August 2017 Album of the month: The War On Drugs “A Deeper Understanding”

I was really expecting to struggle to find seven good albums in August but things did not work out as planned… August was actually probably the best month of the year so far in terms of quality of albums and the ones selected below are all reaching levels of excellence.

Album of the month: The War On Drugs “A Deeper Understanding” – Pop Rock – The War on Drugs is the brainchild of Adam Granduciel. After many years in being a very good band (one of his former member being the excellent Kurt Vile), their leader defined a different formula with their 2014 LP “Lost in the Dream“. It took me a bit of time to love that album which basically topped all 2014 best of lists but I must say seeing them live at End of the Road 2015 festival convinced me entirely. Their new record goes even further in this formula with hypnotic long songs. A bit as if Bruce Springsteen were playing “Dancing in the Dark” with a proper drums sound for over an hour ; who could ask for more?

  • Runner-up: Grizzly Bear“Painted Ruins” – Pop Rock – It had been quite a long time since we did not get any news from this great band but it was worth the wait. Despite having a sort of hit in 2009 with “Two Weeks“, Grizzly Bear are more a band known for their work on sounds and moody atmospheres. The first track of their new LP is called “Wasted Acres” and I guess after 20 seconds you will know if you are a fan of the band or if you feel bored. On my side, the choice has been made a long time ago so I am delighted to get a new record from such a beautiful band.
  • Also recommended:
    • The Districts “Popular Manipulations” – Pop Rock – in the same genre as TV On The Radio
    • Ghostpoet – “Dark Days + Canapés” – Urban Groove- Latest opus from soul/hip hop/indie rock master of sounds Obaro Ejimiwe
    • Nadine Shah “Holiday Destination” – Pop Rock – Hypnotic pop with political words
    • Iron & Wine “Beast Epic” – Pop Folk – First proper solo album since 2013 from our beloved Sam Beam
    • Queens of the Stone Age “Villains” – Pop Rock – This record would have been album of the month any other month. Josh Homme is the best person in the music industry with Jack White and Dave Grohl!
  • Lest we forget: album of the previous month – This Is The Kit – “Moonshine Freeze

 

End of the Road Festival 2016 – 3nd of September – Day Three

Basia Bulat - guitar

Like all good series, important to make the audience wait eagerly for the next episode (not that true anymore with Netflix…) so here is episode 3 of the great End of the Road 2016 edition.

Saturday is traditionally the day where one feels a bit tired but not so much the case this year as I attended 10 gigs…despite the ongoing rain. I unfortunately did not spend one second around the Woods Stage and missed such excellent artists as Local Natives or Bat for Lashes but once again there were a few choices to me made.

Meilyr Jones

My start of the day was as usual at the Garden Stage with Meilyr Jones, a relatively newcomer from Wales who published this year his first album called “2013“. This is one of the records I have been listening the most recently and must say that the concert was as good as the show. This guy is very talented and has a way in making great melodies. Listen to the first song of the album (and of the show) named “How to recognize a work of art” and I can bet you will immediately be seduced by its rhythm and sense of melody. A real talent to follow.

I then adapted and changed my plan and decided to stay dry under the Big Top tent to see The Garden on stage. This band is that of twin brothers Fletcher and Wyatt Shears and is based on the bass and drums-only formula. Quite fascinating and a bit annoying at the same time as songs are very punchy, very short and sung with sounds that a smart monkey could do. I quite enjoyed the show but must admit this is not the kind of band I will follow.

Basia Buliat - piano

Still in my “let’s-not-get-too-wet” mindset, I then attended the gig from Basia Bulat under the Tipi tent. She is a Canadian singer and she and her band probably got one of the unexpected success of the festival. Basia Bulat has a fantastic voice and great songs but also something different in her fresh attitude and choice of instruments (hello,dulcimer?…). I have read that she starts to be very popular in her native Canada and cannot see any reason for this not to happen in the UK and continental Europe.

Sam Beam - End of the Road 2016

But to me the best concert of the week-end was that of Sam Beam (fron Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop. Funny how I always have great expectations from Iron & Wine in traditional halls and always feel (slightly) disappointed whereas I found the guy amazing in festivals. Not very intuitive as his music should not work in festivals but this is not the case. The great (and modest) man published a record this year with Jesca Hoop. I had already seen her as opening act for Shearwater and she is a beautiful artist on her own or in all the collaborative stuff she does with others. They were on their own with very often Sam’s acoustic guitar as the only instrument but believe me the emotion was incredible. Excellent stage presence between tracks also as both of them were very funny and a couple of great covers from The Bee Gees…and Eurythmics. Gig of the festival for me!

Jesca Hoop - End of the Road 2016

I continued my marathon and managed to grab a few songs from Cat’s Eyes, the duo formed by The Horrors’ singer Faris Badwan and the classically trained singer Rachel Zaffira. Their music is really interesting in the sense that they mix a gothic attitude with a Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood type of music but with more ambition. I think the Big Top stage was probably not the best one to give back their sense of subtlety but I still enjoyed the few songs I saw. I would just add that not offering them a role in a Tim Burton movie is a real disgrace!

M. Ward is an artist from whom I regularly buy records either solo or with other collaborators (he has been quite popular with Zoe Deschanel as She & Him) but I realised it was the first time I was spotting him on stage. Excellent surprise as I was not expecting him to be as good as on records but he acted live the right way, i.e. with excitement and playing rockers rather than ballads. His band is really on top of their game and he is also an amazingly talented guitarist, which is something I did not know. A bit like for Phosphorescent the previous day, here are two guys who play traditional rock with a 21st century attitude so what’s not to like?

For really traditional music to typical inventive Scottish attitude, there are only a few yards… That was indeed the feeling I had with Steve Mason and his band. The guy started his career very high with the Beta Band, one of the most inventive British bands from the last decade. For those of you “High Fidelity” fans, you will remember the scene where Jack Black proudly announces to his boss John Cusack that he will sell a few records by the Beta Band (“The 3 EP’s” to be precise) after playing them in the store. But success is an ephemeral thing and Steve Mason disbanded the group quite soon and went back to his demons… He just released an album under his own name this year and this is a real return to form. More on record than live to be honest as there was too much a “lad” attitude on stage as far as I am concerned and I was a bit frustrated by a certain lack of subtlety. Pity really as the record is really good.

Steve Mason - End of the Road 2016

Last concert of the day at the Garden Stage with a new important talent: Ezra Furman. This singer/songwriter/guitarist has recently started a very positive buzz amongst critics and fans not only for his music but for what he is as well. Here is a young man who was close to being good for many years but with too heavy a personal burden to achieve what he had in him. But the solution was really obvious : let’s wear stockings, a pearls’ lace and moreover a nice dress on stage. So this is what I experienced ; a guy playing a very fresh version of rock’n’roll, wearing a dress and surrounded by a gang of rockers! Great energy and refreshing attitude indeed although one will really judge Ezra Furman in a few years when/if the sensation is over.

I did not stay until the end as I really wanted to enjoy BC Camplight under the Tipi Tent to end the night. This artist from Philadelphia, PA had released two LP’s which were not really noticed by the general public (me included I must admit) before relocating to Manchester, UK after a few years of doubts and personal trouble. I am just realising by the way that the three gigs in a row were a bit similar in the sense that these artists were far from getting a straight and linear career ; fascinating coincidence… Anyway, back to BC Camplight who to me has released one of the best albums of the year with “How to die in the North“. Do not focus on the title as I guess this is more a joke on Manchester than anything else. This album is not dissimilar to what Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys would have done if he were of the same age nowadays (and having got rid of Mike Love…). Mini-symphonies, punchy melodies, weird solos… Go and listen to that record.

BC Camplight - End of the Road 2016

So here it was for Day Three with a “mission accomplished” feeling…but as I still had a bit of bravery and will, I went on my way out to the Big Top Stage to see who was playing as surprise show and if I had a chance of knowing the band… And indeed, as I had the great surprise with the other thousands of people staying late to watch Wild Beasts on stage! I only managed to watch the four last tracks of the gig but they all were hit songs. For those regular readers, you know this blog is a huge fan of Wild Beasts and that I have been either reviewing concerts and put their records in my best-of-the-year lists. Their last LP is quite different from the last ones (more radio-friendly or more urban? not sure yet…) but it is really impressive to see what they have become on stage, especially in the UK. I just hope they will not become too big and will not lose in subtlety what they gain in energy and popularity (hello Foals…).

Wild Beast - End of the Road 2016

One more review to come with Day 4 so stay tuned!

 

Sam Beam is a good man : Iron & Wine, Paris, la Cigale, 1st June 2013

Iron & Wine, la Cigale 2013, Sam Beam

The choice was tough in Paris yesterday evening as the Breeders were playing in the original “Cannonball” LP band format but I prefered to go and see Iron & Wine @ la Cigale. This was my third show concerning this band and the last time I saw them was in Austin in 2011. It had been for me the best concert of the festival, knowing that the competition included Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Stevie Wonder!

Iron & Wine, la Cigale 2013, cello

Excellent opening act for once with the young UK singer Denai Moore. Talking about Tracey Chapman when listening to her soft folk songs must not be the most original thing to say but is indeed true. Sam Beam and his band Iron & Wine arrived later on stage and suddenly the world was a better place, such this guy is nice and takes care of his audience and his musicians. The band was impressive in quantity (13 people in total) but in quality as well, mixing tenderness and subtlety on one side of the stage (choir, strings) and groove and soul on the other side (great horns!). The band therefore succeeded in playing at the same time old familiar tunes and the new ones from last LP “Ghost on Ghost ” (click here for complete setlist).

Iron & Wine, la Cigale 2013, horns

But the real star/non-star of the show was for sure as always their leader Sam Beam. “star” as in “having a beautiful voice, being tremendously gifted for all kind of music and writing very moving songs”. “non-star as in “having no ego, interacting in a very friendly way with the audience and being overall a very humble guy”. The songs with the whole band were a real pleasure but I must admit that the best part for me was when Sam was playing on his own. Iron & Wine, la Cigale 2013, full band

Thanks for such a nice show and attitude and see you next time.

TOP 100 Artists/Bands of all Times : Part One : 91 – 100

The work of a lifetime… Chosing and classifying my best artists and bands of all times, keeping only 100 of them. Tough criteria but fantastic adventure which I hope will make you smile, discover new music, agree with a few choices…and being furious for other ones (what, no Monks or Sonics in this list!!??). Well, as you will see, there are greater names than these two bands which will be out of this list. What made an artist or band actually be in this Top 100 ? Apart of course from the fact that I must know them very well (meaning no trendy name to make it look like a cool list), what made me select one of them is the same criteria which makes me write this blog : E-MO-TION.

You will therefore find a good balance between the 50’s (5), 60’s (26), 70’s (23), 80’s (19), 90’s (15) and the 00’s (12), between all styles of music (Pop, Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, etc…),  between artists/bands still active (55) vs. dead or not in action anymore (45), with lots of diversity in nationalities (British, Irish, French, American, Jamaican) and in genders (2 women!);

So here we are for the countdown, starting with number 100.

100. The Fall

  from : Manchester, England / first great sounds : 70’s / style : post-punk psychobilly babble / essential album : This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985) / click for more on the blog

John Peel favourite band ever, The Fall = Mark E. Smith, their leader for more than thirty years. Always the same, always different.

99. Iron and Wine

 from : Austin, Texas, USA / first great sounds : 00’s / style : ambitious folk-rock / essential album : The Shepherd’s Dog (2007) / click for more on the blog

One Sam Beam’s project, Iron and Wine is one of current bands to cherish, their music giving hope in hard times.

98. Talk Talk / Mark Hollis

 from : London, England / first great sounds : 80’s / style : from pop to stop / essential album : Spirit of Eden (1988)

Mark Hollis’ career is one of the most respecting in the music business. After Talk Talk started as one of the UK’s most popular pop band, he went on doing just a few records, with less and less electricity and more and more breath, eventually falling into complete silence. One of the most influential bands ever for hundreds of bands and musicians.

97. Portishead

from : Bristol, England / first great sounds : 90’s / style : film noir trip hop / essential album : PNYC (1998)

Their first LP “Dummy” was earned by everyone from general public to hipsters and paved the way for two more studios and one live albums. The project of hyperactive music lover Geoff Barrow with the voice of Beth Gibbons and the creativity of Adrian Utley, they created a beautiful music never heard elsewhere.

96. Can

from : Köln, Germany / first great sounds : 60’s / style : krautrock / essential album : Tago Mago (1971)

Four jazz/blues/classical music musicians meet to create something with at the same time post-war Germany and UK psychedelic pop influences and give to the world one of the most beautiful music ever made. All those groovy and repetitive bands from the Happy Mondays to the Horrors know what they own to Can.

95. Brian Eno

from : London, England / first great sounds : 70’s / style : melodic ambient music / essential album : Another Green World (1971)

As if having been a key figure in the music of Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2 was not enough, Brian Eno created the ambient genre but mainly made a few beautiful records on his own.

94. Bob Marley and the Wailers

 from : Kingston, Jamaica / first great sounds : 60’s / style : reggae / essential album : Exodus (1977)

The first and until now only non-Western music star, Bob Marley contributed to having reggae known as a style of music by everyone. Getting above the usual reggae clichés and diving into his words and music will bring joy to those who did not do so yet.

93. Microdisney

 from : Cork, Ireland / first great sounds : 80’s / style : melodic political pop / essential album : The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (1985)

They should have ruled the world with more luck and compromise. Instead, they just did a few records and made our lives better in the 80’s. Lead singer Cathal Coughlan went on doing a few more records whereas Sean O’Hagan keeps on keeping the flame with his Beach Boys influenced band The High Llamas.

92. Patti Smith

 from : New York, NY, USA / first great sounds : 70’s / style : punk rock poetry / essential album : Horses (1975)

Patti Smith is an amazing woman who had led many lives : poetess, muse of Robert Mapplethorpe, part of the 70’s punk rock New York scene, survivor following many loved ones’ deaths,… But she also made one of the best albums ever, the kind of which you can listen to week after week. Hearing “Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine” still gives me goosebumps…

91. The National

 from : Brooklyn, NY, USA / first great sounds : 00’s / style : lyrical humble rock / essential album : High Violet (2010)

Built by two sets of brothers around lead singer Matt Berninger, The National is one of the great bands of our times. The more you listen to them, the more their music will reward you.

Stay tuned for our next part with bands and artists from 81st to 90th positions!

Best of 2011 : Top 20!

So here we are again, putting names and feelings and rationality in boxes and ranking… Not sure what for once more and I agree that it may seem pointless in such a history-weighted year with acceleration of events everywhere on our little planet, except as always the envy of sharing a great artistic passion in these troubled times. A year spent seeing many bands live, buying, listening and hearing literally hundreds of records, files, videos, sites, magazines, etc.. and here are the results with a Top 20 albums of 2011. Please comment, buy, listen, take a guitar and play, go to a show, whatever but any little action would mean a lot for your host. If you could particularly give your Top 3 of the year in the comments, that would be very much welcome. And if you had not been on the blog since a year ago, there are plenty of reviews to read so advertise it!

Cover (The English Riviera:Metronomy)  Album of the Year – MetronomyThe English Riviera” Really easy choice this year as this gorgeous LP did not suffer any competitors to get the number one tag, as far as I am concerned. Lead by Joseph Mount, Metronomy is an English band and this is their third album. Last one was quite good but what makes a band go from good to great is always a fascinating phenomena. With a new rhythm section (and what amazing drummer and bassist Anna Prior and Gbenga Adelekan are…), this record left a bit aside the electro side they were famous for to create pop music that is at the same time smart, danceable, intelligent, popular and…well, simply great. I would assimilate this record to the best done by LCD Soundsystem but with an English perspective. In “The Bay”, one of the best tracks of the LP, Joseph Mount sings the following lyrics “…You may have the body but do you have the songs?”. Dear Joseph, you do not have one but eleven fantastic songs and you made by far the album of the year.

Cover (Apocalypse:Bill Callahan)  My number 2 – Bill CallahanApocalypse” Bill Callahan has been an old friend (metaphorically speaking of course) of this blog and you might want to review the two concert reviews done this year on the blog. What makes the former Smog leader get in such a high position in our best of this year? Probably the fact that with these seven songs he succeeded more than ever to make simple and acoustic music sound deep. A very deep voice, deep lyrics and deep emotional music, I strongly recommend this LP to anyone who is attracted to ageless music.

Cover (C'mon:Low)  My number 3 – LowC’mon” Talking about emotion, simplicity, many albums done and two shows reviewed this year, here is my bronze medal of the year. Still based on the core married couple of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, Low plays very very slow music which could be compared to grunge music played for churches. I admit this is an easy shortcut but their music has been a beauty for many years and this record is amongst their best.

Other great records of my top 20 (by alphabetical order)

Cover (El Camino:The Black Keys) The Black KeysEl Camino” The Black Keys took everyone by surprise with this record that went out late in the year in December but their formula is more efficient than ever. Written with the help of DJ Danger Mouse (cf. below), this LP is less soulful than the previous one “Brothers” and closer to their original drums and guitar formula but sooooooooooo good! Video of the year as well for the “Lonely Boy” video ; if your feet do not move, you must be reading this from heaven or hell.

Cover (Rome:Danger Mouse) Danger Mouse and Daniele LuppiRome” I would never have enough words to praise the great Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) whose projects are all great, either mixing The Beatles and Jay-Z for the “Grey Album”, making an album with the singer of the Shins or as half-part of the soul/pop/hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley. This year, he recorded an homage to italian movies of the 70’s with one Daniel Luppi, actually playing with musicians that used to play on Ennio Morricone records. The two guest singers really made the difference here: Norah Jones (her best work ever!) and Jack White always on top and concentrating on his beautiful voice. THE surprise of the year.

 Daniel DarcLa taille de mon âme” Our usual Frenchie in this list is one again Daniel Darc. Please read his story in this blog’s review of his late concert in Paris. It may be a bit tricky for non-French speakers to get it and awkward for French-speakers as well as this is pure emotional music but with a rock’n’roll mindset as well. Most funny lyrics with “J’ai peur des noix de coco depuis Keith Richards, j’irai en enfer avec Richard Hell”!

Cover (Skying:The Horrors) The HorrorsSkying” Very close to the podium for this English band for their third LP. Their second one was already one of the best of 2009 and for this one they decided to produce it themselves. They are now definitely amongst the great and these guys are really in love with music, mixing 60’s psychedelic and post-punk influences in a great way. Faris Badwan is for me the man of the year as he did another great album as half of duo Cat’s Eyes (great name too!). Please click on to read review of their Rock en Seine show.

Cover (Kiss Each Other Clean:Iron & Wine) Iron And WineKiss Each Other Clean” When one clicks Iron and Wine in allmusic website, one gets Iron Maiden as first choice of related bands! Thank you allmusic as I could describe their music as completely the opposite although I have nothing against pure good metal once in a while. Lead by the multi-talented Sam Beam, this record is beautiful as always as far as melodies are concerned but this time with more musicians and richness which makes it above what he did before. Best show of the great Austin City Limits festival as far as I am concerned as well.

Cover (I Am Very Far:Okkervil River) Okkervil RiverI Am Very Far” Another one of these bands coming from Austin, Texas, mixing at the same time epic songs in a very subtle environment. One more, why this record compared to the previous ones done before? Probably a question of timing and the fact that I had been very enthusiastic about the show they played in Paris this year. Discover this band and you will be rewarded.

Cover (Last of the Country Gentlemen:Josh T. Pearson) Josh T. PearsonLast Of The Country Gentlemen” A resurrection here coming from the former leader of Texas band Lift to Experience. After years spent in the wilderness and thanks in part to a Creperie (!) restaurant in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, Josh Pearson gave us this year his first solo LP, mainly acoustic and with very long but captivating songs. Click on for review of the show he did this year at the Café de la Danse in Paris.

 RadioheadThe King Of Limbs” One of our favorite bands ever, Radiohead went on playing tricks with their fans this year by getting this new record out of nowhere at the start of the year with the same policy as their last album “In Rainbows” with download first before any physical format such as the traditional CD or a limited edition with vinyl and newspaper inside. And the actual music in here? Well, a bit weird as impossible to remember a song from scratch but every time the needle gets on the record, one has to admit that Radiohead is still a top band, mixing electro sounds with great rhythm and the gorgeous voice of Thom Yorke.

 Lou Reed & MetallicaLulu” This may be probably the record that brought the most hatred in the music press and web community. I think I had never seen the critics so divided but boy, when people did not like it, they made it known! I personally liked it a lot and felt that this improbable meeting of two kinds made tremendous loud…but quiet music as well. I had seen Robert Trujillo in the audience attending Lou Reed show in Paris this year and one has to know that the great Lou is not in good physical shape, suffering from diabetes. The story “Lulu” is based on the play adapted by Robert Wilson on the story of this 19th century lady who fell down from high society in the gutters of life. Listen without prejudice.

Cover (Undun:The Roots) The RootsUndun” 2011 has not been the best hip-hop year for your host as I did not get the fuzz around the Odd Future crew and as Jay-Z and Kanye West’s common album was nice whereas we were expecting much better. So back to one of hip-hop oldest and best bands to deliver the goods…very late as this LP went out mid-december. The Roots are now hosting the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” show in the US and it gave them access to their studio on a 24/7 basis, allowing them to experiment basically with whatever they have in mind. “Undun” is based on the story of a guy growing, living and dying in the suburbs and was inspired by an old track from Sufjan Stevens. Mixing genres, beats and singer, this LP is a real grower, better with every listen and finishing with a classical suite (not very common in hip-hop) on which Sufjan Stevens plays the piano.

Cover (Strange Mercy:St. Vincent) St. VincentStrange Mercy” This is the third album done by Annie Clark under the St. Vincent moniker and she really grows in stature with every year that goes on. This pretty and shy young woman makes today the most original music I know from a female perspective but always with a sense of melody. Discover this great artist, either by clicking on earlier review of her reinterpreting Tom Waits or in the excellent 4AD label sessions.

Cover (Marble Son:Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter) Jesse Sykes And The Sweet HereafterMarble Son” One of the best surprises of the year for me as I had associated Jesse Sykes with nice but sometimes boring pure Americana music in the past. Wrong! Her new album mixes at the same time nice melodies and handcrafted American epic songs with a kind of drone Sunn O))) influenced slow metal mood, which made it one of the most fascinating music of the year. And great music to drive to!

 Cover (Nine Types of Light:TV on the Radio) TV On The RadioNine Types Of Light” One of our regular bands of the end-of-the year list, TV On The Radio went from NY to California to record their new LP and one can really feel a more relaxed mood. Are we as surprised by this record as we used to be when we discovered this band? No, for sure. Are they still leading the pack in terms of excellence, creativity and emotion? Yes! If you have never heard about this band, this is a very good way to enter their world. And I give you not one but two concert reviews for 2011 you lucky readers!

Cover (Smoke Ring For My Halo:Kurt Vile) Kurt VileSmoke Ring For My Halo” Or how to be inventive and sound as completely new with a familiar basis (talk Beck or Sonic Youth but on a more laid-back mood). Kurt Vile went one step ahead this year and his album is an ongoing pleasure for whoever wants cool but demanding music. Please check the video I took in Austin to get a better idea of what I am talking about.

Cover (The Whole Love:Wilco) WilcoThe Whole Love” Having a new Wilco record is a bit like what getting a new Pavement record used to be 15 years ago : excitement, pleasure and with the same sound overall but always with a few changes in their sound or song structures. “The Whole Love” could be described as a kind of summary of all they do well, that is to say pure American rock with weird sounds interfering once in a while the whole project. They also regularly are in our best-of but that is very much deserved as Jeff Tweedy and his guys are one of the most interesting and fascinating bands of our times.

Cover (Smother:Wild Beasts) Wild BeastsSmother” This band came on top with their second album “Two Dancers” in 2009 and their latest LP is really as good as the last one, going further in the typical English vein of great voices but with groovier tracks. And they were also at Austin City Limits!

Cover (Gentle Spirit:Jonathan Wilson) Jonathan WilsonGentle Spirit” Not a newcomer in the music business as this guy owns a studio in Los Angeles and produced many records for all the US bands we cherish but this is his “real” first LP. A fantastic album with songs that own as much to Neil Young as to American great vocalists bands, this is a record either to listen to near the fire or on the beach in the summer.

Very close to this list : Arctic MonkeysSuck It And See” / James Blake S/T”/ CascadeurThe Human Octopuss” / ColdplayMylo Xyloto” / Cymbals Eat GuitarsLenses Alien” / Death Cab For CutieCodes And Keys”/ The DecemberistsThe King Is Dead” / Dutch UnclesCadenza” / Foo FightersWasting Light” / Eleanor FriedbergerLast Summer” / Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsS/T”/ Arthur HBaba Love” / Joan As Police WomanThe Deep Field” / JusticeAudio, Video, Disco” / J. MascisSeveral Shades of Why” / Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You”/ Suuns Zeroes QC”/ Vivian GirlsShare The Joy” / Tom WaitsBad As Me” / Wild FlagS/T”… and many, many, many records not in this list!

Other top 3’s  (PJ Harvey quite loved in the UK and Bon Iver in the US…):

-> New Musical Express (UK weekly mag.): 1. PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” 2. Metronomy “The English Riviera” 3. The Horrors :”Skying

-> Uncut (UK monthly mag.): 1. PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” 2. Gillian Welch “The Harrow And The Harvest” 3. Metronomy “The English Riviera

-> Mojo (UK monthly mag.): 1. PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” 2. The Horrors “Skying” 3. Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues

-> Paste (US web mag.): 1. Bon Iver “bon iver, bon iver” 2. Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” 3. My Morning Jacket “Circuital

-> Pitchfork  (US website): 1. Bon Iver “bon iver, bon iver” 2. Destroyer “Kaputt” 3. M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

-> Les Inrockuptibles (French weekly mag.): 1. The Black Keys “El Camino” 2. Metronomy “The English Riviera” 3. Wu Lyf “Go Tell Fire Mountain” Their “best of 2011 Hors-Série” is particularly recommended as excellent and coming with a CD of their prefered tracks of the year.

-> Magic rpm (French monthly mag.): 1. Girls “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” 2. Destroyer “Kaputt” 3. Baxter Dury “Happy Soup

-> New Noise (French bimester mag.): 1. The Skull Defekts “Peer Amid” 2. Battles “Gloss Drop ” 3. Cheveu “1000″

-> Sound Opinions (US music podcast) Greg Kot’s 1. Wild Flag “Wild Flag” 2. The Roots “Undun” 3. tUnE-yArDs “WHOKILL” Jim DeRogatis’ 1. Le Butcherettes “Sin Sin Sin” 2. Wild Flag “Wild Flag” 3. Das Racist “Relax”

-> Robert Haymoncollins (Bristol, UK,blog): This is a Top 10 with no particular order but we have three records in common

-> Fargo (Paris records store): 1. Kurt Vile “Smoke Ring For My Halo” 2. Bill Callahan “Apocalypse” 3. Ryan Adams “Ashes & Fire

-> Ground Zero (Paris records store): Top 10 – no order – 2 records in common

-> Other Music (NY records store): 1. Kurt Vile “Smoke Ring For My Halo” 2. Zomby “Dedication” 3. Andt Stott “Passed Me By / We Stay Together

Box Sets and Reissues

Always mixed feelings here as do we music fans have to enjoy beautifully remastered editions of great albums from the past with extra tracks, books and photos and do we have to be cynical, knowing that the records industry count on us to buy these overly priced sets? I think the right way as a consumer is to keep balance between what is really new and worthwhile vs. what is purely a repackaged stuff. Not always easy I must say… 2011 was clearly the reissue year : R.EM., Nirvana, The Jesus and May Chain, Paul Mc Cartney, The Smiths, Can, Smashing Pumpkins, Primal Scream, The Rolling Stones, This Mortal Coil, The Who, Serge Gainsbourg, Mikey Newbury, etc…

  Best Box SetThe Beach BoysThe Smile Sessions” To make it short, here is the story of this music : in 1966, Brian Wilson (leader of the Beach Boys) following the success of their LP “Pet Sounds” and wanting to compete with The Beatles’s “Revolver” began work on his “Smile” project. Drugs, mental issues and heavy pressure he put on himself made him abandon the project later in the year and he would never be the same again. A few tracks appear little by little on official albums or bootlegs but the real discovery was to see Brian Wilson back in shape in 2004 playing “Smile” live and recording what could/should have been. Now seven years after, we are given the full package in this box-set for completists (5 CD’s and 2 LP’s) with the full sessions done by the band at the time. This is something that us music fans never thought we would be able to hear but this is true now. If your budget is limited and you do not want to hear 27 sessions of “Heroes and Villains” (which I can understand!), there is a shorter great 2-CD version. BUY IT!

  Best ReissueMarvin GayeWhat’s Going On” Your host will soon be writing a best of the year 1971 as this truly was one of the best years ever for music. Voted best album ever by New Musical Express in 1985, this is the record where Marvin Gaye emancipated himself from the Tamla Motown owner (and brother-in-law) Berry Gordy, wanting to stop singing silly love songs but giving his vision of the world. Best soul music ever for me on this record and the themes in it make it so 2011 : environmental issues, war in foreign countries, corruption and tax, etc… This reissue has one LP with the original mix and 2 CD’s with a remastered version and bonus tracks. Whatever the edition you chose, no one can live without this music at home!

So great year one more as all years for the music lovers since.. forever. A special goodbye to R.EM. who disbanded with dignity this year and whom we will never thank enough to introduce us to American bands  and to the White Stripes. A special thought to the big man Clarence Clemmons who disappeared much too early (“Jungleland” sax solo forever!). Stay tuned to Virgins and Philistines blog and see you soon!

Austin City Limits Festival 16th to 18th September 2011 : My Top 10 shows

A dream come true for your host. Austin City Limits is a festival that had been created ten years go in 2001 and whose line-up has been one of the best for a few years. It takes place every year at the end of the summer (well, winter lasts for one month in South Texas…) in Zilker Park very near downtown and has many qualities on top of its line-up : cooler audience in the world, between 30 and 35 degrees C° every day, the pleasure in attending shows bare-feet in the grass, a Waterloo Records temporary store, ecology-friendly (I did not see one soda bottle or a beer glass on the ground for three days…) and even ladies speaking the language of signs in front of the stage during a few shows for those who needed it. I saw 24 shows during this three-day marathon and you will find below my subjective Top 10. But here are first a few pictures of the festival to get in the mood, including all shows I saw but not in my Top 10 (although a few of them were great such as The Antlers, Charles Bradley, Gomez or Phosphorescent for instance). Oh, and Christian Bale was there too…

ACL 2011 - Entrance Day

#10 – Joseph Arthur : a long time since I did not see Joseph Arthur live. He had been “discovered” by Peter Gabriel at the end of the 90’s but always managed his career the way he wanted, making it a bit difficult to follow among his many projects. He played ACL on the way he does it best, i.e. alone with his acoustic guitar and a foot-sampler to get rhythm and loops and allowing the audience to hear his beautiful texts and melodies. And as he is a very talented painter too, he did a few of them while singing. Classy guy…

#9 – The Walkmen : Americana meeting Joy Division is the way I described this band to my mate before the show and I must say this is a quite good shortcut. The guys woke up at 4 a.m. as they were coming directly from another long distance US State whose name I forgot but still succeeded in opening greatly the Saturday session on the AMD stage. Excellent noirish but also entertaining band ; I was particularly impressed by the way their singer Hamilton Leithauser kept his suit during the show when temperature was around 40°C…

#8 – Twin Shadow : this band is the project of  George Lewis, Jr. (American guy born in Dominican Republic) and his music is a bit difficult to describe. Let’s just say he is friends with the band Grizzly Bear and that his music is a mix of 80’s British synth-influenced pop with a sonic and groovy edge. Anyway, the concert was really excellent and I strongly recommend his debut LP “Forget”to anyone. Please click on this link to see a nice HD movie of Twin Shadow playing in the studio.

#7 – Wild Beasts : coming from the U.K. and in continuous improvement since their first LP, Wild Beasts can be considered as sorts of cousins of the legendary band The Smiths such delicate and intelligent their music is. Add to this a groovy rhythmic section and two fantastic singers for the price of one with by Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little and you have one of the great bands of our times. That was our first opening show on Friday 1 p.m. and what a great band to start with!

#6 – TV On The Radio: ok, another TV On The Radio show for me and I could have chosen another band for this Top 10…but no. As great as always and even more than last time for me probably due to more weeks to get familiar with their last LP. A great audience atmosphere as well and realizing in the middle of the show the pleasure in seeing them in Austin…I had to leave before the end to get a decent view for Stevie’s show but no hard feelings guys…

#5 – Kurt Vile And The Violators : Kurt Vile is the new guy on whom we should bet in the years to come. 2011 has been a very prolific year with his new LP “Smoke Ring For My Halo” and him being more than a guest on albums from Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.). To describe his music in short, I would say this is not dissimilar from the style heard on acoustic songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged. Great melodies and crafted work but with a tension that can explode at every second. One of the best shows of the festival on the very nice Austin Ventures stage. And fine Orangina tee-shirt, Kurt!

#4 – Stevie Wonder : What a pride and joy to see Stevie Wonder perform with such a punch. You could feel in the audience that everyone was overwhelmed to see in form the great soul artist. He had lost weight vs. last time I saw him in Paris and as schedule was quite tight he did not do his usual 10-minute speech about love and all (only 5-minute ones…). Anyway, great covers from Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson (“The way you make me feel“) plus a huge part of his classics and in particular songs from his two master LP’s “Innervisions” and “Songs In The Key of Life” that everyone should own by law. Keep playing in such a way please great man…

#3 – Kanye West : Our 2010 record of the year artist was playing his last show in this formula. And what an ambitious show that was : arrival in a platform in the middle of the crowd (and very close to where we were standing!), around thirty classic dancers, a glorious stage wallpaper, lights everywhere and so on. But of course that would be nothing if the songs were crap which as you know is completely the opposite. Kanye is such a media personality today that this is difficult to judge and even so what would be the consequences for a multi-millionaire businessman? Well, I personally found a guy in love with music, with an amazing voice (something I had not realized before) and so happy to be on stage that everyone could feel as if they were very close to the stage. And always a nice feeling to see one of the greats on the peak of their forms. “Can we get much higher“? This will be tough after such a performance…

#2 – Arcade Fire : 8.30 pm. All stages are now over with bands and artists and last show of this 3-day festival starts on the Bud Light stage. What better and enthusiastic band to close a festival with than Arcade Fire? None today I guess… One of the most joyful shows I have ever attended and I am not sure I can find the words to describe the state of the crowd as well! Have a look at the set list and at the latest Zenith show as well but please go to see Arcade Fire next time you are in a position to do so and you will be rewarded.

#1 – Iron & Wine : Best show of the festival as far as I am concerned although that was the only one entirely under the rain (rain in Texan summer being something that wets and refreshes a bit your body and that is welcomed by local people!). As a reminder, Iron & Wine is the project name for Sam Beam and can be simply described as the most beautiful and subtile music that you will ever hear (no, really…). Sam being from Austin and proud father of five girls, seeing two of them dancing and applauding Dad backstage was a pleasure. For more on Iron & Wine, please have a look at his recent 4AD sessions and his interview/studio live songs on Sound Opinions (show #302).

So here you are, amazing festival full of authentic emotions and friendship ; basically what one is looking for in this 21st century life… ACL, see you probably in 2013!

Best of 2007

Avant l’heure, c’est pas l’heure et de peur de rater l’album du siècle qui sortirait le 31 décembre dans l’après-midi, la liste 2007 a pris un peu son temps même si le choix s’est finalement imposé de lui même. Here we go! :
 
Album de l’année 2007 :
 
Cover (Sound of Silver:LCD Soundsystem)
LCD Soundsytem : Sound of Silver
 
Ils sont rares les albums qui s’adressent à la tête et aux jambes avec le même plaisir ; c’est pourtant ce qu’a réussi à faire James Murphy avec ce dernier album. Pour rappel, James Murphy c’est le boss du label DFA, producteur entre autre de The Rapture et New-Yorkais pur jus. Cet album, c’est un peu du Talking Heads grande époque de nos jours mais encore mieux (histoire de mettre la barre bien haut). A signaler également la sortie en CD de 45:33, l’album de commande de I-Tunes et Nike qui doit vous accompagner lors de votre jogging matinal – on se demande à quelle fréquence ! On a aussi beaucoup aimé la série de 45T du titre “All my Friends” avec des reprises du même morceau par Franz Ferdinand et John Cale, un peu comme à la grande époque des sixties où les groupes jouaient les morceaux des concurrents 15 jours après leur sortie. Album of the Year!
Les 14 autres (par ordre alphabétique) :
Cold War Kids : Robbers & Cowards
 
Un groupe qui a commencé par un site web avec ce concept des “Gamins de la Guerre Froide” et qui de fil en aiguille est allé vers la musique de jeunes. Premier album pour ce groupe US qu’on a vu notamment à Rock en Seine reprendre du Lennon version Platic Ono Band. Et accessoirement, meilleur début d’album depuis bien longtemps – les lecteurs de Nick Hornby se reconnaîtront…
 
Foo Fighters : Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Alors oui, on reconnait qu’on aime bien parfois le rock bien lourd avec des cris de rebelles au milieu mais ce serait réduire Dave Grohl à quelqu’un de moins fin qu’il ne l’est réellement. Même s’il n’avait jamais déçu avec ses Foo Fighters au sortir de ses années de batteur d’un certain groupe de Seattle, on attendait toujours l’équilibre entre hymnes jouissifs chantés à tue-tête et ballades subtiles. Ce n’est plus le cas avec cet album, particulièrement bon à écouter on the road.
 

 

 

Iron and Wine : The Shepherd’s Dog
Qu’est ce qui fait qu’un album de tendance folk cool est plus enthousiasmant qu’un autre et finit dans le top 15 ? Pas grand chose, quelques bidouillages sonores et de belles histoires comme Samuel Beam les raconte si bien…

 

 

Kings of Leon : Because of the Times
 
Alors là, on n’attendait pas vraiment grand-chose de la fratrie Followil (pour mémoire, 3 frères et un cousin), ces quatre beaux mecs à l’histoire trop belle pour être vraie : fils d’un pasteur dans le Sud US profond. Et pourtant, quel album dément! Pour résumer, une sorte de Joy Division à la sauce Deep South avec une profondeur et une intensité géniales.
 
Jens Lekman : Night Falls over Kortedala
La surprise de fin d’année ; un Suédois qui après avoir fait quelques albums était retourné bosser dans un bingo (2 jours!) avant de s’y remettre pour un essai et on lui est reconnaissant. Un mélange de pop élégante et de Scott Walker.
Loney, Dear : Loney, noir et Sologne
Restons en Suède pour cette sortie de deux albums dans nos contrées cette année alors qu’ils étaient l’un et l’autre disponibles en Scandinavie depuis 2/3 ans. Une sorte de nounours qui chante des mélodies à pleurer et à siffler en boucle sous la douche.
 
 
Of Montreal : Hissing Fauna, are you the Destroyer?
Merci à nos correspondants de la Grosse Pomme de nous avoir recommandé ce groupe hallucinant dont le leader Kevin Barnes doit vraiment regretter de ne pas avoir pu concurrencer David Bowie au début des années 70 tandis que ses mélodies sonnent proches de la période glam et également tant son goût pour se travestir sur scène rappelle celui du grand David.
Queens of the Stone Age : Era Vulgaris
Un album un peu plus groove que les précédents pour le groupe de Josh Homme mais avec toujours ce son de métal chaleureux et répétitif dont on ne se lasse pas. ll n’y a pas des centaines de musiciens ou groupes importants par décade – Queens of the Stone Age fait partie des groupes qui resteront dans la petite/grande histoire de la musique. Voilà, c’est dit, non, mais.
Radiohead : In Rainbows
Alors, oui, ils ont sorti leur album par téléchargement seulement avec le prix qu’on veut et c’est une révolution, patati, patata,… Mais tout ça, on s’en foutrait si l’album était nul voire quelconque. Car ce qu’il faut retenir, c’est que cet album est peut-être leur meilleur. Et je parle d’un groupe qui a sorti The Bends ! Et OK Computer ! Une qualité mélodique incroyable, des sons simples mais magnifiques, bref battu d’un centième par LCD Soundsystem pour la place de n°1.
Gruff Rhys : Candylion
Plus que l’album de son groupe Super Furry Animals  (“Hey Venus!”), on recommande chaudement le deuxième album solo de leur leader avec des chansons en gallois, en anglais, en brésilien (enfin avec un accent gallois donc bizarre). Impossible d’être de mauvais poil en écoutant Gruff Rhys.
Kanye West : Graduation
On n’aime pas trop comment le bonhomme se la joue clinquant dans le Rap US mais dans son propre intérieur, Kanye West est un fan de musique qui sur ses albums chantonnent par dessus de vieux morceaux Soul déments avec un grand respect et une grande créativité. L’album sans doute le plus enthousiasmant du lot avec entre autre un sample de Daft Punk. A signaler aussi son boulot impeccable de producteur pour Common et son album “Finding Forever”
The White Stripes : Icky Thump
Ce n’est pas parce que Jack White et sa fausse soeur Meg sont moins hypes qu’il faut les oublier. Surtout quand ils sortent un de leurs meilleurs albums dans une année pourtant très riche en qualité. Une superbe synthèse entre leur volonté de modernisation et leur attachement éternel au blues.
Wilco : Sky Blue Sky
Déjà le 6ème album pour le groupe de Jeff Tweedy et un peu comme pour Jack White, sans doute leur meilleur synthèse entre rock US type Americana et leur volonté d’aller vers des choses plus expérimentales. De bien belles guitares sur ce LP et des paroles très justes sur les relations homme/femme
Saul Williams : Niggy Tardust
Plutôt que ses concerts impeccables avec Nine Inch Nails ou bien les albums sortis cette année – Year Zero et son petit frère remixé -, on aura surtout adoré Trent Reznor en 2007 pour l’album à quatre mains composé et joué avec le rappeur Saul Williams, mélangeant pastiches, reprises loufoques, mélodies pop, le tout dans une inventivité rare. Uniquement disponible sur le site de Saul Williams pour 0 ou 5 dollars.
Tout près de cette liste (pêle mêle) :
Klaxons, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Deerhoof, The National, Grinderman (projet de Nick Cave), The Besnard Lakes, Blonde Redhead, Arctic Monkeys, Battles, Electrelane, Interpol, Band of Horses, PJ Harvey, Hushpuppies, The Soulsavers, Animal Collective, The New Pornographers, Beirut, Panda Bear, Fields, Gravenhurst, Sondre Lerche, The Weakerthans, Spoon,…
 
 
Bah, j’sais pas ou le syndrome Coldplay
 
Eh, oui, on ne sait toujours pas très bien quoi penser du 2ème album d’Arcade Fire (“Neon Bible”) : est-ce du Rondo Venezanio mélangé à du mauvais Dexys ou un vrai bel album emporté par le lyrisme ? Ou bien est-on moins sensible dès qu’un groupe devient trop gros et est trop attendu (cf. Coldplay dans le passé ?). Réponse dans 5 ans. A signaler aussi les relativement décevants 2èmes albums des groupes British suivants : Bloc Party, Maxïmo Park, The Rakes, Editors. Pas mauvais mais beaucoup moins bons que leurs 1ers albums.
Back from the Dead
 
Pas vraiment morts car jamais à la retraite mais pas tout jeunes non plus, nos vieux amis Robert Wyatt, Neil Young et Bruce Springsteen ont tous les trois sorti des très bons albums en 2007. En revanche, The Stooges, Dinosaur Jr., Smashing Pumpkins et Buffalo Tom étaient eux tous les quatre à la retraite depuis plus ou moins longtemps et ne nous ont pas décu pour les retrouvailles par des albums très dignes qui ont d’ailleurs comme but principal de permettre de les retrouver sur scène.
 
 
Meilleur DVD

 
Nirvana : Unplugged in New York
 
Enfin disponible en DVD – pourrait d’ailleurs être chaque année DVD de l’année s’il ressortait tous les ans. Comme disent les Meat Puppets invités pour trois morceaux par la bande à Kurt, “fucking Nirvana!”
 
 
 
Meilleur Single
 
 
Justice : D.A.N.C.E.
 
On aurait pu choisir d’autres morceaux de l’album avec la croix mais celui-ci s’impose naturellement avec l’originalité des choeurs d’enfant. On a mis un peu de temps à aimer Justice mais après quelques mois, on est définitivement conquis – Dance !
 
 
Meilleur Coffret
 
  
The Fall : Box Set 1976-2007
 
On ne remerciera jamais assez certaines coiffures touffues du Grand Est de la France de nous avoir re-connecté avec le groupe du grand Mark E. Smith, ses musiciens interchangeables qui bastonnent, ses ânonnements de voix incompréhensibles et ses sorties incessantes d’albums. The Fall a sorti un album cette année (“Post TLC Reformation!”) et Mark E. Smith a participé à une expérience techno avec les Allemands de Mouse on Mars (“Von Südenfed”) mais c’est ce superbe coffret peu onéreux de 5 CD’s qu’on retient. Une des influences principales de James Murphy et comme dirait le regretté DJ anglais John Peel au sujet de son groupe préféré : “The Fall, always the same, always different”.
 
 
Meilleure Compilation
 
  
Elliott Smith : New Moon
 
Comme si le regretté ami Elliott ne nous avait jamais quitté, cette compilation d’inédits nous ressort des morceaux magiques où sa voix feutrée nous donne toujours autant le frisson.
 
 
Reissue of the Year
 
  
Cowboy Junkies : Trinity Revisited
 
Petit rappel : à la fin des années 80, un jeune groupe alors amateur de Toronto rentre dans une église pour faire un album alternant reprises et morceaux à eux – certains ne s’en sont encore jamais remis et considèrent cet album comme un classique absolu. 20 ans après, ils reviennent dans la même église, accompagnés d’amis proches (Natalie Merchant, Ryan Adams, Vic Chesnutt) pour célébrer cet album et le rejouer dans l’ordre. La magie est toujours présente comme merveilleusement capturé dans ce CD/DVD.
 
 
Live Band of the Year : Daft Punk
 
 
En clin d’oeil au Alive 1997, nos Frenchies favoris sortent Alive 2007, soit l’intégralité du concert de Bercy en juin 2007. Une performance live de Daft Punk, c’est plus qu’une suite de morceaux, c’est un véritable travail créatif de remixes exceptionnels sur l’ensemble de leur répertoire. A signaler aussi la sortie en DVD d’Electroma, leur trip californien cinématographique avec références à Antonioni, Lynch ou autres Kubrick.
 
 
D’autres TOP 10
 
 
– NME (fanzine british) :
 
1. Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
2. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
3. Radiohead – In Rainbows
4. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
5. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
6. Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times
7. MIA – Kala
8. Biffy Clyro – Puzzle
9. The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Woman’s Needs, Whatever
10. Battles – Mirrored
  
– Paste (best US mag.) :
  
1. The National – Boxer
2. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
3. Bruce Springsteen – Magic
4. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
5. Feist – The Reminder
6. M.I.A. – Kala
7. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
8. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
9. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin
10. Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
 
– Les Inrocks (more music please) :
 
1. LCD Soundsystem : Sound of Silver
2. Justice : Cross
3. Loney, Dear : Loney, noir et Sologne
4. Animal Collective : Strawberry Jam
5. Klaxons : Myths of the near Future
6. Kanye West : Graduation
7. PJ Harvey : White Chalk
8. Patrick Watson : Close to Paradise
9. Alela Diane : The Pirate’s Gospel
10. M.I.A. : Kala
 
– Mojo (Rock Bible Mag.) :
 
1. Radiohead – In Rainbows
2. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
3. Bruce Springsteen – Magic
4. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
6. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
7. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
8. PJ Harvey – White Chalk
9. Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
10. Kings of Leon – Because of the Times

– Ground Zero (où acheter ses disques à Paris ?) :
 
01. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – SOUND OF SILVER
02. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE -STRAWBERRY JAM
03. FIERY FURNACES -WIDOW CITY
04. PANDA BEAR -PERSON PITCH
05. HANDSOMES FURS – PLAGUE PARK
06. DEERHOOF – FRIENDS OPPORTUNITY
07. BATTLES – MIRRORED
08. CARIBOU – ANDORRA
09. BERG SANS NIPPLE – ALONG THE QUAI
10. ELECTRELANE – NO SHOUTS NO CALL
 
– Pitchfork (best music web site in the world) :
 
 
01 Panda Bear – Person Pitch
02 LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
03 M.I.A. – Kala
04 Radiohead – In Rainbows
05 of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
06 Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
07 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
08 Battles – Mirrored
09 The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
10 Burial – Untrue
 
Voilà, avant de conclure, un dernier mot sur les modes d’achat et d’approvisionnement de la musique à une époque où elle peut parfois être présente et disponible jusqu’à l’écoeurement. Pas d’envie de rentrer dans un pseudo débat économico-évolutif de société que d’autres feront mieux. Juste de rappeler qu’on peut être moderne et adorer la numérisation de la musique (site d’achat conseillé : e-music, le France Loisirs du rock indépendant) sans pour autant abandonner les vinyls et autres CD’s et continuer d’avoir envie d’aller acheter des disques chez Ground Zero à Paris, chez Sounds of the Universe à Londres, Other Music à New York ou encore Waterloo Records à Austin pour s’y sentir bien et avoir de vrais échanges musicaux avec des passionnés.
 
   
Alors, montez les amplis, faites sonner vos voisins et bonne année 2008 !
 
 
 
Stéphane