This engrossing documentary from 1979 is a raw look at South Bronx gang culture. The material is hard as nails, but for 2010 viewers the lack of mediation and self-consciousness is filled with nostalgia.
Theme De Yoyo, the funk jazz classic. The DVD is Moshe Mizrahi’s 1970 swinging, fist-waving New Wave flic; and an hour-long interview with Joseph Jarman. The last thousand records, nicely sleeved.
Crazy Dutchman filming in Harlem, South Bronx, and the Lower East Side in 1986: a teenage LL Cool J on the his nan’s door-step, little Biz Markie beatboxing on stage with Roxanne Shante etc etc… Fantastic stuff.
The live footage is thrilling, charged — especially the Starsailor stuff.
Breakneck punk poetry filmed at the turn of the 1970s — Beasley St, Chickentown, I Married A Monster From Outer Space, Health Fanatic, The Day My Pad Went Mad, and the rest.
His vocals and guitar, with Zoot Money on keys, doing some of his very best work.
1999-2003 revivals, including music by John Cage and Morton Feldman, and costumes and decor by Robert Rauschenberg, filmed by Charles Atlas. (Not that Charles Atlas, you at the back.) With an illustrated essay.
Only Miles, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams playing five full-length concerts never before issued; and the sole known film of this ineffable lineup between 1965-8.
Lee Perry at the Black Ark, Bunny Lee, The Mighty Diamonds, Wayne Smith, King Jammy, Delroy Wilson, Johnny Clarke, Prince Jazzbo…
The Skatalites, Count Ossie, Don Drummond, U-Roy, Sir Lord Comic, Tommy McCook, Prince Buster, Icho Candy, Count Matchouki, Jack Ruby…
Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Charlie Ace, The Skatalites, The Mighty Diamonds, The I-Threes…
A kind of one-woman US film avant-garde, a bridge from Cocteau and Bunuel to Fellini and Bergman. ‘Intensely personal, symbolic and surreal films that reveal her deepest, darkest fantasies’ (L.A. Weekly).
Shot between 2007 and 2012, Hisham Mayet’s film is an exhilarating, hallucinatory, harrowing record of music, ritual, life, and landscape along the Niger River, as it winds through Mali and the Republic of Niger.
His marvellous music and its significance (including interviews with Byard Lancaster, Joel Dorn, Kenneth Gamble, Laurie Anderson and others).
Music, interviews and testimonies from collaborators, specialists and others. IX himself in performance — Polytope de Mycenae, La Legende d’Eer and its Diatope, and the opera Oresteia.
Oh gosh, pieces of heaven. More than two hours long, with nuff archive peformance footage spanning 1965 to 1973.
‘Dreamy musical segments, fleeting glimpses, odd sounds, temple shrines, decay, death, afternoon rains, and mysterious celebrations… from the Irrawaddy delta to humid nights on the streets of Isan province.’
65 killers with a handful of bonafide rarities; an excellent booklet, with wonderful photos and notes by Lol from Dub Vendor; and a DVD, with concert footage, an interview, and an acoustic session with Hugh Mundell.
Vivid, unflinching film of two annual Haitian Vodou pilgrimages — for Ezili Danto, goddess of love, art and passion, and her old man Ogoun, god of war, iron, healing. Ecstatic, bloody, intensely musical.
Black and white, French TV film of the Arkestra in 1972, performing Somebody Else’s Idea, Watusi, Discipline, and Synth.