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Artists we discovered, tunes we like, coming up stars and gigs announced

Leeds Festival 2010

Summer Music Festivals…

The Frenchies  have the Rock En Seine, We British have the Leeds Fest “Twice as Nice”

Arcade Fire / Blink 182 / Guns N Roses / The Libertines / Paramore / Queens of the Stone Age / Dizzee Rascal / Weezer / Biffy Clyro / The Cribs / Cypress Hill / Lostprophets / The Maccabees / Limp Bizkit / NOFX / Modest Mouse / You Me at Six / Gogol Bordello / The Gaslight Anthem / Billy Talent / Pendulum / Klaxons / Lcdsoundsystem / Enter Shikari / We Are Scientists / Pheonix- Mumfords & Sons and loads more…

August 27th, 28th and 29th Bank Holiday Weekend 2010 !

For more info – http://www.leedsfestival.com

PARIS ROCK EN SEINE FESTIVAL FIRST NAMES

I can’t believe my Gmail saw that one as a spam. Anyway, Rock en Seine festival just released the first 17 bands to be confirmed for its 2010 edition.

And it’s HUGE, MONSTRUOUS, H U M O N G O U S


MASSIVE ATTACK, ARCADE FIRE, BLINK 182, CYPRESS HILL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, PAOLO NUTINI, THE KOOKS, BEIRUT, 2 MANY DJ’S, FOALS, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, WAVE MACHINES, FAT FREDDY’S DROP, KELE, CHEW LIPS…


And more to come!!


Rock en Seine Festival, August 27th, 28th and 29th, Parc National de St Cloud, Paris, France

3 days passes are already available for €99, one-day tickets release on april 7th

http://www.rockenseine.com/en/pages/tickets.php?rubrique=47

Pierre K. 

How to Make it in America

I was reading Le Monde des Series (the world of series), a fantastic French blog on TV series, when I found a short article on “How to Make it in America”, HBO’s latest show.

Produced by Mark Wahlberg and Rob Weiss (producers of the excellent Entourage), How to Make it in America could be summarized as “how to get money when you’re in your 20’s, living in NYC, having often good ideas but no penny in your pocket?” Ben Epstein and his friend Cam Calderon, local hipsters with (some) ambition, are chasing down THE big thing that will give us stacks of $$$.

Our two buddies are not literally losers, and you quickly start to believe in their crazy plans. They’re way too cool to fail, but they’re way too cool to behave seriously in any professional world. As for now (we’re around episode 6) the show has nothing exceptional but it’s somewhat interesting to see what our lives could be if we were less studious about our studies and future (spending your time in house parties, waking up late with a massive headache, discussing with your “partner” about your plans in a bar every day, fighting with your parents, surprisingly still concerned about what you’re about to be is everything but a serious life, but we would all like it)

And above all, I kinda liked this serie because of its image: New York!  NYC, its crowded streets, the skyline, the succession of steel, brick and billboards, the graffitis, the “there’s so much culture everywhere in this town” feeling, all these things that are loved so much when talking about Big Apple.

How to Make it in America

Filmed in New York by Leverage, Closest to the Hole Prods. and Big Meyer. Executive producers: Stephen Levinson, Rob Weiss, Ian Edelman, Julian Farino, Jada Miranda, Mark Wahlberg. Producers: Jane Raab. réalisateur: Farino. Scenario: Edelman.

Cast: Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg), Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk), Rene (Luis Guzman), Rachel (Lake Bell), Domingo (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi), Edie (Martha Plimpton), Gingy (Shannyn Sossamon), David Kaplan (Eddie Kaye Thomas)

Oh, forgot to say, Kid Cudi’s in the show, and he rules. Plus, the main theme is a masterpiece..

Aloe Blacc – Need a Dollar

MGMT’s new album “Congratulations”

MGMT’s new album “Congratulations” is already available on P2P networks. Needless to say it’s a leak, and the availability remains illegal. To cope the problem (and to show the world MGMT are so cool, right?) they released the full album online, free streaming. Impressions and comments to come soon I guess

http://www.whoismgmt.com/

Pierre K.

Nas & Damian Marley’s “Distant Relatives”

Nas & Damian Marley

“Right now, I’ll tell you first, I’m working on an album with Damian Marley, and we tryin’ to build some schools in Africa with this one, and trying to build empowerment” said New York masterful MC Nas at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

“Distant Relatives” is set to be released on may 28th, and I just found out the first single “As We Enter” (and guess what, it’s a bomb)

Frankly speaking, I’m not a huge fan of hip-hop, but I do worship Nas. He’s way beyond the usual US hip-hop crap that easily crosses the ocean through MTV and similar mainstream channels (take 50 cent, this is just pure formated whatev’)

Anyway, this collaboration album’s definitely a big thing coming up. They’re talking about Africa, the album is for Africa (it will finance schools building program in Congo) and they do it sooo well.

Damian Marley, as written, had a great dad and followed his steps quite well. From classic reggae music to more fusion style, plus this really interesting collaboration (mixing reggae and hip-hop isn’t such an easy thing to do) he proved his talent many times (rush on his tune “Welcome to Jamrock”)

Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter

One more thing, Nas & Damian Marley will be top of the bill of the 2010 Paris Hip-Hop festival, with a gig on June 28th (at the Zénith)

Pierre K.

DJ Shadow goes remix(ed)

Late post on “surely one of the best 2010 musical experience” coming up project. DJ Shadow remixes, by others.

DJ SHADOW REMIX PROJECT

Cold Ears? Try this then

It’s freezing cold in Europe, and global warming might be involved in one of the crappiest winter I’ve ever seen (well yeah, it is global warming, think of it twice before wearing your massive winter coat..) Not to say that winter sucks, but come one, – 12 in Paris can’t be true.

At this point of my message, I do apologize to my fellow writers for who – 12 celsius is a sweet joke.

Anyway, here’s some good stuff for your frozen ears, and a reason to wear some random hippster t-shirt under your Bigfoot gear.

Oh damn, he comes from Russia! It’s Proxy, it’s crazy

03 8000

Gorillaz is back! New album Plastic Beach already available, with tons of crazy featurings and geniously made forthcoming hits. Here’s “Some Kind of Nature” With his Excellency Mr Lou Reed

09 Some Kind of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)

OK Go’s new album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky”. Its name reflects the stuff: it is OK Go. No big revolution coming up, just some good shoegaze whatev hippster rock. BUT this song’s video’s definitely awesum

02 This Too Shall Pass

4 days left before Bonobo’s new album (CAN’T WAIT). The British genius from Ninja Tune already offered us some teasers with this beautiful track “The Keeper”

03 The Keeper

Pierre K.