May 2009

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Cher Abd Al Malik,
Au début, on t’a bien aimé, tes yeux mi-clos, ton flegme, tes textes à l’écriture empreinte d’une virilité virtuose et ta voix qui retentissait comme une sirène dans l’abyme de nos vies… je plaisante hein. En vrai, je crois que j’ai jamais pu te saquer mais il parait que le principe du “ferme ta gueule” c’est de choisir de défoncer un artiste qu’on a bien aimé… Alors on va dire que je t’aimais bien malgré les bouses immondes que tu nous infligeais avec NAP – Trop beau pour être vrai, le single capable de faire saigner les oreilles des sourds. Le vrai problème avec toi, c’est le jour où les médias ont décidé de te donner la parole. Et pourtant, dieu sait que je suis une grande démocrate prête à laisser s’exprimer tous les êtres-humains-mes-frères. Mais pour le coup, en t’entendant, j’aurais facilement viré fasciste.

Je ne sais pas ce qui est le plus gerbant de la bouillabaisse philosophique que tu as dans la tête ou de ta conviction de parler juste, vrai et intelligent. Bouillabaisse composée à 98% de guimauve périmée. Tu dégoulines de bons sentiments. Vous allez me dire “et pourquoi pas les bons sentiments ?” – dans ce genre de cas, y’a toujours un commentateur pour répondre ça, c’est la règle n°52 du web. Et bien je dis non aux bons sentiments qui se font passer pour de fines analyses géopolitiques ou des réflexions philosophiques de haute volée alors qu’on prononce juste des platitudes à faire pâlir d’envie la poitrine de ma tante. Ca n’a aucun intérêt. Mais de surcroît, même ça, Abd Al Malik, tu le fais mal. Tu pourrais dire “la pluie à l’état liquide ça mouille” et déjà, franchement, on se paierait bien ta gueule. Mais ça ne te suffit pas. Il faut qu’en prime, tu rajoutes (attention, ça c’est le côté “bouillabaisse”) “mais la pluie de l’amour de mes frères jamais ne me salira”.

Autre caractéristique : tu es la tautologie faite homme. Tu as réussi à remettre au goût du jour cette antique figure rhétorique. Pour les néophytes, une tautologie est une formule où le prédicat n’ajoute rien au sujet par exemple “un chien (sujet) est un chien (prédicat)” ce qui fait qu’une tautologie est toujours vraie puisque évidente.

Une tautologie version Abd Al Malik ça donne (je précise que je ne fais que citer ses propos sans rien rajouter) :
“Je suis mon chemin” mais surtout
“Un artiste c’est un artiste” ou bien
“vous allez dire ce que vous allez dire”
et enfin ce magnifique : “si on n’est pas dans l’état d’esprit de la chose peut-être qu’on va pas comprendre la chose.”

Après le rap cajoline , sous prétexte que la haine, la rage et la révolte sont des sentiments négatifs qui ne sont pas positifs. Abd Al Malik a donc développé un genre de pensée cajoline.

Who do you think you are ?
I am what I am.

What turns you on?
About everything.

What is your favorite word?
The word “field”. It comes very often to my mind and I have no idea why.

Have you driven anyone insane ?
No but I think I’ve helped a good number of people to avoid insanity. I have that ability. If any of you is afraid of getting insane or wants to commit suicide, come to me. I will prove to you that there is nothing better than life.

Have you made a practice of confusing people?
No, sometime there’s a game in conversation, I prentend to say one thing or another but it’s a provocation or a way to make a point clear. I don’t want to confuse people.

What should everyone shut up about ?
Several things: economic crisis, terrorism, religion, money, war…

What advice should you have taken, but did not?
I’m happy about all those advices that I did not take. It permitted my life to develop with no control, by itself. I never know where I’m gonna go next. Even now.

What do you fear most ?
That we run out of wine. That would be very bad.

How would you like to die ?
Dreaming. Sleeping or not sleeping.

What is your earliest memory ?
I’m in a potatoes field, potatoes are blooming like flowers and there’s a very subtle smell. I’m like two years old. I manage to get from the table an empty can of honey. And I’m licking that can of honey in the potatoe field. I still can feel and smell this field. Potatoe field it’s like poetry.

Do you collect anything ?
I don’t collect anything, but I do not throw out anything that comes into my life.

What five words best describe you ?
Wine, dance, song, women… is there another one ? Paris !

What is your worst addiction ?
Make friends. I couldn’t live without friends. Life would be too boring.

Where were you last night at midnight ?
I was walking in the rainy streets of Paris to meet and spend the evening with my friends, to whom this exhibition is dedicated.

Who is your worst enemy ?
The devil.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery ?
I have a problem with what’s known as misery. One would say hunger. Misery is something else. When Soviets marched in Litunia in 1940, their official statement was : « we are here to take you out of your misery. » Our misery ? We were singing, we were living happy, we didn’t need any money, we grew in the field all the food that we needed. So misery is very relative.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction ?
Bogart, Mychkine (l’Idiot de Dostoievsky)… I have many, but I don’t think about such things.

What did your last text message say ?
My last text message was written on the wall of the Galerie du Jour, and it said : « Keep singing »

If you try to fail and succeed, which have you done ?
I never try to fail, I never try to succeed, so that question does not apply to me.

What are your weaknesses ?
Probably many. I’m very easy to influence, I manage to come to the point where I’m totally open. That means I’m always in a state of weakness so anything can fall into me. In general, I’m « Weakness Inc. »

Who is your art for ?
I don’t consider myslef an artist, but a maker. Who knows what art is ?

What was your proudest moment ?
Maybe it’s now ! I’m very proud to be in Paris, and with you my friends.

What was your last lie ?
I think it was when I was seventeen, I told to my uncle, who was a pastor, that I wanted to be a priest like him. I knew it was a lie. Once a month I remember it.

What is your biggest challenge ?
Now. « One thousand nights and a night » I think it’s the most difficult project I’ve ever done. The other is to complete the Anthology film archive, this cathedral of avant-garde cinéma, that I founded years ago.

What is your most treasured possession ?
My unfinished films. My thousands of video tapes, sound recordings and film rolls, all that material that I didn’t work on yet. And a few books…

What do your parent think of what you are doing ?
They allways approved me. They were very supportive…

A few things I want to share with you, my Paris friends/Galerie du Jour/16.05-09-20.06.09

Petit mix exclusif des Chicros (Track listing: Lothar & the Hand People : Today is Only Yesterday’s Tomorrow (edited)/Yoko Ono : Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage all over the City/Martin Arnold : Alone (featuring Judy Garland)/Dougal Reed : Go Your Own Way/They Might Be Giants : Boat of Car (featuring Johnny Cash)/Jeanne-Marie Sens : Tape Tape/The Incredible String Band : Creation (edited)/Jefferson Airplane : Never Argue with a German if you’re Tired of European Song/Tiny Tim : Strawberry Tea (edited))


Cher Gonzales, Chilly Gonzales, Gonzo, enfin Jason quoi.
Crois nous, on t’a beaucoup aimé au début. Avec tes premiers albums mal rappés, ta mégalo au Casio, ton physique différent et ta bande d’amis montréalais, on était prêt à te pardonner beaucoup de choses, y compris tes jogging collection été 1991. Et puis tu as quand même participé avec Katerine au meilleur album de variété française depuis « L’homme à tête de chou », on ne l’oublie pas. Mais c’était avant. Avant que tu commences à employer de plus en plus de mots en –isme dans les interviews pour faire ton intéressant. Avant ton album « Erik Satie pour les Nuls », que tu as eu le bon goût de faire éditer en partition, pour la postérité. Avant la collection de sonneries pour téléphone portable que tu as composée pour Teki Latex. Avant les productions pastel des albums de tes amis. Avant tes concerts première L option théâtre. Avant ton album solo, où il y les instrus mais pas la voix. Avant que tu réalises pour Arielle Dombasle le plus mauvais disque de mauvaise actrice depuis « J’ai fait l’amour avec la mer » de Véronique Jannot. Mais tu le sais au fond, que rien ne va plus. Du coup tu fais encore plus n’importe quoi, ça nous inquiète. On voudrait pas que tu fasses une connerie, genre surenchère dans l’échec, genre « regarde maman je sais faire le poirier ! regarde papa je suis le meilleur pianiste de le monde! ». Oui voilà, c’est ça Jason, arrête toi avant d’en être rendu à vouloir figurer dans le livre Guiness des records, ce serait horrible, tu vaux mieux que ça.

pino d’angio / signorina
sylvie vartan / i made my choice
charlie / spacer woman
synthétiseur volume 3 / fade to grey

The Peltag (European police for look, trend and avant-garde) spends most of its time to write decrees and official recommandations about fashion (among which the critically acclaimed Brain Magazine’s Courrier du lundi – Monday post – that provides clear and straight answers to fashion-users’ serious issues such as how to wear a short or how not to wear those Kanye West striped sun glasses) : but Peltag is not only about fashion, it’s also about general trend and avant-garde, as its name suggests it. For instance, many educational videos about club dancing do’s and don’ts have been published, proving that the Peltag has much more to say than just fashion healthiness bullshit.

About music, a new trend seems to be emerging which is worth mentionning here : brass (les cuivres, vous francophones ignorants). And by that I mean brass in ‘dance’ music (might want to say ‘electro’ over here), not hunting, of course. Crame (member of The Bigger Splashes crew / Mort Aux Jeunes Paris), acknowledged trendsetter, used to start his dj sets by a piece from this wonderful album Fanfare et trompes de chasses, creating astonishment but also attention among the clubers. Since then, and maybe because my ears got used to the sound of brass, I hear them everywhere. Lately, a mix by Mattie Safer (The rapture bass player and great DJ, in Paris on June 6th, by the way) featured several tracks such as Took The Trompeta, Touch My Horn or Feel The Horns. The end of the set is almost unbearable for regular saxophone haters, although the whole is just a great mix qui déchire sa race (a very very good mix, you poor English speakers who don’t use more than 400 words a day).

But there we are : is brass the new dancefloor music DO ?
The question remains open as Peltag agent’s are sent all over Europe to gather information about that trend and write reports to be sent to Bruxelles’ office very soon.
One thing is sure, though. Playing air-saxo (meaning pretending to play saxo without actually holdig one in your hands) was, is and will always be a club dancing DON’T.

Shiningrubis***

who do you think you are ?
Just one of many

what turns you on?
Anything soft that doesn’t talk back

what is your favorite word?
Next

what sound or noise do you love?
The sound of breathing

have you driven anyone insane?
People are constantanly driving each other insane, that’s why the world is in the shape it is & i’m no exception to this rule.

have you ever made a practice of confusing people?
I try to be discreet & in this world of facebook & twitter that often confuses people.

what should everyone shut up about?
The list is long & time is short but a couple of examples

1) headline news (as spoon fed by popular media)
2) how technology changes everything (it doesn’t)
3) ostentatious displays of a quantity of personal information
(as opposed to a quality of information)
4) how ones own country, culture, friends, family, religious affiliation & social circles
are superior to everyone elses (chances are they are not)
5) etc, etc, etc

what advice should you have taken, but did not?
I have a tin ear when it comes to advice so i can’t really say.

what do you fear most?
Not completing my life’s work.

how would you like to die?
Personally fulfilled.

what is your earliest memory?
Literally? Well it’s either watching a television graphic of John Glenn the first U.S. astronaut orbit the earth or sitting on the floor listening on a plastic portable record player to a 45rpm of “Pepino the Italian Mouse”.

do you collect anything?
Nothing not even memories. My philosophy is use it or lose it.

what is your most recent extravagance?
I like to indulge those around me which often is an extravagance i often can’t afford.

what five words best describe you?
Your gonna have to ask my friends & collegues that one.

what is your worst addiction?
I worry more about my aversions than my addictions.

what were you doing at midnight last night?
Working on a remix in my friend Dennis ‘Citizen Kane’s studio drinking beer laughing.

who is your worst enemy?
The forces of intolerance.

what do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The inability to feel deeply about anything.

who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Prince Lyov Nikolaevich Myshkin the protagonist of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot is my favorite. Also the hero i’ve yet to create in my own fiction

who are your favorite heroines in real life?
All young women i see around me who are forging new identites despite the restraints of inculcated traditional expectations.

who would you have liked to be?
Despite all it’s complication, i just like being myself thank you very much.

what did your last text message say that you received?
‘Got ‘Em”

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
It’s funny, as much as people claim the contrary most of us are afraid of success since it forces us to leave our comfort zone.

what are your weaknesses ?
The inability to care about money, power or influence even when it might be helpful in acheiving my ideals.

Who is your art for ?
For those who yearn to learn to understand & have concern.

what was your proudest moment ?
Whenever i take action that isn’t completely ego driven

what was your last lie ?
Well most of my answers here are only half truths so you decide.

what is your biggest challenge ?
To retain the capacity to be amazed as i get older.

do you have any magical power ?
My ability to understand & process multiple points of view simultaneously is pretty magical.

what is your most treasured possession ?
My connection with other people.

what do your parent think of what you are doing ?
Well my dear ole Dad (who turns 80 yrs today) trusts that i know what i’m doing with my life but it took a long time to get to that point.

Liquid Liquid play this friday in Paris for the Villette Sonique festival !! Get your tickets here

“Genuinely next level shit.”
WIRE

Chef d’oeuvre.
ARNAUD VIVIANT / FRANCE INTER

Elégance, détachement, décadence, idéal…”
PHILIPE AZOURY / LIBERATION

Voyage fantastique.
CHRISTOPHE CONTE / LES INROCKUPTIBLES

Certains disques font pleurer sans même que l’on s’en rende compte. Ils font verser ces larmes rares qui proviennent d’un endroit entre la mélancolie et la tristesse, le bonheur pur et la désarticulation totale des sentiments.
JOSEPH GHOSN / MENSTYLE

Parcours sans faute témoignant d’un goût très sûr.
JULIEN BECOURT / CHRONICART

Chaque titre est un mini chef d’oeuvre de la France psyché des années 70.
PHILLIPE NASSIF / GLAMOUR

Suddenly this summer… We’re dancing to french pop
V Magazine

La musique de la crise de 1973 est aussi la BO de celle de 2009.
TECHNIKART

DIRTY FRENCH PSYCHEDELICS
A french psyche pop odyssey selected by Dirty Sound System featuring Dashiell Hedayat, Christophe, Brigitte Fontaine, Cheval Fou, Bernard Lavilliers, Nino Ferrer, Ilous & Decuyper, François de Roubaix and more… Artwork : Elisabeth Arkhipoff & Laurent Fétis

CD Available on Dirty /Discograph. Digital Available 01/06/09.
Limited vinyl edition available from Born Bad.

Infos / Bio / Press Release / Audio Preview : www.d-i-r-t-y.com/dfp

Check some feedbacks from Libération, Menstyle, Les Inrockuptibles, Chronicart, Ponystep, +81, Cyclic Defrost, Spex, Diane Pernet, Mixte, V Magazine, Ten Magazine, 20jazzfunkgreats, Evene, Dazed & Confused Japan, Gonzaï, Anthem Magazine, Trax Magazine, Wire (in progress)

Dirty French Psychedelics exclusive podcasts : Fluokids, Trax Magazine and Standard Magazine (soon). Check Brain Vs Alainfinkielkrautrock this week on these pages and on Brain magazine.

Buy it now Colette, Rough Trade, Picadilly, and of course Fnac and Amazon. A limited amount of Dirty French Psychedelics cd’s and Dirty X Kulte tee shirts will be on sale here, watch this space. We have prepared some special gifts…

Press : Laurence Kleinknecht
Distribution : Discograph / Forced Exposure / P-Vine
Vinyl : Born Bad

That’s all for now.

As Alainfinkielkrautrock loves this french online magazine called Brain, we decided to exchange some content during this week to celebrate the launch of our new compilation. Some of our contributors will post stuff on Brain and the Brain crew will take control of Alainfinkielkrautrock. Sorry, most of these content will be in french, but that’s a good way to improve !! Expect some cult interviews, spacey mixes, weird playlists and many more. Stay tuned.

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Volume 3 in the “Italians Do It Better Free Music Series”

Benny And The Jets – Mike Simonetti’s Illegal dub vers.
(untouched/unmastered/sloppy)

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