Have You Heard of La Blogothèque?

Have You Heard of La Blogothèque?

Have you heard of La Blogothèque? 

It's one of my biggest music secrets. The French website and video project, founded by photographer and filmmaker Vincent Moon in 2006, records intimate, improvised video sessions and music videos. His 'Concert à Emporter / Take Away Shows' feature mainly indie artists recording live shows in unexpected places, like a Parisian cemetery, the top of double-decker tourist bus, or inside an elevator. 

In January of this year, La Blogothèque took a huge step towards the mainstream, with the video for "Say Something," a one-take tracking shot featuring Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, 17 musicians, and a 60-person choir, filmed in L.A.'s Bradbury Building (which you might recognize from Blade Runner, or if you are like me, (500) Days of Summer

Vincent Moon has since left La Blogothèque (it is currently run by Matthieu Buchsenschutz and Blogothèque creator Christophe Abric, and the Justin Timberlake video above was directed by Arturo Perez Jr.). 

The single-shot take of "Say Something" shows you how talented these musicians really are, but the stripped-down performances of the other Take Away Shows provides the music with a greater sense of urgency and energy. 

Here are five of my favorite Concerts à Emporter from La Blogothèque:

Alt-J

Of Monsters and Men -- this one has sort of an indie-meets-New Orleans jazz band vibe

Arcade Fire

Local Natives

Lianne La Havas

 

P.S. Here's one of Christy's favorite artists, Leon Bridges, performing his song "River" in the street behind Notre-Dame Cathedral. And here's Jack's favorite Take Away Show, by the Lumineers

Cover image and videos: La Blogothèque.

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