Impromptu gems: take away shows

April 17th, 2007 @ 08:56 AM



It was an innocent, late night, can’t sleep link that has kept me transfixed for the past hour. The link was to The Shins, doing an impromptu busking session in the streets of Paris. The video was a Take-away Show, from La Blogotheque:

Sessions are always filmed as a unique shot, without any cut, recorded live. We usually haven’t much time to record them, so the groups have to be spontaneous, to improvise, play with what they have with them, and with their environment, whether there’s a public or not.

Of course Arcade Fire put a unique spin to the process, doing “Neon Bible” in a freight elevator, then walking into the middle of the crowd gathered for their show, and performing “Wake Up” to an incredulous audience. The National do a beautiful performance of a couple songs off their upcoming record. “Ada”, performed in front of a chapel on a hill on a moonlit night in the south of France, was absolutely beautiful.

My favourite though, has to be this performance by the Hidden Cameras, singing “Boys of Melody” as a crowd follows behind.

All the shows

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