Rock Docs is on a hot streak this summer, back for the third week in a row as the documentary viewing schedule is on overtime. This week, your hosts, Andy Keatts and David Lizerbram, discuss the film on the underground collective that gave us bands like the Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Olivia Tremor Control: The Elephant 6 Recording Co.
Directed by C.B. Stockfleth and produced by Lance Bangs, The Elephant 6 Recording Co. is an audiovisual treat that examines the psychedelic indie pop scene that sprung up in the ’90s in Athens, Georgia and Ruston, Louisiana, and how it grew to have a massive influence beyond its ramshackle origins. Much of the archival footage in the film was shot by Bangs, himself, who was roommates with Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel.
Bangs is also this week’s guest, and he chats about the film as well as being there on the ground as the Elephant 6 collective was at its most active, as well as some of his other films, including his documentaries on Slint and Pavement, as well as his work on the MTV series Jackass. Not to mention all the various other musicians and artists he’s worked with over the years.
Listen to the new episode on The Elephant 6 Recording Co. below and check out the trailer as well. The Elephant 6 Recording Co. is in US theaters August 25th, 2023 and on VOD September 1 (Amazon & Apple TV) from Greenwich Entertainment. In Canadian Theaters August 25th and VOD September 26th from levelFILM.