Monday, June 19, 2006

"Kill Your Idols" Music Documentary

Kill Your Idols filmUnbeknownst to the Reverend, it seems that music documentaries are the hot shit thing on the film festival circuit these days. The latest indie director to strike gold (albeit a smallish pot, I'm sure, and not the jackpot at the end of the rainbow) is S.A. Crary. Crary's film Kill Your Idols has been picked up by Palm Pictures for DVD distribution in North America and the Caribbean. Kill Your Idols follows thirty years of New York City's "no wave" art-punk scene, featuring bands like Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, among others. The film picked up an award at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and has been wowing crowds at festivals across the country. Kill Your Idols, say the pundits, is part of a "new wave" of indie music documentaries that includes American Hardcore and Too Tough To Die: A Tribute To Johnny Ramone.

Your humble scribe is a sucker for music documentaries, although I tend to watch music DVDs only two or three times a year in a wave of frenzied viewing, typically accompanied by beer and a bowl of potato chips. Thus I'll probably spring for a copy of Kill Your Idols when Palm puts it out on the shelf, especially since they don't seem to be interested in sending promo copies of their releases to the kindly Reverend. To tell you the truth, tho', I like my idea of a film documenting 30 years of Nashville rock better than Crary's idea of covering three decades of New York noise bands...but then, I prefer listening to Jason & the Scorchers, Webb Wilder, Royal Court Of China, 69 Tribe, Afrikan Dreamland...hell, just about any local band...above the squawk and strum of Lydia Lunch or Sonic Youth. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, but it is good to know that music documentaries are the "in thing" this year.

Of course, with my luck, by the time I get "The Other Side Of Nashville" DVD released next year, we'll all be watching Britney give birth to Brad Pitt's quadruplets live on MySpace.com (or some other such horror show).

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