Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Burn To Shine: Chicago
The highlight, of course, was Burn To Shine: Chicago. I assume most people were attending to see this. The place was packed. Maybe 80 or so people in attendance. A far cry from the screening of the first DVD, when it was me, Bob Mould and about 15 other people. The film was terrific. Same setup as the first one - an old house, ready to be demolished, bands arriving every hour on the hour, one song each, then the house is destroyed. I wasn't familiar with any of the bands (other than Wilco). They were all very different, and very entertaining. Everything from punk, to folk, to a one man band. Lonesome Organist was a great way to kick the whole thing off. Tight Phantomz were pretty crazy. Every band was quite engaging and the film just flew by.
Overall, I'd say I still prefer the first film. I didn't get as attached to the house as I did in the first one. Maybe because I wasn't as familiar with the bands in this one. I was already a fan of most of the bands in the first film. I also thought bulldozing the house didn't have the same impact as burning it down. But it's very easy to see why it had to be done that way, given the house's location. This is still a wonderful film though. It's a great series and I can't wait for the next one. I guess I need to be patient though, since this one isn't even out yet.