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Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents

These are the Eyes that Satirize! Everybody's seen their imagery but few know the story of these anonymous performance artists and their avant-garde music. Their highly creative songs and videos satirize the commercialization of art and music, and they've chosen a real 'you'll never get rich' way to stay clear of the commercial undertow. Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents Blu-ray Film Movement 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / 34.95 Starring Jerry Casale, Les Claypool, Chris Combs, Jon Fishman, Matt Groening, Jerry Harrison, Penn Jillette, Jim Knipfel, Gary Panter, The Residents, Steve Seid. Cinematography Barton Bishoff, Don Hardy, Josh Keppel Produced by Barton Bishoff, Don Hardy, Josh Keppel Written and Directed by Don Hardy

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

We've all seen the image: four tuxedoed men in eyeball masks with top hats and canes. These masked men are the avant-garde band and multimedia performance artists known as The Residents.
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Film Review: ‘Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story’ Places Spotlight on Great Band

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Chicago – I can still remember when I first heard the band Morphine. It was the title track from their stellar 1993 album, “Cure For Pain,” which also serves as the title for a strong new rock doc about this underrated and underappreciated trio that’s now playing On Demand. The movie has some rough edges in terms of production and its subject’s notorious privacy makes him a difficult centerpiece but if the greatest accomplishment of “Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story” is merely that it reminds viewers of the pure genius of Morphine then it’s done some good.

A two-string bass, a baritone saxophone, and a drum set. That shouldn’t be a band. But with the amazing songwriting of Mark Sandman, it became a very successful one under the name Morphine. 1992’s “Good” was a strong debut but it was 1993’s “Cure For Pain” that really
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Primus frontman Les Claypool describes his top 5 movies ahead of tomorrow's IFC.com video premiere

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Primus frontman Les Claypool describes his top 5 movies ahead of tomorrow's IFC.com video premiere
Primus' new album "Green Naugahyde" draws on Les Claypool's filmic obsessions -- even veteran Westerns actor Lee Van Cleef gets a shout out in a song called, well, "Lee Van Cleef." "People always ask me who my heroes are, expecting me to say someone like Geddy Lee [from Rush]," Claypool told IFC. "But really, it's more people like Elia Kazan, Sergio Leone, Frank Capra, Terry Gilliam, and Jared Hess."

That might go a long way towards explaining why so many Primus songs seem to happily co-exist in the film world -- for instance, "Spegetti Western," or "Camelback Cinema." Or why so many Primus songs are based on peripheral characters -- "John the Fisherman," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," or, more recently, "Jilly's On Smack." "I love character actors," the singer/bassist said. "If I'm switching channels, and something with Slim Pickens is on, or Walter Brennan, I'm stuck. I have to watch it.
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National Lampoon PresentsElectric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo

National Lampoon PresentsElectric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo
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Yet another mockumentary taking its cue from the tapped-out Spinal Tap model, National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo follows the exploits of a fictional Jerry Garcia-obsessed rock group in its quest to make it into the Festeroo jam-band festival.

Marking the directorial debut of Primus singer-bassist Les Claypool, the film is even less funny than it is original, even though Claypool has recruited the likes of the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phish's Mike Gordon to instill a bit of street cred.

While it's being released theatrically Nov. 9 in a couple of dozen markets (Los Angeles and New York aren't among them), the most appreciative audience for this lame National Lampoon release likely will be guys in tour buses.

Claypool, who also gets script bragging rights, plays the part of Electric Apricot drummer Lapland Lapdog Miclovik, who hits the road with fellow band members Steve Aiwass Trouzdale (Adam Gates), Steve "Gordo" Gordon (Bryan Kehoe) and Herschel Tambor Brillstien (Jonathan Korty) in a drawn-out bid to go where Christopher Guest has successfully gone several times before them.



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