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Nouvelle Vague play select US cities for June tour!

On their debut, Nouvelle Vague took cherished tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s by acts such as Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Dead Kennedys and reworked them in a gentle bossa nova style. Sung by French female vocalists, some of whom had never heard the originals before, these cult hits had new life breathed into them, and their meanings became softly subverted. In French, Nouvelle Vague means “new wave”, and “bossa nova” in Portuguese. Even the records’ sleeves wittily referenced the artwork for Jean Luc Godard’s early-’60s new-wave films.

The group expanded its musical palette on Bande A Part, adding touches of reggae, ska and blues to balmy readings of familiar numbers by Bauhaus, Blondie, Buzzcocks, New Order and Yazoo, among others. By this point, even hardcore fans who’d considered these easy-listening versions of punk staples to be sacrilege learned to enjoy Nouvelle Vague as a guilty pleasure. But what of the authors who wrote the original songs – what did these once-ruthless idealists think of Nouvelle Vague’s more fragrant approach?

Well, of those canvassed, all approved – thumbs up from Mick Jones of the Clash, Morrissey, the Undertones, Dead Kennedys and Killing Joke. And this led Oliver and Marc to the concept behind the third album: Nouvelle Vague performs duets with the original singers.  The pair wrote a ‘dream’ list of the people they’d most like on the album and, when contacted, most said yes.

So on NV3 you’ll encounter Depeche Mode’s singing “Master and Servant” with Nouvelle Vague’s leading lady Melanie Pain; Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen duetting with Melanie on “All My Colours”; Marina Celeste performing “Our Lips Are Sealed” with Terry Hall of the Specials and Funboy Three (that’s a Go-Go’s track penned by Hall); and Magazine’s “Parade” sung by Barry Adamson and NV’s Nadeah Miranda. For additional tracks that didn’t make the final album, Chris Bailey from legendary Kiwi rockers The Saints performs a duet, likewiseSamy Birnbach of noted Belgian new-wavers Minimal Compact.

Nouvelle Vague transform Talking Heads’ “Road To Nowhere” into a dusty bar-room shuffle, its head bowed as it traipses into the sunset after a long day working the land. “Heaven” by Psychedelic Furs becomes a tender acoustic affair. A bluesy swagger through Gary Numan’s “Metal” is sung with innocence and charm by Eloisia, a young Brazilian girl who could barely speak English and knew nothing of this music. Even “God Save The Queen”, once full of menace and bile, is fashioned into a romantic flutter. Add enchanting covers of Plastic Bertrand’s “Ca Plane Pour Moi”, Soft Cell’s “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” and “So Lonely” by the Police, and you have Nouvelle Vague’s strongest album to date.

To keep it fresh, Marc and Olivier approached this album in the same spirit of discovery with which they made their 2004 debut. Back then, says Olivier, they recorded four songs for fun and played them to friends, who loved them, and also loved the idea of turning new-wave songs into something different. And so they made an album.

As with all Nouvelle Vague’s work, the real stars of the records and shows are the songs themselves.

When Nouvelle Vague play live, these well-known songs by other people become Nouvelle Vague’s songs. They own them, you might say. In the last few years the group have taken to the road as a six-piece touring outfit, playing shows and festivals all over the world.

Tour dates:

JUNE 17 @ The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, NYC (Doors 8:00pm)
http://www.livenation.com/edp/eventId/407107

JUNE 18 @ La Maison Française, Embassy of France- Washington, DC (Doors 8:30pm)
http://www.la-maison-francaise.org/start.htm

JUNE 19 @ Grand Ballroom @ The Regency Center, San Fran (Doors-7:00pm/ Show-8:00pm)
http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=22834

JUNE 20 @ The Music Box Theatre @ Fonda, Los Angeles at (Doors 8:00pm/Show 9:00pm)
http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=23130

Girl Talk Heads To Sunny Florida, Plus Other U.S. Cities..

Girl Talk on tour starting today!- for the Grateful Web

With hardly a minute at home to catch up on sleep and DVDs, Girl Talk is kicking off 2009 with a host of shows across the U.S.! In the months ahead, Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) will hit several towns throughout the slushy midwest, stop off in Arkansas, M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i and the mountains of Montana, and then make his way south for the sunshine of sandy Florida. (Not to mention a two week trek in between to New Zealand and Australia.) Still reeling from the craziness of Girl Talk's fall tour for Feed The Animals, the Steelers continuous killer season, plus making all of those best of 2008 lists and winning $600 at black jack in Vegas, Gillis continues on. Before he knows it, he'll have played all 50 states by the end of 2009! 

Girl Talk 2009 Tour Dates:
Fri.    Jan. 9    Omaha, NE @ Slowdown w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt 
Sat.    Jan. 10   Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court w/ Grand Buffet
Fri.    Jan. 16   Bloomington, IN @ Jake's Nightclub w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Sat.    Jan. 17   Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses 
Sun.    Jan. 18   Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall w/ Grand Buffet, Hearts of Darknesses
Thu.    Feb. 12   Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room w/ Mad haPPy
Fri.    Feb. 13   Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford w/ Mad haPPy
Thu.    Feb. 19   Missoula, MT @ University of Montana Ballroom w/ That 1 Guy 
Fri.    Feb. 20   Bozeman, MT @ Gallatin Co. Indoor Arena w/ That 1 Guy 
Tue.    Mar. 3    Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt 
Wed.    Mar. 4    Gainesville, FL @ The Venue w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Thu.    Mar. 5    Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Fri.    Mar. 6    St. Augustine, FL @ Harvest of Hope
Sat.    Mar. 7    Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone w/ Grand Buffet, Hollywood Holt
Sun.    Mar. 8    Miami, FL @ Langerado Music Festival 2009 @ Bicentennial Park