High Life / Cat Martino – Take Away Show

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn’s northwest end is one of it’s most beautiful destinations. A restored ferry dock with two Civil War structures nested between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges with a full view of Manhattan’s skyline, romantic capital of the borough, there are few places more suited to music at sunset.

Over the years, no matter what my level of malaise for the iconic sights and sounds of this great city, the sudden illumination of the bridges just after sundown will never fail to remind me of the perpetual allure of New York City.

In the spring of 2010, we wandered down to the Empire-Fulton Ferry with Doug to hear him perform two covers of classic Caribbean songs in the style of his meditative and warmly droning High Life persona.

Two years later, Grimaldi’s famous pizza has moved around the corner, Jane’s Carousel has survived two hurricanes, and the Tobacco Warehouse has been host to hundreds more weddings. We follow Cat Martino, fresh off of a tour with Sufjan Stevens and armed with brand new songs for her upcoming debut LP, for another evening watching the sun creep down behind the majestic cityscape for another night of sleep.

Le Brooklyn Bridge Park, dans l’extrémité nord ouest du quartier de Dumbo, est l’un des plus beau endroit de Brooklyn. Un dock imbriqué entre les deux ponts donnant une vue magnifique sur Manhattan, lieu romantique par excellence, il existe peu d’endroit plus adapté pour apprécier de la musique au coucher du soleil.

Peu importe mon malaise face aux sites emblématiques et aux sons de cette grande ville, l’illumination soudaine des ponts ne manquera jamais de me rappeler cet attrait perpétuel pour New York.

Au printemps 2010, je m’étais promené avec Doug jusqu’au Ferry Empire Fulton pour l’entendre reprendre deux classiques des Caraïbes.

Deux ans plus tard, la fameuse pizzéria Grimaldi a déménagé au coin de la Front Street, le carrousel Jane a survécu à deux ouragans et l’entrepôt de tabac a accueillit des centaines de nouveaux mariages. Je suis Cat Martino, toute fraîche sortie d’une tournée avec Sufjan Stevens et armée de nouvelles chansons pour son premier album à venir, face à un nouveau couché de soleil. Une autre soirée décidément encore emporté dans ce lieu magique.

Les liens :

High Life is Douglas Shaw.
Listen to his music on SoundCloud

Video: Phoenix – Lizstomania / One time too many – A Take Away Show

Photographs by Vincent Moon – Copyright

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Phoenix – Lizstomania / One time too many – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque

“It’s a weird game going on between the band and the place where they play. A mesmerizing Eiffel Tower or Trocadero usually steal the show with their size and more or less spectacular tricks, but here’s a band no one would expect to find there, competing with all those crowd-pullers. ”

Produced by Chryde for la Blogotheque
Filmed by Vincent Moon
Sounds by François Clos and Guillaume de la Villeon
Edit by Guillaume Guerry
Mix by Francois Clos
HD

9 OCTOBER 2009
TROCADERO, EIFFEL TOWER, PARIS

Sources: La Blogotheque, Vimeo
Special thanks to Phoenix and Vincent Moon.