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The Doors – The Doors (1967), Morrison Hotel (1970), and L.A. Woman (1971)

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[Albums 546, 547, 548 / 1001]

“Too heavy, too light, Too black or too white, Too wrong or too right…”
– Seven Mary Three, Cumbersome*

I’m not sure if anyone would argue that The Doors & their music were exemplars in moderation.

I imagine Doors nonenthusiasts would say a given track/album was too psychadelic, too bluesy, too rambling, too poetic, too ____ for their tastes, thus making for a rather, um, cumbersome listening experience.

Others would love band in spite of, or more likely because of, those very reasons.

Naturally, in an annoyingly Canadian way, I fall somewhere in between in my level of Doors enthusiasm.

But inspired by the lack of moderation exhibited by The Doors, I’ll risk making an excessively cumbersome post by making this a triple review!

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The Doors (1)

The Doors (2)

The Doors (5)

The Doors (4)

The Doors

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*When I typed ‘cumbersome’ as a google search, this ‘use over time’ graph appeared with the definition.

It looks the use of the term ‘cumbersome’ peaks around 1995, right around the time Seven Mary Three released their big hit!

The Doors: a Joke

The Doors are not a joke.

But I thought this joke about this week’s featured artist was pretty funny!

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Cheers to Ovidiu for introducing me to this one!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #28

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Jane’s Addiction last week.

I don’t have access to a computer with excel this weekend (again) – so alas, no spreadsheet results update today.

But I solemnly swear to have an updated spreadsheet next weekend!

Until then, ready for Quiz #28?

To quote Keanu in The Matrix, Okie Dokie!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #28
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..No bass player, no problem for this band formed in LA in 1965

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400 points………………..In Radiohead’s Anyone Can Play Guitar, Thom Yorke confessed, “I wanna be wanna be wanna be ____ _________ (the late lead singer of this band)

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300 points…………………Val Kilmer played the lead singer in the 1991 Oliver Stone film about this band

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200 points………………….They have a trio of albums on the 1001 list, their self-titled debut, Morrison Hotel, and LA Woman

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100 points………………..The artist is The D________

 

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Answer: الأبواب
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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I appreciate that entry to Canada’s National Parks is free this year (to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday), I’ve really enjoyed visiting several of them with my girls!

Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

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Sarca @ caughtmegaming created this excellent logo.

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[Album 545/1001]

“The Beatles wrote a bunch of hit songs. A bunch of hit songs were written by the Beatles”
– Grade 9 Math Textbook used at my school, p.308(ish)

Beatles + Math? What could be better!

I was quite pleased when I saw our textbook use the above quote to illustrate two different ways of sharing the same information.

Or, in the case of the textbook, two different ways of writing the equation of a line, in General form (y = mx + b) or Standard form (Ax + By + C = 0).

Most grade 9s prefer y = mx + b: you know what you’re dealing with (m is slope, b is y-intercept) and it’s more accessible.

Though less immediately appealing, in the long run, Ax + By + C = 0, eventually becomes much more relevant and is revisited much more frequently.

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General form- y = mx + b (1)

General form- y = mx + b (2)

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I was starting Grade 9 in September 1995.

On September 12th, 1995, the album One Hot Minute was released.

The question is/was:

Did the Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new guitarist, Dave Navarro?

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Was Dave Navarro the new guitarist of the band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

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In case the metaphor is unclear (and is there anything with more clarity than a math metaphor?):

General form- y = mx + b (4)

 

General form- y = mx + b

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In grade 9, sign me up for the Chilis!

You knew what you were dealing with (m is the slap bass, b is the sung/rapped lyrics) and it was instantly appealing.

But 22 years later, now that I’m teaching them there grade 9s, I prefer Navarro’s other group, Jane’s Addiction.220px-Jane's_Addiction-Ritual_de_lo_Habitual

Albums like Ritual de lo Habitual may not be as immediate or accessible; but over time, this album has really grown on me, and I’m now seeing why people were so enamored with the group.

Much like Ax + By + C = 0, I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to Ritual de lo Habitual quite frequently.

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Cheers to all the Señores y señoras that endured the math featured in this summer post!

Top 5 “Jane” Songs

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Jane, a lovely name.

And, not so coincidentally, featured prominently in the following 5 tracks!

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5. Nick Drake, Hazey Jane II
Track two on Bryter Layter was almost as strong as…

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4. Nick Drake, Hazey Jane I
…track five on Bryter Layter!

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3. Barenaked Ladies, Jane
I’m not sure many Torontonians would describe the intersection of Jane St & St. Clair as “sweet” but this descending guitar pattern certainly is.

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2. Jane’s Addiction, Jane Says
Bonus marks for Jane in the artist + song name. The steel drum doesn’t hurt its case either!


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1. Rivers Cuomo, Autumn in Jayne (also known as Autumn Jane)
Or perhaps it should be credited to a Rivers side project named Homie? In any event, finding high quality recordings of some of these unreleased Rivers gems would probably be dreaming the impossible dream!

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A tip of the hat to my personal favourite Jane, my mom!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #27

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Christina Aguilera last week.

I don’t have access to a computer with excel this weekend – so alas, no spreadsheet results update today.

Though I imagine Aaron’s still in the lead!

So without further ado, ready for Quiz #27?

¡fantástico!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #27
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Joseph Mazzello name-checked this late-80s/early-90s Los Angeles band in the 1994 film The River Wild, “So you saw _____ _______, I wish I could’ve seen them before they broke up”

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400 points………………..Lollapalooza, initially intended to be this band’s farewell tour in 1991, has since evolved into an annual international musical festival

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300 points…………………This band’s guitarist, Dave Navarro, played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the mid-90s

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200 points………………….They have a pair of albums on the 1001 list, Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual

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100 points………………..The artist is J___________’s A____________

 

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Answer: إدمان جين
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Thanks to the opening track of Ritual de lo Habitual, many of us learned how to say “ladies and gentlemen” in Spanish!

Christina Aguilera – Stripped (2002)

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[Album 544/1001]

Ladies & Gentlemen, it’s that time again.

Time for everyone’s favourite Game…

…is it Christina Aguilera or Marilyn Manson?

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Is it Christina Aguilera or Marilyn Manson?
Original/Obligatory Theme Song played on a Casio Digital Guitar

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Pencils Ready?

For each of the statements below, is the statement describing Christina Aguilera (CA) or Marilyn Manson (MM)?

Good luck!

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Is it Christina Aguilera or Marilyn Manson?

1. Despite being in the industry for over 20 years, they only have 1 album on the 1001 list.

2. Parents weren’t happy with the provocative video for the lead single from that 1001-listed album.

3. Beyond the video shock value, the artist is more talented &/or intelligent than their critics would like to believe.

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4. On the 1001-listed album, the best song is track 4.

5. On the 1001-listed album, the biggest track was about people described as being beautiful.

6. The 1001-listed album is 77 minutes long.

7. If the 1001-listed album was half the length, it likely would have been twice as potent.

 

 

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If you said, when in doubt pick (c), BOTH to all of the above, you win!

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I always enjoy reading posts that find parallels in unexpected places (like Down Goes Brown’s piece about the winner of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, written before the game took place).

So thank you to all those unexpected-parallels writers who helped inspire the Christina/Marilyn game here!