DOC: Be Here to Love Me – A Film About Townes Van Zandt

“There was one point when I realized, man, I can really do this. But it takes blowing everything off. It takes blowing your family off, money, security, happiness, friends… Blow it off, get a guitar, and go.” ~ Townes Van Zandt

Margaret Brown’s 2005 documentary on the incomparable Townes Van Zandt. At once myth-making and humanizing, Be Here to Love Me is a brilliant portrait of a real-life troubadour, as creative as he was destructive. “There ain’t no dark til something shines.”

DOC: We Jam Econo – The Story of the Minutemen

We Jam Econo is the story of the tragically short-lived punk/funk/indie/jazz/rock trio, the Minutemen. Ostensibly about the history of the band, the doc is heavily informed by the deep bond between childhood friends Mike Watt and D. Boon (but don’t forget George. George plays drums. And how.). Featuring everything from ideological rants to putting music to their landlord’s notes, their songs are usually under one minute in duration… though that’s apparently not why they call themselves “Minutemen.” Blink your ears and you’ll miss’em! DIY!

Read more about the Minutemen in Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad. Also featured are Minor Threat, Fugazi, Mission of Burma, Black Flag, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Butthole Surfers, Dinosaur Jr., Mudhoney, Big Black, Beat Happening: