Posted in music | tour dates on November 15, 2009


Holden is a French duo who began recording in 1997. Band members are Armelle Pioline (vocals) and Dominique Dépret (aka Mocke, guitar). With Pierre-Jean Grapin (drums), Evan Evans (clavier) and Richard Cousin (bass), they released 'L'arrière monde' in 1998. In 2001, they met the producer Senor Coconut aka Atom aka Uwe Schmidt, who mixed their second album, 'Pedrolira' (2002). They recorded their last album, Chevrotine, in Chile, 2006
Holden's newest album Fantomatisme was released in 2009. The four songs streaming at their MySpace are great. Time Out describes it well: "Parisian duo Holden offers wistful, transporting folk-pop, accented with bossa nova and jazz. Armelle Pioline's yearning French vocals make us feel like we're inhabiting an early Godard film." The slower / bossa nova songs remind me of Keren Ann or Astrud Gilberto, though in some videos (below), they also rock out a little more.

Supposedly the band is big in France, but nobody knows about them here. That means we get to see them in intimate venues while they're visiting NYC for five shows this week. The first was Saturday night at Zebulon (did you catch it?). Sunday (11/15) the show is at Sycamore. Monday is at Matchless. Tuesday at Barbes (as well as a WNYC radio session with David Garland earlier that day), and then Wednesday they end the run at Pianos (they play right before Violent Soho who play before... Group Sounds?!). All dates and some videos below...

Holden - 2009/2010 Tour Dates
Nov 14 - Zebulon Cafe NEW YORK
Nov 17 - Session Radio David Garland NEW YORK
Nov 20 - Bruxelles (Salle des Musiques) Bruxelles
Nov 23 - La Boule Noire (1ere partie de JP Nataf) Paris
Nov 27 - STRASBOURG "Le Molodoi" STRASBOURG, Alsace
Dec 2 - La Java (avec Mathieu Boogaerts) Paris
Dec 11 - Saintes -festival son et lumiere des Scintillantes Saintes
Feb 13, 2010- L'IMPRIMERIE "Théâtre de Rive de Gier" Rive de Gier



Comments (8)

Senor Coconut, a german who lives in chile, never
got a visa to play in the united states.
freedom, democracy, you don't even know what they
really are.

Posted by anon | November 15, 2009 11:02 AM

Yes, Group Sounds (the most annoying, fun, stupid, smart, whatever band) is playing one last show. Our dancing keyboard player Sexy Joe is moving to LA to "make it" in the industry (don't know which industry he is referring to)

Anyone who came to see us over the years should pop in to send us off in style.

Yes, there will be bad jokes, yes there will be a posse of dancing folks and yes, we will miss it all when we band it out one last time.

Hope to see some familiar faces there.

Jingle Jared

Posted by Jared Gutstadt | November 15, 2009 3:41 PM

What a coincidence — on tonight's episode of "The Simpsons," Homer & Carl travel to Paris. There were a couple of wisecracks making fun of French rock 'n' roll.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2009 8:38 PM

Holden sing in french.
The entire time.

Uppity bastards...enjoy Matchless.

Posted by LewALcindor | November 15, 2009 11:23 PM

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2009 11:26 AM

'Good to hear they're coming to town. Congratulations for having them in that place!

Posted by difficult subordinates | November 18, 2009 12:02 AM

I've been a big fan for years. I have all of their CD's. I live in LA and was so sad that they weren't coming here. Thanks for the d/l

Posted by me | November 27, 2009 11:31 PM

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