KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Scout Niblett (rhymes with Gibblet)


Last month I went to see Scout Niblett live and she played a song that erected ….the hair on my neck. I had never heard it before but it was very distraught with the passion and heart heaviness I fell in love with during her Kidnapped by Neptune era. I have also been interested in band website design to juxtapose the cookie cutter Myspace generation of music so I decided to see what Ms. Niblett’s featured.

Lucky for me it featured TWO versions of that nameless song I was destroyed by last month; (which I now know is called “Nevada”). I was happy to see that the song was represented in two very simple concepts.

The first video was part of the Black Cab Sessions. The idea is simple: the artist gets into a cab in London and they are filmed playing their song in the back seat while the camera films what is going on outside the window…providing a soundtrack to what we view of the city.

I think this video is interesting because it uses spontaneity as it’s set and finds emotions and camera angles that can only be achieved in one take. It is more real as a result. My favorite part of the Scout Niblett take is when she says “Put on your suit / get in my car” and miraculously the camera closes in on a man walking down the street in a suit.

Scout Niblett : “Nevada” : Black Cab Sessions

This one follows Scout Niblett as she walks around the streets of Paris playing “Nevada” through a tiny Marshall amp she has strapped onto herself. It is part of a collection called Take Away Shows which documents artists improvising their own work in a public place. Primarily based in Paris, Take Away Shows also shoots in NYC, SF, Athens and features artists such as Castanets, REM, Stephen Malkmus.


3 Responses to “KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Scout Niblett (rhymes with Gibblet)”

  1. 1 The Bearded Traveler
    April 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    GD that is HEAVY. Oh who!

    I saw Scout at Holocene and uhh the LKN Benefit Show in Downtown.
    Man, she is SO heavy on the emotions! Her music on my emotions.
    It is a heavy trip she is doing! Wow!
    It knocks yer block off, really.
    I’m blazed.

  2. 2 gaycondo
    April 24, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    yeah i have had the misfortune of running into her a couple times and she seemed very unpleasant. All I said was I really like your music and thank you so much for playing a benefit for LKN! WTF? i guess everyone has a bad day or two or three… but last time i saw her was at her show and she was laughing hysterically to the first indie-cheeseball-comedy act that was opening for her. i didn’t find them funny but her laughter made me reconsider my own judgments. EM

  3. 3 The Bearded Traveler
    April 24, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    “NEvada” iz grrreatttt

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