There’s such an abundance of film fests coming up that it’s hard to imagine hopping aboard the plagued NJ Transit and heading to suburban New Jersey for one– even if Stephen Colbert did do a Talking Heads cover in support of it. But this seems like a pretty good excuse to check out the Montclair Film Festival next month: a documentary about the making of Lee Ranaldo’s next album will screen May 5 and 6, with tickets going on sale Friday. Best part: The former Sonic Youth singer/guitarist himself will be on hand to play a couple of songs, and for a Q&A with filmmaker Fred Riedel.
A teaser for Hello Hello Hello : Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim, above, shows Ranaldo in the studio with Kid Millions of Oneida and a couple of his old bandmates in The Dust, Nels Cline (Wilco) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). The album’s producer, Raül Refree Fernandez, also makes an appearance, talking to Ranaldo through a guitar amp (it’s magic!). According to Riedel’s Instagram, others featured in the doc include experimental musician/writer Alan Licht and Jonathan Lethem, who co-wrote some songs Ranaldo performed at an Inauguration Day protest show in January. Sharon Van Etten also sings on some tracks.
During his recent acoustic tour with Steve Gunn, Ranaldo previewed some of the songs from the forthcoming album. He played the title track, “Electric Trim,” at one of La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows, as you can see directly above. But don’t let the stripped-down acoustic numbers fool you. You can see from the film’s trailer that the new album is “super-produced,” as Ranaldo recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Snag tickets for the doc here, starting tomorrow, April 7, at 10am. Ranaldo will appear after the Saturday, May 6 screening at Claridge Cinema 2 in Montclair.