remark able
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.


Fifths of Seven - "Echoes from a Wandered Path". Now here's something unexpected... Fifths of Seven are a new group, a collaboration between Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade (on piano and accordion), Beckie Foon of A Silver Mt. Zion and Set Fire to Flames (on cello), and Rachel Levine (of Cakelk) on mandolin. Spry From Bitter Anise Folds has been released on a small french label, Les Disques du soleil et de l'acier. It's a long, long way from the wrecked passion of Wolf Parade, and distant too from SMZ's ravaged hymns. Fifths of Seven devote themselves to the unadorned music of an instrumental trio, the play and interweave of themes, the flutter, rise and glow of a melody. More than anything it recalls Rachel's; deeply atmospheric, carefully pretty, an empty church chapel with dark Goya portraits on the wall. [buy]

Mynah - "Evil Caribbean". Emma sent me this yesterday. I don't really know what to make of it. It's from Preface, the debut EP from New York's Mynah. It's fantastically compelling, running circles in my head, drawing me back and back and back. It's got fast bits and slower bits, mellow ones and noisy ones. It's also, in some ways, actually bad. But the melodrama and fumbles are just the flaws this song needs, the stuff that makes desperation and debauchery feel immediate, attractive. The Killers crossed with Antony & The Johnsons (okay, that's a little absurd. but-!). And if the lyrics make you squirm just turn it up because the next bit's going to have a disco-beat and the crunch of guitars - there's always a new bridge around the corner. I mean, there's even xylophone! [Download the rest!]


Elsewhere --

Poptext's got the new Charlotte Church single - no, wait, hold on! It's a pop song so great that Poptext left Church's name out of the writeup, lest anyone be inclined to ignore it. The drums smash through everything, everything, horns like demolition balls, and there's even unflinching undistracted solid go-go-go handclaps. I don't know why Abby keeps falling back on an apologist line - this is clearly fantastic, "Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex" without the slink, high-flying and Rockette-kicking. Yay!

Stereogum points to a great track by The Sun. I was going to make fun of their being described as "Spoon"-like, but I see a retraction has already been posted. Comments on that post suggest that they might suck as a band, but there's no getting away from "Must Be You"'s chartworthy Shins-meets-Bishop-Allen guitar-lickin' awesome.

I think I should become friends with the Popsheep kids, because their posts are driving me wild with pleasure. Our tastes seem to be well in line; it's rare that a day goes past when they're not teaching me about something keenly wonderful. I had never heard of Sub Pop's Baptist Generals, but the tune they've posted is a dusty, twangy anthem, most reminiscent of the Daniel Johnston-fronted track on Okkervil River's Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See.


And I'll take the mostly-silence to mean that I needn't tell you about Dungen. Hope you're all enjoying the record as much as me.

Posted by Sean at May 17, 2005 8:12 PM

The Dungen disc is the best thing I've heard in a very long time. I don't even care that I can't understand the lyrics!

Posted by John at May 18, 2005 8:45 AM

I'm glad someone posted something from that Fifths of Seven disc. I think my copy is still in transit across the Atlantic. Thanks, Sean- nice write-up on both songs!

Posted by Kevin at May 18, 2005 9:56 AM

Not to be a comment-whore or anything, but re: that Sun track, I just listened to it and it sounds a whole hell of a lot like the Replacements' 'Can't Hardly Wait' (what with that cyclical guitar riff), plus Sun-dude's vocals are v. reminiscent of Westerberg.

Posted by Kevin at May 18, 2005 1:45 PM

That 5ths of 7 track is gorgeous. I hear Satie and I like what I hear.

Posted by Dan at May 18, 2005 10:02 PM

It is nice to know you like our weblog Sean because I know the only mp3 weblog that I read everyday and listen to every song is Said the gramophone. In fact dicovering Said the gramophone a while ago was the inspiration for creating Popsheep.

Posted by jay at May 18, 2005 10:46 PM

hooray for the baptists! i can't wait to hear some new material from them -- i think they're in the studio right now, recording. the last thing they released out into the wild was a cover of the mentos song, for a compilation CD for esopus magazine, which you might want to seek out.

by the way, the okkervil river comparisons to the baptists are quite apt. okkervil river/shearwater and baptists are definitely fans and friends of each other. shearwater also sometimes does a cover of "fucked up life."

Posted by kathryn at May 24, 2005 8:47 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