Indie films and indie rock
Last week I picked up Ola Podrida’s self-titled album at my trusty neighborhood record store, Etherea. Yes folks, I still buy CDs. When I first read about Ola Podrida, which is David Wingo’s outfit, the reverse career direction is what first made me go seek it out. David Wingo is the film scorer for David Gordon Green’s movies. I’m a huge fan of All the Real Girls and its soundtrack was memorable to me because it plays Mogwai in an absolutely pivotal scene that does Mogwai’s expansive sound complete justice. I can still remember watching it in my tiny twin-sized bed in an upstairs garret in Cambridge, UK and falling in love with Zooey Deschanel. Anyway, David Wingo began the band as a side project, but his demo fell into the right hands and his album was signed. Here’s one of my favorites. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a pathological soft spot for this this kind of quiet, acoustic guitar-ridden folk rock. You can read an interview with him at Lunapark6.
In another bit of nerdy indie rock trivia, did you know Broken Social Scene provided tracks from their albums for the great, great film Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling? I loved Half Nelson; the subtlety of his acting was simply beyond words, and of course I felt smug when I recognized the songs. Ha.
But wait! I can go one more! Emily Haines, oft-member of the sprawling mega-indie-collective Broken Social Scene, and her band Metric had a part in the Oliver Assayas movie, Clean, starring my #1 girl crush Maggie Cheung.
Of course, there’s also the time my girl crush #2 Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth had a cameo in Gus Van Sant’s utterly moving Last Days. I suppose you can expect as much, given a film that’s about Kurt Cobain, but I was still pleasantly surprised. I hear the star, Michael Pitt has a band. He sure was convincing in the film’s cathartic height, playing that battered guitar and singing his heart out after hours of silence. Anyway, if you don’t download anything else from this post, download the following. It is titanic.
Sonic Youth – “Teen Age Riot” from Daydream Nation.
Anyone got any more indie rock/indie movie trivia for me?