May 6, 2010

If you need a friend, then call me over


Last weekend as it snowed on the first weekend of May (and really, Colorado, why not?!) I cozied into Denver’s Esquire Theatre to watch Ben Stiller quirkily emote as Greenberg. I rather liked the film, and kept noticing the quality of the songs throughout. I hadn’t known until afterwards that James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem wrote most of the original songs for the film, and when this song queued up over the closing credits, it instantaneously became my new favorite 1-minute-long song.

As director Noah Baumbach said in a recent interview, “I hired the guy from LCD Soundsystem, and I made him sound like solo Paul McCartney” (or this).

If You Need A Friend – James Murphy

Holy heck, this is going on the “Stomp Clap Mix” that Adrian and I are slowly building.


  • Great song! I wouldn’t want to sit thru an entire Ben Stiller movie to get to it tho – ‘quirkily emote’ would be the very reason.

    If you want to get a leg up (pun intended) on your stomp-clap mix, drop in on the Big Rock Candy Mountain blog and check out the stellar “Plank Stompers Mix”

    jimbo — May 6, 2010 @ 8:27 am

  • James Murphy can do no wrong. Even in short bursts like this one.

    Sebastian — May 6, 2010 @ 10:41 am

  • Hi,
    Long time, first time. Your blog is fantastic and much appreciated.

    Just thought I’d chime in with some more Stomp Clap Mix suggestions:
    Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkle OR the cover by the Local Natives
    Catch My Disease – Ben Lee

    Thanks, keep it up

    ATX512 — May 6, 2010 @ 10:42 am

  • Re: “Stomp Clap Mix”

    YESSSSSSSS. Do it!

    The “Cecilia” cover by Jesse Cook and Jeremy Fisher is pretty groovy, too.

    AND check out “Weighty Ghost” by Wintersleep, a great band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Some nice stomp-clap action on the front end of that tune.

    mel — May 6, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  • “The General Specific” by Band of Horses, “Golden Age” by TVOTR, “Hanginaround” by the Counting Crows, or – another Canadian band – nearly every song in the Sloan catalogue.

    I love handclaps – I have an iTunes list with 222 (and counting!) handclap tunes.

    Jamie — May 6, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

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  • Oh! And the first thing in my head this morning was Serena Ryder’s short and sweet little stomp-clap gem, “Sing Sing.” Yes.

    mel — May 7, 2010 @ 6:59 am

  • Another recommendation for the stomp-clap mix: Dr. Dog’s Jackie Wants a Black Eye. I’m pretty sure those are claps… still, amazing song.

    KC — May 7, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

  • I have 10 years to change my life.

    Harold — May 8, 2010 @ 2:28 am

  • The Black Keys’ “Strange Times” would be a great addition to the stomp-clap mix! Can’t wait for their new record.

    Ben B — May 8, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  • I’m a big Ben Stiller fan and you’ll notice that a lot of the music in his films is quirky, but yet fun to listen to. “There’s Something About Mary” features a lot of this with that small band that you always see in scenes.

    Ed H — May 9, 2010 @ 8:31 am

  • Ack! Heather, I just can’t help myself! More fabulous stomp-clapiness: “Morning Face” by Small Sins. Now I’m done. I promise.

    mel — May 11, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

  • Ahh. Ben Stiller. A quirky man will have quirky music. I love the hand clap rhythm part. I am new here.. What else will I find?

    Brian Wells — May 18, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

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