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Soundtrack for Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”

Soundtrack for Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” (photo)

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The soundtrack details for Sofia Coppola’s new film “Somewhere” are out and they’re as stylish and good looking as the film’s stars, Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. The decadent helpings of cool include, The Police, T. Rex, Bryan Ferry, and The Strokes. Gwen Stefani, doesn’t seem to fit with that list but her song “Cool” is actually listed twice on the soundtrack. Maybe there is a father-daughter sing along rock band version?

Coppola favorites, the French band Phoenix, play the most key role appearing on the soundtrack with a two-parter as well as contributing to the score along with composer William Storkson who also helped out on “Lost in Translation.”

Italian distributor, Medusa Film, explains about Phoenix’s contributions on their website:

The passage of over seven minutes, divided into two parts, “Love Like A Sunset,” has been included on the soundtrack of Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” along with original music composed specifically for the film.

From what I gleaned there with my rudimentary Italian (and the trailer below) the film follows bad boy actor Johnny Mark, played by Dorff who’s living at “the legendary Chateau Marmont” in Hollywood in a “continuous flow of girls and lozenges.” His chill way of life is interrupted one day when his 11 year-old daughter Cleo shows up, played by Fanning. Charming and disarming existential reflections follow.

Full track list:

“Love Like a Sunset Part I” – Phoenix
“Ghandi Fix” – William Storkson
“My Hero” – Foo Fighters
“So Lonely” – The Police
“1 Thing” – Amerie
“20th Century Boy” – T.Rex
“Cool” – Gwen Stefani
“Che si fa” – Paolo Jannacci
“Cool” – Gwen Stefani
“Teddy Bear” – Romulo
“Love Theme From Kiss” – Kiss
“I’ll Try Anything Once” – The Strokes*
“Look” – Sebastian Tellier
“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” – Bryan Ferry
“Massage Music” – William Storkson
“Love Like A Sunset Part II” – Phoenix


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That Strokes tune is the one playing in the official trailer, check it out:

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

“The Dungeon Masters” Blonde Redhead Soundtrack and DVD Release

“The Dungeon Masters” Blonde Redhead Soundtrack and DVD Release (photo)

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With a new Blonde Redhead release on the horizon, I decided to re-visit “The Dungeon Masters” after a conversation with the film’s editor, Christine Khalafian, who kindly reminded me that the NY trio scored it. The doc, which centers on three hardcore D&D players and their troubles during the economic crush of 2008 is getting an expanded edition DVD release August 3 too. You don’t have to own dice with more than six sides, have a thing for chicks with elf ears, or have Blonde Redhead on your iPod to appreciate this film and the exceptionally strange people it follows either.

I asked director Keven McAlester why he approached Blonde Redhead to do the score, hoping to reveal some secret LARP coven they all rolled with but the choice had more to do with a fan seeking a band he loved to create the right mood for a film that treads a fine line with it’s subjects. Not that “The Dungeon Masters” ever seeks to mock, but even when you treat a Sphere of Annihilation, or a girl wearing elf ears seriously, there’s the risk of tipping into total farce. “When it came time to approach people, Blonde Redhead seemed like a perfect fit,” McAlester told me. “We had an initial conversation that made me even more excited to work with them — they had really smart ideas, they were incredibly nice, and Kazu Makino kept referencing Georges Delerue’s music for ‘Contempt,’ which is probably my favorite film score ever.”

There was a lot of great music in the film already — including the songs “Folios” by The New Year, “Dirty Knives” by Bangs, “When Company Comes” by the Feelies, and “Ghosts of a Different Dream” by Guided by Voices — but Blonde Redhead agreed it needed more and went to work on various pieces for about six weeks. They also agreed that some of the existing music was “too obvious, a hat on a hat is the current jargon for that, I think,” McAlester added.

After some ideas back and forth, McAlester convened with the band for a week in their Brooklyn studio space. “I’m sure the last couple of days drove them crazy, as it would any serious musician,” he said of the final recordings. “Because that final push involves stuff like moving a drumbeat three seconds earlier to hit an edit cue, and so on. Regardless, the results were genuinely great. They made the film miles better.”

There will be a limited-edition vinyl release of Blonde Redhead’s compositions for the soundtrack in the near future, perhaps around the time their next record, “Penny Sparkle,” hits in September. If you’re interested in being notified about the exact release date, email tdm@antidotefilms.com to request. And hit up Netflix on August 3rd if you’ve not seen the film yet.

A Beck Bonus Track From “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

A Beck Bonus Track From “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (photo)

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I’m not yet sold on the film — maybe it’s the leet tagline that grates at me (“An epic of epic epicness”) — but with tracks from Beck, Frank Black, T.Rex and The Rolling Stones, at least the soundtrack for “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is looking really good. The Beachwood Sparks cover of Sade’s “By Your Side” is a good time.

The soundtrack is officially out August 10th from ABKCO Records, but a new deluxe pre-order was announced on iTunes that includes three Beck bonus tracks, including this one below, called “Summertime,” that has Beck playing a his guitar through an air conditioner — after drinking all the freon out of it. I think I hear a lemon wedge in there too.

Here’s an embed I found from Stereogum:

You Pro Tools types might want to check out this remix contest on Indaba. They give you the source files, and you remix Scott Pilgrim’s “Fight!” theme, as originally arranged composer by Nigel Godrich. Entries are judged by director Edgar Wright and Dan the Automator. Winner takes huge amounts of gear, including a one-of-a-kind custom Scott Pilgrim Fender Strat.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World track list:

1. We Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb
2. Scott Pilgrim – Plumtree
3. I Heard Ramona Sing – Frank Black
4. By Your Side – Beachwood Sparks
5. O Katrina! – Black Lips
6. I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad – Crash and the Boys
7. We Hate You Please Die – Crash and the Boys
8. Garbage Truck – Sex Bob-Omb
9. Teenage Dream – T. Rex
10. Sleazy Bed Track – The Bluetones
11. It’s Getting Boring By The Sea – Blood Red Shoes
12. Black Sheep – Metric
13. Threshold – Sex Bob-Omb
14. Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
15. Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
16. Ramona (Acoustic) – Beck
17. Ramona – Beck
18. Summertime – Sex Bob-Omb
19. Threshold 8 bit – Brian LeBarton

BONUS TRACKS (Exclusive to iTunes Deluxe Edition)
20. Garbage Truck – Beck
21. Threshold – Beck
22. Summertime – Beck [Hear it at iTunes]*
23. Black Sheep – The Clash at Demonhead (Bonus Video Pre-Order Only)

*Warning, if you are using Firefox, careful of that iTunes link. The latest Mozilla update this week seems to have bugged it out.

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