Category Archives: Live Performances

Take Away Show – Porcelain Raft

One of the things I love most about La Blogotheque’s Take Away Show series is the character of the room they capture.  The performances are almost always stripped down to a bare bones level but the sounds just sort of seem to linger for awhile and Porcelain Raft’s Take Away Show is no different.  His show was shot in a couple of narrow, sparsely decorated rooms in Toronto and Williamsburg with lone piano accompaniment but it doesn’t feel that way.  It feels as though his piano is in the back of your mind, like it was there long before you watched these video.  So, yeah, I liked it.  Both performances are after the jump.  Enjoy.

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Take Away Show – Retro Stefson

I haven’t posted one of La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows in a while, but this one’s a solid effort to come back on.  Retro Stefson is an afro-pop band hailing all the way from Iceland.  Sound strange?  Well, they kind of are, but let me assure you, their sound is something special, their grooves are absolutely undeniable, and they will make you dance.  Here, they play their track “Qween” in an airplane hangar.  Jump and you won’t be disappointed.

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Watch Radiohead Perform Two New Songs

Who doesn’t love new Radiohead material?  Last night, on the first stop of their tour in Miami, Thom Yorke and company debuted two new tracks: “Cut a Hole” and “Identikit”.  The tracks are in the same experimental vein a lot of their recent stuff has come from but the videos are worth a watch if only for Radiohead’s awesome stage show.  Jump away.

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Watch Lana Del Rey On Saturday Night Live

This weekend, Lana Del Rey graced SNL’s stage for her first American TV performance and the reactions have been inauspicious.  Perhaps her nerves resulted in a shaky performance or maybe it was the sound on the stage (or maybe a combination of both) that hurt the songstress, I just can’t say.  But, I can say with certainty she’ll be okay.  Her debut LP, Born to Die, is due out January 31 and last time I checked, she still has a pretty awesome voice.  So, get off her back and check out the performance.  Jump away.

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SBTRKT – “Blue Cassette” (Friendly Fires Cover)

UK indie DJ SBTRKT has been taking the music world by storm during the last year and here’s a track to prove why.  Recently, the tribal mask wearing masher played a couple of songs for BBC 1 Live Lounge and along with one of his own tracks (“Hold On”), he unveiled a cover of the Friendly Fires track, “Blue Cassette”, with vocals by Sampha and it’s not a bad effort.  Though it’s a little toned-down compared to a lot of his other releases, SBTRKT still manages to infuse an otherwise solid track with a healthy sum of electro-shenanigans.  SBTRKT fans, there’s still something here for you.  Jump and enjoy.

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Typhoon – “Never Be Your Lover” (Live at Mississippi Studios)

Typhoon @ Mississippi Studios

No one jams like Typhoon.  No one.  Typhoon boasts a 13-piece band with 3 drummers, a violin section, and a horn section all sharing one stage and they’ve got an equally as impressive and unique sound.  They craft harmonious indie ballads complete with world drum rhythms, floating melodies, and awesomely massive breakdowns.  Yes, breakdowns complete with foot-stomping, heavy rhythms, and blaring horn parts.  It really is wonderful.  Here’s a video of the band performing “Never Be Your Lover” (with an added jam) during their recent performance stint at Mississippi Studios.  Take the jump and you won’t be disappointed.  Enjoy.

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Watch the Flaming Lips Cover the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus”

Not too long ago, the Flaming Lips recorded a cover of the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” in preparation for their upcoming Freakout #5 in their hometown of Oklahoma City, OK where they will perform with Sean Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band and strangely enough, they came up with one of their most straight-forward, tame efforts ever, I’d say.  In this live studio version of the track, the Lips utilize their typically experimental sound but the finished product is really just a pretty true-to-the-original cover of one of rock and roll’s most classic tracks.  I swear if you listen to it with your eyes closed, it becomes passable as a bootlegged live Beatles track.  Jump and enjoy.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last night a very well-bearded Ben Gibbard and the rest of Death Cab for Cutie graced Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage to play a couple of tracks from Codes and Keys.  They put together solid takes of the pop-friendly “Underneath the Sycamore” and the LP’s lead single, “You Are a Tourist”.  Hit the jump to check out high definition videos of both songs’ performances.  Enjoy.

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Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die” (Live) (Video)

Call me a musical romantic but I still love a talented musician.  It doesn’t matter how much computer editing software is available, some musicians just transcend edits.  In fact, the auditory blemishes these select few exhibit serves to make the recording that much more memorable and that’s how I think of Lana Del Rey.  This particular stripped-down live performance of “Born To Die” at the Mulberry Fashion Party is so reminiscent of a number of classic female jazz singers that it’s sort of hard not to put the ethereally beautiful Ms. Del Rey in that same class.  I know she’s not been around for all that long but I think she’s fixing to stay on the scene.  Jump and enjoy.

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Take Away Show – Kathleen Edwards

This most recently released La Blogotheque Take Away Show highlights the strikingly beautiful Kathleen Edwards and her deceptively powerful vocal stylings.  Ms. Edwards and friends stroll around the grounds of La Grande Halle de la Villette crooning some very pop-sensible tracks on a bunch of acoustic string instruments.  She performs her tracks, “Sidecar” and “Empty Threat”, and the clip’s biggest flaw is its brevity, which isn’t really such an impressive flaw to have.  Jump and enjoy.

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