153 - The State of the Union

In which Xavier and Fredo discuss the State of the Yarn Union, and new projects are being teased.


One of the most interesting moments out of Linklater’s latest movie was when Ethan Hawke’s character gives his son The Beatles “Black Album”, a compilation of post-Beatles tracks from all the members, combined in a cohesive conversation between them as the tracks play through.

I’ve been thinking about the Black Album and wishing there was an official playlist, turns out, there is. 

Click on the Buzzfeed link to go through the notes of the album that Hawke himself wrote. But the list is listed below. 

Disc 1:
1. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Band on the Run”
2. George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord”
3. John Lennon feat. The Flux Fiddlers & the Plastic Ono Band, “Jealous Guy”
4. Ringo Starr, “Photograph”
5. John Lennon, “How?”
6. Paul McCartney, “Every Night”
7. George Harrison, “Blow Away”
8. Paul McCartney, “Maybe I’m Amazed”
9. John Lennon, “Woman”
10.Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet”
11. John Lennon, “Stand by Me”
12. Ringo Starr, “No No Song”
13. Paul McCartney, “Junk”
14. John Lennon, “Love”
15. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “The Back Seat of My Car”
16. John Lennon, “Watching the Wheels”
17. John Lennon, “Mind Games”
18. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Bluebird”
19. John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”
20. George Harrison, “What Is Life”

Disc 2:
1. John Lennon, “God”
2. Wings, “Listen to What the Man Said”
3. John Lennon, “Crippled Inside”
4. Ringo Starr, “You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine)”
5. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Let Me Roll It”
6. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, “Power to the People”
7. Paul McCartney, “Another Day”
8. George Harrison, “If Not For You (2001 Digital Remaster)”
9. John Lennon, “(Just Like) Starting Over”
10. Wings, “Let ‘Em In”
11. John Lennon, “Mother”
12. Paul McCartney & Wings, “Helen Wheels”
13. John Lennon, “I Found Out”
14. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey”
15. John Lennon, Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band, “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”
15. George Harrison, “Not Guilty (2004 Digital Remaster)”
16. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Heart of the Country”
17. John Lennon, “Oh Yoko!”
18. Wings, “Mull of Kintyre”
19. Ringo Starr, “It Don’t Come Easy”

Disc 3:
1. John Lennon, “Grow Old With Me (2010 Remaster)”
2. Wings, “Silly Love Songs”
3. The Beatles, “Real Love”
4. Paul McCartney & Wings, “My Love”
5. John Lennon, “Oh My Love”
6. George Harrison, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”
7. Paul McCartney, “Pipes of Peace”
8. John Lennon, “Imagine”
9. Paul McCartney, “Here Today”
10. George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass”
11. Paul McCartney, “And I Love Her (Live on MTV Unplugged)”


Richard Linklater on the Making of “Boyhood”: VICE Meets.

Vice not only has some kick ass documentaries (some great, some bizarre, some terrible, but always kick ass), but also some in-depth discussions with interesting people about their latest projects. This series of interviews used to be called the VICE Podcast, but it was on YouTube, later it was turned into an inconsistent podcast that hasn’t been updated in months. For shame.

This is one of Linklater’s two better interviews on his latest movie. The other one, unsurprisingly is an episode of NPR’s Fresh Air.  Both contain some minor spoilers. And by minor I mean insignificant.


Film Yarn - Best of 2014 (so far)

Shot during the LAMB Chicago Meetup, Fredo is joined by Bubbawheat, Clint Worthington, Daniel Lackey, Jason Soto, Nick Jobe, Chris Ramey, and Dylan Fields. The best movies of 2014 (so far) are revealed.

More on our guests.

Bubbawheat -

Clint Worthington -

Daniel Lackey - and

Jason Soto and Nick Jobe -

Chris Ramey -

Dylan Fields -

and The Large Association of Movie Blogs (LAMB) -


The Chicago LAMB Meetup (part three)

Sunday’s Podcast Row graciously hosted at Alcohollywood Studios


The Chicago LAMB Meetup (part two)

Some pictures form last Friday (continued)

For the record: Film Yarn does not endorse the random middle-fingered-photobomb on Lindsay’s picture.


The Chicago LAMB Meetup! (part one)

It was awesome to meet some of the LAMB members in meatspace. 


Episode 152 - Inside Llewyn Davis

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Can an unlikeable protagonist make a good movie? Are the Coen Brothers the quintessential American filmmakers?,  Is Fredo a good man? this and more questions will be answered in this episode of Film Yarn.

Monique Jimenez tells us to stay away from people like Llewyn, and Xavier Mendes lectures us on 60’s folk and actors singing for movies. 

Xavier Mendes’ show Song Yarn can be found at

Corrections: I mention a couple of times it is episode 154, it is indeed episode 152.

Show Notes:

Adam Driver’s Interview in Studio 360

No Direction Home A Film by Martin Scorsese

Bob Dylan’s Autobiography: Chronicles Volume One

Jeff Bridges’ Photography (please forgive the horrible site)

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For this week’s episode we’ll be talking Inside Llewyn Davis with music legend Xavier Mendes.