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Video: Black Cab Sessions – Final Fantasy

On concerts and context, indie music style

Many years ago (maybe 2005) for the day job, we wrote about the Burn to Shine DVDs, a series of concerts held in homes that had been abandoned and designated for demolition. A few things felt interesting about the story at the time – 1) The fact that bands were being taken out of their typical music venues and put on display in a wholly different context. 2) The idea of scarcity (currently a hot topic once again, as seen by the Gladwell vs. Chris Anderson debates) – in this case, a fact heightened rhetorically; these concerts were not only one-shot deals in offbeat locales, but they were being recorded in buildings that would soon be destroyed.

Since then, a number of music and pop-culture sites have sprung up around the idea. They invite indie bands-of-the-moment to perform a song or two in a strange setting, then put the mini-concert resultant videos online. (Daytrotter was an early example of a channel that amped up the rarity factor, but did little to change traditional context.)

The most prominent example of sites peddling unique live performances – of taking bands out of context – and putting them online might still be a Take Away Show with the Arcade Fire from 2007. (Another notable example is Brian Wilson’s Black Cab Session. Here’s Bon Iver’s Black Cab Session.)

Here are some additional channels who have, over the past few years, recorded video of live performances in unique venues – in parks, on elevators, in graveyards, in cabs careering across town – thus creating an event that is unique in its context and also wholly one-of-a-kind – then posted them online:

Take Away Shows
Off the Beaten Tracks
Black Cab Sessions
Handheld Shows
They Shoot Music, Don’t They?
Laundromatinee
Pitchfork’s performance series– I’m still not sure what the overall series is called (if anything); Pitchfork has done one called Cemetery Gates and one called Daytripping (and they’re shunting me to the main page right now for some reason)
-(I’m sure I missed a few?)

Everyone already knows that the internet is a copy machine. But what channels like the ones above try to take advantage of the fact that we also live in an era of broader access along the – hold your nose for this – entire entertainment supply chain. It’s important that MP3s can be infinitely copied. But increased access to musicians through multiple media is a shift, as well – and it’s one that creates all kinds of opportunity.

Like inviting indie bands over to play their most pop-friendly songs in your apartment’s elevator, and then publishing the results for an audience of hundreds of thousands.

Video: Peter, Bjorn and John do a Black Cab Session

You have to click through to the video, which is here. I’m sorry. Somewhat related: I’m an above average whistler.

Videos: Richard Thompson and The Walkmen do Black Cab Sessions

Check out the lovely Black Cab Sessions videos for Richard Thompson and The Walkmen.

Also, a big eff you to Vimeo Plus. (I would also like to take this opportunity to say the same to 1-800-Flowers.)

Video: Badly Drawn Boy does a Black Cab Session

Badly Drawn Boy plays some music – “Born in the U.K.” – in a black cab as it drives around before the Green Man Festival.

Video: Martha Wainwright Black Cab Session

If the effer won’t load for you, this.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Links for 6.30.08: Converse virals, dropped crotch trousers, Britney returns?

*The New Yorker attends the opening of Adam Yauch’s documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot.” This magazine story contains a lot of descriptions of text messaging.

*Handheld Shows: It’s kind of like Daytrotter. Or The Take Away Shows. Or Black Cab Sessions. But with lesser-known bands. [rawkblog]

*Local: LAist interviews former Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic singer-songwriter Dan Wilson, talking about his solo album, Free Life: “I think I’ve always aspired to write radically simple songs, using the minimum words, things normal people would say, and the fewest, simplest chords to support the music. It hasn’t always worked out that way but it’s always been in my mind to do that.” [largehearted boy]

*MTV would consider giving Britney a second chance at this year’s VMAs? Gimme?

*This will be my last Converse post. Nice viral, though. Vomit.

*Home brew music applications for the Nintendo DS. [waxy]

*Off topic: There is an article in the New York Times Sunday Styles section about “dropped crotch” trousers that I am unable to find online. Suffice it to say that I like the idea of “dropped crotch” trousers.

Video: Bon Iver does a Black Cab Session

I wish I could embed this video of Bon Iver singing and playing in the back of a black cab, but I am unable to do so. Due to my own incompetence, no doubt.

There is flannel involved. And a beard.

Video: Death Cab for Cutie’s Black Cab Session

A new Black Cab Session: Death Cab for Cutie. One song, one take, one cab, one etc.

Video: The National’s Black Cab Session

The National does “You’ve Done It Again, Virginia” in a Black Cab Session. In a red cab. And it’s very dark. But I like it.

Video: Cabaraoke – taxi fares singing

Cabaraoke is a Kansas City cab service in which fares perform in-taxi karaoke. Sort of like Black Cab Sessions, but a lot, lot worse. [pop candy]

Video: Langhorne Slim playing in a black cab

It seems unsafe.
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