Friday, March 21, 2008

Maybe Stephen Malkmus is just a regular dude

A profound exhilaration washes over me whenever I find a really, really cool website that is full of rad stuff. Take this one time I found this hilarious and adorable website written by elementary school students who report Houston news, apparently for some kind of school project. That was a good day.

Well, today may be even better, as I have stumbled across La Blogotheque, a truly outstanding French website that features its own commissioned collection of fly-on-the-wall music performances, collectively titled The Take-Away Shows (Concerts A Emporter). Blogotheque describes it this way: "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." Look me in the eye and tell me that's not completely fascinating. Here, for example, is a page of recent videos of Stephen Malkmus languidly performing various songs on acoustic guitar, including some older R.E.M. covers:

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Uploaded by lablogotheque

Other interesting videos on The Take-Away Shows include performances by The Arcade Fire, Okkervil River, Xiu Xiu, Architecture in Helsinki, The Shins, The National, and literally dozens of others. Here is another video from the site, this time featuring José Gonzaléz:

S13.4 - JOSE GONZALEZ - How low
Uploaded by lablogotheque

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