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Hopefully this moron isn't anywhere close to as popular as this viral video of him talking about Eagles of Death Metal and France,,,

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Friday at noon, Lemmy took to Motorhead's Facebook to remember Philthy Animal

"Hello this is Lemmy from Motörhead. I'm feeling very sad at the moment, in fact devastated because one of my best friends died yesterday. I miss him already. His name was Phil Taylor, or Philthy Animal, and he was our drummer twice in our career. Now he's died and it really pisses me off that they take somebody like him and leave George Bush alive. So muse on that. We're still going, we're still going strong, it's just first Würzel and now Philthy, it's a shame man. I think this rock n roll business might be bad for the human life. Oh well."
Eight hours later, this to the same Facebook page:
First of all, what can we say? Our hearts go out to all who have suffered in Paris tonight, we are so sorry, it is so utterly horrific. Thank you to everyone who has asked about us all, everyone in the Motörcamp is safe although as you have probably heard, Paris and, indeed, France, is understandably on lockdown until local authorities can gauge the full extent of what has occurred. When we have further news, we will let you know. We just hope everyone can heal.
Motorhead were scheduled to play The Zenith in Paris on Sunday night, 11/15. The show is nos officially off. The band posted this update tonight along with the above photo:
Due to the serious situation that our brothers and sisters are facing in Paris we have to postpone our gig until January. We are working on locking a date and will give details as soon as we can.
Motorhead's next scheduled gig is at Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Düsseldorf, Germany on 11/17.

1 world trade
photo of 1 World Trade Center honoring France, via


To Everyone:

We love France. We love Paris. MGMT are fortunate enough to have played Le Bataclan four times, including three consecutive nights in the fall of 2010.
The people of France and Paris have always loved us back. Grateful isn't a word that adequately describes our feelings.

Three people instrumental in our reaching and loving France were at the Eagles of Death Metal show last night at Le Bataclan:

Delphine, our wonderful record label French bulldog, who fought tooth and nail for us to do the things we wanted to do; to be crazy; to go on French TV wearing Thanksgiving costumes with a vat of pudding; who took us to marvelous places in Paris; she was at Le Bataclan. She is okay. Unharmed somehow.

Arnaud, part of the pair of French live music promoters who saw us play a show at Glasslands in NYC in 2007 and said "we want to bring you to France". They did. Arnaud and his partner Pascal placed a big bet on us and we have never forgotten. Arnaud was shot in the chest last night. We have heard he made it to the hospital, had surgery and will survive.

And we also just found out Nick Alexander, who was one of the top crew members and merch sellers MGMT has had and one of the nicest guys in rock. He sold merch for us on our two European tours in the Fall of 2010, including those three nights at Le Bataclan. We are crushed to find out Nick is one of the victims of last night's insanity who didn't make it. If you have a t-shirt from that tour, wear it proudly to honor Nick.

Our thoughts and positive vibes are with anyone who was affected by what happened last night, including our good friend from The Whigs and Eagles Of Death Metal touring drummer Julian Dorio.

We make music and play music to help make people happy. It is what every band we've ever met wants to do. Happiness, like music, comes in many different forms and styles. But happiness doesn't come the way we saw last night. We all need to figure out how to make happiness win. Then the Aliens will come back and smile and bring us many amazing gifts.

We love you France. We love you Paris.


by Ian Chainey


Stuck at home this weekend? Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France kicked off this morning and the massive metal fest is streaming some acts online. And don't fret, if you miss a set, everything is instantly archived online for playback (check out the archives for a slew of past performers from previous years, too). For instance, you can partake in M.O.D.'s set right now. Heck, you can even pick up some blood from the butcher's later and enjoy Watain with makeshift smell-o-vision.

Hellfest Open Air goes until Sunday and potential highlights abound in the broadcast list. One such heavy is the reformed Emperor who recently played a show for the first time since 2007. The legendary black metallers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of In the Nightside Eclipse and included plenty of ensorcelled goodies from that album in their last set at Sweden Rock Festival. They even jammed out a ripping rendition of Bathory's "A Fine Day To Die" as a tribute to Quorthon who passed in 2004. Plus, since Emperor won't be hitting US shores this year, it might be your best chance to see the group in real time.

The full list of Hellfest bands streaming and Emperor's Bathory cover from Sweden Rock Festival, below...

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Bjork posted the following message to her website last week:

A few years ago doctors found a vocal polyp on me chords ... i decided to go the natural way and for 4 years did stretches and tackled it with different foods and what not . then they discovered better technology and i got tempted into hi tech lazer stuff and i have to say , in my case anyway : surgery rocks ! i stayed quiet for 3 weeks and then started singing and definitely feel like my chords are as good as pre nodule ! it´s been very satisfying to sing all them clear notes again . im sorry i had to cancel stuff earlier in the year , didnt want to talk about this until i knew for sure if it would work . so looking forward to singing for you in 2013 all the warmth ,björk.
That sounds like good news! The Independent has even more:
"[Bjork]is now considering adopting the fan-funding model to raise money to reprogram Biophilia for Android. "It was always our target that it wouldn't be a coffee-table thing for rich kids. We are going to go to Paris in February and the West Coast of the States in the spring. And then we could go to South Central. And teach them about scales and chords. I'm kidding... No, I'm not, actually!""
The article also points out that her new favorite band is Death Grips who are responsible for two remixes on her new Biophilia remix album.

The France Biophilia shows were officially announced today. Check out the exact dates and venues below. The "West Coast of the States" dates mentioned above, have still not been announced, but perhaps there is some Coachella in her future? If so, and Sigur Ros in fact are playing too, it will be a good year for fans of Icelandic music. Oh, and she told NY Mag earlier this year, when she was in NYC for her residency here, that she was planning on San Francisco (which would fit nicely between Coachella's two weekends).

More info on Paris below...

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by Bill Pearis

Bertrand Burgalat @ Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Bertrand Burgalat

When we first posted that French artist Bertrand Burgalat would be coming to NYC for the CMJ Festival we didn't know much, but we now have specifics. He plays the Union Square Ballroom on October 16 and will be at Fat Baby on October 17. He recently played Pop Montreal (check out ze photos) and there's video footage of what looked to be a super fun show below.

The Union Square Ballroom show is part of an all-French, dance-oriented line-up that also includesSkip the Use, Juveniles, Yan Wagner and Total Warr. The show is free and open to the public with RSVP though the RSVP ...link on this page doesn't seem to be working just yet.

Tomorrow's World
Tomorrow's World

France seems to be fairly well represented at this year's CMJ and in addition to Bertrand Burgalat and the artists above there is also Tomorrow's World, which is the new project from Air's Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Lou Hayter who was (is?) keyboardist in New Young Pony Club (and put out a great solo single a few years ago under the name The New Sins). Tomorrow's World's track "So Long My Love" has been floating around the web for most of 2012 but it just now getting a physical release.

Tomorrow's World are on another mostly-French CMJ bill, this one at Highline Ballroom on October 17 with Housse de Racket (Cassius side project), Lescop and UK electrop group Citizens!. Tickets are on sale now for this one now.

Citizens! will be playing a few additional gigs during CMJ though their schedule hasn't been fleshed out. Keep your eyes peeled and in the meantime you can check out their video for "True Romance" below.

Additionally, Irene and Francis Jacob will also be here, playing 10/14 at Shrine (info), 10/19 at Joe's Pub (tix) and 10/20 at Barbes (info). You make recognize Irene from starring in '90s arthouse hits The Double Life of Veronique and Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red.

In non-CMJ French artist news, Etienne de Crecy, one of the big names in the late '90s "French touch" sound (along with Cassius, Alex Gopher, etc) will play Santos on November 5. Tickets are on sale. Etienne is also playing The Voodoo Experience in New Orleans and FFF Fest in Austin.

There are a few other videos for French bands playing during CMJ below.

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Phoenix at MSG (more by Andrew St. Clair)

"How a small group specialist woodworkers from Versailles, heir to the French touch to the end of the 1990s - and which the singer Thomas March is married to the trendy Sofia Coppola -, he managed to conquer America? How is it imposed before stars such as David Byrne, Brian Eno or Depeche Mode During the Grammy Awards, winning the Award for best album alternative rock? With Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, album sold more than 2 million copies, the group constitutes a true musical phenomenon."
Forgive the poorly worded synopsis for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - From A Mess To The Masses (thanks Google Translator), a documentary on Phoenix which is viewable in full below. Be warned though, portions of the documentary are entirely in French. Phoenix recently recorded material for their new LP, though no word on a release date thus far.

Speaking of France (first Justice and now Phoenix) (not to mention that Daft Punk cameo in the Comic Con pics), the country will be repping hard with its more up and coming bands during CMJ in NYC this week:


DAY #1: Wednesday October 19th - Hiro Ballroom
8pm - The Lanskies
9pm - Hindi Zahra
10pm - The Two
11pm - Revolver
12am - Chateau Marmont

DAY #2: Thursday October 20th -Hiro Ballroom
9pm - Stranded Horse
10pm - The Inspector Cluzo
11pm - Zenzile
12am - Make The Girl Dance

Both shows are free with RSVP.

Revolver & Chateau Marmont both also play Joe's Pub as part of an ongoing tour.

Check out Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - From A Mess To The Masses below.

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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...

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"This Parisian trio has been making scene noise, and for plenty good reason: their songs go a long way to carve out a real living end, so what you get is a neatly reductive sound universe, all patent recall and sass and open Gallic charm. Byron Coley calls them "devolved in a lopsided way," which is sort of spot-on. Cheveu excel at keeping things simple in the heat of an energetic rave-up. You sort of imagine these guys never breaking an honest sweat. Their songs roll out like a weird iteration of nature--all the rock tropes we thought we'd forgot, or lost interest in--made extant and coy, and attacked from within." [Cokemachineglow]
Almost missed the fact that Cheveu is in town from France! Catch them at Silent Barn tonight (7/17) and PS1 on Saturday. All dates and some videos below...

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photos by Leia Jospe

"at yann tiersen, irving plaza with, probably, every french person in new york city." - Soraya Darabi

Yann Tiersen

"the good news is that we got there early enough to watch the whole thing in the very front! the bad news is : yann + an electric guitar + band - his violin = major midlife crisis. i love this man, but it was awful.

he DID move me to tears when he finally picked the violin up for sur le fil - but 99.9% of the time was alt. rock hell. he even managed to butcher the amelie theme beyond recognition. & there was no piano. or accordion.

why yann, why?! i miss the good ol' days" [photobear]

I never saw Yann during the good ol' days. In fact, Amelie aside, I never even listened to Yann in the old days or the new days, but I do agree that the show wasn't what I expected, and it wasn't that exciting. You can see in the pic above that Yann was getting his Thurston on. "Awful" is kind of strong, but maybe that's because I like "alt rock", though I think my issue was that it wasn't "alt" enough, which I took more as a sign that I went to the wrong show. I wished I was at the Walkmen or Throbbing Gristle's 1st NYC performance - both shows happened the same night (4/16). Oh yeah, the violen parts were the best.

Asobi Seksu are on tour with Yann, and they sounded great as the opener (their first-ever show at the venue). A few of their songs sounded really great on the sound system - a few were so-so. All in all, I'm glad they were there. More pictures from the show (and yes there were a lot of French people there) below...

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me: Yelle is the biggest thing in France?

my French friend: oh my god ! No ! No ! Yes, it's huge... But... Amongst pre-teenagers

Yelle makes her U.S. debut at Knitting Factory in NYC tonight (Feb 19, 2008). She is also the surprise guest Thursday night at Hiro Ballroom, and she's playing Coachella. Videos and more tour dates below....

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"French president Nicolas Sarkozy is endorsing a plan that would ban the provision of Internet access to file sharers caught pirating three times. The plan would use information from ISPs on "high-volume users" to find file sharers. Serial offenders would see their accounts suspended or terminated after their third strike. Music and film industries, naturally, are in favor of the plan." [Valleywag]