Music DVD Reviews

Martha Davis & the Motels | Live at the Whiskey a Go Go (Vesuvio Ent.)

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Written by Marc Farr Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:28

dvd motelsThis is not a performance by a band trying for a last hurrah, but a new chapter in the history of a decade-defining band.


American Masters: Bing Crosby – Rediscovered (PBS Television)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 07 December 2014 20:20

dvd bing-crosbyIntelligent and emotional, American Masters covers its subject with intimacy and deep understanding.


Anthrax | Chile on Hell (Megaforce)

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 29 August 2014 16:17

dvd anthraxIt seems the Chilean fans have a special place in their hearts for Anthrax.


Devo | The Men Who Make the Music (MVD Visual)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:36

devo themenThe live footage here is fantastic, showing without a doubt that Devo was always on the cutting edge.


We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (Legacy, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:05

dvd walk-the-lineAn all-star crew of musicians throw Cash the kind of party you know he would have appreciated.


Paul Simon | Live in New York City (Hear Music/Concord Music Group)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:27

paulsimon livenycHe’s completely at home on stage and looks like he’s ready to continue performing for another 40 years or so.


Circle Jerks | My Career as a Jerk (MVD Visual)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 03 October 2012 18:54

dvd circle-jerksThe film feels less like a biopic and more like a conversational exploration into the band members’ personal histories.


MUTEMATH | Armistice Live (Teleprompt/Warner Bros.)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 07 October 2010 22:19

This DVD/live CD combo is a must for any fan of Armistice.


Frank Zappa: The Freak-Out List (Sexy Intellectual, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 09 June 2010 11:47

The blow of how boring this all is softened somewhat by their better-than-usual choices for visuals to accompany long parts of music that go along with the film.


Always Been a Rambler (Arhoolie, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 26 July 2009 13:36

dvd_rambler.jpg The strong point of this video is the music.



British Sea Power | Man of Aran (101 Distribution)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 16 June 2009 15:11

cd_british-sea-power.jpgMan of Aran was a silent film, and almost remains so with the new soundtrack.



NOFX Backstage Passport (Sharp Entertainment/Fat Wreck Chords)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 30 April 2009 08:17

dvd_nofx.jpgThe tour is a good-natured comedy of errors which had an element of the perverse from the start.



El Chicano | In the Eye of the Storm (Inakustik)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Wednesday, 25 March 2009 08:24

dvd_el-chicano.jpgIt goes without saying that, if you're an El Chicano follower, you cannot pass up this two-DVD set.



The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials, 1978 and 1979 (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 02 February 2009 02:09

dvd_johnny-cash.jpgThe recent release by Shout! Factory of the Johnny Cash Christmas Specials for 1978 and 1979 is a welcome addition to the growing number of variety shows available on DVD.



Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (AOD Productions, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 19 December 2008 15:56

dvd_oday.jpgO'Day didn't just sing jazz, she led a jazz life in which every moment was improvised.



Daft Punk | Electroma (Vice)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Wednesday, 30 July 2008 14:33

dvd_daft-punk.jpgWhile most musical acts at that time were moving away from synethesizers and drum machines, the two were just beginning to experiment with them on a whole new level.



Dead Boys: Return of the Living Dead Boys: Halloween Night 1986

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Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 21 April 2008 00:51

dvd_deadboys.jpgThe set list alternates from fast-tempo flare ups of energy back to slow crooning that, quite honestly, leaves much to be desired.



The Donovan Concert! Live in L.A. (MVD Visual)

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Written by Glen Elkins Wednesday, 13 February 2008 06:22

dvd_donovan.jpgAlthough the concert itself is well shot, the DVD is little more than performance footage.



Pelican | After the Ceiling Cracked (Hydra Head)

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Written by David Lichius Friday, 01 February 2008 04:22

dvd_pelican.jpgAfter the Ceiling Cracked captures Pelican in top form.



The Flaming Lips | U.F.O.s at the Zoo (WEA/Reprise)

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Written by Keith Mangles Monday, 08 October 2007 01:52

dvd_flaminglips.jpgFor all the appreciation their multitudes of fans have shown the Lips, they return it here in waves via all the extras included in the DVD menu.






Rhett Miller | On Stage at World Café Live (Decca Vision)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:57

rhettBacking band the Believers don't even make an appearance until the 13th track. What this means, then, is 11 solo acoustic songs, one with a bonus female co-lead, followed by four absolutely captivating and rocking tunes. Kind of an uneven choice for a live DVD.







Duncan Sheik | On Stage at World Café Live (Decca Vision)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:54

sheikWith a full band for most of the 12 songs, Sheik and his players deliver a short evening's worth of pleasant if not quite passionate performances.







Leonard Cohen | Under Review 1934-1977 (Sexy Intellectual)

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Written by Byron Kerman Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:35

dvd_cohenCohen's supposed appreciation for the mysteries of women comes off time and again more like that of a callous braggart with a Sharpie in a men's room stall. If he wasn't one of the most gifted lyricists rock has ever known, he would be left to write with his dick. "Sexy Intellectual," indeed.








Guns N' Roses: The DVD Collector's Box (Chrome Dreams)

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Written by Brian Kenney Wednesday, 31 January 2007 09:06

dvd_gnrWith Axl Rose, we want to remember the Axl in the black-and-white "Sweet Child O' Mine" video, not the bloated, corn-rowed Axl in his last high-profile appearance, winded and sweaty after a semi-rousing set of "Rocket Queen" at the 2003 MTV VMAs. We want to remember Adler, Izzy, and the summer of '88 when the Gunners broke loose of the Sunset Strip scene.







Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story

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Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:04

dvd_mobWhether pulled from the archives or just a few years ago, the Burma performances are uniformly outstanding, revealing the true foundation of their legend: intense, unpredictable live shows.








My Morning Jacket | Okonokos (ATO)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 11 November 2006 08:18

Not coincidentally, my research determined that "Okonokos" is representative of a Hawaiian word for an unusually docile species of a bear with a growl that's so soothing, it lulls intruders and/or prey into a meditative, almost trans-like, state.



Bad Brains | Live at CBGB 1982 DVD (MVD Visual)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 17 October 2006 07:42

There could not be a more ripe time than now to revisit this watershed period of American popular music.



Tommy Emmanuel: Live at Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat, Australia (Favored Nations)

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Written by Derek Lauer Monday, 28 August 2006 03:19

This is music that is just perfect for enjoying the outdoors.




Johnny Cash Man in Black | Live in Denmark 1971 (Columbia/Legacy)

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 28 August 2006 03:14

This no-frills disc is a seamless document of a studio concert broadcast on Danish television around the time of the original release of Cash's legendary "Man in Black" single.



Wu-Tang Clan | Legend of the Wu-Tang: The Videos (Columbia Music Video)

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Monday, 14 August 2006 06:22

The music videos from this era find the Clan at its most charismatic, despite ultra-low budgets that have members repeatedly mugging for the camera with toy swords in hand and the festering decay of Staten Island looming behind them.



Tommy Emmanuel | Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat, Australia (Favored Nations)

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Monday, 14 August 2006 06:18

Emmanuel’s writing has a depth of emotion beyond the fretboard.



Johnny Cash | Man in Black: Live in Denmark 1971 (Columbia/Legacy)

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Monday, 14 August 2006 06:13

This no-frills disc is a seamless document of a studio concert broadcast on Danish television around the time of the original release of Cash’s legendary “Man in Black” single.



Flogging Molly | Whiskey on a Sunday (Side One Dummy)

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Written by Brian Kenney Tuesday, 01 August 2006 05:08

The real marquee character is the Flogging Molly audience, to which the DVD live tracks and accompanying soundtrack are dedicated.



Acquired Taste (Sub Pop)

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Friday, 30 June 2006 18:00

You will see no booty shaking in any of these videos.

Kate Bush Under Review (Sexy Intellectual)

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Friday, 30 June 2006 18:00

While it may not break new ground, the documentary is still a good retrospective of her career to date.

Faith No More | Live At the Brixton Academy/Who Cares a Lot? (Rhino)

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Friday, 30 June 2006 18:00

The Greatest Videos is a perfect time capsule of 1990, at that perfect moment where the Poisons and the Mötley Crües began to topple, but just before everyone began to wear plaid.

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