by Sean
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Funding Drive 2010

This is Said the Gramophone's 2010 Funding Drive.

It's where we ask those who have enjoyed the site over the past year to help keep this wild nonsense going.

Click here to lend your support to: Said the Gramophone

You may notice that Said the Gramophone does not have advertising. That is not an accident, or a mistake. We just feel the site is better without it. And although there are costs to running an mp3blog like this - server costs, website costs, most of all the investment of time - we have made do, for several years, by becoming shills just once a year. That is to say, by asking you, on bended knees, for your dimes, nickels and Sir Robert Bordens. You can donate here.

Said the Gramophone is run by three people. Dan is an actor; Sean is a freelance writer; Jordan, who contributes once a month, somehow pays his rent as an editor. This doesn't mean you should feel bad for us: we don't feel bad for us, we're doing things we love. Besides, you're probably broke too. But what we mean is this: we could use your help.

In the past year, we have written more than 250 posts, played you more than 500 songs. Some of it, we hope, you liked. (We try very hard.)

Said the Gramophone will never be the biggest mp3blog in the world. We do not post videos, tour-dates, album art. We do not even post the new singles by our favourite bands - unless they are wonderful songs, deserving to be here. We try to do just one thing - writing with spirit about the songs we love, - and to do that one thing well. As we've said before: Our audience is you. That's it. There's no one else. You small, strange gang.

If you enjoy the site, please support us with a donation. (We're even giving thank-you gifts, including mixes, graffiti, chess-moves and short films.)

These are some of the things we did in the past year: introduced or (more likely) reintroduced you to artists such as Abner Jay, Andrew Cedermark, the Antlers, Au, Bear in Heaven, Black Feelings, Boat, Bombadil, Braids, Brave Radar, Capybara, Cains & Abels, Caves, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christopher Smith, Clara Clara, Clogs, Clues, Cousins, the Crown Vandals, Cryptacize, Digital Leather, Dori Hoffman, Double Dagger, Drake, El Perro del Mar, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Eternal Summers, Exuma, the Franks, Gigi, Girls, Gobble Gobble, Googoosh, Grand Trine, Group Bombino, Happiness Project, Haunted House, Here We Go Magic, Highlife, the Hoof and the Heel, JEFF the Brotherhood, KenLo Craqnuques, Laura Marling, Lido Pimienta, Little Scream, Los Zafiros, Luc, the Luyas, Machesa Traditional Group, Maison Neuve, Matias Aguayo, Mixylodian, Nicolas Jaar, Nicki Minaj, Nurses, Oberhofer, Pat Jordache, Pill Wonder, Railcars, RatTail, Reigning Sound, Sean Nicholas Savage, Sharon Van Etten, Silly Kissers, Sleigh Bells, Smith Westerns, Speech Debelle, Standard Fare, Suckers, Surfer Blood, Talbot Tagora, the Tallest Man on Earth, the-Dream, Titus Andronicus, Tomboyfriend, Tune-Yards, Twin Sister, Valleys, Young Galaxy, Yura Yura Teikoku, and the xx; wrote stories about sweat, Sir Galahad, the Cloud King, Major Kill, Cajun breakfast, "Good Intentions Paving Company", Pop Montreal, Sappyfest, fourteen seconds of Tim Hardin, filthy love songs, the blues, Gary "Cartmeleon" Cartman, file folders, the Institute's shrinking machine, squared circles, Miguel and Abby, hawks, "utter guff" about Michael Jackson, last words, cute stuff, Trans Parents, WU LYF, true love, eight-year-old Dickie, not following Mark Kozelek, a free Mushpot comp, and the deaths of three great singers; offered just a few guest-posts, by Michael Krueger, Bear in Heaven, White Hinterland, Frog Eyes and Jeff Miller; found a couple of hundred strange, fitting picture images. We also shared our favourite songs and favourite albums of 2009.

Now in our eighth year, we did a lot with little. But it was only worthwhile because of our readers' kindness of spirit, eagerness of ear, and dope handclaps. Thank you so much for all your comments and clicks, your hoots and chides, your tips and toodle-oos, your back-blogs and back-rubs. Thanks for telling your friends, your uncles, your sisters, your thesis advisors about us. Thanks for adding us on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for playing our favourite songs to your lovers. Thanks for having patience with our bullshit. We understand that not everyone can afford to donate to a silly website. Regardless of dollars or cents, pounds or zloty, thank-you thank-you thank-you all yet again for continuing to make this one of the most rewarding things in our lives.

Now then, a song:
Peter Nalitch - "Gitar".
Nalitch was Russia's delegate at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Before all that, this was his hit. Thank you for reading Said the Gramophone.

Posted by Sean at May 31, 2010 8:07 AM

Done and tweeted. The internet would be so much duller without you.

Posted by asta at May 31, 2010 11:53 AM

This runs for a week, if I remember rightly, right? I'm having to update my paypal details and they need confirmation before I can do anything with the account.

I'm also going to pretend you didn't just call STG silly.

Posted by Ryan at May 31, 2010 6:47 PM

Done! Thank you all so much for the last several-years-worth of wonderful. Can't wait to see what the future has to bring!

Posted by Bill at May 31, 2010 7:48 PM

i think you should make "Said the Gramophone" shirts and sell them as an option to donate

maybe with the upside-down-flower-in-mouth-(french?)-girl as the picture on the shirt?

i'd but it.

Posted by Ian at June 27, 2010 8:50 AM

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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.

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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:
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"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
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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
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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