by Sean
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We have a new contest today. See below.


Bear Creek - "Without You (NYC)". So you're sure that you lost something. You spend the whole day in a daze, checking and rechecking your pockets, glancing under the sofa and your bed. You've lost something. You've lost something. You're sure of it. Something. What? You don't know.

You go on the road: cornfields, strip-malls, lakes, skyscrapers. You put a tape in the tape-deck. A tape made of rocket-fuel and hesitations. A tape made by some French kids who aren't even fifteen years old; kids who love K Records and Kimya Dawson and (i certainly hope) Herman Düne. You listen, fenceposts tickticking by, and as much as you hate to admit it - you've still not found that lost something. What was it? What was it?

And then you raise your eyes to the tape's little "you-who-you-hoo-you-who-you-hoo-who" and you feel like a dope, like a dummy. There's that thing you lost. Right there. Big as the moon.

[buy / MySpace]

Leo is also in other bands with his friends, namely Coming Soon and Ben Lupus & the Post Romantic Vegan Werewolves.


Casey Dienel - "The La La La Song". Listen to Casey, here, as she sings her song and then figures out how to sing it better. Fluxblog introduced me to Dienel, and I'm so glad for it - it's such a bluebird album, eggs cracked into bowls and ice melting on the porch. It's part Mirah, part Sarah Harmer, part Regina Spektor, but really what it makes me think of is Feist's "Mushaboom". "Mushaboom" was an oddity on the Feist record, one track of jack-in-the-box indiepop on a disc of cooler things. But Wind Up Canary is thick with those feelings - the opening doors, the widening smiles, the chatter and chirp and chim-chim-cher-ee. Okay, "The La La La Song" is a bit different, it must be said. But I love so much what I wrote before - that Casey sings her song and then figures out how to sing it better. She plays the piano, singing, singing, words about peaches and clementines and regret. She sings all these words - and then she realises that the tangled-up things she's trying to say - well that bundle of moments isn't gonna come across in rhyming verses. There's a better way: just some "la's", high and reaching, and then a final one, low and sure.


[buy Wind Up Canary - i promise, it's wonderful]


Said the Gramophone exclusive newsflash!

Akron/Family just finished two days of recording with Hamid Drake (!!!) with a view to releasing something later this year. Yes, that Hamid Drake. The jazz drummer who is Jordan's second-favourite drummer in the world; the man who I watched and wondered at in Finland. When Dana told me, my jaw hit the floor with a clang.


Said the Gramophone's Drawing Restraint 9 Contest

Drawing Restraint 9 is the newest film project by Matthew Barney, a visual artist/filmmaker who mixes astounding pretention with an amazing instinct for image. I saw Cremaster 3 with Dan in Montreal several years ago, and these were the things that struck us: how slow it was, ultimately dull; and how potent Barney's fantasyland was, how much the sights and sounds lingered in our minds. I remember standing on the subway platform, imagining the ribbon-knots of the maypole, the punks in the Guggenheim, the swimmingpool full of slippery alien showgirls. And Barney himself, devil-like, secreting teeth out his bum.

Drawing Restraint 9 is Barney's follow-up to the Cremaster Cycle and he's once again front-and-centre, all dressed up. It also stars Bjork. Bjork's not just a pal - she and Barney are real-life partners, and parents of a kid. Bjork acts (poses?) in the film but has also created the soundtrack (with help from people like Zeena Perkins and Will Oldham).

I've not seen Drawing Restraint 9, but I've heard bits of the weirdo sea-anemone soundtrack. Since it started screening at festivals last year, since images (and sounds) first started popping up online, I've been pretty fascinated with the whole thing. (watch the trailer)

It's with pleasure, then, that I announce a lil' Said the Gramophone-Drawing Restraint contest. The prizes are a signed poster (signed presumably by Bjork, Barney or both) and four copies of the Drawing Restraint soundtrack.

To enter the contest... you need to take a photograph. A photograph that illustrates, evokes, imagines, or somehow reminds you of the song posted above - Bear Creek's "Without You (NYC)".

Photographs (less than 1 meg in size, please) should be emailed to with the subject line BJORK/BARNEY CONTEST, or posted as a link in the comments to this post. Contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, March 26th. Contest now over.

The winners will be the 5 photos that I most enjoy as an accompaniment to Bear Creek's "Without You (NYC)".

One photograph per entrant, please. Original photos only (please don't rip anyone off).

Posted by Sean at March 21, 2006 3:00 AM

Sweet songs today Sean!

Posted by ru at March 21, 2006 6:03 AM

Barbara Gladstone reaching out to the bloggers? Will wonders never cease.

Posted by Miguel at March 21, 2006 10:53 AM

Casey Dienel is indeed fantastic.

Posted by Gina at March 21, 2006 1:26 PM

Nice picks as usual, Sean. Especially nice to hear something so good from someone so young (mr. bear creek). Lawd knows what most of us were up to at that age. I'm going to stop before I make myself feel any older. Oy, my back.

Posted by Andy at March 21, 2006 7:14 PM

Good Lord, that Akron/Family news has me drooling.

Posted by Nate at March 22, 2006 2:47 AM

Casey Dienel is excellent live as well. 'The La La La Song" is how she usually ends the show and the chorus of la la la's that flutter throughout the audience with Casey's help is a moment thing to leave on.

Posted by nichtknown at March 22, 2006 11:14 PM

man, matthew barney drives me CRAZY. not that i dont think a potential artistic hook up with bjork et al. might do the guy some good....but seriously, what a offense to people who like him, but it is such a waste that so many people don't see other work and spend soo much time seeing his. in 4 hours one could walk around a whole new city and find such beauty.

anyhow, blah blah blah. for me, barney's up there with stelarc in terms of the f.a.t.m.a. group: frustrating artists with too much attention

Posted by petey at March 23, 2006 11:38 PM

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