Elliott Smith

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Yesterday marked 11 years Elliott Smith is not aroud anymore. At least his music is and will be for a long time. Enjoy.

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Tuesday’s Inspiration: Scarlett Johansson

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These last few days I’ve been listening a lot to Scarlett Johansson‘s albums Anywhere I Lay My Head and Break Up.

I must admit this is turning out to be more about my weekly obsessions rather than a weekly inspiration post. Still I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Searching For Sugar Man

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Even with a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2012 and an Oscar as Best Documentary in 2013, I still feel that Searching For Sugar Man deserves an even wider recognition. Since I’ve watched it I have been recommending it to everyone. Here in France it’s still playing in theatres, but for those less fortunate the dvd is coming out in 2 days (May 23rd in France).

Without giving away all details, the story focuses on two South Africans, Mr Stephen Segerman and Mr Craig Bartholomew-Strydom and their incredible quest throughout the 90s to find all possible information on the über famous and mysterious American folk rock artist Sixto Rodriguez, whose album Cold Fact had been a best seller for two decades in their country.

Now, let’s point out a few facts.

Number one: do you remember life before the internet? Let’s go back to the 70s: someone hands on an album. All you know about it is in the cover, the music and the lyrics. That’s all, unless a magazine publishes an interview or more info on said artist. Which was not what happened in our case. No info available on Mr Rodriguez. At all.

Number two: let’s not forget that we’re in South Africa during the 70s and the Apartheid. I’ve found it very interesting to learn about the way the censorship and the isolation of the country impacted on the everyday life of young white liberals.

This said, it’s not astonishing that Sixto Rodriguez, who was unknown in the US, was considered a superstar just as The Beatles and the Led Zeppelin in South Africa (half a million copies of his 1970 album Cold Fact sold). There, everybody who loved rock music had a copy of the album and sang all of his songs by heart. The lack of information about him just contributed to build the legend.

I have the chance to know in person the executive producer of Sugar Man (not bragging) and a few days ago I met her here in Cannes during the FIF. She told me that even though they knew the story was good (and the music too) they didn’t expect all this recognition. The praise is very well gained and Rodriguez is an artist who deserves to be discovered, even forty years later. So, please, if you watch it let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Asaf Avidan’s Reckoning Song

Asaf Avidan is an Israeli musician with an incredible voice. I’ve discovered the remix version of his Reckoning Song but the original is amazing too, like the whole album Different Pulses, by the way.

Which one do you like best? The remix or the heartbreaking album version?

No more tears, my heart is dry
I don’t laugh and I don’t cry
I don’t think about you all the time
But when I do – I wonder why

You have to go out of my door
And leave just like you did before
I know I said that I was sure
But rich men can’t imagine poor.

One day baby, we’ll be old
Oh baby, we’ll be old
And think of all the stories that we could have told

Little me and little you
Kept doing all the things they do
They never really think it through
Like I can never think you’re true

Here I go again – the blame
The guilt, the pain, the hurt, the shame
The founding fathers of our plane
That’s stuck in heavy clouds of rain.

One day baby, we’ll be old
Oh baby, we’ll be old
And think of all the stories that we could have told.

La Chambre Noire

Cannes Film Festival is over and tonight the Palme d’Or will be assigned. Which means that last night was the last chance to party!

I was invited at La Chambre Noire by the lovely Aline who’s a great selector and wears Tommy Hilfiger’s clothes wonderfully! The event took place every day between 6 and 9 pm at the Marriot’s hotel terrace and was hosted by Belvedere vodka. The idea is simple: good music and the best cocktails ever (seriously) in a chilled out atmosphere.

Last night David Walters and Keys Colors were the very special guests and played live. I really had a good time. Music was great and the cocktails even better (drank 5). Special thanks to the very talented barman, without him we wouldn’t have had as much fun! 😉

Aline Afanoukoé
David Walters and Keys Colors
Belvedere cocktails