From the Basement

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  • 2012
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.8  (42)

From the Basement is a series of music performance sessions that features a unique blend of well-known and up-and-coming musicians presenting their music in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The show takes the audience directly to the heart of the musical experience, creating an authentic representation of the artists' performances without the artificiality of a live audience or overdubbing.

One of the most interesting episodes of the show was that of the 2007 season which featured the legendary rock band Sonic Youth, British songstress PJ Harvey, and the Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. Each performer had their own session in the show, giving viewers the chance to see three great performances in one episode. The show offered a refreshingly informal setting for these artists to play their music, allowing them to move and interact with one another freely, creating a seamless and memorable performance.

PJ Harvey, the British rock icon and Mercury Prize-winning singer, delivered a balance of ethereal folk and heavy rock music in her session on From the Basement. She was backed by a five-piece band that provided a powerful soundscape of guitars, keyboard, and percussion. Harvey's unique voice and stage presence were as hauntingly beautiful as they ever were. Among the tracks that the audience was treated to were "The Piano" and "The Devil" from her well-acclaimed album 'White Chalk'.

The second session of the episode was by Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, who provided a masterful acoustic set. A highlight of his set was a mesmerizing rendition of his hit "The Blower's Daughter," which he famously performed in the acclaimed indie movie "Closer." Rice was accompanied by a small string ensemble that added a touch of elegance to his set. Fans of Rice's music would be delighted by his session on From the Basement, where he delivered some of his best songs in an awe-inspiring performance.

Sonic Youth, arguably the greatest and most influential indie rock band of all time, closed out the episode with a thunderous and energetic performance. The band, known for its avant-garde guitar playing and powerful noise-rock, presented some of their best work in From the Basement. Among the tracks that they played were "The Sprawl" from their seminal album 'Daydream Nation' and "Pink Steam" from their highly acclaimed album 'Rather Ripped'. Sonic Youth's raw energy and sheer power were never more visceral than in their electric performance in the show.

From the Basement is refreshing because it doesn’t have an audience or a presenter, allowing the artists to express themselves without any interruption. In the show, the crew and the artists themselves are the only one present in the room, creating a true intimate musical performance. This feeling of intimacy and closeness helped the viewer get a sense of actually being in the same room as the artists, making the show both inspiring and addicting.

Overall, From the Basement featuring PJ Harvey, Damien Rice, and Sonic Youth is an episode of a musical performance that you will remember for a long time. Each of the artists presented beautiful and unique performances, showcasing their talent in an awe-inspiring way. The show is a beautiful representation of what the musical experience is all about, taking the audience to the very heart of the artists' performances. From the Basement is a must-watch show for music lovers, and the 2007 episode has got to be among the high points of the series. It remains a true testament to the power of music and why it continues to captivate and move us.

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Seasons
Behind the Scenes: Moby
14. Behind the Scenes: Moby
 
An exclusive interview with music legend Moby during his From the Basement performance.
Bonus Tracks
13. Bonus Tracks
September 21, 2012
Exclusive live performances of Moby and Father John Misty not originally included in the episodes_4-18.
The Scissor Sisters, Thunercat PT-2
12. The Scissor Sisters, Thunercat PT-2
January 17, 2013
Part 2: Scissor Sisters perform exclusive live tracks for FTB including hits "Invisible Light" and "Don't Feel Like Dancing" and LA pioneers Thundercat perform "Daylight" and "Lotus and the Jondy."
The Scissor Sisters, Thundercat PT-1
11. The Scissor Sisters, Thundercat PT-1
January 7, 2013
Part 1: Scissor Sisters perform exclusive live tracks for FTB including hits "Invisible Light" and "Don't Feel Like Dancing" and LA pioneers Thundercat perform "Daylight" and "Lotus and the Jondy."
Red Hot Chili Peppers PT-2
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers PT-2
December 20, 2013
Part 2: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform exclusive live tracks for FTB from their recent I'm With You release.
Red Hot Chili Peppers PT-1
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers PT-1
December 20, 2012
Part 1: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform exclusive live tracks for FTB from their recent I'm With You release
Moby, Willis Earl Beal, and Delta Spirit PT-2
8. Moby, Willis Earl Beal, and Delta Spirit PT-2
November 15, 2012
Shot in 3D Moby, Willis Earl Beal and Delta Spirit perform exclusive live tracks for FTB. Moby performs acoustic classics including Porcelain and We Are All Made of Stars whilst Willis plays tracks from his debut Principles of a Protagonist and Delta Spirit from their self titled release.
Moby, Willis Earl Beal, and Delta Spirit PT-1
7. Moby, Willis Earl Beal, and Delta Spirit PT-1
November 15, 2012
Shot in 3D Moby, Willis Earl Beal and Delta Spirit perform exclusive live tracks for FTB. Moby performs acoustic classics including Porcelain and We Are All Made of Stars whilst Willis plays tracks from his debut Principles of a Protagonist and Delta Sprit from their self titled release.
Foster the People and Shearwater PT-2
6. Foster the People and Shearwater PT-2
October 25, 2012
Shot in 3D in Hollywood, Foster The People play tracks from Torches including Pumped up Kicks, Miss You and Houdini. Shearwater play Breaking The Yearlings and Pushing The River from their 2012 release Animal Joy.
Foster the People and Shearwater PT-1
5. Foster the People and Shearwater PT-1
October 25, 2012
Shot in 3D in Hollywood, Foster The People play tracks from Torches including Pumped up Kicks, Miss You and Houdini. Shearwater play Breaking The Yearlings and Pushing The River from their 2012 release Animal Joy
Feist and Happiness Project PT-2
4. Feist and Happiness Project PT-2
September 20, 2013
Part 2: Shot in 3D in Hollywood, Feist plays tracks from her 2004 release "Let It Die" and from 2011's "Metals". Feist's multi instrumentalist Charles Spearin also brings his Happiness Project into the studio for a heart warming rendition of "Vanessa."
Feist and Happiness Project PT-1
3. Feist and Happiness Project PT-1
September 20, 2013
Part 1: Shot in 3D in Hollywood, Feist plays tracks from her 2004 release "Let It Die" and from 2011's "Metals". Feist's multi instrumentalist Charles Spearin also brings his Happiness Project into the studio for a heart warming rendition of "Vanessa."
The Shins, Aimee Mann PT-2
2. The Shins, Aimee Mann PT-2
January 17, 2013
Exclusive live performances of The Shins, Aimee, James Mercer and Ex Fleet Foxer Josh Tillman with his new band Father John Misty.
The Shins, Aimee Mann PT-1
1. The Shins, Aimee Mann PT-1
August 9, 2012
Part 1 of exclusive live performances of The Shins, Aimee, James Mercer and Ex Fleet Foxer Josh Tillman with his new band Father John Misty.
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  • Premiere Date
    August 1, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (42)