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September 10, 2003


New Jim Jarmusch

Rundown of the short conversations with famous people that make up Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. RZA, GZA, Steven Wright, Steve Buscemi, and Cate Blanchett are all featured. I saw one of the early shorts, Somewhere in California, a conversation between Iggy Pop and Tom Waits. It was like a combination of the Tom Waits and Jim Jarmusch "Fishing With John" episodes, and the fantastic Jarmusch rambling about cigarettes in Blue In the Face: "Coffee and cigarettes. That's like the breakfast of champions." Funny, but in a low-key, subtle way. -amy

Wondering about the Jarmusch/RZA connection? Don't forget RZA did the semi-amazing soundtrack to Ghost Dog. Two stories on this: (1) Jarmusch asked RZA to do the soundtrack. RZA did a bunch of intellectual stuff and played it for Jarmusch and Jarmusch was unmoved, saying it wasn't hard enough. RZA went back and made what became the soundtrack. (2) When RZA finished the soundtrack, and he called up Jarmusch and said "Be at the corner of [whatever] and [whatever] at 4 pm. A black Lincoln Navigator will pick you up. Get in it." So The Navigator picks up Jarmusch, and instead of going to some studio somewhere to listen to the music, RZA plays JJ the music right there in the Navigator because he had tricked out the sound system in the Navigator so much it was studio-quality. Story #1 is pretty true, Story #2 I'm not so sure about. -adm

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