Show Review: Kevin Smith 26.09.15

Published on theMusic.com.au, Sept 2015

Kevin Smith Q & A at Riverside Theatre, Perth. Photos by Mac1Photography. Please credit as Court McAllister

RIVERSIDE THEATRE

With Kevin Smith dropping more than 35kgs since his last visit to Perth in 2012 and Jason Mewes five years and 83 days sober, the title of their live podcast/show, Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, seems a little less relevant.

Perhaps the show’s title no longer reflects two friends on a downward spiral into middle age, but rather the wisdom that comes with growing older — and Smith had no shortage of wise words to impart.

“That’s how high I am,” Smith confessed as he eased into the show with a graphic retelling of the phone sex he had with his wife that afternoon.

That set the tone for the first half of the evening, before “Mr Knuckle Head”, aka Mewes, kicked things up a notch with a visual reenactment of a past love affair that resulted in cringe-fuelled laughs.

After Smith stepped back from filmmaking for a brief period, 2014’s horror comedy Tusk reignited his passion for craft, and fans were treated to a reading from follow-up film Moose Jaws, which is essentially a play-by-play parody of Jaws, but with a killer moose.

The Jay & Silent Bob podcast was initiated to keep to keep Mewes off the drugs five years ago. Mewes dug up an old journal he kept during rehab, which read like a poorly-written, corny Kiss lyric, before he got the opportunity to redeem himself with a little game called Let Us Fuck, the “ham fisted” sex moves of which he wrote.

Three punters were dragged on stage and preceded to act out the made-up positions with Mewes. Smith preached the ease of starting your own podcast throughout the set, and if you needed any more proof that anyone and anything can score broadcasting rights, look no further than the “Deep Anal Incision At The Old Fremantle Prison” segment of Let Us Fuck.

The show’s second half was a Q&A with the main man, but probably should have been labelled the Answer section, as Smith led with a disclaimer he would likely only get through two questions an hour. The first punters welcomed him to Perth, which sparked a 30-minute rant that had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. He managed to smash his record and get through six questions, detailing his weight loss, and urging punters to follow their dreams in a motivational speech-like manner, while also hating on Bruce Willis, declaring his love to Johnny Depp and more.

“I understand, I get it,” he said as the stage lights kept dimming as a wrap up sign, but before he left, Smith promised a return next year with his Hollywood Babble-On podcast.

http://themusic.com.au/comedy/reviews/2015/09/28/kevin-smith-riverside-theatre-daniel-cribb/

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theMusic.com.au: Jim Beaver Confident Bobby Singer Will Return To ‘Supernatural’

Published on theMusic.com.au, Sept 2015

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Renowned US actor Jim Beaver has said there is a “huge possibility” that his character on long-running cult hit Supernatural, Bobby Singer, would return to the show at some point.

Singer, who was a father-like mentor to main characters Sam and Dean Winchester, was killed off in the seventh season of the show, and made small appearances since.

Currently in the country for Oz Comic-Con, Beaver told theMusic.com.au the nature of the show and fan adoration for the character meant he was confident he would return to Supernatural at some point, ever if just for small appearances.

“I don’t think they’re done at all with [Bobby],” Beaver said.

“I don’t think they’ll ever be done completely with him. The nature of the show is that anything can happen and they’ve already proven that by bringing him back in various forms over the past three series.

“My sense is that they’re aware how much the fans like the character, so I think as long as the show’s on, they will have their eyes open for opportunities to bring Bobby back for a visit.”

After leaving Supernatural in 2012, Beaver become a more prevalent character in Justified. Other notable hit shows he has been involved with include Deadwood, Dexter and Breaking Bad.

You can catch Beaver at Oz Comic-Con at Sydney Exhibition Centre this weekend.

Season 11 of Supernatural kicks off next month.

http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2015/09/26/jim-beaver-confident-bobby-singer-will-return-to-supernatural/

theMusic.com.au: Make The Local Hotel Your New Freo Hangout

Published on theMusic.com.au, Sept 2015

Pic by Juliet Duval

Pic by Juliet Duval

There’s a welcoming vibe surrounding every aspect of The Local Hotel, and it might be because its name is a true reflection of what it offers South Fremantle.

If you had step foot in the venue six weeks prior to doors opening, it would definitely still feel like a Freo venue (the piercing purple Dockers paint job would make sure of that), but renovations leave little remnants of the bar once named The Seaview Hotel.

The design of the main bar and hangout area is simple and affective – it’s bright and not too cluttered, with artwork from local artists scattered throughout the room, and a big metal anchor hanging on the wall – a nice nod to the local team without screaming it.

One of the first things you might notice is how homely it feels, which is exactly what owner-operator Phil Thompson was aiming for when reconstructing and designing the local hangout with Ross McPherson.

“We’ve opened it up, we’ve lightened it up,” Thompson said.

“Just connecting it to the street because this strip, South Terrace, is I guess the life of the community. It didn’t have a very good connection to that. It had a minimal sort of Alfresco thing that wasn’t very well used.”

It’s the subtle elements that make punters feel at home, such as replacing the bar, non-intrusive music, and the fact it’s largely targeted at a local audience.

“I just wanted to make it a neighbourhood pub that was actually used by the neighbourhood.”

As well as catering for a local crowd, The Local Hotel also aims to shine a spotlight on the flourishing South Fremantle scene, which is evident in its restaurant menu and the soon-to-be implemented weekend food truck showcase.

Within the next month, the former drive-through bottle shop will be done up to host a range of food trucks from time to time, welcoming walk-by traffic.

While music isn’t the venues primary focus, local singer-songwriters will be on display from time to time to set the mood via acoustic performances, with big-names guests dropping by from time to time.

The accommodation upstairs is also undergoing a massive overhaul (the rooms and common area are looking quite nice already) and the new function/restaurant area is taking shape.

The Local Hotel opens from 11am weekdays and midday on weekends. Make it your local.

http://themusic.com.au/culture/bars/2015/09/17/the-local-hotel-fremantle-daniel-cribb/

INTERVIEW: Motion City Soundtrack

Published in The Music (NSW) and on theMusic.com.au, August 2015

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Listening to Motion City Soundtrack‘s breakthrough Commit This To Memory album ten years on is a conflicting experience for vocalist Justin PierreDaniel Cribb discovers everything was not alright.

“I don’t know if that’s what you meant; if you meant like, what’s up for the evening or what’s up for the year?” is what Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre tags a lengthy breakdown of his life plans with. He’s an interesting character, and for someone “not good at explaining anything” is very articulate and able to analyse things in ways others may not. While his current approach to life sees him looking outwards at the world, around the time of 2005’s smashingCommit This To Memory record, Pierre was in a completely different headspace, and going over its songs when preparing their anniversary tour, which includes Australia, was a conflicting experience. “It’s such a weird record. It happened during a pivotal moment for me, when I was sort of at odds with myself as a human being, and so a lot of this record, from my point of view, comes off as being very frustrated and angry. It’s like a two-sided coin of sorts; there’s the anger and frustration on one side, and then there’s the remorse and regret on the other.

“I guess a lot of it had to do with me drinking a lot during that time and then getting sober during that time. So half the songs were written under the influence and half the songs were written under a different sort of influence, so it’s weird to go back.”

Being completely sober for the past five years has given Pierre enough time to step back and analyse situations better, allowing him to be more in tune with his emotions and more patient in his writing, which comes across on the band’s new album, Panic Station. Its cover art conjures up images of the world ending and its name suggests the songs are a cry for help, but Pierre assures it’s not. “It’s less about getting my feelings out on the paper and just shouting them out than it is about letting things trickle out and then seeing what’s there and then connecting the dots and just letting it be.

“It seemed like my feelings were a big deal before, and now I think, on this record, even though there’s some dark shit going on, it’s almost like the character who’s singing — or me; it’s almost like that’s just the way it is, and they don’t really care. You know, sort of a ‘so be it’.”

Trying to come to grips with the exact nature of his songwriting process, Pierre stumbles across a quote recalled fromAnnie Hall that fittingly sums things up: “You know how you’re always trying to get things to come out perfect in art because it’s real difficult in life,” says Woody Allen. Pierre opines: “I think that that is definitely true. But, um, what the hell was the original question?! How did we get to where we are now?

“You know, I will probably have a different answer to this question tomorrow, ’cause I don’t even really think about what I do; it just sort of happens.”

http://themusic.com.au/interviews/all/2015/08/19/motion-city-soundtrack-justin-pierre-daniel-cribb/

EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Radin Serenades Us Backstage In Perth

Published on theMusic.com.au, Sept 2015

We caught up with Ohio-born singer-songwriter and all-round nice guy Joshua Radin in Perth last night, where he rattled off a few acoustic tracks for us.

Currently touring the country, we scored some time with Radin backstage at Rosemount Hotel before his first ever date in WA.

He played some unplugged tunes from his new album, Onwards And Sideways, alongside guitarist Brandon Walters.

Filmed and edited by Daniel Cribb.


http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2015/09/07/exclusive-joshua-radin-serenades-us-backstage/

INTERVIEW: Joshua Radin

Published in The Music (NSW, VIC) and on theMusic.com.au, Jul – Sept 2015

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Slow Burn

What was intended as a year off for acoustic troubadour Joshua Radin resulted in a new album and second home halfway across the world. Daniel Cribb discovers the driving force.

The latest record from US acoustic artist Joshua Radin, Onward And Sideways, was never intended for release. In fact, its 13 songs act as love letters to a Swedish girl the humble muso was trying to win over. If you’re familiar with Radin’s lush voice and beautiful guitar work, it’s not surprising it worked. “I think I’m going to be here for the summer,” Radin begins on the European country.

The tale of Onward And Sideways begins seven years ago and, much like the shows on which Radin’s songs often feature (Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy), it’s a poetic one that deserves its own spot on the small screen. “I met her in a hotel lobby in New York City. When I met her she had a boyfriend, so I couldn’t do anything. I don’t really believe in hell, but if I did, there’s a special place in wherever that is for someone who hits on a girl who has a boyfriend.”

So, he waited patiently. Releasing five albums between 2006 and 2013 and touring non-stop, Radin felt like he needed a break and it just so happened the woman he admired was by then single. “I was just kind of burnt out from the road. I had released so much music, recorded so much music and I was just going and going and going. I met this girl and called my manager and said, ‘Look, I’m taking a year off. I’m going to go over to Sweden and try woo this woman.’

“All these songs just started coming out, and of course my manager was shocked when I called her and said, ‘I think I’ve got an album I want to record,’ and she was like, ‘It’s only been a few months. I thought you want a year off?'”

It was in Sweden that he penned the new record, and while written entirely in bed (the same one that’s pictured on the cover), this album, unlike a lot of his previous work, channels love not loss as a motivator, which led to wider pondering on the subject of romance in 2015. “The way we communicate as human beings nowadays is so much different than 50 years ago. And I think the biggest problem that faces the idea of romantic love in terms of monogamy – mating for life – is the amount of options that are now presented to people because of the technological advances in communication, social media.

“I’m not here to say good thing, bad thing, whatever – I personally am built for monogamy – but I don’t know, maybe it’s part of human evolution. Only time will tell.”

His inspiration may have changed to a more ‘friendly’ format, but Radin’s creative vision remains the same, and although love songs often have a stronger chance of being moulded to fit the charts, he’s not looking release any love-produced hit singles, which is something he’s retained since releasing his debut record, 2006’s We Were Here. “I had no idea what I was doing at all,” Radin recalls of the debut. “They were the first songs I had ever written. It’s not like I had other songs and those made the cut – those were the first ten songs I had ever written in my life and I recorded them in my friend’s bedroom. Not a studio or anything, they were just demos.

“When I got a record deal, a major record deal out of it, I said to Sony, ‘Look, I’m not touching the record, I’m not changing anything.’ Now looking back on it, I’m like, ‘I can’t believe I had the balls to do that. I just knew nothing about the music business, or recording or anything. I just figured, ‘Well, this is what I did. That should be out there.’ It’s almost like your first gallery show as a painter; it’s just your sketchbook.”

Prior to writing music, Radin was a screenwriter, and before that he was in fact a painter, which explains his knack for painting a picture with words and why his music has featured in more than 50 TV shows since Winter first made it onto long-time pal Zach Braff’s Scrubs. “I grew up as a painter, a frustrated painter, and then I started working as a screenwriter – a frustrated screenwriter. So the music really came out of just a sense of I was playing music in my spare time when I was frustrated and it was more meditative, just as a hobby, and very quickly the hobby became a career, luckily. Because it’s the first thing I ever did creatively where the audience came to me, rather than the other way around.”