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Monday, June 25, 2007

July, July! Updated

Music, like other things in Paris, should grind down to a halt in mid-July through early August, due to the exodus of Parisians to their vacation spots. Get the good stuff while it's here.
  • Bright Eyes 2/7 Paris, Bataclan Bright Eyes is the backing band for Conor Oberst, the 27-year-old, multi-instrumentalist, indie-folk boy wonder from Omaha, Nebraska (who first caught critical attention at age 14). American Coastal lovers, ignorant global stereotypers, eat your hearts out! Mid-West’s Little Omaha has been indie central in the last few years, built around Oberst’s label Saddle Creek Records and associated with other local and regional acts like Simon Joyner, Tilly and the Wall, Cursive, Lullaby For the Working Class, and The Faint, to name a few. Oberst has shown impressive skills in indie folk song-writing and his vocal style has become semi-legendary (I have a friend who says he can’t stand Oberst because the latter allegedly sounds like he’s always on the verge of crying, which is precisely one of the reasons he appeals to me!). Trying his best to walk in the gargantuan shoes of greatness critics have thrust upon him, comparisons ranging from Neil Young to Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, Oberst has just released an American epic EP called “Four Winds,” from which you can expect he’ll be playing and also complaining about American foreign policy and the corporate threat to musical creativity. If you’re nice, he might even cry for you.
  • The Bellrays, www.myspace.com/thebellrays 2/7 La Maroquinerie
    This Riverside, CA gang is part of the punk-garage-soul move that some bands like The Detroit Cobras have accomplished with prominent female soul vocals. The Bellrays are coming off their sixth album last year, “Have a Little Faith.” Bands like this are always better live. Expect groove thangs to be shakin’ galore.

  • 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.
  • 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 irrepressible refusal of the order of things, all accompanied by a soundtrack--sells well today, apparently.

  • Custom Juillet Soiree, Point Ephemere. 3/7.We Smoke Fags, Parka, and Scenario Rock. We Smoke Fags http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=36568667 myspace page cheekily describes their music as “The Future Sound of London.” This electro-indie-punk outfit has a lot of repetitive club loops-for-songs with minimal vocals, and on other songs the electro becomes background in a way that seems to have uncorked the musical mojo of Joy Division’s early guitar-electro mix with the vocals of Buzzcock’s Pete Shelley. Two words for this show: Fun Energy (or Go There!).

  • 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).

  • Guitar Wolf 9/7 La Maroquinerie. Another night of dueling kickass shows. Spectacular Japanese garage punkers with distinctively banshee vocals. Like their soft-porn garage compatriots 54 Nude Honeys, they are a sight to behold. Behold!
  • RJD2 http://www.myspace.com/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.” Worth the 18 euros just to see him scratch his ass on stage. 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.

  • 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.
  • Jay Jay Pistolet (UK). 11/7 INdie folk singer who recalls Bright Eyes and perhaps a male version of Mary Lou Lord. Songs are heady, witty, and straight-up catchy. Also playing: Limousine, New Pretoria, The Do.

  • Sailor No Youth (UK) Fleche D’Or 12/7 and 14/7: New wave is back with a vengeance in this contemporary musical maelstrom where past fads and phases collide and collaborate. The Brit scene that led the way in the post-punk transition of 1978-79 is doing it again. One of the latest torchbearers is Sailor No Youth, who like the English Beat and Madness, incorporate ska/reggae beats into synth-driven pop, garage and glam rock (depending on the song) amid the fluttering female vocals of the mysterious LJ. Also playing: Mintzkov, The Dodos, the Van Jets.

  • THE THIRST (Uk) 14/7 La Fleche d’Or. Some press kits are worth quoting: “Meet brothers Mensah and Kwame Cofi-Agyeman. Teenage tearaways growing up in Brixton, south London. Younger brother Mensah finds escape from the temptations of city life by experimenting. But while his peers experiment with drugs, gang culture and petty crime, he finds inspiration a cheap electric guitar bought for him by his parents. His brother borrows some cash and buys a bass, and the core of The Thirst is born. Completing the line up are primary school friend and rhythm guitarist Mark Lenihan, and cheeky drummer Marcus Harris.” Jimmi Hendrixx meets ska. Uh, this is hot. Also playing Sailor No Youth; Sheraff; The Hellboys.

  • AmanceR [cap R intended] (UK) Fleche D’Or 16/7 AmanAcer are coming to Paris after recent local and national sold out support slots with The Twang, The Paddingtons, Brakes, My Luminaries, Reverend and The Makers.

  • Apero Tsigane myspace.com/odjila , Le Divan du Monde: 20/7 : If you’re diggin’ the gypsy music craze these days, check this. Free entry. 19h.

  • Soiree Tribute to the Velvet Underground, Fleche d’Or, 24/7: Once again, organized by Morning Star, this time on the legendary VU, the band that originally sold a handful of records, but launched a 1000 followers and burned the boites de disco. Yumm.

  • Andy Yorke (UK)/Taxitaxi (Sweden)/Thisisthekit, Le Divan du Monde 25/7: Excellent lineup featuring Andy Yorke, ex-vocalist for The Unbelievable Truth and better known to some as the brother of indie-gone-gold Radiohead singer Tom Yorke. Andy is not to be overlooked with his own extremely layered low-fi pop and velvety vocals. Taxitaxi are a couple of wunderkindren from Sweden, teenagers playing sweet, textured piano-driven folk.Thisisthekit offer soulful indie-folk, or Jonathon Richman meets Nick Drake with vocal harmonies instead of solo tweetering.

And here's a little gift for you sent compliments of my friend Dave:



Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Important Update: Ted Leo Change to Fleche D'or

I don't know what happened, but the concert at the Nouveau Casino is cancelled and moved to Fleche D'or Monday June 25. I'm talking Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. See my write up below in the calendar.

Reminder: I'm djing with Berliner Peter Sat, June 23--this Saturday!--at La Caravane. Also see flyer below for details.
bisous,
Jayson

Friday, June 15, 2007

Parisnormale's Jayson has DJ DEBUT


Parisnormale's Jayson will make his one-armed Parisian dj debut June 23 at La Caravane.
Jayson was an indie and Americana dj in Chicago for 7 years and former tambourine player/ventriloqual-vocalist for the Waco Brothers. One often heard that he was Jon Langford's Cyrano de Bergerac.

He is joined by Berliner Bear Peter, the banished fifth member of Kraftwerk, fully recovered from 20 years of electronica de-tox and work for the black power movement in the reunified Germany.

They spin every kind of music but techno...

Come to the Caravane and listen to/watch them make Normale Paris quake in its high-heeled boots.

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.
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