SModcast: Birth of a KeviNation

12 01 2011

They're reading your MINDS!!!!!

I’ll admit it.

I missed the appeal of Clerks the first time around. Partially because I grew up in a little Canadian Atlantic jetty known as the Maritimes where the biggest concert we’d ever experienced up to 1994 (when Clerks first came out) was The Beach Boys at the locally famous Parlee Beach. First-run theatres which showed little limited-release titles didn’t fully exist except in Halifax. I don’t recall if Clerks was ever released in Halifax. I knew for sure that a name as mundane a “Kevin  Smith” wasn’t anywhere near my radar.

Also, add to the fact that 1994 was an AMAZING movie year. Check out this All-Star lineup:  The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, Dumb and Dumber, The Lion King, Interview with a Vampire, True Lies, The Mask, Ace Ventura, Naked Gun 33 1/3,  City Slickers 2, Beverly Hills Cop 3, Major League 2, The Crow, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hoop Dreams, The Hudsucker Proxy, Natural Born Killers, Reality Bites, The Santa Clause, Speed, Star Trek Generations, and Time Cop.

Sure, not all were classics but just think about how many of those movies are staples that still appear on TV? How many of them still resonate today? It was no surprise that a small movie like Clerks could be buried in the Hollywood-Machine. It’s also no surprise that Clerks would rise to be to rival any of these movies from a lot of foul-word-of-mouth.

Clerks was smart, witty, insightful and, above all, engaging…despite being only shot in black and white.

Just like Kevin Smith. A chubby white Jersey-boy with a dark side.

Which brings us to SModcast.

Earlier in 2007, Kevin Smith decided that it would be fun to record some of his musings. For years before this, he did speaking engagements just as a means to get out of the house. His shows had developed a cultish following as did his movies. So he and his good buddy, Scott Mosier (whom he met in film school in Vancouver), decided to put on a podcast. What to call it?

Smith-Mosier Podcast? S.M. Podcast? SModcast.

What’s SModcast like? The easiest way to explain it is to pay attention to any of the dialogue in any of Kevin’s movies and take away the plot. That’s SModcast. Or just check out this clip of the live SMODcast they did in Brantford, Ontario in ’09 to honour his hero, Wayne Gretzky. Video bad…but audio GOOOOD.

No holds are barred. No subject is taboo. With show titles like “Fisting Flipper”, “Harry Scotter and the Hefty Swallow, Part 1”, “Guybrator” and the “Live Nude” series where they record live in front of an audience, you can guess what you’re in for. Offensive? Perhaps. Hilarious? Always. Questions? No doubt. Why am I using a writing short cut to further the progress of this blog? Because I’m writing it last minute.

You’ll hear stuff that you and your buddies only talk about in private but never hear in any format…until now (and since 2007).

Kevin and Scott’s SModcast gained so much notoriety that they begin broadcasting in front of a live audience at SModcastle, a 50-seat theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard built purely for podcasting. This is a first of its kind…as far as I know.

Their SModcast is a weekly show that appears via iTunes every Sunday and, as of 2010, has always been one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.

And for anyone who doesn’t like to listen to stuff with their ears, you can read the transcripts of the SMODcasts with your eyes with “Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith: The Best of SModcast”.

The inception of the SModcastle also opened up a world of podcasts for he and his friends such as (the “*” means it was chosen as “Best of 2010 on iTunes”:

  • *Hollywood Babble-On with Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman – Hollywood News through the snarky views of Garman and Smith
  • *Jay and Silent Bob Get Old – Smith and Jason Mewes talk about the wonders of age and growing up
  • *Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave – Kevin’s friends, Brian Johnson and Walt Flanagan, take the helm.
  • Plus One – Kevin and his wife relive love, life and surviving married to Kevin Smith.
  • Puck Nuts – all hockey talk with Brian, Walt, Ming and Jeff.
  • Tom Green Live at the SModcastle – It’s the Tom Green Show. Not the Green Tom Show.
  • Blow Hard with Malcolm Ingram – He’s gay. He’s 300 pounds. He’s Malcolm.
  • Plus a ton more!

I can’t claim to have listened to all of them but I’ve listened to SModcast loyally for years and you can’t go wrong.

So if you’re looking for a piece of old skool witty Kevin Smith when his movies were as smart as he was before he went through that phase of either trying too hard or got neutered by the Hollywood-Machine (I can’t decide which) until he seemed to find his movie voice (sorta) again in “Zach and Miri Make a Porno“, check out SModcast and the others on his SModcast Podcast Network. Are there rules on run-on sentences? Why do I keep asking questions in my own narratives? Damn it!

Also, I should mention, they’re 100% free. And if you’re reading this sometime in the future where they’re not, I blame Kevin Smith. Yes…YOU Kevin Smith. I can’t hate you. You’re cool. But I’ll blame you with distant admiration.

End of gushing moment.

8.9 pink limpies out of 10

As you can see, only Seth likes unprotected Bananas...

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