Mad Men

Why The Soundtrack Isn’t Dead…Just Getting More Interesting

 

Over the past few weeks I’ve been bugging people to vote for two panels that I proposed for the 2013 South by Southwest Film, Music and Interactive Festival (and hopefully come December I’ll get to tell you all that they were accepted).  One of these panels is on a topic that I’ve been interested in for quite some time, The Future of The Soundtrack, and I am nerdily excited to get the chance to moderate a discussion between experts.

In my time working around and on soundtracks and various marketing initiatives for film and television, there are also certain observations I have made that I hope to debate, to get an official opinion.  Until I (fingers crossed) find myself in a position to consult those supervisors and executives that I admire so much, here are my thoughts on the topic.
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Party On: Lounge It Up

As I said in the last post, what people prefer to shake their booty to can be wildly different – Cher!  Rihanna!  Tiesto! – depending on a plethora of fickle and random variables.  Putting together the perfect soundtrack for a cocktail party presents similar challenges in different ways.  The music sets the tone for the evening.  It needs to be relaxing but not depressing, a hint of attitude, a dash of energy, but most of all it can’t distract from conversation.  In my experience, the biggest determining factor here is age, both of planner and guests.   Aunt Mary may never appreciate Radiohead’s “Let Down” despite your detailed explanation of the beautiful intricacies of Thom’s voice, but chances are Mozart might be a bit stuffy for her (though ideal in grandma’s mind).  The difference between 25 and 35 might be Nneka and Brian Setzer . Not that I’m saying Brian Setzer isn’t cool or that classical music isn’t timeless or fun to listen to.  It just never ceases to entertain me that even with the same fairly restrictive parameters the selection can still be so different.

Wow.  Music is subjective.  Huh.

Party On: Lounge It Up by tadpoleFTW

Upcoming shows…

The xx are coming to the Fonda on June 5 and the Wiltern on June 6.  Hurry up and get your tickets!

Even though the new School of Seven Bells album, Disconnect from Desire doesn’t drop until July 13, you can catch the band at The Echo on June 2.  Tickets here.

And because these days no one can think of “cocktail” without immediately thinking of Mad Men (thanks to the dynamic combo brilliant composer David Carbonara with superstar supervisor Alexandra Patsavas), here’s one of the most touching and amazingly well written scenes from the show:

Mad Men: The Carousel from Andrew Jackson on Vimeo.

Love the music?  Then you’d better get your hands on these…

Mad Men Vol. 1 (Music from the Television Series) featuring tracks from Bobby Vinton, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, and Rosemary Clooney

Mad Men (Music from the Series Vol. 2) featuring Cubby Checker, Peter, Paul and Mary, Edd Henry, Perry Como and Brenda Lee

Mad Men: Original Score, Vol. 1 featuring selections from composer David Carbonara, including his own version of the main title song, “A Beautiful Mine”

America The Beautiful: Plymouth Rock and The Big Apple

Last week I all but abandoned you for traveling the old country, so this week I’m coming back with a musical journey across our great nation of the USA.  First up of course is the Northeast – the nearest and dearest to my heart.  I was born and raised in Connecticut, same as my dad, while my mom still sometimes shows hints of her old Massachusetts twang, even more apparent when visiting any of her seven siblings, most of whom are still residing in Cape Cod. From Boston to Philadelphia to New York City, whether you’re looking for a snowy winter in Vermont, or watching the leaves change driving down the Merritt Parkway through Connecticut – the northeast doesn’t disappoint.  It boasts both the country’s only Stew Leonard’s stores, as well as the Liberty Bell and Empire State Building.  How can you beat that?

America The Beautiful: Plymouth Rock and Founding Fathers by tadpoletunes

Other Suggestions: “Chelsea Morning” Joni Mitchell

Man, “Shipping Up To Boston” – what a great use in The Departed, right?

There was one track I was really bummed I couldn’t find.  Franz Nicolay – formerly of The Hold Steady – is doing his own solo thing now and released a song on his most recent EP called “New England.”  It’s with The Dresden Dolls and is amazing.  Listen to it on his myspace page or catch him at the Bootleg Theatre on April 16.  Details here.

Lastly, because I rediscovered the absolute JOY of this movie musical during my epic flight home from Europe -and because art that go balls-out to be sappy, silly and fun for the sake of it should never be discredited – here is the video of the day to get you ready for the morning tomorrow:

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