I have absolutely no idea of what to write here this time so I'll just leave you my pain perdu recipe for when your bread goes stale.

For half a baguette you'll need:

- an egg
- a teaspoon of sugar
- some milk

Put a tiny bit of vegetable oil in a pan and turn the stove on to mid-to-max heat. Cut the half baguette in four: open it like a sandwich and then cut each part in half. In a bowl mix the egg, the sugar, and about a finger of milk (until it becomes pale-ish), then dip the first bit of bread. Let it sink for a while. When the pan is hot fry the bread until golden brown on both sides — the next bit of bread should already be swimming happily in the mix. Repeat until you have no bread. Serve with your favourite jam.

Speaking of jams, here are some of the best new French ones for our 10th edition of Bonjour Motherfuckers.


Pearl & The Oysters announce sophomore album Canned Music

Undoubtedly one of my favourite French new acts — and one I was lucky enough to catch live earlier this year — Paris-via-Gainesville Pearl & The Oysters first won my heart with their addictive debut self-titled LP last fall, a record that quickly had me yearning for more from the love child of Joachim Pollack and Juliette Davis. My prayers have been answered in the form of 'Mermaid Parade', the new single from the band's forthcoming sophomore album Canned Music which is due out on November 23rd via Croque Macadam (vinyl) and Burger Records (cassette). You can stream this magical first taster above.

Sierra Manhattan release new LP Are You Single? No I'm Album

Antoine Aubert's lovechild Sierra Manhattan first came to life back in 2012 while he was still a student in Annecy; after moving to Lyon some time later he joined forces with Rémi Richarme, Alex Van Pelt, and Flo Adrien, crafting a first self-titled album which they released via Atelier Ciseaux/AB Records. The foursome is now back with a lo-fi Pop delight called Are You Single? No I'm Album comprised of ten dreamy tracks written between 2012 and 2016 and properly rearranged for the occasion — 'On Our Own' even references New Order's 'Temptation' and 'Duhspee' does the same with Ravel's 'Bolero'. You can stream the LP in full above, and check the video for 'Everything's Fine' here.

Steve Amber release From A Temple on the Hill EP

Arriving from the Paris-Brest (yes, like the cake!) tandem is four-piece Steve Amber, a psych-coloured collective whose new EP From A Temple On The Hill came out last September. The five-track release was recorded live in the studio (you can see the results on video here and here), and it's an hypnotic ensemble of meticulously crafted sounds that evoke the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Spectral Park, or Pond. Ranging from contemplative tunes like 'Mood Swing/Moderator' to more energetic ones ('When The Radio Plays'), From A Temple On The Hill is definitely worth a spin or two; you can do it via bandcamp above.

PERIO unveils clip for 'Looking For Trouble'

Born in Nantes in the late 60s, Eric Deleporte a.k.a. PERIO has been releasing music to his own rhythm: between 1994 and 2015 he has put out four albums, and each and every one of them has been well worth the wait. He is now releasing his fifth full length, a collection of nine tracks called Black Condensed that is out now via Objet Disque. Among the stunning tunes is 'Looking For Trouble', an Elliott Smith-esque song that is intense and melodic in equal measure. You can check out the Christophe Galleron-directed clip above, and stream the LP in full here.

Buddy Records shares new compilation

Paris-based label Buddy Records (home to Noctâmbulos, En Attendant Ana, Tapeworms) has unleashed a brand new compilation to warm us up in these coming winter months. Titled Youpi c'est la Rentrée, the 16-track release gathers the likes of Entracte Twist, SEX SUX, Pig Frenzy, Edgar Déception, 0% (with a cover of Donovan's classic 'Colours'), and many others in a free-to-stream-and-download LP which you can find on the label's bandcamp.

There's another place where you can get your jams from; it's the ongoing Bonjour Motherfuckers playlist, updated regularly with the bands featured in our column. Stream/subscribe below.