Listening Through Cinema’s Best Soundtracks: Your Wednesday Morning Treat

A film’s soundtrack is a necessary component to the total sum. The best use of music in film is not when its manipulative but rather acting as a character of its own, helping bring to life the filmmakers artistic vision. And this year, we’ve been graced with some truly fantastic new soundtracks—from Shane Carruth’s complex ethereal wonder Upstream Color to Clint Mansell’s stirringly sensuous Stoker. So to liven up your Wednesday afternoon, I’ve rounded up the best film soundtracks floating around in their enitrety. So whether you’re in the mood to transport yourself into a delicate and gauzy Coppola world or the existential romatic longing world of Wenders, peruse our listen and see whar perks up your emotions. Enjoy.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Almost Famous

The Virgin Suicides

Trainspotting

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Requiem for a Dream

Upstream Color

A Clockwork Orange

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Nashville

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Pulp Fiction

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The Last Waltz

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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Natural Born Killers

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Blue Velvet

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Paris, Texas

 

Punch-Drunk Love

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Waltz With Bashir

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The Graduate

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Schindler’s List

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Spring Breakers

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Amacord

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Fire Walk With Me

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Chungking Express

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Magnolia

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Elevator to the Gallows

Drive

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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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Taxi Driver

 

Superfly

 

Mystery Train

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Sacred Bones Unearths Rare ‘Twin Peaks’ & ‘Eraserhead’ Soundtracks

“Music’s been real important to me since the time I was small….And it’s amazing how much we know that we don’t realize we know,” said David Lynch. “I’m not a trained musician, but when you get into it, you discover you really do have an understanding of the form and have incredibly strong feelings about how music should be made. I’m not saying l’m a skilled musician, but me and Angelo [Badalamenti] – who’s a great musician – have an instant dialogue.” And throughout his nightmarish dreamscape of an oueuvre, music has been an integral element to the psychologically penetrating and haunting power of his work. The droning hums or Eraserhead or the mysterious sounds lingering in the night between the trees of Twin Peaks are just as large of a character as any, and when it comes to the Lynchian universe, his sonic world has always been just as riveting as the tones and textures that come to life on the screen.

Last year, we were thrilled that Sacred Bones would be putting out a re-issued vinyl of Eraserhead’s dark and dizzying original soundtrack, but now we learn that the label will be putting the OST out on CD as well. With the vinyl no longer available, the CD—which has not been available in five years—contains only three songs, but does have a 10-minute dance mix done by Lynch. And in addition, the label has also un-earthed copies of the fascinating and rare soundtrack to Twin Peaks’ second season. Composed by Angelo Badalamenti, the chilling soundtrack as well as the Eraserhead album are now available for purchase, so I’d suggest you head over to Sacred Bones immediately and bask in all that Lynchian sound.

And for an added treat, watch this wonderful video of Badalamenti demonstrating his creative process working on Twin Peaks.

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David Lynch on His Favorite Films and Filmmakers
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David Lynch Talks Cinema’s Current State and the Spiritual Experience of Film
Watch A Video Essay Connecting Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’ & Kieślowski’s ‘The Double Life Of Veronique’

 

 

 

 

BlackBook Exclusive: Stream OOFJ’s Seductive and Somber Debut Album ‘Disco to Die To’

"The thing I love about David Lynch is, his films feel frightening and debauched but in very lush landscape. Like, wow this is horrendous but oh, I love it," says Katherine Mills Rymer. And as one half of moody electro-pop duo OOFJ, I can’t help but surmise that their music exists in that same Lynchian world of psychologically penetrating and haunting bizarreness, yet in the most enticingly exquisite way. 

Formed with maestro of sound Jenno Bjørnkjær, OOFJ’s (pronounced O of J) music transports you into a darkly erotic and mysteriously evocative world, with a wink to the cinematic. The LA-based duo sound like what would happen if Reims Cathdral-era Nico and Angelo Badalamenti collaborated to give you a synth-fueled and down-tempo yet jazzy record—perfect for cold moonless nights venturing into the unknown. "The album’s quite dark in an immersive way," says Katherine. "It’s strange to be releasing it in spring," she said, speaking to the album’s chilly vocals and cold wave tones.

But after having moved to Los Angeles, Jenno and Katherine traveled to South Africa when her father died suddenly. While there, they began creating their debut album Disco to Die To, recording the first track in her brother’s upstairs bedroom. Eventually Jenno left to finish the rest of the album with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, while Katherine stayed home and recorded the vocals from her bed. The result is a hypnotic and alluring collection of songs that slither into your brain waves and bury deep into your nerves. "We’re into light and tone and mental landscape," says Katherine, "Jenno is like a chilled out Danish viking, that sort of vibe, and a musical geek as well. So he brings the light and tone and I bring the angst emotional bits." Together, they play out like a maudlin fantasy where danger lurks around every corner. 

Describing the sound of the album abstractly, Katherine went on to say, "this is the kind of music I’d listen to before I go out on my own and am kind of depressed—but I’m still going to go out, and I look great. It’s sad and I’m alone, but I still look great and maybe I’m crying a bit but still cool and wearing a cool coat and then you just walk down the street." And with the distinctly nighttime nature of the record, she also told me about a Bergman documentary she’d watched recently in which someone asked him why all of his films take place at night or out of the sun, to which he responded: "Well, I don’t think anything good has ever happened to me in the daylight." It was a quote that—rightfully so—struck her, saying, "That’s when the magical things in life happen. It’s like, okay cool I can go have a walk in the park, but it never looks as wonderful as when there’s all those great lights at night."

And today, it’s our pleasure to premiere the stream of their new album Disco to Die To off Clapyouclapme, the unique conceptual label they created that not only releases music but collaborates with visual artists around the world. So black the windows, throw on something slinky, and take a listen to OOFJ’s symphonic and somberly fantastic album. 

Looking Back on Cinema’s Best Soundtracks Of All Time

A film’s soundtrack is a necessary component to the total sum. The best use of music in film is not when its manipulative but rather acting as a character of its own, helping bring to life the filmmakers artistic vision. And earlier this week, we premiered the soundtrack to Park Chan-wook’s upcoming gothic thriller Stoker, from one of the greatest contemporary masters of cinematic sound, Clint Mansell. So, to honor his fantastic score, I’ve compiled some of the greatest film soundtracks of all time for your listening pleasure. Of course there are hundreds to love but here are some that particularly tickle my sonic fancy and hopefully yours. Enjoy.

 

 

Requiem for a Dream, Clint Mansell

Mulholland Drive, Angelo Badalamenti

 

Performance, Various Artists

Trainspotting, Various Artists

Taxi Driver, Bernard Herrmann

A Clockwork Orange, Wendy Carlos

The Graduate, Simon & Garfunkel

Magnolia, Jon Brion

Blue Velvet, Angelo Badalamenti

 

Drive, Cliff Martinez

Nashville, Various Artists

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, John Williams

 

Paris, Texas, Ry Cooder

Pulp Fiction, Various Artists

 

Chungking Express, Various Artists

The Double Life of Veronique, Zbigniew Preisner

 

The Social Network, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

 

Psycho Beach Party, Various Artists

American Graffiti, Various Artists

Almost Famous, Various Artists

 

8 1/2, Nino Rota

Goodfellas, Various Artists

Blade Runner, Vangelis

 

Apocalypse Now, Various Artists

2001: A Space Odyssey, Various Artists

 

Superfly, Curtis Mayfield

 

Suspiria, Goblin

 

Harold and Maude, Cat Stevens