(1989 TV Series)
Episode: Homerpalooza (1996)
Depressed about his inability to keep up with the existing music scene when Bart reveals how uncool his interest in 1970's rock music truly is, Homer decides to take Bart and Lisa to the Hullabalooza music festival to show them this isn't the case. Failing at that, he nearly sparks a riot and gets shot at with a cannon(ironically for Peter Frampton) which bounces a fake pig off his fat belly, and ends up being hired as part of the festival's freak show, touring with bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, Sonic Youth, and yes, Frampton.
Documents the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81, and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs, for example, by James Brown, and Sonic Youth. Although they have toured Europe and sang for royalty, this account focuses on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town, which succeeds in spite of several real heart breaking events.
(2003 TV Series)
Episode: Wilco and Sonic Youth (2003)
Quintessential alternative rockers, Sonic Youth, celebrate free-form experimentalism while reinforcing their performance-art driven tradition in this Soundstage performance. The band, which settles just outside the realm of definition, delivers a part rock, part free-form noise, part avant-garde punk performance which features a new song "Sympathy for the Strawberry." Following Sonic Youth, Chicago-based Wilco take the stage with their blend of idiosyncratic pop sounds from their most recent album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Highlights include "War on War" and "Jesus." The critically acclaimed group reveals not only inimitable musicianship, but also a wide range of music with hints of country, rock, punk and, perhaps most of all, experimentalism.
|4.||Neil Young Journeys
This past May, Neil Young brought his solo tour to Toronto's Massey Hall, an iconic venue in the city of his birth. Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture the two nights, which highlighted new songs from the album Le Noise, produced by Daniel Lanois, mixed with classics like "Ohio" and "I Believe in You." At sixty-five, Young retains a youthful vitality and musical curiosity that balances his wisdom and experience. It's no wonder he's been an inspiration to the likes of Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth. In Neil Young Journeys, Demme intersperses the Massey Hall concert footage with brief scenes from a road trip through Ontario. Driving a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, Young visits the rural town of Omemee, where he spent a key part of his formative years, and reminisces about his former neighbors and their daughters. As he drives past bulldozers transforming the landscape, he remarks, 'It's all gone... it's still in my head.'
|5.||1991: The Year Punk Broke
David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The Ramones and Gumball.
|6.||People Are Dead
A group of disconnected people are all being brought together by a string of awkward events in post-tragedy 9/11 Manhattan... A body-snatcher (Mia Tyler) is snatching up dead bodies off the streets of the city and no one seems to know exactly what she is doing with them, especially the two cops (Peter McNolte and Eddie Steeples) whom are assigned to find her. Across town, Angela (Angela Bettis) is a depressed Broadway actress who has a reunion with her old friend (Tasha Guvara) and there is some awkward tension about the distance that is now between them. Angela's boyfriend Kevin (Kevin Ford), a neurotic, self-proclaimed 'suicidal' filmmaker, captures the women's reunion for his 'new movie.' In order to lift up his own spirits, Kevin seeks out the counsel of his paranoid best friend (Cinque Lee) to try to find advice about life... Soundtracked by a medley of music from the band Sonic Youth, PEOPLE ARE DEAD is a slice out of contemporary New York life. But not the high-brow kind that is seen so often... this is about the people in the background, the alleys, and the subways who just feel stuck.
|7.||I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney
This documentary tells the story of Mudhoney from their very beginnings, to following them on their recent world tour and everything in between. Complete with testimonials from friends, music industry veterans and musicians such as Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Mudhoney themselves. This is the true story of the founding fathers of Grunge.
|8.||Bjork's Voltaic: Live in Paris
"Voltaic: The Volta tour Live in Paris and Reykjavik" is a remarkable, multi-media document of Björk's visually dazzling Volta tour. Full of on-your-feet moments, the film features highlights recorded in Paris and Reykjavik, with performances of songs from Volta as well as earlier tracks including Hunter, Joga, Army of Me, and Hyperballad. Björk's band on the Volta tour included Mark Bell (LFO) on computers and keyboards and Damian Taylor on keyboards and programming. Drums and percussion were played by Chris Corsano (Sonic Youth, etc.); Jónas Sen played piano, harpsichord, and church organ; and Björk's all female Icelandic 10-piece brass section rounded out the group. A dynamic, grand live experience, the Volta tour has been acclaimed around the world.
|9.||Llik Your Idols
Llik Your Idols deals with The Cinema of Transgression, a movement that occurred in New York from 1984 to 1991 - or did it ? This is the whole point. It was closely linked to the local punk rock scene, namely the No Wave scene (Lydia Lunch, DNA, Sonic Youth...) and involved artists such as Richard Kern (photographer published by Taschen), Nick Zedd (heir of Ed Wood and John Waters. Their films were Super 8 satirical tracts against Reaganist values that became cult as Sonic Youth became too.
|10.||The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music
Prepare for an eclectic journey through The Old, Weird America. Rani Singh's new documentary film tracks the history of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music from its initial compilation of 78 records from rural Americana to its release on Folkways Records in 1952. Instrumental in helping inspire the urban folk revival of the 1960s, the Anthology continues to influence modern music. An incredible set of interviewees reveal the lasting impact of the Anthology and the remarkable personality of Harry Smith. After the box set's re-release on CD in 1997, Hal Willner's Harry Smith Project concerts celebrated Smith's idiosyncratic vision, from Nick Cave's cathartic take on spirituals to Lou Reed's mesmerizing evocation of Blind Lemon Jefferson. The film includes rare archival footage, performances, and interviews with Elvis Costello, Beck, Sonic Youth, Beth Orton, Philip Glass, David Johansen, John Cohen, Greil Marcus, and more. Join us for a wild ride through a remarkable musical landscape.
In the way of Godard's One+One, Making Heretics unravels the backstage of creation, around three avant-garde artists united for the first time at an art residency: French poet Anne-James Chaton, British guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex), and Thurston Moore from American cult band Sonic Youth.
|12.||Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story
NOT A PHOTOGRAPH documents the resurrection of the seminal post-punk band Mission of Burma, beginning in 2002 and continuing to the present. For a band deemed 'too ahead-of-their-time' during their initial existence, NOT A PHOTOGRAPH follows Mission of Burma's struggle to breathe new life into a tale that's already been recorded in rock's history books -- one that's placed them under the bright lights of acclaim, influence and legend. Mission of Burma epitomizes the age-old, artistic quandary of being influential but not famous; to have critical but not commercial success. Though relatively few saw them during their short but burning career (1979-1983), Mission of Burma inspired countless artists over the years, including 80's college-rockers R.E.M., Sonic Youth & The Pixies, 90's alternative artists Moby, Nirvana & Blur, and bands from the post-Nirvana/indie rock explosion such as Yo La Tengo and Spoon. After nearly twenty years and inexplicable circumstances, Mission of Burma's reunion - beginning as a handful of performances in 2002 and since catapulting into an international tour and their first studio album since 1982 - has left many begging the question: was the band truly ahead of their time, and has time finally caught up with them? NOT A PHOTOGRAPH offers a snapshot of a time before compact discs and MTV, when rock & roll still had some tricks up its sleeve, and when a group of smart, young artist/musicians formed a band The New Yorker would later call "the most criminally undersung band of the 1980s." And then, when they would reincarnate two decades later, to find an audience of still-rocking forty year-olds and astute twenty year-olds standing side by side, anticipating their band's return to form.
A short documentary film contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying man-made debris littered throughout the landscape surrounding the town of Churchill, Manitoba in Canada's Arctic. The film touches on the regenerative power of nature and the futility of mankind's struggle against natural processes of decay. Featuring an original score by Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Wilco) a voice-over by Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy) and likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.
(2012 Short Film)
Lou Reed has served as inspiration to innumerable artists including David Bowie, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, U2, David Byrne, and Patti Smith. As a founding member of the Velvet Underground he helped define a generation of artists.Lou Reed,one of the most outspokenRock n'Roll poets of a generation, delivers wide ranging and exciting performance on this video including his hits Walk On The Wild Side, Sweet Jane, Why Do You Talk, Venus In Furs, Kill Your Sons, Romeo Had Juliet, I'm Waiting For The Man, Ecstacy, Satellite Of Love, The Blue Mask, Perfect Day Women, Jesus.
|15.||New York Is Now
Artist, musician and art magazine publisher Noah Becker gives us an art world insider's view of New York based contemporary art in 2011. Important New York based curators, critics and auction houses lend their views on New York's relevance as an international art scene in relation to globalized culture. Other topics include art value and how contemporary art is presented to the public through pop culture and the media. Featuring interviews with art world figures including Lee Ranaldo, Richard Phillips, Michael Halsband, Spencer Tunick, Bibbe Hansen, Bill Powers and Richard Butler. Musical performances by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth with additional music by Moka Only and Noah Becker.
|16.||Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio
For over 30 years, Martin Bisi has been recording music from his studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. He has worked with many influential musicians, including Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock, Brian Eno and the Dresden Dolls. Now though, he finds himself squeezed in by the approaching gentrification of his neighborhood.
|17.||The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom
The Black Keys' new concert DVD, Live at the Crystal Ballroom, reflects the no-frills genius of the drums-and-guitar duo's studio sound: It's a refreshingly straightforward video document of their April 4, 2008 sold-out gig at Portland, Oregon's Crystal Ballroom, featuring seventeen songs culled from all five of the pair's albums. Director Lance Bangs - who has made videos for the Arcade Fire, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth as well as directing R.E.M.'s Road Movie - keeps his small camera crew focused on the stage, getting up close and sweaty with guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. Occasionally, he'll pull back to acknowledge the head-bobbing crowd pressed close to the stage, their hands reaching out to Auerbach. There are no visual pyrotechnics, no elaborate editing, no backstage cutaways, yet the show is riveting from start to finish and the feel of the music in that room is nothing less than triumphant.
DRIFT is a collaboration started in 1991 between visual artist Leah Singer and musician and poet Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. DRIFT is an immersive sonic/visual environment consisting of music, sounds and texts by Ranaldo in response to two 16mm analytical film projectors performed in real time by Singer. Much as a DJ scratches a vinyl record, Singer manipulates her films in a live improvisation with Ranaldo's guitar, poetry and soundscapes.
(1996 TV Movie)
Three One hour music specials covering the main stage at the world famous Reading Festival in 1996. Produced for the ITV Network the artists filmed included Rage Against the Machine, The Prodigy, Black Grape, Garbage, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and Ash in August 1996.
Linda Perhacs is a California dentist who recorded the legendary psychedelic folk record, "Parallelograms", back in 1970. The album disappeared without much of a proper release and Linda went back into dentistry, only to discover a new generation of fans and artists (like Devendra Banhart, Daft Punk, and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth) hailing her album as an influential masterpiece 40 years later...