Sunday, October 31, 2021

 Friday's Sunday's Playlist: HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2021


In honor of our favorite holiday, enjoy the ghoulish sounds of our new Halloween playlist. Two years ago we shared a playlist of Halloween-themed rock songs which you can revisit HERE. This year's playlist is comprised of horror movie themes and assorted atrocities!

Friday, October 29, 2021

Friday's Playlist: Great Vocal Performances

This Friday's Playlist compiles some truly breathtaking vocal performances from genres as diverse as soul, jazz, rock, or metal. A lot of these recordings have become classics, but hopefully some might be slightly less obvious.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Pineapple Thief @ Élysée-Montmartre, Paris - October 23rd, 2021

The Pineapple Thief had always been one of the most promising so-called Prog bands of the last twenty-some years, and with the arrival of Gavin Harrison in 2016, first as a session drummer then from 2017 a full-time member, the combo from Somerset was catapulted at the head of the heap. Their dramatic, kinetic sound is reminiscent of latter-day Marillion, Radiohead, Mogwai, Archive or Porcupine Tree but they have an identity all of their own thanks to frontman Bruce Soord's sinuous yet memorable melodies.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday's Playlist: Just Cool Rock Shit (pt.2)

A little over a year ago we shared a playlist with the self-explanatory title of Just Cool Rock Shit. This Friday's Playlist is more of the same: no theme, no real common thread except for some good hard rocking music. You've got some old stuff and some newer stuff. Some classics and some unknown gems.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Friday's Playlist: Instru-Mentals!

Happy Friday! This is our 101st Friday's Playlist. Where does the time go?

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize turns five

Five years ago today Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize in literature. How mind boggling is it that someone who, until not so long ago, was reviled by the establishment, portrayed as a drug addict (which to be fait wasn't without merit), dismissed as a mere figure of a shallow sub-culture, the icon of an ephemeral counter-culture which produced nothing?

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Popa Chubby @ Olympia, Paris - October 10th, 2021

New York City's Popa Chubby is a bona fide superstar here in France, and consequently the Olympia is packed to the brim with twelve-bar connoisseurs and guitar aficionados flocking like pentatonic pilgrims to attend the twice-postponed Parisian return of the blues-rock heavyweight. 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Friday's Playlist: Mixing Desk Hero: Tom Dowd

This Friday's Playlist celebrates one of the most legendary producers in popular music, whose career in genres as diverse as soul, jazz, blues, Southern rock and even punk (!) has spanned half a century and has led him to work with such luminaries as Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton... But enough with the man's credentials. 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Little Caesar @ Les Étoiles, Paris - October 3rd, 2021

Little Caesar at les Étoiles is our second show since the return of live music after nearly two years of living in suspended animation, with concerts, cinemas, restaurants and travels shut down for most of the world's population, in the same venue where we saw Robert Jon & the Wreck three weeks ago.

Incredibly, this is the band's first Parisian concert in a thirty plus-year career. They've played other French cities before, and lead singer Ron Young did play the capital with his Manic Eden project in the nineties but this is Little Caesar's Parisian debut!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Friday's Playlist: Awesome Guitar Solos (pt. 5)

Happy Friday, happy payday!

This is our fifth installment in our ongoing Awesome Guitar Solos playlist series. Click HERE to check out the previous installments. As usual, it's a mix of stone-cold classics and more left-field choices. These solos will either make you want to pick up a guitar or to throw it away in disgust, knowing you will never be able to come up with anything so mind-meltingly awesome.

Listen to the lost Rolling Stones song Troubles A' Comin' here

The Rolling Stones reissue campaign is once again heating up, with Tattoo You now getting the super duper extra deluxe treatment, complete with out-takes, left out tracks and other unnecessary artefacts that fans like me can't wait to spend their hard-earned cash to lap up frantically.

Listen to David Bowie's "new" single here.

Any new music released by David Bowie before his death would've been awaited with trepidation and welcomed as the return of the messiah, as exampled by the surprise release of his fantastic last two records. Now that the man has been dead over half a decade, the rabid fans are understandably thirsty for more.