La Blogothèque Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:47:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Districts, again Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:30:20 +0000 It’s the story of the kind of meandering stroll we know so well here at Blogo: a walk across the city and its nooks, during which the goal is to find a place in which a band can play a song for us to film. It requires a workable setting, in terms of image and sound, that also reduces as much as possible the risk of being thrown out forcibly by any security personnel before finishing the take.

This was by no means the case for the spot where we decided to film this third video of The Districts, whose merits we’ve already praised at length with the release of their first two Take Away Shows.

What got into us as we passed this bridge, home to two tram lines which sit only feet apart? Don’t ask me. Let’s just say that we wanted to film in a place as unique and unpredictable as the song at hand, and that we found it.

I’ve already explained it here: The Districts are a band unlike the others, and “Long Distance” isn’t formatted like any 3:30 rock hit. Its strength is in its duration – a long, unexpected break which seems like it never wants to stop. There’s a calm after the storm, and it lets us come back down slowly, leaving behind us the tension accumulated at the piece’s beginning.

It all happened very quickly but also, weirdly, very slowly – shooting on this median strip, a platform of only a few square meters, for more than six minutes. It was a strange sight. The beginning of a sunset that didn’t really want to come out from behind the clouds. Trams passing in both directions as stunned passengers wondered what exactly we were making, perched on this lucky piece of concrete. The vibrant intensity of Rob’s voice. That little bit of panic in his eyes.

At the end of the take, a passerby asked us for a cigarette. We had just enough time to give him one before four RATP agents appeared, angry and dumfounded that we had not considered the danger of our location (and of the nearby power lines). They scolded us as the irresponsible children we were, momentarily reverted thanks to this group of guys – barely legal but with talent beyond their years.


Translate from French by Lauren McCracken.

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Take Away Uganda : The Polyphonic Spree & The Very Best Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:03:17 +0000 We’ve all had a life experience where we were so moved that we immediately tried to translate it into words for our loved ones, an exercise in futility hoping to relay some small glimpse of what we felt by defaulting to grandiose adjectives like “amazing” and “community” and “UN-believable.” Words that could be more appropriately replaced with “indescribable.” We do this in hopes of placing the magic we experienced into the hearts of our loved ones who weren’t there to experience it with us.

When we traveled to Uganda a few years ago with The Polyphonic Spree and The Very Best it was one of those trips: indescribable. Luckily, where words fail, Blogo prevails and we have this time capsule to share with you all.

The intention of this film was to create a collaborative musical mosaic of moments in a time and a place where being free of fear is a new reality not taken for granted and worth celebrating.

The contributors were from all over the world: a heart-forward quasi-family of Texans, a Swedish DJ, a Malawian singer, a half-Kenyan-Nigerian-born-raised in Holland/England/Ecuador guitar player, a pair of French artists, some Americans and of course our incredible Ugandan hosts and musicians.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this film possible, especially our beloved Ugandan father, Janani Norman Okot who performs at the beginning of this film and has since passed on.

If you’d like to support organizations in the region please look into the following:

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Weyes Blood Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:26:02 +0000

Natalie Mering is in love with a dead man, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Before the weather (thankfully) changed suit in the direction of fall, and as the stars aligned to allow Mary Lattimore temporary passage to a remote part of New York City, deep into the furthest climes of Rockaway Beach, the three of us courted sunset in the company of a long decomposed corpse named “Robert” to set a soul to peace eulogized with the comfort and clarity of the songs of Weyes Blood.

“Bad Magic” to animate the bones and set them to waltzing in the surf… “Cardamom” as a rare material in the alchemy.

“The blind see through me,

see through me.”

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Leon Bridges – River Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:36:33 +0000 It’s one of the Paris neighborhoods where tourism is sacred, where everything else is contingent upon it. Notre Dame, its tourists and cops both on foot, its cathedral and bike cops, its overpriced bistros and Segway cops, all there to interrupt the slightest burst of life, to suspect anyone who is not in the middle of taking a selfie.

We’ll keep the rest of that story for later (the cops were very wary of a soul singer). We first choose to show you the reward. We spoke with three frustrated musicians, forced by the police to put away their instruments. We got rejected by four bistros who were reluctant to host some musicians on their terrace. One of them finally said yes. We were under the trees, it was a beautiful day, but the environment was heavy. Until Leon sang ‘River.’


We watched him earlier that day humming to himself as he took small dance steps on historic bridges, using his whole body to serve his groove: Leon does not play, he has the soul of a child, he is a child of soul, he is swept away by his songs, he is their puppet. There, again: he was sitting at a bistro table, and just as he began to sing, his eyes were no longer focused. He was no longer there, and we were left with his peaceful gospel, the old trees around us, and the wind rustling in the leaves. What’s nice is that Paris, until then unwilling to let us play, was suddenly welcoming and open to us. That’s not easy to come by.


Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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Darkside: the live DVD recorded in Nantes Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:03:46 +0000 It was March 21, 2014. Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, together under the name Darkside, appeared on the Stereolux stage in Nantes as part of their tour that would finish six months later in New York. 

They were concentrated. They had their eyes fixed on their machines and pedals. There was a packed crowd. There were crazy light shows and graphics. And there was, of course, fire under the ice, both haunting and carnal songs from Psychic that seemed to be, like on the album, sensual, erotic, lustful and a loss of control.

We were lucky enough to film this show, and today with great pride we announce the live DVD of Psychic is available on Darkside’s new website (which also offers cool t-shirts and tour posters). You can also stream the video via the site Qello. Hurry up, there are only 1,000 copies available.

We’re also taking advantage of this announcement to thank the entire Darkside team, Jake, Nico, Dave, Arte Concert and TV Nantes for whom we filmed this show, Stereolux who graciously hosted us, and of course, our sound and film team who, once again, accomplished an incredible work for which we are very happy to share with you.


Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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FFS live at the Bataclan Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:54:40 +0000 FFS, or Franz Ferdinand + Sparks, the crazy Scottish showmen that need no introduction, have channelled a 1970′s California psychedelic vibe into a crazy album and tour that passes through Paris this Friday.

The good news is that we will have our cameras ready at the Bataclan on June 26th to film and broadcast, through Arte Concert, the supergroup concert titled “Piss Off” (we’ve been listening to it on repeat for weeks).

See you Friday night to watch FFS live. And danse in your living room.


Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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Adrian Crowley Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:26:21 +0000 The streets of Belleville gently awaken. It is cold, the sun shows itself on the facades and makes us squint our still tired eyes. At the bottom of the corridor of the Palais du Commerce, just above the silent Java café, the large glass window radiates. In a handful of arpeggios, Adrian moved before our eyes through the arcades of the Starlight Hotel. A voice that has thickened throughout his albums guides us slowly through room after room, until the opposite wall where the street takes over and business resumes. A few minutes later, in the hall, the singer sits on a chair to tell us our fortunes. All those who listen know he sees the truth, and that each of his premonitions will be confirmed in the coming weeks.


For over fifteen years Adrian Crowley has shaped his songs without a career plan, without a media strategy, while never revealing anything. His last album, released by Chemikal Underground, featured haunting strings with brass and choirs that envelop the singer’s voice without ever affecting the simplicity and elegancy of interpretation. You can understand Adrian has little to envy of more well known artists simply by watching this fresh February morning for yourself. You’ll be surprised he is not more well known outside his circle of loyal fans.

Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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ALB – The VidéoMusical Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:20:33 +0000 ALB’s real name is Clément. And Clément is wild. Clément is a whirlpool, a flood of energy, of ideas. This is felt in his playful music, which hops between genres. One could see this by watching his clips (one which will invade your computer), a fact confirmed when we embarked on his VidéoMusical.

We will invade the market!
It would be cool to record the video with some friends on a roof…
I know a chapel where we could play.
Or maybe take over a restaurant ?
I have access to a football stadium, where it would be cool to record the song !
Oh, wait, with fanfare and choirs, the video would be nice on a lawn.
It would be great to film that with a drone!
Wait, we could go sing karaoke. Better yet, I’ll save my own karaoke song and sing over at the Curt’N Club…


Well, we did everything together. It was a great adventure, filmed as if we were in another time. A carefree time.

Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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One Night Stand #1, Continued Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:04:44 +0000 We told you about it two weeks ago: the inexhaustible Gaspar Claus launched, in May, an enormous new project, One Night Stand. Eleven musicians (Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, Jessie Stein of The Luyas, David Moore of Bling and Ruth, Rémi Alexandre of Syd Matters and Shorebilly, Ben Greenberg of The Zs/The Men/Hubble/Uniform, Jessica and Andy of She Keeps Bees, Emil Bognar-Nasdor of Dawn of Humans, Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft, Pedro Soler, and Gaspar himself), eleven songs, a one night concert in Brooklyn to build the collaborations, some solo songs and some as an ensemble, and a double vinyl album in limited edition available through a campaign on the French crowd funding site Microcultures.

When we announced the project, we let you listen to a neat extract of this double-album under the guise “Lines & Drones”, a song composed during the project by Bryce Dessner and Clara Claus, Gaspar’s artistic sister.


Here’s a first video: the song “Talk To Me” by Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft feat. the entire beautiful cast of One Night Stand #1 Brooklyn (you can also hear nice words about the project below)


After the video of Bryce and Clara, unveiled on Pitchfork today, we propose that this week you watch a mash-up video for the night filmed by our New York director Derrick Belcham. It’s in black and white, there’s Sufjan playing many instruments, and it will also give you a better idea of the crazy process that has enabled the creation of the unique disc.


Three previews also took place last week – the beautiful song by Rémi Alexandre on, the no less magnificent piece by Jessica and Andy of She Keeps Bees on, and finally the tightrope song  of Jessie of Luyas on the British site Line Of Best Fit -, that we strongly advise you to go listen to.

We remind you that you can buy the vinyl of One Night Stand only via Microcultures and just until June 30.  Hurry, it is in limited edition and will not be available after, as Gaspar explains in the presentation video of the project.


Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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SOAK Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:15:34 +0000 A perspective simply presented and with earnestness is irrefutable.

The situations of our lives, varied as they are, can overwhelm in an instant, and the art that seeks to comfort or confront may come at surprising times and from unexpected sources.

In this instance, the sounds which soothe and inform, allow access to a breath to process, come from Bridie Monds-Watson, who has collected more to say in her brief existence than some artists an exponent away in age.

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