I hadn’t watched VH1 in a very long time. But flipping through the channels, I landed on a very happy duo of songs.
First was Eddie Vedder on a bar stool singing Guaranteed from the Into the Wild soundtrack, a disc that also serves as Eddie’s solo debut. Incredible book, movie, and soundtrack trifecta. There’s also a great Iconoclast episode on Sundance Channel with movie director Sean Penn and author Jon Krakauer talking about the story and the guy it is about. And Charlie Rose interviews friends Penn and Vedder for an hour and also shows the trailer. It’s incredible to watch these adult men bond over a story that distills down the question of what it is to become a man.
I was miffed that best-of-2007 lists did not include the soundtrack. Just because the songs are short? What’s up?
Regardless, the demos for the soundtrack’s songs can be downloaded, along with much other Pearl Jam flotsam, jetsam, and b-sides here. Definitely worth a visit. Eddie Vedder is a lot of things to a lot of people, but his body of work has grown up with us, and somehow we’d like to live up to that. Not to read too much into the easy rhyme, but as the band Local H asked, “If I were Eddie Vedder, would you like me any better?”
Someone out there knew that only a very special song should follow Guaranteed. And, lo, one did. It was Falling Slowly from the Once soundtrack. Follow along at home here. The movie was tremendous, and the editing on this video does it justice. Lovely.
You can catch much more Glen Hansard (The Frames) and Markéta Irglová (the movie’s stars and musicians) around the web. I prefer the soundtrack to Once just a tinsey bit more, but they also toured the U.S. as The Swell Season and released a disc. NPR offers a concert that captures their pure musicianship. The hour-and-a-half show includes all the songs they’ve recorded plus three covers, and I can’t really imagine three better artists to choose: The Pixies, Van Morrison, and Dylan. The Dylan song is You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere and appears on the I’m Not There soundtrack.
If you haven’t bought any of their stuff yet, I would recommend the collector’s edition of the Once soundtrack that also includes a couple of live cuts and a making-of DVD. Perhaps it talks about how they fell in love while filming and touring. And the actual movie DVD is out now, too, if you missed it in theaters.