I've been obsessed with hunting down every enjoyable Christmas song (and some winter and December-themed ones) I can find on Last.fm, and as a result, Spiked Candy Canes Radio is now more than three times the size it was last year!
here to play it in a pop-up window, or here to play it in your last.fm player (get the player here).
What has gone into the Spiked Candy Canes mix? Generous handfuls each of twee pop, Phil Spector, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 60s pop, crooners, soul, Japanese ukulele girls and Doris Day; a dash of jazz and a splash of glam rock; a sprinkling of country, and a, uh, tiny pinch of Tiny Tim. Sneak a peek at the track list here.
Stay tuned... more Christmas posts still to come!
(Pic of 'Les' Beach Boys from Jukebox mag).
I think I've hit on a plan to let me keep blogging without exhausting myself and then subsequently losing interest. I'm going to keep things as simple as possible with just pictures and the song and probably not buying links, although I feel a bit guilty leaving those out. But you should be able to find any albums from the vendors in my sidebar. If you've searched high and low and can't find where to buy something, you can always ask and I'll help you out.
Please use the comments section to ask me any questions. I've taken down my email address, but if you still have it, please don't use it to ask me questions you can easily find answers for on a search engine. I'm also unable to send out anything individually, even for a trade. Nor am I taking requests or band submissions. Unless you're a band in my myspace friends and you want to send me free stuff? Eh? Eh? Can't blame a girl for trying.
I'm excited to be adding
Radioblog*, which I discovered on the gorgeous blog Pop 'N Cherries. I've been trying to find a free way to do something like this for ages, but had no luck so it's a happy discovery indeed. This is my exception to my no requests policy; you can ask me to post an mp3 if you like anything on there. And I'm hoping that will make the blog a little more interactive and I'll get some more feedback on what people like. Remember, feedback keeps your widdle bloggers happy and makes them want to go on! Even just a 'thanks' or 'you rule the school' or even 'you suck!' (no just kidding, please don't) is great to hear.
I did think of starting up a forum where readers of this blog and the others that post French 60s stuff regularly could talk about what they love and any new discoveries, or trade stuff, but again I'd be biting off a bit more than I can chew. But for anyone who'd be interested in such an idea, please join the last.fm groups I have, French 60s and Ye-Ye Girls and maybe you could liven those up a bit. Even if you don't use the other last.fm features, the forums have the potential to be a great meeting place for fans.
And don't forget
Spiked-Candy Last.fm Radio is still chugging away, churning out lots of aural treats and free to listen to. If the player has let you down before, try the beta for the upcoming release. As long as you have a decent connection, it should work a charm. And I know the 2 separate downloads for the Audioscrobbler plug-in and the Last.fm player are confusing to some; this download has them both in one and guides you through everything you need to do.
Merci, and I'll be back with some tunes very soon .
Really struggling illness-wise at the moment, so it's hard to get the enthusiasm to blog. Not closing up though, just having an extended break. Anyone who has written to me, I will get back to you eventually, just a bit overwhelmed right now.
Don't forget about
Spiked Candy Last.Fm Radio, which will keep bringing you the pop tunes in my absence! Also, have a look at my two posts on Last.FM about on-demand music available on there - here and here. Some of the bands mentioned are France's Watoo Watoo, Japan's Limited Express (has gone?) and Piano Magic. Some other on-demand music I've recently found on there: I'm From Barcelona, The Lovekevins, and Carrie (actually I can't get her page to work, I'm just assuming she's good because I like the bow in her hair). If you've been put off before by the player not working, it's running perfectly now.
And one release I've been meaning to blog about is Boutique Chic's Chez Le Coiffeur on Thomas Deligny's Stereofiction label. Deligny's previous releases as Concorde Music Club are also up on last.fm, as mentioned in one of my entries.
stream the whole thing on last.fm or on the Boutique Chic site, where you can also download samples (click the album cover, then click 'buy this 12" or download mp3'). I have to agree with Guuzbourg - the standout track for me from this collection of hair salon-themed club tunes is Minimatic's 'La Raie Ou Milieu'.
Some of the posts from Poupées de son, a feature originally posted in the sidebar:
Many thanks to reader Gerry for sending me a copy of this. I've ordered the CD compilation this is on, but it seems to be missing in transit [I am pretty sure this has been 'temporarily' out of stock since I wrote this post]. By the way, that sleeve was for the Japanese release of the French version of 'Un Prince Charmant' - so unfortunately there's no Japanese version of 'Baby Pop'.
A four-page magazine spread from a 1969 issue of French magazine Mademoiselle Age Tendre. French-speaking readers: does this say she had her own make-up line? *faints*
out of print
- February 19 2017
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- December 24 2016
- December 23 2016
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- November 19 2016
- November 11 2016
- October 29 2016
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- Wed, Jul 06 2005
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