Free Music Friday: The So True, Curried, Instructional, Poor Fashion Choice, Located Edition–Now with Added Stormtroopers!

by oddbodkins on March 4, 2011

Well, Sucker Punch doesn’t start for another few weeks, so in lieu  of scantily clad babes fighting robot samurai, let’s have a Free Music Friday, shall we?

i suppose one either likes instrumental soundtrack music or one doesn’t.  If the movie sounds good enough, it’s at least worth checking out, though, no?  Matthew Cooper, aka Eluvium, has penned a lush piece for Some Days Are Better Than Others.  The film stars James Mercer (Broken Bells, The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein(Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) as strangers whose lives occasionally intersect as they navigate their way through the struggles of personal attachment and disconnection.  Anything even tangentially S-K gets love here.  Thankfully, Cooper’s work more than deserves the accolades.  It’s ambient background grooving for an introspective afternoon.

mp3: Some Days Are Better Than Others (Matthew Cooper from Some Days Are Better Than Others Soundtrack)

Remember that Beatles/Wu-Tang mash mix, Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers, from a minute ago?  Well, mastermind Tom Caruana is back with a new project, Okayplayer: The Bollywood Remake.  The new album sees the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Black Thought from The Roots,Common, Erykah Badu & Q-Tip remixed using Bollywood samples.  For the rabid fan, he even posted instrumentals and outtakes.  Now, i hold very little love for most remix projects, but Caruana is more than just a mash-up freak, he creates new beats that transform the originals into new joints that stand up quite nicely on their own, thank you, very much.

mp3:  Tea & Beer – Jean Grae (Okayplayer Allstars from Okayplayer: The Bollywood Remake)

mp3: Broad Nod Factor – Quasimoto & Skillz (Okayplayer Allstars from Okayplayer: The Bollywood Remake)

While many of us know the Watson Twins exclusively for their work with Jenny Lewis, the ladies are getting ready to drop a cover album culling some of their faves of the past five decades.  With tracks by PJ Harvey, Bill Withers, Sade, The Turtles, Eurythmics and The Black Keys, color me more than interested.  If the below Byrds cover is any indication, expect a spooky, intimate outing.

While i still can’t approve of the fashion choice, White Denim as a band gets better and better.  May 24 sees the release of their latest, D.  In the meantime, they want us to have Drug to make us feel good, feel good, feel good, while we wait.

mp3: Drug (White Denim from D)

I was going to save it until next week’s Beat Meet, but the new Shlohmo joint is too damn good to hold any longer.  Building upon his DIY sound (plenty of static hiss and pop in the background), he’s arguably built his finest groove yet with early single, Places.  Bad Vibes, his proper full-length debut album for the Friends of Friends label, will hit the street later this year.  In the meatime, he’s dropping  The ‘Places’ EP, which includes the lead single of that very name and 3 unique b-sides from this recording period…And as good as this EP is, i cannot wait to hear the LP.

mp3: Places (Shlohmo from The ‘Places’ EP)

And to keep your weekend grooving right, videos with Storm Troopers, Boba Fett and Padmé Amidala.  Seriously, does even matter who the band is (Scattered Trees) or what the song is (Love & Leave)?  Just know it has a lightsaber and watch, enthralled and enraptured.

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