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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A-Bones and Heavy Trash in concert!

Wow! This is going to rock!

And the amazing Jon Spencer!
See you there.

Tonight: Concert, Vernissage; Sunday Oct. 11 Gene Vincent Tribute

Tonight, Wed, 30/9, Two great events: The Spoils at La Feline and Vernissage of Rock photography at la Mecanique ONdulatoire. Why not hit the vernissage at 7pm and then go see The Spoils, probably getting going closer to 9pm. IN addition, check out the new expos of Natacha's RocknRoll Acrylics! Below.

9pm Melbourne, Australia's The Spoils play great Gothic Lively, and dark. Think early Old 97's with Cash-like vocals. Listen.

Also, Vernissage of Paris Concert Photography and djs. INcludes photos of BOB LOG / DIMI DERO / BELLRAYS / SHEETAH (& WEISMULLER) / JAY REATARD / WAISTCOATS / KID CONGO POWERS...
Mecanique Ondulatoire Sunday Oct. 11. Excellent selectors, great bar. Let the good times roll, meinen leiblings.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tonight: Mecanique Ondulatoire

Kepi Gholie, former frontman of the Groovie Ghoulies will be doing an acoustic performance and having a vernissage for his monster art.
8, passage Thiéré
75011, Metro: Bastille

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Picks, Indie Paris Sept. 20-27

Monday 21/09: The Damned @ Le Batofar: The Legends play on the underground music barge across from the Bibliotheque Nationale. Tickets, etc. here

Tuesday 22/09: Emilie Simon @ FNAC forum. I think it's free. Interesting French singer whose arrangements lean toward folk-electro pop. Sweet voice. IN fact, reminds me a bit of Au Revoir Simone at times. Simone says, "check it out." More info here.

Wednesday 23/09: Fiery Furnaces at La Maroquinerie.

Thursday 24/09: THE BOXER REBELLION, TELEGRAPHS, ARE WE BROTHERS @ Nouveau Casino. The Boxer REbellion are a British alt.rock act, whose CD last year went to #4 on Brit album chart, #2 on alt.rock chart second to Kings of Leon, a few days after its release. They're often compared to Radiohead and the Verve.

Thursday 24/09: D.I.E./Le Grand Duc du Kansas Residence at La Feline (the best bar if you want your rock fast, hard, full of whiskey and vodka shots (the charismatic owner frequently walks around and pours them into your baby-bird gaping mouth). Wild, little known, early rocknroll, surf, garage, classic punk, blues-garage. You think you know how to rock? I have dropped the guantlet before you. Bring it. Hey, if you go to Boxer Rebellion at Nouveau Casino, the Feline is just a five-minute walk away. Drop by for a shot with me. 9pm-1h30am. 6 Rue Victor Latalle, 75020. M: Menilmontant.

Friday 25/09: Punk concert at la Miroiterie squat, 5pm: So you want a glimpse of the real Paris punk underground scene? Check out this art squat at 88 rue de Menilmontant. Because of noise problems, this starts early, which is great because that still gives you time to swing by Planete Mars later for a wild friday night with Djay Indie Eclectique (D.I.E.) and friends. see below.

Friday 25/09: D.I.E. and guests at Planete Mars. If there's a dj in Paris who spins the best of 80s-90s-2000s indie rock, pop, mixed with soul, ska, and new wave, I don't know him/her yet. A real variety of stuff, ranging from Sonic Youth and Gradndaddy, to The Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse, Mudhoney, The Raveonettes, The Dirtbombs, the Decembrists, Etta James, and Doby Gray, 9pm-2am. Planete Mars: 21 rue Keller, 75011, near metros Voltaire, Ledru Rollin, and Bastille.

Saturday 26/09: Dj Sylvania (witchcraft music--oh yeah...) @ la Feline

Sunday 27/09: Pere Ubu @ La Maroquinerie. Old Skool. "Non-Allignment Pact" is a classic. If you go to this, walk down rue Menilmontant and check out dj/bartender Olivier at La Feline afterwards.

Sunday 27/09: Soul and Ska dj Olivier at la Feline. Some of the best experts on soul, blues, and ska are not American, British or Jamaican. And one of them resides here in Paris and bartends/djs at La Feline EVERY SUNDAY AND TUESDAY. 6 Rue Victor Latalle.

Plus get your tickets for this just announced Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), A-Bones show on Oct. 7.

New Music to check out: What I'm listenin' to

What I'm listening to at the moment...
In the process of reviewing the following for Popmatters (full-length reviews will be coming out there soon):
Scott H. Biram's recent Something's Wrong/Lost Forever Bloodshot Records release is his best so far. If you don't know him, he's one of a kind. He's an example of that dying breed of one-man-band. You'll be amazed this this sound is coming from one dude alone. And what's that sound? It's part growling of the hounds of hell, part blues, part gospel, part cow punk, part singer-songwriter. It's slow, it's fast, it's touching, it's wild. Stellar Song-writing. Here's a sample of the faster side: the track Judgment Day (yes, click link). Buy it here (you won't be sorry).
p.s. If you can see this guy live, don't miss it.

Next, I'm reviewing a fabulous compilation of old garage and rockabilly gems from Norton Records' I Still Hate CDs: Singles Collection 45 RPMs Vol. 2. Norton Records is an international phenomenon, re-issuing lost jewels of R&B, Garage, Rockabilly, pre-punk, and Lounge. Here's a sample of the collection I'm reviewing. "Viva Viva Rocknroll" by the Church Keys. Click to hear. Watch for my full review coming out in the next month with links to Itunes, etc. for purchase.

I've also got reviews of new releases by the Dandy Warhols and The Donnas coming out soon. Stay tuned.
Jay Harsin (D.I.E./Le Grand Duc du Kansas)

Moment of Music Zen...White STripes first album, still the best.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rock photography Expo

Its Only Rock N' Roll – Guy Peellaert and Dominique Tarlé
Stephanie Wells writing for VINGT Paris

If only walls could talk. Fortunately Dominique Tarlé's photographs tell all. Through October 30th, the Galerie de l'Instant presents "Rocks Off", a collection of works by possibly the best rock and roll photographer you've never heard of.

Its 1971. A nubile Keith Richards, pajamas settled to the edge of suggestiveness, lights a cigarette from a mysterious unsmiling blond. Click.

Mick Jagger, half sober, lounges on a Louis XVI banquet table littered with glasses as a heavy lidded Richards strums his guitar. Click.

Roger Daltry, Marianne Faithfull, and the incandescent Jimi Hendrix are among the subjects of Tarlé's debut photography exhibit in France. All disheveled hair and lascivious torsos, Tarlé captures consciously cool rock icons from uncannily simple perspectives. His obvious ease and, not only physical but spiritual proximity to his subjects sets Tarlé’s photography apart; he is as if possessed by the same spirit.

Don't take my word for it. Ask him. Every Saturday from 14h-19h, Tarlé holds court in person at the Galerie de l'Instant, answering what we want…no. Need to know.

Tarlé's 1971 backstage sojourn with the Rolling Stones coincided with the recording of "Exile on Main Street". By happy accident, the Musée Maillol is showing works of Guy Peellaert, the legendary comic book illustrator, surrealist painter, fellow champion of rock n’ roll and friend of the Stones.

“Bye Bye, Bye Baby, Bye Bye” is a posthumous retrospective of Peellaert’s contributions to pop culture (the Belgian artist passed away in 2008). The exhibit contains the original cover artwork for the Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll”, and searingly honest commentary on America’s first pop stars. Peellaert’s tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis is a retablo-style painting, plastering a jailbait bride next to the howling pianist - lest we forget Lewis’ scandalous second claim to fame (hint: it’s not “Great Balls of Fire”). Peellaert’s own success in the form of the 1973 rock-pop satire, “Rock Dreams”, (co-authored by Nick Cohn, and the cover of which John Lennon allegedly had framed) refocused his work from BDs to album cover design. Peellaert resisted turning rock starts into golden calves; rather he shot skeptical sideways glances at fame. Peellaert was in on the joke.

The Musée Maillol’s intimate homage to this huge contributor to pop culture has been extended until October 26th. Jonesing for some of that old time rock and roll? Dominique Tarlé and Guy Peellaert will sooth your soul.

Guy Peellaert “Bye Bye, Bye Baby, Bye Bye” Through October 26th

Musée Maillol
61, rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris Dominique

Tarlé “Rocks Off” Through October 30th

Galerie de l’Instant
46, Rue de Poitou
75003 Paris

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

More Paris Rock and Americana concerts

Rockers Kultur schedule of upcoming gigs. These djs play especially great early honky tonk, rockabilly, rocknroll. Here are concerts after which they spin.==Jay

*Jeudi 10 septembre à 20 h 30
 AL FOUL (one-man band from Arizona)
Hillbilly - Rock-a-Billy - Americana
 + DJs SF Sorrow & French Tourist jusqu'à 2 h
Le PLASTIC - 13, rue Jean Beausire - Paris 4ème (M° Bastille) 
*Saturday 12 septembre 19 h Big Show!
LES BARROCKS present their rentree concert!
 CURLEE WURLEE! (Allemagne)
Sexy Franglais 60's garage & beat fuzz sensation !!!
76 Francophone punk
 LES HULKS (France)
Trash punk
 MOTORED (France)
LEMMY AUX BARROCKS !!!! Dirty and Noisy!
 C'est au PICOLO (58, rue Jules Vallès à St Ouen), dans les puces, métro Porte de Clignancourt.
Cover: 5 Euros

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Updated September and some other fall dates

Jay's picks:
  • Sept. 9 SF Sorrow Rocknroll Record Show at La Mecanique Ondulatoire
  • Sept. 11 Fugtivies California Garage Punk plus Djay Grand Duc du Kansas Hillbilly-Garage-Punk at La Feline
  • Sept. 12 Garage/punk/rockabilly German/French bands at Picolo, Paris Flea Market of St. Ouen
  • Sept. 14 Magnolia Electric Co., Cafe de la Danse
  • Sept. 15 Steve Earle, Cafe de la Danse
  • Sept. 17 Micah P. Hinson, Cafe de la Danse
  • Sept. 21 The DAmned, Batofar
  • Sept. 24 Djay Grand Duc du Kansas, la Feline
  • Oct. 4 Sparklehorse, La Maroquinerie
The concert schedule for this Parisian autumn is filling up and looking hot. I don't have a lot of time this week to give much commentary, so here are some bare bones on which I'll be adding more flesh in days to come.
Sept. 2 Dolores Riposte (French pop/punk)--La Miroiterie: 88 rue de Ménilmontant/75020
Sept. 3 D.I.E./Le Grand Duc Du Kansas dj set and rock art opening at UFO bar, 8pm.
Sept. 3 Starboard Silent Side (folk-rock)--Nouveau Casino
Sept. 5 Louis Lingg and the Bombs, Good Reason (punk)--Le Pixi/82, avenue de la République/93170 Bagnolet, Paris
Sept. 6 Dinosaur Jr.: J. Mascis, 90s indie guitar wizard, a patented style, supposedly bringing metal's guitar virtuosity (the solo) into indie rock. He's plucked some immortal ones--Elysee Montmartre
Sept. 6 Hank Williams III--La Maroquinerie
Sept. 7 Tenniscoats and the Pastels--Pt. Ephemere
Sept. 8 Mum (Iceland)--La Maroquinerie
Sept. 9 Dirty Projectors--La Maroquinerie
Sept. 9 White Denim--Pt. Ephemere : Weird stuff. Some songs seem like world music meets garage. Other songs are much more influenced by the Animal Collective weirdness, while the song may spin off into math rock.
Sept. 9 Rocknroll Djs 21h SF SORROW RECORD SHOW w/ DJ BALDO. Do the jerk and hully gully until 2h, MECANIQUE ONDULATOIRE! Free.
Sept. 10 D.I.E./Le Grand Duc Du Kansas dj set at LA FELINE. Wild Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Garage, Punk. Faster, Faster Pussycats!
Sept. 10 Al Foul one-man-band from Arizona (Americana) at Plastic, dj set by SF Sorrow.
Sept. 11 The Fugitives (garage punk from California/Paris) live, plus hellbilly, garage, puk dj set by D.I.E./GDK0--concert at 8pm, La Feline
Sept. 11 The Gossip--Nouveau Casino
Sept. 12: Saturday 12 septembre 19 h Big Show!
LES BARROCKS present their rentree concert!
CURLEE WURLEE! (Allemagne) myspace
Sexy Franglais 60's garage & beat fuzz sensation !!!
PERIPHERIQUE EST (Belgique) myspace
76 Francophone punk
LES HULKS (France), Trash punk myspace
MOTORED (France) Dirty and Noisy! myspace!
Where? PICOLO (58, rue Jules Vallès à St Ouen), Flea Market, métro Porte de Clignancourt. Cover: 5 Euros

Sept. 14 Magnolia Electric Co.*--Cafe de la Danse, 9pm, 16euros:
Secretly Canadian recordings' Magnolia Electric Company is fronted by the distinctive-voiced, morose soundscapes of Jason Molina. MEC was formerly Songs: Ohia until Molina changed the name in 2003. If you like the low-fi, lovelorn lyricism thing, this is for you. Darkness was never so sweet. Compare to Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy and My Morning Jacket, with whom Molina has also recorded. From "Lonesome Valley": "Out here the ghost wears the feathered crown of blues/And the sickle moon to watch over all the lost horizon/All through the lonesome valley, the lonesome valley."
Sept. 15 The Cribs (featuring Johnny Marr/The Smiths)--Nouveau Casino
Sept. 15 Steve Earle/Tiny Vipers (altcountry/protest rock/indie folk)--Cafe de la Danse:
Damnit! Steve Earle is an American Music Legend, bound for the pantheon with Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Willie Nelson. You know that, right? If not, check this out. He's a talented singer-songwriter, reformed drug addict, and activist against the death penalty and a host of other social justice issues. This will sell out so go to Cafe de la Danse site and get tickets.
Sept. 16 Fleet Foxes: soft, acoustic, purr purr kitty ditties. Last year's album made most critics' top ten lists--Grand REx
Sept. 16 Friendly Fires--Nouveau Casino
Sept. 17 Malcolm Middleton, Reverend and The Makers et 1990s: Malcolm Middleton was 1/2 of the band Arab Strap. Good melodic indie. Youtube them.--La Maroquinerie
Sept. 17 Micah P. Hinson*--Cafe de la Danse
Legion are those who aspire to the ranks of bard singer-songwriter, but grasp futilely at the rope dangled down from Steve Earle, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Tom Waits, Vic Chestnutt, and Richard Buckner. Micah P. Johnson is different. A Johnny Cash lurks in the baleful baritone behind his boyish looks and slight build. The 27-year-old who bottomed out at 19, penniless and drug addled, today testifies with gorgeous indie folk (occasionally more rocked up) about love and self-destruction (what else?). For a live sample, try this. And this
Sept. 18 Adam Green--Centre Georges Pompidou
Sept. 18 Noah and the Whale--Cafe de la Danse
Sept. 21 The Damned: Classic British Punk Legends--Batofar (get tickets here)
Sept 23 Fiery Furnaces--La Maroquinerie
Sept. 24 Djay Indie Eclectique/Grand Duc du Kansas hot rock set at La FELINE
Sept. 25 Djay Indie Eclectique at Planete Mars, honky tonk, indie rock, -pop, garage.
Sept. 25 Les Prouters, Poppers, begarsound, Chepa, Killer doll(punk)-- La Miroiterie (art squat)
Sept. 25 Contemporary Swedish Music Fest--Pt. Ephemere
Sept. 26 Boyce Avenue--Nouveau Casino
Sept. 27 PERE UBU: Another revived classic punk act. Check out the video below--La Maroquinerie
Sept. 30 Edan--Nouveau Casino
Sept. 30 DJ SF Sorrow Every Wednesday at La Mecanique Onudlatoire: All 45rpm records:
Rock-a-billy, white rock, garage, surf, beat, frat rock, girl groups sound, R&B, soul, bubble gum & punk rock.
Oct. 4 Sparklehorse: ONe of my favorites. A more countrified version of Grandaddy. Dreamy, psych-tinged, twangy, sensitive. Pass me the hanky.--La Maroquinerie
Oct. 13 Rachel Austin + Apes Did Ensemble + So Was The Sun--Pop-In
Oct. 16 Camera Obscura--La Maroquinerie
Nov. 5 Arctic Monkeys--Zenith (sold out, but check Craig's List and Les Inrocks forum for scalpers)

Formerly "Parisnormale: Paris Rocks"