So, I’ve decided to do this facebook 30 Day Song Challenge (you can see previous days here) thing and I figured I’d do it here on ninebullets. Feel free to contribute your thoughts in the comments section.
DAY 22: A SONG THAT YOU LISTEN TO WHEN YOU’RE SAD:
When I’m sad, I like to get in there and wallow like a pig in mud and Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen is 100% pure enabler. Possessing the obligatory pessimistic shell it’s real beauty comes from the anger hidden underneath. Love it.
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
So, what about you? Do you look for music to reinforce your sadness or do you look for tunes that’ll lift you out of your funk?
Today’s Top 5 wouldn’t have happened at all had it not been for the bad asses I converse with on Twitter. When the idea was pitched I didn’t think I’d be very good at it (I don’t normally buy soundtracks) but it turned out to be pretty easy for me. So, today’s Top 5 is Movie Soundtracks and here are mine:
Pump Up The Volume: This movie was my version of everyone’s Breakfast Club and it was my first exposure to the greatness that is Leonard Cohen. As I side note, I had quite the crush on Samantha Morris for a few years after seeing this movie.
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows (played in the movie)
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows (actual song on the soundtrack)
Singles: In hindsight, the movie doesn’t carry much but at 19 this movie spoke to me man. The soundtrack was a virtual who’s-who of the Seattle music scene (sans Nirvana) and I think everyone I knew owned a copy. Weight
Alice In Chain – Would?
The Crow: This movie came in with tons of momentum and went with a wimper. That is, unless, you moved within the Goth scene. Cause then, you could see losers wearing Crow makeup to the club some 10 years after the movie. That said, the soundtrack was the tits.
Violent Femmes – Color Me Once
Thrill Kill Kult – After The Flesh
Judgment Night: Truth? I’ve never seen this movie but I’ve owned the soundtrack as long as it’s existed. If that doesn’t speak to the quality of the soundtrack then I don’t know what will. When is was coming out our local “metal” station kept playing tracks from it and the mix between metal and aggressive hiphop had me sold from day one.
Slayer & Ice-T – Disorder
O’ Brother, Where Are Thou?: Certified 7 times platinum, Grammy award winner and a constant member of print and web “Best Country Album Ever” lists. To say this soundtrack was a beast is a complete understatement. It, ever so briefly, singlehandedly made the general population pay attention to mountain music again
Soggy Bottom Boys – I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
Okay…..What Are Yours?
I’ve been sitting on this cd for a while now. When I first got it I was all over it. I loved it and couldn’t wait to let all my friends, real and internet, hear it, too. Then, as the feedback started trickling in, I realized I was the only one who liked it. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me too much, but it was almost unanimous that everyone else hated it…some, fervently. With my confidence in the album shaken, I put it to the side and decided to come back to it in a few weeks and see if my love of it tempered any. Is the album overly melodramatic at times? Sure. Do some of the songs stretch on longer than they needed to? You betchya. Is the noir-Americana bit a bit overplayed at times? I can not tell a lie, yes, it is. Is that enough to turn me off the album? Not even close.
Mark Growden started out as a jazz saxophonist but is adept with a myriad of instruments, which he brings to the table on “Saint Judas”, including banjo and the quickly becoming Americana music regular, the accordion. Musically (and for the most part lyrically), the album stays within the well-worn confines of the gothic Americana-noir genre, playing up themes of spirituality, gods, devils, heavens and hells, all with the appropriate amount of foreboding and tension. What I really like about this album is all the different instruments you hear in it and the overall feel of the album. When I’m listening to it I feel like I should be in a black & white scene in a smoky bar wearing a fedora and a trenchcoat, while a femme fatale hires me to find the husband she knows is dead. It also doesn’t hurt that he does a fantastic cover of Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man.” Check it out:
Mark Growden – Saint Judas
Mark Growden – Undertaker
Mark Growden – I’m your Man
Mark Growden’s Official Site, Mark Growden on myspace, Buy Saint Judas