Chances are, you already know Daytrotter. But in a series about excellent music websites, it’s almost criminal not to mention Sean Moeller’s extraordinary website. Since 2007, the site has been serving up excellent, intimate music sessions for the masses. Their motto: “One band a day, every day, 28 Daytrotter Session songs each week.” Here’s how it works: Bands take a couple of hours out of their travels to visit The Horseshack in Rock Island, IL., where they then record a variety of tracks. Daytrotter puts together some art, and an oft-amusing description of the session, and gives the music away on their site. It’s an amazingly expansive collection, too, and a true marvel that it’s all done in a not-for-profit enterprise. And while picking out highlights in this collection is like trying to pick out a favorite piece of sand on a pristine beach, I’ll do my best.
On August 4th, during his opening set for Joanna Newsom at Seattle’s Moore Theater, Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) performed three new songs. And thanks to the hard work of the fine folks over at We All Want Someone to Shout For, and Stereogum, I’m very pleased to bring them to you.
Many of the sites I’ve featured in the “Other Stuff You Might Like” series have a common thread: excellent, impromptu concerts by established and upcoming musicians. We’ve looked at Luxury Wafers, Black Cab Sessions, They Shoot Music – Don’t They, and NPR Music. (And I’m sure to get around to Daytrotter before too long…) Now, from France, we’ve got the excellent blog La Blogotheque, and its excellent Take-Away Shows (or, if you prefer, Les Concerts à Emporter). The site’s catalog of artists is truly amazing, as are the performances, and so I invite you to come have a look…
We mentioned Dinner with the Band when the Mountain Goats dropped by, and now it’s time to have dinner with the lovely women of Au Revoir Simone. Last night, after some Korean food, the girls played “Stay Golden,” “Shadows,” “All or Nothing,” and “Anywhere You Looked.” Come check out the first two after the jump:
In the vein of other sites we’ve mentioned – Luxury Wafers, Daytrotter, and Black Cab Sessions – They Shoot Music – Don’t They is a Viennese site dedicated to bringing high-quality, impromptu performances by new and established artists to the masses. Their mission, as they describe it, is a pretty simple one:
Why are you doing this?
1) We all feel strongly connected to sub culture in one way or another and we enjoy being productive.
2) We all agree with the fact that Vienna is a great town but also lacks fresh representation platforms when it comes to music scenes and media projects. So we will tag the urban space of Vienna with soundscapes from indie artists and document that on our website. The combination of act and location is also meant as a guide for people who want to know more about relevant subcultural spots in Vienna.
The site features a wide-range of artists (see some after the cut), who are all chosen through a simple mechanism: “We have no strict guidelines for that [choosing]. If we like an artist we contact him or her. If the artist likes the idea of working with us we seal the deal and schedule a session.” The site features videos in Flash. However, if you sign-up for a free account, you can view things in higher-quality divx. And I highly recommend you do. You can also visit them on Twitter and Last.fm. But for now, let’s look at some of their excellent handiwork around Vienna: