An Apple Necklace
by Dan
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.


Frida Hyvönen - "Come Another Night"

Frida Hyvönen has surprises for you in a backpack made of old vinyl. For Hallowe'en, Frida Hyvönen goes as the chick from Today's Special. In English, Frida Hyvönen literally translates to "free having", which is the kind of time you spend when you listen to this song, no matter how busy you are. Frida Hyvönen knows you, but you do not know her. You'll know when you know her.



Spenking - "Vietnam Malaria Nostalgia"

Spencer Kingman's lyrics dart to and fro like a goldfish putting on a show. It's like he wrote fifty rhyming couplets one overtop the other, and then read it out loud, his microphone turned up so sensitive it can hear his mouth open. And the melody like walking on treetops, or jumping between puddles. Who does he write more "like", me or you?



Elsewhere: there's a highly interesting discussion going on about the Daily Show, in the comments of this blog, which was set in motion by a (possibly really old) article on this site.

oh, and MY list is in the "more" section today. the differences are subtle (we are a brotherhood) but they're there.

1. Frog Eyes
This new album is going to make-believe you are its food.

2. Sunset Rubdown
It's a full band now. yes.

3. Final Fantasy
What Sean said.

4. Destroyer
Making up your own Destroyer songs is fun and easy. "Give me your perpetual hand, girl, don't go, just be gone, and TELL me, what did you say, when things didn't go your way? I fell off the wagon and the horse picked me up, I fell off the wagon and your drug it picked me up" and so on..

5. Les Angles Morts
Powerful, powerful soldiers of exploding music.

6. The Cay

7. Wolf Parade

8. Islands

9. Arcade Fire

10. Hi Lo Trons
Listen to it again! I can't believe you're not agreeing! Breakaway!

Posted by Dan at November 24, 2005 1:45 AM

does anyone have any sunset rubdown ? they are whole band now?

Posted by jimmy at November 24, 2005 3:56 AM

Im in love with Frida!


Posted by Raphael at November 24, 2005 10:25 AM

dan: your summaries suck. you pick the best songs, but you do the worst job of describing them because you use saidthegramophone as a venue to practice your skills as a crappy prose-poet rather than to tell your readers what the songs you choose actually sound like. i appreciate the effort but am turned off by the results.

Posted by jeremy at November 24, 2005 11:29 AM

okay jeremy, not only are you fucking wrong (want to hear what the song sounds like? LISTEN TO IT. mp3blogs do not need to write like the fucking NME. also: what does it sound like? it sounds like a goldfish putting on a show) but i wonder if you realise how mean what you wrote was?

Posted by Sean at November 24, 2005 11:50 AM

Sean - I can't believe you beat me to this. You're a prolific man.
Also, re: the Daily Show discussion - I couldn't agree with you more.

Jeremy - Why make a comment like that? We three have each had our writing meanly and unconstructively criticized, and frankly, we don't enjoy it or learn from it. So, why do it? Dan writes about music in a completely original way, and I can assure you that you are among a small minority of detractors. To wish him to stop is to be a selfish man.

You are also wrong to say that Dan posts the best songs. I post the best songs.

Posted by Jordan at November 24, 2005 12:15 PM

Harsh. As far as I'm concerned, Dan IS telling us how things actually sound to him. It is much braver of him to try to articulate how the songs personally make an impression on him than to become mired in music critic cliches. You seem to like Dan's selections; thus, it would seem to be great shame to pass up the opportunity to get some insight into the mind that is selecting the songs that you like.

It's sad that it took this comment for me to actually write on STG. Keep up the good work, Dan.

Posted by dan beirne fan club president at November 24, 2005 12:17 PM

jeremy: you are an ungrateful little shit. I wish I could kick you in the balls. Then again, if you had any you would start your own music blog instead of trash talking this one.

Jeremy, go home!

Posted by dan beirne fan club treasurer at November 24, 2005 12:56 PM

You said it D.B.F.C.T.- there's no room for that kind of negativity here.

Posted by monotones at November 24, 2005 2:10 PM

blegh, i'm the real jerimee. that other is an imposter. plus, he's a real meanie. i love dan's descriptions!

Posted by the real Jerimee at November 24, 2005 3:19 PM

Jebus; I like the way Dan writes (and Sean, and Jordan). It's all better than "here's a trumpet, here's a backbeat, here's a guitar going chicka-chicka," which is the kind of writing I tend to fall into.

But--even if I didn't like their writing--this is their space and not mine (I'm a guest here) and, anyway, if I were to complain about it I'd want to do it in some way that's polite and, I don't know, constructive.

Posted by Tuwa at November 24, 2005 3:56 PM

i loved that spenking track so much, i've tried to buy the cd - however you can't from that "buy" link. you are forwarded onto marriage records. who i've found don't respond to emails about buying anything... oh, how frustrating.

Posted by Anonymous at November 25, 2005 7:46 AM

fair enough. while you do have to be prepared for criticsm when you publish anything publically, "suck" is not a word that any writer should have to hear. in terms of making my criticism more constructive, i guess i'd say that the real problem i have with dan's writing is that he uses an allusive, poetic style for almost every song. of course, there are some songs that almost require such an approach, and no great song can be summarized in simple prose. nevertheless, a more elaborate style loses it's power when relied on too often. sorry for not putting it this way the first time.

jordan: your songs are good too, just not the best.

Posted by jeremy at November 29, 2005 3:31 AM

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