Where is the marché aux oiseaux? I feel much more concerned about the disparition of this monument of parisian life, than the CPE. Nobody's organizing a demonstration to defend the bird market in Paris. It was a place of magic and bonheur for adults and children, metro Cité near Notre Dame. The bird sellers said the bird flu is only a pretext, there is a new parking project. We loved to go there, me and my two wives. Below is a postcard from the early XXth century, same place... (I will have to bird talk again soon).
mercredi, mars 29, 2006
mardi, mars 28, 2006
This is the mail box service at the post office in the 9th arrondissement. It feels like eastern Europe in this very shichi-poopoo area. It wasn't shichi-poopoo when I moved there in 97. Every area I move to seems to follow the same shichi-poopoo destiny. Bastille, where I lived between 1985/1988, for instance. Why and what does it mean, shichi-poopoo? If you feel like this post about old chairs and table in the 9th arrondissement post office is a boring post, go there.
vendredi, mars 24, 2006
69 people played my song "elle retire sa culotte" on myspace. It's time to say what this song is about for the non-french: let's say it's a love song which starts from the end, when the partner is taking off her panties (this is what the title means). If you start a love song by the end, what could happen next? Sex, of course, and the song ends with a flashback at the restaurant, when the man was still very shy, stammering, asking to play scrabble after the dinner (why not). Yes, why not playing scrabble? It could be nice to play scrabble at a first rendez-vous and check if the partner knows the spelling. Everybody knows that a big spelling mistake can make a man lose his hardon.
mardi, mars 21, 2006
lundi, mars 20, 2006
Salt has always been the quickest way. And if you're living in the USA, please go to see my friend the great parisian David Fenech live with Ramona Cordova! His voice is getting higher than some deep voiced angels...
march 31 : Bubby's / 1 Main Street in Dumbo Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA - 8pm $5
april 1 : 60 main - New Paltz Cultural Collective 60 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561,USA - 8pm $3
april 2 : Massachusetts College of Art Boston, MA 02101 , USA - 7pm $7
april 3 : pearl street complex (private show) 1 pearl street (industrial complex), biddeford, ME 04005,USA - 7pm this show is private please email ramona cordova to get invites.
april 4 : Montreal / Canada, avec Alden Penner (the unicorns) St-Hubert House 1627 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC - 8pm 5$
april 5 : Radio Bean Coffeehouse 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401,USA - 6pm, donation
april 6 : Bard college (fisher studio arts building) 18 W 86th St, annandale on hudson, NY 12504,USA - 7pm, free
april 7 : 120 hamilton 120 hamilton street , new brunswick, NJ 08901 ,USA - 6pm $5
april 8 : Big pink 1423 S. 4th Street, Philadeplhia, PA 19146, USA - 5$
april 9 : the yellow house 4504 Prospect Circle, baltimore, MD 21216,USA - 8pm (BLOCK PARTY, BBQ, BRING A DISH AND SHARE!)
And if you're living in the USA, please go to see my friend the great parisian David Fenech live with Ramona Cordova! His voice is getting higher than some deep voiced angels...
samedi, mars 18, 2006
Todaï ar 2pm it Pigalle nirrr my haouss zere waz ze Pute Pride (itemins wore pride). 3 yars a goo Minister Sarkozy sayd the wore forbidan ife you see whore beheiving laik wore. Wore hav to worek in thee phare foreste. A way frome the citee off Paris. Zey can whore in side, bat zey heve to not louk like zey are whorking. Hypo crisis: zey go to the foreste? Yes. Wenne you teika walke in thee foreste you sea the whoreking wore and the use-d condomes in ze foreste? Darty. Very Darty the Foreste nou.
vendredi, mars 17, 2006
An ordinary day in the streets of Paris with a Moi dix mois show, a visual key band (ex musicians of Malice Mizer, Japan); very black and very young crow-d (this is why I stopped).
Earlier, avenue Simon Bolivar (19th arrondissement), I saw this couple playing Orgue de Barbarie. They have never heard of Malice Mizer and Moi dix mois. The only crow-d they had (it was 9:30 am) was a giant black snail.
jeudi, mars 16, 2006
Toog becomes Gilles Toog when he's writing poetry. Here are the 5 first poems of Ovidie, Coralie et les autres, a serie of 16 poems about the pornography world (or Eros world) that I recorded for the excellent Antoine Hummel poetry website. Ovidie is our french intellectual porn actress (she studied philosophy). An other poem on the new "Coming-out" poetry website: my coming-out as a "caravelle" (a female scout between 14 and 17 yers old)... It's all in french.
mardi, mars 14, 2006
After many years of bad art, good art is back; painting is back. Thanks to the painters for providing us with delicious paintings of the finest art, full of symbols, interpretations. Dream is back.
"Good art is art that you can understand. I mean, art which is not for the well-educated people. Good art is for everybody. When you cannot understand, it's bad art. Bad art is for those who have a bad taste. Their mind is twisted, corrupted by drugs and the collapse of moral values. Good art is always welcome in our country, because our citizens are clever, sensitive, healthy. We will always encourage the good art and the good artists; they will always find a room left for their art in our museums."
(it could be a nightmare....)
lundi, mars 13, 2006
"There's music playing, but the peripheral sounds (rain, ventilation, machinery) are more interesting." Momus
dimanche, mars 12, 2006
The hilarating Harmony Korine's video for Living proof (Cat Power). Cat Power is wearing a Britney Spears outfit, she's not running as fast as the hijab girls. And it's true: the veil can be lighter than guilt. But here, it's not a veil, it's more something like a serviette and the cross is totally flat. White and flat, like levelled out desires. I don't agree with the Danish caricatures, it's not the right time for making fun of Islam. But to make fun of all religions is OK for me, I'm a Christian myself. It's an interesting discussion the people who are responsible of religion should (it's their duty) have: does God have the sense of humour or not? Is God sometimes making fun of himself?
jeudi, mars 09, 2006
mardi, mars 07, 2006
Mon ami François Brunet a terminé son deuxième court-métrage en 35 mm. Il s'appelle Maël Fume et j'ai composé plusieurs musiques pour ce film, dont le générique de fin et des airs de piano. It is the story of a man who's having a strange disease: he produces smoke while living. Si vous êtes à Paris, venez, ça vaut le coup.
jeudi, mars 02, 2006
My brother Julien plays the organ at an old woman's place in Paris. The organ is for sale; it's massive and expensive. Without being an organ, my brother's also massive. Some keys don't work and the old woman tries to figure out what's happening. It's an old Allen organ, an american brand. It sounds like a baptist church electric harmonium. Julien won't make the deal, the sounds don't sound like the organ he's dreaming of (a sound which is more.... massive, Botero sound in a sense).
mercredi, mars 01, 2006
I always thought that Chloé was a cold one. It was her trademark, the very special product she was selling. It was surprising to see her photoshooting in the last issue of Purple: in fact, she looks like a woman who's totally en accord with her sexuality; a mature and beautiful woman. Even her little belly is gentil and mignon. A new shape for a new woman?
I don't understand why so many men are afraid of women, especially western women. It's only from now that they become sexy. They are approaching an undefinable sexual frontier, while staying and developping their feminity. It's much more sexy than it was, when they were staying hidden behind a man. Now, there is a fight, a real enjeu and sexuality becomes much more interesting and enjoyable.
Sexuality doesn't really exist without this fight.