We'd like to thank everyone for preventing us of dead links. For the moment, we are note able to re-up them.

Feel free to keep on preventing us of those dead links. We will update them when we (I and Jeb-E-Diah) have more time to (understand : from september). Some of them will be partially or completely repacked considering albums which would have been issued thereafter and surely with new and improved artworks.

Stay tuned !

Saturday, January 30, 2010



Don't be afraid. Just don't be afraid... French TV, contrary to what their name may signify, is an american band. Their is absolutely nothing in common with France, at the exception of a "French Medley on their 2004 album Pardon Our French. Especially in that track you may understand how not french they are!
Don't be afraid too with this artwork. French TV is one of those bands who have the ugliest artworks. We couldn't have betrayed their tradition.
To be honest, French TV's music is also a terrible mess, so that's why this very first expression, don't be afraid, really fits with them.
Listening to any of those songs may require a hard effort of concetration. But if you successfully digest this, you may find it very interesting.
It's up to you to decide.

My French TV TOP3 :
1. The Violence Of Amateurs (1999)
2. Intestinal Fortitude (1995)
3. Yoo-Hoo (1997)

My French TV BOTTOM3 :
1. The Case Against Art (2001)
2. After A Lengthy Silence (1987)
3. Virtue In Futility (1991)

Friday, January 29, 2010



Continuing our series of seasonal compilation, "Wintersongs: Sounds for the Cold Season" brings you a diverse and versatile selection. From jazz to stoner metal, from tango to bluegrass, from progressive rock to post-hardcore, electronic and more, there are many sounds to be found here. Sounds from yesterday and today, sounds to move or entertain you. I hope you'll enjoy the selection
See you in a few months for the final installment which will cover spring.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010



One of France's best kept secrets, Les Innocents were, above all, a fantastic pop band one could compare with pop era's XTC or New Zeland's Crowded House. Yes, they were that good.
Actually, it took quite some time for the band to define its trademark sound. Their first two singles in 1985 and 1987, though they sold quite well in France, were too typically 80s mainstream pop for their own good and even their debut album, though it had good songwriting, suffered from a production that didn't really gave the songs what they needed.
It all came into place with their second album, Fous à Lier, where their love for Lennon, McCartney and pop music in general finally showed the way it was supposed to. That doesn't mean Les Innocents were just copycats, something definitely French in their sound set them apart from the multitude of anglo-saxon pop formations earning them an identity unlike any other band.
All this leads to this 19 songs compilation displaying the finest of Les Innocents' repertoire. Something that, no doubt about it, will please the pop lovers from all over the world even if they don't understand the French language.
Enjoy "De Toutes les Couleurs", I'm sure it'll leave you hungry for more.

1 - Les Innocents (1999)
2 - Fous à Lier (1992)
3 - Post-Partum (1995)
4 - Cent Mètres au Paradis (1989)

XTC, L'Affaire Louis Trio, Crowded House

Monday, January 25, 2010



QotSA Is one of those rare bands that we couldn't expect to still exist today. There old school hard rock music has though a very actual sound. Founded by ex-Kyuss member Josh Homme by the end of the 90s, QotSA plays a very similar music from the former band. The particular sound of the bass guitar is one of the band's identity. It sometimes sounds like Felix Papalardi's one, but ti very often sounds much heavier as you can witness with the extract chosen to introduce you that great band.
I discovered them a bit late but truly became something like a fan rapidly as this music finally really looks like me.

My QotSA TOP :
1. Song For The Deaf (2002)
2. Era Vulgaris (2008)
3. Rated R (2000)
4. Queens Of The Stone Age (1998)
5. Lullabies For The Paralize (2005)

Saturday, January 23, 2010



Over the course of a recording career spanning several decades, the Residents remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the band's members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise — usually tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks — and refusing to grant media interviews. Drawing inspiration from the likes of fellow innovators including Harry Partch, Sun Ra, and Captain Beefheart, the Residents channeled the breadth of American music into their idiosyncratic, satiric vision, their mercurial blend of electronics, distortion, avant-jazz, classical symphonies and gratingly nasal vocals reinterpreting everyone from John Philip Sousa to James Brown while simultaneously expanding the boundaries of theatrical performance and multimedia interaction.
Here's a double cd displaying some of The Residents most breathtaking material, a perfect introduction to this weird but essential band cooked by our collaborator Diod.

1 - God in Three Persons (1988)
2 - Eskimo (1979)
3 - Wormwood: Curious Stories from the Bible (1998)

1 - The King and Eye (1989)
2 - The Tunes of Two Cities (1982)
3 - Our Finest Flowers (1992)

Captain Beefheart, Snakefinger, Tuxedomoon

Wednesday, January 20, 2010



I first met Les Fils De Teuhpu in 2000 in a free festival in my home town and was pretty amazed how they could give a good atmosphere.
This kind of ska brass band with sometimes a bit of punk really enjoy anyone even if, like me at that time, you are not especially interested in that kind of music.
They often play with a humourous behaviour but never forget about the music : all their songs are well composed, which is the least they could do for a brass band.

Monday, January 18, 2010

LADIES : A (VAC#032)


With this new year has begun a new serie of various artists Baistophes. I felt sad to have finished my Pink Floyd cover project even if I hadn't done the 3 last albums...
So this new year (and surely 2011 too) will be a ladies year like last year has finished.
In the contrary of december's Ladies Month, this Ladies VAC serie doesn't deal with female singers but with female first named songs. I think this may be a good challenge to do even if some letters won't be easy to complete. But I make a bet on completing the whole alphabet.
The aim is to have songs that weren't Baistophe and maybe won't be because the band is too short-discographed, or because his/her song was not on his/her Baistophe (like Emilie Simon's Alicia in the present Baistophe) or because we're not sure that we will manage to complete his/her Baistophe.
Hope you'll Enjoy it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010



Take The Pogues and transpose them in the Boston area, make them grow up listening to Slapshot, the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and you'll have Dropkick Murphys.
Sure, it's not as simple as that but it's basically the recipe for success those lads used on their six studio albums. From them, what I enjoy the most is the celtic/folky punk outbursts of which Shipping Up to Boston is the finest. Do not be surprised, thus, if this compilation displays very few of their pure punk songs. In fact, what I intended to do with "Loyal to No One" is a compilation of the Dropkick Murphys for those who don't enjoy punk music that much and I think I did a pretty good job at it.
So here it is, 25 songs that will make you want to pogo... Celtic style!

1. The Warrior's Code (2005)
2. Blackout (2003)
3. The Meanest of Times (2007)
4. The Gang's All Here (1999)

5. Sing Loud, Sing Proud! (2001)
6. Do or Die (1998)

Flogging Molly, The Pogues, Stiff Little Fingers

Thursday, January 14, 2010



Blues-Rockers were dinosaurs by the start of the Eighties and I was a steadfast punk rocker. But knew a harmonica player who was determined to make it as a bluesman (he didn't, nor did any of the others). That's how I became familiar with Savoy Brown. I saw them several times in small clubs with a capacity of no more than 200 people. Thirty years on, I had essentially forgotten about those nights until I made this compilation. I shouldn't have.

Savoy Brown is the mean point between purist blues and rock-blues like Led Zeppelin and Cream. The reason that you should hear this band is their lead guitarist, Kim Simmonds. The working man's John Mayall. An extraordinary talent who replaces band members almost as frequently as others fill up their car.

Their first album was released in the UK in September 1967 but didn't attract much attention. An entirely new band - except Simmonds - was formed for the second album. Chris Youlden became the lead vocalist and he lasted just over two years. His croaking style was one of the defining elements of the group. Some view the four albums that he appeared on (Point, Blue Matter, Step Further, Raw Sienna), to be the band's best work. Rhythm guitarist Dave Peverett took up the lead vocals on their sixth album, 1970's 'Looking In', but was fired/quit seven months later.

An entirely new band - except Simmonds - was formed before their seventh album, 1971's 'Street Corner Talking'. Dave Walker was the new vocalist. He lasted two years and three albums (Street, Hellbound, Lion's Share) in the job. Most people agree that the band's pinnacle had been surpassed by the time Walker left in November 1972.
In the seven years since the band's formation in 1966 until Walker's departure, there had been six bassists, five vocalists and five drummers.

That lack of continuity is probably a contributing factor to why they never reached the upper tier of fame. The band never achieved as much success in their homeland as they did in America, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring. None of their singles reached the Top 40 in the US or UK. Their most popular album reached #34 on the US album charts. But Simmonds has a strong work ethic, and the band continues to tour in whatever configuration he can put together. They release albums on a steady basis; six in this decade alone. Most of the discarded band members vanished into obscurity, but three of them extracted revenge. When Peverett left, he took the drummer (Roger Earl) and bassist (Tony Stevens) with him. They formed another boogie band - Foghat - and became superstars.


Note : to my request, Burns accepted to enlarge the discography covered by this Baistophe to 1966-1981 while the original Baistophe was only centered on the period of 1966-1974, dropping 3 studio albums. I felt unfair to forget those 3 albums even if these are forgettable ones. Only 3 tracks were saved but I feel this gives a logical finished work. I hope our dear friend Burns will appreciate the new selection and won't blame me to have altered his work.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010



To say the news of the death of Mano Solo came as a shock certainly is an overstatement. All those who took interest in the man's music knew from the start about his condition. HIV-positive then ill with AIDS, this has been the life of Mano since the begining of his solo career and probably his founding battle and the basis on which he build his lyrical style. But, to sum Mano to his disease wouldn't be fair, the man had much more to offer than just pain and misery. His passion for life, his sensitivity, his ability to voice out the life of simple people were some of the artist's strong points.
His music displayed a clever mix of classic chanson (think Léo Ferré, Jacques Brel, etc.), world music (Tango, Latino, African, Gypsy) and alternative rock (he started his career as part of French alternative rock band The Chihuahuas) merging it all in something quite unique and tasty.
Son of left-wing cartoonist Cabu and ecological activist Isabelle Monin, Mano Solo was a free-minded man, a maverick in the French chanson scene who chose in 2006 to stray away from the big business and do his thing on his own thus returning to the values of his alternative rock debut.
For all these reasons and more, Mano will be dearly missed and probably never replaced. He died last Sunday, he was 46. R.I.P.
NOTE: This compilation is just a short introduction to Mano Solo's art. All his albums, except maybe 2004's Les Animals, are worth checking and can be ordered on Mano's website

1 - La Marmaille Nue (1993)
2 - Dehors (2000)
3 - Je Sais Pas Trop (1997)
3 - In the Garden (2007)

My MANO SOLO Bottom 3
1 - Les Animals (2004)
2 - Internationale Sha La La (1999)
3 - Frères Misère (1996)

Les Têtes Raides, Thomas Fersen, La Tordue

Sunday, January 10, 2010



I really accidentally discovered Finisterre with their live album Storybook. Finisterre was then the first italian prog band that I knew. An unusual way to enter this very rich world.
Even if Finisterre is not the best italian prog band, but it's one of my favourite ones form the 90s. Not very far from the older, Finisterre played music more in a recent style, sometimes like early Porcupine Tree music. However, their live performance often have cover songs from their favourite bands (Genesis, King Crimson, PFM, ...).
Finisterre was a band that would have needed some help to continue an adventure that unfortunately ended by a last 2004 pop album.

My Finisterre TOP3 :
1. In Ogni Luogo (1999)
2. In Limine (1997)
3. Finisterre (1995)
4. Harmony Of The Spheres (2002)
5. La Meccanica Naturale (2004)

Saturday, January 9, 2010



Born in 1970, saxophonist David El-Malek isn't your everyday jazzman. For starters, he chose and began playing his instrument of choice, the tenor, quite late. The French/Israeli was 20 years old when he made his first steps into the musical world but, with passion and commitment, he managed to catch up with most of his peers and even surpass them.
Influenced by both his origins and John Coltrane, David has long been a sideman before releasing his debut album, "Organza", in 2001. From there, he established himself as one of the finest composers and intrumentalists in today's jazz scene not only for incorporating Jewish themes into his jazz but also for being able to occasionnaly stray from the usual idiom as in "Children of the Night" where he produces the sweetest reggae/jazz mix there ever was, in "Gentleman" with d'n'b influences or in his sweet Beatles cover, "And I Love Her". Of course, those are just sidesteps for someone so rooted in the tradition but also welcomed additions that enrich his music.
This baistophe displays songs from his four studio albums showing how varied and tasteful his music is.

1 - Music From Source (2008)
2 - Organza (2001)
3 - Talking Cure (2004)
4 - Trotignon, El-Malek, Hall, Pallemaerts (2005)

John Coltrane, John Zorn's Acoustic Masada, Avishai Cohen, Pierre de Bethman