Posted in metal | movies | music on April 7, 2009

by Black Bubblegum

Jim Jarmusch & Bill Murray

Director Jim Jarmusch, a musician himself, is no stranger to using modern music in his films. In 1994, Neil Young provided the soundtrack to his unique take on the western, Dead Man starring Johnny Depp. In 1999, RZA handled soundtracking and acting duties for his samurai epic Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai. 2003's Coffee and Cigarettes starred Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, GZA, RZA, Jack and Meg White among others. And there are other examples (see comments).

Jim, not a stranger to Doom either (he featured a track by the recently-reunited Sleep in the movie Broken Flowers), continues the exploration in 2009 with his new film, The Limits of Control. This one will feature, in addition to a possible track by The Black Angels, Southern Lord artists Boris, sunn 0))) & Boris, and Earth! According to a post at The Playlist, Jim chose it all himself as well...

"I have a file of the music that I think is appropriate atmospherically for each film, and that has inspired me even before shooting. I pick the music, so there's no music supervisor per se...When I was writing 'The Limits of Control,' I was already imagining using some things from Boris and Sunn O))), and Earth and The Black Angels. I made [director of photography] Chris Doyle CDs so he could listen to Boris; you could categorize Boris as a psychedelic/noise/metal band, but they're just so original." - Jim
The soundtrack (to be released on Lakeshore Records) contains the following burners:

Boris - " " aka Smile (from the Japanese version of Smile, on Disk Union Records)
Boris - "Feedbacker I & IV" (from Feedbacker, on Disk Union Records)
Boris -"Fuzzy Reactor" (from Rainbow, on Disk Union Records)
Boris -"Farewell" (From Pink, on Southern Lord)
sunn 0)))/Boris - "N.L.T." (From Altar, on Southern Lord)
sunn 0)))/Boris - "Blood Swamp" (From Altar, on Southern Lord)
Earth - Omens and Portents 1: The Driver (from The Bees Made Honey In The Lions' Skull, on Southern Lord)

If you're curious as to how earth-shattering riffs will combine with Jarmusch's direction, here is a synopsis of the film:

The new movie from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Down by Law, Dead Man) is set in the striking and varied landscapes of contemporary Spain ... [and] united the writer/director with acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Paranoid Park). Isaach De Bankole stars in the lead role for Mr. Jarmusch; this marks the duo's fourth collaboration over nearly two decades, following Night on Earth, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Coffee and Cigarettes. The film also features several other actors... including Alex Descas, John Hurt, Youki Kudoh, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton Hiam Abbass, Gael García Bernal, Paz De La Huerta, Jean-François Stevenín, and Luis Tosar. The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner (played by Mr. De Bankole), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness.
The film hits theaters on Jun 3rd. Check out the trailer (below the poster):

The Limits of Control

The Limits Of Control Trailer

In related news, sunn 0)))'s new album, Monoliths & Dimensions is due in May.

And for a small price, you could ride on the members of Boris's face. (They have their own skateboards)



Comments (23)

how can you bring up jarmusch's connection to music and not start with the following:
Down by Law (1986)
Coffee and Cigarettes (1986)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Posted by danny knows all | April 7, 2009 2:34 AM

Jim Jarmusch fuckin rules.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 8:43 AM

i hope Wata has a cameo.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:05 AM

I hope Waits has a cameo

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:21 AM

Coffee & Cigarettes didnt come out in 1986, "danny knows all"

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:31 AM

Too bad this movie will be playing at the crappy Angelica and not at any of the better movie theaters, such as the Landmark Sunshine. Angelica is just plain terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:41 AM

the original short film "coffee and cigarettes" (the bit with benigni and steven wright) was made in '86.

the feature film was released in 2003. In included 3 "old" segments that were made in the previous 2 decades and the rest were brand spanking new.

but that original "coffee and cigarettes" didn't have much to do with music. the one with Tom waits and Iggy Pop obviously did.

Posted by wembley | April 7, 2009 9:51 AM

What about Mystery Train? The whole Memphis/Elvis connection and Joe Strummer being in it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 11:02 AM

And for Mystery Train, you have Rufus Thomas and Screamin' Jay Hawkins!!!!

Posted by oop oop | April 7, 2009 11:24 AM

carl perkins!

Posted by wembley | April 7, 2009 11:51 AM

dead man was 96

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 12:31 PM

What about Straight To Hell, with Jarmusch, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude and The Pogues?

His music-on-film resume goes way back.....

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 4:00 PM

fuck yea!

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 5:08 PM

Straight to Hell is a pretty bad movie. And I love Alex Cox.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 5:16 PM

cannonball comin'!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 5:57 PM

Pinch me...Sounds like a dream

Thanx Jim

Posted by TXn | April 7, 2009 6:04 PM

sounds great!
It'll be interesting to hear & see it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 8:40 PM

jim was in a band with john lurie who was in his first flick permante vacation that has a killer dreamlike motha fucking mood--the diy shit was the best, no no and that group in brokenflowers where chech says he made the sound track and chucks it in--that weird arbian fucnk jazz???? hell music is a huge part of his movies i am sure, no i know he says it all the time--or he should the pertentiouse fuck

Posted by facka | April 7, 2009 10:28 PM

He also was part of the 'No Wave' band Del-Bizanteens...
just someone who obviously likes and knows his music.

Posted by Mona t | April 7, 2009 10:53 PM

Heard of acid house but don't know this pertentiouse

Posted by anon | April 7, 2009 10:57 PM

I love him ! Such a great artist !

Posted by bouillotte | October 14, 2009 9:11 AM

Giving up a rare, still sealed copy of the 2-disc, limited & numbered "Altar" by Boris & sunnO)))

Hated Limits of Control though :(

Posted by mayrock | November 9, 2009 2:30 PM

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