Jim Guthrie joins us to reflect on his storied soundtracking career, from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and BELOW, to Indie Game: The Movie, to (implicitly, here) Reigns: Her Majesty and Planet Coaster—not to mention his auspicious and only-semi-separate indie rock career, the joys and sorrows of playing live, and Bandcamp’s mad scheme to press its own vinyl (with the BELOW OST being an early and obvious and opulent candidate for the endeavor).
• Andrew Hood’s book Who Needs What is odd and emotionally specific and recommended if our discussion about it piqued your interest.
• Here are three of my favorite interviews with Jim that I read while getting ready: One about tone and intent, one about gear and production, and one about the sheer aesthetic joys of pretty, pretty vinyl.
• That Polygon interview about BELOW was great too, but you don’t need me to tell you that.
• Like I said, since recording this conversation, I’ve seen Bathtubs Over Broadway (which was produced by Focus Features, not Netflix, but which is nonetheless on Netflix) and gone down the rabbit hole of industrial musicals. Said rabbit hole goes pretty deep, as WFMU has explored here and here and here and here.
• The Griftlands trailer does promise much (and does, on reflection, sound very Jim Guthrie).
“All The People Say (Season 3)” by Holly Hyperion.
“Proof of Something” from the Indie Game: The Movie Original Soundtrack by Jim Guthrie.
“Apple Blossoms” by Vernon Geyer.
“Moth to a Flame (Reprised)” from the BELOW Original Soundtrack by Jim Guthrie.
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