Help Keep the Gramophone Saying
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.


Said the Gramophone's 2008 Funding Drive - original painting by Matthew Feyld

About five years ago, I started writing something called Said the Gramophone. And now here we are today, Dan, Jordan and me, and all of you, staring at this page in pistachio-green.

Last year the three of us played you more than 500 songs and wrote more than 250 posts. Each day we threw one, two, three hours of our lives at this silly, sometimes splendid thing.

It doesn't take much more than that to keep all this going. But it does take something. (That something is: money.)

Said the Gramophone does not take advertising. That's just something we decided, though sometimes it seems full of folly. Instead, we rely on the generosity of our readers to pay our hosting bills. Once a year, we depend on you.

If you enjoy this site, please simply donate. Because listen - Said the Gramophone is never going to be the biggest mp3blog in the world. We are too set in our weird, woolly ways. We try to do just one thing - writing with spirit about the songs we love, - and to do that one thing well. Our audience is you. That's it. There's no one else. You small, strange gang. We cherish our rare contacts - and every March we ask for your help.

Click here to donate to the 2008 Said the Gramophone Funding Drive. [Funding Drive complete, in a matter of hours! Thank you, thank you, thank you - you've no idea.]

(There are also modest gifts for some people who donate.)

Some reminders: In the past year we introduced you, perhaps, to bands such as Yeasayer, Miracle Fortress, Group Inerane, The Luyas, TD Reisert, the Wrong Trousers, Hot 8, Sleeping States, the Spiritualaires, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, um Fleetwood Mac, Jay Bharadia, Nico, Times New Viking, Clues, Sandro Perri, The Phonemes, Katie Dill, Orillia Opry, Ravens & Chimes, Kyla D, Vampire Weekend (as a commenter notes, we were slow to notice VW but maybe you were too) and Colourbook. We composed fake letters and short stories. We thought about Carl's Celine Dion book, and Dan made a puppet video. "Jean Baudrillard" wrote a guestpost, and Aaron Sewards painted one. We shared our 50 favourite songs of the year. We threw our first concerts, as part of Pop Montreal, and we held our biggest-ever contest, the Wonderful Video Contest.

We did quite a lot. Thank you so much for your patience and your kindness, for all your comments and your clicks. For telling your friends about us, or for not telling your enemies. We understand that not everyone can afford to donate to a silly website. Regardless of dollars or cents, pounds or zloty, thank-you thank-you thank-you all again for continuing to make this one of the most rewarding things in our lives.

(Last year, a few of you paid to take us out to a fancy dinner. This was a very cool thing. We wrote about it in three posts: 1 2 3. The rewards of Said the Gramophone are in the work itself, in your occasional comments & emails. Buying us a meal isn't a donation to the site - it's a present, a kindness, something unearned but offered. But oh my god, it was such a fucking great gift you gave us, and we enjoyed it so much. So however crass and embarrassed it makes us, we can't restrain ourselves - if you would like to take us out to a fancy dinner again, um, click here to contribute to that. [Even the goal for this was reached. Thank you so much.])


Django Reinhardt - "Brazil". Here is a man with eight working fingers playing one of my favourite songs. Some people call him "The Gypsy". Me, I call him "Django" because there is only one Django in my life. If I were friends with Django I would take him to Olimpico for a coffee. We'd both order a biscotti - impromptu, unrehearsed, just both of us ordering an unanticipated (almond) biscotti. Then we'd sit with our coffees, our winter hats on the table in front of us, and we'd clink our biscotti like they were glasses. Like we were saying cheers. "Django," I'd say. "Sean," he'd say. And then I would say: "Here's to you."

Here's to you.

[the painting above is, of course, by Matthew Feyld. Maybe we introduced you to him, too. He has a show on now at the Cinders Gallery, in Brooklyn.]

Posted by Sean at March 7, 2008 12:05 AM

Not the biggest, but surely the greatest.

Posted by garrincha at March 7, 2008 4:33 AM

I'm all for supporting StG and will donate soon but come on, you can't call Vampire Weekend!!!
You basically admitted to ignoring them for months and finally accepted their brand of cool months after everyone else did. Good work on Fleetwood Mac though...

Posted by H at March 7, 2008 5:24 AM

Always happy to give something back to the most passionate music blog on the 'net.

Posted by last year's girl at March 7, 2008 5:38 AM

i was too late to help the site cogs and gears, but not too late to help in loosening your ties.

that is one drink for each of you.


Posted by BMR at March 7, 2008 9:16 AM

I can't afford it until my RESP cheque comes in, but then you stg babes are getting some thanks-yous in the order of internet money. Please say I'll be able to donate in a week & a half or so?

Posted by Jo at March 7, 2008 10:25 AM

You guys are awesome. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Mark at March 7, 2008 12:37 PM

this was the first time i have ever given to a blog drive. the trampoline painting was... inspiring, to say the least. i love stg.

Posted by jstn at March 7, 2008 12:41 PM

i woke up too late to give back to you... but there's got to be something else i can think of, as essential as "dolla dolla bills"....

tonight, as i traipse through the neighborhood with my wine & friends, i am going to dream up a gift for you that could (try to) hold a candle to what you give us !

Posted by C at March 7, 2008 1:21 PM

Damn ! I suspected something like that : once you reached the bar, you took off. I feel like having missed the bus. I shall walk to the next station, humming Frames' "Your Face" or Gomez's "Get Miles". Thank you.

Posted by ronan at March 7, 2008 5:34 PM

That would be 'congratulations' for those who appreciate spelling.

Posted by asta at March 10, 2008 3:00 PM

The previous comment makes sense only if you know that said commenter thought she had already messed up a "Congratulations on winning a Bloggie" message. Nevermind.

Posted by asta at March 10, 2008 3:11 PM

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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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