Tuesday, December 27, 2016


A few years back, I used to wear a T-shirt that read "Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional", which I guess was my main concern at the time :-). Last saturday, the band above stopped me from getting any older for a night, possibly more ! Let's face it, what's the point in growing older when you have this fresh musical talent at such an early age ? Back in 2005-2006, with the support of a famous French rock magazine, a so-called "baby-rocker" scene emerged in Paris (recently taken over by the talented Last Train) but to be honest, I can't recall myself being that carried away compared to the thrilling brilliance of Lysistrata ! A young band that definitely deserves to be followed in the coming months ! The first album is just mindblowing ! "Valor doesn't await the passing of years ?" Damn right !!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CAPSULA - "Take The Red Pill" - KEXP sessions - Seattle + Various venues - 2013-2016

KEXP Sessions- Seattle - 08-05-13
1 - Dark Age
2 - Constellation Freedom
3 - You Cannot Blame
4 - Seven Crimes

KEXP Sessions- Seattle -18-12-13
5 - Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover)
6 - Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas (Sumo cover)
7 - Atomic Breakdown
8 - I Need Somebody (The Stooges cover)
KEXP Sessions- Seattle -13-02-15
9 - Candle Candle
10 - El Infierno
11 - Dead or Alive
Spanish or South-American Tour - 12-14
12 - What's In The Mirror
13 - Candle Candle
Le Camji - Niort (F) - 07-10-16
14 - Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas (Sumo)
15 - Tierra Girando
"Montesquiou On The Rocks" Festival - Montesquiou (F) - 18-08-16
16 - Candle Candle
17 - Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot + Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 88 mns
Size : 4,08 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included


Among all the bands seen this year, there's certainly one that stands out more than the others for their loud generosity : Capsula ! Can't really figure out how I could possibly miss them out for more than fifteen years and eleven albums !! This band sounds so damn obvious for the ears, mind and soul !
As a miserable pagan thrashing about in ignorance, I first came to the revelation through an interview from an indie-noisy mag. After reading over their already long journey into music, their major influences (David Bowie being the first, no doubt. A tribute album,"Dreaming Of Ziggy Stardust", was released in 2012), their endless tours, their countless collaborations (Tony Visconti then seems self evident ! More, the legendary D. Bowie's producer produced their "Solar Secrets" lp in 2013 !), their prestigious opening acts (Pearl Jam, OS Mutantes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, ...), etc ...  the idea of not seeing them live just sounded impossible to me ! I was lucky. Just a couple of weeks later, they decided to set off for a short French tour, putting down their flight cases in a totally unexpected festival : "Montesquiou On The Rock's". Nested in the lovely and tasty hills of Gers area, the tiny festival (500 inhabitants !!) celebrated its tenth anniversary inviting all the bands they'd particularly loved over the past nine years. Capsula was of course part of the short list, along with great garage figures like The Monsters, King Salami And The Cumberland 3, Magnetix, etc ... I heard about the festival the day before, took the decision to go overnight and finally ended up with the "best worst" snap decision I've ever taken this year ! Hail to this little free (!!) festival full of welcoming people and lovely volunteers in a gorgeous setting. Definitely worth the 5-hour drive and thanks Chris for being so irrationally swift to come along ! :-)
Capsula was set the first night and from the first song, " Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas", I knew the Argentinian band (now located in Bilbao)  was about to become one of my favourites for the years to come ! What a blast to watch a band just equally living their everlasting passion for their psych-stoner-glam rock, whether they play in front of seventy two thousandpeople in a stadium or a bare two hundred in a village open covered market ! The front duo, Martin and Cony, were clearly happy to be back and they sure delivered an all killer-no filler set that I have never failed to watch them play since !       
Some parts of this "deflowering" show are included in this dvd. Particularly, the last song they played that night, in tribute to one of their lifetime "heroes" ! Even if the audience wasn't that big this first night, it got it no wrong and gave the band a loud rousing farewell on their "Suffragette City" ! Again, sorry for the screams and cheers but it was definitely too hard to hold it back ! :-)
As for the rest of the dvd, it mainly focuses on KEXP sessions (thank you so much guys for spreading the good vibes over the world !!), digging up some new episodes from where the great Txomin ended his. The boisterous radio station from Seattle obviously loves them too as this is probably the American show they have played the most often for over their career and as Cheryl Waters, one of their hosts pointed out, "Seattle is a kind of a second home" to them now ! Again here, they play a few very well chosen gritty covers that their original performers wouldn't certainly be ashamed of.
Even if the disk is full packed (many many video-trimmings to cram everything in !), I had a bit of a difficulty to find some true live materials. Like many others, the band is clearly unfairly underrated and that may explain why you have "Candle Candle" three times here. However, apart from being one of the best songs of the last album, the side arrangements are different every time ! This is what is really appreciable with this band. With such a background experience, such a wide range of styles, they can now flit over their repertoire and never sound the same for a particular song.
As it is stressed by all the KEXP hosts, a band that truly deserves to be seen live. Some songs turn into a swirling havoc you would never have expected them to be listening to the album. Last but not least, they're just so sweet people. Never tired of having a long talk after the show to pass on their passion and their refreshing enthusiasm. Well, enough said ...

Enjoy !

Cheers !  


Saturday, October 29, 2016

METRIC - "Trip Then Hop" - Art Rock Festival - Saint Brieuc (F) - 04-06-05 - Route Du Rock Festival - Saint Malo (F) - 14-08-05 - Sugar Beach Studio / 102.1 The Edge - Toronto - 11-06-12 

Art Rock Festival - Saint Brieuc (F) - 04-06-05
1 - Succexy
2 - Combat Baby
3 - Monster Hospital
4 - Love is a Place
 La Route Du Rock - Saint Malo (F) - 14-08-05
5 - Succexy
6 - The List
7 - Slow Night
8 - Handshakes
9 - Calculation Theme
10 - Combat Baby
11 - Dead Disco
 Sugar Beach Studio - 102.1 The Edge - Toronto (CA) - 11-06-12      
12 - Artificial Nocturne
13 - Youth Without Youth
14 - Speed the Collapse
15 - Synthetica
16 - Breathing Underwater
17 - Nothing But Time
18 - Monster Hospital
19 - Bonus : Help, I’m Alive - Coachella Festival - 12-04-13

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 87 mns
Size : 4,07 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

Good to be back ! Work, fun and concerts have kept me away far too long. And what a nice way to get back to the business with Metric ! Can't say I was there right from the start, in the early years, round 1998. I only came across them through a mixtape in, something like, 2004. But since, I've always been hooked to Emily's haunting voice and her sad / glad temper swings that tell a lot about how the band's songs are made ! Not so much to my liking, they have recently moved away from their indie sound to turn to a more atmospheric "synthetica" touch, especially with the new "Pagans In Vegas", but the songwriting is still there with its awkward twists.
That's why this dvd focuses more on the first period with one of the oldest live footage I've got from the band, a few songs from a French festival back in mid 2005 still held in Brittanny today and above all, with my own recording of my first Metric live experience, late that summer night of the same year during a quite famous indie festival down here, "La Route Du Rock". I remember being blown away by the rendering of "Dead Disco" that night (see the video below) and this version is definitely one of the main reasons that spurted this dvd out and has always driven me to keep an eye on the band since. They played really tight that night and Emily is fully into it, enjoying the show to the point of falling on the stage floor several times, on purpose ... or not ! The third show is more recent but a still bit special though as it was held in their hometown, Toronto, in the golden light of a sun setting and was notably also their first welcoming gig to their new album of the time, "Synthetica". The set is then more nicely evanescent but the band didn't overlook their rough past with the final track,"Monster Hospital" from their 2005 " Live It Out" album. Of course, I couldn't close the thing without squeezing one of Metric's anthems in terms of wobbling ever-changing tunes, "Help, I'm Alive" !
Despite a pretty decent success, particularly in the US, Metric has decided to go independent over the last five years. They now run their own studio, label, brand, tours, ... This new freedom obviously boosts creativity. Both Jimmy (Shaw) and Emily wrote enough materials on their respective side for the last lp. Instead of mixing the two (what they usually do) or producing a double tracklist, they decided to release two separate albums, the first being more piano melancholia and the second to come, more guitar rock beat. Some bright news ahead ... !!

Enjoy !

Cheers ! 


Monday, May 30, 2016

IAMX - "Chrisalis" - Cabaret Sauvage - Paris - 08-11-15 - Multicam

Cabaret Sauvage - Paris - 08-11-15 - Multicam
1 - Chris Corner's Greetings & I Come With Knives
2 - The Alternative
3 - Happiness
4 - Mercy
5 - No Maker Made Me *
6 - Volatile Times **
7 - Tear Garden
8 - Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me ***
9 - Spit It Out
10 - Bernadette
11 - Surrender ****
12 -  After Every Party I Die
13 - Aphrodisiac *****
15 -  Your Joy Is My Low
16 - I Am Terrified

* Mixed with sets at Marquis Theater - Denver (CO - USA)- 10-17-2015 & at Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) -  02-11-15
** Mixed with set at Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) - 02-11-15
*** Mixed with set at Arena - Vienna (AT) - 25-11-15
**** Mixed with set at Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) - 02-11-15
***** Mixed with sets at the Ancienne Belgique - Brussels (BE) - 07-11-2015 & at the Bottom Lounge - Chicago (IL - USA) - 20-10-15

Technical info  :
DVD Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 85 mns
Size : 3,96 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included


Destiny is a fickle lady. That November she let her ties loose on me. Everything has been said and written on that fateful 13th. This, is just another testimony I wanted to turn into a resonant keepsake I could hang on to. November 2015 was a busy month for me. Something special I really looked forward with the forthcoming gigs of Garbage, IAMX, Eagles Of Death Metal and Le Butcherettes, all of them within two weeks !! I was quite excited and had planned to see the four. One might be particularly tricky though. IAMX was scheduled on Sunday, the 8th, with a subsequent 1,5 hour-long train trip back to my place the following morning, plus one hour drive to be on time at work with only a tight 5mns leeway in the whole move. I've never been fond of early rising and this was definitely one ! The whole thing seemed doomed and I started to consider the EODM and Le Butcherettes concerts the week after as a much easier option. More, I would just be on my own to the Garbage and IAMX shows while I would go up to Paris with a bunch of friends the week after. The EODM and Le Butcherettes shows were set on Friday and Saturday, so no bad-hair day on Monday, and parties were held on the two nights, where I could join back my pals afterwards. Everything looked excitedly promising !
One week before the Garbage IAMX shows, a friend (Hi Eric !) called me to say that he would go and see IAMX with me if I stayed for lunch with him and some other good old friends on Sunday. This and being a fan of Chris Corner for more than a decade without being able to see him live once quickly prompted me to change my return ticket.
So here is this very special concert I didn't know would later intensively stand out among all the others I'd been to up then. The band was in a good mood. So was I. Spending a whole afternoon with good friends, eating and drinking, puts you in the right shape to attend a concert ! That's why I was more in fully enjoying the show than filming. I usually try to find the right balance between the two but when I had a look back at the photos a short while after, I realized I was definitely more in the carpe diem mood than in keeping some nice memories of my first IAMX show :-). However, because of what that day was and would mean later to me, I wanted to keep some personal footage of the night for this dvd. I was in the mosh, waving, jumping, screaming (sorry for the singing along on some tunes !). Most of it is shaky, with raising hands in the way. That's why I tracked some less "soaked" ;-) videos of the night on the net to mix them with what was worth keeping from mine. So, here is the "rough" result, a multicam dvd made of two, sometimes three different sources when available. I tried to do my best on the technique and had sometimes to demux sound and image to keep the "best" soundtrack and then paste and sync it to another source to get the full song. Also, even if I wanted to really want to put this particular gig to the front, I sometimes had to partly turn to other shows of the tour because of lack of decent material for the night in Paris (Aphrodisiac, Surrender, ...). As though that weren't enough, Chris and his lads are very well-known to keep their secrets in dim-lit darkness live ! So, it's far from being perfect. I guess this one is for fans only for the all the reasons forementioned but I tried to be sincere and to pay tribute to the band and the singularity of the night.
A week later, I finally didn't go back to Paris with my friends. I can't really remember why, already been there the week before, short of money, work, ... let's call it fate. But I do remember what I was doing at the time the news broke. Some friends were at le Bataclan, to enjoy what every concert of Jessie and his buddies is, fun and rock'n roll ! One of them got shot in the arm. He's fine and out of this hell now but still trying to recover from his wounds.
Thank you for being around that day, Chris.  
Peace & Rock'n roll to you all !

Cheers !


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

BLOOD RED SHOES - "Time 2 Voices" - Rock En Seine - Parc de Saint Cloud - Paris - 24-08-14 / PURPLE -  Studio 104 - La Plaine Saint Denis (F) - 12-11-14

Rock En Seine Festival - Parc de Saint Cloud - Paris - 24-08-14
1. Welcome Home
2. I Wish I Was Someone Better
3. Don't Ask
4. Red River
5. Speech Coma
6. Cold
7. The Perfect Mess
8. This Is Not for You
9. Black Distractions
10. An Animal
11. Light It Up
12. Je Me Perds

"Album De La Semaine" - Canal+ TV - Studio 104 - Plaine Saint Denis (F) - 12-11-14 (?)
13 - Leche Loco
14 - Beach Buddy
15 - Wallflower
16 - DMT
17 - Interview
18 - Leche Loco - Galapago Island UMS House Party - Denver - 01-05-14

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 70 mns
Size : 3,23 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included


2 colours for a two-voice set this time.The initial idea was to put two "coloured" bands together who both nicely switch between the lady and the gentleman for their singing.The fact that they share an opposite cast for the instruments was also part of the fun ! As such, I couldn't fail picking a Blood Red Shoes' gig down the shelf ! The band has been one of my favourites for quite a while now (2009) and I never miss them when they come and play around. That was the case on this one again. As they often do in festival, they opened the main stage quite early. So, being an early riser (??!), on saturday again, I had to rush to make it in time. Laura-Mary and Steven showed up round 14:30 and I remember being looked at in a very puzzled way as I was running across the park not to miss "Welcome Home", their new loud opening track ! This was my first show of their great new album and I didn't want to miss a single part of it. It felt so good to see them back even if playing a festival stage always have a "too big space for just the two of us" feeling. But playing Reading the day before didn't seem wearing them out that much and the setlist was nicely shared between precious "oldies" and nice new stuff. A very enjoyable show that traditionaly closed on the blowing-off-steam punk "Je Me Perds", the ideal tune to make you go thirsty for a pint before the next act ! One regret though, shame on me, I just missed their meeting and signing session they set up through Facebook that very day. Grrrr !!! Shall I open a F.... account ?

Purple is a much recent band, from Beaumont, Texas. I'd already read about them through a review in a magazine but I must admit I'd forgotten the guys by the time of their first tour here. Their debut effort ("409") was often described as a kind of raw dirty catchy-poppy punk jam. Well... what is obvious here is that Hanna, the "lady dude" singer-drummer of the band, is just a ball of infectious energy, shaking, twisting, wriggling, cuddling, screaming, whispering ... "everything all at once" !
More, Texas' climate is hot. Evidence is here confirmed by Hanna's outfit !! Anyway, a very refreshing cool band, 100 % fun, who won't shake or reshape the holy tablets of rock'n roll but are definitely up to the excitement of discovering all the things they'd always dreamt of !

Enjoy !

Cheers !


NB : didn't mean it at all first but thinking over the last three posts, I guess it got to turn out this way :-) :

Freaking weird indeed ... !!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL - "Sweat Muzip" - Pukkelpop Festival - Kiewit (B) - 17-08-12 / Studio 104 - Plaine Saint-Denis (F) - 10-06-15

Pukkelpop Festival - Kiewit (B) - Main Stage - 17-08-12
1. I Only Want You
2. Don't Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)
3. Bad Dream Mama
4. Cherry Cola
5. Heart On
6. Now I'm a Fool
7. Secret Plans
8. English Girl
9. I Like to Move in the Night
10. Whorehoppin' (Shit, Goddamn)
11. I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)
12. Speaking in Tongues

"Album De La Semaine" - Canal+ TV - Studio 104 - Plaine Saint-Denis - 10-06-15
13 - "Costumes" Album Teaser
14 - Complexity
15 - Interview
16 - Got A Woman
17 - Interview
18 -  I Love You All The Time
19 - The Reverend
20 - Speaking In Tongues
21 - The Deuce
22 - Josh & Jesse Interview - "Back & Forth"

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 88 mns
Size : 4,10 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included


Ahaa Ahaaaa said the Devil. He can. The two school's out buddies are back. And they just do what they're best known for, having fun, teasing girls and playing nasty and sweaty way down your spine. I must admit I don't think much of the new album. Too clean maybe, not enough flesh and lust probably. I need to listen to it again, I guess. But anyway, that won't keep me away from seeing them when they tour round here again. So I did earlier this year when I went and saw Jesse and his lads at the Eurockeennes, in Belfort. No surprise trick back then but, as usual, just a feel-good show full of fun and feedback, just like an offhand chat with a good old friend at the bar. As Josh said in their self interview at the end of this dvd, Jesse "has such an enthusiasm" about himself that it got to be felt by the people who watch him. Giving this, the Pukkelpop set featured here is no exception to the  rule. Jesse is going over the top again from the very start of the show,
dancing and swagging on Kool Of The Gang's "Jungle Boogie" and it goes on this  way down the line with quite one's share of banter and cheers to the audience. This show is not one of the best concerts, at least in terms of quality, I have from Eagles Of Death Metal but it does have a particular flavour to me. I drove all the way up to Belgium again that day. The 2012 edition was scorching hot and the bands playing mainstage in the middle of the afternoon certainly didn't have the amount of people they duly deserved, these ones being too busy to find a cooler "shelter" under the nearby "marquee" stages. I remember The Hives playing the day after right in the middle of the heatwave, Pelle's shirt turned into a tatoo half way the first song ! Anyway, the show was just the "get the rock'n roll beast out" party I expected and it was great fun to live it over again doing this dvd ! As I said, this is the only version I could lay my hands on when I came back from the festival at that time, if anyone had the chance to grab a hd tv version back then, please share !!

The second part of the dvd is filled with a sort of showcase the band made for promoting the new album in the early summer. The thing was held at a French TV's studios in front of 200 people, with Josh collectively on drums. I'd initially set the box to record it but obviously I got mixed up in the programming ! So again, this is the webcast version. I trimmed off the other stuff from the programme but kept the silly funny "costumes" album teaser :-) and the two subtitled interview parts. I topped it all with a deeper interview in which Josh plays the interviewer asking Jesse about the new "zipper down" album, the "Redemption of the Devil" documentary, their first recording sessions, their encounters with Iggy Pop and John Paul Jones, etc ...

Hope you'll enjoy !

Cheers !


Thursday, August 13, 2015

L7 - "Watch That Smell" - Rockpalast - Essen (D) - 15-11-96 / Hellfest - Clisson (F) - 20-06-15

L7 - Rockpalast - Essen (D) - 15-11-96
1 - Bad Things
2 - Must Have More
3 - Drama
4 - Bitter Wine
5 - Shitlist
6 - Pretend We're Dead
7 - Fast And Frightening
Hellfest - Clisson (F) - 20-06-15
8 - Deathwish
9 - Andres 
10 - Everglade
11 - Monster
12 - Fuel My Fire
13 - One More Thing
14 - Slide
15 - Shove
16 - Shitlist
17 - Pretend We're Dead
18 - Fast and Frightening
19 - Questioning My Sanity - "Nulle Part Ailleurs" - French TV - May 1995
20 - Lorenza, Giada, Alessandra - Rock A Paris Festival - Parc Des Princes - 15-06-97
21 - Interview - "Metal Express" - 19-12-93 

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-sho
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 78 mns
Size : 3,62 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

Nice story. A grungy fairy tale ? Everything started simply though : a mere request on social networks to get some old stuff about the band to make a documentary. It finally ended up in an undreamed reunion and world tour ! A truly deserved and long-awaited recognition that unexpectedly struck the girls after a 14-year hiatus. I was there, front of the stage, long before the show started on that twentieth of June. What a blast to see the girls back together ! Couldn't believe it ! The first videos posted on the net were promising but still rough (but hasn't it ever been done it on purpose ?!). One thing was obvious : they were not coming back for money. The pleasure to play, together again, was plain to see. The band's break up in 2001 had never been desired and being back together in 2015 really cast a bright rekindling light on the girls' faces.
Unfortunately, that day, at Hellfest, L7 certainly went through one of the poorest sound conditions of the festival, even if they were lucky enough to escape the power-cuts that spoiled some other sets (Airborne's among others, but the O'Keeffe brothers know their stuff to entertain their audience anyway !). I was seething ! One of my favourite, "Fuel My Fire" was so muffled that I didn't recognise it first ! Listening to it now, it doesn't sound" that bad", though, but could have been much louder and better anyway ! But, being able to see them at last swept away all my kind-of moans. They played head-on as ever, warts and all, and to quote Jennifer's words just before "Slide", "a bass never goes out of tune, and when it does, it even sounds better anyway !"
To this recent L7's concert, I added a gold nugget from the day. Their Rockpalast gig in Essen, Germany, in 1996. Janis just joined the band after Jennifer's departure. Their fifth album, "The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum" had just been released and this is the opportunity here to listen to some songs not so commonly played now, "Drama" particularly with its pre nutty cheer "C'mooooooooooon" coming from Donita's gritty crackpot voice I've always loved. The girls are in great shape and even it it is now a bit "old", the quality is first gen. and is really enjoyable to watch.
I used part of the teaser of the forthcoming documentary (I really can't wait to buy !) to make the first page of the menu as I really like it and everything that makes L7 is in there !  I also topped up the dvd with some extras from the band's few appearances on French TV. Especially the one during the International Film Festival, in Cannes, in may 1995. I remember being in front of my TV that evening, watching "Nulle Part Ailleurs", a quite successful entertaining talk-show at the time. L7 was the musical act of the day and ... the set went wild. I got stunned. Playing back to the sea, they delivered a totally wild version of " Questioning My Sanity", Jennifer going completely nuts, spinning round all the way. I kept the host's comments (Gildas !) for its "nice" English accent and his quite funny appraisal after the song.
That comes along with a rendition of " Lorenza, Giada, Alessandra" in Paris, in june 1997 and a short interview of the band about the "would-be" riot-grrrl movement, from the late "Metal Express" 1993 programme.   

Enjoy !

Cheers !