Friday, April 23, 2010

The dynamic duo reunite

Upcoming documentary 180' South will feature songs from various notable artists, including the Shins' James Mercer and Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. According to a Rolling Stone report, Mercer and Brock collaborated on a handful of tracks in Brock's studio.

Other contributors to the soundtrack include Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings and the band Love and Laughter. It will be released on Brushfire Records. Emmett Malloy, whose most recent production is the White Stripes' Under Great White Nothern Lights film, will oversee this project as well.

Being a fairly massive Isaac Brock (and Modest Mouse in general) fan, I'm quite intrigued as to what will come out of this. I've been nothing more than a casual fan of the other singers and bands contributing, but Brock's involvement is the deal-breaker for me. That and Mercer and Brock historically work well together; Mercer sang backup on four of the songs from Modest Mouse's 2007 record We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, which happens to be one of my favorite albums. A sample:

Unless my geography skills fail me, the closest the film is currently coming to Ohio is Minneapolis, though there are apparently hopes to expand the showing list soon.

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