Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Doe’s eighth release Country Club, with Toronto-based band the Sadies, hearkens back to the Knitters period and his budding love affair with country classics. It features hits by Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard and others. The result is impressive overall. For some, Doe’s voice is as recognizable as greats like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, or Hank Williams, or Nick Cave, Tom Waits or Neil Young. It’s often described as “leathery.” Indeed, there’s a rumor of Mike Ness scruff to it, but counterbalanced by a full, nearly crooner-like quality at times. That fullness is decidedly pronounced on tracks such as Hank Snow’s “Now and Then, There’s a Fool Such as I Am”. In the more up-tempo songs, his voice can’t hang on half- and whole notes, yet that deep sometimes nasally quality gives these classics a refreshing twist. Indeed, his style across these songs seems to oscillate between models of Merle Haggard and a more sandpapered but equally full Johnny Cash, albeit with a dose of twang-remover applied. REad on here.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
A Place to Bury Strangers: 7 April 2009 - Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France
I like Mecanique Ondulatoire, the venue where I saw the ascendant fuzz rock royalty A Place to Bury Strangers, but by most standards – with just a 150-person capacity—it is too small for this band. (APTBS played Paris last November in the Nouveau Casino, a 400-person capacity venue.) Descending into the MO's basement concert lair, with its arched form of huge sand-colored rectangular stones, the mind rifles through past pop images of medieval torture chambers, even if this evocation is minus the iron maidens. And with a sardine-packed sold out crowd inside, the venue is more a closed-off tunnel than a room.
What does all of this matter for the concert? Acoustics and your bodily sensorial experience with the music—that’s what.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Next week the excellent Camera Obscura twee their way to the Maroquinerie for the Inrocks Indie Club show. Get your tickets here now. It will sell out. Hey, Camera Obscura girl, will you go with me?
April 11: Handsome Furs at La Maroquinerie
April 18: Sunset Rubdown at La Maroquinerie
April 23: The Noisettes at La Boule Noire
May 4: Metric at La Maroquinerie
May 4: Von Bondies at Nouveau Casino (bummer 'bout this dualing shows night)
Steckarr says: "If you're into Bloomington acoustic-folk-punk, Defiance, Ohio will be at Pena Feystare on May 9 with Madeline."
Samedi 16 mai – 19h30
FRAULEIN WUNDER / SOMA at Nouveau Casino: NC blurb says they're German, inspired by punk and New Wave. When you add the photo, promising, eh?
Concert – 17,7 euros en prévente
The Versus, May 22, Nouveau Casino.
ART BRUT: 25 MAY AT NOUVEAU CASINO.
DEERHUNTER: 26 MAY AT NOUVEAU CASINO.
Villette Sonique Festival announcement thanks to Steckarr who commented below:
VILLETTE SONIQUE 2009
Wed. May 27 \ Charlie Parker \ 19h30 Presale : 22€ / After 4/15/09 : 26€
Carte Villette : 18€
* MEN WITHOUT PANTS (aka Dan the Automator & Russel Simmins of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
* SUNN O))) performing The GrimmRobe Demos
* THE JESUS LIZARD
Thurs. May 28 \ Cabaret Sauvage \ 19h30 18€ /24€
Carte Villette : 16€
* ARIEL PINK’ HAUNTED GRAFFITI
* BLACK LIPS
Friday May 29 \ Charlie Parker \ 19h30 22€/26€
Carte Villette : 18€
* GOBLIN “plays DARIO ARGENTO SOUNDTRACKS”
* LIQUID LIQUID
Fri. May 29 \ WE LOVE SONIQUE - Side A - The Body \ 00h 22€/25€
* BOY 8-BIT
* JESSE ROSE
* DJ HELL
Sat. May 30 \ Parc de la Villette \ 15h30
* ERNA OMARSDOTTIR : Digging in the sand with only one hand
* EXTRA LIFE
* DUCHESS SAYS
* LIGHTNING BOLT
Sunday May 31 \ Parc de la Villette \ 15h30
* OMAR SOULEYMAN
* DAN DEACON & THE ENSEMBLE
* EBONY BONES
Sunday May 31 \ WE LOVE SONIQUE - Side B - The Mind \ 00h 22€/25€
* RICHIE HAWTIN
Get your tix before the 15th for the presale price.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
by Jay Harsin
Cultural globalization spurred by the development of new media technologies like the Internet was the best thing to happen to Scandinavians since strawberry-bearded Beowulf slayed Grendel. Years could pass without a Scandinavian band ever getting a review in a major Anglophone publication, to say nothing of places on record shelves. Once it was represented almost exclusively by Abba. Now just look at the number of them charting and trendsetting. To name some: The Hives, the Raveonettes, Dungen, Peter, John & Bjorn, Jose Gonzales, Taken by Trees, Tobias Froberg, Sigur Ros, Lykke Li, Loney Dear, the Kings of Convenience, and the Shout Out Louds. I could go on. Add another promising Viking contribution: I Was a King.
The eponymous sophomore effort by Norwegian trio I Was a King continues frontman Frode Strømstad’s love affair with moderately psychedelic ‘90s indie-fuzz-pop and a dose of shoegaze, recalling Grandaddy, Mercury Rev, and My Bloody Valentine. In addition, a contagious guitar pattern emerges across several songs on this new album, apparently haunted by Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis. The modernist touchstone of newness need not bring condemnation of this album’s ambitions. Unlike a good deal of indie post-post-rock that’s gone atmospheric, ambient, wordless, African drummified, or has reworked ‘80s synth pop, I Was a King has a slightly traditional aura. The album proudly embraces ‘90s indie-pop movements as an unfinished project worthy of more attention. Judged on its own terms, the album succeeds. So if you’re looking for the next band who breaks ground by combining the oud with theramins, metal guitar, and calypso drums (which, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy contemplating), then stop reading now. Read on...