Complete with a performance from Mark Lindsay. More »
The soundtrack-gathering prowess of Quentin Tarantino has been discussed in this space before, and the release of the song list for his forthcoming World War II flick–the spell-check-defying Inglourious Basterds, which premieres at Cannes on Wednesday–is notable for its heavy reliance on the work of famed composer Ennio Morricone, not to mention the excavation of the Giorgio Moroder/David Bowie track from the 1982 film Cat People. Full list of tracks–and the movies the songs were culled from–after the jump. More »
Lately I’ve been getting kind of aggravated by remixes. (I know, I know.) The way some artists are shameless about hitching their wagons to bigger stars over and over again; the way they clog up search results on the Hype Machine; the fact that most of them, well, aren’t very good. But the Eclectic Method‘s mash-up of music, dialogue, sound effects, and scenes from Quentin Tarantino’s body of work is so creatively put together and fun to listen to (well, unless you’re in an office where rapidfire profanity is not really appreciated), I’m willing to turn my frown upside down for its seven-minute length. But no longer than that. [Vimeo via the listenerd] More »
Last night, American Idol brought Quentin Tarantino in for Songs From The Movies night, and he was probably one of the best mentors the show’s ever seen, honestly. (He was completely geeking out the whole time, and it was kind of great how he treated his mentorship like directing a movie, and talked about the whole package of each performance—hey, he tried to rein in Danny Gokey’s preacher hand movements, albeit to no avail.) But the night overall was something of a dud, thanks in large part to the unfortunate song choices—seriously, two Bryan Adams tracks?—that made me think that my idea to restrict the night’s repertoire to songs that had appeared on Tarantino soundtracks should have been employed. Although I guess doing so would have resulted in Kara calling every song “obscure,” since she gave that tag to the song that won the freaking Best Song Oscar two years ago. (This freakin’ show.) On to the rankings!
Tonight is Quentin Tarantino Night on American Idol, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the passing of Delfonics founder Randy Cain (left), considering the Delfonics figured so heavily into the most charming scenes of QT’s Jackie Brown. The Delfonics were one of the first Philadelphia soul bands, and the perfect harmonies and dramatic arrangements—courtesy of super-genius instrumentalist Thom Bell—were indicative of the Philadelphia sound to come, if a little lower budget.
This week, American Idol goes to the movies, with director Quentin Tarantino sitting in as mentor as the contestants take on the frustratingly vague theme of “songs from film.” (Tarantino has actually served as a guest judge on the show in the past, and he’s not exactly a pushover, which should be awesome when he deals with Lil Rounds’ outsized ego.) The bloodthirsty Tarantino has always had a deft touch when it comes to putting together soundtracks for his own flicks, and part of me kind of hopes that the seven remaining Idol contestants will be restricted to songs that he paired with his body of work over the years. After the jump, it’s time to play Fantasy Idol one more time—and hey, the results sound kind of like the hallways of my college dorm!