Monday, 17 October 2016

Renaud: Live in London

An appearance in London tomorrow night by the legendary Renaud, one of the many stops in the tour he's undertaking following the release of his latest abum earlier this year.

It's worth pausing a second to remember just how unlikely all this seemed just a few years ago. Renaud was apparently all but washed up, his voice shot and his career over, his health failing.

But his comeback has been little short of remarkable, with an album that's among his best, and a critical and commercial success like no other during his career.

Meanwhile his aptly named Phénix tour, which began this month sees him taking to the stage after a ten year absence, with lengthy two and a half hour sets covering his career.

The question of whether or not his voice is back hasn't been answered. There are of course many who maintain he never had much of a voice in the first place. But the London show gives Brits, and the many French living here, a chance to catch up with Renaud.

Renaud's album gets a re-issued on November 18, the new version featuring two bonus unreleased tracks and a DVD with an interview and a look at his recording the album in the studio and on tour.

Renaud plays the Eventim Apollo and continues a run of dates at the Zénith in Paris before embarking on more shows across France through to April next year.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Feu! Chatterton: Ophélie (live)

 A live video by the mighty Feu! Chatterton for the track Ophélie.

Its' the opening track on their debut album  Ici le jour (a tout enseveli), one of the highlights of last year.

A reminder - if we need one - that the band are a mighty impressive live proposition.

They're in the middle of their latest series of live dates at the moment, and play the Olympia in Paris on Monday October 17.

The band have been touring extensively over the past few months, with festival sets as well as headline shows of their own, in Europe and North America.

They've got dates elsewhere in France until mid November.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

MaMa event in Paris

The MaMa festival gets under way in Paris, an industry showcase and convention in the French
capital as well as the chance to catch some

It takes place over three days in venues across the north of the city, in the Pigalle and Montmartre area, with some big names, blog favourites and new acts keen to get your attention. There are a total of 120 acts in 12 venues, French and international

Among the bigger names are Nouvelle Vague and the legendary  Christophe.

Gaspart Royant is the first act to play, and  elsewhere blog favourites la Féline,  Talisco, Samba de la Muerte are on the bill. Fishbach and Wall of Death are also part of the event.

Monday, 10 October 2016

M Pokora: Belinda

A newn single by M Pokora, with the track Belinda, a cover of the hit by French music legend of the 60s and 70s Claude François.

Pokora's new album My Way consists of versions of Claude François songs. Claude François is of course the singer who's track Comme D'Habitide was re-interpreted in English as My Way, the Sinatra classic.

It's a bold project, for although Claude François is remembered fondly, his artistic reputation is not great. Cloco has never been fully rehabilitated from his catalogue of French interpretations of 70s easy listening and disco hits, always the opportunist rather than the innovator.

But he was massively popular, and there's still a market for his music even now, decades after his death as the endless stream of re-issues attests. It'll be interesting to see if there's much crossover with the younger generation of music fans associated with M Pokora.

Belinda came from Cloclo's 1971 album Le Lundi au Soleil and was originally the B side of a single.

My Way is released on October 21.

Johnny Hallyday: Rester Vivant Tour

With the certainty of night following day and the turning of the seasons, a new Johnny Hallyday live collection is being released on the back  of his last tour.
The album - Rester Vivant Tour - documents his live show in Belgium on march 26 this year, which was broadcast in cinemas around France. 

His set featured songs from throughout his long career, as well as numbers from De l'amour, his 50th studio collection, which was relased in November last year.
De l'amour album came out in the middle of his Rester Vivant tour, and was met with considerable critical success.

A number one seller in France, it went on to take the chanson album of the year award at the Victoires de la musique ceremony in February.
A couple of tracks, Blue Suede Shoes, Rester Vivant  and Noir c'est noir, have emerged ahead of the new album.
Rester Vivant Tour is available as a 2CD, 3CD or triple vinyl collection. A DVD is expected shortly.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Acid Arab: Musique de France

I've been aware of Acid Arab since they played the transmisicales festival in Rennes in 2013, I loved
their track Berberian Wedding, a distinctive and intoxicating piece of electronics and they've continued to develop into something quite special indeed.

The debut album by the Paris based duo of Guido and Hervé - 'Musique de France' - is released today and it refreshes like a mint tea on a hot dry day.

They're a French act playing a north African flavoured music, and maintain that there are no geographic barriers to music, developing into the act they are today from DJ sets in Paris.

Acid Arab play a live set at the Mosaiques festival in London on October 15

Trust: Au Nom De La Rage Tour

A welcome return to live action for the French music legends that are Trust, with vocalist Bernie
Bonvoisin and guitar hero Nono Krief

They were one of France's biggest bands in the early 80s, big enough to make a significant impact in the UK, their albums getting released in both French and English language versions.

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was in the band for a while before joining Maiden, they were mates with Bon Scott from AC/DC and their classic Antisocial was covered by Anthrax.

Trust were proper legends, and they deserve to be back on the stage.

Maybe it's the success that the reformed Téléphone have enjoyed under their Les Insus name that finally inspired Bernie and Nono to join forces again over the summer to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.

There are 12 dates scheduled for December, all in smaller venues outside Paris. Hopefully the demand will lead to some arena sized shows for 2017.