by Sean
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Hi! Happy new year! Did you know Said the Gramophone's Best Songs of 2010 are still online? All 100 of them? Indeed! Read, listen, leave a note, tell yr friends. They won't stay there forever.


Frederick Squire - "Old Times Past New Times". Let's pretend it's New Year's Day; let's sit with a piece of driftwood on our laps; let's see if we can draw a calendar from memory. Sackville's Fred Squire, the Fred Squire who sang on the best album of 2008, has made a song of recollections, resolutions, "decisions that I've made". Not all of the recollections are true, but our recollections rarely are. It's the resolutions that are truest, that ring cold & solid like horseshoes. Fred makes few of these. He is staying warm, with coat and whiskey, navigating memory, lowering sails, grateful for everything.

[Hero Hill wrote a great, thoughtful review of March 12/buy]

James Leroy - "Wasting Our Time". Set up a frozen puddle in my hall. I invite people over, call to them from the kitchen, Come on in! They hang up their coats and fall on their asses. I slide a fruit-bowl down the floor. This lets them know that I meant well; that this is not a cruel joke. We all sit on the hardwood, beside the frozen puddle, eating clementines. We peel them and put the peels in our pockets. I dream that one day someone will arrive at my door wearing skates.

[buy/via Weird Canada]



Wrapping up the end-of-year: Destination:Out our favourite jazz music-blog, have listed their favourite albums of 2010.

Musicophilia, a blog posting only meticulous full-length mixes, are back after seven months with a new one, Her Heart Had Six Strings vol II, representing singer-songwriters 1965-1977. Their earlier mix, Still, was one of the best full-length recordings of 2009.

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Posted by Sean at January 3, 2011 12:16 PM

Oh, man - I can already see the Frederick Squire song sticking around in my top played for the best part of 2011. (And I liked that bit about horseshoes, too.) Thanks!

Posted by Ryan at January 3, 2011 1:14 PM

Hi, thxs for the great best songlist of 2010. Absolutely brilliant music, and a great way to discover stuff. All the best for 2011!

Posted by RoPod at January 3, 2011 3:47 PM

Happy new year to you, too dear StG!
Happy B-Day to Chris!
And yes I'm going straight to that Musicophilia post.

Posted by Pedram at January 4, 2011 12:19 AM

LOVE the Fred tune...gotta check out Lost Wisdom.
Happiest New Year - THANKS for the best site

Posted by bart at January 5, 2011 9:09 AM

Sean, thanks now and all other times for the kindnesses. I'm honored to be mentioned on such a lovingly-crafted blog as yours. Happy New Year!

Posted by Ian at January 5, 2011 4:43 PM

that james leroy jam is mighty tasty1 hot damn!

Posted by joey flash at January 5, 2011 8:44 PM

Hi from Destination: Out! Just dropped by to say (belated) thanks for the very kind mention! Please do keep on doing what you do...
Kindest regards for 2011.

Posted by LeDrew at January 6, 2011 5:25 PM

I like that Thor tattoo. Is it suppose to look like a kid version?

Posted by Dallas at January 18, 2011 10:46 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.

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our favourite blogs
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Back to the World
La Blogothèque
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