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Thursday, November 26, 2009

D.I.E./Grand Duc du Kansas soirees this week

Sat. Nov. 28 Honky Tonk, R'n'R, Soul, Garage Blues, Surf @ Le Baron Samedi, 12 Rue des Goncourts, 9pm, free.

Wed. Dec. 2 guest at SF Sorrow's weekly Record Show @ La Mecanique ONdulatoire: Honky Tonk, RnR, Two-tone, Classic PUnk. 9pm free.

Thur Dec 3 Jay's Birthday @ La Feline: ONly the best from Fats Waller to Eagles of Death Metal! 9pm-2am,free.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sufjan Stevens Rocks (conceptually): a new album and a remix

Grab your layperson’s guide to orchestral music terminology. It’s time for a couple of non-folk conceptual albums from arty wunderkind Sufjan Stevens—actually, one is rearranged by Osso. Both of these albums will alienate some fans of Stevens’ virtuosic lyrical-orchestral songsmithing in Illinois. However, if you can muster the attention in contemporary zap-saturated A.D.D. society, your adventures into the Sufjan orchestral realm should hold plenty of surprises.

Stevens’ 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit was a peculiarly pleasant turnaround following his singer-songwriter, indie-folk debut A Sun Came.Enjoy Your Rabbit was a set of lyric-free electronic compositions, as its liner notes explained, “programmatic songs for the animals of the Chinese Zodiac”. But it was only surprising compared to what preceded it. When you looked into the man behind the creation, a poly-instrumentalist composer who also has a fondness for the Ex and early Sonic Youth, the turnaround made complete sense. A similar shift follows his widely adored 2005 indie folk gemIllinois. Late 2009 marks the release of his CD-DVD project on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (the BQE), as well as the release of Run Rabbit Run, the New York City string quartet Osso’s classical re-working of Enjoy Your Rabbit. Continue...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Week of Nov. 16-23, plus new bars/venues

Nov. 16 Mon, The Gossip @ Bataclan
  • Atlas Sound @ Pt. Ephemere
Nov. 17 Tues, The Gossip @ Bataclan
  • Zero, La Maroquinerie
Nov. 18 Wed, DJ SF Sorrow Record Show @ la Mecanique ONdulatoire with guest DJ, 8pm-1h45am, FREE. Sounds of 2000s.
  • Patrick Watson and the Wooden ARms Band @ la Cigale: Canadian indie singer-songer, in the vein of Rufus Wainwright.
Nov. 19 Thur, Inrocks Indie Club @ La Maroquinerie, featuring A Place to Bury Strangers. APTBS has become well known as one of the loudest bands out there, playing their brand of Jesus and Mary Chain meets Sonic Youth. If that's your bag, this is unbeatable. Also playing Dananananaykroyd, CQFD and Sarah W. Papsun

Nov. 20 Fri, No Frogs for Dinner @ La Maroquinerie. Kind of a trip, mostly poppy. Check it out.
Nov. 21 Sat, Treat Me Bad Festival @ Glazart. Excellent bands and djs. See flyer above.
Nov . 22 Sun, Black Joe Lewis @ Nouveau Casino. The Critics in the U.S. are lining up to salute this new retro garage soul sensation. If you like Eli Paperboy Reed, James Brown, The Dirtbombs, Bellrays, etc. Don't miss this. See video below.
Additional notes:
The Indie Rock Haven La Fleche D'Or, closed last year, has REOPENED. Upcoming shows include Evan Dando and The Raveonettes.
For garage and rockabilly-friendly music and people, check out Les Combustibles, not far from Gare de Lyon, 14 Rue Abel.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Concerts this week Nov. 4-8

Nov. 4, wed., Bats for Lashes @ L'Olympia.

Nov. 4 " " Motorhead @ Zenith.

Nov. 4 " " Taga Party. Taga is a Paris-based artist-designer with a rocknroll edge. This night features an art expo, concert, and dj sets (DJ SF Sorrow's usual wednesday night rocknroll vinyl extravaganza at la Mecanique Ondulatoire is relocated to this event for this week). See more here.

Nov. 5 Thur Djay Indie Eclectique (D.I.E.) Le Grand Duc du Kansas's every other thursday soiree @ La Feline: Honky tonk, hellbilly, garage, soul, ska, blues punk,classic rock, classic punk, hard indie rock: from Hank Williams Sr to Hank III, The Sonics and Standells to the Black Keys and Black Lips, Etta James to the Bellrays, The Stooges to the Eagles of Death Metal. See adjacent poster.

Nov. 5 "" Arctic Monkeys @ Zenith

Nov. 5 "" Festival des Inrocks @ la Cigale: Fredo Viola (hyped US singer-songwriter, multi-media artist); The Irrepressibles (London, performance art rock); The Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Heads ( FR, psychadelic pop): This appears to be a promising and quirky line up. Fred Viola has a buzz as a distinctive singer-songwriter whose influences range from Bartok and Stravinsky to Belle and Sebastian, while The Irrepressibles are a London buzz for their wild hairdos and black-painted necks, stage choreography, and hard-to-classify music that is sometimes associated with names like Jeff Buckley and Antony and the Johnsons.

Nov. 6, Fri Festival les Inrocks @ la Cigale, The Black Lips, Little Boots, Eboy James, the Soft Pack:

Nov. 6, "" Festival les Inrocks @ la Boule Noire: The Big Pink, Chew Lips.
Nov. 6, "" Arctic Monkeys @ Le Zenith
Nov. 6, "" Chrome Hoof @ la Maroquinerie: If you like the post-post-rock orchestral, experimental thing, this may be your thing. Electronic, disco, metal, with saxophones, trumpets, guitars, bass and drum. Psychadelic, futuristic. Trailblazing? Annoying? you decide.
Nov. 6 "" Smash Album Release, live performance @ la Feline.
Nov. 7, Sat, Tribute to the Great Gene Vincent @ Le Picolo, in the Paris Flea Market (Marche aux Pouces) de St. Ouen, Metro Clignancourt. Fantastic live lineup before the rockin sets by Dj SF Sorrow and Long Tall Dave: MOUSTIQUE (legendary 60's rocker), TONY MARLOW, THE SHUFFLE KINGS, LAURENT ZUCCARO, RAPHAEL (ATOMICS), RED DENNIS (HOT ROCKS), LITTLE NICO, GWEN, VINTAGE BOB (who will play Dickie Harrell's drum set from 1956 !), ANDRAS MITCHELL and others. The following afternoon, 4pm, you get a rocknroll party at la Mairie du 14eme, 12, rue Durouchoux. Metros Denfert Rochereau or Mouton-Duvernet. See posters below.
Formerly "Parisnormale: Paris Rocks"