An Open Letter to Zach Braff…
First of all, I just want to give you thumbs way up (or what we call in these parts ‘bitch slaps’) for your most excellent taste in music – and for your work on “Scrubs,” a show I find hilariously refreshing. Now I’ve heard that your show is in its last season (bummer), which means you’re probably going to have some free time on your hands and gearing up for another movie. Which brings me to my point in writing you today.
Now I know you get a lot of flack from characters like me on the early-to-mid-life crises tone of your movies, but you and I both know that I secretly love it and want more more more. Because we all understand that the introspective voice overs and puppy-dog pouty eyes in a scene (which BTW, you have down like Streep there baby) are really just there as your visual fodder to accompany the music. Which is usually the quiet stuff – not that I’m complaining, again, I’m a fan. I’d also like to suck and nibble on that luscious bottom lip of yours, but I digress.
Anyhoo, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of artists that are well known in our independent-music-lovin circles, but not so much by the mainstream. And we all know that a spot on a Zach Braff movie soundtrack is better than gold – it’s pure platinum all the way. So let’s continue to use your powers for good over evil and consider the following:
5. Red House Painters
If you were to read my blog, Zach, you’d know I have deep deep lovin for all things from San Francisco and Sub Pop Records, so these guys hit all cylinders on those points. They also have an acoustic, atmospheric vibe which tends to put me in a trance-like state (which makes me all-the-more vulnerable. Read between the lines there buddy – wink, wink). I’d personally recommend their sixth release, Old Ramon, although the more popular choice would probably be Song for a Blues Guitar, but you can’t lose either way here.
Personal Track Recommendations: New Jersey or Void
4. As Tall as Lions
Remember the 80s and choice bands such as The Smiths and Aztec Camera, Zach? Yeah I knew you did 😉 – and I bet you’re the kind of guy in a relationship that remembers the dates of to all your firsts with a girl, right?
Anyway, As Tall as Lions will bring that retro vibe right back, but with their own twist. They’d be especially great in the inevitable movie scene you’ll put in when you realize that the girl you’ve been with and taken for granted was the right one for you all along – and now you’re chasing her through either an airport or crowded party or empty, rain-drenched street – at night.
Personal Track Recommendation: Ghost of York or Love, Love, Love.
3. Band of Horses
I swear this is true…
When I first heard Band of Horses’ Everything All the Time and then their sophomore effort, Cease to Begin, I thought to myself, “they sound like a cross between a lo-fi Pacific Northwest coffee house group and a Southern folk rock band. Only to discover later that one of the band’s founders had moved from their launching pad in Portland, Oregon to resettle back in the South where lead singer, Bridwell, was raised in South Carolina. Whoda thunk it?
Well the change has done the boys good, and both releases are seminal works in and of themselves. I see this band’s music serving as the “getting lost in each other’s eyes” part of the soundtrack. Otherwise known as the ‘courtship canon.’
Personal Recommendation: No One’s Gonna Love You
2. Damien Jurado
Zach, I know you don’t know me, well, at all, but if you did, you’d know that there are few artists that I can say I love everything they do. Damien Jurado is one of them. Imagine if Elliott Smith and Sam Beam had a younger brother with whom they poured all their creative energies into – and then you’d be that much closer to getting why I think Jurado is an artist of our generation.
He’s that good.
It’s so hard for me to pick one or two songs of his for your next movie. So I’ll leave that one up to you. That’s right, Zach, I believe in sharing in a relationship. I’m just saying…
Psapp is, by far, the kookiest suggestion on this list – but also the most original. This British duo is as much in love with idiosyncratic sounds as they are with a smooth groove. If Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland had a soundtrack, this would be it…minus the author’s insidious inclinations toward child molestation. That said, their music would make good transitional scene background tunes, and you would seem – dare I say it – even more ahead-of-the-curve than you already are by including them…I know, I know – you more intelligently hip than you already are – that’s not possible 😉
But that’s just me, Zach. I’m always looking out for you. Oh and tip #2 – stay away from girls with names ending in “Y’s.” It never turns out well in the long run.
Personal Recommendation: Tiger, My Friend.
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|1.||Red House Painters – New Jersey|
|2.||As Tall As Lions – Love, Love, Love (Love, Love)|
|3.||Band of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You|
|4.||Damien Jurado – What were the chances|
|5.||Psapp – Tiger, My Friend|
|6.||Tilly and the Wall – Rainbows in the Dark|
|7.||Jose Gonzalez – Crosses|
|8.||Laura Veirs – Magnetized|
|9.||Polly Paulusma – This One I Made For You|
|10.||Stars – My Favourite Book|
PS: I threw on a few extra tracks on for you…just to round out the list. No need to thank me..