As with all highly anticipated soundtracks, I wanted to wait until I actually saw the movie before passing final judgement, and I have to say I’m surprised at the assessment I’m about to make. The biggest revelation being that while Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is definitely a very music oriented film, its prime motif is video games. The editing, the music, the production design, the costume design, style, special effects, everything – are all geared to support this. I know, I know, everyone else knew that but me. And I did know it. But now I understand just how important it is for anyone taking a listen to the soundtrack to be aware of that.Tags: album, Beachwood Sparks, Beck, Black Lips, Blood Red Shoes, Broken Social Scene, Cornelius, Crash And The Boys, Dan The Automator, film, Frank Black, Metric, Plumtree, review, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, soundtrack, T-Rex, The Bluetones, The Rolling Stones
August 18th, 2010Mixtapes
Considering my mix this week was inspired by Josh Ritter’s “Another New World,” I suppose it’s only appropriate that I went on a bit of a journey to make it. At first I was thinking that I would stick to American poetry references that were vaguely about adventure and exploration – immediately settling on “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Just as quickly I decided that “Woods” by Bon Iver needed to be on it. Then, however, I found myself veering farther away from the poem, focusing more on the theme of discovery and the unknown. I tried to stick with songs tonally similar to the Bon Iver track, but it was hard to commit to one genre so thought I would at least strive for an “offbeat edge” for a common thread. And so, like any long journey (at least any journey of mine) I probably got lost a few times along the way, but I’m pretty please with where I found myself in the end.Tags: Arcade Fire, Bat for Lashes, Beck, Bon Iver, concerts, Echo Park, exploration, Foals, Goldfrapp, Journey, Juliette Commagere, King Britt, Los Angeles, road, Silverlake, Spaceland, The Black Ghosts, The Delta Mirror, The Echo, The Low Anthem, The Needle Drop, unknown
I know, I know. This soundtrack was the talk of the town weeks ago. Florence! Muse! Vampire Weekend! It’s old news. We’re past it. Why review it now?
Well, it’s one thing to put together an awesome compilation, but it’s a much harder task to ensure so many stand out tracks fit in the fabric of the movie – a cheesy, tweeny blockbuster vampire movie, nonetheless. To be perfectly honest, I sometimes think that the great Alexandra Patsavas – while brilliant and talented and with a knack for finding great undiscovered tunes – sometimes takes me out of the story going “Oooh! Miike Snow!” for a 4 second use. At the very end of the first Twilight movie, when Linkin Park launched us into the end credits I think I may have groaned out loud.
That said, – Eclipse was a breath of fresh air. Patsavas nails it. The songs blend in when they’re supposed to, and enhance key moments that need some extra oomph. It’s still a cheesy, tweeny vampire movie (Taylor Lautner as Jacob says to Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen at one point: “I mean let’s face it, I am hotter than you” cue theatre bursting into applause), but this time the music is what gives it – at least some – street cred.Tags: Alexandra Patsavas, Band of Horses, Bat for Lashes, Beck, Eclipse, Fanfarlo, Florence and The Machine, Metric, soundtrack, The Dead Weather, Twilight
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!Tags: Beck, Bob Dylan, Buddy & Julie Miller, CC Adcock, Chuck Prophet, Eels, Elivs Costello, Gary Calamar, Jace Everett, Junior Walker and The All Stars, King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan, Lucinda Williams, M. Ward, Robbie Robertson, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, soundtrack, Television, The 13th Floor Elevators, Thievery Corporation, True Blood
April 23rd, 2010Mixtapes
Recently green and yellow have both been in the forefront of my color preferences. I had a green iPod Nano, and now I have a green iPod shuffle. I am attracted to any yellow sundress like a magpie to shiny objects. I don’t understand why sick cartoons are always depicted as turning green. I’ve never seen one person turn green in my entire life, and it’s giving such a wonderful color a terrible connotation. Similarly I feel like yellow is also often considered a “sickly” color because of jaundice. When someone looks “jaundiced” they are faintly yellow. How sad for such bright, lovely colors. In light of such injustice, please enjoy a few tracks celebrating their awesomeness. Enjoy.
You can also catch the rainbow live…
So Many Wizards finishes out their residency at the Silverlake Lounge this coming MONDAY, April 26. Perhaps they’ll play “Yellow Hands,” but if not you can check it out here. There’s no excuse not to go – it’s free!
Lastly, to send you off into the weekend, a dose of awesome/extremely weird:Tags: Bad Veins, Beck, Bipolar Bear, Boy & Bear, Clap Your Hands Say Year, colors, concerts, gold, green, Holly Miranda, Howling Bells, Jets To Brazil, Keepaway, Los Angeles, Mark Ronson, Santogold, Silverlake Lounge, So Many Wizards, Spaceland, Spirit Vine, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, yellow