Well, what to say about the stage adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate. It goes for nearly three and a half hours and is in Russian with subtitles projected onto a little screen above the stage. On paper it sounds like a rough night at the theatre, and true it does take a sizable amount of patience and immense concentration to get through it, but I’m proud to say I did get through it, I MOSTLY understood what was going on and I enjoyed it a lot!
Lupe, Lupe, Lupe, tsk, tsk.
As far as reviews go, Lupe Fiasco was OK. He certainly didn’t blow my mind, far be it for me to play a game of pool or take a smoke on the balcony and feel as though this wasn’t a “MetroCity Concert Event” as the banners side of stage so aptly reminded me, but that perhaps I may as well have been at R&B Super Club on a Saturday night.
All the songs were performed like a well-trained puppy, an incongruous looking band played alongside him, while two friends (?) sat distractingly on stage: the whole time looking bored out of their skulls. Who were those people? Why were they on stage and why weren’t they dancing??!
Fiasco and co raced through the songs with barely a breath between. To this little reviewer Lupe gave the impression of an artist who wanted to get the gig over with, take his $100, 000, ‘Thank Perth!” and run while a bunch of unlucky people think it’s the best thing they’ve seen without realising they’ve just been insulted and duped at the same time. On the final song Lupe introduced Daydream, only to stop and start again, stating the crowd didn’t know how to behave and that if he were in a ‘real’ city he’d be receiving the reaction he wanted. For an artist who originally gave me the impression his music was of a genuine place of hiphop lovin’, I walked out of his gig feelin’ nothin’ but at least knowin’ that it doesn’t matter if you’re a poet breaking new ground, if there’s idiocy in the masses then there’s money to be found.
Cut & Paste’s David Ferrier also drops into Ebony and Ivory, this time for a cut & colour. Although David appears a tad nervous at the beginning he was pretty happy with the final result and spent the rest of the day showing it off!
John Macliver from Cut & Paste drops into Ebony and Ivory on Barrack St. for his appointment with Haircuts by Children. Big ups to Saige from Roseworth Primary School for his amazing use of colours and shape for John’s final do.
Katherine Dorrington, program manager for the Perth Writers Festival takes us through a couple of highlights from this year’s “literary long weekend”.
It seemed that everyone who saw Pivot play at Beck’s Music Box last week came away discussing whether or not they liked the inclusion of vocals on some of the new material. In this interview Dave Miller and Richard Pike talk about how singing entered organically into the Pivot sound while they were working on their new album, which will be the band’s third, even though the album itself is still without a title.
The Transients are one of the top two bands in Nova 937’s I Am With The Band competition.
Over the next few weeks Nova will be playing their upcoming single, Mischa, and you can show your support for them by voting for them online. You can vote multiple times and by voting, you could win $5000.
The Transients are giving away via free download, their remix of Brash and Sassy’s No Milk For You (The Transients’ Thirsty remix). Click here to hit their website and grab the track
You can catch The Transients playing live this Saturday night at the Health after-party at Beck’s Music Box (free entry from 10pm) and at Future Music Festival, Ascot Racecourse on Sunday. They’re opening the main stage so get there early at 12 noon!
Cut & Paste talk to Trond Fausa Aurvag and Solfrid Glesnes about the daily rituals of coffee consumption and what happens when a teabag is found… or do they?
You’ve seen, or at least heard about, Tomás Ford. He’s the showman who plays electro to punk kids, puts on confronting cabarets, dances on every conceivable surface and has as much fun as he can with audiences.
Even if you took in his controversial One Night Stand show from back in 2007, his runaway hit Artrage Festival show Tomás Ford vs The Audience in 2006 or any of his appearances at pubs or festivals around the country, this is still so far on the next level from those shows as to be unrecognisably awe inspiring. You still haven’t seen him as liberated as he is in this show.
Ford’s art is manipulating audiences and harnessing chaos. It’s one thing to see him in a pub or at a festival, but there’s only so much he can do in those spaces; when you put him in a theatre, everything is maxxed out. He has more control. He can tailor the show to the space. For this show, we’re talking about new costumes, video work, a unique performance environment and a series of happenings that may never happen again.
If you want to see Tomás Ford at his best, you’ve only got one night to do it.
That night is Saturday February 27 at The Astor Theatre on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley.
These guys are racking up some massive cool points and not just for their skinny jeans, or playing but for stuff like touring with Nine Inch Nails. According to bassist, John Famiglietti “We don’t want you to only like [our music] because you’re supposed to like it or you like it because it’s cool. I don’t want you to scratch your fucking head. It should be immediate… I think [the new album] just makes our music more effective.” -from this Redefine Magazine interview.
Directed by: Fatih Akin
Written by: Fatih Akin (screenplay); Adam Bousdoukos (screenplay)
Another quirky story out of Germany, Soul Kitchen centers on Zinos and his restaurant that although lacking quality food has boundless warmth and plods along doing a not so roaring trade serving subpar café food to a loyal few.
Zinos is having a hard time of it, the place is sinking, his girlfriend is leaving for Japan and him to follow and to top it off his career criminal brother is out on day release and needs a job! Enter Birol Ünel a volatile knife wielding chef whose talent and temper make him a necessary evil who just might help save the day.
Revamping the restaurant and bringing his brother on board proves a success that soon turns sour and the events in between are what really make this off the wall story work.
The relationship between Zinos and his absentee girlfriend vs. his love of the eatery vs. his responsibility to his wayward yet lovable brother combined with a tantrum throwing chef and droll chain smoking waitress all add up to highly entertaining film featuring a cast of characters you can’t help but feel great affection for and a stellar soundtrack of old soul classics.
Last Hope is the fusion of sixteen original short films compiled by Andrew Kidman accompanied by a unique soundtrack put together by Spunk Records. Some of the artists include Smog, Sufjan Stevens, Mogwai, My Morning Jacket, Dirty Three, Holly Throsby, Vetiver, Bonnie Prince Billy, Machine Translations and The Brown Birds From Windy Hill. The films centre on the theme of the splendor of the sea and the infinite myth and culture of surfing.
Andrew Kidman chose six of his favourite surfing filmmakers to create short films that were inspired by the ocean. The filmmakers include Albert Falzon, Jon Frank, Monty Webber, Michelle Lockwood, Patrick Trefz and Richard Kenvin. Kidman also provides four shorts of his own.
On Friday 20th February, Last Hope played to a most welcoming crowd at the Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley. After a fitting introduction by Andrew Kidman himself, the films were brought to life with an amazing live soundtrack by The Brown Birds of Windy Hill, Machine Translations and the beautiful and absolute highlight of the night: Miss Holly Throsby. The affect of live music articulates the breathtaking beauty of the ocean and strengthens a connection we share with it. The result is at times emotional, selfless, humorous and sincere. It was a welcome end to a busy week in the rat race. A relaxing and thought provoking escape, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Opening in mid 70’s Belfast, Five Minutes of Heaven is a story with a heavy heart told in a wonderfully straight forward and quite masculine manner. When sixteen year old Alistair Little packs a gun and heads off to kill a young catholic boy he has no idea he will do so in front of the mans young brother Joe but that is exactly what occurs, the build up to this shocking event isn’t too long but filled with that sickly adrenaline filled dread that comes with a horrible decision already made in ones mind.
Flash forward thirty years and the two main characters are speeding towards each other, literally, in chauffer driven cars. TV programme has given them the chance to meet face to face and the two leads played convincingly by Liam Neeson (Little) and James Nesbitt (Joe Griffen) convey the conflicting emotions of men bound by an unspeakable act superbly.
Amreeka tells the, at time arduous, tale of Muna a single mother and her teenage son Fadi and their journey from Palestine to America, namely Illinois.
The opening scenes are dreary and dry, you can almost feel the gritty sand and trickling sweat as you watch Muna travel from her place of work via a slowly moving checkpoint. The dusty landscape, rutted roads and soldiers with guns nicely set up the leap to the U.S where it is freezing cold and full of light and colour.
But it’s Munas struggle to build a life stateside that is the real story here, her struggle to find a job worthy of her university education and years of experience and the blatant racism faced by herself and more so her son are truly heart wrenching as is the secondary story of the impact of current world events namely terroism in the first world is having on Munas sister and her family, the desire to live in the homeland, a failing business, rebelling very American teenage daughter, (played beautifully by Alia Shawkat of arrested development fame).
At times despairing Munas tough take on her situation and her drive to make a better life and blend her family is sincere and extremely moving, I found her to be very endearing, the relationships cultivated with a teenage co worker and her sons principle are highlights.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a delightful pop band with a fuzzy edge that some people are saying gives them a bit of shoegagaze lean. Shared Boy/Girl vocals and a lot of time spent with books just makes them so cute that I may have pinch their cheeks at the gig.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are playing at Beck’s Music Box Fri 19 Feb, 8.00PM and we have a double pass for a lucky Cut and Paster.
Cut & Paste talks to Dina Dodina, director of the world renowned Maly Drama Theatre, who discusses the story behind Life and Fate and the audience reactions to it’s performance in Europe. This interview contains ‘exclusive’ footage from the dress rehearsal of Life and Fate from His Majesty’s Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
If you’ve never heard of Warp Records you will undoubtedly have heard of some of the artists on that label. From the extraordinary Aphex Twin, Battles, to the more subdued glitchiness of Boards of Canada and the post-rock styles of Tortoise this label is synonymous with the finest in experimental, ground breaking sounds.
So Being the first ever Australian Band to get signed by Warp is pretty big deal, and that’s just what Pivot have been able to achieve. This Thursday the 18th of February Perth gets a special treat when Pivot play live at the Beck’s Music Box as part of the Perth Festival.
Releases include 2008’s O Soundtrack my Heart as well as appearing on a bunch of Warp compilations.
We have two double passes to give away to their show at the Beck’s Music Box.
So how do you get yours?
Director of the Deckchair Theatre production of Grace, Chris Bendall, discusses the characters in the production and the actors behind them.
We chat to Australian director-choreographer Shaun Parker about his new work Happy as Larry, a buoyant and powerful exploration of human happiness. The interview includes exclusive footage from the dress rehearsal.
Sampology talks about how his live show incorporates new audio visual hardware/ software. As Sam says on his MySpace page “In a nutshell it sees the manipulation of Visual Clips such as music videos with the use of 2 turntalbes and a Mixer.”