Shoot The Player is run by a Sydney duo who shoot videos of (mostly) local Aussie acts performing in various areas around the city. Artists include Dead Letter Chorus, An Horse, Sarah Blasko, Kaki King, Port O’Brien, Vivian Girls, Andrew Bird, Amanda Palmer and more. It’s a fantastic site, and the films they make are high quality snapshots of artists performing in a casual setting, giving them a really personal feel.
The above Shoot The Player video is Ben Lee performing his version of MGMT’s ‘Kids’ in Rushcutter’s Bay Park, Sydney. Don’t expect to hear anything like the original though – Ben’s simple delivery gives it a totally different feel and while I like MGMT’s version, in many ways his cover is better because he gives it his own spin without diverting too far away from the original. I also like how the people in the park just go about their business, as if seeing Ben Lee wandering along playing his guitar is a normal everyday occurence.
I couldn’t find an mp3 of it, but I do have this version for you:
As well as the original:
And some bonus Ben Lee:
UPDATE: Head to the comments to download the Ben Lee version of ‘Kids’, a link provided by a very kind reader. Thanks Vasanth!