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Friday, May 22


audiocandy+ is up!

more info on the debut broadcast coming soon

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Tuesday, May 5

R.I.P. audiocandy

I want to sincerely thank all the people who supported audiocandy this semester. I had never done a radio show and I was delighted to find so many people who willingly tuned in every Thursday morning, either for the entire show or for even five short minutes before class.

I loved audiocandy (if it wasn't obvious) and I was so glad I was able to share the experience with all of you! We were even able to reach our semester goal of 20 listeners at once, not to mention host an epic dance party in our attic.

I'll be starting a new radio show soon, so keep your eyes (and ears) open for more information on it.

Thanks again audiocandynation for making the radio show everything it could be and one of the best things I ever did at Syracuse University,

xoxoxo. Paige

Thursday, April 30

Lessons (on how to shoot a nude music video) Learned

We played Matt&Kim's newest single "Lessons Learned" on-air and shared the music video on this blog a couple of weeks ago.

For those who missed it, here it is:

I had my reservations about it, questioning if the duo actually stripped down and ran naked through Time Square. I mean, Kim wasn't even smiling! It couldn't have been the real Kim!

Pitchfork cleared the air and talked to Matt, Kim and the video's directors Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault to get to the (bare) bottom of this. (Yes, they were completely naked. Oh yeah, it was mid-February too.)

Check out the Q&A here.
"TC: But we did a lot of sweet-talking with the cops there-- if I went to a cop mixer I could probably go home with half the force. While we were shooting we were just like, "We got permits!" and most of the cops backed off. After the take, one cop was genuinely concerned. He was like, "Did I mess up the shot?" The cops in Times Square are really just making sure there are no sketchy vans lining up."

facebook downgrade

Don't you hate it when Facebook messages are delayed so long that your listeners don't get the reminder?

[only one request today in green]

1. like a stone, audioslave
2. stick-on stars, acrylics
3. sleep alone, bat for lashes
4. you are here alone, bellavista
5. physics call me ocean, people people
6. layla, eric clapton
7. happiness, elliott smith

++visit by Mark of Purple Mountain Majesty++

8. masters of the universe, binary star
9. mirrored and reversed, white denim
10. we are the people (golden filter remix), empire of the sun
11. gobbledigook, sigur ros
12. the good life, weezer
13. miami, will smith
14. echoes, the rapture
15. the national anthem, radiohead
16. monkey gone to heaven, the pixies
17. the rip, portishead
18. all is full of love, bjork
19. no one does it like you, department of eagles
20. jellybones, the unicorns

show #11

12:27 pm: I picked up a shift at the Bookstore so I have to run! Thanks for listening. LAST SHOW NEXT WEEK! Be sure to tune in!

12:25 pm: I love Phoenix. I can't wait to finally hear them live! Here's a cool mash-up VIDEO with shots from "The Breakfast Club."

12:06 pm: Here's that Empire of the Sun's We Are The People download! Just right-click "Save Target As." It's fantastic. Remixed by Golden Filter. If you're a MGMT fan, you'll dig it.

12:01 pm:

12:00 pm: Facebook apparently screwed us and didn't send out the message reminder this morning. This calls for the grassroots audiocandy promotion. Tell all your friends via aim! or text audiocandynation!

11:49 am: audiocandy thanks Mark for stopping by and playing for us! If there are any house show before graduation, we'll be sure to let you know about it (and we'll be going)!

Yof and I got haircuts yesterday!

11:04 am: Purple Mountain Majesty is in studio right now! Mark the guitarist is going to play some original and covers! Tune in now! "Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix, "Dy'er Maker" by Led Zepplin, then an original! or facebook Mark Geyer!

10:22 am: Twitter rules. Get at us @paigedearing & @yofred.

RT: I'm listening to AUDIOCANDY (10am-1pm) & you should too! live stream:

Here's NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd's article w/ twitter & its creators. They apparently answered all of her questions in short concise ways (vaguely reminiscant of some social media thing everyone has going crazy over later right?).

10:13 am: GOOOOOOOOOOD morning! We're in finals weeks, so good luck to all those taking exams and those studying hard. We'll have some great music + a visit by Purple Mountain Majesty to help you get through it.

We just played "Stick-on Stars" by Acrylics. There used to be this store in the mall when I was a kid called Glow that only sold glow-in-the-dark & blacklight products. It went out of business; shocking. haha Did you all see that story about Korean glow-in-the-dark Beagles? I guess they don't actually glow, unless you put them under blacklight. It's still crazy.

Tuesday, April 28

A video that will make you smile.

Playing For Change | Song Around The World "Stand By Me" from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

A collaborative cover of "Stand by Me" by street musicians from all around the world. Watch the entire thing, its worth it.


Bonnaroo just announced another flood of artists that will be performing at the festival.

Most noteworthy? PHOENIX & the dirty projectors. I've been a phoenix fan for a while now, but I have yet to see them live. I hope they play as much new stuff as they do older songs. There is no way that it will be a bad set.

Here's the full list of new additions:

American Princes
Belleville Outfit
Ben Solee
Black Lillies
Cotton Jones
Dan Dyer
Dear and the Headlights
Dirty Guv'nahs
Dirty Sweet
Erin McCarley
Evan Watson
Fiction Family
Jedd Hughes
Jerry Hannan
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Jets Overhead
Joe Pug
Julia Nunes
Justin Townes Earle
Ki: Theory
Madi Diaz
Mt St Helens Vietnam Band
Nikhil Korula Band
Roger Alan Wade
Russian Circles
Sons of Bill
Tangiers Blues Band
The Features
The Giraffes
The Heavy Pets
Those Darlins
William Elliot Whitmore
Zee Avi

Have you heard of any of them? Any "must-sees"?
I'll try and go through the list tonight & attach some "Sounds Like.." comments.

I have been doing some digging recently and have found a lot new music, so be excited for that Thursday.

PLUS, Purple Mountain Majesty will be visiting the studio for an in-house set and interview! If you're a fan of the Black Keys, you're going to love them. They just posted a new single on their myspace.

Feel free to comment questions you'd like to ask them.

Thursday, April 23

when the phone breaks, there's a lot more songs

[key: request off the WERW library]
1. nothing even happened, deerhunter
2. when the night comes, dan auerbach
3. couch couching, menomena
4. lessons learned, matt & kim
5. german love, starfucker
6. untitled, st. vincent
7. tonight, jean on jean
8. hometown, kurtech
9. ACDG (TERP remix), yelle
10. what it look like, spank rock
11. lips, micachu & the shapes
12. two weeks of hip hop, dead prez v grizzly bear
13. we share our mother's health (ratatat remix), the knife
14. australia, the shins
15.send me on my way, rusted root
16. the wreckoning, boomkat
17. break even, the script

18. first day of my life, bright eyes
19. im good im gone, lykke li + special guests
20. crimewave, health (crystal castles cover)
21. radio ladio, metronomy
22. rabbit habits, man man
23. song of our so called friend, okkervil river
24. huddle formation, the go! team
25. deadbeat summer, neon indian
26. glad, glasser
27. rainwater cassette exchange, deerhunter
28. a thousand miles to LA, dj moondance
29. keep hustlin, dj moondance
30. lightning train, sister suvi
31. the last messiah, jenny lewis
32. hard to explain, the strokes
33. xs on your eyes, +/- 34. blue sky, kaiser cartel
35. gimme sympathy, metric
36. feel good about it, marching band
12:55 pm: Listener Brett requested Metric's "Gimme Sympathy," off their latest album Fantasies.

I found this live acoustic version from last year's Coachella.

12:34 pm: There is some sickkkk bass on Jenny Lewis' "The Next Messiah." It's a long song--almost two in one. I think it's definitely my favorite track off of Lewis' newest solo album Acid Tongue.

I adore Jenny Lewis.

12:22 pm: DJ Moondance is a junior as SU. Sick mash-ups. Check out his site.

12:00 pm: We mentioned Mayfest earlier in the broadcast. We celebrated on Tuesday. If you have never experienced a Mayfest, here's what you missed:

Photos courtesy of Dana Wickrowski, on facebook.

11:50 am: Listener Andres asked if this was the "last candy?" Luckily, it is not! We've got a few more shows left. Classes end next Tuesday but we're going to keep going until we go home (or graduate in my case). So keep tuning in every Thursday!

11:43 am: Sweet live video by Lykke Li, "I'm Good, I'm Gone," for Katie (Josh's).

11:28 am: Yofred finds the Shins' lyrics cryptic so I think we should give him his own class. Shin's lyrics 101 with Professor Yof at audiocandy University. Would you enroll?

11:17 am: A lot of indie music fans diss Pitchfork. I personally still read it and consider it a good resource of indie news. Yof said that Metacritic is the best site because it takes all the reviews on the net and uses them to formulate an overall rating on albums, as well as DVDS and games.

11:03 am: Are you on twitter? RT that you're listening:
I'm listening to AUDIOCANDY (10am-1pm) & you should too:
or change your facebook status! Spread the audiocandy love.

10:57 am: We're listening to SPANK ROCK, reppin' Baltimore. "What it look like" is one of his tamer songs. If you're alright with some vulgarity, check out their myspace.

10:51 am: Zach got me craving some French techno? Here's some Yelle. Check out those movessss. TERP remixed it. Zach said Yelle would have never been popular without him.

10:43 am: The phone line is down. Downgrade. But you can still get at us by i.m. werw1570 or facebookchat Paige Dearing or twitter Paige Dearing or yofred.

10:38 am: St. Vincent's new album hasn't dropped yet, but it has been leaked. Yof said she reminds him of Sufjan Stevens & Radiohead sometimes when she sings, like mellow & creepy. Yof also said that he thought that the new album could have been better; she had the same problem with her previous album. The album is split with four good tracks and four alright tracks. If only she could have all eight tracks be stellar! I think she could.

10:23 am: Matt & Kim released a new video "Lessons Learned."

Do you think this is real? I thought it was, but the last frame makes me think it was all posed. What do you think?

10:17 am: We're playing "Cough Coughing" by Menomena. Yofred said I've got to see the video, so I though it'd share it with our listeners too.

10:08 am: Yofred started the show this morning. His class was canceled, so he was able to make it on time! He even started a few minutes earlier. I came into the studio a few minutes before 10 and he already was playing some Deerhunter!

We were just talking about the Flaming Lips. They played a free show at RISD only for students, but Yof was able to sneak in for their encore. The Flaming Lips also played a free show last weekend in celebration of Earth Day on the Mall in D.C. Did anyone go? I'd love to hear how the show was!

Here's a video of that sick bubble Mark Coyne walks across the crowd in:

Wednesday, April 22

Merge Records

Merge Records celebrated its tweintieth anniversary by releasing a compliation of covers, from bands mostly not on the record. There is a collaborative effort from St. Vincent and The National on their cover Sleep all Summer" by Crooked Fingers. Other notable bands covering songs include Bright Eyes, Apples in Stereo, The New Pornographers, The Mountain Goats, The Shins and Ted Leo.

Check out Apples in Stereo's cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "King of Carrot Flowers Pt.3"

Stream all the songs here

Of Montreal's shows are always entertaining. Glam + costumes + skits on stage.

Man Man's new music video for Rabbit Habits.

Monday, April 20

Lollapalooza 2009

The Lollapalooza line-up just came out.

It is sick.

Probably better than Bonnaroo.

I'm blown. Why does it have to be so far away!

But it is in early August, which is far enough away to save up and go.

Why Lollapalooza OWNS Bonnaroo this year:
pretty much same line-up but w/ Lykke Li, Kings of Leon, No Age, Bats for Lashes, Fleet Foxes, Peter Bjorn and John, LA Riots, Kid Cudi too!

I thought Bonnaroo was going to add more bands?

Lollapalooza Lineup 2009 from C3 Presents Video on Vimeo.

Full Line Up

[***paige's picks***]
[+++yof's picks +++]

And spinning at PERRY'S

Prepare for Mayfest

Tomorrow is the day we've all been waiting for: Mayfest.

For those who don't know what Mayfest is, it is a Tuesday in late April which is free of classes and celebrates student projects and educational initiatives across Syracuse University's campus.

Or a day of drinking and cook-outs.

Here's a mix to get your in the summer mood:

SeeqPod - Playable Search

I'm having a mimosa powerhour party at my place tomorrow morning. Audiocandy fans welcome! Direct message me on Twitter (@paigedearing) for more information. It was the same place the party was at. I made a new powerhour DVD. I will post the track list later, plus a summary of the day.

Sunday, April 19

St. Vincent

St. Vincent's new album "Actor" leaked last week and have evaded my music radar until now. I will be giving this leak a digital spin in a few minutes after it finishes downloading. St. Vincent is one of my favorite female vocalists, and she definitely has very good guitar techniques

"Jesus Saves, I Spend" music video from her first album, Marry Me.

Live performance of "Marrow", which is off their new album.

Im about 4 songs in. This album is impressive. Im absolutely loving the production, its at the perfect balance between being labeled too harsh or clean. She's drawing a lot of contemporary influences like Joanna Newsom and Bjork's poppier stuff. Hey songswriting gives me vibes of Grizzly Bear and her mellow but desperate vocals sometimes remind me of Thom Yorke's. She sings so delicately but is backed by distorted guitars and over-amplified horns, making it chaotically refined.

Saturday, April 18

Live-blogging from FUNK

1:52 am: Back at home from the show at Funk. Sat down with Adam after their set and chatted about their upcoming shows in Boston and NYC. Adam did not get to experience MayFest back in his day, but apparently a bar called Conrad's had "split" day where the interior of the bar would be covered in plastic and drinkers would be encouraged to buy beers, shake them up and spray their friends. The end result: leaving the bar around 1 pm, hammered, wringing your beer-soaked clothes out as you walked down M street passing the entry line that wrapped around the complex, according to Adam. Sounds moist and hazardous-- two adjectives we might be using to describe our MayFest this year if rains.

It was great meeting Rish and Matt, and finally putting a voice to a face in Jesse and Adam's cases. Get back to Boston safe and sound! And come back to Syracuse soon!

The Lights Out + audiocandy

1:01 am: Merit is playing. I've only seen their shows at SPARK hyped before, but I've never seen them live. I'm dead tired and contemplating leaving, but the lead singer is really good. Emo, pop-punk sound, but her voice makes it sound much better than the typical man-squeals of emo bands. I kind of think the style she sings in reminds me a bit of Tegan and Sarah, just saturated with pop & emo.

They're signed to Aux Records, the record label the day-long show was for.

12:47 am: Yo. The Lights Out were so good! I think I was most impressed by the vocals. All the members could hold their own and really harmonize, a rare treat. Adam, who we talked to last Thursday, had crazy stage presence and amazing guitar skills. I feel like their sound could appeal to all ages. I dig them and I think my parents would like it too.

You'd like them if you're a fan of: We Are Scientists, newer Weezer, The Hives
{p.s. adam kind of looks like elliott smith. i see it a little bit. yof think it's just the hair.}

I was pretty impressed by The Lights Out. But most of all I was surprised at how young they all looked. It seems like they not that much older than me and Paige. I think they have a lot of potential and if they refined their sound just a little bit they will have the opportunity to earn some national recognition. For a free show I am very impressed and encourage them to keep playing shows, especially local shows at Syracuse where they can receive support from other students.
-- Yofred

Jesse, SU Alum (ID)
L to R: Adam (SU alum, PR), Rish, Matt
Adam & Rish
12:10 am: The Lights Out are starting their sound check. Me and Yof are probably going to go up for the set. So summary afterwards! + audio + photos

12:05 am: Yofred says the crowd makes him want to be scene. Or trendy. He's wearing black so he could go either way.

12:02 am: "I see high schoolers but every once in a while I see middle schoolers." -Yofred

Honor Bright just finished. Amazed by their following (and how young they are). TRL does wonders. Now for Lights Out!

11:56 pm: "You guys are giving us a heck of a going away present." Only one last song: Home is a Heartache. "If you don't know the words, so just make something up."

11:53 pm: They keep making jokes about their hair. At least they have a sense of humor.

I'm so boosted that this show is completely free. Great to see that the Funk boys still are about the community.

Seeing how this band has such energetic crowd, I wonder if there's a big emo scene in Syracuse. I know there used (maybe still is) a solid punk & metal scene. I think Westcott Community Center still holds some metal shows every so often.

11:49 pm: Hey it's Yofred. I was just at a art show on Clarendon but at Funk now listening to Honor Bright. Listening to them reminds me of high school and the emo shows that i used to go to.

11:41 pm: Opened with "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." They have quite the following. A lot of people singing along. Apparently they played at Vans Warped Tour last year and have played on TRL.

11:38 pm: "I'm a little sick and I'm going to be away for four months so I want you guys to go buck wild tonight. But I don't want you throwing up waffles on me." --Honor Bright

Kind of like a pop-punk, emo sound. We think it sounds like The Starting Line. Maybe a little Boys Night Out?

I haven't been to one of these types of shows in so long. It feels like high school.

11:30 pm: Yofred and I are here at Funk n Waffles for the Aux Records 5th year Anniversary party. Seems to be a lot of Syracuse folks here--young too. Honor Bright and Lights Out Dancing have some merch tables set up. Pretty good turn out though. We're guessing about 50 people.

SeeqPod - Playable Search

Thursday, April 16

audiocandyparty, re-visited through a camera lens

The audiocandy party was a smashing success. Thanks for everyone who came out. I know it was a hard weekend for some to make it, with Passover and Easter, so here's a little photographic re-cap of the night.

I. "I'm here to hype this shit up."

Fantastic set by Mouth's Cradle (Kevin). Great sound. He would go great with a Camera Obscura set, and/or a bottle of blush wine. His set was so good, he played "Meniscus." TWICE.

p.s. please note his audiocandy hand tattoo
Kevin would do an encore only if the crowd submerged him in a dance party.


II. The lovely Ms. Sarah Aument

It would only be fitting to have Sarah Aument, audiocandy's first musical guest, play live at the party. She brought a band with her this time, a much different sound than her acoustic set she performed for us a month or so ago on-air.
Sarah & Sam
Mike aka Ms
She had a great mix of originals-- upbeat & slow-- as well as a few covers including a medley of Feist songs.

Could she be any more adorable?

III. "You get a XL Labatt, beads, shot glass and VIP access-- a ride home. You want that. Do you know where you are? You're at Redfield. You want that."

Keeping in the audiocandy spirit, audiocandy gave away prizes between sets to guests that could correctly answer trivia questions.

We had two questions and two winners.
Q: Name one person in Broken Social Scene.
A: Feist.
Winner #1
Q: Name one artist signed to Saddle Creek Records.
A: Cursive.
[no picture of Winner #2]

Other audiocandy listeners won VIP status by answering trivia question correct during our live show earlier that morning.
VIP Josh (far right)
VIP Scott w/ yofred

IV. audiocandy tats & DJ Mike Perkins

I was not upstairs for all of DJ Mike Perkins set but he pumped some serious house jams. Near the end of his house he started droppin some really cool mash-ups he had personally made. Apparently yofred was not upstairs either, because we do not have any photos of Mike djing. If anyone does and would like to share, comment a link to your photos!

While the dance party was continuing in the attic, I was on a mission to satisfy everyone's wishes for audiocandy tattoos.

One lucky guest won an original audiocandy t-shirt because of her enthusiasm for audiocandy and audiocandy tattoos (the blond on the left)!


DJ Tony Starks (Sterling) brought the crucial dance party.

I think the photos speak for themselves:

(SLANGBANG in the purple)

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out including our wonderful & talented performers who were willing to play for free! The whole event was free and solely a celebration of local music and audiocandy.

Share your photos of the party by commenting links to your photo albums! I'd love to see them. Comment your favorite moments, messages you'd like to tell the performers or suggestions for future parties. Maybe we'll have one more before the end of the semester? Let us know if you'd be down & who/what you'd like to see for round two!

record breaking show

it made me so happy today when some random listener i.m.ed us saying she wanted to hear audiocandy's favorite sunny day song because she was streaming the show live on the quad via her laptop.

we love you, listeners. p.s. we reached our semester goal of 20 listeners at once. thank you!

[key: requests sunnydaysongs]

1. what's a girl to do, bats for lashes
2. my girls, animal collective
3. poke her face, kid cudi ft kanye west & common
4. well known pleasure, VEGA
5. beautiful morning, little brother
6. strangers, portishead
7. golden brown, the strangers
8. heartbeats, the knife
9 .concrete schoolyard, jurassic 5
10. coffee and tv, blur
11. shut your eyes, shout out louds
12. ballad of big nothing, elliott smith
13. 9mm and a three piece suit, streetlight manifesto
14. it's 5, architecture in helsinki
15. fraud in the 80s, mates of state
16. rubber biscuit, the chips
17. les os, the unicorns
18. nothing is going to stand in my way, wilco
19. requiem for OMM, of montreal
[on-air interview with The Lights Out]
20. never going back, lights out
21. you just haven't earned it yet baby, the smiths
22. of moons bird and monsters, MGMT
23. million miles, mirah
24. swimmers, broken social scene
25. postcards from italy, florence and the machine
26. consolation prizes, phoenix
27. cath, deathcab for cutie
28. holland 1945, neutral milk hotel

show #9

12:53 pm: Great show today! We reached our goal of 20 listeners. Keep spreading the word about audiocandy! Maybe we'll have another party before the end of the year. Yofred and I will definitely be at the Lights Out show Saturday, and you should too! We should be live-blogging through out the day as well as taking pictures and capturing audio. Come visit!

12:30 pm: Great talking with Adam & Jesse from The Lights Out. Really great stories about their times at Syracuse during undergrad & how to use social networking tools to promote bands & get gigs. Go check them out for free Saturday! Audiocandy will definitely be in attendance!
Aux Records 5-year Anniversary Party

Free show, all ages, TLO on ~midnight.

Featuring Syracuse alums Jesse James (drums/vocals) & Adam Ritchie (guitar/vocals).

-Acoustic Sets-
Mat Burke - 3:30 pm (25 minute set)
The Pilot Lies - 4:00 pm (25 minute set)
Sarah Aument - 4:40 pm (25 minute set)
Caleb Micah - 5:20 pm (25 minute set)
The Brilliant Light - 6:00 pm (30 minute set)
Break 6:30-8:00 pm DJ set
-Electric Sets-
The Icon And The Axe - 8:00 pm (30 minute set)
Lights Out Dancing - 8:45 pm (25 minute set)
Fazeshift - 9:25 pm (25 minute set)
The Dead Friends - 10:05 pm (25 minute set)
Lacerda - 10:45 (25 minute set)
Honor Bright - 11:25 pm (25 minute set)
+++THE LIGHTS OUT+++ 12:05 pm (25 minute set)
Merit - 12:45 (25 minute set)

Get there early; once they hit the firecode capacity (200), it'll be a one-out then one-in situation.
RSVP to the facebook event!

Become a fan!

12:00 pm: About to talk with Adam & Jess from The Lights Out! Comment any questions you'd like to ask them! or i.m. us @ werw1570!

11:47 am: We reached 20 LISTENERS (our semester goal)! THANKS FOR LISTENING! WE LOVE OUR LISTENERS! We're playing sunny day songs! Let us know what your favorite sunny day song!!

11:27 am: Were you at the audiocandy party last week? Share your favorite moments & stories!

11:23 am: What are you doing tonight!

Check these options out:
11:05 am: The Lights Out are going to play FOR FREE at Funk n Waffles Saturday for the Aux Record 5th Year Anniversary show. Adam & Jesse will be calling in to talk to us about their band and the show @ noon!

Check them out on their MySpace, Twitter and in today's Post-Standard.

Here's the Funk event on Facebook: The Lights Out @ Funk 'N Waffles (Syracuse)

10:51 am: The Knife live in Sweden:

10:13 am: Hip-hop is not audiocandy's area of expertise, but we still enjoy it. Here's a cool "Poker Face" remix with Kid Cudi + Kanye West + Common:

10:04 am: I don't know what happened to Yofred's post about Bats for Lashes. Here's the sick video he had in his entry.

10:00 am: Good morning!

Wow. I'm tired. Late Wednesday night at the bars; the glory of being a senior. But, I did make it a point to get up and stumble over here. I hope Yof brings coffee.

We've got a great show lined-up today: new music, conversaton, an interview with The Lights Out @ noon and hopefully games and contests! Be sure to send your requests in: i.m. werw1570 or call us at 315-443-1278.

Wednesday, April 15

CC: 1. crystal castles, 2: constant chaos

Crystal Castles should stay out of trouble, but it does not really seem like an option given their track record.

Last night in Dallas, CC kicked VEGA from the ticket and eventually canceled their show at the Granada Theater due to an "ill equipped venue." Mind you, the spot has hosted Animal Collective, Ratatat as well as won awards for being the Best Live Music Venue two years in a row.

There's conflicting stories of exactly what happened, but gorillavsbear has nicely packaged all the statements from the involved parties on their blog.

Looks like CC were just being dicks.

Canadians Ethan Kath and Alice Glass have been making (crime)waves through out the indie scene since last year, but their rise has been anything but smooth. Copyright issues surfaced in 2008, attacking the legitimacy of the duo's sample and artwork usage.

CC printed Trevor Brown's black-eyed Madonna image on merchandise without permission, erupting into copyright chaos and the eventual relinquishment of the image's rights to the band.

CC also had a copyright dispute over the use of a entire song--"My Little Droid Needs a Hand" by Lo-bat--in "Insectica," without permission.

Re-visit the whole drama via the "crystal castle fiasco" option (at the bottom) here.

I really dig CC but this makes it hard for me to hype them.

Who do you think was to blame for last night's canceled show?

Tuesday, April 14

yofred, do work

Last night around 12:30 I thought it would be helpful to make Yofred a mixtape to help him through his work.

SeeqPod - Playable Search

Thursday, April 9

ramp up for audiocandy party

[key: request playing tonight @ audiocandy party]
1. well known pleasures, VEGA
2. should have taken acid with you, neon indian
saeglopur, sigur ros
4. dying is fine, ra ra riot
5. lips like sugar, echo & the bunnymen
6. powerful lovin, fergus & geronimo
7. everybody laughs more when i'm not there, mouth's cradle
8. it's my life, talk talk
9. i want you, kings of leon
10. make me, the lights out
11. waking up singing (live on audiocandy), sarah aument
12. weeping willow, sebastien schuller,
13. pretty girl from chile, the avett brothers
14. the champ is here, dj moondance
15. untitled 4, sigur ros
16. portions for foxes, rilo kiley
17. shine, collective soul
18. scissor paper rock, architecture in helsinki
19. radio king, golden smog
20. skeleton key, margot & the nuclear so & so's
21. lost in the supermarket, the clash
22. wake up little sparrow, devendra banhart
23. my music is hot hot sex, CSS
24. that's not my name, the ting tings
25. shake shake shake, white denim
26. no one does it like you, department of eagles

show #8

1:02 pm: Finishing out the show with some White Denim and Department of Eagles. xoxo. SEE YOU TONIGHT.

WHITE DENIM - Shake Shake Shake from ACIDBIRD on Vimeo.

12:47 pm: Listener Scott answered correctly! A: the letter E! He's scoring VIP treatment all night tonight at the audiocandy party. Congrats and thanks for listening!

12:38 pm: Get VIP TREATMENT at the audiocandy party tonight--you + 3 friends get picked up by audiocandy and driven to Redfield + a free drink upon arrival! Q: What is the beginning of the end, the end of the middle and the middle of beginning? CALL 315-443-1278 or i.m. werw1570!

11:43 am: Make submissions to UGLY ART asap. Any paintings, poetry, sculptures, drawings, sketches, ANYTHING. E-mail for more info and visit her facebook group.

Katie also has a new blog! Check it out. Her first post is cool pictures from her trip to the car wash.

11:35 am: If you didn't catch it yet, Syracuse's Congressman Dan Maffei was on The Colbert Report this week, shotgunning a beer and talking about the joy of cocaine. I'm not lying. He might be, hopefully. See it here. Enjoy that laugh because here's an article on economy-induced anxiety and depression. Get help if you need it, please!

11:27 am: SICK remixes by DJ Moondance. We're playing The Champ is Here. Check out all of his remixes. A must if you like GirlTalk.

11:16 am: Avett Brothers are so amazing. I suggest everyone dedicate some solid listening time to Introducing Emotionalism. You'll fall in love, guaranteed.

Here's that crazy video of them + a whole gang of people in the back of some sort of trailer.

11:09 am: Help us reach 20 listeners! Hype audiocandy to your friends, on your fb or tweet that: I'm listening to AUDIOCANDY & you should too: . We're taking requests! im werw1570 or 315-443-1278!

10:57 am: The Lights Out will be playing Funk n' Waffles next Saturday (4/18)! The band includes Newhouse Alum Adam Richie and reminds me of the Hold Steady. Adam will be calling into audiocandy next week so look forward to that! Comment any questions you'd like to ask him and the band. In the meantime, check out their myspace and twitter.

10:52 am: Ra Ra Riot is stealing the spotlight! Our friend Mike Murray has a music blog and has exclusive photos from their show in Pennsylvania. Check out the Calcutta's post.

music starting early, so don't be late! 10--start, 10:30--mouth'scradle, 11:00--sarah aument, 11:45--DJ Mark Perkings, 12:30--DJ Tony Starks!

10:32 am: Ra Ra Riot has a Take Away show too, at a Paris skatepark. Crazy to think they went to SU just two years ago.

RaRaRiot - Dying is fine - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

10:00 am: AUDIOCANDYYYYY. what up listeners. the day is finally here: audiocandy, double-time. We're hosting our routine morning show (10am to 1pm), but tonight we're having a party at my place. LIVE MUSIC + DANCE PARTY + FREE . performances by sarah aument, mouth's cradle & dance party spun by DJ Mark Perkings and DJ Tony Starks.

More information through out the show, plus the usual goofy commentary by Yofred and me, the latest in indie music and contests w/ prizes. You don't want to miss it!

Wednesday, April 8

Sigur Dos!

Sigur Ros has news, x2!

Singer Jón Þór Birgisson (aka Jónsi) will be releasing a 9-track LP with his boyfriend Alex Somers as Riceboy Sleeps. The album "played solely on acoustic instruments in Iceland (and featuring long-time string collaborators Amiina, as well as the Kopavogsdaetur choir) and then endlessly toyed with on solar-powered laptops in a raw food commune in some far corner of Hawaii," according to a press release.
Riceboy Sleeps, Riceboy Sleeps (June 20) (not yet leaked)
01 Happiness
02 Atlas Song
03 Indian Summer
04 Stokkseyri
05 Boy 1904
06 All the Big Trees
07 Daníell in the Sea
08 Howl
09 Sleeping Giant
"Happiness" was featured on the epic Dark Was The Night compilation, a collection of exclusive tracks recorded by everyone who's anyone (Bon Iver, The National, Feist, David Byrne, Iron&Wine, The Decemberists, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Beirut, Kevin Drew, Blonde Redhead, Andrew Bird, etc.) for the AIDS-focused Red Hot Organziaton.

Elsewhere, Sigur Ros finally was featured as a La Blogotheque TakeAway Show!

Sigur Ros - Við spilum endalaust - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 5

working for the audiocandypartythursday

audiocandy party!



free. byob.


facebook event.

Friday, April 3

the price to pay for pleasure

I frequent to see if any decent bands are coming to Upstate New York. I am usually disappointed by the lack of acts visiting my local Syracuse area, but relatively close towns and campuses like Rochester, Ithaca and Albany book a pretty solid number of shows every semester.

Today I logged on to the site to see what concert activity was brewing around here (and also be teased by the quality shows scheduled for my hometown metro area of DC and Baltimore).

A new scrolling marquee grabbed my eye, showcasing the average ticket prices for various shows/artists.

Here's a few figures that might aide you in budgeting your monthly concert allowance or just surprise you:

American Idols Live -- $60.68
These people did not win American Idol. Do you really want to pay $60 to see people who didn't make the cut? Apparently so.
Andrew Bird -- $24.22
The Avett Brothers -- $21.33
Bon Iver -- $15.94
Billy Joel -- $104.04
Be thankful if you saw Billy in the Dome for Block Party. Weren't those tickets $10?
Cold War Kids -- $17.20
I'm surprised by this. I feeling they broke into mainstream, which almost always equates to a $10+ price hike in ticket prices.
Crystal Castles -- $21.87
I definitely dig Crystal Castles, but I'm not sure if they're worth almost $25. Prices are probably a little on the pricey side because they've got to pay off those legal fees.
Dr. Dog -- $15.97
Fleet Foxes -- $14.85
Fujiya & Miyagi -- $12.59
Feist -- $35.44
GirlTalk -- $15.88
Hot Chip -- $23.65
Islands -- $14.39
Jay-Z -- $112.01
Faux retirement always means legitimized expensive tickets. Brilliant if you ask me. I hope M.I.A. doesn't do the same.
Jesse McCartney -- $39.37

That is what we're dealing with. Yes, I'm not kidding. $40? I do not think I would pay money to ever see that. Actually, I never ever want to see that ever again. ever.
Jenny Lewis -- $24.44
Kings of Leon -- $37.27
Lykke Li -- $19.02
Little Joy -- $12.02
M83 -- $18.02
MGMT -- $15.88
Mates of State -- $14.31
Matt & Kim -- $10.19
Neko Case -- $25.00
No Age -- $8.42
SO CHEAP FOR SUCH AN AMAZING BAND. My friend Tuan (of Now That's What I Call Music) said that they're incredible live; he has seen them twice. Randy really plays to the crowd too.
of Montreal -- $19.55
Ray LaMontagne -- $36.85
Rodrigo y Gabriela -- $29.49
Ratatat -- $17.76
Ra Ra Riot -- $12.60
Sigur Ros -- $39.10
The Wood Brothers -- $15.07
Yelle -- $18.13

Pollstar says that the average prices are averages of North American ticket sales over the past year and they do not account for extra fees.

Any ticket prices seem off to you? Too high? Too low? Comment.