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Happy New Year! Violent Femmes interview, Watt project, Body Kite shows 

New Pierre Pressure Podcast episode 30 up now! A very special re-broadcast of Pierre's interview with Violent Femmes singer Gordon Gano and drummer Brian Viglione. Recorded in September of 2013 at East Village Radio.

Pierre is hard at work putting finishing touches on his collaboration with bassist Mike Watt. This ambitous project features an amazing array of musicians including Kenny Wollesen, Nels Cline, Tony Scalzo, Robert Walter, Georgia Hubley, Stephen Calhoun, Steve Ulrich, Dan Menke, Yuval Lion, Gerald Menke, Chris Stromquist, Dion Thurman, Quentin Jennings, and Izzy Rock among others. Every track starts with just drums, then bass is added by Watt, and anything goes from there. Look for a release this spring.

Some great Body Kite shows coming up: 
January 19 - Brooklyn Music Kitchen, Brooklyn, NY
February 1 - Barbes, Brooklyn, NY
April 20 - Live film soundtrack, Old Town Theater, Brewster, NY

Mike Watt Project. Body Kite live soundtrack with Fantastic Planet 

Pierre de Gaillande is extremely pleased to be collaborating with the legendary bassist and punk guru, Mike Watt, on an album of songs all generated by different drummers. This idea came  during Pierre's interview with Watt on Pierre Pressure. The concept is simple; every song starts with a drummer creating and recording a track, which is then sent to Watt to play bass on, then sent back to Pierre to layer on instruments and vocals. This album features and a mind-blowing array of musicians, who are busy touring and recording all over the world, so it is taking time, but we look forward to sharing it soon!
Featuring: Nels Cline, guitar; Georgia Hubler, drums; Kenny Wollesen, drums; Robert Walter, keyboards; Stephen Calhoun, drums; Stephen Ulrich, guitar; Christian Gibbs, guitar; Chris Stromquist, drums; Dion Thurman, drums; Dan Menke, drums; Yuval Lion, drums; Gerald Menke, guitar; Brad Hubbard, sax, Pierre de Gaillande, producer, guitar, trumpet, keys, vocals.

Body Kite will perform a live soundtrack to the 1973 classic animated film FANTASTIC PLANET at the historic Old Town Hall Theater in Brewster, NY on Saturday, October 21 at 8PM. 
Featuring Pierre de Gaillande - guitar, keys, trumpet, Daniel Basiletti - keys, trumpet, Gerald Menke - guitar, bass, and Stephen Calhoun - drums.

LIMITED SEATING! Get tickets here
Proceeds will help the restoration of the Old Town Hall Theater.
Fantastic Planet is an experimental animated film set on a strange planet where giant alien beings consider humans to be their animals. The film is an allegorical tale about human rights and racism, with an imaginative and distinctly 70s vibe. The film was the winner of the Special Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Runtime 1h 10m.

Pierre Pressure with Kurt Wagner from Lambchop - Bad Reputation dates in Canada - Body Kite summer dates. 

Pierre Pressure Podcast episode 28 is out now with Kurt Wagner, mastermind of the band Lambchop.





Come celebrate the release of Bad Reputation V.3 on March 31 at Barbes! Order now from VERMILLION MUSIC and get a free CD of your choice from Pierre's catalog.

And Pierre de Gaillande will do three shows in Canada this April performing songs of Georges Brassens in English and French, accompanied by fantastic guitarist-singer Christine Tassan, and bassist Hugo Blouin. Come see us!


April 2 - Librairie St.Jean Baptiste - 565 Rue St-Jean, Quebec, QC  (Solo)
April 5 - Rendez-vous du Thé - 1348 Rue Fleury Est, Montréal, Québec (w C. Tassan)
April 6 - La Brassée - 2522 Rue Beaubien Est , Montreal, QC (w C. Tassan)


And Body Kite has a bunch of great shows coming up:

March 25 - Quinn’s - 330 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Memorial Day weekend - Burning Man East - Shandaken NY
June 10 - The Central - 300 Railroad Ave, Peekskill, NY
June 16 - Arts on the Lake summer series - Carmel, NY, with The Creatures
See you soon!

Pierre Pressure Podcast returns with Mike Watt 

Pierre Pressure Podcast will be recommencing after along hiatus, with an interview with the legendary guru of punk bass, Mike Watt.

 got in touch with Pierre after playing Body Kite's song "Amazingishly Gracefulistical" on his fine  "Watt From Pedro Show" on November 27. We could not be more stoked.
Stay tuned for Pierre's conversation with Mike Watt on Pierre Pressure Podcast.


This song was a live improvisation recorded live at California Hill Studios on January 22, 2022, and features Gerald Menke on guitar and drums, Daniel Basiletti on keyboards, accordion, and trumpet, and Pierre de Gaillande on bass and trumpet.

You can hear more Body Kite music HERE:

And come see Body Kite live on Friday December 2 at 8:30pm at Quinn's in Beacon!

Fall Concerts  

Lots of great shows coming up, come on out and support.

Saturday, October 22:
Brassens Birthday 101 at Barbes!
Georges turns 101 on October 22! Come delight in the anarchist burlesque of this legendary French cultural icon. Pierre de Gaillande and his Bad Reputation band plus special guests will roque and folque you. 
Featuring Pierre de Gaillande, vocals and guitar, Andrew Hall, bass, Chris Stromquist, drums, Daniel Basiletti, trumpet, Josh Camp, accordion, Roderick Cumming, banjo, Quentin Jennings, piano, Stephen Ulrich, electric guitar.

Thursday, October 27:
Open Mind Open Mic at Arts on the Lake

Hosted by Pierre de Gaillande. We highly encourage and support all levels of talent from musicians who have never performed, old pros, or even people that want to work out their creative sides out in public. 
Sign up early by contacting Pierre on this website or on FB. Sign up available day of show. Bring your friends and family! Raffles, prizes! Arts on the Lake events can be found @ or on our facebook @ Arts on the Lake.

Saturday, October 29:
Body Kite Halloween show at Dogwood in Beacon
We are very excited about this new improvised instrumental project, Body Kite, a jam band for people who don’t like jam bands. We’re playing a show October 29 in Beacon at Dogwood Bar and we will be dressed like wizards. Gerald Menke - guitar, Pierre de Gaillande - bass, trumpet and taishogoto, Daniel Basiletti - Korg Wrangler and trumpet, and Chris Stromquist will be joining us on drums. We will be wearing wizard costumes, so let your freak flag fly.

Here's a Body Kite video shot by in California Hill Studio and edited with some weird-ass images  using text to image AI with the keywords “wizard, psychedelic, synthesizer, band, guitar, and Druids.” You're welcome.

Summer concert series at Arts on the Lake 

Melomane and Body Kite take the stage again on Friday, August 5th at 7pm to kick off the Raucous August Concert Series at Arts on the Lake

Every Friday in August, come see great bands curated by Pierre de Gaillande at a picturesque outdoor stage in Carmel, Arts on the Lake. This Friday concert series, includes sweet sweet summer sounds by Big Lazy, Jack Grace Band, The Third Bell, Monkeytown Milk Spillers, Chrisy McCullagh, Melomane, and Body Kite!


(Flyer design: Melomane Body Kite: Jean Basiletti. Raucus August: Pal Gyomi)

The third record from Bad Reputation will be out in September, with eleven brand new versions of classic Brassens tunes! CD release in September. Check here for pre-orders soon.