While I’ve been away from blog, I listened to a lot of music and visited Paris again.
I saw Lil’ Louis perform Live in a pricey Parisian club Rex. Lil’ Louis is a legend of Chicago house, whose career spans more than 30 years. His best known song, French Kiss, (ft. Shawn Christopher) spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard dance chart in 1989 and even crossed over to the mainstream charts in Europe, topping the charts in the Netherlands and coming second in UK and Germany.
Another band I saw in Paris were Flowers Of Hell, a trans-Atlantic experimental orchestra made up of a revolving line-up of 16 or so independent musicians based in Toronto and London. The line-up on the concert however contained only 7 (or 8?) musicians. Their play orchestral pop with post-rock and even drone and operatic elements. They made a cover album of the classic recordings of bands such as Jesus & Mary Chain, Velvet Underground and Joy Division – hear their version of Atmosphere.
The free gig took place in a bar called L’international whose owners also run a record shop a few doors away. The space is usually dedicated to local new acts and so the opening band was a Parisian duo LillaBox, who play classical music with a worldly flavour – listen to their song India to get the idea.
The weather was pretty sour, so my mind was on the Ann Peebles classic non-stop.
Lil’ Louis – French Kiss
Flowers of Hell – Atmosphere
LillaBox – India
Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain