Television show of live music performances shot in high def with no chit-chat or artsy stuff? Yes please.
I hope this is a trend that catches on.
Producer extraordinaire Nigel Godrich’s new show From the Basement will be airing in the States next week. Shot in high definition, recorded on analog reel-to-reel tape, and mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround from London’s Maida Vale studios, the most sought-after producer of the late ’90s (Radiohead, Beck, and Pavement, among others) will be recording intimate performances of his favorite bands, without the frills of a live audience or a smarmy host to muck it up. Included in the season’s lineup are: Thom Yorke, Albert Hammond, Jr. (the Strokes), the White Stripes, the Shins, Neil Hannon (the Divine Comedy), Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Jamie Lidell, Sonic Youth, José González, Laura Marling, PJ Harvey, Super Furry Animals, Free Blood, Operator Please, Damien Rice, Eels, Autolux, and Architecture in Helsinki. Rave TV plans to air the first episode on February 22 at 9 p.m. EST. If you don’t have a premium cable plan, you can download episode one from Godrich’s site for ten pounds (approximately 20 dollars.) Pricey, yes, but according to voom.tv the first episode will include Thom Yorke, Albert Hammond, Jr., and the Envelopes, so all you Radiohead fans can use the cash you saved up by haggling In Rainbows.