I had a nicely balanced week at Spectrum Culture: one film review, one album review. First I reviewed the new album from Minor Alps, a duo comprised of Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws, the latter best known as the leader of Nada Surf. His involvement piqued my interest, though, because of his preceding tenure with the Cost of Living. And thus my quest to cite obscure bands from my college radio days in Spectrum reviews marks another tally.
On the film side, I wrote about a new documentary tracing the genesis, production and influence of George A. Romero’s The Night of the Living Dead. Like a lot of similar projects, the documentary often comes across as a slightly more flinty DVD extra, but it has one major redeeming feature in the interview with Romero. Director Rob Kuhns would have arguably been better off just plopping a title card in front of the unedited interview and releasing that.