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Sunday, June 10, 2007

June/July

The June/July Calendar will be in more robust form soon. Jayson had a bike accident and hospital stay two weeks ago and has been subsequently out of commission. However, he is slowly getting back up to speed, albeit with one good typing arm. Stay tuned.

Top Picks: Ted Leo at Nouveau Casino, June 25. Art Brut June 20 at Le Trabendo. The Norwegian Music showcase Takk at La Maroquinerie, June 14-16. PARISNORMALE'S Jayson spins with Peter at la Caravane (expect the best of an eclectic boutique: great contemporary indie, Motown, blues, New Wave, Punk, and Americana). 6/23.

Here's what we have so far in chronological order.

  • Ryan Adams, 3/6 la Maroq
  • Blonde Redhead 6/6 Paris, Elysée
  • Emily Haynes (Metric) 8/6, La Maroq: Wait: don't Art Brut have a song about her? Very Sweet stuff. Touches of Aimee Mann, but she kicks an art school thang in league with her pals like Broken Social Scene.
  • Electro Rock fest: Actually June 7-10 at Parc de la Villette (Géode, Trabendo, Cabaret Sauvage, Jardins du parc). The best show appears to be Pascale Comelade with Mum June 9 at Cabaret Sauvage. More information here
  • The Bowmans, 11/6, La Fleche d'Or. Americana-pop female duet. For fans of Be Good Tanyas and Freakwater (though they ain't z twangy as the Freaks).
  • The White Stripes 11/6 Paris, Zénith. Though I loved the work Jack White did with Loretta Lynn a couple years back, I basically have not thought much of the White STripes since their impressive debut album. So don't ask me about this one. This is a public service announcement.
  • TAKK: The Norwegian Music Scene Showcased at La Maroquinerie, 13/6-16/6: Takk is "thanks" in Norwegian, but all thanks is to be directed to the Norwegian Embassy and the Maroquinerie, which is hosting a Norwegian music showcase this month, featuring cutting edge jazz, indie pop, folk, and electronica fresh from the fjords June 13-15.
    June 13 features Norway's experimental jazz scene with Karl Seglem Duo (known for Seglem's spectacular use of ram's horns) and then Tord Gustavsen Trio. Gustaven's jazz arrangements have a distinctive flavor to them, a kind of icy musical foreboding only capable of a man and a piano on an empty ferry passing through the fjords.

    June 14 shifts to indie pop and folk with Rocket to the Sky (Oslo), enigmatic stripped-down pop and sometimes unnervingly confessional vocals.
    With Rocket appears Niko Valkeapää (modernized Sami musical tradition)
    and
    Julius Winger
    Neo-sea shanties in Norwegian, to the accompaniment of trumpets, piano, accordian and acoustic guitar.
June 15 features Lars Horntveth and Sternklang's electronica-jazz, followed by DJ sets by Kim Hiorthøy, and Joachin Augland.

  • Queen Of The Stone Age 15/6 Paris, Elysée Montmartre
  • Fujiya and Miyagi 15/6, Le Triptyque: FUJIYA & MIYAGI (Tirk Records / UK): After having to cancel a show two months ago in Paris, they're back. These guys were on many critics' "Best Of 2006," and you've probably heard their hit "Collarbone" (if you haven't, check it on their myspace page). Catchy, electronic, but also in to adding real guitars, F&M cull from a range of influences including Kraut rock's (Canned and Kraftwerk) love of slow drawn out vocals and repetitive sounds, but also the electro-guitar arrangements of bands like the Talking Heads and Brian Eno, and the sweet melodic synth dancebeats and vocals of 80s bands like OMD. 12 euros
  • LO-FI-FNK (Suède), 16/6, La Fleche D'Or. Indie electronica.
  • LA Feline Rock Bar Anniversary Fete, full of surprises, open until dawn. 16/6; Vernissage 17/6.
  • El Hijo, 6/18, Fleche D'Or: EH features Abel Hernandez, the memorably brooding baritone for the impressive Spanish atmospheric rock group Migala, which gained a global following opening for bands like Smog and the Magnetic Fields after their popular Subpop debut in 2001, Arde. His time now over with that arguably best indie band Spain has ever produced, Fernandez has moved into a rich space of hybridity, drawing maturely from his penchants for American classic twang, the ragged existential daring of his heroes like Cohen, Cave, and Cash, sung mostly in Spanish and sporadically saluting the traditions and history of his native Spain. He will be featuring his latest album las ostras vidas (acuarela).
Playing with El Hijo is San Francisco's Hey Willpower, a buzzing group that bridges the unbridgeable worlds of mainstream R&B and indie electro pop.

  • Modest Mouse 20/6 Paris, Elysée Montmartre. Tough night for indie fans when MM is pitted against Art Brut. MM's recent album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank shows they've still got what it takes. Hell, what am I saying? They were the ones who set the bar for what it takes in the 90s.
  • Art Brut 20/6 Paris, Trabendo: Speaking of punk rock alive and kicking, these guys are the height of pomo pop punk cleverness. They are so aware, man. And god is it catchy.
  • Subhumans (reggae punk, Londres) , Inner Terrestrials (reggae punk, Londres) 22/6, La Maroq
  • Au Revoir Simone 23/6, Trabendo. Very sweet low-fi electro-pop from this Brooklyn-based girl group. They definitely listened to OMD in the day, or just rediscovered them.
  • PARISNORMALE'S Jayson spins with Peter at la Caravane (expect great contemporary indie, Motown, New Wave, Punk, and Americana). 6/23:
    35, Rue Fontaine au Roi, 75011.
  • TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS / JORDANIndie Garage. 25/6. http://www.myspace.com/tedleo Nouveau Casino

    Ted Leo may be bound for glory, as the incessant comparisons to Joe Strummer would suggest. His lyrics are socio-politically-oriented; his guitar-based sound proudly moves between residual D.C. hardcore and janglier indie, like Superchunk; and his vocals shift across straight up love of glammish whole notes to, again, the hardcore growls that correspond to jagged guitar measures and to guys who could not make the school choir to save their lives. It makes for a sound like none other in the transnational indie rock scene today. He and his band, the Pharmacists are touring their recently released fifth album Living With the Living (Touch & Go). Pitchfork http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/41769-living-with-the-living recently attested, “no rock band currently touring puts on a better live show than the pharmacists.” Many live observers agree. A friend of mine saw him in Chicago last summer, and remarked on his energy and commitment. When the crowd refused to get shakin', Leo banged his forehead against the microphone until it bled(his forehead, that is, magical realists). How do you like him now? Punk rock lives. Jayson will be the guy moshing with one arm in a sling. www.myspace.com/jordanmusicNC

  • 26/6 Inrocks Indie Club part. 2 Live :YOUR CODE NAME IS MILO www.myspace.com/yourcodenameismilo NC
  • Neil YOung Tribute, 6/26, La Fleche.Neil Young Tribute. French bands doing a Neil Young tribute? Might that be like American heavy metal rockers doing tributes to Edith Piaf? Maybe, and how cool would that be!? ....Featuring what I will predict here is a French band that will with a little luck gain a large audience one of these days, Narrow Terrence. Okay, there's one limey act in there, but still...
    No cover 20h >> 2h30
    THIS IS THE KIT
    NARROW TERENCE (Fr)
    MORNING STAR (Uk)
    DAVID SCRIMA (Fr)
    Rivka (FR)
  • Caravane Palace, 26/6 Le Nouveau Casino
    Songs like “Jolie Coquine" have parts that bear stunning resemblence to the cabaret-like harmonies of the singing sisters in the movie Triplettes of Belleville. I said “parts,” because no sooner do they reel you in with such vocals, or jazz manouche guitar and fiddle than they funk it up with a kind of electro-techno beat. This bunch gets high marks for synthesis. For fans of gypsy swing, jazz, electro and nothing being sacred.

  • Bexar bexar, June 28, Le Triptyque.
    From that Texas town ever-seething with multiple genres of new music talent, Austin, TX, hails bexar bexar. BB play experimental indie folk that often sounds like a soundtrack to a film taking place in the American Southwest, thanks to the twangy acoustic guitar accompanied by keyboards that somehow transform that gaseous heat on the desert horizon into sounds, while tumbleweeds blowing across the guitars and keyboards, while a sun beats unforgivingly down on humans dumb enough to leave areas with more water. Do you hear the hawk screech? I’m not sure what it means when indie (post-) rock all starts sounding like a score to a film. But it ain’t all bad. Just ask Ennio Morricone.

  • Third Eye Foundation/Matt Elliot and Scanners, 28/6 La Fleche. Matt Elliot makes experimental somber compositions with acoustic guitar, accordian, and synthesizer. The Scanners' Sarah Daly's voice is sometimes compared to PJ Harvey's. Scanners also play 29/6.
  • Bright Eyes 2/7 Paris, Bataclan
  • Beirut 3/7 Paris, Trabendo: Magnetic Fields meets Decembrists meets Andrew Bird meets Neutral Milk Hotel. Trumpets, accordians, circus beats bustin' out all over the house: yeah, it's the geek bomb.
  • Bat for Lashes (Brighton, UK) 4/7, Nouveau Casino.
    These four Bright demoiselles offer sweet, if a little trippy, indie rolk, with Joanna Newsom-ish harp strums (well, an auto-harp) that move into kitsch pop refrains with trumpets, piano and clapping loops. Some songs have a distinctive psychedelic aura to them with reedy vocals and harpsichord-imitation keyboards in addition to the harp sound.

  • Gym Class Heroes 9/7, Nouveau Casino. Just when you thought that nothing was coming out of Geneva but fines for jaywalking and littering, here comes hip hop-RnB pop sensation Gym Class Heroes. Oh, wait, they’re from Geneva, New York. A good example of their game is the hit “Clothes off,” a mixing and re-writing Jermaine Stewart’s 80s pop hit: “We don’t have to take our clothes off…we don’t have to party all night…to have a good time, ah no,” which becomes the affirmative: “We HAVE to take our clothes off…We HAVE to party all night….” These guys are full of pomo irony, and are doing well in the MTV circuit. Perhaps their success is unsurprising given their label, Fueled By Ramen, which is proudly boasts the success of Fall Out Boy on their roster. Their 2006 album, “Cruel as Schoolchildren,” won strong reviews for bringing indie pop and hip hop together and with making hip hop fun (as opposed to life-threatening).

  • Soulsavers (UK) feat. American Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Nouveau Casino. Soulsavers are an English production and remix duo Rich Machin and Ian Glover who contract out their vocals. Their new album "It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land" (V2 records) features the gritty vocals of Mark Lanegan on eight of the album’s eleven tracks. The album also offers cameo appearances by Will Oldham, PW Long & Jimi Goodwin (Doves). The sound is often spare, somewhat dreamy, occasionally foreboding, and very textured. Makes sense that these guys have had some recent success writing soundtracks for films. Fans of the cerebral recording, worth your attention.

  • Iggy and The Stooges 3/7 Paris, Palais des Sports: the spectacle of punk nostalgia; a time when one was young, self-abused with drugs and seething with an unrepressable refusal of the order of things, all accompanied by a soundtrack--sells well today, apparently.

  • RJD2 10/7 Paris, Maroquinerie,
    One of underground hip hop’s most successful producers in recent years beginning with his first Def Jux release in 2002, “Dead Ringer,” RJD2 became bored with sampling. He caused a stir, saying the hip hop he’d been producing was “moron music.” Now, he said he wanted to quit sampling others’ primary works, and, instead, be the one making music that future producers would sample. His bold 2007 release “The Third Hand” was terrifyingly awaited by many critics, who now remain split on its merits. The album has been described as “breezy soul tracks with pop structures, chill vocals and a grab bag of flourishes recalling everything from McCartney to Prince.” The piano-driven tracks faintly remind one of Joe Pernice’s pop style. While it’s poppy, it’s not for top-40 lotus eaters, either. In any case, this is a man of great musical vision and probably worth the18 simoleons, as Boss Hogg would put it, just to say you’ve seen the guy scratch his ass on stage.

  • Bat for Lashes(Brighton, UK) 4/7, Nouveau Casino.
    These four Bright demoiselles offer sweet, if a little trippy, indie rolk, with Joanna Newsom-ish harp strums (well, actually an auto-harp) that move into kitsch pop refrains with trumpets, piano and clapping loops. Some songs have a distinctive psychedelic aura to them with reedy vocals and harpsichord-imitation keyboards in addition to the harp sound.

  • Gym Class Heroes 9/7, Nouveau Casino
    Just when you thought that nothing was coming out of Geneva but fines for jaywalking and littering, here comes hip hop-RnB pop sensation Gym Class Heroes. Oh, wait, they’re from Geneva, New York. A good example of their game is the hit “Clothes off,” a mixing and re-writing Jermaine Stewart’s 80s pop hit: “We don’t have to take our clothes off…we don’t have to party all night…to have a good time, ah no,” which becomes the affirmative: “We HAVE to take our clothes off…We HAVE to party all night….” These guys are full of pomo irony, and are doing well in the MTV circuit. Perhaps their success is unsurprising given their label, Fueled By Ramen, which proudly boasts the success of Fall Out Boy on their roster. GCH's 2006 album, “Cruel as Schoolchildren,” won strong reviews for continuing to bring indie pop and hip hop together in novel ways and with making hip hop fun (as opposed to life-threatening).

  • Soulsavers (UK) feat. American Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), 11/7, Nouveau Casino.
    Soulsavers are an English production and remix duo Rich Machin and Ian Glover who contract out their vocals. Their new album "It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land" (V2 records) features the gritty vocals of Mark Lanegan on eight of the album’s eleven tracks. The album also offers cameo appearances by Will Oldham, PW Long & Jimi Goodwin (Doves). The sound is often spare, somewhat dreamy, occasionally foreboding, and very textured. Makes sense that these guys have had some recent success writing soundtracks for films. Fans of the cerebral recording, worth your attention.

  • Animal Collective 17 & 18/7 Paris, Maroquinerie: description to follow. This one shouldn't be missed.

1 comment:

Ben said...

Get well soon J., etc.

Any other Parisnormaliens up for Fujiya and Miyagi, or am I going to have to assume all the loner hipster cred I can possibly shoulder and go along alone?

Formerly "Parisnormale: Paris Rocks"