I’m a little incredulous that I haven’t posted about La Blogotheque before. The French crew have been putting out their intimate live music podcasts or “Take Away Shows” since 2006. Their philosophy is obviously something I’m super keen on:

Every week, we invite an artist or a band to play in the streets, in a bar, a park, or even in a flat or in an elevator, and we film the whole session. Of course, what makes the beauty of it is all the little incidents, hesitations, and crazy stuff happening unexpectingly. Besides, we do not edit the videos so they look perfectly flawless, instead we keep the raw sound of the surroundings. Our goal is to try and capture instants, film the music just like it happens, without preparation, without tricks. Spontaneity is the keyword.

They’re about to film their 100th episode, and in 3 years they’ve worked with some absolutely fantastic artists, putting out work with real humanity and emotion.

The latest? Oh, just Tom Jones.

Tom Jones – Green Green Grass of Home – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Each show has lovely explanatory notes, beautiful embedded HD video from Vimeo, and they also allow high quality download of all their videos. Great for projection at parties, or a quiet night in with some great music.

  • I love La Blogotheque! My favorite part of their videos, though, is trying to figure out where they stashed microphones, especially on the more complex shoots (like the ones for The Flying Club Cup). A lot of it is standard lavs and handheld shotguns behind the camera, of course, but once in a while they have some mindblowing covert capture.

  • Codie

    Uhuh, been following these guys for a while now. Quite a simple concept but always beautifully executed.

  • I wasn't so much with the CU on Tom's lips midway through, but DAMN, can that man sing! And that monologue! He's a consummate performer. And I love the bold graphic design of it. And I'll now be on La Blogotheque for the next couple of hours. Thanks.

  • My fave is the The Kooks 'Ooh La':

    Current TV is doing some exclusive stuff with La Blogotheque too: