In Which Aaron Tells You About How His Lovely Wife Came Home One Day With Two Awesome Magazines For Him To Read And Oh Yeah He Found Three Other CDs Recently Too

I don’t know if I’ve ever said this in these pages before, but my lovely wife is truly wonderful (and lovely and awesome and… I’ll stop effusing here because I could go on for days and you’d probably stop reading). Anyway, it’s all true. And among the kazillion reasons why she’s the greatest, she knows (and tolerates) my love of music. Recently she brought home the most recent (November) issues of Uncut and Mojo magazines/CDs for me. Stones and Beatles. For readers of those magazines, these are not surprising subjects for these publications to cover.

Uncut includes a RIP to Charlie Watts, the main selling point for her to grab this for me, but also several other articles that intrigue me. The included CD has New-School Blues from the likes of Cedric Burnside, Black Keys, Gwennifer Raymond, Valerie June, Riley Dowling, Allison Russell, and many others, so that’s also great by me!

Mojo, of course, mainly covers the new Peter Jackson documentary. And the CD has 15 Beatles covers from the likes of Richard Thompson, Judy Collins, Bettye LaVette, Jim James, Black Keys, Melvins, 13th Floor Elevators and others. It also came packaged in a bag because it had an art print tipped into it as well. My print was a bit bent on the edges, but no matter. I’ve included a photo from the internet (below). More troubling is that it’s a great photo of the band but including Yoko Ono sitting in on the session. I was bothered by the trailer of the Get Back documentary, which showed the band working through Don’t Let Me Down (a wee ditty that might have enjoyed some popularity, you may recall), and her sitting there in the middle of it just reading a book. I swear. I’m on the fence about watching the thing, as I re-burnt out on the Beatles in that series I did a while back, so we’ll see. Anyway. Huge thanks to my lovely wife for setting me up with tons of great reading and listening! She’s so thoughtful and gorgeous and… there I go again.

John Mayer – The Village Sessions Y’all know I’ve come around to John Mayer and have been picking up albums as I see them. I didn’t know this EP existed but there’s a ton of info RIGHT HERE and I do love the Trio work so I’ll enjoy this. I wish this copy was in better nick, so I am looking for another but this’ll do for now.

Buffy Sainte-Marie – The Best Of Buffy Sainte-Marie I am ashamed to admit I don’t know a whole lot of her songs (at least by title), so this hits set ought to introduce me to her work. It says it’s a Two-fer album, and it does have 24 tracks on one CD so I’ll have to look into it further.

Supertramp – Breakfast In America A classic album that I’ve never owned, up to now, so this corrects that.


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58 thoughts on “In Which Aaron Tells You About How His Lovely Wife Came Home One Day With Two Awesome Magazines For Him To Read And Oh Yeah He Found Three Other CDs Recently Too

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Both Mojo and Uncut come with a CD, it’s the only reason I buy them. I like getting compilations of the new music, or themed comps. I used to buy CMJ New Music Monthly for years, then it went to all-online and that sucked.

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              1. Lana Teramae says:

                I just looked through the comments and I realized that the Walt Disney comment was for a different conversation or maybe I was getting our conversations mixed up.

                You did bring up the myth about Walt Disney’s head being frozen in a different post, so I was trying to say that I don’t think the Walt Disney Company confirmed it. But also there’s a restaurant at Disneyland called Club 33, so I got that mixed up with the 27 Club, sorry.

                I read about the 27 Club and that artists like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin are in it. Of course, their deaths had something to do with drugs.

                Sorry for the confusion, this is what happens when we have so many different conversations lol!


                  1. Lana Teramae says:

                    That’s true!

                    By the way, I need to rant real quick. Iron Maiden will tour in Anaheim, California (near Disneyland) on Wednesday, September 21, but my mom said we can’t go because we’re already going to the mainland to drop me off for the Disney College Program. I understand why she said no, but the band is so old now, so I’m like, “WHAT IF THEY NEVER TOUR AGAIN AFTER THIS TOUR?” Then she said wait till they come to Hawaii, but the last time Maiden came to Hawaii was 1985. So that’s a long shot. What do you think?


                    1. keepsmealive says:

                      I say if you can save up the dough and you have the time, GO! I saw Maiden for the first time in concert on Book Of Souls in 2016, so I am waaaay late to the party myself, and that show was a full-on revelation. They need to be heard and felt live.

                      As for “see them before they’re done,” I said that in 1994 about the Rolling Stones lol.

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                    2. Lana Teramae says:

                      If only it were that simple. I know I have enough money for the tickets, but flying there would be a challenge. Even if I did offer to pay for everything, my mom doesn’t want to go to the mainland too many times because of covid. Then again, I could ask my dad and see what he thinks!

                      Now, Charlie Watts is gone! 😦


                    3. Lana Teramae says:

                      Yeah, stupid covid! On the plus side, it gave me more time to discover these older bands, but on the downside, it made it harder for me to see them live. Maybe you can still see the Stones anyways, before they retire?


                    4. Lana Teramae says:

                      Oh you did see them with Charlie? According to wikipedia, Steve Jordan was a member of the bands for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Late Night with David Letterman,’ pretty cool!


                    5. keepsmealive says:

                      Sure did, saw the ’94 Voodoo Lounge tour in Toronto. So did Deke, we were at the same gig! Charlie got the biggest applause. Steve Jordan has had an amazing career. I also heard him, recently, on the John Mayer Trio album.

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                    6. Lana Teramae says:

                      Oh the ’94 Voodoo Lounge tour. You and Deke were at the same gig? That’s so cool! I almost bought a Voodoo Lounge shirt at PacSun because I liked that it had the tour dates in the back. Except, I fell asleep listening to a few of their albums, so I decided not to. Maybe I’ll try the Stones again eventually.

                      Makes sense that Charlie got the biggest applause, he was an unbelievable drummer (maybe I just like them live).

                      Oh he played with John Mayer? I always got John Mayer mixed up with John Legend. We have too many Johns in this world lol.


                    7. keepsmealive says:

                      Yup Deke and I didn’t figure out ’til years later that we were there on the same night. Great gig. Stone Temple Pilots (on their Purple tour) opened for the Stones. I have a tour shirt from that gig, it’s awesome. You shoulddefinitely try the Stones again. With all those albums, there’s bound to be something clicks for you. Surely you know the Hits, so maybe a set like Grrr! or 40 Licks or Hot Rocks or Honk would be a good home base for you before you go off into the albums. When you;re ready, let me know. I own them all and have played them a zillion times.

                      Charlie was/still is my favourite drummer ever. He could rock, but there was still a swing to it all (he was a jazz drummer at heart).

                      Yeah there’s a short album called Trio that John Mayer, Pino Palladino (a brilliant bass payer) and Steve Jordan put out. I think I mentioned it in this pages somewhere. He’s also on that Mayer EP I found recently, Village Session.


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                    8. Lana Teramae says:

                      Was the Voodoo Lounge tour before you and Deke became friends? I can try look up a greatest hits set/compilation album then when I’m ready. I just don’t want to dive into a band and only like their hits, that’s why I like to start with their studio albums. I’ll let you know when I’m ready for the Stones again!

                      Yeah his drumming had a swing to it, so it was groovy. Which is good cause Mick likes to move around to the beat.

                      Dang, Steve Jordan played with a lot of people! Even Bruno Mars and Stevie Nicks.


                    9. keepsmealive says:

                      Yup, long before we knew who each other was.

                      Stones have varied a lot over the decades, while still sounding like them. The early 60s stuff is old blues with sound from the time. Late 60s got a bit, um, druggier. By the mid-70s the drugs were really good. They had a late 70s disco phase. The 80s saw less output but some good stuff and some stuff ‘of the times.’ From the 90s up it has been a newer sound built for stadiums and slick productions. There are some dogs in there, over that many years, but no one can go that long and be perfect.

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                    10. Lana Teramae says:

                      Wait, so how did you and Deke become friends, was it through Mike?

                      I didn’t know the Stones had a disco phase. Interesting! Speaking of the 90s, is a band still considered good even know some fans end up going back to their old stuff from the 70s, etc.? Like the Stones, for example?


                    11. keepsmealive says:

                      The blogs, yeah. I think he was commenting over at Mike’s and the rest is history.

                      Yeah, late 70s Stones is rather disco-ish, in parts. Ever heard Miss You?

                      To answer your question, yes. When a band is around that long, they span generations let alone decades. Everyone wants the hits, of course, but still being able to make solid, enjoyable music after 50 years is a real feat.

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                    12. Lana Teramae says:

                      Aw that’s cool you and Deke became friends through the blogs! WordPress really does bring people closer together!

                      Oh yeah, I remember “Miss You” from the ‘Some Girls’ album. I do like that track.

                      Ah ok. Yeah, it’s very impressive if a band can still put out good music so late in their career like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. But every band has their peak years.


                    13. keepsmealive says:

                      It’s why I keep shouting COMMUNITY! 🙂

                      Some Girls is a classic, definitely of its time, some of those songs.

                      What interests me is that those peaks are different for different listeners. For the Stones, some love the early 60s. Some love the early 70s. Some love the new stuff. Yet all appreciate (and know, inside-out) all the main hits.

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                    14. Lana Teramae says:

                      Actually, ‘Some Girls’ is one of the albums I dozed off to.

                      That’s true! Like Def Leppard for example, some people think that ‘Hysteria’ was when the band reached their peak, but fans of the earlier stuff think that the band reached their peak when they did ‘High ‘n’ Dry’ and maybe ‘Pyromania’ even.


                    15. Lana Teramae says:

                      A lot of their songs involve jam sessions, which I’m not a big fan of.

                      Yeah, ‘Pyromania’ is a million times better than ‘Hysteria.’ But like you said, people have different opinions on a band’s peak years.


                    16. keepsmealive says:

                      Geography does play a role in your life, for sure. You’re kind of like a Canadian in this respect. Sure, it’d be nice to go to, say, Vancouver to check it out, but it’s a 4-5 hour flight and a big expense and a whole ‘thing’ to do it. Can’t just hop in the car and go. The only difference is you’d just fly over water instead of land!

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                    17. Lana Teramae says:

                      I guess I face the same struggles as you Canadians in this sense. I can’t just drive to the gig, I have to fly an eight hour flight, book a hotel, rent a car maybe (or just uber), and book a flight home. That’s not even including ticket prices!


                    18. Lana Teramae says:

                      Yeah, like you said it’s a long drive, so the date of the concert matters too. If you have work the day after the concert, that’s not good.


                    19. keepsmealive says:

                      I’ve done that, both ways around. I’ve worked that day and drove down that night for the show (and then back that same night). Crazy. Also gone to the show, got back late, then went to work next day on very little sleep. Crazy. I’ve also done both together: work – drive – show – drive – short sleep – work… collapse (happily). That’s the killer. None of it was healthy lol.

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