Saturday, 17 December 2011

Joue des concerts rock sur paris avec ton groupe sans manager ou budget

Liste de 40 bars et salles de concerts sur Paris pour jouer live avec ton groupe


C’est un secret pour aucun nouveau groupe, trouver une bonne salle pour faire un concert sur Paris relève parfois, voire toujours du parcours du combattant. Les bars ou café concert ne veulent qu’une chose : vendre le maximum de consos possible dans une soirée (on ne peut pas leur en vouloir c’est leur métier en même temps) et donc toi tu débarques avec la maquette de ton groupe de rock inconnu au bataillon avec tes 52 fans Facebook* et le patron prend ton disque, te fait un sourire (si tu as de la chance) et t’informe gentiment qu’il va te rappeler…



*(Assez bizarrement les maisons de disques et autres acteurs de l’industrie de la musique utilisent le nombre de fan Facebook comme critère de sélection numéro 1 avant même d’avoir écouté ton son)




Ca peut vite être décourageant de chercher des dates sur Paris mais ce n’est pas pour autant qu’il faut abandonner. De toute façon si tu aimes vraiment ce que tu fais tu n’abandonneras jamais! Si tu n’as pas de persévérance dans ce milieu tu peux rentrer à la maison jouer à guitar-hero en fumant des joints.

J’ai un groupe de rock  depuis un peu moins de 2 ans maintenant qui s’appelle  The Raccoon Maneuver  et on commence à peine à faire quelques dates sur Paris. Attention je parle pas de La Boule Noire ou du New morning mais plutôt des cafés concert sympas, bars Rock ou même des squattes (énorme concert avec 9 personnes dans le public : ) Si tu veux réussir avec ton groupe tu dois chercher des salles de concerts tout le temps et contacter un maximum de personnes.



Peut être que tu joueras avec ton groupe dans un vieux bistro pourri à Gare de l’Est avec des personnages très héroïques dans la salle. Des espèces de Daniel Dark mutant qui piquent du nez toutes les 5 minutes, une serveuse italienne qui aurait bien besoin de deux semaines en cure de désintoxication aussi,
pas de volume sur  l’ampli électrique, impossible pour le batteur d’utiliser la grosse caisse et j’en passe.

Tous les grands groupes de rock que tu idolâtres et moi aussi surement  sont passés par là et mille fois
Pire encore… 

Le rock* tu dois le vivre si tu veux que la musique sonne rock.


N.B le rock ne veut absolument pas dire que tu dois te défoncer à la poudre d'ange dans un hôtel 4 étoiles à moitié inondé de Jack Daniels courant en cercle et en jouant la Marseillaise Slight Return, version Lord Jimi Hendrix.

Joue autant que tu peux où tu peux !


Avant d’arpenter la rue Oberkampf ou les ruelles de Chatelet comme un coq décapité qui balance des démos à tous les kebabs et bar à tapas dans son champs de vision, prend un peu de temps pour lister les bars, cafés et salles qui sont susceptibles de programmer ton groupe et contacte-les tous par mail, téléphone ou en personne avec ton son disponible.
C'est ton jour de chance! J'ai déjà listé les infos (numéros de téléphones, adresses, arrondissements et e-mail) d'une quarantaine de bar qui programment régulièrement des groupes de rock, pop, funk…..


Les Trois Arts 
les3arts@free.fr 01 43 49 36 27   - 21, rue des rigoles
Cabaret populaire                   
01 46 36 08 04    - 103 rue Julien-Lacroix
Espace B       
contact@espaceb.net       - 16, rue Barbanègre
Glazart   
hello@glazart.com  01 40 36 55 65  - 7/15 av. de la porte de la Villette
Peniche antipode
webmaster@penicheantipode.net  01 42 03 39 07 - Face au 55 quai de la Seine
Les Méres Veilleuses
01 42 00 44 12  - 67 rue de Mouzaïa
Utopia
jacutopia@wanadoo.fr   01 43 22 79 66   79 rue de l'Ouest
Au24bis
09 52 59 54 16  - 24 bis rue Gassendi
L'etabli
01 45 81 09 45 - 117 rue de la Glacière
le petit journal Montparnasse
01 43 21 56 70  - 13 rue du Commandant-René-Mouchotte
O.P.A   (regardes la vidéo de notre concert a l'OPA plus bas dans l'article)
opa_paris@yahoo.fr 01 46 28 12 90 - 9, rue Biscornet 75012
Les Combustibles
 01 58 51 17 31 - 14 rue abel
L'International
contact@linternational.fr  - 01 49 29 76 45 - 5/7 rue Moret
La Mécanique Ondulatoire      
lamecanique.ondulatoire@gmail.com  01 43 55 16 74 - 8 Passage Thiere
La Plage Café
webmaster@laplage-lecafe.com  01 43 38 48 19 - 59 rue de Charonne
L'Alimentation Generale
prod@alimentation-generale.net  01 43 55 42 50 - 64 rue Jean-Pierre-Timbaud
Le Lodge 
laloge.info@gmail.com  01 40 09 70 40 - 77 rue de Charonne
L'Angora 
01 47 00 25 00  - 3 bd Richard Lenoir
Kiron  
contact@kiron.fr  01 44 64 11 50 - 10, rue La Vacquerie
L'Affiche café
01 49 29 76 45 - 5 rue Moret
Apero rock café
aperock@hotmail.com  01 48 06 46 66 - 46 boulevard Voltaire
La Belle vie St Martin
labelleviestmartin@gmail.com  01.42.05.93.62  - 121, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
Le Baroc'
lebaroc@live.fr   01.42.40.93.38 - 36, rue de Sambre et Meuse
The Hideout Gare du Nord
01 48 78 06 98 -  8, boulevard de Denain
La Java
http://www.la-java.fr/contact.php  01 42 02 20 52 - 105 rue du Faubourg-du-Temple
Le Lautrec
01 56 92 28 79 - 63 rue jean baptiste pigalle
La Tavern de Cluny
contact@lateverndecluny.com   01 43 54 28 88 - 51 rue de la Harpe
Who's bar
01 43 54 53 82 - 21 rue Dauphine
Le Cavern
http://www.caveaudesoubliettes.fr/contact/contact.html  - 52 rue Galande
Caveau des oubliettes
01 43 26 92 15 - 19 rue des deux ponts
Le be there
01 43 26 92 15 - 19 rue des deux ponts
Le vieux Leon
01 45 08 43 76 - 18 rue de la Grande-Truanderie

Extrait du concert de mon groupe The Raccoon Maneuver à L'OPA:







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Friday, 7 October 2011

Buenos Aires - A passionate city

The first thing that strikes you when you arrive at Buenos Aires by plane is the never ending sea of buildings that seem to stretch all the way to the horizon.

I flew in from Cancun Mexico so to go from pristine Caribbean beach to sea of concrete is quite something!


I had met this Argentinean girl in Guatemala a few weeks before. We traveled for a while and then she went home but I wasn’t going to let her run away that easily! The plan was to work in Tulum Mexico for a couple of weeks and save up to buy a ticket to Buenos Aires. Easily said, but when you’re an illegal European working in Mexico I can tell you that the pay check ain’t that flash! 1$ an hour, yep 1$.
But luckily for me Anabel (the girl) sent me an e-mail one day with my e-ticket to Buenos Aires! So I went.
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I ‘m going to stay focused here and talk about the city , all you have to know is that I married this young lady a few years later and that we are currently living in Paris.

So Buenos Aires. I have always had this romantic image of Buenos Aires, probably due to Tango.
There is definitely something romantic about that city, but maybe passionate is a better word to describe the place.

I can’t give you any real tips on hotels because I never actually stayed in one (apart from on my honeymoon) but it’s pretty easy to find a Cheap Hotel in BuenosAires.

If you are planning to go to Buenos Aires the first thing you should do is get yourself  into a little bodegon (typical restaurant) and order a Bife de Chorizo (juicy tender steak) and a bottle of Malbec wine preferably from Mendoza.  You will be charmed by the Italian looking waiters that all look like they have just escaped from the Godfather, with their implacably combed hair and proud chests.  The meat is exquisite!


I know argentine meat is a bit of a cliché but there is a reason why, believe me.

Want the real thing?  Go to Club Eros in Palermo 

If you love street food you have to try the famous Choripan, the Argentine version of a hot dog (but a lot tastier!).  Go for a stroll in Costanera or in el Tigre for the best ones!

If you’re looking for a fun dinner followed by a fun night out go to Acabar in Palermo ;the food is good, the atmosphere is great and it’s right in the middle of Buenos Aires by night.  

Enough writing about food!

The real argentine passion lies in the football stadiums! There are more than 5 BsAs teams in the first division but the best atmospheres are in La Bombonera ( Boca Juniors) or El Monumental (River Plate). 


These guys are nuts!! Just a little tip if you do go to a game; try not to dress up as a tourist and leave your mega big camera and shiny watch at home (if you know what I mean).

If you’re not into football you can go to a Milonga (tango bars) and see the dramatic sexual tension between two graceful Latin bodies. You can even give it try if you’re up for it! Didn’t work for me. The Tango Barrios are Almagro and San Telmo.  For modern tango go see The Orquesta TipicaFernandez Fierro  



Other stuff to see in Random Order:

Palermo Soho (local designer cloth market; very trendy):



 The San Telmo market (Sunday mornings):



The Colon Opera house:

Café Tortoni:


The beautiful Ateneo book store:




The Parisian architecture in Recoleta:



 The Recoleta cemetery (where Eva Peron is buried):


Take a bus (it’s scarier that any Roller Coaster ride in the world):



Go to el tigre on a Sunday afternoon:


 I’m sure I forgot loads of amazing places but the most amazing thing in Buenos Aires is the people!


If you have the opportunity to visit this very loco and passionate city do it! You wont regret it.

I'm off to drink some Mate! 

No' Vemos Boludos! 


Friday, 29 April 2011

The Green Chain - Eco Interview


PriceMinister are organizing a really cool fundraiser for SAS YPTE & TFC called the Green Chain. If you want to raise £10 for an environmental charity check out their blog
Here is my interview:

- Turning the heating down by just one degree in your house saves 240kg of CO2 a year. It would take eight trees to soak up this amount of CO2! Are you currently doing anything to make your home eco-friendly?

I’ve been listening to the fleet foxes & pre-electric Dylan recently : )

I never turn the heating up at more than 20 degrees, and if I’m a bit cold I rather put a jumper on than turn the heating up.


- Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface, now they only cover 2%. How are you reducing your use of paper?

I hardly ever buy magazines, maybe one a month, the rest of the time I’m on the internet. I don’t have a printer and always recycle.
The most important thing for me is trying not to print to much paper in the office!


- At PriceMinister we believe that trading second hand items online is a great way to extend the life span of products. Have you ever thought of buying or selling second hand items on or off line?

I’m a big online buyer but not as big as my wife Ana ( check out here eco bohemian crafty blog Crear es Creer) she spends hours hunting for bargains on the net.
We also love to go to Parisian flea markets on Sundays.  


- One of the biggest environmental challenges we face is Freshwater Shortages. Are you taking measures to reduce your water consumption?

I never, ever, ever buy bottle water. Well at least not when I’m at home. I also try limit the time spent in the shower ( until I’m clean and smell like a fresh rose: )


- How do you choose the produce that goes into your shopping basket? (any favorite products?)

Uhhh that’s a tricky one! I generally buy fruits and veggies in the supermarket (bbooooooooooo) I know, I know. The worst thing is that they don’t even taste like fruits & veggies. We went to Argentina a few weeks back and eat fresh vegetables and it was like the first time all over again. They tasted so good!!
Otherwise I cook my own meals and never buy microwave stuff.  Favourite product? Fresh tomatoes with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.  


- What is your favourite green space near home? (a photo would be great!)

We live next to the Canal St Martin in Paris, it’s really great in the summer, people gather round, eat, drink and play guitar and socialize. Shame the weather is foul 10 months out of 12 : ( 


- Which charity would you like to support and why?

I would like to support Surfers Against Sewage because I think that their org is really original and groovy. I lived in Corsica for about 10 years and I absolutely love the sea. To many companies take the sea for a giant dump, and that’s outrageous in my opinion... So I think it’s really cool that these guys are there to watch over the big blue ocean and denounce all the corporate pirate...


- Please give us the url of a fellow blogger (or bloggers) you would like us to contact to raise an extra £10.

 My beautiful wife of course : http://crearescreer.blogspot.com/

Sunday, 27 February 2011

If this song could speak…

Surrounded by a wall of chaos, big fuzz pedals plugged into my cold veins, deafening drums banging away ba ba ba ba ba tatatatata , yet I hear an angel whispering in my bleeding ear:
-          Follow me , come higher, higher, pay no attention to the darkness

Wild wind of madness, twirling into an unstoppable hurricane of vice.

-          Where can I find you?
-          You can’t yet, you’re not ready. Soon you will know...



Sunday, 20 February 2011

Radiohead - The King of Limbs


Well a Radiohead album release it’s always an exciting moment for me. I’m a huge fan of the Oxford based band and their first albums (The Bends, Ok computer) largely contributed to my desire to form a rock band and write my own songs.

 “I wanna be in a band when I get to heaven
 Anyone can play guitar
 And they won't be a nothing anymore”

When Kid A and Amnesiac were released the band gained a new status as avant garde musicians who weren’t afraid to explore distant musical landscapes regardless of the success of their previous “rock” albums. The result was amazing, innovative and exiting.
Hail to the Thief was the link between Kid A and Ok computer, a great mix of electronica and killing guitars riffs, with memorable songs like 2+2+5 and There There.
In Rainbows was a pretty album with beautiful soundscapes and melodies but the actual album release business model was much more innovative than the music.

The King of Limbs: Sunday morning (2pm), sitting in my kitchen with a cup of tea and a pint of Alka Seltzer in each hand… bring it on. Found this a great video on you tube where you can listen to the full album:



Posted by: thelilbearbeeny 

Might have been the hangover but the first listen wasn’t easy. Is it because we always expect too much from the bands we love?

You can hear the Tom York influence over this album (yeah; he’s the lead singer daa!) but seriously it does sound a lot like an improved version of the Eraser. I do miss Johnny Greenwood’s blissfully tortured electric guitars but that’s just me and musicians evolve.

Second, Third listen, a fried egg and a cigarette later things make a little more sense.
The texture, arrangements are beautiful and delicate and two tracks really stand out of the pack:

Little by Little :

“Turn to nasty now
The dark cell
The pit of my soul
The last one out of the box
The one who broke this spell

Little by little by hook or by crook
I'm such a tease
And you're such a flirt
Once you've been hurt
You've been around enough

Little by little by hook or by crook
Never get nervous
Never get judged
I'm no idiot
I should look

Your clue on hold, snapped up
Crawling with my love
The last one out of the box
The one that broke the seal
Obligation
Complication
Routines and schedules
Drug and kill you
Kill you

Little by little by hook or by crook
Never get nervous
Never get judged
I'm no idiot
I should look”

The electro rock spaghetti western vibe of the song is quite similar to Go to Sleep on Hail to the Thief  but it’s a really cool song. Laid back and sexy.

The other song I really dig is Separator:

“It's like I'm falling out of bed
From a long, weary dream
The sweetest flowers and fruits hang from trees
Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me
It's like I'm falling out of bed
From a long and weary dream
Just exactly as I remember
Every root
Every gesture

I'm a heart in cold ground
Like I'm falling out of bed
From a long and weary dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

As my woman blows her cover
In the eye of the beholder
I'm a fish now out of water
Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me

I fell open
I laid under
At the tip count
I was just a number
I wanna tip it over
And lay back under

And if you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong

(Wake me up, wake me up)
If you think this is over
Then you're wrong
(Wake me up, wake me up)
Like I'm falling out of bed
From a long, weary dream
The sweetest flowers and fruits hang from trees

When I ask you again
When I ask you again
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up “

The song takes a few minutes to kick in but when the delicate subtle lead guitar starts the pieces of the puzzle come together. It’s got a little Indian electro vibe to it, very chilled out and appeasing.

I’m not going to go through all the songs but the two previously mentioned ones are really worth it. I hear a lot of recycling on the record:   Codex =  Pyramid Song (Amnesiac) , Little by Little = go to Sleep (Hail to the Thief), Morning Mr. Magpie =  a Prozac(ed) version of Bodysnatchers( In Rainbows) ,…

I still love the band and respect their work. We can’t expect to be blown away with every new album. Bands change as people change.

The king of Limbs isn’t a great album but Radiohead is still a massive band and I can’t wait to see them live is Paris!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Songs that make me weak at the knees.

Some melodies seem to have a powerful effect on our emotional triggers, here is a list of tunes that do exactly that to me. Call it love if you wish…

Just like a women - Bob Dylan

She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl"


Great tunes from one of Dylan’s best album: Blonde on Blonde. This was Dylan’s first album backed by an electric band. Some overwhelmed early folk Dylan fans booed him during his 66 UK tour and branded him as a “traitor to Folk”. It turned out to be a blueprint for hundreds of singer-songwriters.

Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

“I know I dreamed you a sin and a lie
I have my freedom, but I don't have much time
Faith has been broken, tears must be cried
Let's do some living after love dies
Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them someday “




A beautiful melodic lullaby written by Richards & Jagger. The lyrics were
apparently re-written by Mick for Marian Faithfull when she was slipping down the rabbit hole. The lyrics “Wild horses couldn't drag me away “were supposedly the words uttered by Marian when she awoke from a drug related coma in 1969.


Je t’aime… moi non plus – Serge Gainsbourg
“- Je t’aime je t’aime
Oh oui je t’aime
- Moi non plus
- Oh mon amour
- Comme la vague irrésolue
Je vais, je vais et je viens
Entre tes reins
Je vais et je viens
Entre tes reins Et je me retiens”


This sexually explicit song was written by Gainsbourg for Brigit Bardot in 1967, the French icon sang on the original version but refused to release the track because she was married at the time and wanted to keep her love affair with Serge secret. The song was rerecorded with Jane Birkin in 1968.

I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher

They say our love won't pay the rent
Before it's earned our money's all been spent
I guess that's so we don't have a plot
But at least I'm sure of all the things we got... babe
I got you babe, I got you babe”




Memorable song that gained a second life after being featured in 90s classic film Groundhog Day. Sony and Cher formed a prolific duo during the 60’s and 70, they even had a TV show on CBS in the 70. Sonny abandoned his musical career to go into politics and Cher, well Cher is the aging diva that she is.

Wish you were here – Pink Floyd

How I wish, how I wish you were here. 
We're just two lost souls 
Swimming in a fish bowl, 
Year after year, 
Running over the same old ground. 
What have we found? 
The same old fears. 
Wish you were here.”




Wish you were here was written for Sid Barrett in 1975. For optimised listening you have to be in a long distance relationships with a half empty bottle of red wine in your hand.

I want you (she’s so heavy) – The Beatles

“I want you
I want you so bad
I want you,
I want you so bad
It’s driving me mad, it’s driving me ...
She’s so heavy heavy, heavy, heavy”


Lennon wrote this hypnotic song for Yoko Ono in 1969. It was apparently influenced by a one worded poem wrote by Ono in 64 called “eau”. I want you only has 14 words in it.