Quips and summaries from experiencing and appreciating music in a city that is as foreign and familiar as they come - New York. So here is to music anywhere and everywhere. Starting from concert one on week one after the move in 2009.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Kids, don't lick microphones

Back on April 1st, I made my debut run to le Poisson Rouge in SoHo to see Sebastien Tellier, a Francophone if I have ever seen one. In the pouring rain the Euro ex-pats dutifully waited in the rain to enter the basement venue and then wait until 12:15am for this wackadoo to come on stage. Damn entertaining though and a nice sized venue. At one point he prefaced a song by saying, "This song is about bisexuality, my bisexuality" and proceeded to play a 10 minute song where he licked the microphone every 30 seconds or so; I am pretty surprised he didn't get electrocuted or at least shocked towards the end.
They LOVE him over in Europe, obviously in France. I am going to be honest though, by midnight I was a bit more into chatting with my friends and the bartender. I remember being told that a rum and diet coke was called a skinny pirate more clearly than any particular song, lyric I like, or encore that Sebastien played. Therefore, I am going to straight up cut and paste the blurb from Wikipedia on the dude so you all can make your own judgement. Enjoy:
Tellier's first album, L'incroyable Vérité (The Incredible Truth), was released in 2001. Tellier went on tour with Air in support of the album and was joined on stage by world-renowned theremin player Pamelia KurstinL'incroyable Vérité is a pop album featuring styles from lo-fi electronica to bizarre cabaret tunes. Its sleeve featured Tellier in full evening dress on the front, while the back of jacket had a shot of him cavorting in a playboy's pool. He instructed listeners only to listen to the album by candle light. The track, "Fantino", was chosen by Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to her 2003 film Lost in Translation...
His third studio album Sexuality was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Tellier's label Record Makers collaborated with retailer American Apparel for an exclusive three month pre-release of the album. Limited edition versions of the Sexuality CD, LP and "Divine" 7" and 12" single was sold in all North American American Apparel stores and on the companies website beginning 22 July 2008. - Wikipedia
Sébastien Tellier at Printemps de Bourges 2008
Sébastien Tellier at Printemps de Bourges 2008

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