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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.


Emilie Simon - "To the Dancers on the Ice". The first time I listened to this, it was a nothing - a ring of synths, a mouse's precious voice. And the second time, too. But the third time I listened I realised that I was listening for a third time. And a fourth. And soon Emilie Simon's simple little song - a kinder Múm or Stina Nordenstam, a lovelier Cocorosie, a less peculiar Hanne Hukkelberg - was so dear to my ears that I couldn't ever turn it off. I just had to hear it through one more time; hear one more time that "my lover is gone", see the pirouetting ice-skaters, dream of cracks and the collapse of the pond.

Thanks, Audrey.


Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions - "Only You Babe". only YOU, babe. .... only YOU bABe... How to transcribe this? I need a notational system that has room for sexy croon, for glad-silly swoons, for back-up singers who sound both like schoolyard chums and former lovers. I need to be able to indicate, with dots and lines, that a trace of 80s cheese is sometimes a lining of gold: i need to explain how a jazzy bump-and-swing has all the pleasures of a brisk afternoon in the mellowyellow sun.


You Ain't No Picasso's 12 Days of Mixmas continues with an mp3 mix from Bishop Allen's Christian Owens. Bishop Allen is one of the best bands in the world, but I am much less impressed with her song picks. It's cool that there are so many bands in the neighbourhood, but scene boosterism good music does not make... Anyway, that's just me: you will likely disagree!

The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia is having a Haiku Contest. Write a Haiku about a gig you saw this year and you could win a ticket to their Gary Burton/Brad Mehldau gig at the end of January.

Posted by Sean at December 20, 2005 3:09 PM

(sean, christian owens is a woman! she's the bassist.)

Posted by kathryn at December 20, 2005 4:48 PM

The links to the MP3s in this post (and all your others!) are broken.

Posted by Michael Williams at December 20, 2005 5:49 PM

Oops. Thanks to you both.

re file poofing -- no idea what the issue is. have emailed .mac support. cross your fingers for us!

Posted by Sean at December 20, 2005 7:06 PM

Their servers must be running windows!

I kid.

Posted by Christian at December 20, 2005 7:49 PM

Aw, yeah, tech rut.
But I have to say, that's, in fact, exactly what happened for me. I initially didn't think much of the track, but found myself looping the track just to follow the build that leads to that one last lament/affirmation.
Nod. Great reiteration. =]

Posted by mox twelve at December 21, 2005 12:21 AM

Wondered for years while Emilie Simon doesn't get more attention ...

Check out her cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog". Hot!

Posted by Andrew Rose at December 22, 2005 9:51 AM

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