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.


a little animal saying Hello World, C'mere!

Au - "RR vs. D". Lo! A parade! It's too hot for us to just stand on street-corners, too hot to just clink our bike helmets like beer-bottles. No we need something grander, something to capture the rat-a-tat beat-in-chest wonder of oh these days, oh these days!, yes we need a parade. I didn't build a float, I can't build a float, but I fell in ♥ with Au and a song that's part Steve Reich and part Dodos, that uses handclaps like they're currency, like they're ducats, like they could buy all the palaces in the world. I can never restrain my grammar at a parade. I can never put my clauses in the right order; I get too distracted by majorettes and marching bands and jugglers on stilts. I get too distracted by the foots on pavement and the parents waving their babies like flags, and the horns, the horns that bust out of the crowd like sneezes, and the thing that all parades are celebrating, every single one, from Christmas to Rose Bowl, is just the fact of the parade. Every parade is a parade in honour of itself, like a smile you just no oh oh oh no just you can't help. [i am indebted, as ever, to Chryde] [info/buy earlier album]

Enur ft. Natasja - "Calabria 2007". No biases here - we love the songs we love. I do not love the cymbals on "Calabria 2007" but I love most other parts, especially the unapologetic honks, the way these have snuck into an otherwise sultry song. It's like a chocolate cake on a table of svelte melon-slices. I'm just warning you - if you dance to this song you have to take off your shoes and your socks. [buy]


It's Record Store Day on Saturday - go to your local independent record shop where fun things might be a-happening. In Montreal a terrific free show is going down at eetle-beetle Phonopolis: Born Ruffians, The Luyas, and Adam & the Amethysts (much more on them later), free, 3pm-5:30pm.

Artists and crafties: submit to Montreal's Pomme Pomme art/craft fair.

Said the Gramophone has another new banner image, this one by English illustrator Ella Plevin. It's in the random mix but to have a direct look click here. If you are an artist and would like to submit a banner for consideration, you may always email us.

Gramophone friends: Maryam started a Facebook group. I'm too bashful to join but maybe you'd like to.

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Posted by Sean at April 17, 2008 2:08 PM

weird. i just heard the Enur song last night on the radio and was wondering what it was. i wasn't paying attention until the horn riff in the last half.

Posted by thomas at April 17, 2008 7:49 PM

Parenthetical Girls, PWRFL PWR and Au are playing the che cafe in May. as much as California has done all sorts of awful to me, it occasionally does great!!

Posted by david b at April 18, 2008 11:40 AM

That photograph is very very charming. Put a huge smile on my sunday.

Posted by Moka at April 20, 2008 4:08 PM

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