Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Scott Walker documentary to see general U.S. release

Posted By on 02.03.09 at 05:34 PM

Stephen Kijak's acclaimed documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, about the brilliant, polarizing singer and composer, was released in April 2007 and has appeared in a few stateside theaters since, but it's never screened in Chicago. That's finally changing thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories, the New York recording studio and film production company started by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, which has just picked it up for distribution.

Lots of famous pop artists were interviewed for the documentary, including David Bowie, Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Jarvis Cocker, and Sting, but the most compelling footage promises to be of Walker himself, who granted rare interview time and allowed the filmmaker to shoot some of the recording sessions for his harrowing 2007 album, The Drift. A New York Times review from December suggests that Kijak is too worshipful, a familiar problem with music docs, but I'm still pretty keen to see it. No Chicago screenings are yet scheduled, but in early June Oscilloscope will release the film on DVD in the U.S.

Today's playlist:

Mauger, The Beautiful Enabler (Clean Feed)
Alexis Cuadrado, Puzzles (BJU)
La India Canela, Merengue Tipica From the Dominican Republic (Smithsonian Folkways)
Eri Yamamoto, Duologue (Aum Fidelity)
Red Eyed Legends, Wake Up, Legend (File 13)

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