Partway through Jack Johnson's set at the Greek Theatre, there's a telling moment when the camera tilts down on the singer to reveal a pair of beat-tapping flip-flops. It perfectly sums up the surfer-turned-rock star's laid-back "life's a beach" approach to music. Even the interspersed shots of Johnson longboarding, ping-ponging and chillin' with his bros at sound check feel like outtakes from Dogtown And Z Boys. Naturally, A Weekend At The Greek, shot at a sold-out show in Berkeley, is a love-fest celebrating the mild-mannered Johnson and his uniform set of mid-tempo acoustic jams. Johnson rarely moves around, so despite competent camera work, the gratingly stagnant film consists mostly of stationary shots of the furrow-browed singer.
The second disc's saving grace is that was shot in Japan, a place that's always visually interesting, especially when crazy-style Japanese teenage rock fans are involved. Compared to the Greek shows, Johnson's performances feel subdued, partly because he's backed only by a rhythm section and partly because the fans have no idea what he's saying. But the real fun is hidden in the bonus documentary, where a loopy Johnson forages through the forest surrounding the California studio where he recorded In Between Dreams. The jam-bandleader perches barefoot in a mango tree and tells us all about how his song ideas come while waiting for waves. Tubular.