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DVD - Critical Times: Fishbone's Hen House Sessions

by Fishbone

Ska/Rock/Funk/Punk music from an internationally acclaimed band.
Genre: Rock: Ska
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1. Frayed F*cking Nerve Ending
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In 2001, the legendary, influential and voraciously eclectic band Fishbone arrived to record their newest material at the Hen House, a free community recording studio - fully wired for digital sound and video. The only rule: leave your shoes at the door. What commenced was an in-depth look at a veteran musical group during its sometimes painful reincarnation phase. Primarily thought of as an almost religious experience - the brutally joyous live shows of the band have been long known - what is less understood is the source of this inspired madness.

Also included in this DVD are bonus chapters featuring the bands side projects: Dr Madd Vibe and Trulio Disgracious.


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Cosmik Debris Magazine - Reviewed by DJ Johnson

If you're a fan of the band this is an hour and a half of bliss
The Hen House is a unique recording studio in Venice Beach, California, where bands can come in and record for free (and with studio prices being what they are, that's nothing to sneeze at), with the one catch being that there are cameras literally everywhere you turn and you must sign papers saying they have the right to film you and do what they will with the footage. As anyone who has been subjected to cameras over a long period of time will tell you, the self-consciousness soon fades and you soon forget they're there, for the most part. Hen House Studios is home to a lot of interesting film of musicians being themselves, for better or for worse.

Fishbone decided to take Hen House up on the offer in 2001, following the studio's one set-in-stone rule by leaving their shoes outside the door. Critical Times: Fishbone's Hen House Sessions is a kind of video highlight reel of interesting moments during those sessions, and there were certainly plenty of those to see. First of all, if you're a fan of the band and their radical blend of funk, ska and high-energy punk, this is an hour and a half of bliss, because despite the fact that only three original members remained by this point (vocalist Angelo Moore, bass god Norwood Fisher and trumpeter/harmonist/attitude Dirty Walter Kibby), Fishbone was still unbelievably tight.

Another aspect that makes this interesting is the prevailing attitude they bring to work. We've been inundated with thousands of hours of "Behind The Music"-style mini-films that have left us with one belief perma-locked in our minds: pro musicians, much like pro basketball players, are self-destructive morons with no work ethic to speak of. It's not true, but that's what we've been sold. Fishbone is so far the other way it's shocking even to those of us who know better than to expect every band to be Motley Crue. Their work process is fascinating to watch. A lot of the nuts and bolts are worked out by Fisher, drummer John Steward and guitarist Spacey T. When we speak of nuts and bolts in terms of a Fishbone song, we're talking about shrapnel flying at high speed, yet there's no posing, no flexing; just three guys dedicated to getting intricate parts down to a science before it's time for the others to step up. Sure, it's a little hard to concentrate on all this because Fisher is sporting a... I guess you'd call it a hairstyle that is basically all his hair twisted into a foot-long spike sticking frontwards out of a backwards baseball cap. As his head bobs, so does... it, a desperate cry for a Viagra-based shampoo. After a while you get used to it. Okay, after a while YOU might get used to it. I couldn't stop staring at the thing and thinking it was the most ridiculous looking hairstyle I'd ever seen, but that's just me. It just goes to show you how professional these guys are. Not one snicker. Just work.

Oh, but between those blocks of hard work there was plenty of laughter. Despite brief moments of very minor tension, these guys laugh and laugh and have a great time working together, and that makes for a very enjoyable film. The music is pretty damned hot, too, and fringe fans are going to find themselves well into the fold after this. The recently completed documentary about the world famous band Fishbone, just premiered at the Silver Lake Film Festival and is now available for purchase (DVD) at: www.musicvideodistributors.com The DVD will also be available in every Tower Records store in the U.S.A on and after November 30th, 2004 and at HenHouseStudios.com. For more information about the film please visit: www.criticaltimesthemovie.com

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MTV Networks

A new Fishbone collection is coming out on DVD.
A new Fishbone collection is coming out on DVD. "Critical Times: The Henhouse Sessions" will feature the band recording new material at the Hen House, a free community recording studio, via multiple DV cameras. Songs include "Last Dayz," "Critical Times," "Demon in Here" and "Skank N' Go Nutts." It's due out October 5. ...

AMG- All Music

Say what you will about Fishbone........
Say what you will about Fishbone, but you can't deny that they still enjoy what they do blasting out furious punk-funk to this very day. Despite many line-up shake-up's ('only three original members are left standing' . Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher, and 'Dirty' Walter Kibby) and record company shifts, the group continues to roll along.

In 2001, Fishbone had come up with a new batch of originals, which they laid down at a 'free community recording studio,' the Hen House. The entire sessions were videotaped, with the only rule being to 'leave your shoes at the door' (which as proven by a shot in the opening sequence, was an actual rule!).

With new band members in tow, the recording of six tracks are chronicled, including the intense "Frayed Fucking Nerve Ending," which does a fine job of capturing the recording process, warts and all. It turns out that Moore is the leader of the band in the studio, but he's not above getting his ideas either shot down or questioned, as he attempts to work an elaborate Theremin part into one of the songs, much to the chagrin of the other members.

Also included are interviews from outside the studio with Moore (who gives a tour of his self-described 'humble abode') and Fisher (who discusses his unique hairstyle, a cross between an antennae and a unicorn). Also included are several bonus bits, including a pair of tracks recorded at the Henhouse by the Fisher-led side project, Trulio Disgracious. Nothing as dramatic as Some Kind of Monster here folks, but still a worthwhile view for any serious Fishbone fan.

G4TECHTV

Troubled ska-punk legends Fishbone allowed themselves to be filmed while recordi
Troubled ska-punk legends Fishbone allowed themselves to be filmed while recording an aborted album during a period when the band was fracturing… and it makes for some damn compelling music and moments. This veteran band -- once the most influential and important black rock groups this side of Public Enemy -- had already seen several key band members leave, and were about to see a few more bail too, so they are struggling to survive with every note. The songs show it too, with titles like “In the Heat of Anger” and “Frayed F**kin Nerve Endings." Quite captivating.

Mean Street

This is critical viewing for anyone with good musical taste.
Anytime just one member of Fishbone enters a room, things get crazy. So when you cram the entire band into a tight recording studio space in Venice (especially one called the Hen House), it's simple off the hook. This documentary follows the legendary rap/jazz/funk/punks as Angelo Moore and Co. work on their most outrageous tunes yet, try to recapture some glory after a few rough years and figure out what it's all about. With interviews to the members' homes, Times is the most telling glimpse into the band members' lives yet. This is critical viewing for anyone with good musical taste.

{JR. Griffin}

Mark Palermo of "The Coast"

It’s the great rockumentary of a year that’s had a surplus of very good ones.
Critical Times: Fishbone’s Hen House Sessions is under threat of being as neglected as the band it’s about. The feature had a single theatrical screening at Hollywood’s Silver Lake Film Festival. On the eve of its DVD release, Fishbone angered its ever-patient fanbase by requesting a boycott. Whatever disagreements occurred between the filmmakers and their subjects, Critical Times doesn’t deserve the stigma. It’s the great rockumentary of a year that’s had a surplus of very good ones.

The LA punk-funk-ska-metal collective is documented in their 2001 recording sessions in Venice, CA’s community-owned Hen House Studios. Director Harlan Steinberger doesn’t incorporate serious band dysfunction or dirty gossip, instead serving up an engaging look at the long hours and bickering of the creative process at work.

Arguments over pitches and time signatures are likely to remind viewers of high school band class. Guitarist Spacey-T challenges frontman Angelo Moore’s theremin obsession by saying, “If you’re gonna do this, every note has to be perfect. This is a black funk orchestra, not a crackhead orchestra.”

Fishbone’s history reads like a sad one, dwelling in cult fandom and corrupt record deals while musicians they inspired (OutKast, No Doubt, the Chili Peppers) became millionaires. “I’m a jester,” Moore explains. “A jester leads the kings and queens to the road of fame and fortune.”

It’s a sour note that these recording sessions never produced an album (although concert versions of five songs are on Live at the Temple Bar). But Fishbone’s spirit is unbreakable—a guided tour through Moore’s home plays like a humble MTV Cribs episode. The music is extraordinary, but Critical Times excels as cinema in its authentic feel for the joy and struggle of collaborative art.

Tony Keil

If you love Fishbone, you'll love this!
I've been a Solider since 1988, but it seems lately my dedication to the band has grown tremindously within the last 2 or 3 years. This DVD shows what it is like to be in a band; all the arguments, decisions, and chaos of making something out of nothing. . . which leads to music. If you love Fishbone, you'll love this!

Timothy (Jah Seeker)

The World needs Fishbone.
I know it can be incredibly tedious to say the least to travel to the
east or the Midwest on tour, but i would think that traveling to
Europe  would be very kewl and good for your soul to meet your fans
there, If you could just keep this in mind, living here in
Minneapolis I know that the chances that you will make your way here
again is slim, I’ve been a fan of your for 10 years.. It’s been a
hell of a ride hasn't it? I enjoyed you DVD and it gives us who don't
live in the great State of Cali a chance to get the Visual we need of
your band, Please Consider doing more DVD's if not just for us fans
who don't get the chance to see you live but for the Legacy of
Fishbone to live on and on with your Music, the Visual of Fishbone
Combined with your Music is the Ultimate in the Groove. I'm 45, grew
up with Zeppelin, Bootsie, The Funkadelics, and yet seeing you guys
at the "Fine Line" in Minneapolis was the greatest and wouldn’t have
traded that ticket for a ticket to see Zeppelin. The World needs
Fishbone

VH1.COM

Fishbone's Henhouse Sessions is a documentary which examines both the tensions a
Fusing ska, funk, rock, punk, and anything else that struck its musical fancy, Fishbone was a popular and wildly influential band who gained a massive cult following in the mid '80s but failed to cross over into mainstream success. In 2001, after

record company problems and personal changes had stalled the group's momentum, Fishbone entered Henhouse Studio and began recording what many in the band regarded as a "make or break" project. Video cameras recorded the proceedings, and Critical Times: Fishbone's Henhouse Sessions is a documentary which examines both the tensions and the creative flow of Fishbone as they struggle to make magic on the clock. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
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