Soundtracks

Catching Up On The Week (Nov. 7 Edition)

Some #longreads for your weekend after watching a bunch of college football…

Stereogum has an interview with Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan as they release a reissue of their album Change.  It’s a wide-ranging interview, and if nothing else, it’s a great reminder that you should probably listen to more of the D-Plan.

With the highly-anticipated release of their new album Sonic Highways next week, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are in high demand.  Of all the possible pieces and interviews you could read this weekend, Alex Petridis’s piece in The Guardian is your best choice, providing the proper context of the man and his band.

The AV Club has a piece discussing the evolution of film soundtracks since the 70’s, and while touchstone 90’s soundtracks like the one from Singles get only a brief mention, it’s still an interesting dissection of film and music trends over the years, if nothing else.

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills is preparing for another live production of Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers, and he talks to local Athens, Georgia magazine Flagpole about his love of Big Star, baseball, and dislike of streaming services, among other items.

Finally, if you’re in the mood for a project this weekend, might I suggest you take a dive into Captain Beefheart’s fascinating and bewildering discography, with the AV Club’s Primer on the enigmatic musician as your guide?  It may seem a daunting task at first, but this well-written blueprint does an acceptable job of describing the evolution of Van Vliet’s muse, even if I think they malign the “Tragic Band” era a bit too much.

Over the Weekend (Aug. 4 Edition)

Kicking off the week with some videos and various other fun ephemera…

Janelle Monáe released the music video for the title track of last year’s brilliant release, The Electric Lady.  Pitchfork gives a rundown of the various cameos in the video, as well as some notes about how both Michelle and Barack Obama are big fans of Janelle.  I personally would love to see the “dancing” video that is apparently in Janelle’s possession.

Mark Lanegan sits down for an interview with The Quietus, and it’s always interesting to hear what the former frontman for the Screaming Trees/one of the greatest voices in rock from the past three decades has to say.

The AV Club Inventory this week is various songs that essentially declare the mission statement of the band–which involves stating the name of the band in the title at some point.  Elsewhere on the site, they have Andrew Jackson Jihad doing a piss-take of Stone Temple Pilot’s “Plush”, turning it into a type of early-80’s nervy punk tune, a la Devo.

The Antlers stop by WFUV for a performance, and you should check it out because they also have links to previous sessions that the band did for the studio.

And finally, Vulture takes a look at all the different movie soundtracks that hit the top of the Billboard charts since Purple Rain, with the exact amount of snark you should expect.