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Soundtrack For America [Compilation]

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1. OK Go - This Will Be Our Year [unreleased Zombies cover]
2. David Byrne - Not So Far To Go [original previously unreleased]
3. Jimmy Eat World - Game Of Pricks (live on the BBC) [unreleased]
4. Death Cab For Cutie - This Temporary Life [original previously unreleased]
5. Blink-182 - I Miss You (James Guthrie mix) [this mix available only on ltd UK 7"]
6. Mike Doughty - Move On [original previously unreleased]
7. Ben Kweller - Jerry Falwell Destroyed the Earth [original previously unreleased]
8. Sleater-Kinney - Off With Your Head [available only on bonus 7" w/ One Beat LP]
9. REM - Final Straw (MoveOn Mix) [original previously unreleased]
10. Bright Eyes - Going For The Gold (live) [unreleased]
11. The Long Winters - The Commander Thinks Aloud [original previously unreleased]
12. will.i.am of The Black-Eyed Peas - Money [available only on 2002 UK-only soundtrack release]
13. They Might Be Giants - Tippecanoe And Tyler Too [unreleased cover of 19th c. political song]
14. Clem Snide - The Ballad of David Icke [original previously unreleased
15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night (live) [unreleased]
16. Fountains Of Wayne - Everything's Ruined (acoustic) [unreleased]
17. Nada Surf - Your Legs Grow [original previously unreleased]
18. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (live on the BBC) [unreleased]
19. Old 97s - Northern Line [Opal cover; previously released only on promo-only EP]
20. Laura Cantrell - Sam Stone [unreleased John Prine cover]
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

A fundraising CD compilation released by Barsuk in collaboration with MoveOn.Org & Music For America. The project was organized by They Might Be Giants principal John Flansburgh & features REM, Blink-182, Fountains Of Wayne, & previously unreleased tracks from Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie, David Byrne, OK Go, Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, TMBG, late singer/songwriter Elliot Smith, & one track, "Day After Tomorrow", taken from Tom Waits forthcoming studio album "Real Gone". One hundred percent of our & McSweeney's profits will go to non-profit progressive organizations, including Music For America, Common Assets, The Sierra Club, & others.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern-day "No Alternative" ... Aug. 17 2004
By E. J. Sawdey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the wake of countless anti-Bush books, albums, and playing cards comes yet another compilation that's anti-Bush (MoveOn.org), but not as direct as others (the liner notes merely want you to "vote for what you want, whatever that may be"). Yet, it doesn't matter where your political standing lies, because there's something for just about everyone (particularly indie-rock fans) here, and, thankfully, most all of it is extraordinarily good.

All songs are domestically unreleased, some just for this compilation, some only available on import CD's or obscure B-sides. They range from funny to serious to light-hearted to dead serious. Thankfully, there is no "one major highlight" - there are several. Continuing a pop-single success streak, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas delivers a bouncy, fun, and poignant jam called "Money" (wonderful use of strings), Ben Kweller has more fun with "Jerry Falwell Destroyed the Earth" than he did on his entire last album (while still making quite the political stance), R.E.M. delivers a powerful one that perfectly mixes their latter-day electro-experimentalism with their classic songwriting style circa-"Automatic for the People." Again, there is something for everyone.

There are some truly odd choices though - Clem Snide deliver the all-accapella "Ballad of David Icke," while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs give forth a live version of "Date With the Night" where Karen O's voice is screeching so much, she almost sounds like a man at the start of the song. Meanwhile, the Long Winters pulls off a truly unique Flaming Lips imitation, while Blink-182 deliver a remix of "I Miss You" that starts off even more emotional than the original mix but sounds almost exactly the same as the original around the 2nd chorus. Bright Eyes sounds as emotional as ever (though, one can argue, he does on every song) in a live take of "Going for the Gold," and Tom Waits delivers the most classic Tom Waits he knows how to give.

Then, there are highlights that define "highlights." The Flaming Lips offer a stripped-down version of "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" that makes such a quirky song actually sound tragic, OK Go unleash a first-rate Zombies cover that (surprisingly) improves on the original, They Might Be Giants cover "Tippecanoe And Tyler Too" and make it sound both fun and serious at the same time (it's quite the feat), Death Cab for Cutie give one of their most haunting songs since "Styrofoam Plates," the late Elliott Smith proves that, even postmortem, he's still as vital as ever, and former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty delivers a solo highlight with "Move On," a fun, poignant, and catchy pop ditty that just might be the best guilty pleasure on the whole album.

Unlike most modern-day compilations, this set is designed for a fan of many forms of music - the more the merrier. You'll at least like SOMETHING on here, and, whatever your political stance may be, you'll probably have a good time with it too.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not 'Future Soundtrack', but 'Todays Soundtrack' Sept. 2 2004
By C. Lenz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some of us are political, some of us are not; but if you let that get in the way of your decision to buy this album or not, your really going to lose out on some great music. This album plays like a who's who of great solid artists. The album was produced and published by a Seattle based record company so it is a little heavy on bands either from the Northwest or signed to Northwest labels. Regardless of that fact, they are all really good bands.

With songs from Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M. Sleater-Kinney, The Long Winters, They Might be Giants, The Flaming Lips, Fountains of Wayne, Nada Surf, Old 97's, Tom Waits and Elliott Smith; how could you possibly not find something you like. Even if you've only heard of one of these bands, you'll like the whole thing.

Stuffed full of fantastic unreleased hits from some of today's best artists, this is a definite buy!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After the dust settled, it became about music... March 6 2005
By Manny Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Political issues aside, this is one great album, period. I had an opportunity to listen to it when the dust from the 2004 Presidential Election had settled, and was floored by the quality of the contributions of the diverse artists, many of which are alternate or live versions of other songs you may have heard before. When you think of the many acts that joined in to make the "Future Soundtrack..." a reality, it's tough to choose any favorites.

Whether you know the bands or not, my guess is you will enjoy most of the tracks. This is something rare in this type of recording (a typical case that comes to mind about how these tend to sound is a triple-CD album that was released to help Tibet, most of which was terrible). In the "Future Soundtrack for America" there's the veterans: R.E.M., Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, David Byrne; as well as several younger acts coming up strong. All of them give themselves into this album "like there's no tomorrow" and the result is one solid album from end to end, with 20 great tracks bound to stick around.

You could have bought it for the cause it stood for, back in 2004. The truth is today it is still great music, and it will continue to be so for a good while. And if you think I am doing this for political reasons, let me share a little bit with you: I normally listen to the music in an album first, and only after many, many times, do I sit down to pay attention to the lyrics. That hasn't yet happened with this album, and I already love it.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please enter a title for your review: Oct. 15 2004
By Mike K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to avoid focusing on the politics involved here and focus on the music. go to the moveon.org and musicforamerica.com sites and judge for yourself whether they're causes worth giving money to. If so, read on, if not, browse for something else.

Though primarily focused on "indie" acts, this album is still pretty diverse, which can be both a good and bad thing (whose idea was it to follow up a typically jazz-pop-rap track by Will.i.am from the Black-eyed Peas with They Might Be Giants' cover of William Henry Harrison's 1840's campaign song?). Highlights include the aforementioned TMBG song, OKGO's surprisingly subtle cover of The Zombies "This Will Be Our Year", former Soul Coughing vocalist Mike Doughty's "Move On", Laura Cantrell's haunting rendition of country classic "Sam Stone", and the late Elliott Smith's "A Distorted Reality...", soon to be available on his posthumous album From The Basement On The Hill. The problem lies in too many live/alternate versions of things; the "acoustic" rendition of Fountains Of Wayne's "Everything's Ruined" improves on the far too muted original from their debut album, but the Blink 182 remix is barely different from the original (which isn't a good song to begin with), the Bright Eyes live track is gratingly drawn out, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs live version of "Date With The Night" is too murky to really capture their manic live shows. As a compilation, this album has a few flaws, and is a bit overstuffed with alternate versions and live material, but overall it's got enough good material to warrant purchase if you like at least a handful of the bands involved, and again, you believe in the cause.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Sept. 11 2004
By M. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This really is an amazing collection of artists/songs. Praise the advent of the protest CD because I don't see how these band would otherwise all come together. There are a few songs that are so-so, but by-in-large this CD is amazing.

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