Thursday, May 15, 2008

Juno OST

Juno OST

All I want is you A typical 'we belong together' - 'I'm the X to your Y' love song, country style.

After the first track Kimya Dawson picks up and because she is good for 7 (2 partly) of the 19 tracks on the soundtrack, I'll group her songs together.

The lyrics of Tire swing 'Joey never met a bike that he didn't want to ride, I never met a Toby I didn't like' made me laugh. I don't know if 'a Toby' also has such a double meaning as 'a bike' but it's funny nonetheless. Next to being funny I like the multiple voices joining in end dropping out eventually ending up in a canon.

Loose lips also cracked me up with lines like 'We won't stop untill somebody calls the cops, and even then we'll start again and just pretend that nothing ever happened'. I just love funny songs and the fast pace in this track is cool too, but Kimya sometimes almost stumbles through the lyrics and with the others joining in it sometimes sounds like a fast birthday song sung by a random group of people.

So nice so smart and Tree hugger both fall in the funny category. You should really check out the video that was made for Tree hugger.

Anyone else but you by the Moldy Peaches (half of which is Kimya) it's the same song as the last track. The Moldy peaches just give a strange funny sound to it.

Rollercoaster is not a real song but it's singing a song without lyrics..just 'tududududududu-ing' to the music, can't count the times I do this.
Sleep is a short sleepingtune being hummed. Too short to say anything really useful.

In the tracks that are actually sung by Kimya, her singing sometimes sounds a bit false, but in a strange way it fits the songs.

The Kinks' A well respected man has the 60s feeling that fits the movie. The movie is 'set' in the present but Juno gives a 60s swing to it. I didn't know The Kinks, but I'm going to play this track a lot more often.

Buddy Holly's Dearest is a bit too mushy for my taste. It just drips with being in love, especially the 'uhmmmya' part. Superstar and Sea of love also belong in this (although a bit less dripping) category of mushy love songs.

Up the spout composed by Mateo Messina (also the composer of the score) has the same sound as the tracks by Kimya Dawson which isn't surprising because he also based the score on her music.

The tracks from Belle and Sebastian Piazza, New York catcher and Expectations are both very relaxt songs, but try to explain the crazy lyrics from the Piazza song to me..they're just plain crazy.

All the young dudes was written by David Bowie and it sounds like a Bowie track (say 'Life on mars'). I like it.

I'm sticking with you (cause I'm made out of glue) is a simple but brilliantly funny love song.

Vampire another funny song by Antsy Pantsy.

Anyone else but you by Michael Cera and Ellen page is the closing song to this soundtrack and to the movie is a nice sweet duet from the main characters in the movie.

Listening to this soundtrack makes you want to listen to it again. It sometimes is sugarry sweet, but that's survivable. Next to that you should also listen to the lyrics really well, I like funny tracks and some of the tracks are definitely funny. I looked up some information about Kimya Dawson which says she makes so called 'anti-folk' music, which makes fun of too serious music, and of itself. I think this is thé reason they choose so many of her songs because Juno has this same attitude for the biggest part of the movie 'seriously' joking around about the whole adoption.


01 Barry Louis Polisar: "All I Want Is You"
02 Kimya Dawson: "Rollercoaster (Juno Film Version)"
03 The Kinks: "A Well Respected Man"
04 Buddy Holly: "Dearest"
05 Mateo Messina: "Up the Spout"
06 Kimya Dawson: "Tire Swing"
07 Belle & Sebastian: "Piazza, New York Catcher"
08 Kimya Dawson: "Loose Lips"
09 Sonic Youth: "Superstar"
10 Kimya Dawson: "Sleep (Instrumental)"
11 Belle & Sebastian: "Expectations"
12 Mott the Hoople: "All the Young Dudes"
13 Kimya Dawson: "So Nice So Smart"
14 Cat Power: "Sea of Love"
15 Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants: "Tree Hugger" (brilliant video made for it by hanllyproductions
16 Velvet Underground: "I'm Sticking With You"
17 The Moldy Peaches: "Anyone Else but You"
18 Antsy Pants: "Vampire"
19 Ellen Page and Michael Cera: "Anyone Else but You"

I was pleasantly surprised I could find ALL of the tracks listed.

*Recommended by Lee from 'Quit your day job'.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Transformers OST

Transformers OST 2007

I díd see the movie (stupid thing Dutch the word is 'film' but switching to English I can't get used to choosing for 'film') twice, but can't recall for which scene which track is used for each track, only that some are just played during the credits. For me the soundtrack is a mix of well known (LP incl. Mike Shinoda, Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed, Goo Goo Dolls) and completely unknown (hard)rock bands, I only knew HIM by name.

Linkin Park's 'What I've done' is quite different than I was used to from LP, but I feel people shouldn't hate it just because it's different from what they are used to from LP. It fits the movie well with the kind of softer LP sound.

The Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed and HIM make me really turn up the speakers. These tracks are just the industrial rock sound that the transformers needed. Saw both the Smashing Pumpkins and Disturbed live btw, if you ever get the chance..don't miss them, especially Disturbed.

I like the track from the Goo Goo Dolls, but you've got to be in the mood for's a tad bit tooo mushy/romantic even for Sam & Mikaela.

The used's 'Pretty handsome awkward' and Taking back sunday's 'What it feels like to be a ghost are great! I'm quite looking forward to it if they would show up on a festival overhere. I like their mix of punkrock. Taking a look at the comments on youtube you will see a lot of 'emo'-hate..but that's just sad. So, maybe it sounds a bit 'emo' (hate the word) but I think that both tracks are great.

Styles of beyond & Mike Shinoda made a good bragging and boasting track which fits the attitude of soundwave. Love it.

Retina and the sky
Strange thing about this track is that at first I thought my boxes were broken, it sounded like plastic bits were bouncing through the insides, but's part of the track and I like it. End of the world has a similar sound with an addictive soft-rock sound.

Julien K's Technical difficulties has a exactly the electrical sound to it that you would expect to be used in a movie about big talking robots (..not in a negative way, but that's what transformers are).

What can I say about the Transformers theme, I'm still addicted to the old one (see below) and I like that one faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar better.

All in all I like the soundtrack. The only thing is that in my (just bitching) opinion a modern Transformer movie shouldn't include too much drama and therefor more of the industrial rock music like 'This moment', 'Doomsday clock' and 'Passion on the killing floor'. But I guess that's 'hollywood'.

1 Linkin Park - What I've done
2 Smashing Pumpkins - Doomsday clock
3 Disturbed - This moment (not the áctual video, but it ís the actual track)
4 Goo goo dolls - Before it's too late (Sam & Mikaela's theme)
5 The used - Pretty handsome awkward
6 HIM - Passion on the killing floor
7 Taking back sunday - What it feels like to be a ghost
8 Styles of beyond ft Mike Shinoda - Second to none
9 Armor for sleep - End of the world
10 Idiot pilot - Retina and the sky
11 Julien K - Technical difficulties
12 Mutemath - Transformers theme

Also found an alternative theme by Black Lab (they also did a track on the Blade 3 OST).

And for the fans I looked up the old 1980's Transformers theme by Lion