you and Mike (and possibly another, shortly?) this really will be Christmas in May.

      I love doing these gratitude posts too. Feels essential, and fun to share the excitement!

      Wayne’s World! Party On! Excellent! EXTREME CLOSE-UP WHOOAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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  2. Sarca says:

    Aw, friends. This is great! I can feel the warmth here! 🙂
    I might have proposal for you, if you’re up for it, but will have to discuss later. I’ll shoot you an email.


  3. mikeladano says:

    Awwww I feel the love!!

    Yes this story will have a sequel. Whether it will be one of my brief “.5” stories or a review of the music in question will be determined today when I get off my ass to write!

    The Samson tape was a gift from one of my customers Conrad. I have one of the two Samson albums on CD but not the other. I figured, let Aaron give it a go because I know he likes the Bruce Bruce! Perhaps a cassette review? I made the J-card, same with Hellacopters too. That tape includes the vinyl bonus track FYI, compiled by yours personally back in the day.

    Alice Cooper is live with special guests like Rob Zombie, Sammy Hagar and Slash. It’s a GREAT album and I hope you love it. I have the Japanese…very very expensive.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yay! A sequel! Give ‘er!!

      I love all of this stuff. The AAAA is always a welcoming home. 😉 I had no idea the Alice is live, and with guests. Even cooler!! Didja click that We’re not worthy! link? Hahaha

      Seriously Dude, THANKS!!!!


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