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Gosh, how I love to imagine les petites moues bégueules des habituels likeurs chez Peter, en particulier des quelques ordures qui savent très bien de quoi ils sont responsables envers moi et les miens, depuis deux ans. Et les autres, transis à l’idée de mettre un like sous un texte qui, entre autres, loue mes qualités d’écrit, ce qui les placerait, selon leur délire paranoiaque, dans la catégorie “islamophobes” ™, alors que je n’ai de cesse de dire qu’une moitié environ des Musulmans est pacifique, et qu’une grande partie (pas assez grande) se bat pour la liberté, et de vraies valeurs.
Dieu que toutes ces peurs sont grotesques.
Grand merci à MasterPeter, once again.

What I like about Basile Pesso and Yes We Are Magazine © Peter Solarz

Overhead, Uprising, 2 004

Absolute stunner of an almost unknown French band.
 If
your head naturally doesn’t move since the very first instant with the
superbly metallic guitar play, to which is very soon added a
magnificently bouncing bass, then perfect arpeggios close to the ones of
“Where is My Mind ?” by Pixies, then double shots of snare drum, and if
your feet don’t move in unison to your head until the end, ask yourself
the question “am I alive ?”.

Delight with hints of Jeff Buckley in the fragile and powerful voice of
Nicolas Leroux. 2.45 of perfection, to which we wanna come back as soon
as they are finished. Simply phenomenal.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 10 May 2 018, first broadcast then (Fb)
Overhead, Uprising

Syd Matters, I Might Float, 2 010

You want finesse and genius ? In the last 100 years, Syd Matters is
among the very, very best in French music. Such a delicacy coming from
the big body of Jonathan Morali, such an harmony in the band, palpable
on this superbly delicate achievement as in so many others, tune in
which the keybord piano plays arpeggios which are close to some of the
melodic elements of the masterpiece of the great Jacques Higelin “Pars”,
Higelin who just left us at the age of 77.

Rarely a male band has offered such a virile femininity, which I’ll show again soon in a memorable acoustic live session.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 8 April 2 018, first broadcast then (YWAMag Fb)
Syd Matters, I Might Float

Amy Winehouse, Back to Black, 2 004

A remarkable period in
the History of soul music, and even of music, simply, has been created
by Amy and her brilliant band. Just a few years and she died, when we
see so many untalented people live for decades with their heavy
production, without one minute of grace. In soul music, the thing to
absolutely avoid, and that most people do nowadays, is vocal jelly and
exaggerations. Amy never added any, never needed to.

She was totally nuts but had everything musically, plus this so special face. Not just a voice….the sense of music.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 18 March 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Le jeu de la virginité des femmes musulmanes, …

Texte
absolument brillant de l’écrivaine/modèle égypto-irlandaise Salma
El-Wardany,
une de celles et ceux qui font bouger les choses, et qui
n’ont STRICTEMENT rien à voir avec les collaborationnistes occidentaux
façon Fudge qui lèchent les bottes de leurs bourreaux (oui, je le dis
sans arrêt, mais comme ça ne rentre pas, je continue, encore, et
encore…).
Un immense merci à elle et à tous les hommes et les femmes libres, qui se battent pour la vie et la beauté.

BP.

(Ne vous arrêtez pas, s’il vous plaît, aux passages que j’ai isolés
mais ouvrez le texte, c’est du journalisme littéraire, comme ce que je
fais la plupart du temps, ça se lit en prenant son temps et en essayant
de calmer ses affects bouillants de rage et d’ignorance).

>>>>

“Si vous trouvez les Hunger Games difficiles, dites-vous que ce n’est
rien à côté de l’épreuve que constitue la perte de sa virginité pour une
femme musulmane. C’est le même sentiment de peur ambiant qui vous fait
regarder dans tous les coins à la recherche de l’ennemi.
Le plus
souvent, cet ennemi est un membre de la communauté musulmane qui a
indiqué à vos parents que vous avez été vue en compagnie d’un garçon.
Auquel cas vous êtes morte et la partie est finie. Métaphoriquement,
bien sûr. Votre mère, en pleurs, va demander au ciel ce qu’elle a fait
pour mériter ça et votre père va suggérer que toute la famille aille
s’installer dans une autre ville. Voire un autre pays.
Après l’en
avoir dissuadé, votre mère soutiendra qu’il est possible de rester, à
condition que vous passiez les quinze prochaines années à la maison, le
temps que tout soit oublié (ce qui n’arrivera pas, la communauté
musulmane n’oublie rien).

(…)
On ne peut pas imposer la
chasteté à la moitié de la population et la mettre au ban de la société
au premier hymen rompu sans que l’acte soit entouré d’une certaine
tension, d’autant plus marquée au sein de la communauté musulmane que
les carcans culturels, combinés au refus d’évoquer la sexualité, font
peser sur le sujet un silence démoralisant.
Silence voué à
infiltrer nos futures relations sexuelles avec la gent masculine,
incapables que nous sommes d’aborder ce sujet tabou et, a fortiori,
d’évoquer nos désirs et nos besoins.

Ce ne sont pourtant ni le
silence ni la stigmatisation qui nous ont empêchées de le faire, par
amour ou par rébellion. Nous sommes devenues femmes en catimini,
transportées par une conscience de soi jusqu’alors soigneusement
cadenassée. Nous avons découvert notre sexualité derrière des portes
verrouillées et sur des sites pornos.
Nous sommes parties explorer notre corps à l’aide de bougeoirs, de manches de brosse à dents et de hot-dogs surgelés.
À la nuit tombée, sous les couvertures et dans un silence honteux, nous
avons éprouvé, touché, stimulé, enfoncé, cherché désespérément le
bouton qui actionnerait l’interrupteur et soulagerait cette douleur
lancinante dans notre bas-ventre.”

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 15 mars 2 018, 1e diffusion hier (Fb)
Texte de Salma (Huffington Post Maghreb)
Son excellent Instagram (photo, textes, citations personnelles)

Pixies, Debaser, 1 989

Best band of History, one of the wonderful songs of one of the best
records ever
(without joking), Doolittle. Song based on Un Chien
Andalou by Luis Buñuel.

Pixies invented everything in indie rock,
and if for some people (whom I don’t understand…) their sound seems
something “already heard”, it’s because….one band for each two
existing bands was influenced by them after the start of the 90’s, and
it goes on.
Even Cobain told he was influenced by Pixies, and that his hits came from his adoration of the geniuses of Boston.

I know that there are many people of the older generations (and even
the newer) who don’t know the band, or who find it too noisy. But if I’m
saying “better than The Beatles and The Stones”, you can trust me, I
know rock ‘n roll. Put your ears on this side, just to try.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 4 March 2 018, first broadcast then (Fb)
Pixies, Debaser

The Cardigans, Erase /Rewind, 1 999

By very, very, very far, my favorite Cardigans’ song, a wonderfully
composed and recorded gem, with superb bass-drum pedal couple, directly
acting on our heart.
The arpeggios, superbly thought in melody and
effect, absolutely divinely accompany the whole song in different ways.
Oh thanks Mrs Persson and the band.

Basile Pesso, 28 February 2 018, first broadcast then (Fb)
The Cardigans, Erase/Rewind

Otis Redding, A Change is Gonna Come, 1 965

After a lovely horns’ introduction, in one vocal note you already know
that the level is gonna be high. It often happens with masters or great
talents. You’ll find many shared aspects here, with Amy Winehouse music :
slightness of the guitar play, among so many other elements.

In
soul and funk music, you have been having soooo many ersatz of the
masters with so little talent. Please, come back to the real ones, from
Otis to Amy, from Fats Domino to Jamiroquai or Funkadelic, from FFF to Al Green, from Aretha Franklin to James Brown.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona
Otis Redding, A Change is Gonna Come

Phoenix, If I Ever Feel Better, 2 000

I have already written on Phoenix, just a few words on this
first hit of theirs
more than 15 years ago, an excellent mix of
commercial sound and sophisticated ‘n delicate composition.

The
bouncing of the vocal mastery is remarkable, and if the guitar effect on
the chorus, coupled to a jumping and excessively easy bass, lower the
general quality in my opinion, the whole remains more than enjoyable.
There has been way, way greater on this record and the following, as
for example Too Young, Lisztomania or Long Distance Calls. The last and
very recent record will bring you surprises, not always for the best.

All in all, the band is probably one of the unique examples in the
History of rock and pop music from France, to have achieved the
cross-over I spoke about in text introduction.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 23 February 2 018
Phoenix, If I Ever Feel Better

Sonic Youth, The Diamond Sea, 1 995

If you don’t like Sonic Youth for its noisy and lacking of melodic
creativity aspects, here is one of the absolute gems that they have been
serving along the decades.
Perfectly soothing, with a fantastic
union between instruments, rich, delicate, precise, and voice. A lot
more electricity appears around 3.00, in, I have to say it, a really too
long and exasperating portion ending in noise as they often do. After
this heaviness, the final reward for a bit more of the main theme.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 23 February 2 018, first broadcast then (Fb)
Sonic Youth, The Diamond Sea