Showing posts with label French music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label French music. Show all posts

December 30, 2013

French Rockets

All you need to know is this band is French, started in the '70s, and they are back at it again. They are also face painters times infinity.

I do have one important question, were all the members bald already or did they have to shave their heads to be in the band.

A little Kiss, a little Kraftwerk, a little Blue Man Group only silver, I give you Rockets.











March 26, 2013

French Music Podcast

 If you missed the swinging French music show Sara and I did exclusively for WRIR this past Sunday, here is a link to download it in full. Enjoy! xo

March 30, 2012

French Music Show 2012 Recap

If you missed last night Cause & Effect on WRIR, you can download it from this site along with other past shows too.

Sara and I always end up talking more than we we expect so we didn't get to play a few songs. Luckily most of the artists have songs on YouTube. Here is what we did't get to.










March 29, 2012

March 29th, 2012: Cause & Effect : Annual French Music Show

My lovely friend and occasional DJ partner Sara Gossett are helping to kick off Richmond, Virginia's annual French Film Festival with our own annual French music radio event. From 7PM to 9PM this evening we will play nothing but French speaking music from our personal collections spanning 5 decades of styles, genres, and multiple countries.

For those of you who are familiar with me or my blog, you know how much I love French music so this new annual Cause & Effect tradition has quickly become my favorite show of the year.

The timing couldn't be any better as the television show Mad Men's season 5 opener has sparked an interest in vintage French Pop thanks to this little number being covered in a perfectly sexy, campy way by Don Draper's gorgeous second wife played by Jessica Paré. 


Tune in to WRIR tonight at 97.3 FM on your dial if you live here in town or stream us live at www.wrir.org anywhere in the world!

We pulled a pretty diverse set for tonight and here are some examples of the artists to expect to hear.













March 18, 2012

Somewhere Between a Dream and a Nightmare Is This

December 13, 2011

French Favorite : Gilbert Safrani

French Freakbeat Stomper!





October 29, 2011

Cool French Sh*t : Videos Galore!





















August 2, 2011

Cool French Sh*t : Jocy

July 19, 2011

Cool French Sh*t : Les Papyvores

June 29, 2011

Great, now I am going to have nightmares.

I have a love / hate thing for this song and the video doesn't help. 

Messieurs Richard de Bordeaux et Daniel Beretta chantent Psychose (Papa) 

March 24, 2011

French C&E Show

Listen to Sara and I wrestle our way through two hours of French music we aren't sure how to pronounce here. Our pronunciation may not be great but I promise you, the music is!

March 24th, 2011 : Cause & Effect Celebrates Richmond's Annual French Film Fest


It's hard to recall how I got hooked on French Yé-Yé music. As a music junkie my gateway drug to an artist or genre of music can come from just about anywhere. A cool looking record cover that peaks my interest. A song in a movie. A fellow DJ. A friend. An oddball used record collection that come into the store and in my effort to test play one for condition, the music wins me over. The radio. Truly it can happen in a moment and often and the right song can have me hooked in under 30 seconds.

My earliest memory of falling in love with '60s French pop comes from the WFMU record fair in the late '90s. A dealer from Montreal had a table there and he specialized in these records. While I couldn't afford even one of them at the time, he was also selling a CD comp that featured all of the tracks found on the records he was selling. The CD was called Ultra Chicks Vol 1. and it was that collection of material that sent me on what has become a life long obsession with weird/obscure/ fun French music from the late '50s until now.

What will be a surprise to many film enthusiasts is Richmond, VA is the home of a quite large and spectacular annual French Film Festival created by a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond. (Yeah we do art and basketball here, ha!) Starting today March 24th and running through March 27th we have non stop events and showings of new French films that often include Q&A with directors and the actors / actresses from these films. It is a remarkable cultural event that brings France right into our backyard and I am excited to have a chance to kick the festival off tonight with two hours of French speaking music from the past 5 decades.

And if that isn't enough, one of my favorite ladies on the planet will be guest hosting with me tonight. Sara is not only a brilliant local DJ and artist but happens to own one of the best personal collections of lesser known French music I have ever seen. We have cherry picked songs from both of our collections and will be sharing them with you tonight from 7PM to 9PM on WRIR. You can tune in the old fashioned way locally at 97.3 FM on your dial or stream us live anywhere at www.wrir.org. The picture above is Sara and I DJing together at Cous Cous here in town last year and the grin on my face shows just how much I LOVE spinning records with this lovely lady.

Here is a general idea of the kind of music we will playing tonight.