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.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Thrash, Death and Black Metal Classics



Let's get brutal, shall we?

Thrash Metal was a mostly American school of Metal that fused the violence and velocity of Punk and Hardcore with the epic heaviness of British Metal. Out of that first wave of early eighties Thrash, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax were considered The Big Four. Metallica of course went on to become the Heavy Rock behemoth we know today. In their wake, bands like Exodus, Flotsam and Jetsam, Testament almost made it out of the underground. Overseas, bands like Kreator in Germany or Sepultura in Brazil would also carve a nice career out of frantic riffs, implacable drums.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Great Live Performances (pt. 2)


We miss concerts. Our last one was six months ago (Tenacious D at le Zénith) so this playlist is the next best thing to actually gathering in a concert hall and rock out to your favorite band.

Over seven months ago we shared the first instalment in our Great Live Performances playlist series (it can be found HERE). Today we are back with an epic, gigantic, overblown, mammoth seven-hour  monster playlist. There is no real theme to it, but we've kept it mostly to the Rock idiom. Sure, some is Blues-Rock, some is Pop-Rock, some is Prog-Rock and some is Hard-Rock... But it all rocks.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Friday's Playlist - Awesome Guitar Solos (pt. 3)

Jimi Hendrix' Gibson Flying V - Play It Loud @ the Met

This Friday's Playlist is a new instalment in our ongoing "Awesome Guitar Solos" series. You can find part one HERE and part two HERE.


Monday, August 10, 2020

Friday's

Monday's Playlist - Mixing Desk Hero: Martin Birch

With the sad news that legendary producer Martin Birch passed away at the age of 71, we scrambled our usual schedule and  decided to publish this playlist that pays tribute to the man's immense contribution to rock music, as an engineer and as a producer.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Songs About Real People

 

This Friday's Playlist compiles songs about real people. As usual, there are some rules I've adhered to: I've tried to avoid presenting the same artists twice. I've also excluded any diss songs, which means there are no ex-bandmates feud songs like John Lennon's How Do You Sleep? or Guns N' Roses' Sorry. As usual, I've made an exception to that rule by including Pink Floyd's elegy for their former leader Syd Barrett.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Free Jazz


In the mood for something a little challenging? Something wild, exhilarating, mysterious? Good. We got you. Check out this playlist of classic Free Jazz. Spontaneous combustions of sound, free-form expression, bursts of micro-tonal melodies, dissonant waves of pure music, improvised pathways to the subconscious.


Friday, July 24, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Welcome to New Orleans



This playlist gathers a few of New Orleans most famous bands and musicians. Of course, jazz and funk are heavily featured. Didn't everything start with Louis Armstrong? It sure feels like it did. Some of the very best music every recorded is in this playlist. Check out the Wild Tchoupitoulas or the Meters if you haven't already. Brilliant stuff.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Unusual Songs by Classic Artists


These are a few songs by famous artists that sound nothing like the rest of their output. Sometimes it's a good thing: hearing a piano in AC/DC is just brilliant. Sometimes, it's not so good: why Guns N' Roses decided to close their last record of original material for close to two decades with the abysmal techno-turd rap My World is anyone's guess.


Friday, July 10, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Songs with Sequels



It's summertime and if that damn virus hadn't screwed up everyone's plans we'd be on the beach somewhere in California soaking up the sun and a few Margaritas. It would also be blockbuster season and no doubt people would be rushing to the movie theaters to catch Star Wars Episode 31, Avengers: Overcrowded Intergalactic Cosmic Battle or the latest James Bond film Die Like Death.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Friday's Playlist: The Canterbury Scene


This Friday we're zooming on Canterbury, a city in Kent, England and the birthplace of several of the most celebrated progressive rock bands of the late sixties/seventies. Bands like Caravan, Hatfield & the North, Soft Machine...


Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Welcome to the Apocalypse


Lockdown has ended in our neck of the woods, although life is far from back to normal. Doubtful any significant concerts will take place any time soon, and it does feel like the aftermath of a devastating catastrophe. And of course, it was. So in that spirit, here's a little doomsday playlist for you.



Monday, June 15, 2020

NEW FEATURE! Come check out our message board!


We've got a brand new feature on the site. Come sign up to our brand new message board and start chewing the proverbial fat with us!

Click HERE to access the page which leads to our forums.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Friday's Saturday's Playlist: Ronnie James Dio


Hard to believe it's been ten years since Ronnie James Dio passed away. Even harder to believe the man would be pushing eighty had he not failed to kill the dragon.

In his honour we have compiled a massive chronological playlist of some of his biggest accomplishments. Clocking it a several hours, it's a retrospective of his stints in Elf, RainbowBlack Sabbath, his own band Dio and Heaven & Hell.



Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday's Playlist - Eric Clapton: Sessions & Contributions


Hey look at that! A new playlist! Been a while... This one is in honour of Eric Clapton's upcoming birthday in three days. It features some of his outside collaborations. So his solo career is mostly absent, as are bands in which he was the leader, or one of the leaders. Sadly this means no Cream, no Derek & the Dominos, no Blind Faith...


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Rock Operas & Concept Albums


Happy Friday! This playlist focuses on concept albums and rock operas. Rock scholars have been fighting for ages to determine which record was the first rock opera. Tommy, SF Sorrow... some exegetes even put forward Sgt. Pepper...





Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tenacious D @ Zénith, Paris - February 26th, 2020


Lock up your daughters, your sisters and your grandmas too. Put you best party hat on, and get ready to rock out with your sock out, because tonight the D is in town. Tenacious D... the legendary, mythical, mystical, best, most rockingest band on the planet... and beyond. They've come to Paris to plunder, pillage and conquer. They've come to shred guitars and melt faces, in that order. If you're not down with the D, you might as well be listening to Hall & Oates.


Wynchester @ Zénith, Paris - February 26th, 2020


Wynchester had the prestigious yet unenviable task of opening for the mighty D in Paris. The country-rock duo has been gravitating around Tenacious D's inner circle for a while: Lead singer Mike Bray is the main pipes in Kyle Gas' band while guitarist John Konesky is Tenacious D's lead guitarist.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Cage The Elephant @ Olympia, Paris - February 24th, 2020


Last time we saw Cage The Elephant was six months ago in Queens when Brad Shultz' angular riffs and Matt Shultz histrionic stage presence electrified Forest Hills Stadium before Beck's triumphant headlining set. As brilliant and as energetic as they were, it was still an opening slot and it's never an easy task for a band to play in full daylight for someone else's audience. We've also seen them open for the Stones three nights in a row back in 2017, and that's even more of a thankless task. So we were looking forward to tonight's gig with a certain amount of trepidation: to finally see them in their element, in a human-sized concert hall, playing for their audience. The least we can say is that they didn't disappoint.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Filthy Lucre


This playlist features songs about money. Money makes the world go round. Whether you like it or not. Me? I'm fine with it. I'm a capitalist pig. A bleeding heart liberal capitalist pig.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday's Playlist - Flying Solo


This Friday's Playlist features artists who are usually associated with a band, but have decided to explore new grounds with a solo career. This is by no means an exhaustive list, more like a small overview of some great acts that have spawned one of more notable offshoots.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Awesome Guitar Solos (part two)




Two months ago we posted our first entry in the Awesome Guitar Solos playlist collection. It featured a lot of classic songs and solos, most of which are well known, some might even say overplayed. In this playlist, there will be more classics but we'll also go a little deeper.



Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Supergrass @ Casino de Paris, Paris - February 4th, 2020


It's been almost ten years since Supergrass last played Paris. In fact, that gig at La Cigale was their last one before their ten-year hiatus. To say that the gig was highly anticipated would be an understatement: the venue was absolutely packed to the gills and you could feel the trepidation in the air before the band walked on stage.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Method of Defiance @ Salle Jacques Brel, Fontenay-sous-Bois - February 1st, 2020


Bill Laswell's Method of Defiance is a collective of musicians which is as fluid in its membership as it is expansive in its sounds. In that regard, it doesn't differ much from his other projects like Praxis or Material. This iteration is a little more focused on dub, thanks to the programming and vocal stylings of Dr. Israel. 





Jamie Saft "New Zion Trio" @ Salle Jacques Brel, Fontenay-sous-Bois - February 1st, 2020


New York keyboardist Jamie Saft has been presenting his New Zio Trio in one form or another for several years now. In this incarnation, the rhythm section is comprised of Bradley Jones on bass and Hamid Drake on drums and needless to say, the groove is relentless. They lay down a dub foundation upon which Saft builds his cathedrals of sound. Hidden sound manipulator Christian Castagno adds depth and textures to the whole thing by adding reverb and echo.





Friday, January 31, 2020

Ange @ le Trianon, Paris - 31 janvier 2020


Il y a un demi-siècle jour pour jour, Ange donnait son premier concert, dans une configuration évidemment bien différente du groupe qui tourne aujourd'hui. L'occasion pour son meneur historique Christian Décamps d'organiser un beau raout entre les murs, tremblants forcément, du splendide Trianon, vénérable théâtre de Pigalle plein comme un oeuf de poule dentée.

Friday's Playlist: Last Week's Originals (part three)


This Friday's Playlist features last week's songs in their original versions.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Darkness @ La Cigale, Paris - January 26th, 2020


I have to admit that I missed the Darkness boat when they broke big a little over fifteen years ago. I did rock out to their first album Permission To Land and its infectious hit single I Believe In A Thing Called Love, but because of their humour I unfairly dismissed them as a novelty act, bordering on parody. Mea maxima culpa.


Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Awesome Covers (part three)


Yep, it's that time again. Time again to check out some covers of well-known songs. And just to help the transition with last week's playlist, we are starting with Bobby Whitlock's soulful version of Layla. Of course, Whitlock was the keyboard player and second vocalist in Derek & the Dominos, which gives his version an aura of legitimacy.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Layla and Assorted Songs For Patti Boyd


Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, the seminal double LP by Eric Clapton's short lived band Derek & the Dominos, is as legendary for the music it contains as it is for the painting that adorns its cover and the circumstances that led to its writing and recording. It's a necessary item for any music lover's collection: if you like blues, rock, soul, guitar, love songs, then you owe it to yourself to listen to this masterpiece.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday's Playlist: Slash - Sessions & Contributions


This Friday's Playlist features some of Slash's guest appearances outside his usual bands, for no reason other than Slash is fucking awesome. I know it's common knowledge, but it bears repeating.