Friday, July 25, 2008

Themes Remixed

So I'm on a roll. Another spontaneous post. It's been raining outside all day, and that's how the idea for this post was conceived. As a little playlist for a rainy day. So here you go - famous themes, remixed by cool people. Good background music for a summer night.

Paul Oakenfold - James Bond Theme

Mark Snow - X-Files Theme (UNKLE Remix)
Another '90s phenomenon that I didn't get to know. By the I was old enough to care for it, it had already gone. The only episode I remembered watching is this rerun in which this guy imagined the Brady bunch living in his house and when he met the agents, he changed his surrounding to this place that looked like the Windows XP default wallpaper (why the hell could I remember it so specifically?). Anyways, the new movie's out this week in the US and I planned to watch the first movie this weekend as an introduction. And then maybe search that hilarious The Simpsons episode in which Mr. Burn got all alieny and googly-eyed on YouTube. If this proved a success, then hopefully it'd pave the way for more 90s TV series to come back on the silver screen. Like Buffy. Or Xena?

Pink Panther Theme (Fischerspooner Mix)
Not from that rather stupid Steve Martin movie version, but from a surprisingly decent (and totally uncalled for) chillout compilation Pink Panther's Penthouse Party. Yes, I didn't make that up.

Thomas Newman - Six Feet Under Main Theme (Rae & Christian Remix)
Another show that I heard nothing but praise for, yet I never watched it. It seemed to have impeccable taste in music, though (hello, Sia?).

The Sims Theme (Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band Remix)
Yes, this actually exists. They do remixes for game tunes now. Fortunately, it's not shit, actually quite a laidback groove.

The Landau Orchestra - A Place In Time (Instrumental Arrangement)
The 4400's not of my interest, but the theme song is so damn sweet in a dream-pop, Ivy-esque kind of way that I eagerly awaited for a soundtrack release for a full-length version of the song. There is one, but those lazy bastards just phoned in the same one-minute theme. Epic fail! (Yay, an excuse to use hip slang!) At least, there's this smooth "instrumental arrangement" by The Landau Orchestra to get me by.

That's all for today. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rarities: Nina Persson/David Arnold - Deceased

Inevitably, with the anticipation of a new Bond film comes the anticipation of a new theme song. For 'Quantum Of Solace', ever since Amy Winehouse was officially considered out of the picture, speculations have begun making their rounds. Among the fans' favorite candidates are Leona Lewis, Duffy, and Alicia Keys. Personally, I'm rooting for Goldfrapp, but we all know it ain't gonna happen. I just like rooting for the underdog like that. Anyone would sure be better than Chris freaking Cornell, though. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if they chose Chris Daughtry for the part.
Anyways, now here's a real unlikely candidate.

Nina Persson, the voice of The Cardigans.

Odd choice? Not convinced? Just me being a good fanboy? Well, listen to this ultra-rare gem, her very hard-to-find collaboration with James Bond composer David Arnold.

Nina Persson/David Arnold - Deceased (Theme from Randall and Hopkirk)

Gorgeous. Is there anything she can't do?
One day, I might gather up a fraction of my Cardigans rarities collection and make a week-long special, possibly maybe.

Update: Apparently, there's a music video for it, too.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Lily Allen's Back In Black

The marvellousness of Lily Allen strikes again. She recently leaked another new demo, 'Who'd Have Known', which apparently didn't make the cut for her new album, supposedly called 'Stuck On The Naughty Step'. So far, all the leaked demos have been very very good. I like the new direction. I like vulnerable Lily. And she has dyed her hair black again. If a throwaway is this amazing, and I'm prepared to be blown again all over again. ('Alright, Still' was my number one album for 2006, fact!)

Lily Allen - Who'd Have Known

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Oldie Goldies, As Reimagined... contemporary artists. The songs most people once knew and loved, with a slight modern touch. Enjoy.

Carla Bruni - You Belong To Me
(Comme si de rien n’etait, 2008)

Beth Orton - I Love How You Love Me
(Mojo OST, 1997)

Eels - Can't Help Falling In Love
(Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2007, 2008)

The Wallflowers - I Started A Joke
(Zoolander OST, 2001)

Fiona Apple - Tonight You Belong To Me

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Live Lounge Covers: The Last Shadow Puppets/Dizzee Rascal/Kooks

Hope my fellow readers from the United States of America is having a fantastic holiday weekend. Here's a little something for the covercentrics, 3 latest covers from BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge show.

Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris - That's Not My Name (The Ting Tings Cover) [alt. link]

The Last Shadow Puppets - S.O.S. (Rihanna Cover)

The Kooks - Violet Hill (Coldplay Cover)

Interesting covers from Live Lounge are quite far and few between these days. Somehow it seems to become a place for NME-type bands to do ironic covers of hit pop songs. Few get it right, though. But of course I still got to keep my eyes and ears open. My fave is the Dizzee Rascal one, which is actually great fun and makes me chuckle a bit. Enjoy.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Remixed: Jens Lekman, Rilo Kiley

Jens Lekman - Sipping On the Sweet Nectar (Ultracity Vocal Dub)
Jens, say hi to italo disco. Italo disco, meet Jens. I can tell you two are gonna hit it off just fine.

Jens Lekman's 'Sipping On The Sweet Nectar', my fave track from last year's 'Night Falls Over Kortedala', finally got the 'epic' remix treatment it deserved. The digital EP is out now digitally with three fantastic remixes by Ultracity and Bogdan Irk√ľk of Rollerboys Recordings. Hear Jens like you never heard him before. Check out the taster above, and stream/purchase the whole thing here or on Sweden iTunes. It's worth it.


I didn't hear much of Rilo Kiley's pre-major-label music, so I wasn't as enraged as everyone with 'Under The Blacklight'. Sure, there are some truly cringeworthy moments like '15 Again', or that horrendous 'Smoke Detector', both of which I'd never want to sit through again, but there are some good ones worth returning to, like 'Silver Lining' and 'Breaking Up'. The latter is probably the best one that spun from their new direction, so summery and catchy, especially with that hands-wave-in-the-air gospel choir bit 'Ooh, it feels good to be free'. So when I heard Hot Chip was commissioned for a remix a while ago, I immediately thought of a wonky electropop treatment as per usual. But instead, we've got 8 minutes of yearning ambience. And it reminded me that: ouch, breakups can be quite painful, too. Included in the Breakin' Up EP available on iTunes.

Rilo Kiley - Breakin' Up (Hot Chip Remix)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Rediscovered: Broadcast - Come On Let's Go

Now I've heard me some Broadcast, but none was from their early output, so I had no idea they actually had some real songs. Like, song-based songs. I bumped into this track, 'Come On Let's Go', from their 2000 album 'The Noise Made By People', and man, was I dumbfounded. It was such a beauty. The sly spy film vibe, the dreamlike melodies, and most of all, Trish Keenan's voice, which bears close resemblance to Helen Marnie's of Ladytron in that ice-queen, deadpan, unaffected vocal delivery. How come a song released 8 years ago still sound this fresh? I really feel like giving this album a go, who knows, maybe there are other gems like this waiting to be unearthed. If there's one thing I'll never get tired of, it's frosty pop. Fans of Goldfrapp or Stereolab ought to dig this, if you haven't already.

Broadcast - Come On Let's Go

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Quickie: New Buffalo - Cheer Me Up Thank You

I'm horribly late to this, I know. New Buffalo's second album "Somewhere, Anywhere" was released in August last year, and I only got around to it this week. This means I'm almost one year behind, and that equals to at least 10 years in blog years! Needs some name-dropping? Okay, New Buffalo, aka Sally Seltmann, shared co-writing credits for Feist's '1234'. There you go. In my opinion, the album fell into that 'quite nice and tasteful, if uneventful' category, however, the first track on it, 'Cheer Me Up Thank You', is so sweet it lead me to checking out the whole album in the first place. The song has summer written all over it. Who said Australia only gives us electro acts? Watch the video for more indie adorableness.

Somewhere, AnywhereNew Buffalo
"Cheer Me Up Thank You" (mp3)
from "Somewhere, Anywhere"
(Arts & Crafts)

Buy at eMusic
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Quickie: Lykke Li - Little Bit (CSS Remix)

Alright, I'll be frank: I'm whoring out for traffic boost a bit here. But CSS did turn in a decent knob-twiddling job for this wicked song. Check it out if you're bored of the original by now. Speaking of CSS, I really dig their new single, 'Left Behind', which is probably their poppiest yet. Lovefoxx and co. sure are busy these days...

Lykke Li - Little Bit (CSS Remix) [alt. link]