Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tragic Magic Rock Mix One: Underwater Girls

Here is a killer mix of absolutely great stuff.  More of these to come. Or you could come to a bar where I am playing records and experience this live.

 Tragic Magic One: Underwater Girls by Mike.Zorman

Underwater Girls

Due to popular demand, a tracklisting:

Alex Chilton- Hey! Little Child
Chris Stamey- The Summer Sun
Flamin Groovies- Sometimes
Prix- Love You Tonight (Saturday's Gone)
The Beach Boys- I Just Wasn't Made for these Times
Sex Clark Five- Girls of Somalia
Television Personalities- Jackanory Stories
The Clean- Getting Older
Shoes- Dance in Your Sleep
Tommy Keene- Landscape
20/20- Remember the Lightning
The Tweeds- Underwater Girl
The Lonely Boys- Where is the Sun
The Saints- Story of Love
Justin Love- Missile
The Soft Boys- Empty Girl
Spunky Onions- How I Lost my Virginity
The Feelies- It's Only Life

Allow me to apologize in advance for the Saints song being so quiet.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Hired Hand OST

First things first here.  I must admit that I learned about this movie from another blog and am reposting a link to the you tube version of this movie.  Check out Kick to Kill as the dude has cool taste and has turned me on to more than one thing I now enjoy.

The Hired Hand is the movie Peter Fonda made following the success of Easy Rider.  He was given money and complete creative control over the film.  The result is a beautiful psychedelic western that is both traditional and modern.  The narrative, settings and general look of the film stay very true to the traditional western where the pacing and editing show the sign of the time and culture when this movie was made.  The pace is slow at times, maybe a little druggy, and the editing definitely shows a modern edge.  The montages that are interspersed through out the movie are my favorite part and are the main element in giving this movie it's hazy atmosphere.  The combination of the visual and the soundtrack is killer, very similar to (another personal favorite) the montages in Herzog's Heart of Glass.

Speaking of the soundtrack!  Amazing.  As I was watching the movie I was convinced it was Sandy Bull but I was wrong.  Bruce Langhorne lays down some very eastern sounding folk.  Stark, sad and haunting.  I am rarely moved enough by the soundtrack to a movie to track it down and listen to it repeatedly.  Maybe this information will persuade you to check this out?

I could continue to yarn on about how complex the characters are, about the intense issued explored, the modern ideas expressed in a very traditional way, and so on.  I would just suggest watching the movie.  It is available through Netflix both streaming and on DVD.  And it is on you tube.  You have no excuse.  I would also recommend checking out Dennis Hopper's post-Easy Rider film The Last Movie, however I would not give it this level of praise.

Dead Girl

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Van OST

The Van is a silly movie where this dude drives around smoking weed and trying to get laid in a tricked out van.  It is surprisingly entertaining even though it is dumb.  A friend of mine described it as an "anti-PSA".  As I was watching it I kept noticing how the soundtrack was enhancing my experience.  It is goofy and dumb, but it is also smooth country rock with some catchy hooks.  The first track "Chevy Van" was some kind of minor hit before the movie existed and I speculate that the entire film was based around the song.  In any event, Sammy Johns was hired to score the film and I present the result to you.

Early Morning Love

Monday, September 5, 2011

The last 10 movies I have watched in reverse chronological order.

The Long Goodbye
The Van
Chrome and Hot Leather
Fire and Ice
The Parking Lot Movie
The Dungeonmaster
Vicious Lips