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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Social Distortion in Paris: Review

Social Distortion Pictures, Images and Photos
.I first got into Social Distortion in the late ‘90s while living in Chicago, not through a purist punk rock crowd, but through an alt/insurgent country show I put on there. Following this, I quickly came to like the more rockin’ stuff off of 1983’s Mommy’s Little Monster as much as the band’s love of classic country showcased in songs like “Ball and Chain” and covers such as “Big Iron” on 1999’s Under the Influences and Cheating at Solitaire, both released as solo albums by frontman Mike Ness. I’ve never thought Ness was a wordsmith, but I’ve always appreciated his talent for writing melodic songs with a social edginess to them (in the tradition of Johnny Cash but with a shot—no more—of punk), enriched by his steel wool vocals. The line of songs from “Sick Boys” to “Born to Lose” and “I Wasn’t Born to Follow” form a consistent identification with those folks who are down on their luck, born on the wrong side of the tracks, or wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Indeed, Ness has been a kind of punk “Man in Black” ever since Social Distortion set out their rootsy stall in the Los Angeles hardcore wilderness in 1983 and subsequently became the inspiration for thousands of burgeoning punk bands. I have great respect for this band and its frontman, and so I awaited this concert with much anticipation.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

King Khan and the Shrines Review: Worth your time and roubles

King Khan is a nut. Boisterously funny, at times ironically in-your-face punk and soft-pornographic, he and his talented crew put on one of the wildest live shows I've ever seen.

I'd heard he was good, but I had just seen the Fleshtones the previous week, and was thoroughly impressed by the fun-loving, choreographed, but patently rocking performance they brought. But they look so well-behaved by comparison to the antics of Khan and co. This is Paris, mind you, a town with a respect for artists and bohemians, usually so long as they're wearing a suit, no matter how shabby. A small yet serious rock community exists (in addition to the throngs of global alt.pop and electro hipsters), but Khan's look and performance panache are all the more striking in this larger city's setting. Read on...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review: The Church Untitled #23


Patience is a virtue. If you disagree then you won’t ever appreciate the almost 30-year-old Aussie band the Church, much less their recent exemplar of dream rock patience, Untitled #23. Right from their 1981 debut, Of Skins and Heart, singer-lyricist Steve Kilbey established his trademark deep melancholic vocals and rather oblique (often dubbed “surrealist”) lyrics. While Kilbey never really changed that much, the Church moved increasingly spacier and less pop-rock on a number of efforts from then until now, with the exception of their major commercial breakthrough, 1988’s Starfish, and some bizarre flirtations with dance music on 2002’s Parallel Universes. 22 albums later, the Church give us one of their very best—meticulously wrought, mildly hallucinatory musicscapes marked by an unrepentant infatuation with fantasy and dreams, serendipity and fear, melancholy and hope.REad ON Here...

Great Rock Paintings at bargain prices!



HI everybody,
My friend Natasha paints some really cool rock and horror film star portraits, and she's cutting her price to 50euros/painting this month! I bought a great Johnny Cash from her. Some of the other stuff she has: The Clash, Motorhead, The Cramps, AC/DC, Frankenstein, Frankenstein with bride, Bob Marley, Betty Paige with angel wings, Bowie, Hendrixx, Nick Cave, Jane Fonda, Courtney Love, Ramones, Sex PIstols, Marilyn MOnroe, James Dean, Johnny Thunders, Barbarella/Jane Fonda as... and more.








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cheers,
Jay

Don't Miss: Saturday DJay le Grand Duc du Kansas

This is Djay Indie Eclectique/Grand Duc du Kansas' last gig before the end of summer. Yes, matees, August in France is vacation time! So get on down to the soul-lovin'est bar in Paris--"Le Baron Samedi" this Saturday, 7/25
The set will have not punk or hard indie. All classic soul, African-American rocknroll, jump blues, early ska, mod, garage. Michael Jackson mourners will get their Jackson 5 fix.
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Don't Miss: Bellrays Wed Night, Nouveau Casino

Those of you who know them, will be there. Others take heed: The Bellrays are one of the best garage revivalists. They've soul vocals with garage guitars. It kicks!
Nouveau Casino
8pm, Wednesday, July 22

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bal des Pompiers with Le Grand Duc tonight! Plus,

Bal des pompiers with the Grand Duc du Kansas tonight at La Feline. If you don't know this eve of Bastille Day in France, it's an all-night party.
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Plus, The Church has a new album out.
Space Rockers, Unite! YOu have nothing to lose but your minds!
won’t ever appreciate the almost 30-year-old Aussie band the Church, much less their recent exemplar of dream rock patience, Untitled #23. Right from their 1981 debut, Of Skins and Heart, singer-lyricist Steve Kilbey established his trademark deep melancholic vocals and rather oblique (often dubbed “surrealist”) lyrics. While Kilbey never really changed that much, the Church moved increasingly spacier and less pop-rock on a number of efforts from then until now, with the exception of their major commercial breakthrough, 1988’s Starfish, and some bizarre flirtations with dance music on 2002’s Parallel Universes. 22 albums later, the Church give us one of their very best—meticulously wrought, mildly hallucinatory musicscapes marked by an unrepentant infatuation with fantasy and dreams, serendipity and fear, melancholy and hope. 

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Bastille Day with DJ Le Grand Duc Du Kansas/D.I.E.

Meinen Leiblings,
Le Grand Duc Du Kansas/D.I.E. has the great honor of being chosen to spin all night long at the Feline on Bastille Day 9pm til dawn! Come, won't you, and celebrate the slaughter of the monarchy and all its minion aristocrats in the liberation of the great French bourgeoisie (with the help of the pitchforked sans culottes, bien sur!), and hundreds of "insane" and radical prisoners of the Bastille! Don your best Marianne costume, your sans culottes, your bloodied aristocratic perruques! La REvolution est morte, Vive la Revolution, leiblings, vive la Revolution!
yours,
Le Grand Duc
 

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REminder: New Bomb Turks tonight at Nouveau Casino

They will rock! See video in calendar below.
JH

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Why? and New Bomb Turks at Nouveau Casino

July 8: Why? (Indie/Folk/New Wave) (Oakland, US/Anticon)
Hailing from Oakland, California, Why? is part of the Anticon. indepedent artist collective formed in 1998 to promote underground rap and hip-hop. Though the lyrics in some of their music certainly reflect these beginnings (fabulously clever rhymes and rhythms), Why? also draws on folk, rock, new wave, and electronic to create a fantastic sound all unto their own. Okay, if you must compare to someone else, think They Might Be Giants, Flight of the Conchords and Sparklehorse meets Modest Mouse (and steals some drops of mojo from Del the Funky Homosapien).
Nouveau Casino

July 9: New Bomb Turks (U.S.)
Excellent garage band from Columbus, Ohio with nine LPs under their belts. Compared to the Sonics and the Saints (If you don't know them, now you do--go Youtube!). Should be a fun rockin show.
Nouveau Casino



New Bomb Turks - Hamerless Nail

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

King Khan and the Shrines, July2 Glazart

Thanks to our good friend Steckarr, who commented on the July calendar post, we now know that the excellent organ-driven, wild garage revivalists King Khan and the Shrines will be bringin it to the Glazart tomorrow night. Sorry to have missed that!


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