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'm going to try to find some words about Pop Montreal, and the Bleating Heart Shows, a little later this week. Dan did a really fine job yesterday.

I will say: go, go, go see Horse Feathers, playing this week in New York, Ridgewood, and Denver.


The Limes - "Beyond Blue". The Limes finally altogether, literally in one room, a long-distance band making a song when they're at last close enough to high-five, shake hands, kiss lips, bang heads, jitterbug; whatever's appropriate. I can imagine them shy, tentative, playing their cherry-red and mint-green parts, standing at a distance. But the drums won't stand for this hesitation. People are shoved, coerced, cajoled. They're rumbled & tumbled. It's like what they sing, deep in their wall of sound: Loving until you're blue, til you're beyond blue, til you've been shaken & stirred to a place where you ache and show a crisp, bright, hard-sky glow.


the army

Minus Story - "We Are Both Dead". [buy]
Billy Bragg - "Walk Away Renee". [buy]

Every time you stop loving someone, your heart loses some of its blush. It vanishes. It's cancelled. You're a little colder, a little older, a little harder. You're a footstep closer to death. Both of you are. & you wonder which of your feelings you'll no longer have the capacity to feel again. How much less am I, today, than I was yesterday?


Said the Gramophone has two more amazing banner graphics added to its rotation. Click reload a few times to see the work of Danny Zabbal and/or Matthew Feyld.

Posted by Sean at October 9, 2007 12:05 AM

hey the new banners! cool! it was the k.a.s. banner that led me to and got me reading the blog in the 1st place. and i dig the new ones too! thanks for being visually and aurally cool.

Posted by chris l. at October 9, 2007 10:08 AM

I've loved that Billy Bragg track so much.

PS - Sleeping States put on a fantastic show last Thursday, in spite of playing to fifty kids who came for Voxtrot. Thanks for pointing me in their direction -- chalk another one up for StG.

Posted by Mark at October 9, 2007 12:29 PM

I am really digging this track by The Limes. Another band I've recently discovered that I think you might like is White Shoes and the Couples Company. You can download their songs at

Posted by Katie at October 9, 2007 4:43 PM

Who took that photo? I know it's the de facto convention of the internet to not give credit for images, but I'd think STG would strive for higher standards.

Nice songs though. Keep up the good work.

Posted by - at October 9, 2007 6:44 PM

You may have noticed that we always provide a photo credit where available. (In other words, we do strive for higher standards.) In this case, you are looking at a photograph that came to my hands without any attribution, and unfortunately I was unable to source it. This happens more than I'd like as I tend to collect stray images and prefer the weird and old to the new and recognizable.

I appreciate the criticism, though. It's important that people recognise this as an issue and try to make sure attribution happens whenever possible. We could be better, too.

Posted by sean at October 9, 2007 7:00 PM

My apologies; the first comment came across as too harsh. It's the fact that most other images appearing on STG are cited is what makes the stronger implication that uncited images are credited to the authors of each entry. This particular one stuck out as it seemed to strain belief that you had taken it yourself. Thanks for clearing that up. (and too bad that the source is unknown)

Posted by - at October 9, 2007 7:15 PM

i like that analysis of love better than all the gushy mushy stuff you've been posting lately, cause love can't be extricated from our awareness of our own mortality.

the idea that everything will be OK if we just pour all our love into one person -- as expressed in an earlier entry-- made me angry; it seemed like such willful simplification.

this blog is now almost like the soundtrack to yr diary.

Posted by dirty at October 9, 2007 7:57 PM

hello. i wanted to thank you for your words. i have been sneaking around on your blog for a few weeks now, and absolutely love your point of view on the music that i have already catagorized and analyzed myself. and introduction to the new too! keep up the stories of aloof interaction between souls. the one with the squeezebox is my personal favorite.

Posted by Greg at October 10, 2007 12:31 PM

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