I was traveling through France last week, hoping to find some brilliant corner of their underground garage scene. Instead I found myself getting dragged into a sports bar (they have sports bars in Paris!) because my girlfriend sweet-talked me in accompanying her to watch the Redskins/Seahawks game. The bar was a bizarre scene: owned by Australians, bar-tended by Scottish dudes, and overrun with French and Lebanese sports lovers. Before I fell asleep out of boredom in a somewhat cozy corner, I heard the following songs: "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers, "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore, and "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Hmm. It looked like my authentic Paris music quest for the night was an imminent failure.
Luckily, this was all this was balanced out when I ended up sleeping on the couch of a lovely Parisian named Zelda, frontwoman of the feminist-y electro band called the Ragnoutaz. She gave me a copy of their new self-released record "Their Will Be Blood" and it's become a favorite of mine. Their subject matter ranges from boy cheerleaders and social services, to their going out and partying the night you start your period ("Dance and Suffer"). Although most of their lyrics are in English, they maintain a their Parisian edge throughout the record. Viva le Ragnoutaz!