Howlin' Wolf Records: "THE JACK IN THE BOX" music by Christoph Allerstorfer


Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents Christoph Allerstorfer's score for THE JACK IN THE BOX. In early discussions with the composer, Director Lawrence Fowler envisioned a score in the tradition of classic horror films. THE JACK IN THE BOX was recorded in Vienna using a small ensemble of musicians, which the composer skillfully blends with modern scoring techniques, to craft a richly textured score. [http://howlinwolfrecords.com/]
 
Debut Album for composer Christoph Allerstorfer and we at Howlin' Wolf Records are proud to able to bring this score to you. On a side note this is the first release I will score an "executive producer", which is the biggest thrill for me.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES: A CELEBRATION FOR THE FILM & TV MUSIC COMMUNITY, BENEFITTING MUSICARES COVID-19 RELIEF FUND NOW ONLINE!


Soundtrack of Our Lives, a fundraiser benefiting MusiCares, is now streaming on YouTube.

Over 75 film & television composers, celebrities, and songwriters, including Sting, Catherine O’Hara, William Shatner, Hans Zimmer and more appear in this fun and heartfelt program. Collectively, this prestigious group has been nominated for 273 Grammys (with 87 wins), 216 Emmys (with 51 wins) and 136 Oscars (with 34 wins).
 
On the Grammy/ Recording Academy YouTube channel [CLICK HERE] or via www.soundtracklives.com where you can also donate directly to MusiCares. Now till September 25th [The video will be online for three months].

Performers and special guests include Sting, Catherine O’Hara, Ming-Na Wen, Patti LuPone, William Shatner, Elisabeth Moss, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Andra Day, Auli'i Cravalho, Alex Newell, Marla Gibbs, Jane Levy, Mandy Moore, Richard Kind, Alex Newell, Zachary Levi, Paul Reubens, Kiernan Shipka, Harvey Fierstein, Ginnifer Goodwin, Anika Noni Rose, Kasi Lemmons, Ted Danson, Auli'i Cravalho, Darren Criss, Drew Carey, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, Reba McEntire, Bob Saget, Ken Page, Lucy Lawless, Mary Steenburgen, Dave Coulier, Kevin Smith, Peter Gallagher, Naomi Scott, Annie Potts, Clive Davis, Jodi Benson, Harvey Mason Jr., Susan Egan, Paige O’Hara, John Stamos, Andra Day and Rita Wilson.

Composers and songwriters participating include Michael Abels, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Angelo Badalamenti, Glen Ballard, Lesley Barber, Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Marco Beltrami, Alan Bergman, Terence Blanchard, Jongnic Bontemps, Kathryn Bostic, Kris Bowers, Jon Brion, Nicholas Britell, Bruce Broughton, BT, Carter Burwell, Sean Callery, Joshuah Brian Campbell, Lisa Coleman, John Debney, Tan Dun, Fil Eisler, Danny Elfman, Charles Fox, Germaine Franco, Harry Gregson-Williams, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Alex Heffes, Joe Hisaishi, James Newton Howard, Justin Hurwitz, Ashley Irwin, Mark Isham, Steve Jablonsky, Amanda Jones, Laura Karpman, Christopher Lennertz, Joe LoDuca, Robert Lopez, Mark Mancina, Gabriel Mann, Clint Mansell, Dennis McCarthy, Bear McCreary, Alan Menken, Bruce Miller, John Murphy, Starr Parodi, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Daniel Pemberton, Michael Penn, Heitor Pereira, Rachel Portman, Mike Post, A. R. Rahman, Tim Rice, Lolita Ritmanis, Dan Romer, Anna Rose, Jeff Russo, Arturo Sandoval, Lalo Schifrin, Marc Shaiman, Teddy Shapiro, Richard M. Sherman, David Shire, Rob Simonsen, Mark Snow, Tamar-kali, Dara Taylor, Pinar Toprak, Brian Tyler, Nick Urata, Benjamin Wallfisch, Diane Warren, Mervyn Warren, Paul Williams, Austin Wintory, Alan Zachary, Geoff Zanelli, Marcelo Zarvos, David Zippel and Hans Zimmer.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "JAPAN SINKS: 2020" music by Japanese composer and artist KENSUKE USHIO


Milan Records announces the July 10 release of JAPAN SINKS: 2020 (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) with music by Japanese composer and artist KENSUKE USHIO.  Available to preorder now, the album features music written by Ushio for Netflix’s newest original anime series, based on the bestselling science fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu.  The project reunites Ushio with series director Masaaki Yuasa, the duo having previously worked together on titles like Devilman Crybaby and Space Dandy.  The first-ever anime adaptation of the best-selling novel, Japan Sinks: 2020 premieres on Netflix Thursday, July 9.

Of the soundtrack, composer KENSUKE USHIO says, “In Japan Sinks: 2020, a natural disaster destroys people's ordinary lives; however the story captures the tiny hopes that go through people's minds as their calm and beautiful days are falling apart.  And so it is the same with the soundtrack – for example tracks like ‘rising sun, again’ – it almost feels like this project went beyond the show itself and started to reflect the situation surrounding many of us now.”

An ordinary family is put to the test as a series of massive earthquakes throw Japan into total mayhem. From director Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby), the first anime adaptation of the bestselling science fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu, Japan Sinks: 2020 premieres July 9 only on Netflix.
 
ABOUT KENSUKE USHIO... As a child Kensuke Ushio learned playing piano He studied arts and music at University. At the same time he learned the usage of the audio editor software Pro Tools. At the age of 20 Ushio got his first contact with electronic music such as techno. He started his solo career in 2007 under the name “agraph” and creates electronic music. His debut album A Day, Phases which was released in December 2008. Two years later his second album Equal was released which ranked in the Japanese Albums Charts. Since 2003, he has supported the production and live performance of various artists such as Denki Groove and Takkyu Ishino, as a technical engineer and production assistant. After 2012, he will be active as a live support member of Denki Groove. In 2011, Ushio and some former musicians of bands like Supercar and Number Girl formed a rock band called “Lama.”  The band released two albums which both ranked on the official Albums Charts of Japan.  Due to his involvement in “agraph” third album named The Shader was released in 2016. Ushio works as composer of film music as well. He worked on music for animation TV series, music in advertising and movies such as A Silent Voice, Devilman Crybaby, Space Dandy, Liz and the Blue Bird, Japan sinks 2020 and several more.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "GHOST OF TSUSHIMA" (MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAME) music by ILAN ESHKERI and SHIGERU UMEBAYASHI


Milan Records announces the July 17 release of GHOST OF TSUSHIMA (MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAME) with music by ILAN ESHKERI and SHIGERU UMEBAYASHI.  Available for preorder now, the album features music written by both Eshkeri and Umebayashi for the latest action-adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment.  Included in the album are tracks written by Eshkeri that serve as the sonic companion to the game’s narrative, as well as music written by Umebayashi for the exploratory, open world dimension of the game. Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima will be available for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system on Friday, July 17.

Of the soundtrack, composer ILAN ESHKERI says, “Ghost of Tsushima is such a beautiful game set in a culture that has always fascinated me, with a powerful and compelling story. Everything about it touched me creatively and I learned so much on the journey. The score brings together Japanese music and instruments, with sounds I’ve performed and a symphony orchestra all led by melody. I hope together it creates an emotional world that touches you and draws you into the heart and spirit of Ghost."

“When I was composing for Ghost of Tsushima, I was inspired by Japan’s nature, climate, traditional lifestyle and classical Japanese music. When players hear the music, I hope that they feel the hearts of the people of Tsushima – those who love the land, living and plowing with the natural bounties it offers, and those of the warriors who take their katanas and follow the way of the samurai,” adds composer SHIGERU UMEBAYASHI.

In the late 13th century, the Mongol empire has laid waste to entire nations along their campaign to conquer the East. Tsushima Island is all that stands between mainland Japan and a massive Mongol invasion fleet led by the ruthless and cunning general, Khotun Khan. As the island burns in the wake of the first wave of the Mongol assault, samurai warrior Jin Sakai stands as one of the last surviving members of his clan. He is resolved to do whatever it takes, at any cost, to protect his people and reclaim his home. He must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to forge a new path, the path of the Ghost, and wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Tsushima.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "DRACULA 2000" music by Marco Beltrami


Varèse Sarabande Records has announced the upcoming CD release of Dracula 2000 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Academy Award®-nominated Marco Beltrami. The limited edition soundtack will be released on July 24, as a standalone record for the first time ever—with only 1,000 copies available. With the announcement of this exciting upcoming release, pre-order is available now on varesesarabande.com.
 

Dracula 2000 made its official CD debut in Varèse Sarabande’s sold-out 2016 box set, “Little Box of Horrors.” The album was mastered by James Nelson from sources provided by Marco Beltrami. The CD booklet includes extensive liner notes by film music journalist Daniel Schweiger. Marco Beltrami has received Academy Award®-nominations for his iconic scores to 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker. He has also lent his voice to such hit films as Live Free or Die Hard, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, I, Robot and the Scream series.

ABOUT DRACULA 2000... In this loose reinvention of the classic Bram Stoker novel, the Count (Gerard Butler) is transplanted to the present day, after a brief prologue where Van Helsing (Christopher Plummer) captures Dracula and conceals him in Carfax Abbey, where he remains for many years. In the future, Carfax Abbey is contained within an office building where Van Helsing’s been using Dracula’s blood to stay alive in order to guard the evil secret. After a band of thieves, led by the malevolent Marcus (Omar Epps), attempts to seize Dracula’s remains, the Count escapes to New Orleans, where Mary Van Helsing (Justine Waddell) currently resides. Mary is eventually persuaded to fight Dracula with the aid of a reluctant Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), one of Van Helsing’s employees, all while trying to escape the newly made vampires of Marcus’ gang and a zealous TV reporter (Jeri Ryan). The film also features Lochlyn Munro, Jennifer Esposito, Vitamin C and Danny Masterson in supporting roles.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "ENTER THE FAT DRAGON" [BLU-RAY/DVD] and the GIVEAWAY!


International martial arts icon Donnie Yen [Ip Man, Mulan (2020), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story] is back in the action-comedy ENTER THE FAT DRAGON, “a hilarious, hyper-paced, rock-em sock-em blast of a movie!” (Ultimate Action Movies) debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  The film chronicles the events that transformed super-fit super-cop Fallon Zhu (Yen) into a records clerk with a major snack cake habit—and one shot to regain his job and his fiancée.  A hilarious parody of Bruce Lee's 1972 film Way of the Dragon and a reimagining of the popular comedy martial arts film starring Sammo Hung, ENTER THE FAT DRAGON was directed by Kenji Tanigaki (Legend of Seven Monks) and costars Teresa Mo (Hard Boiled), Niki Chow (Heavenly Mission) and Wong Jing (Kung Fu Mahjong). 


ENTER THE FAT DRAGON is a hilarious chronicle of the events that transformed super-fit super-cop Fallon Zhu (martial arts phenom Donnie Yen) into a glorified records clerk with a major snack cake habit. After a desperate request from an old colleague, Zhu teams up with a wily, wok-wielding restaurateur to solve a mysterious murder—and take his one last shot at regaining both his job and his fiancée. [TRAILER: CLICK HERE]

Drop me an email after watching the trailer, tell me who is the good guy? Is it a trick question?
Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJE Films: "YOU DON’T NOMI" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, is releasing the acclaimed documentary YOU DON’T NOMI on July 21, 2020. The feature screenwriting and directorial debut of Jeffrey McHale, YOU DON’T NOMI is available on DVD and on Blu-ray.

In YOU DON'T NOMI, a chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. The films features Adam Nayman (Vice Guide to Film), April Kidwell (I, Nomi) and Peaches Christ (Milk).

Check out the trailer: [CLICK HERE]

RLJE Films’ recent features include the 2019 Toronto Film Festival hit Color Out of Space, based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson and written and directed by Richard Stanley; and The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot written and directed by Robert Krzykowski and starring Academy Award nominee Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner and Ron Livingston. Upcoming releases include David Ayer’s The Tax Collector starring Shia La Beouf and Bobby Soto; and The Owners from director Julian Berg and starring Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones.” us.rljentertainment.com.


Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on basic cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now; and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); RLJE Films; and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

PERRY MASON: CHAPTER 2 (MUSIC FROM THE HBO® SERIES – SEASON 1) SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE ON WATERTOWER MUSIC


WaterTower Music is excited to announce today’s release of Perry Mason: Chapter 2 (Music From The HBO® Series - Season 1), which stars Matthew Rhys, and features 11 tracks from the show’s 2nd episode. The original score is by the artistic force that is six-time Grammy-winner, Oscar® nominated trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard (Da 5 Bloods, BlacKkKlansman) who is featured on several of the tracks. As episodes air, fans can look forward to additional music being released over the course of the season, culminating in a soundtrack at the season’s end. 

The prolific and highly respected musician discussed his work on the project. “Tim Van Patten is an amazing storyteller. Every inch of the screen is utilized to create a cinematic journey that is captivating and exciting. It is an honor to work on a series whose direction is so clear and able to take chances that are so daring. This is not your parent’s Perry Mason,” Blanchard continued. ”I tried to create a mixture of sonic colors from the period without being bound to it. At the same time, I wanted to create something contemporary and fresh.”

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "The Angel of the Crows" - Katherine Addison


Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor, returns with The Angel of the Crows, a fantasy novel of alternate 1880s London, where killers stalk the night and the ultimate power is naming.

This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.  In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings in a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.  Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

KATHERINE ADDISON’s short fiction has been selected by The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. As Sarah Monette, she is the author of the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and the Locus Award-winning novel The Goblin Emperor; and co-author, with Elizabeth Bear, of the Iskryne series. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "RED SHOES AND THE SEVEN DWARFS" music by Geoff Zanelli


Milan Records today announces the release of RED SHOES AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Emmy Award-winning composer GEOFF ZANELLI (Into The West, The Pacific, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil).  Available everywhere now, the soundtrack features music from the South Korean animated film, which will make its US debut later this year.

Of the soundtrack, composer GEOFF ZANELLI says, “I love the special imagination it takes to make an animated film, and I was drawn to the story of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs for its rethink of a fairy tale we all know and love. The score needed to be colorful in order to rise up to the scale of this story, so I lived in Red Shoes' imaginary world for a while while I wrote it. And like any imaginary world, one never really leaves it behind.”

RED SHOES AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is set on Fairy-tale Island, where one out of every dozen people is either a prince or a princess, and out of the dozens of princes on the island, a special group of princes called the Fearless Seven (F7) are known to be the finest of them all. The F7 think they rescue a beautiful princess from a fiery dragon but when they find out she is not as beautiful as they had hoped, they attack her. The fairy princess turns out to be a witch and curses the F7 with a spell that can only be broken with the kiss of the most beautiful girl in the kingdom. The fearless group of seven princes, now transformed into the seven dwarfs, set out on an impossible mission to undo the spell.

Meanwhile, Snow White, whose appearance is far from the perfect beauty that the dwarfs are searching for, stumbles upon a pair of magical Red Shoes that transform her into the beautiful girl who she never thought she could become. She escapes from the wicked queen and somehow finds her way into the dwarfs’ house, seeking help to find her missing father.

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is directed by Sungho Hong and stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Me Before You), Gina Gershon (Bound, Showgirls), Patrick Warburton (The Emperor’s New Groove, Bee Movie, Get Smart), Jim Rash (The Way Way Back, Community)

Emmy Award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli is a standout in the film and television scoring industry, garnering accolades and recognition for his distinct musical voice. Zanelli has composed for directors such as Gore Verbinski and Ridley Scott; writer/directors David Koepp, Peter Hedges, and Deon Taylor; producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Steven Spielberg, and Jeffrey Katzenberg; as well as actor/producers Angelina Jolie and Tom Hanks.

Zanelli’s most recent work includes working with two frequent director collaborators, scoring David Koepp’s “You Should Have Left” starring Kevin Bacon, and Amanda Seyfried, and Deon Taylor’s “Fatale” which stars two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hillary Swank, and Michael Ealy. Previous work includes “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” including the original song “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” “The Intruder,” “Black and Blue.,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,”“Christopher Robin,” “Mortdecai,” “Masterminds,” “Into The West” (Emmy-award Win for Outstanding Music Composition),  “The Pacific” (Emmy nomination), “Disturbia,”“Hitman,” “Gamer,” “Ghost Town,” and “Secret Window”(co-written with Philip Glass).

Zanelli has contributed music to many feature films including“Justice League,” “The Lone Ranger;” “The Last Samurai”(Golden Globe nominee), “Pearl Harbor” (Golden Globe nominee), “Rango,” “Hannibal,” “Angels & Demons,”“Antz,” “Chicken Run,” “Shark Tale,” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.”

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJE Films: "BELZEBUTH" [DVD or BLU-RAY]


RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to BELZEBUTH from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. BELZEBUTH will be released on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on July 7, 2020.

BELZEBUTH is Emilio Portes’ (Pastorela) fourth feature film and first horror film, from a script co-written by Portes and Luis Carlos Fuentes (“Kipatla”). The horror/thriller stars Joaquín Cosio (“Narcos: Mexico,” The Lone Ranger ), Tobin Bell (Saw franchise), and Tate Ellington (Sinister 2). The film premiered at the 50th Sitges Film Festival and received Best Picture at 2019 Santiago Horror Film Festival and Best Special Effects at 2019 Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre. RLJE Films will release BELZEBUTH on DVD and on Blu-ray.



In BELZEBUTH, Special Agent Emanuel Ritter leads a police investigation into a series of shocking deaths. But after a priest from the Vatican finds a link between the murders and an ancient demon, a descent into horror ensues.

WATCH THE TRAILER: [CLICK HERE]

RLJE Films’ recent features include the 2019 Toronto Film Festival hit Color Out of Space, based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson and written and directed by Richard Stanley; and The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot written and directed by Robert Krzykowski and starring Academy Award nominee Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner and Ron Livingston. Upcoming releases include David Ayer’s The Tax Collector starring Shia La Beouf and Bobby Soto; and The Owners from director Julian Berg and starring Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones.”  us.rljentertainment.com.

 AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Dr. Sam Waymon Awarding-Winning Composer and Howlin’ Wolf Records Recording Artist! THANK YOU!

 "Freedom is My Name"
Dr. Sam Waymon composer/civil rights activist wrote this special
Juneteenth anthem to inspire black, beige, brown and tan people forward
defending their soul adrift.

Dr. Samuel L. Waymon, an award-winning composer, musician, singer, pianist, arranger/producer, has composed music for Broadway and off-Broadway for the late Joe Papp, for a documentary film, “Duke Ellington Boulevard” and was a lead actor in America’s first Black soap opera entitle “Personal Problems.” He has also shared the concert stage with Miles Davis, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, and Max Roach. He also was the manager, confidante, organist and best friend to his sister, Nina Simone.

They played for the King of Morocco and the President of France, Francois Mitterrand. Sam also composed a song for the Academy Award winning film “Philadelphia” directed by Jonathan Demme that stared Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks. His talents also include the music to the movie “Ganja and Hess” directed and written by Bill Gunn of which Sam also had a starring role. This film won the Cannes Film Festival Award as one of the Ten Best Films of the Decade in 1973 and is now in the Museum of Modern Art’s Library Archives. Look for his latest composition entitled “You Got to Learn” that can be heard in Spike Lee’s new film “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” (a remake of Ganja and Hess).

He worked on the documentary film, “The Amazing Nina Simone” directed by Jeff Lieberman. Sam has written the score to the silent film HELL BOUND TRAIN (Library of Congress) written in 1932 currently out on DVD and various media outlets. He is currently writing the score to a new feature documentary film, “Secrets of the Hollow” (an original film by Alice T. Crowe and Alicia Crowe scheduled for national release in 2018.

SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES A CELEBRATION FOR THE FILM & TV MUSIC COMMUNITY BENEFITTING MUSICARES® COVID-19 RELIEF FUND


Members of the Film & TV Music community, made up of composers, songwriters, music editors, music supervisors, studio executives and more, are contributing their talents to SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES: A CELEBRATION FOR THE FILM & TV MUSIC COMMUNITY, an online benefit event for MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund. This specially produced program debuts June 25th, 2020, at noon pacific on YouTube, and will honor the talented people whose scores and songs transport, inspire, uplift and entertain us by creating the “soundtrack of our lives.” The fun, delightful and heartfelt hour-long special will feature leading and iconic singers, composers, songwriters, actors, celebrity guests and others while celebrating glorious Film & TV Music moments with heart and humor. Donations to MusiCares®COVID-19 Relief Fund will be encouraged throughout the show. 

“Thousands of music professionals and creators are struggling during this pandemic and remain in desperate need of assistance,” says Debbie Carroll, Vice President Health and Human Services MusiCares. “The continued support from the music community during these turbulent times has been heartwarming and inspiring. The power of music unites us all and gives us hope for better days ahead.” 
 

Over 75 film and television composers and songwriters, “From A to Z, Abels to Zimmer,” will appear in this program. Collectively, this prestigious group has been nominated for 273 Grammys (with 87 wins), 216 Emmys (with 51 wins) and 136 Oscars (with 34 wins). 


Confirmed performers and special guests include Sting, Catherine O’Hara, Ming-Na Wen, Patti LuPone, William Shatner, Elisabeth Moss, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Marla Gibbs, Jane Levy, Mandy Moore, Richard Kind, Alex Newell, Zachary Levi, Paul Reubens, Kiernan Shipka, Harvey Fierstein, Ginnifer Goodwin, Anika Noni Rose, Kasi Lemmons, Ted Danson, Auli'i Cravalho, Darren Criss, Drew Carey, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, Reba McEntire, Bob Saget, Ken Page, Lucy Lawless, Mary Steenburgen, Dave Coulier, Kevin Smith, Peter Gallagher, Naomi Scott, Annie Potts, Clive Davis, Jodi Benson, Harvey Mason Jr., Susan Egan, Paige O’Hara, John Stamos, Andra Day and Rita Wilson. 


Composers and songwriters participating include Michael Abels, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Angelo Badalamenti, Glen Ballard, Lesley Barber, Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Marco Beltrami, Alan Bergman, Terence Blanchard, Jongnic Bontemps, Kathryn Bostic, Kris Bowers, Jon Brion, Nicholas Britell, Bruce Broughton, BT, Carter Burwell, Sean Callery, Joshuah Brian Campbell, Lisa Coleman, John Debney, Tan Dun, Fil Eisler, Danny Elfman, Charles Fox, Germaine Franco, Harry Gregson-Williams, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Alex Heffes, Joe Hisaishi, James Newton Howard, Justin Hurwitz, Ashley Irwin, Mark Isham, Steve Jablonsky, Amanda Jones, Laura Karpman, Christopher Lennertz, Joe LoDuca, Robert Lopez, Mark Mancina, Gabriel Mann, Clint Mansell, Dennis McCarthy, Bear McCreary, Alan Menken, Bruce Miller, John Murphy, Starr Parodi, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Daniel Pemberton, Michael Penn, Heitor Pereira, Rachel Portman, Mike Post, A. R. Rahman, Tim Rice, Lolita Ritmanis, Dan Romer, Anna Rose, Jeff Russo, Arturo Sandoval, Lalo Schifrin, Marc Shaiman, Teddy Shapiro, Richard M. Sherman, David Shire, Rob Simonsen, Mark Snow, Tamar-kali, Dara Taylor, Pinar Toprak, Brian Tyler, Nick Urata, Benjamin Wallfisch, Diane Warren, Mervyn Warren, Paul Williams, Austin Wintory, Alan Zachary, Geoff Zanelli, Marcelo Zarvos, David Zippel and Hans Zimmer. 


Sony Music: "THE LAST OF US PART II" music by GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA and additional music by MAC QUAYLE!


Sony Music today announces the release of THE LAST OF US PART II (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) with music by GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA and additional music by MAC QUAYLE.  Available now to stream and for digital download, the album features music written by Santaolalla and Quayle for the second installment of the fan-favorite action-adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment.  Developed by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us Part II will be available for PlayStation® 4 (PS4™) system on Friday, June 19.

Of the soundtrack, composer GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA says, "Composing the music for The Last of Us Part II represented one of the biggest challenges of my career. Diving into the universe of the first game inspired me to come up with sounds, instrumentation and moods that became very closely related to the story and the characters. Fortunately, people found in the music the precise emotional support that a story such as The Last of Us required. The way in which fans related to the score of that first game is something I had never experience before.

In that context, writing new music for Part II demanded from me even more soul searching and more experimenting. So just as in the first game, where the acoustic guitar and the vintage 6 string bass played an important role in the narrative, this time the banjo, a special classical guitar (fitted with strings that are an octave lower) and my ever-present ronroco, became the story tellers of the score. Once again, I could only conceive the emotion that drove me to compose this music thanks to the amazing, multilayered story that is The Last of Us.”

“Gustavo is a legend and working with him on this game was a fantastic experience. However, the relentless tension and aggression needed for the score still has my adrenaline levels surging! “adds composer MAC QUAYLE.

Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming. Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors.  When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure. As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY" CD/VINYL


Varèse Sarabande Records will release The Buddy Holly Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition), with all songs from the Academy Award®-winning film available for the first time on LP, CD and all streaming platforms on August 21, 2020. The LP format will include a black vinyl record in a standard jacket with printed inner sleeve, and the CD format will include a 16-page booklet, with both packages including rare photos of the icon, courtesy of his estate and the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation (tbhef.org). With the announcement of this exciting upcoming release, pre-order is available now on varesesarabande.com.

The expanded soundtrack features 22 tracks in total, including 11 tracks not released on the original soundtrack. The additional songs include many performances that were in the film, such as “That’ll Be the Day,” “Mockingbird Hill” and “Tennessee Waltz” performed by Gary Busey (as Buddy Holly), “Chantilly Lace” performed by Gailard Sartain (as the Big Bopper) and “You Send Me” performed by Paul Mooney (as Sam Cooke).

Buddy Holly is one of the most revered musicians in rock and roll history, and The Buddy Holly Story is his definitive legacy film. The project earned three Oscar® nominations, including “Best Actor” for prolific character actor Gary Busey, who has appeared in over 150 films, including Lethal Weapon and Point Break. Holly’s legacy is still going strong today, as he remains a chart topper in the U.K. and 2018’s Buddy Holly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was a top-ten hit on the Billboard charts.  A recent tour of the U.S. and the E.U. featuring a hologram of Buddy Holly grossed millions of dollars.

Pre-order:
LP – https://www.varesesarabande.com/products/buddy-holly-story-the-deluxe-edition-vinyl
CD – https://www.varesesarabande.com/products/buddy-holly-story-the-deluxe-edition
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Songs from the Hulu Original Series "Love, Victor" [EP]


Set in the world of the original 2018 film "Love, Simon," the series follows Victor Michael Cimino), a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon (Nick Robinson) to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school. [TRAILER: HERE]
 
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OLIVE SIGNATURE: "HAIR" [BLU-RAY] 3,500 LIMITED


Hair, the Broadway rock musical sensation of 1968, would find its way to the big screen over a decade later under the masterful direction of two-time Academy Award® winner Milos Forman (Best Director - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - 1976, Amadeus - 1985) in a film adaptation as magical as it is timeless.

Based on the Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot stage musical, Hair stars John Savage (The Deer Hunter) as naïve country boy Claude Hooper Bukowski, a Vietnam War draftee who travels to New York where he’s swept up in a world of free love, hallucinogens and romance, courtesy of hippies Berger (Treat Williams), Jeannie (Annie Golden), Hud (Dorsey Wright) and Woof (Don Dacus). Beverly D’Angelo co-stars as Sheila, a beautiful debutante and the object of Claude’s affections.
 


Hair boasts a catalog of hit songs — “Good Morning Starshine,” “I Got Life,” “Hair,” “Where Do I Go” — ingeniously staged and adeptly performed by its cast, including a heartbreaking rendition of “Easy to Be Hard,” a showstopper for actress Cheryl Barnes in her one and only screen performance.

Hair features an array of behind-the-camera talent including Academy  Award® winners director Milos Forman (Best Director for One Flew Over  the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus), film editor Alan Heim (Best Film  Editing, All That Jazz) and costume designer Ann Roth (Best Costume  Design, The English Patient). [https://olivefilms.com/]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "THE YOUNG LIONS" (2CD) music by Hugo Friedhofer

 
Intrada's latest release features Hugo Friedhofer's 1950s masterpiece from the 20th Century Fox film The Young Lions. Friedhofer's stunning main theme is a tightly wound and restless march, never resolving, merely transitioning to the sprightly, energetic ski scene that opens the movie, revealing one of Friedhofer's finest main titles. Friedhofer treats the romance of the film with both sensitive underscoring as well as source music. When Friedhofer's score meets the war itself, the composer does so, as Frank DeWald describes in this notes, "with stark, angular lines, strong dissonance and dark orchestral colors."

For this expanded edition of the original 1958 Decca soundtrack album, Intrada had access to all the mutli-track elements stored at 20th Century, preserved in vibrant stereo. This allowed Intrada to present many previously unreleased cues, including an alternate ending to the score. The score is presented in film order on CD 1, while CD2 presents the source music arranged and recorded for the film as well as a newly remastered presentation of the classic stereo Decca album.

Set during World War II, the film (based on Irwin Shaw's 1948 novel), uses the war as backdrop, focusing on three soldiers and their intertwined stories — two Americans and one German, their rugged experiences and the women in their lives. Directed by Edward Dmytrk, the film stars Marlon Brando as the German soldier going from idealistic enthusiasm to profound disillusionment. Montgomery Clift plays a down-on-his-luck Jewish kid from Brooklyn American solider number one, and Dean Martin plays reluctant draftee American solider number two.

Note: Due to local restrictions related to the pandemic, shipping time may be slower than usual
For track listing and sound samples, please visit theThe Young Lions soundtrack page.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

PERRY MASON: CHAPTER 1 (MUSIC FROM THE HBO® SERIES – SEASON 1) SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE ON WATERTOWER MUSIC

 
WaterTower Music is excited to announce today’s release of Perry Mason: Chapter 1 (Music From The HBO® Series - Season 1), which stars Matthew Rhys, and features 7 tracks from the show’s 1st episode. The five original score tracks were written by the artistic force that is six-time Grammy-winner, Oscar® 

nominated trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard (Da 5 Bloods, BlacKkKlansman) who is featured on several of the tracks. The 2 jazz standards on the album feature Luke Carlsen and were performed by The Perry Mason New Year’s Eve Band. As episodes air, fans can look forward to additional music being released over the course of the season, culminating in a soundtrack at the season’s end. 

The prolific and highly respected musician discussed his work on the project. “Tim Van Patten is an amazing storyteller. Every inch of the screen is utilized to create a cinematic journey that is captivating and exciting. It is an honor to work on a series whose direction is so clear and able to take chances that are so daring. This is not your parent’s Perry Mason,” Blanchard continued. ”I tried to create a mixture of sonic colors from the period without being bound to it. At the same time, I wanted to create something contemporary and fresh.” 

Perry Mason: Chapter 1 (Music From The HBO® Series - Season 1) features 7 tracks from the 1st chapter (episode) and is now available on all digital platforms. The track list is as follows:

ABOUT PERRY MASON:  1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. 

ABOUT TERENCE BLANCHARD: Oscar® nominee, six-time Grammy-winner and 2018 USA Fellow trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present. 

From his expansive work composing the scores for Spike Lee films ranging from the documentary When the Levees Broke, about Blanchard’s hometown of New Orleans during the devastation from Hurricane Katrina to the epic Malcolm X; and the latest Lee film, Da 5 Bloods, Blanchard has interwoven melodies that created strong backdrops to human stories. 

Blanchard received an Oscar® nomination for his original score for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. He was also BAFTA nominated for his original music for the film. He won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for writing “Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil)” a track from BlacKkKlansman. 

More recently, Blanchard has composed his second opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the memoir of celebrated writer and The New York Times columnist Charles Blow. The libretto was written by Kasi Lemmons and commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where it premiered in June 2019. The New York Times has called Blanchard’s opera “inspiring,” “subtly powerful” and “a bold affecting adaptation of Charles Blow’s work.” The Metropolitan Opera of New York will premiere Fire in 2022-23, making it the first opera composed by an African American composer to premiere at the MET. Blanchard’s first opera, Champion also premiered to critical acclaim in 2013 at OTSL and starred Denyce Graves with a libretto from Pulitzer Prize Winner, Michael Cristofer.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "Xena Warrior Princess: Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire" [LP]


Varèse Sarabande Records announces the exciting first-time ever LP release of Xena Warrior Princess: Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire—Original Television Soundtrack, which will be available on August 7, 2020. The LP packaging includes a double-sided picture disc in a clear sleeve with a full-color folded insert. Pre-order for the LP is available today, June 17, on VareseSarabande.com.

The first-time vinyl release of the original soundtrack to Season 5’s beloved musical episode, “Lyre Lyre, Hearts on Fire,” includes songs sung by cast members—most notably Lucy Lawless, who plays the lead character of Xena: Warrior Princess. The album includes Lucy Lawless’ versions of “People Got to Be Free,” “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves,” “There’s Always Something There to Remind Me” and “War,” all of which are regarded as iconic staples by hardcore Xena fans.

The score portion of the soundtrack is attributed to Emmy®-winning composer Joseph LoDuca, who scored the entire Xena series. LoDuca’s career credits include two Emmy® Award wins from 11 nominations, as well as a César Nomination for the French film Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001). He’s also widely known for creating the music for the Evil Dead film series (including Army of Darkness), as well as the soundtracks for the highly rated syndicated TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and more recently, The Librarians.

Xena: Warrior Princess’ syndicated rights are currently being exercised by the Syfy network, with blocks of shows running each Thursday, hosted by Lucy Lawless. The series will continue airing until all 134 episodes are complete.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]