mardi 29 décembre 2009

Orson Welles : Audiences, endangered species.

Orson Welles is here talking about what he believes IS or IS NOT an audience. I believe he was right by then, he is still right today.
x x x

vendredi 18 décembre 2009

New 'Ghosts' Video !

We are pleased to give you this beautiful video made by our friend Benjamin Le Coq de Kerland. The song is called 'Ghosts' and this is an extract from our second album 'Time for The Devil' , out next Spring 2010.
Ben was free to do whatever he liked on this and so proposed his own personnal version of the song;
we liked it very much so wanted to share with you.
Take it as a Chrismas gift! Hope you will enjoy as much as we do, on a snowy day like this...
all the very best,
Jehn xxx

Also visit Benjamin Le Coq's Blog Now !!!

jeudi 10 décembre 2009

News from 'London Town'

We are in London tonight, drove all day and got stuck in the biggest traffic ever; so we're pretty tired tonight. Maud Elisa , our guitarist, is with us, she is 'La Chose' in the picture below, being very quiet in the van. sweet thing..

Last week in Rennes during the tour with Franz Ferdinand, we were happy to see again 2 photographers from Rennes -we already met in St Malo last summer and during the festival 'les Transmusicales' a year ago. It's like a tradition now when we come to Britany, we have to take pictures with Derga Tora! haha They're part of a crew of young artists called Derga Tora, you can visit their myspace here; We already used one of their pictures for a poster. They are really cool guys. Here is one picture John has signed for them last summer:

Tomorrow we play in London at the Cobden Club and gonna see lots of good friends again.

yo yo yo!

mardi 1 décembre 2009

the franz tour , good vibrations.

we had a wonderful time on the franz ferdinand tour, everyone was very nice to us and we had a warm welcome from their fans , especially in Rennes!!!thanks a lot.
we had the chance to meet one of our source of inspiration : mr JOhnny Marr from the smiths, he was also on that tour , playing with the cribs (also very cool people ).
Paul franz 's drummer offered to me a book on john cassavetes for christmas , i recommand it to everyone who like john cassavetes's films:

If you got any video or picture to post from the shows , feel free to add it on our facebook page.



samedi 21 novembre 2009

Wedding day in London


we were in London for a few days this week end, mainly because our friends Viva and Mark were celebrating their wedding at the Cobden Club. It was very musicaly inspired as they are both drummers in 2 different awesome bands called Joe Gideon and the Shark and Archie Bronson Outfit. It was a beautiful wedding, with the traditionnal speaches and The Duke Spirit playing live as well as the magnificient Duke Garwood (check them all out). We danced until late, it was very nice. It's good to hang out with warm people.

To Viva and Mark!

This week is gonna be a lot of work, we're going to Paris on Tuesday and we start the french tour with the Franz Ferdinand.

John & Jehn

jeudi 12 novembre 2009

New Team !!!


we'd like to introduce you to Raph and Maud-Elisa.
From now they're gonna be with us onstage to play the new songs.
Raph is playing drums and Maud-Elisa is playing mainly guitar amongst keyboards and bass.
We've been rehearsing all week with them and they did a great job, worked really hard. We rehearsed 11 hours a day and they learnt 10 songs in a week. It's rare to find such dedicated people. they never complained and it's hard to believe that we were so right about them coz they're such good company.
We've been very happy to be able to set something right musicaly, the new songs request more instruments and we think we got the right vibe with them onstage. for the 'fans' of the first john & jehn formula , they shouldn't worry , it is different but it's still us, it's just better!
and if you want to see us play, well... see you at the Zenith in Paris on the 26th Nov , that's gonna be our first show with the 4 of us! hehe


samedi 31 octobre 2009

End of album recording...working on film soundtrack


ok, our second album is recorded, done!
Matt our soundman (see his blog is gone now, he's been a perfect company for almost two months. We are very much happy with the sound and the songs, it's groovy! it should come out in Spring 2010.

In the meantime, we've been trying our skills this week into the great adventure of music for films.
We met a french guy in London few years ago, called Guillaume Foresti. He saw us play one night with the Black Lips at the Proud Gallery. He kept in touch with us over the months and talked about his project of a short film with Stephane Demoustier. So here we are now, working on the soundtrack.
The film was shot in 35mm with the two actors Marc Barbé and Arly Jover. I have to say after 2 months working on our album, it is relaxing to record an instrumental soundtrack, to mess around with noises and effects haaaaaa (sound of content).
The 2 directors talked about "Sombre" by Philippe Grandieux as an inpsiration for their film, musicaly. The soundtrack was by Alan Vega (member of Suicide). Below is the final scene of that movie with the cover of a Gainsbourg song by the american band Elysian Fields. It's great.



mardi 20 octobre 2009

yesterday night : nick cave in paris

we ve been invited yesterday night to the nick cave 's new book promotion night . It was in a very posh theatre in paris on the champs elysee avenue. Vulgar can of beer very expensive at the bar , not cool. Nick cave , warren ellis , martin casey were playing light version of old and new songs. It was a bit lame ... Nick cave started the night explaining that people can ask questions whenever they want to him , every kind of questions...But later on you could see that proposition was not very sincere , and he became a bit annoyed by the whole thing. Promotion's night disguised in 'a night with nick cave ' as written on the ticket is quite bullshiting people. It looked more like take the money and run. Nothing about litterature , nothing about music , just questions on his mustache or stuff like that. Egocentric night for the fans , no fun.

I do want to read his book anyway /

samedi 26 septembre 2009

Shooting with Antoine Carlier



as we are in the studio recording our second album, Antoine (who directed our video for 'oh my love') is here with us and shoots a film about... well.. the recording, us in the studio... and more.
It's all groovy, see the new pix.
have a lovely time,

always yours,
the J's

(Pictures by Matt Farrar)

dimanche 6 septembre 2009

Remixes : watch out!!


today is the day we have the pleasure to share with you 2 remixes of 2 songs from our first album. Dont hesitate to contact the guys to say how good they are :)
(to download the remixes click on the images)

song: 20L07
album: John & Jehn
artist: Golden Parking
nationality: French
location: lives and works in Marseille

song: Lady Spider
album: John & Jehn
artist: Yon
nationality: English
location: lives and works in London
other links:


all the best,


samedi 5 septembre 2009

lundi 31 août 2009

first video idea for 20L07

hello people of the universe.

I wanted to show you the first idea for the video of 20L07 ... the idea was to steal( or recreate) the central scene from the wonderful movie 'ma nuit chez maud' directed eric rohmer. You will notice how jean louis trintignant and francoise fabian were amazing actors.
Didn't see it? run my friend and find a copy...It is proper NOT boring french cinema.



dimanche 23 août 2009



we've been to Namur in Belgium to play a show. we had a special driver this time : Anna G! She's an old friend of us and she is always great company. (as you can see)


we drove to south of France yesterday, the recording is getting closer!!! we also have Matt , our soudman, with us now. he will stay for 2 months and finish the second album with us. we are excited as little kids!



samedi 8 août 2009

J.J. and F.F. on a boat

I finally have the pictures of the boat trip we had with the Franz in Musilac in July; Below is Julie, a friend of us from London who's now working with Franz Ferdinand on tour; she's great!!! we were so happy to see her again.


I KNOW the damm pictures are all too blury, aarrgg , sorry, the boat was moving a lot... but let's say it brings a little impressionist fashion to the portraits, no? I had to take the most scary away though :)



We spent the afternoon on a rented boat, we could hear the bands playing from the festival ; the driver brought us to some cliff where we jumped in the water, some very high! it was very cool;


Then we party all night , dancing on some Michael Jackson tunes, waou!

we're in France now preparing the recording of the second album ; doing demos and also some administration things; we're going to record at home again but the studio is getting better; Matt, our sound man, will come at the end of the month; So the album should be done mid-fall;


take care all

Love from Jehn

jeudi 23 juillet 2009


Hello everyone,

last 2 weeks have been mad; we didn't have a chance to post any blog, also we were waiting for some pictures to show you ;
All the pictures were made by the magnificient SAM NEUHARDT (also the video director for the '20L07' video and 'i can see you' video)


St Tropez was the weirdest place we've ever played in, i mean at first sight because we arrived in a camping!! Actually one of the biggest in all Europe. But we set up for sound check and then spent few hours on the beach, so it was very cool!
The gig turned out to be very pleasant, lots of young people were there and some of them even knew the lyrics and sung with us. After the show we wandered around the beach and the bungaloos, bought Chichis and met lots of people; we were a bit the stars of the camping for that night haha
the crew was great too, they actually invite a lot of good international bands to play, which is cool.


Our next show was in Angouleme for The Garden Nef Party Festival. We met our friends Joe Gideon and The Shark there on friday the 17th. They couldn't stay long, they had to drive to England for the next day. It was a shame, but they did a great show.

We also met the guys from Franz Ferdinand again and they confirmed their wish to have us on tour with them in November in France. We love their shows, it is very inspiring for us to see them work, so we said yes straight away! They are really great guys and very supportive with our music and forthcoming album.

The Garden festival in Angouleme happens in the hometown of John so this show was very special to us. Lots of friends and family turned up and the festival crew was very proud because they knew John since he was a teenager. We had great time.


drawing by thibault balahy
for la garden nef party festival.

Love on the beat,

mardi 14 juillet 2009



we've been playing at festivals this week.
We were in Liege last Saturday playing at 'Les Ardentes' Festival.
Our soundman never arrived to the show -he was taking a train to arrive in the afternoon but missed 2 of them and ended up watching us play instead of doing the sound! He was very upset :) we saw Tricky backstage but didn't have time to meet him...

We were playing in 'Musilac' the next day, in Aix Les Bains. We estimated that 10.000 people must have been watching when we played. It is the biggest crowd we ever played for. It was very different from everything we've experienced so far but very fun! we want to do it again!! Franz Ferdinand were headlining. We met the guys and they were very nice to us, inviting us on a boat trip in the afternoon after our show. We had a fantastic day and the festival crew was very nice.
have a look:

Next show was in La Rochelle, for the festival 'Les Francofolies'. We drove for 9 hours in the day to get there on time ( Big thanks to our wonderful driver mr YANNOSH). The crowd was very responding :) after 40 minutes of show we went out to see friends and drink in bars until late. La Rochelle looked like a zombie town with drunk people everywhere in the streets.

Tomorrow we are driving towards St Tropez for the festival 'les plages de rock'. And then back in Angouleme At the garden nef party festival ,we are really looking forward to play there, all our old friends and family will be there it s gonna be magic.

Thanks for reading,

Love on the Beat
John & Jehn

Photos taken by Yannoche (our friend and driver) at The 'Francofolies' in La Rochelle during the sound check.

lundi 29 juin 2009

Last week end

Hi everyone,

we were in London when the king of pop died. We saw lots of friends and had a great time dancing on Michael's tunes.Even if you hate the man , all the quincy jones work with him was legend.

Last weekend we played for Solidays, what an adventure!
I broke my back on the Saturday morning when loading the van with John in London. He then had to drive the van to Paris with me lying at the back. I just couldn't move at all! The Solidays festival found an osteopath in Paris (the same who cures Johnny hallyday! haha) and he just did his thing on my spine so that the pain was less strong when I woke up the next morning. But still, i couldn't play a gig!
On the Sunday, we met the all medical crew of the festival who decided to do an injection of pain killers in my butt!! the all thing turned a bit crazy. The needle -as John recalls- was so big it looked like it was made for a horse! I thought..."Only 2 days in Paris and I've already shown my butt 3 times to different people!" before they sting me.
Eventually, the pain disappeared an hour after the shot; I was feeling stoned and couldn't feel any pain anymore. I was actually laughing a lot; we did the show like that... it was very weird... I was feeling high ,i was trying so hard to play the best show even if I couldn't do my best moves ;)

But as usual people were great and very supportive. Thanks to them!

Then we rested at the backstage area under the trees, it was so hot that day! with our friends from Koko Von Napoo. We met Metronomy and saw their show which was very good.


Jehn and John

mercredi 24 juin 2009

blogger review

i like this review of the london show we did on sunday.


My master and friend DUKE GARWOOD is back with a beautiful album called 'the sand that falls' also a very rare ep called 'he was a warlock'
Very seriously , the world has to understand how this man is a genius. Be clever my friends and buy this as soon as you can (itunes or here). This is 100% pure good music.

lundi 22 juin 2009


hello everyone,


on my last post someone asked us if we were to play again in London soon, and so we did ! last night we played at the Film Institute in London and it was so good to be back home !
The venue was a cinema where people were seated, but it didn't take 2 songs for them to stand up and start dancing in the alleys. You can't imagine how much we love it, it makes such a difference to us. We want to thank everyone who came yesterday night, you were all so great.

Before the show, we did an interview with the guys from "Ciné Moi", a new tv channel about french music and film. We'll post the link as soon as we get it.

Also, we played with the french band "Koko Von Napoo". They are really nice people and they play a kind of 80's, new wave, B52's, ESG music. 3 girls and a man. very good bass lines... check them out here: Koko Von Napoo
i had fun watching their show, dancing and taking pictures:


now we're in London for a week before playing in Paris on Sunday.
lots of love

vendredi 19 juin 2009



Yesterday we were in Bordeaux. We did a showcase in la FNAC. The place was good and the sound not too bad for a promotion date so we were happy. Lots of people turned up, even old friends that we hadnt seen for a long while. We played for 20 minutes and then there was a press conference about the french festival La Garden Nef. People could win John & Jehn posters and different stuff... Thanks to all who came and met us.
We had then a walk and a drink in the wonderful city of Bordeaux, there were lots of people in the streets even late at night. we felt a bit like in Spain.
Today we drive to Paris where we're gonna meet our soundman Matt. Then tomorrow, Maubeuge for the festival "Les Folies". Can't wait!


jeudi 18 juin 2009

Some more links hot hot hot

Another link to watch the integral ciné concert we performed live at the Festival 'C'est Dans La Vallée'.
have fun
the j's

mardi 16 juin 2009

Photos La Maroquinerie

here are some pictures taken by Julien Mignot at our show in Paris, La Maroquinerie.
his website Julien Mignot

vendredi 12 juin 2009

La Maroquinerie


This week we played our show in Paris at La Maroquinerie. We had a great night. It was the first time we played in front of such an enthousiastic crowd in Paris. Two girls had written J&J on their cheeks it was very cute.
La maroquinerie is a great place to play, the sound is good and the crew is great. Le Prince Miiaou and Gemma Ray played before us.
We had decided to perform more songs from our first album so started the show with 'I can see You' and '1,2,3' that we never played before but very much enjoyed having in the set. The first half of the show was volontarily darker than the rest. All along, we both felt very relaxed and happy to be here. We wanted to take the most of that moment, and we did, up to the encore with '20l07' when people were singing the song.
At the end we played a cover of Bronski Beat, 'Smalltown Boy' and I heard people singing the tune when they were leaving the place.

Today we are in Tours, going to perform at the festival Aucard de Tours. Tomorrow we are back home and will work on some covers project we've had for a while now.

take care all,
and thanks for those you came to see us in Paris.


jeudi 11 juin 2009


hello people of the universe!

The very good cultural french/german tv channel ARTE filmed our performance on the movie 'diary of a lost girl' . follow that link HERE , there is some extracts with an interview (in french, sorry , no in fact i'm not sorry , just learn bloody french, you'll find your first lesson by the monthy python below in our blog ).


lundi 1 juin 2009

C'est dans la Vallée

last week end we've been to the festival "C'est dans la Vallee" in Sainte Marie aux Mines.
Beautiful festival set in a valley near Strasbourg. We were sleeping in an Auberge on the top of a hill with a nice view. It was very peaceful.

All the people from the festival have been great to us.
We performed our Ciné-Concert on the film "Diary of a lost Girl" with Louise Brooks on friday. They brought a big piano for us, we were very lucky! a big wooden Pleyel (i never played on a Pleyel before) it sounded really good.
It was such a release to play the sound track in front of people cause it's been a while now we started working on it. It was filmed by a tv crew from Arte (French-German tv channel) so we might have a link soon to give you so you can see it. We were very happy about our performance, we want to do it again!

Our set up is a little bit different fom our gigs: John plays guitars, bass, armonica and a kick drum. I play piano, organ, melodica and percussions. We both do some singings. It sounds more 'organic' without the electronic drums.
The promoter from the festival said it was one of the best Ciné-Concert she'd seen in 7 years! It was a huge compliment :)


During the festival we met a Greek young man called Alexander Voulgaris. We never met him before but we had few conversations with him few years ago on the internet. We didn't know he was going to be at this festival. It was a real surprise.
Alexander contacted us maybe 2 years ago to ask the permition to use one of our songs in his film. We said yes and sent a cd to his house in Greece.
Last week-end we met him for real and he gave us a copy of his film called "Pink". And we must say we were very impressed! His film is very good. If you have any chance to see it I strongly recommend it.
The song he uses is an old song of us that has never been released called "Teenage song", we used to play it live for a while.
Alexander is said to be one of the best Greek directors of the new generation and that must be true.



3 gigs in Paris


last week we were in Paris. 3 bands we like were playing;

Clinic on Monday at Le Café de la Danse.
They were brilliant. I talked to the bassist after the show -very nice guy- they were afraid the sound had not been good enough because their sound engineer had not been able to come for that night. Café de la Danse is a nice venue but apparently they have problems with neighbours, which means restrictions on sound... But that didn't reduce the quality of their show. It was very... clinical! (obviously:) cause they dont speak to the audience, but , boy, when they play! their music is just so good!


On Tuesday it was John's birthday, we went to see Deerhunter at Le Nouveau Casino.
It was the best gig we've ever seen of them. Perfect sound and dynamic. They were only 4 on stage and Bradford was doing a lot of guitare, which was very enjoyable. Bradford Cox was smiling, making jokes! it was a real pleasure to see him like that... happy! they didn't leave any silence between the songs until almost the end of the show, allowing songs to emerge out of massive walls of guitare sound. Songs were like visions, not sure where they came from and when they left you. it was magic! the show became even more surrealist at the end when, in a middle of a big noise, Bradford invited someone from the crowd to play his guitare onstage. he took the photographer's cameras and started taking pictures of everyone and himself making silly postures. Most of the people in the crowd were covering their hears but that didn't seem to affect them. the bassist and the guitarist gave their instruments to the audience to play. they opened bears and started chating with everyone. all very relaxed except the drummer who hammered his drums for 10 minutes without showing any signs of weakness. Waouuu!
We had great evening after that, champagne with the Nouveau casino crew celebrating 3 birthdays at the time. It was very nice.


On wednesday, we went to see Bat For Lashes at Le Bataclan. sold Out show, lots of nice looking girls in the crowd :)
A week before we had seen PJ Harvey and John Parish in that same venue, invited by their soundman, Head: incredibly nice man that John met when he went on tour with Joe Gideon and the Shark in the UK.
Bat for Lashes had a very nice costrume with black and white stripes. The show is... perfect, playing the songs excaclty as on the album. she did an acoustic version of Daniel and played the song again at the encore. she has a great great female drummer. very good sound.

Anyway we had great time,

thaks for reading!


jeudi 21 mai 2009

Do you like Black & White?


These are more pictures taken during and after our show at the festival "Les Femmes s'en mêlent" in Toulouse. They were taken by our friend Regis Feugere who lives and works in Toulouse. You can see his work here :