Scotty Cherry - Petit Vodo - Sixty Nine Stereovox (Vinyl, LP, Album)

Live, the raw charm LP this self-sufficient blues explosion is considerable. Part circus sideshow, part rock'n'roll epiphany, it's quite a spectacle. This, however, is a record. On record, it ceases to matter if Sebastien Chevalier, the man who is Vodo, hits, honks and twangles all at the same time. We can't tell. The sleeve denies this, but for all we know, Vodo might have rattled his drum for a bit, gone off for a coffee, come back and churned out the riff from Jon Spencer's 'Wail', called it 'Somebody's Dream', had a fag, and then started adding some stray valve-radio whines - just like ordinary people do.

On record, Vodo cannot be a marvel. For Petit Vodo to exist, we must see him flail. It's a profound existential irony that probably gives Chevalier the blues. There are many slivers of lo-fi brilliance here, like the Beck-ish galumph of 'Kingdomgirl' or the low-rent Jon Spencer mash-up of 'Special Secator'. But 'Monom' is still an audience short of a phenomenon. For references look up the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, early Beck and Gallon Drunk, but be prepared to throw your preconceptions straight into the bin.

No kidding. The nasty atmosphere loungecore of 'Timber Bo' simmers and boils like an east-end speakeasy. The hard attitude and Gallic roots make me think of his contemporaries on the smashing Larsen label. There's a lot of badass tuneage across the channel at the moment and this is one of the finest examples so far.

Great, great stuff. Somebody's Dream Butcher's Wig 7". About "Somebody's Dream" the sleeve says: "a no pop'explosion walk featuring Fats Waller talks. Sounds exceptional. Petit Vodo is a genius. Blut his startling gift isn't solety reserved for that unlikeliest of aft niche genres, oh no. The tiny Bordeaux boy wonder's startling talent spills out into the world of real live rock and roll, and leaves all innocent bystanders that cross his path reeling in his mighty wake.

But is he just come busking clown with a big bass drum on his back and a comedy cymbal on his back? Ooh no. Far from it. This little fella is a complete, hard trashing rhythm and rock band concentrated into one single small and perfectly formed frame. Yes you heard right, Petit Vodo has the tradional old skool garage band constituents of guitar, drums. Really it's a splendour to behold, and even though that mighty weird spectacle is nearly impossible to imagine on record, believe me, this is how he does it, live or on record.

Stylistically the nearest reference points would have to be the likes Album) Jon Spencer, Doo Rag and early Boss Hog, only with added verve, energy and bonkers in the nut sampling shenanigans. A lot more polished and together than his last disc, this one may have lost the rough edges, but it's by no means lost it's rough as fuck guitar frenzy and staccato one hand drumming.

But much like you'd never have guessed this was the work of one meek looking fellow, you'd never have guessed it could have ever emanated from the dark heart of France, steeped as it is in the deep like of the delta blues, wrench through seven shades of distortion and cranked up to rocket fuel strenght. But then again, music this special, this unique could only ever have been made by a five foot nothing French one-man band. One listen and it will all make perfect sense. Listen to the distorted harmonica, jerky drums and scratched out slide guitar of Petit Vodo, and you'll be given an inkling of what such an outburst might sound like.

What makes this album all the more extraordinary is the fact that Petit Vodo is a one-man band, playing to sold out shows on a regular basis. Even the jumbled titles - such as "Spam Cow", "Sucker Dog" and "Ladies In my Head" - hold promise, and with his unique, messed-up blues compositions Petit Vodo is in no danger of disappointing.

From the lightening strike of electric guitar on "Grey" to the beat driven riff-tastic "Scotty Cherry", there isn't a second to breathe! On his second album, this French one-man band sounds like a cross between Slim Harpo and Beck - all clanking boogie and growling, treated vocals.

Cult status is assured. Being an ardent lover of American cheese and Anglophiliac landmarks, Petit Vodo does that English-as-second-language thing rather well.

An acquired taste but a pungent little bugger nonetheless. A delightfully exciting noise akin to setting a cross-fader midway between an Alan Lomax field recording and Jon Spencer, with ADF and Johnny Cash fighting for control. Sebastien Chevalier, who is Vodo, is a one man band dexterously playing guitar with one hand, drums with the other, triggering samples with his feet and adding harmonica or vocals on top so that he cannot be accused of laziness.

On record, it's impossible to know whether he cheated. He might have laid down a single guitar track then lounged on a sunbed and nipped out for a slap-up meal before returning to record drums. This has the advantage of allowing 'Sixty Nine Stereovox' to be judged purely on its musical merits which are often impressive.

Vodo is at his best when completely uninhibited as on 'Georgia Woman''s racing guitar or with Scotty Cherry - Petit Vodo - Sixty Nine Stereovox (Vinyl Beefheartian growls he unleashes during 'Sucker Dog'.

Monday 10 May Tuesday 11 May Wednesday 12 May Thursday 13 May Friday 14 May Saturday 15 May Sunday 16 May Monday 17 May Tuesday 18 May Wednesday 19 May Thursday 20 May Friday 21 May Saturday 22 May Sunday 23 May Monday 24 May Tuesday 25 May Wednesday 26 May Thursday 27 May Friday 28 May Saturday 29 May Sunday 30 May Scotty Cherry - Petit Vodo - Sixty Nine Stereovox (Vinyl 31 May Tuesday 1 June Wednesday 2 June Thursday 3 June Friday 4 June Saturday 5 June Sunday 6 June Monday 7 June Tuesday 8 June Wednesday 9 June Thursday 10 June Friday 11 June Saturday 12 June Sunday 13 June Monday 14 June Tuesday 15 June Wednesday 16 June Thursday 17 June Friday 18 June Saturday 19 June Sunday 20 June Monday 21 June Tuesday 22 June Wednesday 23 June Thursday 24 June Friday 25 June Saturday 26 June Sunday 27 June Monday 28 June Tuesday 29 June Wednesday 30 June Thursday 1 July Friday 2 July Saturday 3 July And this is where the electrical ran for the light under the upper kitchenette cabinet.

This is how the taillights were attached. A cheesy piece of plywood was stapled to the edge of the side. Its pretty much rotted away. More construction details, on the back end. This pneumatic cut off tool came in very handy for cutting through screws and staples that could not be removed. I had to use it to cut slots in most of the square drive screws holding the awning strip down and several of the screws holding the windows and door frame on.

All that's left of the original Scotty. Now the real fun begins. Mabel is saying "where'd it go? The wheel well. Lots more of those very large staples used here too! Down to the bare frame, at last!

Keeping the original floor around for measurements. The frame has been power wire brushed, primed and recoated with a spray on truck bed liner. One of my wheel wells was damaged beyond repair and I had my very handy cousin of bumper fame make me a new one. Because the original was only 28 gauge galvanized and the new ones are 24 gauge and much sturdier, I opted to have Nate build me a new one for the other side, even though there was nothing wrong with that original one.

The insides of the new ones were liberally coated with the spray on truck bed liner. Using biscuits and Titebond III water proof glue to assemble all my plywood panels. The new floor all clamped and glued. It is true that you can never have too many clamps! Just making sure the new floor fits on the frame. And, whew, it does! And while the new floor was being assembled outside, the new dropdown was assembled in the shop.

It is all put together with screws and Titebond III glue. No staples used here! And, painted the wheels with the new color matched to the new awning purple paint! The drop down is attached screws and glue to the floor, and all the 2x2 and 1x2 structural framing is added.

Two coats of white extreme weather exterior enamel goes on now. And, aluminum flashing material is added along the edges of the drop down and the entire floor gets sprayed with truck bed liner.

All finished and ready to flip over and install on the frame! On the frame and the top side of the floor has now received two coats of the white paint.

New wheel wells are also installed. Used the original side as a pattern to trace onto the new birch. Look at the new purple wheels with the Baby Moon hubcaps I got on Ebay! She's all ready to install the new flooring! And look how nice Mabel looks on the new black and white checked floor! The new birch sides have been installed. They were screwed into the 2x2 framing along the edge of the floor. No glue or staples! The outside of each wall received two coats of the white paint.

The interior walls have been stained with a mixture of 10 parts golden oak and 1 part cherry Watco Danish oil and have received two coats of satin finish quick dry Polyurethane.

Pre-staining and pre-polyurethaning it before it goes on. This is automotive welting. I found that "Buckskin" color worked well.

The bed frame is installed. I am turning this into a mattress model and making it a full-time twin sized bed. Installed the front cabinet before putting on the ceiling. Mabel likes that the new bed is lavender--her favorite colors: purple and lavender! The new cabinet that goes to the left of the door. I made it so it does NOT hang over into the drop down and its wider than the original. I had space enough for two very nice sized drawers--it will be much better use of space than the original cabinet!

The interior was painted lavender. This shows the welting transition. Front cabinet installed and the new ceiling. My dad came down to pull staples from the skin.

Bless him, it was a very time consuming job. The staples were very rusted into the alumimum but he took an old very thin bladed screw driver and filed it to a sharp point and used it to pry them out.

After the staples were removed, I had a lot of serious scrubbing to do! Cleaned pieces of skin, waiting to go back on. Solid oak out of my board foot stash. Already planed thanks Dad! Skipping a lot of boring stuff here, the finished product, glued Titebond III and clamped up. This is all oak. Go here if you want to see mortice and tenons being made. And, the front and back window supports, mortised and tenoned and glued up, but pine, not oak.

Roof support is on. The windows will be cut out later. Window supports in place. Using TekFoil, foil- bubble-foil, as "insulation". It will reflect heat out in the summer and keep the inside cool and reflect heat in, if I'm heating the inside and keep it warm.

Front skin is attached. It's the sort of unholy noise that suddenly makes sense when you're least expecting it. Like when during "Somebody's Dream", your scummy old blue suede shoes suddenly dance you across the room. Or when the big riffs of "About My Gun" and the big drums of "Timber Bo" suddenly outweigh the most can't-be-arsed of vocals. Wrong place. Wrong Album). Right attitude. Petit Vodo is, in a strange kind of way, some sort of original. Petit Vodo is miniature French man Sebastian Chevalier, a blues-crazy dude who concocts frantic modern blues blasts with a selection of traditional instruments that he plays.

All by himself. All at the same time. While many are doing similar things, none are doing it by themselves and with quite so much panache. With dirty beats and plenty of slip-sliding guitars, the likes of "Kingdomgirl" and "Somebody's Dream" are true corkers. One man bands: the new rock'n'roll, obviously. Standing a mere five feet tall, this wee Frenchman is a one-man band extravaganza who happily plays drums, guitar, harmonica - and, oh yes, radio frequencies all at the same time.

Spotted supporting Penthouse in Bordeaux, Petit Vodo was snapped up by the Butcher's Wig label and has just released "Monom", a debut album that's a thrilling mixture of Jon Spencer sass, the grinding rhythms of Morphine and the modem blues twang of Beck.

Throw in some more traditional slide guitar sounds and you've got 40 minutes of beautiful mayhem. Hearing is definitely believing. He plays a battered guitar, a few drums, the harmonica, fiddles with radio waves well, he is French and sings the blues, all at the same time.

He's inspired by an authentic hillbilly called Hasil Adkins who did this sort of thing during the Depression. Live, the raw charm of this self-sufficient blues explosion is considerable.

Part circus sideshow, part rock'n'roll epiphany, it's quite a spectacle. This, however, is a record. On record, it ceases to matter if Sebastien Chevalier, the man who is Vodo, hits, honks and twangles all at the same time. We can't tell. The sleeve denies this, but for all we know, Vodo might have rattled his drum for a bit, gone off for a coffee, come back and churned out the riff from Jon Spencer's 'Wail', called it 'Somebody's Dream', had a fag, and then started adding some stray valve-radio whines - just like ordinary people do.

On record, Vodo cannot be a marvel. For Petit Vodo to exist, we must see him flail. It's a profound existential irony that probably gives Chevalier the blues. There are many slivers of lo-fi brilliance here, like the Beck-ish galumph of 'Kingdomgirl' or the low-rent Jon Spencer mash-up of 'Special Secator'. But 'Monom' is still an audience short of a phenomenon.

For references look up the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, early Beck and Gallon Drunk, but be prepared to throw your preconceptions straight into the bin. No kidding. The nasty atmosphere loungecore of 'Timber Bo' simmers and boils like an east-end speakeasy.

The hard attitude and Gallic roots make me think of his contemporaries on the smashing Larsen label. There's a lot of badass tuneage across the channel at the moment and this is one of the finest examples so far.

Great, great stuff. Somebody's Dream Butcher's Wig 7". About "Somebody's Dream" the sleeve says: "a no pop'explosion walk featuring Fats Waller talks. Sounds exceptional. Petit Vodo is a genius. Scotty Cherry - Petit Vodo - Sixty Nine Stereovox (Vinyl his startling gift isn't solety reserved for that unlikeliest of aft niche genres, oh no.

The tiny Bordeaux boy wonder's startling talent spills out into the world of real live rock and roll, and leaves all innocent bystanders that cross his path reeling in his mighty wake. But is he just come busking clown with a big bass drum on his back and a comedy cymbal on his back? Ooh no. Far from it. This little fella is a complete, hard trashing rhythm and rock band concentrated into one single small and perfectly formed frame.

Yes you heard right, Petit Vodo has the tradional old skool garage band constituents of guitar, drums. Really it's a splendour to behold, and even though that mighty weird spectacle is nearly impossible to imagine on record, believe me, this is how he does it, live or on record.


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