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.


[Click here to see what this entry looked like on April 1, 2008.]

Hi. Welcome to the new and improved Said the Gramophone. If you're reading this in an RSS reader I recommend you come visit the site to see some of the small and to be honest pretty obvious changes that we've made. Give the day and age, it's not really going to surprise anyone. Thank you to the donors who have made the site possible thus far.

Fleet Foxes - "White Winter Hymnal". I read someone's description of the Fleet Foxes, calling them "Grizzly Bear crossed with the Shins", and this seems to me very apt. I don't like the Shins very much but of course I am very fond of Grizzly Bear, so all that this really means is that on the Fleet Foxes' best songs there's an unabashed warmth, not a heat but a warmth, a keep-cosy ski-lodge thing, the taste of mulled wine in your throat. And "White Winter Hymnal" is a beautiful sleigh-ride of a song, a mulberry jingle-bell snowflake of a song, a carol for first things. Like: "First things first, get out of bed." "First things first, put on your boots." "First things first, go on to work, go on, go on." The thing about first things, the thing that makes them okay, is that they lead to second things, and to third. And that ahead of every footstep there might be someone waiting.


My second column for the National Post appears today. I write about Hologram, Mixylodian, the Dodos, Port O'Brien, Phosphorescent, and that funny Ivan Ives/Arcade Fire track. From now on I think it's the first Tuesday of every month.

Vincent Moon shot a Takeaway Show with REM. Just as they describe, the magic moment is the laughter at the end of "Living Well".

Seven-year-old Alice has written a song for Brenda Martin, a Canadian woman who has been held in Mexican jail for the past two years.

Posted by Sean at April 1, 2008 12:59 AM

I'd been waiting for you to post these guys, and you couldn't've picked a better song. :)

Posted by colin smith at April 1, 2008 1:15 AM

you guys had me goin for a second, haha.

you guys had me goin for a second, haha.

Posted by anon at April 1, 2008 2:43 AM

Oh jeez I freaked out for a good 3 minutes and was ready to post some scathing commentary here! Good one guys...

Posted by Willy at April 1, 2008 2:51 AM


Posted by felicia at April 1, 2008 3:06 AM

Good one. Specially the 1.618 ad.

Posted by bug at April 1, 2008 3:26 AM

Awe. Some. All or some of the following: Fleet Foxes, April Fools and postcards from Montreal.

Posted by last year's girl at April 1, 2008 5:37 AM

You had me crying and slapping my desk like a fool at 5:30 in the morning.

Posted by Ramsay at April 1, 2008 5:42 AM

I was also very angry. Weird

Posted by tim at April 1, 2008 10:09 AM

you totally got me!

Posted by liam at April 1, 2008 11:08 AM

Classy! Awesome! A great way to start off such a day, thanks!

Posted by Luke at April 1, 2008 11:18 AM

Funny.. I was just looking at how much it was to put ads up on Facebook yesterday.

Pay methods:
1. per click
2. per view


Posted by Camilla at April 1, 2008 11:30 AM

Oh you fools. On an unrelated note, how's your april going?

Posted by Jad at April 1, 2008 12:14 PM


oh man, fooled.

Posted by Harrison at April 1, 2008 12:16 PM

Not going to lie, I threw up in my mouth a little bit until I realized what day it was. This is a great song.

Posted by C2photo at April 1, 2008 12:26 PM

Awesome idea, btw. I borrowed a couple of images. Hope you don't mind.

Posted by Jad at April 1, 2008 12:47 PM

oh wow. the new layout and then the five minute ad almost killed me for a sec.

good one.

Posted by temporarilyhorrified at April 1, 2008 2:07 PM

Loving the new site, fellas.

Posted by Dave Rawkblog at April 1, 2008 2:18 PM

congrats on the national post articles, i like how that works out. (nice to see some legal downloads! yowch)
the flashing hurts my eyes!

Posted by Adam at April 1, 2008 4:45 PM

"hottest bagels around so long as you live in Montreal" hahaha

Posted by Susanna at April 1, 2008 4:45 PM

oh my god boys.


Posted by karpe at April 1, 2008 6:35 PM

the facebook app is really awesome.

though as a dude i can't participate.

there's some classic stuff
"By signing this you also agree to be on the mailing lists for many many adult sites. Though, due to legalities (unmentionable though very real) you may NOT be over 18 to subscribe to this "Make a Money Off Facedbook (sic) mp3 For A Dollar" service. So just crank up your junk filter and avert your eyes, because these sites are not clean."

Posted by karpe at April 1, 2008 6:40 PM

#3 MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: the bands cannot know about this. So if you know anyone in the following bands: Arcade Fire, please do not subscribe to this service.

Hah! Seriously, best idea ever. EVER. Including the wheel.

Posted by Rachel at April 1, 2008 8:30 PM

ah! Brilliant!

Posted by (maryam) at April 1, 2008 11:25 PM

hahhahaaa i am sooo gland you guys have that donation thingy every year now. genius!

Posted by es at April 2, 2008 2:01 AM

holy jeez, that was the best april fools ever, seriously AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA wow, no wow brilliant

i was ready to post horrible comments on here, jeez wow, GOOD ONE

Posted by jess at April 2, 2008 3:34 AM

very nice

i have to admit i was a bit sad

but now i am not.

Posted by matthew at April 2, 2008 4:25 PM

Not one mention of the song written by that lovely little girl? It's better than a lot of stuff on the radio, but that's not much of a feat, these days.

You should get her to write a song for you to post :P

Posted by Claytron at April 3, 2008 11:06 PM

Damn your sponsor voice is HOTTTT!H-O-T-T-T-T!!!!

Posted by (toncoloc!) at April 4, 2008 6:50 PM

Hahaha... oh my...

Posted by Laurie at April 6, 2008 12:12 PM

That "intro" on the song is atrocious. Congratulations, you just discovered how to ruin the future of MP3 blogs.

Posted by anon at April 11, 2008 6:45 PM

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