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.


I hate novelty songs. So here are two:

TBC Poundsystem - "Losing My Sledge". Yes, it's a Christmas song! I'm well out of date, aren't I? But this made me smile so persistently that I can't help but share it. There are jingle bells, there are dumb gags, but most of all there's such a good-natured imitation of James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem voice, such a successful dubbing of merry ideas onto the obssessive original. "I was there for the first canned snow / in Cologne." ... "I hear that everybody that you know is more festive than everybody that I know". If you don't know the original "Losing My Edge", perhaps this will have no appeal, but I like to think that for 8 minutes it will still make you grin - oh and still make you boogie. (Thanks Quinn, thanks Bill, thanks Santa.)

[TBC Poundsystem is a collaboration between Jeb (£50 Note podcast) and Tim B (Radioclash podcast)]

Dokaka - "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Okay we've all heard those goofy covers by college acapella groups, jazz-hands fellows doing vocal acrobatics 'round "Creep" or, yeah, this one too. But what makes Dokaka special is that he's a Japanese beatbox guy who sounds totally insane. As he loops and loops his voice, it's as if a goblin is ripping its face off, running from the dragonflies, a demon being devoured by the rock'n'roll that Nirvana brought. I do clowning when I can, I really do - a theatrical clown in the tradition of LeCoq and stuff, - and Dokaka reminds me of a clown's reaction to a tune like this. Too much feeling to keep it in - being driven gladly, gladly mad by the whoosh of music, gibberish streaming out of your voice like a cartoon-bubble of epithets and delirious grinning birds. And I swear that in the chorus he's speaking italian, offering a friendly "Bona sera!" "Buonasera!"

[Dokaka also sings the main theme of Nintendo game "We Love Katamari", and appears on Bjork's Medulla. Check his website - and download a bundle more mp3s, - here.]


Excellent songs at Catbirdseat, lately - particularly enjoying the oldschool Bowie of the track by The Battles. And yeah, Catbird Records is coming on strong. Great work, Ryan.

If you're not sick of Best Ofs, The Big Ticket's good taste, flashy graphics and free downloads continue to impress.

It's not being advertised very well, so a head's up to any Edinburghers who missed the news that Camera Obscura are playing with Dot To Dot this Friday, for 5 quid. I will also be hitting Glasgow for Herman Düne on Thursday, Belle and Sebastian on Friday.

And finally, a return to the topic of...

All Tomorrows Parties 2006

All Tomorrows Parties is a series of music festivals where the day's events are curated by invited artists. The first one was the Bowlie Weekender, organised by Belle & Sebastian. It took place at Camber Sands, England, which is a seaside holiday village. While there have since been ATPs in NYC, LA, etc, Camber Sands is where things started. And it's the site of the two ATP weekends this May.

I will be attending Weekend 2, May 19th-21st. (There is another the week before.) Here is the deal:

probably 30-40 acts, who will gradually be announced as the dates approach



  • £125 + travel + some other fees
  • includes lodging in an on-site chalet
  • chalets include rad things like a TV whose programming is also selected by the day's musical curators

The appeal of ATP is that it's a fairly small festival and nobody needs to trek off to tents or what-have-you. Everyone's staying in chalets, on site. You can go wander on the beach and then listen to Broken Social Scene. You herky-jerky to Clinic and then go crash on your own bed. There's also a pub.

Now the trouble is that you need to buy at least four tickets at a time - that is, you need to book a 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 berth chalet. I don't have 4 friends here who can come.

So, spurred by Nat,

I am currently considering organising a Said The Gramophone chalet.

Update: 6 February 2006: All spaces in the Said the Gramophone chalets have now been filled.

What does this mean?

Basically nothing. Just that if you are considering coming to Camber Sands, perhaps you would like to get in touch with me and maybe share a chalet with some other Said the Gramophone readers. There does exist a formal share a chalet option, direct from ATP, but who knows what kind of crazies you could get saddled with. The hope is that the StG Chalet will be a collection of kindly, music-mad, sympathetic people. Who aren't crazy.

If you're interested in reading a bit more, please follow me after the jump.

Requirements of anyone who wants to join the StG chalet:

1) You are kind.
2) You are friendly.
3) You are not crazy.
4) You read this blog (hi!) or are the good friend/partner of someone who does.
5) You are not a thief.
6) You are not a junkie.
7) You are not a junkie-thief.
8) You like tea, hot cocoa, coffee, ovaltine, or mulled wine.
9) You have £125 + £7 booking + whatever other ATP/PayPal fees are charged.
10) You trust Sean enough to send him this money (by PayPal or by money order) your share of the chalet costs, and can do so when asked.
11) You will be responsible for yr own transportation to Camber Sands.
12) You are also prepared to bring your own food and all other appropriate ATP stuff.
13) You understand that the StG Chalet is nothing official, makes no promises, and is basically just the ganging-up of several like-minded ATP attendees.
10) You want to come to weekend 2 (I am not going to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Devendra Banhart/Mudhoney weekend 1.)

What will happen at the StG chalet?

Meals! Conversation! Discovery! Friends! Yay! Maybe parties? Maybe dancing? And music!

What to do next?

If you're interested, please email me. Please try to give me an idea of how interested you are. The cut-off will be sometime soon; I want to book a chalet very shortly because this weekend will sell out.

Update: 6 February 2006: All spaces in the Said the Gramophone chalets have now been filled.

Have a question?

Feel free to email me about that, too!

Posted by Sean at January 10, 2006 3:00 AM

Wow - that Dokaka track is something else, and I loved your description of it too! Thanks for making me laugh for a good 5 minutes straight.

Posted by Ann at January 10, 2006 1:36 PM

i enjoy the way dokaka can make Teen Spirit sound like a remix of Under Pressure!

Posted by quinn at January 10, 2006 6:03 PM

love the teen spirit one ha

Posted by wes at January 10, 2006 6:20 PM

Hi there, I'm "James Murphy" and I was sent a link to this page by one of my friends. :)

My name is Jeb and I live in Kentucky. I do a podcast named £50 Note, and "Losing My Sledge" was a joint venture between myself and Tim B. over at Radio Clash podcast (from London). He edited the music, we co-wrote the lyrics, and I did the vocal in two takes.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it! We know it's not perfect but let it go so Tim could get it online for his Christmas podacst.


Posted by Jeb Edwards at January 10, 2006 6:55 PM

Whoa - awesome to hear from you, Jeb. Congratulations to you and Tim on the fantastic track! I'm going to update the post with your links, if that's cool.

Posted by Sean at January 10, 2006 7:09 PM

I'm really honored you chose to share us with a larger audience.

I've done a lot of parody songs under the name The Ginger Bear Conspiracy. I'm trying to cobble together some of the best ones as an e.p. titled Drunk Again At Karaoke. TBC Poundsystem is a mash-up of mine and Tim's podcasting identities (TBC = Tim BearCub).

Posted by Jeb Edwards at January 11, 2006 12:27 AM

Glad you liked it! It was a great collaboration with Jeb; I originally envisioned doing it myself but Jeb added loads more lyrics and 'tude and a great vocal style that I never could have done! Thanks Jeb, and thanks for linking us! :-D


Tim /tbc Radio Clash

Posted by Tim at January 11, 2006 10:06 AM

Bona Sera!

Posted by Milo at January 11, 2006 12:44 PM

Dear Dokaka: You are incredibly awesome.

Posted by Akio at January 13, 2006 6:06 AM

yay a stg chalet!
weekend 2 is looking mighty awesome, and lightning bolt have just been added to the bill too!
our chalet... cordially invite stg chalet round to our cocktail soiree that will be held sat afternoon:)
roll on may!

Posted by nat at January 14, 2006 10:40 AM

how'd you enjoy the gigs then? what a weekend for music! mmmmm

Posted by s at January 15, 2006 11:39 AM

As a veteran of the original Bowlie Weekender, I just wanted to say that Camber Sands is possibly the best venue you could ever have a music festival. Being in chalets, not tents, makes life so much sweeter; the beach is fabulous; the sound system in both halls is fantastic. Etc.

(God, was it seven years ago this spring?)

Posted by nick s at January 31, 2006 2:28 AM

very funny.... i want more music of dokaka..=)

Posted by luis at July 14, 2006 12:46 PM

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