of Montreal launch Kickstarter campaign to finish tour documentary (but completely overlook the opportunity to offer skeletal lamps, controllerspheres, and false priest snuggies as donation incentives)

of Montreal launch Kickstarter campaign to finish tour documentary (but completely overlook the opportunity to offer skeletal lamps, controllerspheres, and false priest snuggies as donation incentives)

Stop the presses! Oh wait, what? They were already stopped because people don’t buy newspapers anymore? Well, in that case: Get out a sharpie and write this down on some rolls of toilet paper! Georgia-based purveyors of craze-balls hyperpsych (#crazeballshyperpsych) have gone and launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the expenses (e.g. digitizing of tapes, purchasing of hard drives, payment of camera crews, solicitation of… things that require solicitation) relating to the completion of a feature-length band documentary.

The thing is entitled Song Dynasties and has been in the works since 2007 when the band hired director Craig Zobel (Compliance, Great World of Sound) to film a couple of back-to-back L.A. shows after the release of that record everyone loves, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?. Apparently geeked on how fun the process was, Kevin and co. hired filmmaker Jason Miller (a.k.a. not this guy) to follow them around on their batshit Skeletal Lamping tour the following fall and have been amassing “hundreds of hours of footage” since then, including all the backstage shenanigans, studio wankery, tour bus doldrums, and festival festivity your little capacity for vicarious living can handle. They even dug up some mid-90s footage from the Elephant 6 days to give a more comprehensive scope to their story… just like you wanted them to do!

The campaign, which ends December 12, still has a ways to go to reach its goal of $75,000, but the band has a tasty menu of donation rewards lined up to make it worth your while, including album downloads, an exclusive vinyl release called “Young Froth / Taypiss” (apparently featuring extremely rare Montreal recordings); a deluxe, hand-numbered DVD of the documentary, props used in classic of Montreal music videos, and like 1,001 other things, the most embarrassing of which being the opportunity to dance up onstage at an of Montreal show in a wacky costume selected by the band! (The top prize, at $2,500, is unfortunately sold out already, but
included the opportunity for one lucky fan to get flown out to and put up in Athens [Georgia] for a screening of the film with the band. And I totally officially dare whoever that fan is to tell the band to their faces that they think it sucks.)

If successful, the film is promised to be ready by March. In the meantime, you’ll just have to entertain yourself by watching the documentary trailer below, viewing the band’ current tourdates, or listening to the Spacehog song “In the Meantime.”

11.28.12 - Miami, FL - The Stage
11.29.12 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
11.30.12 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza
12.01.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
12.02.12 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin’ Wolf
12.03.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
12.04.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
12.05.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.06.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
12.07.12 - Omaha,NE - Slowdown
12.08.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
12.09.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
12.10.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12.11.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
12.12.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
12.13.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
12.14.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
12.15.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.net
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Perry Julien]

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