It’s an understatement to say the band Big Star was one of the most influential rock bands in history. If you listen to rock at all, you may not know the name, but you definitely know the songs. Your favorite band covered them. You heard that song played on that TV show and thought “Oh yeah, I love that song, I wonder who did it?”
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, is a documentary about the band, and has received great praise from a preview screening at the SXSW music festival. The Kickstarter project is raising money to clear legal rights for the music in the film, and for final editing. They hope to be playing the film in festivals by the end of the year, and a commercial release in early 2013. Some of the pledge rewards for this project are great collectible records, but in very limited supply, so pledge quickly!
I love tribute records, or at least good ones. Tribute records that aren’t just straight covers but really take the originals and put a new spin on them. And something about the idea of a New Orleans brass band covering Daft Punk just fills me with glee. As Brassft Punk producer Earl Scioneaux points out, there have been a ton of great electronica takes on classic music, and he wants to turn that idea on its head.
Yes. Please do that, Earl.