Filed under: Arts, movies, music, videos | Tags: Antsy Pants, Belle and Sebastian, Billy Bragg, Cat Powers, Eliza Cartghy, ellen page, folk, Folk music, juno, Juno soundtrack, Kimya Dawson, Martin Carthy, Paul Weller, roots, Sonic Youth, Soundtracks, the imagined village, The Kinks, the Moldy peaches, Trans-global underground, Velvt Underground
This is a bit different. A modern take on folk as a kind of folk supergroup. They could have called themselves Sky Ba’tat!
Led by Martin and Eliza Carthy and featuring Sheila Chandra, Benjamin Zephania, Paul Weller, Trans-Global Underground, Billy Bragg, The Copper Family and Tuung it maybe shouldn’t work, but it does.
However, even though it’s a new take on folk if you don’t like folk you won’t like this. If you’re ambivalent it might just swing it for you.
They are The Imagined Village. What’s most interesting is when they meld olde English Folk with ‘World Rythms’ so that the percussion can be really interesting and exciting, particularly on the song “Cold Haily Rainy Night.”
The other thing that’s heavily rotating on the car stereo is the soundtrack from Juno featuring a bunch of quirky off-beat stuff. “A bit kooky” would, I suppose, sum it up and no better demo of that is the Velvet Underground’s “I’m sticking with you” which is, for those of you that know it, is not typical Velvets.
In addition it features Dearest by Buddy Hololy which is really rather good and A Well Respected Man by The Kinks, thereafter you’re into Belle and Sebastian territory with a couple of contributions (Expectations and Piazza. New York Catcher). But the real backbone of the album is a bunch of college bands from the US that I’ve never heard of but would like to find out more, principally Kimya Dawson, but also Barry Louis Polisar, Antsy Pants and The Moldy Peaches.
Here’s some Kimya…
It’s all good fun, feelgood stuff.
Well worth a tenner.
Filed under: Arts, family, humour, life, movies | Tags: diablo cody, ellen page, juno, no country for old men, oscar predictions, oscars, scripts, scriptwriting, writing
I’ve just seen back to back breathtakingly good movies (No country for old men and this) and I’ve got “There will be blood” to come. This is a vintage movie year, make no mistake. There will be no embarrasement like “Crash” in 2008′s Oscars (The Scottish remake is “Pish”)
It was really interesting that every award at the BAFTAs last week seemed justified and yet Atonement’s first award of the night was “Best Film”.
Made sense to me.
They say it’s all in the writing; and of course it is. Of course it is – because that’s where the ideas lie.
Juno is quite extraordinarily written by this year’s original screenplay Oscar winner (if not I will eat my hat) Diablo Cody – great name by the way: well written.
The script apparently has a bit of an autobiographical streak to it but who cares really because this script hums, zings, kerpows, shocks, amazes.
It is the best written movie I can remember. I don’t buy that old school Casablanca was genius approach – because I think the writing was wooden – hence the acting.
The Coen’s movie from last week (which is brilliantly directed and acted) is largely lifted from McCarthy’s novel, so that maybe doesn’t compete as a “script”.
Juno, the film and the character, is ascerbic in the extreme, but that is where the film’s second great quality kicks in – Ellen Page.
In the hands of a lesser actress this would have turned into a vitriolic, acidic, bitchlike performance. Instead it is funny, charming and endearing. She too has a chance of an Oscar (I’ve not seen Julie Christie, so can’t comment, and as much as I loved Keira Knightley’s Atonement performance I do believe this is superior.)
This film is much funnier than I expected and when I say funny I don’t just mean “funny”, I mean “Dad, shut up you’re the loudest person in the cinema.” funny. (Said Tom.) In a completely different way it is as funny as Borat.
And that’s funny.
I laughed out loud 20 times. That makes good value for money in my book.
But it is also poignant, beautiful, well observed and has the kick-assest soundtrack you could ever conjure up from the fey fraternity, led by the likes of Belle and Sebastian who feature twice. I will (sadly) buy the soundtrack (as will Kenneth Fowler).
Sorry to be so unoriginal but it really is another 9 out of 10 movie.
It really is.