Reviews: Blood, Sweat, & Vinyl - DIY in the 21st Century

Scott reviews the documentary film, Blood, Sweat & Vinyl

As most of us know, the music industry has gone through a couple of dramatic changes in the last 15 or so years.  To keep it simple, starting around 1999, with entities such as Napster choking up everyone’s 56k connection, the music industry as a whole was outraged.  “These fucking kids dare steal music from us?!”  This carried through the 2000’s as we watched record sales dwindle from major all the way down to the independent labels.  “The music industry is dying!”  Don’t pretend you never heard that in the last 10 years.  But with all of this gloom and doom weighing heavy on the minds of label execs large and small, there were and still are record labels out there producing quality music and interesting packaging for artists, and solely for the art itself.

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Blood, Sweat, Vinyl. DIY in the 21st Century focuses on 3 such labels (Hydra Head Records, Neurot Records, and Constellation Records), the people behind these labels, and some of the artists they work with.  The aura and vibe of honesty just oozes out of the 90 minutes of this documentary.  IT is viewing documentaries like this, with people like this my faith in music and the printed sound is always saved.  Blood, Sweat, Vinyl. DIY in the 21st Century brilliantly and directly illustrates the importance of supporting the artists that one appreciates by truly supporting the art because, as discussed in this documentary, these people make VERY little money and really do this because they want this music to be heard and seen.

Blood, Sweat, Vinyl. DIY in the 21st Century also focuses on the challenge of truly appreciating art.  Scott Kelly of Neurosis says it best in the documentary when he states that you just can’t listen to their music, the music challenges you as like the majority of the bands featured in Blood, Sweat, Vinyl. DIY in the 21st Century.  These are the people who have taken the hard road.  The ones who will have no pension or monetary comfort, they are doing this because they have to, and it is all they know.

There is not one weak moment in Blood, Sweat, Vinyl. DIY in the 21st Century.  All of the interviews are void of filler or fluff.  Somehow I think that any of the members of Neurosis or Cave-In have the time or patience to mince their words.  Clear, concise, and to the point, this is what makes Blood, Sweat, Vinyl. DIY in the 21st Century such and amazing and thought provoking documentary.

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-Scott W. Lambert