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SOUNDTRACK: The Virgin Suicides.

April 24, 2009 Leave a comment

When thinking of a tragic movie seeped in melancholy, one doesn’t generally turn to electronic music. But that’s exactly what happened in the case of the movie The Virgin Suicides. Entirely composed byFrench duo Air, the score has a decidedly eclectic feel — fitting, considering that a large part of the movie is its time period of the seventies.

The Virgin Suicides

The cover says it all, doesn’t it? The music brings out the orange in a story that could have easily faded into darker hues. A tale about four sisters who all ultimately kill themselves, it asks both why people do these things and whether society at large compels them to do it. And yes, while electronic music may not have been your first choice, after listening? You’ll wonder why the heck not.

The Virgin Suicides on wikipediaIMDb
soundtrack on wikipediaamazon
Air on wikipediamyspacelast.fm
“Highschool Lover (Theme)”
“Playground Love”

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SOUNDTRACK: Music for Egon Schiele.

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

You’ve probably never heard of Egon Schiele, much less whatever production the music was made for. I’ll admit, it is rather obscure. But let’s have a little lesson, shall we?
Egon Schiele was an Austrian major figurative painter of the early 19th century. His work was widely controversial for featuring nudes and so-called “pornographic” constructs, though his paintings are now considered to be associated with the art nouveau movement. His life was made into a German film in 1980, and was later adapted into a theatrical dance production in 1995. This theater production was scored by American post-rock group Rachel’s. (wikipedia for Egon Schiele)

Music for Egon Schiele

Rachel’s is an American post-rock group formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1991. The group’s work is strongly influenced by classical music, particularly inspired by the minimalist music of the late 20th century, and its composition reflects this. The group’s recordings and performances feature a varying ensemble of musicians, who play a range of string instruments (including viola and cello) in combination with piano, guitars, electric bass guitar, and a drum set that includes a large orchestral bass drum. (wikipedia for Rachel’s)

This is classical music, if classical music had a present-day stigma. There’s certain elements of modern musical qualities, but above all the instrumentals never lose their sense of far-away times and pure musicality, back when it meant string instruments and sheet music.

Music for Egon Schiele on wikipedia
Rachel’s on myspacelast.fm
buy the album on amazon
“Family Portrait”
“Egon & Gertie”

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SOUNDTRACK: Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain.

April 10, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s springtime around these parts. Bright blue skies, flowers poking up through slowly-growing grass, light sprinkles that make you (or me at least) want to dress like the Morton salt girl and go stomping through puddles. For a day like that, the only music that comes to mind (other than this post, which was actually inspired by today’s subject) is the soundtrack to a little French film, called Amélie.

Amelie

I always assume that everyone has seen this movie, but that of course isn’t the case. What a terrible thing, to not have watched this movie — ever! It’s pure idealism without being obnoxious; one invents its setting as some place wonderful and different, far away from here. Audrey Tautou is absolutely charming, sweet and cute. She may be a little unusual, but she is our heroine, and we want her to find love and a life worth living, maybe just as much as we want ourselves to find the same thing.

Amélie on wikipediaIMDb
soundtrack on wikipedia
Yann Tiersen on wikipediamyspacelast.fm
buy the soundtrack on amazon
“La Valse Des Vieux Os”
“La Valse d’Amélie (Version Piano)”

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SOUNDTRACK: Garden State.

A brilliant movie, and an equally brilliant soundtrack? It sounds too good to be true. But as we all should know, miracles do happen, and this miracle just happens to contain the incomperable combination of Zach Braff and Natalie Portman.
Of course, I could be talking of none other than Garden State.

Garden State

This is the movie that put the Shins on the map. Though of course, it did it in a beautiful, quirky, thought-provoking way. Written and directed by star Zach Braff, the movie follows a young man returning to his home state of New Jersey after years in California. It’s just as he remembers, save for a new redemption. Appealing to the lost kid inside all of us, the movie uses music to its advantage, and this eventually won Braff a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for a Motion Picture. It not only exposes soon-to-be indie darlings like the Shins but also creates a “New Jersey” for all of us, regardless of where we come from.

the movie: wikipediaIMDb
the soundtrack: wikipedia / websiteamazon
“New Slang” – The Shins.
“Let Go” – Frou Frou.
“I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” – Colin Hay.

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SOUNDTRACK: Gilmore Girls.

March 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Officially titled “Our Little Corner of the World: Music from Gilmore Girls”, this soundtrack keeps you close and personal. Unlike many other soundtracks, you don’t have to have watched the show to understand the music. In fact, as an avid watcher of the show, I have issues finding the music within the episodes themselves. This is a good thing. The music stands alone, instead of being integrated into the context of a serialized show.

Gilmore Girls

With music from John Lennon,  The Shins, Yo La Tengo and others (it took me quite a while to figure out which ones to post), this indie gem is full of the kind of music that keeps small-town kids connected to the bigger picture.

Gilmore Girls on wikipediaIMDb
soundtrack on wikipediaamazon (many more wonderful bands await you!)
“Oh My Love” – John Lennon.
“Know Your Onion!” – The Shins.
“My Little Corner of the World” – Yo La Tengo.

SOUNDTRACK: Pushing Daisies.

March 17, 2009 1 comment

I come to you today from a field of daisies.
It’s just as wonderful as it sounds. And it has Lee Pace; what a catch!
But seriously now. If you’ve never seen Pushing Daisies, you are missing out on one of the best shows on television (unfortunately it has now been canceled; if you wish to remain in one piece you’ll refrain from talking about it in front of me). One of its best features is its soundtrack, now available.

Pushing Daisies

I have literally spent the last twenty-four hours listening to this soundtrack on repeat. (My last.fm can corraborate that.) The composer, James Dooley, has put together a collection of music just as whimsical and quirky and fantastical as the show itself. (And series star Kristin Chenoweth is almost worth the price; you may know her from her work as Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked.) Quite a few of the songs end in crescendos, marking them as trademark made-for-television pieces set for just before the commercial break. When listening, you imagine candy-coated worlds of bright characters and places to go, and yes, the mysteries too.
Take this as a public service announcement: watch the show. But first pick up the soundtrack, and see exactly what you’re in for.

James Dooley on wikipedia / myspace / last.fm
Pushing Daisies: wikipedia / IMDb
buy the soundtrack on amazon
“Main Titles”
“Knitt Witt”
“Hands Against the Wall”

SOUNDTRACK: Friday Night Lights.

Friday Night Lights.
This is a football movie. It also has one of the most beautiful soundtracks of any movie I’ve ever heard. That may be a paradox, but prepare to change your way of thinking immediately.
This album was almost entirely composed by the band Explosions in the Sky, a legend in the world of instrumental music and indie music in general. They have a talent of constructing entire stories, pure emotions, and past memories without using words. Sadness and happiness dwell equally in the chords and notes; if a person existed as a song, it would probably be made by Explosions in the Sky. Their music organically flows throughout the movie, transforming scenes into something higher, elevating football into something that changes mortal men.

Friday Night Lights

If you’re a football fan, or even if you hate the sport, pick this up if only for the music. If you’re new to Explosions in the Sky, this is the perfect way to acquaint yourself. If you’ve already met them, see if you can pick out the full-length songs off other albums mixed up for the soundtrack. Either way, you’ll be surprised at how well instrumental music can say so much more than most, even those with words.

Explosions in the Sky on Wikipedia / Myspace / last.fm
Friday Night Lights: Wikipedia / IMDb
soundtrack on Amazon
“Our Last Days as Children” (one of my personal favorite EITS songs)
“Inside It All Feels the Same”

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