Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oscar music at Decatur CD

[Above: Oscar winners Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of Once]

If you couldn't tell by these last couple DCD blog posts, it's awards season out there. But we thought what with all the hullabaloo surrounding the Academy Awards it might be worth pointing out some of the Oscar-related selections we have here in the store. Have a look, and if you're into that whole watching-people-watching-stuff kinda thing, tune into Paste's live blog of the Oscars tomorrow night. At the very least, it's a reason to make snarky comments as all those shiny trophies are handed out.

Slumdog Millionaire
Why you care: This movie is going to bring home a buttload of awards tomorrow evening, and with good reason. Included here is an awesome score by international superstar composer A.R. Rahman, and a handful of M.I.A. tracks, including a great DFA remix of "Paper Planes." A fun listen all around.

Rachel Getting Married
Why you care: One of the most interesting ones on this list, Rachel Getting Married's soundtrack includes a tear-jerking Neil Young cover by TV on the Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe, a couple Robyn Hitchcock songs, and other eclectic tracks from Black Bombay, Angela McCluskey, Brooklyn Demme and more.

The Wrestler
Why you care: Bizarrely enough, the soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky's powerful film does not include Bruce Springsteen's song, which is called "The Wrestler" and was written for the movie. Allow us to roll our eyes for a moment and direct you to Working on a Dream if you want that song. Here, you'll get Quiet Riot, Lil Wayne, Firehouse, Ratt, Scorpions and more.

Why you care: Because the movie is adorable!!! Ahem. Also, you get a song by Peter Gabriel and a score composed by Thomas Newman. Whether you know the latter's name or not, you've doubtlessly heard his music in any number of films, including Revenge of the Nerds, Real Genius, Fried Green Tomatoes, Little Women, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, etc., etc., etc., etc. Let's just say Newman stays busy.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Why you care: You get two discs here, a score composed by Alexandre Desplat, and a soundtrack that features Louis Armstrong, Perez Prado & His Orchestra, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, The Platters, The Boswell Sisters, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more. Arguably the classiest entry on this list.

Plus, we have soundtracks to various films that weren't nominated this year, such as Synecdoche New York (score by Jon Brion), He's Just Not That Into You (Keane, My Morning Jacket, R.E.M., Corinne Bailey Rae and more), Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (Jefferson Airplane, Lou Reed, John Prine, Bob Dylan, etc.) and so, so many more.



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