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Music Video Review (Sort of) / The Los Angeles Film Festival Presents Eclectic Mix 2

"Ready, Able" Grizzly Bear, directed by Allison Schulnik

This past weekend I journeyed downtown to check out one of the two music video showcases organized by the Los Angeles Film Festival. This collection was named “Eclectic Mix 2” and featured videos from the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Fiery Furnaces, Hauschka, Astronautalis and Major Lazer to name a few (full program is listed at the end). After screening all the videos we were lucky enough to get a Q&A with most of the directors. And boy, when watching 20 music videos in a row it becomes abundantly clear what works, what doesn’t, what patterns the programmers went with and just how many ways there are to capture a song in music. I picked 10 videos to give my thoughts on….

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Video Game / Soundtrack Review / Video Game / Red Dead Redemption

Do you feel lucky?

Over the past couple years at my job I’ve become fairly familiar with music for film and television – so when Paste Magazine posted an article about an exciting new Jose Gonzalez track being featured on the soundtrack for a video game, I knew I had my research cut out for me.

Many reviewers are praising Red Dead Redemption as the best Western video game since…well, ever.  In a word, it’s “epic.”  And the creation of the score is no exception.

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Television / Soundtrack Review / True Blood: Music From The Series Vol. 2

Yesterday EW.com posted an exclusive full stream of True Blood: Music From The Series Vol. 2, and here’s what I have to say about it.

If I could describe True Blood in three words they would be: dirty, sexy and voodoo. Produced by Gary Calamar (music supervisor, KCRW DJ and author) the soundtrack definitely fits the same description, combining gritty tracks from Jace Everett & CC Adcock, M.Ward (all performing covers of Howlin’ Wolf songs), Beck and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, with a dash of sex from the likes of Robbie Robertson and Chuck Prophet and an eerily awesome remix by Thievery Corporation. There’s a great combination of new and old stuff – a Jr. Walker and The All Stars track from 1965, then “Fresh Blood” from last years Eels album – which melds together incredibly well.

While the overall flow works, the soundtrack’s strengths are definitely those songs when the gritty and the sexy come together for that great hot, bayou feel. The kind that make you feel like you should be dancing in the moonlight on a sweaty summer night, perhaps some fireflies still hanging around…ok, I’ll stop now, you get my point. While a Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello collaboration is cool and it is a good song – I just wanted to go back to the swamp.

Check out the tracklist below – my favorites are in red, naturally.  And you can stream the whole thing here.

1. “Howlin’ For My Baby” – M. Ward
2. “Evil (Is Going On)” – Jace Everett & CC Adcock*
3. “Bad Blood” – Beck

4. “How To Become Clairvoyant” – Robbie Robertson
5. “Shake And Fingerpop” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
6. “Frenzy” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
7. “Kiss Like Your Kiss” – Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
8. “Gasoline And Matches” – Buddy & Julie Miller
9. “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” – Chuck Prophet
10. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – The 13th Floor Elevators
11. “Fresh Blood” – Eels
12. “The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)” – Thievery Corporation

13. “New World In My View” – King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14. “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – Bob Dylan

And digital only downloads…

15. “Bad Things (Acoustic)” – Jace Everett
16. “Ain’t No Invisible Man” – Jakob Dylan
17. “You Can’t Drive Me Away” – Stone Temple Pilots
18. “Dig” – Headbone featuring Bubba Kendall

*Featuring background vocals from Calamar’s daughter and friends!

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