Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Soundtrack city

Not much blogging going on here...school holidays, dogwalking, filmwatching...not much writing of anything really. On films, I watched 'Away we go' last night - a recentish Sam Mendes movie with script by Dave Eggers (I've read a lot of his stuff this year) and Vendela Vida - and I did wonder 'how many more films are going to be made with this kind of super-sensitive indie-folk-boy soundtrack? The music was...nice...but it did seem very predictable...almost painfully so (though it's quite a cute and even endearing movie in some ways...I liked it more and more as it went on).

Here though is a song from one of my favourite soundtracks ('Magnolia' 1999). It's not a favourite film at all (maybe I should watch it again...haven't seen it for years) but I do remember loving some of the soundtrack and then going to hunt down the CD. The music is almost all by Aimee Mann - see below:




Might make it onto the Poetry Bus at the weekend...can't promise anything new though!

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17 comments:

John Baker said...

I dunno, maybe Elizabeth Cook isn't your kind of thing, but she writes some good lines.
And there's a couple of gigs in Scotland according to the tour info.

Alesa Warcan said...

The blog world is slowing down overall with the summer rolling on in... You're in good company in that. : j
Aimee Mann is wrenchingly wonderful, as always. Thanks for the reminder!

Rachel Fox said...

I had a look at her vids at the site, John - think I prefer her clog dancing to her songs so far. That balls song makes me think of Shania Twain on a night out with old-school AC/DC...

Hi Alesa - seen you over with Titus and others. Welcome here too.

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Alesa Warcan said...

Thank you, it's a pleasure to be here. : j

You've probably already of them but you may like Feist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9jHNuH1gqQ&feature=player_embedded#at=31

Or Cat Power:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDsxkQk6DWw

Rachel Fox said...

Oh I love Feist! The last album got a bit overplayed but that didn't stop it being excellent. I played it a lot too - it's one of our albums that our ten year old likes too.

I have tried Cat Power and liked bits and pieces.

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Alesa Warcan said...

Nodnod, I know what you mean about Cat Power. Her music can be quite variable. And sometimes it feels as if she overdoes it.

Luckily, I live under a rock so I avoided getting overexposed to Feist... But almost missed hearing about her at all. Interesting to hear about your ten old. It makes me wonder about the development of personal tastes in children...

Oh, one last band: Rue Royale!
http://www.myspace.com/rueroyale
They're the best musical kick to the heart I've gotten in a while... But perhaps that was just a matter of circumstantial chemistry.

Right, I'll stop dropping bands now. ; j
Got a bit carried away there.

Rachel Fox said...

Yes, I find it fascinating which music of 'ours' she does and doesn't like. She does tend to like the more upbeat, catchy songs (not that surprising for a kid her age really) but sometimes she will surprise us! Plus we don't play that many upbeat, catchy songs these days... might try to amend that (just in time for her to hit teens and gloom no doubt!).

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BarbaraS said...

Somehow, all the free time I thought I was going to have come the summer is being ate up by all the jobs I've been putting off until I was better/finished work for the summer. And the kids - they're like a muck-making factory! So, I sympathise with you :)

Rachel Fox said...

Our house is suspiciously clean these days (and I assure you that's not down to any work on my part). It becomes more and more apparent that it was Grandma who made all the mess!

Of course now I miss the mess. Sod's law indeed.

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Sarah said...

Good song. The film looks thoroughly depressing though if the video is anything to go by!

Rachel Fox said...

Yes, I'd definitely recommend the 'Magnolia' soundtrack more than the film. From what I remember it was one of the very large batch of imitation Robert Altman movies (i.e. lots of little stories meshed together). Not a bad film - but not particularly memorable either.

I might write more about the one I watched yesterday though ('Away we go'). Been thinking about that one on and off today.

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Dick said...

Thanks for flying the flag for the bafflingly overlooked Aimee Mann, Rachel.

Rachel Fox said...

Yes, I would say you don't hear her much on the radio but in all honesty I listen to less and less radio these days. When I remember to use the 'listen again' thing there are shows I can enjoy but it'd be nice to just flick on a station now and again and not have to be so organised! And yes, I have tried Six Music...too much punk and punk's relations (I don't mind punk poetry but I've never liked punk music really...well, apart from the odd track).

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Totalfeckineejit said...

That's a good song, I enjoyed watching/listening She has a lovely voice.I've got an Aimee Mann CD somewhere,I didn't take to it despite being all excited buying it, must dig it out and give it another go!
'Not gonna stop till you wise up'

Mmm?

Rachel Fox said...

I haven't liked any other albums of hers as much as the 'Magnolia' soundtrack (from what I've heard of them anyway which isn't a huge amount). Lots of good tracks on 'Magnolia' though.

As for 'wise up'...easy to say, harder to do!

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The Weaver of Grass said...

Glad to hear that you are relaxing Rachel - just what you need at the moment - poetry can wait.

Rachel Fox said...

This week has been half relaxation and half rushing our girl around to singing/dancing/drama stuff. She's enjoying it though.
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