The 10 Best Cameron Crowe Music Moments

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This Friday marks the release of Aloha, the highly-anticipated new movie from Cameron Crowe, with the world wondering if he got his mojo back. The movie has maybe his best cast ever, a murderer’s row of A-list actors: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, the list goes on. My guess based on the trailers alone, is it’s probably going to be a heap of garbage, but I’m certainly hoping we get another great Cameron Crowe movie. For those unfamiliar, Cameron Crowe is a Rolling Stone music critic turned acclaimed director, mostly known for his 90’s and early 00’s movies (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Say Anything). As would be expected from a former music writer, his movies are full of iconic music moments, and for that, we salute him with our ten favorite Cameron Crowe music moments. (Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the clips for all of these, but I tried my best. Enjoy!)
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Top Ten Movie Soundtracks

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We wanted to give one last shout out to The Man With the Iron Fists soundtrack before we shut up about it (at least until the end of the year lists), so thought we could dig into other movie soundtracks and come up with a list of our favorites.  I’m sure to some of our reader’s dismay, we decided to implement a couple rules.

Rule #1:  No musicals.  Yes, there are a lot of great musicals put on film that maintain great soundtracks.  It is a little difficult to distinguish composed musicals from pop music though.  Don’t worry, musicals will get their own list one day, and Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and The Sound of Music will be honored.  We just all need to see Book of Mormon first.

Rule #2:  No film scores.  Sorry John Williams and James Horner, but today is not your day.  Once again, we wanted to parse this list down to something a bit more manageable (and believe me, it still wasn’t manageable).  Film scores will also have their day.

Without further ado, hit the jump, and feel free to comment on what we missed, mistakenly included, or anything else that comes to mind.
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Sigur Rós Review Royale: Vivacious Vibes and Vendettas on Valtari

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Todd’s Review:

Sigur Rós is one of the few bands that I seem to treat each first album listen as a theatrical release type of experience. Before I hit play, I make sure that I have a long enough block of time that I won’t have to be distracted by anything. No work, no eating, no phone calls, no driving. On my first listen it is always just me, my headphones and Sigur Rós. Each time it’s the same thing; extremely vivid scenes play out in my head through the entire album. Whether it is old memories or new images that my mind is creating, it is impossible for me not to dream as I listen to their music. I understand that a great deal of the abstractness related to Sigur Rós has to due with the fact that a majority of their fanbase doesn’t even understand the Icelandic language in which they sing, and I am no exception, but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that they are master composers of this age’s most beautiful songs. After a four year hiatus, we have been graced with another eight gorgeous tracks from what I believe to be one of the most stunning bands of our time.
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