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Hey Gilligan, It’s A Three Hour Tour!

Last night I had the distinct honour of joining an esteemed cast of characters, including our host Mike, and Deke and Uncle Meat (with extra lists from Mike’s Mom, and an appearance of T-Bone and ‘Gene Simmons.’).

We discussed our Nigel Tufnel’s Top Ten (er, 11) concerts we’ve ever seen, and despite Mike saying we needed to try to keep things efficient to not let the time get away on us, it still ended up being a 3-hour show…

If you wanna kill some time, there’s a ton of great concert experiences recounted here:

Site Updatery

If you don’t care about maintenance stuff, you can skip this post. If you’re curious what’s up at the KMA, read on!


I’m fairly certain few go back to old posts here. However, some things needed doing on the site, and this quarantine has afforded me the time to do it:

1) Numbering:

I’ve removed the KMA### numbering from all posts. Yes, the ones I added myself, thinking it was an awesome idea – which it was, in a way. But it was mis-numbered a long while ago, and I couldn’t be bothered to rectify it. It was also a bit of a pain to try to maintain, and I know James wasn’t using it, so it was easier to just eliminate it.

If you want to see how many posts are on the KMA, there’s a widget on the right-hand side of the page called Categories, which will show you how many posts James and Aaron have done, add ’em together et voila.

2) Tags:

There were a ton of posts that were missing tags. I’ve always tried to add tags, so why there were swaths of posts without tags, I have no idea. So, over time, I’ve added those and now it should be all up to date. This effort has also expanded the Tag Cloud on the right-hand side of the page.

3) Series Numbering:

I’ve chosen to remove the numbering from my most recent album/song-per-day series. Honestly, I’ve just gotten tired of numbering things. Simplify!

There may be more, smaller, things that need doing, and I might chip away at those when I discover them. There’s one big project I thought of, which is going back to all the old posts that don’t have pictures attached and adding them but, as I mentioned off the top, I’m pretty sure no one goes back to those. So, a massive project like that doesn’t feel all that important. And so on…

Sincere thank you to all of our Readers!

The Skip 5 Show – End Of The Month Round-Up

I’d have to say that this first month was fun for me, hope it was for you, too. On my side, it felt good to come back, even in this limited fashion.

I think I’ll continue this daily song thing, though I’ll make a couple of tweaks:

While I’ll maintain the numbering, we don’t need the series title. This thing seems to have stuck enough, we can just simplify.

Also, while songs could still be from my random play excursions, they may also just a song that has been stuck in my head that day.

Oh, and here’s the full month of May’s track listing:

1 Bruce Cockburn – Sahara Gold
2 Miles Davis – Woody’n You
3 Herbert Von Karajan – Beethoven: Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92 – 2. Allegro
4 Bonnie Raitt – Rock Steady (f. Bryan Adams)
5 Boston Spaceships – You Satisfy Me
6 Bad Religion – Punk Rock Song
7 Elvis Presley – One Night Of Sin
8 Trews – Paranoid Freak
9 John Williams – The Rooftops Of The Hanamachi
10 Tech N9ne (f. Sej Tankian, w. Krizz Kaliko) – Straight Out The Gate
11 Deftones – Entombed
12 Stone Temple Pilots – Church On Tuesday
13 Massive Attack – Risingson
14 James Taylor – Only A Dream In Rio
15 Melodie & 12 O’Clock – Stay With Me
16 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – I Feel So Good
17 Fleetwood Mac – The Chain (Live)
18 Metallica – Just A Bullet Away
19 Faith No More – The Jungle
20 The Prodigy & Tom Morello – One Man Army
21 Billy Bragg & Wilco – Christ For President
22 Cosmos – Nude Metropolis
23 Harry Connick, Jr. – Once A Year Day Playoff
24  Journey – Tantra
25 Municipal Waste – The Art Of Partying
26 Eurythmics – Thorn In My Side
27 Kitchens Of Distinction – Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye
28 Steve Vai – Love Secrets
29 Honeymoon Suite – Riffola
30 Nine Inch Nails – La Mer
31 Louis Armstrong – When You’re Smiling

Thanks for tuning in! See you tomorrow…

Every Day In The Month Of May

I need to better honour this site.

Months spent ignoring something that has been around for (now) almost 14 years, and has grown as part of such a wonderful community, is a disservice to both this community and to the site.

Thus, I’ve decided to try to return, in a minimal way.

  1. I will try to make one new post every day for this month of May, 2020.
  2. I will achieve this via a new series, which I’ve called The Skip 5 Show.

The Skip 5 Show has a simple premise: I will open my iTunes, turn on random track selection, and press play. Then I will hit the skip button 5 times. Whatever that 5th song is, that is the song I will listen to, and try to write some small thing about it for you.

NB: My iTunes currently looks like this: 44,767 items, 122.8 days, 166.41 GB. That’s quite a pool for it to choose from, so who knows what we’ll discover.

I will try to keep things short and sweet, and I will try to link to official audio of each track (if available) via YouTube, so you can hear each track for yourself.

We begin shortly.

From The Early Morning

As I am not Reading or Posting, please know that I think of you all often, and I hope you’re doing well.

Over months, during my daily 05:00 a.m. walk, I’ve done much reflecting on what’s happened to cause my prolonged disappearance from these pages. I am generally slower to myself, but this post contains the ongoing thinking, thus far. It has taken me weeks to compile this short-ish post of thoughts in a text file on my desktop. There is a Takeaway summation at the bottom, if that’s all you need, but the rest might be informative (or not) as well:



First off, it’s nothing serious. No illness being hidden, no dire straits in any way (although I do listen to Dire Straits, natch!). Simply, we are busy, with only one night per week not at some scheduled thing. This is all good, family comes first, always, but this leaves little enough energy or time for me. I am rarely at the computer for more than a couple of minutes. No time to blog. 

So make time, you say. Well…



1) I can’t seem to do anything by half (I’m a high energy guy). At peak, I was posting daily, and reading and commenting on 43 blogs (I counted). A day off was unthinkable. I truly wanted to contribute to the Community. It added up to a lot of content and time. I wore myself down.

2) Worse, what I was posting, I was forcing. I’m certain you could tell. You could generally sum up all of my KMA posts (over 2000 of them) with one word: WAHOO!. There is little art in that. But more, and this on me: it always became a Thing with rules, schedules, and lists, and that added to the wear down. How many series did I start that fizzled, or how many times did I change up the format – Sunday Service, 80 word challenge, etc… I never learned that when it becomes work, it loses its fun. As radiohead said it best, “You do it to yourself, you do, and that’s what really hurts.” Oh brother, do I know it.



1) I’m still listening to music. But at peak blogging, it was with far less pleasure, because I was mentally writing my post about it in real time. I wasn’t able to just relax and listen, or even simply have my thoughts about it. I was writing my post for it, in my head. Over time, that’s exhausting. So, you ask, why not just write down those purer thoughts without added pressure? Well, as I said above, I can’t seem to do that yet, though I am listening just for the simple pleasure of listening and it’s beautiful.

2) Also, how I listen to music has changed. As noted above, I am rarely at the computer for sustained time anymore. But I’m onscreen long enough to fire up the iTunes and listen as I do other things away from it. Some days I don’t even sit down in front of it, and am considering building a standing desk so I can just have a brief work station. Anyway, I can’t remember the last time I actually put a CD in the player, or dropped the needle on an LP. 

3) Over the past two years, in an effort to create more of the mental clarity that comes from less clutter, I have done two culls of the piles here. I work in a place where I can buy music very, very cheaply, so my impulse control is ridiculously low when it comes to buying things on spec.  Nothing by half, right? This led to piles of stuff, carted home in dribs and drabs, that I’d play once and likely not ever play again. NB: I did not clear out anything gifted to me by generous KMA benefactors (thank you all so much!), but only stuff I’ve lugged home myself, over time. As you can see by these numbers (below), if I can unload this many items without regret, without even touching the core collection, I had way too much:

(2018, 2019)

CD (717, 686) = 1403
DVD (127, 88) = 215
CS (577, 0) = 577
LP (366, 189) = 555

TOTALS: (1787, 963) = 2750 items

And looking around at the shelves here now, the removal of so many items still hasn’t seemed to even make an appreciable dent. I could probably do a third cull and be just fine. I know. 


The Takeaway.

Life time is finite, and none of us are drawing on an infinite well of youth. Priorities always win. This time away, like water always finding its level, is allowing my life to level out into what it is now and I am letting it do so. That is family and work, as always, and whatever free time remains (before I fall over, exhausted at the end of every day which starts at 04:50 a.m., even on weekends) has many, many demands upon it. Responsibly, I should not return to blogging until it can be done in some manageable way. That’s on me. 

I’m sure there will be further thinking on the matter, and if I get enough of value, I will post it here in future, as well. I’d love to know your thoughts on any of this, in the comments. You are friends, after all and everything, and I do miss you.

I truly do hope you’re all well. I love this community, you are a great group of people. Thanks for everything, and for Reading.

We Love You 3000

Holy crap 3000 posts. I just had to get in here and say quick, what year is it? We started this blog in October, 2006. You know the story already. But 3000 posts that’s a lot. I mean logically it had to happen eventually because math, and so here we are.

Thank you all for Reading over the years, and for putting up with my recent (almost) disappearance, and for being excellent friends and a stand-up community and excellent writers all.

And because the universe is random, here is Henry Rollins with Cyndi Lauper from November 2019, covering Black Flag’s mighty Rise Above. Because we love you 3000.



KMA Brothers And Their Lovely Wives Meet Up!

Yes! James and Aaron met up in Taranna this past weekend!

James and his lovely wife Mika came for a visit to the Big Smoke! We hadn’t met Mika before this, which is absolute bad form on our part, but then again, they started dating after we left SK so… Anyway, she rawks (Hi Mika!). Their visit was for several reasons, which will surely be told in an upcoming post about a concert, right James? Naturally, my lovely wife and I took the weekend and met up with them for an afternoon of their trip! So awesome.

We walked around in the chaos of downtown, dodged several colourful and unwell characters, and checked Chinatown for tea and gummie candies. I bought a bottle of super-weird green tea that I hate-drank because I wasn’t wasting $2.50 by throwing it out. I don’t know what it was, but that shit wasn’t right. All who tried it mocked it, and mocked me for finishing it. Anyway, random non-English-labelled questionable Chinatown beverages (and narrowly-avoided gastrointestinal distress) aside, we also checked out a pop-up store full of old-school wrestling figures and unopened packs of old 80s trading cards. Total trip down memory lane. Then we had yummy delicious Thai food at Bangkok Garden, and then checked out the Ripley’s Aquarium.

Pictured here: Apex species, and some sharks and fish.


All in all, an excellent visit that flew past waaaay too quickly, probably owing to the anticipation beforehand and because hanging with these two brilliant folks makes hours seem like minutes. We can only hope it isn’t nearly quite so long before we meet up with them again. Maybe this time my lovely wife and I will descend on SK! Haven’t been back there since 2005 (also bad form), so who knows.

Rock on, James and Mika! Thanks for visiting us in sunny ON! All is well in the Universe when the KMA Brothers reunite!

Pictured here: 3 phallic landmarks.

RIP William Wesley ‘Mike’

Yesterday we buried my lovely wife’s dad, my father-in-law. It was a lovely service for a good man, with family and friends gathering in numbers.

His name was William Wesley, but everyone called him Mike. Through it all, he did love his family, and he did dote on his grandkids. He went through a decade and more of varying/related health issues, finally passing a week ago. We were with him at the end. 

As you no doubt know, difficult times cause reflection, and reminiscence. You take stock of your own life, and wake up to the things you may have been neglecting. You realize, as you look at ashes in a box, that a lot of the things bothering you matter little, in the end. Things clear up in a damn hurry in such sobering times. 

I posted a short while ago about things we cherish, so what of the record collection, etc. Life is for the living, so enjoy it. For me it’s people. Tell them you love them today. Family, friends, this community. Thank you, everyone, for your messages of support and understanding. Thank you for years of Reading, and conversation, and being awesome. 

I’ve been neglecting these pages in all the busy, but knowing you folks are out there helps a lot. Thank you.

RIP Mike. Thank you for everything, and especially your beautiful daughter, my lovely wife.


So Far Behind I’m Ahead

Hey folks! So, I’ve been slowly recounting my awesome Taranna finds from our trip there last month. I still have the rest of my BMV scores to tell you about, and ALL of the Sonic Boom finds too! So much to do.

Well, as a sign of how far behind I actually am, we were in Taranna again yesterday. And I have more music scores! So… um, I’ll tell you about all of them. Eventually. I am at the point where I’m gonna just have to post the album art and a one-liner and call it a day. Good grief.

Anyway, the city was awesome yesterday. Perfect weather, about 15C with a breeze off the lake. People had coats on, but us northerners were in t-shirts. Traffic was a bit rough on the way down, backed up at the 400 and the 427, but that happens often, and we made great time getting out of the city so that’s a win. The stores were way less busy as it wasn’t Record Store Day anymore.

Speaking of stores, Kops Records on Bloor was gone. No sign in the window that they’d moved, so I dunno. Maybe it’s all in the Queen St. location now? And She Said Boom! on College was gone too, but my panic was short-lived as they’d only moved a few doors further west down the street. Whew!

Also: I had a list of four albums I knew I definitely wanted to find, and I found two! Cool beans. I did not find any Grail List items. Speaking of which, have a look at the Grail List link (above) and if there are any updates for your lists, let me know!

Alright, stay tuned. I have awesome musics to hear/tell you about. And all the previous stuff too. Let’s see if I can find a way to get this done before we go again next month…

Going Forward

I’ve posted crap like this a lot over these (now) 13 years, but this is a new general state.

All apologies, dear KMA Readers. Post counts are down. Worse, I haven’t read your posts, or commented. Where did Aaron go?

I’ve just lost the mojo. And the further it goes along, the harder it is to get back. I thought I could get caught up and then stay on top daily, but then it slid too long. Apologies all around.

I do still listen to music. In this current state, I’ve now heard more than I’ve posted (natch).

I need a sustainable plan. I probably need to let go of the idea of staying on top. I probably need to stop worrying about it. Not gonna lie, the reflex is dying hard, but it is what it is.

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!


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.


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!

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!”

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.


Christmas 2018

It’s always fun to round up the loot that found it’s way to me via the generosity of my loving family and friends. Here’s a look at the music/media-related stuff:


Blu-Ray / 2CD Set, and 2 magazines: The Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge Uncut (including 10 never-seen performances and 5 bonus tracks from New Jersey)!! Right on. I was super-excited about this one ‘cos I saw this tour in Taranna! Also, my sister said she was told that this was the last copy in London, so it must’ve been popular! And the magazines are an awesome tie-in too: The Rolling Stone Collectors’ 50th Anniversary Mick Jagger issue, and Music Spotlight’s Collectors’ Complete Story Of The Bad Boys Of Rock. Yessss!

A Couple Of Brilliant Books: The Beastie Boys Book (‘cos it’s what-cha want), and David McPherson’s The Legendary Horseshow Tavern, a sweet looking history of the historic landmark venue. Both are gonna be awesome!

From my KMA Brother James THANK YOU JAAAAAMES! came two glorious LPs: the Rheostatics Brave New Waves Sessions on limited blue vinyl! And Hawksley Workman’s gorgeous (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves! So. Awesome.

And finally, some Blu-Rays (now that we have a TV!): Spaceballs (because hilarious), Festival Express (because how cool was that?!?!), Blade Runner: The Final Cut (because classic), and Blade Runner 2049 (because further to the story!).

Merry Christmas, indeed!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Dear KMA Readers,

‘Tis that time of year again already! From James and Aaron at the KMA, Merry Merry and Happy Happy!

Gotta Cover Taranna

So I realized I haven’t covered anything I found on not one but two Taranna trips. This will never do.

Get ready. Posts about Taranna scores are coming…


Last Friday was a professional development day (PD Day) for the kids’ teachers , so my lovely wife took the day off to be home with the kids. Sadly, I had to work. When I got done my shift, I came home to a new family member.

Meet Oscar.

So. Much. Cuteness.

We do have one cat already, our dear Sammy, who is (at a guess, as he was a shelter rescue cat so we don’t know for sure) around 16 or 17 years old. Sammy rules. My lovely wife and I had talked that maybe one day we’d bring a kitten in so that Sammy could raise him up properly before he leaves us (which will be years yet, touch wood). Just trying to be realistic, too, for our young kids.

Enter Oscar. He came with the name Pumpkin, but none of us liked that, so we tossed around a few names. Oliver, Ginger, Mittens (all four feet are white-tipped), Caramel. But I was recalling years ago, in Montreal, when my lovely wife and I had another great cat, Satchmo, and while naming him some of our other name-choices were Miles, Oscar… Oscar… Perfect.

Oscar is 10 weeks old, weighs two pounds, and is a rip-snorting good time. Very playful. He’s also (already) a total mush. Loves bellyrubs, so this bodes well for the future.

Welcome to the family, Oscar!

I’d say Sammy is OK with the little guy’s presence…










Already buds.

Taranna Trip Finds! GRAIL LIST SCORE!!!

Yup. My Dad and I went to Taranna yesterday. Much goodness.  Of course, I hit up BMV and Sonic Boom. Here’s a quick post to share what I got. You will be seeing all of these at some point in future posts!


3-For-$10 Bin:

Pretty sure I owned Hindu Love Gods at some other point but it ain’t here now and I wanted it back! Warren Zevon fronting a bunch of the R.E.M. dudes? Awesome. The Memoirs Of A Geisha soundtrack looks sweet: music composed and conducted by John Williams, cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma, and violin solos by Itzhak Perlman. I loved the film, and this CD looks all kinds of awesome. And a solo Q-Tip album? I’m in!


Jonny Greenwood (radiohead)’s soundtrack for There Will Be Blood intrigued me. Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky was a collection-gap filler. Neil Young’s On The Beach is one I didn’t yet have (exciting!). Wayne Kramer’s The Hard Stuff (complete with ROLLINS liner notes, and it’s on Epitaph Records) totally made my day. And Nine Inch Nails The Slip (Halo 27) is a CD/DVD set. It looks to be numbered, limited to 250,000. Rare? I have no idea. Still, cool!

I also scored a couple of books for winter reading. Our Band Could Be Your Life is one I read years ago, wanna do it again. And Mersereau’s History Of Canadian Rock will be lovely. My copy has a foreward by Neil Peart!




Someone in the Community (sorry I’m tired and I forget who) was recently talking about Biffy Clyro. Found this Puzzles album for $2.99 and decided to give it a go. Cynic’s Kindly Bent To Free Us finishes off my Cynic collection (sweet!). GZA’s Legend Of The Liquid Sword is exciting, I’ve never seen one in the wild before. Happy to have this one on board! And the 2CD Borrowed Tunes II, a collection of Canadian bands covering Neil Young songs, is gonna be sweet. I loved volume one!


Super-stoked to find this DVD copy of the remasterd and re-released Last Pogo DVD. Documentary about Toronto’s punk scene 1976-1978 and the last-ever punk show at the Horseshoe. Dubbed ‘Punk’s Last Waltz.’ So many bands involved, including Teenage Head, Viletones, Diodes, Simply Saucer, Forgotten Rebels, Demics, and tons more.

It also has a 24-page colour booklet and 1.5 hours of special features! Including the film itself, this set is 204 minutes in total. Whoa.

I cannot wait to watch it all!

Story: I asked at BMV if they had this DVD. They did not. But the dude there said to check Soundscapes or She Said Boom! as he knew the director had dropped off copies at those shoppes for consignment. We checked both, and that was about three years ago… no copies left. But then I walked into Sonic Boom, asked the lady there and (Sonic) Boom! There it was! I wasn’t even in the store more than two minutes and I had a Grail Item Find!


And those were my scores. Sweet!

Funny, I spent my time in both stores telling myself this could be my last trip before spring (we don’t tend to try to fight our way to the city when the roads are shite), so I oughta load up for the winter! And, comparatively with my usual piles, I came back with far fewer items than most trips. I tried like crazy to find more things that would suit, and I guess this time it wasn’t as many as usual… So I feel that I shopped for quality, not quantity! I am thrilled with it all.

‘Twas a great trip down to the city, no real traffic, and no snow (which had been forecast). Ultimately a perfect day, as not even the drizzly rain bothered us.

Watch for all of these scores, individually, in future KMA posts!



S’up KMA Readers,

I hope y’all enjoyed the coverage of Jennifer Doll’s upcoming release. Head to her bandcamp on the 21st of this month!

News: I was in Taranna yesterday! And yup, I was in BMV and Sonic Boom. Of course. I know, I know, I am not even done covering all the goodies I found during the Toasty Taranna trip with Mike, so I will finish those first. Then I’ll dig into these new goodies! 

Apologies: Life has been so busy lately, just slapping up brief posts is about all I can do. Worst, I haven’t read any of your blogs in so long, but I want you to know it’s not because I don’t love you, and it’s not because I’ve given up. Surely, one of these days things will calm down enough that I’ll have time to sit and read at leisure, and even comment…

Rock on, you beautiful Reader, you.

RIP Aretha

We mark the passing, yesterday, of one of the giants among us. This one hurts.

Baby, baby, baby I love you. RIP.



Please note:

We will be at the cottage for our annual family excursion. Wifi there always sucks, so I won’t even try to be online. However, I’ll have my iPod with me, loaded to the teeth with all the rest of my Toasty Taranna scores and a zillion other albums besides, and I’ll use the interwubs silence to fill my ears with tunes. I’ll write notes for posts, and deluge you with it all when we drag our sun-soaked, waterlogged, beach-addled carcasses back to civilization. Laters. A.

The KMA Today Is On Point… Form












Psssst. Hey you!

Hey Dear Readers, lots to cover. Let’s go point form ‘cos your time is valuable:


– My Dad and I went to Toronto yesterday. Of course I bought records. Of course I’ll tell you about them as I hear them. NEW SERIES! 

– It rained super-hard during our trip, so we did not go all the way over to the Pride Parade. Haha I said super-hard. But we did see some of the summer street fest in Kensington Market. The hip hop dance-off was fun. Some neat moves and one great afro.

– We found a slick driving work-around for the construction-addled usual route we take, so note to future self: go this new way for the foreseeable future.

– Last trip, Dad and I tried Superburger in Shelburne. It was a 5/10. Across the street is Champ Burger, which we tried this time. It was a 7/10 burger, but it was waaaay too expensive so it drops to a 6/10 overall.


– You’ll notice a lack of postings here, over the past week. That’s ‘cos I was trying to get caught up on the tsunami of awesome posts of yours. I didn’t have time for Reading and Writing, so I chose Reading! COMMUNITY! So far, I feel like I’ve made a dent, so I’ll try to come back to writing here on occasion. (see above: NEW SERIES!).

– Out of necessity, I am going back to keeping things brief, to save time. I still have lots to read of yours, and life hasn’t slowed down at all. Be ready for short sharp shock posts. Not 200 or 80 word counts (that requires time to organize). Nope, just whatever blurts out, there ya go. It’ll be fun!

– I am bringing back the Hit It Or Quit It idea, but for now I won’t be keeping track of stats. Again, time.

– I am bringing back the On Spec idea, but only as a mention. Again, no stats.

NB: I know there were Hit It Or Quit It and On Spec albums a while ago, but I’m not gonna go back and look all that up. Forge ahead and deal one at a time!

So, In Sum: 

I’m still trying to get caught up on your posts, I will be dropping quick blurb posts on what I’m hearing here, and starting… well, probably tomorrow or the next day… but soon, anyway, I will be telling you about what I found in Taranna yesterday. 



All Apologies

Taking a break from the Pronto Toronto series this Sunday morning to offer apologies all around for being such a terrible Reader. You guys keep coming here and Reading our posts and we thank you so much for it. Was a time I would read every post, comment, Like, the works. Then things started to drift into other uses for my time, until now you must be wondering what the hell gives! He’s the one that’s always shouting Community! Why isn’t he even Reading? Well, somehow, life has stepped in and made sure that by the time I get to the computer it’s all I can do to slap up drivel of my own before I forget about that album I’d been listening to in the car, and then I’m heading to something else, or sleep. But I mean to get caught up, I really do!

Funny, the more I resolve to get caught up, the less time I seem to have these days. Summer has brought us a myriad of activities for the kids. For example, between practice, regular game and a tournament, my boy played soccer 5 times this week. I’ve even been asked to step in as interim coach for his soccer (football) (fitba) team as his coach’s 2-year-old grandson is in Toronto fighting cancer in his brain. Imagine putting a two-year-old through chemo. Fuck cancer. My girl has a few irons in the fire too (dance, horseback riding), plus there’s kung fu and the fit kids times at the Y, and they both swim… yeah. We just follow their interests and let them do things (swim was non-negotiable. They have to know how to swim), but it does start to add up after a while! Plus all the usual things like maintaining an entire household against young child hurricanes, work, etc. Plus building projects – shelves and furniture for our boy’s room, and more shelving in the Man Cave… Honestly, by the time I get time to myself at the end of a day it’s time to go lie down to rest up for the next day. I ignore that and post up crap here, but that’s about it. Sometimes I sit and watch silly videos on Youtube and think ‘I should be Reading blogs!’ but honestly the brain capacity ain’t there by then. It’d be a disservice to us all!

So. I will get to you all. I know it. I cannot schedule it, though, it’ll just happen. I may go one site at a time, read every missed post, so if you see a deluge of Likes and comments from me, that’s what’s happened. Or I could just go through the Reader and hit each one in the order given until I’m caught up. I dunno.

Just so you know I still care and I haven’t forgotten any of you. I want to Read your blogs, it’s a highlight of each day.

Thanks, A


For now, here’s a couple of funny pics I thought might tide us all over…


This one’s not music-related but I laughed.


The I Wanna Taranna Series Round-up Extravaganza!

Once again, thanks for Reading the I Wanna Taranna series. I had a blast listening to all of these great finds. So, as a wee final post to put a cap on a long series of album listening, here’s the whole haul! With bonus CanCon* data!


1 Ripcordz – Your Mother Wears Army Boots But Man She Looks So Cool *
2 Eric’s Trip – Forever Again *
3 Elevator – A Taste Of Complete Perspective *
4 Blue Rodeo – The Things We Left Behind *
5 Blue Rodeo – In Our Nature *
6 Portishead – Roseland Live NYC
7 Joel Plaskett Emergency – Truthfully Truthfully *
8 Chelsea Walls OMPS: Original Music By Jeff Tweedy


9 Stephen Fearing – Out To Sea *
10 Danko Jones – Never Too Loud *
11 Vic Chesnutt – Silver Lake
12 Nicholas Payton – Dear Louis
13 Glueleg – Clodhopper *
14 Ron Sexsmith – Whereabouts *
15 Solomon Burke – Don’t Give Up On Me
16 Ryan Adams – Rock N Roll
17 Tom Petty – She’s The One OMPS


18 Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
19 Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
20 Tragically Hip – 92nd Grey Cup Commemorative CD *
21 Tragically Hip – Gift Shop *
22 Sloan – The Rest Of My Life *
23 Thee Headcoatees – Bozstik Haze
24 Nashville Pussy – Let The Eat Pussy


25 Buck 65 – Secret House Against The World *
26 Brad – Interiors
27 Bad Religion – No Substance
28 Hives – A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T
29 Reel Big Fish – Keep Your Receipt
30 Poison – Native Tongue
31 Corb Lund – Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! *
32 Cuff The Duke – Sidelines Of The City *
33 Frog Eyes – The Golden River *


34 Blue Rodeo – Casino 2CD *
35 Boss Hog – Boss Hog


36 Grady – Good As Dead ^
37 Buckshot Lefonque – Music Evolution
38 Sandbox – A Murder In The Glee Club *
39 Peter Elkas – Party Of One *
40 Better Than Ezra – Friction, Baby
41 Kim Mitchell – Aural Fixations *
42 Whitey Houston – Whitey Houston *

* TOTAL CANCON ITEMS: 22 (22/42 = 52%)

^ I thought maybe Grady would be CanCon because the players are Canadian, though they are based in Texas. Boppin says they are, like The Band, a Canadian American band, but given where they’re based they’d be American. If you think Grady is Canadian due to the nationalities of the players, then my CanCon stats are 23/42 = 55%. Adjust your score sheets accordingly.

KMA Aaron Reporting In

Hey there, Dear Readers, it’s Aaron of the KMA here with a couple of things to start the week.

I spent the day in Taranna yesterday with my Dad, and of course it was awesome. It was our first foray to the big shitty since last fall – waiting out the winter is difficult! Anyway, I hit up the record shoppes and came away with MANY TREASURES, all of which I will share with you in these pages. I’ve decided I am going to reveal them one at a time, as I go through and hear them, instead of in one huge post of everything in one go. Stay tuned for all these many wonderful finds!


You’ll have noticed that I am way, way, waaaaaay behind on reading all of your wonderful blogs. This is because of many reasons, but the main one is a recent lack of time. I chip away at my own posts and slap them up, which is easy enough since they’re simple and blathering. But sitting and concentrating on Reading all your wonderful work requires focussed quiet time and I haven’t had too much of that, lately. So I promise that I will be making a concerted effort to read everything and get caught up. I will mark each post read with a Like. But I may not be commenting all that much, so if you see Likes but not a comment on every post, that’s just me trying to get caught up. I am reading every word. I promise!


And further to the lack of time these days, I am feeling the need to try to rein in my posts and keep things succinct. I dunno if the 200 (or even 80) word challenge is necessary, but I need to try to tighten things up, so if you see shorter posts, that’s why.

I’ve done this several times in the past, in varying ways and to varying success, but whatever happens next, hopefully I can write something you find worth your reading time.


Alright, stay tuned for my Taranna scores posts, as I go along with all this awesomeness. Some may even be On Spec posts (who knows)? Thank you so much for Reading.

Happy Holidays From The KMA

Dear KMA Readers,

Wishing you a very Happy Holidays from the KMA! Our very best to you and yours for a safe and wonderful time!

And we hope Santa brings you records. Lots and lots of records.

Cheers, your friendly neighbourhood KMA!

We Remember

Let’s Go

Hello dear Readers,

There were many reasons for my recent extended break from regularly writing here. Most of them I have not generally shared. Some of it I can help, some I cannot. So it goes.

With this space, though, came clarity.

Simply put: over these eleven years, too many times I’ve let these pages define too much of me and my time. Given this recent free space to reflect back, it’s fair to say that there were points where it was very tempting to just end my contributions here fully.

But with more time came realization: I’ve missed the pure act of simply doing it. Regardless of life and others getting me down, I’d completely lost track of why we started this unwieldy, disjointed, unprofessional blogbeast in the first place. As you may know, it was after my lovely wife and I moved from Saskatchewan to Ontario in 2005. This blog was started in 2006 as a place for me and James to talk about music, a (sub-par, surely) replacement for the regular musical conversations James and I had previously enjoyed in person. Simple.

That a generally supportive and friendly Community built up over these years has been a wonderful addition to our conversations. We love you all, and thank you for Reading.

Now, I am ready to return.

No schedule. No pressure.

Going forward, whenever it occurs to me to do so, I will add short posts about a song that has caught my ear from whatever album in my collection I’ve been playing at the time. Or perhaps something else music-related that I felt was worth sharing. Simple.

If you choose to come along with me, thank you for Reading.

Where It’s At

So, September is gone. We suffered through some real heat, days on end of 32C nonsense. Then, one day, it literally dropped overnight to more seasonal 15C or so. It was like shifting without a clutch. Clunk.

Apart from our trip to Taranna (about which I posted), not much else is new. I bought a bunch of records. Some artists I love have been or will be releasing new work. And so we enter October.

Life has taken over, in all sorts of ways (most of them good). And so I’ve been reflecting on this hiatus from the blog, and thinking I’m not going to call it a hiatus anymore. I don’t have another name for it, except that this has become the state of things.

Whenever I think of coming back even partially to what I used to do, it just makes me tired. So I don’t do it. I’m still listening to a ton of music, still organizing the man cave. But I’m truly enjoying just listening without thinking about how to write it up. The only time I get the urge to blog is when I get a new release, and even then I can simply remind myself to just listen and enjoy it.

Instead of worrying about it, or beating myself up about it, or forcing something out there just because some vestigial response tells me I ought to be doing so, I’ve accepted that this is the new state of things. This is not to say that I won’t post about this or that sometimes, but there’s no schedule, no plan, and currently no urge to do so.

Of course I will still be reading your blogs, though I will try to keep comments short. I’ll rely heavily on the Like button, because I do like what you folks do! You may see an album review here or there, if something really moves me but, until then, I’ll see you in the comments.

Taranna Trip: Grail List Updatery










Breaking hiatus to let you know I’ll be in Toronto September 18/19, with two full days left to my own devices… of course, I’m gonna hit up the record shoppes as part of my travels.

Which means that y’all should have a look at your Grail Lists, see if there are any changes to be made. If you have any additions/subtractions to your lists, get them to me in the comments (below) by next Saturday, September 16.

If you don’t have a Grail List, or don’t know what it is, it is at the top of our main page as MASTER GRAIL LIST. Check it out, and bookmark it so you can help out our fellow Readers!

Here’s How It Works: We like to encourage Community, here at the KMA. And we all have albums we just can’t find, have never seen in our travels, maybe not even online (and especially not at good prices). The idea of the Grail List is that we all have your impossible items in the back our minds (or in/on our phones) when we’re checking out our local record shoppes. Never know when someone will find something you’ve never seen/wanted for ages just by walking past and looking! Community! If you have a few items like that, those ones you’ve wanted for years and have never seen, put your list in the comments (below) and I’ll add it to the Grail List.




KMA Search Terms

A long while back Mike, among others, started featuring funny search terms that led people to his site. I was wondering about the KMA’s input, so while I was jamming some tunes recently, I dug around in the site info for the KMA, for all of 2017 thus far.

Honestly, we don’t get that many funny or weird searches. Nothing too sexual or crazy, though I did find a few that are interesting:



burm me alive wordpress

“burm?” I don’t know what that means. Burn me alive? Haha no thank you!

akai dialer silip


kalyln pear no go mp3

I see James’ last name (misspelled), but what that has to do with pears or ‘no go haste’ I have no idea.

he make accidental physical contact

I assume this resulted after my old post about accidentally ( I swear!) bodychecking Moe Berg and Liona Boyd (on seperate occasions, mind you). But that’s a random thing to be searching (who else has bodychecked Ms. Boyd?). However they ended up on this site, I am sorry to whomever had to Google this in their life.

“jon spencer” “masturbation”

Um, moving on…

“it suits the movie”

Does it? Does it really? And how did this lead you to our music blog?

saxytime tables name s

I may not know everything, but I know for sure that the times tables are saxy. Or maybe they meant saxytimes on tables?

bedlam, early 1990s rock band from nashville, released on mca records, fronted by jay joyce

I didn’t believe we’d ever covered a band called Bedlam or a person named Jay Joyce, but I was wrong. During the Film Soundtrack Festival of November 2016, I covered the Reservoir Dogs OMPS, and these both get mentioned in a footnote. I’d plain forgotten.

slaeyn sex

Um… Slayer sex? Is that what you were going for? Because nothing says sexy ties like South Of Heaven, if you know what I mean…

sexy fb album title

I did do a post about sexy album titles (I think?), but I have no idea what Facebook has to do with it. I don’t have a Facebook and I never will.

is natalie merchant with 10,000 at city winery on 5/25

I don’t know. Was she?


Well, there’s a few odd little searches that (apparently) led folks to our site. Nothing rude or sexual or genuinely crazy like those other guys sometimes get. Still, we thank the folks who wound up on our site for visiting us, even if it was inadvertent. And we hope they found what they were looking for, eventually.

Grail List Reminder

Hey Dear Readers, it’s Aaron aka Mr. Books of the KMA…

A quick reminder that it’s early this Sunday morning (two days from today) that I head to Taranna on my (most recent) record shopping excursion. I can’t wait!!

So, knowing this, if you have any changes or additions to make to your Grail List, let us know today or tomorow.

If you don’t have a list and you want one, by all means drop us an email at keepsmealive at gmail dot com. Remember, the Master Grail List exists to share the titles of those special albums you’ve never been able to find, in shoppes or online, at all or at reasonable prices. It allows us all to aid each other by keeping our eyes peeled when we’re in our own neighbourhood shoppes. Never know when someone might walk right past the album you’ve wanted for years! And in case you’re wondering, the list really does work. Since the list’s inception, we’ve had several successes already! GO, KMA READERS, GO!


54-40 Dear Dear Contest Winner!

First off, a huge thanks to everyone who entered!

The question was: What is the full running time of Dear Dear?

The answer is: 54:40!

Oh those clever Canucks.


As promised, I placed all correct entrants’ names into a toque (my Rage Against The Machine toque, natch). My lovely wife, a neutral third party, drew the winning name.

The Winner Is: SARCA!

Congratulations, Sarca! Your brand new copy of Dear Dear will be winging its way to you ASAP.

Thanks again, everyone! Keep your eyes peeled for more contests in future…


Special mention goes to Deke, who included the times of all individual tracks on the album with his answer, and then proceeded to jokingly comment the tracks of the debut L.A. Guns album. I’d had to have come up with a consolation prize for him if he had included its Japanese-only bonus track, Winter’s Fool. I’m sure Mike would agree! 😉

Contest Deadline Today

Hey Dear Readers!

Today is your last chance to enter to win your very own (brand new, still in shrink-wrap) copy of 54-40’s amazing Dear Dear album (1992)!

Entries have been coming in, so don’t miss your chance!


Or how about HERE?

Winning entrant will be announced in these pages tomorrow (Wednesday, May 17). Stay tuned!*


*See what I did there? 😉

Filing Snag: It Could Go Both Ways*

I ran into an interesting filing conundrum when it came to the next two bands in the All The Everything series, Accept and AC/DC.

Simply put, does one count the / in AC/DC’s name when filing alphabetically?


1) If not counting it, meaning removal of the / from the name, it would look like this:


because the order would be ACCept then ACDc.

2) If yes, it counts as something preceeding alphabetization between the C and the D, it would look like this (and iTunes does it this way):


because the order would be AC/dc then ACCept.

I know, right? These are the things which keep me up at night.

After chewing on this for a while, I asked my lovely wife what she thought. Basically, after looking at me to be sure I was seriously asking this of her (I WAS!), she asked how I will remember it best when I go to my collection to get an album, and go with that. Ultimately, she couldn’t care less. And fair play to her, she has suffered these minutiae questions of mine for many years, now, the dear lady.

So, to avoid spinning wheels any longer, I have chosen to flout iTunes’ tyranny, and to not count the / in AC/DC’s name. Which means I will follow option 1, covering Accept first, and then AC/DC.

After deliberation, I have found this choice to be Acceptable.

And it really doesn’t matter. I’ve got a whole lotta rockin’ in my future in whichever order I choose to cover them!

* In other words, it could be AC or DC… 🙂

Taranna, Grail List Stuff, Contest Reminder

Hiya KMA Readers, it’s your friendly neighbourhood Aaron, here!

Just some admin stuff to clear up…

Let’s get in there and give ‘er!



I will be in Taranna on May 28. Looking for records. Oh baby. Which means…

Grail List Updates

If you have anything to add/remove from your Grail Lists, let me know by May 27! If you don’t have a list yet, but you want one, send it to us! Remember, these are items you really want but cannot get at reasonable prices. Let’s all help each other find our Grail Items!

Grail List Addition

While I’m at it, I have added the Five Hole Band – Tales Of Hockey Erotica to my list. I can’t find one online for under $50. Can you find me one for good price?

And lastly,

Contest Reminder

Don’t forget a new (still sealed!) copy of 54-40’s amazing Dear Dear album is up for grabs. GO ENTER HERE! Contest runs until Tuesday May 16. Winning entries will be drawn from a toque, and the winner will be posted in these pages on Wednesday May 17!

Thanks for reading. Carry on!


A KMA Milestone, And Another Contest!

Over there in the right-hand sidebar is our Visitor Counter. As always, thanks for visiting, you’re damn sexy! And as you can see, we’ve recently passed 50,000 unique visits to the site since we moved to WP, waaaay back in 2006.

That’s a lot of visitors.

Of course, we only have ALL OF YOU to thank, our lovely Constant Readers who tune in whenever James drops his awesomeness, or (more likely) whenever Aaron starts gibbering like a rhesus monkey on a three-day cocaine bender…


In honour of this milestone, we offer up another contest!

As mentioned in a recent query post (and the subsequent comments), this time we will not be offering the prize to the first person to correctly answer the skill-testing question in the Comments. To try to be fair to our friends in other time zones, and to those who may not blog every day, this time there’s a form (below) wherein you can place your answers before the contest closing date, and your response will be emailed to us. All correct players will have their names thrown into a toque, and my lovely wife (a neutral third party) will select the winner.

Also, for folks in other time zones (even half way around the world, wherever you are), please do feel free to enter. I’ll happily ship prizes anywhere.

Please do not put your answers in the Comments section, only use the form provided below. Thanks!

Cool? Cool.

So. This time, up for grabs is a brand new (still in the shrink-wrap!) copy of 54-40’s amazing 1992 album, Dear Dear.

Holy mackerel, I do love this album.

In fact, it would be far to say of it that it’s Nice To Luv You, Dear Dear…


Are you ready to get your mitts on this gem of an album? Of course you are…



What is the full running time of Dear Dear? 


Contest closes one week from today, on Tuesday, May 16, with the winner being posted in these pages the following day, Wednesday, May 17th.

Alright kids, you’re off to the races. Submit your answers in the form (below), and above all, have fun!



54-40 Contest Winner! And Future Contests Query

Congratulations to Brian of Boppin’s Blog! He is the winner of the 54-40 Sweeter Things: A Compilation CD!

Bop correctly identified the origins/meaning of the term/name 54-40. From Wiki: “54-40 is a Canadian alternative rock group from Vancouver, British Columbia, who take their name from the slogan Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!, coined to express the unsuccessful expansionist agenda of James K. Polk’s presidency, intent upon controlling a contested U.S.-Canada border area in the Oregon boundary dispute.” You can get a ton more info on the dispute here.

Once again, congrats Bop! Your CD will be in the mail shortly!


Also folks, I’ve got a question for you, r.e. future contests…

As you’ll have noticed, in the past little while I’ve held two contests, with CDs as prizes. And as you may recall, Mike won the David Bowie CD, while (as noted above), Bop has won the 54-40. Congrats, you two!

So I got to thinking about the contest itself. For both of those contests mentioned, I just said whomever gets to the correct answer first wins. That was cool! I found that enjoyable, I hope you did too. Mike hit the Bowie win in 17 minutes!  But given that our AWESOME COMMUNITY is so far-flung in every corner of the globe, how can I make it so that everyone (given time zones and blogging habits) gets a chance to see the question and have a crack at it? Not to take away from the brilliant speed and accuracy of the previous winners, but as further comments trickled in I wondered if there was a way to make it not so time-sensitive…

How would you like to see future contests held? Is this way fine, or do you have a better method in mind? Drop a comment and let us know!

Contest: Win a 54-40 CD!

In honour of the recent 54-40: All the Everything Pt.3 post, I am offering up a copy of the band’s Sweeter Things: A Compilation CD!

The first person to drop a comment that correctly explains what 54-40 actually means wins the CD!

Put on yer thinking caps, folks. It’s time to give ‘er!


Sweeter Things: A Compilation is a 1991 compilation album by 54-40. It was their final release for Warner-Reprise, and compiled tracks from their albums 54-40, Show Me and Fight for Love.

The title track from 1984’s Set the Fire as well as two unreleased tracks, “Sweeter Things” and “Don Quixote”, are also included.

The All The Everything Series

Hey Dear Readers, Aaron of the KMA here.

As stated before, I’ve been finding other ways to spend some of my time, lately. Other projects have been building, mostly offline.

This lead to some reflection. What are my goals for this site, at this point? We’ve now been doing this for over 10 years… seems like maybe I oughta finally accept it as a permanent thing that sticks, eh?

You’re getting a condensed version here, but believe me when I say I’ve put a lot of thought into how to go forward. I realized that, over these years, I’ve made stabs at doing this or that, but it was bits and pieces. So instead, it’s time for the big kahuna. I’m wrapping up all my blogging goals into one all-encompassing series!


Some Goals I Thought Of (and thoughts to go with):

1 – Review every album I own: Long a goal of mine, and daunting as hell (given everything here). But imagine reaching a point where you’re only covering new things coming in… This would also (eventually, hopefully) cover any albums I still IOU to anyone.

2 – Create/maintain on-going What Owns Me (WOM) list as I go: cool, and also helpful to have an off-site list in case of damage, loss or fire.

3 – One band at a time, multiple albums per post: they say immersion is the best way to learn new things. Any reviews I’ve already done, I’ll link to them. No need to re-do 10 years’ worth of work. But I will still listen to everything again.

4 – Resume Hit It Or Quit it Series: will they stay or will they go? I’m doing a collection cull, so heads-up: I may get ruthless, here.

5 – Resume lower word count posts: honestly, I prefer this. Just say it and get out.

6 – Finish my behind-the-scenes site admin work: yawwwwwn… but it’s necessary.

7 – Make blogging fit into busy life: no schedule, I’ll post when I can.

8 – Have fun: Of course. Give ‘er!


Ready? Me too. It’ll take a long time, but who cares? Now that I’ve given myself a structure, it’s simply one step followed by another.

And what am I calling this ambitiousness?

The All The Everything Series

It’s the series to end all series.

Because the KMA loves you.

Hell yes.


Bonus Round Fun Facts: Some of the series I’ve undertaken here at KMA:

KMA Sunday Service, Album series (full artist catalogues or store purchases series), Hit It Or Quit It, IOU series, Drunk Reviews, Ontario Bands, Racy Lacy Anniversary, Beam Me Up Scotty’s, Taranna Was Hot, Greatest Hits Albums, Edenfest, and The Radio. Surely there were others, but you get the idea.

Grail List Updatery!

Happy news! I have managed to get my hands on copies of Black Sabbath’s Eternal Idol (the deluxe 2CD!), and one of my guitar heroes Doug Gillard’s Parade On. Removing two items from the list feels really damn good!

Also, let’s all keep our eyes peeled for Michael Penn’s March on LP, a new addition to the list for the mighty jhubner!

Also, I’m planning a trip to Taranna in May, so head on up to that Master Grail List tab at the top of our home page and make sure that your list is up to date! If you don’t have a Grail List yet, and there are items you just cannot find (in your town or online for reasonable prices), and you want the rest of us to watch for it in our own travels, send us your list and I’ll add it in! COMMUNITY!

Pieces Falling Into Place

I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was making space for other things, projects long overdue, new ideas. Some of the pieces allowing those things to move forward are falling into place. When they do, I will act.

These things are happening outside of this blog. I will not stop listening to music, and I am not stopping writing here, but I may not be posting daily, as I have been for so long. I’m working on how to make this blog fit into the other things, because I still want to tell you about what I’m hearing, and I still have my background work to do in these pages. I’ll think of something.

I’ll still be reading your blogs, but with WP commenting on the fritz (taking more time to go to each individual page to comment rather than using the Reader), you may only receive a Like. This is my signal I’ve read your work, and I will try to comment when I’m between things.

You must be wondering what I’m up to… I don’t blame you. Sometimes, honestly, I wonder too. But it’s all to the good. I’m still here. And I will keep posting, even if it’s altered slightly, and not as often.

Let’s go forward and see what happens!


PS: And who knows, we can all hope for more quality James content, too!

From Junk To Thrift

So recently I mentioned I’d culled through all our Uncategorized posts and updated them to the correct categories.

This was all towards my effort to do some behind the scenes housekeeping here at your friendly neighbourhood KMA.

So I’ve also finished one other, much smaller project, but one I felt needed doing:

In several posts, I referred to where I work as a junk shop. It is indeed a second hand store, but further reflection led me to think that calling it a junk shop wasn’t really fair. So I went through and changed every instance to thrift shop, instead. It just seemed more pleasant, and it was pretty easy to change.

There are still several other projects on the go, one larger than the others, but leave it with me. I’ll get it all done eventually!


Way back around the new year, I said something about finishing up some admin crap on the site, some behind the scenes stuff that needed doing. The unsexy stuff. But it bugged me that it wasn’t done, so I’ve been chipping away at a couple of projects for the past while.

And recently, I got one done! You’re gonna care!*

If you don’t have categories on your site, WP automatically marks every post as “Uncategorized.” I won’t go into why I feel that’s not better than just not having a category on a post at all (it’s tyranny, that’s what it is!). Ahem, anyway. Here on the KMA, we have two categories: Posts By James, and Posts By Aaron. Simple.

But for some reason, there was a period of about 400 posts or so where neither of us was using our namesake categories, so we ended up with all of those posts marked as Uncategorized. That bugged me, more than it would a normal person (I never said I was normal!). So, I sat here and went through all of those posts using Quick Edit in the admin section, and I unclicked each Uncategorized radio button and applied the correct KMA category to each post that needed it.

It was boring. It sucked. But now it’s done and, going forward, it’ll be easy to maintain.

For any of you dear Faithful Readers who want to read only the work of one or the other of us (read James’!), I’ve added a Categories widget to the sidebar on the right side of the main page. The dropdown menu there lets you select either of us.

Anyway, that was a lot of reading about something for which you likely couldn’t care less. But the KMA is committed to bringing you the best experience, and this unsexy stuff is just part of the full meal deal.



* sarcasm is just one of the fine features we offer here at the KMA!

Assessing 1537’s Edicts…

My most recent Sunday Pondering was a fun one – how I organize my collection! Inspired by THIS POST by Bruce, I shared how my collection currently stands (and it’s a wee bit of a mess). My post brought out some interesting comments, to say the least, so thanks everyone!

But it even got 1537 to create THIS POST in which he said, essentially, that his way is the only way…

“Omnipotence/Patience Sorely Tested,” indeed! 😉

I had great fun reading through that post, the language and style was all highly amusing. Fascinated, I decided to reply with my own decisions held against his edicts.

Let’s have a look at 1537’s ideas versus what I’ll end up doing… Will I agree with him?


1537 Truth One: All LPs shall be filed in alphabetical order from left to right and THEN filed chronologically: in the event of a recording coming to light years later, Stones at The Marquee Club for example the LP is to be filed in the year it was recorded, NOT the year of release.

My Decision: I will do the A-Z left to right, mixing the (currently separated) categories (jazz, rap, classical, etc) back into one big pile. This makes sense because I realized that my computerized list of my collection doesn’t discriminate based on genre. It’s all one big happy pile in my list, so my physical collection ought to match that, just for consistency’s sake.

But I will not catalogue releases based on year of event. They will go in based on year of release. So, for example, the Stones Marquee won’t be at 1971, it’ll go at 2015.

I will keep my lovely wife’s CDs separate. If she ever went to get a CD of hers so she could play it in the car on her commute, and she couldn’t easily find her own CDs in my stuff, I’d hear about it. Easily avoided!


1537 Truth TwoSolo artists will be filed by their first name.

My Decision: Nope. I will file by first letter of the solo artist’s last name, or by first letter of a band’s name. This is because I take my list with me when I shop, and record stores don’t have “Willie Dixon” in their blues section, it’ll always be “Dixon, Willie.” This is a choice for simple ease of use when, say, in Taranna.

In the case of classical releases, I will store by composer name, not conductor name. First off, the conductor is never more important than the composer. And secondly, if you have, say, Bach by more than one conductor, you’ll have to remember all the conductor names to find each one… I’d just rather have all the Bach in one place – under Ba for Bach, Johann Sebastian.


1537 Truth Three: All Compilations and soundtracks will be filed under their name.

My Decision: Nope. They won’t go in the main pile. I will keep soundtracks and compilations separate, though they will still be alphabetized by title. I’ve always done it this way, and it makes sense to me, especially with compilations of various artists, that they be separate from single-artist releases.

Also, Star Wars will slot in by movie title, so it’ll go under S in the soundtracks section. Not under “Williams, John” (and especially not “John Williams” I’d never find it then).


1537 Truth Four:all bands/compilations using a number as their name will be filed in the alpha equivalent space.

My Decision: Nope. Bands with numbers for names go before “A.” I would never remember to look for 54-40 under “F.” Also, I don’t own very many bands with numbers for names, so having them all together makes sense to me, rather than digging through the whole collection to find one thing.

In Addition:

It may change, but I think I may still keep my Guided By Voices/related collection separate. There’s just so much of it, and it looks so collected and strong by itself. They deserve their own pedestal.

In Addition:

I will also be using this collection overhaul as an opportunity to do a wee bit of a (also long-overdue) cull.


In Sum:

So it looks like it’ll all be A-Z, with minimal category exceptions: soundtracks, compilations, my lovely wife’s personal collection, and GBV/related. That seems simple enough.

1537’s edicts were a fun read, but they didn’t click completely with me. I agreed with a couple of them, but not the majority. And that’s OK. His collection is his, and he’s welcome to file it however he chooses. For me, I just know I wouldn’t remember where I’d put stuff if I tried to follow all of that. Thanks to 1537, though, for being so inspired as to write to us from on high in Vinylhalla.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Not my Man Cave, though I wish I had that much shelving and space…

Another Sunshine Blogger Award!

I am remiss in not reading the blogs on the one day when the spectacular Vinnie awarded us a Sunshine Blogger award! Thanks heaps, Vinnie! Sorry I missed it that first go-round.

Same deal as last time, I post it here, thank Vinnie (THANKS!), nominate folks (ALL OF YOU!!), and answer Vinnie’s questions, and ask my own questions. Ready? Like so:


How often would you say you spend on your blog?

For the longest time, a post per day. Other times, in our ten years, not so much. Whatever could get done. Each post varies in time spent, sometimes written as I listen, others after the record’s done. Not usually more than 20-30 minutes from start of typing to posted, though. My last Sunday pondering post tells the tale of how these days I’m in a bit of a shift currently, though. I’ll still blog, but I have eyes on other things…

What has blogging taught you?

Awesome people will find you, and a COMMUNITY will be born! Also, I’ve heard A TON of records.

Amy Adams or Natalie Portman?

Both. At the same time. Or wait, do you mean as actresses, in their movies? Hahaha…

Walks along the beach or romantic meal inside?

Walk followed by meal. Yes.

Have you ever written in the nude?

Does half-naked count? I hate summer heat so, even in the A/C, shirts go buh-bye.

What film had the biggest emotional impact on you?

Good question. Off the top of my head, two that were memorable punches in the gut, for me, were Green Mile and Dancer In The Dark. There was also a scene with a frog in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring that has stayed with me indelibly.

What is your fondest memory from childhood?

Hard to pick one, we had a good upbringing. Family, friends, hockey, you name it.

Is there any scene you would love to recreate from a movie?

Pretty sure I’m in a movie right now. But my name is Aaron not Truman. You’re all watching, aren’t you…

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Still here, still givin’ ‘er as best I can. I expect the KMA will still be rocking, 15 years at that point… My kids’ll be 12 and 10… whoa…

What film have you been meaning to watch for a long time, but just haven’t got the chance to?

The Hobbit trilogy. I have the fancy-pants boxed set of all three films, here, but never have 3 hours per film to sit and watch, these days! And I don’t like breaking them up…

And in the style of Stuff and That, do you think I have a nice bum?

It’s peachy!


And now, for all of my nominees (this means ALL OF YOU!), I must ask 11 questions:

Beatles or Stones?

Betty or Veronica?

If you could buy any (one) record right now, it would be:

Which famous person would you like to meet?

Do you think meeting famous people is a good or bad thing? Should we meet our heroes, or leave them be?

Which style of music can you not stand?

Off the top of your head, this instant, your favourite record is:

What record do you always recommend to others?

Do you have a record you use to test new stereos, because you know the sound so well that you need it to hear how the new equipment performs?

If the house caught fire, and you could only save one record, it would be:

Do you prefer CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-track, or digital files?


Sunshine Blogger Award!

The folks at SpeedySailor have nominated our little corner of the interwubs with a Sunshine Blogger Award!


It is truly an honour to be recognized!



There are rules, as these blogging award things go:

  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they set you.
  • Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!).
  • Give them 11 questions.

Their Questions Be:

1. Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft?

This must mean gaming… but I don’t game… I’ll see myself out…

2. Favourite song?

Haha whut. Just one?

3. Favourite game?

This one?

4. Favourite insult?

“Alas, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits. I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”   – Bilbo Baggins

5. Favourite animal?






6. Last time you sent someone a pudding through mail?

It’s been at least a week.

7. Favourite sweet?


8. Dream?

Yes please!

9. Best thing that happened in 2016?

This, that and the other, and then that one time…

10. Whaddaya say, are we a nice arse or not?

Hells yes.

11. Are you really gonna answer that?

I just did. Wanna see me do it again?


Aaron’s 11 Nominees:

You. You. You. And you. You, you and you. And you. And you, too. Definitely all of you over there. Y’all in the back. And you guys. All of you, you lovelies.

You are all notified of your inclusion. Participate, or not, as you see fit! You’re beautiful no matter what.

 Aaron’s 11 Questions For You, You Sexy Thing:

Have you accepted cheeses into your life?

Ever gone cow-tipping?

Is it overkill to use two question marks??

What’s your favourite misheard song lyric?

Can you pass the ketchup?

If space is a vacuum, who changes the bags?

Are we there yet?

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

Would you put pineapple on a pizza?

Do you know how awesome you are?

Do you wanna dance?


Thanks again!

Aaron’s Site Crap

Hey Readers!

I cannot offer you a review for today, as we were at my in-laws for a belated Christmas gathering yesterday. It was a lovely day!

So instead, I have a few wee blog-related things to cover:

1 – I have not forgotten your blogs! You’ll have noticed that I have not been Reading as much as I’ve wanted to… You’ve all been posting wonderful things, and I will get caught up on all of them.

2 – There are three series left on my To Do list from 2016, so I will be attacking those shortly.

3 – As I mentioned elsewhere recently, I’m still working on a few new ideas for my contributions to the blog, going forward. Hopefully things will happen after those series (see 2).

4 – There are some things in the blog to fix. They need doing, but you won’t likely notice or care about it. Aren’t you glad I’ll be doing it?

So far, 2017 seems like a good time to play catch-up on all the things that need doing, blogging-wise. I can dig it.

TCB, baby, yeah!

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