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I won my job, dancing. I stepped onto the polished floor and straightened my tie and then moved like a jackrabbit, white and black, loose and flying. Robert hired my on the spot. I won my love, dancing. I stepped onto the polished floor and tied my shoes and then moved like a dragonfly, green and black, sure and darting. L.N. came to my room that night. I won my pride, dancing. I won my life, my fortune, my notion of myself. I kicked and swerved. But I did not win my god. I have spent twenty-five years under the vast weather, among thunderclaps, stepping & pivoting & showing the sky the palms of my hands. The universe has not answered. My steps have left ten thousand illuminations, and it has not answered.
Lots of elsewhere things to look at:
Back to the World have done an extraordinary, inspiring, thoughtful, three-pronged 2010 round-up. My favourite bits include Carl Wilson on "Autotune the News", Destroyer, Boardwalk Empire, Joanna Newsom/Tonetta and Bernie Sanders, and Chris Randle on Batman, drone, Scott Pilgrim and Nicki Minaj's "Monster" verse.
I also really enjoyed Ami's Best of 2010 post at I Was Young When I Left Home. Love the way his favourite songs are flashed to memories of place & time.
The exquisite music-blog Juan and Only have done a silly thing and posted their favourite Said the Gramophone tracks of 2010 - at least the ones which weren't on my Best Of list last week. They're also holding a contest which could net you the collected 2010 postings of one of my favourite pairs of ears on the net.
Midnight Poutine has finally revealed its Best Montreal Albums of the Decade list (intro/#25-#21/#20-#16/#15-#11/#10-#6/#5-#1), assembled through a critic's poll. Although the #1 spot isn't a big surprise, it's a wonderful rearview mirror - I moved to Montreal in 2000.Posted by Sean at December 20, 2010 3:44 PM
This song hit me unexpectedly. I know I shouldn't listen to the songs you post on shuffle, but read and appreciate your stories while stunning music is playing. But that's not what I did. I had all the songs you posted in the last month on shuffle. I wasn't even paying full attention. But this song. From the first word Shara is singing I was haunted. Stunned. Captivated. She really is one of the exceptional singers of our times.
And she is incredibly accessible. She contributed a beautifully written piece titled "Thoughs on Singing and on Nina Simone" to my long dead (it only lasted three months) music blog back in 2006. Incredibly it's still available in the graveyard of the internet. http://myvoicerising.blogspot.com/2006/07/thoughts-on-singing-and-on-nina-simone_29.htmlPosted by Tom at January 11, 2011 3:32 PM
And I should add. The writing of your post is just as amazing. It fits the music so well. Thank you.Posted by Tom at January 11, 2011 3:36 PM
reading this a year late! thanks for this track
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Sean Michaels lives in Montreal. His debut novel, Us Conductors, will be published by Random House Canada/Tin House Books in spring 2014. His work also occasionally appears at McSweeney's. Follow him on Twitter or reach him here.
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Back to the World
La Blogothèque ◊
Weird Canada ◊
Destination: Out ◊
A Grammar (Nitsuh Abebe) ◊
Ill Doctrine ◊
A London Salmagundi
Petites planétes ◊
Gorilla vs Bear ◊
Silent Shout ◊
Clouds of Evil ◊
The Dolby Apposition ◊
Awesome Tapes from Africa ◊
Matana Roberts ◊
Pitchfork Reviews Reviews ◊
i like you [podcast]
Nicola Meighan ◊
CKUT Music ◊
Wattled Smoky Honeyeater ◊
The Clear-Minded Creative
Torture Garden ◊
Passion of the Weiss ◊
Juan and Only ◊
Then Play Long (Marcello Carlin) ◊
Coming Up For Air (Matt Forsythe)
my love for you is a stampede of horses
It's Nice That
Song, by Toad ◊
The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross) ◊
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
The Hood Internet ◊
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le pick up
au pied de cochon
vices & versa
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drawn + quarterly
+ bottines &c
casa + sala + the hotel
blue skies turn black
montreal improv theatre
cinema du parc
yoga teacher Thea Metcalfe
The Morning News