Tuesday, January 06, 2009
January Calender (IN PROGRESS)
DJAY INDIE ECLECTIQUE/GRAND DUC DU KANSAS: BLAST OFF THE NEW YEAR!
Let's party like it's 2009!
The best dance rock, surf, garage, classic punk, et un peu de New Wave. Sonic Youth, Little Richard, Elvis, the Marvelettes, Adam Ant, The Ramones, The Clash, The Cars, , The Gang of Four, The Raveonettes, the Cure, , Joy Division, the Detroit Cobras, The Black Keys...
Classic 50s science fiction films projected downstairs (Flying Saucers Attack Earth!), a good-sized dance floor, quality Belgian beers on draft ( ).
UFO BAR/CLUB, 49 RUE JP TIMBAUD, METRO PARMENTIER, FREE.
Peppy pop-punk-drumming, loud jangly guitars. Methinks this free show is worth the price. Click their name to check them out on myspace.
Mon 12 Jan, Fleche d'Or
Old School British Punk, UK Subs, The Vibratores,etc. See flyer at left. I've never been to this venue, but this might just be the occasion. Some of the bands are legendary, and 10euros for all of them is, well, sooo punk rock.
la Pena Festayre, M. Corentin Cariou
THE BIG PINK + THE JOY FORMIDABLE + 2 CQFD
La Maroquinerie, Jan. 15, 20h
I guess these folks like it here; they return after a good show at the Alhambra in May. Almost impossible to classify, psych-folk or synth-pop, sometimes danceable, other times just ponderable, this New-York based group of musicians are nothing if not playfully experimental. Strange, strange, unpredictable sounds come out of their speakers. Is it African tribal dance, Woody Guthrie, and bubble gum pop meets electronica? I don't know, but it's sure as hell captivating.
Fri., Jan. 15, Bataclan (get tickets on fnac.com "spectacles" or digitick
Eagles of Death Metal
This is one of my favorite bands of the last couple years. Somewhere between the Ramones and the Flamin' Groovies, a bit of garage glam, a bit of White Stripes--this bunch cranks out some extremely catchy yet pretty hard rockin ditties. Too bad it's already sold out. Perhaps Craig's list Paris for tickets. Or just show up at the door. Someone always needs to get rid of a ticket.
Tues, Jan. 27 20h
ATOMSK / CLOSER / SIMPLY DARK / LYRE / HIDE MANCA: J-Rock festival
This is about a few French bands that have been extremely influenced by some great Japanese bands. Could be interesting, especially if you're bored with a lot of the other French bands.
Sun, Jan. 25
Of Montreal(Athens, GA)
For a full review of this fantastic band, see my BEST 10 Indie Albums of 2008 review. I rank their recent album at #10. P.S. They are supposed to be absolutely wild live.
31 Jan, Bataclan
Black Lips (Atlanta), Ponytail
The Black Lips describe themselves as "flower punk," since they like noisy, rockin' guitars, but also the psychadelic elements of late 60s "Nuggets" garage. Plus, from Wiki: "The Black Lips have a reputation for crazy live shows that have included vomiting, urinating, nudity, band members kissing, fireworks, a chicken, and flaming guitars. The frequency of the group's outrageous stage antics has declined, as they claim to have matured "a little bit"." See the video below. Sounds like fun, no? Meetup for Happy hour shots before at Cafe Charbon? Speak up, speak up!
14 Feb,La Maroquinerie
Friendly Fires (UK), La Maroquinerie, 26 FEB.
Friendly Fires's 2008 eponymous debut appeared on several critics' Best of 2008 lists. They can be seen as part of what I call the New New Wave, of indie electro-pop-rock, that revives New Wave synth riffs and disco beats, and lays some 90s-ish indie guitar rock on them. It's catchy stuff, to be sure. For fans of the Ting Tings,the Sounds,etc.
FLEET FOXES (Seattle)
Feb. 25, la Cigale (See flyer at left) (FOR REVIEW, SEE MY BEST INDIE ALBUMS OF 2008 POST)
MORE ON THE WAY, ESPECIALLY FROM FLECHE D'OR.