On April 1st, 2015 the David Lynch Foundation held a fund raising concert in Los Angeles, with all proceeds benefitted the non-profit Foundation to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations suffering with PTSD. With that said, the benefit concert was a spotlight on the theme songs and popular artist songs that appeared in David Lynch movies over the years as performed by his lead composer, Angelo Badalementi and some of the coolest acts in alternative music today.
This heavyweight 180 gram double album is of premium quality inside and out, and the cover art was created by legendary street artist Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant fame. The songs on the album were all professionally recorded from this live event and captures the vibe of the evening in a way that makes you feel like you were there.
Contributing musical artists and bands that performed include The Flaming Lips, Zola Jesus, Lykke Li, Tennis, Sky Ferreira, Duran Duran and others. I think the standout live performance of the evening goes to Duran Duran, with their rendition of The Chauffer, which was amazing. I never knew that Simon Le Bon actually played the flute solo on this song, so hearing that not coming from a synthesizer was mind blowing. Sky Ferreira sang her rendition of Blue Velvet which brought the house down and to me, was the second best performance of the evening. The Flaming Lips were also pretty mind blowing in their performance art piece combining a medley of the Elephant Man theme and Eraserhead inspired noise using circuit bent equipment on a darkened stage with a single light bulb showing the way to hell. To me, any tribute to David Lynch should not be about glitz and glamour, but more about the evil, dark, perverted and highly experimental, so huge kudos to The Flaming Lips for being the only band who understood exactly what to perform and leave the audience freaking out. Lykke Li did a decent cover of Wicked Game that is also worthy of mention.
- ChrisModem 3/5 Stars rating
Check out the Sky Ferreira touching cover of Blue Velvet from the April 1, 2015 benefit concert.