Friday, March 9, 2018

Next Stop from the motion picture...various artists..jazz, samba and bossa-nova

The fear of loneliness, a hope for romance, the occasional pang of moody nostalgia--it's all found in the light romance of Next Stop Wonderland. But few of Wonderland's plot devices work quite as convincingly at portraying these themes as the movie's soundtrack. Filled with the classic sounds of bossa nova and samba, these songs ooze with the melancholy found in the movie. There's a lot of great stuff here: classic Astrud Gilberto, Coleman Hawkins, Marcus Valle, new interpretations of Jobim. But the unexpected highlight is the original score: Claudio Ragazzi backed by the smooth-as-flan vocals of avant-jazz-guitarist-gone-Jobim-freak Arto Lindsay. Their trio of bossa-nova inspired collaborations sounds as sweet and timeless as the classic originals here.

  1. Batuacada - Bebel Gilberto/Vinicius Cantuaria
  2. Mas Que Nada - Tamba Trio
  3. Stay - Astrud Gilberto
  4. Crossed Paths - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay
  5. Triste - Elis Regina
  6. Os Grilos (Crickets Sing For Ana Maria) - Marcos Valle
  7. One Note Samba/The Girl From Ipanema - Bebel Gilberto/Vinicius Cantuaria
  8. The Therapist - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay
  9. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Astrud Gilberto
  10. The Suitors - Josh Zaentz/Sergio Brandao
  11. Baia - Walter Wanderley
  12. O Beijo (The Kiss) - Claudio Ragazzi
  13. Aquarela Do Brasil - Toots Thielemans/Elis Regina
  14. Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
  15. The Finale - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay/Bebel Gilberto
  16. O Pato (The Duck) - Coleman Hawkins

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Attack the Block...2011 cult sci-fi movie..original soundtrack now on vinyl...pre-order bundle available

The premiere vinyl release of Attack The Block original motion picture score and soundtrack from Steven Price, Felix Buxton, and Simon Ratcliffe (and a Basement Jaxx track!). This 2011 Sci-Fi film was the breakout performance for actor John Boyega (Star Wars, Detroit, Pacific Rim 2) as well as Academy Award winning composer Steven Price (Gravity, Suicide Squad, Fury). The story follows a teenage street gang who have to defend themselves from predatory alien invaders. Pressed on "Glow In The Dark" vinyl 2xLP and Glow labels to bring the monsters back onto your very own turntable.

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- 2xLP Glow In The Dark Vinyl w/ Glow In The Dark Labels

- Exclusive Written Commentaries from Joe Cornish (Director) and Steven Price (Composer)

- Pre-Order Bundles available with Enamel Pins & a Steel Pint/Tumbler

- Records Ships 1/30

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Marty's review: this is one cool soundtrack! Electronic beats with an orchestral score, space sounds galore, themes throughout that are haunting, dramatic and upbeat and all fused together to make this a soundtrack that is listenable apart from the movie itself. The vinyl release will make it a collectible item too.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Suburbia 1997 Film original motion picture by various artists

SubUrbia (1997), directed by Richard Linklatter, is NOT a remake of the 80's movie of the same name. It has NOTHING to do with it. That aside, it is a decent film with an awesome soundtrack. Unlike most rock soundtracks which try to include as many "current" or "hot" artists, SubUrbia tries to capture a feel. Like the characters in the movie who graduated high school back in the early half of the nineties and are still living in it, the soundtrack includes tracks from Sonic Youth, the Butthole Surfers, the Flaming Lips, and others who hit their peaks back in the day too. However, this is not a lame comeback album for anyone. 

From the opening Elastica track (with vocals from Stephen Malkmus (sic) from Pavement) to the simply awesome "Sunday" by Sonic Youth, this album is all killer, no filler. And they even had the guts to end it all with Gene Pitney singing "Town Without Pity". Definitely one of the best soundtracks of the decade, and even though two of the songs aren't even from the nineties, one of the best soundtracks TO the decade.

  1. Unheard Music - Elastica/Stephen Malkmus
  2. Bee-Bee's Song - Sonic Youth
  3. Bullet Proof Cupid - Girls Against Boys
  4. Feather In Your Cap - Beck
  5. Berry Meditation - U.N.K.L.E.
  6. I'm Not Like Everybody Else - Boss Hog
  7. Cult - Skinny Puppy
  8. Does Your Hometown Care? - Superchunk
  9. Sunday - Sonic Youth
  10. Human Cannonball - Butthole Surfers
  11. Tabla In Suburbia - Sonic Youth
  12. Hot Day - The Flaming Lips
  13. Psychic Hearts - Thurston Moore
  14. Town Without Pity - Gene Pitney

Saturday, November 18, 2017

She's the One....original by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

An unusual move for Tom Petty to score the music for the Edward Burns's film She's the One and then still turn it into a standard Tom Petty release. The inclusions of two versions of "Walls" and "Angel Dream" make it seem more like a movie soundtrack. But, at heart, the material is more classic Petty. "Grew Up Fast" and "Hope You Never" are perfect radio songs and Petty's cover of Beck's "Asshole" proves his anti-punk stance may finally be softening with a little help from producer Rick Rubin, whose ears have given Petty his most appealing production in years.

The album came about as a result of Petty's being invited to contribute a single song to the film's soundtrack. But Petty was so taken with the film that it quickly inspired a major bout of songwriting. What was supposed to be one song quickly became five and then became an entire album. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Aeon Flux...original motion picture by Graeme Revell

Set 400 years in the future, disease has wiped out the majority of Earth's population except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. The story centers on Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron), the top operative in the underground "Monican" rebellion, led by the Handler (Frances McDormand). When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets. The exciting and evocative score for the film was composed by Graeme Revell, a master at exploring the dark side of such film worlds as Sin City and The Crow.

After the project bounced from Teddy Shapiro to Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek, Aeon Flux finally landed in Graeme Revell's studio, giving him another action flick to score in less than two weeks (remember Tomb Raider anyone?) Stylistically, the result is similar to Tomb Raider, with dominating electronics, but ends up being a more enjoyable listen. Beyond the electronics, Revell takes advantage of sliding cellos and solo vocals in the background to add an Asian feel ("Torture Garden"). Even some of the more ambient parts to the score have piano or other solo instruments accompanying the sounds, making the music easier to listen to ("Cloning Discovery").

Monday, August 21, 2017

Equinox...original motion picture by Terje Rypdal and various artists

Soundtrack to the 1992 film, Equinox, with music by Terje Rypdal, Astor Piazzolla, Ali Farka Toure, Archie Shepp and Dollar Brand, Ivo Papasov and Reah Sadowsky. An eclectic mix of jazz and classical.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Madredeus...Ainda..original soundtrack from the film Lisbon Story

Director Wim Wenders has a terrific ear for the kind of music that defines and sustains a mood, be it Nick Cave, Buena Vista Social Club or in this case, his most original choice yet, Madredeus. Ainda is this sublime band's most sublime album. Never has melancholy sounded this beautiful. Salgueiro's emotionally loaded voice and the precise instrumental accompaniment of the musicians that fit so well they seem inseparable, take the listener on a beautiful trip. The excellent recording renders perfectly the particular lyric atmosphere.

The gorgeous acoustic chamber music of this veteran Portuguese composer will make this soundtrack appeal to fans of director Wim Wenders, who is renowned for his impeccable musical taste and first-rate soundtracks. If this isn't the music of the spheres, it's a close approximation. --Jeff Bateman


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dingo...original by Miles Davis and Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand arranged, orchestrated and conducted the music for the 1991 movie that co-stars Colin Friels and Miles Davis as a jazz legend - the fictional character, Billy Cross - who lives in Paris. Traces the pilgrimage of John Anderson, an average guy with a passion for jazz, from his home in outback Western Australia to the jazz clubs of Paris, to meet his idol, jazz trumpeter Billy Cross. Nice combo between two great artists. 

Miles and trumpeter Chuck Findley share the playing throughout the album and the pieces fit well within the framework of the movie. Some unusual tracks; a blend of music and dialogue in parts. Hearing miles talking is cool, though maybe not to everybody's taste. There is still some good Miles trumpet playing here and a worthy edition for a serious Miles Davis collector.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Les Chorsites (The Chorus)..original music from the motion picture...composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais

Bruno Coulais is a French born film and television soundtrack composer. In 1997 he won the C‚sar Award for his work on the documentary Microcosmos. Great prominence was given to the music in the film, which was a huge success and made Coulais one of the most sought after composers of French film music. His reputation was again confirmed by the soundtracks to Himalaya (1999) and the worldwide hit, Winged Migration (2001). 

In 2002 he wrote the soundtrack to one of his biggest and most celebrated films The Chorus (Les Choristes), which subsequently became an international smash and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and also won Coulais his third C‚sar Award. In addition the song 'Vois sur ton Chemin (Look to Your Path),' was nominated for an Oscar.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Liquid Bridge music from and inspired by the motion picture

Soundtrack to the 2003 Australian movie about Nick McCallum who dreams of turning pro surfer but his father, wheelchair bound after a surfing accident, stands in his way - as does his own fear of the big waves. He defies his dad but is framed in a drug bust and jailed. With the help of his French girlfriend he has to find a way to face the waves he fears most. 

A various artists eclectic mix of 12 tracks on this one featuring 2 by legendary Australian surf-rock band The Atlantics with a re-mix of their hit "Bombora".

Friday, April 7, 2017

True Detective...Music from the HBO Series..produced by T-Bone Burnett

This album release was produced by T-Bone Burnett and encompasses 14 tracks from Season 1 and Season 2 of the critically acclaimed series. Artists include Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Lera Lynn and Cassandra Wilson.

Here's one review from Amazon....

"There's something dark and creepy and beautifully moving about this album—fears instilled, faded hopes remembered. Many of the songs feel influenced by sixties-style folk music and Cash-like country, with the exception of the gospel blues-tinged “Sign of the Judgment,” the more modern sounding “Risk,” and the gravelly, conversational “Nevermind.” Feeling at once rusty and new, the tracks that Lera Lynn composed for the show, especially “My Least Favorite Life,” are particularly haunting. As with any good mix, variation is present but not extreme as a vein of a mourning and reflection on death—physical or that of ruined relationships and dreams—threads throughout. An excellent background for an afternoon spent alone, sifting through old belongings and photographs, or driving on the open highway." (By thegreenleaf26 on August 14, 2015)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

2011 three CD set. The soundtrack for the 2011 US adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by David Fincher, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. This is the second soundtrack that Reznor and Ross have worked on together, the previous being The Social Network, also for David Fincher.

After the amazing job they did on The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did an even better one on this! Impressive ability to manipulate the listener/viewer's emotional state by the use of sound and music. Close your eyes, immerse yourself in it, and you will find yourself feeling cold, claustrophobic, tense, depending on where you are in the album. That does not mean it is not enjoyable as pure music in itself. Superbly crafted sonically, an audiophile album to be enjoyed in certain moods. It includes Reznor and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' take on Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'.

This music is so good it's like it's its own genre. It's as if some new musical form has been created. The textures and the rhythms stick in your head with the intensity. This is an album to hear again and again. Loud, raucous, lonely, disjointed, serene, quiet, slamming, pounding, stretching, insistent. Take "The Social Network" and expand on it for more than 2 hours.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Score from Morricone Youth for Mad Max (George Miller's 1979 Dystopian Action Film)

MORRICONE YOUTH was formed in 1999 in New York City with a mission statement to compose, re-interpret, perform and record only "music written for the moving image" (e.g., film and television soundtracks, library music) in all incarnations from playing shows with projections dedicated to specific composers or film genres in clubs and performance spaces to live scoring films in theaters and art institutions. Over the years, the band has released a number of CD's of re-interpretations of obscure soundtrack music from the past as well as a score to an "imaginary film" entitled "Silenzio Violento,"

COUNTRY CLUB RECORDS and MORRICONE YOUTH (with distribution from Light In The Attic Records and Revolver) are releasing a 15 LP/EP vinyl series to coincide with each midnight movie/silent film for which the band has written original music and live scored over the past five years at various movie theaters around NYC. The first in September 2016 was a 6-song EP for George A. Romero's zombie classic "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD." (1968) The next, immediately following in November 2016, was another 6-song EP for THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (1926).

January 2017 saw the release of the third installment in the series, MAD MAX, a full length LP for George Miller's classic 1979 Australian dystopian action film. Mixed by World Inferno Friendship Society's Scott Hollingsworth, the energy of the album matches the fresh and frantic vitality of the film that served as it's inspiration. Joining Morricone Youth on MAD MAX is drummer Brian Kantor (The Cardigans' Nina Persson, Shudder To Think's Nathan Larson, Higgins and Fruit Bats). The album's sonic warmth was created in part by the band's use of the extensive analog keyboard collection maintained by Joe McGinty's (Psychedelic Furs/Loser's Lounge) at Carousel Vintage Studio, where the LP was captured and engineered by Steve Silverstein (TapeOp). 

MAD MAX is available from Light In The Attic Records and via the band's website

The album is also available digitally from CDBaby

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Last Samurai...Original Motion Picture Score...Music by Hans Zimmer

This was Hans Zimmer's 100th score since beginning his film career in 1988. A pioneer of fusing both the electronic and orchestral and the Westernized with the indigenous, Zimmer does both here with skill, drawing heavily on samples of the traditional Taiko (a massive Japanese drum) for its rhythmic action sequences, while constructing a melodic Western motif for Tom Cruise's character that's both centerpiece and counterpoint for the score's trans-cultural intent. Aside from the brief, ominous thunder of the expected action/suspense boilerplate, Zimmer has constructed passages of gentle, Asian-inflected pastoralism that have parallels with much of his evocative work on The Thin Red Line. Those cues are the score's very soul, a canvas against which his more traditional themes reverberate all the stronger.


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rain..Music from the Motion Picture..featuring music by Neil Finn

Soundtrack to the 2001 New Zealand film, features tracks from Neil Finn, Lisa Germano, Neil's son Liam Finn and more. 

Quite a few rock artists have tried to cross over to film scoring with varying degrees of success; Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and Peter Gabriel are among the most notable examples. Now we can count Crowded House/Split Enz alumnus Neil Finn among those who have made the jump successfully.

"Rain" is a pleasant mix of new songs and instrumentals - all original. The best tracks are the two songs Finn shares with Edmund McWilliams. They bring an interesting harmonic counterpoint to Finn's usual solo material. Lisa Germano's "Cry Wolf" is also an exceptional track.

The instrumental score tracks are recognizably Neil Finn in style and texture without being recycled songs. His almost-folksy mix of acoustic guitar and keyboards makes for a pleasant combination, and it's interesting to hear him experiment with creating a mood without his signature (and sometimes cryptic) lyrical imagery. All in all, a very good first attempt at film scoring - here's hoping Neil Finn gives it another try in the future.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Morning of the Earth...Original Soundtrack 1972 movie

Morning of the Earth is arguably the first surf movie that went beyond waves and into something of a (wordless) meditation on life based on surfing. The film is a product of it's time (very early '70's - first years of short board transition) and is full of back-to-the-country hippy vibes as well as some beautifully filmed surfing on Australian, Hawaiian and Bali waves. 

The soundtrack is therefore a mixed bag of Australasian country folk (G Wayne Thomas), psychedelic prog-rock (Taman Shud), and seriously wonderful Acid Rock from New Zealand's forgotten Ticket. Their tracks Awake and Dream Chant are worth the price alone. Like the film, the soundtrack is a bit of a time machine back to a by-gone era. The soundtrack is for the nostalgic or those wanting a good compilation of early 70's Australasian psych-folk stuff. The film is still one of the all-time classic surf movies too so check it out.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

20 Feet from from the motion picture...various artists

Among the songs included on this album is a new recording of the classic song "Lean On Me," featuring Darlene Love, as well as an original song, "Desperation" performed by The Voice finalist Judith Hill. The iconic Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter," is performed by Merry Clayton, a rare recording from her 1971 debut album of the same name. Also highlighted on the soundtrack are two time-honored backup singer tracks, "Young Americans" performed by David Bowie and "Walk On the Wild Side," performed by Lou Reed

20 Feet From Stardom shines the spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of a life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. 

Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness. 20 Feet from Stardom juxtaposes the interviews with industry legends and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists. It is a celebration of the voices from the edge, which brought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Morricone Youth Original Re-Score for The Adventures of Prince Achmed

NYC-based band Morricone Youth have recently released their new album, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving animated film, via Country Club records and Light In the Attic.

Morricone Youth was formed in 1999 with a mission statement to compose, re-interpret, perform and record "music written for the moving image." The Adventures of Prince Achmed was written for Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 classic and the oldest known surviving feature film of the same name. This original re-score is a powerful and bewitching excursion through Mid-Eastern exotica, twangin' surf guitar, dub heavy afro-funk and Ethiopiques. It features concertmaster violinist Conrad Harris of FLUX Quartet and String Noise (Northern Spy). This release is the second (following September’s Night of the Living Dead) in a series of a 15 LP/EP vinyl series that coincides with each midnight movie/silent film for which Morricone Youth has written original music and live scored over the past five years at various movie theaters around NYC.

The album is available for preview and streaming HERE at Soundcloud

Over the years, the band has released a number of CD's of re-interpretations of obscure soundtrack music from the past as well as a score to an "imaginary film" entitled "Silenzio Violento," recorded and mixed by legendary engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Dresden Dolls), toured and had residencies at the Knitting Factory, CBGB, Tonic and, most recently, Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) asked the band to compose and perform an original score to Hitchcock's "The Lodger" on Halloween 2013 and the band performed a improvised "chance" piece of reinterpreted French film music dictated by a live chess match between chess masters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMOA) in connection with its Marcel Duchamp exhibit in 2012. Band members have scored for documentaries and short films and Morricone Youth's original music has been used in documentaries and television programs. 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Big from the motion picture...score by Danny Elfman

The soundtrack to Tim Burton's neo-classic moving picture Big Fish (2003), starring Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Lange, collects classic pop songs and a score of longtime collaborator Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks!, and others). 

The soundtrack also contains a new song from Pearl Jam, specifically written for the movie: 'Man of the Hour'. The soundtrack's songs range from Bing Crosby's early 1930's Jazz hit 'Dinah' to the 1950's nostalgia of Buddy Holly's 'Everyday' and Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up', right up to the 1960's and 1970's recollections of Canned Heat's 'Let's Work Together' and 'Ramblin' Man' by the Allman Brothers Band. The album was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score

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