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Audiogramme du jeudi 29 Octobre 2015

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1. Peter Green – Albatross
2. Vampire Weekend – White Sky
3. Baio – Endless Rhythm
4. Paul McCartney and Wings – Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (2010 Remaster)
5. Daft Punk – Get Lucky – Around the world vs Chic – Good Times (Full Version Mashup)
6. Jamiroquai – Little L
7. Jamiroquai – Just dance
8. Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders – A groovy kind of love
9. Shocking Blue – Venus
10. Sugarcubes – Hit
11. The Cure – Love Song
12. Cowboy Junkies – Seventeen Seconds (The Cure)
13. Leonard Cohen – Ain’t No Cure For Love
14. The Beatnuts – Superbad
15. Bob Marley and The Wailers – I Shot The Sheriff (Roni Size Remix)


Audiogramme du samedi 14 février 2015

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1. Jean Claude Pascal – La recette de l’amour fou (Serge Gainsbourg)
2. Keren-Ann/Tanger – Il N’Y a Pas d’Amour Heureux (Georges Brassens)
3. Magnet & Gemma Hayes – Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan)
4. The Head and the Heart – Don’t Forget Me (Harry Nilsson)
5. Laura Mvula – Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
6. Chet Faker – Archangel (Burial)
7. Ada – Let Down (Radiohead)
8. Twin Shadow – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
9. Horace Andy – Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
10. Jens Lekman – A Little Lost (Arthur Russell)
11. Anthony Raneri – About A Girl (Nirvana)
12. Mark Lanegan – Nothin’ In The World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl (The Kinks)
13. William Bell – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (Otis Redding)
14. Mitty Collier – I’m Missing You (Otis Redding)
15. Madrugada – I’m Losing You (John Lennon)
16. Jarvis Cocker – I Can’t Forget (Leonard Cohen)
17. Vespers – All I Want Is You [Barry Louis Polisar]

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Audiogramme du samedi 7 février 2015 / Pluie

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1. Daniel Darc – La Pluie Qui Tombe
2. Zizi Jeanmaire – Ciel de plomb (Stormy Weather)
3. Alain Bashung – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Willie Nelson)
4. Étienne Daho – Little Bit Of Rain [Fred Neil]
5. The Incompetents – Bloody Rainbow (Daniel Johnston)
6. Richard Cheese – Only Happy When It Rains (Garbage)
7. Wang Chung – Rain – Wang Chung (The Beatles)
8. Danny Schmidt – Buckets Of Rain (Bob Dylan cover)
9. Frank Sinatra – Come Rain Or Come Shine
10. The Handsome Family – Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
11. Yellowbirds – Rainmaker (Harry Nilsson)
12. The Isley Brothers – Fire And Rain (James Taylor)
13. Lavender Diamond – Purple Rain (Prince)
14. Lenny Kravitz – Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan cover)
15. The Modern Jazz Quartet – Come Rain Or Come Shine

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Pause de l’après-midi du vendredi 21 novembre 2014

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1. Patrick Watson – You Gotta Fight For Your Right (To Party) (Beastie Boys)
2. John Grant – Two Of Us (The Beatles)
3. Peter Mulvey – The Fly (U2 cover)
4. Mayer Hawthorne – Mr Blue Sky (ELO Cover)
5. Tears For Fears – My Girls (Animal Collective Cover)
6. The Bobs – Bird on a Wire (Leonard Cohen)
7. Dawn Landes – You’re Breakin’ My Heart (Harry Nilsson)
8. The Magic Numbers – Crazy In Love (Beyoncé)

BOB, these are killer tunes

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Killer Bob (Twin Peaks)

In Lebanon, a lot of Arabic names get shortened to an American nickname:
Most commonly Mohamad becomes Moe. Sometimes you get Jeff for Chafic or Billy/Willy for Walid. Another one you get used to is Bob for Ibrahim.
Which takes us straight to the chase: I have a slightly thematic post one week after Eid el Adha, the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year.

The “Festival of the sacrifice” (As Wikipedia explains so candidly) honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his promised son, Ishmael (Ismail), as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead.

In the other two monotheist religions it’s the “Story of Isaac” as sung by Leonard Cohen on his 1969 masterpiece Songs From A Room

Anyway, so let’s start with a disclaimer: I mean no disrespect etc etc…
Here’s a track that was really hard to find here before Youtube: it was banned and I had only got the chance to hear it once at an “écoute musicale”.

Yes, on Ishmael South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as Dollar Brand) sings the Fatiha.

For completists there’s also an instrumental cover by the ubiquitous Nicolas Jaar.

But let’s stay in the Ibrahim family, Ali from the Ivory Coast also sings Allah’s praises on this funky track

Shoulda posted this a week ago but all this came together tonight.
Plus it allowed to squeeze in the perfect outro: Yes, the picture illustrating this post is Killer Bob from David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks and in case you haven’t been online lately, here’s an important announcement:


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October 11, 2014 at 23:03

(Indie-an) Summer

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Marie Laurencin, Trois jeunes femmes, vers 1953

Marie Laurencin, Trois jeunes femmes, vers 1953

It started with a pang.
At dawn
Was it hunger, an irresistible thirst or just my guilty conscience running away with me?
I obviously opted for hunger.
“French toast with molasses
Croquet and baked alaskas”

I’d been listening to this new box-set of REM rarities and found this gorgeous track.
Turns out they were covering Indie band Beat Happening

Of course, it’s not about food or a a picnic or just about “Indian summer” the golf and country club in Olympia (where beat Happening are from).
Star-crossed lovers? Oral sex? Theories abound.

“Touch girl, apple blossom
Just a boy playing possum
We’ll come back for Indian summer
And go our separate ways”

I just really like it. Makes me feel sad in a good way.

And to think I always thought it was a Ben Gibbard song

In the end, your subconscious always gets the upper hand.
It reminded me of another sad summer-y breakup track. Also a cover; this time by The National and St. Vincent

“Weary sun, sleep tonight, go crashing into the ocean
Cut the line that ties the tide and moon, ancient and blue
We take our empty hearts and fill them up with broken things
To hang on humming wire like cheap lamps down a dead end street
Close your weary eyes until the wintertime
And every time we turn away it hits me like a tidal wave
I would change for you but, babe, that doesn’t mean I’m gonna be a better man
Give the ocean what I took from you so one day you could find it in the sand
And hold it in your hands again

Cold ways kill cool lovers
Strange ways we used each other
Why won’t you fall back in love with me?
There ain’t no way we’re gonna find another
The way we sleep all summer
So why won’t you fall back in love with me?”

Indie artists covering Indie-er artists
I prefer the cover, but here’s the original by Crooked Fingers

And then randomness (who’s always been my closest ally) gives me the perfect outro: Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra covering Joe Dassin.

If you don’t know the original, here you go. Weirdly enough, he was American but sang in French…
For me it’s the civil war in Lebanon, Dédé and the unfortunately not too frequent “so bad it’s good” moments on Radio Nostalgie.

“je me souviens, je me souviens très bien
De ce que je t’ai dit ce matin-là
Il y a un an, y a un siècle, y a une éternité”

Post-Scriptum / Anatomy of a post:
Seems that very low voices were the common thread… or maybe that’s always the case…
Interested in vocal ranges? check this link

Reminds me of that lyric from Leonard Cohen ‘s Tower of Song:
“I was born like this, I had no choice. I was born with the gift of a golden voice”

This is the day

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We’re never as bad as we fear nor as good as we would like – some uke player’s tai chi teacher.
I found these words of wisdom online during my preparation for today: I sing on stage for the first time in less than 3 hours. Just me and my ukulele…

This is the day – your life will surely change
This is the day – when things fall into place

Listen to the lyrics. I love this song but I won’t be covering it because I can’t sing it without tearing up in a horrible bout of self-pity…
But, let’s avoid the drama: I’ll be fine. I just needed an excuse to post some day-related tracks.

But I still remember that day we met in December

Blue jeans, White shirt
Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn
It was like James Dean, for sure
You so fresh to death & sick as ca-cancer
You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip hop
But you fit me better than my favourite sweater, and I know
That love is mean, and love hurts
But I still remember that day we met in December, oh baby!

I will love you till the end of time
I would wait a milion years
Promise you’ll remember that you’re mine
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more
Than those bitches before
Say you’ll remember, oh baby, say you’ll remember
I will love you till the end of time

Big dreams, gangster
Said you had to leave to start your life over
I was like: “no please, stay here,”
We don’t need no money we can make it all work
But he headed out on Sunday, said he’d come home Monday
I stayed up waitin’, anticipatin’ and pacin’ but he was
Chasing paper
“Caught up in the game” that was the last I heard

I will love you till the end of time
I would wait a milion years

Promise you’ll remember that you’re mine
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more
Than those bitches before
Say you’ll remember, oh baby, say you’ll remember
I will love you till the end of time

He went out every night
And baby that’s alright
I told you that no matter what you did i’d be by your side
Cause Ima ride or die
Whether you fail or fly
Well shit, at least you tried.
But when you walked out that door, a piece of me died
I told you I wanted more-but that not what I had in mind
I just want it like before
We were dancin all night
Then they took you away- stole you out of my life
You just need to remember….

Will love you till the end of time
I would wait a milion years
Promise you’ll remember that your mine
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more
Than those bitches before
Say you’ll remember, oh baby, say you’ll remember
I will love you till the end of time

Forget the hype, the fact that she might be a well packaged product and/or a poor little rich girl… or even that it sounds like a million other things including Mazzy Star. It’s a great catchy track and I love it.

Anyway, so here we are / it’s the end of december and one of the tracks I thought of covering was Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”. I have a deep voice but he’s over a billion floors above me in the tower of song. Plus I promised myself I wouldn’t sing any sad songs. I’ll just post them.

It’s four in the morning, the end of December
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening.

I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desert
You’re living for nothing now, I hope you’re keeping some kind of record.

Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?

Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You’d been to the station to meet every train
And you came home without Lili Marlene

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody’s wife.

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see Jane’s awake —

She sends her regards.
And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I’m glad you stood in my way.

If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free.

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried.

And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear

Sincerely, L. Cohen

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December 20, 2011 at 16:17


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Take my hand if you know where I’m going through
Take my hand if you know where I’m going

You know ow
You know ow

Are you in the know?
I don’t just type “know” into my itunes and go through the songs. A lot of thought goes into these selections… most of the time they appear in a “dream”…

Cut Copy – Where I’m Going

All you need is a dream and a lover too
All you need is a dream and a lover

Take my hand ’cause I know what you’re going through
After the time I haven’t known where you’re going

You know ow
You know ow

My uncle offered me Lyle Lovett and his large band’s LP in the early nineties.
I transferred it to MP3 recently and I’ve been listening to it a lot
I love 10 of the 12 tracks despite the country overtones. Here’s one for tonight’s theme.

Lyle Lovett – I Know You Know

So tell me something that you mean
Not just what comes to mind
Because you know I would believe
Anything you’d say

And I know you know
I know you know
I know you know
I’m so in love with you

Staying with the same period, Have you seen Pump Up The Volume?
Pirate radio flick with Christian Slater from 1990?
I love the Soundtrack. That’s where I discovered Concrete Blonde’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows. Not to be confused with N*E*R*D’s Everyone Nose

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

2 more tracks to go. No comment…

The Smiths – I Know It’s Over

I know it’s over – still I cling
I don’t know where else I can go
Over and over and over and over
Over and over, la …
I know it’s over
And it never really began
But in my heart it was so real
And you even spoke to me, and said :
“If you’re so funny
Then why are you on your own tonight ?
And if you’re so clever
Then why are you on your own tonight ?
If you’re so very entertaining
Then why are you on your own tonight ?
If you’re so very good-looking
Why do you sleep alone tonight ?

The Beach Boys – God only knows

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you

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October 16, 2011 at 18:56