TOP 100 Artists/Bands of all Times : Part Three : 81 – 85

And here you go for part three of the most eagerly poll of the universe!

85. Steely Dan

 from : Los Angeles, California, USA / first great sounds : 70’s / style : muso sensitive jazz-pop/ essential album : Aja (1977)

Basically the band of core duo Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (although hundreds of great musicians have been welcome and have all put their personal touch in the Dan music), this is the kind of band that all pure punk and indie rock fans should hate : perfection in music, laid back L.A. style, lots of saxophone (!) and not an inch of rebellion. But I defy anyone to resist to Steely Dan’s music and its melancholy and when one goes deeper and scratches the surface, they will see that words are indeed quite bitter sour… They still tour once in a while and I had been lucky enough to see them in Paris a few years ago. Donald Fagen published a few records under his name as well and his first LP “The Nightfly” (1982) is more than recommended to all.

84. Daft Punk

Image result for daft punk from : Paris, France  / first great sounds : 90’s  / style : the future of music / essential albums : Homework (1997), Discovery (2001)

“The punk back to the funk, come on”. That was the mantra opening our favourite Parisian duo first album. The cover notes of this first LP gave respect to hundreds of musicians, including for instance Augustus Pablo, Barry Manilow, The Black Crowes, Brian Wilson, Can, Curtis Mayfield, Dr. Dre, David Bowie, Prince, Roxy Music, Serge Gainsbourg, Spacemen 3, etc… and for me it says it all about what the band is about. They succeeded on top of their great electro-pop music in creating a “something else” with the costumes, helmets, pyramid stages and comic movies that has made them one of the great bands of our times.

83. Echo and the Bunnymen

from : Liverpool, UK  / first great sounds : 70’s  / style : rock noir/ essential album : Ocean Rain (1984) / click for more on the blog

One of my first real musical emotions with bands such as The Smiths or R.E.M. in the 80’s, Echo and the Bunnymen have always been about the voice of Ian McCulloch and the guitar inventive soundscapes of Will Sergeant. Although the late drummer Pete de Freitas had been the real click which helped the band go from good to great, the core duo is really what makes this band special. Ian McCulloch in particular is a fascinating character epitomizing in the same person what is so good and bad in the North of the UK. They came back at the end of the 90’s after a few years’ hiatus and their albums and live shows are still highly recommended.

82. TV On The Radio

 from : Brooklyn, NY, USA  / first great sounds : 00’s  / style : dreamy NY rock / essential album : Return To Cookie Mountain (2006) / click for more on the blog

The kind of band I always go and see live when they are on tour as their music is always refreshing and new. It comes from the fact that they gather a great mix of personalities, the three main characters being great producer/guitar lead David Sitek, Afro-haircut angel-voice Kyp Malone and last but not least amazing singer Tunde Adebimpe. If you like “now” Brooklyn bands + soul music + The Cocteau Twins, this band is your band.

81. Wilco

from : Chicago, Illinois, USA / first great sounds : 90’s  / style : weird americana / essential albums : Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Sky Blue Sky (2007) / click for more on the blog

Created on the burning ashes of this previous band Uncle Tupelo by leader Jeff Tweedy, Wilco might be the most beautiful band of our times. Their music is really built equally on american rock classical sounds (hello Tom Petty fans) and on weird-influenced European sounds (hello Can and Brian Eno). They way they fought as well against the music industry to be able to make their 2002 masterpiece “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” heard by their fans is an example to follow. Discover this band (they are every year in my best-of the year polls) and enjoy hours of endless pleasure.

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 once 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!

TV On The Radio – Olympia, Paris – 13th July 2011

TV On The Radio is one of our current most cherished bands at “Virgins and Philistines”, such as, say, Radiohead or Queens of the Stone Age and we have not missed a Paris show for a long time. That was the 5th time I saw them live, including twice at the Eurockéennes de Belfort festival and I was not so sure this time before going… Why? Firstly because these were sad times for the band as their bass player Gerard Smith recently passed away and secondly because although beautiful, their new record “Nine Types of Light” was much calmer than previous ones and probably more tricky to play live and give justice to all its subtleties.

But I was entirely wrong as they play a fantastic show, with a new serenity without losing the madness and originality that make the band so special. Who are TV On The Radio? A mixed-up black and white group of great musicians lead by wiz-boy producer David Sitek on one side and the great duo of singers Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe on the other side. Their music is really the best of both worlds for those who love equally at the same time indie ethereal pop rock  and soul music. I would describe them as a mix of Cocteau Twins and Marvin Gaye if such a thing can exist…

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All albums are recommended and you can click here to get full discography. Their second LP “Return to Cookie Mountain” was our 2006 Album of the Year and their third one “Dear Science” was in our 2008 Best of List as well.

Here is my video from the show with the beautiful “Love Dog” from “Dear Science”:

Best of 2008

Vous étiez quinze puis deux cents et vous êtes désormais des millions (mais chacun si différent) à réclamer la liste. En ces temps de crise, que chacun reçoive un brot d’eau, un quignon de pain, une paillasse et de la bonne musique !

Une année bizarre musicalement parlant car de plus en plus de nouveaux groupes, d’autres à peine apparus qui disparaissent, plus personne qui n’achète des disques, des places de concert souvent à 120 Euro (à quand un emprunt spécial concert ?), le DVD qui n’assume plus son rôle de relais, etc.. Allez, on ne va pas rester sur des souvenirs tristos et rentrons donc dans le vif du sujet.

 

Album de l’année 2008

Plush : Fed

 

Contrairement à l’an dernier, on a privilégié un album un peu hors du temps, fait par un dandy avec son monde à lui. Mais quel choc émotionnel dès les premières notes de guitare qui se détachent ! Cet album a été réalisé par un certain Liam Hayes qui a notamment travaillé avec Will Oldham de Palace. On sait peu de chose sur le bonhomme et c’est d’ailleurs cette part de secret qui est excitante, un peu comme quand on découvrait autrefois un album au casque sur la platine pour la première fois. Ce n’est d’ailleurs même pas réellement une sortie de 2008 car il était sorti au Japon seulement dès 2002 mais n’est disponible dans nos contrées occidentales que depuis 2008. Un album ambitieux avec des arrangement magnifiques pour tous ceux qui aiment les artistes qui sortent du lot. Album of the Year!

 

Les 14 autres (par ordre alphabétique) :

Adem : Takes

De son vrai nom Adem Ilhan, ce Britannique vient de la scène électro avec notamment le groupe Fridge (avec le fantastique Kieran Hebden dont les disques en solo sous le nom de Four Tet sont fortement recommandés). Mais ici c’est une voie différente et même acoustique qu’il nous propose avec des reprises très personnelles de PJ Harvey, Aphex Twin ou encore Smashing Pumpkins. Le disque le plus zen de l’année.

Bon Iver : For Emma, Forever Ago

Mais oui, Bon Iver comme Bon Hiver in French ! Justin a tout plaqué dans la cité (groupe, amis, copine), a pris ce surnom (expression employée par les locaux quand il fait froid) et a noyé son spleen dans la vieille cabane paternelle perdue au milieu d’une forêt du Wisconsin (véridique !). Il nous a sorti un album très intimiste, à écouter autour de la cheminée. Et vive la musique triste !

Daniel Darc : Amours Suprêmes

On était passé un peu à côté du disque de retour de l’ancien chanteur de Taxi Girl et ses performances scéniques avait plus inspiré du respect humain que de l’enthousiasme musical. Et puis on tombe sur cet album dont on n’attendait rien mais dans lequel on prend tout. Des musiques toujours géniales de son compère Frédéric Lo à ses paroles toujours au couteau avec un grand sens des mélodies, on s’incline devant Daniel.

Death Cab For Cutie : Narrow Stairs

Ben Gibbard et son groupe Death Cab For Cutie (chanson du film Magical Mystery Tour de The Beatles) font partie de ces musiciens du patrimoine américain qui vendent beaucoup de disques tout en vivant dans un relatif anonymat. Pourquoi donc plus cet album que d’autres ; eh bien sans doute pour la qualité des intros des morceaux et des ambiances dans lesquelles on s’installe (rien à voir mais les amateurs de The Cure sauront de quoi on veut parler…)

The Last Shadow Puppets : The Age Of Understatement

Difficile de ne pas retrouver Alex Turner des Arctic Monkeys dans notre palmarès. Cette année, suite à une amitié liée en tournée avec leurs groupes respectifs, il s’est uni à Miles Kane (The Rascals) pour cet album à influence Scott Walker ou David Bowie toute première période Decca avec l’aide de l’arrangeur des cordes d’Arcade Fire. Un projet enthousiasmant et une nouvelle réussite pour Alex Turner.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks : Real Emotional Trash

L’ancien leader de Pavement a enfin retrouvé la formule magique de son ancien groupe (formule qu’il oublie d’ailleurs parfois sur scène…). Au menu : des mélodies magnifiques, des arrangements compliqués et surtout ce qu’on adorait chez Pavement, ce mélange de punk américain dans le format des chansons et de rock US des 70’s dans les solos de guitare. Welcome back Stephen !

Merz : Moi et mon Camion

Un disque totalement passé inaperçu et pourtant quel merveilleux mélodiste. Merz est le surnom que s’est choisi le natif de Bristol Conrad Lambert et dans cet album il nous narre les différents déménagements personnels vécus ces dernières années (hence the title…). Un album dans lequel on se sent bien.

MGMT : Oracular Spectacular

Difficile de passer à côté de ce nouveau groupe américain en 2008 tant leurs chansons nous ont accompagnés dans nos lecteurs mp3, sur scène, dans les palmarès de fin d’année, voire même au générique de l’Euro! Mais une reconnaissance méritée tant ce groupe est inventif et doué. A suivre pour voir comment ils sauront gérer la hype qui les accompagne. Indispensable en tout cas cette année.

Portishead : Third

La plus grande surprise de l’année. Déjà, le fait qu’ils refassent de la musique 10 ans après. Mais en plus cette musique ! On craignait le trip trip-hop, genre disque à mettre en soirée quand on reçoit ses amis en musique de fond, soit la négation absolue de la musique, mais non point. Une intro en brésilien et tac c’est parti et ça dépote ; puis s’enchainent les morceaux fabuleux avec la voix de Beth Gibbons qui chante comme si sa vie en dépendait. A mettre en musique de fond si vos amis sont fans de Sunn O))).

R.E.M. : Accelerate

L’album qui a disparu de tous les classements de fin d’année… On l’a donc ré-écouté pour conclure que, oui, c’est bien le R.EM. qu’on avait découvert il y a plus de 20 ans, avec des arpèges de guitare, des morceaux de pur rock, la voix incroyable et mystérieuse de Michael Stipe.

Shearwater : Rook

Longtemps en balance avec Plush pour le titre d’album de l’année. Shearwater est un groupe américain dont le leader Jonathan Meiburg a une voix qui rappelle de manière troublante celle de Mark Hollis dans les derniers Talk Talk. On retrouve donc le côté américain très rock et libéré avec des plages plus européennes où l’accent est mis sur la voix et les ambiances. Un disque exceptionnel.

TV On The Radio : Dear Science

Quel plaisir de retrouver nos leaders de 2006 pour un album qui perd peut-être dans l’expérimental ce qu’il gagne en sensualité. Des musiciens exceptionnels, des voix démentes et un producteur à la pointe avec David Sitek (cf. plus bas). Et toujours ce mélange indéfinissable entre les Cocteau Twins et la soul Motown.

Vampire Weekend : Vampire Weekend

2ème groupe de l’Est des USA le plus hype de l’année après MGMT, ces musiciens au look d’étudiants d’Harvard nous font un dosage savant entre rock US et rythmes africains sous influence Graceland de Paul Simon. Le disque qui nous a sans doute donné le plus le sourire aux lèvres cette année.

Kanye West : 808s & Heartbreak

Le seul qui reste dans la liste par rapport à l’an dernier est celui sur lequel on aurait le moins parié. Et pourtant, Kanye West nous livre un album qui est tout sauf du hip-hop, avec une voix travaillée à l’auto-tune et dans lequel il se met à nu suite à des événements personnels douloureux. Une suite de morceaux ni commencés, ni finis mais qui sont les plus attachants entendus depuis longtemps dans ce monde hip-hop où on préfère souvent mettre en avant ses dollars et ses décapotables plutôt que son vague à l’âme.

 

Tout près de cette liste (pêle mêle) :

-> les jeunes : Fleet Foxes, Born Ruffians, Black Kids, Glasvegas, Santogold, My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Gnarls Barkley, Elbow, Foals, The Week That Was, Bloc Party, Peter Broderick (pour ceux qui aimeront Bon Iver), Friendly Fires (pour ceux qui aiment Talking Heads), School Of Language, Get Well Soon, Fujiya & Miyagi.

-> les vieux : Tindersticks, Paul Weller, Nine Inch Nails, Spiritualized, Deus, Beck, Leila, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Oasis, Mercury Rev, Aimee Mann.

 

Meilleur DVD

Various : From the Basement

Le meilleur d’une émission de la TV anglaise dans laquelle on peut voir les musiciens jouer en live mais sans public. Des performances exceptionnelles de Sonic Youth et Radiohead en particulier.

 

Meilleur Single

Midnight Juggernauts : Shadow

Ce morceau ou d’ailleurs n’importe lequel de l’album de Midnight Juggernauts, ce groupe australien découvert aux Eurockéennes de Belfort. Les fans de Justice ou de Daft Punk adoreront.

 

Meilleur Coffret

The Jesus and Mary Chain : The Power of Negative Thinking

Un titre qui en dit long sur l’énergie qui animait les frères Reid de Glasgow à leurs débuts avec souvent des sets de 15 minutes montre en main qui finissaient en émeute. Mais sur le plan musical peu de groupes ont aussi bien intégré l’héritage du Velvet Underground. Un magnifique coffret de 4 CDs, bourré d’inédits et de reprises. Comme quoi, 25 ans après, on peut parler de The Jesus and Mary Chain comme de Jacques Brel.

 

Meilleure Compilation

The Smiths : The Sound of the Smiths 

C’est certes sans doute la 512ème compilation des Smiths mais c’est de loin la plus complète de toutes. Et quel groupe!

 

Reissue of the Year

David Bowie : Live Santa Monica ’72

C’est toujours émouvant de retrouver un artiste en plein phase d’ascension. C’est ce qu’était David Bowie dans ce concert resté pirate des siècles avant d’être proprement réédité pour le plaisir de nos oreilles.

 

Man of the Year : Tom Waits

Le plaisir et l’honneur de l’avoir vu enfin en concert dans nos contrées avec un spectacle époustouflant. Et également ce disque OVNI de reprises par Scarlet Johanson produit par David Sitek de TV on the Radio. Comme il le dit lui-même, elle chante dans cet album un peu comme si Cendrillon avait pris trop de sirop contre la toux…

 

D’autres TOP 10

– NME (fanzine british) :

1.MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

2.TV On The Radio – Dear Science

3.Glasvegas – Glasvegas

4.Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

5.Foals – Antidotes

6.Metronomy – Nights Out

7.Santogold – Santogold

8.Mystery Jets – Twenty One

9.Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night

10.Friendly Fires – Friendly Fire

– Paste (best US mag.) :

  1. She & Him – Volume One
  2. Sigur Rós – Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
  3. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  4. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
  5. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins
  6. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  7. Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
  8. Sun Kil Moon – April
  9. Lucinda Williams – Little Honey
  10. Deerhunter- Microcastle

 

– Les Inrocks (more music please) :

  1. MGMT : Oracular Spectacular
  2. Fleet Foxes : Fleet Foxes
  3. Vampire Weekend : Vampire Weekend
  4. Santogold : Santogold
  5. The Last Shadow Puppets : The Age Of The Understatement
  6. Kanye West : 808s & Heartbreak
  7. Portishead : Third
  8. TV On The Radio : Dear Science
  9. Sébastien Tellier : Sexuality
  10. Bon Iver : For Emma, Forever Ago

 

– Mojo (Rock Bible Mag.) :

  1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  2. Last Shadow Puppets – Age of the Understatement
  3. Paul Weller – 22 Dreams
  4. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
  5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
  6. Hold Steady – Stay Positive
  7. Glasvegas – Glasvegas
  8. The Week That Was – The Week That Was
  9. The Bug (Kevin Martin) – London Zoo
  10. Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark

 

– Pitchfork (best music web site in the world) :

1 Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant EP/Fleet Foxes

2 Portishead – Third

3 No Age – Nouns

4 Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

5 Deerhunter – Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.

6 TV On The Radio – Dear Science

7 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

8 M83 – Saturdays=Yout

9 Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair

10 DJ/rupture – Uproot

 

– Ground Zero (où acheter ses disques à Paris ?) : pas de Top 10 cette année mais un TOP 25 sans ordre. Allez voir sur le site et allez acheter des disques chez Ground Zero!

 

Pas de déprime en 2009 ; on sortira toujours quelques minutes de la morosité en se mettant un petit Led Zep à fond !

 

Bonne année à tous!

Best of 2006: Top 15 albums

La voilà enfin la liste que tous et toutes attendaient ! Si vous n’êtes pas parmi ceux-là, eh bien détruisez sauvagement et de manière rock’n’roll cet e-mail avec moults crachats, doigts et en bousculant votre voisin de l’épaule.

Pourquoi cette liste et cet exercice un peu vain de classement à partir d’une année calendaire qui ne veut finalement pas dire grand-chose et qui n’est qu’une larme dans un océan de listes de journaux ou sites web spécialisés ? Sans doute pour pouvoir enfin répondre à la question d’amis ou connaissances mille fois entendue : ” alors, t’écoutes quoi en ce moment” et ne plus faire cette tête de poisson de basses eaux surpris de ne pouvoir sortir une réponse immédiate et sans compromis, sans doute pour aimer passer encore un peu plus de temps devant son PC, sans doute pour le plaisir d’ordonner une fois de temps en temps ses propres chocs musicaux et enfin surtout dans l’espoir de dire au grand Nick Hornby au moment de le croiser :”moi aussi, j’en suis…”

Alors oui, c’est très rock et on trouve peu voire pas d’albums soul, jazz, français, blues ou world dans cette liste. Sans doute par parti pris et tempérament mais n’est-ce pas le signe que même en ces temps éclectiques le rock est finalement ce qu’il y a de plus excitant ? Allez, trêve de parlottes, on attaque :

Album de l’année 2006

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TV On the Radio : Return to Cookie Mountain

Parce que TV On the Radio, c’est une musique qui vient de nulle part, très blanche faite par des Noirs, parce que sur scène il y a eu des performances exceptionnelles, parce que chaque écoute révèle de nouvelles subtilités, parce ce que c’est à  la fois soul et rock new-yorkais, parce qu’il y a des boules à zéro et des coupes afros, parce que David Bowie (toujours le nez creux celui-là) chante sur un morceau, que c’est génial quoi et au-dessus du lot (les années où Radiohead ne sort pas d’albums) : LP of the year !

Les 14 autres (par ordre alphabétique) :

Archie Bronson Outfit : Derdang Derdang

On ne se sait pas très bien si c’est sorti cette année ou en 2005 mais à vrai dire on s’en fout tellement c’est bon. Des Américains barbus (tendance de fonds d’ailleurs avec pas mal des groupes US indie) qui jouent un rock jouissif avec de bien belles basses comme on aimerait en entendre plus souvent.

Arctic Monkeys : Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Album de l’année chez NME et les Inrocks, très hype, records de vente en Grande-Bretagne pour un premier album, en gros tout pour être dubitatif et cynique… Eh bien non, nos p’tits gars font une musique qui rappelle The Jam ou l’énergie primitive des Dexys, avec des paroles très “Ken Loach/fish and chips” et surtout une grande présence scénique et beaucoup d’humilité. A suivre sur la durée of course.

Cansei de Ser Sexy : CSS

Quel bonheur de sortir de l’ornière US-GB avec ce groupe brésilien de São Paulo composé de 4 filles et un barbu. CSS, ça veut dire en portugais “marre d’être sexy”, phrase qu’aurait lancé un beau jour la tanche Beyoncé. C’est du rock de furieuses sous influence british très 80’s avec un groove latin (assez caché certes). L’OSNI (Objet Sonore Non Identifié) de l’année.

Eels : With Strings – Live at Town Hall

Juste pour rappeler que E (leader des Eels) est une des meilleures plumes du rock dans tous les styles. A acheter en CD ou DVD pour avoir ou voir tous les merveilleux titres de ce concert live enregistré lors de la tournée acoustique du bonhomme. On recommande particulièrement le solo de percussions de valise…

Hot Chip : The Warning

La mélancolie des meilleurs New Oder vous manque, c’est à dire ce mélange de synthés évocateurs et de puissance rock sous-jacente ? Le premier album de ce groupe anglais est pour vous. L’autre grande révélation british de l’année.

Mazarin : We’re already there

Une arrivée surprise dans notre monde, une naissance qui nous avait été cachée, sauf que ce groupe dont on ne sait rien est lui bourré de talent. Pour ceux qui aiment les Beach Boys de Brian Wilson, les petites sonorités bizarres et le rock indie anglo-saxon. 

Midlake : The Trials of Van Occupanther

Encore des barbus américains qui jouent un truc étonnant, mélange de Fleetwood Mac et de Radiohead. Comme dirait la pub, un excellent compromis où Monsieur et Madame s’y retrouveront. Et une pochette pour les enfants…

Mudhoney : Under a Billion Suns

Sans doute la surprise dans cette liste… Oui, les mêmes Mudhoney qu’on avait un peu perdus de vue, oui les légendes du grunge (mot un peu réducteur) contemporains du Nirvana des débuts qui signent un super album de mecs qui ne veulent pas sonner djeuns’ mais font évoluer leur musique vers plus de recherche avec même pas mal de …cuivres ! A acheter en vinyle pour la belle pochette et la belle initiative d’un lien pour télécharger l’album gratos pour son mp3.

Phoenix : It’s never been like that

Pas d’histoire de quota pour expliquer la présence dans cette liste de nos Versaillais bien de chez nous mais simplement le fait que peu de groupe mélangent aussi bien mélodies et énergie. L’impression étrange de retrouver des amis de longue date à chaque fois qu’on se replonge dans les albums de Phoenix. Buy it for the French economy!

The Raconteurs : Broken Boy Soldiers

Le groupe de Jack White des White Stripes monté avec son pote l’excellent Brendan Brenson et la section rythmique des Greenhornes que l’on attendait comme un aimable passe-temps a dépassé toutes nos espérances de disque et de scène. Ce Jack White est décidément quelqu’un qui marquera l’histoire du rock. L’album que ferait Led Zeppelin s’ils étaient de cette époque. Album de l’année pour le magazine musical Mojo (lisez Mojo!).

Red Hot Chili Peppers : Stadium Arcadium

On n’est pas vraiment objectif avec ce groupe car oui, on les adore et on va les voir dès qu’ils jouent quelque part. Bizarre les critiques relatives à cet album et ces 28 (!) morceaux ; certains y voient des concurrents des Beatles, d’autres de… pas grand-chose. Une section rythmique au top, un Anthony Kieldis en constant progrès au chant et surtout un John Frusciante qui réinvente ce qu’on peut faire avec une guitare au fil des ans. En résumé, pas vraiment de choses pertinentes à dire sur cet album, sauf qu’il y a des morceaux géniaux qui rendent euphoriques.

Sonic Youth : Rather Ripped

Une ambiance plus apaisée et mélodieuse chez nos New Yorkais chéris chez lesquels le temps ne semble pas avoir d’effet : Kim Gordon a plus de cinquante ans mais une énergie et des jambes de jeune fille alors que Thurston Moore ressemble toujours à ce grand frère cool qu’on rêverait tous d’avoir. A avoir comme chaque nouveau LP du groupe ; la meilleure cure contre le vieillissement…

The Strokes : First Impressions of Earth

On a l’impression que cet album est depuis toujours avec nous mais ne pas oublier qu’il est sorti l’hiver dernier. Certes des nouveautés avec des solos de guitare mais toujours cet esprit du Velvet chez nos amis new-yorkais et surtout un Julian Casablanca qui chante de mieux en mieux ; best of both worlds comme dirait l’autre. A signaler qu’Albert Hammond Jr. (un des deux guitaristes) a sorti un sympathique album en fin d’année.

Thom Yorke : The Eraser

Last but not least dans cette liste alphabétique le premier album solo du chanteur de Radiohead. Comme on pouvait l’attendre, c’est une musique de facture plutôt électronique mais les mélodies sont du niveau des meilleurs morceaux de Radiohead et chacun des membres est venu donner un coup de mains. Un superbe cadeau en attendant le nouvel album du groupe prévu pour 2007.

Tout près de cette liste (pêle mêle) :

The Long Blondes, The Rapture, The Thermals, Tapes’n’Tapes, Beck, The Lemonheads, Sean Lennon, Badly Drawn Boy, Sparklehorse, The Guillemots, Bob Dylan, Muse, Cat Power, Broken Social Scene, Mogwai, Two Gallants, Johnny Cash, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, Bruce Springsteen, Donald Fagen , Pascal Sevran, The Flaming Lips, Secret Machines, The Dears, Peter Bjorn and John, Pearl Jam, ESG, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bonnie Prince Billy, My Morning Jacket…

Meilleur DVD

Gorillaz : Demon Days Live

Une magnifique prestation scénique du génial leader de Blur Damon Albarn où apparaissent en guest stars tous les invités de l’album (Neneh Cherry, Ike Turner, Shaun Ryder, etc…). En attendant son nouveau projet 2007 avec Paul Simonon des Clash !!!

Meilleur Single

Gnarls Barkley : Crazy

Vous ne connaissez sans doute pas ce morceau si vous venez de passer 12 mois en retraite spirituelle au Tibet ou bien si pour vous les initiales U2 n’ont pas de signification particulière. Derrière ce projet se trouve DJ Danger Mouse qu’on retrouve aujourd’hui partout où il y a des choses musicales intéressantes qui se passent, dont notamment Gorillaz.

Meilleur Coffret

Tom Waits : Orphans

Le grand Tom nous livre un objet hybride fait de vieux et de nouveau morceaux répartis sur trois CD. Comme toute l’oeuvre du grand homme devant lequel nous devrions tous nous prosterner 10 minutes par jour, c’est assez intemporel et sera meilleur demain qu’aujourd’hui.

Meilleur Disque de Reprises

Grant Lee Phillips : Nineteeneighties

Le “cover LP” est un exercice assez casse gueule et souvent il faut bien le dire sans grand intérêt. Quand c’est l’ancien leader du groupe très US Grant Lee Buffalo qui s’y colle pour faire des reprises de groupes anglais des années 80 (The Cure, The Smiths, Echo and The Bunnymen,The Psychedelic Furs,…), c’est IN-DIS-PEN-SA-BLE !

Man of the Year : Sufjan Stevens

Il n’a pas sorti de véritable album cet année mais quand même deux compilations : une de chutes de studio de son album précédent, une autre de chants de Noël (!). Il a fait des concerts brillants et plein d’originalité et le bonhomme a un talent et une créativité peu communs. Ceux qui aimaient l’esprit de Prefab Sprout aimeront l’ami Sufjan.

Voilà. C’est au choix sans intérêt ou pathétique ou super subjectif mais si cela peut permettre à quelqu’un d’aller acheter un vinyle, un CD, d’aller télécharger ou d’aller voir un concert, eh bien ce n’aura pas été entièrement vain.

Have a nice year 2007 !