Alice in Wonderland tracklist for Soundtrack released: sighs heard everywhere

What’s that sound I hear? Yup, that’s the sound of the interwebs being underwhelmed by the new Alice in Wonderland tracklisting that was released today. They’ve titled it “Almost Alice” which makes me hope this is really one of those “music inspired by…” type collections instead of music they’re actually using in the film. I did some google-ing and IMDB-ing and can’t seem to locate the music supervisor on this so we can’t get a feel for the work he/she has previously done but here it is…Feast your eyes on the tracklisting…
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1. “Alice (Underground)” performed by Avril Lavigne
2. “The Poison” performed by The All-American Rejects
3. “The Technicolor Phase” performed by Owl City
4. “Her Name Is Alice” performed by Shinedown
5. “Painting Flowers” performed by All Time Low
6. “Where’s My Angel” performed by Metro Station
7. “Strange” performed by Tokio Hotel and Kerli
8. “Follow Me Down” performed by 3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch
9. “Very Good Advice” performed by Robert Smith
10. “In Transit” performed by Mark Hoppus with Pete Wentz
11. “Welcome to Mystery” performed by Plain White T’s
12. “Tea Party” performed by Kerli
13. “The Lobster Quadrille” performed by Franz Ferdinand
14. “Running Out of Time” performed by Motion City Soundtrack
15. “Fell Down a Hole” performed by Wolfmother
16. “White Rabbit” performed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
The album, which is being called Almost Alice, will be in stores in March 2nd, while a video for the soundtrack’s first single, “Alice (Underground)” by Avril Lavigne,” is due in early February.

No, you have not gone blind you did read the names: Avril Lavigne, 3Oh!3 and SHINEDOWN on that list. I’ve gotta say I’m quite beyond surprised. What could have been a perfect opportunity to harness some of the buzz the movie already had and artists clamoring to get on blockbuster soundtracks these days by pulling a “Twilight: New Moon” and asking amazing artists to submit exclusive work was instead squandered on what seems to be a soundtrack made for the Hot Topic crowd. But it is a Tim Burton flick after all, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.

I’ll be interested to hear the tracks from Wolfmother and Robert Smith, but as for the rest… only March 2nd will tell. Maybe it’s too obvious but the whole Alice storyline seems ripe for some trippy, trance-y, more computer-y based electronic music like Frankmusik or Dan Deacon or Passion Pit (hello “sleepyhead!”) to keep it playful or even go into that Radiohead sound instead of this Top 40 rock that seems to be the m.o. for “Almost Alice”

Read the rest of the depressing exclusive press release over on MySpace

Music Supervisor: ???

Looking forward to any of this? Do you know who the music sup is? Who else is as pumped as I am that Crispin Glover is in Alice?

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Favorite TV Syncs – Enjoy the Silence, Vampire Diaries

The other day I began posting about some of my favorite songs used in film and today we start with favorite songs used in TV…

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The Vampire Diaries is one of my new favorite shows this season. Besides having the obvious Vampires (of the non sparkling variety) and lots of hot bods they choose some fab music to help tell their story each week. And this scene sticks out as one of my favorite syncs from the season. What better song to accompany a teenage drug addict from the wrong side of the tracks who just wants to be loved than a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence.” Though this scene uses a cover by Anberlin which isn’t nearly as dark as the original, it fits Vicki’s teenage rebellion without being too brooding or overwhelming for the scene. I mean they are dancing in their underoos after all.

Music Supervisor: Chris Mollere

Other favorite songs from The Vampire Diaries or your favorite TV shows? Share in the comments…

Favorite syncs part 1

Let’s talk favorite syncs in movies today…


Besides this being my favorite. movie. ever. Almost Famous also contains one of the best syncs ever with the inclusion of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer on the tour bus the morning after Russell quits the band, crashes a midwestern house party, trips on acid and is inevitably picked up by the band the next morning. It was the perfect song and the perfect moment to bring the band and the band aids back together after a near break up. Now sing along with me… hold me closer Tony Danza…

Almost Famous
Music Supervisor: Danny Bramson

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The Why’s

recordplayer-polaSo, why did I start this blog?

I’ll attempt to condense the why’s down from a multi year quest to just a few paragraphs… Over 3 years ago I moved here to LA with the hopes of being in the music industry. I graduated college with a music business degree, spent a semester living in an artist colony in Martha’s Vineyard and knew I was meant to be apart of music in some way, shape or form. During this time I became deeply enamored with the use of music in film and TV by watching such shows as The OC, Felicity, Sex and the City, and countless others. Finding this love only confirmed my desire to pursue music as my career after graduation. But of course graduating college means being confronted with the payment of the college loans it took to realize this calling, so I moved home to Arizona for what would end up being a 2 year stint before I was finally able to move to LA. During this time I fanned the flame of my love for music in film and television by watching countless hours of shows like Grey’s Anatomy and films like Almost Famous on a near constant repeat. I loved the way in which a song could be used to heighten the emotion of the scene and in some cases set the tone completely. One song can completely make or break a scene to me and I was fascinated with the choices Music Supervisors were making and wanted to be apart of it.

televisionslidetv2-2-polaThose 2 years ticked by as I saved money, listened to music and spent days making mixes for friends and myself based on current events in their lives or ideas I imposed on myself. The obligatory rainy day, party time, so mad I could spit, mixes? Check, check and mother ‘effin check! But what about the song you choose when a friend’s heart is aching because a family member passed? What’s on the track listing of a “this is the worst year of my life” mix? Or what songs do you choose when you’ve been asked to pick the music for your own grandfather’s funeral?

film-reel-polaAs trivial as they may seem, I took to each one with gusto and reverence because I knew as small as they were to an outsider, they were important to me and to the audience I intended them for. And I knew, while sitting there in the room I grew up in and that little desk, wishing like hell I lived in a “major music city” that someday I would. Someday I would find music that was meant for TV and film. Someday, someone out there would want ME to choose music for their project. And mostly, I knew that someday I would realize that dream.

Welcome to that journey.

In the beginning

Hello and welcome to the blog I’ve been wanting to start for forever. Like for. ever. I finally bit the bullet and chose this name from a list about a mile long in my idea book to just get it started and because well, I enjoy plaid.  I’ll explain more in upcoming posts about the reasoning behind all this but I really just wanted to talk about music and how it’s used in film, television and commercials and how I someday I hope to be apart of that kind of decision making.

Welcome to this wild ride!
XO
nikki