Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Very well mixed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 12:00 AM

It’s a sound track, it’s a mixtape. In Jim Jarmusch’s new film Broken Flowers, a neighbor gives Bill Murray’s shiftless main character some music for a road trip, dusky and curious Ethiopian jazz from bandleader Mulatu Astatke. Beautiful as jazz but taken for left and right turns, it sounds vaguely familiar but also foreign and, yes, totally exotic. In other words, it’s the perfect shit for a mix. Jarmusch’s films have always shown the eye of an offhand genius, and he gives the music for Broken Flowers that same feel. A scratchy recording of the Tennors’ rock-steady lope “Ride the Donkey” flows into Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” while the Greenhornes collaborate with Holly Golightly for the sashaying Dusty Springfield nod “There is an End,” a song to begin a late-summer mix if there ever was one. (Golightly and the Greenhornes also contribute tracks separately.) Astatke’s nimbly funky “Yegelle Tezeta” is irresistible, and including an excerpt of Sleep’s doom metal juggernaut “Dopesmoker” is the kind of masterstroke only music nerds and white-haired celluloid wildcards make. That “Awesome Mixtape No. 6” you planned on crafting back in June never materialized, did it? Don’t worry. With Broken Flowers, Jarmusch has your back.

Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Johnny Loftus

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation