Month: November, 2012


terrible fits of anger sweep through the pond today.
only Godspeed You! Black Emperor can save us.
thank you.


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

brand new hot info: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ new album is expected on 18th february 2013!

here’s the trailer of Push the Sky Away.

Kari Tapiiri

today we head to finland and meet Kari Tapiiri.
i discovered him this summer at the excellent Stupido Record Store in helsinki.

Kari Tapiiri is a delicate songwriter, a fine interpreter of finish folk, who released this year an elegant and pretty moving first album called Intiaani on Timmion Records.

Kari’s tunes will make you feel a little bit melancholic but mostly in a kind of delicious well-being.
the pond has been seduced by his soft and cosy guitar melodies and the incredible effect of the finish accent, almost comparable to the manchester’s.
and his almost hilarious interpretation of Länkkäri will make you singing without even knowing what the song is about. and the amusing text of Lailai clearly shows that Kari Tapiiri is a facetious rascal.

here’s a new video for Symbioosi.

Yeti Lane: The Echo Show

the video of the day introduces you to one the best french bands of the year, if not the best one: Yeti Lane.
the title track The Echo Show and the twelve excellent other songs entered the list of the top 3 of the pond in late march.
and may join very soon our timeless column.

spread the word!

The Herbaliser

oh man, tell me i’m dreaming, the Herbz are back!

the pond cherishes The Herbaliser, no kidding.
last night, when i got to know that they were actually touring again, it took me two mouse clicks to be the happiest frog on earth. sometimes a simple list of dates can bring you some kind of euphoria, isn’t it amazing?

Friday 26th October- Trinity Arts Centre Bristol
Saturday 27th October – The Forum, London
Friday 9th November – Block 33 Thessaloniki, Greece
Saturday 10th November – Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece
Tuesday 4th December – Le VIP, St-Nazire, France
Wednesday 5th December – La Gaite Lyrique,Paris, France
Thursday 6th December – La Sirenne, La Rochelle, France
Friday 7th December – Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
Saturday 8th December – La Nikaia, Nice, France
Sunday 9th December – Circolo Arci Biko, Milan, Italy
Wednesday 12th December – Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
Thursday 13th December – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Friday 14th December – Melweg, Amsterdam, Holland
Saturday 15th December – VK Club, Brussels, Belgium

Jake Wherry and DJ Ollie Teeba self-released their brand new album, There Were Seven, on 8th october on their own label called Department H.
two extracts are already available:

The Lost Boy, their first single,

and March Of The Dead Things (Night Of The Necromantics) that will give you an idea of the Herbaliser’s jazzy rap and humour.

after the excellent Ninja Tunes’ albums, Remedies (1995), Blow Your Headphones (1997), Very Mercenary (1999), Something Wicked This Way Come (2002), Take London (2005) and their !K7‘s great Same As It Never Was (2008), impatience is growing in the pond.

if you can’t figure out how a mix up of James Brown and James Bond would sound, click on the cover of There Were Seven.
see you on 13th december!

Papier Tigre

let’s be noisy today and have a look at the french Nantes riviera.
and, why not, open a series of the sexiest howling voices and dirtiest guitars?

the pond is proud and eager to present Papier Tigre.
hosted on the outstanding Africantape label (home of the excellent Electric Electric and our beloved Aucan, whose Black Rainbow was in pole position in the 2011 top of the pond), the tigers are damn good at strumming noisy punk guitars and producing brilliant breaks in rhythm. and providing delicious and enthusiastic cries of rage.

Pierre-Antoine Parois takes (good) care of the frenetic and tribal drums, Arthur de la Grandière is in charge of a brilliant guitar and some percussions, and Eric Pasquereau trains his devastating and exhilarating voice on an aggressive guitar, which makes you forget the existence of a bass guitar (click on the cover of Recreation if you don’t believe me).

it’s pretty hard to define their music accurately, for it clearly draws inspiration from rock, punk and post rock. but not only.
i’m afraid the way they describe themselves is actually the best one: “[our] music is firmly entrenched in the tradition of inventive, challenging punk but combines elements of experimental pop compositions and aggressive math-rock.”

their self-titled debut album dating 2007 and the great The Beginning And End Of Now (2008) were both released on Collectif-Effervescence/Wangba Records.
Recreation (2012) arrived at the pond in july, and has, since then, been echoing in our ears almost each week. our favourite goes to The Latter Reply and Wandering Cage, but the whole album is, let’s put it simple, a masterpiece.

one click please to get an appetizer. and bon appétit.

the weekly barometer: Polly’s special

1. Sheela Na Gig
2. In The Dark Places
3. A Woman A Man Walked By
4. The Piano
5. The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore

along the brook with Pop Levi

hesitation in the pond. do we like Pop Levi, or not?

after giving it a first try in the early morning, i hesitated between jigging about on my chair while listening to the catchy and grooving Strawberry Shake, and switching off my loudspeakers on Records.

the third album of Pop Levi came to us this morning through our beloved Herbaliser.
ok, if the Herbz support him, there’s no reason to be grumpy.
and let’s not forget that Pop Levi belongs to Ninja Tune‘s racing stable, one of the best music labels ever.
double good reason to give it a second try.

i might be wrong but the voice of Jonathan James Mark Levi (and general atmosphere of the album) reminds me sometimes of Miles Kane‘s. even if Levi’s singing is more nasal and, i’m sorry to confess it, at times barely bearable. however, Pop Levi has an excellent flair for wiggling tunes and melodies.

the pond enjoys quite a lot the noisy Motorcycle 666, along with the ragging guitars of Police Sign and the delicate ballad of Bye Byes. a delicious smell of Queen emanates from the title track Medicine, while Midnight Runaround slightly reminds of David Bowie. Terrifying flirts exquisitely with shake-your-rump rock.

at the end of the day, Pop Levi’s cover is very likely to win the most-ugly-cover Award of the year, but will for sure join the pond’s collection (click on the cover to stream Medicine until 26th november).
may god bless Ninja Tune.

Cloud Nothings: Stay Useless

do you know how to start a day properly?
ask simply Cloud Nothings to give your ears a good clean.

la blogothèque and associated for a new series of Take Away Shows.
just click on the picture to shake a leg!

Mogwai: A Wrenched Virile Lore

the release of the day goes to Mogwai, with a new remix album called A Wrenched Virile Lore.
you may accuse the best scottish post-rock band to release albums too swiftly, but they are the indisputable masters of the most incredible and mysterious titles!

according to the band’s label, Rock Action Records the tracklist gathers remixes of the excellent Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Tim Hecker, The Soft Moon and the very talented RM Hubbert (among others) participated in the project.

George Square Thatcher Death Party – (Justin K Broadrick Reshape)
Rano Pano – Klad Hest (Mogwai is My Dick RMX)
White Noise (EVP Mix by Cylob)
How To Be A Werewolf – (Xander Harris remix)
Letters To The Metro – (Zombi remix)
Mexican Grand Prix – (reworked by RM Hubbert)
Rano Pano (Tim Hecker remix)
San Pedro – (The Soft Moon remix)
Too Raging To Cheers – (Umberto remix)
La Mort Blanche – (Robert Hampson remix)

if you’re racked with doubt regarding this closing title, look for the very first title track of Hardcore Will Die

you may listen to the whole album via spotifiy and click here to listen to the reshape of George Square Thatcher Death Party.
we’re not very sure this new remix album will rank with the excellent 2001 Kicking A Dead Pig, but there’s no reason to deny ourselves a little treat.