Taranna On A Whim

Random post to (long-windedly) tell you about yesterday (Sunday). Get a coffee and settle in…

My Dad and I went to Toronto.

This was the weekend wherein my lovely wife and I each get a day to ourselves to do whatever. On Saturday, she and my sister went to Stratford and saw a performance of Twelfth Night, which they said was excellent. Cool.

I’d been casting around for ideas as to what I wanted to do with my day for a while. I didn’t come up with much. But I knew I wanted to go somewhere, because soon enough the roads will be wintery and driving longer distances becomes less appealing. I discussed it with my Dad, and we ran through a list of possible places, but we didn’t warm to any of our ideas. That left Toronto, which is a decent haul from here, sure, but always holds much fun.

So away we went, through pouring rain and high winds that buffeted the car quite a bit. Several times I was really wrestling it back into line to keep the b*tches between the d*tches. Good times. It was also odd that mid-afternoon it hit well into the 20s (C), but coming back north around suppertime it was down to 5C. Quite a temperature drop in a few short hours.

Armed with umbrellas, we walked down from Bloor to Queen/Spadina. Dad took off to wander Chinatown, and I hit up…


Interestingly, I went through the whole main section of rock/pop and smaller sections (country, electronic, classical, soundtracks) and didn’t find a single disc that had to come home with me. That has never happened. I noticed that a lot of the CDs that (for years) would have been $2.99 were now $5.99, and the previous $5.99s are now $7.99, etc. This isn’t a deterrent to me, really, but I noticed.

I did find one in the International section:

Tinariwen – Tassili +10:1. Mr. 1537 recommends these guys, but I rarely see their albums in the wild. I paid $12.99 for this one brand new, still in the shrinkwrap. Deal!

Then I dug through the clearance racks and found one:

Big John Bates – Take Your Medicine. We saw his bluesy rockin’ burlesque show in Saskatoon at Amigos. Fun!

Next was the metal, punk and hip hop row (their rows are long) and I found a few more…

Black Flag – Who’s Got The 10 1/2?. Live album I have (inexplicably) never owned. Score!

Monster Truck – The Brown EP. I have the two albums, and for $3 this EP was an easy grab.

Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works, and Miss Machine. Two I didn’t have from them, and the MM turned out to be a CD/DVD version!

Beastie Boys – Triple Trouble (single). I see Beasties I don’t have for $2.99, I buy it. Especially if it has a sasquatch on it. It’s an album track and two unreleased remixes. Fine by me!

Then I hit the Recent Arrivals bin…

Extreme – Extreme. I was missing this early album, and $2.99 was fine!

Ronnie Wood – I Feel Like Playing. Solo Stone, for cheap? Oh yes please.

And then (probably) my two biggest scores at Sonic Boom:

Sloan – 4×4 Sampler, and SloanMania! In-Store Retail Sampler. Both are promo samplers. 4×4 has four album tracks from Navy Blues, while SloanMania! has 14 album tracks from four different albums (Navy Blues, One Chord To Another, Twice Removed, and Smeared). Each has a Murderecords catalogue number, but are promo only. No matter, they have a good home now! Sloooooo-oooooaaaan!



Then we walked up through Kensington Market and got coffee at the Moon Bean for my lovely wife. I got to thank the owner for all the years of coffee (it’s been since the late-90s, for us). He seemed pleased and thanked us for being loyal. D’awww…


Back up on Bloor, we had lunch at Paupers (of course). Then Dad took off to wander, and I (of course) went to…


I always do well here. Yesterday was no different…

Black Crowes – Before The Frost. This is cool because the CD is all black, looks like an LP on top. I hope my stereo reads it!

Eric’s Trip – Long Days Ride ‘Till Tomorrow. Live Eric’s Trip? Hells yes, please.

Holly Golightly – Laugh It All Up!. A compilation of Holly’s stuff. 22 tracks! Sweet.

Iron Maiden – Flight 666 Soundtrack. 2CD live set for $8? No-brainer.

Operation Ivy – Operation Ivy. An old classic, a replacement for my old beat-up copy.

Tinariwen – Amassakoul. And look here, a second one of theirs in one day! 1537 was smiling benevolently down upon me!

And then I hit the 3-for $10 bins. Yes, it’s plural now, they’ve really expanded this sale section. So awesome. I saw many things in there that I own and was shocked to see – I mean, Rollins Band’s End Of Silence? That should be in the main section. At full price! It’s still more album than most can properly handle, what a record! Anyway.  I did very well here…

Matthew Good – Live At Massey Hall (2cd). Heck yes.

Corb Lund – Losin’ Lately Gambler. I like Corb.

Yngwie Malmsteen – The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection. I just like saying Yngwie. Yngwie Yngwie, Yngwie. A cool comp for me to try out his stuff.

Nirvana – From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah. Because I didn’t have it, now I do!

Bruce Dickinson – Accident Of Birth. Yup, Bruce Bruce in the sale bin? Crazy.

Les Claypool And The Holy Mackerel – Presents: Highball With The Devil. Time for some Claypool madness, but mainly bought ‘cos Rollins appears on here! ROLLINS.

Mars Volta – Amputechture. Someone recommended this one to me after I loved De-Loused In The Comatorium and Frances The Mute.

Alanis Morrisette – Jagged Little Pill Acoustic. I was just curious what this would sound like compared to the original album, so why not!

Julie Doiron – Heart And Crime. I will always (always) by Julie albums I don’t yet have. Julie rocks.


* I also got an item that should have been a Grail List item for one of our Dear Readers, but wasn’t ever on the list. They will be receiving it in future, and it will be theirs to reveal to all. I will share no details here. 

Fantastic haul. Thanks, BMV!



By 5:30pm we were done, and it was time to roll out. It took us 3 hours to get back home, through more high winds and slashing rains, but it mattered little. We had a great day. Toronto proved (again) an excellent choice.

Thanks for Reading!



PS: While I did not find any actual Grail List items, though (as noted, above) I did find one that should have been and will distribute it accordingly, I surely did look for all of you!

Note to Mr. 1537: I did find Julian Cope’s Jehovakill, but it was on evil silver disc, and I guessed (assuming) that you were wanting it on LP (alas there were none of those).

27 thoughts on “Taranna On A Whim

    1. keepsmealive says:

      It was indeed a good time – hard to hit up the shoppes in the city and have it be a bad time!

      I haven’t jammed the Maiden set yet, but I will shortly. And there’s the new one coming out tomorrow, too!

      Liked by 1 person

  1. 1537 says:

    Jeez – I’m all over your consciousness here! In my view them there Tinariwen chaps have never recorded so much as a duff note, so well done on bagging these two.

    Yngwie Yngwie, Yngwie! A guitarist friend of mine pretty much killed Yngwie for me by playing him ALL THE TIME, AND NOTHING ELSE FOR EVER. So I don’t do Yngwie.

    What’s on the B-side for Triple Trouble?

    Oh and (checks nobody else is reading) I have the Jehovakill CD. No, really.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      When I saw the Tinariwen, I knew 1537 would approve! I haven’t heard much Yngwie so this comp will at least give me a taste – and now I know not to over-do it!

      The Triple Trouble looks like this (three versions of the same song):

      1. album version
      2. j. wizzle remix
      3. graham coxon remix

      And don’t worry, your secret CD ownership is safe with me!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. 1537 says:

        I just love Malian music – it just all sounds like the desert to me (not that I’ve ever been in one!).

        CD ownership? I have no idea what you may be referring to.


  2. stephen1001 says:

    I’m glad you said thanks to the coffee guy for the years of ‘fee – I’ve been trying to make an effort to to do the same with the places we go to often, thanks for the reminder to do so!
    And that’s a fine haul!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks for noticing my thanks! Yeah, the guy that runs that shoppe has always been cool, it just felt right to thank him. We’ve gotten a lot of coffee off him, over the years!

      Hey, offering thanks to regular places is another way of Verbalizing The Positive!

      Yeah man, lots of good tunes. Hard to know what to play next (I wanna hear it all)!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. deKE says:

    Hey Kid Ego!
    Man a ton of scoring on deal!
    Yngwie J….too much shred…hahaha
    That Brucie disc Accident is pretty damn good and the soundtrack to Flight 666 has killer version of Moonchild

    Good stuff


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yeah man they look so young on that Extreme album cover! D’aw the babies! Indeed, lots of goodness there, I was real happy – especially since most of it was had for really damn cheap. I am king of the bargain shoppers!

      I got the Yngwie to try it – we’ll see how it goes… I was pleased to get the Bruce and Maiden. And the Sloooo-ooooan!

      And Dillinger, and Crowes, and Tinariwen, and Eric’s Trip AND Julie Doiron, and…


    1. keepsmealive says:

      The Crowes CD is only half the tunes – the CD had half, and there was a download code for the other half, called Until The Freeze. All the tracks were on the vinyl. Anyway, pretty sure my sister will have the second half for me! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. boppinsblog says:

    My wife lost her dad 20 years ago. She tells me to spend as much time with my dad as I can.
    Good advice.

    Nice haul. I love Sonic Boom and BMV but usually only have time for the vinyl racks.
    A whole afternoon would be sweet.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Since my folks moved to town, we spend tons of time with them – great for the kids, great for us!

      I didn’t even dig too deep into the vinyls… We were on limited timeframe and I did the CDs first, thinking I’d get to the LPs next but… Ah well. Next time!

      A whole day was awesome. When we went in September, I had two whole days! Wild. ..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. boppinsblog says:

        Since yout parents are in town I say you and your wife deserve a date night.

        Does anyone second this motion?

        (Can you tell I was working at a conference all weekend? )
        P.S. I’m jealous. Music shopping trumps conferences and work.


        1. keepsmealive says:

          Date night? What’s THAT? Hahaha we do get away just the two of us occasionally, maybe a couple of times a year. Last time my folks took the kids and we went out for supper just the two of us, we were home by 9pm.

          No need for jealousy, Bop, just adopt our system! Once a month or month and a half, you each get a day to do what you want. Simple!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Nice. Yeah, some real cool stuff on this foray. Can’t wait to dig in. The pricing was interesting, but it is what it is. Good to get the city underfoot again – Dad wants to go back in November, we enjoyed time just the two of us – we managed 6 hours in the car no problem!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mikeladano says:

        I can’t remember when I am heading back there. Whenever Jen has her next tests. I know they had a bunch of Japanese vinyl and audiophile releases front racked a couple days ago.


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