Cluster Trust
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.



Cotton Jones - "Glorylight and Christie"

In tired lazy clouds, as if heat-exhausted, sun-sick, the yellow dust kicks up in some salute to the flapping of a tattered flag. The land is tired, the trees are tired, too weak to stand, the people are tired, in their dusty leather boots. War is hell, on this day, only because it lasts so long. Only because it allows, nay demands, the accursed existence of some other heaven. Some clean and slippery-seated diner, where some fine young country girl is sipping on a milk, half in shadow, half in light. Her head is empty, save the song on the jukebox, an empty head the final paradise, the greatest gift of modern life.

[MySpace] [out Aug 24th on Suicide Squeeze]


Hockey - "Mercenary Days"

My heart is thumping, my mind is lifted, and my lips can only form two words: "Karaoke Jovi".

[buy PDX Pop Now! 2010 Compilation for 8$]



My good friend Roger has compiled a mix for Sowehere, the home of Moss Bailey. It's a really great mix, check it out.

I only recently started subscribing to the WNYC's Radiolab podcast. Sean's been a fan for a long time now, so I'm sorry if you all know about this already, but if you don't, go go go listen. On their most recent podcast they replayed an episode from early 2008, about Deception (catching liars, lying in nature, and self-deception) and the last act left me harrowed, hollowed, barely able to listen through the tears. Incredible stuff.


Born Ruffians have a nice little video for "What to Say" made by the very talented Jared Raab. There is also a good making-of. Jared produced and shot Nirvana the Band the Show, one of my favourite web series.

(image from Kevin Cooley's Light's Edge series)

Posted by Dan at June 15, 2010 2:31 AM

Cotton Jones rises from the ashes of Page France I think, but no analogies really. They’re too dusty country (therefore appealing). And as you put it, they’re so tired, that’s how they sound. The rattatatarrrr marching drums reminds me of Johnny Cash when he covered “Ballad of the Green Berets”. My favorite Cotton Jones Basket ride is from their 2009 record Paranoid Cocoon. It’s once again a very tired song called “Gotta Cheer Up”.
I’m downloading that podcast right now. Man there is too much data for one post. You’re acting like Largehearted Boy, Dan! Lol! Hockey song compensates all the lo-fi country blues you get from Cotton Jones. It’s neat how you keep the balance.

Posted by Pedram at June 15, 2010 10:16 AM

Is it just me, or do the female vocals on that Cotton Jones song sound just like Dolly Parton?

Posted by Anne at June 15, 2010 11:39 AM

I've recently fallen in love with Radiolab as well. The "Deception" episode is amazing. Have you listened to the "Afterlife" episode? Or "Laughter"? Also, the one on Wagner's Ring Cycle is wonderful.

Posted by Sara Leah at August 2, 2010 4:33 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