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See Hear Podcast episode 65 - Starstruck (featuring interview with director Gillian Armstrong)

June 20, 2019 @ 6:35 am

Welcome to episode 65 of See Hear. Give over to us with Body and Soul.

1982 - Australian cinema had an interesting assortment of releases. We Of The Never Never and Turkey Shoot. Monkey Grip and The Pirate Movie.

...... and then there was Starstruck. 

Musicals were something of a rarity....and with examples like Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Xanadu, Can't Stop The Music and....shudder...The Apple, it's not hard to see why they weren't as common as in the glory days of MGM.

However, director Gillian Armstrong was not going to be deterred. She did not want to be classified as "that director who makes period pieces" after the success of My Brilliant Career. So, after falling in love with Stephen Maclean's script loosely based around his memories of growing up in a pub in Sydney, she set about making Starstruck. It's essentially, an old fashioned "let's do a show" story with some songs in the new wave style of the day. Jackie has dreams of becoming famous as a singer. Her 14 year old cousin Angus is a publicity hound who is determined to get her to perform at the Sydney Opera House. What happens???????

Due to international timeline issues, my compadres Bernard and Tim were not able to join me for this show. HOWEVER......I am joined for a lengthy interview by director Gillian Armstrong herself to talk about her recollections of making the film, its genesis, the wonderful design that went into it, the bands who were considered to compose the music before The Swingers landed the gig (get ready to say "reaaaaaaaalllllly?") and a heap of other Starstruck things. Huge thanks to Gillian for being so generous with her time for the show.

ANNNNNNNND....my great friend and Australian film buff, Paul Ryan joins me for a brief chat about his own love of the film, and it's place in Australian film history. 

 

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You can catch up with episodes of the comedy news show Paul helps script  The Leak at https://www.facebook.com/TheLeakLive/. He's also written  for children's cartoon series, Jar Dwellers SOS. Check out Paul's episode Party Poopers here: https://10play.com.au/jar-dwellers-sos/episodes/season-2/episode-17/tpv190617ieazv

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See Hear Podcast Episode 64 - Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

June 2, 2019 @ 5:47 am

Welcome to May 2019's episode of See Hear Podcast....despite it being June.

 

Being a music film podcast, it's rare that we cover a film that involves politics and human rights abuse. This month we're doing that....and yet we're sort of not. John Pirozzi's 2015 documentary "Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll" focuses on the Cambodian music scene prior to the rule of Pol Pot and his regime's declaration of Year Zero.

 

While it is a necessity to bring into some focus the tragedy that was his rule (and the previous years under military rule following the ousting of Prince Norodom Sihanouk), Pirozzi turns his gaze to musicians that were hugely popular in their day in Cambodia in a nation where music was valued and important. Music is shown in the film, both as art and as propaganda. Under the regime in 1975, anyone involved in the arts was a thinker of individual ideas...and that did not fit into the grand scheme of agrarian socialism and an eviction of any Western ideas. The film shows the tragedy, but overall, the film is a celebration of how music really can bring people together - no cliche'.

 

A good documentary doesn't tell you everything you need. It urges you to go and seek out further information and get a wider understanding of the subject matter. Don't Think I've Forgotten is a good documentary.

 

The See Hear crew hope to convince you to search this fantastic film out (yeah....spoiler alert - we loved it). Our huge thanks to (patient) listener, Tyler Kennedy for suggesting we cover it.

 

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See Hear Episode 64 Delay Apology

May 25, 2019 @ 9:10 pm

See Hear May 2019 state of the nation....PLUS new piece of technology...whadaya think????

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See Hear Podcast Episode 63 - Lords of Chaos

April 22, 2019 @ 12:14 am

It's time for episode 63 of See Hear....though maybe we'll dub it episode 666.

 

Maurice is absent this month, but Bernie and Tim asked Jimi LaMort, the vocalist for Ontario-based metal band Malhavoc, to join them for a discussion of 2018 film Lords of Chaos.

 

Jonas Akerlund directed this biopic based on the story of the Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem and the infamous church burnings committed by their bassist Varg Vikernes. This is a tale of murder, arson, cannibalism and other pleasantries. The film has not been well received in some metal circles for the liberties it takes with the truth (some have called it metal's equivalent of Bohemian Rhapsody). 

 

Bernie, Tim and Jimi discuss whether the film works in its own right despite the liberties, who it was probably aimed at, and their own memories of the era. See Hear wants to thank Jimi for coming in to talk about a scene he has strong recollections of.

 

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher or you can download from http://seehear.podbean.com …..or whatever podcast app you favour.

 

If you want to keep up with Malhavoc's music, then check out http://malhavoc.com/

 

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See Hear Podcast Episode 62 - Gimme Shelter

March 25, 2019 @ 7:37 pm

 Please allow us to introduce ourselves....we're a podcast...of wealth (of information and opinions) and taste....maybe.

 

Episode 62 of See Hear Podcast is ready for your earholes. Tim, Sticky (Fingers) and Maurice delve into the documentary about disaster that was The Rolling Stones' free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. The Stones were finishing up their first American tour in 3 years....hugely successful artistically coming after two of the greatest albums in their back catalogue, Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed.

 

The tour infamously ended in tragedy when a San Franciscan chapter of the Hells Angels were hired by the Stones to provide security for the payment of $500 worth of beer. From 2019, this does not look to be world's best business practice....needless to say, things didn't go well. Members of the audience (and Marty Ballin of Jefferson Airplane) were beaten by the Angels, they had contempt for the band they were supposedly guarding, and by day's end, Meredith Hunter, a concert goer was pronounced dead after being stabbed by a member of the Angels.

 

David and Albert Mayles and Charlotte Zwerin were looking to make a bog standard documentary about the Stones' US tour of 1969....instead, their cameras captured events that many have said kicked the idealism of the 1960s to the curb.

 

We discuss the way the drama of the film is presented, other films featuring the Rolling Stones as subject matter, the image of the band as opposed to the reality, and whether they learned anything as a result. Who was complicit in Meredith's murder? Be aware some of the subject matter may be a little distressing.

 

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher or you can download from http://seehear.podbean.com …..or whatever podcast app you favour.

 

If you dig what we do, could you please rate us at iTunes or even better, spread the word that the show exists on social media or at your next barbecue, gig, or marathon run so more folks can tune in.

 

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See Hear Podcast Episode 61 - Interview with Paul Elliott, director of “The Library Music Film”

February 19, 2019 @ 4:55 pm

Chances are very strong that some library tunes are amongst your favourites….and you may not even be aware of it. Library music has been used in TV, film or advertisements, and is written and performed before there is even a requirement for it….a soundtrack looking for a movie.

 

Welcome to episode 61 of See Hear Podcast.

 

Shawn Lee, Sean Lamberth and Paul Elliott felt that the composers whose music rocked their world had been hidden in the shadows way too long, so together, they made a wonderful new documentary called The Library Music Film. It highlights the composers, musicians, fans and record labels that were part of the golden age of library music. In their world, Jerry Goldsmith and Lalo Schifrin give way to Keith Mansfield, John Cameron and Alan Hawkshaw. If those names don’t come to your mind, their music is more than likely lodged in it.

 

Bernard, Tim and I were ecstatic to have director Paul Elliott join us to talk about the making of his film, library musicians, the fans and crate diggers who have played a large part in preserving the music and giving credit to the people who’d worked anonymously for years. We had a great old time putting names to tunes that had appeared in sports, comedy, kids and crime shows as well as a ton of other things (hip hop DJs have been sampling much of this music for years).

 

A huge thanks to Paul for his time (and solving a 40 year old mystery for me).

 

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher or you can download from http://seehear.podbean.com …..or whatever podcast app you favour.

 

The limited edition soundtrack pressing is sold out, but the film is available on DVD fromhttps://thelibrarymusicfilm.bandcamp.com/merch/the-library-music-film-dvd-pal-2

To dip your toe in the water, we’d also recommend a record or CD called Unusual Sounds on Anthology Recordings.

Keep an eye on the film’s Facebook page to see if there will be a screening in your town – it’s definitely worth our time. (https://www.facebook.com/LibraryMusicFilm/)

 

If you dig what we do, could you please rate us at iTunes or even better, spread the word that the show exists on social media or at your next barbecue, gig, or marathon run so more folks can tune in.

 

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See Hear Podcast episode 60 - Interview with Skizz Cyzyk, director of “Icepick To The Moon”

January 21, 2019 @ 4:10 am

It’s January 2019, and See Hear starts its sixth year. With the world in strife, what better time than now to talk about a man and an arts movement that embraced the absurd.

 

Tim, Bernard and myself are joined by musician and film director Skizz Cyzyk to talk about his new film, Icepick To The Moon. It starts out being about obscure but beloved singer, Reverend Fred Lane. It ends up being a lot more. It spends time focusing on Dadaism, pataphysics, the Raudelunas arts collective, and how dressing up as a vegetable or an appliance in a parade is seemingly strange but dressing up as a bucket of KFC is mainstream!!! There’s also a focus on adventurousness in music – big band swing, country, demon music boxes, and a concerto for frogs.

 

Skizz spent a long time putting this fantastic film together. Fred Lane (aka Tim Reed) is a fascinating guy who kept company with other people who thought about the arts in ways mainstream media don’t give a moment’s thought to – their loss. We’re hugely grateful to Skizz for speaking to us about this wonderful film. A great documentary is one that you will keep thinking about as well as learning something new – the See Hear crew acknowledge Skizz has done both.

 

He’s touring the film around the US, but it should be available on DVD and streaming platforms later in 2019. We urge you to see Icepick To The Moon….more than once if you can. Also our thanks to Mike White at The Projection Booth for putting us in touch.

 

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher or you can download from http://seehear.podbean.com …..or whatever podcast app you favour.

 

You can follow up on details of the film and any future screenings (and DVD release dates when available) at http://www.fredlanedoc.com. Also, search for Skizz as a regular contributor at The Projection Booth

 

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See Hear Podcast Episode 59 - Interview with Allan Arkush

December 26, 2018 @ 5:36 am

As See Hear closes off it's fifth year of existence, we present a corker of an episode for you (if we do say so). 

Back in May 2017, we had a fine old time discussing one of the greatest films about sticking the finger to authority, Rock And Roll High School. Now, we finally get the opportunity to speak to its director, Allan Arkush.

Allan has directed a wealth of films and TV shows....but we invited him on to talk about his favourite rock and roll films, as well as his time working at the Fillmore East, the bands he loves, his own rock music films and TV (R&RHS, Get Crazy, The Temptations, Shake Rattle & Rock, Fame), and Trailers From Hell. Unfortunately, Bernard was ill and couldn't join us (get better soon, Bernie), but Tim and myself held up the fort and were enthralled to listen to Allan's stories of his musical life and the films he is passionate about yep...we're unashamed fanboys). A HUGE thanks to Allan for being so generous with his time and the enthusiasm he gave.

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher or you can download from http://seehear.podbean.com …..or whatever podcast app you favour.

If you dig what we do, could you please rate us at iTunes or even better, spread the word that the show exists on social media or at your next barbecue, gig, or marathon run so more folks can tune in.

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You can send us emails at seehearpodcast@gmail.com to suggest films you'd like us to discuss, give us your thoughts on what we do or anything else music-film related.

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See Hear Podcast episode 58 - Interview with Jordan Albertsen, director of “Boom: A Film About The Sonics”

November 20, 2018 @ 6:47 am

When most people think of the sixties from a musical perspective, there’s a number of bands that keep popping up ubiquitously. There were thousands of bands that may have had a regional hit or two, but had little impact at any further level. Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets release in the early 70s made an attempt to anthologise a number of the garage bands, and there have been many more that have done fine work to bring some great, but forgotten music from this era to music fans’ attention.

Film director Jordan Albertsen has taken it one step further.

Welcome to episode 58 of See Hear Podcast.

Bernard and Maurice invited Jordan to discuss his 2018 documentary about a band that put frenzy into sixties rock and roll, The Sonics. They were originally out of Tacoma in Washington. They had regional hits with The Witch, Psycho and Strychnine, but were largely unknown outside of Washington. The documentary not only brings their history into focus, but also reveals why they had an unknown (to them) fanbase in Europe, the modern musicians who are huge fans (and adopted their style in their own work), and the reunion of the late noughts.

Jordan talks about the band, parental connections, grunge, the power of music, and the issues of an independent film-maker making a passion project. We are so grateful for his time and recommend you search out the film, currently at a film festival near you, or keep an eye out for its distribution to a streaming platform in 2019.

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher or you can download from http://seehear.podbean.com …..or whatever podcast app you favour.

If you dig what we do, could you please rate us at iTunes or even better, spread the word that the show exists on social media or at your next barbecue, gig, or marathon run so more folks can tune in.

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You can send us emails at seehearpodcast@gmail.com to suggest films you'd like us to discuss, give us your thoughts on what we do or anything else music-film related.

 

 

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See Hear Podcast Episode 57 - Interview with Benjamin Hedin about Two Trains Runnin’

October 22, 2018 @ 1:12 am

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson had pushed for the passing of the Civil Rights act, making segregation in America illegal. The governor of Mississippi, the law and the KKK vowed to keep doing things their way, and continued to perpetrate violence on the local African-American population. They also made life extremely difficult for students from the northern states committed to the Summer Project which was devoted to getting African Americans in Mississippi to register to vote. The powers that be in Mississippi didn't like "outsiders" interfering in their business. Three students, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were all murdered by the local law representatives.

 

Quite separate from these tragic events, three young blues fans from the east coast and three from the west coast went searching in Mississippi for their blues heroes Son House and Skip James who had not been heard from for many years. They were naive about the events of the Civil Rights movement and their own danger. Their hopes were to learn from their heroes and coax them out of musical retirement. 

 

The stories are part of a 2016 documentary called Two Trains Runnin’. It’s directed by Sam Pollard and produced / written by Benjamin Hedin. Both men have a long history in film and book relating to the period covered in this documentary.  For episode 57 of See Hear Podcast, Bernard, Tim and Maurice were thrilled to have Benjamin come onto the show to discuss the film and the history behind it. These stories are parallel but converge. There are moments of terror trying to fathom man's inhumanity to man, and there are moments of celebration when the love of music brings people together. The film is rivetting viewing. Make this episode a priority – it’s an important one. We are hugely grateful for his time.

 

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes or download from http://seehear.podbean.com.

 

You can purchase or rent the film at https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/two-trains-runnin/id1412361651 (and we highly recommend that you do).

 

See Hear Podcast is also now available on Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/show/58DUosxlE6vZHqgRdjKqZR

 

If you dig what we do, could you please rate us at iTunes or even better, spread the word that the show exists on social media or at your next barbecue, gig, or marathon run so more folks can tune in.

 

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