Trials + Tribulations

La Piel Que Habito
November 9, 2011, 3:26 pm
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Not only is Pedro Almodóvar’s newest movie, The Skin I Live In, an excellent film, it also features great music. The score by Alberto Iglesias, is compelling but not overbearing. Almodóvar is pretty well known for using music during integral scenes, and for this film he chooses Trentemøller’s “Shades of Marble” for an intense cat-and-mouse moment creating an eerie but exciting atmosphere.

[audio|leftbg=fffc05|lefticon=333333]Trentemøller – Shades of Marble

September 16, 2011, 3:12 pm
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Just got back from seeing the new movie Drive featuring Ryan Gosling. I was unsure because the trailer wanted to make it look like an action-packed Hollywood heist movie, but it’s very introspective for a majority of the film, though parts are very violent. It reminded me of one of my favorite French movies, Le Samouraï. It had an awesome supporting cast too, including Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and more. The music in the movie is kind’ve like another supporting actor. It has some songs from the Italians Do It Better crew, but I was really in love with this song from College featuring Electric Youth. Listen below.

It’s available now on a limited 7″ backed with the instrumental. Out now on Valerie Records. Drive is out now.

The Future
August 22, 2011, 10:43 am
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This weekend I went to go see Miranda July’s new movie The Future. I’ve been a big fan of hers since I learned of and participated in her (now defunct) Learning to Love You More project. Her first movie Me You and Everyone We Know was really enjoyable. Funny, clever, and heartfelt, it had me anticipate a lot from her as a director.

The Future tells the story of a couple who, in preparing to bring home an injured cat from the shelter, quit their jobs to find purpose in their lives for the next month. He joins an environmentalist group fruitlessly slinging saplings to people door-to-door, while she begins a relationship with a stranger, which leads them to question their future as people, together and separate.

The movie is full of funny moments, some purposeful and some not so much. The parts involving the injured cat, Paw Paw, are narrated by the cat in a squeaky voice (July herself) which made a lot of the audience laugh. While I didn’t enjoy the movie as much as the first, I still thought it was a moving look at relationships and time. It’s out in limited release now, so look for it in your town.

Here’s a song featured several times in the movie, as part of July’s character’s ambitious “30 dance for 30 days” project.

[audio|leftbg=fffc05|lefticon=333333]Beach House – Master of None

The First Time I Saw Jupiter
July 12, 2011, 10:53 am
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Fall On Your Sword are Phill Mossman, one-time LCD Soundsystem member, and Will Bates. Together they have scored five feature-length films, their newest being for the sci-fi drama Another Earth. They’re releasing extended edits of songs from the score on DFA Records, and for good reason. The glitchy space anthems fit right next to Juan Maclean on the DFA bookcase. Hear the original version of the A-side “The First Time I Saw Jupiter” below and check out the trailer for the film if you haven’t seen it yet. The single is out July 26th on DFA.

Fall on Your Sword – The First Time I Saw Jupiter

Real Love
September 16, 2010, 9:37 am
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The Box
June 25, 2009, 9:50 am
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Okay so I don’t think any of the music in the trailer is from Arcade Fire, but they’re doing the score for this movie. Cool? Cool.

New! New!
April 14, 2009, 8:35 am
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recordHere’s a couple items about new/upcoming releases by artists you might like.

The Sounds will release their new LP Crossing the Rubicon on Original Signal Recordings June 2. They’ll also hit the road including some dates with No Doubt.

Tony the Beat (Rex the Dog remix)

Regina Spektor‘s follow-up to Begin to Hope will be the album Far, out June 23 on Sire Records. The first single will be called “Laughing With.” Everyone hopes it will be as good as “Fidelity.”

Fidelity (Blockhead Remix)

I’m really interested in the album from an LA group called Hecuba. Their album Paradise is out May 26 on Manimal Vinyl.

Miles Away

Venice is Sinking‘s new album Azar is out now. It’s very relaxing.

Ryan’s Song

The Water
April 10, 2009, 8:17 am
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You need to scoot on over to Pitchfork and watch the short film for Feist’s “The Water” starring her, Cillian Murphy and David Fox. It was directed by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew. GO!

The Water (Red Demos version)

DJ/LG Recap
April 5, 2009, 8:56 am
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As promised, here’s video and photos from the Damien Jurado/Laura Gibson show last night. Both were really awesome. So was the audience! They were actually quiet! So it made for an awesome viewing experience.

dsc00813Laura is sweet and seems a little shy, but is totally adorable. She said her voice was “raspy” but I thought it was still awesome. She played stuff from both her albums, but sadly nothing from the Six White Horses ep. Her backing band, Sean Ogilvie and Micah Rabwin are also in another band, Musee Mecanique. They provided great ambience for Laura’s stunning voice. Here’s a video of Laura explaining the use of the song Hands in Pockets” in a Oregon Humane Society commercial (see it here) and then plays the song.

See more photos of Laura at Flickr.dsc00836

I was surprised to see that Damien was playing all by himself. I guess it’s just him and his wife traveling together on the road. He was very talkative between songs, and even during songs. He name-dropped Sufjan Stevens (says that Sufjan’s technique of looking towards the audience and not being distracted is staring at a light at the back of the room throughout the show), messed up on a few songs, told funny stories about his boy (“Dad why are all of your songs sad? Do people pay to see you play? You should give them their money back”) and of course, played some sad songs. Dude’s got a few. He really does know how to write ’em though. This one in the video gave me chills (also, if you haven’t, check out his song What Were the Chances“)

He also premiered a new song that he wrote that day. Hear him talk about it and play the song about “three people in a room, one of whom is dead.”

And also, the song “Letters and Drawings,” one of the “two upbeat songs” we heard all evening.

See more photos of Damien at Flickr. And go see them when they roll through your town!!