May, 2010

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP // BANKSY

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 by John

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Cut & Paste, Last Chance Studios and Paper Chain, in conjuction with Luna Cinemas and Madman Events present… the WA release of Exit Through the Gift Shop (M), the first film by world famous street artist, Banksy at Luna Cinemas Leederville for a Special Limited 2 week Season only commencing June 10.

Before the screening on Thursday June 10, Cut & Paste, Last Chance Studios and Paper Chain bring you an exclusive Pre-Party. The Cut & Paste Soundsystem will play a set inspired by 80’s electro and hip-hop,drawing on music from early street art movement film. This will be accompanied by a selection of Perth Street Art images curated by Last Chance Studios and remixed by Paper Chain all whilst Last Chance artists – Creepy, Timothy Rollin & Ryan Bosario bring the art.
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Here’s what some other people want you to think about Exit Through The Gift Shop

“Ladies and gentlemen, and publicists: Trying to make a movie which truly conveys the raw thrill and expressive power of art is very difficult. So we haven’t bothered. Instead, this is simply an everyday tale of life, longing, and mindless vandalism. Everything you are about to see is true, especially the bit where we all lie. Thanks for coming, please don’t give away the ending on Twitter. And please, don’t try copying any of this stuff at home, wait until you get to work.”

…as is penned by Banksy and presented at the world premiere of his debut feature film at Sundance.

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop is the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur filmmaker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.

Described as an artist, political commentator, social prankster, fake, visionary Banksy’s foray into cinema by doing exactly what he does best, warping reality into something much more fun! In this, ‘the world’s first street art disaster movie’, Banksy becomes the prize catch of Thierry Guetta, a French shop-keep turned videographer who becomes obsessed with finding and filming the elusive painter. Featuring interviews with Shephard Fairey (Obey), Space Invader and a slew of street art luminaries.

“A sly satire of celebrity, consumerism and the art world.” LA TIMES

“Supplemented with Rhys Ifans’s arch narration and Richard Hawley’s underground pop anthem “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” “Exit” could be a new subgenre: the prankumentary. Audiences, however, would be advised simply to enjoy the film on its face — even if that face is a carefully contrived mask.’ JEANNETTE CATSOULIS, NY Times

“Legendary British graffiti artist Banksy raises a compelling question in his new film: is there a difference between real and perceived power?” Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

‘What’s true? What’s not? Is it a Banksy fabrication, a knowing stunt satirising the art world? Tellingly, there’s no director credit. Whatever the truth, it’s an amusing, curious documentary.” David Gritten Daily Telegraph

EXCLUSIVE SEASON SCREENS FROM THUR JUNE 10 TO WED JUNE 23

http://www.banksyfilm.com/

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Takeaway Tunes || Owls and Hayley Beth

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

So it’s finally over. WAM has had a spectacular 5 days showcasing Perth’s finest musicians, and Takeaway Tunes (run by Love is My Velocity) was by far a highlight for me and certainly a feature Northbridge could benefit from every weekend!

To finish the WAMI weekend off, Rupert from the Owls played some psychadelic instrumental soundscapes, which was a pleasure to see the different ways in which a song can be broken down or constructed, especially just by one man.

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And last but not least, Hayley Beth graced us as the last act for TT, her performance, such power in her voice she could break glass! A big shout out to Beau for helping Hayley out on guitar, banjo and harmonica and Brendan Jay for some toe tapping tambourine slapping! Well done!

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Also a big congratulations should go out to the Love is My Velocity kids, all of whom deserve the credit for setting up such a fantastic pop-up shop! Well done once again!

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CRUSTACEAN CUP // EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FOOTBALL

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Matt

crabs_soccerWHAT:  CRUSTACEAN CUP

WHERE: Wellington Square

WHEN: Sunday, May 23

MORE: Listen to Tierney and Pierucci on RTR FM

The smack talk from Tyranocrabs Ringmaster Laith Tierney and Crabs FC Honcho Chris Pierucci on RTR FM included a bet that could result in Pierucci getting naked on Beaufort street, inflatable goals that wouldn’t stay inflated even with all the freely available hot air from the players and Peter Barr winning another WAMI – in the Sportscasting category: That’s the Crusty Cup!

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WAMI // SATURDAY SPECTACULAR CLOSING PARTY

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Chris

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WHAT: WAMI Saturday Spectacular Closing Party

WHERE: Amplifier and Capital

WHEN: May 22

After a day exploring Northbridge, checking out all things WAM, it was time to finish off the eve at Amplifier and Capital and close out this Spectacular.

Playing early to an already bumper crowd, three piece The Jackards belted out some ball churning, heart pumping and down right excellent rock and roll tunes. Not much of what they do is original but they have a knack for guitar driven hooks and groove-laden drums.

Most promising new act Emperors hit the Amplifier stage next, with a new drummer in tow. Its fairly basic guitar based indie pop here, but when done well it doesn’t really matter, Emperors do it well and they let the audience know it.

Abbe May had to pull out of her show due to an injury to a band member, which brought Arts Martial to the Capital stage a bit later than scheduled. With this band there was a definite pattern emerging for this gig. Arts Martial, of all the bands on this gig were the least original and the least accomplished but this is not to say they are bad. They will make a name for themselves on the national stage as their music is perfect for a mass market. If you’re a member of this market, enjoy: If not – avoid.

In complete contrast, Injured Ninja take a sonic katana to your eardrums and then slice your body to pieces as you drop to the ground. They have stripped back their sound a little to produce a fury of noise and bass lines that if you are passing by sounds like chaos but if you stop and listen it all blissfully comes together, like a jigsaw of a kaleidoscope. They clearly impressed some of the WAMI Business Conference delegates which left me wondering if Perth may just have produced a successful band that does not write easy pop songs.

Back on the Capital stage, RTR FM darlings Umpire jumped up and began. The wonderfully crafted “Vapors Wrecked Your Knives” and “Streamers” were highlights of a well-devised set. If you are sitting on the fence with this band go and see them live, you’ll quickly jump down on their side.

Will Stoker and The Embers blasted out their set in the smaller room. Finding something truly original here is tough but finding talent is not. Musically this band is highly accomplished and Will Stoker is a charismatic and entertaining front man. The problem comes from the fact that his music is not enticing enough for his charm to come across as charming.

As a product of the nineties Jebediah, are reluctant heroes to many in the current Perth scene. They played a collection of new, soon to be released tracks and older fan favourites that produced the only crowd surfing seen for a long time. “Jerks of Attention”, “Puck Defender”, “Please Leave” and “Fall Down” spread smiles all around.

Jebediah looked really relaxed on stage as though they were playing these older songs for perhaps the last time. With a new record on the way it may be the case that the Jebediah of the late nineties early naughties are done.

Scotch of Saint James, Tomas Ford and French Rockets played wonderful, exciting sets with the Rockets light show taking another step forward but for this day I feel it was fitting to end with Jebediah.

The power and the popularity of West Australian music was truly on show; if only we had the audience to sustain it all year round. For all those who attended and all those who lined up to attend, WAMI showed us how good Perth music can be, go out and see it, go out and support it.

©Chris Wheeldon. 23rd May 2010.

©Photos Gemma Pike. 2010

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SATURDAY SPECTACULAR // WAMi 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010 by Chris

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WHAT: City of Perth Northbridge WAMI Saturday Spectacular

WHERE: All over Northbridge

WHEN: May 22

It’s not often Western Australian music is the most important thing in Perth. This past Saturday, Northbridge became the centre of the scene as fifty acts did their thing across nine venues for the City of Perth Northbridge Saturday Spectacular. My story covers fourteen bands, seven venues, soggy jeans and one hell of a showcase for this big little city.

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Takeaway Tunes || Eleventh He Reaches London, The Ghost Hotel, Schvendes and Tomas Ford

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

With the WAMi’s on all this week local producers Love is My Velocity have opened a pop-up shop called Takeaway Tunes. Bringing the heart of Northbridge some much needed local flair from it’s key creatives, Takeaway Tunes is the place to go to find a real representation of what goes on under the skin of this city.

Each night at TT Perth bands and musicians play an hour long set which is recorded live. This unique experience of shop and rock combined create such a pleasant experience! It’s a rare happening, that only seems to come around while such Perth festivals are on and a pity it’s not on every weekend! Get on down to Takeaway Tunes to make sure you don’t miss out! Or if you have missed it, check out the Cut and Paste vlogs  of each set!

Takeaway Tunes kicked off on Wednesday with local boys Eleventh He Reaches London slamming out an extremely loud and rockin’ set. It was an interesting contrast to listen to the ear penetrating ‘Mount Lawley Metal’ and yet be seated amongst the installation of a glowing ambient room peppered with real grassy knolls and flowerpots!

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Thursday night saw The Ghost Hotel obliterate a fantastic live set (once again how wonderful all the bands were recorded live!) seamlessly swaggering through their country rock  ballads and playing all their greats such as Dead Letter Heart and Let Your Hand Be Your Guide. Taking full advantage of the live recording session ,The Ghost Hotel wasted no time and performed Juliet twice (one time electric, the other an acoustic version) just to make sure they got it right. An admirable example of pure WA talent and melodic craftsmanship, The Ghost Hotel were definitely one band I’m glad I didn’t miss!

THE GHOST HOTEL VLOG UP SOON!

Friday night it was the dark and sultry Schvendes that filled Takeaway Tunes with their melancholic masterpieces. Amazing wailing melodies and heartrending lyrics pulsated from this 5 piece, so much so that it felt like Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and The Dirty Three were all in the room together flagellating and torturing love songs into dark twisted monstrosities of human emotion. Talk about powerful!

SCHVENDES VLOG UP SOON!

Not to fear, because after having your hearts torn out by Schvendes we had a man who can show you the brighter side of everything, a man who enjoys his humble pie and a schoolgirl giggle, a man who encourages you not to be shy and hold everything in, a man by the name of Tomas Ford. Yes, 2 time WAMI award winner Tomas Ford gave us his first acoustic set ever in a beautifully intimate set. Utilizing the sounds of his spectators, Mr Ford made sure his interactions with the audience were also recorded live onto his tracks. Spoken word, sing-alongs and ambient sound scapes were all incorporated into his set as part of a grand sound design. Well done Mr Ford, well done!

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Photos by Nicole Norelli and Jordan Shields

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Kiss My Camera

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

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Kiss My Camera is a photographic exhibition currently on display at the West Australian Museum in Perth as part of the WAMI’s (the WA Music Industry) showcase happening all this week. The Kiss My Camera exhibition is a new feature to the WAMI showcase, having only been in existence in the last 2 years.

There are 48 images on display tucked away on Level 2 with some of the one’s we think are the best featured on our footage (check out the vid!). The photos are taken of live West Australian musicians, international artists who have played in Perth as well as press and promotional photos for bands. There are some great portraits too, especially a fantastic candid of ex-Xpress Editor Bob Gordon as Paul Stanley from KISS taken by Lisa Businovski.

Kiss My Camera is a lovely little hats off to all those hard working photographers hustling in the media pit making sure the images you see in your local street rag and websites are top notch! And to those who have simply grabbed a great moment by being in the right place at the right time. Congratulations to all the finalists, some of whom we all know well, such as Anthony Tran (Sunset and DrumMedia), Jordan Shields (The Wire), Court McAllister (92.9), Lisa Businovski (Xpress), Jarrad Seng and Bridget Turner just to name a few!

Make sure you check it out before the 12th of July and vote for your favourite photo as well.  A People’s Choice award goes to the photographer whose image is most voted for! Then Kiss My Camera goes on it’s own little musical history tour across regional WA.

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WAMI AWARDS // GLAMOUR AND CAKE

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 by Chris

WAMi2010WHAT: WAMI AWARDS 2010

WHERE: Capitol, Perth

WHEN: May 20

EXTRAS: Thursday Night’s Winners and Craft Award Winners

Awards mean little, but recognition means a great deal and for many the WAMI Awards is that recognition of all things original and local, oh and some bands played and some people from other countries and states popped over.

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TAKING THE CAKE // WAMI 2010 WINNERS

Friday, May 21st, 2010 by Matt

WAMi10-bigHeaderThursday 20 May at The Capitol the WAMi Awards for 2010 were announced. The night included performances from Hayley Beth, Black Poet, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Will Stoker and The Embers and a big closing set from Sugar Army that kept the crowd amped up and eager right till the end.

Peter Barr and Triple J’s The Doctor were excellent as co-hosts for the event and special thanks should go to Paul Bodlovich and Sarah Norton from WAM for making the this most unique of music events happen.

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YOUR BAND HAS CRABS // CRUSTACEAN CUP

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by Matt

TrophyWhat happens when you let a bunch of extremely talented people loose on a field with a round ball? Well if the talented people are called Ronaldo, Rooney or Robinio you get a game of skill known as Football in some parts of the world and Soccer in others.  If however the people’s talents are for playing instruments and singing you get THE CRUSTACEAN CUP.

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WAMi FESTIVAL // STUFF TO SEE AND DO

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 by Matt

Corn_WAMIThe WAMi Festival is on again and there is, as usual, heaps to do, see and of course hear. We’re going to be filming at a few events and expect some tweets form round the place too, there’s way too much stuff for us to be able to be at everything so if you see something cool let us know!

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WAMi 10 // THE CRAFTIES

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 by Matt

Tomas_Ford_WammingtonMonday 17 at the Rosemount saw the first set of Wammingtons handed out to the industry’s  best practicioners. The Craft Awards are given to those people who are considered the Best in their field by their peers…

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PHOTOGRAPHY HIJACKED // WATCH ME

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 by John

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Photography Hijacked, a documentary film by Jack Pam, is a journey through the processes, techniques and outcomes of 12 unique photographers from Australia and America. The idea that individuality of process is what underwrites and makes possible all interesting artwork is explored with each new artist in the film representing a new way of looking at the contemporary medium of photography.

Featuring the work of Graham Miller, Dean Karr, Shen Wei, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Sarah Small, Toni Wilkinson, Gareth Willis, Brad Rimmer, Amy Stein, Karron Bridges, Angela Boatwright, Bill Sullivan.

The film is divided into 8 sections containing 12 photographers each photographer is given their own space and presence in the film to represent what they want to say in their own way. This unique structure employed by the filmmaker gives the power and control of the film to the individual photographers themselves. The audience is given the opportunity to step into the world of the photographer where they explain how and why they make their work. The viewer is taken on a ride from the Hollywood Hills of LA, to the Wheat belt of Western Australia to the streets and lofts of New York and into the Rebel Motorcycle Clubhouses of Australia and beyond. You are invited into these worlds with a photographer as your guide as they journey to capture their subject and explain their work.

Photogrpahy Hijacked Screens tonight  10:05pm Tuesday, 18 May 2010 on ABC1

//DIRECTED BY Jack Pam

//PRODUCED BY Matteo Bruno

//FEATURING MUSIC BY

Prefuse 73 – USA (Warp)

Inch Time – Australia (Static Caravan)

Bloom – Australia

Boxharp – Australia (Hidden Shaol)

Victor Burmon – Australia (Hefty)

//MORE INFO

http://www.photographyhijacked.com

http://www.jackpamphoto.com

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SEMI-PERMANENT // TIMBA SMITS

Monday, May 17th, 2010 by Shannan
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Timba Smits is a multi-talented, award-winning artist / graphic designer / illustrator / typographer from Melbourne.

He’s also the man behind design-intensive arts and culture publication Wooden Toy Quarterly.

Cut & Paste caught up with Timba during the Perth stopover of the Semi-Permanent design conference in 2009. The first 2010 Semi-Permanent took place in Sydney on 19-20 March and will make its way to Perth on 11 September.

Music: ‘Masakela’ by Naik
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FOLLOW THE FUNK //

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 by John

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Little old Perth got a visit from Boogie Funk Royalty Last week when Dâm Funk landed. We got all fan boy in here when the man himself dropped by the Cut & Paste office to chat with John Macliver about hooking up with Stones Throw Records and his plans for the future direction of funk…watch and learn people.

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SCHVENDES // A SHADE OF GREY

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 by Chris

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Long considered Perth finest purveyors of morbid, macabre and stirring musical expanses, Schvendes are far removed from their own stereotype. Launching their new split single, Shades of Grey/ Lay The Noose at the Rosemount, the five-piece are a marvel to the scene they call home.

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ARTIST PROFILE // TIMOTHY ROLLIN

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 by John

frame-holder-close-upMy art is…Part street art ratbag, part political cartoon. Mash up of counter culture and childhood nostalgia imagery.
I try to load my pictures with visual metaphors that represent our surrounding urban environment, ideas and some of my opinions about the world around us. If I could communicate my ideas with words I probably wouldn’t draw so much.

I use…Pen and paper. Spray paint and walls.

When I work I… I pretty much sit around daydreaming at length and detail about ideas and visuals no one else can see. So my process is what is commonly referred to as having your “head up ya’ arse”. I spend quite days in town observing and sketching down ideas. Then I develop them further in the studio as finished drawings or just smash em out as street paintings. I try to keep it fun. It rings true to why you started before the world fills your brain with a million rules and theories about what makes something art or graffiti or whatever.

Perth’s not so bad because…there are lots of great people here. I think all the stuff people complain about is just a result of not getting out of West Australia enough. So you either gotta travel semi frequently or have imagination to have fun. Being relatively poor I mostly go with imagination.

Over the next year I’m…going to try to pay off the vast number of fines I have been collecting over the last few years. I’m getting sick of the threatening coloured mail I keep getting. Pink and yellow letters are fucked. Also, I’ll be showing in Sydney in a Last Chance group show later in year. So ill take the chance to paint the shit out of the streets of Sydney and Melburn, which is more fun than anything else I can think of.

I think that…cunt is a great adverb. “Hand me a pencil” he said cunterly.

Current show…I got a deadly duo show real soon with my art bro Ryan Boserio. DOUBLE FEATURE on 21st of may. Its at Grey Door in Claremont. Round the back of the old Sarah Spiers murder hotel.

Check out Timothy Rollins website here

Here is his interview from Cut & Paste: Issue Nine

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DIGERBODIA // THE DIGER IS BACK

Friday, May 7th, 2010 by John

Where Diger Rokwell’s prior releases, The Earthhead and Digstrumentals, were a sprawling mass of samples from across the globe and genres, Digerbodia: remixes and beats from the Khmer Kingdom, finds him focusing and refining those ideas on the music from the Khmer Kingdom of Cambodia. The first chapter in a series of “beat tourism” beat tapes; these 7 tracks are built on samples unearthed on a journey in Cambodia.

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KEEP IT MOOOOOVIN // GROOVIN THE MOO

Thursday, May 6th, 2010 by Matt

GTM-logo copyNow there are some people who would say you would have to have something seriously wrong with you to want to go and spend your valuable weekend time in a park in Bunbury. Now you should listen to people who say things like that most of the time, but not when GROOVIN THE MOO is in town!

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THE DAM(E) FUNK //

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 by John

damfunkThey call him L.A’s “Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” And people can be heard shouting DAMN! At every one of his  gigs, you can call him Dam and you say it like Dame. If you want to talk about his sound it’s  ’Modern Funk’..

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