- january 2004
- The first one is British, around
60 years old, and lives in Germany. The other one is a young American,
star of the New-York antifolk scene. Both are writers and performers
on the margins of folk and rock. The pairing of Kevin
Coyne and Jeffrey Lewis, sponsored
by the Froggy
Delight site, makes for one of the most exciting billings, on
show at the Nouveau Casino in Paris, on February 9th 2004 at 8.30
- Letslivappy! first heard of Les
Frères Nubuck during Summer 2003, through the "Apocalypso"
compilation released by the Sorry
But Home Recording Records label, but they already have a long
career behind them. Their smash hit from last summer, "Chez
les nudistes", now gives its title to the band's new album,
which succeeds in making us forget this grey wet winter. This record,
and its indescribable cover art (see below) are a treat. A bit as
if French singer Katerine had shed all conventions, and had persevered
in home recording instead of hiring professional session musicians.
A record that will help you see the year pass by with a dose of optimism
that won't even be lucid, that you can get on the label's
- november 2003
- Nearly three years ago, I chanced nearly by accident upon
a site that contains an mp3 of a Stockausen
title remixed by Acapulco Laps, a parisian
band who released a good single for the Lithium
club a few years ago. This title, which also features Le
Vieux Thorax, is still available
for a short time on the Centre
de la bombe site. But soon it will be released on a CD, which
will be availble on this same site
and in specialized shops.
- december 2002
- Do you need an excuse to watch a US TV
series, on French public TV, during the week, in the afternoon, included
in a program for teenagers ? No, why should you
? But if really you had to justify yourself, you'd easily find two excuses.
First, the show, which like others stars a Simpsons-style family played
by real actors, is very good and really very funny. And secondly, the
music is by Ween, and the musical adviser is called Ben Vaughn !
- january 2002
- Message from Pol
Dodu, editor in chief of Letslivappy! (while we await our death...),
Jospin, French Prime Minister, on january 12th 2002 :
"Dear Mr. Jospin,
I read in the january 9th 2002 issue of "Le Canard Enchaîné"
that you have declared to your government over breakfast that you are
"both lucid and optimistic".
If you wish to remain so, I cannot advise you too strongly to read Letslivappy!
(while we await our death...), the lucidly hoptimistic fanzine,
that I publish on the internet at the address http://perso.wanadoo.fr/vivonzeureux.
- The Renascent
label has just reissued all the first albums by The
Sound, one of the classic british new wave
bands. That's very good. Most of the albums have extra tracks. That's
very good. But the unreleased-on-albums sides of the band's singles
have not all been included in these bonus tracks, although there was
probably enough space available on the discs. That's unfortunate.
- The new
wave classics still pop up in the news sometime.
I am not thinking of the new New Order album, but of Fad
Gadget who, after having returned to play
a few gigs this year, are awarded a "Best
of" release on double CD, including rarities
and a remix.
- july 2001
- If you are a Giant
Sand fan and you have not registered to be
a member of the unreleased CDs exchange tree "The
Sandman series", you are quite wrong
! It is a unique and free way to get, two or three times a year, livre
recordings made by fans, or extracts from the band's archives, and all
that with their blessing !
- Will Oldham,
under the name Bonnie Billy,
has just released "More revery", a mini-album made-up of 6 studio-recorded covers, which
had been previously available in an ultra-limited edition, with the
same 6 covers, but recorded live at the Palais des Congrès in
He'll be back in Europe this autumn for a few concerts, including three
"special nights" from 26 to 28 september, as part of the "Les nuits botaniques"
festival in Brussels.
- june 2001
- april 2001
- Three years after the fantastic "Zeppelin record", Dogbowl has just pûblished
his new album, "Fantastic carburetor
man", only available in limited edition
through the Eyeball Planet
label. To give you an idea, 3 tracks are available in mp3 on Dogbowl's site.
- Eloïse and Laurent
Orseau have just launched their micro-label,
which proposes limited editions of unreleased recordings, in a very
neat packaging at an unbeatable price. After Véra
Clouzot, we can hope for a live recording
of Matt Ward
in the coming months.
- At the time being, you can read on the
site of the library
of Epernay (choose the "Discothèque"
menu) reviews by yours truly of the Modern
Lovers album and of "Selections
circa 1990-2000" by Giant
- march 2001
- After "Chore
of enchantment" and "The rock opera years" by
a year ago. After "Upside down home
2000", the limited editin solo album three months ago, and
the reissue of "Hisser" two months ago, and after the release of the third Giant
Sand best-of collection this month, Howe
Gelb releases "Confluence" on march 20th, his third official solo album. Essential,
with a smile", it is a british fanzine
published every three quarter with interesting features, a square shape,
a neat look, and it does not only come with a smile, it also comes with
a 20 track CD. The that comes with issue 7, just out, conatinas an unreleased
track by Howe Gelb,
and songs by Hawksley Workman,
- The Jasmine Minks release their newsingle,
"Daddy dog" (Poptones),
more than ten years after the previous one, but less than two years
after their come-back, on the Vivonzeureux!
- february 2001
- Will Oldham will play live in
Paris at the Café de la Danse on march 15th, in the week that
sees the release of the second Bonnie 'Prince'
Billyalbum, "Ease down the road".
In France, he will also play in Nantes (16/3), Bordeaux (17/3), Marseilles
(27/3) and Lyons (28/3).
- The second volume of "Le Meilleur
de moi", the comic by Colonel
Moutarde and Philippe
Dumez, has just been published.
- Giant Sand is the
guest of P.J. Harvey for her european tour
this winter, notably for her concert at L'Olympia in Paris on february
26th, which is unfortunately very expensive and already sold out.
- 20 years after their split, the Young
Marble Giants get back together for a concert in London, as part
of Rough Trade's 25th anniversary celebrations. deo.com/roughtrade
- CALEXICO has just
opened its official site, casadecalexico.com