Thursday, February 19, 2009

DVD of the Day - "Juliette and the Licks: Four on the Floor"

DVD of the Day
Juliette and the Licks: "Four on the Floor" (Lake Enterprises/ST2) 2009

A special & limited "collector's edition" of a 2-disc set including a 90-minute long DVD and the "Four on the Floor" CD in the same package. Amazing high-energy & real excitement by the actress-turned-rock star (some would call it "punk rock") Juliette Lewis and her band. Real "Hot Stuff"! Juliette sings with passion and intensity (not to mention her natural sensuality) as she crawls from the stage and dives into the crowd in several moments.

The Making of "Four on the Floor" featuring Foo Fighters great drummer Dave Grohl (filmed when recording his parts for the album) and the overdubbed vocal sessions by Juliette, the Rock Princess of Scientology. The "making of" was directed by Lightfield Lewis, Juliette's devoted brother.
The Live Licks section includes five songs filmed live in Paris: "Death of a Whore," "Hot Kiss" (during a vigorous performance at the Eurockeenes Festival), "American Boy," "Hot Stuff" and "I Never Got To Tell You."
There are also eight short "episodes" reunited in a section entitled Loose Licks: Hyde Park, Instabul (which also includes a short sequence filmed during a concert in China), Stuffed Animal Love, David Lee Roth (an hilarious part, on which Juliette explains why she preferred to mirror on Roth than on Madonna), Hot Stuff, Open Mic, Kemble Aussie Video, and Old School Licks (including live performances of "American Boy," "You’re Speaking My language" and "Shelter Your Needs.")
Plus three original music videos: "Hot Kiss," "Purgatory Blues" and "Sticky Honey."
In 2003, Juliette formed Juliette and the Licks, a five piece outfit whose guitarists, Todd Morse (from NY hardcore act H20) and Kemble Walters would prove a constant in its fledgling, revolving line-ups. Deciding that the live arena would be the best way for the band to discover its identity, J&TL hit the road appearing on the Vans Warped Tour in 2004 as well as opening for acts as diverse as Turbonegro, Social Distortion and Courtney Love. The following year brought with it a hurricane of activity that saw the band’s first studio releases ("Like a Bolt of Lightening" EP, swiftly followed by self-produced debut album, "You’re Speaking My Language"), while a relentless touring schedule saw them play to over 500,000 people in over 20 countries.
The Licks crossed paths with many during their International travels and as luck would have it, one such encounter played an integral role in shaping their sophomore album. The end of 2005 came with the departure of Licks’ drummer and in stepped Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl. Originally brought in to play on demos, Grohl extended his stay for all the recording sessions of the "Four on the Floor" album in California. Ed Davis replaced Grohl during the promotional tour in 2006 and remained with the band.

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