La Blogothèque http://en.blogotheque.net Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:53:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1-alpha Leon Bridges – River http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/07/08/leon-bridges-river/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/07/08/leon-bridges-river/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:36:33 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23917 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 http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/30/darkside-live-dvd-recorded-nantes/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/30/darkside-live-dvd-recorded-nantes/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:03:46 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23889 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.

pochettedarksidedvd

Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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FFS live at the Bataclan http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/23/ffs-live-bataclan/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/23/ffs-live-bataclan/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:54:40 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23866 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 http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/18/adrian-crowley-2/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/18/adrian-crowley-2/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:26:21 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23853 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 http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/18/alb-videomusical/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/18/alb-videomusical/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:20:33 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23852 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 http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/15/one-night-stand-1-continued/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/15/one-night-stand-1-continued/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:04:44 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23840 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 Inrocks.com, the no less magnificent piece by Jessica and Andy of She Keeps Bees on Slate.fr, 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 http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/03/soak/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/06/03/soak/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:15:34 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23799 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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Courtney Barnett in Paris http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/05/28/courtney-barnett/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/05/28/courtney-barnett/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 13:14:03 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23818 Courtney Barnett is right in the moment of a small indie artist’s life when, starting to walk where everyone wants you to, where your entourages presses you to, missing even a single step to your ascension would be unfortunate. The tour never seems to end, every city seems to look like the other, and each concert comes with a shovelful of promotional requests. Courtney Barnett is in Paris, Courtney Barnett is exhausted. 

This is felt in her large, lost eyes, gazing towards the roof of the passage while she recounts a sad story of visiting a property in a small Australian town. This is felt in her voice, more hoarse than usual, and even more touching, a careless indifference towards her surroundings.

We think back to the first session we shot with her, the day when she first set foot in New York. She was very timid. She also asked about everything, a surprising calm when you know how bouncy and energetic she is on stage. But undoubtedly it is the strength of her stories (they are so precise and truly personal) that allows easily for a dynamic rock or a timid interpretation.

 

 

Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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Ryley Walker http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/05/27/ryley-walker-2/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/05/27/ryley-walker-2/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 09:03:33 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23806 Ryley Walker’s voice invokes magnificent ghosts. A few strummed chords, barely started by a couplet, with thick, misty air covering long admired artists. Ryley knows how to cultivate the presence of Van Morrisson, the delicacy of Bert Jansch’s guitar games, and how to soar into foolishness only as Tim Buckley can.

 

Just before My Brightest Diamond begins a joyful and unrestrained show, he summoned his old influences and, alone on his high stool, brought back his air, intonations and arpeggios who only ask that we prove they have kept their youth and modernity. These ghosts could not have imagined a better ambassador.

 

The second alum by Ryley Walker, Primrose Green, has been released by Dead Oceans.

 

Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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Melanie De Biasio – “Sweet Darling Pain” (Chassol remix) http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/05/27/melanie-de-biasio-sweet-darling-pain-chassol-remix-2/ http://en.blogotheque.net/2015/05/27/melanie-de-biasio-sweet-darling-pain-chassol-remix-2/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 08:58:27 +0000 http://blogotheque.net/?p=23805 The exercise of creating a remix is fundamentally dangerous because it raises questions. How can you distort the orignal work? How can you stay honest to what the artist wanted to create while making a second recording that also makes sense ? How do you construct a second level of the story about a song or an album that already exists in entirety; that has its own history?

For the response to all these questions, Melanie De Biasio has found herself an ally, the DJ and owner of Acid Jazz, Gilles Peterson, who recruited a bunch of musicians (that we at la Blogo like a lot) to rework No Deal, the second album of escaped jazz that Melanie released in 2013.

We find different styles on No Deal Remixed – Eels, jonwayne, Clap! Clap!, Hex, The Cinematic Orchestra, Seven Davis Jr and Peterson himself. There is certainly a coherence that makes this disc more than an album of simple remixes but also a total reinterpretation of the work of Melanie De Biasio, which you are offered today, in preview. The extract is the remix of the exciting “Sweet Darling Pain” by Chassol.

No Deal Remixed will be released February 23 by Pias.

 

Translated by Dylan Hofstetter

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