Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dexter Romweber - "Two Headed Cow" DVD

This excellent documentary was begun over 18 years ago as a look at life on the road with indie/garage rockabilly act the Flat Duo Jets. In their prime, the Flat Duo Jets toured with the Cramps, and were a part of the thriving Athens, Georgia indie rock scene of the late 80s alongside R.E.M. Their influence can be felt most prominently with Jack White (who is interviewed here), as well as fans and friends Cat Power and Neko Case, among others (who are also featured here). As time elapsed, and the band crumbled due to a variety of issues (including alcoholism, depression, and paranoia), this film was put on the back burner.

Now, with full participation of prime songwriter Romweber, this tale can be told, now focusing on the perils and lifestyles of a touring musician and a band on the verge of stardom.

Compiling original black-and-white footage of a young Romweber with drummer/Flat Duo Jets partner Crow Smith, this film is both historical document and fascinating look into the mind and career of one of America's most unique songwriters and characters. Recent footage puts everything in perspective, as Romweber today tours with his new group, the Dexter Romweber Duo. He's much more level-headed and balanced, and he tells candidly of the destructive lifestyle he's thankfully left behind. "Two Headed Cow" gives me a new appreciation of the Flat Duo Jets, and this is a superb documentary for anyone interested in the life and times of an indie artist who's survived. (Cape Fear Filmworks/MVD Visual)

Flat Duo Jetspace (likely not official)

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