Kimya Dawson and her musical fruit

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If you’re a regular reader

of AfterEllen.com, you know how much we love Juno around here. And if you’ve seen the

movie, you know why. If you haven’t, well, just quit what

you’re doing and go. Now. Your boss will understand.

One of the many signs of

Juno
‘s genius is the music. In fact, the soundtrack is so beautifully

blended with the film that it’s hard to imagine the movie without it.

And last week, the album was finally released for those of us who like

to have a physical recording to load in the CD player while we read

the liner notes. (The digital version already tops Billboard‘s Top Digital Albums list.) Some of the artists — the

Kinks, Belle & Sebastian, Lou Reed, Velvet

Underground
and Sonic Youth — are well known, but the heart

and soul of the soundtrack come from singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson,

shown here with her hair.

Dawson is perhaps best known

as a member of the Moldy Peaches, which means that most of the general

public has never heard of her. Juno certainly could increase

Dawson’s profile, given the film’s popularity. The Houston Chronicle predicts, “Juno is to her what

Magnolia was to Aimee Mann, only without the Supertramp.”

Dawson’s style certainly is not for everyone, but I suspect that if you like the

movie, you’ll like the soundtrack.

Dawson’s involvement in

Juno
was actually Ellen Page‘s idea. In an interview with Pitchfork, Page recalls that director Jason

Reitman
asked her what kind of music she thought her character Juno

would listen to. “Immediately I said the Moldy Peaches and he,

I guess, wasn’t familiar with their work, so I hopped on his computer

and I played the Moldy

Peaches
for him.

The next thing I knew he’d fallen in love.” Reitman’s favorite,

“Anyone Else But You,” reflects the mix of wit, quirkiness

and heart that makes Juno so endearing.

 

 

Other tracks are harsher, but

Dawson’s childlike voice makes lyrics like the anti-Bush “Loose Lips” sound like nursery rhymes. And the

songs she wrote especially for Juno, like “So Nice So Smart,”

are the perfect mix of innocence and rebellion.

“I like boys with strong

convictions

and convicts with perfect diction

underdogs with good intentions

amputees with stamp collections”

But the highlight of the soundtrack

for me is the last song. Paulie (Michael Cera) and Juno’s duet of “Anyone

Else But You
” is adorkable. As Blogger News says, “it’s the icing on the

cake of an already beautifully executed soundtrack.” OK, that’s

a little much. But you get the idea.

Currently, Dawson is on tour

to promote the Juno soundtrack — she’s in New York this week.

You can find her updated schedule on her Live Journal. Meanwhile, you can sample the album at IndieMuse and enjoy some movie highlights set

to Paulie and Juno’s duet.

 

 

Have you seen Juno?

Do you agree with me that Ellen Page totally got cheated out of a Golden

Globe? What do you think of Kimya Dawson and the Juno soundtrack?

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