by Brad Roberts
Some very interesting and unusual shows this week but the highlight, for me, is the opportunity to see the premiere of the new documentary Beyond There at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday night, followed by a Q&A and live performance by the subject of the film, The Album Leaf. Beyond There was filmed during the band's 2011 international tour and highlights the challenges and tribulations of the leg of their journey which took them, for the first time, to China and other parts of Asia. (The photo above is from their show in Beijing.) Directed by Michael Raines, the film features performances and a behind-the-scenes view of the normally shy and private band, The Album Leaf, who have always let their music speak for them. For those of us who have followed the evolution of this band, their ambient, atmospheric, moody tone poems have become a soundtrack of our lives. As a long-time fan of the band, this will be a special treat.
The other most interesting show of the week, A Tribute To TV Theme Songs, takes place at The Satellite on the same night, unfortunately. The line up of local heavyweights participating include Jillinda & Mustang, Rob Danson, Claire Mckeown, The Breakups, Bloody Death Skull, Hi Ho Silver Oh, Geronimo Getty, Madame Headdress + more. Tuesday also offers The Polyphonic Spree, who have had a multi-storied career and after a period of quiet have re-emerged to play some smaller venues than they're used to, appearing at Bootleg HiFi.