The Take Away Shows is a beautiful art/music/film web series that I’ve just discovered. Vincent Moon produces improvised music videos with bands in the streets of Paris and posts them up at Blogotheque.
Here’s a great clip for they shot for the song “Taste” with one of my fave bands, Animal Collective:
CNN (of all places) also ran a recent feature on the site:
“[The Take Away Shows is] a new project by Parisian filmmaker Vincent Moon which aims to capture bands performing live at ad-hoc venues, usually on or around the streets of Paris.
“What I really wanted to be was a photographer, but it was my teachers (Michael Ackerman and Antoine D’Agata) who really gave me the love for cinema,” the 27-year-old told CNN. “They just blew my mind. It was something new, something I had never seen before, it was photojournalism but with a very intimate and subjective approach.”
Vincent (real name Mathieu Saura) explained: “I’m not really into perfect things in their final form so when we were filming I tried to be very honest with who I am and just try to catch the rhythm of the song and be there on the same level with them.
“They get instruments in their hand and I’ve got a camera so they play guitar and I play camera, in a way.”
The multinational project has included artists from as far apart as Romania, Iceland, Australia, and Sweden starring acts such as Arcade Fire, The Kooks, The Shins, Guillemots and promising newcomers Vampire Weekend — but the show has a simple premise.
“I met Chryde, the owner and creator of La Blogotheque (French online music site which hosts the shows), and he had this idea of doing something with bands which wasn’t just an interview,” says Moon.”