Friday, May 7, 2021

Greatest Hits Live (2011-2020)

Life seems to be returning to normal in some parts of the world. Well, maybe normal isn't the right word. But... things seem to open up again in some places. Even here, some restrictions are being lifted although the virus is still circulating at an alarming rate. Of course, other countries like India, Nepal, Brazil and more are getting pummeled and it's hard to envision a time when we return to life as we knew it.

Some of the events were going to attend have been rescheduled twice, and the conditions under which they will take place remain to be clarified. Club shows, arena shows... how are they going to enforce sanitary protocols? Will they be able to fill up at capacity? Will the vaccine pass be mandatory? Will we have to wear masks? Will there be beer? WILL THERE BE BEER?

All those important questions notwithstanding, it seems concerts are coming back in one shape or other around the summer. Will it be viable for artists to undertake long international tours if there is a gauge limitation is another question that remains unanswered, but there is a flicker of hope. I for one can't wait to attend a gig again. It's been over a year since I went to my last one. But although I'm already partially vaccinated I don't know how comfortable I'll be standing in the middle of sweaty screaming punters bumping into me, screaming next to me, drinking next to me... But it's been so long, I'm sure all my apprehensions will disappear as soon as the venue goes dark and the band comes on stage.

Until then, 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. 

Don't forget to follow us on our social channels FacebookInstagramTwitter or YouTube to get updates on which concerts we'll be covering.

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

Friday, January 1, 2021

Friday's Playlist: Happy New Year and Fuck 2020

Finally, the new year is upon us. We all agree that 2020 was shit, and sadly there are no do-overs. So let's wipe the slate clean, shall we? Start fresh. Let's say this year is going to be at least a little better than last year. Can we try that? 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Curtain Call

Given the fact that the virus is still spreading and that there will be no concerts for the foreseeable future, this page really has no reason to exist.

We've tried prolonging its lifeline by throwing together playlists, starting an ill-fated message board, posting about exhibits etc. but the whole raison d'être of was to publish concert photos...

So there will likely be no more updates on the site or the associated social channels until we can return to a normal life. If we can return to a normal life.

There will be one more playlist on New Year's Day, because it's been planned for a while (although still a work in progress) but essentially this is going to remain inactive for the foreseeable future.

I never had any pretension of this ever being viable, it was just a way to get to enjoy concerts from a privileged perspective: the photo pit. And it's been awesome: I've managed to get credentialed for a shitload of great gigs and taken a few cool pictures (my favorite ones are HERE) so it's been pretty great. It would be cool if it happened again.

In the mean time stay safe and don't forget to wash your hands!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Awesome Beatles Cover (pt. 3)

Here's the next installment in our Beatles covers series. Another eclectic bunch of songs, some downright weird interpretations, a few more faithful ones... Enjoy, comment and share.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Variations on the Bo Diddley Beat


This Friday's Playlist compiles some notable examples of songs that use the famous "Bo Diddley" beat. Of course, Bo Diddley didn't come up with that chugging rhythm. But he was one of the first ones to use it in the context of electric popular music.

Friday, November 13, 2020

5 years

Five years ago I had no words. Now, a few come to mind. Words of anger, words of hate, words of sadness and pain. These things and these people never stop. Whether they're blowing themselves up in a concert for teenage girls in Manchester or opening fire on schoolchildren in Parkland, Florida. Emboldened, galvanized, brainwashed by their fanatic, bigoted leaders the world over. Enjoy your death cult, just leave the rest of us be. We just want to listen to music.

AC/DC - Power Up

The first thing I noticed as I listened to Power Up, AC/DC's first album in over five years, is how prominent the bass is. Not that Cliff Williams, who was coaxed out of a well-deserved retirement in Florida, has changed his playing style. His lines still have a spartan, essential quality to them. They are the perfect foil to Phil Rudd's playing. Nothing is ornate, and nothing is wasted. The quintessential rock and roll backbone. The bass is just louder than you're used to hearing in AC/DC.

November 13th, 2020: Friday the 13th

Hey, it's Friday the 13th! What do you know? We threw together a little playlist for the occasion. We've tried not to put too many duplicates with our Halloween playlist from last year but inevitably there are some overlaps...

Friday, November 6, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Awesome Beatles Covers (part 2)

 A few weeks ago we shared a playlist of Beatles covers, so here's the follow-up to that. Pop, Blues, Metal, Jazz, Reggae... You can play the Beatles in any style. Enjoy, comment and share!

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Introducing Electric Eye Radio

Here's a fun new item. If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can listen to our very own radio station. Full of classic tracks, but also some more obscure personal favorites in a wide array of genres: rock of course, but also jazz, blues, country, funk, metal, soul, folk and even some classical music.

Check it out here:


Friday, October 30, 2020

Friday's Playlist - Fuck Trump! Go vote.

For a long time I've resisted putting forth any political opinion on here, for two reasons. The first reason is that this is a music site, and music unites us regardless of who we chose to vote for. The second reason is that nobody cares about my opinions. I've been a lot more vocal on the Twitter account associated with the site, and I've shared a playlist or two that might have betrayed my leanings but essentially I've tried to keep this page free of anything overly topical or potentially divisive.

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 we're 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.