Friday, November 10, 2006

if i was a marching band.

Over the last several months, I have infrequently checked on the progress of the third Burn To Shine DVD. Today's labors were rewarded fruitfully, as the third in a series of DVDs that capture the last day in the life of a house is now available. Skip what I have to say and just go order it.
Burn To Shine's concept is quite simple. Take a house that is scheduled to be demolished and spend it's last day as a lived-in structure to file bands from that city in and out to play one song each, before the demolition commences. The first two installments took place in Washington D.C. and Chicago, and combined brief documentations of each house's history before showing several hometown artists set up and play. The films have a gritty, real feel from which they derive their power. As difficult as it is to grant the premise that the demolition of a house the viewer has never seen will have any impact, the finale of each piece is strikingly impacting.
The line-up of artists that gathered together in D.C. were Bob Mould, Medications, French Toast, Q And Not U, Weird War, Ted Leo, Garland of Hours, and The Evans. In Chicago, Wilco, Shellac, Tortoise, Freakwater, The Ponys, Red Eyed Legends, Tight Phantomz, The Lonesome Organist, and Pit er Pat brought the house down. In the latest installment, that took place on June 15, 2005, performances from Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, The Decemberists, The Thermals, The Gossip, Mirah, Quasi, Lifesavas, The Planet The, Tom Heinl, and The Ready were the last hurrahs for a home in Portland, OR.
I highly recommend seeing these DVDs at some point. As I said, they're surprisingly affecting. It was the performance by Jeremy Jacobsen (Lonesome Organist) that took me most by surprise. Jacobsen attaches himself to an impressive amount of instruments, and plays them all quite well. His energy must be off the charts to keep this up for an entire set.
Here are two examples of Lonesome Organist's unique style from 2003's Forms and Follies which was accompanied by a thick flipbook (not unlike the unique 2004 debut album from Menomena).

Lonesome Organist's "The Moped"
& "One of Me"
from Forms and Follies

PAS/CAL's "Little Red Radio"


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