Can you DIG! it?

October 26, 2004

Just got back from ye olde Magnolia yet again. This time me and the extended crew caught a free screening of DIG!. Here’s the official rundown:

Shot over seven years, DIG! chronicles the rivalry of musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of The Dandy Warhols. From the moment they met, the two bands quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet their choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds. Writer/director Ondi Timoner’s film reveals both musicians’ loves and obsessions, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers—as they unfold with the passage of time.

The focus isn’t really on the rivalry between the bands. It’s mainly a very personal look at the evolution and eventual destruction of Brian Jonestown Massacre and especially their frontman and founder, Anton Newcombe. Some of the footage is truly scary to watch. This rockumentary clearly paints a grim picture at times for Newcombe who is plagued by neurosis and a penchant for le heroin. According to Anton, this is a very myopic perception of the events as they happened and the director chose to focus on the bands most troubling events whereas she seems to show the Dandy Warhols through rose-colored lenses. You’ll have to make up your own mind when you go see it. Notice I didn’t say ‘if’, I said ‘when’. I’m forceful like that.

Probably the most interesting facet of my evening was that 3 of my guests just happen to currently be in a rock band. I think this film should be required reading for any indie band on the up and up. The Dandy Warhols give hope to bands who would like to work the system yet maintain their artistic integrity and the lessons to be learned from The Brian Jonestown Massacre are a very necessary “what not to do”.

Alrighty then, long ass post. Off to bed.

One comment

  1. I dunno … I think it would be entertaining to go down the path of BJM …

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