The Last Kiss

July 22, 2006 at 10:16 PM | Movies, Music | No Comments

Speaking of Rachael Yamagata, I found out that she has a track on a soundtrack for the upcoming Zach Braff movie, The Last Kiss. Incidentally, Zach had some hand in picking out the songs to go on the soundtrack, much like he did for the wildly popular Garden State soundtrack.

The story of how I came to discover this bit of information is actually quite lengthy in itself and a few months in the making, but I’m gonna tell it anyways. I am, as you may or may not be aware, quite smitten with Alexis Bledel. She has a lead role in an upcoming movie, I’m Reed Fish. Of course, I watched the trailer as soon as I found out and this is when I discovered the musical workings of Schuyler Fisk, an actress who is also a singer/songwriter. It looks like she stars in the movie as well plays some of her own songs for the movie. I’d seen her before in movies, but I didn’t know that she did music too. Anyways, I went and listened to all of her songs on her website and her myspace and I loved it all. She is currently working on an album and so I’m guessing that she puts out new demos and stuff every once in a while. When I was checking up on her to see if she had any new material available, I found out that she’s contributed a song to the aforementioned soundtrack.

I checked it out and there’s actually a lot of stuff on there that I dig. Here’s the tracklist:

  1. Snow Patrol – Chocolate
  2. Joshua Radin – Star Mile
  3. Turin Brakes – Pain Killer
  4. Coldplay – Warning Sign
  5. Cary Brothers – Ride
  6. Athlete – El Salvador
  7. Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek
  8. Rachael Yamagata – Reason Why
  9. Ray LaMontagne – Hold You In My Arms
  10. Remy Zero – Prophecy
  11. Fiona Apple – Paper Bag
  12. Aimee Mann – Today’s The Day
  13. Amos Lee – Arms Of A Woman
  14. Rufus Wainwright – Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk (Reprise)
  15. Schuyler Fisk and Joshua Radin – Paperweight

It’s almost a little too good. Or familar? My initial thought was, hey this looks like a good one. But then I realized that the selection is pretty similar to that of Garden State in terms of the artists found on there. Coldplay, Imogen Heap (in Frou Frou), and Remy Zero all made appearances on Garden State. But with the inclusion of artists like Rachael Yamagata, Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, and Schuyler Fisk, chances are high that I will like this one even better.

And it’s not like you have to wait for this soundtrack to drop before you can hear these songs (for the most part). All of these tracks, with the exception of the Schuyler Fisk song, already come from existing albums. If you’re resourceful enough, you can probably throw together your own compilation. Alas, its ironic that the only reason why I began looking into all of this was because I wanted to hear the new Schuyler Fisk song. Ah well.

So what about the movie itself? I’m not sure… I have my reservations about Zach Braff projects. OK, you have to admit that the Garden State soundtrack was hot shit and Natalie Portman is always a treat. I didn’t care much for the movie itself though… I just didn’t. That’s right, I went there. The first time I watched it, I actually fell asleep partway through. I thought I didn’t like it because I thought that I might have missed something. So I got up the next day and rewatched the whole thing. Still didn’t like it. Apparently I didn’t miss much. I know it’s not fair for me to compare The Last Kiss to Garden State. But I really don’t have much else to go on. I watched the trailer, it looked interesting enough. And it’s got Rachel Bilson (of The OC fame) in it, though she’s no Natalie Portman… shite, there I go again.

Anyways, hopefully this one won’t disappoint, the soundtrack looks promising enough though, if that means anything to you.

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