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.


by Mollie Goldstrom

Xylos - "This House We Built". Xylos advertise themselves as friends of Yeasayer and indeed it's easy to imagine that Xylos have a lot of friends; a lot of people who come over for bottles of beer and Settlers of Catan, listening to Yo La Tengo and Animal Collective, going out to the balcony for a smoke, leaving a sketch of a peacock on one of Aaron's rolling-papers. [more/free download]

Max Tundra - "Which Song". If true love were a game show, well, there'd be a lot of mystery doors and one really killer theme-song. You'd go and be "Uh, I'll take Door #17, Alec," and then if you were picking the wrong one, leading yourself to a six-year marriage and then a messy divorce, Alec'd force you to "Ask an Expert" or "Call your Dad" or "Sober Up". Or the producers would cut to a commercial break and lead you back over to Door #6, hinting strongly of a soulmate hiding right behind. In fact if true love were a game show, things'd be a lot simpler. Sponsors don't like unhappy endings, and there's always a right answer. [buy]


Today is the last day to vote for Said the Gramophone as "Best Weblog about Music" in the 2009 Bloggies. Please do!

Great concert in Montreal on Friday, as the official launch party for Inside the Frozen Mammoth (a visual arts blog I'm helping to write). Nut Brown, Shapes & Sizes, and Tune-Yards. Plus short films, DJ Khiasma, and art prints for the first 100 arrivals. At Il Motore! See you there!

[drawing by Mollie Goldstrom (it's for sale)]

Posted by Sean at February 2, 2009 2:36 PM

Man, now I want to play Settlers Of Catan over beer and Animal Collective records.

Posted by Calum at February 2, 2009 6:29 PM

It sounds like the Max Tundra song was written by songsmith.

Posted by ss at February 2, 2009 11:44 PM

I think there should be more possibly SOC-inspired music. Propose a suite of tinny acoustic soundscapes? "Ore," "Grain," "Wool," and "Die Räuber."

Posted by RP at February 11, 2009 9:34 PM

cool drawing!!!

Posted by Barack at November 20, 2009 11:05 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