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Pick Six: Essential Songs Exclusively From Film Soundtracks

Throughout the history of cinema, there have been countless moments where the power of music has elevated specific scenes – and sometimes even entire films themselves – to change our overall appreciation of them.

Interview w/ Mark Bacino

One artists I’ve been playing on repeat lately is Queens, New York-based singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Mark Bacino. While his music ranges further than the above description, his style fits it often enough to make me a fan of his earlier work as well as his current single, the catchy-as-Hell “Not That Guy.”

Devendra Banhart: Ape in Pink Marble

This is more “Veneer”-era Jose Gonzalez than it is mystic-era Devendra Banhart. The salacious and sardonic lyrics still slink and slither – and the artist’s humor is forever intact – but he’s also somewhat more confessional in his most recent opus.

Japanese Breakfast Slays the Night

Directed by both Adam Kolodny and Michelle Zauner, self-medication and jovial excess clasp hands with cavalier shrugs and dogged existentialism – this is tongue-in-cheek surrealism.

Recent Posts From Commentary

Pick Six: Essential Songs Exclusively From Film Soundtracks

Throughout the history of cinema, there have been countless moments where the power of music has elevated specific scenes – and sometimes even entire films themselves – to change our overall appreciation of them.

In Any Language: Best in Foreign Films

I speak one language fluently: English. I understand enough Spanish to get myself in trouble if I wander into Tijuana. My Italian language skills have faded horribly since my grandparents passed away. But I can read subtitles.

Futurespective: Comic Book Movies in the Future

It’s amazing to think how far comic book movies have come in the eight or so years since “Iron Man” (2008). Before, comic books were sort of molded into whatever Hollywood thought an action movie was supposed to be at the time, with no acknowledgment that thousands of comic book characters fight in the same universe.

KAABOO: A Daily Schedule

At this point in the evening, the festival is clearly splitting the crowd around the 30 year old line. If you used phrases like “mackin” or “flossy” at one point, congratulations, you just made the cut.

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