"We Jam Econo," the new documentary about the Minutemen, was released on DVD late last month; I finally dug up enough change from in between the couch cushions to walk down to Newbury Comics and buy the thing. I'd seen it before when it was in Boston, but this edition of the film has tons of scrapped-together concert footage and some mid- and late-career interviews with the whole band. Anyway, I think it's on sale at a few places for fairly cheap (only 15 bucks at Newbury Comics, which isn't bad. The Gram Parsons DVD is going pretty cheap there, too).
If you're all interested in the history of punk, "Econo" is a stimulating, if saddening, experience. The whole thing could have used some editing, yes -- Watt does some rambling in the first hour that is explained later, more ably, from sources outside the band -- but the guys behind the film assembled a formidable line-up of supporting interviews.
But if you wear big, thick purple earplugs to rock shows or like your music and movies melodic and consonant and uplifting, skip the flick: like the Minutemen's material, the documentary is spare, in-your-face and noisy.
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