The early 2000s were a really good time for music if you were a dude with a beard or a woman who sounded like an old lady. Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom found their voices, Antony Johnson became an unlikely megastar, but more importantly, there was a lot of collaboration from everyone involved in the new folk/freak folk/whatever you want to call it scene. Now that we've got a little distance, filmmaker Kevin Barker is releasing The Family Jams, a documentary that follows Banhart, Newsom and Vetiver on their Summer 2004 tour. Our hope is that this will be part of an ongoing document of a pretty crazy movement, or at the very least, somehow answer where the hell Joanna Newsom went. Even if neither happens, you can expect childlike wonder and probably some tapestries.
March 24, 2009