It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing, the campers are dry cleaning their Edward blankets, downtown LA is preparing itself, and the new Breaking Dawn Pt 2 Soundtrack was announced! As you probably know I’m a super dork about this stuff and it’s become a tradition for me to break down the soundtrack, give you samples and chat about what we (think we) can expect. (Read: NM, EC, BD1)
Right off the bat, I’m just gonna say the sound of a whoopee cushion deflating played while I read it. I mean Green Day??? Didn’t he just have a fake rehab inducing break down? Didn’t their music play in all my fake punk friends rooms in 8th grade? Oh wells yall, ya know? There were also some jumping around my office and fist pumping and laughing my ass off with UC additions so there’s that. Anyhoo, let’s get it on…
FYI- we created a playlist on Spotify of all the music below so you can follow along!
1. Where I Come From — Passion Pit
If you haven’t been cutting a rug to their 2010 album Manners than you’re house party has been missing out BIG TIME. I mean this is like the best album. Their follow up Gossamer featured the song “Take a Walk” which you might have heard on rock radio. Craaazy. This is gonna be awesome. Video game/electronic/dance-y music + Twilight = Dance-y Moon
Passion Pit on Spotify
2. Bittersweet — Ellie Goulding
GUYS – this girl pretty much started that whole half head shaved thing and that song everyone’s heard on the radio, Lights, has been out for like two years, so it’s about time she got some shine. Probably took dating Skrillex and the recent influx of dance type music but whatever we’re super glad about this. Song that made me fall in love with Ellie:
Extra Credit: Anything Could Happen.
3. The Forgotten — Green Day
Guys. You yourselves ranted during your set at the I HEART RADIO fest about being “punk rock” for 20+ years and now you’re on the Twilight soundtrack. I don’t really know what to tell you but… COME ON.
Green Day on being on the Twilight soundtrack
“When we were asked to be part of the ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the ‘Twilight’ soundtracks are so carefully curated.” We also really like money and have a mortgage.
Just because we’ll all be making montages in like a month using this song:
Extra Credit (just go dig through your CDs from junior high/high school): Basketcase
4. Fire In The Water — Feist
Welcome back Leslie! You probably best know Feist aka Leslie from this song 1234, aka that totally Twee but we loved it song from that iPod commercial back in 2007 that you could never get out of your head. You’re welcome for this, AGAIN.
Leslie was also in another kick ass band, Broken Social Scene. She’s been a bit off the radar for a while but this is a welcome treat, we’ll see if she goes twee or back to her AWESOME Mushabloom/Let it Die/etc roots.
Extra Credit: Feel it All
5. Everything And Nothing — The Boom Circuits
And now we come to my first: “WHO THE HALE???” of the soundtrack. From my Googling they have 2 EP’s out and 87 followers on Twitter. So if I’m doing the math right, LTT has more followers than a band on the soundtrack. Is this going to be another Cider Sky/Mammoth whatever moment on the soundtrack? Perhaps… looks like they’ve had a song or two on some ABC Family show called The Lying Game which cements my idea that they’re probably library music writers/music editors who have a side project aka sorta poppy, innocuous music that a music supervisor can use and not spend a billion dollars on licensing something the general (and not so general) public might recognize.
After listening to this I’m convinced Owl City has a side project where the side project’s music sounds exactly like the original band’s music.
Extra Credit: Go to their website and learn who the HALE they are.
6. The Antidote — St. Vincent
We all remember the beautiful St. Vincent aka Annie Clark (aka dream lover of so many boys I know) from the AMAZING (like the top of the heap) New Moon Soundtrack where she dueted with another dream lover, Bon Iver. God, the New Moon soundtrack seems like a distant dream now, I mean Bon Iver on this now after all his success? We wish. Anyhoo, enjoy some Annie:
Extra Credit: Go re-listen to Roslyn and cry your freaking eyes out.
7. Speak Up — POP ETC
So it took me Googling “Pop ETC” to figure out the AWESOME band The Morning Benders renamed themselves POP ETC. WTF???! Where they on a Morning Bender and decided they needed a less cool, awful name like Pop ETC? ANYWAY The Morning Benders/Pop ETC are flipping rad and you should enjoy one of my most favorite songs via their Yours Truly session:
Guys. If Pop ETC is anything like The Morning Benders were than they’re gonna be one of your new favorites. Like actually buy an album/go to a show favorite.
8. Heart of Stone — Iko
After a good Google and a good listen I’ve come to this conclusion regarding Iko: This is some depressing, slit your wrists shit. And who doesn’t like that?? No, really. I do.
Enjoy this weird non-official video featuring Mickey Rooney.
9. Cover Your Tracks — A Boy and His Kite
So I guess A Boy and His Kite is really this dude called Dave Wilton. Pro tip: If you wanna be freaked out by dad-esque looking dudes Google Image Search “Dave Wilton.” You’re welcome!
This is another one of those “where do they find these people?” moments but I’m way less annoyed because Dave (I call him Dave) sounds way less like Owl City then those other dudes.
Extra Credit: Listen to a few clips Dave has posted on his website, “It’s Racing” is pretty lovely. And defs listen to the song I found on some charity album on the Spotify playlist.
10. Ghosts — James Vincent McMorrow
DUDE. Guys. Welcome to one of my favorites of the sad bastard genre that I love so much. He’s Irish, he’s talented, he makes you cry (in a good way) he’s lovely. I kinda wanted him to remain my private dancer/musician but hey I’m glad he’s getting this kind of exposure.
Extra Credit: EVERYTHING!!! If I Had A Boat
11. All I’ve Ever Needed — Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed
HAHAAHAHAHAH GUYS! I can’t. UC and I are just on the edge of our seats waiting for this one.
I mean they seem like lovely, lovely people but this is like so great, just makes me think of those legendary hotel “jam sessions” during the original Twilight and how this is probably like a wet dream for her.
12. New For You — Reeve Carney
You guys this is the Spiderman guy. No, not Andrew Garfield or Toby MacGuire Spiderman guy, we’re talking the now defunct Broadway “Turn Off The Dark” Spiderman guy who also has been rumored to be roaming around town with our pal Ashley Greene! Oh man, connections!
Extra Credit: The “Turn Off The Dark” Soundtrack, Rise Above (with Bono)
13. A Thousand Years (Part Two) – Christina Perri
Part TWO??? In case you forgot Part ONE…
“Time has brought your heart to me// I have loved you// for a thousand years// I’ll love you for a thousand more.” Play this back to back with Green Day up there and I’ll bawl my eyes out. I kinda gave Christina Perri shit last time around when I heard she was going to be on the soundtrack but I gotta hand it to her, the original was catchy, I now always sing along. This might also be because I heard it 3470329423094 times at last years Breaking Dawn Convention but whatever, this is a compliment.
14. Plus Que Ma Propre Vie — Carter Burwell
And then we all cried because it’s the quote off Renesme’s locket. AHHHH WAAAAAHHH!!! We all know I’m not the President of Carter Burwell’s fan club, probably his use of the guitar SO MUCH, but ya know it’s full circle at this point so good on him.
Most memorable cue for me from OG Twilight.
So there we have it friends! I was (sorta) nice and as always I am genuinely looking forward to the new soundtrack and seeing what new gems we’ll get this time around. See you at the stores (online) November 13th and at the inevitable upcoming tiny tour of the lesser knowns!