Friday, May 11, 2007

Go Go Harlem Nocturnal Emission Test Dept

I've mentioned the Documentary Channel here before. The channel is available on Dish Network, and it broadcasts a number of interesting music documentaries. This month DOC will be showing Two-Headed Cow, the story of Dexter Romweber and his band, the Flat Duo Jets.

David Gayton first filmed the Flat Duo Jets in the late 1980's as part of his documentary, Athens GA Inside Out. He followed the Flat Duo Jets (a duo composed of singer/guitarist Romweber and drummer Crow) for four years, shooting in black & white, convinced that they were the greatest live band in America. The film project ran out of money, and was revived only recently, after Gayton had done a couple of Hollywood films. Gayton reconnected with Romweber and completed the film, which "intercuts vintage footage with recent interviews & performances in a compelling then-and-now portrait of roots rocker Dexter Romweber, whose original band the Flat Duo Jets was one of the most influential bands of the last two decades and has been an inspiration for many other musicians from Cat Power to the Rev. Horton Heat."

While Rev. Heat, Mojo Nixon, SCOTS, and the White Stripes clearly owe a huge debt to the Flat Duo Jets, Romweber's influence on Cat Power is less apparent; but Chan Marshall is a huge fan and appears in the film, as do Jack White, Mojo Nixon, Neko Case, and Exene Cervenka. Two-Headed Cow will be broadcast on May 22 at 9pm EST, and on May 23 at 1am. Gayton's first film, Athens GA Inside Out, will be shown on DOC at 12am EST on May 13th.

Dexter Romweber released a solo piano cd last year (produced by Chris Stamey). He has also been performing on guitar with drummer Sara Romweber (late of Let's Active and Snatches of Pink). The Dexter Romweber Duo is presently touring Europe with Cat Power.

Buy music from the Flat Duo Jets and Dexter Romweber on eMusic. Romweber's official website has a discography of his recordings with and without the Flat Duo Jets.

Dexter Romweber: Rockin' Dead Man (from 2004's Blues That Defy My Soul)


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