KMA Saturday Service: Total Gratitude Edition

Folks, we need to talk about James. My KMA brother, and long-time friend. He’s amazing. He’s the one who brings quality while I bring quantity. And already he’s blushing ‘cos he’s a modest dude. But seriously. James is the man.

The number of times over the years that he’s come through for me in all sorts of ways. It’s crazy. In comparison, I can only try to reciprocate and say close enough! How many times have you read, in these pages, me saying James Rules and OMG James Sent This… if you’re a regular Reader, it’s a lot.


Recent Cases In Point:

1) Black Sabbath – The End

James went to the show in Calgary on March 4, and sent me the show-only CD, wouldn’t take money for it. Said Happy Birthday! My birthday is in July.



2) Record Store Day, April 2016, Pt. 1

I thought the extremely limited edition Iron Maiden ‘Empire Of The Clouds’ 12” single would be awesome to get, but couldn’t get one here. Mike tried for me in his town, but it was one per person. I figured it would be online after the fact… then James texts me, still want the Maiden? His store was getting a late RSD shipment. They even held one for him. It arrived here yesterday. James would not take money for it. He said Merry Christmas. In April.


3) Record Store Day, April 2016, Pt. 2

Metallica were amabassadors for RSD this year, and put out their limited edition Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité Bataclan 2003 live CD. This would also be awesome to get. James got that too, and said Happy Your Son’s Birthday (in April). Seriously. At this point, he’s gotta be just making this shit up, or maybe he realized Saying Happy Birthday 2017 was stretching too far?


I still cannot get my head around all of this.

By any stretch, by now you have to realize that this is crazy amazing. James. Thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU. A zillion times. A googolplex!

James. Thank you.

15 thoughts on “KMA Saturday Service: Total Gratitude Edition

  1. mikeladano says:

    Kudos for working in googolplex for a post! That’s genius.

    Man, James is so awesome. I think I still owe him money on Metallica. James? Did I pay you yet?

    I love this community.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yes! COMMUNITY!! I was trying to think of when I met James, and it has to have been 2001 or 2002. Long time, now. He’ll probably remember better than I do, but it was through a mutual friend at the university in Saskatoon, I know that. Super dude. Always!

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          What a great way to meet! I remember that show. I was not aware it was the first time we met! I do remember running into you not long after that, then, in that record shop (was it called A&B? Something like that?).

          I don’t see that Tielli SLCR in the KMA archives, or maybe I’m searching it wrong. Is it there or are there a bunch you need to post?


            1. keepsmealive says:

              Dude! Why are they not online anymore? WE MUST FIX THIS!

              Yes! A&B Sound! They sold Bose stereos downstairs, and music and DVDs upstairs! I looked it up and it seems it closed in 2006?


              1. James Kalyn says:

                When I lost my old webhost, a bunch of reviews went offline. I have them all but I haven’t reposted them.

                A&B closed, yeah. Too bad, but that’s the fate of music stores anymore.


                1. keepsmealive says:

                  Well there, you’ve got your content all set for months! Give ‘er!!

                  A&B was really great for those punk compilation CDs, like from Fat Wreck Chords and Hellcat, etc. They used to sell them really cheap and that made me very happy.


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