Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The National: Start a War

I've been exploring The Take Away Shows on La Blogotheque these days and have found some incredible videos. So much so that these might make up the first video content that I would ever consider even putting on my iPod (for some reason I have yet to use this feature).

The Take Away Shows is a cool concept. From the website: "Every week, we give away a session, shot with a band, in an unusual, urban environment. Sessions are always filmed as a unique shot, without any cut, recorded live. We usually haven’t much time to record them, so the groups have to be spontaneous, to improvise, play with what they have with them, and with their environment, whether there’s a public or not."

The music in these videos is much more raw than the studio version. Sometimes the album version may be better but these videos really give you an different perspective on the song that is being played. Example: The Arcade Fire video includes the band playing Neon Bible in a freight elevator, using the elevator walls and the ripping of a magazine for rhythm.

One band that I have been enjoying a lot these days is called The National. They have appeared on a couple monthly mixes as of late. The video posted below is a song on their new album Boxer. The song is called Start a War and the video is shot in southern France after they just ate dinner. They use objects on the table to create the beat to the song. Check it out. The album version is really awesome as well, highly recommended.

2 comments:

SINEDDIE said...

there is an old punk song called "Let's have a war" by Fear....it's kinda cool. It is on the Fear Reacord "Have a beer with Fear" and the "repoman" soundtrack.

wilablog said...

Hmm....can anything on the repoman soundtrack be good?