8 x 11: My “Best of” Musical Favourites from 2011

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(Photo/Graphic by VA)

NOTE TO READERS: Owing to the March 2015 closure of OpenSalon.com — which was my primary publishing platform, where I initiated this blog and concert series project, and was where most of my pieces were accessed — I need to plug up a few blog-holes (i.e., post-up here a clutch of early Open Salon blog entries that I never transferred to this cyberabode).  This here post is one of those orphaned Ghosts of Blogging Past that needs a re-debut.

In advance of my Best of 2015 re-cap (appearing shortly), here is my second year-end music recap from February 2012: 8 x 11: My “Best of” Musical Favourites from 2011.   While I couldn’t order my fave long players and tracks at the time, I can certainly do so now from the perspective of four years on.  My revised lists would now be …

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Three is a Magic Number: My Third Anniversary (originally on OpenSalon.com)

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No “Fear of Music” … a fear of OS’s obsolescence, perhaps … (Mock-up by VA)
(This piece originally published on Open Salon on June 3, 2013)
NOTE TO READERS: Owing to the March 2015 closure of opensalon.com — which was my primary publishing platform, where I initiated this blog and concert series project, and was where most of my pieces were accessed — I need to plug up a few blog-holes (i.e., post up here a clutch of early Open Salon blog entries that I never transferred over to this WordPress version). 
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Also note that the OS closing also affected some of the cross-linked images here across entries which I will also be fixing piecemeal.  Finally, I am also going to try and transport all OS user comments over here to be amalgamated for posterity.
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Join me over the next few months on a journey into the Ghost of Blogging Past as those missing posts, covering a variety of topics and years, re-debut over here.  Meanwhile, new entries of past gigs are on their way as well.
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This month marks my 5th blogging anniversary.  I am going to be republishing my previous anniversary posts which never made it over here, one per day, with this year’s (delayed) celebratory post appearing on Friday.
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June 3rd marks my third anniversary of hitting the “publish” button here on OS — an anniversary that, round about six or so months ago, I really didn’t think would happen.  While there have been plenty of “sky is falling”-type predictions about the demise of OS during the several years I’ve been here either writing or reading, I never paid much attention to them … until the site started to full-on atrophy in every sense sometime around the middle of last autumn.

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023. Back Against the Wall: Circle Jerks … & NYC, Nov. 16, 1983

  Ethel Fred Mertz postcard VA

 Ethel & Fred Mertz (Vivian Vance & William Frawley) in a still from an I Love Lucy postcard that I bought while in NYC.  The physical exuberance depicted in this photo represents but 1/20th of that which was present in the mosh pit during the Circle Jerks’ show. 

023. Back Against the Wall: Circle Jerks, Reggae Lounge, New York City, New York, November 16, 1983, $ n/a

NOTE: While this first part of a two-part entry will touch on the Circle Jerks’ show — and 024 will cover Psychic TV at the Danceteria — these two entries are more about the hijinks, buffoonery and events experienced among my friends and I over several days in NYC in late ‘83.

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148. Dr. Feelgood: Aretha Franklin, May 30, 2010

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Luckily no balcony falls were incurred.

148. Dr. Feelgood: Aretha Franklin & Her Orchestra, Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday May 30, 2010, $116.75.

After 35 years of concert going, there remains a number of acts that currently perform live who are on my Still Must See List (Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, and U2 among others).  Aretha Franklin has long been on there as well, and with this performance I was able to cross off another name. Read the rest of this entry »


010. Electricity: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with Mettle, March 9, 1982

It’s appropriate that an electronic act be represented by the binary entry number 010. This oversized ticket is also one of the few that I have that features a picture of the artist.

010. Electricity: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with Mettle, Centennial Hall, London, Ontario, Tuesday March 9, 1982, $8.50.

It was one of those nights: I thought it would be good but got more than that while two others made a discovery. I have a lot of fond memories of this evening. Read the rest of this entry »


003. This Year’s Model: Elvis Costello and the Attractions with the Battered Wives, November 6, 1978

A $7 concert.  That amount doesn’t even usually cover service fees these days.  According to my collection, tickets then were overall smaller than they are now and were vertical as often as they were horizontal.  Vertical tickets like this one seemed to have died out at some point in the ’90s, at least around these parts. 

003. This Year’s Model: Elvis Costello and the Attractions with the Battered Wives, Alumni Hall, University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Ontario, Canada, Monday November 6, 1978, $7.

This show took place just six months after the Bob Seger gig and, at this point, the idea of going to see Seger would have been unthinkable for me.   Ah, the difference a few months can make when you’re young. Read the rest of this entry »