Burn to Shine Seattle, WA 01.27.07 Christoph Green

Burn to Shine’s admirable concept remains intact, and volume five finds the series looking and sounding its best. Producer Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and director Christoph Green continue to scout condemned buildings (mostly houses) in specific cities and call upon a local musical diplomat to gather fellow artists together for a day of performances in the structure before it’s destroyed. For Seattle, WA, Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard curates an eclectic performance schedule that’s perfectly recorded by Eli Janney. There’s ironic collegiate rock by Harvey Danger, plaintive folk from Tiny Vipers and a haunting performance by the Cave Singers. Hip-hop duo Blue Scholars stick out but refreshingly so, before compelling folk by Dave Bazan and Gibbard, whose segments highlight the beauty of the old living room/performance space. Eddie Vedder plays an impassioned "Can’t Keep” on ukulele before Minus the Bear lurch into "Arctic Knights,” Kinski pummel "Crybaby Blowout” and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter hypnotise with "The Air is Thin.” While each volume usually ends with the destruction of the building, in this case, the house was actually transported from one location to another, making for a truly unique ending to a vibrant document. Plus: Photos. (TrixieDVD)