by Sean
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Gigantic Hand - "SuAnne Big Crow". I wonder if you know this feeling: You're like a building with the foundations blown out, still upright but all the struts and supports weakened, all the everything ready to go, ready to collapse. You feel like that; hollow. You go down to the subway and stand on the platform feeling grey and paper-thin. The ventilation shushes. And then suddenly, thwackkkkkkk, a subway-car slams into the station, slaps into the station, flies past you volatile & violent and it's like you've just been shoved. You rock back on your heels and realise: I'm still standing. You take a breath. I'm still standing. // Anyway I wonder if you know this feeling. (I haven't felt it in a long time.) Gigantic Hand do. "SuAnne Big Crow" is a song of a hundred station-slams, a hundred heel-rocks, four shoves per bar. But you're still standing. [MySpace/buy in February]

Bobby Digital ft. Thea & Monk - "Drama (Spoolwork remix)". Dave Fischoff releases electro-folk music on Secretly Canadian and remixes songs by Jens Lekman and Radiohead as Spoolwork. But I like him best when he takes off his indie duds and makes beats that are practical, just tomato-red rad. Here he recalls Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life" (but happier) - transforming the RZA's "Drama" from classicism to hopscotch, cathedral to playgroup. [MySpace]


My newest music article for McSweeney's is now online: a piece on the 2008 Pop Montreal festival.

Posted by Sean at November 24, 2008 10:09 AM

I like the eclecticism of your choices. They rock and groove. They are complimentary. Perhaps it's the strong background beat.

Posted by marziparzi at November 24, 2008 5:50 PM

Ahh the RZA, so instrumental. But the point is, "At this particular junction in my life I can connect with the words of the aforesaid spoken words".

Posted by Christopher Paul at November 25, 2008 8:29 AM

all of a sudden, I am awaiting the release of this album by a band I barely know anything about with more anticipation than christmas holidays.
Gigantic Hand, what a strange name and what a wonderful noise.

Posted by camille at November 28, 2008 1:26 AM

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Back to the World
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Endless Banquet
A Grammar (Nitsuh Abebe)
Ill Doctrine
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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
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The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
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blue skies turn black
montreal improv theatre
passovah productions
le cagibi
cinema du parc
pop pmontreal
yoga teacher Thea Metcalfe

Cult Montreal
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