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Ten Bands I Would Put in My Movie

April 1, 2006

Every movie’s got a soundtrack- and in many cases, the quality of the soundtrack dictates the strength of the moods in the movie (see Garden State or pretty much any horror movie for proof). If I were writing a movie, here are ten bands that I wouldn’t hesitate to put on the soundtrack.

  1. Ringer T – Ringer T’s alt-country/folk/pop would start out the movie. A humble, yet proud sound, they say a lot without many tricks. Solid, straightforward beautiful intro music.
  2. Avenue – Avenue’s instrumental rock is upbeat and playful- perfect for setting up the main character. Maybe the main character is riding a bike.
  3. Amateur Photography- Adventurous, pulsing, trip-hop influenced indie-rock that would be great for a montage scene that shows the adventure starting.
  4. Marc with a C- Rollicking, joyful pop that would serve great as the intro to a funny scene. Definitely playing on a radio in the background- perhaps in an open-topped car or something.
  5. Lo-Fi Audio- For spaces between scenes, leading in and out, there’s nothing better than the eerie, dark, cold sound of Lo-Fi Audio’s programmed creations.
  6. Project Nothing – A chase scene, definitely. Project Nothing’s manic breakbeat-centric techno creations are simply perfect to fit in a chase between the good guys and the bad guys.
  7. Immanu-el- Dreamy, wide-eyed, ethereal indie rock reminiscent of Sigur Ros but more personable, Immanu-el’s epic contribution would fit nicely in a scene where the main character discovers something deep and profound about life.
  8. Jettie- Heartbreaking, lush indie that feeds off sorrow. For the sad part of the movie where the guy and girl find out that there’s something that stops them from being together.
  9. Brandon Carter- Brandon Carter’s fragile voice, introspective moods, and minimalist approach translates beautifully into another introspective bit.
  10. The New Amsterdams- These guys cultivate a very specific mood with their songs- each has an air of finality that makes them perfect for ‘end of the movie’ songs. Like the one that plays when the optimistic ending rolls into the credits.

-Stephen Carradini

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