Netflix Goodies

A concussion, a couch and Netflix.  Here’s two things I liked.



Classic Albums: Deep Purple: Machine Head

As a 9th grader,  I regularly cranked up my tiny Peavey amp to play ‘Smoke on the Water.’ I bought the amp at Yancey Music Center and I remember upgrading to the larger one at some point – it had a bigger speaker and the back of it said 75 watts.  Taking turns wreaking havoc on E pentatonic solos with friends in my parent’s garage. Over and over again.  … And over again.  We didn’t know how to play the verse or chorus, just that one riff. Now I know we were playing it in the wrong key and playing it wrong, but it sounded heavier our way anyway.   I actually only knew the version as it was played on the ‘Live in Japan’ LP.  The riff was simple enough to trade with the drummer so everyone got a turn trying a bit of everything. I would say ‘the poor neighbors’, but we only had about four.

This quick documentary goes over how most the songs on ‘Machine Head’ were made; a mobile studio doing takes here and there while touring mostly. It’s an even mix of live footage and more recent interviews.  Covering the artist process, each musician’s background and what sort of things each person brought to the table. It’s helpful to learn about it and hear it again for the first time. I still think ‘Smoke on the Water’ would sound better in rural Florida, played wrong through 75 watts, but that’s just me.



Bones Brigade: An Autobiography 

I don’t know much about skateboarding – more than most people who grow up on a dirt road I guess.  Over the years through music scene stuff, I’d pick up bits and pieces about skateboarding culture, and sort of tangential to some record or band.  That, combined with the 12′ x 10′ steeply sloped bit of concrete driveway I grew up with, and the fact that I had a skateboard, means the subject of the film was relate-able enough.   Actually, in college (surrounded by pavement and parking garages), someone gave me a skateboard.   I could get to class on it, and go down parking garages really fast.  The film didn’t cover these awe inspiring feats, but it was  inspiring to learn about the skate team and each members’ style. Actually, the differences in how they went about learning or creating new things – literally inventing tricks that become the basis of the sport today, was so varied. I loved it.  A great view into unadulterated skateboarding; before it was anything resembling a career or something you could do for a living.


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