Video Reviews

I Need a Dodge: Joe Strummer on the Run: DVD

For me, Strummer is on par with Bob Marley or Fela Kuti. World music. Transcendence. This story is another side of a brilliant and fascinating figure.

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Featured DVD Review from Issue #89: Records Collecting Dust
Fucking great idea. 

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Records Collecting Dust: DVD

This is the type of endearingly brilliant concept every half-baked and would-be-baked filmographer in the world punts themselves in the ass for not thinking of first shooting a documentary in which musicians just talk about the records that were important in their lives. Fuck, that’s genius in our time.

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It’s Gonna Blow: San Diego’s Music Underground 1986-1986: DVD

It’s Gonna Blow is a an exceptionally entertaining look back on the San Diego music scene of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when San Diego was coming into its own and touted as being “the next Seattle” by much of the music press.

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Featured DVD Reviews From Issue #86: the Gears inhabit that wonderful, early era of Americana punk rock that was more

L.A. punk pioneers The Gears get the documentary treatment
in an ode to rock and roll in 1970s East L.A.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo: Movie

L.A. punk pioneers The Gears get the documentary treatment in an ode to rock and roll in 1970s East L.A. that the Gears inhabit that wonderful, early era of Americana punk rock that was more Buddy Holly than Johnny Rotten.
 

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Last Pogo Jumps Again: Punk’s Last Waltz, The: DVD

The Last Pogo Jumps Again documents the growth of Toronto as a city as well as a Petri dish for punk. Without a doubt, Last Pogo is one of the most comprehensive and inspiring documentaries on punk I’ve ever seen. Highly recommended. 

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Featured DVD Reviews From Issue #85: Positive Force, Aftermass, Devo, The Brothers Gross, Clockwork Orange County

Positive Force: More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action -
It’s one thing to yell, “Fuck the system.” It’s quite another to work to keep
people from getting fucked by the system.

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Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland: DVD

Aftermass provides a brief history of the social and political climates which transformed Portland, OR into a bicycle Mecca.

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Brothers Gross, The: Sight & Sound DVD and CD

I’m a sucker for this kind of mood-elevating rock that sounds like eating a whole bag of marshmallows and pogoing away the sugar high. This is a DVD of Midwestern summer adventures with their songs as the soundtrack.

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Clockwork Orange County: DVD

Clockwork Orange County, which was originally going under the fitting monikerWe Were Feared, is basically a rework of a much earlier film, Urban Struggle: The Battle of the Cuckoo’s Nest. Like its predecessor, it recounts the tale of the legendary Cuckoo’s Nest, an early ‘80s punk club nestled deep in the heart of one of the country’s most virulently reactionary counties.

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Devo: The Men Who Make the Music: DVD

This is Devo’s first “video album,” originally put together in 1978/79 for Time Life.

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