words and a few old bones
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.


Kevin Coyne - "The World is Full of Fools". Courtesy of Dave comes this introduction to Kevin Coyne, an English songwriter whose reputation has floundered in the twenty years since he released the bulk of his music. This 1979 song most strongly recalls Van Morrison - a plaintive, roughshod voice over the straight strum of an acoustic guitar, a burbling organ. There's a lot of frustration in this melancholy, a lot of sublimated rage. While Tom Waits' curmudgeon persona shouts and snorts at the grey gristled mess around him, Coyne seems affected by it, terrified by it, made desperate by it. Fingers scrabbling at a heart.

Clive Holden - "De'ath at Neepawa". In 2001, Winnipeg's Clive Holden recorded an album of his poetry, with music by Christine Fellows and Jason Tait & John K Samson of The Weakerthans. An accompanying series of films was recently released. This is a beautiful, whitesky piece, contemplative as leaves. "I didn't expect to be moved by your gravestone," Holden says to the earth where Margaret Laurence lies. He talks of dark hair and a dark gaze ("from a 50 cent postcard"), of the unexpected pulse of feeling that can suddenly strike you. Samson's electric guitar stirs like a small breeze, lifting at the collar of your shirt.

Clap Clap writes much, and wisely, on Eamon's "Fuck It".

Listen Closer is a very fine new mp3blog that's started things with some brilliant posts. Beck's "Tropicalia" is one of my very favourites by Mr Hansen, and I had intended to profile both Harvey Danger and Joanna Newsom. He's beaten me to all three punches, so you should definitely go see (and listen). Welcome, Justin!

Never Came Home is a new and well-intentioned mp3 blog that doesn't know how to spell 'gramophone'.

Posted by Sean at May 3, 2004 7:23 PM

tahahha. with you and fluxblog linking me today i shot up to 200+ hits. so i was curious whether that'd kill my 1and1 account, checked its logs and i'd only had 12 downloads! my bandwidth is happy, but maybe i have to up my rhetoric to make sure they listen to the stuff. "JOANNA NEWSOM IS THE NEW SAVIOR OF MUSIC. BECK DRIPS AWESOME. HARVEY DANGER IS MADE OF CSI AND AMERICAN IDOL ATOMS!!"

anyways, thanks for the pluggage!

Posted by justin why at May 3, 2004 8:36 PM

Wow, that Clive Holden song is amazing. So, so good, I can't do it justice word-wise, just great, is all.

Posted by caley at May 5, 2004 1:20 AM

Woo, Caley. I'm glad someone liked it! The track captures movement-within-stillness so well... Such clear pictures bloom...

The whole record is really terrific.

Posted by Sean at May 5, 2004 1:22 AM

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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.

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