Part Words, Part Worms
by Dan
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.



Capricorn Vertical Slum - "Palatial Estates in Wallpaper"

A movie of a movie on in the background. An audience with mirror faces. Shooting the rehearsal. The DVD that plays to the silhouettes in the backseat of a passing minivan. A secret in a video game so hidden, so desperately obscure, that only the most dedicated, the most bored, stand any chance of finding it. And once found, has the quality of being found that makes it radiate and pulsate with value. I found a key today, now if I could only figure out what "R-1 bottom" means, I'd be able to unlock that. [Buy Various Portals and Sleazo Inputs Vol.1: Tourism from Moon Glyph]

Esther Wheaton - "Here Is How"

Ocean living is a numbers game. Thousands of offspring from a single set of parents, only a small few of those reaching maturity. Hundreds of fish in a swirling swarm, attacked by dozens of sharks, maybe three will survive. Humans prioritize life differently; reproduction is much more difficult, so much more care is put on each of the young. But in the realm of ideas, of knowledge, invention and cultural development, it seems to resemble ocean life. You do a thousand things in your life, and maybe at the end you're left with one. Or two.

[Not Legendary was recorded as a grad project for an Honours degree]


Attention, Berliners!
I will be in Berlin all next week (the 1st to the 7th) and would like to meet you if you would like to be met. I will have literally all the time in the world, so send me an email ( and we'll meet up!

Posted by Dan at May 25, 2010 2:21 PM

Dan, I so wish I was in Berlin next week.

Some opinionated thoughts:

Best bar: Das Hotel (Kreuzberg)
Runner Up: Luzia (Kreuzberg)
Most Sceney: Bar Tausand - unmarked iron door underneath the Friedrichstrasse overpass down by the canal. Posh new yorkie bar hidden inside.

Best Fried Chicken: Henne

Best site for other ideas:


Posted by Jason at May 26, 2010 12:31 PM

Hey Dan, welcome to Berlin! I've only been here a couple months and I fear I don't have that many tips - I'm focusing on living cheap rather than going out to stuff all the time. But having said that, it is well-documented that I like to drink, and also I don't have a real job, so I am indeed free to meet up if you like. Can also offer crashspace for your first couple of nights - I'm guessing you've got it sorted, but the offer's there. Any friend of Sean's, etc etc.

Posted by Nine at May 26, 2010 5:46 PM

Plate of shrimp?

Posted by Sam Lowry at May 28, 2010 7:17 PM

too bad i was away last week :/

if you're still there and if you haven't already: visit "madame claude" a nice french basement-bar in kreuzberg (lübbener str)

always great music and small acoustic-concerts

Posted by manuel at June 7, 2010 12:35 PM

Jason - thanks so much for these! I looked around for Bar Tausand but couldn't find it! must be well-hidden.

Nine - sorry we didn't meet up! you missed a good show

manuel - I actually made it to madame claude, I saw a show there. thanks for the recommendation!

Posted by Dan at June 9, 2010 3:28 PM

Post a comment

(Please be patient, it can be slow.)
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.

To hear a song in your browser, click the and it will begin playing. All songs are also available to download: just right-click the link and choose 'Save as...'

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:
Montreal, Canada: Sean
Toronto, Canada: Emma
Montreal, Canada: Jeff
Montreal, Canada: Mitz

Please don't send us emails with tons of huge attachments; if emailing a bunch of mp3s etc, send us a link to download them. We are not interested in streaming widgets like soundcloud: Said the Gramophone posts are always accompanied by MP3s.

If you are the copyright holder of any song posted here, please contact us if you would like the song taken down early. Please do not direct link to any of these tracks. Please love and wonder.

"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
Said the Gramophone does not take advertising. We are supported by the incredible generosity of our readers. These were our donors in 2013.
watch StG's wonderful video contest winners

our favourite blogs
(◊ means they write about music)

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
+ paltoquet, cocoa locale, idée fixe, patati patata, the sparrow, pho tay ho, qin hua dumplings, caffé italia, hung phat banh mi, caffé san simeon, meu-meu, pho lien, romodos, patisserie guillaume, patisserie rhubarbe, kazu, lallouz, maison du nord, cuisine szechuan &c

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