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Monday, December 15, 2008

ROCKIN NOEL SOIREE: FRIDAY DEC. 19


19 DEC. FRIDAY: CHICAGO-PARIS DJAY GRAND DUC DU KANSAS' GARAGE-HARD INDIE- GLAM-SURF-ROCKNROLL XMAS PARTY AND BETTIE PAGE HOMMAGE. Great indie xmas hits (at least The Kinks' "Father Christmas")and the usual Rock on HIGH! ROCK A FEW SHOTS, POGO AND SWING BEFORE YOU'RE EXILED TO THE FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS. YOU'LL NEED IT. TRUST ME.
BAR UFO, 49 RUE JP TIMBAUD, 8H30PM-1H30AM.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Jay's Best Indie Christmas Music in Video

Fa la la la la, my friends. Xmas is doomed to be musical. How 'bout takin' a break from "Deck the Halls" (don't get me wrong: there's a place for caroling soft spot in my Tiny Tim-loving heart of hearts)? Like everything else these days music has a major visual element (as strange as that sounds). Here's my shot at a list of top Xmas music videos.

Some are straight-up music videos, others extracts from films or even TV specials, which you may want to rent (or find the other parts on Youtube). Many of them are quirky, some underground. All of them "rock," on some level. More could certainly be added, and this hierarchy could easily be shuffled around. May ye find something new here, remember something you forgot, or just have a good laugh!


20. Kurtis Blow, "Christmas Rapping." Wow, 1980, this was that seminal moment when rap emerged between funk and disco. Blondie's "Rapture" (which came out one year later and was mistakenly referred to by some critics as the first rap song ) sounds a lot like this.
Read on here.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Recommended: The (International) Noise Conspiracy

The (International) Noise Conspiracy
Politically conscious garage punk standouts, Sweden’s T(I)NC tour album four, The Cross of My Calling, released last month and produced by legendary Def Jam founder Rick Rubin. Their sound is more influenced by psychedelic keyboards of late 60s garage, soul vocals, and funk rhythms than, say, a garage revival band like the Hives. Inspired by folk singer Phil Ochs’ quote that a rock band should be a combination of Elvis and Che Guevera, they write often heady (and some more cliché) screeds against U.S. foreign policy, global capitalism, and empty consumer life. One of their videos begins with the script “If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want Your Revolution.” As was the case with social-politically conscious bands like The Clash, The Dead Kennedys, The Gang of Four, and Rage Against the Machine, fans need not always pay attention to their lyrics to dig their overall sound. Some fans might respond, “I don’t want your revolution, but I’ll dance to it.” Indeed, their songs are thoroughly pogo-able. But whether or not all the fans buy the entire package, T(I)NC deserve credit for making that package marketable with a catchy, energetic sound.
16 Dec. 20h La Maroquinerie, 18euros

Monday, December 08, 2008

Franz Ferdinand Tickets on Sale Friday!

Franz Ferdinand plays the Olympia on March 17, 2009. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 12 décembre. Check digitick and fnac.com.
==JH

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December Picks:INternational Noise Conspiracy, The NoTwist, Against Me!, Gogol Bordello

Happy Holidays from Parisnormale!

For a review of this holiday classic, click here.
3 Dec. Mark Lanegan: Lanegan's old band The Screaming Trees were a fairly big part of the Seattle sound of the early 90s, shadowed of course by Nirvana. Since then he's gone on a more singer-songwriter path, venturing into some gospel territory.
Le Trabendo

4 Dec. Department of Eagles, with Frightened Rabbit
Worth investigating.
La Maroquinerie

8 Dec. The Black Angels
L'Elysee Montmartre

9 Dec. Nouvelle Vague
Five years ago they were hot to trot with their cocktail lounge reprises of Dead Kennedys (Too Drunk to Fuck), XTC (Making Plans for Nigel), etc. Still cool stuff, but they've been unable to break any new ground.
Theatre de l'Alhambra

9 Dec. Lykke Li
This Scandanavian singer has impressed some with her voice and spare songs. Others reserve judgment. Worth a listen.
Le Trabendo

9 Dec. Land Of Talk with opening band Think About Life. Land of Talk is growing by leaps and bounds. They are currently touring Canada with indie rock legends Broken Social Scene and playing back-up support for their US tour. Some critics have dubbed their first solo EP "some are lakes" as one of the best records of the year.
Main D'Oeuvres (St. Ouen)

10 Dec. The NoTwist
A hot indie act these days. This German outfit moves from rough metal-tinged rock to jazz-electro rock. The group has been re-mixed by a number of artists.
Le Trabendo

10 Dec. Against Me!
Friendly Punk, not thrash. Somewhere between Pennywise and the Sex Pistols. The songs are sometimes socially conscious, as in "Americans Abroad."
L'Elysee Montmartre

11 Dec. Mad Sin
Punk-Psychobilly. Get your dose of tattoos, pompadours, and pogos. Should be fun.


<Photobucket12 DEC FRIDAY. Djay Indie Eclectique Birthday Party at the new UFO bar.
There is really no other dj in Paris who brings you an eclectic mix of early American rock and roll, soul, funk, French yeye, British classic punk, New Wave, alt.country, indie rock, garage, and contemporary indie electropop. Come help him celebrate his birthday, dance and make merry.

This is the new much bigger bar from the team over at Orange Mecanique. It's just a few doors down from their other bar, and a couple of doors down from the intersection with Ave. Parmentier. 8h30pm-1h30am (Note Djay Indie Eclectique will be back at the UFO for a pre-Xmas bash Friday Dec. 19)

GB put on a helluva show last spring. Now they're back. GB’s slogan is "Gypsy Punk Revolution." They serve a mesmerizing combination of spectacle and musical mayhem. Traditional Balkan folk sounds and rhythms are accompanied by more typical punk guitar, drums, shredded acoustic guitar, and scruffy vocals from what looks like the Balkan Iggy Pop — Ukrainian-born-DJ-actor-gypsy-punk-icon, Eugene Hütz. GB are to traditional gypsy as the Pogues were to Irish folk. The gypsy sound is a natural for punkification, since it’s already often wild and fast in its roots (as many have already learned from the exports of Goran Bregovic). Add a wild, bare-chested, svelt but sinewy mustachioed front man, pouring wine on his shoulders and drinking from the bottle, and they make something unique and unforgettable.
Tues 16 Dec. Bataclan, 19h30



16 Dec. The (International) Noise Conspiracy
This much talked about Swedish "psycadelic punk" bunch give you a cross-historical melange of styles, mixed up, revved up, slowed down, red pills and blue pills--take them all! Yet more proof, if you needed any, that Scandanavia is the motor of international rock and indie experimentation aujourd'hui.
La Maroquinerie, 19h30


18 Dec. Inrocks Indie Club Spécial Wichita at La Maroquinerie
Los Campesinos!, Those Dancing Days, Sky Larkin, Lovvers: Los Campesinos takes twee to a more racous level. A lively show from these heady, melodic popsmiths last time at Nouveau Casino. This will be a treat.
La Maroquinerie. 19h30

19 DEC. FRIDAY: DJAY INDIE ECLECTIQUE GARAGE-HARD INDIE- AND ELECTROPOP XMAS PARTY. Great indie xmas hits (at least The Kinks' "Father Christmas")and the usual Rock on HIGH! ROCK A FEW SHOTS BEFORE YOU HEAD BACK TO THE FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS. YOU'LL NEED IT. TRUST ME. BAR UFO, 49 RUE JP TIMBAUD, 8H30PM-1H30AM.

16 Jan. Of Montreal and Animal Collective
Early warning. This will be a fantastic show from this genius electropop songsmith and that bunch known for injecting African sounds into the tired indie rock culture. Check digitick.com
Bataclan

More to come. This calendar is in progress.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Wave FRIDAY/TGIF! Nov. 28


Dance your way into December this Friday night Nov. 28 with Djay Indie Eclectique and Mr. T. An un-missable/incontournable night of New Wave: Old 80s New Wave vs. New 2000s New Wave. 
What does that mean? THE WORLD'S GREATEST ELECTRO POP:
DEVO, DURAN DURAN, THE STRANGLERS, THE HUMAN LEAGUE...POLYSIC, TING TINGS, MGMT, MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS, OF MONTREAL, THE SOUNDS, HOT HOT HEAT...
Where? L'Orange Mecanique 
72 Rue JP Timbaud, 75011
Metros Parmentier/St. Maur/Menilmontant
(though we might have a location change to the new, much bigger, dance-friendly UFO bar, same owners, a couple doors down toward Av. Parmentier. We'll post it on the door of Orange Mec if we do)
SEE YOU FRIDAY!
xoxoxoxo
JAY

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2 Sigur Ros tickets for sale: Act Fast!

This show is sold out! but here're two tickets!
Bonjour

Je vends 2 billets pour Sigur Ross le 15 novembre au zénith
2 places debout / fosse au tarif compétitif de 34€ chacune


Je suis sur paris/neuilly/ la défense jeudi et vendredi soir pour l'échange

mon adress mail : misslulue76@ hotmail.fr

Late November Picks: Eli Paperboy Reed, Sigur Ros, Noah and the Whale,

November Picks: Sigur Ros, Hot Chip, Joan as Policewoman, Noah and the Whale, Eli Paperboy Reed

Jayson Harsin writing for I V Y paris

It may be getting colder in late November, but Paris is burning (musically too). Allow the cheesy weather metaphors a reprieve for yet another sentence.

On November 15, Paris gets Iced. Iceland's Sigur Ros (featured left) has in recent years been the posterboy for post-rock. Weird, falsetto voices (in Icelandic) and lush interplanetary soundscapes mesmerize with electronic shimmys and drones, as well as high feedback guitar strumming. They give you the sense of orbiting the earth, becoming a human satellite, when you listen.

This year SR released their fifth full-length album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (translation for the couple of readers nonfluent in Icelandic: With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly), which is slightly less wall-of-sound than past albums, containing short, airy pop songs like "Gobbldigook," and clearly distinguishable instruments. The more "tethered" selections of this album may merit the venue choice at the Zenith instead of the nearest IMAX theater. Zenith, 19h30 complet/full (check Craig's List, les Inrocks forum, or try scalpers for some spots).

Next check out the November 16 night of the Festival Les Inrocks at La Cigale. The lineup features Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Late of the Pier, Metronomy, and Kennedy. UK's Hot Chip is perhaps the buzzin'est act of the bunch. Their brand of electropop, catchier than techno thumps and loops, but contagiously danceable, won NME's best album of the year 2006, and their fourth album won album of the month for January 2008 by the influential Mixmag. Witness the video evidence:


On November 19 Brooklyn's Joan as Policewoman rolls into the Maroquinerie with sirens blaring. “Beauty is the new punk rock,” her myspace page somewhat pretentiously announces. Beauty may be relative, convulsive, ineffable, and/or a revolutionary ideal in a time Joan finds saturated with apathy and distrust, but her music is at least an honest chasing after that elusive ideal. The guitar work sometimes recalls the early Cure (such as “The Forest”) at others a nostalgic horn-backed lounge soul, while vocals even recall the silk-throated Madeleine Peyroux or Feist. A pastiche that has yet to arise in the indie world, Joan’s music exudes a fleeting innocence, usually found by dusting off scratchy vinyl.
Witness exhibit number 2:


November 20's Inrocks Indie Club at La Maroquinerie features Noah and the Whale, who is tearing up the CMJ chart in the U.S. What is it those college kids dig in Noah? A catchy indie folk-pop, that features quirky vocals, never to have been corrupted by a voice lesson. Some songs are twangier than others, with a bit of violin in the mix. See for yourself.


On November 27 arguably the greatest new soul sensation returns to the Maroquinerie. Was here in the summer and blew a small Maroquinerie audience away in the middle of les vacances. Perfectly pickled soul vocals moved effortlessly between slow Sam Cooke-d croons and James Brownesey yelps, giving him the unchallenged title of best new indie artist of the retro soul genre (but hey, he could simply take Best New Indie Artist, period). He belted out songs that made the more casual soul fan blink, "Is this a Sam, uh, Cooke cover? Or stammer, "Was that Wilson P-P-Pickett?"

Alas, no, he treated the audience to few covers, but the fact that the Amy Winehouse-led soul revival even wonders about it suggests the Paperboy is the Shit.


This ain't no Blues Brothers cover band. And this ain't another Vanilla Ice. And the live performance is as lively as it should be: a demi-Black Baptist Sunday sermon. No minstrelsy. Just true love. This guy has been studying the soul tradition for years, singing along, letting the spirits stake out a claim in his head and heart.

Honorable Mentions: Wolf Parade, Nov 25, Le Trabendo (beautiful song writing, and equally beautiful, baleful vocals); Mercury Rev, 25 Nov. L'Elysee Montmartre (kings of '90s American indie pop, psychadelic distortion).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

UPDATED Obama November: Adam Green, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dodos, Ruby Suns, Get Well Soon, Eli Paperboy Reed,

Picks: The Datsuns, The Fuzztones, The Wedding Present, Adam Green, A Place to Bury Strangers, Eli Paperboy Reed, and all bands that don't begin with "The"
Have fun!
--Jay H
Note: most of these shows require tickets from digitick.com or fnac.com


3 Nov Built to Spill
La Maroquinerie

5 The Swell Season (Bataclan)

6 Nov The Datsuns
From New Zealand to UK, from battle of the bands champions to NME's ‘best live band' award, The Datsuns made a name for themselves around the new millennium. Their fourth-full length later, they are still selling out Europe. But what the F is garage rock these days? New Zealand's Datsuns are so described, but they aren't another organ-y Nuggets collection wannabe. They don't have the reverb that bands like the Raveonettes make a staple. And they like metal and hard rock too much to be ‘garage-punk'. There's a steady 2/4 drumming that you hear in a lot of the old-school punk. There's a tinge of metal guitar solo to it. And they throw in a stoner-friendly song like ‘Pins and Needles', with a slower, more psychadelic feel. What is it? A pinch of Agent Orange, Heart, the Donnas, and I don't even want to think what else. It's a transformative bitch's brew, Dr. Jekyll. Drink it down and get off your seat and jump around.
La Maroquinerie

6 Nov The Fuzztones
There are some bands that have been around forever and one just wishes they’d put themselves out of our misery, no matter how great they once were. Then there are those whose quality, to our great pleasure, is steadfast. Count the Fuzztones in the latter category, if you don’t mind that they’ve always been garage rock revivalists. The Fuzzers, born in NYC in ’81, have a Myspace page bragging “Gurus of Garage Grunge.” Not sure about grunge, but there’s a solid 60s garage sound that seems to weave morsels of the “Batman” theme into half of their songs. Clearly indebted to the Animals, Electric Prunes, and Hammond organs, but also psych-tinged rock like Hendrixx, and the bluesy rock of the Stones. Retro at its best. An intimate setting, too. Also playing, The Kepi Band (ex-.Groovie Ghoulies).
20h30, La Mecanique Ondulatoire

7 Nov The Wedding Present
The “Weddoes,” as they became affectionately known in the UK, are seasoned indie popsters, having formed in the mid-80s in Leeds. They were early on championed by influential UK dj John Peel, for whom they recorded a prestigious Peel Session EP released in 1986. Numerous line up changes since then have left them with only one original member, David Gedge, who plugs along with a consistent guitar-based (indie ‘90s) sound. Some songs are much poppier than others. They’re touring their latest full-length El Rey, which came out last May. For fans of early Yo La Tengo, Superchunk, and Interpol.
19h30 Nouveau Casino, 19,80 euros

9 Nov Ron Sexsmith
La Maroquinerie

10 Nov Adam Green
New Yorker Adam Green with Kimya Dawson is Moldy Peaches, though he and Dawson both launched impressive solo careers in 2004 (before reuniting this year for another successful MP album). You've probably heard Dawson's quirky little sing-speak folk numbers on the JUNO film soundtrack, but when she's duet-ing on it, it's with Green as the MP's. Green's own knack for quirky lyrics and mortally catchy hooks combined with robust, almost croonerish baritone vocals have earned him packed mid-size venues, solid record sales, and dedicated fans across especially Northern Europe and the U.S. Songs like "Emily," "Jessica Simpson" (see video below), "Dance with Me"and more recently, "Morning after Midnight," have won over many a listener looking for a little humor and pop sunshine to restore some warmth into the cold world Bush and friends have wrought. Count this one among them.
Alhambra theatre




12 Nov. A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers are arguably the torchbearers of contemporary shoegazer-noise rock. Blurbs brag, ‘NYC's loudest band'. Maybe, but what's important to remember for this show, besides earplugs, is that while this reverb-loving bunch is part of a fine tradition stretching from Hasil Adkins, through the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and the Raveonettes, they are above all a colossal hommage to the Jesus and Mary Chain. The other good news is that their play with psychadelia and electronica saves them from sounding like mere J&M imitators. It's melodic noise, if you don't mind the oxymoron. They're in Paris off a support tour for MGMT (who seems to have stupidly dumped them for this night). JH
Nouveau Casino, 19h30, 19euros

12 Nov. Festival Des Inrocks at L'Olympia
MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Alela Diane, Coming Soon
Hot bill that hardly needs a plug here...Buttttttt, don't overlook the lesser known American indie-folk-singer Alela Diane. She's the real surprise on the bill.
L'Olympia, 34euros, sold out (but there're of course always the scalpers)

13 Nov. Festival des Inrocks: Get Well Soon, Franz Ferdinand, Yo Majesty (rap)
Get Well Soon may be the act most worth checking on this bill, no offense to Franz, which has already had its day in the sun. GWS are led by the classically trained German musician Konstantin Gropper, who creates a unique brand of cerebral indie horns-piano-accordian-electro pop-rock. Kind of like Nick Cave meets Calexico, with lyrics by Schopenhauer.
Video here
La Cigale




Nov. 14 The Dodos, The Ruby Suns
Bound to be a very entertaining show for those who like their music cutting edge, experimental. What a perfect match, these two bands that have taken the indie thing in a world music, especially African, direction. The Dodos are a SF, California duo with a fondness for country finger pickin and foreign drummin'. The Rubies are Kiwis with an appetite for Kenyan rhythms and vocals. Oddly fresh. Compare to Animal Collective in terms of spirit. Video of Dodos here. Ruby Suns here.
Point Ephemere

14 Nov. Festival des Inrocks at La Cigale
The Ting Tings, Black Kids, Cajun Dance Party
Tough Night. Ting Tings vs. Dodos/Ruby Suns. This is the bigger venue, less personal and stuff. But probably a damned good time too. Ting Tings bring high-energy super danceable electro pop. Black Kids are slightly more muted electropop with vocals that probably require a small bank transfer to Robert Smith after each concert--also quite catchy. Actually this entire bill is just death by catchy hooks. CDP reminds me a lot of the make-you-dance-on-hot-coals pop of Los Campesinos. The way much of this stuff quotes 80s Brit pop and New Wave while interspersing subtle 60s and 70s lounge and surf guitar hooks is indeed a treat to behold.
La Cigale

14 Nov. Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard: Legends of Rocknroll
These icons are doing a world tour, and even if they've got one slipper in the retirement home (their ages range from 63 to 72), maybe it would be worth it just to say you saw them. Remember, all these other shows we see and write about--they all derive from these guys. Again, too bad it overlaps with some other great bills on this night.
Le Zenith

15 Nov. Sigur Ros
As much as any other band in recent years, Iceland's Sigur Ros has been the posterboy for post-rock. Weird, falsetto voices (in Icelandic) and lush otherworldly soundscapes mesmerize with electronic shimmys and drones, as well as high feedback guitar strumming. They give you the sense of orbiting the earth, becoming a human satellite, when you listen. This year SR released their fifth full-length album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (translation for the couple of readers nonfluent in Icelandic: With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly), which is slightly less wall-of-sound than past albums, containing short, airy pop songs like "Gobbldigook," and clearly distinguishable instruments. The more "tethered" selections of this album may merit the venue choice at the Zenith instead of the nearest IMAX theater.
Zenith, 19h30 complet/full (check Craig's List or try scalpers for some spots)


15 Nov. Festival des Inrocks at La Cigale
Foals, Friendly Fires, SoKo, The Virgins, Seasick Steve, Wild Beast
Same night as Sigur Ros. Who said life was fair. A helluva a bill.

16 Nov. Festival Les Inrocks at La Cigale
Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Late of the Pier, Metronomy, Kennedy
La Cigale

19 Nov. Joan as Policewoman
JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN
“Beauty is the new punk rock,” her myspace page somewhat pretentiously announces. Beauty may be relative, convulsive, ineffable, and/or a revolutionary aspiration in a time Joan finds saturated with apathy and distrust, and her music is at least an honest chasing after that elusive ideal. The guitar work sometimes recalls the early Cure (such as “The Forest”) at others a nostalgic horn-backed lounge soul, while vocals even recall the silk-throated Madeleine Peyroux or Feist. A pastiche that has yet to arise in the indie world, Joan’s music exudes a fleeting innocence, usually found by dusting off scratchy vinyl.
La Maroquinerie

19 Nov. The Streets
Elysee Montmartre

20 Nov. Inrock Indie Club at La Maroquinerie
Noah and the Whale, Operahouse, Joseph Leon
La Maroquinerie 19h30


20 Nov. The Yardbirds
Old Skool, brothers and sisters.
New Morning

21 Nov. Less Than Jake, Guttermouth
Nice pop-ska-punk night . The next generation of Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Rancid...
La Maroquinerie

22 Nov. Fujiya & Miyagi, Candy Clash
one word: Collarbone.
La Maroquinerie

23 Nov. Ratatat
Interesting electro-pop stuff. Compare to Midnight Juggernauts and the Sounds.
Highly recommended, but sold out second night. Look for scalpers for second night. Try the second night
Nouveau Casino

23 Nov. Death Cab For Cutie and Frightened Rabbit
Bataclan

24 Nov. Ratatat: see above.
second date, Noveau Casino (sold out)

24 Nov. Ben Folds Five
Le Trabendo

25 Wolf Parade
Le Trabendo

25 Nov. Mercury Rev
L'Elysee Montmartre

26 Nov. Stereolab
La Cigale

26 Nov. Blood Red Shoes
Le Trabendo

27 Nov. Eli Paperboy Reed
Was here in the summer. Wow! Check out my review here.
La Maroquinerie

28 Nov. Djay Indie Eclectique and guests: Soiree Old Wave vs. New Wave: Djay INdie Eclectique, the only Djay that specializes in 90s-2000s indie rock, -pop, -electropop, -singersongwriter, will be doing his second tribute to 80s New Wave and pitting it against the New New Wave of Electropop/rock, such as MGMT, The Ting Tings, The Midnight Juggernauts, The Sounds, Shiny Toy Guns...Don't miss it!
Orange Mecanique, 72 Rue JP Timbaud, M. Parmentier, 9pm-1h30am

29 Nov. Cold War Kids
Bataclan

1 Dec. TV on the Radio
Bataclan

2 Dec. Herman Dune
L'Olympia

5 Dec. Friday: Djay Grand Duc du Kansas: Djay Grand Duc du Kansas (and more recently, Chicago) will be spinning his unique blend of early American roots music into a rock and soul tour that passes by Hank Williams Sr., JOhnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Ramones, Television, The New York Dolls, The Dead Kennedys, and ends in the present: The Raveonettes, The Belrays, The Detroit Cobras, The White Stripes...

8 Dec. The Black Angels
Fine Psychadelic rock from this Austin, Tx outfit following in the footsteps of Spacemen 3 and the VU, among many others.
L'Elysee Montmartre

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Just IN: BLOC PARTY special show Oct. 14 Nouveau Casino

Bloc Party at Le Nouveau Casino OCT. 14. This is the "indie" band that tore up the UK charts in 2005 after having pushed a demo on a BBC dj and the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, and they hit Paris this month upon the release of their third studio album, Intimacy. They originally made their mark with choppy syncopated guitar riffs bearing comparisons to Gang of Four (as have a host of other recent bands--witness Forward Russia!). However, their second album mixed in more electronic layering over often Robert Smith-ish, mopey legato crooning. They claim the third album is a return to something rawer (by which one can hope they'll be exploring some bluegrass and jug music). Yet, the track they offer on Myspace ("Talons") sounds like its trying hard to seduce the electro crowd while maintaining the loyalty of their guitar rock phalanges. Take it for a ride yerself. This is a special barely announced concert. Tickets go on sale Oct. 13 on fnac.com for the concert the next day. Happy trails, hipsters!--J. Harsin

Monday, October 06, 2008

Picks Oct 6-17: Jenny Lewis, Frightened Rabbit, Djay GDK,

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Monday Oct. 6: Fargo All Stars at La Cigale à La CigaleJoseph Arthur, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts, Jesse Sykes. This fine Parisian label serves up a showcase.

Tuesday Oct. 7:
  • Jenny Lewis at la Maroquinerie: Great soulful, country-tinged indie folk from this Van Nuys, CA-Rilo Kiley frontwoman. She's just released a new album called "Acid Tongue." If you're open to smart song-writing, and toe-tappin twang for certain moods and times of the day (can we noodle around to Midnight Juggernauts or get whiplash to ACDC all DAY long, too?), she's worth a glance. The site of consolidated reviews (critics and listeners) METACRITIC gives her 7/10. Try to do better.

Wednesday Oct. 8 Frightened Rabbit at La Maroquinerie. They're Scottish, damnit! See Dauntless Badger open.

Thursday Oct 9 Ladyhawke at Pt. Ephemere (17euros): A rising Kiwi (NZ, dummy) electropop diva. Try the "Paris is Burning" track on Myspace.

Friday Oct 10 Rodeo Massacre at Fleche D'Or and Parisnormale's Djay Grand Duc du Kansas "Rocket Roll Voyage" at La Feline. Tough choice. If you're more of a rocker try the Duc. Or maybe just do both?

Saturday Oct 11: Air, Salle Pleyel : Electropop weirdos, Air!

Sunday Oct 12 Gang Gang Dance at Fleche D'Or: Much heralded group from New York Experimental electro-Rock, "neo-tribal" scene.

Monday Oct 13:
Tuesday Oct 14:
  •   Calexico, Get Well Soon at La Cigale : Calexico have a legendary sound, a brand: Southwestern, post-mariachi soundscapes threatening to go jam band on you. Calexico was the brainchild of the classically trained musician Joey Burns and friend John Convertino, who met in 1990 in L.A. and then moved to Tucson, Arizona. Burns and Convertino had collaborated with Howe Gelb’s fascinating indie experiment Giant Sand, and then the Tucson lounge act Friends of Dean Martinez. Calexico broke into the indie American (then world) music scene in 1996 with their highly acclaimed Spoke (on Germany's Haus Musik Records). They experimented with indie twang, balkan folk, spaghetti Western, and surf on that first album. It was decidedly indie experimental, with hints of Tom Waits, the Go-Betweens, and soundtracks to Emir Kusturica films. One might even say that since that first sensational album, they've been struggling to redefine themselves and never really completely succeeding. What they did well, they still do well. Their beloved core following in Paris packs big venues. Better move fast if you still want tickets.
  • Bloc Party at Le Nouveau Casino. This "indie" band that tore up the UK charts in 2005 after having pushed a demo on a BBC dj and the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand hits Paris this month upon the release of their third studio album, Intimacy.  They originally made their mark with choppy syncopated guitar riffs bearing comparisons to Gang of Four (as have a host of other bands--witness Forward Russia!). However, their second album mixed in more electronic layering over often Robert Smith-ish, mopey legato crooning. They claim the third album is a return to something rawer (by which one can hope they'll be exploring some bluegrass and jug music). Yet, the track they offer on Myspace ("Talons") sounds like its trying hard to seduce the electro crowd while maintaining the loyalty of their guitar rock phalanges. Take it for a ride yerself. This is a special barely announced concert. Tickets go on sale Oct. 13 on fnac.com for the concert the next day. Happy trails, hipsters!

Wednesday, October 15: Of Montreal
Of Montreal has mainly been the baby of talented Athens, GA native Kevin Barnes. Critics are mostly agreed that OM has been mostly fantastic. In last year's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? release glum was never so much fun. Dark lyrically, but one would never guess by all the frenzied, highly danceable tempos. In the past year, OM have been experimenting with idiosyncratic song structures and styles ranging from surf to funk, while somehow maintaining the pop base that their fans adore. The highly awaited follow up, Skeletal Lamping, is set to be released October 21 but will grace the sound system and many ears of L'Elysee Montmartre even sooner.
Elysee Montmartre, 19h, 26,70euros

Friday October 17: Swell
Swell formed in San Francisco in 1989 and under the leadership of David Freel emerged as a major band of the American indie rock scene in the 1990s. Freel's voice is a Lou Reed sound-alike, though he usually employs it in much tamer ways than his likeness, often only a decibel above a whisper. There's something gray, haunting, sometimes psychadelic, and deeply human in the lyrics and slow acoustic-layered compositions of Swell, like a poetic reflection on a warm fire, blankets, and hot drinks necessitated by the drone of drizzle, dampness, and a dark windy night. Ever sat around with friends, listening to captivating music, looking at each other, unable to speak a word? You follow? Compare to Smog, Silver Jews and Will Oldham. Also playing Emily Jane White.
La Maroquinerie 20h, 16 euros





Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rock & Soul, plus New Wave Djay Soirees!

That's right brothers and sisters, Djay Indie Eclectique/Grand Duc du Kansas is not just serving up some great Rock and Soul tomorrow (9/24) at PLANETE MARS (an opportunity for you to discover a cool new bar if you don't already know it), and Eclectic Indie Rock and its foundations Friday night at l'Orange Mecanique. He also announces the first of severalPhotobucket
upcoming NEW WAVE SOIREES: Old Electro Pop vs. New Electro Pop. The first one will be at L'Orange Mecanique Sat. Oct. 4. Another one will follow at the new bar The UFO, also on JP Timbaud, as soon as it opens. Stay Tuned and see you soon!Photobucket
JH

Friday, September 19, 2008

Rock, Soul, New Wave Dj parties on the horizon


Djay Grand Duc Du Kansas (Rock, soul, and Its twangy roots, from Hank Williams Sr. to the Raveonettes) has his debut at Planete Mars, Thursday 25 September.


Djay Indie Eclectique does Friday night 26 September at Orange Mecanique.

Look for a big Old New Wave meets New New Wave night next month at L'Orange Mecanique and then at their new bar equipped with some dancing room, the UFO!
biz,
JH

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Indie Paris September Calendar

Let no one tell you this town's music offerings suck. It's difficult to even corral all the great stuff this month into one indie calendar. We're starting a week late, so first things first. The calendar will fill out in the following days. Wanted to get this up in the mean time. Enjoy.--jh (video thanks to Don D)

09 September JOHN & JEHN (Faculty Music/Uk)
The London music press is nuts about these two French turncoats who now make love 'neath the ponts of Londres, not Paris. Here's what the great "drowned in sound" site says about them: "What with the brattish Gainsbourg antics of The Teenagers and the resurgence of electro house as proffered by Ed Banger and accomplices, there’s a distinctly Gallic bent to the chic indie milieu at the moment. John & Jehn are the latest reasons to give thanks to our belligerent French neighbourinos, a très-cool boy/girl duo living in London who sound like late shoegaze punks Electrelane with a pinch of Godard’s postmodern sex appeal and a cheeky dash of cabaret thrown in for good measure."
also playing: BADEN BADEN (Fr), DEVON SPROULE (Tin Angel Records/Us), ADRIAN CROWLEY (Tin Angel Records/Irl) Fleche D'Or, FREE, 20H

Shearwater
12 Sept. 08
La Maroquinerie 15euros

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
13 Sept. 20h00
Nouveau Casino, 20euros in advance from FNAC or Digitick
Conor Oberst, the 27-year-old, multi-instrumentalist, indie-folk wunderkind from Omaha, Nebraska has hitherto been associated mainly with his backing band, Bright Eyes. Oberst’s impressive songwriting and vocal style have 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. He has just released the first album with the Mystic Valley Band, self-titled Conor Oberst (Merge). If you’re nice, he might even cry for you.



Seabear /Borko
15 Sept. 08 à 19h30
La Maroquinerie
13,30euros

Lords of Altamount
16 Sept. 08
La Maroquinerie 15euros

RELIGIOUS KNIVES / TALIBAM ! + RHYS CHATHAM / ZUN ZUN EGUI / PEEESSEYE / GALA DROP
17 Sept. 08
La Maroquinerie, 19h30, 15euros

THE LEMONHEADS+THE FUTUREHEADS+CQFD (Tahiti boy and the Palmtree Family)
18 Sept. 08
La Maroquinerie, 20h, 20euros

CONSTANTINES + SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN
19 Sept 08
La Maroquinerie, 19h30, 15euros

SECRET CHIEFS 3 http://www.myspace.com/secretchiefs3
Northern California’s Secret Chiefs are led by polyinstrumentalist Trey Spruance, formerly of the experimental rock group Mr. Bungle. SC3’s Myspace page says, “Surf, Grindcore, Psychadelic,” demonstrating the poverty of branding today. At times, SC3 sounds like traditional Indian music mixed with late 60s TV soundtracks like Mission Impossible and the Avengers, and with tracks from what must be the Goran Bregovic of India. Originally a trumpeter and guitarist, Spruance has been recently experimenting with electronic organs and more Asian instruments such as the saz, santur, electric sitar, tar, pipa. Just when you think you’re going to detach and get cerebral on this stuff, you find yourself whirling with the best of the dervishes. A different kind of listening; a different kind of dancing. Wow. FEAR FALLS BURNING + DRUMS ARE FOR PARADE also playing.
20 Sept 08
La Maroquinerie, 22h, 15euros

Polysics http://www.myspace.com/polysics
If hundreds of bands have been inspired by a sex pistols show, almost as many can say that of DEVO. The new wave electro-punks can count Japan’s exciting Polysics among their proud spawn. Well, actually, they moved by a DEVO video. Formed in 1997, Polysic received early critical praise abroad but weak sales. But recently they’ve been riding the electro-pop revival speared by MGMT, Midnight Juggernauts, et al. If you like the playfulness of their well-choreographed and -uniformed, synth-pioneering ancestors, this should prove to be a highly entertaining show. Polysics will be touring their 12th foreign release this month, We Ate the Machine (a cheeky acknowledgement to Kraftwerk). Do the robot.
22 Sept. 08 à 20h00
La Maroquinerie, 17euros

Lykke Li (Sweden) http://www.myspace.com/lykkeli
Lykke’s first album Youth Novels, released in Europe three months ago to wide critical acclaim, was produced by fellow Swede Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John. Her style is usually characterized as soulful electro-pop. Well worth a look.
23 Sept.
Nouveau Casino

The Spinto Band
24 Sept. 08
La Maroquinerie 20h00, 16euros
This Deleware,U.S.A. bunch have a bit of the contagious jangly guitars, twee levity and clapping hands of bands like Los Campesinos, I’m From Barcelona, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. After recording with Dave Trumfio on renovated boat in L.A., the band was set to release its second album on EMI offshoot Radiate Records last November when the label pulled their plug. Their Paris appearance is part of the release tour for that album that now has a home on indie label Fierce Panda. It’s music to dance to on a trampoline. So get ready to leave your shoes at the Maroquinerie door.

Jason Mraz
24 Sept.
la Cigale

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg may be the UK’s punkier contemporary equivalent of the great American folk singer Woody Guthrie. A career that began in the anti-folk movement of the 80’s stretches over 30 years, demonstrating Bragg’s unflinching, musically catchy commitment to contemporary social and political problems from racism and poverty, to workers’ rights and homophobia, with a respectable love song sprinkled here and there. Some of his most creative and critically acclaimed work is cooperative, such as the fantastic two-volume set of lost Woody Guthrie songs, Mermaid Avenue (1998-2000), into which he breathed new musical life with WILCO. After a six-year hiatus 2008’s melodically contagious Mr. Love and Justice recalls the highly orchestral Mermaid albums, heavy with organs, harmonicas, and a horn here and there. Expect high energy and playful between-songs banter. Not your everyday folksinger. Go to this show, then drop by Planete Mars for Parisnormale's dj soiree.
Thursday 25 September, 20h, 22euros La Maroquinerie.

Parisnormale's Djay Grand Duc du Kansas
25 Sept. 21h-1h30
Planete Mars, 21 R. Keller, 75011, M. Bastille
Free


Parisnormale's Djay Indie Eclectique
26 Sept. 20h30-1h00
L'Orange Mecanique, 72 Rue JP Timbaud, Free



Wire
Original UK ’76 punkers, Wire has been a major influence on post-punk music. From 1977’s seminally minimalist, if structurally idiosyncratic, Pink Flag, Wire developed an increasingly electronically lush sound, to the point that their drummer Gotobed dropped out of the band after 1990’s Manscape, claiming that the use of drum machines made him obsolete. He returned in 1999, and they have occasionally toured, occasionally recorded ever since. They are perhaps most known for being far ahead of their time in their use of synthesizers and effects mixed in with the older guitar-based sound. Object 48 was released in July, which they are currently touring. For the scholars of rock’s development over the last two decades, these guys are no nobodies. Welcome to the canon, ladies and gents.
Saturday 27 September, 20h, 19euros, La Maroquinerie


TV on Radio
30 Sept.
Nouveau Casino (Sold Out)

28 October Mogwai

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Djay Indie Eclectique Dates in September

Hey all you bad motorscooters! Welcome to Autumn in Indie Paris. Baudelaire and Chet Baker smile upon thee.
The September Calendar is underway, full of shows for the hipshakers and elliptical brain-trainers alike. But for now, mark those calendars as Parisnormale, Gogoparis.com, and Ivyparis' Djay Indie Eclectique smuggles his contreband into yet another hip bar/club. Last month many of you missed him at LaFeline (as Grand Duc du Kansas, his more rocknroll and Americana side) and now he's doing the hot new bar/club Les Disquaires, in the Ledru-Rollin/Bastille area. The Club Collective site claims it has become "the most talked about bar in Paris" (among the un-techno-fied thinkings fellers, of course). The Disquaires have plenty of room for dancing or just hanging out talking, enjoying the music, and buzzin your night away. It gets packed on weekends and is often more electro-tinged those nights. If you want more indie rock, pop, new wave roots,etc; more importantly, if you want Djay Indie Eclectique, you will come early in the week to see him--more precisely, this Tuesday September 2!

Djay Indie Eclectique continues to serve and protect over at L'Orange Mecanique, which will be celebrating a one-year anniversary this month. Rumor has it that their team will be opening up a similar bar, called the UFO, a little bit down the street (i.e. JP Timbaud) toward Parmentier, and this one will be more spacious, with room for shakin' your tailfeathers, brothers and sisters. Djay Indie Eclectique will alert you to his christening event there--mais bien sur--all in good time, my pretties. For now, check Djay Indie Ecletique out in his old haunt, OM, this thursday September 4. For those of you averse to my prolixity, here it is in simple mathematics (as Rocky says, to Adrienne: "It's simple mathematics: you hang out with smart people, you got smart friends; you hang out with yo-yo people, you got yo-yo friends").

D.I.E. at Les Disquaires
6, rue des Taillandiers, 11eme
Tuesday September 2
10pm-1h30am

D.I.E. at OM
72 Rue JP Timbaud, 11eme
Thursday September 4
8h30pm-1h30am

See you there, unsquare!
biz,
Djay
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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Djay Grand Duc du Kansas Set list

DJay Grand Duc du Kansas Set list, La Feline bar, Paris Aug. 2, 2008
Hot Pastrami Dartells
Lucky Lips Ruth Brown
Move Mama Ben Hall
Take My Love With You Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves
Hey Good Looking Hank Williams Sr.
I've Been Everywhere Johnny Cash
Last Dance Flames
His Latest Flame Elvis Presley
Chicken Shack Boogie Leroy Van Dyke
That'll Be the Day Buddy Holly
Dick dale - Surfing Drums
Cha Cha Twist Detroit Cobras
Baby Please Don't Go The Yardbirds
Booted Rosco Gordon
Red Headed Woman Morty Shann And The Morticians
I've Got That Feeling Ray Pate & The Rhythm Rockets
Run From Home The Unclaimed
I Got A Woman Rose Maddox (With Brothers)
Born With a Tail [Country][Version] Supersuckers
Man From Mars Butch Paulson & The Motations
Sixteen Tons This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb
Shake That Thing Hasil Adkins
Hip Shake The Sin City Disciples
California Sun The Ramones
Teenagers from Mars The Misfits
Rocket The Go-Getters
Tutti Frutti Little Richard
-Red Hot Robert Gordon & Link Wray
Lick It Dwarfes
You Really Got Me The Kinks
Damaged Goods (EMI Version) Gang Of Four
Rancid Ruby Soho
Renée Martel - Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher
I'm Walking Fats Domino
Haunted By Repetition Glenrays
I Like It Like That Dave Clark Five
Summertime Blues Stray Cats
All My Love Buddy Holly
You're Sixteen Johnny Burnette
Clampdown The Clash
One Step Beyond Madness
Dirty Boots Sonic Youth
Honky Tonk Man (live) The Go-Getters
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes
The Dave Clarke Five - Hippy Hippy Shake
Out of This World The Detroit Cobras
Kick out the Jams MC5
Dead Sound The Raveonettes
What I Like About You The Romantics
Bad Reputation Joan Jett
I Only Want You Eagles of Death Metal
Blank Generation Richard Hell And The Voidoids
Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll Robert Gordon with Link Wray
Teenage Kicks The Undertones
Beat City The Raveonettes
These Boots Are Made For Walki Operation Ivy
Miss World Hole
She Said Hasil Adkins
Crazy Legs Gene Vincent
Martian Hop The Ran-Dells
I Fought the Law Dead Kennedys
Somebody To Love Agent Orange
Born to Lose (Live) Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
For Your Love The Zombies
Shit Goddamm Eagles of Death Metal
Faron Young - Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young(1)
What She Said The Smiths
This Little Girl's Gone a-rockin' Ruth Brown
The Ramones - Surfin' Bird
Bustin' Surfboards The Tornadoes
El Paso The Old 97’s
Punk Rock Girl Dead Milkmen
Take A Little Bit King Khan & The Shrines
In Dreams Roy Orbison
Janie Jones The Clash
Molly's Lips [John Peel Session] Nirvana
Shes's Lost Control (Joy Division cover) Girls Against Boys
JATS Are Go Johnny And The Shamen
Splish-Splash I Was Taking A Bath Jerry lee lewis
If The Kids Are United 7 SECONDS
Outside Chance*** Heavy Trash
Love In A Trashcan The Raveonettes
Love-O-Rama Southern Culture On The Skids
What Do I Get The Buzzcocks
I Wanna Destroy You Circle Jerks
White Light-White Heat The Velvet Underground
I'm The Man Joe Jackson

Indie Paris in August: Dead Beat?

Paris Dead Beat in August?

Is the non-tourist Paris really a cultural-commercial Phoenix who dies in August, only to rise from its ashes at midnight September 1? Let’s be honest. Many places do shut down for a couple, even three weeks this month. Some lingering residents complain that they travel two or three metro stops away just to find a mediocre boulangerie in service. Is this true also for so-called alt. and/or independent music?

Certainly, many places take a break. The excellent programs of live concerts at Le Nouveau Casino and La Maroquinerie take the entire month off. The Oberkampf bar L’Orange Mecanique where I dj monthly shuts down for the first two weeks of the month. Le Truskel, a major rock haunt that veers towards a younger crowd also takes a repose.

And yet, it would be seriously misleading to resort to the hyperbole that everything stops and one can not find a good concert for indie pop, folk or rock, or jazz during this admittedly more low-geared month.

Even the Nouveau Casino, whose concerts take a three-wehiatus, still cranks out dj-ed dance club evenings. Le Divan du Monde runs at full speed but only half of the week, featuring djs and local indie bands Thursday-Sunday. The mighty La Feline, arguably the best edgy rock bar in the city of lights, has regularly programmed concerts of local garage and experimental rock bands sprinkled into a regular rotation of rock, swing, ska, garage djs on almost every night of the week. The Social Club keeps up the steam during August, giving a steady line-up of mainly djs specializing in cutting edge electro. The spacious Mécanique Ondulatoire in the Bastille area is a slightly more upscale version of La Feline, also with nightly djs, and little known but often quite talented artists that favor the blues, rockabilly, and garage genres. However, it has strictly dj’s from July 30-Aug. 17. In the same throbbing Bastille neighborhood lies Les Disquaires. It’s a new club run by the management of the celebrated old haunt of many indie scenesters, the now extinct 9 Billiards on Rue St. Maur. Djs (including yours truly) rotate there on Monday and Tuesday nights in August and the rest of the year, featuring a potpourri of genres and styles. Les Disquaires is not just for listening, either; it enjoys ample space to conspire with the djs and inject the boogie in your derriere. But the real diamond in the rough of the Parisian alt.music summer is indipustably La Fleche D’Or.

La F’Do’s August program does favor local and national French acts. But make lemonade: it’s as if you get a little festival of the alt.French scene. Witness the lineup on Aug. 21, a recovering garage-punk Parisian’s fantasy bill. The driving garage of tellingly named The Dukes of Killing Death; the freshly bizarre wedding of electro-punk and chanson francaise chez Sandie Trash; the unabashedly retro-punk of Yakusa; and the psychadelic punk of puckish I Am Un Chien.

And yet there are impressive exceptions from the Anglophonia and beyond. On August 22, F’Do features the tonic folk-psychadelia of Argentian artists Los Alamos. On August 8, came the rising international alt-pop stars from Down Under, Sparkadelia, aptly described by NME as “singin’ tales of woe against Phil Spector rhythms, with glossy pop melodies allowing smooth passage.” For me, they’re the sonic top shelf bourbon: a strong drink whose deceptively inoffensive first impression travels down to the gut to build a fire whose flames climb up and singe thy scalp. At the end of the month, the mesmerizing folk-pop of L.A.-based Sirens and Sailors, whose general Ann Hadlock began with an autoharp in London, and then traveled across the Atlantic, acquiring six more comrades in the process, including the talented accordionist Vanessa Gonzales (formerly of folk-punk trailblazers The Starvations).

Of course for those smitten with summer festivalia and who un-snobbisly tolerate the cohabitation of rising indie acts with lowest common denominator pop-rock , you also have Rock-en-Seine on Aug. 20th (a primer), 28th and 29th at Porte de St. Cloud. The lineup on Aug. 20, strangely disconnected by a week from the rest of the festival, serves up Rage Against the Machine. The program on the 28th features R.E.M. and Hot Chip. The 29th features Amy Winehouse among others.

For those who identify with an arguably more artistic culture of rock and overlapping genres, the summer can hardly be characterized as grinding to a halt on August 1, though it does shift tempo and talent in significant albeit refreshing ways.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Last Soiree Djay Indie Eclectique for This Summer!

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This is the end! That's right, friends and neighbors, aging hipsters and rockers, indie Vespa honeys, nudists, and commies. Parisnormale and Gogoparis.com's DJay Indie Eclectique is going to be spinnin' yous round for the LAST time this summer, this Thursday July 24 at the fabulous bar L'Orange Mecanique in sunny Oberkampf/Menilmontant. Get ready, as always, for an updated set list of just released stuff and some new-old gems! The exact address is 72 J.P. Timbaud, just off rue St. Maur, a couple of blocks from either Metro Parmentier or Metro St. Maur. From 8:30pm to 1:30am. Come hear live all the good stuff we discuss on this blog and a whole lot more--foundations of/and contemporary indie rock, that sprawling jenesaisquoi genre. France Gall to Of Montreal. Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, to the Clash and the Fratellis. Good, cheap drinks (2,50 demis, 5 euros pints, + Happy hour prices). Enjoy the flyers, spread the word, and mark your calendars.Get there early if you want a seat. (check latest posts for a sample playlist)
xoxo-Jay
And some videos for your amusement (what else?):





And finally: "This [blog] is awful, terrible, disgusting..."

Monday, July 21, 2008

D.I.E. Set List: Jul17(Jul24 Last Soiree of Summer)


Heart Of Gold --Neil Young
La Marseillaise Serge Gainsbourg
When a Man Loves a Woman Otis Redding -
In Dreams Roy Orbison
Fais pas ci, fais pas ca Jacques Dutronc
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Marilyn Monroe
For Emma Bon Iver
Whole Wide World Wreckless Eric
Here Comes My Baby-- Yo La Tengo
Hello I Love You (Rare Doors Cover) The Cure
Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got) Four Tops
Wonderwall Cat Power
If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time-- Hank Williams Sr.
Mad World Tears For Fears
Night Time Is The Right Time The Sonics
Tu M'as Trop Menti Chantal Goya
Les cornichons Nino Ferrer
Big Dipper Built to Spill
Higher Power The Sadies
She Bangs The Drums Stone Roses
The Devils Right Hand Steve Earle
Laissez Nous Twister Dick Rivers & Les Chats Sauvages** -
I've Been Loving You Too Long Flat Duo Jets
Love Plus One --Haircut 100
Yakkety yak The Coasters
I Only Want You Eagles of Death Metal
I'm Through With White Girls Dirtbombs
I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News) Eagles of Death Metal
Domain Of The Human Race--Man Or Astroman
I Turn My Camera On --Spoon
Woo Hoo 5.6.7.8's
Who's Making Love to Your Old Lady Joe Tex
KonTiki The Shadows
Contact - Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot
Dick Rivers&LesCh.S** La reine du rock n' roll
Balloons Foals
Peppermint Twist (Part 2) Vince Taylor
Destroyer The Kinks
Dead Sound The Raveonettes
Rip It Up Vince Taylor & His Playboys
Clumsy Sky Girl in a Coma
Have Mercy --Prince Buster & Heptones
Clampdown The Clash
Add It Up Violent Femmes
Shake That Thing Hasil Adkins
In Between Days The Cure
Kissy Baby Heavy Trash
Allô Allô (Hello I Love You)--Les Sans Culottes
White Lightnin' The Big Bopper
Blank Generation Richard Hell And The Voidoids
Somebody To Love Agent Orange
White Light-White Heat The Velvet Underground
Bustin' Surfboards The Tornadoes
Spider Man Theme The Ramones
My Generation The Who
Soul Kitchen X
Love You Inside And Out Bee Gees
Shake, Rattle And Roll Fats Domino
We Are Going To Be Friends The White Stripes
Shama Lama Ding Dong (Animal House Soundtrack) Otis Redding
I Get Around Beach Boys
And she was.mp3 Talking Heads
Twistin' The Night Away Sam Cooke
Fairytale In The Supermarket The Raincoats
Rock Star Hole
Highways Of Gold Jaguar Love
The Way We Get By Spoon
Shit Goddamm Eagles of Death Metal
I Love Paris Frank Sinatra

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Tom Waits: The Legend In Paris

Elvis, Johnny Cash, Willy Nelson, Bob Dylan—all icons of American music; none of them with as much gritty poet-capital as Tom Waits. Two-time grammy and many-time other award-winner, Waits has mastered, then stone-washed, and bourbon-soaked a range of genres from vaudeville to jazz and folk, often sung from personas who see life from the bottom up, and often with startling x-rays of the human condition. 58-year old Waits rides into Europe on a staggering corpus of 20 albums, 7 compilations, and at least 18 international tribute-albums. One thinks of the Charles Bukowski of music, but he's far better. One thinks of Nick Cave, but with permanent laryngitis and a penchant for surrealism and jazz. One thinks of Waits, not the admittedly talented Steve Earle, when Earle sings "Last of the Hardcore Troubadors." Can one even put a price on this ticket? (Oh yeah, does anyone want to get in to heaven and just GIVE me one?)
Thur and Fri 24 and 25 July, Le Grand Rex
tickets (or try Craig's List Paris)
p.s. Come to Soiree Djay Indie Eclectique thursday at l'Orange Mecanique as a pre- or post-Tom Waits party!
Evidence of his range and brilliance:



Wednesday, July 16, 2008

C Jeudi! It's Thursday! Soiree Djay Indie Eclectique!


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That's right, friends and neighbors, aging hipsters and rockers, indie Vespa honeys, nudists, and commies. Parisnormale and Gogoparis.com's DJay Indie Eclectique is going to be spinnin' yous round Thursday July 17 (and ONE FINAL SUMMER SOIREE next Thur too) at the fabulous bar L'Orange Mecanique in sunny Oberkampf/Menilmontant. Get ready, as always, for an updated set list of just released stuff and some new-old gems! The exact address is 72 J.P. Timbaud, just off rue St. Maur, a couple of blocks from either Metro Parmentier or Metro St. Maur. From 8:30pm to 1:30am. Come hear live all the good stuff we discuss on this blog and a whole lot more--foundations of/and contemporary indie rock, that sprawling jenesaisquoi genre. France Gall to Of Montreal. Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, to the Clash and the Fratellis. Good, cheap drinks (2,50 demis, 5 euros pints, + Happy hour prices). Enjoy the flyers, spread the word, and mark your calendars.Get there early if you want a seat.
xoxo-Jay

C'EST JEUDI JULY 17! SOIREE DJAY INDIE ECLECTIQUE A L'ORANGE MECANIQUE, 72 RUE JP TIMBAUD. DEPECHEZ-VOUS! IL RESTE Q'UNE SOIREE DJAY INDIE ECLECTIQUE CET ETE (JULY 24). TOUS VOUS FAVORIS: THE CLASH, BOWIE, VELVET UNDERGROUND, RAVEONETTES, BOW WOW WOW, JOHNNY CASH, THE KLAXONS, JERRY LEE LEWIS, SAM COOKE, HASIL ADKINS, OF MONTREAL, SOCIAL DISTORTION, JOAN JETT....OUAIS!

DJay Indie Ec. Set List, July 10 at L'Orange Mecanique, Paris

















Set list from July 10, and C U tomorrow, thursday July 17! A jeudi, les amis!
  1. People Get Ready--Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions
  2. I Go Out Walking After Midnight--Patsy Cline
  3. Rivers of Babylon--Steve Earle and Emmy Lou Harris
  4. Tear-stained Eye--Son Volt
  5. When You Were Mine--Crooked Fingers
  6. La peintre a l'huile--Bobby Lapointe
  7. Our Way to Fall--Yo La Tengo
  8. This is the Day--The The
  9. Free--Cat Power
  10. Girlfriend in a Coma--The Smiths
  11. Hang Me Up to Dry--Cold War Kids
  12. Mission Impossible--Laika and the Cosmonauts
  13. La Vie En Rose--Emilie Simone
  14. Al Capone--Prince Buster
  15. Seven Nation Army--White Stripes
  16. I Don't Think So--Dinosaur Jr.
  17. Mrs. Robinson--Weezer
  18. The Loveless--Heavy Trash
  19. Ces Bottes sont faites pour...(These Boots Are Made For Walkin')
  20. Rich--Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
  21. Rush--Big Audio Dynamite
  22. Bubblegum--The Raveonettes
  23. I Want Candy--Bow Wow Wow
  24. The Magnificent Seven--The Clash
  25. Electricity--OMD
  26. Fire Below--Midnight Juggernauts
  27. Ever Fallen in Love?--The Buzzcocks
  28. Punk Rock Girl--The Dead Milkmen
  29. This Little Girl's Gone a Rockin'--Ruth Brown
  30. Chercher le Garcon--Taxi Girl
  31. King Tut--Steve Martin
  32. Hawaii Five-O--The Ventures
  33. White Light White Heat--VU
  34. Miss World--Hole
  35. I Don't Like Mondays--Boomtown Rats
  36. Chicken Walk--Hasil Adkins
  37. The Bird--Morris Day and the Time
  38. Can Your Pussy Do the Dog--The Cramps
  39. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On--Jerry Lee Lewis
  40. I'm the Man--Joe Jackson
  41. I Love Paris--Sreamin' Jay Hars-- er Hawkins.
  42. Surf Rider--Dick Dale
  43. Somebody to Love--Agent Orange
  44. Do Me No Wrong--Pat Cupp and his Flying Saucers
  45. Est-ce que tu le sais--Dick Rivers et les Chats Sauvages
  46. Goodnight, Goodnight--Hot Hot Heat

He's a Soul Man, Man: Eli Paperboy Reed, La Maroquinerie, July 15, 2008


Eli Paperboy Reed, the sensational 24-year old Soul Man from Boston the whole internet is buzzing about, made his first appearance in Paris last night at La Maroquinerie. Reed was pushing his fabulous new record Roll With You. Just as on the record, last night his perfectly pickled soul vocals moved effortlessly between slow Sam Cooke-d croons and James Brownesey yelps, giving him the unchallenged title of best new indie artist of the retro soul genre (but hey, he could simply take Best New Indie Artist, period). He belted out songs that made the more casual soul fan blink, "Is this a Sam, uh, Cooke cover? Was that Wilson P-Pickett?" Alas, no, he treated the audience to few covers, but the fact that the Amy Winehouse-led soul revival even wonders about it suggests the Paperboy is the Shit. This ain't no Blues Brothers cover band. And this ain't another Vanilla Ice. And the live performance is as lively as it should be: a demi-Black Baptist Sunday sermon. No minstrelsy. Just true love. This guy has been studying the soul tradition for years, singing along, letting the spirits stake out a claim in his head and heart. He promised to be back soon. Keep your ears on those CBs, truckers...
In Paris last night, keepin-it-real-low-quality cell phone version:
Fancy pants higher tech version from Houston:
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

DJay Indie Eclectique: Thursday

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That's right, friends and neighbors, aging hipsters and rockers, indie Vespa honeys, nudists, and commies. Parisnormale and Gogoparis.com's DJay Indie Eclectique is going to be spinnin' yous round Thursday July 10 (and next Thur too) at the fabulous bar L'Orange Mecanique in sunny Oberkampf/Menilmontant. Get ready, as always, for an updated set list of just released stuff and some new-old gems! The exact address is 72 J.P. Timbaud, just off rue St. Maur, a couple of blocks from either Metro Parmentier or Metro St. Maur. From 8:30pm to 1:30am. Come hear live all the good stuff we discuss on this blog and a whole lot more--foundations of/and contemporary indie rock, that sprawling jenesaisquoi genre. France Gall to Of Montreal. Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, to the Clash and the Fratellis. Good, cheap drinks (2,50 demis, 5 euros pints, + Happy hour prices). Enjoy the flyers, spread the word, and mark your calendars.Get there early if you want a seat.
xoxo-Jay

Friday, July 04, 2008

Djay Indie Eclectique Set List July 3, 2008

Set List July 4, L'Orange Mecanique
(Next soiree, July 17)
  1. Lived in Bars--Cat Power
  2. Son of a Preacherman--Dusty Springfield
  3. Ooh Child--New Birth
  4. Satellite of Love--Lou Reed
  5. Danny--Marty Wilde
  6. Whitey on the Moon--Gil Scott Herron
  7. Kimberly Austin--Porno for Pyros
  8. That's Entertainment--The Jam
  9. Lucky Lips--Ruth Brown
  10. I've Been Everywhere--Johnny Cash
  11. Next to You--The Police
  12. Phone Sex--The Fitness
  13. My Name is Jonas--Weezer
  14. The Locomotion--Little Eva
  15. Venus--The Shocking Blue
  16. Violet--Hole
  17. Woohoo--5..6.7.8's
  18. Beat City--The Raveonettes
  19. I Get Around--Beach Boys
  20. This is an Emergency--The Pigeon Detectives
  21. All My Love--Buddy Holly
  22. Big Fish Little Fish--PJ Harvey
  23. I'm Walkin--Fats Domino
  24. Roots Radicals--Rancid
  25. The Bird's the Word--The Rivingtons
  26. Be Mine Now--The Oscillators
  27. Splish-Splash--Jerry Lee Lewis
  28. What Do I Get?--The Buzzcocks
  29. I Wanna Be Sedated--The Ramones
  30. In Heat--The Fuzztones
  31. Love-o-rama--Southern Culture on the Skids
  32. Martian Hop--The Ran-dells
  33. Isolation--Joy Division
  34. Enola Gay--OMD
  35. Disco Duck--Rick Dees
  36. Who Put the Bomp...--Barry Mann
  37. Where Is My Mind?--The Pixies
  38. You Make Me Wanna Shout--Little Richard
  39. Panic--The Smiths
  40. For Your Love--The Zombies
  41. Death or Glory--The Clash
  42. I Love Paris--Eleni Mandell
  43. Love is the Drug--Brian Ferry/Roxy Music
  44. Baggy Trousers--Madness
  45. Crazy Legs--Gene Vincent
  46. You Sexy Thing--Barry White
  47. Is it Love?--Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  48. Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs--Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Arlt: Nice Indie Folk, Voice like A Theramin

Arlt. opens the show for
Ben'Symphonic Orchestra
Saturday 5 Juillet à 20h
au Zèbre de Belleville

Who is Arlt? See this article.
cheers,
Jh


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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Set list: Djay Indie Eclectique, June 27 Orange Mecanique


1. A Million Miles Away--Plimsouls
2. Teenage Kicks--Nouvelle Vague
3. Kimya Dawson--Loose Lips
4. L'hotesse de l'air: Jacques Dutronc
5. Complainte du progres--Boris Vian
6. Heart of Darkness--Sparklehorse
7. Ice Cold Lemonade--Death By Chocolate
8. Give Me One More Chance--Jackson 5
9. Electric Feel--MG
10. Femme Fatale--Velvet Underground
11. Handsome Boy Modeling School
12. She's Lost Control--Joy Division
13. Tombstone--Midnight Juggernauts
14. Crash--The Primitives
15. Another Girl, Another Planet--The Only Ones
16. SEATTLE--PIL
17. Kick Out the Jams--MC5
18. You Really Got Me--Kinks
19. California Sun--Ramones
20. She Said--Hail Adkins
21. Yakkety Yak--The Coasters
22. Rumble--Link Wray
23. One Step Beyond--Madness
24. Robert Gordon--Red Hot
25. Bone Machine--Pixies
26. I Wanna Be Your Dog--Emilie Simone
27. Hot Rod Lincoln--Bill Kirchen
28. Johnny Cash--One Piece at a Time
29. Love in a Trashcan--Raveonettes
30. Suffer For Fashion--Of Montreal
31. Tequila--The Champs
32. Viva Las Vegas--Elvis
33. If the Kids Are United--7 Seconds
34. Summertime Blues--Stray Cats
35. Daddy Was A Preacher and Mamma Was a Gogo Girl--Southern Culture On the Skids
36. Wipe Out--Surfaris
37. Roots Radicals-Rancid
38. Janie Jones--The Clash
39. Chelsea Dagger--The Fratellis
40. Holiday in the Sun--Sex Pistols
41. One Way Or Another--Blondie
42. Good Vibrations--Beach Boys
43. Just Like Heaven--The Cure
44. Earthquake Heart--The Dirtbombs
45. Americans Abroad--Against Me!
46. Teenage Kicks--The Undertones
47. Party Doll--Buddy Knox
48. Let's Twist Again--Chuck Berry
49. Hey Sailor--The Detroit Cobras
50. Highway to Hell--ACDC
Don't miss the next set on Thursday! New tracks every week.
xoxo, DIE

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