While I Still Have the Mic
by Dan
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.


Saw Wolf Parade tonight. We are all in for a big treat. They're only getting better.

Spencer summed up the atmosphere of tonight's show very nicely: "it's like a party at the bottom of a swamp."

Wolf Parade - "A Day in the Life (Atlas Strategic cover)"

I never posted this because it was from such an early show that I thought maybe they just didn't have enough of their own songs to play. But then they played it tonight, so I'm sure they wouldn't mind.

Posted by Dan at June 11, 2005 4:03 AM

That mood shift immediately preceding the Arlen/Dan duet, beginning at 2:30 and continuing through most of the last verse until the guitar solo, is true to the feel of Atlas Strategic version. The rest of it is identifiably Wolf Parade, I think. Very interesting to hear, thanks. Do you have any other Wolf Parade stuff that us lay-people may not have? I'd love to hear it, if you do.

By the way, anyone see the Pitchfork news item on Wolf Parade the other day? http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/05-06/09.shtml#parade

What do you think of the album's tracklisting? I have to admit that I was hoping that there would be some more new stuff. New to me, at least. I haven't heard 'Disco Sheets' or 'Fancy Claps' before, but maybe they've played them live since I last saw them?

Posted by Sam at June 11, 2005 5:24 PM

i don't have anything else. i am also a layperson. i am not that disappointed about the tracklisting. if anything, it's nice to know that they are merely human, and not super-intelligent songwriting beasts.

also, arlen is not one of the singers. spencer. he has a new solo record coming out this month, he is called Sunset Rubdown. I would post something from that, but the best song has been posted already on another blog, and the other 2 best songs are instrumental and not jaw-dropping.

Posted by dan at June 11, 2005 8:20 PM

Sunset Rubdown is playing a free show on Wednesday in Montreal, with the Shalabi Effect and a couple of other bands. Neat.

Posted by Sam at June 12, 2005 12:02 PM

Dan, thanks for posting this- they played it live down in New York for that Believer show and I had no idea what it was. Pretty sure it was the last song they played and it was a nice way to end such an awesome show. Re: their LP's tracklisting, I'm sure they'll have some more new stuff on the way soon (like an EP maybe, after the album comes out), since the first song they played at the NY show was one that Dan claimed they 'wrote just last week'.

Posted by Kevin at June 12, 2005 2:49 PM

unfortunately, sunset rubdown are not playing fringe pop. but The Ten Commandments are instead. Wolf Parade is playing a free show at the end of the week though.

Posted by Anonymous at June 13, 2005 8:48 AM

RE: the tracklist - I was originally a bit disappointed by the familiar names, but I think it's ultimately a really wise decision for them to come out swinging with what can only be stronger recordings of time-tested, incredible songs. Remember, most people will never have heard any of these before, and when they do, their asses are likely to be blown clean off, as mine was (I now use a poly shell) when I first heard the self-titled ep.

So glad they've included 'I'll Believe in Anything.'

Posted by Matthew at June 13, 2005 2:10 PM

question? i noticed that it said its a cure? is that the same song as its a curse?? anyone know?

Posted by hime at June 13, 2005 2:59 PM

"unfortunately, sunset rubdown are not playing fringe pop. but The Ten Commandments are instead. Wolf Parade is playing a free show at the end of the week though."

Huh? Where are they playing???? Please tell us!

Posted by Sam at June 13, 2005 6:12 PM

Sam: x.

Posted by Sean at June 13, 2005 6:30 PM

Thanks very much! I'll be there. Any idea if Nick Diamonds (of the Unicorns) is playing? I saw a reference to him playing Pop Montreal, but couldn't find him listed on their website. Unlesss he's going by some crazy name or something.

Posted by Sam at June 13, 2005 9:57 PM

Goddamn, it takes a lot to actually stun me these days, but these guys drop me in my tracks like a horse tranquilizer.

Posted by Akio at June 15, 2005 3:04 AM

Post a comment

(Please be patient, it can be slow.)
about said the gramophone
This is a daily sampler of really good songs. All tracks are posted out of love. Please go out and buy the records.

To hear a song in your browser, click the and it will begin playing. All songs are also available to download: just right-click the link and choose 'Save as...'

All songs are removed within a few weeks of posting.

Said the Gramophone launched in March 2003, and added songs in November of that year. It was one of the world's first mp3blogs.

If you would like to say hello, find out our mailing addresses or invite us to shows, please get in touch:
Montreal, Canada: Sean
Toronto, Canada: Emma
Montreal, Canada: Jeff
Montreal, Canada: Mitz

Please don't send us emails with tons of huge attachments; if emailing a bunch of mp3s etc, send us a link to download them. We are not interested in streaming widgets like soundcloud: Said the Gramophone posts are always accompanied by MP3s.

If you are the copyright holder of any song posted here, please contact us if you would like the song taken down early. Please do not direct link to any of these tracks. Please love and wonder.

"And I shall watch the ferry-boats / and they'll get high on a bluer ocean / against tomorrow's sky / and I will never grow so old again."
about the authors
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.

Emma Healey writes poems and essays in Toronto. She joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. This is her website and email her here.

Jeff Miller is a Montreal-based writer and zinemaker. He is the author of Ghost Pine: All Stories True and a bunch of other stories. He joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. Say hello on Twitter or email.

Mitz Takahashi is originally from Osaka, Japan who now lives and works as a furniture designer/maker in Montreal. English is not his first language so please forgive his glamour grammar mistakes. He is trying. He joined Said the Gramophone in 2015. Reach him by email here.

Site design and header typography by Neale McDavitt-Van Fleet. The header graphic is randomized: this one is by Neale McDavitt-Van Fleet.
Dan Beirne wrote regularly for Said the Gramophone from August 2004 to December 2014. He is an actor and writer living in Toronto. Any claim he makes about his life on here is probably untrue. Click here to browse his posts. Email him here.

Jordan Himelfarb wrote for Said the Gramophone from November 2004 to March 2012. He lives in Toronto. He is an opinion editor at the Toronto Star. Click here to browse his posts. Email him here.
our patrons
Said the Gramophone does not take advertising. We are supported by the incredible generosity of our readers. These were our donors in 2013.
watch StG's wonderful video contest winners

our favourite blogs
(◊ means they write about music)

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