by Sean
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.

Obliteration Room, by Yayoi Kusama

Way Yes - "Important". Scrumble pat, slip-slip, dub. Grounge the words when the feelings are wrong. Build a site, love, fip it to the rex. No scruffs. No doubts. Yearner high, lift, point upsing til the lopers move. Move it, lopers! Never a gibberish singing less than yes. It don't matter lest you nor, and even then you lose trips burring swift.

[EP out soon on Lefse Records]

Sean Nicholas Savage - "Common Ground (Disco Promise)". Sean Nicholas Savage coos his song for 25-year-olds, and I'm listening today, on my 30th birthday, half bemused and half Right-On!, because Sean Savage is too young to know anything, that singy twerp; he's seen only 5/6ths of the shine I've seen; he's a kid with a catchy tune and white sneakers, probably, unscuffed. Then again, Sean Savage has the wisdom of the crooner. The things he sings seem true, because we can string them across our rooms. Pop-singers have a certain prophetic power: we hook their hooks on things. We sing along, no matter where we're at.

"Everything's going to change again
That's the meaning of life
So go on pick up a knife
Carve yourself a chance
Carve a circumstance."
As we get older, we mustn't forget how to sharpen those daggers.

[buy Flamingo on cassette/pay-what-you-want download]


Elsewhere: I wrote a cover story for Hour on this week's (sold out) tributes to the late Lhasa de Sela.

(photo source - from an installation by Yayoi Kusama)

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Back to the World
La Blogothèque
Weird Canada
Destination: Out
Endless Banquet
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
radiolab [podcast]
CKUT Music
plethoric pundrigrions
Wattled Smoky Honeyeater
The Clear-Minded Creative
Torture Garden
Passion of the Weiss
Juan and Only
Horses Think
White Hotel
Then Play Long (Marcello Carlin)
Uno Moralez
Coming Up For Air (Matt Forsythe)
my love for you is a stampede of horses
It's Nice That
Song, by Toad
In Focus
WTF [podcast]
The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
The Hood Internet

things we like in Montreal
st-viateur bagel
café olimpico
Euro-Deli Batory
le pick up
kem coba
le couteau
au pied de cochon
mamie clafoutis
tourtière australienne
chez boris
alati caserta
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drawn + quarterly
+ bottines &c

casa + sala + the hotel
blue skies turn black
montreal improv theatre
passovah productions
le cagibi
cinema du parc
pop pmontreal
yoga teacher Thea Metcalfe

Cult Montreal
The Believer
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