Inglorious Cartel
by Dan
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The Meanest Boys - "I'll Take Whatever It Takes"

Smash my door in, burn my couch, take a crap in my sink. Break all my old VHSs, leave wet black ribbons of The Lion King and Velvet Goldmine all over my cracked and crushed tile floors. Put my books in the microwave, my CDs in the toilet, throw my stupid posters out the window. Sell all my clothes for a high-five, pawn my computer for the price of the plastic it's made of, get as much as you can for my tube tv, you can take it all. Just don't touch my skin, my body, don't look at me, I couldn't stand that. I don't know what I'd do. [MySpace] [via the surprising and oneiric No Pain in Pop]

Casy and Brian - "Rumble In The Jungle 1974"

This song has its shorts around its ankles, beer and a tambourine, trying to walk, screaming and spasming and bellyflopping. The most chaotic, spasmodic, endoscopic, gin-n'-tonic tribute to the most choreographic, naturopathic, calligraphic, stoppin'-traffic fighter in history. [Buy]


In today's Time Magazine, Said the Gramophone was named one of the Top 25 Blogs. If you're new, welcome. If you're already a reader, thank you.

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Posted by Dan at February 17, 2009 12:12 PM

I just want to say that you three are totally awesome - many (all?) of my favorite bands have come through your site, including my new life obsession Sister Suvi. thanks for kicking mp3 blog ass!

Posted by sbanana at February 17, 2009 8:20 PM

Wow, congrats. I'm a long-time reader (at least three years), so it's great to see you getting this kind of recognition. I can't even begin to count how many great new artists and songs I've "discovered" through STG.

Posted by Jenna at February 17, 2009 10:08 PM

Sean, I think you need to write a post saying that Nickelback has never sounded better IMMEDIATELY.

Posted by Andrew at February 18, 2009 12:22 AM

Dang, you guys are doing some mighty fine work. Good job.

Posted by Jonathan Yost at February 18, 2009 1:28 AM

I just jumped out of my chair when I saw your name on the list!

Posted by Jay Smooth at February 18, 2009 2:00 AM

Toutes mes félicitations! Continuez le bon travail.

Posted by Julien at February 18, 2009 10:16 AM

Re Time list: Amazing, fantastic, awesome and every other superlative! Mostly, very well-deserved.

Posted by Amy at February 19, 2009 11:04 AM

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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.

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