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Hard News: Friday Music: Festival of Non-Dudeyness

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  • Craig Ranapia,

    whose soundtrack Lorde has curated.

    How do you “curate” a soundtrack, as opposed to putting together an album of as much music from the film as you can afford to get sub-rights for? (Hell, I'm enough of an old coot to be thoroughly bewildered by the "soundtrack" full of music that was never in the film, never intended to be.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Good lord there are a few videos out this week. Emily Littler of Street Chant has a new EP coming in her Emily Edrosa guise. First song:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    How do you “curate” a soundtrack, as opposed to putting together an album of as much music from the film as you can afford to get sub-rights for?

    Dude, she was commissioned to choose the songs for the soundtrack.

    Not bad for a 17 year-old, especially given that just being on that soundtrack gets every artist halfway to a hit.

    But good point: how many of the songs actually appear in the film? That's well outside my area of understanding.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Some of us Belle & Sebastian fans would have been pretty stoked about Caribou too, just quietly.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Not bad for a 17 year-old, especially given that just being on that soundtrack gets every artist halfway to a hit.

    True enough. Arcade Fire isn’t going to be the next One Direction, but it did them no harm having the pretty good ‘Abraham’s Daughter’ playing over the end credits of The Hunger Games (and on its rather successful OST). And if I ever end up ruling a fascist dystopia, they’re definitely writing my national anthem…

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    well, I'd swap everyone on that Laneways bill for just one Richard Hawley gig. I'd also love to erm, curate a soundtrack - sounds like the best job in the world; a mixtape with pictures.

    otherwise quite tickled to find this track in a bargain bin, an Issac Hayes production...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    The Laneways lineup is crazy good. I don't understand how it can be soooooo good?

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    And if I ever end up ruling a fascist dystopia

    Doesn't everyone want one of those for Christmas?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4458 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Chamberlain,

    So from acts I've seen: I'd rather have Caribou than Belle & Sebastian, he's fantastic live. I saw St Vincent with David Bryne and collectively they were excellent, she should be good on her own. Alan, I've seen Hawley a couple of times and he didn't really move me.

    Plenty of good stuff there that I haven't seen; shame it's only in Auckland.

    London • Since Aug 2007 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Simon Chamberlain,

    So from acts I've seen: I'd rather have Caribou than Belle & Sebastian, he's fantastic live.

    Oh, stop it.

    I saw St Vincent with David Bryne and collectively they were excellent, she should be good on her own. Alan, I've seen Hawley a couple of times and he didn't really move me.

    I saw St Vincent play Glastonbury this year on the live stream and thought it would be great to be there hearing it. Lots going on.

    Plenty of good stuff there that I haven't seen; shame it's only in Auckland.

    They did try Wellington side-shows a couple of times, but it didn't work. The logistics of an Auckland stopover are a lot better than trying to take the show elsewhere within NZ.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    And if I ever end up ruling a fascist dystopia, they’re definitely writing my national anthem…

    In a country where they salute with glitter-guns.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    A late-breaking Soundcloud gem.

    It's The Reflex's birthday, and also that of some guy called Bo Saris. So this edit got posted.

    Delightful funk.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott, in reply to Simon Chamberlain,

    hey Simon, really? quietly boo...but I'd have to admit his foray into dad psych was rather clunky.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    And finally, I’ve never heard the original of this

    Russell, don't you follow everything I post here? I'm not a cello fan, but he's doing things with it.

    That's not one of Ben Sollee's better songs, but I it remixes well.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    It’s a rotten time, but Radio NZ National has this tonight.


    James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music – and meets some of the people who made it happen: Everything Audible in the World Becomes Material – Recording and electricity crack open the world of sound. What happens next?

    ETA: A quick search found the stream.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    I would just like to say that B&S live are really freakin amazing.

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    I think I've said this before, but one of the things I appreciate about Lorde's better songs are the great electro sounds with her awesome alto. I get really tired of wispy high-pitched female vocals with grubby electronica (I love Massive Attack - they're guilty too).

    Lorde is a refreshing change. Also Ladi6 with the stuff she did with Shapeshifter et al, and Tali.

    Love the Stevie Nicks article too.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Pretty much zilch, but was an interesting collection with songs related to the film--even Taylor Swift!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2557 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    The Laneways lineup is crazy good. I don’t understand how it can be soooooo good?

    These things seem to be 90% obscenely hard work, carefully cultivated contacts, sound instincts (virtually indistinguishable from inspired guesswork) and just a dash of good luck for seasoning. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong,

    I love Jakob. And when I say that, what I mean is that I love Jakob. For various reasons, including the fact that they providing the soundtrack to me falling in love with my wife, their beautiful music means a great deal to me, and it is such a grand thing when an artist you love does not let you down.

    What an honest piece of film, too.

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Oh, stop it.

    But Caribou was at Splore a couple of years ago, yes? (I couldn't go because of my tiny spawn.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But good point: how many of the songs actually appear in the film? That's well outside my area of understanding.

    My understanding is that the film itself only has an orchestral score, with "Yellow Flicker Beat" and a couple of other songs from the soundtrack playing on the closing credits. Let's blame Prince's Batman soundtrack - popularising a soundtrack record also that had songs "inspired by" the film.

    BTW, I don't think you need to have an understanding of the Hunger Games to appreciate the song. It is ostensibly about Katniss Everdeen's story, but can also serve as a bit of commentary on Lorde's life. "They used to shout my name, now they whisper it." Aw yeah.

    And this is interesting - "Yellow Flicker Beat" was co-written by the usual team of Lorde and Joel Little, but this time it was produced not by Little, but by Paul Epworth, best known for his Grammy-winning work with Adele.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    John Peel introducing The Fall, over and over, for an hour. Magnificent.

    Via Dangerous Minds.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to TracyMac,

    and Tali

    seen this recent collaboration?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to John Armstrong,

    What an honest piece of film, too.

    It is. There is inevitably artifice in getting the shots for a video like that, but it feels authentic, and committed to the making of the music.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22811 posts Report Reply

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