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by Dan
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Mike Andrews - "Before the Echo"

Mike Andrews makes me consider if music can have a purpose. Can it insulate your house? Can it feed the neighbourhood kitty? Can it keep a row of books from falling over? Absolutely not. Music is useless.

And yet I use this song. I wear it sewn to my coat, I take a hot tray out of the oven with it, I lick it and stick it. Such is the contradiction of Mike Andrews: simultaneously played and playing, at once influenced and influential. I like it a lot. [Buy]

Material (feat. William S. Burroughs) - "Seven Souls"

The Sopranos has started again and, via Jack Fear via The Face Knife, I've decided to discuss the song used in the opening sequence of the new season.

It's a simple list of the seven souls thought to exist by Ancient Egyptians, those which are set free into motion at the time of "bodily death". I have no idea how historically accurate it is, but I'm not too concerned with that.

What interests me is the pecking order. It's a six-minute descent to one word - remains. We start at the most transcendent of the souls, the director, and fall slowly to what I can only assume is some representation of the individual, one's mind. This would be the one thing in the whole steamy tangle that has any agency, any responsibility, yet it's under the pull and push of six other forces. But it's still the base, the core that all the souls hang on to to survive. Like a slave, essentially. Even in the land of the dead, a tool for the survival of others. That's fucked up.

see The Face Knife for the full text, and read his excellent movie reviews.

Posted by Dan at March 23, 2006 3:39 AM

I love your writing.

Posted by Tuwa at March 23, 2006 10:29 AM

I can't vouch for the historical accuracy ofthe "Seven Souls" conceit either: later in the same book, Burroughs confesses that he poached the idea from Norman Mailer's novel Ancient Evenings, and that he dug it because it resonated with some of his own extant personal mythology.

I love your work, by the way: thanks for reading, and thanks for all the great music.

Posted by Jack Fear at March 23, 2006 11:51 AM

Thanks for the Mike Andrews music, it's very good. And I agree, your writing is excellent.

Posted by Chris at March 23, 2006 5:51 PM

YES! Someone is blogging about Mike Andrews! This LA ICON (in my humble opinion) needs to be heard! He did the music for the great movie, 'You and Me and Everyone We Know', and his new record takes from themes the wrote for that score, and makes them even more amazing/beautiful/fun/loveable/goose-bump-inducing. thanks!

Posted by Josh at March 24, 2006 6:02 PM

I went away from this site from a while; what a stupid idea. After trolling around for two weeks for the exact version of this track that played over the opening of the new season of "Sopranos," here we are. Perfect, wonderful. If you promise to keep up the good work, never again will I go astray.

Posted by Adam at March 30, 2006 12:02 AM

p.s. Michael Andrews' soundtrack for "Donnie Darko" is pretty choice as well.

Posted by Adam at March 30, 2006 12:04 AM

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