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Shortbus

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The much rumored-about new film from John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig And The Angry Inch") comes to the US this fall following its sold-out premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where it received a ten-minute standing ovation. "Shortbus" is an engaging study of love and lust; a playful comedy about oddball New Yorkers in search of love, happiness, and the perfect orgasm. The soundtrack includes all the original songs from the film, composed by singer-songwriter Scott Matthew. Other contributors include Yo La Tengo, Animal Collective, Azure Ray, The Ark, and Hidden Cameras.

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His follow-up to Hedwig and the Angry Inch may not be a music movie per se, but music is indeed important to the aesthetic of John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus. While some soundtracks go out of the way to be diverse, this one prefers a uniform mood, and that mood is reflective, relatively lo-fi indie rock. This is exemplified by Scott Matthew's five new tracks. The first, "Upside Down," gives off a strong whiff of late-period Magnetic Fields (maybe it's the ukulele), and the remaining four stay within these parameters of predominantly acoustic, forlorn introspection. Other paragons of American indie creativity include Yo La Tengo (the previously unreleased "Wizard's Sleeve"), Azure Ray, Animal Collective, and guest Canadians the Hidden Cameras. Rocker and former MuchMusic VJ Sook-Yin Lee (who plays a sex therapist in the movie) sings one of the best tracks, the pared-down but catchy "Beautiful." Two songs by Sweden's the Ark mercifully inject a welcome dose of disco excitement, while jazz singer Anita O'Day sounds as fantastically smoky as ever on "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby." Look also for Justin Bond (a.k.a. Kiki of Kiki and Herb) as he delivers the elegiac coda with the melancholy "In the End." --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Scott Matthew - Upside Down
  2. Azure Ray - If You Fall
  3. Yo La Tengo - Wizard's Sleeve
  4. Animal Collective - Winter's Love
  5. Scott Matthew - Surgery
  6. Sook-Yin Lee - Beautiful
  7. Gentleman Reg - It's Not Safe
  8. John LaMonica - Kids
  9. Scott Matthew - Language
  10. Jay Brannan - Soda Shop
  11. Anita O'Day - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
  12. The Ark - Kolla Kolla
  13. The Hidden Cameras - Boys of Melody
  14. Scott Matthew - Little Bird
  15. The Ark - This Piece of Poetry Is Meant to Do Harm
  16. Jasper James - This House
  17. Scott Matthew - In the End (Long Film Version)
  18. Scott Matthew - In the End (Acoustic)


Product details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Team Love Records
  • ASIN: B000IOMXZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,050 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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