by Sean
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Said the Gramophone's 2011 Funding Drive

This is Said the Gramophone's 2011 Funding Drive, from June 13 to July 12.

It's where we invite the people who have enjoyed the site over the past year to help keep this loose gang ganging, swinging at windmills.

Once a year, Said the Gramophone asks its readers to please give. (And we offer rewards!)

UPDATE 13/07/2011: Our Funding Drive is now closed

It's like this: Said the Gramophone does not take advertising. This is not an accident or a mistake. We just feel the site is better without it. Most music-blogs have ads; so do magazines, festivals, even NPR podcasts. But books don't have ads. Vinyl records don't have ads. Conversations with friends don't include commercials. And although there are costs to running an mp3blog like this - server costs, website costs, most of all the investment of time - we have made do, for several years, by becoming shills just once a year. By requesting your support. By asking, as humbly as we can, for your dollars and pounds, baht and bitcoins. Here we are, heads bowed, with our hat, organ-grinder and chimp.

We accept donations for just one month a year. (It's right now.)

Most of Said the Gramophone is written by two people: Dan is an actor, Sean is a freelance writer. This doesn't mean you should feel bad for us: we don't feel bad for us, we're doing things we love. Besides, you're probably broke too. But what we mean is this: we could use your help.

Since 2003, with Jordan Himelfarb, we have written 1,865 entries about almost 5,000 songs. This past year, another four or five hundred tunes, harpooned with scraps of prose. Some of the songs were new, some were very old. Each week, instead of trying to find another ten great bands, we do something much humbler: ten magnificent songs. Little marvels, three-, four- or five-minutes at a time.

We're proud of what we do at Said the Gramophone, but we know we will never be the biggest mp3blog in the world. We do not post videos, tour-dates, album art. We do not chase pageviews, post press releases, share the indie stars' new soundcloud leaks - unless they are killer songs, deserving to be here. If we post about something, it's because it's wonderful.

We try to do that one thing - writing with spirit about the songs we love, - and to do it well. As we've said before, our audience is you. That's it. There's no one else. You small, strange gang.

If you enjoy our work, please support us.

The Funding Drive is also your chance to get t-shirts, mixtape subscriptions, StG's first-ever chapbook, or even an exceptionally limited lathe-cut 7". Details of these pledge gifts are below.

These are some of the things we did in the past year: introduced or (more likely) reintroduced you to artists such as Ancient Kids, Austra, Avec pas d'casque, Bertrand Belin, Blue Hawaii, BOAT, Braids, the Burning Hell, Charlotte Dada, Colin Stetson, Connan Mockasin, Cousin Dud, Curren$y, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Dead Heart Bloom, Digital Leather, Digits, Efrim Manuel Menuck, Eternal Summers, Glass Ghost, Glasser, the Good Ones, Grimes, Group Doueh, Hello Shark, Hidden Words, Jai Paul, James Blake, James Irwin, James Leroy, Jamie Woon, Janelle Monae, Joe Goddard, Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, Katy B, Khaira Arby, Kris Ellestad, Kurt Vile, Land of Talk, Les Cox (Sportifs), Little Scream, Long Long Long, Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics, Makeup Monsters, Mavo, Mean Wind, Mozart's Sister, Norwegian Arms, Ô Paon, Otouto, Pacific!, Parasites of the Western World, Parlovr, Pat Jordache, Peter Nalitch, PS I Love You, Ryan Driver, S.E. Rogie, Sea Oleena, Shotgun Jimmie, Sleeping Bag, Sunglasses, Ted Hawkins, Tennis, This Is The Kit, Timothy Bloom, Tonetta, Troupe Majidi, Ty Segall, the Vaccines, Valley Maker, Venuses, Vijay Iyer, Vokal Ansembl Gordela, Warpaint, Wombs, Young Man and Zola Jesus; prepared guides to Pop Montreal and Suoni Per Il Popolo; wrote of swallow-jockeys, godfathers, 1996,heat and magnets, drum lessons, Arcade Fire's comeback, the city of Ület, Disney Park Memories, karaoke with co-workers, a Halloween after-party, the drowning city, Mickey's amulet, making love to the Earth Mother Achilles, Tiny's magic courtship, Catfish, The Weather War, #BRAGGADONTCHAKNOW, demos, grandpa's .zip file, flowers from the oven, James Blake's dad, Kirk Baxter, co-editor The Social Network, The Story of Emma, if the Beatles never broke up, "Ça Plane Pour Moi", Sappyfest and the Dawson City Music Festival, covers of Big Star's "Thirteen", unreleased Disney tunes, singing for a child, shaving your beard, Derek the "Judo master", pot from Muscles, the lovers' lying song, a fly in butter, Tune-Yards' succumbersome mid, beating blizzards and blizzards beat up; plus guestposts by Chandler Levack, Emma Healey and Little Scream. We also wrote about our 100 favourite songs of 2010.

Thank-you gifts

We have some presents for donors.

Give > $20

  1. A one-year subscription to our new mixtape of the month club.
    • each month, a seamless full-length mix by Dan and Sean;
    • delivered by email, with download link.
  2. Get entered into a draw for t-shirts by Nice Snacks-Cold Drinks.

Give > $50

  • The first ever Said the Gramophone book.
    • a hand-numbered, limited edition chapbook;
    • four new stories, by Sean and Dan, with original illustrations by Meags Fitzgerald and others;
    • plus a handful of Said the Gramophone classics;
    • small and perfect-bound, with colour cover and b&w interior.

Give > $100

  • Said the Gramophone's first hand-cut 7" vinyl record.
    • extremely limited custom-made lathe-cut single;
    • we mean it: rarer than a Stradivarius;
    • with music by ??? and ??? (too secret to mention);
    • hand-numbered, in handmade packaging.

We don't have photographs of our book and 7", because we haven't made them yet. But if you have any doubts about the substance of our thank-yous, we thought we would share some details from last year's funding drive:

To thank Said the Gramophone's 2010 donors, we made two exclusive mixtapes for download. Here's one of them: Songs for Dancing [90mb].

We hid their initials around Montreal:

Said the Gramophone reader initials

We documented games of giant chess:

Said the Gramophone giant chess

We even made a short film, about betting on long odds. This is a tiny clip:

That was last year. This year's gifts are even better.


We are terribly, marvelously indebted to you. Every year we say it, and every year it feels even more true: your beauty and smarts, your kindness and curiosity, your wit and wolf-whistles, your comments and clicks - these are the things that make this thing a thing. These are the treasures which sustain this sea bed. You give us your time, and we feel privileged to give you ours. Thank you for leaving comments, writing emails, offering help and hospitality and faraway friendship. Thanks for the spooky JPGs and the animated GIFs and the MP3 attachments, the pokes and retweets. You play our favourite songs to your lovers, send us your lovers' favourite songs. You put up with this stumbling, fumbling project - stories about midnight gardens and weather wars, eros and hate. We understand that not everyone can afford to donate to a silly website. Regardless of dollars or cents, rubles or yen, thank-you thank-you thank-you all yet again for continuing to make this one of the most rewarding things in our lives, truly.

Said the Gramophone's 2011 funding drive runs until July 12, when donations will close for the year.

Posted by Sean at June 13, 2011 10:06 AM

terribly beautiful as always (sigh, even when asking for money you do it in such marvelous style). i only wish i had one hundred dollars for your lovely souls! or two hundred, or more. keep on keepin' on. you're golden.

Posted by b at June 14, 2011 12:57 AM

when i get paid at the end of the month - you shall receive some dosh. i have so many wonderful bands in my life thanks to you.

alas, i spent some of my last pennies this month on tickets to see beirut and tune yards... you will be sure to remind us once the end of the month comes, yes?

Posted by s at June 14, 2011 2:16 AM

oh snap 20 bucks gets me that?!?! I have to donate 10 more now! Thanks guys.

Posted by Brian at June 19, 2011 5:44 PM

Man, an StG book is too good an offer to pass up. I'll be helping you out.

Posted by shane at June 22, 2011 5:56 AM

Writing worth buying, entertainment without ads and music unchained from the progress bar. Simplicity worth supporting.
Thank you for your effort.

Posted by GP at July 10, 2011 10:36 PM

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Said the Gramophone launched in March 2003, and added songs in November of that year. It was one of the world's first mp3blogs.

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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.
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