Thursday, December 23, 2010
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
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.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
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. 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.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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
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
April 13 Crystal Antlers, Time New Viking, Pt. Ephemere
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.
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
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
US release date: 20 October 2009
UK release date: 20 October 2009
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
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.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tonight! 21 Rue Keller, 75011
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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.
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.
- 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)
- Sunday 7 Feb. : DANNY "DADDY-O GRANDE" AMIS (US, guitariste de LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS) + LES ARONDES / COMBUSTIBLES
- 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