giveaway: an evening in paris!

One thing that I'm often teased about here by my French friends is surprisingly not my misuse of the subjunctive, but my appreciation for French music. Apparently French people don't listen to it. Who knew? Before I came here I thought I'd score major points en français for my knowledge of Noir Désir, NTM, B.B Brunes, and my admiration for the classics like France Gall, Dutronc, Serge of course and Brigitte Bardot, which after a cocktail or two becomes evident to all. Bearing witness to a drunk American doing a rendition of Bardot's "Harley Davidson" complete with motocycle "vrooms" is something most could live without. For those of you who caught one of my performances, my sincerest apologies. 

As with all things French there are of course exceptions. One of them being the legendary hipster darling Bertrand Burgalat. His large local following of enthusiasts for his cool breezy vintage sounds via Parisian underground pop lend to the idea that the French do in fact listen to French music - only when it's super chic comme BB.

In collaboration with Urbamedia, Mademoiselle Coquine is giving away not one but two tickets to an evening* in Paris to see Bertrand Burgalat live on Saturday February 23rd, 2013 at the Marais hotspot La Gaîté Lyrique.

BB who has worked with April March and Air, as well as composed several soundtracks, has actually made a few cameos on the blog. I'll walk you down memory lane...

Now, let's talk logistics.

To enter the contest:

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Just one! 

 In the comments section please share with me your opinions, thoughts and/or comparisons between French and American music. 
What has been your experience with French music? Do you like it?
Anything that's on your mind! 
Let's talk music.

C'est tout! 
The contest closes Wednesday February 20th at 3:00pm Paris time.
Winner will be announced that evening.

Retweets and sharing of this contest would be greatly appreciated!

To discover Bertrand Burgalat, check out my sampler playlist here

Bonne chance!!

*airfare and cocktails not included.
...I thought I should add that.


  1. That's so funny. Most French people I know love French music including the CIC bankers I used to work with, my ex boyfriend's French-Malgache friends, as well as my high school friend who teaches French at Wellesley now who first introduced me to Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin etc.

    1. Of course Serge is excluded for this. He's a legend. But Jane Birkin? That's interesting. Most people I know here find her absolutely irritating because they believe she hams up her English accent too much!

      Perhaps most of the people I have met and know here are Anglophiles because none of them listen to French music. Even my future FIL would much prefer The Strokes to Indochine. Maybe it's just me and I'm inspiring them! : )

  2. darn, no tix to Paris included.

    BB is also initials for my favorite French music master--Benjamin Biolay. I think I'll put some on now.

    1. Benjamin Biolay!! Good call. He's great too. You inspired me to put some on to go with my morning coffee. Have a nice weekend, JTB!

  3. Yes, me, too! Back at home, before I moved over, I was buying every one of the Kitsune compilations, even though they cost an arm and a leg and I could only get them at some grungy place deep in hipsterville-Sydney, and I came here thinking that I'll hear Kitsune-endorsed, beautiful electro pop everywhere, blasted down the street, but no. I get a job in one of the biggest bars in the city where the djs play a total of five Micheal Jackson songs through out the night and it's the only thing that gets everyone shaking their booty... Gah.
    Love the playlist! Groovy!

    1. You have me intrigued...."one of the biggest bars in Paris"...hmmmm, which one could it be? : )

      But yeah, I feel like I listen to more American music here than I did in the States! Don't you find too that sometimes it's the most random songs? I was at a party once where "Born to be Wild" came on and somehow this got everyone raging. Also, they were all surprised that I hated the song!

  4. I'm not too good with french music or popular culture in general, since I don't have a TV or listen to the radio. Bit of a shame really, I don't feel as plugged in culturally as I probably should be.

    I did a post a while ago with some of my favourite french songs, or ones connected with different memories, I'd also add "je t'aimais, je t'aime, , je t'aimerai" by Francis cabrel and "T'es parti" by Shy'm to the list - both very pretty songs.

    You don't need to put me in the draw btw. Have fun!

    1. Shy'm cracks me up. All I can think about is her video where she's not wearing pants and dancing really strangely. For those of you not familiar... you go! It's ridiculous.

  5. I was going to enter but since airfare and cocktails are NOT included then you can count me out:P My knowledge of French music, at least that I am aware of is, is limited to Phoenix! I am looking forward to their new album in April:)

    I also wanted to let you know I have nominated you for another a Liebster Blog Award. I know you have been nominated before and don't want you to feel you have to pass it on again but wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your posts anyway:)

    1. Hi Alyson! Have you heard the new Phoenix song? It's pretty good and will be so perfect for summer!

      Check out BB if you're looking for some French tunes. He's one of my favorites!

  6. Sounds like a lot of fun! I really enjoyed seeing Bertrand Burgalat during Fashion Night Out and would love to enter the competition but Saturday is Stephane's first day home after a long business trip. Rather than listening to some super chic French music, he'll probably want to spend the evening at home.

    1. That was one of my favorite nights in Paris! Thanks for the memories. : )

  7. Wishing I lived in Paris! :-) sounds like a great time!

  8. OMG how chic are YOU?! I think this is the first full-body length shot I've seen of you. :)

    I for one would be ECSTATIC to win these tix! (I already follow you on FB, Twitter, and Google+ so I'll just add my 2 cents on French vs. American music.)

    French music definitely has its own sound. When I think of French music, I think lots of guitar, either deep or breathy voices (think Noir Desir's Le Vent Nous Portera then Soko's I'll Kill Her), half song/half conversation, usually within two octaves. It's a very particular sound. I know I am hugely generalising - there are tons of French electronica out there that wouldn't fit this description - but this is my sense of French music. It's very organic, very ethereal, sometimes intense, sometimes cheeky.

    But yes, I definitely love it, no doubt. :) I also think also one of the cool things about living in Paris is my favourite lesser known "foreign" artists who normally wouldn't perform so often in other cities come here lots because there's more of an audience for them (including me!). I think my musical tastes are well-suited to this city!

    Ok, that's it from me. :) Thanks so much for such an awesome giveaway!!



  9. Brel, aznavour, barbara : should I reeeeeeally need to say more ????