Tuesday, July 22, 2008

07.22.08: GUEST Director: JEFF FEUERZEIG's tribute to SPACEMEN 3

Our guest DJ will be JEFF FEUERZEIG.

He will be spinning a 2 hour mix of all things SPACEMEN 3 plus highlights from their equally stunning post-S3 projects such as Spiritualized, Spectrum and E.A.R. (Experimental Audio Research).

Jeff Feuerzeig directed, wrote and created from scratch The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006), which forever changed the way documentaries are made through the rare combination of high-class production values and the dismissal of a rule book. Released theatrically by Sony Picture Classics, 'Devil' has earned ecstatic reviews all over the world, astonishing, enchanting, and devastating audiences. For this work, Feuerzeig won the Best Director prize for a documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2005. His earlier films include the feature documentary Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King (1994) and PBS’ Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions (1990). Feuerzeig has just completed the screenplay for God Bless Tiny Tim, a feature biopic about the legendary singer who Tiptoe’d Through the Tulips in 1968.

SPACEMEN 3 - "Three chords good, two chords better, one chord best” just barely chips away at the secret of the iceberg of greatness that is Spacemen 3. Like a few dead artists worth fawning over – their fire burned white hot and they died young leaving behind a beautiful corpse - 5 perfect albums, Sound Of Confusion, The Perfect Prescription, Playing With Fire, The Dreamweapon, and Recurring - all killer and no filler – only to live on and continue the Lords work in Spectrum and Spiritualized. Peter Kember aka "Sonic Boom" and Jason Pierce aka "Jason Pierce" did this while playing sitting down - which should be a lesson to all. Hugely influential, often copied and never equalled - their sound was minimal and maximal at the same time. Their willingness to cover and share their influences: The Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones, the Stooges, the MC5, early Captain Beefheart, out-there jazz legend Sun Ra, the Silver Apples, garage punk of the 1960s such asthe 13th Floor Elevators, Red Krayola, and the Electric Prunes; the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and other surf bands; ’80s rockabilly groups the Cramps, the Gun Club, Tav Falco; blues and gospel acts like Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, the Staple Singers and John Lee Hooker; and the production techniques of Joe Meek, and Brian Wilson proves that there is no accounting for good taste.

" - (Jeff Feuerzeig)

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