Today I was doing some Spring cleaning. It was sunny and breezy and it felt good to open the doors and let the light and fresh air pour in as I swept, dusted, and generally picked up the place. I also had to vacuum quite a bit…but I ran into problems there. Whenever I turned the vacuum on, I couldn’t hear the music I had going – the Dr. Dog Pandora station (my absolute favorite station). The mix was particularly good and each and every song was so solid that I literally couldn’t bring myself to drown the music out with the cursed vacuum’s roar.
This was one of the tunes that really grabbed my attention (and distracted me from cleaning) today…a track by Vampire Weekend from the soundtrack to Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist:
Wolfmother – “Vagabond” [acoustic]
I first heard this tune in the movie 500 Days Of Summer (which has a bloody great soundtrack) and today I stumbled upon this acoustic version on the web. I remember seeing Wolfmother do a few tunes in concert, opening up for Muse (I think) at the Bank Of America Pavilion years ago and they really impressed me. This song is a nice reminder to keep an eye out for this Australian collective.
Jesse Harris – “The Secret Sun”
I didn’t know this song was on the Forgetting Sarah Marshall soundtrack (love that movie!), but we’ve been playing it on mvy lately and I absolutely love it! It’s got a Nick Drake feel to it for sure. So beautiful…
Speaking of soundtracks…the movie Nick & Norah’s Infinate Playlist came out SOOOO long ago, but I never saw it until recently. I really liked it! It’s definitely a movie for teenagers and 20-somethings…full of awkward moments and WONDERFUL indie music. The soundtrack includes tracks from the Shout Out Louds, Band Of Horses, Vampire Weekend, Bishop Allen and Devendra Banhart. The movie doesn’t make you think, but it left me with a smile…and a great new addition to my iPod.
The Soundtrack for Nick & Norah’s Infinate Playlist
Where The Wild Things Are
is a whimsical glimpse into the imagination of a child. It makes you laugh and it makes you cry. The film takes its name from a 1963 children’s book about a young boy named Max. The book is by Maurice Sendak and the film was adapted artfully by director Spike Jonze. I thought a large part of the movie’s charm came from the music that was created specifically to transport us into the story.
Singer Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs really surprised me with this project, performing an entire album of original songs with a collection of musicians dubbed”The Kids” (which includes Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Brian Chase and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes), and an untrained children’s choir).
Usually a loud and borderline vulgar performer, Karen O was the last person I would think of to create music for a children’s movie (c’mon, her last single is called “Heads Will Roll”!). But, I must say, it was a genius move. Her darkness fit well with Spike Jonze’s dark tale, while her ability to create the perfect mood for a rumpus worked during fun parts of the film…whether Max and the beasts were having a dirtball fight or jumping into a pigpile. The choir of children’s voices added the perfect touch to some of the songs on the soundtrack, and all in all the music complimented the film beautifully. Where The Wild Things Are is well done in many respects…definitely a film worth checking out.
Where The Wild Things Are