INTERPOL, ROCK EN SEINE, 29.08.2015 Good bye to the Angels

Saturday night, I said good bye to the Angels from Interpol…as yes, All the good things come to an end and this wonderful El Pintor tour is finished for me, here in Paris, where it started some time ago …

…this last show in Rock en Seine was perfect, emotional, tremendous, extremely intense and …too short…

…this tour…a life time memories…that I’ll never let go…they fuel my heart and my soul…so keep the engine turning around for a while…

Thank you Paul, Daniel, Sam…all the crew…you are beautiful…you are the best …I bet you enjoyed as much as we do…
Hope, you’ll Surprise, Sometimes, you’ll come around…soon…miss you already…Merci encore…

Here some of my pics…

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My Rock en Seine 2015 : INTERPOL, THE LIBERTINES, STEREOPHONICS, FFS, KASABIAN, THE OFFSPRING, TAME IMPALA, ALT-J, RUN THE JEWELS,WOLF ALICE

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English (please scroll down for French)

Let there be Rock, and it was ROCK, last weekend in Park de Saint Cloud.

The God of Rock spreads some good vibes above the 120 000 beautiful people who went in the Jungle of Rock en Seine 2015, and all of us were blesses with beautiful sound and lights.

In a tropical atmosphere, 31-33°C, quite unusual heat for this festival, admiring a superb full moon, and among the charming still green trees of Domaine de Saint Cloud, of we savoured some tasty music coming from all over the world.

I know it, since 06th of March, when the first names were revealed, and I already told you here, that this will be my best Rock en Seine ever and I WAS RIGHT.

Well, I will not tell you too many things about the festival, we had some nice entertainment around the Jungle, some Rock Art, photo exhibitions, colourful showers, lot of food trucks and a very beautiful sky …etc and also the usual queues at bars and toilettes…
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But here MY Personal  Rock en Seine- all photos are taken by me:

Friday, I started with a nice surprise, WOLF ALICE, a young British group, an energetic alternative rock and a clear voice. For sure, a bit shy performance on stage but a lot of potential here…wpid-img_20150902_192332.jpg

FFS arrived on stage. The super mega group formed by Franz Ferdinand and The Sparks were on TOP with their dancing show. They dazzled us with a fantastic good mood, a delighted electrical rocking 80’s sound, synthes, guitars… and lot of dancing steps.

Alex Kapranos and Russel Mael are getting well together, these guys are really having fun and enjoy what they do…even if they are singing Collaborations Don’t not work, they proved otherwise.

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Then no time to breath, as THE OFFSPRING arrives furiously on stage.

Nothing new here, nothing changed, same crazy punk rock, they did not lost an ounce of their devilish energy. One after another their hits come together and people fully enjoy.wpid-img_20150902_193151.jpg

And for end of the day, the showmen from KASABIAN – a totally magnetic concert with amazing sound and lights.wpid-img_20150830_141338.jpg wpid-img_20150902_194402.jpg wpid-img_20150902_193750.jpg

Saturday, an excellent start for me with the British STEREOPHONICS, as usual, the beautiful raspy voice of Kelly Jones, a well-rehearsed show, a kind of “best of” mixed with some new lovely songs from their new album coming up next week…wpid-img_20150902_202455.jpg wpid-img_20150901_012053.jpg

Then we went to Say hello to the Angels from INTERPOL and they answered with a fabulous show.

A bitter –sweet show for me, as the last one I see from El Pintor Tour which sadly ends in just a few days…

The New Yorkers proved one more time, that have Great style (and Great style is worthwhile…) even on 30°C. Perfect melancholic sound, superb voice, electrifying crying guitars, fantastic beats.

They did a great show, for a big festival. A short and efficient set list, with a beautiful Rest My Chemistry, a very emotional My Blue Supreme, an explosive Slow hands…

A less glorious show for me, as totally squeezed in the 6th or 7th row, next to an excited girl who ruined my Evil as she was desperately singing in my ear, so could hear only with the other one… and then, All this rage… that it was too short, it was too quick, unfair, finished…just could not believe it … I had tears in my eyes, I swear…wpid-img_20150902_205529.jpg wpid-img_20150830_111234.jpgwpid-img_20150901_020726.jpg wpid-img_20150902_205321.jpg

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Can’t stand me now, Music when the lights go out or The Delaney … as well as some new songs from the so expected album were there for our big pleasure.wpid-img_20150902_202759.jpg

Sunday, I went see the Australians from TAME IMPALA for the first time and I totally loved.

Beautiful romantic psychedelic sound, the sweet high voice of Kevin Parker embraced the crowd and transformed the Main Stage in a cool Flower Power moment.wpid-img_20150902_204743.jpg

Alt –J followed, the successful British band conquered the audience with their passionate sophisticated indie- folk rock – electro sound.wpid-img_20150902_204839.jpg

And for the end of my festival, what could be more motivating that the excellent Hip Hop sound coming from USA, the duo RUN THE JEWELS, who definitely captivated the crowd.wpid-img_20150831_205918.jpg wpid-img_20150831_205201.jpg

And this is the end of my summer festivals – Thank you Rock en Seine for this fantastic festival.
For me, place to the big indoor gigs of this new season.

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FRENCH

Let there be Rock et c’était ROCK, le week-end dernier dans le parc de Saint-Cloud.

Le Dieu du Rock a répandu sa bonne humeur au-dessus des 120000 personnes qui se sont rendus dans la Jungle de Rock en Seine 2015 et chacun d’entre nous a été bénit avec du bon son et lumières.

Dans une ambiance tropicale, 31-33° C, une chaleur tout à fait inhabituelle pour ce festival, admirant une superbe pleine lune et parmi les arbres encore verts du charmant Domaine de Saint-Cloud, nous avons dégusté une savoureuse musique venant de partout dans le monde.

Je savais depuis le 06 mars, quand les premiers noms ont été révélés et l’ai déjà dit ici, que ce sera mon meilleur Rock en Seine et JE NE ME SUIS PAS TROMPEE .

Eh bien, je ne vais pas vous dire trop de choses sur le festival lui même, juste qu’en plus des files d’attente habituelles dans les bars et les toilettes, nous avons eu une animation très sympa autour de la Jungle, des expos, du RockArt, des douches colorées, plein de food trucks et un ciel bleu magnifique…

Mais voila ici Mon Rock en Seine à Moi ( les photos sont prises par moi)

Vendredi, j’ai commencé avec une belle surprise, WOLF ALICE, un jeune groupe britannique, un rock alternatif énergique et une voix claire, sûrement une performance un peu timide sur scène mais beaucoup de potentiel ici…

FFS est arrivé sur scène. Le Super Mega  groupe  formé par Franz Ferdinand et THE SPARKS  étaient  en excellente forme, On the Top, avec leur dancing show.

Ils nous ont ébloui avec leur fantastique bonne humeur, un son de synthés des années 80 melangé au rock dynamique, des guitares… et beaucoup de pas de danse.

Alex Kapranos et Russel Mael se donnent à fond, ils ont l’air bien ensemble, ils s’amusent et se donnent à coeur joie sur scène … même s’ils chantent Collaborations Don’t Work, ils ont prouvé le contraire.

C’était fun sur scène, et c’était fun dans la foule. Nous nous sommes sentis Lucky Lucky Lucky d’être là…

Pas le temps de respirer, car The Offspring arrive furieusement sur la Grande Scene.

Rien de neuf ici, rien a changé, même punk rock fou qui n’a pas pris une ride…

Ils n’ont  pas perdu  une once de leur énergie diabolique. Les uns après les autres leurs grands succès s’enchainent  et tout le monde profite pleinement.

Et pour terminer la journée, les showmen de KASABIAN – un concert totalement magnétique avec un super son et lumière.

Samedi, un excellent départ pour moi avec les Britanniques de STEREOPHONICS.

Comme d’habitude, la belle voix rauque de Kelly Jones, un spectacle bien rodé, une sorte de « best of » mélangé avec des chansons de leur nouvel album qui sort la semaine prochaine…

Puis nous sommes allés to Say Hello to the Angels d’INTERPOL et en échange, ils nous délivré  un magnifique concert. Assez doux amer pour moi, car c’était mon dernier du El Pintor Tour.

Les New Yorkais ont prouvé encore une fois qu’ils ont beaucoup de style même à 30° C.

Voix parfaite, superbes guitares, fantastique beat.

Ils ont fait un grand spectacle, pour un grand festival.  Un set list court et efficace, avec une belle Rest My Chemisty,  un très émouvant  My Blue Supreme ou un explosive Slow Hands…

Un concert moins glorieux pour moi, totalement coincé dans la rangée de 6-7, à côté d’une jeune fille excitée qui a ruiné mon, EVIL en chantant  désespérément dans mon oreille, donc j’ai pu entendre  qu’avec l’autre… et puis, ALL That Rage que c’est fini, top court, trop vite … justement, je ne pouvais pas le croire … J’avais les larmes aux yeux, je vous jure…

Eh bien, et pour la fin de la soirée THE LIBERTINES sur la scène principale – comme un bon fan depuis très longtemps, j’ai été très heureuse de les voir après tant d’années.

Un joyeux bordel sur scène, une belle complicité entre Pete Doherty et Carl Barat… c’est toujours un plaisir de voir ces grands gamins  jouer sur scène.

Can’t stand me now, Music when the lights go out or The Delaney… ainsi que des nouvelles chansons extrais du  nouvel album attendu bientôt, étaient là pour notre plus grand plaisir…

Dimanche, TAME IMPALA –je vois les Australiens pour la première fois et j’ai totalement adoré.

Beau son romantique psychédélique, une voix douce haute- perchée  de Kevin Parker qui a embrassé la foule et a transformé la Grande Scène dans un joli moment cool Flower Power.

Alt-J, le groupe britannique qui monte , a totalement conquis la foule avec leur indie -rock – folk –electro  sophistiqué et passionné.

Et pour la fin de mon festival, ce qui pourrait être plus motivant, que l’excellent son Hip Hop  des Américains de RUN THE JEWELS qui ont captivé la foule …
MERCI ROCK EN SEINE pour ce festival magnifique. A la prochaine!

Et voila, c’est la fin de mes festivals d’été – maintenant, place pour les concerts  cette saison.

LIGHTS, SUNSETS, SUNRISES

Rain Rain Rain, since yesterday evening it keeps raining over Paris as the sky had its biggest sorrow and can’t stop crying…

A thick curtain of grey clouds invaded the sky, and it looks like the sunlight was banished somewhere in space.

That’s why, I decided to post some sunny pictures taken this summer, hoping that these lights, sunsets, or sunrises, will chase away this terrible gloomy ambiance….

Summertime please comeback, at least for a while, I invoke your spirit….I need you….

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INTERPOL AT ROCKALTITUDE, LE LOCLE, SWITZERLAND 15 08 2015

On the road again, for my summer Interpol festivals tour…This time a really short stop in Switzerland, the country of precision, for Rock Altitude Festival in Le Locle.

Yeah, disoriented in a green countryside landscape, on the skate rink of the little town, somewhere between chalets, vineyards and farms…Under the freezing icy rain, about 10°C, middle of August …Boo…

Arrived wet and trembling like a leaf, nice surprise to find a lovely small venue with joyful party people who looks they all knows each other.
A mini festival, 10000 people on 4 days, beautiful lineup, at 1000m height and I do not remember how many litres of beer…

Interpol arrived late in the evening and the terrible cold faded away … but the guys on stage were frozen I think…
Happy to be 3rd row, determined to enjoy every single moment….
Feeding my mind and my soul with this fantastic sound & vision, so I can keep safely my supplies for 3-4  years, as El Pintor Tour, sadly, is almost finish, and untill new album, it will be kind of…an eternity..

The show was tremendously perfect… I know, as always … but this is the truth.
Oceans of feelings, so much love and emotion, ears invasion and wide bright eyes…

About 1h15 minutes of awesomeness … they played the most beautiful ever Pioneer of the Falls which flight straight into my heart, a totally incredible Take me to the Cruise, a yearning My Blue Supreme…
Excellent surprise with Lenght Of Love… I do not remember if I heard it live already, and then The NEW, Evil, PDA, Slow, Narc, etc etc etc (nope, still no Public Pervert… )
Open hearted, alive, shaking and shivering …

Like in a sweet dream, the end came quickly, I think they had to stop bit earlier…problem with drums…? not sure, but a bad feeling that we missed 2-3 songs.
When smiling Paul Banks said  « one more » Obstacle 1, I felt like the whole world was coming down on my shoulders…it’s finish…

Well, one more round for me, at home this time, then turn off the lights or not…maybe…
For now, my head is still in LeLocle and I’ll hold it for a while …as this kind of shit dont heal in a week …
Here my photos …  Interpol, Huge Thank You …

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Summertime is coming – Paul Banks -Julian Plenti – my summer time playlist

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Have you ever think, if you go on a desert island and you only can take 10 albums with you, each one of a different artist, what would they be?
Probably this is quite a stupid question nowadays, as it is enough to take your mp3 player or phone with hundreds of albums inside, not necessary to kill your head with such silly doubts, but I took the challange and here it is my summer time playlist :

Banks by Paul Banks
Julian Plenti Lives…by Julian Plenti
Interpol by Interpol
Sleeping with Ghosts by Placebo
Rio by Duran Duran
Everybody Wants by The Struts
Midnight Boom by The Kills
Hot Fuss By The Killers
Hunky Dory by David Bowie
Nevermind by Nirvana

Well, what to say …some of them has something to do with summer, holiday, some of them with memories, wishes, some of them … just a desperate envy of listen them again.
Unsurprisingly, first 3 of them have in common my favorite rock voice…Paul Banks, and among these, for 2 of them, I admit, I cheated a bit as Paul Banks and Julian Plenti are the same person…

So, let’s talk about Banks and Lives albums and happy to say that finally, this opportunity comes now, after few years of their release.
Inevitably, his music, as a solo artist, was often compared with Intrepol music…is it so important to analize this? Not sure …

Paul Banks has a crazy talent and on his personal work, he express his freedom and his amazing creativity, in a simple, sincere and superb way.
Magical yearning voice, soothing acoustic guitars, lovely piano lines, his music troubles our souls and captivates our hearts. Here and there, shadows and lights, images and feelings…it is a state of mind…

Melancholic melodies, brilliant lyrics…feeling involved, concerned, probably one of the million reasons that I adore his music.
Banks and Lives albums feature my definite supreme summer anthem « Summertime is coming », theses lyrics… Yeah… I adopted as my summertime  motto:

« Summertime is coming so get out
Forget all the things we do with doubt ….
….Summertime is calling for you child
To give you a sense of reliance
To feel at home in a crowd
The season the season is calling
And all of it breathes into one day…
….Can we waste  some more time just colliding in space?
No matter how high we set the bar … we win  »

Every song is special, something to think about, a word, an emotion…Time which pass, fear of getting old, dreams, truths and lies, aspirations, lonely hearts, this music is profound and meaningful…A neverending questioning that provokes us… how …difficult to discribe as each of us different, and Banks understood this better then anyone.

On these albums, he is also coming up with some excellent instrumental parts with delicate sweet guitars, or astonishing samples, sometimes using someone’s else voice.
Sorrowful or joyful, Paul’s music is poignant. And even when he attacks a fantastic song as « I am a fool to want you »  this cover is so awesome, as it made me almost forget the original by Frank Sinatra.

He is a perfectionist, this music is simply sweating love and emotion.
Some quotes…
« You only know me like the shoreline knows the sea…
You only hold me as the canyon holds the stream  » Over my shoulders
« Time is disgraceful, we’re all just watching as things fall apart
And silence seems wasteful when I know what’s coming for me in the dark
I’m young again, thanks a lot…
Jobs are disgraceful, they tick like suffering from a clock
I sized my potential, it just seemed small in the wrong box « – Young again
« Sometimes I feel I coexist with me, and one side makes me old and one side makes me struggle…
I’m drinking  moonshine cuz I’ve had enough of starlight …and in my moonmind, it’s a summer night and I watch it break  » Paid for That

So, yes, these are quite some good  reasons that this music is a total inspiration now, watching this blue sea, clear blue sky, starry nights, amazing sunsets…

Paul Banks has great style, he loves what he is doing and he is doing it seriously, this is utterly obvious and contagious.

Just hope that he will be back urgently with a new album.
Last time, he said he worked to his solo album during the Interpol tour… now,  the El Pintor tour is still on going, so it is quite reasonable to hope that good news will be revealed soon.

And if we count also on his own words « As a biological function of life, I will continue doing music, whether or not people get it or respond to it « , so really, we have all chances that another beautiful album will be here soon … as we need it.

Check this

http://bankspaulbanks.com/

SUMMER BREAK

Summer break finally arrived and this year is again lost in the Tunisian hotness, perfume and colourful landscapes.
Same place, new or old stories… time to relax and recharge the batteries far from the Parisian crowd.
Well, it looks that I packed only white things, but not so bad as white is definitely matching everything here: blue sky, turquoise Mediterranean sea, pink flowers, yellow fields, golden magnificent sunset…
Wherever you are, have a good time …

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Le Génie du Jean Paul Gaultier au Grand Palais

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La mode est éternelle – Jean Paul Gaultier by Pierre et Gilles

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La saison estivale bat son plein à Paris. Cela faisait longtemps qu’on n’avait pas eu un été aussi caniculaire. Il fait très chaud et ceux qui ne sont pas encore évadés  en vacances loin du bitume parisien sont à la recherche d’une jolie terrasse, un coin ombragé, une fontaine pour se rafraîchir.

Une expo est aussi une excellente alternative pour s’échapper au soleil brulant et quand Jean Paul Gaultier, « l’enfant terrible de la mode », s’expose au Grand Palais, les amoureux de la mode s’y bouscule pour admirer ce magnifique défilé.

Ce que j’ai fait il y a quelque jours et  j’ai ADORE !!!

Voici ce que j’ai appris ainsi que mes pièces favorites de l’expo que j’aimerais bien avoir dans mon placard.

Le créateur à l’imagination débordante nous invite donc, à découvrir son univers  fantastique, son savoir-faire inégalable, son monde de folie imprégnée de sensibilité et de gentillesse,  à travers un  parcours très original, une mise une jolie mise scène avec de visages animés par de projections.

Ce magicien bagne dans la mode depuis son plus jeune âge, enfant, il s’inspire du salon de beauté de sa grand-mère, des revues, des films, et  il crée de costumes pour son ours en peluche  et à 18 ans, il commence à travailler pour Pierre Cardin. L’expo couvre ses créations, environ 180 pièces, du 1976 à 2015.

Il sait mélanger comme personne d’autre le classicisme, la tradition avec l’avant-garde en utilisant tous les matières : les plumes, les jeans, les strass, le cuir, les broderies, la dentelle, la fourrure, la laine ou le tartan.

Ses sources d’inspirations sont nombreuses : Paris avec des symboles et ses clichées, la Belle Epoque, la bourgeoisie, la parisienne chic et audacieuse, le Moulin rouge ou le quartier de Pigalle, Toulouse Lautrec  ainsi que le swinging London avec les dandys élégants ou les punks rebelles de Camden Town et Portobello.

Ses emblèmes chers à son cœur – la marinière –qu’il  a détourné et décliné dans tous ces collections en faisant  un indispensable- le corset, le soutien-gorge conique – sont présentés dans plusieurs matières.

Ses collections sont un dialogue permanent entre la ville et la nature sauvage, les religions et les cultures, la tradition et la modernité.

Tout au long de sa carrière JPG a créé de merveilleux costumes de scène pour  Madonna, Mylene Farmer, Boy George, Depeche  Mode , Nirvana  or Kylie Minogue ou pour les films :  Kika ou La Mauvaise Education de Pedro Almodovar, Le Cinquième Elément de Luc Besson …

Un vent de rébellion et un esprit de liberté souffle toujours sur ses créations.

Profondément amoureux de son travail JPG se consacre depuis peu de temps exclusivement à la haute couture et à la création de costumes de spectacle.

Un seul mot pour illustrer son travail  –  Éblouissant…

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les débuts

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Robe sac poubelle, accessoires boites de conserve

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la marinière

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wpid-sam_4440.jpgLe swinging London, Punk, Tartan

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Amanda Lear, David Bowie, Boy George

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la parisienne

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le jean dans tous ses etats

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l’élégance, les cultures, les peuples, les religions

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les détails

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les corsets et les soutien gorges coniques

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les costumes de scène

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les sacs à main

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Les Mariées

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English

The summer season is on his apogee in Paris. It’s been such a long time that we did not have a real summer. It is very hot and those who did not escape yet on vacation away from the Parisian bitumen are looking for a nice terrace, shaded seating or a fountain to cool off.

An exhibition is also an excellent alternative to escape the burning sun and when Jean Paul Gaultier, « the terrible child of fashion », is exposed at the Grand Palais, all the fashion lovers hustle to admire this wonderful catwalk.

It is exactly what I did some days ago and I ADORED!

Here is what I learned about the as well as my favorite exhibition pieces that obviously, I’d like to have in my closet.

The designer with the overflowing imagination invites us to discover his fantastic universe, unrivaled expertise, his world of madness mixed with sensitivity and kindness, through an original journey, that covers his creations from 1976 to 2015.

This magician is involved in fashion since his youngest age, as a child inspired by the beauty salon of his grandmother, by magazines or movies, he created costumes for his teddy bear and at 18, he started working for Pierre Cardin.

He knows how to mix like nobody else the classicism and the tradition with the avant-garde using all tissues and accessories: feathers, jeans, leather, embroidery, lace, fur, wool or tartan.

His sources of inspiration are many: Paris with his symbols and clichés, la Belle Epoque, the bourgeoisie, the Parisian girl, chic and daring, the Moulin rouge or Pigalle, Toulouse Lautrec and the swinging London with elegant dandies or rebels  Punk from Camden Town and Portobello.

His well know emblems, so dear to his heart – the sailor, the corset, the conical bra are imagined and presented in several materials.

His collections are a permanent dialogue between the city and the wild nature, religions and cultures, tradition and modernity.

Throughout his career JPG has created amazing stage outfits for Madonna , Mylène Farmer, Boy George, Depeche Mode, Nirvana or Kylie Minogue or for movies: Kika orLa Mala Educación by Pedro Almodovar, the Fifth Element by Luc Besson…

A wind of rebellion and a spirit of freedom always blow on his creations.

Deeply in love with his work JPG focuses now exclusively to haute couture and the creation of show costumes.

A single word to illustrate his work – Dazzling…