Monday, June 03, 2013
The Listening Booth
Welcome to The Listening Booth, a regular series of posts that features a guest musician, DJ or music devotee sharing their current three favourite songs with automatism readers. Today's Listening Booth is hosted by the brilliantly talented and lovely DJ Rachel Thera. Enjoy.
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Rachel DJs around town under her creative nom de plume, Lamb Rabbit. Last year she founded a lady-DJ collective called The Girlfriends. This year she plans to master the guitar and start a soft psych band. Next year she plans on subsisting exclusively off of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches.
You can find some of Rachel's mixes here.
If you're in Ottawa, Rachel will be playing records at the Manx the evening of Monday, June 10th 2013. She's also guest DJing on June 13th 2013 at the Open Air Social Club across from the Parliament buildings with the Girlfriends, the fab all-female DJ collective.
Rachel's Three Picks
For these three picks I worked on a bit of a theme: a few French favourites from the late '60s to mid '70s that were inspired by (but not covers of) the Beatles.
Jacqueline Taïeb - 7 heures du matin
Yé-yé at its finest. She longs for Paul McCartney to, um... help her. With her English homework? Debatable. Either way, this is one of those songs that gets perma-caught in your brain. The My Generation riff from The Who works beyond perfectly, too.
Léonie - Lennon
A dreamlike, meandering tribute to John Lennon from a breathy chanteuse.
Warlus - Good Night the Day
Jingly, jangly, fuzzy melancholy beauty. This is the last track on the album Songs, an obscure French soft psych record by the group Warlus (named — you've probably guessed it — after their love of the Beatles' I am the Walrus. Most of the album was recorded in 1975, in an old theater over the course of two nights while the manager was away on a ski vacation. It was privately released in 1977, in a scant edition of only 200 copies. These days, it's been re-pressed and is luckily a little more available to us all.