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by Dan
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The Teeth - "Oh, Bessie!"

Now, I've been playing a lot of Katamari Damacy, so I might be a little drunk right now, but this song is exactly like this game. The song starts tiny (little guitar) and rolls upon itself until it's as big as the sun. Little guitar leads to big guitar, which can then handle vocals, and the bassline (a bassline is smart, the foundation to dance!) comes next, which enables the song to handle galloping drums (more excited dance!) which rolls up handclaps next (for the join-along-ers) the whole while the lyrics are also a rolling ball, first growing up, then dating, then entire oceans (the earth, and you, are mostly water!) then marriage. By this point, the song is as big as the sun, and you can tell it is because it is so hot the singer screams, and without this scream we would not know the song is as good as it is. [Buy]


Ponies in the Surf - "Gov't Brand #2"

This song is a difficult task. It's hard to get finished (they almost don't make it). It's an awkward dancer, but every so often, through sheer force of will, it moves just right, smiling to itself. "wwwwwwWEEE've been staying at your momma's house" is like cresting back into form, assuring us they had it the whole time. It's satisfying. To watch the loner kid kickin' it with themselves in the corner.

their cd release is tomorrow in NYC (at The Archive). I don't live there. maybe you do. [Buy from Asaurus (amazing label!)]


happy birthday, sean.

Posted by Dan at January 6, 2006 3:24 AM

Nifty Stuff. I particularly like that there Teeth band. They remind me of Dr. Dog, who I also like. Turns out, the Teeth are from Philly, as is/are Dr. Dog. Not only that, but they tour together. Maybe it's like the New Philly Sound.

Posted by Ben at January 6, 2006 11:30 AM

Hey STG guys, just wanted to give you a big THANKS!!! for the work you put in to this site. Since the minute I stumbled upon this place about a year ago, I have gone very few days without checking in for new tunes and enlightening posts. You have opened my eyes to so many bands and so much good music over the past year and you have always presented the music with such passion, excitement, and the obvious need too share some love through songs. Sharing music with my friends has always been my way of showing that I care for them. Whether they're up, down, or bent sideways with apathy, somewhere out there is a song that fits the mood and can jump for joy hand in hand with them, hug them and let them rest, or inspire them to feel again. In my mind there is no better gift to give. You guys give that gift almost every day, and it is appreciated more than I can express here. Can't say I found myself in the midst of a great year during 2005 but I can say I found something great - Said The Gramophone. It kept me afloat. Thanks again and I hope 2006 is a terrific year for the guys behind the green curtain.

Keep spreadin' the love!


Posted by John at January 9, 2006 1:17 AM

You guys always have the best write-ups. Most times I just skim blogs' descriptions of a song and just download it. But here I'm just as likely to read it as I am do listen to it!

Oh, and happy birthday Sean!

Posted by Matt at January 9, 2006 2:51 AM

O most excellent blogger, I wish you a belated, but very happy, Birthday. Have a brilliant 2006!

Posted by scott at January 10, 2006 10:43 PM

hi...i was wondering if i could send a song or album to you to listen to and maybe write about...we just finished a lttle tour w/ the ponies in the surf and thought you may like to hear us...thanks!--erin

Posted by erin at March 22, 2006 5:33 PM

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