I heart just about everything Factory 25 puts their stamp on. If you're reading this, you and your friends will, too (okay, maybe not all of you but most of you, for sure). For $20 you can get an awesome DVD that supports extraordinarily talented filmmakers and artists but for $30 you can get that AND an awesome LP. Seriously. No shit. Awesome price for a deluxe experience of ANY film, right? Here are some that I highly recommend:
HIGH SCHOOL RECORD
(because I don't do best of lists, but you already knew that, silly)
Check out the site for a full synopsis. Check out the film to local hot shots No Age, Mika Miko, Lavender Diamond and Minutemen. Or...
Check out the trailer for High School Record if you don't like the whole "element of surprise" thing:
ALL THE WAY FROM MICHIGAN NOT MARS
Be sure to treat yourself to the deluxe limited edition if you can because it includes an LP of never before released Rosie Thomas sessions with Sufjan Stevens and Denison Witmer. Singer/Songwriter goodness at its best. Get it.
COMING SOON FROM FACTORY 25...
Shot live in December 2007, Spiritualized: Acoustic Mainlines, is a re-imagining of Jason Pierce's catalog by putting aside the sonic guitar assault in favor of a more soulful stripped down approach to both Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized songs in the fitting devotion setting of the London's Union Chapel. Pierce proved, that with an acoustic guitar combined Doggen on Fender Rhodes piano, a gospel choir and a string quartet, his music can be just as intense.