Hey, thanks for checking out our site! This web page is a collaboration between two great friends, James and Aaron, and collects all their musings, ramblings, reviews and (sometimes) utter nonsense about music. Lots of sites write about music, and many of them do it way better than we do. We encourage you to read those sites as well! But you won’t find this level of heartfelt love (or indifference or hate) for the subject matter just anywhere. Nope, the KMA gives it to you straight.

We’re not paid to do this. It’s just for shits and giggles.

A brief history:

The KMA started on the web in October of 2006, and has lived in several homes. It currently resides on Word Press because, for the time being, WP works. Some of those other sites did not, and around here we just don’t have time or patience for troubleshooting assinine problems with free blog sites.

The name Keeps Me Alive comes from an old Black Flag song called Room 13. Aaron loves Black Flag. A lot. But more than that, music really does keep us alive. It fuels us and excites us. It helps us through those long, bitter winter nights. It is the soundtrack of our lives.

We hope you enjoy your stay. There’s lots to dig through, in these archives. We love comments, so if you see something that you just have to tell us about, please feel free to do so! We will reply! And if you have your own music and you want to see a review of it here so that you can impress all your friends, by all means contact us and we’ll make arrangements for getting your sounds into our ears. We’d love to hear it – whatever it is.

Ever onward towards new sounds, let’s give ‘er!

the KMA

  1. Music is one of the only things that keep me alive as well. I’ve learned that different types of music affected my mental health too. With the right songs, music can be very comforting! Also, I love the record spinning and the caption, “No dress rehearsal, this is our life!” What a true statement!

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    • Hello kindred spirit Lana! Music really is the glue and the fuel, a constant and an inspiration. That tagline is from the Tragically Hip’s brilliant song Ahead By A Century… that band had a plethora of killer lines (and tunes). As for the spinning record, I just Googled how to add a .gif to a WP header, it worked well. Thanks for checking out our little corner of the internet!

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      • Oh the spinning record is creative and what a beautiful lyric! I agree that music is the glue and the fuel, a constant and an inspiration. I couldn’t have said it better myself. What a great website title too! Take care!


  2. Mind sharing your email with me? I have a content question


  3. Really like your blog and your music taste 🙂 Great to see Bryan Adams and A-ha mentioned. Like how you mentioned Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears in your analysis too.


    • Hey thanks! I just found your comments in our Pending folder, replying to them now (very late). Glad you found things to enjoy in the blog, that 80s stuff is a lot of music from my childhood for sure, but I still love it today. Cheers!

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  4. Wassup! We were wondering whether or not you’d wanna do some guest work for us over at Stuff And That and maybe vice versa. We can’t seem to find many great music bloggers (although by the looks of things we haven’t been looking hard enough) and we think your writing style would be at home among our stuff. Contact me if your interested, mate: milowhite74@gmail.com


    • Hey thanks for the invite, Milo! I would be all over this, but as I posted recently, I am looking at a couple of things going on here that will take up blogging time here on the KMA. Not sure about contributing to another blog too! I will say, thogh, if you’re ever wanting to do something like a one-off group post on a record, let me know. I could jump in on something like that…

      Thanks for thinking of me! A

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  5. The wife and I really love this blog and appreciate the quirkiness and fun you provide. We would like to encourage you to keep writing and never abandon this blog. When you decide to have a mobile app version, I would love to be of service. I appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.
    Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.


    • Hey Jacque’, thanks for the encouragement. We don’t intend on giving up the blog any time soon. Not sure on a mobile app, but thanks for the offer at any rate. You’re right, time is our most precious resource, non-refundable and fleeting. Success to you as well.

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  6. Hi – I’ve just released my debut album, Sleepwalker – wondering if you’d like to review it? You can hear it here: https://play.spotify.com/album/2bEivRvgUJv3flpsTZ54Tf

    Feel free to drop me a line if it’s of interest and you’d like more info. 🙂


  7. I’m honoring you with a Liebster Award. Looking at the comments on this thread it doesn’t look like you’ve won one of these yet.


  8. You’re welcome.


  9. I have nominate you for the Versatile Bloggers Award through my Peaceful Rampage blog. https://peacefulrampage.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/the-versatile-bloggers-award/


  10. I have nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award through my Peaceful Rampage blog. https://peacefulrampage.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/the-versatile-bloggers-award/


  11. Hi Aaron and James! I’ve nominated you for The Blogger Recognition Award — The Music Edition.
    You can pick it up here: https://danicapiche.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/blogger-recognition-award-thank-you-the-music-edition/


  12. ianbalentine

    Hey Aaron, just wanted to let you know that I just finished viewing you and LeBrain’s Toronto record shop excursions and found it mightily entertaining! I believe you and I and Le Brain may be around the same age (I’m 47…forgive me if I’m way off here), and the vids took me back to my youth living in Milton, before we could drive we would take the GO train and pretty much do what you two did…hike it down town TO and come back with a bag of CDs. Anyway, great series, and this blog along with LeBrain’s are two of the purest and best.


    • Thanks for the comment ianbalentine! I’m really glad you enjoy the series – Mike does a fabulous job on the videos. I half-ass the music! Yup, we’ve been bombing down to Taranna for years, ever since we were teenagers. Record shopping has played a role in many of those trips! We used to park at Yorkdale and subway downtown. You’re not far off on ages, I turn 42 in July. Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you dig the blog. I hope we can keep giving you posts to enjoy. Cheers!


  13. I had to follow you. I saw you on VinnieH’s film blog and he was asking how people would react to a blog about bums. You said “they’d get BEHIND it” – I HAD to follow you 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Hey Emma thanks for stopping by! I hope you can find enough to keep you interested, around here. We talk mostly about music and we’re part of a great community of bloggers. As for the puns, well, I have been known to fire those off every once in a while, but I do try not to make an ASS of myself. Thanks so much for the Follow!


  14. I’ve nominated you for the (new) Respect Award! Congratulations! 🙂 You can pick it up at: https://danicapiche.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/the-respect-award-thank-you/


    • Danica! Thank you so much, we are honoured! I love the idea of this award, because it is close to a big part of this blogging thing we have going: COMMUNITY!

      I’ll address this in the KMA Sunday Service #14, this weekend. Thanks again!

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  15. Interesting webzine just found it!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Bit disappointed the title doesn’t come from Cult ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ – you’ve let me down badly there Aaron …

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Hey guys stumbled across your Burglaritis review and just wanted to share a video from the new Wordburglar album 3rdburglar – RHYME O’CLOCK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l857fq_tqOs
    for more info feel free to email me or visit http://www.wordburglar.com



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