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've lost the record of who made this!

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "Half Ghost". On a cold night a widower picks up a bible, something stolen from a hotel room 25 years before, and finds that the words are traced in gold. On a cold night a teenager picks up a Bach record, dad's dusty 12" of cello works, and finds that its sonatas know the outline of his heart.

Me, I'm late to the church of Casiotone for the Painfully alone. I was still a wanderer, a heretic, when he wrote for us. I once was lost but now I'm found. This is a song about what we do. About what Said the Gramophone does. We put everything on a song. Just like everyone else in this whole worn world: the widower in his parlour, the kid in his basement, Owen Ashworth driving down the highway til' the tape's done. Like wildflowers, like tides, like a clock's hands, we lean always toward the one thing that can give us solace. Put everything on some song on the radio.

[buy Twinkle Echo]

Frightened Rabbit - "Square 9". A song carried in the voice of its singer, in his burred, elastic spirit, the stretch and yowl of his accent. So much longing squeezed into such plain words. It's a lesson in delivery, in not wasting a single part. The band bides its time and in the centre of the circle Scott Hutchison clutches at air, smoke, steam, every peppered flick of memory; and when at 4:06 the swell finally comes, he raises his voice and hangs on for dear life. The thing about love is the way it is so deep as to be cellular, and the only thing that can shake it free from those mitochondria is either a dawn (and you won't know which) or, sometimes, a bare & old-fashioned yell.



Stephen Colbert and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Barack Obama speaks for forty minutes and stirs some hope into me, he really does.

Are you reading Brian Michael Roff's no-longer-so-new blog? He is piece by piece, song by song, going through every song in his discography. It's candid, evocative, an inside-out of the whole damn artistic process.


Thanks for all your entries in our Wonderful Video Contest. The winners will be announced as soon as we've made our decision - but we probably won't do so in time for Valentine's Day.

[i somehow lost my note of the artist who made the above photograph. please drop me a note if you know.]

Posted by Sean at February 12, 2008 11:25 AM

Hello, I believe I got an mp3 of Modest Mouse performing that freestyle song "Jawbreaker" from here. I lost the mp3 somehow and I was just wondering if you could ever send it or post it. I would really appreciate it. Love the blog.


Posted by riley at February 12, 2008 11:20 PM

Always good to hear some Casiotone for The Painfully Alone. Thanks for that.

Posted by Ryan at February 13, 2008 12:08 AM

Agreed, always good to hear some casiotone. Enjoyed frightened rabbit to. Thankyou!

Posted by Its just a phase at February 21, 2008 4:40 PM

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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.

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.

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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.

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