I Am Gary Hampton.

Blink 182 Alphabet Theory

I’ve been a blink-182 fan ever since I saw the music video for Dammit on TV when I was 10 years old, but it wasn’t until the release of 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket that I started to notice something interesting about their album titles/album covers.

Their albums, in chronological order, are:

  1. Flyswatter
  2. Buddha
  3. Cheshire Cat
  4. Dude Ranch
  5. Enema of the State
  6. The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (Live Album)
  7. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
  8. Self Titled
  9. Greatest Hits
  10. Neighbourhoods

Here’s where the pattern begins. Notice the alphabetical order of albums 2-5; B, C, D, E. That’s interesting enough, but the pattern seems to end there…until you examine their album covers.

I mean…the entire front cover is a large letter A. This one is easy.

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Alexisonfire (2001-2011)
August 6, 2011, 5:37 pm
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This morning Alexisonfire officially announced that they won’t be a band anymore. This news isn’t a huge surprise, and while it’s sad news to take, it’s probably for the best. As George’s goodbye message mentioned, Dallas has decided to focus on City and Colour full time and Wade has joined another band, so to replace both of them and try to keep going as AOF just wouldn’t be the same. For that reason alone, I would agree that this is a good time for them to end things.

I was first made aware of the band during Warped Tour in the summer of 2002. I was in a band called Reasonable Doubt at the time, and while we weren’t playing the tour we did go to the Barrie date with a stack of cd’s to hand out to the crowd in an attempt to spread the word about our band. While handing these cd’s out with my band mate Paul we ran into Jesse and Dallas of Alexisonfire who were also handing out sampler cd’s, except they were actually playing a show that day. We talked briefly about our bands and then went to their van to give each other’s music a listen. Obviously, they were much better than us. While we were playing high school pop-punk, they were onto something completely fresh and exciting, and in that moment sitting in their van listening to a demo version of .44 Caliber Love Letter, I knew this band was about to do something big. That being said, I had no idea just how big they would become.

The following summer I started running a street team for Billy Talent. Continue reading

July 23, 2011, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Blogs, Concerts, Music

What a week!

For the past nine days I’ve felt like a new person. Well, I’ve felt like the old me, which has been lost for so long it feels new.

Last weekend I spent some time reconnecting with old friends. I hung out with Rory and Garth in Garth’s back yard as they planned out their new patio, visited my sister’s for some much needed family time, then went to the beach with Rory, Adam and Perla. After heading back to Toronto for a couple of days I was off to New York with my old roommate/current coworker Ethan. Sony had flown us out for their Holiday Preview Event to get a first look at some of the new games and hardware coming out later this year/early next year. I had to stay an extra night due to my British Citizenship and the Canadian Consulate not being open on Wednesday afternoons, but with some help from Alicia I was able to get a spot in an amazing hostel and spent that extra night meeting people from all over the world and making new friends. My flight home was delayed multiple times, but eventually I got home and went back to the office yesterday in time to shoot an interview with Taking Back Sunday.

One of my most read posts on this site was the one I made when I found out the original Taking Back Sunday line-up was reforming, and to a part of that interview was really special for me. John Nolan is one of my heroes when it comes to song writing and to see how incredible humble he is, as if he either doesn’t know or won’t accept how good he is, was great. The interview went really well, and I’m so happy to share it with Brian. Interviewing bands is almost always enjoyable, but when it’s a true and genuine fan talking to an honestly happy band it makes it so much better. Later on that night (last night) was the show, and I met up with a bunch of Stroud kids to spend the night with. Almost the exact same group was at the TBS show about 8 years ago, so it was a cool throw back to old times. Adam and I made our way right up to the front, almost against the barricade. Continue reading

The New Will Smith.
December 17, 2010, 11:37 pm
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Click the leaves for good music.

Donald Glover is the new Will Smith.


Taking Back Sunday + 2010 = Original Lineup


Only days after a Refused reunion rumor became the talk of the internet (sparking the ‘should every influential band reunite’ debate) it is now being said that Taking Back Sunday are going back to their original line-up, not seen since 2003 when John Nolan and Shaun Cooper left the band to form Straylight Run.

As I previously posted, Straylight Run have recently broken up, and we may now have a better understanding of why.

Now, I should mention that there is no official word yet from Taking Back Sunday confirming the ‘reunion’, but both Matt Rubano and Matt Fazzi have posted ‘goodbye’ messages on the band’s official website, and both John Nolan and Shaun Cooper have posted hints online at this being true. But the most telling sign is the image which appears when you go to the Taking Back Sunday site; a current picture of the original line-up with all of their eyes blacked out.

This is huge. Tell All Your Friends (their 2002 debut album) was one of the most influential records of the past decade, and it is widely accepted that this was due to the combination of Adam Lazzara and John Nolan. Since Nolan’s departure, Continue reading

My Top 9 Albums of 2009
January 9, 2010, 5:04 pm
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I recently started a new music website with a friend from work, and of course it’s called Something To Write Home About. Today I posted my Top 9 Albums of 2009 list which you can see if you click these words right here.

On STWHA you can see my reasons for picking each album plus my top track from each, but here’s the list I settled on.

  1. Manchester Orchestra ‘Everything To Nothing’
  2. Weatherbox ‘The Cosmic Drama’
  3. Phoenix ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’
  4. Rx Bandits ‘Mandala’
  5. Brand New ‘Daisy’
  6. Thrice ‘Beggars’
  7. Japandroids ‘Post Nothing’
  8. Moneen ‘The World I Want To Leave Behind’
  9. Say Anything ‘Say Anything’

This differs slightly from my previous list I posted, yes, but hey…that’s life.


EDIT: If it didn’t take me until 2010 to hear Person L’s album ‘The Positives‘, it would be on this list.

Brand New in NY

Saturday November 28th 2009. Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York. Brand New, GlassJaw, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine.

Much more to come regarding the show tonight, including a bunch of photos and videos* from each of the bands, but for now, here are the set lists.

And might I add, such a solid show, incredible night. I’m glad I could be a part of it. You support a band for years and it’s great to see them pull off a show like this in their home city. Anyway, set lists:

Kevin Devine

  1. Just Stay
  2. Carnival
  3. Another Bag of Bones*
  4. Cotton Crush*
  5. Brother’s Blood

Manchester Orchestra

  1. Wolves at Night
  2. I Can Barely Breathe*
  3. I’ve Got Friends
  4. Shake It Out
  5. Where Have You Been? (featuring Kevin Devine and a portion of his song ‘You’ll Only End Up Joining Them’)


  1. Of Dust And Nations*
  2. The Earth Will Shake
  3. All The World Is Mad Continue reading