La Blogotheque is a pretty great French music blog…or at least it seems pretty great as my French is brutal. But what makes La Blogotheque pretty much my favourite site on the net at the moment is their series of Take Away Shows. The premise is simple: take a great artist/band, stick them in an unusual location, film them playing a couple songs, then post the results on the net. The site is based in Paris so the artists tend to end up in Montmartre a lot, which is one of my favourite neighborhoods anywhere. The results are just brilliant.
Artists who have participated include Arcade Fire, Okkervil River, Islands, Andrew Bird, Alan Sparhawk, Jens Lekman, The Shins, The Hidden Cameras, The National, Guillemots and the list goes on. You really need to check out this site if you haven’t already. Check out a few of the performances below:
Andrew Bird – Spare-Ohs
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (in an elevator!) / Wake Up
The National – Start A War (around a dinner table!)
The Shins – Turn A Square / The Past and Pending / Australia
The site also allows you to download the performances in a variety of formats, including iPod friendly mp4s. I’m constantly impressed by La Blogotheque so go show them some love.