these boots were made for walkin'
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.


Goddam Guest - "Pass the Word [Beastie Boys/Beatles mash-up]". A big-eyed, bright-faced mash-up that takes rap and breaks from "Pass the Mic," crooning vocals and organ from "The Word". It's so energized, so bright orange. The Beatles step out hand-in-hand, moptopped sidekicks to the spastic Beasties. The percussion is a machine of gum and string - I love the way the piano drops in, the interrupted "Heyyy-". It's a track that's better than either original, and by the time the MCA is yelling over the organ, back-and-forthing with the chorus, I've forgotten that it was ever any other way.

Nancy Sinatra - "Baby's Coming Back to Me". A new track from Nancy's upcoming record, written by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker. While the song is full of steel guitar sighs, it's the sound of someone lying back in her chair, full of weary relief. The lyrics are definitely Cocker, all wry romanticism, but the Pulpish pomo strutting's been stripped away: "He was just sleeping somewhere / and now he has come to hold my hand." Nancy lets the song speak for itself; she's liquid and happy at her baby's homecoming. "I feel like I am surely dreaming." There are only hints of her underlying resolve, the strength in the emotion. At the close of the song, it's unsaid but clear: if her baby reneges on his word, does not "come back," Nancy won't be sadhearted - she'll be mad. Nancy Sinatra is out September 28th, on Sanctuary Records/BMG. Amid tracks by Morrissey, Jon Spencer, Steve Van Zandt, and another by Mr Cocker, the other clear stand-out is "Burnin' Down the Spark," with Calexico.


Here is a picture of a jellyfish:


I've been writing Said the Gramophone since the spring of 2003, but on September 23rd, I set off for a three-or-four month tour around Europe. During that time, the blog will be left in the capable hands of Jordan Himelfarb - musician, critic, compadre. He will bring an entirely new outlook to the table - different tastes, different knowledge, different words. I'm excited, and you should be too.

We begin a two-week countdown, then, before I pass the reins to Jordan. Hopefully I'll be able to pop my head in the door during my holiday, but after the 23rd, it's unlikely you'll see much of me until 2005. Consider this a head's up.

Furthermore, while Julian and I backpack around, I'm hoping for the opportunity to meet some of Gramophone's international readers. I've heard from many of you, but if you live in one of the following cities and might be willing to show us round, put us up, or even just grab a drink, I'd be delighted to hear from you. The cities where we have not yet found friends: Glasgow, London, Belfast, Tallinn, Riga, Krakow, Prague, Bratislava, Zagreb, Sarajevo. (People in Dublin, Cork, Ljubjlana or Budapest could drop me a note as well.) I truly appreciate everyone's hospitality.

More good music this week - stay tuned!

Posted by Sean at September 6, 2004 1:37 AM

It's still ok for London, Sean!
Tell me the size of that jellyfish an optical trick...

Posted by Matthew at September 6, 2004 5:24 AM

Am I your only Glasgow reader? Wow. If you have any desire to meet a girl who's never commented before but enjoys your MP3s, I'd love to.

Posted by Lis at September 6, 2004 5:42 AM

hey Sean,

are you going to be able to make it to Belfast now? If yes, let me know when you will be there (approx) and I will show you around, help you out with somewhere to stay if I can.

As for Dublin, let me know when you will be there (again approx) and I will get in touch with my friend Joan, so she can show you the ropes.

You will be over in time to get the new Frames album, 'Burn the Maps'.

Fare thee well, mutineer.


Posted by Ross at September 6, 2004 6:48 AM

That mashup is hot.

Have fun on your trip; be safe; take photos. ^_^

Posted by Tuwa at September 6, 2004 10:27 AM

Matthew, I'll be in touch -- I think I lost your email. And I'll write you too, Liz.

Ross, I was going to write you again as well; our plans changed and we decided to reach Cork via Belfast. I wasn't sure if you would be able to make it into the city.

Thanks to all, again, for your overwhelming kindness. :)

Posted by Sean at September 6, 2004 10:37 AM

Amazing mashup, thanks so much for sharing it!!!

Posted by Brent at September 6, 2004 11:21 AM

good luck on your trip

Posted by abhay at September 6, 2004 5:53 PM

hey sean (and hello Lis too!) let me know when you're in Glasgow (and try to come over a weekend so you can go to Optimo

colinohara at or

have fun!

Posted by jed at September 6, 2004 9:48 PM

I'm in London X3 Not that I'd be a very good guide or anything since I'll have been in London only 3 weeks by the time you leave. Oh well~

Posted by elchan at September 7, 2004 12:01 PM

I read this regularly, and I just wanted to chime in and say that you are gonna LOVE Zagreb. Great place, beautiful people. Be sure and catch a show at the club called KSET. They have amazing stuff all the time, (and a great sound system) and the kids go fucking crazy.

No, I don't live there, I live in Berlin.

Have a great trip!

Posted by terrified at September 7, 2004 3:23 PM

have a sweet trip sean.

holy shit i know himelfarb!

Posted by su at September 14, 2004 1:30 PM

have a sweet trip sean.

holy shit i know himelfarb!

Posted by su at September 14, 2004 1:30 PM

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