My old friend Arnaud (a.k.a. the underground master) recently…

My old friend Arnaud (a.k.a. the underground master) recently asked me to copy him my compilations former to #4 (he owns a #4 manur’s compilation, the lucky man). Sadly, I had to tell him that I hadn’t kept a master of all those mixtapes I have made through the recent years. The only satisfaction I can offer him is to put online the tracklists. So, following this link, you’ll find my compilation/mixtapes/whatever you want to call that… If YOU did some interesting tapes, I’d be extremely happy to discover it.

Remarks : If you are into indie rock, you’ll find my mixtapes pretty disappointing as they take no risks. There isn’t even a couple of Sonic Youth tracks for you elitist pricks. If you are, let’s say, into hip-hop or jazz, or classic rock, you’ll find them disappointing as well (« who the hell are that flaming lips guys singing about scientists, for chrissake ? »). These were intended to open-minded, open-hearted friends, to which I wanted to introduce wonderful songs without getting too underground.

(BTW Arnaud, what did you say on that answering machine / késtadisurmonrépondeurgérienkapté ?)

I’ve just finished (re-)reading Dalva, by Jim Harrison. This is such a beautiful book. I was just going through the last pages listening to some Tori Amos songs, it was really great.

Current mood : a bit depressed. No one has reacted over this blog since Nick did (not a very English sentence, but i don’t really care right now). Not being in the Blogger public directory yet doesn’t help, I think. But if you guys don’t show an atom of interest from times to times (submit your favorite links, for example), I won’t find the strength to go on with it… (Nita, you don’t need to pretend liking this and all, you’re already my sweetheart…).

Okay, next time, if you’re nice enough, i’ll tell you how working in a bank’s headquarters at the end of the 20th century, a capitalist experience by nature, can turn into a soviet-like socialist hell. Yes, I will. If you’re kind to me.

For those of you with a fast internet connection : Georges…

For those of you with a fast internet connection : Georges Lucas in love is one of the funniest short movies ever. It’s now an internet classic, and it will definitely make the geek in you laugh.

This one if you need translating French words in English. I need it 🙂

And, hey, Dreamweaver is such a great software !!! So user-friendly, so easy to learn, so efficient… My God, I’ve been using Frontpage for more than a year now, but after three days of DW2 I realize I’ll never accept to use this *archaic* tool ever…

Essayez aussi les critiques de disques par Vincent Bergeron…

Essayez aussi les critiques de disques par Vincent Bergeron en français… Il en est presque à 260, et elles peuvent vous aider à vous constituer une « discothèque idéale ». Note: je ne suis pas d’accord avec tout ce qui y est dit, mais étant donné que c’est la seule entreprise de cette ampleur en français, respect !

Bon, maintenant un peu de Dreamweaver avant de reprendre le taf. C’est pour une bonne cause : le design de cette page.

Ok. First some weblogs I like, so you can see what this is all about :

kempa has a lot of wit, and his articles are great ! Check his Axl Rose things…

Nanette is this kind of girl you can only see on the internet, it seems they never exist in the real life. In my neighboorhood, at least, but america is such a strange country :).

Andre Torrez’ blog is more about his life that internet links, but it’s extremely funny and sweet.

Devon has good musical tastes. Check this out.

And Glenn’s weekly War Against Silence is one of the best music reviews online, established 1995 and still alive. Just search his web with words like ‘My so-called life’, ‘Tori Amos’ or ‘Guided by Voices’ to be amazed. He’s a prolific reviewer and has a lot of tenderness for his « victims ».

More later.

Hi there !

This is my first post, and this is a frightening thing, brothers and sisters…

So, why a weblog ? The first reason (the subconscious one) is that I’ve always planned to write something like, let’s say it, a « book » and it will prove me wether I’m able to deal with small bits of writing regularly or not. The other reasons include the facts that blogs are fun, that they may be standing for all the emails I forgot to answer to (so it may calm my friends’ anger down), and that keeping a weblog is way cooool, especially in countries like France, where it’s still a rarity.

Now, « Why a weblog in English ? » is the next pertinent question. First, I have to say that I will probably switch to French from times to times, when inspiration or enthusiasm will be lacking, when my posts will be specifically intended to French audiences, or… for dirty words if I feel like it. Anyway, 99% of the visitors should be French or French-speaking, so that shouldn’t matter that much.

Back to the point : English is the widespread #1 language on the internet, especially in the field of independent pop/rock music, which will without doubts be my favourite subject. And above that it’s a fucking great language that I truly love, yes sir ! Brushing it up will be beneficial anyway.

See you very soon. I’ll try to entertain you ; that may not work, but you know that’s because

… everybody’s weird !

Emmanuel