Headphones, coffee, computer. Let’s dive into my playlist, forget the world and run out of underwear because I was too busy listening to music instead of doing my laundry.
Let us voyage, yes?
My favorite tunes of the moment come from M83 and composer Joseph Trapanese. It’s an epic ear journey to accompany the sexy visual adventure of the Tom Cruise flick Oblivion. Go for the cool visuals and the keep-you-guessing adventure. Stay for the soundtrack. Well, that and for the semi-manipulative Morgan Freeman showing you how post-apocalyptic resistance and revival of humanity is done.
There’s no reason you shouldn’t at least give the soundtrack a listen. If for some reason my opinion is not enough (terribly unlikely), than there is the simple fact that you can listen to the entire thing before you purchase. For free. Right here:
Seriously. If you get through minute three of Jack’s Dream without feeling inspired, I’ll buy you a soda pop. And possibly glare at you.
And how can one listen to any M83 related material without migrating over to Midnight City? It’s the amazing 80s meets apocalyptic future (or perhaps it’s the 80s version of apocalyptic future). The random but somehow entirely appropriate saxophone in the climax? Pure earjoy.
But I’m not ready to leave my chair and be productive. Shuffle me, iTunes. Let’s continue our journey, my headphones, my computer and I. Wait, I’m out of coffee. Hang on…
Hey, did you know Tokyo Police Club once covered Party In The USA? Yes, that Party In The USA. You’re welcome.
Apparently, TPC (that’s what I call them, cause we’re tight, see) did a series of covers a while back. Queens of the Stone Age. Kelly Clarkson. Phoenix. A sampling of all of the Aughts.
Remember 2002? Overbearing patriotism, government overreach, xenophobia and the sudden popularity of bands that I was mocked for liking years prior in high school? Good times. But Jimmy Eat World did give us Bleed American. Sweetness cover!
I could continue, but really, you should probably just check out the entire set of covers here: Tokyo Police Club on Soundcloud
I’ll leave you with their cover of M83’s Kim & Jessie, cause, full circle, right? Enjoy.