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FROM HERE TO NOW - ALBUM RELEASED ON JULY 13th
Between 2006 and 2007 LECUBE released two 7” singles ‘’Shoot The Nanny’ and ‘’Lady Pornograph’. Those tracks are now brought together with additonal songs as an album 'From Here To Now', to be released on Megaphone Music on July 13th
Julien 'LECUBE’ Barbagallo was born to Sicilian immigrant parents in the pastoral landscape of Tarn in France’s South-West, where he still lives.
His first EP 'My Bungalow' marked the beginning of his solo project, LECUBE, and lent him mythical status via the only French magazine which got hold of it, Magic.
With a simple 8-track machine and a few intimate songs, he began telling the stories he held close to his chest, a fragile combination of glances and breathes, collected randomly on local buses and unmade beds.
He took his songs on stage with a band for a year, playing the 20 or so venues that used to be the pride of Greater Toulouse, before the chemical plant blast put the city back to sleep.
Julien also became a full-time member of bands who were 'signed' and so playing further afield...Paul Stuart & the Sweet Powerpack (keyboards) and Hyperclean (drums), keeping his own material for an album collaboration with Laure Briard.
In the spring of 2004 he began to record new material, on his friend Benjamin’s staircase, a collection of songs which were to become 'From Here To Now', stories where women he’d love to love meet men he’d love to be, and vice versa.
These recordings remained on the stairs until Julien played a local party where he met Stephane Bismuth, Megaphone Music, who convinced him to release his new songs initially as a series of 7". Those tracks drew comparisons to amongst others, The Monochrome Set, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, The Byrds, Elliott Smith, Howe Gelb and a “dodgy Stephen Malkmus”!
Julien has already returned to rummaging around suburban dustbins, trailing through Tarnish countryside woods and adolescent bedrooms, gathering new sensations and stories to sing about.
“These balmy tunes.....should come with free palm tree, with their wistful guitars and quivering harmonica.” The Big Issue
“Surprisingly good and scarily addictive..“ Sounds XP
“a simple yet warm handful of acoustic tracks showcasing Barbagallo's plaintive vocal that is a true delight.” Flux
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En 2006 et 2007, LECUBE avait sorti deux 45 Tours, «N°1» (Shoot the Nanny) et «N°2» (Lady Pornograph). Ces titres sont maintenant réunis avec de nouvelles chansons — dont le 45 Tours à venir, «N°3» (Your Love Is Old-fashioned) — en un Album, «From Here To Now», à paraître sur le label Mégaphone le 7 Septembre.
Julien ‘LECUBE’ Barbagallo a grandi dans les paysages agrestes du Tarn où il vit toujours. Dans l’escalier de son ami Benjamin, armé d’un simple magnétophone 8 pistes et de quelques chansons intimistes, il commence à raconter les histoires qui lui tiennent à coeur. LECUBE chante les hommes qu'il aimerait être et les femmes qu'il aimerait aimer. Il chante aussi l'inverse. Et des histoires qu'il glane ou imagine au hasard des lits défaits, des chambres de jeunes anxieux et des sentiers odorants des sous-bois de sa campagne tarnaise.
Ses enregistrements restèrent dans cet escalier jusqu’à ce que Julien joue à une soirée de bienfaisance toulousaine où il rencontre Stéphane Bismuth du label Mégaphone, qui le convainc de sortir ses premieres chansons en suite de 45 Tours. Ces 2 disques parus outre-Manche lui valurent des comparaisons aux Monochrome Set, Neutral Milk Hotel, à Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, Elliott Smith, Howe Gelb et à un «Stephen Malkmus roublard» !
Julien enregistre alors son 45 Tours «N°3» (Your Love Is Old-fashioned) au Pays de Galles avec Richard Formby aux manettes (The Jazz Butcher, Spacemen 3, Herman Düne).
Julien a par ailleurs pris part à quelques aventures musicales collectives remarquées.
On le retrouve à la batterie quelques saisons avec Hyperclean avant de rejoindre Axe Riverboy & Tahiti 80 sur de longues tournées. Julien tient également les baguettes du groupe progressif Aquaserge, signé sur le label américain Manimal Vinyl, et qu’on a vu récemment sur scène derrière Bertrand Burgalat.
«Oh la belle chanson ! Qu’elle est gracieuse dans son apparent débraillé. Suivons ce garçon, dont un album est annoncé» - F. Gorin, Télérama
«Une éblouissante chanson, mini-symphonie ô combien prometteuse» - Magic
«Le romantique tarnais qui dit son amour des B majeurs des sixties (Beach Boys, Badfinger, Beatles qu’il reprend)» - JD Beauvallet, Les Inrockuptibles
«Ces doux airs devraient nous parvenir avec un palmier gratuit» - The Big Issue
«Un vrai délice» - Flux
Les trois 45 Tours réunis formeront fin 2009 une édition vinyle en «Album» comme au vieux temps du 78 Tours où plusieurs disques étaient assemblés en Album pour pallier la durée restreinte de chaque support, l’avènement du 33 Tours ayant marqué de fait la fin de l’«Album» !
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Alphonso Blake Higgs, commonly known as ‘Blind Blake’, was born at Matthew Town, Inagua, Bahamas, in 1915. He was adept at string instruments – ukulele, banjo, tenor banjo, six-string guitar – and also played the piano. He lost his eyesight at the age of sixteen and kept pursuing the goal of a career in music and a unique style, a blend of folksong, calypso and early jazz. His recognition grew from 1935 when he recorded for Philco Radio some of his own songs on the political and social life of The Bahamas. His most popular song ‘Love, Love Alone’ (“It was Love, Love alone, Cause King Edward to Leave The Throne”) was based on the love affair of King Edward VIII with Wallis Simpson. He was forbidden to play the song upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to the Colony but was invited to play the song by the Duke at Government House where he received a standing ovation by the Duke and his party. Blind Blake wrote about sixty Goombay songs starting in the 30s including ‘Run Come See Jerusalem’, based on the effects of the 1929 Hurricane, ‘Jones (Oh Jones)’ and ‘J. P. Morgan’. The traditional song ‘Peas and Rice’, nearly a Bahaman National Anthem, originated during the First World War when the scarcity of imported cooking fats forced the substitution of local coconut oil. And one of the oldest Bahamian song is the tragi-comic ballad ‘John B. Sail’ (later adapted and performed by many artists, notoriously The Beach Boys as ‘Sloop John B.’ on their ‘Pet Sounds’ album). The ‘John B.’ was an old sponger boat whose crew were in the habit of getting merry whenever they reached port. Blake performed for many Heads of State and royalty, such as President John F. Kennedy and PM Harold Macmillan. He performed for tourists at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Dirty Dicks, Blackbeard’s and many other Bahaman hotels and clubs. He gave performances in major american cities. Over the years, many visiting celebrities, such as Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington praised Blind Blake for his Bahamian style and his originality. In the 70s and early 80s, Blind Blake’s band was employed by the Ministry of Tourism to play at the Nassau International Airport, giving a musical welcome to arriving visitors. He died in 1985.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
"Bethesda" est terminé.