Ever wonder where T. Bone Burnett goes when he’s constructing a movie soundtrack? I don’t know either, but I think he must know about The Exotica Project, and that Bat’ya’s “Main Theme of Exodus” must have inspired him. Because we must all stop what we are doing, pause, and listen to several hours’ worth of magical 45s from an era I didn’t know existed. This goes with my other favorite album of the past few years: The Very Best of Ethiopiques (thanks for that one, FC!).

For those of you who’ve forgotten, Burnett is the genius and “musical archivist” behind soundtracks for The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and the guy who rediscovered Kenny Rogers’ “I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” — the song behind the best dream sequence in filmic history:

Men: want to find a fine lady friend? Memorize the Dude’s dance number here! Really!

Argh — I’ve gotten distracted by the T. Bone business. Go to The Exotica Project and have a different kind of fun.