Express Your Unremarkable Self
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.
The world of BOAT is ultimately cold. Although full of chorus and smash, there always seems to be something underneath, some pensive distraction, like talking to someone with the television on in the background. BOAT seem to have really perfected their entire aesthetic with their new record "Dress Like Your Idols". BOAT have always seemed to say that cool is a thing that, even though we may not like it, we all have to give a try. They have advance hangovers, they're recovering addicts of drugs they never even liked, they sing about being young and having no choice but to squander youth. Their love songs are honest, they come from a true place, but are always sung from echoing halls. Bare-walled, pin-pocked, palm-streaked halls, two-tone and barren. BOAT comes from some kind of post-alcohopalyptic world, where no matter what age you are, you're never too far from the next binge, the next break-up, the next never-was. The sky always has warm gathering clouds, but never a storm, buds on the trees but never never never a leaf. Beer-soaked branches and limbs like sticks, weak but striving. And every night there's a vernissage, a book launch, a CD/vinyl release, an open mic, a non-pro fashion show, an embroidery seminar, a pick-up soccer game, a night-nic (BYOBFFs and wine), and birthday drinks. And all of them are okay. None is worth canceling the other.Posted by Dan at March 4, 2011 3:29 AM
Although I continue to break the years, people are always the same tooPosted by stand tasarım at March 6, 2011 8:14 PM
Irina Werning's page open in the other tab - prior to my stg visit, ! synchronicity !
this is a daily sampler of really good songs. all tracks are posted out of love. please go out and buy the records!
to play a song in your browser, click the . to download a song, right-click the link and choose 'Save as...'
all songs are removed within a week or two of posting.
said the gramophone launched in march 2003, and added songs in november of that year. it was one of the world's very first mp3blogs.
if you would like to say hello, find out our mailing addresses or invite us to shows, please get in touch:
montreal, canada: sean
toronto, canada: jordan
toronto, canada: dan
please don't send us emails with tons of huge attachments; if emailing a bunch of mp3s etc, send us a link to download them. We are not interested in streaming widgets.
if you are the copyright holder of any song posted here, please contact us if you would like the song taken down early. please do not direct link to any of these tracks. please love and wonder.
"and i shall watch the ferry-boats / and they'll get high on a bluer ocean / against tomorrow's sky / and i will never grow so old again."
about the authors
Sean Michaels lives in Montreal. He is a writer, critic and author of the theremin novel Us Conductors. Follow him on Twitter or reach him by email here.
Dan Beirne is an actor and writer living in Toronto. Any claim he makes about his life on here is probably untrue. Email him here.
Jordan Himelfarb lives in Toronto. He is an opinion editor at the Toronto Star. Jordan's posts appear at Said the Gramophone only on the last Wednesday of every month. Email him here.
Site design and header typography by Neale McDavitt-Van Fleet. The header graphic is randomized: this one is by .
Said the Gramophone does not take advertising. We are supported by the incredible generosity of our readers. These were our donors in 2013.
our favourite blogs
(◊ means they write about music)
Back to the World
La Blogothèque ◊
Weird Canada ◊
Destination: Out ◊
A Grammar (Nitsuh Abebe) ◊
Ill Doctrine ◊
A London Salmagundi
Words and Music ◊
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 ◊
things we like in Montreal
le pick up
au pied de cochon
vices & versa
+ paltoquet, cocoa locale, idée fixe, patati patata, the sparrow, pho tay ho, qin hua dumplings, caffé italia, hung phat banh mi, caffé san simeon, meu-meu, pho lien, romodos, patisserie guillaume, patisserie rhubarbe, kazu, lallouz, maison du nord, cuisine szechuan &c
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