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.


In November, Said the Gramophone celebrated its third year as an mp3blog. The anniversary went unremarked. In 2005 we were already longer than Moby Dick, so I guess now we're basically its sequel. Moby Dick II: The Whiter, Whiter Whale.

On March 13th of last year, we held the first ever Said the Gramophone Funding Drive. Thanks to you, we raised enough money to keep StG online for twelve months.

But twelve months have now passed, and ole Ahab is rattling at our blowhole. We'd like to ask once again for your support. Click here to donate via PayPal. We are trying to raise $200 USD.


Update: Before I had the chance to blink twice, we raised the full $200. Our readers are amazing. All of our thanks, many, many times over. Seriously - thank you so much. We promise to stay out of your hair for another year.

Of course if you live in a later timezone and your wallet is leaping out of your hands, you're always welcome to take us out to dinner.


Said the Gramophone does not take any advertising. You may have noticed most other blogs do. This isn't because we're rich playboys, although Jordan is. It's because we don't like ads. We rely on your generosity to cover our bills, and we rely on our day-jobs to pay the piper.

It doesn't cost very much money for the server resources that run an mp3blog. (Only two hundred bucks!) Said the Gramophone's real cost is in time. In the past year, Dan, Jordan and I have together composed something in the order of 260 posts. We spend hours on each one - finding songs and writing about them.

Since March '06 we've posted more than 500 songs, introducing you (perhaps) to artists like Beirut, Horse Feathers, Basia Bulat, Parenthetical Girls, Sleeping States, The Low Lows, Ola Podrida, Red River, Fionn Regan, Coyle & Sharpe... the list's pretty endless. We've seen marvelous guest-posts by members of Arcade Fire, The Weakerthans, Clem Snide, Beirut, and more. Jonathan Lethem blogged for us. Eugene Mirman did. We welcomed the work of visual artists like Matthew Feyld and Daria Tessler.

And we tried to write like we had sparks in our fingers.

Please donate. There are even prizes! (Goal reached!)

(And once again - family members, ambassadors, zaidies, this is not for you! You already buy us birthday presents, bar mitzvah gifts, wedding bands. Please leave the donations to our daft, kindly readers.)

Said the Gramophone is a very peculiar website. We write nonsense, at length. We don't really talk about tour-dates or release-dates. We realise we're not going to be top of the charts. But it makes us feel so great to be read. And so regardless of dollars or cents, pounds or zloty, thank-you thank-you thank-you all for continuing to make this one of the most rewarding things in our lives.


"Heirloom" is a short story written and performed by Sean Michaels, early last year. In the background is music by Toumani Diabate and Stars of the Lid. It is low-tech and clumsy, but well-intentioned. Hope you like it. (It would be pretty hypocritical to say anything about copyright!)


The winners of the Fulton Lights Contest have been alerted. Our readers are such poets! So many beautiful entries, especially by Katy K, Todd L, Daniel S (!), Samuel H, Ryan O, Sam S, Adam R, Carlos d V, Donald J, Jacob R, Jason S, Maryam E, Emily B, Kris O, and Gregory P. I was reading sounds from all over the world; pretty magical. Thank you. The Fulton Lights album is of course now for sale here. The CD release is in NYC on Thursday. Andrew will be performing with strings and horns and guests, oh my. More info here.

Posted by Sean at March 13, 2007 5:02 AM

In November, 2005, I discovered Said the Gramophone through a Yahoo email. My music library is now at least 291 songs better, which counts only the songs that I have downloaded from this site. I have searched (and bought! I hardly ever buy CDs) for the albums of these artists that were new to me but everyone else already knew: Wolf Parade, Destroyer, Camera Obscura, and about a million others. Whenever I meet a Turk I ask if they know of Bulent Ortacgil or Cem Karaca. My belly dance teacher loves the numerous versions of Siki Siki Baba. Anyways, I wanted to thank you as much as possible, so I did something I never do: online transactions.
There is no official "Linka", by the way, except in reruns of Captain Planet. My real (well, legal) name, is "Caroline".
Thank you!

Posted by Linka at March 13, 2007 9:57 AM

hey sean i liked your story. you have a great voice.

Posted by george at March 13, 2007 10:32 AM

Wonderful - my favorite mp3 blog. Do you have a link where archives can be viewed?

Posted by Jenna at March 13, 2007 4:53 PM

I'm silly - of course I see the archives now. That's what a little looking will do, I suppose.

Posted by Jenna at March 13, 2007 5:05 PM

I'm silly - of course I see the archives now. That's what a little looking will do, I suppose.

Posted by Jenna at March 13, 2007 5:07 PM

Ouch - I was too late for this!

103%! :P

Posted by Anthony at March 13, 2007 6:09 PM

Somehow I found you guys while looking for a Strokes song on Real Player... It was the day when Will Butler's guest blog was posted. I still don't see how that saerch led me here, but that was a great day. Since then, this page has been bookmarked, and also recommended to other friends. They all love this mp3 blog very much, and so do I. I guess it feels good to know that there are so many who love your site and the music you post, right?

Posted by J.S. at March 13, 2007 6:16 PM

And I also want to say that I loved your story. Just the whole idea of it... It's lovely.

Posted by J.S. at March 13, 2007 6:32 PM

the story is really wonderful - more, more!

Posted by jez at March 13, 2007 7:09 PM

You're going to post the winning entries for the city sounds right? Because I'm really dying to read them.

Posted by Karin S. at March 13, 2007 8:11 PM

best blog ever.
thank you

Posted by shea at March 13, 2007 8:55 PM

You introduced me to Beirut and one of my favorite songs. Thank you. I'm glad you reached your goal! Next year, hopefully I'll be able to donate.

Fanastic blog.

Posted by Savannah at March 13, 2007 8:57 PM

too late to donate. you guys have brought poetic justice back not only to music blogging but to blogging in general. this site is full of very genuine emotive moments relating music to real life experiences. It is more like a diary than anything else.
thanks for fucking us up.

Posted by jude at March 14, 2007 12:45 AM

Hey, we give money to keep the blog alive, not to provide you food! Come on guys...

Anyway, looking forward to read your blog for the next 10 years, StG is the very best!

Posted by Daniel at March 14, 2007 7:40 AM

The story is such a wonderful!!!

Posted by hongcgi at March 15, 2007 6:01 AM

Please, do keep telling us stories to calm the frayed nerves of those of us walled into our flourescent-rendered cubes.
Now I have bees to keep me company.

Thank you.

Posted by Manos De Plata at March 15, 2007 12:49 PM

Damn good story and delivery. And perfect music for it too.

Posted by レル at March 15, 2007 9:53 PM

Holy crap, Sean, that story is a wonderful thing. I'm sorry I'm far, far too late to donate. But Uncle Aurelius makes me want to cackle and rock back and forth, and Said the Gramophone makes me want to read and listen and write and share gleefully.

Three cheers! And another one.

Posted by Insomnius at March 19, 2007 10:45 AM

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Said the Gramophone launched in March 2003, and added songs in November of that year. It was one of the world's first mp3blogs.

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"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.
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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
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Wattled Smoky Honeyeater
The Clear-Minded Creative
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Juan and Only
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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
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The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
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drawn + quarterly
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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
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