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rosie thomas documentary out tomorrow
October 26, 2009, 2:56 pm
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140708_rosiethomasSufjan Stevens, Denison Witmer and Damien Jurado guest

It’s been an interesting few years for US singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas. Since she graced the cover of Wears The Trousers #2 in early 2006, she’s left the Sub Pop stable, launched her own imprint through Nettwerk Records, released a collaborative record with her good friends Sufjan Stevens and Denison Witmer (These Friends Of Mine), got married, and put out one of the most adorable Christmas albums ever made. Now filmmaker Matt Boyd has put together ‘All The Way From Michigan Not Mars’, an 80-minute documentary about these busy times that’s described as “a meditative exploration of Rosie Thomas’s work as it connects to her as a human being” and “a lyrical examination of Thomas’s quest for an expression of truth and her unique brand of performance; combining songs of plaintive melancholy with sharp-witted banter and Sheila [Saputo], her bizarre stand-up comedian alter ego”.

Released through new Brooklyn-based independent film and music label FACTORY 25, the film uses intimate live performances with Sufjan and Denison to tell its story, aided by a guest appearance from Rosie’s longtime friend Damien Jurado. A limited edition version of the album comes with a bonus white-vinyl LP featuring previously unreleased alternative versions of the songs from These Friends Of Mine, with some doubtless endearing between-song banter. It’s released through the FACTORY 25 website tomorrow, priced $20 for the DVD and $30 for the DVD+LP. A couple of trailers for the documentary are up there too.

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All The Way From Michigan Not Mars – limited edition LP
01 If This City Never Sleeps
02 Why Waste More Time
03 The One I Love
04 Much Farther To Go
05 Talking Bit
06 Paper Doll
07 Kite Song
08 Songbird
09 Talking Bit
10 All The Way To New York City
11 Say Hello
12 Talking Bit

Alan Pedder

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