SPIDER JOHN KOERNER – Music Is Just A Bunch Of Notes CD + The Secret Of Sleep DVD NN013
Music Is Just A Bunch Of Notes was cut in 1972 in an upstairs storefront building above a coffee house on Minneapolis’ West Bank. One of the counterculture’s first entirely DIY efforts, it was engineered by 12-string guitar legend Snaker Dave Ray and released on his fledgling Sweet Jane label. All of the songs are Koerner originals; the tunes are sequenced with a cinematic eye and interspersed with weird spoken-word bits. The album includes several mainstays of John’s repertoire, including the timeless Everybody’s Goin’ For The Money, a song that sums up the uniquely Koernerian brand of existentialism as tidily as any. The DVD features a previously unreleased 16mm movie made by Bruce and David Rubenstein. In it, Percival (John Koerner) gets a call in which he’s told to go on a mysterious quest. Percy and his buddy (Willie Murphy) wander around in various utopian settings, but in the end, they return to the city to contend with reality. Digitally restored in 2009, released on DVD for the first time, this is a tremendous bit of lost holy grail for Koerner enthusiasts. NTSC region 1 DVD (run time: 60 minutes; audio: mono; black & white; aspect ratio: 4×3 letterbox).