Eugene Chadbourne and Jimmy Carl Black – the principle members of the Jack and Jim Show – perform a cover of Captain Beefheart‘s “Dropout Boogie” (first clip, below) at The Pit Inn, Shinjuku on June 6th, 2008 (available on their CD, Pachuco Cadaver), and a cover of the song, “One More Road To Cross” (second clip, below) from their 2007 DVD, The Jack & Jim Show: Live at the Stone, NYC.
The third clip, a documentary about Eugene Chadbourne entitled, “Where’s the Stage?“, asks many important questions about the creation of avant garde music in our present culture. It certainly made me wonder where the next Frank Zappa or Don Van Vliet are going to come from in a culture within which the majority of people’s exposure to music has come from MTV? The elements of culture that served to let a FZ and a CB flourish simply don’t exist anymore. Is there reason to hope as 2010 approaches, will more and more new artists flourish on the web? Or will they languish in isolation, unknown and unheard, and unable to tour due to the overwhelming cost?