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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1/30, New Years Eve, and a few upcoming garagepunk shows



Tonight, plus New Years Eve and Near Future....

  • Wed., Dec. 30
  • The Fabulous SF Sorrow Record Show every wednesday 45rpm Record Show @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire. Want to know the noisy roots of Sonic Youth, Young'uns? The legacy of which the Black Keys are a part? Do some time travel with SF Sorrow and his guests and you'll be graduating from the academy of Rock-Soul-and-Punk. But then there are plenty of graduates already out there who are used to swinging and swooning every wednesday for this blessed ritual. Tonight, another great Paris dj, Topper Harley, will be sharing the turntables.
    E.g. of the pearls you behold at a SF Sorrow gig:
The big rock-soul New Years eve offerings:
Note: The great Mecanique Ondulatoire will be closed for New Years.
I recommend making a tour of these bars, since these gigs run until dawn!!!

Le Baron Samedi, 12 Rue des Goncourts, 75011: If you like the morsel above, then you're in luck because dj SF Sorrow spins New Years Eve (actually at midnight, going all night) at BS with DJ Baldo (another excellent Paris dj who favors garage). The BS is a good mid-sized bar for lovers of soul, blues, and garage. An excellent way to spend your New Years.

La Feline, 6 Rue Victor Letalle, 75020. Yours truly le Grand Duc du Kansas (D.I.E.) shares the turntables with the inimitable Pat for an uproariously awesome New Years full of whiskey shots, free kisses, and dancing on the bar! Expect the best of rockabilly, soul, classic punk, hard rock, surf, power pop, and New Wave. Until Dawn!!!
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Then UPcoming shows in January. Lots of great indie garage acts. Other shows will be added soon.
  • Sunday 10 JANVIER : THE ZEROS (US 70's punk-rock legends) + OPERATION S + THE PUPILS / PICOLO

Legendary:
  • Thur, 14 Jan. : COCOCOMA (US, Goner Records) + TBA / GAMBETTA
  • Fri, 15 Jan.: Eli Paperboy Reed and the True Loves: Scopitone Club (5 Ave. de L'Opera). This is not to be missed for diehard fans of classic soul.
  • Fri, 15 Jan. : BRAIN EATERS + SUSPENDERS + NO HIT MAKERS / RIGOLETTO (Brain Eaters EP release party)
  • SAMEDI 23 JANVIER : HIPBONE SLIM & THE KNEE TREMBLERS (UK Rock-a-Billy) + 9 TON PEANUT SMUGGLERS (UK 60's ska/R&B) + 1 / PICOLO

  • MARDI 26 JANVIER : SHERIFF PERKINS + THEE MYSTERIOUS ASTHMATIC AVENGER (Tours) + WASTED PIDO (Italie) + BUD McMUFFIN (Niort) / RIGOLETTO (Soirée one-man bands, Cowpunx from Hell tour)
  • DIMANCHE 7 FEVRIER : DANNY "DADDY-O GRANDE" AMIS (US, guitariste de LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS) + LES ARONDES / COMBUSTIBLES
  • SAMEDI 20 FEVRIER : LES VOLFONIS (Champagne) + LES KITSCHENETTES (Bretagne) + THE NEAT BOYS (Normandie) / PICOLO











Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cult American Singer-Songwriter Vic Chestnutt Dead


Vic Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) was a cult indie singer-songwriter, living in Athens, GA. He was rendered paraplegic in a 1983 car accident, but managed to keep making music. Michael Stipe discovered him playing in Athens and quickly produced his first two albums Little (1990) and West of Rome (1991). Chesnutt collaborated with a host of indie talents, ranging from Lambchop and Widespread Panic, to Thee Silver Mt Zion, Godspeed YOu Black Emperor, Cowboy Junkies, Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, Throwing Muses' Kristen Hersh, and guitarist Bill Frissell. Chesnutt, was known for his weathered, often un-melodic and narrative vocal style, poetic lyrics and lack of rhyme and meter. During his recovery from the car accident he read a great deal of American classic poetry, such as Wallace Stevens and Emily Dickinson, which he claimed inspired a lot of his later songwriting. A documentary video of Chesnutt's life called Speed Racer was produced and directed by Peter Sillen in 1991, and aired on the PBS channel in the U.S. Last fall, Chesnutt spoke about the atrocity of American healthcare, noting that he had $70,000 in medical bills that he couldn't pay, and still he could die any day, unable to get further necessary operations and other care. His feelings about living on that edge, ever suicidal, are immortalized in songs like "Flirted With You [Death] All My Life" (see below). Chesnutt died from a painkiller overdose on friday, Christmas Day. On Twitter, his friend and frequent collaborator Kristin Hersh claimed the death was a suicide.
This is probably my favorite song by him. Thanks, Vic.

And here is "Flirted With You All My Life"

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gigs: Dec. 14-26

Venue updates:
Fleche D'Or is back open! Hosted the Raveonettes last Saturday, in fact.
Le Gambetta has a lot of good local and touring indie garage and punk acts: 104 Rue de Bagnolet
Le Picolo, 58 Rue Jules Valles, St. Ouen, has also had a lot of great local and international Garage, Punk, Rockabilly. Short walk from Pt. de Clignancourt Metro on the peripherique (see upcoming events at bottom of this post).
La Mecanique Ondulatoire should be having concerts again in January. Stay tuned!

Concerts and Dj gigs...
  • Kid Congo Powers, Tues, Dec. 15@ la Boule Noire. This is of course the guitarist/singer of bands like the Gun Club and the Cramps. (but I'm sure you'll be next door at the W.A.S.P. concert) ;).

Expatriate, Wed., Dec. 16 @ Nouveau Casino: Aussi group compared to Interpol.
  • The Fabulous SF Sorrow every wednesday 45rpm Record Show @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire. Want to know the noisy roots of Sonic Youth, Young'uns? The legacy of which the Black Keys are a part? Do some time travel with SF Sorrow and his guests and you'll be graduating from the academy of Rock-Soul-and-Punk. But then there are plenty of graduates already out there who are used to swinging and swooning every wednesday for this blessed ritual.
    E.g. of the pearls you behold at a SF Sorrow gig:
  • Djay Le Grand Duc du Kansas's Every Other Thursday @ La Feline Bar. Every other Thursday Le Grand Duc brings you his swingin', hipshakin', pogomatic, occasionally head bangin' mix from early Honky Tonk to Soul, RocknRoll, Garage, Hard Rock, Classic Pop Punk, NewWave, and Indie Rock. Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Wilson Pickett, Gene Vincent, Dick Dale,The Standells, Rosco Gordon, Slim Harpo, STiff Little Fingers, AC/DC, The Dead Kennedys, DEVO, The Dirtbombs, Sonic Youth, Social Distortion.... Tequila shots and hips are shakin and breakin in all directions in a sinful mist of oldfashioned song and softporn. You might hear this:
    and this: And definitely this:
  • Black Heart Procession, Thur., Dec. 17 @ Mains d'Oeuvres. Slow, dark low-fi indie folk rock a la Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy.



  • Temper Trap, Fri, Dec. 18 @ Nouveau Casino. Aussie indie pop with a good reputation in that genre.

  • New Model Army 18 Dec., Friday @ La Maroquinerie. Post-punk, experimental, indie-folk rock-- they've been called it all. Lots of necessary anti-imperialist (mostly American) material.

  • Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra @ Le Zenith, Saturday 19 Dec. Famous film Director Black Cat White Cat, Underground, etc and his wild Balkan music.

  • Marilyn Manson @ Le Zenith! Ever since Bowling for Columbine, I've wanted to see what this guy is all about on stage. Those of you who put down the cash for it, write back and let us know what you thought.
Day after Xmas, check out SF Sorrow at the hip little Ne Nous Fachons Pas bar around Pigalle. A place for serious music lovers (especially mod, soul, garage, rockabilly types)
Then UPcoming shows in January. Lots of great indie garage acts.
  • DIMANCHE 10 JANVIER : THE ZEROS (US 70's punk-rock legends) + OPERATION S + THE PUPILS / PICOLO
  • JEUDI 14 JANVIER : COCOCOMA (US, Goner Records) + TBA / GAMBETTA
  • VENDREDI 15 JANVIER : BRAIN EATERS + SUSPENDERS + NO HIT MAKERS / RIGOLETTO (Brain Eaters EP release party)
  • SAMEDI 23 JANVIER : HIPBONE SLIM & THE KNEE TREMBLERS (UK Rock-a-Billy) + 9 TON PEANUT SMUGGLERS (UK 60's ska/R&B) + 1 / PICOLO
  • MARDI 26 JANVIER : SHERIFF PERKINS + THEE MYSTERIOUS ASTHMATIC AVENGER (Tours) + WASTED PIDO (Italie) + BUD McMUFFIN (Niort) / RIGOLETTO (Soirée one-man bands, Cowpunx from Hell tour)
  • DIMANCHE 7 FEVRIER : DANNY "DADDY-O GRANDE" AMIS (US, guitariste de LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS) + LES ARONDES / COMBUSTIBLES
  • SAMEDI 20 FEVRIER : LES VOLFONIS (Champagne) + LES KITSCHENETTES (Bretagne) + THE NEAT BOYS (Normandie) / PICOLO








Tuesday, December 08, 2009

CMJ's top 20 this week

The American College Music Journal's rankings this week. The indie supergroup Monsters of Folk featuring Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, M. Ward and Yim Yames at numero uno in the Independent-only category. In the general category, the Flaming Lips.

A Place to Bury Strangers is doing well. Here's a clip from their new album:

CMJ Radio 200 #1128

TWLWARTISTALBUMLABEL
13FLAMING LIPSEmbryonicWarner Bros.
21MONSTERS OF FOLKMonsters Of FolkShangri-La
32RAVEONETTESIn And Out Of ControlVice
45BUILT TO SPILLThere Is No Enemywarner
56AVETT BROTHERSI And Love And YouColumbia
69XXThe XxXL Young Turks
74YO LA TENGOPopular SongsMatador
813FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDSI Told You I Was FreakySUB POP
930DEAD MAN'S BONESDead Man's BonesAnti
1015THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWNKnow Better Learn FasterKill Rock Stars
1111A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERSExploding HeadMute
1219AIRLove 2Astralwerks
1310NO AGELosing Feeling [EP]SUB POP
148ISLANDSVapoursAnti
1514GIRLSAlbumTrue Panther Sounds
1627ATLAS SOUNDLogosKranky
1716CALIFONEAll My Friends Are Funeral SingersDead Oceans
1829THEY MIGHT BE GIANTSHere Comes ScienceWalt Disney
1932GOSSIPMusic For Men
2031RUSSIAN CIRCLESGenevaSuicide Squeeze



CMJ CMJ Independent-Only Radio Select Albums #1128

TWLWARTISTALBUMLABEL
11MONSTERS OF FOLKMonsters Of FolkShangri-La
24PHOENIXWolfgang Amadeus PhoenixGlassnote
32YO LA TENGOPopular SongsMatador
45XXThe XxXL Young Turks
56COMPILATIONBackspacerMonkeywrench
63RAVEONETTESIn And Out Of ControlVice
787SWELL SEASONStrict JoyAnti
814SEA WOLFWhite Water, White BloomDangerbird
911THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWNKnow Better Learn FasterKill Rock Stars
1015GENERATIONALSCon LawPark The Van
119GIRLSAlbumTrue Panther Sounds
127ARCTIC MONKEYSHumbugDomino
1312BIG PINKA Brief History Of Love4AD
148FRUIT BATSThe Ruminant BandSUB POP
1517MISSION OF BURMAThe Sound The Speed The LightMatador
1621BROTHER ALIUsRhymesayers
1718EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROSUp From BelowVagrant
1813ISLANDSVapoursAnti
1932HEAVYThe House That Dirt BuiltCounter
2034CHUCK PROPHETLet Freedom Ring!Yep Roc


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