Monday, October 26, 2020

Friday's Monday's Playlist: Bootsy Collins: Sessions & Contributions


Today is Bootsy Collins' 69th birthday (he he, 69) so in his honour were scrambling our schedule and are presenting Friday's Playlist on (GASP!) a Monday. This is the type of lunacy we're capable of. Watch out, we're funkin' crazy.

This Playlist explores some of Bootsy's sessions and contributions outside of his main gigs in Parliament, Funkadelic, the Rubber Band or his solo output. This is in no way an exhaustive list but rather an overview of the breadth of his talents.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Rap and Hip Hop


Full disclosure: we're very ignorant when it comes to Hip Hop or Rap. It's just not our scene. But it's just a massive, ubiquitous cultural force. And it has infiltrated, informed, permeated, influenced every other musical genre, from Jazz to Blues to Metal. So one can't not be aware of its impact, pardon the double negative.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Musée de la Musique, Paris

The Cité de la Musique in Paris is a huge complex in the north-east section the capital which sits next to the Philharmonic and comprises a beautiful performance hall in which I've seen several acts including Comus, Bill Frisell and P.I.L. and a splendid museum which I visited back when it first opened in the early nineties.

Renaud: Putain d'Expo! @ La Cité de la Musique, Paris

À deux pas de la Philharmonie de Paris, temple de la Grande Musique, sérieuse et imposante, et à quatre pas du Zénith que Renaud a inauguré et rempli des centaines de fois, la prestigieuse Cité de la Musique consacre une belle exposition au chanteur énervant, l'occasion de retrouver son univers alors même que son activité musicale est en berne, hormis la sortie il y a quelque mois d'un single bâclé, le médiocre Corona Song.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Awesome Beatles Covers (part 1)


This Friday's Playlist is a selection of Beatles songs played by other artists. Of course, these songs are given some new guises: soul, hard rock, jazz... Because a good song can be played in any style.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Just Cool Rock Shit


No real theme to this one, just ninety minutes of cool, hard rocking songs, some old, some new, most of which might have been a little overlooked. Play this one extra loud.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen: 1955-2020

For some reason, Van Halen never did anything for me. It should have, in theory it should have ticked all the right boxes. But I never got them. Sure, I did enjoy some of their classics and hits the same way I enjoy Don't Stop Believin' or Too Shy. But I never went beyond that until a few years ago. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Eponymous Songs



This Friday's Playlist is a non-exhaustive list of bands or artists that have named songs after themselves. Bonus points of course when that song comes from an album that is also also self-titled! There are many, many more but we had to stop somewhere. Which ones would you include?

Friday, September 25, 2020

Friday's Playlist - Mixing Desk Hero: Bob Ezrin

Over a month ago we shared a playlist focusing on then-recently departed producer Martin Birch and it was a big success, so here's the second instalment in our Friday's Playlists Mixing Desk Hero series. This one focuses on the legendary Bob Ezrin.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Children of Jimi

Today marks a pretty sad anniversary: it's been exactly a half century since Jimi Hendrix died. Jimi was arguably the most influential guitarist, well, ever really. His contribution to the musical lexicon is immeasurable and goes way beyond the realm of rock. His appeal also transcends generations, instruments, gender and race. Because Jimi's music didn't just break down musical walls: it broke down racial ones, social ones. Face it, Jimi's music was woke. Cross-breeding music to fight cross-burning mentalities.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Greatest Hits Live (2011-2020)

Everything is still up in the air at the moment. Life is on hold, and time stands still. It's been almost seven months since we've been to a live show. I don't know when things will resume here: the second wave of the virus is upon us. Some countries are still struggling with the first: India, Brazil and the United States are an absolute tragedy.

This site is now largely inactive except for the Playlists page which we had stopped back in March, but has now found a second lease on life. We may even resurrect the Album Reviews page just to keep things a little more active.

But let's not kid ourselves: essentially, music is dead until we can start being together in a venue again. Part of a crowd, cheering on our heroes. Livestreams just don't cut it. It's better than nothing, but it's barely anything. I'm not worried about the McCartneys and the Rhiannas, they'll be fine. But anyone who depends on live work for sustenance is in deep shit, and that's about 99,9% of working musicians.

In the mean time, you can always revisit the below gallery of our favorite concert shots. Lots of legends in there, and some less famous ones too. Click on the links below to access the full galleries, often complete with review of the show. 

We are also still somewhat active on our social channels so you can follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter or YouTube.

Enjoy, comment, share and don't forget to wash your hands.




Saturday, September 12, 2020

R.I.P. Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert

Extremely sad news: one of the originators of reggae has died at the age of 77 from complications of COVID-19. This shitty virus has wreaked havoc everywhere on the planet and has already taken some beloved musicians like John Prine, Manu Dibango, Dave Greenfield of the Stranglers, Trini Lopez, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, and many more.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Southern Rock Epics


This Friday's Playlist is an overview of the most epic songs in the Southern Rock genre. Expect lots of cool guitar solos and even some sweet vocal harmonies here and there.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

UPCOMING GIGS! Tentatively...



Although much of the world is still in the throes of a deadly pandemic and a second wave is due to hit our neck of the woods in the fall at the very latest or even as early as this summer according to some reports, some concerts are being scheduled (or re-scheduled) and hopefully we'll be able to hit some of them. It's hard to believe it's been six months since we last attended a rock show.



Our fingers are crossed, and so are our toes. Maybe real life, normal life, is on its way back. Because, you know, this virtual concert thing, it's better than nothing, but it's not exactly cutting it. Here are the concerts we'll be hitting, providing they actually happen.

The government has recently issued an extension of the ban on events of more than 5000 people, so everything is up in the air... Obviously, it's more important to stay safe. So let's wait this thing out. Don't forget to wash your hands and wear a fucking mask, people.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Make It Funky!


In stark contrast to last week's playlist which showcased aggressive, negative vibes, this collection is a party. Funky grooves designed to make you Get Off Your Ass And Jam.