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See Hear Podcast episode 55 - Interview with Michael Grodner, director of The Icarus Line Must Die

Many of us have an ambition to grow older with our sanity intact….doing it gracefully is often the antithesis of what’s expected of a rock musician. For See Hear podcast episode 55, Bernie, Tim and Maurice invited Michael Grodner onto the show for a conversation. Michael is the director of 2017 film, The Icarus Line Must Die. The story focuses around real life musician Joe Cardamone. He was the lead singer and creative force behind LA post-punk band, The Icarus Line. Joe is now at...


See Hear Podcast episode 54 - Leningrad Cowboys Go America

Films about bands are supposed to follow the arc of forming, start out awful, get better, create personal or artistic friction, achieve success, then implode just as the world can’t get enough of them. Then there’s Leningrad Cowboys. For See Hear podcast episode 54, Bernie, Tim and Maurice discuss Aki Kaurismaki’s 1989 film Leningrad Cowboys Go America about a band from Siberia in the era of glasnost attempting to break into America. They are led through “the promised land” with a...


See Hear Podcast episode 53 - Blues Harp

Get ready to dust your broom and sing the blues. See Hear podcast episode 53 is ready for your aural pleasure, and the focus is one of four films Takashi Miike directed in 1998 (!!!), Blues Harp. The film tells the story of two young men, each with very different goals in life. One is a member of a Yakuza clan who has dreams of heading becoming boss, the other just wants to cruise by life and take pleasure at playing his harmonica. After Chuji helps Kenji out one night, Kenji feels...


See Hear Podcast Episode 52 - Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?

Everybody’s talkin’ about See Hear episode 52….at least we hope so, because One download is the loneliest podcast you’d ever hear….. Unfortunately, Tim was not available to record, but Maurice and Bernie once again welcome wonderful film blogger Kerry Friistoe to discuss the 2006 documentary from John Scheinfeld “Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?” Nilsson started out as a perfectly groomed writer of songs that blended baroque pop with English music hall. His...


See Hear Podcast Episode 51 - The Devil And Daniel Johnston

Hi, how are you? See Hear episode 51 is available for your earholes. Bernard was unavailable to join us, but Tim and I were really thrilled to have fantastic film blogger Kerry Fristoe join us to discuss Jeff Feurzeig’s 2006 documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Daniel Johnston’s story has so many facets to it. Prolific songwriter, artist, musician, DIY promoter of his work…..sufferer of bipolar disorder and manic depression, obsession with an unobtainable muse, deep...


See Hear Podcast episode 50 - The Doors

It’s 1991. The Western world has been going through a 1960s music nostalgia revival over the previous decade and a very strong Doors revival in particular. It seemed like a good time for Oliver Stone to make a biopic about Jim Morrison. Welcome to episode 50 of See Hear podcast. We celebrate this small milestone (which took us a little over 4 years to get to) by talking about both Oliver Stone’s film and the band that it is based on. We discuss narcissism, historical accuracy...


See Hear Podcast episode 49 - Desperate Man Blues and Vinyl

There are two sides to every story. We at See Hear HQ decide to look at both sides of the contentious question as to whether record collectors (and by extension, collectors of any physical item) are archivists or hoarders. Tim, Bernard and Maurice are joined by Professor Michael Benton from Bluegrass Community College in Lexington, Kentucky for episode 49 of See Hear to talk about two films that explore record collection from two very different angles. Australian film maker Edward...


See Hear Podcast episode 44 - Interview with Chris Franklin, director of “Chris Wilson: Live At The Continental”

Hello everybody…….See Hear episode 44 here….. Every music scene has its local heroes….those musicians who are a well-kept secret from the rest of the world, but gig goers wish more people knew about them. Melbourne film-maker Chris Franklin has made it his mission to document musicians in his local scene. Bernard was absent, but Tim and Maurice invited Chris to talk about his latest short film in adherence to that mission, “Chris Wilson – Live At The Continental”. Melbourne musicians...


See Hear Podcast episode 43 - We Are The Best!

We Are The Best! We Are The Best! No it’s not the See Hear theme song. It’s the name of this month’s film under discussion. Can you imagine two grown men talking about a film on which the plot revolves around three teenage girls forming a punk band and only one of them has any musical chops? Imagine no further because Maurice is joined by Hank Hellman to do just that. The notions of friendship, being an outsider, sticking it to parents (not always deservedly) and chocolate ice cream are...


See Hear Podcast Episode 41 - Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Settle down, See Hear listeners. Class is now in session. Tim, Sticky and Maurice take time out from dissecting frogs, picking fights with the jocks and giving lip to the principal to talk about the Roger Corman produced, Alan Arkush directed 1980 film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Is it just another b-grade drive in movie about teen rebellion or is there something more going on here (umm….yes there is)? This is the tale of one girl’s devotion to The Ramones, her determination for them to...


See Hear podcast Episode 39 - Still Crazy

It’s time to dust off the spandex, reglue the spikes onto your high heeled shoes and to find out the flame does indeed still burn for episode 39 of See Hear Podcast. This month, Tim, Bernard, and Maurice are joined by host of Love That Album: The Compilation Edition (and a gazillion other podcasts), Eric Reanimator to discuss the 1998 film Still Crazy penned by highly regarded English scriptwriters Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais. A once-popular band reform 20 years after their last...


See Hear Podcast Episode 38 - Payday

It’s time for See Hear podcast episode 38. What do you get when you have a narcissist keeping everyone in his immediate circle in a powerless state because no one feels they can tell the emperor he’s behaving woefully? Wrong answer… (well….right answer but not in this context). You have the 1972 cinema debut from Daryl Duke called Payday. Rip Torn plays Maury Dann, a regionally popular touring country singer. He’s never hit the Johnny Cash level of popularity, but he’s a king in his...


See Hear Podcast episode 37 - American Pop

See Hear podcast begins its fourth year with the discussion of an animated work from a revered observer of counter culture in the seventies, Ralph Bakshi. In 1981 he released American Pop. It’s a film about four generations of a family originally migrated to America to escape Tsarist Russia. The son of each generation finds his own link to music, but at great cost. It’s about parallels to American music and history in the twentieth century. It’s about family lineage and how each...


See Hear Podcast Episode 36 - Yellow Submarine

As John Lennon would have said, Merry Krimble. It’s December 2016, and the See Hear podcast celebrates its third anniversary with a fireside chat about an iconic piece of animation. Tim, Bernie and Maurice are joined by host of the Macca-dedicated podcast Paul Or Nothing, Sam Whiles (who was also the co-host of the Down In The Hole podcast dedicated to Tom Waits). They chat about the 1968 full length animated feature, Yellow Submarine, a nautical fantasy about some obscure pop group...


See Hear Podcast episode 35 - Rock Star

Time to get out your cans of V05, the Max Factor mascara, and tune into See Hear Podcast. For episode 35, Bernard, Tim and Maurice discussed 2001’s “Rock Star” starring Marky-Mark Wahlberg (and his metal bunch) and Jennifer Anniston. Set in the eighties (of course), Wahlberg stars as a singer in a hair metal tribute band, and then finds himself becoming the lead singer of the real band he’s paying tribute to. He’s living the dream……or is he?????? The crew discuss the Hollywood definition...


See Hear Podcast episode 31 - Interview with Harry Hayes,director of You Better Take Cover

Welcome to episode 31 of See Hear podcast. In a first for the show, Bernie, Tim and Maurice invite a film director on the show to discuss his work. Specifically, the crew is joined by Harry Hayes who has directed a terrific award winning documentary called You Better Take Cover. Back in 1981, Australian band Men At Work released the single Down Under from their debut album Business As Usual. The song became famous around the world and became an unofficial Australian national anthem - it...


See Hear Podcast Episode 30 - The Harder They Come

It’s time for episode 30 of See Hear Podcast. This month it was Tim’s pick, and he brought to the table a late night cult classic in Perry Henzel’s 1972 film, “The Harder They Come” starring reggae superstar, Jimmy Cliff. This film is important in so many respects – it brought Jimmy Cliff to a worldwide audience, it had a brilliant soundtrack, and it was the first Jamaican feature film. Henzel declared he made it for Jamaica, but many people outside Jamaica have embraced it as it...


See Hear Podcast episode 29 - Catch My Soul

Welcome to episode 29 of See Hear Podcast. Our beloved Bernard was suffering the effects of the summer flu and was too croaky and sneezy to partake, but Tim and Maurice soldiered on joined by Robert Hubbard to discuss a rock opera from 1974 called Catch My Soul. Not for the first time is the story of Othello discussed on the podcast. Catch My Soul debuted as a stage show in Los Angeles, before finding life on the stage in England. The setting of the story and the songs evolved reflecting...


See Hear Podcast Episode 28 - Alice’s Restaurant

Welcome to episode 28 of See Hear Podcast. It’s Bernie’s selection this month, and he’s gone for a film based on a song. It’s the Arthur Penn-directed “Alice’s Restaurant” based on the song of the same name by Arlo Guthrie. The original song / monologue was a funny (allegedly true) tale about how Arlo gets arrested for dumping garbage away from the city dump and then gets rejected from being drafted to fight in the Vietnam war. He’s not moral enough to kill people because of his...


See Hear Podcast episode 27 - Hard Core Logo

Episode 27 of See Hear Podcast is ready for your aural consumption. So Tim, Bernard and Maurice are discussing a film about a band who go on the road and…well…shit happens. Could be any number of films? It’s a mock-documentary. Hmmm….still leaves a couple of choices. Okay, it’s been cited as one of the greatest ever films out of Canada. Okay, now you just have to know that we’re talking about Hard Core Logo. Bruce McDonald released this gem in 1996 about a punk band that reform to do a...