I Am Gary Hampton.

Merry Christmas, everyone
December 25, 2011, 9:37 am
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

And thank you, Jess Stein, for drawing this card for me. I literally just said ‘draw me riding a Christmas tree through space!‘ and she created this wonderful piece of art.



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.

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