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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 02:25

You're Gonna Miss Me A favorite of the indie-film-fest circuit is released this week as a must-see DVD, peeling back the myth and magic of Roky Erickson. Opening with his own mother's court deposition concerning her son's stewardship, You're Gonna Miss Me is brutally honest as the camera observes what's left from a life of "permanently tripping." Another line-jumper in the blur between genius and insanity, the 13th Floor Elevators' seer certainly had that special something - a voice that Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top calls the elusive "mystery factor." Whatever your personal positions on drug abuse, anti-psychotic medications, alternative therapy, and our prison system, you might be challenged by this one-hit-over-the-line madman, now caressing his Mr. Potato Head doll, turning on every sound-producing device in the house, trying to escape his own white noise. The Palm Pictures documentary is packed with archival footage, rare photographs, and family and devotees telling the tale, which includes a 1966 appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, his last real gig in 1987 with the Butthole Surfers, and bizarre Mom-made home movies crowning a Christ-like Roky "king of kings." Bonus material on the DVD includes live and rare acoustic performances and readings.

The Flaming Lips and their cosmic mothership of awe are welcomed home in a new DVD this week, UFOs at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City, the band's first-ever live home video. The Warner Bros. release was filmed this past September, capturing the majesty and fireworks in two-dozen songs, including seldom played rarities such as "Lover Yer Brain" from 1987. Most impressive are the disc's bonus features, with MP3s ready to share, interactive ringtone possibilities, a PDF booklet, buddy icons, and digital artwork.

More new DVD delights include Chris & Rich Robinson's Brothers of a Feather from Eagle Rock Records, with covers, Black Crowes classics, and new songs selected from their three-night stand at the Roxy in Los Angeles.


Television Alert:


The Late Show with David Letterman dishes out Spoon tonight, Smashing Pumpkins on Friday, and Mute Math on Tuesday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Art Brut this evening, Mark Ronson on Thursday, They Might Be Giants on Friday, Nick Lowe on Monday, and The Cribs on Tuesday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson presents Silverchair on Thursday overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live hosts Nick Lachey this evening, Velvet Revolver on Thursday, Maroon 5 on Friday, and Keely Smith on Monday overnight; and The Henry Rollins Show's musical guest this weekend on IFC is Amen.


New Releases Coming Tuesday, July 11: ... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change.


Laurie Anderson - Big Science (Nonesuch) 25th-anniversary CD reissue of this genre-defying debut, featuring a bonus track and the thrilling "O Superman (For Massenet)" video

At War with Self - Acts of God (Sluggo's Goon Music) electrifying, cinematic trio featuring Glenn Snelwar's soaring E-Bow effect in "Ursa Minor"

Harlan T. Bobo - I'm Your Man (Goner) my pick of the week is this Memphis crooner's second album, getting under my skin like sleepy Americana XTC on the title track

Built to Spill - "They Got Away" (Warner Bros.) 12-inch single with a cover of The Gladiators' "Re-Arrange" on the flip side

The Chemical Brothers - We Are the Night (Astralwerks) with guests Fatlip of Pharcyde, Willy Mason, The Klaxons, and Ali Love

Jarvis Cocker - "Fat Children" (Rough Trade) import-only seven-inch single, featuring a Steve Mackey remix on the 12-inch DJ edition

The Cribs - Men's Needs, Woman's Needs, Whatever (Warner Bros.) with guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth

Dan Deacon - "The Crystal Cat" (Carpark) new seven-inch single

Minnie Driver - Seastories (Zoe/Rounder) with guests Ryan Adams and Liz Phair

Editors - An End Has a Start (Fader/Epic) also available on 180-gram audiophile LP or a "hardback book" edition of the CD

Einsturzende Neubauten - Palast Der Republik (MVD) recorded with a 100-member choir in the former parliament building in Berlin

Foo Fighters - The Colour & the Shape (Sony Legacy) 10th-anniversary two-CD expanded reissue, featuring bonus covers of songs by Gary Numan, Killing Joke, and Gerry Rafferty

Robert Fripp - At the End of Time (Inner Knot) recorded live last year in churches and cathedrals

Garbage - Absolute Garbage (Geffen) CD best-of and bonus DVD of music videos

Eliza Gilkyson - Your Town Tonight (Red House) 14 live tracks from this stunning talent and Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee with guest Ray Bonneville on blues harmonica; covering Bob Dylan's "Jokerman" and two songs by her father, Terry Gilkyson: "Green Fields" and "Bare Necessities"

Emerson Hart - Cigarettes & Gasoline (Manhattan) new from the Tonic co-founder

Mick Harvey - Two of Diamonds (Mute) new from the Bad Seeds co-founder, featuring two originals and covers of songs by Crime, Die Haut, The Triffids, Bill Withers, The Saints, PJ Harvey, and Lou Reed

Ben Jelen - Ex-Sensitive (Custard) produced by Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes

Eilen Jewell - Letters from Sinners & Strangers (Signature Sounds) roots singer/songwriter from Boise, Idaho, inspired by a Martin Luther King Jr. speech from 1965 in "How Long" and covering a few choice nuggets with Bob Dylan's "Walking Down the Line" and Charlie Rich's "Thanks a Lot"

The Magic Numbers - Those the Brokes (Astralwerks) domestic issue of this UK hit

Raul Malo - After Hours (New Door) the finest, most seductive voice since Elvis Presley is back with a personal selection of classic country songs, melting away the sunset with Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" and the Roger Miller's "Husbands & Wives"

Maximo Park - "Books" (Warp) new CD and two-part seven-inch single

Meat Puppets - Rise to Your Knees (Anodyne) after 10 years apart, the brothers Cris and Curt are back together again with a new drummer and 15 new songs dripping with playground psychedelia

MXPX - Secret Weapon (Tooth & Nail) with guest guitarist Brian Baker of Bad Religion on the title track

Turbo Fruits - Turbo Fruits (Ecstatic Peace) new from Jonus Stein and John Earthly of Be Your Own Pet

Mick Turner - Blue Trees (Drag City) culled from long-lost singles, vinyl nibbles, and CD rarities, this compilation from the Dirty Three and Boxhead Ensemble guitarist rolls in instrumental swells and funeral-parlor comforts, on his own and with his Tren Brothers partner, Jim White

Suzanne Vega - Beauty & Crime (Blue Note) with guests KT Tunstall and Lee Ranaldo

various artists - Freeway Jam to Beck & Back (Tone Center) Jeff Beck tribute with guitarists Eric Johnson, Greg Howe, Steve Morse and Walter Trout


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