KMA2870 My Morning Jacket – The Tennessee Fire

Wiki: The Tennessee Fire is the debut album by the rock band My Morning Jacket. It introduced the reverb-heavy sound that is characteristic of the band’s earlier material. This is most apparent in Jim James’ vocals, many of which were recorded in an empty grain silo in Kentucky.

I’d heard around the blogs that this might be a band I should look into, so when I found this one I snapped it up. Loved it immediately. It has an open, raw feel that just pulled me in and held me there… It sounded like a demo tape, and for that I love it unreservedly. I can only imagine how beautiful this would sound on LP… Sweet!

 

Also: I found this on the Amazons: My Morning Jacket combines classic Country elements with the melancholy vibes of Harvest and After the Gold Rush era Neil Young, Pet Sounds era Beach Boys, and the immortal vocal stylings of the Righteous Brothers. These boys sing harmony like nobody’s business. My Morning Jacket don’t know much about the “indie” world and of what they do know, they couldn’t care less. When we first queried James about Louisville music history he lit up, “Slint 7/8s timing bullshit. I’m talking about writing a fuckin’ song!”. The Eagles and Simon and Garfunkel were who James claimed were in heavy rotation and absorption at his residence. The closest they come in comparison to the modern guitar sound is with the languid, pre-slow-core aural heroin of on Fire era Galaxie 500. MY MORNING JACKET are not another interesting but pretentious, posturing, or campy alt-country derivation. There ain’t nothin’ trendy about ’em. They’re the real deal.

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KMA2869 Rush – Working Men

Collecting a hits set of tracks from Rush In Rio (2003), the R30 DVD (2005) (including one previously unreleased track, One Little Victory), and Snakes And Arrows Live (2008), this set is entirely welcome in my collection, especially since I have never seen them in concert. I know. Anyway, there are too many highlights to mention here. Give ‘er!

Tracks: Limelight, The Spirit Of Radio, 2112, Freewill, Dreamline, Far Cry, Subdivisions, One Little Victory (previously unreleased), Closer To The Heart, Tom Sawyer, Working Man, YYZ.

KMA2868 Melissa Etheridge – 4th Street Feeling (Deluxe)

I’ve raved about Etheridge in these pages before… This 2012 album is raw, powerful, and poignant. The use of dynamics, the bluesy soulful feel, the arrangements, her unique and perfectly imperfect voice (which, as her career winds on, edges closer and closer to Janis Joplin territory)… everything about it is spot on. This deluxe edition has three bonus tracks, a significantly larger gatefold digipak, a full colour booklet with her handwritten lyrics and notes, and a cardboard guitar pick that’s too big to actually be used for anything and yet not quite big enough to be a drink coaster. This album is absolutely recommended.

KMA2867 Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead OMPS

I know I saw this 1995 movie, way back in the day, but I don’t have too many memories of it, these days. Might need a re-watch, because this soundtrack (which I owned years ago and only recently replaced) is a great collection of songs. It’s bluesy, rockin’ and funky, slightly oddball and all-around great. Worth noting: Dishwalla’s killer rip through B.B. King’s The Thrill Is Gone is a highlight. Yes, the Counting Blue Cars Dishwalla. Wow!

Artists appearing:

Tom Waits, Morphine, Freedy Johnston, Neville Brothers & Buddy Guy, Dishwalla, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Blues Traveler, Ape Hangers, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Reed, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin, Warren Zevon.

See what I mean? Hot damn!

KMA2866 Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted From Memory

This was half great. I loved the music, all lovely arrangements and beautiful melodies. But the vocals were bad too often. It was fine when things were held in check, but once they went for power, it was painful wailing with voices not built for it anymore. I want to enjoy it but I keep flinching, waiting for those times to come.

KMA2865 SLCR #332: The Jerry Cans (January 17, 2019)

I feel out of practice. Luckily, we’re hitting all the old familiar tropes so it should be easy to coast:

  • A new-to-me band that I paid to see based on name recognition alone, rather than streaming some of their music for free
  • A review I let sit for like a week and a half to ensure that I have since forgotten what little I’d had to say
  • A need to rush through the review with another concert coming tonight and another tomorrow

I first became aware of the Jerry Cans in the summer of 2017, when they released their cover of the Tragically Hip’s Ahead by a Century, translated into the Inuit dialect of Inuktitut. It wasn’t long before it felt like I was hearing about them all over, playing at the Junos and on CBC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. Even having heard only one song, over a year ago – and a cover, at that – I was looking forward to seeing them from the hype alone. That said, it’s January and it’s cold and I’m lazy and I was on the fence until the Monday before the show, when I fell into another SLCR trope – buying myself concert tickets because I’m grumpy about being at work. This is why I wind up going to so many shows.

Really, I knew that if I left it until the night of the show, I’d wuss out and stay home (see above re: cold, lazy). Turns out this was correct, as the show sold out not long after I got my ticket.

I got to the Artesian and was immediately cautioned that the band wanted people dancing up at the front, so if I wanted to sit, I should sit up in the pews or the balcony. I don’t know if “balcony” is really the right word for it, but it’s upstairs and has chairs in it, so whatever, “balcony” it is. And I’d never been up there, so that seemed like a decent plan. It was already pretty full, but there was a lone chair just sitting there, and it was kind of perfect. Lots of legroom, nobody near me. I got to spend 20 minutes waiting for the show catching up on phone crosswords and watching the parade of people come upstairs, look for seats, and go back down, disappointed.

The opener was Josh Qaumariaq, lead singer of Iqaluit band The Trade-offs. He went by Josh Q, which I appreciate as a fat-fingered white guy who writes these things in a program that doesn’t have a spellchecker. He did a few songs solo before a few people wandered on stage to help out; he later identified them as half of the Jerry Cans (LIES – it was two-fifths). This was blues-inspired rock – lyrically, it was not so much my thing, but you’re listening for the great guitar playing and an incredible powerful voice. Qaumariaq went from polite applause at the start to a huge ovation at the end.

Having only heard that Hip cover, I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the Jerry Cans, but that song actually worked as a fine introduction. Almost a Celtic pop/rock band – or maybe I’m going to say that about any band that incorporates a fiddle – but with the inclusion of Inuit throat singing. I can’t really speak too much about the content of the songs, since their lyrics were all in Inuktitut (almost – they didn’t translate their cover of Cypress Hill’s Hits from the Bong) though they did explain what some of the songs meant (Hits from the Bong didn’t require explanation). They asked for people to get up and dance, and the crowd was happy to do so – the band got a great reaction for their first-ever Saskatchewan show. And we might see them again soon – they hinted that they may be back for a certain festival this summer. Or else they were just trying to get booked on the show; either way, I’m good with it.

KMA2864 KISS – Destroyer

I had fun hearing this again. Now, I also own the Destroyer: Resurrected, which cleaned everything up and added in missing bits from this set, but I still prefer this old version. I’m not all that knowledgeable about KISS, not compared to you guys, but I know what I like, and I liked Destroyer a whole lot. Well, except maybe Great Expectations. It doesn’t really fit the album, to me. Anyway.

KMA2863 Site Update: Numbered!

You may recall, I’d said at the beginning of the year that there were some site ideas I had, and I wanted to chip away at them in the background. Yesterday, I got one project done! Go me!

I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought it would look cool if all the posts on the site were numbered, like KMA1, KMA2, etc. Kind of a rolling table of contents/post counter in the post titles. So yes, I went back and numbered them all. One at a time. It was tedious, sure, but I listened to tunes as I did it, so it was all good. As for how much there was to do, well, you can see by the title of this post, we’ve slapped up just a few posts onto this site since October of 2006.

Anyway, I discovered (and re-discovered) a few things as I was going through the archives:

  1. KMA1, as we all know, was posted on October 12, 2006. Holy moly we’re old.
  2. KMA666 was not something natural to the number, something awesome like Black Sabbath, although Slipknot was at KMA665. So close! KMA666 was, however, the awesome Carolyn Mark with her brilliant The Queen Of Vancouver Island. I’m sure she’d be thrilled! Interestingly, Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beast was KMA676, only ten posts after, so that was a missed opportunity for sure.
  3. I’d made a post ages ago saying ‘this is our 1000th post!’… except it wasn’t. There were a couple of draft posts lingering in the list, which never got posted and didn’t need to be posted, so after they were removed, that celebration post was actually KMA997. Our actual KMA1000 was Dolph Lundrgren doing a stage performance of Elvis’ A Little Less Conversation, which is still one of the best things on the internet ever.
  4. KMA1537 (because we all imediately wondered what post could go with that venerable Community number) was ISIS’ Celestial. I feel that this was a good fit because that album is awesome and so is 1537.
  5. KMA2000 was Deep Purple’s The Battle Rages On (cool). There wasn’t an “it’s our 2000th post” post made at the time so, I guess, as the relationship wears on, anniversaries don’t mean as much. Oh dear haha!
  6. As you can see from today’s number, as well, we’re slowly working towards KMA3000. That’s just crazy. I’ll try to remember to make an “it’s our 3000th post!” post, when we get there, and actually have it be the 3000th post! The future is now!

Just so you know: One other cool feature of this re-titling of all our posts is that you can use the Search box in the top-right of our main page to seek out any post number you want. Wanna see how we partied like it was KMA1999? Now you can! Just type in “KMA1999” and see!

I saw on the Googles that there are WP plugins that will take all your posts and put them in a single page, like a table of contents, which we could add to the pages we have at the top of our page, like the Grail List, etc. I think that would look cool for us, now, with all the posts in numerical order of posting. However, we’re on the free version of WP, so I don’t know if we can even use plugins like that. I’m not savvy with that stuff. And would it auto-update? If not, forget about it. Still, you can use the dropdown archive on the right-side of the page and search that way too.

Dear Readers, I hope you dig this new development, and that you don’t find it too distracting or unattractive. Heck, I have to hope James doesn’t mind this new look and post-titling system, as I didn’t even consult him and he’s my KMA brother!

KMA2862 Bob Reid – Highway Of Heroes

I will always buy things like this, as I fully support honouring our troops, and that stretch of the 401 always brings me back to awareness. CFRB’s Bob Reid (a Toronto songwriter) wrote this tune, which isn’t the (identically-titled) Trews’ song we know well. But the sentiment is the same. I’m glad to have this in the collection.

 

KMA2861 Things

Found this on the internet, loved it. Bet you know all the songs referenced…

KMA2860 Jeff Lynne – Armchair Theatre

Following the break-up of ELO, this is Lynne’s first solo album and it’s a doozy. I can instantly hear why he was a Wilbury, in this sound, too. There’s a respect for and a knowledge of the rock form here, which allows him to create something new and beautiful and fun that sounds like you’ve always known it. Timeless.

KMA2859 Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan’s Finest Hour

 

 

Brilliance.

KMA2858 The Jam – Greatest Hits

Do I even need to tell you that everything about this comp is awesome? Of course not.

Turn it up and go!

KMA2857 Green Day – Warning

Following up Nimrod, Green Day broadened their palette and offered up this collection of songs that could only ever be them. Fans of the early stuff (pre-Dookie) will likely yell sell-out, but I’m too busy bouncing around and having good clean fun with this CD to care.

KMA2856 LunchMoney Lewis – Bills EP

Bought this without knowing a thing about it. It’s quasi-rap dance soul music and, while he’s (apparently) best know for the title track here, it gave me a headache. Mama was better (call your Mom!). Love Me Back didn’t hold my attention, and Real Thing sounded like old school 80s and it was alright. I dunno, all deference LunchMoney, glad I tried it but I don’t think I’m your target audience.

KMA2855 Jimmy Rushing – The Essential Jimmy Rushing

The key word here is Essential. Hot damn, this set is awesome. Rushing had a great soul blues shout, and the classy old swingin’ blues music defies you to sit still.

I loved this so much, I played it twice!

KMA2854 Jimmy Smith – The Finest In Jazz

Hold on to your fedora, jazz cat, here comes a blast of Jimmy Smith’s calisthenics on the keys. Need I say more? Of course not.

Tracks: The Champ, Blues After All, I Got A Woman, Minor Chant, Jumpin’ The Blues, When Johnny Comes Marchin’ Home, and Fungii Mama.

KMA2853 Tool Porn

This was compulsive watching. This dude knows his stuff. What a track! The ending of this tune slays me every time.

 

And there’s more! [Parabol/Parabola]:

 

KMA2852 James Dean Era

This is a cool collection of tracks from the likes of Chuck Berry, Bill Haley & The Comets, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Little Richard… as well as cool stuff from Big Joe Turner, Johnny Otis, Pee Wee Crayton… and so on. There are pull quotes in between tracks, which I felt ruined the flow of a great bunch of tunes. There are two tracks of Dean playing the bongos (apparently rare) at the end. There’s also a DVD of (apparently rare) TV movies included.

KMA2851 Sandra Boynton’s Frog Trouble

Y’all probably know Boynton’s kids books. The included CD here will impress the grown-ups as well, as it includes tracks by:

Dwight Yoakam, Fountains Of Wayne, Mark Lanegan, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Linda Eder, and Fall Mountain Cowboys.

Fun times!

KMA2850 Counting Crows – August And Everything After

Been ages since I spun this album, and I assumed it was gonna be too 1990s for 2019. Nope. Look past Mr. Jones and Round Here, there’s gold in these hills. Of course I still knew every word, every note. Shame it took me so long to come back here, as this was like meeting up with a long-lost friend.

KMA2849 Dave Bidini – Midnight Light

This book is a gem. Charting Bidini’s travels and adventures across far Canada’s north during a summer writing gig at the Yellowknifer, it’s also a lament for a dying form (newspapers), an ode to the northern way of life, and a volume chock full of true characters. Compulsive, recommended reading. Bidini is becoming our generation’s Pierre Berton.

KMA2848 Mid-Month

I’ve spent the past four days sick, meaning I’ve had plenty of time to sit and think. 

3 Net results: 

1) On January 15, the LP project is already too much. I’m calling a halt to it (and not because of that local robbery). It’s fun, but I should’ve seen that I just don’t have time for it. Thanks for understanding. 2) I’ve managed to keep caught up with your posts (mostly), but I still need to dig back further. 3) I’ll be brief barfing a lot of what I’m hearing/reading, to keep my hand in.

OK, as you were. Thanks for Reading.

KMA2847 He’s Goddamn Right

Shout-out to Andrew Robinson for this post. Sharing because he’s goddamn right.

This one was also fun:

KMA2846 Half-Time Band

Justin Timberlake’s half-time SuperBowl gig had nothing on this young lady’s performance:

 

KMA2845 The LP Project 10: A Perfect Circle – Thirteenth Step

For some reason, I haven’t even opened this 2LP set. Factory sealed freshness! Mmmm…

I mean, I’ve heard the album… I think perhaps I’ve owned the CD at one point and that’s how I heard it. Anyway, you know who they are, and you know this album. Carry on, as you were!

KMA2844 Trumpet Solos (At Work)

NB: I would like to begin this post by saying I’m pretty damn proud of myself for figuring out how to post links to Youtube videos that only contain the wee sections of the songs you’re meant to hear (not the whole song). What a time-saver. I am a tech wizard!

So.

I’ve been paying attention to the music at work, and noticing some pretty great solos in some of the songs. The world is full of great solo turns, of course, but these are just a few of those that have caught my ear as they emanate from the in-house system:

I ALWAYS CHEER FOR THE HORNS!

Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel (possibly my favourite rock trumpet solo)

Petula Clark – Downtown (muted outro horn is very cool)

Beatles – Penny Lane

Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone (the whole damn song is awesome, but this clip is an example of the horn in the song…)

KMA2843 Concerning

Given how (relatively) close to my house this happened, it makes me think the LP Project might be an ill-considered thing that should be stopped!

KMA2842 The LP Project 9: AC/DC – Who Made Who

Here’s what I said last time I covered this release: “A semi-weird little compilation of new stuff, old stuff, and one track from the even older stuff. I haven’t seen Maximum Overdrive in years, but I assume this collection of songs fits the show and that’s why they’re here. Rawk!”

This time around? Give me AC/DC, Stephen King and turn it the hell up. The rest is just details! Go!

KMA2841 Sax Solos (At Work)

NB: I would like to begin this post by saying I’m pretty damn proud of myself for figuring out how to post links to Youtube videos that only contain the wee sections of the songs you’re meant to hear (not the whole song). What a time-saver. I am a tech wizard!

So.

I’ve been paying attention to the music at work, and noticing some pretty great solos in some of the songs. The world is full of great solo turns, of course, but these are just a few of those that have caught my ear as they emanate from the in-house system:

 

Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar (RIP Bobby Keys)

Spandau Ballet – True (OMG everything about this is so painfully 80s)

Huey Lewis and the News – The Heart Of Rock ’N Roll (I had to include the “Johnny! Ow!”)

Billy Joel – New York State Of Mind (returning here after also appearing in the piano solo post! I do love this song)

 

KMA2840 The LP Project 8: AC/DC – For Those About To Rock

Imagine trying to follow-up Back In Black. I mean, jeez. Could anyone achieve anything so daunting? AC-frickin’/DC could! I’ve already covered this rock-solid beast TWICE in these pages, and would happily do it again.

AC/DC, we salute you!

KMA2839 Piano Solos (At Work)

NB: I would like to begin this post by saying I’m pretty damn proud of myself for figuring out how to post links to Youtube videos that only contain the wee sections of the songs you’re meant to hear (not the whole song). What a time-saver. I am a tech wizard!

So.

I’ve been paying attention to the music at work, and noticing some pretty great solos in some of the songs. The world is full of great solo turns, of course, but these are just a few of those that have caught my ear as they emanate from the in-house system:

Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing (possibly my favourite piano solo in a pop song EVER – thank you, Jools Holland!)

Billy Joel – New York State Of Mind (intro)

Aretha Franklin – Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (so damn good, here’s the whole damn song. Did you know that Aretha, through overdubbing, played both the piano and the organ on this track herself? SHE RULES)

Gloria Estefan – Conga

KMA2838 The LP Project 7: AC/DC – Fly On The Wall

Along with (previous album) Flick Of The Switch (The LP Project 5), this one was fairly unloved when it dropped. Why? I dunno, I thought it was another hot blast of AC/DC goodness. These albums likely suffer by comparison to Back in Black, and I get that, but c’mon. When I covered this album (on a cassette copy SO HOT) I had made note of some sound quality ssues (which may have been my cassette copy’s fault), but I said, in summation, “Freaking great, this album’s a goddamn barroom brawl.”

In counterpoint, Wiki shared these reviews from its time of release:

In the original Rolling Stone review of the album, Tim Holmes wrote, “You’d never guess how sexist and politically incorrect all this is if you didn’t read the lyric sheet, because you sure can’t make out a single word coming out of the dentist’s-drill glottis of Brian Johnson (except maybe the song titles, which tend to be repeated like mantras). Angus Young is also in great form, playing the dumbest, most irresistibly repetitive chords in the lexicon.” AllMusic: “Fly on the Wall continues AC/DC’s descent into cookie-cutter mediocrity, with the leering humor of past glories seeming forced and uninspired, and the music remaining somewhat underdeveloped and directionless.” In his 1994 Bon Scott memoir Highway to Hell, author Clinton Walker calls the album a “disaster”.

And then, there was People magazine: US gossip magazine People picked the LP as best album of 1985.

KMA2837 Guitar Solos (At Work)

NB: I would like to begin this post by saying I’m pretty damn proud of myself for figuring out how to post links to Youtube videos that only contain the wee sections of the songs you’re meant to hear (not the whole song). What a time-saver. I am a tech wizard!

So.

I’ve been paying attention to the music at work, and noticing some pretty great solos in some of the songs. The world is full of great solo turns, of course, but these are just a few of those that have caught my ear as they emanate from the in-house system:

The Knack – My Sharona

Richie Valens – La Bamba

Michael Jackson – Beat It (Eddie Van Halen)

Bryan Adams – Cuts Like A Knife (Keith Scott)

Eagles – Hotel California (the ending dual guitar battle, of course):

KMA2836 The LP Project 6: AC/DC – If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

From the track listing to the huge sound to the stabbing murder on the front cover, do I even need to tell you how huge and exciting this live set is? Of course I don’t! If you play this one in the car, you will drive too fast. Guaranteed.

 

KMA2835 The LP Project 5: AC/DC – Flick Of The Switch

This seems to be one of the lesser-talked about, lesser-liked* AC/DC albums, and I don’t know why. I love it! There’s a part of me that really digs the rough and ready sound. Maybe folks were just disappointed it wasn’t Back In Black all over again (see below), but at this point they were 9 albums in and still doing what AC/DC did best. This one gets a vote from me, anyway!

 

* “In his original Rolling Stone review, David Fricke noted, “Produced by the band, Flick of the Switch isn’t quite the monster blowout that 1980’s Back in Black was, and the Youngs’ retooling of old riffs for new hits also teeters on self-plagiarism at times.” Steve Huey of AllMusic observes, “As perhaps indicated by the record’s idiotic original title, the utterly generic I Like to Rock, AC/DC seemed to be running out of ideas at an alarming rate, and their record sales began to reflect that fact.” Malcolm Young later said of the LP, “It was thrown together real quick. I wouldn’t say it’s a great album…” (Wiki)

KMA2834 Singalongs

We have piped-in music at work, there’s no escaping it as it is pumped through the whole building. I believe I’ve ranted about it before.

One other dimension to hearing this sort of music all day is that my co-workers sing along. Yes. Back in the production room, while they’re working away, a bunch of small-town women sing along (very badly) to a myriad of songs. They laugh together at how bad they sound, and even camp it up to try to cover for how bad it actually sounds, but it doesn’t stop them from doing it. Every time they hear a song.

Here’s a short list of songs they butchered over just the past couple of days. There are plenty more, too. I’m telling you, folks, it’s a fresh circle of hell.

Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Billy Joel – Piano Man
Lisa Loeb – Stay
Don McLean – American Pie (they only know a few of the words, and the chorus)
Joan Osbourne – One Of Us
Meghan Trainer – No
Eagles – Hotel California
B-52s – Love Shack

There are many, many more.

I know.

KMA2833 The LP Project 4: AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

AC/DC’s third album is like a bomb going off in your stereo. Bon Scott was The Man, and the guitar interplay here is pure genius. That primal sound is on full display, too. You know the one. Ach, surely I don’t need to go through the tracks or tell you anything about this one, really. You know it well already!

Also, I really don’t know why I own two copies on LP (I have a CD too)… Then again, why not, eh?

KMA2832 Party Cannon

I love their logo in this mix of pickup stix.

KMA2831 The LP Project 3: AC/DC – Back In Black

Perfection. Obviously.

KMA2830 RESULTS! Black Sabbath Poll: KMA Readers’ Choice Edition!

Only two records into it, and I’m already interrupting the LP Project. But there’s a good reason… you see…

All Apologies, Dear Readers, I got all excited about posting up a poll to determine your favourite Black Sabbath songs, waaaaay back on December 1, 2018! And then I never rounded up the results… hence the apologies.

So, let’s get to it! Most votes for any partcular song(s) was 8 votes, least was 0 (of course). I’d said we were looking 30 songs to make a set, so I’ll post those with the most votes (in order of votes received), and then below that I’ll post ALL of the results as they were received.

Ready? Of course you are. Go!

KMA READERS TOP 30 BLACK SABBATH SONGS:

War Pigs
Paranoid
Iron Man
Children Of The Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Wasp/Behind The Wall Of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B.
Electric Funeral
Sweet Leaf
Changes
Supernaut
Snowblind
Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Planet Caravan
Killing Yourself To Live
Heaven And Hell
After Forever (incl. The Elegy)
Into The Void
Neon Knights
The Mob Rules
God Is Dead?

Alright, that’s 21 tracks. Next batch of votes (below) takes us to 32 tracks, not 30, so remove 2 songs from the list above or the following few tracks (as you see fit) to make your 30! Or make it 32, that works too…

Wicked World
A Bit Of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning
Lord Of This World
Sabbra Cadabra
Dirty Women
Never Say Die
Children Of The Sea
Lady Evil
The Sign Of The Southern Cross
I
End Of The Beginning

***

THOUGHTS:

I have to say, that’s an epic collection of tunes! Definitely 30 tracks anyone could call a fantastic Sabbath collection. For those in the know, there’ll likely be agreement (for the most part) with this list. For those not quite so immersed in the Sabbath world (yet!), this list would make a great primer of tunes to get you started! \m/  \m/

***

ALL THE VOTES, AS RECEIVED:

8 VOTES

War Pigs
Paranoid

7 VOTES

Iron Man
Children Of The Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

6 VOTES

Wasp/Behind The Wall Of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B.
Electric Funeral
Sweet Leaf
Changes
Supernaut
Snowblind

5 VOTES

Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Planet Caravan
Killing Yourself To Live
Heaven And Hell

4 VOTES

After Forever (incl. The Elegy)
Into The Void
Neon Knights
The Mob Rules
God Is Dead?

3 VOTES

Wicked World
A Bit Of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning
Lord Of This World
Sabbra Cadabra
Dirty Women
Never Say Die
Children Of The Sea
Lady Evil
The Sign Of The Southern Cross
I
End Of The Beginning

2 VOTES  

Hand Of Doom
Rat Salad
Wheels Of Confusion (incl. The Straightener)
Tomorrow’s Dream
St. Vitus Dance
Under The Sun (incl. Every Day Comes And Goes)
Hole In The Sky
Symptom Of The Universe
Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor
Turn Up The Night
Voodoo
Falling Off The Edge Of The World
Methademic

1 VOTE

Embryo
The Haunting
Orchid
Step Up
Solitude
Death Mask
FX
Cornucopia
Laguna Sunrise
A National Acrobat
Who Are You?
Looking For Today
Spiral Architect
Megalomania
The Thrill Of It All
Supertzar
Am I Going Insane (Radio)
Johnny Blade
Junior’s Eyes
Wishing Well
Die Young
Lonely Is The Word
Country Girl
Disturbing The Priest
Zero The Hero
The Shining
When Death Calls
Valhalla
TV Crimes
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
Kiss Of Death

0 VOTES

EVERYTHING ELSE!

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

Thanks so much to everyone for your votes on this project! Sorry it took me a friggin’ month to get this information and these results to you. You know how it goes… Anyway, now we know!

SABBATH RULES!  \m/  \m/

KMA2829 Turn Around

Found this online and loved it.

KMA2828 The LP Project 2: A-Ha – Hunting High And Low

This is an all-timer for me. Not just because of nostalgia for this record, because that is a strong force for me, here. No, this one is an all-timer for all the reasons that any good and strong LPs survives this long. The songs, the presentation, the hits and the deep cuts. Sure, it sounds dated to its decade, but that’s just another facet of its power and beauty. I wouldn’t ever be without this one in my collection.

KMA2827 Never Forget

Saw this online, thought it was fun. Old schoolers unite!

KMA2826 The LP Project 1: 54-40 – Show Me

This 1987 LP is awesome. Hits One Day In Your Life and One Gun are here, but this platter is full of songs that could also have been, like Walk In Line, Standing In The Way, Come Here, Because Of You… hell, all of them. Pure CanCon classic. It’s just that damn good.

KMA2825 The 2019 LP Project

Greetings Dear Readers,

For 2019, I have two plans for these pages:

1: Clear up all the shite in the hopper, and clear out the wee list of shite post ideas I’ve had, here and there, for a long while. They’ll run out soon enough. This is on top of the stuff I wanna do in the background.

2: I’m gonna run through all of my LPs. 

LP is the year’s default, so if I cover a CD I’ll say so.

I’ll start at the top of the pile. In my organizational system, 0-9 comes before A-Z. You may do different, and that’s OK. Anyway, it won’t stay alphabetical, but that’s where I’ve begun.

Some I’ll have covered already, but this is a fresh spin for a new year, and nobody will remember what I said ages ago anyway, so it hardly matters.

No posting schedule (I always fall for that trap). Just when I get the things heard and the time to type them up.

I also want to grab one new LP per week and post about those too. We’ll see how that goes.

Lastly, I’m adding my own pics from my collection. Shelfies!

Alright, enough. This year, we’ll “spin, spin, spin the black circle!”

KMA2824 Happy New Year, Everyone!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Hey folks, Aaron of the KMA here…

For the past few months, you may have noticed that my Reading and Commenting has been reduced to wee waves when I get a moment. Not nearly enough for me, as I want to read all your posts… And speaking of posts, I’ve cut mine down to those little brief barfs that quite probably don’t do justice to anything I’m hearing. 

So, why?

Life. Is. Busy. Because all the everything. You know how it goes, the never-ending cycle. I always seemed to manage time for this stuff before, but lately it’s all been kicking my ass.

We’ve also, recently, had three plumbing emergencies in a row, here at the house. So, much fun was had dealing with contractors and plumbers. Ugh. Most frightening, some of the water damage was just on the other side of the wall from the Man Cave. Oh no! But oh yes it’s true. Gah! And so began the immediate move of the collection to the next room over. But then we decided to re-paint both rooms as we went, so it’s all in flux, half done and half waiting to go, one wall at a time as we get time. Gah.

So. 2019.

I’m not much one for New Years’ Resolutions. In my experience they’re crap and no one sticks to them. Gyms, for example, are packed in January and back to normal volume by February. Etc. For me, it just has to be a clear decision to do something, made at the right time when it needed to be made, and then I’ll do it. So I actually made several decisions a long while back, and have been doing some of the things since October. I have slowly been setting myself up to get the rest underway since then (in the midst of all the other stuff life threw this way), and I’m simply going to use January 1 (today) as a start date because it’s neat and tidy. Baby steps. So…

2019 will be the year of the vinyl. In moving things around, I realized that I have so much goodness here. I know 1537 will approve. I know Bop said I need a new needle and I’m on it when I notice it needs it. So, as I work away on a million things, I will drop the needle. Cool. The brevity will likely continue. I might even get to hone it! Make an art of it… I will cover other stuff too, as I hear/read it, but LP is 2019’s default format. I can dig it.

I will (eventually) catch up on all your posts. By December even (haha) I should be all caught up. Also, the KMA has some background work that needs doing. If I have nothing else to do (haha) I’ll chip away at that. You won’t even notice it – few go back to the old stuff very often, anyway. But it’s bugged me a long while, and I’ll know it’s done, complete.

That’s enough, I’d say. It will take me all year, but who cares? Let’s give ‘er!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR CONSTANT READERS! We are gonna rock 2019, I just know it.

TURN IT ON AND TURN IT UP.

KMA2823 Aaron’s Best Of 2018

I’ve been busy lately, and so I’ve lost track of stuff… so I have probably missed a few things from this year – LPs especially. If I’ve forgotten anything, I do apologize. Let me know in the comments!

Also, in counting things up as I can see it so far, I bought 18 new releases this year, and was given/sent 8, for a total of 26. Not bad!

Also, as with every year, some of the stuff on this list I haven’t even reviewed yet… odd, since I’ve heard them, I know, I know…

Notwithstanding all of this, here we go!

***

AARON’S BEST ALBUM OF 2018:

Sloan – 12

Yup. 12 years after their win in my inaugural annual Best Of (2006 Never Hear The End Of It), and 4 years after their 2014 Commonwealth tie with Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems, the mighty Sloan returns to the top of the heap! This makes them the second-winningest band in my Best Of series (Leonard has 4 wins to Sloan’s 3).

I took a long hard look at the pile of greatness I heard from this year’s new releases, and Sloan was the one I’ve played the most, and loved the most. 12 tracks on their 12th album, songwriting credit equally divided 3-each for all four members. Unimpeachable Sloan power, harmony and beauty. Hell yes.

SLOOO-OOOAANNN!!!

 

ALL THE OTHER KICK-ASS 2018 MAJOR LABEL GOODNESS (In No Particular Order) (16):

Voices – Frightened
Trews – Civilianaires
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard
Sleep – The Sciences
Rivers Of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name
Library Steps – Rap Dad, Real Dad
Leon Bridges – Good Thing
Killer Boogie – Acid Cream
Judas Priest – Firepower
Jack White – Boarding House Reach
Guided By Voices – Space Gun
Guided By Voices – Ogre’s Trumpet
Greg Keelor – Last Winter
Eminem – Kamikaze
David Byrne – American Utopia
Bruce Dickinson – Scream For Me Sarajevo: Music From The Motion Picture

 

ALL THE KICK-ASS 2018 INDIE (SENT/GIVEN TO US) GOODNESS:

Amherst Drive – For Freedom And Democracy
Cruel Bloom – Death Culture
Jeniffer Doll – With Everything
Manipulant – What Good Are The Stars?
Manipulant – Perspective
Max The Axe – Status Electric

Thank you so much to all of these artists for making sure their tunes got into our ears!

 

BEST RE-ISSUE OF 2018 (TIE):

John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (2cd)
Guns ’N Roses – Appetite For Destruction (Deluxe)

 

PREVIOUS YEARS’ WINNERS:

2017 Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (Deluxe Edition)
2016  Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker / Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (tie)
2015  Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls
2014  Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems / Sloan – Commonwealth (tie)
2013  Black Sabbath – 13
2012  Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
2011  Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton – Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At The Lincoln Center
2010  Jack Johnson – To The Sea
2009  Leonard Cohen – Live In London
2008  Metallica – Death Magnetic
2007  Carolyn Mark – Nothing Is Free / Immaculate Machine – Fables (tie)
2006  Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It

 

STUFF STILL TO GET:

There are a whole whack of albums I’d love to get, of course. Neko Case’s Hell-On, Jeff Tweedy’s Warm, Sigh’s Heir To Despair, that Thom Yorke Suspira thingy… and then there’s a pile of stuff from all of your year-end lists that I wanna hear, too… the list goes on and on and on…

 

THANKS FOR READING:

Thanks so much for Reading! Without this Community and all of you beautiful Constant Readers, we’d just be typing away and sending this stuff unloved and unnoticed into the ether. You are what keeps us alive!

See you in 2019…

KMA2822 Max The Axe – Status Electric

HUGE thanks to Brother Mike Lebrain Ladano for making sure a copy of this slab of rawk found its way into my hands!

Speaking of Mike, you gotta go read HIS REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM. Go go go!

And what did I think of it? It fuckin’ rocked! This is full-on, unabashed, real rockin’. The influences are many, all metal and rock bands (and punk too). I’ll leave you to discover them on your own when you get this for yourself, which I know you will.

The feel is what slays me every time I jam this album. It feels like I’ve discovered some late-70s rock band from KISS’ label, some unheard gem brought into the future to invigorate and educate us all on how it’s supposed to be done. Even better for us all, it’s new music from this year, so this album stands as indicator that the spirit of rock is very, very alive and very, very well in the here and the now.

It has power. It has groove. It has balls. It’s tons of fun, track after track.

As they say in Gods On The Radio, “you gotta turn it up LOUDER!!!” Amen, brothers. A-fuckin’-men!

ALL HAIL MAX THE AXE!  \m/  \m/

KMA2821 Styx – The Mission

Huge THANKS to brother Mike Lebrain for sending me this kickin’ Styx album! 

I like Styx. We grew up listening to the Dennis DeYoung stuff, of course, but I also grew up listening to A LOT of Gowan, so hearing Gowan perform with the other vocalists and the band Styx is the best of two worlds for me.

Overall, this concept album (about a mission to Mars in 2033 – prog rock in 2017! ) can be summed up by the word EPIC. The songs are huge, the production is huge, and you can just tell that a lot of thought and care went into every moment.

I loved Gone Gone Gone. I could play that full-tilt song anytime, anywhere. Hot damn. Hundred Million Miles From Home rocks and swings at the same time, Radio Silence is a full-on big rock mid-tempo beauty, The Greater Good is a beautiful huge ballad… ah hell, I don’t need to mention every song. Lemme sum it up like this: It’s a Styx album. It rocks, it’s beautiful, it’s powerful, it’s solid throughout. It stands on incredibly strong songs, cool ideas, and excellent music. 

Damn, this thing is fantastic. Two thumbs way, way up.

Thanks heaps, brother Mike!

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