Category: gifts

Tracy Chapman, Freedom Now, 1 989

A bit more than one year after her legendary first and eponymous record
that has shaken the planet in softness and (black) powerful political
fight, as Ben Harper did 6 years later, the remarkable Tracy from
Cleveland, Ohio, USA, came back with Crossroads, which was slightly more
commercial and maybe a bit overproduced, but which still had great
quality and superb songs, as this anthem, or Subcity.

This song is about Nelson Mandela jailed by the
Afrikaneer apartheid regime, but enlarges to the general notions of
freedom, jailing and hope in the dark, with absolutely poignant lyrics.
It’s been plenty of years that I have been absolutely hopelessly
dreaming that the black communities in the world and in particular in
the USA wake the fuck up and fight the good fight against the horrendous
tyranny rising in the world and wanting to eat it. Unfortunately, they
don’t see, don’t want to act, are focused on their own case without
seeing that there’s something waaaaay more serious that also targets
them, and we have to remain with ancient lyrics that we can adapt to the
current situation but which don’t find heirs and heiresses.

“But every day is born a man
Who hates what he can’t understand
Who thinks the answer is to kill
Who thinks his actions are God’s will
And he thinks he’s free free free free”.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 11 August 2 018, First broadcast then (YWAMag Fb)
Tracy Chapman, Freedom Now

Fish Karma, Dick York, 1 993

The very special and excellent US band composed of one man from Tucson,
Arizona, Fish Karma, with his stupendous lyrics. One example here !

Fish Karma, Dick York

Papas Fritas, Hey Hey You Say, 1 997

Not one of the best songs of this wonderful American band from
Massachusetts, USA, but really good. I particularly recommend the rare
songs on which Shivika Ashtana, Indian/American drummer-second singer of
the band, has the lead vocal role.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 1st September 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Papas Fritas, Hey Hey You Say

Guided by Voices, To Remake the Young Flyer, 1…

One of the multiple proofs in the History of music that less than 2
minutes can bring a great song. Actually, from the very very start we
know it’s gonna be brilliant.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 29 August 2 018, 1st broadcast then (YWAMag Fb)
Guided by Voices, To Remake the Young Flyer

Swell, Forget About Jesus, 1 993

An absolute delight by the marvel of San Francisco, the band Swell,
that many now know if they have been following me along the years. Their
acoustic guitar sound ‘n way of playing is almost unique in the History
of music, and their composing brilliant, here, with a large role given
to a magnificent slide guitar line.

One of my favorite songs by them ever, on a remarkable record, 41. “Where this record lies, where it waits, there’s an act of grace”, to take and transform some of the song’s lyrics.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 22 August 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Swell, Forget About Jesus

Sparklehorse, Cow, 1 995

Mark Linkous, one of the magnificent singers/songwriters who left us
early, by suicide. Prolific, able to be as rock’n’roll as he could be
soft, another master to be added to the cursed list of Cobain, Elliott
Smith, Jeff Buckley, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Lennon or Jim
Morrison, even if he lived longer.

Here is one of his brilliant songs.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 12 August 2 018, 1st broadcast then (YWAMag Fb)
Sparklehorse, Cow

Black Box Recorder, England Made Me, 1 998

Just one record for this project of Luke Haines from The Auteurs, at
the end of the 90’s, excellent as all he has done. You might remember
that I spoke twice of his other side project Baader Meinhof.

gorgeous England Made Me, from the record which has the same name, with
the lovely voice of Sarah Nixey, as on all the record, which I very
highly recommend.

Black Box Recorder,
England Made Me
Basile Pesso, Freeland, 13 August 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)


ben voilà ! For the Spanish speakers who want to know a bit of truth on
France, here is the neswspapers El Correo de la Tarde of Cheikh Dieng,
which will speak of many things, among which the horror of the current
France, and which will be the Spanish version of Le Courrier du Soir.
Gracias señor !

Two minutes of video.

Basile Pesso, Freeland, 23 July 2 018, first broadcast then (Fb)
Vidéo of the excellent Cheikh Dieng (Senegalese / French Muslim, speaking four languages, highly brave, language teacher and working in an animation centre in Paris 20e) :
“Muy buena noticia a mis queridos seguidores de España y América Latina.“

The Amps, I am Decided, 1 995

After the extremely successful record of The Breeders, Last Splash
(The Breeders come from Pixies and are the band of the bass player –
second singer of the band), Kim Deal created a side project, just for
one record, while her sister and Breeders’ mate was creating hers, The
Kelley Deal 6000.

This record is brilliant but extremely hard to
penetrate. For example this song : if you listen to it once, you might
think we don’t really hear anything, that the compositions are messy, the sound too rough, etc.
But the record absolutely has to be listened to again and again. By the
way the sound of The Breeders after this record has become a mix
between the first sound they had, and The Amps’.

Basile Pesso, 19 July 2 018, first broadcast then (Fb)
The Amps, I am Decided

Subway, Luc Besson, 1 986

As I spoke of him in the last text, here is Gros Bill, in 2
(in English, not the original version) of the fantastic movie
Subway by Luc Besson, his second movie after Le Dernier Combat, not so
famous for the new generations who know more Le 5 Elément, Nikita, Le
Grand Bleu
, etc.

Subway revealed Christophe Lambert. For the ones
who want to keep on seeing him as a bad actor, I recommend you the
viewing of this fantastically poetic movie with great music of Eric
Serra. And the actors…so many remarkable ones, starting (after
Lambert) by the so sexy (without obviousness for many people)
Jean-Hughes Anglade on his rollers, Isabelle Adjani, historically
feminine ‘n provocative, Richard Bohringer, etc.

Basile Pesso, Freeland, 17 juillet 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)