August, 2010

RADIOTHON CLOSING PART-AY!//

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

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WHAT?  RTR FM’s RADIOTHON CLOSING PARTY
WHERE? Rosemount Hotel
WHEN? Saturday 28th August 2010

Featuring performances by  Harlequin League, The Tigers, Will Stoker and The Embers, Hayley Beth and Young Revelry.

Photos by Court McAllister

Photos by Stuart Millen

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RTR RADIOTHON KICKS OFF//

Friday, August 20th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

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WHAT: RTR Radiothon Opening
WHERE: WA Art Gallery Caffissimo
WHEN: 20 August

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CUT & PASTE GOES TO THE POLLS // PICK ME

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by Matt

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There are only a few days left until we all go to our local school and stand inside a cardboard booth with pencils and papers. As exciting as that prospect is we want you to remember that casting that ballot is important, we at Cut & Paste don’t really care which way you vote but we thought we might as well go through the election and chuck in our point of view… everyone else is so why not us as well?

Disclaimer: This is not a how to vote piece. All of this could be bullshit, like anything in politics it depends on your point of view.

What are the issues?

Government Debt

We don’t have sovereign debt on the scale of some European countries or the U.S. and while it’s really important to make sure that people who run the country have a pretty good handle on Economics and make sure that the country doesn’t collapse, there’s always something that could be done to improve the situation. One of the things about macroeconomics is that when governments “pull the levers” it can take a long time before anyone on your street feels any change. It’s one of the reasons the whole process can seem so distant. Keep an eye on personal debt before you worry about whether Australia can afford to build the NBN.

Technology and Infrastructure

This stuff is frequently pretty boring to most people and it’s been a long time since we did any really huge one off infrastructure projects, even things like the B.E.R don’t count because that was a fund for a range of small local projects, how successful you think that program was depends on a which review you believe. This election though gives us a gigantasaurus of an infrastructure project called the National Broadband Network (NBN) people who like the internet generally believe this is a good idea, those opposed reckon that if there was a market demand for it then private companies would build it without the government’s intervention. If you think back to high school you might remember a concept called “Collective Goods,” one of the questions about the NBN is whether or not you could call it that. Providing telecommunications in a country like Australia is very difficult you have a small population that is distributed over a very wide area and in some places it really is impossible to make a dollar out of telecommunications without subsidies or some sort of government intervention.

There’s a trade off though in that if you want the NBN you might have to accept an ISP level filter that makes North Korea and China’s draconian security measures look soft. Apparently though the Australian Sex Party is in favour of filter free NBN which makes me think that a whole lot of 30 something virgin gamers will be voting Sex party, just for the internet. Yes kids Politics is a murky business.

Population and Immigration

Many people see this as a non issue, unfortunately the major parties are obsessed with the idea that the poor and desperate are somehow massing in waves and preparing to descend upon Australia like a plague of locusts. Migration is tender issue, almost everyone in Australia can claim some migrant history. Whilst a responsible approach to population management is a good idea the scapegoating of asylum seekers is not. If you want people to drown at sea tell the world you’ll turn their boats around. Most people are now aware that asylum seekers are only a tiny part of the puzzle.

Environment

We were promised a lot in 2007 and particularly younger people have a right to feel let down. Personally I think the current malaise in environmental policy has more to do with policies being compromised at the draft stage in the hope that they would sneak through a hostile Senate. A Renewable Energy Target (RET) was passed when the CPRS was split up so the ETS could be treated separately; defending the ETS cost Malcolm Turnbull his job. Currently the big winners seem to be  coal miners and as the W.A Government prepares to bring more dirty coal fired power online it seems that voting for anyone who will promise some sort of price on Carbon is about the only way that we have a chance of moving away from the business-as-usual model.

What should I do?

Most people already know they’ll be voting for on Saturday there are far fewer swinging voters than it might appear (sorry Sex Party). There are a lot of people however who know that in the end they’re going to get one of the two major parties as the government but don’t really want either. this next little bit is devoted to them.

Preferential voting is a wonderful thing. I have actually taken the time to vote “below the line” for the senate and numbered some hundred or so boxes so that I could decide which insane person should be preferenced above Family First. That’s rather a lot of effort and clearly not for the faint hearted though but in the house of Representatives you might have only eight or so boxes to number. I think that rather than voting informally making a protest vote is the easiest way to let the major parties now they aren’t paying attention to your need and it’s easy: work out which of the two big parties you least want  to win and give them a high number (not necessarily last there could be some really kookie independents in your electorate) then pick your favourite minor party and give them number one, put the major party you prefer in second and you’re done, fill in the rest randomly if you like.

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SONS OF STEEL // A TAKE ON AUSTRALIAN FILM

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by John

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At the recent Revelation Film Festival Cut & Paste caught up with Writer/Director Gary L. Keady and actor/musician Jeff Duff (Secta). Although the initial discussions centered around the Sons of Steel film and the National Film & Sound Archive, as our chat went on we moved further into the current state of Australian film and Gary’s take on it all.

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Interviewer: David Ferrier
Camera: Dan Butler & John Macliver
Editor: Aaron McCann

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BREAKFAST WITH BARR AT THE ART GALLERY // RADIOTHON ON

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by Matt

Radiothon 2010The man frequently mistaken for a rooster, not for his bright plumage but rather for his penchant for being awake at stupidly early times in the morning will be outside of the comfort of the RTR FM studio and instead at Caffissimo at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

That’s right Breakfast with Barr this Friday will be special Outdoor Broadcast to open Radiothon for 2010.

The action begins at 6am when the barista makes me my first of fifteen coffees for the day and you are invited to come down, wake up and hang out with Barr and special guests like Shane Adamczak who’ll be chatting and offering up a song from his Long Songs for Future Girl…stage show which is bound to give you something else to laugh at other than the site of Cut & Paste crew zombieing about and crashing into the furniture while we’re filming.

If you’re hungry guest Chef Luke Bolton might just throw some breakfast in your face while he’s there as well, then of course there’s more music with Southbound-bound Split Seconds and WAMI winners The Brow Horn Orchestra.

By the time sun comes and other people are well and truly on their way to their normal jobs Josh Thomas, comedian and  panel star of TAYG will be making an appearance.

This is the opening event for Radiothon 2010 so if you’re not an RTR subscriber here’s your best opportunity of the year to correct this situation, have fun see some bands and get breakfast and coffee instead of drunk and sleepy.

We hope to see lot’s of you Cut & Paste kids there!

WHAT: RTRFM Radiothon Outside Broadcast Launch

WHERE: Caffissimo, Art gallery of W.A

WHEN: 6am-till 9am, Friday 20th August, 2010

FACEBOOK: Check the Facebook event here

WEB: Check the event details on RTR’s website

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WHEN ITS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT // YOUR SMALLEST ART

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by Matt

Sky_Croeser_WebYour Smallest Art is a project started by local academic, artist, musician and agent provocateur Sky Croeser. Instead of battling through the conventional paths to find funding for big projects or bearing all the costs alone just to get something produced local artists can now see their little ideas emerge through a series of tiny grants and call outs for projects like sticker art and Crochet bombing. Its street art-alternative street art. Sky dropped by the Cut & Paste bus shelter and tried to explain it all to me…

C&P: How long has Your Smallest Art been going?

SC: Started recently, a number of projects are in development but none have reached completion yet.

C&P: Is it street art?

SC: Yes, but its not limited because we’re interested in people exploring anything that delights them.

C&P: IS the project run just by you or do you have a team?

SC: It’s the nice thing about the internet because you can put ideas out there and then see if people want to take them up. I’ve tried to structure it in a way that is very horizontal and easy to participate. There’s space for it to grow and more people to get on board.

People have been enthusiastic about it even people who normally wouldn’t be involved in public art wanting to take part, people like to be asked personally so there’s an interesting crossover between our internet “networks” and the skill sharing that comes from an interpersonal relationships.

C&P: What was the lightbulb moment?

SC: I’d heard about a similar thing a couple of years ago and the idea was in the back of my head and then I had a spare half hour with internet access and then asked my friends if it was too dorky, they said it was, but it’s my kind of dorky.

Its better to do something small and dorky rather than  doing nothing because you believe that you have to be perfect before you start; like playing in a band, you’ll learn as you go.

C&P: I read this on Your Smallest Art’s Blog “being given money to do something is a signal that someone else values our skills. It shifts our sense of what it is we’re doing, even if the amount that changes hands is tiny.” Would you like to add anything to this idea?

CS: We live in a world where money is the primary signifier of value and we tend to draw the line between hobby and work according to what we get paid for, so a part of the idea of this project is to incorporate the idea of being an artist into people’s lives by paying them to do it, not a lot of money but just enough to destabilize the idea that you have to be perfect and amazing to be an artist, not everyone can create heart stopping art but everyone can do something.

C&P: People can find Your Smallest Art on Facebook?

CS: It’s a group that anyone can join, encourages people to see themselves involved in the whole process, anyone can do any of that; being a funder, artist and critic, visitor or audience.

C&P: What projects are currently happening through Your Smallest Art?

CS: There are three $20 grants available for Creative greening, which means guerilla gardening, moss graffiti or something totally new? We’re also encouraging people to see the process of writing funding applications as performance art, for more information people can look at either the Facebook Group or the blog.

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KOOL KEITH

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

Kool Keith and John Macliver WHAT:  Kool Keith and Denis Deft
WHERE: Shape Bar
WHEN: Weds 11th Aug

SO WHAT?? SO AWESOME!
Machine gunning their way through the set, never knew Shape could get so intimate
Providing us with a full 40 minute interview afterwards
Stay tuned for an update with Kool Keith up in the hotel room and live footage from the gig!

Full gig pix here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicole_norelli/sets/72157624734821062/

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MIDLAKE //

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by Chris

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WHAT: Midlake withBig Scary
WHERE: Capitol, Perth.
WHEN: 4/8/10

Wednesday evening in Perth and it seemed the older more distinguished lovers of music headed out to catch Texan band Midlake.

Opening act Big Scary are a two-piece from Melbourne that create quite lovely, temperamental and heavenly music. Their wonderful thirty-minute set was appropriately punctuated by their new single, Autumn: A driving drum beat; melodic keys and harmonies are always a winner.

Midlake make music in much the same ilk as older American songwriting bands. There are no driving rhythms; no high climaxes and little in ways of sing alongs. What they do do is make quite complicated, melody based and structured tracks that translate so well from record to live it’s a little scary.

With seven musicians on stage the initial sound was a little too much, but as their second track, “Children of The Grounds” bellowed through the room, things were ok. “Young Bride” and “Van Occupanther” from The Trials of Van Occupanther were true highlights. As they continued through their set you could close you’re eyes and be transported to the hills of Vermont, hiking through the mountains.

There was something natural about their show, something organic about musicians being musicians. They is no gimmick with this band and their talent is truly immense so a gimmick is in no way needed.

Fan favorite “Roscoe” was perfectly introduced by a truly amazing instrumental piece. They finished their set with the sentimental “Head Home” before popping back on for a few tracks, finishing it all up with Branches.

Midlake are a band of the highest order,seeing them live I have now ticked it off the Musical To-do list.

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©Photos Gemma Pike. 2010

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SIMONE & GIRLFUNKLE // A LONG TIME COMING

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by John

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Ahead of the launch for their self titled EP Cut & Paste caught up with Bridget and Gabrielle of Simone and Girlfunkle over a cup of tea and scones. They explained how ‘time had come’ as well as how a heavy metal purist was persuaded to play folk… but Bridget stayed quiet on her “relationship” with Sir Cliff Richard!

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Interviewer: John Macliver
Photography: Nicole Norelli
Camera: Nicole Norelli & Christopher Callan
Editor: John Macliver

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JACK SARGEANT // A LATE HIGHLIGHT

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by John

jack-seargantAt the controls for his third Reveleation Film Festival Jack Seargeant produced the most successful festival yet.

He was able to strike a balance between films that would appeal to a wider audience than previous festivals without sacrificing Revelation’s reputation for presenting eclectic and challenging films.

This interview was filmed early in the festival and Jack wasn’t yet aware of just how successful the festival would become. Here he discusses some of his highlights as well as giving you a bit of background about himself and his role as Program Director.

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RICHARD BERNEY // LAYING DOWN THE NOOSE

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 by John

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How did you come to direct the film clip for Schvendes’ ‘Lay The Noose’?
I was itching to do another clip after Sugar Army’s ‘Acute’, so I told a few people to keep their ears open for me. One day Dease sms’d. I wish more people would ask – my email is rberney@me.com

Where did you shoot ‘Lay The Noose’… and what was it shot on?
We googled Perth for it’s #1 dodgiest Pub – a really funny forum listed out about 30 – with nervous/funny anecdotes. Then in one soul-prodding weekend we visited every single one. It was clear that we couldn’t actually shoot in THE dodgiest Perth pub because I was scared of that place.

So we shot in the Fremantle Buffalo club instead.
It was shot on digital – The Red.

How did you come to casting?
We apologetically (no budget) briefed local casting agents to find us two actors who could do the rhumba. They were stoked to be involved with a local music clip and between ‘Frog Management’ and ‘Actors Now’ sent the call out to a database of about 5000 local actors/dancers. Casting was held at King St Arts Centre in 15 minute blocks.

Did you draw inspiration from any older film clips in developing ‘Lay The Noose’?
Yeah sure, generally for tonal reference – and not just clips. Nick Cave’s ‘Fifteen Feet of Snow’, The Knife’s ‘Pass it On’. Features like ‘Mean Streets & ‘The Last Ride’ were a few influences.

Last night at a bar someone said the concept had sadly already been done (the new Groove Armada clip) – I think he was off the mark, but you can surely trace some of the techniques in most art to some other place. Personally I think that’s cool, as long as your core concept is unique, and true to its purpose.

Did you have complete creative control over the project, or did Schvendes throw ideas into the mix?
I had a generous level of creative control in this one, Schvendes were keenly interested, and were also curious about how I’d run with it. I think they are a very healthy creative community themselves, and they know how to get the most out of each other and what it generally takes to collaborate to a higher end. Might be some of their Freo roots or something.

That said, we had plenty of sessions where we threw ideas together, which I think is vital. Philosophically, I think a music video should essentially be made by the band. If musicians had the same mastery over cameras etc as that they do over their instuments – their visuals would be a perfect marriage to their sound. My role ideally is to be a bridge.

What kind of budget did you have to work with?
The deal was to just let them know if we needed to spend any money. We didn’t spend much.

That was ok for me, because this was an important one. Schvendes are world class musicians, and I’ve always perceived them as an important contemporary West Australian band. From an historical and artistic point of view, they create music that is culturally relevant – I love that.

What other Perth creative’s were involved in the producing the clip?
These three people did an incredible job, and just go to show you don’t need to live in Hollywood to be near really brilliant film people. Holly Kemp produced/choreographed it, Dave LeMay was the cinematographer, Matt Osbourne edited (although he’s just Melbourne hopped [*grumble])

Another website featuring the ‘Lay The Noose’ video mentions you see ‘three main elements in the video’ – “it feels Australian, it is a Rumba and it’s creepy as fuck” … Can you explain?
I guess that was a brief I gave myself to keep the initial idea generation on track. Staring at a blank page waiting for an idea is often exciting and sometimes scary. There are techniques I use to make sure it happens well. I should say at this point that I am, by day, a filthy adman – My job is to come up with ideas for clients’ ads and then manage its creation – I’m an advertising creative. Idea generation is my currency. This is partly the reason I love doing music videos – it’s still a communication art – but the art bit is ramped up.

Anyway, coming into this project I make a promise to Schvendes to do my best to get the tone right. Nothing worse than a clip that doesn’t feel like it matches the music. So, after listening to the song a stack of times, I wrote down three distinctive feelings I got from the song:

1. It feels Western Australian

2. It is unnerving, slightly tragic, creepy

3. Out of this darkness, something occasionally swings – and it is a rhumba.

The elements formed a loose brief that I worked to and measured concepts against. This probably all sounds really clinical and awful – but it just keeps things focused. Formalising it a bit will make it less about what I want to do, and more about what the music is all about. Honestly though, in the end, like anyone, I just close my eyes and listen to the song.

You’ve worked on a number of clips for Sugar Army and now Schvendes… do you have any film clips coming up? …are there any Perth bands that you would love to do a film clip for?
I would love to work with ‘Schvendes’ again, ‘Brass & Sassy’ are interesting – do ‘The Drones’ count? I am actually looking for a (possibly) electronic act to work with, I have an idea that I can’t shake that needs a repetitive, yet organic feel. The music of ‘Animal Collective’ crossed with ’Seekae’ is kinda what I’m after – anyone still reading give me a holla if you’re keen ?

Is it hard making film clips in Perth?
No, I hear making clips in LA is hard. Everyone is unionised and wants money if their house is in the background or whatever.

Perth is dead easy. People are nice here, and are happy to help make cool things for cool bands. There’s good light, it hasn’t been overshot, and it doesn’t have much money which can (ironically) be liberating.

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DEADWEIGHT #2 @ THE BIRD

Monday, August 9th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

Photos by Nicole Norelli

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KOOL KEITH // NAME CHECK

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 by John

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So normally when post day arrives I go through the ‘ol trusty event/ link/ details bang in a video/photo and whiz bang you’re done. But with this being Keith Thornton (aka Kool Keith) there’s not a great deal of ‘normal’… and that’s the way he likes it!

Back in 2005 and armed with a duty free bag full of porn mags he performed to a mass of heaving sweaty men and a fair chunk of gyrating women at Heat Nightclub (now known simply as Villa). With a hiatus of over seven years from our fair state and at least five releases just under the alias Kool Keith there’s a lot we have yet to witness.

From fronting the Ultra Magnetic MCs and the Bellevue Hospital through to Dr. Octagon, Kool Keith is an American emcee with a British URL the mans an open box of walking contradictions who posses the innate ability to deliver a stream of conscious yet complex vocal raps that ensures he is recognised as a king of the hip-hop underground With the current hip-hop landscape described as bland on occasions, thankfully Kool Keith is as adverse to this as the true hip-hop follower.

Back in Perth for a mid week performance Kool Keith will be sure to pick through the back catalogue, hopefully featuring tracks from the recent Dr. Dooom 2 and The Return of Dr. Octagon throughout to the nineties classics Sex Style, Black Elvis/Lost in Space

Who knows what he’ll bring or what he’ll wear (and have stashed away in his duty-free)… but one things for sure it won’t be boring!

DETAILS:

WHAT: Kool Keith

WHERE: Shape Bar

WHEN: 9pm -3am, Wednesday 11th August

SUPPORT DJs: SELEKT, AD ROC & KIT POP

TICKETS: online from SHAPE

…Why not check out Kool Keith’s Dick Towel

THE BOOTY: OR CAN I GO TO THE GIG FOR FREE??

Thanks to Knowledge Music Cut & Paste has a double pass to giveaway to his show at Shape next Wednesday… All you need to do to enter is give Kool Keith a new alter ego… Comment below and the best name will win!

*Note: We already know the full list of current alter egos – so don’t think that you’ll be getting away with Dr. Sperm, The Fourth Horseman, Larry Lopez or Fly Ricky the Wine Taster!

(Winner will be notified by 5pm Mon. August 9)

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SAVE THE JAZZ CELLAR // THIS AIN’T NO SPEAKEASY

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 by Matt

Jazz Cellar

“Well Planned, good business model, easy access” I’m already yawning people. Where’s the humanity or the creativity? Where’s the real community? Perth is constantly crying out for home grown venues that don’t try to be everything to everyone, we don’t need another horrid barn filling bogans with Burbon until you can’t see your shoes for the rivers of vomit. Then there are the cynical marketing concepts delivered on budget in up market inner suburbs to rip your cash off you for some over managed and sterile environment guaranteed to disappear faster than a haircut can grow out.

The Jazz Cellar is that truly authentic, community driven exception to the rule. There’s a good chance that unless you’re a part of the jazz community you’ve never even heard of the place. An accident led to its creation and quietly, without the need to shout its virtues at the world it has spent more than a  decade just being a great place to hear great jazz: played by people who love jazz for people who love jazz.

No one bothered to hassle them in all that time, that was until the ever vigilant licensing branch decided to pop in and discover that people were drinking while listening to music. No money was being exchanged for these drinks, people were just sipping a beverage they had brought along from home while they listened to music, and as a result of this sting a piece of paper stands between this little landmark and oblivion.

There are few places that deserve your support more than the Jazz Cellar, and I urge you to support their efforts to remain open and get the license they need to survive.

Support the jazz Cellar by visiting their Facebook page and signing their petition

Watch the video below and see how the people behind the place have created and maintained a truly beautiful and unique Perth venue.

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KP&ZK // THE FINAL MIX

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 by John

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A month or so ago now we gaffered the Sonys and the Flip down to any available speaker or table that gave us a shot of what was the first live-set by Paper Chain artists Kit Pop and Zeke. What unfolded was forty minutes of turntable, mpc/sampler, acapella musical act…

It’s big bass and heavy shakes which is what the DEADWEIGHT! crew are all about. So sit back and enjoy.

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This Friday will see the second installment of DeadWeight! @ The Bird… check out the details here

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LEARN TO DISCO//

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 by Nicole Norelli
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So it’s a Tuesday and there’s 3 days to the weekend. What to do?
In finding ways to ‘better’ ourselves some take salsa classes, some choose to lindy hop and swing, others fight the fat with nightclub inspired warehouse-size classes of Zumba.
But why not break up your early weekday blues with a lil’ disco?

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