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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.


Bullette - "Show Me"

This was sent to us last week. I was skeptical at first (I usually am when the promotion is so professional) but Bullette withstands the test: every time I listen to a song I make a wish, and if I make the same wish twice I--- no, there's no test. Mathematically, it's good; write it down, map it out, you'll see. She's a completely competent musician interested in entertaining you. Worked on me. Plus, the rest of her album changes up the pace, so your brain is tricked into wanting more. MUSIC IS AN IRON LUNG AND HEAVEN IS A PRISON.



The Lay All Over Its - "Track 2"

There's been a lot of 'untitled' tracks posted recently. Who cares. Track 2 off of Love All Over It is head, shoulders, and long black tails above the rest of the album. Which is too bad, because I could listen to way more of stuff this good. I feel like I'm sitting, hiding, under stairs, listening to people go up and down, but they're doin' something really bad. Like bringing handfuls of something up to a sink to wash it, and then back down to get more (not laundry). I'm taken out of this at the disappointing intelligibility of "I love you I love you I love.." but it's not long before I can get back.



Kyla - "BC March"

I hope this is the only song she ever makes. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Posted by Dan at June 1, 2005 1:32 AM

Cheif, no offence, but how about talking about the music in your track reviews?

Just a suggestion

Posted by Dylan at June 1, 2005 12:24 PM

Seriously. What are these people PLAYING???? How does it make you FEEL???? What other stuff does it SOUND LIKE or RIP OFF???

Shape up.

Posted by Roger at June 1, 2005 12:40 PM complainers do know this is an mp3 blog? That is, if you wanna know what the song sounds like you can actually listen to it? And I'm pretty sure that the description for each of these tracks makes it clear that they make Dan feel good. What's wrong with that?

Posted by 2fs at June 1, 2005 1:14 PM

Um, I just wanted to say thanks for the music. I enjoy reading your descriptions; they're very lyrical. This image - "I feel like I'm sitting, hiding, under stairs, listening to people go up and down, but they're doin' something really bad" made me want to write a poem or something. I don't know....
Um, I just wanted to say thanks for the music. I enjoy reading your descriptions; they're very lyrical. This image - "I feel like I'm sitting, hiding, under stairs, listening to people go up and down, but they're doin' something really bad" made me want to write a poem or something. I don't know....

Posted by Kate at June 1, 2005 2:19 PM

Ha. The people looking for shit capsule sounds-like bullshit reviews can go to All Music Guide. This is an -amazing- post, wonderfully written, and it's exactly what I think Gramophone should be about.

And i love that Lay All Over Its song! Like C.O.C.O with something much darker on top.

Posted by Sean at June 1, 2005 2:23 PM

Indeed, Kyla is awesome!


Posted by Paulo at June 1, 2005 4:32 PM

My God. With utmost respect, these three were awful.

Posted by Ian at June 1, 2005 6:38 PM

That's funny, Ian, because I thought these three posts were great.

Good choices, Dan.

Posted by M. Tones at June 1, 2005 8:02 PM

The kyla song is great, who is she?

Also I for one like your comments, I don't really need a blow by blow of every song when I can be playing it while I read your comments....Isn't that why mp3 weblogs are so great?

Posted by jay at June 2, 2005 2:12 AM

All fair comments, I just thought that being a music site, you should, you know, talk about the music.

Yeah tapdancing about architecture and so on, but like, surely there's a more appropriate way to showcase your linguistic abilities.

Posted by Dylan at June 2, 2005 8:20 AM

But this isn't *just* a "music site". We're not one of those mp3blogs that just posts a song saying "check it out", or "french punk: dig it!", because I think those blogs suck. I love reading good writing - about life, about, love, and yes, about music. I like learning about the images a song evokes, the -way- people hear it. I like imagining songs in new ways. StG is *willfully* devoted to "showcas[ing]" literary abilities - it's about interfacing btwn writing, music and the self. We try to make the writing poignant, whimsical, accurate, -true-, and we experiment too. Sometimes you need nonsense or indulgence to communicate the importance/spirit of a song.

And the "dancing about architecture" comment always makes me laugh because I would -love- to see someone dance about architecture. If it was done well, man, it would be awesome!

Posted by Sean at June 2, 2005 8:31 AM

Yes- this is a site where good music provokes good writing, and we then get the chance to appreciate both. I learned long ago: if there's something here I want to know (even more) about, I copy and paste the band's name into google or rocket, and get more than I need to know. Jeez, feeding your head doesn't mean being spoonfed...

Posted by J at June 2, 2005 4:07 PM

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