This week on MusiMax: Cocktail Pop

NOTE: The show I'm about to talk about is in French, but even if you don't speak the language, the last band might interest you.

I never really liked Musique Plus. In fact, back when I was only a baby wannabe music critic (now I'm an adult wannabe music critic), I told myself I would like to work there someday and turn it into a really great music TV channel. I'll stop here, the object of this post is not my (long) list of beefs towards Musique Plus.

So, maybe it's because I'm getting older, (!) I prefer MusiMax. Less drunken camera action. More content. Less 50cent. Etc. Speaking of content, from November 17 to 20, there will be a few interviews that might be interesting. That being said, I haven't seen the show yet so we'll see I guess.

Here's the press release I got

Martin Deschamps : I like HIM. His music, a little less. Mybe it's because I loved him in his beginnings, when he covered Offenbach, Deep Purple and many others. Let's put it this way: it rocked a whole lot more. He's got a new album "Le piano et la voix" and... ouch. I don't like rock ballads. argh.

Alfa Rococo
: Mybe I'll find out other stuff about this band than their song "Lever l'ancre", that I've heard about a 1000 times too many. In fact, I think this will be a fun interview to watch because even though I found that song a bit drab, it says a lot about the band's ability to create sweet melodies.

Marie Carmen : You mean she's still recording? Since her 90's cover of Barbara's "l'Aigle noir", it felt like she'd dropped off the face of the earth. It's gonna be fun to hear from her, in a "whatever happened to" kind of way. Oh just for kicks, here are my two favourite Marie Carmen oldies: "Faut pas que j'panique" and "Piaf chanterait du rock". Of course!

Byron Mikaloff (Lost Fingers) : Here's one for you, you anglos ;) On their myspace, they say they play "Manouche Jazz lost in the 80's". From what I've listened to, it's a little like the French collective Nouvelle Vague in terms of weird covers of 80's hits, all that with a definite smell of
Django Reinhardt. This is most probably the most interesting thing on the Cocktail Pop line up. Now you have to listen to their covers of "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Touch Me" on their myspace player, it's delectable! I'm going to listen to that all day for sure. "Black Velvet" "Straight Up"... I think I'm in love. Wonder if they need a back up signer... ;)

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