by Marc Rickenbach
With well over 100 videos shot and published, La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows are hardly a well kept secret anymore. They have become a standard stop for bands and artists of all styles and status that tour through the French capital. Arcade Fire, Animal Collective and Phoenix have all walked the streets of Paris in filmmaker Vincent Moon’s guerilla-style videos.
The Take-Away Shows (Les Concerts à emporter) first saw the day of light in April of 2006. Chryde, the founder and editor of music blog La Blogothèque, wanted to find a way to combine the music he was writing about with another medium: film. On the other side was independent filmmaker Vincent Moon, who was looking to do the same but in the other direction. The result was a concept based on minimalist guerilla-style filmmaking that focused on the experience of live music rather than a slickly produced music video. There are no stages, no multiple takes, or tons of money spent. The bands simply walk the streets of Paris (which play a part just as important) while a small skeleton crew follows them as they perform.
The unique and organic clips that resulted gained a reputation and fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Michael Stipe soon commissioned Moon to shoot a series of videos for the R.E.M. single, Supernatural Superserious (link: http://www.supernaturalsuperserious.com). Also, a trip to NYC at the request of one Tom Jones lead to this special Take-Away Show. (link: http://www.blogotheque.net/Tom-Jones,4683)
Since its inception, other directors have signed on both here in Paris and in New York City. They travel around looking for music they love, and every week a new clip of another band you may know well or may never have heard of pops up. As of late, they’ve begun a new series titled Soirée de Poche (“pocket evenings”) secret concerts hidden away in corners of the city where bands come to hang out, play some songs and shoot some footage. Most recently California natives The Morning Benders (link: http://www.blogotheque.net/The-Morning-Benders-Virgins) played one of these Pocket Parties, and to the enjoyment of many, ran threw a list of 34 songs! The full evening will be published shortly.
The rest of the Take-Away shows and other Soirées de Poche are all available for free streaming on La Blogothèque’s website, so take a look. It is one of the purest examples out there of what can happen when music and film come together.
Here are some notable Take-Away Shows:
Jamie Lidell – http://www.blogotheque.net/Jamie-Lidell,5463
Mumford and Sons – http://www.blogotheque.net/Mumford-and-Sons
Tegan and Sara – http://www.blogotheque.net/Tegan-Sara,5314
Sigur Ros – http://www.blogotheque.net/Sigur-Ros,4782
Sophie Hunger – http://www.blogotheque.net/Sophie-Hunger,4080
Port O’Brien – http://www.blogotheque.net/Port-O-Brien,4191
Vampire Weekend – http://www.blogotheque.net/Vampire-Weekend,3836
Arcade Fire – http://www.blogotheque.net/Arcade-Fire,2867