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Saturday, February 21

French Dance Music

My friend Zach is always discovering French electro-pop/dance/techno music and shares them with me. So I've learned that there is so much more to French dance music than just Justice. Justice are great, but there is a very lively movement of artists with similar styles that are brewing in France's underground music scene, making me think that French people are actually kind of cool.

My patriotic arrogance is telling me that we should stop saying "French techno", and refer to the genre as "Freedom techno".

Devote your eyes and ears for the next three minutes to this song, because its pure audiocandy and better than 15,000 blowpops.

Friday, February 20

What are you doing tonight?

TGIF. Unfortunately, there is no longer that sweet run of teen sitcoms to stay at home and watch (i.e. Sabrina, BoyMeetsWorld, etc.). I guess that you'll just have to go out and dance or something..

20Watts launch party, 7pm--10pm, Spark Art Space

Syracuse University's only music mag 20Watts is having their semester launch party tonight!
Performances by Sarah Aument, The Annual Fund(debut!) and the Smash Brothers, as well as copies of the latest 20Watts issue for your enjoyment.
$3, 1005 E. Fayette St. (just 3 blocks down from Marshall St.), FacebookEvent
Saltine Warrior, 8:30pm--10pm, Paul Robeson Performing Art Center
'Who's Line is it Anyways?'-esque show, alternating between short-form and long-form sets, performed by the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Second City. Videoclips here.
$10 for students, 204 Lincoln Park Drive (right near Syracuse Stage & Phobes, bus accessable)

Carnival Celebration, 9pm--1am, Westcott Theater
Brazil hosts one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties on the planet, so it is a fantastic idea to gather a bunch of Brazilian musicians and try and do-it-up Brazilian-style. Plus, all proceeds go to Syracuse's Rescue Mission, which aides the impoverished and homeless in the area.
Music by Grupo Pagan, SU Brazilian Ensemble, DJBeijaFlor.
$10, 524 Westcott St., *Westcott Bus runs every 2omin from College Place FacebookEvent

20Watts After-Party, 11pm--?, 710 Livingston Ave
Keep the party going. They claim to have Twister.
BYOB or a few $ to pitch in, 710 Livingston Ave. FacebookEvent

Anything else to suggest/promote? Comment.

Thursday, February 19

Sarah Aument's live set + interview, in studio

Sarah Aument blew me away in-studio with her live set. Her unique voice is incredible. If you missed it, you're in luck. I brought my trusty audio recorder with me and set it up right at the start of her visit.

Also, make sure to head down to Spark tomorrow night for the 20Watts launch party. The party starts at 7:00, so get there early to make sure you don't miss her solo act.
1005 E. Fayette St., 7-10pm, all ages, $3; food, jams, 20Watts merch. (after party too.)

Download the full set/interview here.

I've taken the liberty to break the session up into bite-size portions. Sometimes it just goes down better that way.

Links you need to visit:
  • Aument's MySpace
  • join her facebook fan page
  • mark your calendar for her show next Saturday, Feb. 28 @ the Warehouse

yof, you're breaking my heart

It's safe to say that the theme of this week's show might have been "Where did Yof go?" He was dearly missed. requests/dedications in purple

1. hearts on fire, cut copy
2. if i had a million dollars, barenaked ladies
3. comets, fanfarlo
4. never going give you up, rick astley
5. debbie does montreal, stereogum's mysplice3
6. when i grow up, fever ray
7. jesus, etc., wilco
8. walking on a dream, empire of the sun
9. det snurrrar i min skalle, familjen
10. home, bone thugz & harmony ft. phil collins
11. can't get you out of my head, kylie minogue
12. we are your friends, justice vs simian
13. i'm so paid, akon ft. lil' wayne and young jeezy
14. ghost under rocks (passion pit remix), ra ra riot
15. new hip hop, binary star
16. this is how we do it, montell jordan
17. dy'er maker, led zeppelin
18. get it on, t. rex
19. tender, blur
20. lovefool, the cardigans
21. swimmers, broken social scene

show #2

12:36 pm: Sarah Aument should be coming in any time now for her live-set! Check a post from last week for a short profile on her.

11:29 am: MySpliceIII might be the best remixes of last year's best songs. Free download from Stereogum and team9!10:48 am: Fever Ray has been releasing some crazy, creepy, super dark videos. But they're awesome. "When I Grow Up" just came out 2 weeks ago. Check it out.

When I Grow Up from Fever Ray on Vimeo.

10:36 am: This is the guy who has a deep, soulful voice, but is actually a small, dorky-looking red-head: Rick Astley. Thanks for the help, Ken & Catherine! Ken's call won him an original audiocandy t-shirt that will be silk-screened with the audiocandy logo by your's truly. Josh Shaw answered an Oscar question correctly (Q: Which three films are nominated for five awards , respectively? A: Doubt, Frost/Nixon, The Reader) and he earned a mixtape made by Sarah Aument!
Rick Astley

10:25 am: Yes, pant-less women. But, that's in Brazil. I doubt you'll spot any women in just their skivvies, but you never know; It is Mardi Gras after all.

TOMORROW NIGHT, Friday 2/20:
Mardi Gras Carnival Celebration w/ Grupo Pagan, DJ BeijaFlor and SU Brazilian Ensemble, 9 p.m to 1 a.m., Westcott Theater

All proceeds are being donated to the Rescue Mission here in Syracuse that aids the impoverished and homeless in the local community.

The Syracuse University Brazilian Ensemble presents an incredible Carnival experience featuring Grupo Pagan (which includes SU Professor Josh Dekaney) and DJ BeijaFlor.

Grupo Pagan
DJ BeijaFlor
SU Brazilian Ensemble

Friday Feb 20th
The Westcott Theater


We are going to dance all night long, so if you either want to save your energy or it is cold that night there are BUSSES from campus to the Westcott Theater.

10:06 am: Australian band Cut Copy is starting their spring tour in March. I might go to the show at the 9:30 Club. Who else has seen Cut Copy live?

Tue 03/03/09
Mexico City, Mexico Vive Cuervo Salon

Fri 03/06/09
Austin, TX Stubb's Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amph.

Sat 03/07/09
Dallas, TX Granada Theater

Mon 03/09/09
Pomona, CA Glass House
Tue 03/10/09
Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda
Wed 03/11/09
Los Angeles, CA Music Box @ Fonda
Thu 03/12/09
San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Fri 03/13/09
Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
Sun 03/15/09
Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Tue 03/17/09
St. Louis, MO The Gargoyle

Wed 03/18/09
Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
Fri 03/20/09
Toronto, ON Circa

Sat 03/21/09
New York, NY Terminal 5
Sun 03/22/09
Boston, MA House Of Blues
Mon 03/23/09
Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Tue 03/24/09
Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Thu 03/26/09
Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Fri 03/27/09
Orlando, FL Club Firestone

Tuesday, February 17

Just dance.

BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo.


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girl power

In middle school I struggled to name female musicians whom I liked. I blame it on the horrible pop-punk I listened to at the time. My introduction to Tegan&Sarah, Rilo Kiley years later gave me a real taste of what women can do with guitars, and how much better they rocked compared to the talentless emo crap I had settled with for so long.

There's something about a female's ability to really just belt out a song (i.e. Regina Spektor). Add some instrumental talent, undercut with heavy, yet relatable, lyrics, and you've got a force to be reckoned with.

Sarah Aument seems to have all those qualities, but sweetly disguised with a melodic voice and entrancing gaze.

Aument, a Syracuse University freshman, is going to be audiocandy's first musicial guest on this thursday's show (10am--1pm), playing a few of her songs and answering our (and your) questions. She signed with SU sophomores Dan Creahan and Sam Mason's record label O, Morning Records last semester and she played her first headlining show with Like Trains & Taxis and Erica Scarano at Funk n' Waffles earlier this month.

Swing by her MySpace page and take a listen to a few, or all, of her five posted tracks (my favorite is "Shall I compare thee"). Comment which ones you'd like for her to play on-air, or any questions you may have for her that you'd like for her to answer.

She'll be in the studio during the later portion of this week's show, but be sure to tune in early for a special contest with an Aument-related prize!

photo from sarah aument facebook fanpage

Monday, February 16

Beard me tender

We're about half through February and, although the groundhog did see his shadow, Spring is right around the corner.

I've had my fill of Syracuse's winter. I cannot wait for mornings on the quad with crossword puzzles and coffee or for sunbathing at Green Lakes. Plus, spring months are always more exciting because that's when more artists sign-on or announce their participation in summer festivals.

But, like with anything, you've got to take the good with the bad.

And so I regretfully prepare myself for time when I will have to bid farewell to one of the few things that gets me through these depressing, cold days: the swoon-worthy sight that is the bearded man.

Lumberjack to some, sexy folkster to many, the bearded man makes me weak at the knees. There are various styles to the beard--ranging from the meager 5 o'clock shadow scruff to the almost-feared ZZTop extreme (-->).

I feel I have seen more and more men sporting facial hair, some more ballsy than other (i.e. mustaches, see James McAvoy left). It is hard to dish the credit to any particular person or trend.

Is it an accompanied bonus to the wave of indie folk?

Do men just want to protect their skin from the harsh, dry elements?

Did some girl let the cat out of the bag that we'd like our men to look manly?

Whatever the reason, thank god for it. And thank god so many guys took the hint.

The perfect synergy of eye candy & audio candy

Devendra Banhart <3
Scott Avett <3 of The Avett Brothers
Dan Auerbach <3 of The Black Keys
Justin Vernon <3 of Bon Iver
Ryan Gosling <3 of Dead Man's Bones