The actual visualisation of sequences and scenes in Mean Streets comes from a lot of their music, of living with their music and listening to it. Not just the songs I use in the film. No, it’s about the tone and the mood of their music, their attitude. The music itself. And ultimately, over the years what I became aware of – and this is something like a detective story, I really didn’t know about music, I just responded to it – was that their music is blues-based. And I happen to really like the blues.
Also bridging film and music, to a significantly less epic extent, is Elijah Wood, who tells Tim Cooper at the London Times about launching his own record label in order to dabble in indie rock and put out the sixth Apples in Stereo album.
Wood, who must have more than enough money to retire to the Shire(s), is realistic about Simianâ€™s prospects of turning a profit in a waning business. â€œI think it would be naive to think that it could, to be honest,â€ he concedes. â€œIâ€™m certainly not starting it to make money. My interest is to put out music and get it heard. If the bands become successful â€“ which is certainly something youâ€™d want to happen â€“ and you end up making money, that would be a nice bonus, but itâ€™s not the intention. Starting a small label with the intention of making a lot of money is kind of ridiculous.â€
And Jonathan Cohen at Billboard has turned up the soundtrack for Todd Haynes‘ sure to be interesting semi-Bob Dylan biopic "I’m Not There," which premieres at Venice. The soundtrack consists of covers of Dylan songs, including Jeff Tweedy doing "Simple Twist of Fate," Cat Power with "Stuck Inside of Mobile With Memphis Blues Again" and Antony and the Johnsons doing "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door."
+ And we’re rolling (Guardian)
+ From Frodo to music mogul (London Times)
+ Vedder, Sonic Youth, Tweedy Do Dylan For Soundtrack (Billboard)