40 BANDS 80 MINUTES! has been out since Tuesday, and the DVD’s had a good week. Here’s a recap of the reviews:

“Frenetic… the spirit of this über-independent effort can’t be denied”
–Ann Powers, Chief Pop Music Critic, L.A. Times

**Chosen TOP POP MUSIC DVD by the L.A. Times’ editorial staff for their annual Holiday DVD Gift Guide [Britney & Beyonce fans are gonna be confused by this haha]

“Bizarrely enjoyable… The prevailing mood is giddy abandon”
–Natalie Nichols, Music editor, L.A. CityBeat

“A joyride of a documentary” –Yahoo! Movies

We also jumped up 30,000 places on Amazon.com. You can buy 40 BANDS 80 MINUTES! there.[Shameless plug]

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the feedback all of you have so generously given.

However, for this project to be more than a local thing, it would be great if you could add, message and post comments to Nail Distribution, the movie’s distributor.

You can’t make a music movie without great music, and I am confident we have that in spades.

Perhaps if we let Nail know what we think about the bands and Il Corral and the whole thing they will take this to the huge audience I know exists in places like the Midwest, etc.

It’s pretty much in Nail’s hands at this point, although Sounds Are Active Chris and I are furiously mailing review copies to magazines and web sites. Any recommendations you have will be followed-up on. Please let me know.

There are lots of great shows this weekend. Check IlCorral.net and TheSmell.org.

I’m gonna relax this weekend and try to catch a showing of Stranger Than Fiction.

Please come to Il Corral on Monday. Gay Beast, Faggot, Rib Bib, Madd Happy, The Munchers & Angie Olsen are playing. It’s all-ages / starts 9:30pm / $5 / at Il Corral, 662 N. Heliotrope Dr., Los Angeles. Music from DJs Margot & Kyle. It’s gonna be sweet!

BTW, Kyle and I did radio last night on KXLU and it was a mess but so fun.


Here are sketches that trace the evolution of the 40 BANDS 80 MINUTES! DVD cover.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4: Final

The artist Alaska! masterminded graphics for the whole project—titles, menus, you-name-it. He did a marvelous job, too. He’s our secret weapon 😉

Here’s a recent interview with Alaska! where he reveals the secrets of his designs.

Have a great weekend!



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