So much has been written about DA Pennebaker’s seminal 1967 documentary, Don’t Look Back, it’s nearly impossible for someone, especially this someone who wasn’t even alive when Bob Dylan was really stirring things up, to write something that hasn’t already been said. Fortunately for me, earlier this past month the film was lovingly remastered and re-released on DVD so there’s all sorts of new stuff to talk about.
The two-disc 1965 Tour Deluxe Edition includes not only the remastered film, but also commentary by the filmmaker and Dylan’s road manager, Bob Neuwirth, plus five additional audio tracks and the original companion book edited by the director to coincide with the film’s release. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an alternate version of the “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video and a flip-book taken from the video. But wait! There’s more! There’s also a new Pennebaker documentary called Bob Dylan 65 Revisited.
Needless to say it’s pretty spectacular.
For the younger folks unfamiliar with Dylan’s earlier work, you may recognize “Subterranean Homesick Blues” as the video that INXS shamelessly ripped off for their video for “Mediate.”
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Here’s one of my favorite scenes from the movie, when Dylan has a little fun with Time magazine writer, Horace Judson.
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For you indie fans out there, here’s a track to get you further in the mood.
Buy the 1965 Tour Deluxe Edition of Don’t Look Back
from the Public Radio Music Source.
Perhaps a future xmas gift for your fave indie rock fan, Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make A Joyful Noise HERE) by J.L. Aronson is coming to a theatre near you.
Premiered this past weekend in the home of the Hoosiers, Bloomington, IN, (also the home of Secretly Canadian, the Danielson Family”) DAFM follows Daniel Smith as he and his kinsfolk grow into le Danielson Famille.
Sort of a Very Special Indie Brady, the film explores individuality, family, faith, and the creative process and also features fellow indie luminaries Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Johnston, and Steve Albini.
Here’s the trailer:
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Danielson’s stellar 2006 release, Ships. Daniel Smith has assembled his version of a supergroup which includes Why?, Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens, Sereena Maneesh, and of course, members of his family to create an album that AMG called, “Led Zeppelin 1, 2, 3, and 4 all wrapped up into one giant boot stomp of a record.” It’s hard to argue with that but if you’re looking for a gift to give your favorite indie rock fan this xmas, this might not be it. Danielson, like the Fiery Furnaces, is an acquired taste for some. Either you love it or you hate it. But you’d be hard-pressed to hate the album’s single, ‘Did I Step On Your Trumpet?,’ which is sure to enter the indie lexicon as a slacker mea culpa for accidentally offending someone.
Buy Ships from PRMS.
Steve Poltz helps us visualize how today’s attractive but talent-challenged teens can grow up to become pop stars.
Excerpted from the 2006 documentary, Before The Music Dies, also featuring My Morning Jacket, Calexico, North Mississippi All-Stars, and the late, great Billy Preston (among others) and available on DVD starting December 12. The perfect holiday gift for your favorite indie rock fan.
Buy B4MD from Amazon.
On Monday, October 30th, 15 theaters across the U.S. will screen the My Morning Jacket concert film Okonokos. If, like us, you can’t get enough of My Morning Jacket, and you happen to live in or close to the 15 cities chosen for this event, you could catch the film the evening before the DVD becomes available. (The soundtrack came out a month ago.)
Apparently, there’s a light plot to the film, the staging is semi-primeval, the audience at the Fillmore was encouraged to dress in as fey a way as possible, and there may be a scene involving the silhouette of a horse. The best part is it’s like going to a concert, but without the whole standing-around-in-faerie-costume-for-hours sorta thing. You could also be one of the lucky attendees to take home an Epiphone Les Paul Special II geetar.
Here’s a preview:
For theater and ticket info check D&E Entertainment‘s website.
For more info, including trailers, check My Morning Jacket‘s website.
For the CD, you could…
Because Clell Tickle says we like Tapes ‘n Tapes.
Listen to Cowbell.