Thursday, 24 December 2020

See Hear Podcast Episode 80 - Interview with Brent Wilson, director of Streetlight Harmonies

 

With all the obsession the media makes of the rock era (i.e. the 60s onwards) it's all to easy to forget about the early days of rock and roll. The casual listener may think of Elvis, Chuck, Buddy or Little Richard – important parts of rock and roll history, obviously, but what's often forgotten about are the great vocal harmony groups. Groups like The Ravens, The Flamingos, The Orioles, The Dells, as well as the iconic Drifters and The Platters need to be revered as much as any of the greats in rock and roll history. Without them, the history of rock music would not only be poorer, but much of what came after the fifties (like Motown) would either not exist or at least be very different.

Welcome to episode 80 of See Hear.

Brent Wilson has directed a wonderful new documentary on the history of Doo Wop music, how it changed social history in the US, and how it influenced the singers over the decades after its heyday. The film is called Streetlight Harmonies, and he took the time to talk about the film as well as why doo wop was so important to teenagers of the 50s some of whom grew into social activists in the 60s.

Sadly, neither Tim nor Bernie were available for this discussion, but I was very excited to welcome Peter Merret, host of the PBS-FM doo wop show, The Malt Shop Hop, to help bring some musical context and ask some great questions of Brent. My gratitude to both of these gentlemen for their time and expertise. I loved doing this episode and I hope you'll enjoy listening.

You can find the film at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/streetlightharmonies or iTunes.

If you're in Melbourne, you can tune into The Malt Shop Hop every Wednesday at 11am on 106.7 PBS-FM. Outside of Melbourne, you can tune in via pbsfm.org.au or the PBS app.

This episode marks the 7 year mark of doing See Hear Podcast. We never imagined there'd be enough music related films to discuss when we started in January 2014. Turns out we can't keep up with the new releases. It's great that we have this forum for a monthly discussion about two important parts of our lives – music and movies. On behalf of Tim, Bernie and myself, thanks to everyone who continues to tune in.

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Sunday, 20 December 2020

See Hear Bonus episode with The Projection Booth - The Ventures: Stars On Guitars


Once again, See Hear and The Projection Booth have collaborated on an episode.....or The Projection Booth invited Maurice onto the show and See Hear is now riding the coattails of the Booth.


He joins Mike White and film maker / drummer / surf enthusiast Skizz Cyzyk to talk about the new documentary on the sonically adventurous and prolific Washington band, The Ventures. The film is a loving look at the career and longevity of the surf music icons, directed by Don Wilson's daughter, Staci Layne Wilson.


They talk about the surf sound and whether it's in the guitar or the song name, the band's history, their reputation as song interpreters, their relationship to their Japanese fan base, and so much more.


Run, Don't Walk to download this episode of the show.


The film is available at https://www.amazon.com/Ventures-Stars-Guitars-Don-Wilson/dp/B08N5V3Y4X


Find the huge back catalogue of Projection Booth episodes at http://www.projectionboothpodcast.com/


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See Hear is proudly part of the Pantheon Network of music podcasts. Check out all the other wonderful shows at http://pantheonpodcasts.com


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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

See Hear Podcast Episode 79 - Interview with Isabelle Raynauld about "Tuning The Brain With Music"

 


On the See Hear podcast, we've spoken about films that have music's relation to politics, history, cultural shifts, and singing plants.

We figured it was about time to get a little scientific.

On episode 79, with Tim on sabbatical, Bernie and I spoke with film director, Isabelle Raynauld. She is a film professor at the University of Montreal with a strong interest in neuroscience and music therapy. Over the course of several years, Isabelle has made a great documentary called Tuning The Brain With Music (released at the start of 2020). In the film, she speaks with all manner of people about studies that have been made into how the brain accommodates music. The scientists and therapists speak alongside people whose lives have been changed for the better by music. Tune in and find out how.

Thanks so much to Isabelle for her time and enthusiasm. We'd recommend you search out the film, available to stream from https://vimeo.com/ondemand/tuningthebrainwithmusic

You can also order her book Reading and Writing a Screenplay: Fiction, Documentary and New Media from https://www.routledge.com/Reading-and-Writing-a-Screenplay-Fiction-Documentary-and-New-Media/Raynauld/p/book/9781138476769

If you’ve been enjoying the show, please give us a favourable review on iTunes and let your friends know that our show exists.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

See Hear Podcast Episode 78 - Interview with Rob Curry, director of Southern Journey (Revisited) and The Ballad of Shirley Collins

 














An English woman and an American man drive through the American south in 1959. Their mission is to record folk songs for the Library of Congress, but they also record what peoples' lives are like at that time. How did this bode for the future?

Welcome to See Hear podcast episode 78.

The man was ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, and the woman was folk singer Shirley Collins. Their travels came on the cusp of the civil rights movement, and Alan had returned to America after an extended time away avoiding HUAC. The journey should have just been a study in peoples' living conditions and preserving a wealth of songs previously passed down from generation to generation. The fact that Lomax had been responsible for recording music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger meant that anything he did was considered a political act – not a safe thing in 1950s America.

Bernie and Maurice had the pleasure of speaking with English film director Rob Curry about two of his films – 2017's The Ballad of Shirley Collins and 2020's Southern Journey (Revisited). The two films are intertwined with each other, so it made sense to discuss both. The Ballad of Shirley Collins reveals its subject in the 21st century living her life in Sussex. She hadn't been able to sing for over 30 years, something she struggled with as singing was at the core of her being. Southern Journey has Rob and his co-director Tim Plester taking the same journey in 2018 that Lomax and Collins did in 1959. They meet up with many people in the same regions – some are actual descendants of the people recorded in 1959, others are part of the spiritual lineage. In 2018, this may be just as political, but presents a very different picture to those on our news programs.

Like Lomax and Collins, Rob and Tim were also travelling in a politically charged time. We speak to Rob about both films, the differences between the roles of folk music and commercially popular song, southern hospitality, the ties of community,.....and Morris dancing. We also discover that a popular rap artist of the early 90s lifted his biggest hit from a traditional drum-and-fife tune. Who was it???? You'll have to tune in and find out.

Unfortunately, Tim Merrill was unavailable this month, but Bernie and I are hugely grateful to Rob for taking the time to speak with us. We recommend both of these magnificent films for your viewing pleasure. The Ballad of Shirley Collins is available at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/shirleycollinsmovie. Southern Journey (Revisited) is currently on limited cinema release, but will hopefully be available to stream in 2021.

If you’ve been enjoying the show, please give us a favourable review on iTunes and let your friends know that our show exists.

Proudly part of the Pantheon Network of music podcasts. Check out all the other wonderful shows at http://pantheonpodcasts.com

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

See Hear Podcast Episode 77: Interview with Johan Von Sydow about Tiny Tim: King For A Day

 


There are singers who perform covers.

 

There are song interpreters.

 

And…..there’s Tiny Tim.

 

Welcome to episode 77 of See Hear Podcast.

 

(Not Tiny) Tim, Bernie and Maurice welcome film maker Johan Von Sydow to the show to talk about his new documentary Tiny Tim: King For a Day. If you only know Tiptoe Through The Tulips, be prepared to discover a whole lot more about the man known mainly for falsetto singing and ukuleles. Johan’s excellent film reveals the story of a man who was defined in the public eye more by his (undeniable) eccentricities than by his talents. The film follows the difficult home and social life of Herbert Butros Khaury until he evolved into Tiny Tim, a walking jukebox of tin pan alley songs. The contradiction is that he appeared to embrace the perception of him as “freak” as much as it hurt him personally.

 

Our gratitude to Johan for talking to us about his wonderful film and Tiny in general. It is getting cinema screenings and will make its way to a VOD / streaming platform in due course. We talk about Tiny’s religious conflicts, his very public marriage on the Carson show, the range of music he interpreted, the wonderfulness of his debut album, and the process it took to assemble this film including having the voice talents of Weird Al Yankovic to read from Tiny’s diaries.

 

Warning: Maurice does a terrible Tiny Tim impersonation at the show’s start….he has no shame.

 

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher…..or whatever podcast app you favour.

 

Keep up with any information about screenings of the film by going to the Facebook  page for the film, https://www.facebook.com/Tinytimkingforaday

 

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Thursday, 27 August 2020

See Hear Podcast Episode 76 - Favourite Concert Films (with Allan Arkush)



For most music fans, there’s a mantra about their favourite band (mine even named their live album after it) – they were better live…..but is the visceral thrill of seeing a band perform on a stage lost when watching their performance in a film? Or can the film maker bring something new to the experience via the medium?


Welcome to episode 76 of See Hear Podcast.


In all the time Tim, Bernie and I have been podcasting, we’ve never done a show dedicated to concert films. Individual films are spoken about in forums or articles, but they seem rarely considered as a class of film the way other genres are. We attempt to correct that, by inviting back to the show film director and music enthusiast Allan Arkush to talk about his favourites and what makes a concert film work. Does a great performance by the artists necessarily make a great film? If you’ve heard Allan speak before on the Trailers From Hell website or are a fan of his films like Rock And Roll High School, Get Crazy or The Temptations, or his episodes of Fame (the TV show), then you do not want to miss this episode. We were thrilled to have Allan spend time with us talking about a subject close to all our hearts.


As well as our discussion, host of the brilliant Supporting Characters podcast, Bill Ackerman presents some thoughts on his favourite concert film. Huge thanks to you, Bill.


Be aware that we left out many great films.....we can't recall everything for a conversation like this, but hopefully, this provides the basis for further great conversations.


You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher…..or whatever podcast app you favour.


Check out Allan’s commentaries at https://trailersfromhell.com/, along with many other people from the film world.


Bill’s Supporting Characters podcast can be found on all the usual pod platforms or at http://www.nowplayingnetwork.net/supportingcharacters


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Download episode 76 from here.


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Monday, 3 August 2020

See Hear Bonus Episode with The Projection Booth - Suzi Q



Come alive, See Hear listeners. Maurice took a (virtual) trip down Devil Gate Drive to join Mike White and Leon Chase on the Projection Booth Podcast for a discussion of the 2019 documentary about Suzi Quatro, called Suzi Q.

Mike White has generously allowed this episode of the Projection Booth to run in the See Hear feed as well as his own (released a few days early). This film definitely fits our raison d'etre.

Also included are interviews Mike did with the producer Tait Brady and director Liam Firmager, as well as Suzi Quatro herself.

So get on your leathers, strap on your bass, and enjoy the show.

Find the huge back catalogue of Projection Booth episodes at http://www.projectionboothpodcast.com/

You can download the show by searching for See Hear podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher…..or whatever podcast app you favour.

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Download bonus episode from here.

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See Hear Podcast Episode 80 - Interview with Brent Wilson, director of Streetlight Harmonies

  With all the obsession the media makes of the rock era (i.e. the 60s onwards) it's all to easy to forget about the early days of rock ...