In Montreal, there is a small café venue by the name of Le Cagibi that I’ve played my share of shows at in my time living here, due in no small part to the fact that I live nearby. When I first learned of this place, I made some inquiries to some local folks as to the meaning of Le Cagibi and was told it meant “little cupboard under the stairs”. Even though it is in fact every bit as charming as this name implies, it literally translates to regular, boring-old “closet”. Not as quaint and romantic, unless you’re wired that way…

For your listening pleasure, here is a live recording (taken from a DV camera by Albérick, merci!) Les Beyond live at Le Cagibi

Once upon a time I lived in an attic room shaped like a gemstone in a lovely but leaky old house. It was this room that I recorded my first ever solo attempts, seated on the floor as my head would hit the ceiling in most of the room. Oh the memories.

So for you all, here it is. Originally released in an edition of 50 hand-sewn (thanks Aja Rose!) gemstone-shaped CDrs on Isolated Now Waves.

In A Gemstone

After suffering the loss of my laptop charger (courtesy of the-cat-who-shall-not-be-named), it for sure has been difficult to get my act together! But thanks to craigslist, I now have a new charger and also a new blog update!

Here is a live video from a relatively recent set I did as part of a queer music/sound art showcase for Radical Queer Semaine in Montréal. The set starts out with an older song Integral but quickly degenerates into the usual whathaveyou.

In a side note, if anyone is interested in a cat…

Growing up in NZ as I did, I have too many memories associated with these tiny rainbow sugar balls. Every childhood birthday party had pieces of fairy bread (or buttered whitebread covered in hundreds and thousands), every cake, cupcake and kitchen counter liberally sprinkled.

However, this track has nothing to do with them. Released in 2010 on Montréal’s Walnut +Locust on a wee 3″ CDr, distributed via former cigarette machines turned good, Distroboto.

For those of you not living in Montréal, here is the download:

Les Beyond – Hundreds and Thousands

My mother and I went here a few years back. It literally is a blue-green lake, aptly called The Blue-Green Lake, and can be found in the  geothermal region of New Zealand, Rotorua. Having spent a lot of the past 28 hours thinking of NZ, post-quake, I’ve been going through my photos to aid the reminiscing. It is hard to be on the other side of the world when shit goes down.

All my love to you, ChCh.

Cover art

I thought I would start to keep a record of some of the many things I have been fortunate enough to be part of, so here we go! As always, you have to start somewhere, but rather than start at the very beginning (as Julie Andrews would), I’m going to jump into the early-middle.

This image is from a long OOP cassette release on Vancouver’s Vidkid Tapes, in an edition of 50, in 2009. A three-way split between Shipyards , Haunted Beard and myself – Les Beyond. All eccentric, all abstract, yet all-consuming. A wonderful balance between three unbalanced entities.

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