Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yardbirds - "The Story Of The Yardbirds - The Documentary" DVD

Tracing the history of this short-lived (1963-1968) but influential blues-rock supergroup, this hour-length documentary does a fine job covering most of the essential bases. Nearly every pertinent member and associate is interviewed, and a wealth of live and TV footage provides a good understanding of what made this band burn so brightly. Beginning as a sort of tribute to American blues music, the group, which was to feature (future) legendary guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page at different periods, quickly evolved into a leaner pop group with heavier inclinations. They helped to inspire the burgeoning psychedelic scene of the 60's, and later were a precursor to the heavy metal sounds of the 70's. A solid and brief historical documentary, and a must-see for those curious about this fascinating band. (Voiceprint via MVD Visual)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It's a Blixa celebration!

Yesterday (January 12th) marked the 50th birthday of Blixa Bargeld (aka Christian Emmerich), enigmatic and influential frontman of Einsturzende Neubauten, and former guitarist for the Bad Seeds. After over 25 years of Neubauten (and still counting), Blixa is also an accomplished speaker, composer, author, and actor, as well as musician.
In celebration of Blixa's day, this is a rare radio interview done way back on February 07, 1989, for WQHS Radio in Philly. The interviewer's name I don't have, sorry. In this 27-minute interview, Blixa speaks about his role in the Bad Seeds, his friendship with Skinny Puppy, pop music, Pink Floyd and Carl Orff, vegetarianism, and other matters. It's a good interview, definitely worthy of a listen.
For more info and sound samples of Neubauten's ground (and object) breaking music and artworks, visit the official site here.