October 17, 2008

Am stuck in tonight with a bug I suspect I have picked up from one of the delightful sons and missing No Age/Times New Viking/Los Campesinos! gig so am on the laptop with the fab new site I came across a few weeks back called FabChannel.

Their Mission sums it up nicely

There is a lot of great music in the world. Much more than you hear on popular radio and television. Because of formats, timeslots, playlists and other old media concepts you are not getting what you should.

There are bands out there that are going to change the future of music. And bands that already did. Very few of them are getting airplay these days.

One thing that they are doing is touring the world and playing live.
Fabchannel.com brings you a wide variety of live music in sound and vision. From upcoming acts to big stars playing rock, hiphop, folk, avant-garde and everything in between.

With a team of dedicated, music loving directors, editors, programmers and promoters Fabchannel has built one of the biggest online concert archives in the world. 900 full-length concerts, festivals, performances, debates and lectures can be freely experienced in the Fabchannel video on demand archive. Live from the famous Paradiso and Melkweg Amsterdam.

Originated from Paradiso and with the continuous help of the Paradiso and Melkweg staff, Fabchannel provides you with the music and the tools to watch it.

We record, you choose.

I have to say I am impressed with the quality of most of the videos and the camera work is sometimes up close and personal- you are not going to get any better than this unless you are there!  Some of the gigs they even run as live streams and the archived show is fairly ginnick as well since they have the entire setlist listed and you can skip around to your hearts content- brilliant when you want that quick fix!  Some videos have better quality than others but overall they are excellent- they even have Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip…um which reminds me that they don’t cut out anything so do mind some artists if you have kids around since I didn’t…woops!

As with most sites nowadays you can also set up your own profile to have favourites and comments on the gig pages as well as having an embeddable player that you can put in most social networking sites and some blogs- not WordPress at the moment though.

So tonight I hopped around all the categories just to see who they had…plenty more there but just a sample below- follow the links and enjoy!

Ane Brun

Martha Wainwright– lovin her French tunes!

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

The Presidents of the United States of America

The Presets

MGMT which might be a good one to watch for some people since their tickets sell out so fast!


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