KMA Sunday Service Week 16

KMA Sunday Service 16

sunday sevice main picThank you for once again joining the congregation at our Sunday KMA Service, where we give thanks for that which Keeps Us Alive (that sweet, sweet music!!).

This week was full of musical greatness. Sometimes it just all falls together, and this was one of those weeks! Some of it fell together drunkenly… READ ON!


In honour (and may he RIP) to Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor (1954-2015), here’s a Sunday Funny for you!










1) This week’s WOM is brought to you by the letter “J.” No, not our illustrious Reader (and new Daddy) J. The letter J. And only for CD and CS. LP still to come…

2)   \m/   \m/

As you know, I’ve been working at the library for the past couple of weeks. There’s a guy who comes in every morning right at opening, gets onto the computer and fires up Youtube. With the headphones on, he rocks Motörhead at really high volume, swaying his body and banging his head to the music. He does this for his full hour session on the computer.

Later this week, he upped his game. He started singing along. We were working away and suddenly heard “I swung a saber and I was a young Hussar / I was a Cossack, fighting for the Czar / I was a Viking, Berserker from the North / A Roman Gladiator murdered just for sport… I was with Bonaparte I died at Waterloo / I was a Frankish Knight, a Polish Jew…”*

…which was right around the time where one of the library staff asked him to keep it down.

I’ve taken to calling him Motörhead Man. I like him, and I think he’s making excellent use of the library’s resources.

* from the song Death Or Glory, on the 1993 Bastards album.


And now let’s get to what I had in my ears this week!

yellow greenBaroness – Yellow & Green

I’ve been rocking all the Baroness I have, in preparation for the release of Purple on December 18. As for this record, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played it but it’s a lot. Pure love, that’s what I have for this 2cd set.

Everyone should own it. Just WOW!


them crooked vulturesThem Crooked Vultures – S/T

Got this, in great shape, at the thrift shop (I know!). Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul frickin’ Jones. It rocks, it grooves, it swings, it’s a little bit off-kilter (in a good way)… Lots to love here. It’s an involved listen, not something for background music. Another strength, beyond everything already mentioned, is that it harkens back to a 70s rawk album feel (the JPJ connection perhaps), with enough to keep it feeling updated too. This record is a heavy trip. I really enjoyed it.


take it homeTom Cochrane – Take It Home

I got this for $6.99 as a new release (the week it came out), thinking they were nuts for selling it so low. And then I played it and was blown away. And with each subsequent play, it only gets stronger. WHAT A RECORD! I wrote more about this, and erased it all. Here’s what counts: Without hyperbole, this is pure greatness from a master.

Instant classic. GET THIS!


car wheels on a gravel roadLucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

I don’t know how many times I’ve spun this CD, but every time I do, it’s like a visit from an old friend. You know that comfortable feeling of familiarity and real quality, the conversation picking up like no time has lapsed since the last time you saw them. Not a bad song here, hell, not even a mediocre track either. I’ve probably already told you all how much I love this album.

If I had to pick a Lucinda record to recommend to someone, this would be it.



And finally, I reward Scott’s patience (impatience?) with my (yes) Drunk Review of the new Def Leppard record…

def leppardDef Leppard – Def Leppard

This merlot is making me feel warm and expansive. Yes! I was really tired when I started drinking, and I’ve gone past tired into this wonderful haze state of happily typing. This oughta be FUN. Will it be coherent? Who the fuck knows?

I must preface this by saying that my knowledge of DL ends at Pyromania, except for the hits after that. Mike sent me a Sparkle album that was later in the years but it’s not hitting my mind right now. Anyway, I own only the first three records. If that helps. I am aware of their SOUND, anyway.

Now, Deke says I don’t need to be drinking to hear this record and like it. Fair enough. Scott says I should try it drunk, as he found the record a little same-y. Mike’s holding off on buying it, and Jompa gave it an 8/10. What will I think from within my cups (and oh baby I am WELL into my cups)? Just gotta give ‘er…

Here’s a track-by-track…

Let’s Go fades in and asks me if I really want to do this now? Um, yes? Unless it’s inconvenient for your schedule, I mean, I could maybe do this another day? Not really an auspicious question to start an album, such dumb lyrics, but hey. Haha no matter, it’s Pour Some Sugar On Me, with some weird Kelly Clarkson “oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” pasted into the chorus of it. The acoustic breakdown and spacey lyrics in the middle are superfluous. But holy hell, I know this song and I’ve never heard it before! It’s pure DL and that isn’t a bad thing. They do what they do because what they do works (and sells records, except to Mike).

Dangerous has an awesome riff and I like the drums. Chuggy punk rock by Def Leppard. Good energy and drive. I like this track. The guitars in the background are busy in excellent ways. Is this a single? It should be. Holy hell this would’ve sold a shit-ton of copies in the 90s.

Man Enough has a 70s funk bass intro. Hello Sly Stone! Well, we’ve shifted gears without a clutch but I can dig it. It builds, but the pay off is a bit thin, sterile. I like the guitars but wow it sounds over-produced somehow. Haha it’s DL. Of course it is! Am I man enough? Ask around. Fuckin’ right I am. Now, am I man enough to be your girl? Depends on who’s asking, big boy! Also, sort of a fun play on Pearl Jam’s Hail, Hail lyrics, where they ask if you’re “woman enough to be my man.”

We Belong is the mid-tempo rawk ballad that builds and lifts us up with U2-esque guitars. It’s alright, but I feel like I’ve heard this song before. It has a big, echoey sound to it, if nothing else.

Invincible has a good start from the battery, it promises a peppy punky tune. It flips into decent 80s DL rawk soon enough. The verses have more bite than the chorus but hey, we’re millionaires selling records based on a sound we’ve perfected. LOVE US!

Sea Of Love is not a Honeydrippers cover, as I hoped it might be. Instead, it’s a big rawk tune that chug rawks its way through funky-enough verses to a typical DL lite chorus. Again they do this to me. I know it’s the chorus that sells, but you can’t have a riff like that in the verses and instrumental bits and then go all pussy in the chorus. Dudes! Seriously! Cut out the choruses and this song rocks well.

Energized is bad electronic whatever with lyrics pasted in yet maintaining the DL sound. All at mid-tempo MAYBE. Then the chorus says they’re felling “energized” but I ain’t feeling it! Holy Savage Garden (as covered by DL), Batman!

All Time High brings the rock. I actually sat up a bit at this intro, it’s got a great energy. Again the chorus sort of makes it radio-ready, but I like the rest. A lot. Maybe a fave track here.

Battle Of My Own brings the acoustic guitar Led Zeppelin-style. But the vocals are DL! WTF! Wait, I need more wine… Ah, that’s better… except they’re still doing Zep. Does Zep know about this? You’ve got “a battle of my own,” have you?  Hm. A big fan of Zep and wanna show it (and capitalize on it) somehow, is that your battle? Zep, Zep, Zep.

Broke ’N’ Brokenhearted is balls-out rawk. Let’s just go, and I love how he so prettily sings the first verse. It take a bit out of the bite. The chorus (again) makes it blah. This deep into it, though, I can’t even complain about the choruses anymore. I know what they’re doing. They put all the hard work and gritty stuff into the verses and solos (like here, nice solo!) and then the chorus sells records to even they unwary passersby. He’s singing about “you’ve got no soul!” but I don’t think he’s dumb enough, at this point, to be referencing himself?

Forever Young has a cool switch in time signature/ear trick thing going on. It hangs there and then rocks up on you even though you think it shouldn’t work. Also, I don’t want to be forever young. Not unless I can know then what I know now.

Last Dance. Ah. The acoustic ballad. So middle of the road, so full of cliched lyrics, I skipped ahead and didn’t miss a goddamn thing.

Wings of An Angel is totally owned by the guitar. It’s a DL rock song, but nothing else they do here can hold a frickin’ candle to that guitar. Yes yes yes to the guitar here.

Blind Faith is not a tribute to the band. Instead, he’s still asking if this is really all just whatever and whatever. Dude, seriously, you’ve been doing this so long, is this the best you can do, lyrically? You don’t still believe this shit is deep, do you? You aren’t still slipping notes into high school lockers are you (because that’s just wrong)? This track? I like the pay off (with the record’s only falsetto) at the end. But the rest of it is meh. Not enough wine to sell it to me tonight.

In Sum:

I am really fucking drunk. I hope this has been comprehensible.I feel really good. This hasn’t happened in a very long while. You know, for all of that, I liked this record. But only in so far as I know DL and my own expectations were totally met (because it sounded like what I expected it would). Those who know the difference between albums might say differently. Thanks to Deke for making sure that these tunes got into my ears! And thanks to everyone else for their reviews, which I’m gonna go back and read a little more closely no that I’ve been through it myself. Also, I’ll do it sober, tomorrow. Not now. Right now I’m gonna go lie down and sleep the sleep of the dead.


Our Thanks

We’d like to thank you very much for joining us for another KMA Sunday Service. We hope you enjoyed your stay, and that you’ll leave a small offering of a comment or two in the comment collection plate as it is passed around, though of course, as always, this is merely a suggestion and not an obligation. We invite you all to join us again next week, when we once again bring you the KMA Sunday Service!

30 thoughts on “KMA Sunday Service Week 16

  1. mikeladano says:

    I think I know what to do.

    If we find the Classic Rock Fan Pack of DL in Toronto, I will buy it.

    If not, I’m writing this album off and not gonna worry about it again!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Eyes will be peeled! I dunno man, maybe don’t write it off completely, just set the thought of it aside. Never know, down the road, you might change your mind. Stranger things have happened! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mikeladano says:

        True but what better chance of finding the Classic Rock edition without trying to order online? Toronto is the only place I’m going where that’s even a possibility, and I don’t want to buy it online.


  2. 1537 says:

    Yay for Motörhead Man, Nay for TCV! Never liked it at all, but then I’m not much of a QOTSA fan either. Double Yay for the Lucinda Williams though which you got me into not so long ago.


      1. 1537 says:

        Nah, I’ve seen (Queens) twice and the first was okay but the second time they were awful, saved only by the tracks Mark Lanegan sang. I never forgave them for that.


  3. DanicaPiche says:

    Motörhead Man! Some patrons really do make excellent use of the library resources.
    Them Crooked Vultures sounds interesting and I like the album cover. Tom Cochrane’s album also sounds intriguing! I’ll look for this one.

    Congrats again on your new gig. The library is always an action-packed venue!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. keepsmealive says:

      I like Motörhead Man. And when he started singing, I wanted to join in haha.

      TCV is really a good, challenging record. Given the players involved, you can maybe imagine the sound! Also, that Tom Cochrane is amazing. REALLY great stuff.

      Thanks for the congrats, I’m enjoying the gig. I’m enjoying making actual dollars again! And our library is a constantly busy place. And if there’s one thing that makes me happy, it’s seeing people use libraries. I like libraries. A lot. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. DanicaPiche says:

        Haha, a Motorhead sing-a-long at the library! I’d guess that would be very popular. Good PR too — libraries are fun for everyone.

        I saw Tom Cochrane in concert once and was taken by how good he is! That sounds kind of funny, because of course he is.

        Making actual dollars is most excellent! An environment that you enjoy is even better. You’ve got all the bases covered.

        I heart libraries. 🙂

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          If there’s ever a day working there when Motörhead Man doesn’t show up, I will miss him.

          I saw Tom Cochrane live too, with Emm Gryner opening (and then Emm played keys during Tom’s set). Great show. Except that everyone crushed forward for Life is A Highway and then disappeared afterwards. Idiots. The whole set was great.

          I am enjoying making money. It’s all spent before I make it, of course, as we had to replace our car, but still!

          Libraries FTW!

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          1. DanicaPiche says:

            You know, it’s too bad that Motorhead Man doesn’t know that he’s appreciated; all he’s heard is that complaint/shushing.

            Wow, that’s terrible on the concert attendees. It must be demoralizing for the performers, even if they’re resilient. I’m glad that you enjoyed the whole show. At least there was more room for you.

            Ah yes, there are always expenses! I hope the new car is still good. Was it Sarca’s blog where I read about it? Maybe Sarca’s comments on yours.


            1. keepsmealive says:

              Yeah, Motorhead Man would never get told to keep it down by me! I’d tell him to turn it up! \m/ \m/

              Yeah, I’ve been to lots of concerts where people shove forward and hurt people in their need to get near the stage for the big single, only to have the whole wave disappear when it’s over. You know, I often get blamed as a misanthrope, but in some moments, like those, for example, I am not incorrect.

              Gah expenses. Yeah, our car got more expensive to fix than it was worth, so we traded up for a great newer one. The old one was ten years old and had 370,000 kms on it, so it didn’t owe us anything. Still sad to see it go, end of an era!

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  4. Heavy Metal Overload says:

    Yay for the drunk review! I agreed with your observations pretty much but overall you seem to feel more positive about the whole thing than me so I’m glad you liked it. Looks like I might be the odd man out on this one?


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yes indeed, yay for drunk review! Of course, I’m moving pretty slowly this morning. I ain’t as young as I used to be!

      I dunno if you’re the odd man out. Would I feel the same about it if I played it this afternoon, totally sober? I mean, I was already feeling pretty good by the time I hit play, so who knows. I did find a lot of songs had a good rock energy, and that appeals to me. I didn’t even go into the lyrics too much, as I just assumed everyone knew how silly they were. 🙂 As far as I know DL, it was pretty good!


            1. keepsmealive says:

              Haha yes! Here’s the advert: “When getting fucking hammered on cheap whiskey can’t make you care about Def Leppard, it’s time to reach for that satisfying and inspiring metal crunch of Saxon. Part of this complete metal diet!”

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  5. J. says:

    Great stuff. Not sure about that Def Lep album, but glad ro hear it goes well with a merlot!

    Them Crooked Vultures .. man, I wish I caught them live. Some great songs on the album, but I never truly fell in love with it. Think it was a bit too slick? Still, there’s a couple of my favourite Homme tracks on there.

    There’d also been talk of a second album not too long after that was released, but I’m assuming that’ll never happen.

    Lucinda’s Car Wheels is a favourite. First Lucinda album I heard, actually. That and World Without Tears were favourites here for a long time.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha just about everything goes well with a merlot!

      I don’t know that I noticed that the TCV was too slick, but it’s possible. Oh darn, now I’ll have to go back and listen to it again, see if you’re right! Darn darn darn. 😉

      As for a second record, that would be awesome if they did. Never say never, with Grohl. He’s a busy man, but if that’s on his radar who knows!

      I recently did another Lucinda record, one of her first, lots of covers of old blues, etc. Great stuff.

      Thanks for rocking the Sunday Service!


      1. J. says:

        Any excuse to hit that Them Crooked Vultures album again is a a good ‘un, huh? Like I say, some cracking songs, but there’s just something that stops me loving it (may also be that it’s a few songs too long?)

        The other Lucinda album … yes sir – that’s a winner!


        1. keepsmealive says:

          I’m still getting the TCV album into my blood. Needs a few more spins. I really enjoyed it, and I assume I’ll hit your level of enjoyment with it shortly. 🙂

          That other Lucinda album is called Ramblin’, in case anyone else is wondering. It’s from 1979!


  6. deKE says:

    RIP Philthy Phil….
    Motorhead Man….see your nick naming peeps as well…. Bravo!
    So by my account it was two skippers maybe 3(tracks ) on the Lep album?! Not bad and I agree but I will say it’s still a solid piece of rock! Haha…take that HMO & Ladano! Hahaha…
    For sure the lyrics are a little cornholio at times but fudge man this is the dude (Elliot) that pranced around on stage holding the Stanley Cup upside down(jackass) hahahaha….so it proves a point he’s a rock singer with Simple Simon Philosophy and not a Rocket Scientist!
    Great read…….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks Deke! Glad you’re still digging the Sunday Services!

      It was a Motörhead kinda week, for good and for bad.

      Yeah I’d rate the DL record fairly high, but my rating doesn’t carry much weight as I am not exactly an expert. It sounded like it was supposed to sound, and actually rocked a lot more than I expected it to.

      Who holds the Cup upside down? Oh man.


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