been a while
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.


Oof. It's been a while!

Spent a busy couple of weeks - A came down to Ottawa on the 17th, and I visited her in Montreal last weekend. I listened to lots of music, but not very much made an enormous impression. Here's the stuff that did:

Radiohead's "There There" - this wasn't a standout when I was listening to the muddy unmastered version, but in high-fidelity, hoo boy! A perfect mix of rock and melancholia - I love those drums in the background - there's something absolutely wonderful about the way Thom sadly sings the first repetition of "Just cause you feel it / doesn't mean it's love." I've only seen the video in crabby Real format, but Ro assures me it's unsettling Wind-in-the-Willows wonderful when viewed on a teevee.

My Velvet Underground box-set came in the mail! Only $25 USD for five CDs - all of the velvets' LPs, and bonus material. Hooray! I am so glad Dan managed to get me to give these boys (and girls) another listen.

Broken Social Scene - You forgot it in People. This one just doesn't get old - varied, lush, intelligent... even just the sound of a few of the tracks (the vocals on "Stars and Sons", the guitar on "Late nineties bedroom rock for the missionaries") is enough to get me excited. Rumour has it BSS just scored a (big) label deal, they're at work on their follow-up, and a b-side record is on its way... I can't wait.

Nina Nastasia - "Superstar" (mp3). At first I didn't get it, but after successive listens, the slow-blossoming of this song has me head-over-heels. The Blackened Air was a beautiful, dark, imperfect album. I am so psyched for her new one - and what's more, she's coming to Ottawa for bluesfest (Yay!).

Beyonce Knowles ft. Jay-Z - "Crazy in Love". What The Flirtations' "Nothing but a Heartache" was supposed to be: horns stompmarch forward, affirm affirm affirm. Stripped of Destiny's Child's unnecessary melisma, this track is direct, confident, kick-ass. I dig it.

I bought the new Arab Strap, Monday at the Hug & Pint. First impressions are that it's beautiful - finally, a genuinely amazing album from a band that's long been genuinely amazing. Aidan Moffatt's mopey drinking-and-lusting monologues have been joined by some of the loveliest string arrangements this side of Damien Rice. Finally Arab Strap sounds beautiful - it's the breathing soul that lives in the drunken Scots.

Nick Drake - "Know". I've long known this song, but I had never really - really - listened to it, till it came on towards the end of a boring Nick Drake documentary. The film was mostly pretty shots of Tamworth-on-Arden, with Drake songs in the background: this sounds fine at first, but not after thirty-five minutes. Anyway, I shouldn't complain: I heard the genius of this song for the first time, as the camera rested interminably on a windblown tree. Everyone thinks of Nick Drake as a sad musician, but listening to "Know," the ache is almost painful. The uncaring, incessant pulse of the guitar, Nick's broken-and-bitter weariness, the almost angry way he sings the first line. Jeepers.

Posted by Sean at May 26, 2003 8:01 PM

Wee, I'm famous! :)

That's exactly what I was thinking, Wind in the Willows. Yee.

Posted by Ro at May 28, 2003 11:31 PM

Post a comment

(Please be patient, it can be slow.)
about said the gramophone
This is a daily sampler of really good songs. All tracks are posted out of love. Please go out and buy the records.

To hear a song in your browser, click the and it will begin playing. All songs are also available to download: just right-click the link and choose 'Save as...'

All songs are removed within a few weeks of posting.

Said the Gramophone launched in March 2003, and added songs in November of that year. It was one of the world's 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: Emma
Montreal, Canada: Jeff
Montreal, Canada: Mitz

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 like soundcloud: Said the Gramophone posts are always accompanied by MP3s.

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 is the founder of Said the Gramophone. He is a writer, critic and author of the theremin novel Us Conductors. Follow him on Twitter or reach him by email here. Click here to browse his posts.

Emma Healey writes poems and essays in Toronto. She joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. This is her website and email her here.

Jeff Miller is a Montreal-based writer and zinemaker. He is the author of Ghost Pine: All Stories True and a bunch of other stories. He joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. Say hello on Twitter or email.

Mitz Takahashi is originally from Osaka, Japan who now lives and works as a furniture designer/maker in Montreal. English is not his first language so please forgive his glamour grammar mistakes. He is trying. He joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. Reach him by email here.

Site design and header typography by Neale McDavitt-Van Fleet. The header graphic is randomized: this one is by Neale McDavitt-Van Fleet.
Dan Beirne wrote regularly for Said the Gramophone from August 2004 to December 2014. He is an actor and writer living in Toronto. Any claim he makes about his life on here is probably untrue. Click here to browse his posts. Email him here.

Jordan Himelfarb wrote for Said the Gramophone from November 2004 to March 2012. He lives in Toronto. He is an opinion editor at the Toronto Star. Click here to browse his posts. Email him here.
our patrons
Said the Gramophone does not take advertising. We are supported by the incredible generosity of our readers. These were our donors in 2013.
watch StG's wonderful video contest winners

our favourite blogs
(◊ means they write about music)

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
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
passovah productions
le cagibi
cinema du parc
pop pmontreal
yoga teacher Thea Metcalfe

Cult Montreal
The Believer
The Morning News
The Skinny