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Foxygen on the Take Away Show

Foxygen recently was featured on La Blogothèque’s Take Away Show series, recorded when they were in Paris in February earlier this year. The series features live impromptu performances in public settings, so you can imagine what Sam does to take advantage of the format.

They split the performance into two videos — the first is of On Blue Mountain:

And then that’s followed by a video of In The Darkness and No Destruction — don’t miss Sam getting busted for trying to steal a piece of fruit near the start:

The writeup is solid as well:

It’s been awhile since we filmed a group so well suited to a Take Away Show. A group whose presence alone suffices to shake the street, that provokes without seeming involved, that jumps around so much, makes a point of hanging out with everyone around them, and that mocks the fact of being on camera with a playful disdain. Overall, a band that can do all of that without fucking up their harmonies. A group that goes so far as to write the film we’re shooting while we’re shooting it.

One more note — around the 3 minute mark they discuss the fact that the answers in the Turnstyle Films interview from a few weeks ago were, as suspected, all lies.

Foxygen live: Epitonic saki Session

This is a great find — Epitonic recorded a Foxygen show right before their LP was released, so this probably places the recording in December or early January. It’s standard songs from their set, but the audio quality is fantastic. Definitely one of the best live recordings of No Destruction that I’ve heard.

Stream or download the songs at the Epitonic website.

  1. In The Darkness
  2. Make It Known
  3. Shuggie
  4. San Francisco
  5. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
  6. No Destruction

From Justin Sinkovich, who did the recording:

I hope that everyone will get to witness is a Foxygen show like this one at our Epitonic saki Session right before We Are The 21st Century… was released. In doing my normal research before engineering a session, I listened to their 2012 EP Take The Kids Off Broadway, and found it to be enjoyable, but not great. Within a few minutes of Foxygen’s session set, I was immediately enamoured with the new LP material and the recklessness and playfulness of France in particular, and how he interacted with the crowd and performed. Face to face with our audience in more of a loft or basement style setting, you can hear by the six tracks here are performed with a sense of spirited chaos mixed with an undeniable eccentric ear for pop. Foxygen’s set with us was a ton of fun, and real treasure for the audience at saki and with these six excellent renditions of some of their best songs, four from the new album, a track from last year’s EP, and the “Shuggie” single.

Recorded by Matt Irizarry and Justin Sinkovich
Mixed and mastered by Justin Sinkovich

Interview Magazine

Foxygen was interviewed by John Norris for Interview in the March issue — there’s also a video that includes the full interview (with a lot of good discussion on how they write songs together):

And some excerpts — the first on their next release and giant back catalog

NORRIS: And you’re already playing some songs live that will be on that [next] record. You seem to write really far ahead.

FRANCE: Yeah, we have like a hundred songs.

RADO: A hundred songs for our next album.

NORRIS: Sounds like a double album.

RADO: [laughs] It’s gonna be a double album, if not a triple.

And maybe we’ll finally get to hear some of their earlier recordings?

NORRIS: So is there any way people can hear any of [the older albums] online?

FRANCE: We’ll put it up soon.

RADO: We’re trying to find a way.

FRANCE: Maybe just put it on MediaFire and just be like “Here you are…”