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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The rest of May and a couple of things

Greetings P-normaliens.
First, most of you missed a nice show tonight at Nouveau Casino featuring Malcolm Middleton of Arab Strap. Anybody out there who did make it?

Lemme remind you of the copious offerings for the fin du mois. Some hot picks:
  • Nouveau Casino, May 18
    Cluster
    If you consider yourself a fan of indie electro-pop and the legacy of Kraftwerk, Neu--Krautrock--better not miss this gig. Cluster was every bit as important as Kraftwerk to that movement.
  • La Fleche, May 18ALEXANDRE VARLET (Fr)
    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.
  • La Maroquinerie, May 19
    54 Nude Honeys (JP): Soft Porn meets Garage punk with these Japanese Divas who strap on more than guitars. Umm, excuse me PN's: what's not to love here?
    Rodeo Massacre (FR/SWD): The fine line between garage and pop--Hives meets Housemartins.
  • Bataclan, May 24, SlintFounded in Louisville, KY in 1987 and disbanding in 1991, Slint are considered by many as the founding fathers of post-rock.
  • La Fleche May 24
    Architecture in Helsinki :
    These eight Aussies may have created the best electric blender on the market these days. Whipping up electro-post-rock-reggae-house and the kitchen sink blends, AIH have distinguished themselves as serious chefs of an indie fusion cuisine.
  • Le Bataclan, May 25, Of Montreal and Syd Matters
    Of Montreal has mainly been the baby of talented Athens, GA native Kevin Barnes. Critics are mostly agreed that OM has been mostly fantastic. "Through the emotional turmoil, Barnes concocted what was to be his darkest, most personal and most ambitious album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? in 2007."
    tickets? click here

    Le Bataclan May 26
    Shellac
    Following two days on the heels of legendary post-rock gang Slint whose first album he produced, Steve Albini, rides into Paris on a donkey to fans waving palm leaves, with his band Shellac in tow.This spring tour is said to be a prelude to their first album released since 2000’s 1000 hurts on Touch and Go, called Excellent Italian Greyhound. Who is Steve Albini? Please go away.

    Le Point Ephemere, May 29
    Band of Horses
    I've always said they sounded like My Morning Jacket. But who cares! They're great anyway. Neil Young vocals meets Grandaddy and My Morning Jacket.

  • Le Bataclan, May 29
    Wilco: This latest album Sky Blue Sky (nonesuch records 2007) is garnering critical applause for its nostalgic return to 70s rocknroll simplicity.
    La Maroquinerie, May 30
    BUILT TO SPILL: indie rock elites. They are in the 90s pantheon. Duh
Of course you can get the fatter versions of these skinnies above right here.

Lemme also remind you that there are several lesser known venues that feature even lesser known indie acts, some of which are international (especially from the rest of Europe but occasionally some American, Canadian, and Japanese artists busking their way through the froggie capital).
  • Guingette Pirate: For ska, garage, chanson francaise, and gypsy stuff, check out the Guingette Pirate docked down at Quai de Bercy just across from the spectacular Bibliotheque Nationale Francois Mitterand.
  • Batofar: Just a portal away from Guingette is its sister ship the Batofar. Similar programming. Check out May 17, for example. Garage rock featuring Austin, Tx-based Born To Lose and Swedish rockers The Bombdolls.
  • La Feline: like its older counterpart Le Cantada, La Feline brings you garage rock from across the waters in a small Menilmontant venue, with cheap beer, and a crowd of hardcore devotees to this genre (pompadours and all) that you probably thought were chained up in the catacombs by Sarkozy's police.
  • Le Cantada: Been around for awhile in Menilmontant, featuring some excellent dj nights, mainly garagey, punky and some metal (could be worth the laughs) and occasional live acts.
  • Le Triptyque, At Metro Grands Boulevards. Le Trip often has cutting edge indie rock , ska, garage, and hip hop, some of it international.
  • L'Olympic Cafe, 18e, Metro Marcadet or Jules Joffrin: cutting edge funk, jazz, pop, experimental
  • Le Zorba right at Belleville metro (click on link for address): I'm yet to find their calendar posted anywhere. It's that cool. Just go there on an exploratory outing and see what you find. A lot of dj-nights though, so if you're not up for anything goes, don't goes.
  • La Bellevilloise right next door to La Maroquinerie, off rue de Menilmontant, on Rue de Boyer: Lots of weird stuff and more tame items as well, from chanson francaise to Japanese cyberpunk and manga. Very affordable food (an assiette de charctuerie/fromage at 8 euro fed two) and fairly cheap pints (5.50 euros).
So have any of you checked these joints? What do you think. Add to our knowledge bank in the comments section below. Don't be shy.
Enoy! Peace, out--JH

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