Entries tagged with: Sebastien Tellier
by Bill Pearis
Groovy dude Sébastien Tellier released L'Aventura this month via Record Makers. The concept for this one is its recollections of his childhood, reimagined as if he grew up in Brazil instead of France. Tropical heat and French cool have long been a winning combo and with flutes, strings and "bah bah" choruses (arranged by Brazilian music legend Arthur Verocai), this coulda been released by Sergio Mendes (or Serge Gainsbourg) in 1975. Also appearing on the album: new age / synth icon Jean Michel Jarre and percussionist Robertinho Silva. It's well worth checking out and can stream it via Rdio.
Meanwhile, Tellier has given one of the album's synthier tracks, "Aller Vers Le Soleil," to Hercules & Love Affair to remix, who give the ethereal track a solid disco thump. We've got the premiere of that in this post. We've also got the premiere of a Red Bull Session that Sebastien did, performing the new album's "L'adulte" and "Cochon Ville" live. Watch that, and the music video for "L'adulte" as well, below...
by Bill Pearis
Sébastien Tellier returns with a new album, Confection, on November 11. That's the cover art above. For those pining for a return to the sound of his 2004 album, Politics, he's reunited with the folks who made that -- including Philippe Zdar behind the boards and, crucially, drummer Tony Allen -- for the record. The first single is "L' Amour naissant" and is more than a little reminiscent of his classic "La Ritournelle." You can check out the video, made by acclaimed French director Jean-Baptiste Mondino, in this post.
Video and album tracklist below...
Watch Pitchfork Paris below....
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (Donovan remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix) (MP3)
Sébastien Tellier (born 1975 in Paris) is a French singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is currently signed to Record Makers, a French independent record label. He sings in English, French and Italian. [Wiki]As I was just saying, Sebastien Tellier will be in the USA in April to play a few West Coast dates with Chairlift (and maybe Coachella). But first he'll also be in the USA to play some April shows on the East Coast (without Chairlift) and that includes another show at (le) poisson rouge in NYC. He last played the same venue in December. Before that he appeared at Hiro Ballroom in July. Tickets for the April 1st show are on sale. All dates below...
CYHSY @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are apparently taking a (possibly permanent?) "break" after the previously-announced February 13th show at BAM. The rumor is that they've nixed plans to go back into the studio, and that they have no further dates scheduled. I'm not saying I'm 100% positive this is the last we'll see of them, but it seems likely the show will be the last chance to see them for a very long time, if not ever. Chairlift opens, and tickets are still on sale.
In the meantime, CYHSY's Tyler and Robbie have been keeping busy with Uninhabitable Mansions, who have a show coming up February 27th at Union Hall. CYHSY's drummer Sean continues to play Axl Rose in the Gn'R cover band Mr. Browstone. Their next gig is February 7th at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Alec Ounsworth's latest pastime is being a father.
After BAM, Chairlift are going on a March tour with Yacht, and will be visiting the west coast in April with Sebastien Tellier. Though not confirmed, I'd say the March tour makes it look like they'll be at SXSW, and the April dates have them coming awfully close to Coachella. All dates below...
Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
"It is the start of a new year and that means we're slouching towards Southern California's biggest music festivals, starting with Coachella in the middle of April. And the internet is simply ablaze with line-up rumors. But this year, much like last, crazed fans have taken things a step further on the festival's message board, going as far as to contact bands directly for confirmation.Speaking of the Airborne Toxic Event, they sold out their Bowery Ballroom show and added another one on March 8th (three days earlier). They also just so happen to be the band playing David Letterman tonight (1/12).
At the forefront of this year's rumor mill are scores of potential summer blockbuster acts, including Animal Collective, Basement Jaxx, the Black Keys, Blur, Britney Spears, Four Tet, Glasvegas, José González, Keane, Morrissey, N.A.S.A, Neil Young, Outkast, the Pretenders, the Prodigy, the Replacements, the Smiths, the Thermals and the White Stripes. And among the purportedly confirmed artists, who have been reached through Myspace or other means, are some pretty sizable LA locals like No Age, Peanut Butter Wolf, the Airborne Toxic Event and Flying Lotus." [LAIST]
Fleet Foxes are another one of those listed as confirmed. They're also confirmed to play SNL next week.
Also confirmed are Los Campesinos! who are playing a show at Sound Fix Records this week.
All confirmed and rumored Coachella artists (according to LAist) below...
DOWNLOAD: The Black Ghosts - Any Way (Fake Blood mix) (MP3)
Sebastien Tellier @ LPR - Dec 11, 2008 (natkg)
From Tuesday my week in dance hit a slight hiccup. Thursday night (12/11) it was pouring when I arrived at Le Poisson Rouge for Sebastien Tellier and despite not waiting outside long at all, I still entered the venue sogggy. Unfortunately I also arrived just in time to see Hearts Revolution. I've seen them once before. I'm fine with their beats and I like some remixes of their tracks, but I find their shows to be atrocious (ouch - ed). It's mainly due to Lo's singing which is shrill and unpleasant to begin with, but the lead vocalist's unnecessary commentary which included complaining about the bright stage lights this time around (and wanting to go home and go to bed the previous time I saw her) was not helping matters. Thankfully their show was pretty short and Sebastien Tellier was on not too long after.
While Sebastien Tellier had my Tellier fanatic-friends and I bugging out when we last saw him at Hiro, this time around the experience was much more subdued. The stage show was a little toned down - less pelvic thrusting and fun with the microphone. I brought a Tellier-virgin along and was concerned about what he was thinking of Frenchman... Though everyone seemed really into it, and it was still a decent show, my distance from the stage, and concern that my friend was/wasn't enjoying himself, and a slightly less outrageous performance, made his show at Le Poisson Rouge fall short of the madness I experienced at Hiro in July.
Luckily things picked right back up where they left off Friday night...
DOWNLOAD: Cut Copy - Far Away (ddpesh remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (Donovan remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix) (MP3)
Last week I had a great time dancing. I started things off Wednesday night seeing ddpesh (download his remix of Cut Copy's "Far Away" at the top of this post) deejay at Arlo & Esme (which I unfortunately didn't find out about until days after last week in dance went online). He played a great mix of recent stuff including two of my favorite, underplayed jams - The Whitest Boy Alive's "Golden Cage" (Fred Falke remix) and Ghostface Killah's "Charlie Brown" (DJ Mehdi remix), and more Biggie than I've heard played out in a long time, and he somehow brought it all back around to electronic once again before I headed out.
Speaking of Mehdi, what do you think of his latest track, Pocket Piano? It was just released on digital & vinyl on Ed Banger Wednesdat (12/10). Pelski did an interesting preview of some of the remixes (which you can download there) last week, juxtaposing Mehdi's work with the rest of the Ed Bangers, and discussing the inevitable backlash headed toward the French label.
There's more on its way in terms of reviews from last week, but dance-wise this week is one of the busiest in a while. Check out what's going on Thursday night (12/11) - a very packed rest of the Week In Dance will be on its way soon:
Midnight Juggernauts' Top 10 albums of 2008
1. Gang Gang Dance, Saint Dymphna (The Social Registry)I like their list a lot. It's via Filter.
2. Sebastian Tellier, Sexuality (Record Makers)
3. Deerhunter, Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (Kranky)
4. Squarepusher, Just a Souvenir (Warp)
5. Lindstrom, Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)
6. Portishead, Third (Mercury)
7. The Do, A Mouthful (Wagram)
8. Metronomy, Nights Out (Because)
9. Late of the Pier, Black Fantasy Channel (EMI)
10. School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms (Full Time Hobby)
Sebastien Tellier plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC TONIGHT, Thursday December 11th. School of Seven Bells are at Mercury Lounge on Monday.
Check out the video for "On My Shoulders" by The Do below...
Boy 8-Bit @ 88 Palace, November 14, 2008 (The Culture of Me)
Last Saturday despite only considering two options, I had a tough decision to make. I hadn't seen Justin Martin deejay since January, but I had come so close to seeing Boy 8-Bit (without it actually happening) last month that I needed to go to Korrupt 88 Palace (a venue that wasn't very easy to find).
If you haven't been (this was my first time), 88 Palace is a dim sum restaurant on the second floor of a mini-mall that is under the Manhattan Bridge. As you walk in there is police tape up so you are pretty much corralled up the stairs, straight to the restaurant. I was a bit skeptical/curious about how this was going to work as a dance venue...but it worked pretty f-ing well. The place is shaped a bit like a stretched out horseshoe with a bar running down one side, tables scattered everywhere and a dancefloor at the end. I don't remember what time it was (probably sometime between 1 and 2) when we arrived, but the party was already packed and grooving. You could pay for shots that they would pour straight from the bottle into your mouth at the bar, apparently there had been jello shots earlier...I don't think anyone who was drinking was feeling bashful about hitting the floor.
We worked our way up to the floor shortly after we arrived, just as Boy 8-Bit began his set. Much like when I saw him in March, he dropped a more UK-influenced set, (that featured other stuff too)...but was just a pleasant far cry from so much of the French music (old and new) I've been (happily) listening to over the past year. It was one of those sets that was so good I was too busy dancing/had absolutely no desire to attempt a setlist, but a few good tracks I remember are below. I did'nt know lot of the really good stuff Boy 8-Bit played though - perhaps some new music of his?
that setlist and lots of upcoming events, below...
DOWNLOAD: DJ Ayres, Nick Catchdubs, and Jubilee
- Flashing Lights Mix 1 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - L'amour et la Violence (Boys Noize remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Boys Noize - Live at Sonar Festival - June 21, 2008 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nick Warren - Cosmic Space Mix (MP3)
A-Trak @ Central Park Summerstage (more by Ryan Muir)
With all there was to choose from last night I hope you were able to find something to get you moving on the floor. If not, I'm sure some of the deejays and bands in this post can help out with your weekend...
Sebastien Tellier @ Hiro Ballroom - July 30, 2008 (CRED)
Sebastien's set at Hiro really showed how (all hype aside) truly talented he is. His songs are really finely crafted, electronic, pop songs that should be grouped somewhere closer to artists like Air rather than some of the fly by night electro nobody's going to remember in a few years time. The setlist from Wednesday is below. There's a full review of the show over at my blog.
Thursday night (July 31), Institubers Jean Nipon and Bobmo had everyone losing it at Santos along with the French label's only US artist, Curses! Jean Nipon opened the night with a mix that was a bit of everything - kind of like his Freedom Fries mix, but way more banging. Curses followed up with a great set, showcasing his signature, heavily UK-influenced sound and flawless live vocals. Afterward France took over with Bobmo deejaying into the wee hours with the great, 90's, housey sound that artists like he and Surkin are excellently reinventing and bringing back. Overall it was a really fun night of good, super danceable tunes. This was my second time at Santos - still loving the soundsystem and the fact that people shamelessly get down.
Jamie Lidell @ Summerstage - August 3, 2008 (Lucas Blue)
I rounded out the crazy week by hanging out at Summerstage on Sunday. The weather was great and it was a nice, mellow way to spend the day (despite not being into that much of the music). Jose James is a good jazz vocalist, but not my cup of tea. Little Jackie managed to fuse pop with a throwback soul sound pretty successfully. By far the largest turnout at Summerstage was for Janelle Monae. The instruments were very loud and it was hard to hear her at times, but what I did hear of her was not that impressive. It made me realize how much I can't wait to see Sharon Jones (who is playing Summerstage in a couple of weeks, on August 17th). I did like Janelle's energy though - she was dancing around like a maniac despite the park being quite hot under the blazing sun, and I liked her nods to Fritz Lang's Metropolis (which is also the title of her suite, check her myspace for an explanation). Gilles Peterson played some upbeat, soulful, dancey jams that had everyone moving, but he wasn't mixing them together! Hopefully that won't be the case at Cielo on Thursday (more on that later)....
Jamie Lidell, Soulwax and more below....
DOWNLOAD: Jean Nipon - Freedom Fries Mix (zSHARE MP3)
Apparently Sebastien's Wednesday show is going to be so epic we'll need an entire day before we're ready for the
after-party Sexuality pre-release party. Someone made the connection that having the after-party the day after the show (which is what I originally saw on this flyer) didn't seem quite right. The Thursday (July 31st) pre-release party features Sebastien deejaying along with Marc from Record Makers from 10-1. From 1 on Institubes Paris Terror Club which includes Bobmo (one of the handful of recently emerging, super young, talented French deejays), as well as fellow Frenchman Jean Nipon (be sure to download his "Freedom Fries" mix at the top of this post) plus New York's own Heavy Bass Champion, Drop the Lime take over. The show is the first stop on Institubes' US and Canada tour. The rest of the dates can be found below after the rest of Thursday's events. Advanced tickets available here....
James Murphy and Pat Mahoney @ PS1 - July 26, 2008 (CRED)
The Crowd @ PS1 - July 26, 2008 (CRED)
Thursday night, despite the various dance happenings I decided to take a break and stay in. Friday I took a break from dancing again and went to the excellent Ween show. The no-dancing streak couldn't last much longer though - Saturday I headed to PS1 for the DFA-laden edition of Warm Up. I arrived around 5 and witnessed a line stretched around at least 3 sides of PS1. Thankfully I was able to go on the much shorter line for LIC residents. Inside was less crowded than I expected - perhaps some of the line was due to an attempt at crowd control. Unfortunately it was only temporary and PS1 turned into a barely navigable, wall to wall crowd of people standing around, many waiting in one of the ridiculously long and seemingly merging beer lines.
After several minutes of scurrying through gaps opening in the crowd I finally made it to the dancefloor where there was an odd little mix of people not dancing at all, people just tapping their feet a little bit, and people absolutely losing their shit. I fell somewhere between the feet tappers and wanting to lose my shit but James and Pat's selections just weren't doing it for me. Probably the one and only highlight for me was when they dropped "Planet E" by KC Flightt which heavily samples "Once in a Lifetime" by the Talking Heads. Check out the video which features the soon to be touring David Byrne dancing through every now and then. Around 8 I left PS1 feeling very frustrated, but I am already starting to feel better because of the amazing events headed our way this week:
First off, hopefully things will be better tonight (Wednesday July 30, 2008) at Santos Happy House with different DFA'ers, Juan Maclean and Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space) choosing the tunes. Apparently it's going to be an actual battle with Tim and Juan switching off every hour, with one of them emerging as the winner....