Bye bye Paris

This is it. I’m leaving Paris. Tomorrow morning. Yeah okay that’s not breaking news. That’s just a lame excuse to share a few “songs to say goodbye” with you.

Ca y est. Je quitte Paris. Demain matin. Ouais okay c’est pas un scoop. C’est juste un prétexte bidon pour partager quelques « songs to say goodbye » avec vous.

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, originally written by Anne Bredon. Hard to choose between Joan Baez’s version and Led Zepellin’s version. Joan Baez sure can sing. She could make a masterpiece of any song.

« Babe I’m Leave You », écrite par Anne Bredon. Dur, dur de choisir entre la version de Joan Baez et celle de Led Zeppelin. C’est sûr que Joan Baez sait pousser la chansonnette. Elle pourrait faire de n’importe quelle chanson un chef d’œuvre.

 

 

“She’s Leaving Home”, from the legendary “Sergent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Terribly sad but terribly beautiful.

« She’s Leaving Home », tirée du légendaire « Sergent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ». Terriblement triste mais terriblement beau. Continue reading

Rock en Seine festival

Before leaving Paris I had to do something big. Here’s a few hints: it lasts three days, it’s full of sweaty people and even guys there have to queue to go to the toilets. That’s right, a rock festival. It’s called Rock en Seine and it takes place on the last weekend of August, in the suburbs of Paris. Warning: it’s gonna be a groupie post.

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First, I have to say I haven’t always idolized Rock en Seine. I’m a huge Oasis fan and Oasis was Rock en Seine’s headline in 2009. Being a typical groupie, I’d been waiting for it for months, I’d been telling everyone I was going to see Oasis again, I’d been thinking about the t-shirt I would wear and how to get in the first rows without having to punch all the girls that would be on my way. Then on the famous night, at the upmost of my excitement/hysteria, surprise! Oasis broke up. Hahaha. So yeah I cried my heart out for days, I thought my life was over, I wanted to die in terrible pains. Regular things, you know. At least I know what they mean by “please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock’n’roll band who’ll throw it all away”.

Anyway, none of that this year. And many awesome bands on the menu. Especially The Black Keys, Foster the People, Noel Gallagher (Oasis’s composer), Placebo and the Dandy Warhols. N.B: if you click on the links throughout the article, you’ll find the official video of each song.

The first day was pretty busy. We started with the Canadian band Billy Talent. Hard rock emo is not my thing but songs like “Pins and Needles” are pretty good. The concert wasn’t bad either. Mosh pits and everything. After that we saw the British electropop band Citizens! I love their single “True Romance”, which I dance to in my living room when no one’s at home, you see the picture. The concert was very quiet though, the band didn’t really manage to get anyone excited. I was ready to dance and show the world my great choreography on “True Romance” but no one really felt like dancing apparently.


Then we saw most of the Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s concert, which was good. The singer’s got a very distinctive voice and this band seems to come from the seventies. Then the American band The Shins. Not exactly mosh pit material but nice. Then Block Party, which was a really good concert. Then the headline Placebo.

Merveilleux concert de Placebo à Rock en Seine 2012

Placebo’s singer Brian Molko at Rock en Seine

They were splendid. I was in awe before Brian Molko. I’d forgotten how beautiful their music was. They played their most famous tracks, “Pure Morning”, “Meds”, “A Song To Say Goodbye”, “The Bitter End”, “Every You Every Me” etc. They played an acoustic version of “Meds” which was very similar to the one you can hear in the video below. Continue reading

Like a rolling stone (Interview of Mick Taylor)

I got a surprise for you guys. The exclusive interview of a Rolling Stone. Wait, wait, I’ll tell you the story.

I used to write reviews for a website with which I had the amazing opportunity to interview Mick Taylor who was the Rolling Stones guitar player from 1969 to 1974 (!!). Everyone with just a little bit of musical taste will confirm this period wasn’t too bad. And the Stones fans seem to consider Mick Taylor as one of their best guitarists ever. Unfortunately, this website actually shot down short after I made this interview. Damn. I have thus never been able to release it. I am now writing reviews and interviews for another website, called Sound Of Violence, specialized in British rock music, which is pretty much all I love so it all worked out for the best.

This interview dates back from the 1st of July 2009 so if you like vintage, you’ll be pleased. This is the original version. No changes, no cuts. You’re welcome. Be indulgent, it was my first interview ever. I was young and innocent. Not that I’ve improved much. You’ll notice I really really wanted to ask a question about Bob Dylan. Hearing anecdotes about Mick Taylor and Bob Dylan going shopping was quite unreal I have to say.

How are you ?

I’m beginning to get a little bit tongue-tired. I don’t really know what to say. My brain’s getting tired. [He orders a glass of red wine] I’m very happy. A little bit tired. We had a long journey to Paris. We got here too early to check in to our rooms so we had to sit around for three hours and then I had a quick shower but it’s been so hot today. It’s been like Mumbai. I feel like a slumdog millionaire guitar player.  No seriously, all I remember doing since I arrived is taking a shower and talking and talking and talking about myself and about my career. But that’s nice though cos sometimes people remind you things you’d forgotten or you thought you’d forgotten. That’s always interesting.

I’m gonna make you talk about your career too! You’ve worked with loads of great artists, including Bob Dylan!

Yeah, he was one of the greatest! Probably the greatest artist, in terms of being of a singer, songwriter, poet I’ve ever played with.

So who did you prefer working with?

Well that’s a difficult question even though working with him was one of the highlights of my career in so many different ways, because I already loved his music and been aware of his music since I was about thirteen. But I’ve never been surprised by getting a call from anybody asking me to play for them. But when he asked me to play for him and he asked me by inviting me to go to New York to make an album called “Infidels” in 1983, I just thought it was wonderful. I just thought “well it is a dream come true” you know. “I’m working with somebody I idolize and that’s been an inspiration to me and many people and now he’s asking me to play guitar on his record”. But we formed an instant friendship. We used to go out shopping together in New York. We used to go and look for guitars. We used to go to museums. I once remember we were at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York and there were all these sculptures there. It was very contemporary. There was a sculpture there of a guitar and he said “hey look at that guitar. It’s the most expensive guitar in the world and you can’t even play it”. He had that kind of funny sense of humor, you know. It was great you know because he took me around the Village where he grew up [Greenwich Village] and we’d come to a street and he’d say “you see that basemen above there, that was where I wrote A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall [in 1962]” He pointed all these little things out to me and then we both used to talk about musicians that we both knew from the period that I played with John Mayall [from the band called The Bluesbreakers] from 1966 to 1967. Musicians like Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, one of his first blues guitar players. So without realizing it we actually had a lot of friends in common from his distant past. Continue reading