Sunday, August 27, 2006

listen and weep


Last week we were talking about music and books. I was lamenting over not getting a CD made for PI. I'm constantly tweaking the Pale Immortal blog, and i've put up some mp3 links with several of the photos, and I'll probably continuously add content and revamp. You might not see a new post, but within the blog things will change.

Pale Immortal Blog

but then i happened to think of itunes and imix where you can create your own mix, put it on the itunes site where it stays for a year. i spent a couple of days choosing music. then arggghhh! half of the songs weren't even on itunes! back to the drawing board. the one i really wanted in there was husker du's she floated away. that would have been perfect.
also the breeder's version of happiness is a warm gun. but neither were available.

i finally settled on the following mix. this itunes link should take you to the Pale Immortal soundtrack. I also put up another version with fewer tunes so it wouldn't be as expensive. all you have to do is click on other mixes by this user.

imix soundtrack

edit: i'll post the list here for people who don't have itunes.

Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young
Motor Away - Guided By Voices
Wasn't Born to Follow - The Byrds
Nature Boy - Big Star
Pass This On - The Knife
21st - The Chambermaids
Hey - Pixies
Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash
Damage - Yo La Tengo
Cuts You Up - Peter Murphy
Ocean - The Velvet Underground

if you go to itunes, you can listen to samples of all of the songs to get an idea of how they work together.

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and since we're talking about music, here's a great link courtesy of stephen blackmoore:

i think i'm going to have to buy a scarring party CD.

scarring party -- ocean bottom

scarring party website



Sandra Ruttan said...

Given what I thought of the book, I will have to check this out.

Once my edits are done. :(

Kelly said...

Very cool idea for the soundtrack! Wow. Hey, I'm taking notes! =D

anne frasier said...

sandra, good luck with the edits. i feel your pain! i put the list up so people don't have to go to itunes to see it.
the only song that doesn't really fit is the one by the knife. i should probably remove it, but i like it!

kelly, it would be a fun idea for your YA book!

Bill Cameron said...

I love the Pixies.

I had thought for a while it might be fun to post a list of whatever happened to be listening to when I was working on different scenes. I do tend to pick music that I think will enhance the mood of the moment, but then I forget to keep track. Usually because the dog starts barking at phantoms and vapors, like she's doing right now. Doh! . . .

Jeff said...

All together now:

"She's not a girl who misses much. la la la la la . . . She's well aquainted with the touch of a velvet hand like a lizard on a windowpane, the man in the crowd with the multi-colored mirrors on his hobnail boots, lying with his eyes while his hands are busy working overtime, a soap impression of his wife which he ate and donated to the national trust . . . I need a fix cause I'm goin down. . ."

Sorry, Anne, you mentioned John's "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and I got carried away. hehe!

btw- Great idea with the itunes. "Eat Your Young" by The Scarring Party is especially nice.

anne frasier said...

bill, i might borrow your dog for a ghost hunt i'm going on soon. i wonder if dogs are -- PLOT! scribble, scribble.

thank you!

i saw the pixies for the launch of their reunion tour. amazing. i felt so PROUD of them. weird, i know. they were so nervous! and it was obvious they were stunned by the reception and crowd response.

anne frasier said...

jeff: haha!

you should hear the breeder's version if you haven't. it's on Pod. but then you might not like it if you're a big beatles fan.

and yes, i love the eat your young song. i like ocean bottom too, but eat your young is the one i keep listening to.

Bill Cameron said...

Heh. Just don't let her cuteness overwhelm you!

Bill Cameron said...

Oh, yes, I would have loved to have seen them -- alas, I miss them. What an amazing group of musicians. I have delighted in their various spawnings all through the years, The Breeders, Frank Black solo stuff, Belly. I can listen to 'em all day long

Stephen Blackmoore said...

That's awesome.

So, besides the Husker Du and Breeders songs that aren't on iTunes, what else were you thinking?

By the way, have you tried

I keep playing No More Room In Hell and Eat Your Young.

anne frasier said...

bill, yeah, i always loved the groups that came out of the pixies. i don't think some of the frank black stuff has held up as well as the breeders music, but i'm still a fan of his.

stephen, i think itunes ended up kicking out 4 songs. one was actually girl from the north country. another was the breeder's driving on 9. i took everything from my own library. that was part of the problem. then i realized girl from the north country had to be on itunes. when i searched directly, it was there. all 10 or whatever! even the johnny cash one i wanted. but i didn't think to search until i'd revamped the list.

yes, i love the eat your young song! i haven't listened to no more room in hell. i'll have to do that. i'm going to get their CD. oh, i looked for THEIR music on itunes. they really should put their stuff up there. i think its probably a good place for new bands. they definitely would have been on the soundtrack!!
thanks so much for sending the mp3 links to begin with!

Jaye Wells said...

Oooh, Peter Murphy. I had forgotten about him.

I think there is really something to this soundtrack idea. Not only because it generates excitement for the book and let's the reader use another sense to explore it, but it's also a great way to discover new music.

anne frasier said...

stephen -- i forgot to mention pandora. i followed the link, typed in my email address and a password i thought i may have used. yes! i remember thinking it was pretty cool a year or two ago -- then something sparkly caught my eye and i forgot about it. :(

thanks for the reminder. the first song? godspeed you black emperor! :)

anne frasier said...

jaye, and i think with a list it helps if you see some songs you like -- like peter murphy, who is of course in bauhaus now -- then you might be more tempted to try the others. and with itunes you can listen to samples of all of them, which is nice. it gives a person an idea of how the songs work together.

thanks for the positive feedback!

anne frasier said...

jaye: oh, and that peter murphy song is so nice.
i'm glad you noticed it!

it's so dramatic that i feel i shouldn't like it, but i love it.

Daniel Hatadi said...
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Daniel Hatadi said...

I'm surprised you didn't put up the Sisters Of Mercy's version of Gimme Shelter. Probably iTunes fault.

And I haven't read the book, but I can so see some Portishead in that list.

Rob Gregory Browne said...

Great lineup! I freakin' love Peter Murphy.

Jaye Wells said...

Anne, thanks. I stayed up way too late last night trying to put together a soundtrack for the book I'm about to start. I spent $15. Only four of those songs apply to my writing. iTunes is the devil.

anne frasier said...

daniel, i don't think i've heard that version. i'll check it out!

the first list i made had portishead on it. it was more like this:

my bloody valentine
the smiths
joy division
echo and the bunnymen
godspeed you black emperor
cocteau twins
sonic youth

and a few other i can't think of right now. but then i decided to go more in a pop direction, and contrast the music with the darkness of the book.

but i was thinking i might make another list that's similar to the above at some point.

but i do have a portishead mp3 on the pale immortal blog! it goes very nicely there.

anne frasier said...

rob, think you'll break down and make a list? i'll bet you will. ;)

jaye: LOL! it's the devil so so many ways!!

a lot of my favorite music is on albums so i can't transfer it to my ipod. that's the bad thing about albums. now i'm thinking i need to do some itunes shopping. i recently won an itunes gift certificate from blingo. i'd never used the itunes store before that.

Sandra Ruttan said...

I'm posting just because I can.

Damn blogger, eating all my comments!

Jaye Wells said...

Portishead! Anne you're musical taste is awesome.

Rob Gregory Browne said...

Nope, no lists for me. It involves too much thinking and I'm too lazy.

anne frasier said...

sandra, bogger has been a total ass lately. i'll bet blogger would expect to drive a car!! ;)

jaye: thanks! :)

rob: i'm taking notes! rob says no list.