Ions and Eons, the Ether et al.
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.


Gregg Porter - "Good God to Gerty"

The internal monologue of a man who's let his life spiral out of control. As questions of mortality come to occupy his every waking thought, the quotidian recedes into the background. He lives in a pigsty, he hasn't seen his friends in months, his body is profoundly unclean, not to mention malodourous. "Why bother?" he asks. "This could be your last day." Fittingly, the narrator's thoughts are set to a music - stately country, replete with horns and strings - that moves at the languid pace of a funeral procession. [Out soon from Broken Sparrow.]


Randy Burns - "Girl from England"

Get over it: A man called Randy Burns made a pretty song. It's not so hard to believe, is it? Sure, the name evokes an embarrassing family friend who gets awkwardly drunk at lunchtime barbecues; but who's to say that, at home, alone, after a cold, possibly tearful shower and a cup of coffee, that guy doesn't get contemplative and write tender love songs to imaginary British girls. Who's to say that Randy Burns - with his white pants and batik shirts, his panama hats and American beers - who's to say that he's incapable of composing this patient finger-picking pattern, this golden lead guitar line - as casual and warm in its execution as Randy is, disconcertingly, with your mother. [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at April 10, 2008 12:00 AM

Lovely pair of songs; thank you.

"Good God...": Horn and strings, yes, but let's not forget the bassoon, for me the real star of the arrangement. Good use of an under-used instrument.

Posted by Thomas at April 10, 2008 4:21 AM

The Randy Burns song is nice, but white pants and batik shirts? Not quite sure what to make of that ...

By the way, I'm doing a survey on digital music for a class at MIT. I'm giving $5 free credit on Amie Street to anyone who fills it. Check it out at:

Posted by Biz at April 10, 2008 4:53 AM

"good god..." is the 2nd version of this song, written by gregg porter, zev hardman and myself during our days as milkweed. this song was originally released on our first, self-titled cd, which is only available through cdbaby/itunes.

there's a lot more bassoon usage in the 2 follow-up cd's, as it's my favorite instrument; and gregg's new cd, that this version is from has some other tunes with bassoon as well.

just a note, the original version of this song has a homemade, nylon strung banjo in the arrangement. the two have a slightly different feel.

glad you enjoyed it. the cd should be released officially today, if memory serves me correct.

Posted by blindbanjodjim at April 29, 2008 9:17 AM

If you're thinking of white pants and batik shirts, you're thinking of another Randy Burns. It's really a funny thought though.

Posted by Lisa at July 3, 2008 7:09 PM

Post a comment

(Please be patient, it can be slow.)
about said the gramophone
This is a daily sampler of really good songs. All tracks are posted out of love. Please go out and buy the records.

To hear a song in your browser, click the and it will begin playing. All songs are also available to download: just right-click the link and choose 'Save as...'

All songs are removed within a few weeks of posting.

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

If you would like to say hello, find out our mailing addresses or invite us to shows, please get in touch:
Montreal, Canada: Sean
Toronto, Canada: Emma
Montreal, Canada: Jeff
Montreal, Canada: Mitz

Please don't send us emails with tons of huge attachments; if emailing a bunch of mp3s etc, send us a link to download them. We are not interested in streaming widgets like soundcloud: Said the Gramophone posts are always accompanied by MP3s.

If you are the copyright holder of any song posted here, please contact us if you would like the song taken down early. Please do not direct link to any of these tracks. Please love and wonder.

"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.
our patrons
Said the Gramophone does not take advertising. We are supported by the incredible generosity of our readers. These were our donors in 2013.
watch StG's wonderful video contest winners

our favourite blogs
(◊ means they write about music)

Back to the World
La Blogothèque
Weird Canada
Destination: Out
Endless Banquet
A Grammar (Nitsuh Abebe)
Ill Doctrine
A London Salmagundi
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
WTF [podcast]
The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
The Hood Internet

things we like in Montreal
st-viateur bagel
café olimpico
Euro-Deli Batory
le pick up
kem coba
le couteau
au pied de cochon
mamie clafoutis
tourtière australienne
chez boris
alati caserta
vices & versa
+ paltoquet, cocoa locale, idée fixe, patati patata, the sparrow, pho tay ho, qin hua dumplings, caffé italia, hung phat banh mi, caffé san simeon, meu-meu, pho lien, romodos, patisserie guillaume, patisserie rhubarbe, kazu, lallouz, maison du nord, cuisine szechuan &c

drawn + quarterly
+ bottines &c

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
The Morning News
The Skinny