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Stereophonics, Indian Summer, 2 013

The song is quite easy, as often with Stereophonics who have done a bit
of everything, at every level ; but this video is superbly emotional ‘n
romantic, which is a speciality of the band.
A video making us
dream of tripping in gorgeous wagons with a guitar, no unbearable
screaming kid, no terror attack threat, no aggressive crazy “youngster”.
Of course, the magnificent girl is one of the main strengths here,
making the travel become the ultimate fantasy.
Stereophonics wanders in the clichés, but with a refreshing honesty.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 25 January 2 018
Stereophonics, Indian Summer

Les nouveaux curés/juges déchiquètent Dolores …

Le Parisien n’est pas précisément un journal “progressiste”, pourtant
ce qu’il vient de se permettre
le jour même de la mort, jeune, de la
magnifique chanteuse Dolores O’Riordan des Cranberries est une ignominie
qui nous montre le sort que “ces gens-là” nous réservent le jour même
de notre mort si jamais nous osons contrer leur criminelle propagande,
ou avoir quelques mots différents.

Pour commencer, un portrait bouffi, tendu de Dolores, l’enlaidissant au
maximum, alors qu’on dispose de facilement des dizaines de milliers de
photos la montrant, femme précisément reconnaissable par la sécheresse
de ses traits, la maigreur, et la tension, mais pas celle-là, une
tension d’oiseau aussi inquiet que cristalline était la merveilleuse
voix qui sortait d’un corps si frêle.

Pour commencer l’article,
on la présente comme une “figure du rock irlandais des années 90”, or
(comme, cela dit, l’article précédent le dit), elle est une figure
majeure du rock et de la pop de 1 993 à nos jours.

La litanie
anti-Dolores s’égrène tout au long de l’article, au fil de quelques
déclarations jugées “réactionnaires” sur lesquelles je n’ai pas ici, et
sûrement pas juste après sa mort, à donner quelque avis que ce soit,
comme si on ne parlait pas de ce genre de choses à longueur d’années.

Pour finir, le coup de semonce des nouveaux curés/juges : “La mère de
famille avait été condamnée à payer une amende et avait été
diagnostiquée bipolaire peu de temps après.
(NDLR : après avoir agressé
une hôtesse de l’air et été agressive envers un flic)”. La messe est
dite, et moi, je commence ma journée avec les rapaces. Excuse-les
Dolores, ce sont des fous, et tu savais que ce monde ne tournait plus
rond.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 16 janvier 2 018. 1e diffusion Fb ce matin
La gerbe

Addendum après avoir vu des commentaires sous un article du Figaro par de merveilleux internautes “de gauche”, la gerbe a été encore plus forte. Criminel. Les lire en commentaires sur mon Fb.

Albert Hammond Jr, In Transit, 2 006

Here is some love and some ultimate genius to ease transit. Loving
video and brilliantly dynamic ‘n delicate composition
by one of the two
brains of the Strokes with Julian Casablancas, for one of the most
achieved exiles from a band by one of its members. The chorus and its
elfish choirs is dreamily Flaming Lips-like, and the end lets the bass
speak in dialogue with choirs and drums. One more great bravo Albert.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 14 January 2 018, first broadcast then (Fb)
Albert Hammond Jr, In Transit

Jeff Buckley Covering and Enlightening Leonard…

Before the voice is the magnificent, unique arpeggios’ play of the
ultimate master, for 1 minute n’ a half, and then…here it arrives, the
organ that made shiver people all over the fucking world for such a
short period in the 90’s heart before the angel lost himself in the Wolf
River in Memphis, becoming a Tennessee Williams’ character for eternity, unable to wait two more years to die at a Christic age.

On his only official record before he died are two religious slow
masterpieces, this one, and Corpus Christi Carol, way less known, and
maybe even more metaphysical. Jeff had absolutely everything, included
an organ that he didn’t have to push to show his muscles, to sum up, all
that the musical toilers like Jean-Philippe Smet (JH) haven’t, hence
the need they feel to shout to compensate their musical lack of talent.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 7 December 2 017, First broadcast then (Fb)
Jeff Buckley covering Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah
My text on Leonard’s Cohen original

Richie Havens, Freedom (Studio Version), 1 972

The famous version is the live one of Woodstock in 1 969, legendary for
its acoustic intensity and the haunted performance of Richie, and of which some of you might remember a text of mine which I might republish.

The
studio version is as marvellous, and will make you think of Stephen
Stills. Enjoy the variations from this version to Woodstock’s one,
vocal, compositional, instrumental, and remember this period in which a
huge bunch of people were dreaming of something else than to harass
people for their (often supposed) ideological differences.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 11 December 2 017, First broadcast then (Fb)
Richie Havens, Freedom (studio version)

Tony Joe White, Rainy Night in Georgia, 1 969

Dans la catégorie idoles de la musique qui ont traversé les décennies
et qui sont aimés par toutes les couches sociales, la France a Johnny et
autres, les USA par exemple ont Tony Joe White, Johnny Cash, et pas mal
d’autres.
C’est pas une catégorie au-dessus, mais deux cent. C’est
pas en lançant des produits avec des reprises de succès anglo-saxons
qu’on arrive à rivaliser avec les vrais, même si, pour cette chanson par
exemple, y avait un truc marrant à faire avec “Une Pluvieuse Nuit sur Georges”.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 7 décembre 2 017, 1e diffusion hier (Fb)
Tony Joe White, Rainy Night in Georgia

Come, Clouds, Caress My Sky #24

Come, Clouds, Caress My Sky #24

(Come, Red, Lick My Mountain)
M83
, Midnight City
Basile Pesso-my BCN © January 2 017
My web magazine : Yes We Are (link – Fb version here)

My Tumblr photo (exclusively) archive here

Focus, Why Dream, 1 970

One more crystalline and musically (about lyrics, it’s the opposite)
full of hope gem by the fantastic Dutch band Focus, who should be
legendary, but they are only admired by a bunch of rock aficionados. As
in the wonderful Sugar Island (about Cuba), the mix between lightness
and stark observation of the state of things is striking and efficient.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 30 November 2 017, first broadcast then
Focus, Why Dream

Jeff Buckley, Dream Brother, 1 994

One of my very favorite songs by the master Jeff on his historic only official record before he died, so young, in a river.
5 minutes of pure pleasure starting with arpeggios and the crystalline voice of Jeff, with hints of bass and drums.

At 1.50 the masterpiece starts to appear, with the brilliant change,
for about 25 seconds, then we come back to a prolongation of the
prelude, which announces an absolutely incredible portion with change of
guitar sound in the arpeggios, plus added saturated solo guitar, before
the final lull.

Shivering, so long after the release.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 24 November 2 017, first broadcast then
Jeff Buckley, Dream Brother
(Post number…3 500 here.)

Hammadi Chakouath (Ben Field), photographer, B…


Brilliant mix of light magic, night mood and eroticism,
for the Image number 74 of an absolutely stupendous YWAMag gallery.

Hammadi
is a Moroccan-Belgian photographer living in Belgium and his images are
very diverse, with a lot of night and gigs’ shots, and a particular
talent for (mainly monochromatic) female portraits among which his
favorite partners as here, here, here or here ; great talent which you see in his mag gallery, particularly in the current page 9 of the gallery, absolutely stunning one.

To complete the palette are some majestic Moroccan or Spanish landscapes as here or here ; some gorgeous incursions in the color world as here or here, and some brilliant male portraits or self-portraits as here, here or here.

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 21 November 2 017