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.


Plant vacation

Cheyenne Marie Mize with Bonnie Prince Billy - "Beautiful Dreamer".

     "I don't understand."
     "Well as I was saying, I just want to be able to pay a monthly f-"
     "Yes, I understand that, but you want to remortgage your heart?"
     "It's an investment. I thought that since the interest rates are so low..."
     "But you can't mortgage, let alone remortgage your heart. It's not like a house. It's an, an organ."
     "I could mortgage a boat."
     "I could mortgage a plot of land."
     "Yes, but-"
     "A heart is like a boat. It's like a plot of land."
     "I mean but if you defaulted-"
     "Then you could have it."
     "How would we-?"
     "I won't default."

[listen to all of Among the Gold, a collection of 19th century parlour songs / MySpace]

Avec pas d'casque - "Si on change les équipes ce n'est plus une revanche". They sing, with ridiculous abandon, If we change the teams, it's no longer revenge. In an argument with Avec pas d'casque, their approach would be maddening: they strum & jangle their POV, smiling seriously, full of giddy authority. It's I told you so, and You'll see. But how do they knew this will all work out okay? How do they know they're right? How do they know they can safely look her in the eye, grinning, and give a condescending wave? I lack the band's certainty. So I will stumble along beside them in the ditch, dust billowing at my cuffs, coughing and cursing and wishing I were there on Avec pas d'casque's wagon, superior.

[buy Dans la nature jusqu'au cou]


In other business: We need your help! After years of status quo, Dan and I have talked about adding a blurb to the StG sidebar - a sentence or maybe two, explaining more about what we do here every day. There's the text about our "daily sampler of favourite songs", blum-dee-blum, but we want to add something explaining what the text is all about. Giving context to our stories & lies that will help out confused visitors. (The confusion is ok, but feels selfish.)

Can you help? What is Said the Gramophone? We'd be very grateful for some ideas of what to write. Leave them in the comments!

(image from the Machine Project Gallery's summer vacation for plants)

Posted by Sean at August 6, 2010 11:14 AM

You've been doing this for 7+ years now. I've been reading (and listening) for 6+.
I sometimes teach a literature class, in which I ask students to keep a 'reader's journal'...I tell them 'it's your journal-- write whatever moves you after reading the text...My only requirement is that when I read your entry, I'll know that you did indeed read the text, because, like a mirror, there's an image of the original in the reflection..that is, you could not have written your entry before you did the reading..." I often use an entry from StG as an eample of a 'good response', one which goes beyond the who/what/etc, and reaches the "ah-ha" of a moving experience with art.
So what is StG? A listener's journal...a daybook of six ears. Sometimes you write so specifically about a song it's like a guidebook (watch out for the changes at 3:27) and other times you write a pure fiction that grew out of your listening. Yes, sometimes it's confusing (and I've written to you before about that, but I've come to enjoy it, usually), but most often you are entries are informing about a piece of music. 'You pays your money and you takes your chance'. Write whatever you want; just don't write a cage..."We listen, we hear, we write..."?
And by the way, once again, THANKS. You guys have given me access to more good music , more often, than anyone else!

Posted by J at August 6, 2010 11:49 AM

You've said it yourselves before - you write with spirit about the dreams of songs you love.

Are you aiming for something less evocative, though, more show & tell? Because it might not work - if someone doesn't get that songs can dream in words then they might not enjoy the dreams, even once you've told them what's going on.

I guess you give the songs more flesh? To feed on or wear, I dunno.

Posted by Ryan at August 6, 2010 1:42 PM

being the number one blog i follow, with some of the best songs i've discovered and truly exquisite writing, you guys were the inspiration for me to start my own music blog with a similar premise.

post a song, alongside an image and a simple thought inspired by the music. the writing is often music related but not always. and the general goal is to create a cohesive reading experience that includes all three: image, word and song.
pick a song that catches your ear, strikes a chord and moves you to the point of writing. fiction mainly, but also maybe some true life experiences stylized.


Posted by Ami at August 6, 2010 2:27 PM

I love it just the way it is.

Posted by astrid at August 6, 2010 3:47 PM

StG is when the spirit of the song takes over, and then you type. It's also about the juxtaposition of image and sound. It's also ramblings. :)

Posted by Brian at August 7, 2010 4:27 PM

Sometimes your blog is an online storybook with a soundtrack. Sometimes it's an online music library with stories. Neither medium distracts from the other depending on how I see it that particular day.

Posted by d at August 8, 2010 4:23 PM

stg is a love of songs and stories about, for, them.

(and probably my favorite music blog ever)

Posted by Laura at August 9, 2010 5:20 PM

So, at the beginning of David Smay's book about Tom Waits' album Swordfishtrombones that's part of the 33 1/3 series, he says something that seems relevant.

"Don't expect me to tell you the truth about Tom Waits. I know you want the truth, and I don't blame you. The truth looks fetching sprawled out on her revolving, heart-shaped bed in a cut-off Ramones t-shirt. Her breath smells like Yoo-hoo and she's flipping through a stack of Sugarpie Desanto 45s. I get the appeal, but you can't even sneak up on Swordfishtrombones without a committed air of dissembling. If I were to claim, for example, Tom Waits wears plows for feet you should understand that I'm lying. Not for my own amusement but because the truth is inadequate."

I suppose that's not really an answer. Perhaps it could be food for thought.

Posted by Devin at August 10, 2010 4:19 PM

Love love love Avec pas d'casque !!!
Beatlesque choirs !

Posted by Infrason at August 11, 2010 8:45 AM

I think of StG as poetry for music in the manner Emily Dickinson counselled:
"Tell all the Truth but tell it slant. Success in Circuit lies."

Posted by asta at August 11, 2010 11:32 PM

Re: Avec pas d'casque: Not "revenge" but rather "rematch". This is a hockey dirge. Context is everything.

Posted by SMD at March 29, 2012 4:42 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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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