We posted a lot of original thinking and news about 300, so what better choice for today's playlist pick than the soundtrack, which was composed by Tyler Bates and produced by Zack Snyder. "My intent," Bates said, "was to stay true to the inspiration of the film and that of the Spartans' freedom and will. The greatest challenge was to bead a musical thread throughout the film's ever-changing landscape of visual art, while sustaining its epic and emotional qualities. I had to approach it in a style as inventive as the film itself." Of the Bates' score, Snyder said, "It moves the film into mythology, cauterizing the images as you view them, making them something they could never be alone."
Yesterday was Saturday and Death Cab for Cutie, today is Sunday, and being the spiritual beings that we are ("The Universe is made of stories, not atoms"), I thought it appropriate that we indulge ourselves with Peter Gabriel's soundtrack for Martin Scorcese's Last Temptation of Christ, one of the truly great recordings in the world music genre. Especially moving and beautiful is the "With this Love" track with choir. Gabriel and The Last Temptation will, I hope, prove the necessary antidote to the James Cameron tsunami that about to sweep over us next week with his new "Jesus" documentary (see above). Posted by Casey Kazan.