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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Paris over the holidays

Dec. 23-Jan.1
NOt much in the way of concerts during the holidays here, at least for international acts. The venues usually turn the stage over to local acts. That means you can see some good stuff for free. For example tuesday night Lord Fester Combo played in the bar/restaurant area of the Maroquinerie, for free. Also some good dj nights at La Feline, Le Baron Samedi, la Mecanique ONdulatoire, PLanete Mars, Rocknroll Circus, and Le Motel. This latter one is much more geared toward indie rock for late teens and early twenty-somethings. The others cater to an audience between 18 and 50, and span a lot of the history of RnR and R&B, from Leadbelly to Chuck Berry, Elvis to the Beatles, Desmond Dekker to the Clash, Motorhead to the White Stripes, Louis Prima to the Jim JOnes Revue. If you like a range of these genres, I recommend checking out Dj Le Grand Duc du Kansas. See flyers in this post. All of those bars will have good dj-ed New Years Eve parties. A couple of them will even be open on Christmas eve and Day/night. Here's one at Le Nouveau Casino: a funk allnighter on Xmas.
Happy holidays, parisites!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Honky Tonk Happy Hour

You asked for it. Le Grand Duc du Kansas asked Le Baron Samedi bar if, entre aristocrats, they would give him a tranquil Monday night so you could chill with friends and a drink (or shake your moneymaker) while actually hearing his dope honky tonk and R & B set. Le Baron delivered. And tonight, Monday 13th, from 8h30pm-midnight, you got it.
Expect great early American honky tonk, swing, jump blues, black rocknroll, northern soul, calypso, and ska reggae. The next one will be the second week of January.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Oct. 24, Sun, TUNNG, La Machine du Moulin Rouge. You've heard of Animal Collective and The Doves. Here's the experimental folk of TUNNG. Nice stuff--if you like flutes, pipe-banging percussions, occasional electronic indulgences, in addition to your traditional stringed folk instruments.

Oct. 26, Tues, Grinderman @ Cite de la Musique. Nick Cave's group. What more to say?

Oct 28, Thur, F$#%K the Rules: Hail Satanic Rocknroll Party, with DJ Le Grand Duc du Kansas and Dj Dr. Vibrafingers. Wildass, Halloween-themed, vintage rocknroll, rockabilly, soul, ska-reggae, punk, and novelties!

Oct. 29, Fri, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Classic late 60s Soul Revival @ La Cigale.

Oct. 29 Fri, Paris vs. Nice @ La Miroiterie: Louis Lingg and the Bombs, Imodium, Joe La Mouk, Punk a chier, La Releve, un vision. La Miroiterie is an art-punk squat on rue Menilmontant.

Oct. 30 Le Grand Duc du Kansas and DJ Big Voodoo Daddy's Spooky Soul, Black RocknRol
l, and Ska Reggae Halloween Party @ Le Ba
ron Samedi!

Oct. 30, Sat., Crystal Castles @ La Cigale.

Oct. 31 Archie Bronson Outfit, La Maroquinerie. Interesting UK indie outfit. They can bring it. They can be subtle. The vocals sound like...fill in the blank. But they're good--the vocals and everything else.

Nov. 1, Mon, You Say Party, We Say Die @ La Fleche D'Or. Worth checking out if you don't know them.

Nov. 2, Lykke Li @ La Maroquinerie. I lykke a li bit. Very indie low-fi electro-dance-pop.

Nov. 5, Fri, Festival des Inrocks @ La Cigale
The Drums, Surfer Blood, Free Energy, Carl Barât. Yeah!

Nov. 8 Alina Orlova, Cafe de la Danse. Lithuanian-born indie singer-songwriter. For fans of Miss Li.

Nov. 9 Jim Jones REvue. They've been called the most interesting contemporary retro rocknroll band. They do indeed hearken back to a kind of vocal style that combines LIttle Richard and the Sonics. A wild piano and guitars also team up for some soulful but pounding rock that, like Red Bull, gives you wings.

On the old skool punk horizon:

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

July Calendar

7/7 The Stooges @ l'Olympia
7/7 Good Charlotte @ Glazart
7/7 Peter Doherty @ Cite de la Musique
7/8 Alela Diane @ Salle Pleyel
7/8 Julian Perretta @ La Maroquinerie
7/9 Jim Murple Memorial, NY Ska Jazz Ensemble @ Glazart
7/11 Gwar@Nouveau Casino
7/13 Toro y Moi
7/15 The Bad Luck Gamblers @ La Feline (psychobilly from Brazil)
7/15 Skinny Puppy @ La Maroquinerie
7/16 The STrange Boys @ Nouveau Casino
7/16 Balkan Beat Box @ Glazart
7/19 Chris Garneau, Holly Miranda @ Nouveau Casino
7/21 Hat Fitz @ La Feline (wild Blues Trash from Australia)
7/21 FM Belfast @ Nouveau Casino
8/18 Girls @ Nouveau Casino
8/22 Au Revoir Simone @ Nouveau Casino

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Big Week, June 15-21: Klaxons, Standells, AC/DC...

June 14 The Hold Steady @ La Fleche D'Or (indie roots-driven rock)
June 15 Klaxons @ Le Nouveau Casino (energetic indie synth-driven rock)
June 16 Florence and the Machine @ l'Olympia (alt. pop rock)
June 16 Bad Religion @ le Bataclan (veterans of the pop punk scene)
June 16 Never shout Never! @ La Maroquinerie (indie folk)
June 17 Le Duc's Free Rockin' Thursdays @ La Feline, featuring concerts by The Greenspiders and Ici Paris, rock and soul dj sets by d'Jerk Baldo and The Grand Duc du Kansas
June 18 AC/DC @ Stade de France (who are they?)
June 18 The Standells @ Le Trabendo (classic 60s garage band reunion tour)
June 20 The Get Up Kids @ Élysée Montmartre

Monday, May 31, 2010

Wolf Parade: Tonight 31/5 at NOuveau Casino

Fantastic indie group. Listen for yourself if you don't know.

Villette Sonique Festival at La Villette

As parts of indie rock splintered off into math rock in the late 90s, one of the most fascinating bands on the American scene was Polvo. Somewhere between D Jr., Slint, and Pavement. Check them out this wednesday!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday, Tonight! Groovie Ghoulies' Kepi Ghoulie + DJ Grand Duc du Kansas

Tonight, the fantastico Kepi Ghoulie of the Groovie Ghoulies and guests, then wild rockin', honkin', swingin', jumpin', dj set du Grand Duc du Kansas and Dj Gregoire of the great Paris garage group the Greenspiders. You miss it, your suck!
La Feline, 6 Rue Victor Letalle, 75020

Friday, April 02, 2010

One of the Best Albums of 2010: Laura Veirs

Measured, Mature Songwriting and Arrangements

Compared to Laura Veirs’ last two “beyond” folk albums on Nonesuch, July Flame will appear to some ears as a back-to-basics or purer folk album. But that would be too nearsighted an inference.

If on her first album Veirs captured a beautifully simple folk coffeehouse ethos, marked by sweet warbles and interesting if generically perfunctory acoustic picking and strumming, this album is far too “produced” to retain much of an applicable folk moniker, and boyfriend-producer Tucker Martine deserves a lot of credit for keeping Veirs’ silky throat at the center of these more-than-folk compositions. While there is an acoustic kernel on almost all of these songs, a little acoustic guitar or piano riff of two bars repeated dutifully but hardly monotonously for two or three minutes, the electric elements are also capacious, from guitars to synthesizers, on some songs. Continue...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Big Early Concert Warnings: Jim Jones Revue, Pavement, and more

*indicates video below (more will be gradually added)
April 4 Reverend Horton Heat, Le Trabendo
April 8 Band of Horses*, La Fleche D'Or
April 8 Le Grand Duc du Kansas avec Long Tall Dave @ la Feline (DJ, honkytonk, rockabilly, jump blues, early RnR, Surf, Garage, Soul, classic punk, Hard Indie)
April 7 Laura Marling*, La Fleche D'Or
April 10 A Sunny Day in Glasgow*, La Fleche D'Or
April 10 Le Grand Duc du Kansas (Soul, Black Rocknroll, and Jump Blues only) @ Le Baron Samedi, Rue des Goncourts, Metro Goncourt.
April 11 Melissa Auf Der Maur*, La Fleche D'Or
(insane, annoying: 3 great shows on the 13th)
April 13 Scott H. Biram*, Le Scopitone
April 13 Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings*, Le Trabendo
April 13 Frightened Rabbit*
April 13 Crystal Antlers, Time New Viking, Pt. Ephemere
April 14 Fanfarlo*, Le Trabendo
April 15 The Love Me Nots*, La Fleche D'Or
April 15 Foals, Le Trabendo
April 16 Le Grand Duc du Kansas and Friends (bastard DJ set, honkytonk, rockabilly,jump blues, early RnR, Surf, Garage, Soul, classic punk, Hard Indie)
April 16 NY Dolls*, Le Trabendo
April 16 Dan Black w/ We Were Promised Jet Packs, La Fleche D'Or
April 19 Killing Joke, Bataclan
April 23, 24 Chicros, La Fleche D'Or
April 27 Brian Jonestown Massacre, Bataclan
May 5 Alkaline Trio, La Boule Noire
May 7 Pavement, Le Zenith
May 9 Pennywise, Le Trabendo
May 10 Mayer Hawthorne, Le Trabendo
May 11 Black Diamond Heavies, La Boule Noire
May 12 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bataclan
May 12 A Place to Bury Strangers, Le Trabendo
May 13 Jim Jones Revue, Nouveau Casino
May 13 Deerhunter, La Maroquinerie
May 14 Midnight Juggernauts, La Maroquinerie
May 14 Madness, Zenith
May 17 Hole, Bataclan
May 19 Paul Weller, Bataclan
May 19-22 (yep, that's right) Juliette Lewis, La Fleche D'Or
May 19 Liars, La Maroquinerie
May 20 Surfer Blood, La Maroquinerie
May 21 Broken Social Scene
May 26 The New Pornographers, La Maroquinerie
June 8 Them Crooked Vultures, Zenith

Pt. 2 Review of SxSW Festival Austin: The Music

Showcases, Shows and Sets: Performances Persist No Matter What
As for the musical performances themselves, some were the expected solid sets that helped sustain brand power—in industry speak, that is—while others lived up burgeoning hype while more still petered away like balloons less their loads of viral marketing bluster. By Saturday night, it was clear that the entire event had taken its toll on all participants. Instead of embodying the growing energy of the biggest five-day music biz festival, artists, press, and local hosts were on their last legs—and in some cases at their wits ends.

Over the last three years I received several recommendations to check out the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American trio from Durham, NC. After finally seeing them Wednesday, I was ashamed it had taken me so long. Three poly-instrumentalists playing styles of traditional African American music on banjos, fiddles, dobros and bones (yes, you’ve heard of playing spoons; now check out bones) and even reviving the dances that go with them: they were absolutely fantastic. Their vocal and string styles were unlike any I’ve ever heard (and I’ve listened to a good chunk of the Library of Congress/Rounder Records recordings by Alan Lomax). On some songs they seemed to be able to make traditional African American folk music as cool as contemporary R&B. For example their cover of “Hit ‘Em Up Style” was brilliant. Continue

Review of Austin's SxSW Music Festival and INdustry Conference

I first attended SXSW in 1998, what some consider to be its heyday. However, even then my first trip was nearly soured ahead of time by criticisms that it was a corporate affair and not about independent music (and therefore not “authentic” at all). I found that to be only partly true then; and it’s only partly true now. As long as bands like the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Fucked Up are playing, it’s still at least partly about music above all else, for artists and fans, and not completely about making money, for artists, labels, promoters and marketers. Besides, the conference side is arguably useful for people who see music as a business.

Digitize and Monetize Me, or The Battle of Digital Asskicking

I attended four industry panels during my four days in Austin. Though different in title, all shared the same industry obsession: getting consumers hooked into habits of encountering music, the label, third party marketers, sponsors and supposedly the artists that want to access them all via new social media. In other words, “How can I monetize that?” Monetization is the elusive panacea, or so it seems. Continue

Friday, March 05, 2010

Album Review: The Slits/Trapped Animal

The expected socially conscious themes are supported by more polished punk-reggae styles and vocals, as well as newer dubiously successful electronic experiments, but are plagued by clumsily wrought lyrics.

The Slits

Trapped Animal


US release date: 20 October 2009

UK release date: 20 October 2009

By Jayson Harsin (from PopMatters)

Someone once told me he didn’t think politics and music worked together. I responded that he should listen more closely to the Clash and the Dead Kennedys. I might’ve added the Slits.

In case you’re a newcomer, possibly lured by the punk group’s provocative name, the Slits were/are a seminal British punk act. Just as importantly, they were one of the female groups of that moment that have, with their contemporaries like Kleenex, the Raincoats, and X-Ray Spex, as well as earlier trailblazers like Suzi Quatro and the Runaways, inspired countless young women to form bands under the observation that rock and roll (least of all, punk) is not the exclusive domain of men. Continue

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

This week: March 2 -9

Some great global and local stuff in Paris this week.

Tues 2 March: The Woodentops @ La Maroquinerie. Respectable 80s Brit alternarockers. Fairly melodic stuff. Stopped touring in early 90s. Now back on the circuit. See video below.

Tues 2 March: The Obits @ Pt. Ephemere
Another indie rock band buzzing (yes, I've decided this is the daily overused word/root) about Brooklyn, and thus around the rest of the friggin planet. Lead singer Froberg was in other fairly well known indie outfits like Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu. Lugubrious bass lines and twangy guitars harnessed into a garage punk effort that does not suck in the slightest. See video below.

Tues 2 March: Antlers @ Scopitone. Get tickets here.
Tues 2 March: Les Spurts @ La Cantine de Belleville (108 BD DE BELLEVILLE). Garage rock from Toulouse.

Wed 3 March: Broadcast 2000 @ La Fleche D'Or: British indie folk. Also have a good buzz. See video below.

Thur 4 March: The Soft Pack @ Nouveau Casino. A hot pop punk alterna group in the States right now (witnessed by the video above from the Letterman show). Very catchy. Get a ticket here.

Fri 5 March: Girls @ La Maroquinerie
Big buzz about this indie rock bunch from San Francisco. No surprise: Ultimate buzz bequeathers Pitchfork gave their 2009 debut album a 9.1/10 and rated it the 10th best album of that year. Influences range from Buddy Holly to the Beach Boys. It's sold out, but there's always somebody trying to sell a ticket at the show.

Fri 5 March: 69 Eyes @ Le Nouveau Casino. Helsinki Hard Horror Rockers, all about bloodsucking and stuff.

Sat. 6 March: Brendan Benson (U.S.) multi-instrumentalist American singer-songwriter, pal of Jack White, and member of the Raconteurs @ Le Nouveau Casino.

Sat. 6 March: Zombina and the skeletons + Louis Lingg and the Bombs + DJs @ Le Klub

Sat. 6 March: TEENAGE MOONLIGHT BORDERLINERS + CHUCK VIOLENCE @ La cantine de belleville

Sat. 6 March: COMBUSTIBLES A-GO-GO #2 @ Les Combustibles (14 rue Abel 75012):
début des concerts à 20h
60's French pop / rock à minette
Rock / Blues / Psychédélique

Mon 8 March: Adam Green @ l'Alhambra theatre.

Wed 10 March: Panda Bear (of Animal Collective) @ Cabaret Sauvage.

Thur 11 March: Djay Indie Eclectique/Le Grand Duc du Kansas w/ guest dj Long Tall Dave, spinning great vinyl pearls of honky tonk, rockabilly, surf, soul, and punk. @ La Feline!

Early Warnings:
Los Campesinos 15 March @ Pt. Ephemere
Scott H. Biram: Tuesday April 13 @ Le Scopitone

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tonight/Friday! "I Love Drunk Sex" Party at Planete Mars

Tonight! 21 Rue Keller, 75011
Metro: Voltaire, Charonne, Bastille
Le Grand Duc du Kansas gives you rarities and classics, from Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra, to the Sex Pistols, Sonic Youth, the Bellrays and Jim Jones Revue while passing through Wilson Pickett and Dusty Springfield.
Honky Tonk, Early RocknRoll, Soul, Surf, Ska-Reggae, Garage, Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk, Indie Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you love drunk sex (and great fucking music), better scoot yer boots over to the Planete tonight!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

R.I.P. SF Sorrow

I'm sad to announce the passing of a virtuosic rocknroll dj in Paris, Seb Favre (aka SF Sorrow). Seb had a regular wednesday record show at La Mecanique Ondulatoire, and regular appearances at Le Plastic, La Planete Mars, La Feline, and Le Baron Samedi, among others. He also organized lots of fantastic concerts (such as the recent Zeros--classic LA punk--concert). Finally, I learned a lot of great music from him.
He will be deeply missed. Seb est mort, vive Seb SF Sorrow!==Le Grand Duc du Kansas

The Sonics in Paris: Review

Proto-Punk Demigods Can Still Deliver

In an interview last summer Sonics’ singer Jerry Roslie had mentioned that the Sonics went into shows trying to blow people’s heads off. Decapitate they didn’t; but they did put on a good show. The ‘60s garage piece the Sonics shared regional glory with the Drastics, the Dynamics, the Regents, the Frantics, the Ventures, and Paul Revere & the Raiders (the latter two being the only regional acts to get national fame). They emerged at a time when hundreds of bands and fans were love struck with the British invasion, to which their gruff style and dark lyrics bear almost no resemblance whatsoever. While others were purring about hand holding and puppy love, they screeched and hollered about Satan, witches, psychos, and drinking strychnine. They are one of those bands like the Velvet Underground who never gained national attention on the release of their original albums but who have gained legendary status ever since they split up in the ‘70s, and are beloved by denizens of underground rock scenes the world over. Continue.

End of January beginning of February shows (in medias UPDATE)

  • Tues. 26 JAN. : SHERIFF PERKINS + THEE MYSTERIOUS ASTHMATIC AVENGER (Tours) + WASTED PIDO (Italie) + BUD McMUFFIN (Niort) / RIGOLETTO (Soirée one-man bands, Cowpunx from Hell tour)
  • Thur, 28 JAN: Concert The Fugtives followed by Djay Le Grand Duc du Kansas @ La Feline. Red hot California-Paris Garage punk set followed by the classics and rarities you love from LGDK: honky tonk to rockabilly, soul to surf, garage to pop punk and indie rock.
  • Fri., 29 JAN.: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down @ La Maroquinerie. Thao is one of the most promising young American indie rockers. Unique vocals, smart lyrics, and nice hooks. Her album No Better, Learn Faster was one of the best of 2009! Part of the FEstival EN ATTENDANT LES FEMMES S’EN MÊLENT. Also playing BASIA BULAT + SYDNEY WAYSER
  • Sat, 30 JAN: My Tiger My Timing @ La Fleche D'Or. Agreeable indie pop from UK. Listen here.
  • Tues, 2 FEB: The Heavy (UK) @ La Maroquinerie. SxSW's best discovery of new talent 2008.
  • Wed, 3 FEB: Lou Barlow (of Sebasoh fame) @ Pt. Ephemere.
  • Fri, 5 FEB: The Ritch Kids @ la Fleche d'Or. Catchy Electro pop. Listen here.
  • Fri, 5 FEB: The Kongsmen @ La Boule Noire. (Swingin Garage)
  • Tues, 9 FEB: The HOTRATS @ Pt. Ephemere. Fun UK cover band. Acoustic covers of tracks like "Fight for your right to party" and "Damaged Goods." Check them out here.
  • Sat. 20 Feb. : LES VOLFONIS (Champagne) + LES KITSCHENETTES (Bretagne) + THE NEAT BOYS (Normandie) / PICOLO

Formerly "Parisnormale: Paris Rocks"