Saturday, February 11, 2006

Joy division and Elliot Smith vs. The Brian Jonestown Massacre

There is some fairly dark and mysterious intrigue about Joy Division, and the mystique surrounding the band and the brilliant-but-doomed singer Ian Curtis, who committed suicide in 1980 on the eve of the bands first American tour that have influenced many a band, and to learn that a documentary film called Control is in the works is pretty cool and very long overdue. Like most docs though I hope it continues the mystery, as they sometimes are too revealing in some cases and ruin that "coax" (thing in Spanish), that I don't know that makes the audio experience special. Sure the press helps perpetuate the myth as that is their job. In another morbid sense though it's cool to see tribute records like To: Elliott, From: Portland released, with all your favorite drunken-dark-junkie hits, like needle in the hay by Eric Mathews, and The December do justice to "clement", so it is a matter of time before somebody will do a doc on elites mysterious self-stabbing. So much tragedy in brilliant rock music for instance the mentally unstable, who live on the edge of sanity, like Anton Newcombe's world known as the Brian Jonestown Massacre there is a documentary that will draw you into his post modern music, featuring the Dandy Warhols in a film called DIG!(fyi currently on demand, so you already paying for it). But since you're all hip 60s revivalist you probably knew all this already but if not, be prepared this dude is manic. As per usual do yourself justice, drop a tab and sample some from emusic, I personally would start with tracks from Take it from the Man!, pluck a couple tunes pointed out by the AMG folks and you won't be disappointed. If you're not a emusic member click the logo to your right so i get some credit. Thanks.


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