Down By Law and Variety Soundtracks

(Crammed Capitol) Used LP $35.00

Scores from Jim Jarmusch’s mid’-80s indie classic and from Bette Gordon’s lesser-known flick, by the head Lounge Lizard with guitarists Marc Ribot and Arto Lindsay, percussionist E.J. Rodriguez, among others. The former is heavy on the rhythmic and tonal patterns that later became Lurie’s signature sound, a fluttering technique inspired more by Southeast Asian horn patterns than the blues. The latter is much more subdued, sparse, and backgroundy.