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.


Blingee (Kazimir Malevich) by Jaakko Pallasvuo

Heists - "High Tide". There's a man somewhere who has robbed a thousand stars. A thief with small hands. He's got Mark E Smith's gold tooth, Woods' old moccasins, two mop tops. He sits in his cellar apartment, surrounded by artifacts, records on the turntable. He flicks David Bowie's silver dollars at candlesticks he filched from the National. He even steals his lunch. The thief knows he will come to nothing, but at least he had taste.

[Heists are from Montreal. They have no MySpace page. You probably know them. And they're probably reading this.]

BRAIDS - "Lemonade (Green Go remix)". If you are going to get famous, better justify it. Build a mansion encrusted in emeralds, a swimming-pool filled with heavy water. Loose piranhas, peacocks, white-breasted thrashers. Obtain the kindest, truest friends - seat them in your breakfast nook, with pancakes. They can be drunk or sober, so long as sometimes they are sober or drunk. Replace the lawn with rainclouds. Tie fires to shoelaces. Replace every great lake with a small, miner-filled, gold mine. Oh - and buy new music on CDs, determined young things from Montreal, and remix them with your VCR.

[BRAIDS are from Montreal. This is their MySpace page, this is their blog, their album is due out soon on Flemish Eye and Kanine. / This is Green Go.]



I am still hopefully soliciting your best songs of the year, for Said the Gramophone's annual list. Please email me your favourite tunes. Send mp3 attachments or a link to download a zip file. (Please don't send me links to Youtube/MySpace/Bandcamp if possible - I have a lot to sort through.) I want everything: your pop glimmers and your dancefloor fillers, from Ted Leo to Jeremih. But honestly - only the very, very best. Imagine you could only listen to 5 songs this year. Send me those. Thank you very very much.

StG's Dan Beirne was heard on This American Life last Friday. Listen!

The extraordinary saxophonist Matana Roberts wrote a guestpost for Destination:Out.

Finally, did you see our special weekend post? "What if THE BEATLES never broke up?"

(image by Jaakko Pallasvuo)

Posted by Sean at November 22, 2010 12:13 PM

I'd love to hear Heists but I think the mp3 is not working. Is there someplace else we can find them?

Posted by S at November 22, 2010 3:08 PM

argh! thanks s - fixed!

Posted by Sean at November 22, 2010 3:27 PM

No -- thank you.

Posted by S at November 23, 2010 11:39 AM

well done! give us another one!

Posted by LL at November 28, 2010 11:41 PM

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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
+ 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