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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In Comedy Crib’s new series Does Dave Know We’re Here?, the gang arrives at Dave’s house and texts him to let him know that they’re waiting outside. Weirdly, though, he doesn’t come out to meet them. To kill time in the car until he’s ready, they decide to play a game. That’s when things get crazy.

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Technically, they decide to play lots of games and that’s when the show starts to feel like the modern day answer to Waiting for Godot. Will Dave ever come out? You’ll have to watch and find out. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to learn how to play “Father Father Where’s Your Spoon?” for our next road trip.

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Hear Carrie's new sound.

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Carrie Brownstein stopped by The Late Show last night to talk to Stephen Colbert about Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney and, of course, her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, which is in stores now.

While she was waiting in the show’s green room, she announced her new career path as an interpreter of traditional English folk ballads.

After her very somber performance, Carrie sat down with Colbert to discuss whether or not she is “cool.” Oh, Carrie. If you’re not cool, there is zero hope for the rest of us.


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Get Gentle and Soft With The Blue Jean Committee’s New EP

The Documentary Now! band has a new EP.

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The Blue Jean Committee is about to head straight up the charts with their new song “Gentle & Soft.” Is it us, or did it just get really smooth in here?

The band, whose tumultuous history was chronicled in a compelling two-part episode of Documentary Now!, is back with an extremely soft bullet with the release of Catalina Breeze, an actual 12″ EP with actual songs that you can actually (and should actually) buy. As Fred Armisen, who sings in the Blue Jean Committee along with his Documentary Now! cohort Bill Hadertold EW, he wanted the band to capture the ’70s California soft rock sound. “So the best way to do it for us would be to just spell it out and call the song ‘Gentle and Soft,'” Armisen said.

The EP, which will be released on November 20th, also features the classic BJC tracks “Mama You’re a Dancer,” “Walking Shoes” and the titular jam all about relaxing Catalina breezes. True to its name, the Catalina Breeze EP will hit you like the wind, rushing your hair into a halo, which is as gentle and soft as it comes. Head over to Drag City to listen to song samples and grab the EP.

For more Documentary Now!, check out the complete archive, episode clips, and music from the show.

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Love Donna From That ’70s Show? Take the Quiz!

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Donna is the strongest (and probably the smartest) member of the That ’70s Show gang. But how well do you know the sassy redhead? Take the ultimate Donna fan quiz and find out!


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