Video And Music Reviews For The Month

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Art Vs. Action

Two megastars release two polar opposite movies, and they both rule.

Dane Reynolds. Photo: Ewing

Dane Reynolds. Photo: Ewing

Thrills, Spills, And Whatnot
Dane Reynolds
Directed by: Yani Lidori
Distributed by: Marinelayerproductions.com
Approximate Budget: $100,000
Soundtrack: Noise, Courtney’s band, some half songs and snippets of bands you’ve never heard of.
Locations: Caribbean, California, France, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
Production Time: A little more than a year.
Guest Stars: No real guest sections, but cameos by Adam Virs, Courtney, Dan Malloy, Ben Bourgeois, Julian Wilson, Dion Agius, Dusty Payne, and Kelly Slater.
Length: About a half hour.
Shot on: 8mm film on Bolex cameras, some 16 mm, a little bit of HD.
Price: TBA
Bonus Material: Don’t like art? Don’t fret, there’s a bonus section on the disc that has 45 minutes of straight Dane Reynolds ripping—and yes, he is ripping.

If you’re expecting to see Dane Reynolds’ First Chapter Part Two, take those expectations and shove ’em. Thrills, Spills, And Whatnot takes the subtle weirdness we saw in First Chapter and cranks it up a notch to a level of oddity and artistic license we’ve never been privy to in the surf world. This is not a surf movie; it’s an art project, and a pretty damn good one at that. The film is like a trip through Dane’s memory banks through the last year, only it’s chopped up, spun around, obscured, and organized into a stream of consciousness that lasts about a half hour, but stays with you for much, much longer. No parts, no sections, no sessions, no titles, plenty of wipeouts, a few dig rails, lots of messy noise, and an overall feeling that Dane does give a f—k. He seems to care more about creating art than he does about making the viewer think he can do airs—for better or for worse. This is a limited release as Dane is working on some weird and awesome packaging, so you better jump on the chance to get this thing when it comes out.

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Julian Wilson. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Scratching The Surface
Julian Wilson

Directed by: Matt Beauchesne
Distributed by: Wax (VAS)
Approximate Budget: Over $200,000
Soundtrack: Mostly rocking, but diverse. Featuring bands like In Flames, Pretty Lights, Santigold, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles, and more.
Locations: Bali, Mentawais, Hawaii, Europe, Nicaragua, Peru, Western Australia, Panama, and some secret spots.
Production Time: 18 months.
Guest Stars: Taj, Dane, Dusty, Yadin, Fanning, Dion, and a few surprises.
Length: 46 minutes
Shot on: Red Camera, Phantom HD Gold, Cineflex.
Price: $30
Bonus Material: Trailers, Webisodes, and a movie loop mode for 24 hour viewing.

People are already calling Scratching The Surface the surf flick of the year, and with the hype surrounding its release it’s hard not to buy in to that statement (unless of course you consider High Five, which is the film of the century). Scratching The Surface had its fair share of problems in the production window, with Julian getting injured midway through, but you’d never know, ’cause the dude is ripping. In pre-release interviews, director Matt Beauchesne said we’d be surprised on how hard Julian charged, and when we saw it in the film, we were surprised ’cause he charged his balls off at Jaws, Mundaka, and in some hell pits in Indo and West Oz. There are a few moments when you’re watching and you think, “Okay, I get it, Julian is handsome and drives cool cars,” but the hero shots are quickly followed by some of the craziest airs and barrels you’ve ever seen. Scratching The Surface has more than it’s fair share of rewindable moments and with a supporting cast that includes, Dane, Mick, Taj, Dusty, and Dion, you’re shred-fuse will be burning by the time you’re done watching.

Music Reviews From The November Issue

Dan Sartain

dan sartain's new album dan saratain lives

Dan Sartain Lives
Swami

If you’re like me—riddled with trust issues, lacking discipline, and ignore good advice—you’ll dig this latest distraction. In Dan Sartain’s fifth effort Dan Sartain Lives, he picks up the storyline right where he previously left. The songs are garage greaser punk, somewhat simple, but always straightforward. He has an ability to tell you it’s going to be all right and at the same time it’s not going to end well. The Southern crooner’s sharp sounding guitar provides the mood while the rhythm section cruises you along under Dan’s troubled yet confident voice. Songs like “Bad Things Will Happen” prophesize a bleak future while the up-tempo “Walk Among the Cobras,” bang with the will to overcome. Sartain makes feeling bad feel so good.—Rob Molt


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

ariel pink's haunted graffiti new album Before Today
Before Today
4D

You may feel like you’re on mushrooms the first time you here this album (not that we know what that feels like). This psychedelic trip through a cosmic indie rock landscape will have you guessing and wondering, “Where the hell is this song going?” Then when you get there, you’re like, “Oh yeah! I know where we’re at.” This is some trippy shit. If you like Animal Collective, Devendra Barnhart, and old Pink Floyd, you’ll love Ariel Pink’s genre-blending take on the FM pop/garage-psych. This dude seems like a modern day Syd Barrett, which immediately made me hyped to hear more of his music.—Chris Cote


Wolf Parade

wolf parade's new album expo 86 cover
Expo 86
Sub Pop

Wolf Parade is back with yet another banger! Expo 86 is a return to form for these Canadian indie-rock geniuses. With the band’s spastic mix of analog keyboard sounds, tweaky guitar hits, warbling dual vocals, high-action drumming, and head bobbing tempos, it’s fairly certain that this is a disc you will be dancing to very soon. Wolf Parade’s first album was a masterpiece and nothing they’ve done since has matched it, but this one is close, especially the songs “Yulia,” “Little Golden Age,” and “Two Men In Tuxedos.” If you haven’t heard Wolf Parade, you should; fans of Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, and The Pixies will all tell you to march in this parade of radness.—C.C.