Noir Désir. In France, it’s the band of a generation. Thinking back on my teenage years, 4 French rock bands immediately come to mind: Indochine, Mano Negra, Louise Attaque, and Noir Désir.
It’s hard to pick a specific song. They had so many hits. If I had to pick a few, Un Jour En France would definitely be one of the first. There was also L’Homme Pressé; Tostaky; Aux sombres héros de l’amer. But their last album, Des visages des figures, was my favourite. It was calmer, and I listened to it over and over again. Like I will today. :)
I went down a rabbit hole last night, and I figured I’d take you with me. 🙂
I discovered PV Nova a few months ago. He’s a French musician and YouTuber, and is now mostly known for his experiments. Through his YouTube channel, he shares his love for music and explains how music is made.
About 20 years ago, I spent all my savings and bought a Sony Hi-Fi System. With a 3-CD changer and a cassette player, it was a great purchase! From that moment on I started listening to more and more music, often the same 3 albums on repeat (that’s when a 3-CD changer becomes useful 🙂). I would listen to music while reading, often late at night, almost daily.
One of the first CDs I got was a 1997 selection of pop and pop-rock songs from popular female singers. This was great stuff. I somehow remembered that album over the holidays and created a Spotify playlist so I could listen to that same album even though I don’t have the CD anymore!
I’ve known X Makeena for a long time. They’re originally from Brittany, and I discovered them at a small live concert. The music was great, and they put up a show as well! Lights, smoke, masks, costumes, dances, … It was pretty great.
It also happens to be great background music when I’m working, so I’ll often put one of their albums on loop for the whole day. If you like Dub, Drum & Bass, all mixed with hip hop, you should like it too! ? Enjoy!
Falling from high places, falling through lost spaces, Now that we’re lonely, now that there’s nowhere to go. Watching from both sides, these clock towers burning up, I lost my time here, I lost my patience with it all.
Leonard Cohen was a legend. He was an influential songwriter, and Hallelujah was one of his most popular songs. I really like Jeff Buckley’s interpretation. It will always be one of my favorite songs. I like so much we played it at our wedding ceremony. ?
An oldie, but a goodie! It’s my daughter’s new favourite! ?
This weekend we went on a little road trip, and ended up playing the same cassette tape over and over again all weekend long. It was a tape I created some 17 years ago, and was a mix of The Offspring’s Americana, and Fatboy Slim’s You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby. It’s still good music, especially when you don’t have much else to listen to. ? My daughter quickly recognised the song’s intro; it seems we’ll have to start listening to Fatboy Slim at home as well!
I’m not Parisian. Hell, I wouldn’t even call myself French. But I really liked the video below. It was released a few days ago and feels like a good preview of what Paris can be, whether you’re a local or a tourist.