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Alan Vega 70th Birthday Limited Edition EP Series

Alan Vega 70th Birthday Limited Edition EP Series is a series of eight EPs with contributions from various artists paying tribute to Alan Vega and his band Suicide. The individual 10" vinyl EPs were pressed in limited quantities and released through the London-based label Blast First Petite. According to the project's press release, the series was intended to be a monthly year-long series across 12 EPs, but ended up being released periodically over three years starting in 2008, continuing into 2010; the series launched with simultaneous releases of Dream Baby Dream and Shadazz on October 28, 2008. Each EP features one or two artists covering either a Suicide or Alan Vega solo track, paired with either a unreleased live or demo version of a Suicide or Vega solo song. Most releases in the series featured what Blast First referred to as a "major" artist and an "upcoming" artist. Most of the EPs were released digitally around the time of the 10" vinyl release, with some seeing limited-edition CD releases as well.

Bruce Springsteen met Vega in the 1970s and had been a big fan of his work since, stating that he appreciated the dreamy direction of his music. Beginning with his 2005 Devils & Dust Tour, Springsteen incorporated a cover of Suicide's song "Dream Baby Dream" into many of his live performances over the years, recorded a studio version for his 2014 album High Hopes. One of his performances of "Dream Baby Dream" from the 2005 tour was recorded and used for his contribution to the Alan Vega 70th Birthday Limited Edition EP Series; the Guardian praised the track for reinterpreting the lyrics and tone to be more hopeful than Vega's dark version. In 2005, Vega said of the Springsteen cover: "A lot of bands have done my stuff, Suicide stuff, they try and copy and do it the way that you do it. Thank God – somebody did their version of it, he did it his way, such a great way, that I'm going to have to sing it that way, or not sing it at all any more."British rock band Primal Scream covered Suicide's "Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne" from 1980 album Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev.

The band chose the song because they, "loved the lyric and its sci-fi futuristic sound." On a separate EP in the series, German techno musician Thomas Brinkmann contributed a reinterpretation of "Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne" as a "loping dancefloor" anthem. Primal Scream invited French electronic musician Miss Kittin to collaborate on the track to help bring out the pop influences in the song. American singer and poet Lydia Lunch covered "Frankie Teardrop". Alan Vega and Martin Rev were two of Lunch's first friends when she arrived in Manhattan, she has performed her rendition of "Frankie Teardrop" at an annual Suicide tribute concert. Several artists mentioned in the series' press release as contributing to the collection were absent from the finished product; those include Grinderman, Julian Cope, Vincent Gallo, Liars, HTRK, S. C. U. M; the tributary EPs that comprise the Alan Vega 70th Birthday Limited Edition EP Series were well received by music critics. Jim Allen of AllMusic said the Dream Baby Dream EP was to garner the most attention due to Springsteen's name recognition, said his live performance was "ethereal and haunting".

In a separate review, Allen said the Horrors' cover of "Shadazz" stayed true to the source material while the song "switches up their usual garage-punk style for more of a sleek, electronic-tinged sound." Anthony Tognazzini of AllMusic said the pairing of Primal Scream's interpretation of "Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne" with an old demo of Suicide's "Ghost Rider", "makes for an intriguing post-punk curio, not to mention a satisfying listen."Vega himself was pleased with the results of the EP series and the covers of his songs. In a press release for Klaxon's Sweetheart EP, Vega said, "I'm knocked out by these new versions, they just keep on coming and coming and their like whole new worlds to me.... So different.... and some of these new upcoming bands man, they've got into it. It's great. It's like a soap opera you know, what's gonna happen in the next episode!" Alan Vega 70th Birthday Limited Edition EP Series on Blast First Petite Alan Vega 70th Birthday Limited Edition EP Series on Discogs

Temagami Magnetic Anomaly

The Temagami Magnetic Anomaly called the Temagami Anomaly or the Wanapitei Anomaly, is a magnetic anomaly resulting from a large buried geologic structure in the Canadian Shield in the Temagami region of northeastern Ontario, Canada. It stretches from Lake Wanapitei in the west to Bear Island in Lake Temagami; the Aboriginal community of Teme-Augama Anishnabai lies within the Temagami Magnetic Anomaly, including the Temagami First Nation on Bear Island, a portion of the Aboriginal community. Located nearby are a number of other geological structures including the Sudbury Basin, the Lake Wanapitei impact crater, the Temagami Greenstone Belt, although none of the structures are directly related to each other in the sense of resulting from the same geophysical processes; the Temagami Magnetic Anomaly is 58 km long and 19 km wide. The central section has an east-west strike; the western portion appears smoother in character while the eastern section is narrow. With an areal extent of 50 x 15 km, the Temagami Magnetic Anomaly reaches a magnitude of 10,000 nanoteslas making it one of the largest positive anomalies in North America.

The eastern section of the magnetic anomaly coincides with a small positive gravity anomaly, indicating the presence of dense rocks at depth. The anomaly was discovered by a gravity survey; the Temagami Magnetic Anomaly has striking similarities to the nearby Sudbury Basin, one of the richest mining areas in the world. Its magnetic anomalies are similar to the Sudbury Basin and so it could be a second metal-rich impact crater. Maple Mountain Ishpatina Ridge