by Sean
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rain shoes

Kelis - "Milkshake (Shlohmo remix)".
Missy Elliott - "Work It (Nicolas Jaar rework)".

Evening skews. Your girlfriend's drunk, at the other side of the street. Why is she down there? Who is she speaking to? You are standing at the bottom of her walk. You see her standing with two people holding their bikes by the handlebars. She is wearing a summer dress. The last sunlight is strafing her dress through the trees. She is gesticulating. Her hair is long. You know you cannot communicate with them. Your voice would not carry. You wonder whether this evening will turn, right itself, in the time between when she leaves these two people and when you climb together to the third-floor apartment, to all the plants and open windows. Perhaps you will find each-other's matching shapes and forces. Perhaps she will begin speaking at precisely the volume that makes you feel like co-conspirators, lovers, and not simply like people in a room together, declaiming. Perhaps the faded blue sky will go rose, stars fainting through. Perhaps there will be an accident, something in the way your faces turn and glimpse each-other; it will illuminate the instant and slip between you, connective tissue. Or perhaps she will remain the woman she is at the end of the street, too far to call to, freer in the afar, and the nighttime church bells will sound sad.

[more of our old friend Nicolas Jaar / more of Shlohmo]



Alice captures some of the essence of Montreal: We are all living at the borders of language ... and it gives a kind of frontier spirit. A community of accidental intention ... We fall in love with Godard and Jarmusch, dream of summers in Paris and New York and Quebec, clatter on our bicycles into the night, humming an old, old song that may be in no language at all.

Herohill has launched an astounding free tribute album for Canada Day (which is today): 36 Gordon Lightfoot covers, including renditions by Adam & the Amethysts, Shotgun Jimmie, Digits, Olenka Krakus, and many many more. Hoping to write about a couple after I make my way through it. It's a free download.

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Posted by Sean at July 1, 2011 5:53 PM

this is great

Posted by Maureen at July 6, 2011 1:51 PM

i loved reading this in july and i loved reading it again in september. just fantastic - really.

Posted by amy at September 23, 2011 9:06 PM

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our favourite blogs
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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