I’m happy to announce that Obscure Sound and THINKFilm are teaming up to bring you a promotional giveaway of the soundtrack of the new movie Half Nelson, featuring Broken Social Scene. The movie tells the story of a young white junior high school teacher (Ryan Gosling) in the Bronx who somehow finds a way to reach out to his students, who are growing up in a conflicting society. Broken Social Scene and Billy Bragg head a very diverse soundtrack to the movie, which releases on August 11th.
“Broken Social Scene began in 1999, born of a theme that has become the stalwart of the band’s existence: friends in tough times. Feel Good Lost was an elegant debut developed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning while cocooned in a basement all winter. Over the next year, BSS grew into a far more expansive live band. They were a mix of cagey vets and wide-eyed kids working on an experimental side-project. In October 2002, they released the critically acclaimed You Forgot it in People. The next two and half years were spent touring North America, Europe and Japan. In 2005, BSS went back into the studio with Toronto’s wunder-producer Dave Newfeld and recorded their self-titled follow-up to YFIIP. Broken Social Scene is described as a joyously chaotic record and is an apt aural representation of the band’s spirited yet chaotic friendship.”
We are giving away two albums. All you have to do to enter is make a comment to this post by listing your favorite Broken Social Scene or Billy Bragg song. On August 11th, I will randomly select a comment and e-mail whoever made it, informing them that they’ve won. I will then get their mailing address and we’ll mail them to the album. The tracklisting is below, along with a few MP3 samples of a few bands on the album.
01. Broken Social Scene – Stars & Sons
02. The Somnambulants – Evacuation
03. Rhymefest (featuring Samantha Ronson) – Wanted
04. Remy Balon – Black Hearts
05. Billy Bragg – A New England
06. Saigon – The Corner
08. Conjunto Cespedes – Na Ni Na
09. Baby Blak and King Honey – Just Begun
10. Dujeous – Sometimes
11. Rosey Grier – It’s Alright to Cry
12. The Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See
13. Broken Social Scene – Da Da Dada