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Highlights of the “O Brother Where Art Thou” Soundtrack

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“O Brother Where Art Thou?” is one of the Coen Brothers’ most crowd-pleasing films, but it’s not just for the creative re-imagining of Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Depression-era Southern fable starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts. It’s also for what happened after the cons on the run manage to reinvent themselves as bluegrass musical sensations, The Soggy Bottom Boys. Their rendition of a “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorry,” a traditional American folk song — first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky — was a toe-tapping ear worm that took the movie from the silver screen to radio stations and CD players across the nation. (What, it came out in 2000, iPods weren’t a thing yet). With the success of that song and contributions to the soundtrack from the likes of Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett and Gillian Welch, the soundtrack to “O Brother Where Art Thou” went platinum EIGHT times. CMT included it on it’s 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music. Rhapsody called it one of the “Country’s Best Albums of the Decade” list. NPR included the soundtrack on their list of “The Decade’s 50 Most Important Recordings.” The accolades were completely justified too. The combination of traditional tunes with modern country voices was evocative and eminently listenable. After you tune in to “O Brother Where Art Thou” Sunday at 8:45 p.m. ET, be sure to pick up the soundtrack, too.

Here are a few of our favorite songs from the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack:

The Soggy Bottom Boys “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”:

Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch “I’ll Fly Away”

Alison Krauss “Down To The River To Pray”

Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch “Nobody But The Baby”

“O Brother Where Art Thou” airs on IFC on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8:45 PM ET and Monday, Jan. 28 at 12:00 AM ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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