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SONG: Karen O & Ezra Koenig

“The Moon Song”

With the help of director Spike Jonze, Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) wrote and recorded this song for the movie “Her” – a beautifully shot film set in the future starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly. Phoenix nails heartache, loneliness and vulnerability in this thought-provoking love story. The film is up for “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards and the track is up for “Best Original Song”.

This particular version of “The Moon Song” is recorded as a duet with Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), and I think it’s stunning. If it’s a little too sugary for you, don’t worry, it’ll likely be my only schmaltzy pick for this week’s “love songs” theme…

Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend)

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83rd Annual Academy Awards

OK, I know this is a music blog, but allow me to digress today since I’m a big movie fan… and I happened to have made it a point to see all 10 films that are up for Best Picture tonight. For anyone who’s seen the films, or read acclaim for them, I don’t think we’ll be surprised tonight… I believe The King’s Speech will win Best Picture and most likely a slew of other awards (Best Actor seems likely).  I fully support this movie; I thought it was extraordinary. However, my personal favorite for a lot of reasons was The Social Network.

The pace, the suspense, the story, the acting, the SOUNDTRACK, and the subject matter, all made The Social Network special. And the more I look back at clips and think about what really drew me into the film, the more I realize the music had a very large role in that. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and bandmate Atticus Ross scored the film. And here’s a great sampling of that score as well as an interview with the duo:

I think it’s safe to say if The Social Network sneaks up and nabs Best Picture, I’ll be pretty thrilled.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

TONIGHT at 8PM eastern on ABC

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