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Ride, Lannoy Point, 2 017

Rare are the bands to make something so good after years and years of
activity, even more after decades, as it’s the case for Ride, known for
having been one of the main bands of the “Shoegazing” movement in
England during the 90’s with, in particular, My Bloody Valentine : heavy
guitars but a pop whole, playing while watching the shoes.
I’ll add that this song is one of the come back record of the band, after 20 years without anything.

This song is totally hypnotic, powerful, masterfully composed, with
incredible dynamics. Compared to the 90’s period of the band, the guitar
wall is not permanent and allows the juvenile voice of the singer to
express itself fully.

In a live version which I’ll show another
time, you’ll see how such a voice can come out of the damaged face of
Mark Gardener, once so handsome with his androgynous features ‘n long

Basile Pesso, 26 December 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Ride, Lannoy Point

G Love and Special Sauce, The Things that I Us…

Fantastic sound of drums, perfect double bass groove, lovely dobro
and harmonica addition, superb flow, this was the entrance of this
record of G Love and his band in 1 994.

If the record was
frankly boring after several songs, as almost all hip-hop records, this
tune remains a hit and a real phenomenon in the attempt of hip-hop
transformation, mixed with blues, at the same time than another band of
the kind, Soul Coughing, each time a white band.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 13 march 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
G Love and Special Sauce, The Things that I Used to Do

Sigur Ros, Agaertis Byrjun, 1 999

For the ones who wouldn’t know this magnificent Icelandic
band, they have been making plenty of instrumental soft songs, to which
they sometimes add aerial voices. The Icelandic language hasn’t been a
barrier to their important success, which is an extremely rare fact.

One lovely example here, sung, with Agaetis Byrjun.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 11 March 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Sigur Ros, Agaertis Byrjun

Uncommonmen from Mars, Skateboarding Hurts Mor…

Can you imagine that there’s a French indie rock-punk band with such a
great quality, and that it’s almost unknown ? Two members of the band
come from the USA but live in France. Would have they made the same band
in the USA, they would have been worldwide famous as Blink 182 and
several others.

France has never been a punk rock country, except when it comes from other countries, mainly the USA.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 6th March 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Uncommonmen from Mars, Skateboarding Hurts More when You’re over 30

P.S : this is a very good/excellent song, but they have done way better.

Fountains of Wayne, Utopia Parkway, 1 999

Popping, bouncing, efficient and poetic, one more excellent song by the New York band. 1 999.

Fountains of Wayne, Utopia Parkway

Red Snapper, 3 Strikes and You’re Out, 1 996

Hypnotic groovy tune by the great English band Red Snapper led by the
bass and double bass player Ali Friend in the 90’s, then in the
following decades.

On their first record they were known to have invited the singer Beth Orton for a lovely song, In Deep.

The power of the double bass is here superb, wonderfully united to the
drumming, energetic and light. The way the drums start the double bass’
main line is absolutely remarkable (0.29).

Apart from that, tenor
saxophone for the verses or first part, plane-like aerial slide guitar
along the song after the first portion. The sax, doubled, comes back at
the end and delicately closes the tune along a long double note.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 8 March 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Red Snapper, 3 Strikes and You’re Out

Tom Petty, American Girl, 1 985

A little souvenir of the generous Tom who left us one year and a half ago, the day after the Las Vegas slaughter.

Notice the proximity of the start of this song with the one of the
excellent Last Nite by The Strokes, released 15 years after. I’ll post
Last Nite right after.

As often with Tom the Rickenbacker speaks with a Byrds-like sound.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 2nd March 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
Tom Petty, American Girl

Oasis, Dont Look Back in Anger, 1 995

Cette chanson est-elle une bluette facile, pesante, aux recettes
éculées, par un groupe malin, limite roublard, ou un tube étonnant,
arrivant à concilier un sirupeux maîtrisé, un enregistrement impeccable,
et une efficacité épatante ?

Impossible de le dire, mais ce que
je sais, c’est que, lorsqu’on a pas subi cette chanson issue d’un album
moyen ((What’s the Story) Morning Glory ?) 50 fois par jour pendant des
années, qu’on la réentend pour la 1e fois depuis longtemps, on ressent un plaisir indéniable, éventuellement un rien coupable si l’on est un peu snob.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 1er mars 2 019, 1e diffusion ce jour-là (Fb)
Oasis, Dont Look Back in Anger

The Boo Radleys, C’mon Kids, 19 96

Extrait raté d’un album en dents de scie par le légendaire groupe de
“noisy pop” anglais The Boo Radleys, après plusieurs albums historiques
en particulier le célèbre Giant Steps et sa magnifique pochette

Entre une mélodie vocale quasiment
pompée sur Oasis, en pleine période-phare du groupe des Gallagher, un
riff lourdingue, une voix parfois hurlée, rauque, indigne du talent
aérien de Sice le chanteur, un son de
guitare saturé crécelle parfois mélangé avec d’autres effets tout aussi
mauvais, une voix vocoderisée au départ, le génial groupe du Merseyside
nous abîme les cages à miel avec un pensum ultra-gras à peine récupéré
par un break délicat, mais très court.

A fuir, pour partir sur les chefs-d’oeuvre du groupe. Mais à écouter, juste pour voir si je raconte pas n’importe quoi.

Basile Pesso, Freeland, 25 février 2 019, 1e diffusion ce jour-là (Fb)
The Boo Radleys, C’Mon Kids

The Breeders, Hag, 1 993

Superb, and very underrated song from the legendary record Last
Splash which was the second of the band. For the ones who wouldn’t know,
The Breeders is a satellite of the best band ever, Pixies from Boston

They started during the existence of Pixies with the first
record Pod, then the Brilliant leader Kim Deal developed plenty of
projects outside the main matrix, among which The Breeders, before
coming back to the main home more than 10 years ago.

Basile Pesso, FreeLand, 23 February 2 019, 1st broadcast then (Fb)
The Breeders, Hag