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.


Orouni - "The Perfume Conspiracy (feat. Mina Tindle)"

Orouni has been a reader of StG for years, but has waited until now to tell us about his musical project. It's a shame it's taken so long, or it's just our lucky day, or it's got a found-a-penny timing to it that's just right for the music. The way I like this is the same way I like overhearing something confessional I wasn't supposed to, or someone wearing a costume while taking public transit, or doing something really corny like looking for shapes in the clouds. It's a brief and simple beauty that's more tied to imagining than experiencing. It's more tied to an idea of Paris than to Paris, if I may be so bold. [site]

The Pica Beats - "Right With the Down Crowd"

The best things about early Figurines, Midlake, even Interpol, the easy inviting air of The Pica Beats make them hard to resist, despite any trying you might want to do. They're not concerned with anything other than that simple beat, tapping along like mainstream radio's weathered and constant heart, and with their music music music. [site]


so, it has come to our attention that we have won Best Weblog About Music in the 2008 Bloggies. This is completely surprising, given that we were up against some of the biggest, but it just means that you weren't kidding during that funding drive this weekend: you really are the greatest, most integral and grinningly supportive readership that exists. So with a half-handshake, a slight curtsey, a smirking bow, and misty misty eyes, thank you.

Posted by Dan at March 11, 2008 10:26 AM

Congratulations on the win! And thanks again- well deserved.

Posted by Robert P at March 11, 2008 12:35 PM

say wha.....?!?!?!?

CONGRATULATIONS to Sean, Jordan, and Dan. For your hours of creative dedication to music and artistic contributions of all kinds... we all humbly thank you.

Posted by sandy at March 11, 2008 3:24 PM

Well done all!

Posted by Milo at March 12, 2008 1:56 PM

Congratulations, guys! Really fantastic news.

Posted by Amy at March 13, 2008 12:11 AM

Mina Tindle and Orouni;

had a homework on this blog (a critique) for a cegept english class... thought you should know what an effect your music has had on two of my friends and I, so I've posted an excerpt of the assignment:

o The song that left us with the most impression was “The Perfume Conspiracy”, by Orouni and Mina Tindle. Speechless, its bitter-sweetness, its innocence in sound and wickedness in lyrics, settled in a sense of comfort and sadness tangled together. This song provoked in all of us an almost inexplicable emotion: craving for more of its sweetness, like a lullaby, we kept replaying it, although knowing it detrimental to our good humor every time due to the inevitable hurtful thoughts it brings to mind, in a sickly, peaceful way. It was fulfilling to ear, mind and soul.

Posted by vanessa at March 16, 2008 4:04 PM

Robert P, sandy, Milo, Amy - thank you!

vanessa - comment of the year so far, keep it up. note to all cegep students, get your homework done here!

Posted by dan at March 18, 2008 1:47 AM

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