We sometimes grumble about Kickstarter on this blog, but once in a while project comes along that we can support with at least 3/4 of our heart. Case in point is Eric Green's Beautiful Noise, a documentary about the importance of the late-'80s/early-'90s shoegaze movement on rock, focusing mainly on Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and Cocteau Twins. Musicians, label owners, and journalists interviewed include Kevin Shields, Jim Reid, Robin Guthrie, Bobby Gillespie, Simon Raymonde, Alan Moulder, Ivo Watts-Russell, Alan McGee, and Sonic Boom. Other bands profiled include Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, Seefeel, AR Kane, Telescopes, Boo Radleys, Cranes, Catherine Wheel, and Flying Saucer Attack. These people created a lot of exciting and innovative music, and its impact is being heard in current Seattle groups like Jetman Jet Team, Golden Gardens, Vibragun, Tokyoidaho, and This Blinding Light. As a bonus, the score is by the always-fascinating Brad Laner of Medicine semi-fame.
Read about Beautiful Noise—which was started eight years ago—and donate money to the cause here.