by Sean
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The Essex Green - "Don't Know Why (You Stay)".Cars drink gasoline. Old men drink gin. Turntables drink electricity. Young men drink beer. Trees drink sunlight, drink rain. We drink songs. We drink like fishes. (Fishes drink saltwater.) On a hot day I'll drink a hundred songs. On a lonely day I'll drink myself sick. And the thing with songs, the thing that makes them better than booze, hooch, moonshine, is that you can drink the same song a hundred times & get just as drunk with every listen. You can listen to the same song a thousand times and on every instance lose yourself, talk to the girl, get a tattoo, dance on the table, admit you're sad, find you're glad, black out, get married to the road. You can find a song like "Don't Know Why", go on a three-day bender, and emerge from the other side no worse for wear: with guitar and organ and drums gone metronome in yr heart, Essex Green's voices as persistent as your pulse. (Thanks oh thanks, Toby.) [buy]

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - "I'll Be Glad". I think maybe this is what it's like to believe in God. You sing a beautiful song, sing it in your own crooked way, leave room for other peoples' pauses and backing vocals and organ solos. And then if you're lucky, before the end, a beautiful and unexpected chorus appears - at least one holy moment that is utterly undeniable, as clear & certain as the voices that appear here at 2:17. [buy]


Montrealers - three things:

  • Adam & the Amethysts and Tune-Yards are launching their new CDs together at Casa on Saturday. I will be there with bells on, maybe literally.
  • This weekend is the Pomme-Pomme Craft Fair, what will be a marvellous, heavily curated shindig at La Sala Rossa, organised by folks from Woodenapples and comic-bookers Drawn & Quarterly. Don't miss it - and there's also a recommended Pomme-Pomme closing concert on Sunday, with Shapes & Sizes, Brave Radar and Elfin Saddle. A quiet & forceful way to end yr weekend!
  • Finally, it has come to my attention that Bilboquet ice-cream is celebrating its 25th birthday this weekend. From 2pm-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, there are free tastings. And all weekend a "généreux" is the price of a "raisonnable". I felt it was my duty to pass these wonders on to any of my fellow ice-cream eaters. (There must be at least a few of you out there.)

Posted by Sean at July 7, 2008 12:23 PM

Sure sure my craft fair is bound to fun but....FREE ICE CREAM!!!! What a weekend!

Posted by amy at July 7, 2008 3:18 PM

The Essex Green!! Oh, man. I adore them. I first discovered them in 2004 after digging in my college radio station library.

Favorite EG song: "The Late Great Cassiopia"

Posted by t at July 7, 2008 3:36 PM


this essex green song is awesome

Posted by matthew at July 8, 2008 12:01 AM

Yet Moka is young and likes the gin. And talking about herself in third person.

Posted by Moka at July 8, 2008 3:58 AM

I've been thinking a lot lately about my relationship with music, how to articulate what it does for me, why I have such a thirst for it, how to describe it to people who don't share my thirst. The first paragraph of this post is much better than any of the explanations I have come up with so far.

Posted by Lindsey at July 9, 2008 3:49 AM

Did you write that passage about the Essex song? God it's gorgeous.

Posted by Whitney at August 13, 2009 3:52 PM

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Back to the World
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Endless Banquet
A Grammar (Nitsuh Abebe)
Ill Doctrine
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Words and Music
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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
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The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
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st-viateur bagel
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Euro-Deli Batory
le pick up
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le couteau
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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
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