The Thundering Grins of Je Suis France
by Dan
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Je Suis France - "Wizard of Points"

It seems the Wizard of Points exists in all senses, in one being, that commands this song with his hand, on a joystick, or held before him in that "you are under my telekinetic control" kind of stance. So:

i) The Wizard of Points - in a mathematical sense, a controller of the intersections of axes.
ii) The Wizard of Points - a many-spined, sharp-to-the-touch warlock of a deep blue colour, predator of nothing, but also prey to nothing in return.
iii) The Wizard of Points - the silent partner to an award-winning debate team. takes furious notes and whispers hisses of rebuttal while staring down the opponent.
iv) The Wizard of Points - a video-gamer with formidable patience, who can stay in the "infinite enemies" loops in Contra for hours at a time.
v) The Wizard of Points - as opposed to prose, an expert of summary, in bullet format.
vi) The Wizard of Points - "the most experienced man"

can you hear them all? Like the 6 faces of a cube, smooth and blaring, as one.


Je Suis France - "California Still Rules"

Oh yeah, and they're also a rock band. From the eerie waters of reverb and the gathering clouds of drums emerges a rock song like a pink camera flash. Poof, and it's over.

[Out May 29th, Site (with more music!)]

[art by dsnhaus]

Posted by Dan at April 11, 2007 1:42 AM

wow! imagine my surprise when i made my morning visit to STG and saw my painting on your page. thanks!

Posted by ben at April 11, 2007 10:35 AM

Yay! A hometown band makes it to StG!

These guys also do an amazing live version of R. Kelly's "Ignition (remix)".

Posted by Resa at April 11, 2007 11:13 AM

"an expert of summary, in bullet format". Killer line, man.

Posted by Adam at April 11, 2007 5:33 PM

ben - yeah, your comment the other day lead me to it. let this be a lesson to all readers: show yourselves!

Resa - send them up to Montreal, please.

Adam - thank you.

Posted by dan at April 11, 2007 8:18 PM


(ps wizard of points is HOT)

Posted by efffa at April 13, 2007 3:10 PM

I must say, I am very impressed with this blog. Very informative, artistic and to the point. I feel there is a certain element of true youth wrapped into an envelope of seduction - very nice!

Seems like a great collective effort, I presume you will be popular with the Cdn scene especially with women's choice awards ;)...Montreal is a great start for the French love the strong, creative types...
I love reading your take on the music you are listening to daily, even though you might not always be a fan of all the lyrics you hear. Keep in mind that all artists have their quirks, which makes them even more eccentric and loveable....sets them apart from the others. I look forward to sharing my collection with you soon..May 29th you mention that your 'one' is out? Do you know how long the release will be, before it is required to be returned to the local radio station? Thank you for sharing, no words can express....Kathryn

Posted by Kathryn R. Smitters at April 14, 2007 10:17 PM

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