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Nelson – Le Nouvelle Vague

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This article originally appeared on Subba Cultcha.

Nelson stumble out of the east London Café with the air of chic Parisian cool you might expect, a collection of sharp fashions, sharper cheekbones and unkempt hair. A collection of 20 something music producers, Nelson came together in order to combat the dearth of intelligent French indie in the wake of the US/UK invasion circa the Strokes et al by fusing the deathly hallow cool of Joy Division to the electro pulses and dance beats more often associated by French dance giants Daft Punk or Cassius. Not content with simply operating as a band they launched a club night to offer young Paris somewhere to get down to a cross of alternative godheads Sonic Youth and the cowbell toting antics of The Rapture…naturally, just as everybody who saw the first Sex Pistols gig (yes including that ginger wanker Hucknal) is rumoured to have done, those who attended went away to form their own bands who were produced by and shared bills with Nelson, setting them up as the fathers of an entire new ‘Nouvelle Vague’ movement in French music.

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The Nightwatchman Tom Morello rides again

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Currently stuck in Bristol assembling endless piles of Ikea furniture for my mother. BT being the champions they are she won’t have broadband until Tuesday… anyway. Excitement abounds this week as I will be chatting to The Nightwatchman and Rage Against The Machine sound guru himself Mr Tom Morello. This is daunting and exillerating as Tom music has been a constant force in my life since first hearing rage way back when. I can ever forgive him the 2 albums by Audioslave noones heard of because of how good The Nightwatchman is. Tom will be discussing new album ‘The Fabled City’ and maybe even a little Rage and election action.

Friday was a busy day including interviews with French miscrients Nelson and then later in the afternoon catching up with The View. Thanks to Alex and Tash at Scruffy Bird for their help with that. Tomorrow it’s lunchtime in the park with Of Montreal, which I am really looking forward too. So plenty to come this week, thanks for reading.

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October 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm

The week ahead – Ben Folds and The View from Tom Jones’ dressing room

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So in another 16 minutes I will be another numerical measurement older and there will be the usual due consideration and celebratory drinks imbibed. Yet these are far from happy times, fortunately i have a plethora of goodness coming up to keep me distracted and with sweet melodies in my ears.

Over the next week or so there will be exciting interviews with the likes of veteran ivory tinkler Ben Folds, a conversation with Scottish noiseniks The View, a pre Ting Tings support slot interrogation with Fight Like Apes, a little laisse faire with french scenesters Nelson and a good old chin wag with Of Montreal.

There will also be record reviews for Rose Kemp, o’death, Windy & Carl and Steve Gullicks fantastic Tenebrous Lair. Incidentally Steve’s been playing guitar for Soulsavers who frankly had the best record I heard last year!

On top of all this though is the clearly surreal possibility of a chat with Welsh lothario Tom Jones… apparently back with a new seriousness. All knickers to be thrown should be forwarded to…….


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October 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm