Soundtrack Of Your Life #6: Donnie Darko

0 days… 1 hour… 12 minutes… 49 seconds. That… is when the episode… will end.

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 6 Corey welcomes Toronto Film Scene writer Sean Kelly to pick apart the lyrical themes and time travel theory details that makes up 2001’s Donnie Darko, the cult sensation that after countless viewings inspired Sean to seek a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies. We use the rare 2004 Director’s Cut version of the soundtrack as a base and discuss the difference in song usages, as well as diversions on bullying, 9/11, life with aspergers, and more.

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #5: Pitch Perfect

The Cancer Episode and The Schmoopie Episode, rolled into one.

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 5 Corey is back in the slightly tinny (sorry) living room with his CriticalMassCast co-host, and more importantly, new fiancée. Nicole Bontoft has chosen the most recent film to be a part of this series to date, 2012’s popular Pitch Perfect, a fun, acapella competition film whose peppy tones contrast greatly with stories of chemo, heartbreak, stomach problems, and, ultimately, getting back together. The brevity of the original soundtrack also allows a dig into some of the pop tracks which make up the volume 2 edition which hit stores in the wake of the first’s success. Nicki Minaj anyone?

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #4: Pump Up The Volume

Talk hard… Hard! ‘Bout life’s… rocky road.

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

We dedicate this unusual episode to an unusual person who makes us feel kind of… unusual. Jim Laczkowski of The Director’s Club Podcast has selected 1990’s Pump Up The Volume, a film whose message got him through those very tough pre-teen years. Join us as we kick out the late 80s jams, and rediscover that feeling screwed up in a screwed up place in a screwed up time does not mean you are screwed up.

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #3: Garden State

Episode #3 will probably not change your life, but put on your headphones and placate Natalie Portman, Zach Braff and I for a while.

Each episode, Corey will welcome a guest onto the show. The guest will have chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack with play underneath the show and will be the springboard to discussion about the music itself, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 3 Corey welcomes James Brühl of Film Rotation and CineReeLists. James has selected the soundtrack to the increasingly divisive Garden State. Join us for a discussion about getting through the fog of ones twenties, manic pixie dream girls, past jobs, beards, and the emergence of indie rock in the past decade.

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #2: Dirty Dancing

Soundtrack Of Your Life Episode #2 is already here. It may not be the time of your life, but it will kill about an hour of it.

Each episode, Corey will welcome a guest onto the show. The guest will have chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack with play underneath the show and will be the springboard to dissuasion about the music itself, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For this episode Corey welcomes Ryan McNeil of The Matineecast. While the first episode came about spontaneously, this go-around we spent some more time with the material first, and it shows with Ryan’s enthusiasm for DIRTY DANCING and his ability to recant how it works within the film as well as how it shaped one hot summer in 1987 riding the bus to camp.

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #1: Batman Forever

Introducing the newest addition to the Row Three podcast family: Soundtrack Of Your Life.

Corey Pierce (me, but let’s play third person just this once) has been a staple on Row Three since it’s inception, either as the commentator you know as “Goon” or as a guest on the Cinecast. He now joins the team with a new podcast project we hope you’ll enjoy, combining film, music and personal interest.

Each episode, Corey will welcome a guest onto the show. This guest will have chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath the show and will be the springboard to discussion about the music itself, and what was going on in their life at the time of its release. Be ready for personal stories and other pop cultural digressions.

For this re-released/re-mixed episode Corey welcomes Dorkshelf’s Andrew Parker, who has selected the motion picture soundtrack to Batman Forever. Journey with us to 1995 for all sorts of teen awkwardness. Ex-girlfriends, beatdowns from bereaved grunge kids, and memories of beloved out of business movie theaters await.

Episode 2 is already in the can, and will follow later today.

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New Release Tuesday: “Django Unchained” [OST]

No, the movie isn’t out quite yet – just another week! But you can get an aural taste today with the release of the official soundtrack. I’ve only listened to the first few tracks, but it’s clearly got a “man with no name” vibe to it. Of course that might have something to do with the fact that there a few Morricone tracks included. And as always with a Tarantino release, there are some clips of dialogue from the film as well.

TRACK LISTING:
1. WINGED
2. DJANGO (MAIN THEME) – LUIS BACALOV, ROCKY ROBERTS
3. THE BRAYING MULE – ENNIO MORRICONE
4. IN THAT CASE, DJANGO, AFTER YOU…
5. LO CHIAMAVANO KING (HIS NAME IS KING) – LUIS BACALOV, EDDA DELL’ORSO
6. FREEDOM – ANTHONY HAMILTON & ELAYNA BOYNTON
7. FIVE-THOUSAND-DOLLAR NIGGA’S AND GUMMY MOUTH BITCHES
8. LA CORSA (2ND VERSION) – LUIS BACALOV
9. SNEAKY SCHULTZ AND THE DEMISE OF SHARP
10. I GOT A NAME – JIM CROCE
11. I GIORNI DELL’IRA – RIZ ORTOLANI
12. 100 BLACK COFFINS – RICK ROSS
13. NICARAGUA – JERRY GOLDSMITH FEATURING PAT METHENY
14. HILDI’S HOT BOX
15. SISTER SARA’S THEME – ENNIO MORRICONE
16. ANCORA QUI – ENNIO MORRICONE AND ELISA
17. UNCHAINED (THE PAYBACK/UNTOUCHABLE) – JAMES BROWN AND 2PAC
18. WHO DID THAT TO YOU? – JOHN LEGEND
19. TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG – BROTHER DEGE
20. STEPHEN THE POKER PLAYER
21. UN MONUMENTO – ENNIO MORRICONE
22. SIX SHOTS TWO GUNS
23. TRINITY:TITOLI – ANNIBALE E I CANTORI MODERNI

The album is available for purchase over at Amazon and iTunes (and other retailers I’m sure). But hey, why pay when you can listen right now for free at the film’s site (for a limited time)? Or you can just stream the tracks embedded below courtesy of Spotify.

 

The 10 Most Overused Songs in Movie History

 
 
Scores and musical tracks are a big part of the movie going experience. Quite often much bigger than the typical audience members really perceives consciously upon first watch. Other times, particularly with selected pop tracks, the movie instantly becomes easily accessible for many with the inclusion of highly popular and very specific emotion laden tracks. Since these very iconic tracks can be used effectively, many times a track will get so over used that we start eye rolling the second the first three notes have been emitted from the speakers. Heck, RowThree’s own Kurt Halfyard has refused to see Kung Fu Panda based solely on the fact that they use one of the tracks from this very list in their marketing campaign.

At any rate, thanks to Jena for letting us repost this list of the most overused songs in movie history. Personally, I’d have to add James Brown’s “I FEEL GOOD” to the mix as well, but otherwise this is a pretty good list. What other can you think of that should maybe be included here?

*UPDATE* – I’ve added Spotify links to the individual track for each song. If you don’t have Spotify, you don’t poperly appreciate music or you’re in Canada.

 
 

“London Calling,” The Clash
The Clash were a fantastic punk band that formed at a pivotal time for rock music and shaped what was to come. They started blowing up in the U.K. in 1977, but it was 1979’s London Calling, their third album, that took them to a new level of fame at home and abroad. Make no mistake, “London Calling” is a great song, a soaring, minor-key, doomsday tune that summed up fears about the future in a new way for young listeners. But it’s since become a cheap go-to for movies looking to score a montage set in London. It’s as if there’s a California law requiring the song to be used every time a movie character heads to England. Do yourself a favor: skip those movies and stick with the record.
Spotify

 


“At Last,” Etta James
Etta James has a set of pipes like no other, and in her heyday she produced some of the best R&B/blues singles of the century. That’s a fact. But listening to movies, you’d never know she’s had a career spanning 60 years. You’d only know her for one song: “At Last,” a 1960 recording of a song penned in 1941. Granted, James’ powerhouse vocals make the song her own, and after hearing her sing it, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else bringing the same mix of joy and yearning to the tune. But it’s been used so often as a default romantic song that the novelty’s worn off. Instead of being a real expression of story or character, it’s a way for a filmmaker to telegraph that all is well and that you should applaud.
Spotify
 

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Who wants to hear the new album from Jeff Bridges?

If you are like me, you played out the soundtrack to Crazy Heart to the point where your friends were begging you to stop and the patrons at the local dive bar were groaning every time you walked up to the jukebox. From “Hold On You” to “Somebody Else” to “Fallin’ and Flying,” there was just something in Jeff Bridges’ gruff, natural voice that made it irresistible and, to me at least, it seemed like perfect music to listen to while drinking cheap draft beer in a smoky country bar.

While a veteran actor releasing a self-titled album might inspire some cynicism, most fans of Bridges realize that the man has been jamming since he was a teenager and anyone who saw Crazy Heart is sure to recognize that the man’s musical abilities are nothing to scoff at. Below is a clip from Rolling Stone, where Bridges talks a bit about then plays the opening track to his album “What a Little Love Can Do.”

There are other clips on the Rolling Stone channel as well, including a brief interview, so be sure to check them out. You can listen to the entire album over at Spinner, but if you enjoy it, be sure to purchase it through Amazon or iTunes.

For the sake of the discussion, what are your favorite music albums released by people known primarily for being actors? How about your most despised?