Saturday, April 9, 2011

A decade of hard to find Soundtracks: 2001-2011

A soundtrack should be like a good supporting actor, complementing without stepping on anyones toes. Though the record scene has had great exposure over the past decade, soundtrack sales have dictated the fate of most modern film scores; A digital download.

Yes, CD copies of 'The Social Network' can be found at your local HMV, but what about us Record-heads who can't let go? Just how hard is it to find unique soundtracks on LP nowadays?

The American Astronaut, 2001
Music By: The Billy Nayer Show

What? What's that you say? A Sci-Fi/Western/Musical/Comedy that's set in a bar in outer-space? Needless to say, The American Astronaut is one of the most clever films of recent times. Fully produced by rockabilly indy band The Billy Nayer Show, singer Cory McAbee stars as a young astronaut believing that a music box has the potential to grow into a 'real live girl' in a parallel, woman-less world. This LP was only released on 220 G(!) vinyl through the bands website for a short period of time and is a must listen.

Friday Night Lights, 2004
Music By: Explosions in the Sky
Any fan of Explosions in the sky should listen to this more controlled version of their over-the-top wall-of-sound style they are known for. A limited run of 2500 copies were pressed shortly after the films release, with performances from Daniel Lanois, Dave Torn, Bad Company, and special guests Justin Stanley and Brian Reitzell.

Monkey Warfare, 2006
Music By: Various

This Kensington Market filmed lo-fi epic showcases a burnt out couples travels in garbage picking as they hunt down collectibles to sell on Ebay. Don McKellar and his late wife Tracy Wright star in this brilliant look at aging revolutionaries whose memories awake as their young pot dealer begins to dabble in car bombings. Featuring Sun Ra, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Refused, and Leonard Cohen, this soundtrack is the most obscure collection of classics from all genres to date. With only 1000 copies pressed for their world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, this album is next to impossible to find.

Hanna, 2011
Music By: The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers better be nominated for a supporting role, as this soundtracks presence in this film is reminiscent of Run Lola Run. Saoirse Ronan plays 15 year-old Hanna, whose existence is measured by her ability to run, hide, and kill better than anyone in her way. 2,500 copies of this soundtrack were released last week to hype up the films opening on April 8th, with a few sent to each of the major cities.


  1. Wow. The American Astronaut, on Vinyl?!
    Sick Slick,and "Bob" Dayum! I can't find my copy online (yet)... Amazing. It's now on the Rev.Jred's must have list... Thanks DBD for the help in adding more to that list once again!

  2. Oh yes, I try to find all my soundtracks on vinyl. Yes, I preordered Social Network on vinyl, but the beauties above are still on my list. Does it count that I've Monkey Warfare. I tracked it down due to the multiple vinyl references within.

  3. The Monkey Warfare soundtrack was promo only and could be much more rare than even you state.

  4. OK. So I've spent a couple days on the net, trying to add the above titles to my collection and have come up short. Kudos to you for snagging these excellent and hard to find goodies.

  5. Thanks, my friend! Email me at Deathbydigital @ with a contact and I can keep my eyes open for you. I know how hard it can be to find many of these titles, and being in Toronto I may have a step forward in finding Monkey Warfare.