Trackspotting

Lots of good soundtracks this year (Garden State, Wicker Park, Kill Bill: Vol 2, everything Jon Brion did) … here’s a few more to add to the list:

OCEAN’S 12
Despite being stylish and fun to watch, I agree this sequel was too clever for its own good. But David Holmes’ soundtrack is even cooler than the previous ones he’s compiled for Soderbergh (though I wouldn’t have minded a “Claire De Lune” reprise). The DJ’s original instrumentals complement a handful of obscure Italian pop and French rock tunes from the ’60s and ’70s. Like Deck Safari, it’s a hip lounge mix from someone with a much larger record collection than yours.
   Ornella Vanoni – “L’Appuntamento”
   David Holmes – “7/29/04 The Day Of”

TARNATION
I actually haven’t seen this movie yet, but I was intrigued enough by the trailer to check out who did the music. From the Tin Drum Recordings site:

“greetings friends. we’ve been getting a really nice response to the original music we provided for the feature film TARNATION. many folks have asked if a soundtrack album will be made available, but at the moment there are no plans for a CD release. instead, we’ve decided to post MP3s of a few of our favorite tracks from the film and trailer. just click on the titles below to download…”

Sweet.
   Max Avery Lichtenstein – “Tarnation”
   Hopewell – “Safe As Milk”
More Tarnation tunes here.

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU
Bowie songs performed by Seu Jorge? Must be a Wes Anderson movie. Great interview w/ in EW in which the director explains soundtrack selections from his movies:

Bottle Rocket (1996)
“I had [Rolling Stones’ ‘2000 Man’ and the Proclaimers’ ‘Over and Done With’] in my mind for years, back when Owen and I were writing the script in college. Those scenes are written for those songs.”

Rushmore (1998)
“At first I wanted it all to be Kinks songs, the whole movie. Then I broadened it out to a whole Brit Invasion soundtrack. It’s funny that I only wound up using one Kinks song [‘Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl’]. I was listening to that Who song [‘A Quick One While He’s Away’] in my car and kind of planned the scene out, editing it all in my head. I was like, ‘Okay, you have twelve seconds to come down the steps, get your shoelaces, and walk through here.’ It was all choreographed to the music. That one was hard.”

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
For the opening sequence, Anderson wanted “Hey Jude.” “The timing was bad. George Harrison was dying and we just couldn’t get the stuff cleared. [Nico’s] ‘These Days’ was the first thing I had, before I had a sense what the movie was about. I just knew I was going to play that song and somebody was going to be walking. I didn’t know who, but that song gave me an extraordinary visual.”

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Anderson shot half the movie before realizing that Brazilian actor Seu Jorge, who functions as the movie’s onboard Greek-chorus-of-one and sings bossa nova reinterpretations of Bowie songs throughout the film, was ditching Bowie’s lyrics in favor of his own off-the-cuff musings. “I guess the idea wasn’t effectively communicated to him that he was to sing translated lyrics of Bowie songs. My original plan was to make it all electronic and like a Radiohead feeling. That would have been a lot more simple.”

And good news: we’re gonna do a Life Aquatic-themed sweepstakes.

E-mail your:
1) NAME
2) ADDRESS
3) AGE
4) FAVORITE ALBUM OF 2004
to [email protected] THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER. The subject heading of your mail must be ZISSOU. One randomly selected winner will get:

  • Life Aquatic Aqua Blue “Zissou” Speedos
  • Dakine “Zissou” Duffel Bag
  • Sea Monkeys w/Robo Diver
  • Life Aquatic Soundtrack CD
  • Life Aquatic Red Beanie
  • Life Aquatic Movie Poster
    Prizes courtesy of Filter mag, which is also giving away an Aquatic trip to Greece.

    Further discussion: seen any good movies lately? I checked Newsweek’s list of the 10 best movies of the year and I hadn’t seen any of ‘em except for Sideways.