wandering blues
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.


The Be Good Tanyas - "The Littlest Birds". The gorgeous, lift-me-up opening tune from the Be Good Tanyas' debut, from the days when Jolie Holland was still a Vancouver-dwelling member. (There's also a solo Jolie version on Catalpa.) This thing scampers and smiles, hopping from rounded stone to rounded stone, tree-leaves fluttering with the darting of small birds. The women play as they sing, the banjo laughs in the back, the drums clap their brush hands and a guitar slides in between the lake-splashes. A free-wheeling delight, a song for the first moments of morning, for slipping into a day that will be rosy and blue and happy and free. These "wandering blues" are tricky things - wonderful, even if the sunset's eventually going to come (later! later!). "I love you so dearly / I love you so fearlessly. / ... / I don't want to leave you / I love you through and through." A violin scampers in at the end, for a little twirling dance. [buy]

The Waifs - "Up All Night". Another Australian track from Laura, albeit in a different vein than Cat Empire's slinking pop. The Waifs are a three-piece from Melbourne, with sisters Donna and Vikki who handle most of the vocals. Here, however, it's Josh Cunningham doing a slow, gravelly tune - like M Ward on a long and dusty trail. A guitar twangs remorsefully, brushed drums drag. This song is for a long night, a small fire, a full belly, and eyes that flicker with nostalgia. [buy]

In the mail today, I received samples of Heavy.com's Sumosonic sampler series. As Matthew said, these are some really fine comps - tracks by Andre 3000, The Streets, Von Bondies, Telefon Tel Aviv, Dntel, the Secret Machines, Dangermouse and Jemini, etc etc. More than a few things I've heard via other mp3blogs, too - and at least one track (El-P and Cage's "Oxycontin Pt. 2", off Def Jux III) that I had planned to post here. In short, they're well worth the USD$3.33 postage to bring them to your door - and I say that honestly, not as a corporate shill, - but probably not whatever rip-off premium they'll ask to ship them to Canada. Thanks to Matt @ heavy for the hook-up (and I hope yr cat is doing ok).

Gmail Swap's been metafiltered, kottke'ed, slashdotted, sensible erectioned, and if the referrers are any indication, will be farked imminently. Spoke to the washinton post today. As for the impact on Gramophone - extremely negligible. All of 72 people have hopped from gmail swap to here, (keep in mind that g.s. is receiving more than 10,000 unique hits a day). And I'm kinda glad. We don't need the hordes elbowing in. (PS: Blogger is once again offering Gmail invites. So if you [unlike me] are an "active" blogger, go and nab one)

Congratulations to Mystical Beast, Tofu Hut and Largehearted Boy for winning the Morning News' Awards for Online Excellence (Music Blogs).

Posted by Sean at May 20, 2004 12:39 AM

Yeah, the Be Good Tanyas are great! I first heard them on Steven Garrity's Acts of Volition Radio Session #7, which is a great source of interesting music. You can check it out at his site:


Posted by adam.b at May 20, 2004 1:00 AM

Is Gmailswap broken in Safari now?

It worked fine the other night, but now it displays all messed up.

Did you redesign something Sean?

Posted by Keith at May 20, 2004 9:15 AM

OOh, thanks for the tip on Blogger, I'll be watching that little side-bar like a hawk.

And yeah--Gmailswap is messed up in Safari--the columns aren't showing up right, all the content displays in one vertical line.

Posted by la1itree at May 20, 2004 1:09 PM

Hooray! Finally nailed the Safari bug (twelve hours later)! Thanks for the head's up.

Posted by Sean at May 20, 2004 1:54 PM

Sean-- I was hoping for a small plug in the wired article, but no such love... *sniff*...

I'm just playin' -- good work with all the gmail stuff. It's really a cool program you've got going.


Posted by music robot mark at May 20, 2004 3:48 PM

Good times. The Be Good Tanyas are indeed a fine little outfit, and the brief inclusion of Holland among their ranks only made them better. I don't know much about the Waifs, but I saw them open for Dylan a few years ago, and they impressed me.

Posted by Paul at May 20, 2004 4:02 PM

hum... at the risk to look/sound stoopid, what is it with gmail swap? 'cause you know i'm a nice guy too...

Posted by thebeathunters at May 20, 2004 5:24 PM

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