Mark Isham – The Bliss of Evil (Bad Lieutenant Suite) [Listen]

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It’s probably been about four years since I saw this film, and I enjoyed it as much – if not more the second time last night. Werner Herzog is one of favorite directors, his ability to make great narratives as well as documentary films is something I admire greatly. Last night watching The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, I picked up on something I hadn’t noticed before, the suite composed by Mark Isham. It’s very subtle in the film, and only comes in a few times in the film .

Mark Isham is probably best known for the score he did for Crash (2004), which had some of the most heartfelt, tear jerking tracks, (remember that scene with the little girl and the cloak?). I didn’t know that Mark Isham had written anything for Bad Lieutenant, but now I know it makes sense. This suite is called This Bliss of Evil, and this segment is so beautiful and so fitting for the reflective scenes in the film – I just had to share it with you all.

Just in case your eyes are a bit dry…

The Lumineers – Boots Of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan) [Listen]

Being a Dylan fan I couldn’t resist from sharing this very nice cover of Boots of Spanish Leather by The Lumineers. One of the wonderful things about Dylan’s ballads is how approachable they are to cover by other artists – providing they can step up to the mark.

Similar to Dylan’s version from the landmark album The Times They Are a-Changin (1964), The Lumineers opted to record their version solo with an acoustic guitar. The Lumineers had a fairytale of a year in 2012 with chart topping singles and sell out tours. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more from them soon.

Until then, enjoy Wesley Schultz dusty vocals in this live recording. It’s good, but still doesn’t beat my all time favourite cover of Moonshiner by Bob Forest which featured in the film I’m Not There (2007).

Bonus track:

Nick Urata – Ruby Sparks [Listen]

It’s safe to say Little Miss Sunshine was a huge and well earned success, but who would have thought it would take the directing duo, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris six years to make another film?  I wasn’t aware they had a new film out, It was only when I was flicking through movies on an in-flight entertainment system that I saw that Ruby Sparks was the product of these filmmakers. The storyline goes: Continue reading

ADELE – Skyfall [Listen]

As if we needed to even write about this, it’s destined to be big either way and you’ve probably heard it already on all the other blogs so take it as the Universal Wax stamp of approval instead. As 007s return draws near in this years must see action spectacle, it brings with it a new Bond theme. After the recent 90 second preview that we were teased with the other week, the full 4 minutes 46 seconds are now available and I’ve got to say, as an appreciator of Bond themes over the years, this one’s a corker!

Big, bombastic and with all the swagger of the earlier (and I must say, better) Bond themes, Skyfall struts onto the scene with truly epic production and the beautiful voice of Adele. It has enough John Barry to be unmistakably Bond, but it’s more confident than recent Bond themes and is a whole lot classier to boot. It may be one large nod back to the sixties and it’s also not the best song ever written (well, it is a Bond theme what did you expect) but as far as fueling my excitement for the film, it’s done a bloody good job. Skyfall launches 26th October (UK). The single is out now in all the usual places and has already topped the iTunes chart.

And here’s a little treat for all you karaoke lovers out there…

Tom’s ‘recently found & loved’ playlist

I started compiling this playlist for a friend, but then realized I hadn’t posted for some time and so I thought I’d share it here too. What I’ve got here, (besides a couple of tracks) is a mix of new music I’ve found while sifting through blogs and music sites.

TV Girl:

A band from LA, they’re slowly on the rise, give them a year and they’ll touring the states, and hopefully Europe. It’s feel good electronic, indie shoe-gaze goodness. I’ve been enjoying pretty much all their releases.

Tyler Lyle:

This is my favourite track from his album, it’s got a good pace that seems to get more enjoyable as the song progresses. The other songs on his album are worth checking out too.

J:

I dug and found gold with this guy, he’s from Czech Republic even though he sounds very American. I love this track, it’s part of a series from his EP that all seem to be about childhood. His album is free, and it’s very good.

surely i come quickly:

I don’t even know how I found this guy, but his music is really enjoyable. It comes from an album called, you never wanted me. I believe the artist is from Saskatoon, Ca. The low-fi recordings really do add to the atmosphere of his music.

Soko:

This girl is pretty well-known around the blogs, and I believe made an appearance in the charts. She’s got some nice music vids, one directed by Spike Jonze. I love her voice, and even though this is a pretty sad song, It takes you on an ‘enjoyable’ journey I think.

Birds of America:

An American artist from Oakland, described as Dub/Folk. This track is super chilled and builds nicely, it sounds like it was recorded in a barn after a good party. It’s been on repeat for a while on my iPod.

Tom Eddy:

A folk band from Seattle. This track comes from their album called, The Bread Maker’s Blues. I think it’s the plucking and soft vocals that makes this track fun to listen to. Reminds me a bit of Herman Dune’s stuff.

Cass McCombs:

This is a pretty well-known artist in folk scene. He’s from Baltimore and has toured with a bunch of folky/rock artists. This track comes from his 2009 album, Catacombs.

Cotton Jones:

I love duets, XX are a good example, and these guys execute this song so nicely. This is an alternate version of their song, Gone The Bells, which they released on Soundcloud, I actually prefer it to the original. The dreamy guitar and bells sound beaut.

The Oh Hello’s:

These guys have an EP on Bandcamp which you can ‘name your price for’. They’re working on a full length album which looks promising as this song demonstrates a lot of talent. They say they’ve taken a lot inspiration from Mumford and Sons, personally i think they sound better.

Grand Salvo:

He’s known as ‘Australia’s Iron & Wine’, Grand Salvo has a knack of writing original songs about everyday observations. This is a song that triumphs on its simplicity. You might find you won’t take in the lyrics until the 3rd or 4th time since the acoustic instruments glide through your ears so gracefully.

Of Monsters And Men:

Time to pick up the tempo, this is another boy/girl duet. For me this is Edward Sharpe and XX mixed together. Of Monsters and Men is a 6 piece band from Iceland. This track is from their EP that was released in 2011, they’re currently working on bringing out a full album. They’re one to keep an eye on I feel.

Angus Stone:

I first heard of this artist back in 2007 when he released a single called Mango Tree with his half-sister, Julia. Definitely check out the song if you don’t know it. This track comes from his new album, Broken Brights, I hadn’t really been following his solo venture, so this album came to be a nice surprise.

Helios:

One of my all time favourite instrumental/ambient artists. He’s usually playing in my car during long drives through the countryside. literally love everything he produces, and somehow i missed this track from his last album, which resulted in a nice surprise.

Tallest Man on Earth:

Tallest Man on Earth hit the ground running with his 2008 debut album Shallow Grave and has been impressing fans and critiques since. This track comes from his newest album There’s no Leaving Now. It’s my favourite on the album – and no, he’s not putting on a Bob Dylan voice….

To Just Grow Away by Tallest Man on Earth

Alt-j:

I’ve started to spot adverts around London for Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave. They’re a British band and have been gathering a lot of hype with their indie/electronic sound. I’m not gonna say I heard them before they got big because I don’t think I did. They’re playing at End of Road Festival this year which should be a treat.

Blackbird Blackbird:

Another of my favourite artists. I got to see Blackbird Blackbird play this year in the UK which was amazing. This guy constantly puts out great sounding music. This is one of his newest tracks, and it sounds like he’s far from losing his touch – nice one Mikey.

Fortune Howl:

I found this on some blog, it’s a remix of one of the songs from Wes Anderson’s new film Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a really enjoyable track to listen through.