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TA Mixtape / Sleep Tight: You’re Naked and Late for Class!

I can't go to sleep after watching this. So effing scary.

After weeks of hype and buildup, “Inception” is finally in theatres. Many people I know rushed to see it this weekend, including myself. And the verdict?  Ultimately, mixed. Too much hype?  Too slow?  Too thick?  Except for the last moment, which I won’t reveal here, but I found bothersome – I thought the film was a marvel. Stylistically cool, amazing editing, action that kept you at the edge of your seat, and frequently baffling writing.  They just kept raising the stakes until I myself felt like I was experiencing everything with the characters. Most of all though, I was impressed by the richness of the world Nolan creates. What would the plane of your subconscious look like?  Who would be in there?  What would they do? He thoroughly and creatively capitalizes on dream experiences we’ve all had to answer those questions and set the rules – having a dream within a dream, waking up from the sensation of falling, etc.

Right before I went into the film, I found myself struggling with the last few songs on this nightmare mixtape.  It was a hard one, especially since a week before even starting it the perfect nightmare song fell into my lap via Strangers in Stereo.  It was “Cola” by Beaty Heart and it fit all my criteria: dreamy, strange and builds into a terrifying climax.  But then I couldn’t find anything to match it.  First off, I had a hard time finding songs about nightmares that sounded the way I wanted.  Tonally I didn’t want to go too electro, or veer into noise rock, or into ambient shoegaze – though I was tempted.  I sought the artists that represented the cross section of all three.  If you know any seriously let me know, because I had an impossible time.

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Roshambo: Knife Would Have Been Scarier Than Scissors

Big surprise: there are not very many songs about scissors.  I was amazed to be able to find two and if you know of others please send them to me to prove me wrong.  However I was inspired by this crazy/haunting/compelling video:

Liars “Scissor” from A Bruntel on Vimeo.

AHHHH I KNOW RIGHT?  I am creeped out.  Thankfully, I have a (mostly) lively playlist to make the impending doom go away.

Roshambo: Knife Would Have Been Scarier by tadpoleFTW

Samantha Crain will be performing with Swedish band First Aid Kit and Kenneth Pattengale at the Bootleg on June 1st.  Tickets here.

And Born Ruffians can be caught at the Echo on June 3 with Young Rival.  Details here.

Lastly, yes I am aware I technically used the same song twice.

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