February 10, 2012


Genre Report: New Documentary on Cult Punk Rocker & More

INDIE: Documentary About Punk Rocker Coming
Jay Reatard, the hard living punk rocker from Memphis, TN, who died tragically of a cocaine overdose in 2010, is the subject of a new documentary called Better Than Something. The film was shot right before Reatard's death and screened at festivals last year, and it'll soon see a national release at mostly alternative-friendly cities starting in March. He's a colorful character with a lot to say, so the film should be great but, obviously, sad. [Prefix]  

ELECTRONIC: Superstar DJ Drops New Video
Grammy Award-winning German DJ/producer Paul Van Dyk, arguably the biggest DJ in the world, has dropped the video for the song "Verano," off of his forthcoming sixth studio album, Evolution. The trippy, futuristic cut finds computer graphics interspersed with an astronaut trudging across a desert with a briefcase, a robot standing in front of a white doorway, a spaceship out of control, and some otherworldly stuff that you might not even notice because you're dancing so hard. [Spinner]

COUNTRY: Pop Superstar Covers Country Dames
Kelly Clarkson, who rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, covered "Hell On Heels" by the all-female, Miranda Lambert-fronted outfit Pistol Annies. At a show in Austin, TX, last night, Clarkson warned her audience that the song might be tough for her: "This is going to be very Janis [Joplin], but that's okay. This is Texas!" [Country Weekly]

COUNTRY: Johnny Cash Biographer Wants Museum
Johnny Cash's longtime biographer, William W. Miller, Jr., has set his sights on a new way of memorializing the late country legend: a Johnny Cash museum. Miller has the blessing of Johnny's daughter Rosanne Cash to build a museum which would contain, among other things, wrought-iron gates, railings, and a small portion of wall from Johnny's former home with June Carter Cash. There's also speculation that the museum would have gold records, guitars, tour posters, Johnny's artwork, and, possibly, lyric sheets from "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Walk the Line." [The Boot]