Is 2010 the year that indie bands will fully embrace the tour docs? I hope so. Recently, news has been released that both Of Montreal and Jose Gonzalez will be the next ones on the trend.
Family Nouveau chronicles Of Montreal‘s 2009 European tour. And if you’ve seen any recent Of Montreal shows (you can see a video I took of them covering Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in 2008 on the same tour, just different continent, here) this is bound to be one ridiculous doc. Apparently it was filmed by an English professor, which is an interesting detail, but Pitchfork seems confident in him. I think the doc title suggests some sort of new findings in the Of Montreal clan, or maybe just the addition of Solange. Man, I could probably watch Kevin Barnes for a long time, he’s so… what’s the word… cooky.
Watch the trailer in its full, sweaty, athletic glory:
The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez was directed by Fredrik Egerstrand and Mikel Cee Karlssons. It premiered in Europe in January. The doc was filmed over the span of three years through Jose’s tours across the globe and while he was in the studio making In Our Nature. There are small animated sequences throughout the film. It also goes into some context about his personal background. As Jose is one mysterious musician, this doc has picked a great title.
There’s no trailer to watch, so you can see a video I took of Jose playing at Sonic Boom in Toronto in 2007:
I’m not sure when normal music fans like you and I can see these docs, but it’s still fun to be excited about them. I don’t think Of Montreal have a new album coming soon, but Jose does (and he’s recruited his old band for it). Just more to look forward to!