For those who fear that the withering film review is a dying art, it isn't. To wit, The New York Observer's unrelenting pan of Cloud Atlas : All you can do while you puzzle over it like a board game is try to figure out which member of the hammy all-star ensemble, unrecognizable in lurid makeup, wigs, period costumes and rubber prostheses, is playing which man—or woman—while the viewer-unfriendly screenplay squirts and splatters all over the place. Characters fade into and out of past, present and future centuries with the grace of a battering ram. [...]
Two weeks ago we announced we announced a new soundtrack project for William Ryan Fritch ( Vieo Abiungo ). The film is titled The Waiting Room , and it has attracted its share of attention, including that of outspoken documentary veteran Michael Moore. While clarifying his remarks about Oscar eligibility, Moore named The Waiting Room as one of two documentaries "essential" for documentary viewers. By the way, this isn't the only way you'll read "The Waiting Room" and "Oscar eligibility" in the same sentence. The [...]
This post continues to get all kinds of traffic. But just so we're all singing from the same choir book, we don't update the post. So every time GoPro runs another tv spot or YouTube ad, the question "What's that song on the new GoPro clip?" requires a different answer. And as of yesterday the answer is "Daybreak," by Overwerk , from the forthcoming After Hours . Download it for free at the Soundcloud page .
James Leyland Kirby, recording as The Caretaker , has recorded one of the strangest and most naggingly beautiful soundtracks in memory. Patience (After Sebald) is filmmaker Grant Gee's tribute to German writer W.G. Sebald, and Kirby's score samples old Franz Schubert records, extracts and exaggerates their natural static, and loops the brief sounds hauntingly, almost compulsively. Here the method is the comment: Kirby has remarked before on the social media age and our tireless efforts at converting everything we are into an electron stream, then uploading all of it to the web for posterity. So let's not [...]
We have to suspend disbelief when we say it, but fairy tales used to be scary. According to nineteenth century Danish lore, royalty killed in battle were buried, lest they were eaten by ravens. The birds, upon eating a fallen king's heart from his chest, became valravns: devilishly smart, with superhuman powers, capable of seizing a man's will and guiding his hand. Other incarnations of the valravn - as expressed in the 1985 film Ladyhawke - found that these birds were prisons for human souls, bound to flying only at night, locked away in [...]
Imagine Cut The Rope meeting Angry Birds Space somewhere in French children's literature, and you're getting close. If you've got a smart phone, you owe yourself a copy of Contre Jour for several reasons, not the least of which is the music. David Ari Leon scored the game: a delicate, uncomplicated composition that fits the game's whimsical and monochromatic appearance like a tailored suit. ("Contre jour" is a photographer's term that describes the process of pointing the camera lens at the light source.) Leon is a soundtrack veteran, responsible for [...]
TMIM regulars are already familiar with Francois Peglau , who has been releasing a track-by-track follow up to The Imminent Failure of since December 2010. His singalong verse, campy wit and upbeat revolutionary politics are a always a refreshing change. Peglau has recently announced Audioley, his collaboration with fellow London-based Peruvian export Jules Drade . Their first track is "Same Old," a slight departure, what with the pulse of synthesizer and processed drum track. Download the track for free at their Bandcamp , and watch the video below: a wry [...]
Dustin O'Halloran is writing the original soundtrack to the forthcoming film Now Is Good . Film Music Reporter has the scoop : The film - based on a novel by Jenny Downham - is written and directed by Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You) and stars Dakota Fanning as a seventeen-year-old girl diagnosed with a terminal illness who resolves to live her life on fast forward and falls in love with her new neighbor. Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine, Kaya Scoledario and Olivia Williams are co-starring. O'Halloran's most [...]
Dallas-based John Hunter scored the Oscar-nominated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore . Watch the film below, and learn more about Hunter's music production partnership with Jon Slott and Brian Flores (named Breed Music) here . The quirky and enveloping soundtrack serves as the film's only narrator, and thus becomes a character of its own. Congratulations to Moonbot Studios are in order, for the nomination. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on [...]
It seems that longtime TMIM favorite has his own IMDb page now. Matthew Collings has scored the soundtrack for Hakon Palsson's short film Guilt , and - from the look of it - served as both sound editor and mixer. Later this month, Guilt will see its UK premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2012. Watch the trailer below. Co-contributors to the soundtrack are Lorcan Doherty on violin, and Ally Winford on guitar. Look for the mini-album soon. Collings also has a Sketches For Albinos album due [...]
It's "I See You Baby," by Groove Armada, from their 1999 album Vertigo . Telling YouTube comment: "Am I the only? one who still doesn't know what the Fuel Band is after watching this video?"
Life Vest Inside has put together a real-time pay it forward spot called "Kindness Boomerang," set to Matisyahu's "One Day" (from the 2009 album Light ). Read more about Life Vest Inside here , and watch the film just below:
It's "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove, from their recent Never Trust A Happy Song . It's insanely catchy, this one, so go stream it at their web site and writhe. Loyal readers may remember when, in June 2010, Patrick and the rest of the TMIM staff showed Grouplove some ... well, you get the idea. Make sure you watch the ad below before you do something crazy like, say, leave . Artist links: facebook | home | myspace | twitter
( email | facebook | twitter ) What's that song on the new Rocksmith spot? It's a pretty choppy edit, but it's clearly "Between The Lines," by Stone Temple Pilots. You heard me. From their self-titled LP #6. Great song, great (ad) message, and what looks like a pretty cool game, to boot. Watch it here. One of these developers needs to market a game for cello, just saying.
HANK ALTOGETHER: At some point we must all have guessed that there was no way Stevens was going to finish the 50 States project. So something was undoubtedly going to catch the prolific songwriter's ear. In this case it's the Brooklyn - Queens Expressway (aka BQE). And in true Sufjan form the piece looks like a gorgeous mesh of melody, harmony, and photography (what? You didn't expect him to stand still did ya?) Interlude I—Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation from Asthmatic Kitty [...]
HANK ALTOGETHER: This one goes out to Chris's crush on Angel Deradoorian.
HANK ALTOGETHER: Vying for the top spot in my most anticipated Sept. releases with Erykah Badu's new one is the Avett Brothers' forthcoming I and Love and You . Over a year ago, they taped "Laundry Room" from the new one for laundromatinee.com, but like all good things, it's only coming to light now. Thanks MOKB . The Avett Brothers~Laundry Room from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo .
Everything I love in life in one music video. A good melody, vintage underpants, sepia color filters, balloons.
HANK ALTOGETHER: Who knew Rivers Cuomo had a DVD & EP coming out? Not me. Evidently EW did. They've got a pretty cool vid of Cuomo playing a song I used to scream out my window while growing up in Arkansas. Wherefore art thou Pinkerton ? "El Schorcho" Hootenany style .
HANK ALTOGETHER: I defy you to watch this and not get chills.