my lightning bolts are glowing
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.


Sorry about the dirth of updates - between Modest Mouse and (I think) Christopher O'Riley, two of my six 1&1 mp3 hosting accounts have kicked the bucket from bandwidth over-use. Reluctantly, then, I gotta ask again: if anyone's got a server, high-bandwidth account, .mac account, etc., that they'd be interested in sharing with Said the gramophone, our gratitude would know no bounds. (email me at

Oh, by the way, now points here, if the full URL is tiring your fingers and you have bookmarkaphobia.

All my whingeing about hosting aside, I will continue posting mp3s until I can't - and there's still four more accounts to burn through.

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The Wrens? Good god do they want to be where they are right now. After fourteen years, they've finally arrived, and they're relishing every second. Their set sounded like Meadowlands, basically, only with twice as much energy and roar, and half the sound-quality. They're not really my thing - I left early - but damn if "Happy" isn't a great song.

The Divine Comedy - "Our Mutual Friend". My favourite thing off their new one, Absent Friends. It's the stabs of strings that make it work, the orchestral drum-tambourine thump, the loose and smilingly unhappy vocals. It's sort of like an Evelyn Waugh "Norwegian Wood." The band's perhaps a little too grandiose for their own good - North America doesn't usually embrace such pompadour affectations - but if someone were to make a Rough Guide to the Divine Comedy, I'd buy it tout suite.

Oh - Dan Beirne, the fine tangmonkey writer will be appearing with his dry-and-true-witted sketch comedy troupe, Better Than Shakespeare, at Montreal's Comedyworks on Sunday. Furthermore, they will be accompanied by Montreal's finest blizzard bossanova group, The Diskettes. It will be a very, very good time.

Posted by Sean at February 7, 2004 1:16 AM

I love this blog! :)

Greets from polish island :)

Posted by Nina at February 7, 2004 3:10 PM

ya man, you're just building up the arcade fire thing to a giant "i told you so. my music geekery is far supierior to yours because i called this one. also i know the band, therefore i am great by association. hooray sean!!!"

Posted by smackm at February 8, 2004 12:19 PM

maybe you're right.

Posted by Sean at February 8, 2004 12:49 PM

"Float On" on Zed. My computer doesn't like it, but maybe it'll work for you?

Posted by amy at February 9, 2004 11:51 PM

I'd offer some space in my 1&1 accoung, but I'm kinda hoping to use it myself / earn my own bandwidth overuse.

I'll keep an ear to the ground if I can figure out anything else for ya though man.

Posted by Keith at February 10, 2004 5:58 PM

Thanks, Keith! I really appreciate the semi-offer, but I'd not want to impinge on your resources. Besides, your blog (which I only just saw) is great! I'll add it to my list the next time I do that update.

Posted by Sean at February 10, 2004 6:43 PM

your divine comedy link is broken .. too bad 'cos I'm a huge fan and I haven't heard the new album yet.

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