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I watched We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen on DVD tonight (Thank You Netflix!). This is a 90 minute documentary about the how the band came about, its D.I.Y. philosophy, and the void left by the untimely death of D. Boon in a traffic accident on December 22, 1985. It features interviews with Mike Watt and George Hurley as well as a long list of punk rock icons. Disk 1 Contains the 90 Minute Documentary and 2+ Hours of extras and Disk 2 Contains 62 live songs from 3 full performances.
Growing up in a small town in the pre-internet days of the 70s and 80s, I didnt have a lot of exposure to anything that wasnt mainstream pop or country on the radio stations in the area. I first heard of the Minutemen through R.E.M. which I had just started listening to after I had stumbled upon someones taped copy of their Murmur album. I happened to read in Rolling Stone that R.E.M was going on tour with the Minutemen and so I figured if R.E.M. liked them enough to tour with them, that they must be good. So next time I went to “the big city” (actually a small town but they did have Dartmouth college and an awesome record store) I dug around until I found Double Nickels on A Dime. It took a few listens before I began to appreciate the genius that is that album as it was nothing like what I was expecting. I have since worn out to cassette copies but have finally secured a digital copy so I wont have to worry about that again. I also purchased everything else that I could find by them in the meantime. Their unique style of music combined with overt politics, and their passion for life and the music just struck a chord with me that has kept me listening to them for 20 years. Tonight I finally got to hear their story as told by them and their friends and it kept me transfixed for several hours.
This little spiel (to steal Mike Watt & D. Boons term) doesnt do this film or the band justice, but if you like the Minutemen or even if you have never heard of them check it out, it will be good for you.
You can read more about the movie and buy the DVD here: We Jam Econo
all things possible reports: Vinnie Paul, famed drummer from Pantera and Damageplan has formed Big Vin Records with both a CD and DVD scheduled to debut the label on May 2ND of this year.
Dimevision, Volume 1, Thats the Fun I Have is a full-length DVD featuring Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell whose untimely death in December of 2004 left a void in both the world of music and his brother Vinnies life. The DVD features a video cacophony of archival footage both on and offstage taken throughout the years by Dime as well as various friends and family. Dimebags antics and appetite for a great joke and laughter were as well known as his masterful guitar playing.
Rebel Meets Rebel is a collaboration between the “Cowboys from Hell,” the late Dimebag Darrell on guitar, Vinnie Paul on drums, and Rex Brown on bass along with vocals by country outlaw legend and GRAMMY award-winning songwriter David Allan Coe. (Pantera fans will recognize Coes classic, “Jack Daniels If You Please” from the bands concert intro tape.)
Being a big fan of music, there are only a few concerts I regret not attending. The first one was Nirvanas In Utero Tour, Stevie Ray Vaughns last tour and missing these guys playing a small old movie theatre in support of their first release. I heard it was a hell of a show, but this may make up for it.
Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading independent source for high quality music audio/visual programming, will release Smoke Out Presents: Body Count, a DVD presentation of a rare live performance from legendary rapper Ice-Ts hardcore punk-thrash metal band. Body Count appeared for San Bernardinos Smoke Out Festival in 2003, in the wake of the worst fires in California history. The DVD arrives in stores on October 4.
Ice-T, who is also known for his work as an actor, including his role on NBCs “Law and Order: SVU,” was already one of the most famous rappers in America when, in 1992, he unveiled Body Count. The band was his tribute to punk/metal bands like Motorhead and Suicidal Tendencies. Almost immediately following the release of their debut, Body Count was denounced by President George H.W. Bush and then-NRA chairman Charlton Heston due to the self-evident sentiments of the song “Cop Killer.” During that election year, Ices record label, Sire, severed all ties to the rapper.
IAYM reports: Henry Rollins is planning to release a new DVD entitled “Shock And Awe” featuring his on-stage musings from the recent “Shock And Awe… My Ass” tour on February 01st, through his own label imprint, 2.13.61.
siNs metal news reports: A CD and DVD featuring JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford fronting BLACK SABBATH, from the memorable August 26th show in Camden, New Jersey, as part of OZZFEST 2004 is being put together for release.
The CD will be issued in Japan on November 19th, and the DVD sometime in December. [more]
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WAY COOL STUFF HERE. USA Today has a quick run down on all the features you will see in the fall release of the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Special Edition DVD. Amazingly enough, there will be a full 43 more minutes of footage! WOW! I cant wait to get it.
Holy Shit! You are not going to believe this article I found about a recent patent issued for a process that will allow manufacturers to make a CD or DVD unreadable after a certain amount of time. This is a big deal. It can affect everything from Music, to Movies to Software and I for one do not like it at all. Read more for the full story and post your comments. This pisses me off, how about you? Continue reading Patent Issued for Temporary CD/DVD→