Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Plea

Today the mailperson brought me an Amazon package with last year's concert DVD by The Tangent, one of my favorite prog bands of the new century. Called Going Off On One, it was recorded in 2006 in a small club after their third album, A Place in the Queue was released. It's a very good performance (although Andy Tillison can't quite pull off the vocal duties convincingly while thrashing the keyboards in the live setting), but plagued with a common affliction for modern concert DVDs - unnecessary visual effects.

I understand that the directors/editors/whatevers who work on these DVDs are artists too and need to express themselves in some way. But please, as someone who will in all likelihood never get a chance to see The Tangent or Porcupine Tree or [insert another obscure band name you've never heard of before here] live in the flesh, what I want from a live DVD is (a) a great musical experience that is (b) cleanly presented. Gods forbid, I want to see instruments being played! At least with the keyboard player plonked up front it's hard to overlook his ivory tinkling.

Is that too much to ask?


Buzzardbilly said...

O.O! A Porcupine Tree fan! My friend who loves Porcupine Tree also loves Strapping Young Lad. And you?

JDB said...

Hmm, never hear them (although I've heard of them). Samples online anywhere?

RedZeppelin said...

I'm with you! Most of the concert DVDs I've seen look like they were directed by someone with ADD. Stay focused on one musician for more than three seconds!!

Katbirdmine said...

hey shot a baby!!!
January 7th, 2008

Here’s the real face of the drug war, the one’s the police don’t want you to hear about . . .


Black Community, City Officials Clash Over Search

LIMA, Ohio — Darla Jennings walked through the streets of south Lima last night sobbing as hundreds of people behind her called for justice after the shooting of her daughter, who was killed by police as she held her baby.

Tarika Wilson, 26, was shot and her 1-year-old son was wounded when Lima police conducted a drug raid on their home Friday night, prompting members of the black community to organize a candlelight vigil and demand answers from police.

“They shot my daughter and her baby,” Ms. Jennings said through tears while being consoled by other family members. “The police have to pay for what they did. They went in that home shooting and killed her.”

from the Cannabis Chronicles blog-

JDB said...

Thanks for that completely off topic comment, kat!