So, in that vein, the moment when two old guys make a toast in Coffee and Cigarettes is key. “Here’s to Paris in the 20s,” says one. “New York in the 70s,” adds the other. That’s where Jarmusch came in.This bit from 2004 seems prescient, too, if you think of the planet made of diamond that generates a gong-like sound, which is a kind of sublime or ideal image in Only Lovers Left Alive:
Iggy’s music is in the background of a short that features Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes. Jack is telling Meg about the sound experiments of Nikolai Tesla. “He conceived the earth as a conductor for acoustical resonance,” Jack says. Pay attention, because this idea – the planet’s secret music – will come up again later.