Sunday, February 13, 2011



Here's a preview of a new documentary coming out sometime soon: Dave Travis' A HISTORY LESSON PART 1. Travis followed the likes of the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Twisted Roots and Redd Kross around LA w/ a camera back in 1984, scouting the dawn (or boom) of "psychedelic punk", as he puts it, and it's finally been put together as a feature-length film. Dave Travis is a compadre of Dave Markey and a long-time SST associate (he worked on Black Flag's "Slip It In" clip and Markey's 1991: The Year Punk Broke); his sister also happens to be Abby Travis, who's played in a zillion combos, even singing in Waterways with Ten East/Yawning Man's Gary Arce (a band whose sole album recording I happen to actually "own" - I paid for the damn thing! - but for various reasons will likely never see the light of day as a proper release). But all that's probably not too important right now. What is important is that this particular niche of west coast underground rock is finally and belatedly getting its due on celluloid. Well, I guess it has before, too, but I'm happy to see it documented once more. This is something to look out for...

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