Art/math/hardcore-rockers Papier Tigre, members of Nantes' Collectif Effervescence, will be playing at Camden's Koko on 3 October as part of the Freshers Festival, alongside Egyptian Hip Hop and Hermes. The band's most recent release is a track on an excellent double 7" also featuring likeminds Pneu, Marvin and Electric Electric. You can listen to it in its entirety here.
Rockfort's next live event will be at the Rich Mix in East London on 19 November. Rich Mix is an exciting new arts and culture centre that aims to celebrate London's cultural diversity, and the fantastic line-up includes four of our favourite bands Minuscule Hey, La Féline (pictured), Ray Bartok and Guess What plus DJs and a special guest. For more details and ticket information, just go here.
Despite having previously suggested that the Nouvelle Vague project had run its course, Marc Collin and his associate Olivier Libaux are back again in November with more re-interpretations of Post-Punk/New Wave classics on 'Couleurs sur Paris'. This time, though, the originals are all French and include Lio's Amoureux Solitaires, So Young But So Cold by Kas Product and Marcia Baila by Les Rita Mitsouko. Among the interpreters are Yelle, Coeur De Pirate and Soko, as well as long-time collaborators Melanie Pain and Camille.
Emmanuelle Parrenin is something of a cult figure among collectors and fans of French folk. In Vashti Bunyan-like fashion, she only released one album, the now highly sought after 'Maison Rose', in 1976, although she also toured and played with the likes of Didier Malherbe, Vincent Segal and Breton folk revivalist Alan Stivell. The multi-instrumentalist (she plays the hurdy-gurdy, several types of harp, the thumb piano, musical bowls and more) has been active again recently, contrubuting to Etienne Jaumet's 'Night Music' and recording a follow-up to 'Maison Rose' called 'Maison Cube'. The album will be released in January 2011 on the Les disques de bien label and features reworkings of some older songs plus new ones co-written with Flop aka Francisco López. López was the founder of the label together with several collaborators including Jaumet.
A tribute album to David Bowie, called 'We Were So Turned On' and produced by American label Manimal Vinyl, features contributions from several French artists including Carla Bruni. Mme Sarkozy tackles the anthemic 'Absolute Beginners' and Keren Ann offers up a version of 'Life on Mars', while Etienne Daho opts for a more recent song, 'Heathen'. Belgian hero Arno also appears with a take on 'All the Young Dudes' alongside the likes of Viv Albertine, Vivian Girls, Megapuss (aka Devendra Banhart) and, er, Duran Duran.
There's a sterling line-up for the next French Revolution event at Corsica Studios in Elephant and Castle on Thursday 30 September. Anoraak is joined by disco-pop duo Jupiter and rising electro boy Wagner, plus DJs and special guests. STOP PRESS: Splash Wave and Jolie Cherie have been added to the list. The French Revolution website also had details of how to win a pair of Eurostar return tickets.
Angular Records is set to reissue a deluxe edition of the cult and now highly-prized 'Polaroïd/Roman/Photo' album by synth pop band Ruth. The original release only sold 50 copies, but the band has since gained notoriety thanks to the inclusion of the track 'Polaroïd/Roman/Photo' on compilations including Born Bad's 'Bippp', Tigersushi's 'So Young But So Cold' and Angular Records' own 'Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics'. A digital download version of the album will feature six bonus tracks.
This years's Transcender festival at the Barbican, which looks at transcendental, devotional, spiritual and sacred music, features a collaboration between French guitarist Titi Robin and qawwali singer Faiz Ali Fai on Saturday 18 September. Rockfort has a pair of tickets to give away - just go here and send us your name in an email titled 'Titi Comp' by Wednesday 15 September. And you can listen to a superb live Rockfort session and interview with Titi here.
This autumn will see a fair amount of Valérie Collective-associated action. In September, Anoraak releases his debut album 'Wherever the Sun Sets'. Produced by Villeneuve, it features guest vocals from "Swedish disco princess" Sally Shapiro. As a taster, a free download, 'Above Your Head', is currently available on the MySpace. Minitel Rose's second album, 'Atlantique', is following on its heels in October.
Housse De Racket have announced a last-minute show tomorrow night (Thursday 12) at The Lexington in Islington. The duo get a UK release for their first album 'Forty Love' at the end of the month - which will be accompanied by a bonus remix album - while they work on the second one with producer Philippe Zdar, who also did the duties on Phoenix's Grammy-winning 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix'.