Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Murder Music

Since I'm a huge fan, I decided to do a little post on the music used in the popular Showtime-series 'Dexter'. This show is about a blood spatter analyst that canalizes his urge to kill by taking out bad guys who managed to escape their punishment. Apart from the complex plots and the amazing acting (Six Feet Under-actor Michael C. Hall makes it impossible not to sympathize with a serial killer), the soundtrack is a very good reason to watch 'Dexter'. The 'Dexter Opening Theme' by Rolfe Kent (who has also scored films like 'Sideways', 'About Schmidt' and 'Thank You For Smoking') always gives me goose bumps because it's spooky and mysterious, but the latin feel (inspired by the show's setting, Miami) adds a little ironic twist that I like a lot.

Watching the fantastic opening title sequence (Dexter's morning routine), one can only conclude that Tom Van Dyck and Michiel Devlieger must be big fans as well, since the opening of this years' 'Van Vlees en Bloed' seems completely inspired by Dexter's (even the music sounds alike). I tried to find the opening sequence for 'Van Vlees ...' online to demonstrate my allegations but couldn't find anything... (copyrightshit or just afraid to get caught biting, bitchez?). Be sure to check some other pieces of soundtrack including some of Michael C. Hall's morbid narration ('Sometimes I Wonder', 'Tonight's the Night' or 'Wink' by Daniel Licht) to get you in the perfect mood for one of the best tv shows ever made!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Green Eyed Concert

I just wanted to point out that Mayer Hawthorne has a new video for his track 'Green Eyed Love' (my personal favourite) and that he will be performing in Belgium:

@ Het Depot (Leuven), 06/11/2009, € 13 and
@ Make-Up Club (Ghent), 07/11/2009, € 10

Monday, October 19, 2009

Book 'em, Danno!

Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarett

Just read in the paper this morning that remakes of popular TV shows like 'Dallas', 'Upstairs Downstairs' and 'Hawaii Five-O' are in the making. "Now who gives a shit about that?", one might say, but although most of us are way too young to have seen any of those series (I do remember feeling nauseous watching Dallas @ my granny's - the horns in the theme song still make me sick), I do hope we get a chance to see a new version of 'Hawaii Five-O'. The theme song by Morton Stevens is quite legendary and makes one feel like solving some crimes, doesn't it? More cult TV themes here soon...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dance, Dance, Dance!

Since most of you will be recovering from last night's bleeps and beats I'd like to talk about a couple of contemporary dance tracks that I like a lot. First I want to discuss Scottish giant Adam Richard Wiles aka Calvin Harris, whose poppy dance anthem 'Ready For The Weekend' is getting an awful lot of airplay on nearly every radio station. To me, the song sounds like a mash-up of an upbeat Elton John-song and an early 90s Eurohouse-chorus, but in a crazy way it works. The first Calvin Harris-song that caught my (and everyone's?) attention was of course 'Acceptable In The 80s', a ridiculously catchy track followed by the rather annoying 'The Girls' and the groovy 'Merrymaking At My Place' ("at my place baby, at my plaaaace...": lovely). This year he also surprised us by combining soft string-plucking with Tiësto-like stabbing synths in 'I'm Not Alone' and by teaming up with Dizzee Rascal and Chrome for the absolutely fantastic 'Dance Wiv Me'. Since the collabo was so succesful, Harris also produced Dizzee's after-Bonkers-single 'Holiday'. I know most of you think it's shit, but to me, the cheesy synths have just the right amount of silliness. Dizzee isn't the only one noticing Harris' production skills. Roisin Murphy and Sophie Ellis Bextor ('Off And On'), The Mitchell Brothers ('Michael Jackson') and even Kylie Minogue ('In My Arms', 'Heart Beat Rock' and the Roxy Music cover 'Love Is The Drug') counted on Harris' sound to score hits. I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing more from this Scot.

The other dance track I really like these days is 'Audacity of Huge' by the UK-duo James Ford and Jas Shaw aka Simian Mobile Disco. Yeasayer-frontman Chris Keating tries to brag and boast his disappointment away namedropping Damien Hirst, Joey Ramone, Bill Murray, Peter Tosh, James Joyce and even the Sultan of Brunei over a cool electrobeat and a fun bunch of bleeps. Other cool SMD-tracks are the lucious 'Hustler', '10,000 Horses Can't Be Wrong', 'I Believe' and 'It's The Beat'. Boom!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Science Funktion

Today I bring you the completely spaced-out synth-tune 'Discovery'/'Solstice' (1978) by Brian Bennett. The song was sampled by producer L.E.S. (Leshan David Lewis, also did 'Nastradamus', 'Gettin' Jiggy With It' and 'I'm Real') for Nas' 'Find Ya Wealth', by Alchemist for 'Top Prospects' by The High & Mighty (ft. Defari & Evidence) and by Baby Grand for Jadakiss' 'By Your Side'.
Bennett, former drummer of The Shadows (with Cliff Richard; for those who claim they don't know them: you do, just listen to this) evolved into a popular producer, music director and composer of various tv theme tunes and soundtracks (the Ruth Rendell Mysteries-theme is probably the best known). His album 'Voyage (A Journey into Discoid Funk)' provides exactly what the title and the record sleeve promise: funky and groovy but far out space funk that could be the perfect score for your occasional acid-trip. You should also check out 'Chain Reaction' from the same album, a tune filled with sounds that amazed everyone back in the day and prove that Bennett was years ahead of his time and (judging the spacecrafts on the sleeve) maybe still is...