Visit the hot new dance artist's home studio plus go behind-the-scenes of his "Never Gonna Come Down" music video; Fu Manchu: The band visits the Peterson Automotive Museum and perform their hit song "Over the Edge" live; Beachwood Sparks: The L.A. psychedelic rockers are captured at home playing "Canyon Ride" and "Sister Rose"; Victoria Williams: The singer-songwriter sings "Gladys and Lucy" at her home in Joshua Tree, CA; Apples in Stereo: These members of the Elephant 6 collective perform live in Austin, TX; Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: An Welsh electric combo ring out; Ween: The alternative rock duo sing an acoustic "Back to Basom" in the park; Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise: The blind former street musician and his alternative rock band perform live in the studio; Modest Mouse: The popular Emo band perform in Los Angeles; Negativland: The controversial artists give a rare interview, and then perform "Nesbitt's Lime Soda Song" and "Metaloop." Circuit 1:7
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A varied collection of interviews and performance clips featuring contemporary musicians, including Victoria Williams, Ween, electronic music whiz BT, and "collage artists" Negativland, adds up to an entertaining look at what's happening in modern music. The general format of the DVD is that each artist is interviewed in a relevant locale. For instance, BT provides a friendly and jocular tour of his home studio, Victoria Williams is visited at her house in remote Joshua Tree, California, the duo from Ween walks through a park, and L.A. rocker foursome Fu Manchu visits a car museum stocked with elaborately painted low-riders. In addition to the profile segments, the DVD contains at least one performance from each artist--a music video or a live performance, such as part of a multimedia Negativland gig at L.A's El Rey Theater. A few performances were filmed in casual surroundings. California country rockers Beachwood Sparks (after one member notes that they'd like to "colonize new planets with psychedelic country music") perform an acoustic song in an overgrown backyard. The segments on this disc are very professionally produced, and the variety of artists contained in the collection is a strength. However, fans of particular performers could find the format frustrating, since each individual segment is fairly brief. --Robert J. McNamara
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