Wednesday, April 6, 2011

On a conference call . . .

Things are a little crazy in my world right now, so I've fallen behind on blogging regularly. This will resume, hopefully in the near future.

Meanwhile, a quick & easy post! Some time ago I stumbled across (or was directed to - I forget which) a website that featured videos of musicians performing a capalla and/or acoustic versions of their songs in the streets, parks, restaurants, museums and balconies of Paris.

The website is called La Blogotheque and these shows are called Takeaway Shows.

Here's their description of the shows: Every week, we invite an artist or a band to play in the streets, in a bar, a park, or even in a flat or in an elevator, and we film the whole session. Of course, what makes the beauty of it is all the little incidents, hesitations, and crazy stuff happening unexpectingly. Besides, we do not edit the videos so they look perfectly flawless, instead we keep the raw sound of the surroundings. Our goal is to try and capture instants, film the music just like it happens, without preparation, without tricks. Spontaneity is the keyword.

I've really fallen in love with these videos and wanted to share a few favorites with you. You can see some artists you may already know as well as those you're not familiar with, in different settings, some interacting with crowds, some not. The videos are beautiful and the music is outstanding. Enjoy!

Fleet Foxes performing in a park and the Grand Palais. My introduction to these shows!

Fleet Foxes - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.


Aloe Blacc | I Need A Dollar | A Take Away Show - Part 1 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.


Aloe Blacc | A Take Away Show - Part 2 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Vampire Weekend

#80.2 - VAMPIRE WEEKEND - The Kids don't stand a... by lablogotheque

Jason Mraz

Split - Jason Mraz - Live High by lablogotheque

The Shins - Australia

#44 - The Shins - Part 2 by lablogotheque


#41 - Arcade Fire - Neon Bible & Wake Up by lablogotheque

Grizzly Bear

#10.1 - Grizzly bear - Shift by lablogotheque

Bloc Party

Bloc Party, 'This Modern Love' - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons - The Banjolin Song / Awake my soul - A Take Away Show #105 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

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