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Monday, December 17, 2007

Xmas Video Entertainment in Paris or Anywhere: The Year Without a Santa Claus

In Praise of the Pagan, Feminist, Anti-Musical Holiday Classic, The Year Without a Santa Claus


OD-ed on fruitcake? Reached your patience limit with your family, no matter how much you love them? The lazy hometowns bringing you down during the holidays? Fear not, deliverance from ennui is nigh. Check out Rankin and Bass's classic The Year Without a Santa Claus (TYWSC) available on DVD , sample clips of it available on You Tube (see them below).

Out of all the holiday specials, The Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman, A Christmas Carol, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, and many others, it is TYWSC (1974) that I remember best and most fondly.

TYWSC is an animation masterpiece by the remarkable Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Rankin/Bass had a prolific stretch of productions using stop-motion puppet animation (“Animagic"), beginning with the ever-popular Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1962.

Many of these Rankin/Bass “Animagic” productions are interesting on several levels, since they often pulled the holiday away from religious moorings (with a couple of exceptions) and contributed to the huge holiday commercial machine (music, decorations, TV, now video and DVD) but at the same time celebrated the secular-humanist qualities of Christmas, such as cheer and pleausure of giving or sharing for their own sake. TYWSC, like some of these others, is in fact a pagan, feminist and still moralizing tour de force.

The plot follows basic script-writing rules by introducing problems that must be resolved by a cast of heroes, foes, and helpers. The magic is in the details.

Santa is under the weather and is uninspired, thanks to the ingrates around the world. Christmas has lost its spirit and become reduced to a hollow, ugly "gimme gimme me" entitlement to things detached from any deeper human principles. So Santa decides to leave his red suit in moth balls this year (yes, there are moths in his North Pole chateau). Mrs. Claus is the heroine of the story. Behind the male lesser hero is a strong woman, and Rankin and Bass foreground her. In this sense, the production is a kind of unveiling of the hardly self-made cheer-giver by showing how dependent he is on his generous yet assertive wife. "Mrs. C" sees Santa is depressed by what he generalizes as a loss of Christmas spirit and cheer in the humanity he has served so generously over the years. So she sends two elves and a reindeer down to Southtown in search of evidence that will dispel Santa's suspicions and re-inspire him. But Jingle and Jangle, the charming and hapless elves, get into trouble and their tiny reindeer Vixen falls prey to a villainous dogcatcher.

The plot’s first basic problem to be resolved (Santa on strike) encounters a second plot requiring resolution: The mayor will spring Vixen from dog-jail if the elves can make it snow in Southtown, which has a kind of Southern California climate.

This new problem, getting snow to Southtown, brings viewers to what is unmistakably the most memorable parts of the show: the Broadwayesque scenes of brawling brothers Heatmiser and Snowmiser, given dominion over the northerly and southerly climes by their Mother Nature. Their song and dance routines are etched in the minds of millions of adults and even received an indirect homage in the film Batman and Robin (1997), where the villainous Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) encourages his minions to fête him with Snowmiser’s song.

Indeed, the entire show seems to owe much to Greek and other mythologies where gods are powerful, flawed, and sparring like humans and thus in need of a stronger and wiser deity to keep them in check. In the end, it is only the strong woman Mother Nature who can arrange the snowstorm in Southtown, which, importantly, is accomplished by teaching the boisterous boys the art of compromise: Heatmiser lets it snow in Southtown while his icicle-nosed sibling permits some global warming in the North. Unsurprisingly the resolution of these two subplots makes way for the central message: one should believe in Santa Claus who is a symbol of good cheer and benevolence toward humankind, which of course should be a year-long spirit annually re-charged. The latter is the real meaning of Christmas, and Santa finally finds convincing evidence of its existence. So he resumes his global sleigh ride with renewed vigor.

TYWSC is a heartwarming morality tale executed with superb animation and songs. If you’re experiencing a lull in the holiday stretch (or even if you’re not) I recommend you re-live your childhood and enrich your own children’s by watching this DVD. If you don’t remember it or believe me, take a peak at these clips of these supernatural siblings, and try to resist.
Happy holidays.

DJ Jayson, Set January 4, 2008

At L'Orange Mecanique Bar
72 bis Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
Metro Parmentier (St. Maur, or Menilmontant)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

thedø, la maroquinerie, december 4, 2007

by Jayson Harsin (also appears in Blogcritics Magazine)

It’s worth repeating that the best live concerts are often impressive visually as well as musically. This is certainly the case with the Franco-Finnish trio thedø, who played to a sold out audience at Paris’s La Maroquinerie club last night.

Thedø is actually a duo (Finnish Olivia B Merjlahti and French Dan Lévy), but live they add Jeremie Pontier on drums. The visual effect Pontier adds is mesmerizing. He is devoured by a monstrous metallic chandelier, a cross between a cage and the skeleton of a spaceship, perhaps something one enters to be beamed up. On the aluminum tubes that surround Pontier, hang a curious array of objects, from what appears to be a breastplate of Xena Warrior Princess, to wrenches, cooking pans, and the liberty bell. He played all of these during their set. Indeed, this drum set could, in time, go down as the most spectacular in the history of rock.

There’s something wonderfully incomparable about the live rock show's tradition that permits facial expression tacitly banned in everyday social situations: the beautiful thedo, world's most spectacular drumsetambiguity of a face that could be the sign of either a cutting appendicitis or a fantastic orgasm. Proof positive: lead singer Merjlahti, whose twisted face unleashed sweet and alternately baleful full notes, sometimes recalling Bjork and Joanna Newsom. She complained of the heat at one point during the show. It’s no wonder since her head was wrapped in what looked like a weasel wreath. She engaged the crowd with playful banter, clearly enjoying every second of her stage time.

Meanwhile sidekick Dan Lévy looked like a Geronimo imitator with his headband and black war paint. Merjilahti also went for a dab of face paint in the corners of her eyes. On the other hand, it was difficult to see drummer Pontier behind his shimmering silver set.

While they are a spectacular live band in the true sense of the word, thedø have been getting attention for their brand of recorded music. Unlike some bands that stop at great vocals and hooks, thedø combine sweet vocals, with mainly innovative folk pop sounds and smart lyrics full of half-rhymes. At times, there's a leisurely paced, full melodic sound strongly reminiscent of Luna (minus the world's most spectacular drum set). In addition to the unique percussion section, Dan Levy moves between a bass guitar, an organ, a xylophone, reindeer bells, and a melodica. The incorporation of a variety of instruments reminds one of creative counterparts like Calexico, Lambchop, and The Handsome Family. Other times their light and folkish sound recalling Smog can also turn on the rock. The result is a live music tour de force.

Thedø have been buzzing in France thanks to a major newspaper article last year in Le Monde and subsequently astounding myspace success. But it is only a matter of time before they conquer the rest of Europe and move on to America. The fact that Merjlahti sings almost entirely in English makes that migration a strong likelihood. Their first album A Mouthful will be released next month on Wagram Records. A band certainly to be heard first, and then, with a little luck, seen—thedø.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Our Good Friends Arlt...

Will be playing free for you soon. Great indie folk. Voice like a theramin, that Eloise.


CARTE BLANCHE à ARLT.
Click here to sample Arlt (formerly Sing Sing and Eloise).
Click here to sample Arlt.

CE DIMANCHE 9 DéCEMBRE à 19H00
AU LOU PASCALOU
14 RUE DES PANOYAUX
75020 PARIS

MéTRO MéNILMONTANT

SONT INVITéS:

MISS JONES ( www.myspace.com/heloisesque )
ALBAN DEREYER ( www.myspace.com/albandereyer )
BERTRAND BELIN ( www.myspace.com/bertrandbelin )
KRÖTZ STRUDER ( http://pagesperso-orange.fr/k.struder/ )
PLAGUE HENRY ( www.myspace.com/plaguehenry )
RED ( www.myspace.com/redfrench )

Monday, December 03, 2007

Dean and Britta, Herman Dune, theDO, Mum, Of Montreal and more

Note: new material posted in the calendar/picks for December. Some great shows: click here

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Do

thedø
Dec. 4, La Maroquinerie, 17,70 euros
Olivia B.Merilahti and Dan Levy are thedø. This part Finnish, part French duo remind me of Smog, but with Cat Power Chan Marshall's vocals if they were higher pitched and directed into poppier ditties. There's a rumor of Bjork in there too. Their slightly off-kilter low-fi pop songs are contagious. Check it out.
The show at La Maroquinerie is complet/sold out. But there are almost always people selling tickets there before the show. Another resource for finding tickets is the forum section of "infoconcert.com."
http://www.infoconcert.com/html/club/forum/forum.php?id=3

Monday, November 26, 2007

HOt, hot, heat plus some upcoming picks


Did any of you see the Hot Hot Heat show at the Nouveau Casino Friday? Nom d'une pipe was that ever a pogopalooza!

If you missed it, don't err a second time (like Athens against philosophy!). The tough guys out there are going to wince and say they're too syrupy. But tough! These guys rock, or jump. OMD-Elvis Costello meets The STrokes, man (and that's a compliment). Mark my words. Songs like Goodnight Goodnight are delicieuse. They make you want to hop. Their lyrics are clever, and for the fatally hip, they're even a Trojan horse. Listen closely. Steve Bay: wow what hair. This dynamic lead singer has a great range, as if Freddy Mercury were New Wave and with Weird Al's hair. (okay, sorry STeve, it's cooler than Weird Al's, if that's possible) Damn was that a catchy set. I can't get that bombpop-of-a-song out of my head: good night!

Coming up in the next two weeks, here are some of my picks:

Caribou: Wednesday Nov. 28, Fleche D'or. Canadian Dan Snaith (Manitoba) is a darling of the critics for his musical novelties. "Challenging" is one of the key words often appearing in the laudatory reviews of his creations. Of his latest album Andorra even the mainstream Entertainment Weekly purred, "The only problem with this symphonic daydream is that at just nine songs and 43 minutes, it's over far too soon." Fleche d'or is actually charging for this one. That should tell you something.

thedø
Dec. 4, La Maroquinerie, 17,70 euros
This part Finnish, part French duo remind me of Smog, but with Cat Power Chan Marshall's vocals if they were higher pitched and directed into poppier ditties. Contagious. Check it out.
The show at La Maroquinerie is complet/sold out. But there are almost always people selling tickets there before the show. Another resource for finding tickets is the forum section of "infoconcert.com."
http://www.infoconcert.com/html/club/forum/forum.php?id=3

Dean and Britta
Monday, 3 Dec., La Fleche d'Or (http://www.myspace.com/deanandbritta) (NY, NY/Zoë Records) (Folk/Rock), Free
Former Luna members Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips form this easy-going folk/rock duo. Mellow and airy, you can hear the influence of classic 60s idols like Velvet Underground in Dean's spoken-sung lyrics, softly strummed guitar, and Britta's soft harmonies. --Hilary Camblos



Herman Dune: Wednesday Dec. 5. Point Ephemere. As that sweatshopper Nike would say, "Just Do It!"

Mum :
Dec. 7, Le Trabendo. These Icylanders will be peddling their latest bundle of sweet gurgles, blurps, and disco loops, Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy (2007). While they keep shedding members, including my dream girl Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, Mum has also moved beyond the comfortable, sweet warble pop that defined them two albums ago during the Valtysdottir period. Very post-rock, and if you like that sort of thing it don't get much better than this.

Simone elle est bonne
Friday, 7 Dec., La Fleche d'Or (http://www.myspace.com/simonebikini) (Paris, France) (Electric/Punk/Pop), Free
You can't help but love self-empowered girls giving it to the man. A fast-paced electric sound and girlish voice recalling Vive la Fête or Au Revoir Simone delivering unabashedly in your face lyrics in the spirit of Nellie McKay or Metric, Simon elle est bonne claims to come from the future to save French music. --Hilary Camblos


I Am Kloot: Dec. 10, Le Nouveau Casino. Great Manchester pop, known for its brand of wordplay and changes of pace.


Thurston Moore : Tues. Dec. 11 Le Trabendo. Thurston Moore of legendary NY art-punk band Sonic Youth will turn 50 next year. But oh, how young his work continues to be. In 2007 Moore released his second song-based album, Trees Outside of the Academy, featuring cameos by Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Samara Lubelski, and Moore's fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley. Meditative and textured, Trees is an album paradoxically at once youthful and mature. This could be one of the best show's of 2007.

Keren Ann: Wed. Dec. 12 and Thur Dec. 13, Cafe de la Danse. Nice indie folk.

Stuck in the Sound
12, 13, and 14 Dec., La Fleche d'Or (http://www.stuckinthesound.com/) (Paris, France) (Indie/Rock), Free
Their driving rhythms, garage guitars and Cure-like vocals would make you double check for British passports. But chalk it up to the Chunnel Effect, folks: SITS are French as escargot. Part of It's Festival!, with The Dodoz, Selfish Cunt, Burning Heads, Hopper, Eldia, etc.--Hilary Camblos


Of Montreal: Friday Dec. 14 La Maroquinerie. Indie quirksters from the Elephant 6 consortium. Critics have called "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer" the best album yet by this fantastic songwriter.

Scout Niblett: Monday Dec. 17, Nouveau Casino. She calls herself "Scout Niblett." What more do you want? (Oh, you're deep, are you?). She's from Portland, Oregon. She's cute. Oh, still not sold? For fans of Cat Power? Oh, okay. Soft folk and Bjorkish vocals metamorphoses violently into static guitar and hard rock crashing drums canvasing PJ Harvey-like yawps.

The Young Knives
20 Dec., La Maroquinerie (http://www.theyoungknives.com) (UK/Transgressive) (Indie, Pop punk, classic rock), 17 euros
These tweed-donning, Buddy-Holly look-a-like lads from the middle of England let loose some serious post-punk rock. Shortlisted for the 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize for Voices of Animals and Men, their latest album, Terra Firma, has met mixed reviews, but their sound is solid. O Come All Ye Faithful.--Hilary Camblos


Cancellations: Super Furry Animals Dec. 3 at La Maroquinerie; Besnard Lakes Dec. 6 La Maroquinerie.
--Jayson Harsin

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sing Sing and Eloise (ARLT) November 18


If you're relatively new to the list, see this older review of these lovely indiefroggy folksters. REcommended for enthusiasts of Nick Drake, Cat Power, and medieval troubadours.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Vic Chestnutt, La Cigale, November 16!

I somehow missed this one but highly recommend it if you're not doing anything Nov. 16:

Nov. 16
Vic Chesnutt
à la Cigale
Chestnutt is a peculiar American singer-songwriter, a cripple in fact, who nevertheless manages to strum some beautiful songs famous for their poetry and his inimitable voice. Recommended, even last minute.

Here's a sample Vic Chesnutt song I love. JH
< Vic ChesnuttSoft Picasso

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Wombat Rock: Interview with The Wombats

Paris, France
November 1, 2007

They’re from the U.K. , not Australia , these Wombats. In fact, U.K. fans and critics are going so wild over this trio’s eclectic brand of what I call Indie Doo Wop that their Liverpudlian origins have encouraged comparisons to their legendary local forbears, The Beatles. Seven letters in the bands’ names, contagious melodies, harmonies and lyrics. Though The Wombats met at Liverpool ’s Performing Arts Academy founded by Paul McCartney, the comparisons end there; The Beatles operated with more personnel and Wombats are higher on the food chain.

Before their packed show at Paris’s fine indie music venue La Maroquinerie Thursday night, I had the opportunity to talk with The Wombats’ Dan Haggis (drums, vocals, keyboards) and Tord Knudsen, which sounds like “Thor” in conversation (bass, keyboard, vocals), while Matthew Murphy (lead vocals, guitar) was off munching baguettes and communing with the Muse. We talked about their birth thanks to the midwife of alcohol; their growth in popularity up to their recent debut release; their nuanced sound and lyrics; and their future plans.

The Birth of The Wombats

The pogo-able pieces they play have been about four years in the making.

Tord, the bass-playing displaced Norse god, Dan, and “Murph” Murphy met at the Liverpool Performing Arts Academy through friends of friends in the dormitories. Yet, they didn’t work their harmonies out in course projects. They met as probably most great troubadors do: around their pints of mead.

As Dan summed it up after a few anecdotes about parties and cricket games, “I guess the theme here is we’re an alcohol-induced band.” I wondered if all the other great art school-born bands were conceived the same way? But I can’t imagine David Byrne playing cricket; and I’d wager the Gang of Four met at a young Marxists reading group.

I followed up on the on choice of a marsupial for a name and learned that for these three poly-instrumentalists destined to become The Wombats, the jolly magnetism of social drinking was nearly inseparable from musical creativity and animal fetishes. .

“After a few hazy nights together drinking, we wrote that song about the goat,” Dan chuckled.

“The day of the first show, the promoter asked us for our name. We said we didn’t have one one yet. He said, ‘Just give me anything,’ and Dan offered, ‘The Wombats.’” Added Tord. “Actually there were several animals in the running: Goats, a rhinocerous, wombats. Our first song was ‘Ode to Charles the Goat.’ It was just the three of us having a laugh.”

From Playing Schools to Top of the Charts

So The Wombats stuck, and after a year, they shrugged their shoulders and let history happen. This week the popular New Music Express chart in the UK showed their hit “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” knocking out the Hives for the top single in the land. They mentioned they had already been on a small U.S. tour, playing in tiny bars for a few enthusiastic fans. I wondered if the number and size of the venues wouldn’t triple the next time around.

Earlier this year the much sought after band signed to UK label 14th Floor. “We got signed,” Dan says, “because we did a ridiculous amount of touring and already had a fan base.”

Their first album, “A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation” is out this week. Fourteenth Floor had the honors partly due to an A&R connection they had worked with releasing singles in the past. While “quite a few” labels had come knocking at their door after they played SxSW in Austin last March, they are confident that 14th Floor (which has a lot of singer-songwriters on their roster) was right for them simply because their middle-man “totally gets who we are.”

“We had complete control with this record,” Dan says. “We negotiated the contract that way. The label told us what they would like, but we had the last say.”

Indie Doo Wop/Wombat Rock

But about what sound exactly did the Wombats have the last say? As with a lot of popular music, the Wombats’ sound is a socially acceptable form of addiction and pleasure. They give you contagious Doo wop harmonies, memorable melodic hooks, a driving rhythm, and smart lyrics. There’s something comfortable and familiar about their sound, which will at times draw comparisons to The Strokes guitars and the Franz Ferdinand Bass, occasional Forward Russia! rhythms. Yet their ability to incorporate keyboards, strings, and harmonicas, to pen grin-worthy lyrics, and layer harmonies will defy easy classifications. When you ask the guys about their influences their identity makes sense.

They’ve been playing in bands since they were 15 or 16, and what were they listening to in those formative years which often play an unconscious role in a band’s composition of sounds?

“This!” says Tord pointing a finger heavenward. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was playing. We chuckled.

“I’d listen to this upstairs,” Dan explains. “Then I’d go downstairs and listen to Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac! Actually, I listened to a lot of classic rock: Rolling Stones, Cream….We’re all fans of Radiohead. I also listed to harder things like Rage Against the Machine and Deftones.”

“Yeah,” Tord interjects, “I had a period of black metal!”

“I also had a Skate punk phase,” Tord continues. “No Effects, Green Day, and then I got in to the Norwegian Radiohead—Motorcycle. They’re really important for me, because I still think they were different than anything else.”

And what about my Doo Wop tag? Are these guys fans of The Platters and boybands?! Not exactly.

“We like the Beach Boys,” Dan admits.

But in fact, these guys were in several different bands when they first started. They both played some metal. Dan was in a folk trio! Let’s not forget that Joe Strummer, before the 101’ers and The Clash, was a folk singer who insisted on being called “Woody.” Dan, Tord, and Murphy, like the Platters, the early Beatles and the Beach Boys, have a love for “woooahhs” and “oooooayyoooos.” But what sets them apart is their ability to lay those harmonies down over pop punk rhythms, indie jangle guitars, and sporadic OMD-induced new wave synth-pop. Listen closely and you hear echoes of the last 30 years of Anglo-American (and some Norwegian) pop-rock.

Well-Wrought Words

But that’s the sound of instruments and voices. One loses an important portal of appreciation if one forgets their lyrics. These are the exclusive work of the gifted lyricist Murphy. They give The Wombats an ironic identity, a cleverness that some bands, as much as they might want it, can never attain, forcing them by default to rock out to overly earnest appeals to love, heartache, power, corruption and lies.

My pretentious literary sensibility requires me to point out a couple of Shakespeare references in their songs. Not only are they Shakespeare references but they’re played to great humorous effect.

IN “Lost in the Post,” Murphy sings of a love never meant to be, who “wanted Mary Poppins, I took her to King Lear.” Then in “Lost in a Forest ,” a song about a disappointing rave outside Leeds , Murphy asks, “Am I in a scene from Midsummer night’s dream?”

But Shakespeare or no, the important thing is that these guys give us playful sometimes darkly humorous lyrics against a rollickingly poppy—I persist, pogoable—sound. And there they are in elite company with bands like The Smiths.

When one listens to the lyrics of “Let’s Dance to Joy Division,” for example, echoes of “Girlfriend in a Coma,” resonate in the mind’s ear. “Let’s Dance to Joy Division and Celebrate the Irony/Everything is Going Wrong, But we’re so Happy.”

“Yeah,” Dan and Tord agree in unison. “Our sound is fairly upbeat, but then when you listen to the words, it’s sometimes kind of dark. That song is like people dancing and having fun to songs they really find quite depressing.”

“It’s about people dancing to Love will tear us apart…..been havin’ a hard week, then letting loose. The ridiculousness of life gets you down, but it’s kind of like the music can get you out of it.” Some people choose alcohol or drugs, others choose Joy Division, others still the Wombats.

They say the lyrics and the sound are of equal importance to them. They like that “you can listen to the album again and again and find new things.”

The Code of the Wombat

The Wombats are on a roll. But where are they going? What do they want? Why do they do this? The rock’n’roll dream to take over the world?

“We never had a set goal,” Dan waxes modest. “We like to live one day at a time,” Carpe Diem “Dead Poet’s Society” style.

He continues: “We want to keep on doing music full time. We don’t want to be a flash in the pan.”

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote to Walt Whitman after having read “Leaves of Grass,” I greet you at the beginning of a great career.

(Also published by Blogcritics Magazine)


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Tonight! Lippie at Fleche D'Or (plus check calendar updates, and, Wombats review, and concert reviews)

11/3, La Fleche d’Or, Lippie (http://www.myspace.com/lippiemusic) (France)

With simple, perhaps even minimalist songs that build by layered tracks, with a patience permitting you to savor each sweet note and attendant harmony, Lippie makes listening like passing hours with a sensitive, passionate lover. She presents a slow groove that reaches in and resonates with some primordial instinct, in which you hear the influences of rock, blues, and reggae, plus a little jazzy syncopation tossed into the mix – wait, is that Bjork I hear there too? Lippie’s got a sound that clears out all the cobwebs and presents glimpses of the elusive essence of music. Playing with Juan Spark and Anton Stars, the Dodoz, and Fantôme.

(Hillary Camblos)

Concert Review: Brille REcords Party, Fleche D'Or

Brille Records threw a fabulous label party almost two weeks ago Wednesday at La Fleche d'Or, featuring the young Aussie indie-pop group Operator Please and the British indie rock trio Good Shoes. Despite their cherubic look, OP rocked the crowd with their tight pop sound, led by the strong vocals of Amanda Wilkinson. Was there moshing? Oh, yes. Good Shoes garagier sound followed. They quickly proved worthy of the cross-channel buzz about them. As if their driving beat, fast, politically charged lyrics, and sweet guitar riffs weren't enough to make the crowd rock, everyone was quickly airborn following guitarist Steve Leach’s lead as a pogo-gone-wild on stage. Plus, they have fantastically well-worn shoes.
(Hilary Camblos)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr! November updated 11/12/2007

25/10 Richard Hawley
Nouveau Casino, €15,30, 19h30

Hawley came of age with Britpop minor stars the Longpigs in the 1990s. He played with Pulp for a stint and did session work with people like Robbie Williams before going solo in 2000 and with growing success with each new release. His 2005 album Cole’s Corner was nominated for the acclaimed Mercury Prize in 2006. Though Hawley didn’t win it, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album won the prize, is said to have exclaimed, 'Someone call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed!'. Hawley will be peddling songs from his 2007 release Lady’s Bridge, an impressive, poetic and melodious product full of pop songs and sad ballads, pianos and reverb guitars.

25/10 Jason Kent (Izumi Records, UK) Thursday, La Feline, Free, 20h
A pearl in the rough off Menilmontant. While at times Kent sounds too much like a Neil Young cover act (which is of course no problem for those who like that sound), he also has his own particular take on a tradition of North American alt.country little known in the French capital. Dreamy, twang-soaked music that recalls Mazzy Star, and vocal echoes of Thom Yorke.

26/10 Les Savvy Fav (where else? Brooklyn) Nouveau Casino: Disco-tinged, gritty punk, influenced by the classics: you know, Beethoven, The Buzzcocks, The Gang of Four, The Clash, and Modest Mouse. Their 2004 singles compilation Inches made critics' best of the year lists, and the much feared and heralded follow up, this year's Let's Stay Friends has earned them critical standing ovations. As Pitchfork recently said of this latest album: "If "Meet Me in the Dollar Bin" had been the last song Les Savy Fav ever released, the band would have written themselves a fitting epitaph: "We got old, but we got good/ And we did all we said we would." For a taste, try this video.

27/10 Vampire Weekend, La Marockinerie!: Touted as the biggest American thang since Arcade Fire. Hmm. Holds up to the hype? Sweet vocals and jangly guitars meet world music? New York, New York. Do these guys sit around in the Brooklyn cafes with Animal Collective and friends, hatching plans for global musical takeovers? Alternative globalization, how sweet it is.

1/11 The Wombats, La Maroquinerie, 21 euros, 19h30
IN Liverpool, their native bourg, one hears a drunk limey accent lifting above the rundown smokestacks and mythical clubs: "The Beatles are Dead! Long live the Wombats!" "It is unfair to tag all Liverpool bands with the Beatles legend but it will start to happen with this three piece," raves Liverpool.com. These guys give us a driving, rhythmically diverse, melodious, three-part-harmonied rock, with consistently clever lyrics, as in "Let's Dance to Joy Division, and celebrate the irony. Everything is going wrong, but we're so happy." As Lester Bangs once hyperbolized about the Mekons: "Better than the Beatles."

2/11 ARlt, Le Vieux Leon: The dreamy psych-folk pop of Arlt has long scratched the spot on my back that makes my hind leg twitch uncontrollably. Now word has it SingSing (composer of the duo) has penned some new shanties and ballads. The Vieux Leon is a new patron of the nouvelle chanson francaise--indie frog folk, for those looking for the gallic counterpart of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Connor Oberst and Cat Power. Well worth the coup, as the locals say.

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2/11 The Wedding Present, La Maroquinerie:


11/3, La Fleche d’Or, Lippie (http://www.myspace.com/lippiemusic) (France)

With simple, perhaps even minimalist songs that build by layered tracks, with a patience permitting you to savor each sweet note and attendant harmony, Lippie makes listening like passing hours with a sensitive, passionate lover. She presents a slow groove that reaches in and resonates with some primordial instinct, in which you hear the influences of rock, blues, and reggae, plus a little jazzy syncopation tossed into the mix – wait, is that Bjork I hear there too? Lippie’s got a sound that clears out all the cobwebs and presents glimpses of the elusive essence of music. Playing with Juan Spark and Anton Stars, the Dodoz, and Fantôme.



11/6, Le Trabendo, !!! (http://www.myspace.com/chkchkchk) (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Is it rock? Is it electronic? Is it funk-dance-punk? Who cares! Just groove! Having released their critically acclaimed album Myth Takes this past March, !!! (pronounced with any monosyllabic sound repeated thrice: for example, chk chk chk or uh uh uh) is living proof that white people CAN dance after all. Even the most dedicated wallflowers will bust a move to !!!’s energetic, funk-a-liciously bass-heavy instrumentals and Nic Offer’s rapid-fire lyrics.

11/7, La Fleche d’Or, ATTICA (http://www.myspace.com/atticaproject) (Brussels, Belgium)

The theory: fiercely and unapologetically refusing to conform, ATTICA (A Time To Improvise Casual Awareness) incorporates a wide-range of musical genres, taking full advantage of each group member’s strengths and concentrating on developing tight relationships between the members to produce a unique rock sound. And boy do they succeed. You’ll hear rock, jazz, reggae, and latin rhythms, among others, masterfully blended, molded, and reshaped to result in a deftly-constructed, cohesive, and powerful tidal wave of sound. With Papillon, Celyane, Capsula, and Lemon Incest.


7/11
The Donnas , La Maroquinerie, 20h, 18euros.
Petasse Punk!
These California highschool girls busted into 90s American indie and mainstream music with a dirty sex appeal that made the moral police pee their petticoats! Their early brand was focused on the rejection of high school in favor of sex, drugs, and punk-garage rock, evident in songs like "I Don't Want to go to School," "Teenage Runaway," "You Make Me Hot," and "Party Action." Now, on their 7th studio album titled Bitchin' released last month, and on the previous one, they're talking 'bout relationships and love, but with the token youth anthem tossed in the lot ("Like an Animal," "Bitchin'"). Nostalgic? Were/are the Donnas just a hyper-sexy, trashy, Lolitaesque high school girlpunk phenom, now having outgrown their thongs and heels of last winter? Is soccermomitude right around the corner for them? Prove thysevles, Donnas! Sucks growing old, but might be a consolation doing it with the Donnas.

11/14, La Fleche d’Or, Laura Marling (http://www.myspace.com/lauramarling) (UK/Virgin)

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Emmy-Lou Harris and Judy Collins, singer-songwriter Laura Marling gushes evocative lyrics far more mature than her 16 years would lead you to think. Her clear and subtly powerful voice is her greatest asset, which, accompanied by her delicately plucked acoustic guitar, produces sounds to soothe savage beasts like you and me.
(Hillary Camblos)

Rahim
14 Nov., Fleche D'Or , 8pm, Free

This re credited with being one of the great musical paramedics resuscitating the ailing indie rock post-punk genre. They hooked up with producer J Robbins, of legendary D.C. post-punk band Jawbox, for their 2006 record Ideal Lives (French Kiss Records). That record was hailed for its incorporation of trumpets, driving drum components, and bass-guitar- vocals that play catch up and then impressively synchronize. Of the many reviews from various publications on metacritic.com, the score for that album was 74/100 favorable. Playing with Kennedy (UK), Carla Bozulich (US), Laura Marling (UK) and Alb (FR).

Mai
16 Nov., La Fleche D'Or, 8pm, Free
Mai is Swede vocalist and musician Johanna Wedin and Frenchman Dorian Dumont (musician sharing songwriting duties). Their recently released album of lush electro-psych-folk, Still Need a Kiss(June 2007 on Paris' Nacopajaz label) was mixed by Stephane "Alf" Briat, who produced Air's "Virgin Suicides." Mai has drawn comparisons to Mazzy Starr, The Cocteau Twins, Sparklehorse, Mum, and Bjork. Over the sometimes haunting gurgling, "typewritering" post-industrial background hum is a voice lone and pure, frightened but mildly hopeful. "Show me this lonely road, 'cause I'm leavin' today, travellin' light, with only myself to talk to," she coos in "Travelling Light." The patient Calexico-like guitars evoke the tumbleweeds of southwestern landscapes, and the synthesizers give you a trippy riff recalling "Strawberry Fields Forever".
Also playing: Da Brasilians (FR), Pete and the Pirates (UK)

16/11
Vic Chesnutt
à la Cigale
Chestnutt is a peculiar American singer-songwriter, a cripple in fact, who nevertheless manages to strum some beautiful songs famous for their poetry and his inimitable voice. Recommended, even last minute.


Pinback
19 Nov., La Maroquinerie, 20h, 16 euros
Autumn of the Seraphs (2007 Touch and Go), Pinback's fourth full-length album has garnered rave reviews. But this band has long been a key vertebrum in the spine of American indie rock, having bounded on to the scene in 1999. While some indie bands have incorporated various non-traditional rock instruments, played with lots of effects and layering of tracks, and renounced lyrics and guitars altogether, these San Diego rockers have moved away from the precipice of stop-start rhythmically complex Math Rock in 2001 and established themselves as a dependable guitar rock band, with contagious pop harmonies, driving rhythms, and a kind of solid collective timing and craft that has been hailed as "swiss" (the watch, not the cheese). Seeing is believing: the swatch of indie rock.

INTERPOL, with Blonde Redhead
21/11, Le Zenith:211 av Jean Jaurès 75019(in Parc de la Villette). 33euros.
buy ticket here.

23/11 Hot Hot Heat (Canada), Nouveau Casino 18,7 euros, 19h30.
HHH bounded on to the N. American indie scene in 2002 with their “dance punk” Subpop EP Knock Knock Knock, which they toured with indie faves like the Dismemberment Plan. Since then they’ve stood out for their witty lyrics and increasingly poppier hooks, while they’ve moved from Warner to Sire. Their fifth album Happiness Ltd was released earlier this year to considerable critical acclaim. Even better, they are reputed for wild live shows true to the punk and New Wave traditions they celebrate in their sound.

HOt HOT Heat in Vancouver 2006

Tom Mansi and the Icebreakers(UK)
Saturday 24 Nov., Fleche d'Or 8pm, Free
Quirky blues rock, melding garage influences like the Cramps on songs like "Holly" and moving to a softer Ryan Adams type of alt.country on songs like "Can't Take It When." Gritty Vocals that recall Tom Waits and Scott Biram. These blokes ain't American, but they've diligently studied the American blues rock tradition.

Sayag Jazz Machine
Tuesday, 27 Nov., 19:30, La Cigale, (http://www.sayagjazzmachine.com/)
(Paris/Indie), (Nu-Jazz/HipHop/Drum'n'Bass) 25 euros
Eclectic is the word that immediately comes to mind -- this ain't your
daddy's Gainsbourg, that's for sure. Starting with a base of jazz and
bossa, Sayag Jazz Machine then mixes in hip-hop, IDM/electronica, and
jungle for a sound that's like John Coltrane meets Boards of Canada
and Le Peuple de l'Herbe. But they wouldn't let your ears have all
the fun -- their live shows treat your eyes with a crazy video show as
well (check out their website for an idea of what you can expect).



Caribou
Wednesday, 28 Nov., La Fleche d'Or, (http://www.caribou.fm/)
(Canada/Merge) (Psychedelic/Indie Electronic/IDM), 11 euros

Dan Snaith is the head of Caribou, the instrumental-and-electronica
project formerly known as Manitoba. His appearance at la Fleche will
be the first since the release of his latest album, Andorra, which
delves into psychedelic, sun-drenched pop-rock straight from the 1960s
– dreamy harmony, airy flute, and jangly percussion to boot. Having
toured in the past with the likes of Four Tet and Prefuse 73, Snaith's
complex and sometimes messy electronica will satisfy the toughest IDM
connoisseurs, but is melodic enough that it appeals to those outside
of the IDM circle. How un-fleche-like to charge admission, but we'll
gladly pay for it.


Train's Tone
Friday, 30 Nov., 20:30, Le Cabaret Pirate (www.trainstone.com)
(Bordeaux/Patate Records) (Ska Jazz), 10/8 euros

Put yer dancin' shoes on, man, cuz you'll cut a rug with Train's Tone.
Cool, jazz-infused big band sounds spiced up with reggae rhythms put
the boogy in my step the old-fashioned way!


Monday, October 22, 2007

A Nouveau Niche

(article also appears in Ivy Paris) by Jayson Harsin

Nestled in the briar patch of branchitude at 114 rue Oberkampf is a former 1930s cabaret. The building later became an artist atelier. Then in 2001 it opened as home to what is now one of the premier mid-size live music and clubbing venues in Frogopolis—The Nouveau Casino.

The admirable programming team of Dimitri Perrier and Benoit Maume have managed to bring in top-notch acts from the States, UK, Australia, Scandanavia, and the random European group that breaks into the global indie rock scene. Most of the French groups that make the cut at Nouveau C. are opening acts, and they comprise less than 10% of the total groups. Since opening they've managed coups like Sonic Youth (see right photo). Most recently, they’ve brought us Shannon Wright, Malcolm Middleton (Arab Strap), the Supersuckers, Cluster, Les Savy Fav, and Hot Hot Heat. That’s no small feat, considering that they listen to about 20-50 demos per week, in addition to following the indie press buzz before booking their acts, according to David Bordes, the Nouveau C. publicity chief. The Nouveau C. offers about 35 events each month, some of them being clubbing nights in the music mix.

This venue upstairs from its fatally hip café-bar-resto cousin, Le Café Charbon, holds about 380 persons, and boasts a mezzanine. According to Bordes, “the Nouveau C. strives to deliver quality sound to the most technically demanding artists.” While other venues have opened in the past few years, the Nouveau C. clientele has remained fidele, thus testifying to the success of their project. The Nouveau C. clientele are ready to pay serious euros for cutting edge groups that have a cachet. In this sense the venue differs from a venue like the Fleche D’Or, which brings in a higher number of nearly unknown bands.

Like other venues in Paris, the Nouveau C. is perhaps not the best place to go drinking, with their 5 euro Coronas and 3,50 demi-Kros, but then again that’s not the worst price in town. Besides, you don’t go to such a place mainly for the drinks; it’s the buzzworthy bands, silly. Under the classical dangling chandeliers, Nouveau C. is a major landmark in a city that has created a thriving indie rock scene.
75011 Paris
Tél. : 01.41.20.70.95
Métro : Parmentier or Menilmontant

www.nouveaucasino.net

Friday, October 12, 2007

Calendar: Late Sept through October updated

9/19: Edison Woods, Fleche d’or.
Blip 1: Experimental, slow, brooding, chilling, accordion, violin, synthesizers, saxophones, with influences that range from Chet Baker to Cat Power.
Blip2: What if Morissey were less of a crooner? What if Styx had used their keyboard powers for good instead of evil? What if Enya had come of age through punk? In the answer to these questions lies the goosebumping sound of EW!
Blip3: Who turned the images off to this David Lynch/Jim Jarmusch film whose soundtrack keeps playing?
Blip4: This is “patient” music, people. Arty. Have you got what it takes?
Blip 5: Scooby Doo music!
EW plays with an excellent lineup featuring Texans David Mead (Le Concorde, Benjy Ferree, and Josh Rouse are close relatives to his experiments) and SALIM NOURALLAH (catchy melancholic pop), and Danish alt.country avatar EMIL FRIIS. All for the low, low Fleche d’or price of…free.

09/25 ShannonWright , Nouveau Casino, (Quarterstick Records). In the mid-90s this Jacksonville , Florida native embarked on a series of low-fi, highly creative indie-folk projects, featuring her clear maturation as a songwriter, singer, guitarist and pianist. Like Cat Power, she attracts the keyword “emotion” for her songs and performances. If you’re into indie-folk, low-fi, creative slowcore that has some rocking moments (both with guitars and PJ Harvey-reminiscent yawps) and you don’t know Shannon, this should give you your fix. If you do know her, then you already love her.

Wright will play with one of the hottest French indie acts of the moment: Narrow Terrence, a group of poly-instrumentalists who draw from a well of Tex-Mex, blues, and latin influences. Vocals very similar to Tom Waits raspiness.

9/26, Flêche d’Or, So So Modern (New Zealand).

Mixing vintage 70s synthesizers, seminal, stripped-down punk guitars à la Gang of Four and Television to janglier riffs like the Strokes, and vocals reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine--these guys have a real signature hodge-podge. And it works. In addition, their spirit is the best of punk a la Joe Strummer: “We show solidarity around creative aural pleasure. Remember the campfire? Hope you do, cos thats what music means to us. A platform for sharing ideas, stories and gathering.” Not your everday wannabe popstars. Playing with: BO (Fr), The Clicks (Can), and ANATOMIE BOUSCULAIRE (Fr).

9/26 Unsane http://www.myspace.com/unsane (NYC), Nouveau Casino. Kings of NYC garage, hardcore noise. Heavy feedback, garagey riffs, screaming vocals. They’re recent release Visqueen (Ipecac Records) has been hailed by critics as a return to their origins—that is, it’s kickin’ out the jams old skool, brothers and sisters. Those of you nostalgic for the “hardcore noise” sound of the early 90s (or those curious who missed it altogether), this is your chance for time travel.

9/29 Menomena http://www.myspace.com/menomena (Portland, Oregon): They call it Moves between airy indie pop, experimental and punkier rhythms, incorporating acoustic and electric guitars, piano, xylophone. Melodic vocals that recall Le Concorde and The Shins sometimes, others they’re dead ringers for Wolf Parade.

10/2 The Ark (Sweden). These glam rockers from the land of reindeer herders were the number 1 group in Sweden this year, gone double platinum. The echos of TRex are sometimes, uh, deafening. But if you like that particular version of retro…oh, la la. The represented Sweden in Eurovision 2007, and though they didn’t didn’t win it, they received a standing ovation. Can we start speaking of “The Swedish Invasion”? There is also a globalization of music these days like never before. Highly recommended

10/2, My Brightest Diamond (Brooklyn, U.S.) La Maroquinerie: Beauty, brains, brawn, what's not to love? Drawing on roots as various as opera, jazz and evangelical, My Brightest Diamond merges the refined power of classical music with lo-fi indie rock. With a voice reminiscent of Bjork or Judy Collins, frontwoman Shara Worden's operatic soprano delivers sharp poetry with clear and subtly powerful tones, effortlessly dancing up and down her register to perform great feats of vocalism accompanied by Sufjan Steven's band. The ensemble amounts to a dark and whimsically ambient sound. Plus: you can't underestimate a band with theatrical costumes. (by Hilary Camblos)

10/3, Air Traffic, La Maroquinerie. Cancelled. Drag: they rock!

10/8, Rykarda Parasol and the Tower Ravens, Fleche d'Or. Cabaret Rock, they call it.

10/11 Victoria Tibblin, NOuveau Casino. Swedish musical autodidact who grew up in London and now calls Paris home. She plays guitar, sings, and writes haunting melodies. Her music comes from a beautiful cauldron of influences each recognizable in different songs and particular moments: Siouxsie, Billie Holiday, David Bowie, Janis Joplin and PJ Harvey. Meeeow, boys!

10/12 Alexandre Varlet , Nouveau Casino. A favorite in Paris, home to his label Fargo Records, Varlet regales us with a quirky brand of indie folk pop. Your handrails:Traces of Nick Drake acoustic; Bauhaus's Peter Murphy for vocals; early Yo La Tengo; clapping hands; "uh-huh"'s and "all right"s--all in one nicely packaged song with a ribbon and a bow for you. Very promising indie frog folk pop.

10/15 Moriarty, La Maroquinerie. Drawing on the likes of Johnny Cash and the Carter Family, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Irish folk, and even Thom Yorke, Moriarty's kind of folk, kind of country, kind of blues, kind of cabaret, kind of tap yer foot sittin'-on-the-front-porch-sippin'-iced-tea goodness. You'll find yourself swaying to the smooth'n'twangy croons Rosemary Moriarty and, at certain moments, questioning the group's nationality. (by Hillary Camblos)

17/10 Brille Records, the label company that brought us all the Knife and the Bridge Gang, is throwing a records party at La Fleche d'Or for Good Shoes (UK), Hatcham Social (UK), and Operator Please (Aussies).With fast, clean rhythms and socially critical lyrics, Good Shoes' driving sound is everything you've come to love from British indie pop rock (is that an oxymoron?). In any case, they're not to be missed. Oh, and don't be surprised by the young look of OP – their mature sound explains why they've opened for the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and the Kaiser Chiefs.(Hilary Camblos)


10/19 Sukoi Fever La Feline, Free, 7pm
This five-piece from Orleans keeps the Mod pulse pumping. The Who, the Jam, Northern Soul—subculture is still kicking in France , really! Don’t for get your razor-thin tie (if you own a VESPA scooter you may dispense with the cravate requirement).

La Maroquinerie, €15,30, 19h30
The duo Stereo Total is French Vocalist/guitarist/drummer Françoise Cactus and the German vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Brezel Göring (though earlier incarnations of the group included more contributors). Since their 1995 debut Oh, Ah! (Bungalow Records), ST has won over large audiences with their playful creative brand of “kitchen sink” pop in at least three languages, drawing from French ye-ye, new wave, punk, hip hop, and disco, and sometimes even re-casting past smashes such as Salt-N-Pepa's “Push It.” This stop will feature a lot of music from their 2007 release Paris-Berlin. Expect this one to sell out.

25/10 Richard Hawley
Nouveau Casino, €15,30, 19h30
Hawley came of age with Britpop minor stars the Longpigs in the 1990s. He played with Pulp for a stint and did session work with people like Robbie Williams before going solo in 2000 and with growing success with each new release. His 2005 album Cole’s Corner was nominated for the acclaimed Mercury Prize in 2006. Though Hawley didn’t win it, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album won the prize, is said to have exclaimed, 'Someone call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed!'. Hawley will be peddling songs from his 2007 release Lady’s Bridge, an impressive, poetic and melodious product full of pop songs and sad ballads, pianos and reverb guitars.

25/10 Jason Kent (Izumi Records, UK) Thursday, La Feline, Free, 20h
A pearl in the rough off Menilmontant. While at times Kent sounds too much like a Neil Young cover act (which is of course no problem for those who like that sound), he also has his own particular take on a tradition of North American alt.country little known in the French capital. Dreamy, twang-soaked music that recalls Mazzy Star, and vocal echoes of Thom Yorke.

26/10 Les Savvy Fav (where else? Brooklyn) Nouveau Casino: Disco-tinged, gritty punk, influenced by the classics: you know, Beethoven, The Buzzcocks, The Gang of Four, The Clash, and Modest Mouse. Their 2004 singles compilation Inches made critics' best of the year lists, and the much feared and heralded follow up, this year's Let's Stay Friends has earned them critical standing ovations. As Pitchfork recently said of this latest album: "If "Meet Me in the Dollar Bin" had been the last song Les Savy Fav ever released, the band would have written themselves a fitting epitaph: "We got old, but we got good/ And we did all we said we would." For a taste, try this video.

29/10 Gallon Drunk, La Maroquinerie, 15 rubles:
Difficult to argue with the endorsements of Nick Cave: "Gallon Drunk? Cool as Fuck!" And John Peel: "Why do I like them? Because they don't sound like anybody else." See for yourself.

1/11 The Wombats, La Maroquinerie: IN Liverpool, their native bourg, one hears a drunk limey accent lifting above the rundown smokestacks and mythical clubs: "The Beatles are Dead! Long live the Wombats!" "It is unfair to tag all Liverpool bands with the Beatles legend but it will start to happen with this three piece," raves Liverpool.com. These guys give us a driving, melodious, three-part-harmonied rock. As Lester Bangs once hyperbolized about the Mekons: "Better than the Beatles."

2/11 The Wedding Present, La Maroquinerie:

7/11 The Donnas , La Maroquinerie, 20h, 18euros.
Petasse Punk! These California highschool girls busted into 90s American indie and mainstream music with a dirty sex appeal that made the moral police pee their petticoats! Their early brand was focused on the rejection of high school in favor of sex, drugs, and punk-garage rock, evident in songs like "I Don't Want to go to School," "Teenage Runaway," "You Make Me Hot," and "Party Action." Now, on their 7th studio album titled Bitchin' released last month, and on the previous one, they're talking 'bout relationships and love, but with the token youth anthem tossed in the lot ("Like an Animal," "Bitchin'"). Nostalgic? Were/are the Donnas just a hyper-sexy, trashy, Lolitaesque high school girlpunk phenom, now having outgrown their thongs and heels of last winter? Is soccermomitude right around the corner for them? Prove thysevles, Donnas! Sucks growing old, but might be a consolation doing it with the Donnas.

2/11 ARlt, Le Vieux Leon: The dreamy psych-folk pop of Arlt has long scratched the spot on my back that makes my hind leg twitch uncontrollably. Now word has it SingSing (composer of the duo) has penned some new shanties and ballads. The Vieux Leon is a new patron of the nouvelle chanson francaise--indie frog folk, for those looking for the gallic counterpart of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Connor Oberst and Cat Power. Well worth the coup, as the locals say.
18, Rue Grande Truanderie
75001 Paris, France

Get Directions
01 42 21 17 38

23/11 Hot Hot Heat (Canada), Nouveau Casino 18,7 euros, 19h30.
HHH bounded on to the N. American indie scene in 2002 with their “dance punk” Subpop EP Knock Knock Knock, which they toured with indie faves like the Dismemberment Plan. Since then they’ve stood out for their witty lyrics and increasingly poppier hooks, while they’ve moved from Warner to Sire. Their fifth album Happiness Ltd was released earlier this year to considerable critical acclaim. Even better, they are reputed for wild live shows true to the punk and New Wave traditions they celebrate in their sound.

HOt HOT Heat in Vancouver 2006




Friday, September 07, 2007

September

Did you ever like Echo and the Bunnymen? I did.

Coming soon: calendar for a hot lineup to offset the cool temperatures on the horizon.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

August to September?

Besides the reliable Fleche D'Or, you may want to check out Glazart and some of the fun bars with djs playing, for example, your 80s favorites.

  • Glaz'art: located in Parc de la Villette, Glaz offers concerts, dj-ed nights, film projections and art expos. A cool space, even if a little out-of-the-way on the edge of the periph.This thur. Aug. 2, for example, they feature a group called Fizcus, which appears to be a ska-hip hop hybrid. A lot of trip hop and techno soirees though.

  • La Bellevilloise: very cool cafe-bar-concert hall next door to la Maroquinerie. It remains open during August. Aug. 18 Brazilian new-wave electro with Tatiana Dauster from Rio - CONCERT

  • Cafe des Sports, 20e Cool Bar in Menilmontant, dj-ed nights. Affordable drinks. Happy Hours.

I also urge you to explore the bars listed in our sidebar.

Concerts at La Fleche D'Or, late August:

  • 14/8 Fleche D’Or: Phoebe Kildeer is an Aussie living in Barcelona these days. She’s also a hot indie music name after contributing vocals to Nouvelle Vague’s second album—“Dancing With Myself”, “Human Fly”, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” et “Escape Myself”. Her voice is a soulful midpoint between P.J. Harvey and Cat Power, and her band the Lucky Short Straws will back her with screeching guitars, drums and keyboards. Also playing Robert Gomez, Dan Deacon, Izabo, and ANITA POPO Djset.
  • Quirky Israeli band Izabo is in residence at the Fleche D'Or Aug. 14 and 16, then playing Paris Plage Aug. 18. What is this stuff? Like a lot of great art, they answer is "I'm not sure." And that's a good thing. Here's a start at describing this eclectic sound: psycho-punk-tinged arabesque disco. A couple of things are sure: great fun, never to be described as banal.
  • Jake Labotz (Charnel Ground Records) is from L.A. and follows a great tradition of American roots music tempered by garage and punk (what some call insurgent country). Soulfoul, sometimes twangy, sometimes garagey, this is type of music is beloved by fans of X, John Doe, Dale Watson, Tom Waits, and Rufus Wainwright. Fleche D'Or August 18. Also playing: Superslinger, Nestor, and Rock'n'Roll.

Aug. 21 Fleche D'Or. Big UK indie rock night showcasing:
  1. JOE ALLEN (Uk/Oxford)Press Kit says, "Acoustique. Maybe its the way Joe batters his acoustic as he sings, as if Mike Scott and Damien Rice are both wrestling inside him, his tennis shoes pawing at the boards trying to lift him off the ground. Maybe it's the way Angharad's violin swoops and glides like seagulls round a Hibernian cliff face, effortlessly catching the thermals of his wonderful voice. 'Gunpoint' ratchets this up further as a loop-station turns it into Ed Alleyne Johnson dancing with Thom Yorke. To paraphrase the master; this is so f**king special.""
  2. PISTACHIOS (Uk) Aug. 21 Fleche D'Or. Proud of their brand-spankin' new van, the Pistachios are breakin' it in with a trip frog-ward. They offer up an exhilirating blend of funk, reggae, tango, ska, hip-hop, salsa.
  3. HOLLIS GREENE (Uk)Classical and new wave pianist a la Philip Glass, Hollis Greene wears multiple hats. He comes to the Fleche D'Or Aug. 21 with his chill low-fi keyboard experiments. http://www.myspace.com/hollisgreeneclassical. T

Now, here's a video taste of what's coming up in late August and early September...

Final Fantasy, Aug. 15, Divan Du Monde:


STUCK IN THE SOUND: 17 Aug, Paris-Plages.



The Gossip, Sept. 5 Nouveau Casino


The Fratellis, Aug. 25, St. Cloud


INROCKS INDIE CLUB 1: 20 Sept, La Maroquinerie with the Cribs, the Raveonettes, Da Brasilians





Electric Soft Parade, Oct. 18 La Maroquinerie:
Formerly "Parisnormale: Paris Rocks"