180° South Documentary Ropes in Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock and the Shins' James Mercer for Soundtrack
Published Apr 22, 2010A new soundtrack to the documentary film 180° South is set to feature nine songs by Ugly Casanova, the long dormant side-project of Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, as well as two new tracks by Shins/Broken Bells front-man James Mercer.
The album is being released June 22 on Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records. It also features tracks by Johnson, Mason Jennings and Love as Laughter.
With Brock's Ugly Casanova material dominating the soundtrack, it marks the first batch of songs from the project since its sole 2002 Sub Pop full-length release, Sharpen Your Teeth.
As for Mercer, who includes a cover of Neil Young's "Journey Through the Past," he first spoke to Pitchfork about contributing to the film's soundtrack last year, saying, "I was invited to come down to Chile while they were filming it because they thought that I might be able to write some music for it. I worked with Isaac Brock on it. We just kind of watched footage after I came back and got inspired and we put together some music."
The documentary, about adventurers in Patagonia, is directed by Chris Malloy (One Track Mind, A Brokedown Melody featuring Jack Johnson), and is produced by his cousin, Emmett Malloy, best known for directing the White Stripes tour documentary, Under Great White Northern Lights. Emmett Malloy also assembled the soundtrack.
According to a press release, 180° South "retraces Yvon Chouinard's and Doug Tompkins' epic 1968 journey to Patagonia through the eyes of adventurer Jeff Johnson," who we assume is pictured in the film's poster above.
180° South soundtrack:
1. Ugly Casanova - "Mountains of Storms"
2. Ugly Casanova - "Here's to Now"
3. Mason Jennings - "Machines"
4. James Mercer - "Doug's Theme"
5. Ugly Casanova - "Wave Goodbye"
6. Ugly Casanova - "Lonesome Blues"
7. James Mercer - "Journey through the Past" (Neil Young cover)
8. Ugly Casanova - "Hotcha Girls"
9. Jack Johnson - "Spring Wind"
10. Ugly Casanova - "Maybe We're Lost"
11. Ugly Casanova - "Corcovado"
12. Love as Laughter - "Coconut Flakes"
13. Ugly Casanova - "The Geezer"
14. Ugly Casanova - "Lay Me Down"