Friday, January 22, 2010

Public Displays of Affection

La Blogotheque's Take-Away Shows are a series of live musical performances filmed in public places, done in single takes, featuring a phenomenal array of artists such as Arcade Fire, Efterklang, Gang Gang Dance, and Yo La Tengo; just to name a few. What comes out of the performances is an experience unimaginable for most fans, with an intimacy that no stage could ever create. With each session we find the artist(s) unhinged and without airs, playing to an audience unaware(and occasionally outright confused). In true "less-is-more" fashion, the lack of amplification adds by subtraction, pulling your focus toward the intricacies of each song; every pluck of a string, the quivering vibrato in a voice, or a charming chord played on a Casio keyboard.

In their Take-Away Show, Phoenix took to the streets of their home, Paris, France; performing in Trocadero square, on a tour bus, and under the Eiffel Tower. The full session can be viewed here. The original version of "1901" can be downloaded for free here from RCRD•LBL_.

Another personal favorite is from musician extraordinaire, Richard Swift, whose albums have successively made it through my heart and onto my "top-albums" lists for the past 6 years.

The full listing of Take-Away Shows can be found here. A huge thank you and a big thumbs up to Paul S.L. for the turn on. You win this round, sir.

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