Typsy Panthre

How duo’s get together? Here’s one way: “Typsy Panthre began when Allison LaBonne saw John Crozier on the Minneapolis bus route 28D; New Year’s Day of 2008. A fan of John’s songwriting in the likes of Ninotchka, Ninian Hawick, and Muskellunge; and of his guitar work in a host of Minneapolis bands from the garage punk Wahinis, to the bossa-pop Legendary Jim Ruiz; Allison took a seat next to him.
John and Allison were members of the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, but at different times. Still before, John played guitar in a band (the Hang Ups) with Allison’s sweetheart. Now seated together, owing to the fact that John’s car had broken down and that Allison is a proponent of mass transportation; John inquired, “Would you like to sing on one of my songs?”
Emboldened by the gentle fog of a mild hangover and the dawning of a new year, Allison replied, “Only if we’re starting a band.” “Alright. What will we call it?” John queried.
She was unsure, and her stop was coming up; but Allison pointed out a caption of graffiti across the back of the seat in front of them. “Let’s rhyme it with this,” she divined. John laughed, which made Allison laugh; and ringing for her stop, she exited.
Thusly, in response to the sharpie-scrawled words “Miss me? Answer!” John soon uttered “Typsy Panthre;” and a band was born.” (From THIS website)

Since then Typsy Panthre released an album and a split 7-inch single. ‘Claudine’ is a new track (from a compilation of their label, Korda), my guess is that the song’s about Claudine Longet. It’s their first song in French. Which is nice. One friend of the band thought Claudine sounded a bit like Abba, and e-mailed the song to Abba’s Benny. Which is nice too.


Nice recent videos of our favourite post-Piaf:

Cada Magenta

Cada Magenta (or Carole-Anne and Daphnée to their friends and family – the Magenta comes from from the rather bright hair colouring that both girls used to sport) decided that they weren’t cut-out for a career in a punk-rock band and that taking the country-folk chemin was likely to be more rewarding.

Seems they made the right choice, for after some solid gigging in local clubs and bars, the girls have supported Lisa Leblanc and recently released their first record via their bandcamp page.
There’s a remarkable freshness to the girls’ sound and enough musical diversity on display to suggest that Cada Magenta have more than enough about them to dispel any worries about being labeled as yet another country-folk act. While the five-track EP showcases how at ease the girls are at crafting some pleasant harmonised country-folk ballads that should be appeal to aficionados of both Les Hay Babies and Les Soeurs Boulay; the “Trash-Folk” style of “J’aime pas ça la téquila”, with it’s not-quite synced harmonies adding a refreshing grittiness, while “À tous les soirs” offers a distinctive flamenco flavour, with both suggesting that Cada Magenta are quite comfortable tackling a range of differing musical genres.

As befits what is effectively a demo tape, there is a certain roughness to the recording. Actually this all adds to the duo’s charm and reinforces the belief that they probably aren’t that far from being the polished article.

Thanks Steve J!

Juliette 87

Mark [Mark S.] offers this greeting to the original fille sourire:

Today is the 87th birthday of Juliette Gréco, the greatest French singer of her generation. Born on 7 February 1927, she now shares this age with Queen Elizabeth II, born 21 April 1926. For neither of these great women is retirement on offer. ‘Retraite, c’est un terme militaire pour moi’, Juliette Gréco has said, and she continues to perform, and record – most recently a new album of Jacques Brel songs.

Here is a 1958 video, as sensual as one could get away with in those days : ‘La complainte du téléphone’:

And here are two wonderful clips from 1976 – the flowering tree in the courtyard behind her adding to the elegance of first her medley of some well-known songs, here.

And then her first filmed live performance of the then new song ‘Vivre’ by Henri Gougaud and Gérard Jouannest, which she introduces:
I have posted the lyrics of this fabulous song on the Youtube page below the film.

And finally one of her least-known modern songs, ‘Et là, t’y crois’, written by Etienne Roda-Gil and Julien Clerc, with a magificent musical arrangement by Jean Claude Petit. It was recorded in 1993 and, because it requires an orchestra, is not performed by her on stage, to my knowledge.

I have posted both the French lyrics and my translation into English of ‘Et là, t’y crois’ on the Youtube page. Nearly 5 minutes of Juliette Gréco heaven.

Catherine Leduc

Catherine Leduc quit Tricot Machine, and started a solo career. Album’s coming out in April. This is the first single:

Thallie Ann Seenyen

You can now say that you have a favorite artist hailing from Mauritius. It’s the birthplace of Thallie Ann Seenyen, a singer/producer who sweetens her music with electronics and lots, lots, LOTS of strings. She sounds a bit like Massive Attack-collaboratrice Nicolette, laid back, ‘desafinado’ and sexy as hell. She worked with several dubstep- and triphopproducers (Myriad, Bustre, GVMX) and just recorded a cover of Dalida and Alain Delon’s Paroles, Paroles, one of her fave French songs she used to listen to with her sisters. This is a première, people!

50 French Songs You Need To Hear – The Alternative

So, Buzzfeed published a list (duh) lining up 50 French Songs You Need To Hear Before You Die (HERE). I agree with it to some extent; if you haven’t heard Brel’s Ne me quitte pas or Trenet’s La Mer, you really need some catching up. But Ophélie Winter? For Me…Formidable by Aznavour? Mireille Mathieu?! I think we can do better. So I’ve made a collaborative Spotify list, 50 French Songs You Need To Hear – The Alternative. You can add as well. If you don’t have Spotify, drop suggestions in the comments. Biolay, Dominique A, Frehel, Gillian Hills, Niagara, Air… please add!