Yellow Cocktail Music

c9c8a1e6ff632122f348ddc2aad02b67Have you ever wondered what happened to the more jazzy (and more true to the Jazz Age) versions of the tunes that bouncing off the roller coaster ride called Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby? They got released as The Great Gatsby Jazz Recordings. Yass!!

Bryan Ferry and his Orchestra redid some of the popular songs on the Original Soundtrack to this great movie. And then they added a few classics by Mr. Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. That’s what I call sweet music.

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The Great Gatsby (2013) Soundtrack Pt.2

The Great Gatsby 392x392Universal Music finally released the track list for the Soundtrack to Baz Luhrman’s take on Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Seems like Jack White and Kanye (playing in my previous Gatsby post) get the company of Soundtrack Executive Jay-Z, his friends and his wife. 

The pop hip-hop soundtrack might fit pretty well with the larger-then-life production and art direction for the 2013 Great Gatsby movie (that was originally scheduled as the ultimate Christmas Cracker of the year 2012). Some new stars of which Emili Sandé and Bryan Ferry’s rework of ‘Crazy in Love’ should be fun.

Now why did Beyoncé have to redo Amy’s ‘Back to Black’… and how did it end up on the list? I think Baz should used his veto at this point and play the Moody Boys Refix of ‘Love is a Losing Game’. Loud. Like he did with ‘Love is Blindness’ by Jack White.

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Great Gatsby OST Tracklist:

1. “100$ Bill” by Jay-Z
2. “Back to Black” by Beyoncé & André 3000
3. “Bang Bang” by
4. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” by Fergie + Q-Tip + GoonRock
5. “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey
6. “Love Is the Drug” by Bryan Ferry &The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. “Over the Love” by Florence and the Machine
8. “Where the Wind Blows” by Coco O. of Quadron
9. “Crazy in Love” by Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. “Together” by The xx
11. “Hearts a Mess” by Gotye
12. “Love Is Blindness” by Jack White
13. “Kill and Run” by Sia

Please send tunes to erik at booktunes dot net!

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Holiday Reads – Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Off to the English & Welsh Countryside I brought along some titles I came across in Kemptown Bookshop. Books that pop up in my mind every now and then but tend not to surface when surfing on the Amazon river. While lighting the BBQ I found out Banana Yoshimoto is a great author and that her ’88 debut novel Kitchen is beautiful read! How I love the solitary protagonists detached from the world / emotionally connected to others…

Yes, exactly. The same kind of characters that made me fall in love with Murakami’s writing. A love that made me stay away from other Japanese writers as I couldn’t get my mind not to expect finding the same features with all other fictional Toru’s.Yoshimoto’s novel is too short to summarise here. Read it, enjoy the two stories that both relate to music, each in it’s own way.

Kitchenavailable online and beautifully illustrated by Lianne Leeflang – plays a hard to find tune by 80’s pop start Momoko Kikuchi. Hard to find if you trust the English translator for this book / if you don’t have friends at Goodreads helping you out. Grab it!

Moonlight Shadow bears the same name as Mike Oldfield’s piece, mentioned by Banana as the inspiration for her story. Nice vid.

More info on Dutch artist Lianne Leeflang here.

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Leave a comment – Back tot the Lab

From now on all visitors to the Booktunes website will be redirected to this blog. I guess we all felt we had to bring Booktunes back to the lab, back to zero, and take time to rebuild it step by step.

Some of these steps will be smaller then the ones we have made before, some bigger, and some steps will lead us in a completely different direction. We’ll see. I still believe Booktunes – a website playing the music with your favourite novel – is a promising idea.

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Over the next weeks I will add dedicated Booktunes pages to this blog and share all Booktunes compilations, info and all interviews with the authors of those beautiful books that have music involved. All previous Booktunes content will be available again soon.

Hereby I would like to thank all the people that helped me bring it this far. Mels, Mina, Job, Oli, Ytje, Will, Laura, all photographers that contributed to the artwork, all friends who wrote articles on the books & authors, all people in the book and music industry who supported us,  all professionals who were willing to share their visions, all authors and musicians featured on the Booktunes website and of course Rose & my fam.

Feel free to drop me a line if you have any thoughts on the future of Booktunes or if you would like to be involved in the Booktunes project.

Stay tuned, see you soon in the Booktunes lab!




March 2nd: New Murakami Story on my Calendar

murakami_app_iconI must say March is a little late to buy a new calendar. Still the Murakami Calendar App is worth the full 2 bucks as it will give you 10 more months of starting your day with the occasional Murakami quote, Murakami info, Murakami art, Murakami covers and some new Murakami stories!


The app itself is pretty basic – I would say perfectly minimal – and matches both the dreaminess we find in his stories as the new and old cover art for all Murakami titles published by Random House. The ‘new’ stories (that apparently already appeard in Irish literary magazine Southword in 2006) bring us the shortest Murakami texts ever. Could it be that the upcoming April release will be the first Murakami flash fiction collection? We know he likes to alternate his longer works with short stories… and personally I think 1Q84 was a bit too long.

What are you going to do today?

Read an exclusive story by Murakami. Without the music.

Julio Iglesias

Once we had been duped out of our mosquito coils, we had nothing left to defend ourselves with against the attack of the sea turtle. I tried ordering more mosquito coils by phone and from a mail-order house, but, just as I thought, the telephone line had been cut, and there had been no mail service for more than two weeks. I should have known the cunning beast would never let us get away with such a thing: our stock of mosquito coils had kept him in misery too long. Now, for certain, he would be gloating and smiling and napping on the ocean floor, preparing himself for tonight.

“We’re done for,” my girlfriend said. “As soon as it gets dark, the sea turtle is going to eat us.”

“No, we can’t give up hope,” I said. “If we rack our brains, we don’t have to let any damned sea turtle have his way with us.”

“But he stole every last one of our mosquito coils.”

“No, keep your mind on fundamental truths, woman. If the sea turtle hates mosquito coils, there’s bound to be something else he hates.”

“Like what?”

“Julio Iglesias,” I said.

“Julio Iglesias? But why?”

“I don’t know. The name just popped into my head. A kind of intuition.”

Following my intuition, I put Julio Iglesias’s “Begin the Beguine” on the turntable and waited for the sun to set. The sea turtle was sure to attack after nightfall. Then it would all be settled one way or the other: the sea turtle would either eat us or weep.

Just before midnight, we heard the wet slapping of footsteps outside. Instantly, I dropped the needle onto the record. As soon as Julio Iglesias began singing “Begin the Beguine” in that syrupy voice of his, the footsteps halted, to be replaced by the anguished groans of the sea turtle. Yes! We had beaten him!

That night, Julio Iglesias sang “Begin the Beguine” 126 times. I myself hate Julio Iglesias, but fortunately not as much as the sea turtle does.

The Murakami Calendar App at iTunes UK.
The Murakami Calendar App at iTunes NL.
The Murakami Calendar App is currently not available in the US.

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The Illustrated Bakery Attacks

Murakami&_MenschikPhew! It is hard to put Murakami’s Underground aside but I have to write this note on the shiny Dutch pressing of De broodjesroof verhalen, internationally known as “The Bakery Attack” and “The Second Bakery Attack”. Of course, I also want to play the tune that turns the first big bread robbery into a failure.

As the bundled Bakery Attacks are (again) only available in a very limited number of languages , I suggest you get this pretty pressing from or publisher Atlas, enjoy the beautiful drawings by Kat Menschik and, if you are not Dutch or German,  read the text from your personal collection or an unpaid online source.

Bakery Attacks Trivia: Though the first baker has the protagonist and his comrade  listening to “Tristan und Isolde”, years later the robber tells his girl he was forced to hear “Tannhäusser” and “The Flying Dutchman” before finally munchin’ away on freshly baked bread.

More Baker’s favourites at this excellent classical YouTube channel:
The Flying Dutchman

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Booktunes applies for Rockstart Accelerator

rockstartacceleratorJust in time. Working under pressure has never been a problem to me. And to call this easy sunday of reformatting text and rerecording Youtube vids stressful would be exaggerating. Crazy last minutes though as developer Anthony Stone and I found out that we both had to apply. By then, it was 23:34 and the Rockstart Accelerator door was about to close.


Now that all the pitch talk and business planning is done and the pressure is gone I might just take my time to get back to what I like best: Sharing music and find relations from one book or tune to the next. And yes I poured myself a nice UK size glass of liberating French wine… yesterday I lost my day job so who cares.

Lately I have been listening to quite some oldies. One of the albums I really enjoyed was a compilation of tunes selected by Dutch singer Caro Emerald, featuring Della Reese’s 1960 up tempo version of “Why Don’t You Do Right”.

Original by Lil’ Green (1941):

Big tune and pre-original by Harlem Hamfats (1936):

Do the lyrics of this last one refer to my Booktunes ambitions? Download all three & wish me luck!

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Booktunes Moviefood – Hell on Wheels

BT-Blog-Hell-on-Wheel-SoundtrackOn the verge of redeveloping Booktunes and ad more fields of interest to the Booktunes realm I bumped in to this great Hell on Wheels recipe!! To be honest, really I was looking for a Corn Likker dealer but thanks to Google I found this fab frontier dish. Yum!


Open fire expert Jessica tells us:

Cooking is more than just preparing food. Cooking from scratch is a food experience. For the past 10 years, I’ve been learning about cooking from vintage cookbooks, friends, and family.

Her foodie blog called A Pinch Here, A Dash There brings mouthwatering recipes like these Perfect Cacao Pancakes. As a visual bonus her friend Alexander Yerks is a great photographer inspired by Jessie’s cooking…

Bohannon Baked Beans by Alexander Yerks

.. and apparently a craftsman as he makes wooden cups that hold your likker! How about a new goal for 2013? Make your own cups.. goes purty damn well with my musical saw ambitions!

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Everything is Illuminated – Fingers are Frozen

BT-Blog-Everything-is-Illuminated-by-leadingedgephotographyListening to the soundtrack to Liev Schreiber’s Everything is Illuminated (again) I am amazed (again) by how well the tunes fit the movie (which I kind of forgot about) and Safran Foer’s book (which definitely needs a rereading soon). Maybe it fits my midnight and early morning bicycle rides through Amsterdam and the Dutch Flatlands even better.

While my fingers freeze my brain gets heated by my apparently hip hat and, spinning on plans to broaden the Booktunes concept, fully enjoys the sounds of Paul Cantelon. Particularly Paul’s original score inspires, and even makes me enjoy the first cold winter weekend and look forward to joining the Elfstedentocht 2013 with my cousin Joeri. As Wim knows, I like Gogol Bordello but think Eugene’s role in the screenplay is good but purple enough. 

Ice skating, early morning cycling, after hours working… reading Safran Foer’s novel..   I am sure you’ll enjoy the tunes this movie brings. Listen to Paul Cantelon’s beautiful original tunes here, check Csókolom & Leningrad through Youtube.

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Haruki Murakami text on tune

YoutubeSquareLogoAs I wanted to hear Curtis Fuller’s Blues-ette but, in the midst of moving from Brighton to Amsterdam, did not have my turntable set up, I decided to use Youtube’s video database as an audio resource. It was Haruki Murakami who got me hooked on when I was reading After Dark… now I was curious to find out what would happen if I’d include his name in Youtube’s search field together with Fuller’s.

Isn’t this just great?! Smasherkean has more of this stuff online. Nice one!

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