Friday, April 8, 2011

Netflix Instant: Cool TV & Movie Picks-Music Edition

Hey guys, unlike Jonesy, I'm not down with the musicals, but I am down with music.  With this week's Netflix Instant column, I'm gonna give you some good music concerts and documentaries.  Hope you enjoy!

Those that know me from years ago know that I was a huge metalhead.  Sadly, the heavier music world has gotten stale for me.  Yes, it is impressive to listen to poly-rhythmic drumming, harmonies and guitar solos, but after a while all the technicality gets boring.  Opeth on the other hand is band that has never gotten boring or stale, and this concert footage shows this. 

It's almost cliche to list Wilco's album Yankee Foxtrot Hotel as one of the best albums of the last decade, and the best one of their career.  But their path was not an easy one, am uncooperative label, lackluster response and inner band fighting all but destroyed the group.  Told in beautiful black and white, this movie gets in the psyche of the band and tells fascinating story in the end.

Frank Zappa is a one-of-a-kind musical genius.  He lived, breathed, and ate music in a way that I envy to no end.  With his group The Mothers of Invention, he went on to release a string of great avant-jazz weirdo rock music.  This great documentary shows Zappa and company talking about the group in the 1960's along with some great performance footage.  

Well, that's it for this week's Netflix column! Hope you enjoy the different themes.  This might actually be something we try to implement from week-to-week.

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