by Sean
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Throw Me The Statue - "Conquering Kids". A melody so sweet it seems plucked from the tracklist of Bridge Over Troubled Water. The drums don't feel played so much as dappled, the song not so much sung as released, like a blue balloon into a blue sky and us just watching it go up & into the clouds, murmuring to each other yes look at it reach so high. [pre-order (out v soon!)]

lights in trees

The Clientele - "(I Want You) More Than Ever". This is a song from when the Clientele were younger. (Before the chill came.) When they could write a song coloured in leaf-shadow and train-smoke and all the rising glitter of a heart in full swung swing. (The days when the nights were all still to come, a starlit tunnel not yet walked through.) If anyone out there is reading this today, let us do the other way round: make it a song for when we're just a little older, (for when the chill subsides,) for when the nights oh are still to come to us and this day is just a premonition, warming by the second. [buy Suburban Light]



Montrealers can still enter our contest for tickets to Yeasayer this weekend.

wonderful video contest!

And of course you still have one day to enter our remarkable, unprecedented, gutbusting Wonderful Video Contest. It takes only an hour to take your little digital camera and string together a series of visions, a poem of light & look to go with a favourite song. Go on - do it. For yourself as much as for us.


The initial lineup for this year's Suoni Il Per Popolo festival has been announced. Look who's coming to Montreal: Loren Connors, Nels Cline, Sir Richard Bishop, Carla Bozulich, Greg Macpherson, Mt. Eerie, Vic Chesnutt, Roscoe Mitchell, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and more.

Posted by Sean at February 4, 2008 1:16 AM

Sean, I love your writing on that Clientele song- one of my favorite of theirs ever...makes me want to listen to it for the rest of the night.

Posted by Kevin at February 4, 2008 2:01 AM

It's raining in Chicago today, and both those songs, particularly "Conquering Kids," have made the day bloom just a little. Thanks, Sean.

Posted by Mark at February 4, 2008 1:31 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
+ 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