Thursday, July 20, 2006

Updated and upcoming

I decided to review the soundtracks which I posted about. So check the posts again (there aren't that many: weeds, lost, the wire).

Upcoming: Veronica Mars, Casshern (Japanese flick) and Godzilla and one of the Matrix OST's. But that might take a couple of days, because I don't want to flood my blog with too many posts. It's just that I've listened to these lately or that I have them in my possesion.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Wire

This series doesn't have an own soundtrack but there is plenty of music in all the episodes.

Here's what I've found so far (that is..found the info on the HBO The Wire forums).
If I've got the info..I will even post which episode features the song.


Akrobatik – The hand that rocks the cradle (undertow" (s2 e5)
Stelios Kazantzidis - Ena Sidero Anameno (I think one of the last episodes of S2..the Greek song)

S1 Theme: Blind boys of Alabama – Way down in the hole
S2 Theme: Tom Waits – Way down in the hole (original version)
S3 Theme: The Neville Brothers – Way down in the hole

Other stuff:
The Pogues - Body of an American
Ludacris - Splash waterfalls
Aretha Franklin - The House That Jack Built
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Rock the Nation
Steve Earle - Feel alright.
Solomon Burke – Fast train

And as a small bonus
TOM WAITS lyrics - "Way Down In The Hole"

When you walk through the garden
you gotta watch your back
well I beg your pardon
walk the straight and narrow track
if you walk with Jesus
he's gonna save your soul
you gotta keep the devil
way down in the hole
he's got the fire and the fury
at his command
well you don't have to worry
if you hold on to Jesus hand
we'll all be safe from Satan
when the thunder rolls
just gotta help me keep the devil
way down in the hole
All the angels sing about Jesus' mighty sword
and they'll shield you with their wings
and keep you close to the lord
don't pay heed to temptation
for his hands are so cold
you gotta help me keep the devil
way down in the hole
I'm VERY sad that there isn't an official soundtrack to be found. Now people have to scavenge music from all over the place and even find out the artist & track names, which is a lot of work.
Every season has it's own version of 'Way down in the hole'. I liked the version of the Alabama blind boys best, because it gives it the raw souly sound to the series which describes the crime and the drama.
For the rest I haven't heard much of the music seperate from the series except the Greek song, which is a very funny song to listen to. I don't understand a single word, but it creates good music to the scene it was played in and it's a happy song (at least it sounds that way).

Overall the music was very diverse. Hardcore rap, soul, pop, rock and other stuff. It gave a grimey, dramatic and sometimes funny effect to the series. Very nice.
Let's give it a 7,5. Just because there is no real soundtrack and I haven't heard all that much when I didn't watch the series.


If anyone knows more songs featured in the series..please post them as comments or contact me in any other way. I will try to update this post (that is make a new round-up post).


1. Malvina Reynolds - Little Boxes
2. Nellie McKay - David
3. Peggy Lee - A Doodlin' Song
4. Sufjan Stevens - All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands
5. Michael Franti & Spearhead - Ganja Babe"
6. All Too Much - More Than A Friend
7. Sons & Daughters - Blood
8. The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed"
9. Joey Santiago - Fake Purse"
10. NRBQ - Wacky Tobacky
11. Marion Black - Who Knows
12. Martin Creed - I Can't Move
13. The Mountain Goats - Cotton
14. Joey Santiago - Birthday Video
15. Flogging Molly - If I Ever Leave This World Alive
16. The Be Good Tanyas - The Littlest Birds
17. Hill Of Beans - Satan Lend Me A Dollar

At the moment there's only one season with 10 episodes of 30 minutes. But it's darn worth it. And a 2nd season is coming up this summer. If you don't live in the USA (like me) the Torrent the series! GO GO GO ;)

How to describe this soundtrack? Plain funny! It's the perfect music for a tv series in suburbia. Especially 'little boxes' which describes the people who live in Agrestic (the town where the tv series is set). There are only a couple of artists which I knew before this OST. Michael Franti & Spearhead and Flogging Molly. You can listen these songs seperately or as a whole. It doesn't matter it's at least an 8!


Track Listing:
1. Main Title - Composed by J.J. Abrams
2. The Eyeland
3. World’s Worst Beach Party
4. Credit Where Credit Is Due
5. Run Like, Um... Hell?
6. Hollywood and Vines
7. Just Die Already
8. Me And My Big Mouth
9. Crocodile Locke
10. Win One for the Reaper
11. Departing Sun
12. Charlie Hangs Around
13. Navel Gazing
14. Proper Motivation
15. Run Away! Run Away!
16. We’re Friends
17. Getting Ethan
18. Thinking Clairely
19. Locke’d Out Again
20. Life and Death
21. Booneral
22. Shannonigans
23. Kate’s Motel
24. I’ve Got A Plane To Catch
25. Monsters Are Such Innnteresting People
26. Parting Words
27. Oceanic 815

So what can be said about this soundtrack? I think it is a REAL soundtrack. This means that the music really supports the series directly. It creates spheres of creepyness, haste, horror, secrecy, happyness, relieve. If you'd listen to this soundtrack at night, lights out, all alone..any normal person would get at least a bit uncomfortable. The titles aren't random funny titles (although the DID made me laugh), but they are all very well thought of because they support different scenes.

I think this soundtrack deserves an 8 or even a 9. It is, which is something I like, music that you wouldn't normally listen on the radio or would come in contact with.

Soundtracks of whatever

After spitting through dozens of posts on a HBO The Wire forum I grew tired.
Nobody took the time to make a post to make a tracklisting of everything that was mentioned in the endless posts about music in The Wire.

The Wire doesn't have an official soundtrack (as far as I can find..and I did search).
As I've been a kind of a Tv series addict and I've been downloading (sorry..but I don't got enough money on me to buy every soundtrack I like for 22 euro's a piece!).
So I've been trying to round up tracklistings of soundtrack music to whatever series I like (that is..which I have seen!)

This is a welcoming post. I will make some other posts with tracklistings of different tv series. For The Wire there will be updates when I come across new info.