If it hadn't been for Matthew Robison, I wouldn't have gone on the eventful journey that was Silver Jew. A nice little article/interview about that film just went up at Pop Matters. Reading it makes me want to break my camera right now and get those juices flowing again. That will be happening soon enough. For now, more viewing and writing.
While I had nothing to do with Robison's newest documentary feature, We Fun, I still feel a tad skeptical writing a full review about it at Hammer to Nail. Pitchfork.tv is streaming it for free for one week only, so hurry up and watch it while you can. I've recently become a hardcore believer in the scarily prolific Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound, Deerhunter), but I'm not too familiar with this particular scene on a whole. Which is why I found We Fun to be so unexpectedly rich. More than just a sloppily fun chronicle of Atlanta, Georgia's burgeoning indie rock scene (Black Lips, King Khan & The Shrines, and many, many more), it actually provides genuine insight into how regional music scenes like this are born: organically, without any overarching manifesto, more out of boredom and youthful creative energy than anything else. In a positive way, We Fun isn't even about Atlanta, per se. This could be Baltimore, this could be Albuquerque, this could be Minneapolis. If you don't think this type of music interests you, I suggest watching it from a broader, more cultural perspective. It's deeper than it seems.