Monthly Archives: December 2008

Beati Paoli with Slyde and The Curse Of Hail 12/20/08

just wanted to remind people about the Beati Paoli show this weekend.

When:::Sat, December 20, 9:30 pm
Where:::The House Of Bricks – 525 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa (map)

see ya there!


the illustrations compiled on the flyer were taken from a spanish horror magazine called “Delirium”, which i can’t find ANY info on, and a painting of st denis, by Leon Bonnat. st denis is a cool character because after he was beheaded at montmartre, he picked up his severed head and walked for TWO MILES, preaching a sermon the whole way. he’s also the patron saint of HEADACHES! no joke.



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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (10)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (10):

Aesop Rock“Coffee”

this is the last song off of his latest album, None Shall Pass. the extra “hidden” track, “Pigs”, is included in this mp3 cuz i was too lazy to chop it off. it’s good too, though.  artwork by Jeremy Fish.
aesop rock none shall pass album art

aesop rock. probably my favorite hip-hop artist of all time. i’ve been yelled at about this before, usually by people who only like one or two of his albums, but i honestly find his work to be much more interesting and fun to listen to, on a whole, than any other hip-hop artist i’ve heard. his first two albums were self-financed (which i can admire, for obvious reasons) in the late 90s before getting signed to Mush in 2000. “Coffee” features John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats and production from long time collaborator, Blockhead. check out this post for more mountain goats/aesop rock team ups.

video for coffee

video for pigs featuring jeremy fish

live footage


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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (9)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (9):

Bjork“Hidden Place”

off the album, Vespertine. i think you can buy it on her website.
bjork vespertine album cover

bjork. most people know about bjork, i think. icelandic singer-songwriter. wore a swan dress. beat up a couple of photographers. blah blah blah. before she went solo, she was in two bands: an anarchist punk band called KUKL (which i guess means ‘witchcraft’) and after that, a band called The Sugarcubes. i haven’t heard a whole lot of either of these bands, but what i’ve heard is VERY good. check ’em out.

and here’s what bjork had to say about the vespertine album:
“It sounds like a winter record. If you wake up in the middle of the night, and you go out in the garden, everything’s going on out there that you wouldn’t know about. That’s the mood I’m trying to get. Snow owls represent that very well.”

some videos:

the hidden place video

live version of hidden place (the sampled card shuffling noise is performed live!)

kukl with a pregnant bjork

sugarcubes video


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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (8)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (8):

Alixandra and the Tailor Sea“Black Crow”

this is off her first album. go to her myspace:
alixandra and the tailor sea
(i couldn’t find the album cover online, but this is kinda what it looks like…)

alixandra and the tailor sea is the first unsigned/underground/independent/whatever artist on this mixtape. it’s basically just one person: alixandra macmillan-fiedel. she’s a singer-songwriter from santa barabara/new york, and she writes good songs. also, she is the co-organizer of ‘voices for a cure,’ a concert which benefits scleroderma research. you can read an article about ‘voices’ here.

if you like this song, check out her other stuff.


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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (7)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (7):

The National“Daughters Of The Soho Riots”

get this on the album, Alligator.
the national alligator album cover

The National is an indie-rock band from new york. they formed back in 1999, and have toured with modest mouse and R.E.M.. blah blah blah. i saw them at the pitchfork music fest a couple years ago, and i have to say that they were the best act there. well… them and aesop rock.

some videos:

daughters of the soho riots live

on letterman


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CONCERT: OASIS & RYAN ADAMS (Target Center, Minneapolis, MN 12/10/08)

So this past Wednesday I saw Oasis with special guests Ryan Adams & Cardinals in Minneapolis at the Target Center. Oasis has been one of my very favorite bands for the last 12 years, so I’m always excited to see them. Ryan Adams, I got into through my cousin while we lived together in college. And Target has been a Minnesota institution for awhile now. So herez what went down:

First off, there was a short acoustic set by this guy, Matt Costa. Wasn’t really into it.In my opinion, he didn’t do anything to distinguish himself from the 64,000,000 acoustic singer-songwriter guys out there. But he was opening for Oasis and Ryan Adams, so he at least has a good agent.

Ryan Adams and The Cardinals were up next. In spite of having seen them just a little over two months ago in Ames, I was still looking forward to this set. It’s always nice when there’s an opener that you’re not only looking forward to seeing, but would actually pay to see on their own. If I had to pick I’d say I preferred their Ames set, mainly because, it being their own headlining show, RA & The Cs were more able to cherry pick songs from throughout their entire catalogue. Tonight’s setlist was mostly drawn from the new album Cardinology and last year’s Easy Tiger (though “When The Stars Go Blue” from 2001’s Gold and “Let It Ride” from 2005’s Cold Roses were also included). Having said that, it was still a great set. I really enjoy how the band build upon the templates of the songs on the albums and make them rockier and jammier live. A simple, three-minute acoustic number on record like “Off Broadway” becomes a six and a half minute extended jam. I prefer these live versions and, though I like the final Cardinology album, I wish it sounded more like this. Really good set, and I’m glad they were allowed an hour, which to me seems very generous for an opener.


Entrance: Sandford And Son Theme

1.) Cobwebs

2.) Crossed-Out Name

3.) Everybody Knows

4.) When The Stars Go Blue

5.) Fix It

6.) Let It Ride

7.) Off Broadway

8.) Go Easy

9.) Sink Ships

10.) Born Into A Light

11.) I Taught Myself How To Grow Old

12.) Two

13.) Natural Ghost

14.) Magick

I couldn’t find any videos of RA & The Cs from this performace online, so here are a few from other places:

“Fix It” on Letterman (10/08)

“Off Broadway” live, St. Louis (10/08)

“Magick” live, (9/08)

“Cobwebs” on Letterman Online (10/08)

Next of course was Oasis. This was my fourth time seeing these blokes (cause they’re British, geddit?): time number one was also in Minneapolis but was way back in 2000, when they were touring with Travis in support of  Standing On The Shoulder of Giants; the next time was in 2001 in St. Paul with The Black Crowes and time three was in Chicago in 2005 for the Don’t Believe The Truth tour. This time around they’re on the road to promote their new album Dig Out Your Soul. Six songs were played from Soul, including lead single “The Shock Of The Lightning“, Liam’s lovely Lennon tribute “I’m Outta Time” and a groovy, psych “To Be Where There’s Life” written by guitarist Gem Archer. A smattering of lesser-known songs (at least to most American fans) were included in the set, including fan-favorite b-side “The Masterplan” and “Songbird” from 2002’s Heathen Chemistry. And of course there were many selections from their first two (and best) albums, Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? . The biggest reactions were saved for the three big singles from the latter: huge cheers for “Wonderwall“, an arena-wide singalong for a lovely semi-acoustic version of “Don’t Look Back In Anger” and both for “Champagne Supernova“. Personally, as much as I love these songs, I’d be fine if they were dropped from the set; they’ve been played on every tour since 1995, and there are dozens of other songs that I’d rather hear that haven’t been played in years or at all (very early on his tour, “My Big Mouth” from 1997’s overly-maligned Be Here Now was played, but was quickly dropped. Myself and other longtime fans were annoyed). Of course, this will probably never happen. Most of the people who came out tonight probably did so in large part to hear these songs, so it’s understandable that the band would play those over three b-sides or something. Overall though, I think Oasis struck a good balance of crowd-pleasers, new songs and a few other bits and bobs from the catalogue. I’d be the first to admit that I am far from impartial when it comes to this band, so your mileage may vary as to how much you might enjoy this show. For me personally, it was great. There are very few bands who I will bother to see in an arena setting, and Oasis is one of them. They were the first band that made me want to be in a band, and I’m glad that the kind of passion for music they inspire in me remains undiminished.


Entrance: Fuckin’ In The Bushes

1.) Rock N’ Roll Star

2.) Lyla

3.) The Shock Of The Lightning

4.) Cigarettes And Alcohol

5.) The Meaning Of Soul

6.) To Be Where There’s Life

7.) Waiting For The Rapture

8.) The Masterplan

9.) Songbird

10.) Slide Away

11.) Morning Glory

12.) Ain’t Got Nothin’

13.) The Importance Of Being Idle

14.) I’m Outta Time

15.) Wonderwall

16.) Supersonic


17.) Don’t Look Back In Anger

18.) Falling Down

19.) Champagne Supernova

20.) I Am The Walrus

Here are a lot of videos from the show, of varying quality:

“Morning Glory”

“Champagne Supernova”

“Cigarettes & Alcohol”

“Don’t Look Back In Anger”

“Waiting For The Rapture”





“The Importance Of Being Idle”

“I Am The Walrus”

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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (6)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (6):

Yellow Magic Orchestra“Solid State Survivor”

off the album of the same name.
yellow magic orchestra solid state survivor

Yellow Magic Orchestra was formed in 1978 in japan. They’ve been cited by many people as the pioneers of electropop, and were supposedly so popular in their home country, that business men today still wear the YMO “techno cut” hairstyle. Everyone from Eric Clapton to J.Lo to Hitoshi Sakimoto (composer of the final fantasy tactics soundtrack, as well as numerous other video game scores) have been influenced and inspired by these crazy men. they “spread out” as a band (aka: broke up) in 1984.

“Solid State Survivor” was not released in the USA, but it looks like you can get it on amazon for about 20 bucks.

some videos:

yellow magic orchestra on soul train!

ymo covering “day tripper”


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