Nowhere Somewhere

Jean-Baptiste Vieille
Essays and wanderings on popular music, hip-hop and other cultural artifacts. Updates are occasional, digressions highly probable.
Created 07 Jan 2021
  • Memories of Movies I Never Saw
    20 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    I see that image at night, when the moon is full, its lighthouse beam revealing a slow exodus of scattered clouds. The composition of the sky makes for a poetic tableau, yet this vision always brings ...
  • Four Voices of 2021
    28 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Mahmood, Ghettolimpo To announce each of the 15 songs of its second album Ghettolimpo, Milanese singer Mahmood introduced as many 3D versions of himself. There was Mahmood as Icarus, Mahmood as Tuareg...
  • Eddie Chacon and the Fruits of Contemplation
    07 May 2021 • 7 min read
    Eddie Chacon, photographed by Clifford Prince King for The New York Times in 2020. Creative aspirations are stories of false starts and dead ends, small victories and long tunnel of doubts. For many, ...
  • The Sanremo Miracle
    26 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    Laura Pausini, surrounded by hosts Amadeus (right) and Fiorello (left) during the 71st edition of the Sanremo festival, on March 3 2021. Every year since 1951, as the month of February passes by, mill...
  • Down Through the Top: Genesis, "Hold on My Heart"
    05 Mar 2021 • 6 min read
    Down Through The Top will be a series of essays on songs from the early-‘90s French charts. It’s a tribute to my golden years a Top 50 enthusiast, and an excuse to follow vintage popular songs into th...
  • Remembering the Quiet Perfection of The Score's Bonus Tracks
    11 Feb 2021 • 4 min read
    Among all the hip-hop classics from the mid-’90s, The Score has its own peculiar charm. The Fugees’ sophomore album, released in February 1996, is a cypher-rap masterpiece that feels like an anthology...
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