Episode 14

Published on:

26th Oct 2020

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) w/ Nicole Barlow

Advertising copywriter Nicole Barlow joins the podcast to discuss the 2004 Wes Anderson film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, a film that initially received mixed reviews but has gone on to garner a greater appreciation as time has gone on. One aspect of the movie that was praised from the outset was the soundtrack to the film, the Seu Jeorge covers of David Bowie, in particular. We talk about his versions of the Bowie songs as well as seeing Jeorge perform the songs live after the death of Bowie. We also talk about how almost every song on the soundtrack is connected to Bowie in one way or another and we talk about Mark Mothersbaugh's score which would be the last of his 4 straight collaborations with Wes Anderson. Finally, Nicole details a trip to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco where she was able to see how much of Zissou is based on Jacque Cousteau up close and in person.

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About the Podcast

Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Ryan Pak takes a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, he discusses personal connections to the soundtrack, either with a guest and/or co-hosts, Brandice Wilson and Nicole Barlow. Each month, one episode is with Ryan, Brandice and Nicole, and one episode is with a guest.

Episodes are released on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!