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Movie Music: Catch and Release by Isabel Alcantara

The Catch and Release Soundtrack

After the popular phenomenon of the Garden State soundtrack, a whole series of movies with killer indie soundtracks began to pop up at the box office and Catch and Release is no different.

The film takes place in Boulder, Colorado, a haven for hippies and yuppies alike, in the shadow of the Rockies. A not-so-special story about soon-to-be newlywed, Gray (Jennifer Garner) who loses her fiancé in a not-quite-specific accident, Catch and Release explores the generic themes about dealing with loss and learning to move on.

Pick your head off of your desk and rub the sleep out of your eyes, because the soundtrack is entirely different  and  – I would say – the film’s sole redemption (aside from Kevin Smith, who is hilarious. All the time). Just like the city of Boulder, the collection of tracks is a combination of the older, more mature sounds of Paul Westerberg and Evan Dando, from the Lemonheads, and the newer sounds from the younger crowd like The Magic Numbers and Doves. Although Dave Grohl makes an appearance, it’s as the lead for the Foo Fighters and not the drummer of Nirvana. It’s like worlds colliding. Continue reading



THE 20.10: Bird Bands (20 Watts Thanksgiving Special) by 20watts

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Thanksgiving. For years it’s brought people together to feast on turkey. In honor of this joyous American holiday, 20 Watts has decided to elucidate you, fine reader, on the many bands named after a variety of fowl. We bring you our very special Thanksgiving 20, based on artists named after a variety of avian creatures.

So what’s the very best of bird-themed music? 20 Watts’ STAFF has the answer in our tenth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!


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20 Watts Reviews (500) Days of Summer OST by 20watts
Soundtrack made in Indie Heaven

Soundtrack made in Indie Heaven

Once a year, the Sundance Film Festival graces the public with some indie masterpieces that just happen to be set to the perfect mixture of vintage pop classics and up-and-coming underground acts. This year is no different. Following in the footsteps of Garden State, Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer indulges every need of indie music lovers everywhere.

Listening to this album is like reading a well-written story about love, rather than a love story, as the opening track informs listeners.  “You should know up front, this is not a love story,” declares a deep voice right before transitioning into the bubbly “Us” by Regina Spektor.

The (500) Days of Summer soundtrack is a perfect balance between the nearly suicide-inducing sounds of The Smiths and the light, summer-loving tunes of Doves, The Temper Trap and Black Lips.

This is definitely an interesting collection worth having as part of your iTunes. It has range and a wide appeal, as confirmed by the special appearance French First Lady Carla Bruni makes in track 9. Her internationally beloved “Quequ’un M’a Dit,” a song about — well, what else but love and heartbreak? — serves as a perfect transition in the overall tone of the album. This track helps smoothly shift into the more melancholy melodies by Feist and Simon & Garfunkel, giving the album all the necessary points for the story-telling structure it so successfully builds.

But what really makes this album is the final track by She & Him, a cover of The Smiths’ “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.” Zooey Deschanel once again reminds us that we not only love her for her doe-eyed expressions, her adorable fashion sense and her 1950s haircut, but for her gorgeous singing voice (along with the melodic accompaniment of M. Ward). The melody is nothing short of classic and it is definitely an appropriate conclusion to the album.

(500) Days of Summer soundtrack is pretty much everything you would expect it to be — it’s simple, classic and memorable. If the soundtrack is any indication of how good the film is, then the director Marc Webb can be sure that his work will not go unnoticed.

– Irina  Dvalidze




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