Get the latest score from Howlin' Wolf Records “DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE”, “HOLIDAY HELL” and “GOOD TID

La-La Land Records and a Shout Out!!

Friends of La-La Land Records, David C. Fein (who co-exec produced our release of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE) and David Gerrold (who participated in our launch of the TREK TOS BOX SET), have asked us to share some information on their exciting new Sci-Fi series project. We enthusiastically invite you to check it out.

Star Trek Alumni launch a New Science Fiction Adventure Series, David Gerrold’s
“THE STAR WOLF,” through Kickstarter Campaign

Based upon his best-selling book series, “THE STAR WOLF”, David Gerrold joins forces with Star Trek: The Motion Picture–The Director’s Edition Producer David C. Fein to launch a new science fiction adventure series funded by audiences through Kickstarter.

April 30, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – Launching today; David Gerrold, legendary Science Fiction writer, and David C. Fein, Producer of Star Trek: The Motion Picture–The Director’s Edition have joined forces to create a new science fiction adventure series, “THE STAR WOLF.”  Joining them are Producer/Writer D.C. Fontana, Design and Effects Consultant Daren R. Dochterman, Sound Designer Steve Lee, and Academy Award winner Dennis Skotak as VFX Director of Photography.

The new science fiction adventure series, based-upon Gerrold’s best-selling “THE STAR WOLF” book series–is about a crew of regular people caught up in an interplanetary war between the human race and the animalistic Morthans.  Gerrold, probably best known for writing the Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” says of the new show, “We’re finally going to make the show I’ve been dreaming about for years; a show that is compelling, thought provoking and bold enough to take on the real emotional issues of war.”

To finance the production of “THE STAR WOLF,” a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign has been created.  Executive Producer David C. Fein explains, “If we were producing this series in the network model instead of New Media, we wouldn’t have the freedom to tell the stories we want to tell. It would also cost us close to three times as much given the network overhead and/or the requirement to hire name actors to help sell the show.  This way, every dollar that we receive goes directly into the production.”

All contributors to the campaign will receive exclusive Kickstarter “STAR WOLF: LAUNCH CREW” branded items, and will receive unprecedented private updates on the progress of the show from start to end.  

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Composed and Conducted by DAVID NEWMAN
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 241

1990 was a threshold year for composer David Newman’s career: Mr. Destiny, Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp and Meet the Applegates were all aesthetically formative scores. Fire Birds was another mile marker, being his first full-blooded action film. With only a few weeks to score the movie, Newman began drafting what were to be heavily synthesized cues. Far from a budget limitation, the choice of favoring synthesizers was a popular stylistic one and one fitting technology’s importance in the film. Newman elected to write for hefty band of live brass players as well—for use in the “rousing,” soldierly main theme, as well as for somber and reflective passages and combat material. The main theme, based on a very Americana, three-note leap, soars at sunrise with the Apaches over the “Main Title,” and issues an exciting call to arms throughout the score. The main tenets of Newman’s score outside the main theme are the plucky training sequences—using a pizzicato string effect, a gentle pop-flavored romance theme, an icy militaristic idea for the baddie, and the action set pieces. Everything is tied up triumphantly with the noble trumpet theme and a wave of electric guitar in the feel-good final scene.

For this release Intrada presents the complete score in crisp stereo from the original 2-track masters.

Fire Birds begins with a helicopter dogfight against a South American drug cartel, in which cartel baddie Eric Stoller (Bert Rhine) guns down Army pilot Jake Preston’s (Nicolas Cage) comrades. The Army plots a retaliatory hit— this time with their new, high-tech Apache gunships. Preston is assigned to air combat training to learn the Apache under commander Brad Little (Tommy Lee Jones). In training, too, is Preston’s former fiancée, Billie (Sean Young), who reignites his romantic pilot light.  With both his eyes engaged and a sparkle back in Billie’s, Preston takes the fight to the cartel and, with the aid of superior birds, blows them out of the sky.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 241
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 242

Days of Wine and Roses opens with Henry Mancini's famous Academy Award-winning song melody playing on solo French horn, and from there Mancini creates a moving, emotionally rich orchestral score to accompany the descent of two alcoholics tragically intertwined in a downward spiral of despair and heartbreak. Mancini’s subtle, understated score is a model of musical economy, with the song melody anchoring the score, whether in simple arrangements like guitar solo, a string elegy, or dissected and distorted, punctuated by Mancini’s signature stinger chords when alcoholism nearly drowns its victims. Dark low strings and harmonic clusters never shy away from depicting the emptiness at the bottom of a bottle, but Mancini wisely steers clear of scoring the horrifying detox scenes, instead concentrating on the poignant dissolution of the relationship.

The trademark “easy listening” Mancini sound can be found in the film’s many jazz source cues. From tinkling piano riffs and gentle brush strokes playing on Kirsten’s “hi-fi” and the lounge piano of “Cocktail Hour” to the elongated stride piano figures in “No Guts” and his signature use of vibraphone, Mancini’s refined orchestrations never overwhelm the drama, yet lend the film a contemporary period feel.

While Mancini made a common practice of re-recording albums of his film scores, he prepared no such album for Days of Wine and Roses. “A problem arose from the rerecording of those scores,” he wrote in his autobiography. “The albums were made up of the most melodic material from the films. A lot of the dramatic music—which is what I really loved to do and really thought I had a feeling for—was left out."  Given the dominance of dramatic music in this film, the record label was not interested in releasing this particular Mancini soundtrack. Decades later, Intrada finally presents the premiere release of the soundtrack.  Warner Bros. provided access to the complete mono session elements, vaulted in excellent condition on 1/4″ full-track tape.

Days of Wine and Roses stars Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick as a young couple drowning in the liquored depths of alcoholism.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 242
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Being a part of making movies and now web series is a dream come true for yours truly.  I am working with a brilliant director and good friend Jason Braiser and my girlfriend Brittney Greer to help bring their new web series DRIFTER: LONESOME HIGHWAY into reality.  This is a sequel to their award winning series DRIFTER: BROKEN ROAD.  The series is in pre-production and we are looking to raise funds to make this the most outstanding dark drama of revenge and adventure in a fragmented dystopian future possible.  Essentially the series is a Western that takes place in the near future where America has been torn apart by a second civil war.

I urge you to please help in anyway you can by going to the links below and finding out more about this series and the production company that are making them AMERICAN WASTELAND.  Just clicking on the links below or sharing with your friends on THE FACEBOOK or on your blogs will be most appreciated.  If you do share with your friends or donate let me know so I can say thank you and if you do have a blog I will follow it as well.

I know this will come off a little biased seeing how I am friends with them both and all but I will say this about Brittney Greer and Jason Braiser.  They are committed to their craft.  Both have acted, produced, directed and written many projects before.  They get results faster than most if not all.  With very little they accomplish more visually than most bigger budgeted web series.  A couple of visionaries is what they are recognizing the popularity with the web series format before most ever even heard of the concept.  If you are looking for a professional production team to help on a media project check them out.  They have worked on films, web series, music videos, commercials and helped others with their projects as well.  Go to their website below and send any questions you may have about their projects or inquire if you are looking to hire someone for your own project.  Together we can bring better stories to life rather than waiting on big studios to give us what we want.  Thanks in advance for all your support.





I know G.I. JOE: RETALIATION might be one of those movies I had low expectations for and when it exceeded those expectations I found myself giving it a possibly unearned good review.  Perhaps after a second viewing I will see the film's flaws and decide that the whole movie is sucktastic.  I don't think so though.  I think RETALIATION did some things right.  Things I didn't quite expect in this day and age where everything in movies has to be bigger and more explody than the last big movie.  There really isn't much for me to complain about.  I had a fun time watching the latest in the G.I. JOE franchise.  There is a good mix of live action realism with impossible over the top visuals expected from a cartoon.  It is better than what you would expect.  At least that is how it was for me.

PLOT:  G.I. JOE goes BOOM!  COBRA tries to take over the world.  DONE!

RETALIATION has the luxury of not being hampered of going through the predictable motions of being an origin story.  We can move on and get into the movieverse where G.I. JOE is battling COBRA, a terrorist organization determined to rule the world if you didn't know.  I think the only bad thing about part 2 is that they give us a story that probably should have taken place in either the inevitable part 3 THE REVENGE OF COBRA or part 4 THE RETIREMENT OF COBRA.  It is too early to start our story by killing off all but four Joes.  Too soon I say.  Killing Duke off was a major mistake too but I will get to that later.  We never really get to know any of these characters and not too many of them return from part 1.  Where did they all go?  To the mall to buy shoes?  I guess the only good thing about their absence  is we don't have real life Jar-Jar Binks himself Marlon Wayans returning playing the ancestor of the thief character he played in the poopular DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS.  Maybe it would be worth it if he showed up and got all blowed up. Nah!  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST...


La-La Land Records: The Shootist and The Sons Of Katie Elder - Elmer Bernstein

Music by: Elmer Bernstein



La-La Land Records and Paramount Pictures present the CD premiere of legendary composer Elmer Bernstein's (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, TRUE GRIT, AIRPLANE, GHOSTBUSTERS) original scores to Paramount Pictures' acclaimed westerns starring John Wayne, THE SHOOTIST (1976) and THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER (1965). Bernstein's original score tracks for THE SHOOTIST make their world premiere on this release, mastered from'' stereo mixes. This release also marks the CD premiere of Bernstein's re-recording and arrangement of his THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER score for the original Columbia Records soundtrack CD, which presents adaptations of his film cues, sometimes combining two or more of them in single tracks, while other selections begin with music from the film, but continue as extended arrangements of specific melodies. Included is the title song performed by Johnny Cash, as well as the John Wayne narration.

Okay this is a classic, you cannot do without the titles themselves should draw you in... if that doesn't the master work of Bernstein should. It it a great remembrance of John Wayne and the west that once was...
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Six Strings with...Jason Graves [Interview]

Another great interview with Jason Graves, he is known for is astounding work in film/tv/ and video games and he stopped over for a chat... Thank you!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

-Please tell us your involvement on "Tomb Raider." Did you get to step outside the box and bring a new face to the game or staying in the traditional.

The developer was definitely interested in stepping outside of the box and trying something new. This is, after all, a complete reboot from the previous eight official Tomb Raider titles. It made sense that the music also get a reboot. It was a wonderful chance to start fresh and really brand the game with a specific sound and new main theme for Lara.

-With a mix of scores under your credits do you prefer game or film/television work?

Creatively speaking, I fall firmly into the video game category. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy film or television. Film is especially fun to work on because it’s literally the opposite of an interactive game score. It’s very linear and provides that kind of “instant gratification” that comes with watching a scene before and after you’ve scored it. Games are a more “wait and see” kind of feedback - you have to allow time for the developer to implement the music before you can play the game and hear how the music reacts.

Both have their benefits. I’m currently working on two film scores alongside multiple game titles. For me, it simply comes down to what projects allow me to be creative and learn new things.

-How much creative control do you have working on any of your projects and where do you find inspiration?

It obviously varies from project to project, but in general I seem to have more and more input on the general music direction before the score begins. Many times the developer relies on me to create a fresh approach for a score - Tomb Raider is a perfect example. I wouldn’t go so far to call it “creative control” - the developer still retains that. But there is definitely a lot more creative dialog involved than there was five or six years ago. I think that’s a natural part of a composer’s journey. I know I wasn’t given that kind of freedom when I was starting out!

-I asked composers all the time, is it weird to have a fan base and know that some of them know your scores better than you sometimes. Is it a nice feeling to have score groupies?

I would never say it’s weird - unusual may be a more appropriate word. I’m just a music fan at heart. I grew up on a steady diet of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and the usual smattering of classical composers, obsessing over favorite cues and listening to film scores while mowing lawns for money to buy more albums. So thinking about someone else paying the least bit of attention to MY music in the same seems strange but amazing at the same time. Giving anyone a fraction of the enjoyment I experience listening to music would be the ultimate goal for any composer.

-Where does a typical day begin and end for you, are there typical days?

I cut my teeth in the world of television music, where deadlines were looming daily and changes had to be made in a matter of minutes. A few years of that, plus the occasional film or commercial work, taught me to listen very carefully to the client and deliver music very quickly. As a result, I tend to be very schedule oriented in my game work as well, which is quite the opposite in terms of deadlines and lightening-fast turnarounds...until the inevitable end crunch, of course.

So my days are fairly congruous, day to day. My studio is a separate building in my backyard, so I normally walk back around 9am, take a short lunch break around noon and wrap up the day by 5:30 or 6pm. No nights or weekends unless absolutely necessary. I finish a minimum of two minutes of music each day, sometimes upwards of five or six if I’m scoring cinematics or slower, more simple music. I prefer to focus on a specific project each day, so if there are multiple projects going on simultaneously, which is usually the case, I can concentrate for a full day on a single style of music. By the end of the day there is new, original music that didn’t exist previously that morning. That kind of creation and discovery is what keeps me motivated and looking forward to the next day’s adventure.

Here is an extreme interview with Host Zachary Levi with Jason Graves:

Cheezy Flicks: Frankenstein '80

Frankenstein '80
Originally released in 1972
Man-made killer bashes heads in!

He had a bone to pick...In a laboratory a mad modern-day monster-maker who pretends to be a legitimate scientist by day creates a monster that he calls MOSAICO. One night MOSAICO, a bald and ugly looking man breaks out of the laboratory to hunt down and kill beautiful women. MOSAICO seems to have other things on his mind as he knocks off prostitutes every chance he gets. Whether it be by beating one with a human leg bone or smashing their heads into walls. MOSAICO makes a nuisance of himself and has to be taken out in the end when he attacks the scientist's daughter while taking things to far.


Cheezy Flicks

I watched this some time ago and it was almost out of my head, then getting to watch it again... yikes! My memories are scar'd again...
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


HWR 14th Release: IN THE NAME OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - Róbert Gulya

Music by: Róbert Gulya

Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents IN THE NAME OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Hungarian Film Composer Róbert Gulya (ATOM NINE ADVENTURES). IN THE NAME OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, directed by Zsolt Bernáth, is a fantasy adventure tale about two teenaged fans of Sherlock Holmes who investigate the mysterious disappearance and transformation of local children using the sleuthing skills of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Watson and Holmes. Bernáth's film pays homage to classic youth fantasy/action/adventure tales like E.T. and THE GOONIES.

Howlin' Wolf Records

I am thrilled about this score and the Howlin' Wolf family as we embark in a new journey, you will enjoy this... so take the journey with us. 


Lakeshore Records: MUD [2013] - David Wingo

MUD [2013]
Music by: David Wingo with Songs By Lucero, Dirty Three, Jeff McIlwain, and Ben Nichols
April 23, 2013


Mud is the second collaboration between Wingo and Jeff Nichols.  Their previous film Take Shelter, won the Grand Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival and landed Wingo a Discovery Of The Year Award nomination at the World Soundtrack Awards. Mud and David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche (co-composed with the Austin band Explosions In The Sky) both had their North American premieres at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Wingo has also been active with his band Ola Podrida since 2006, putting out two full-length LPs (Ola Podrida and Belly Of The Lion) with a new one due April 30th (Ghosts Go Blind). They have toured the U.S. and Europe multiple times and have shared the stage with such acts as Fleet Foxes, She & Him, Beach House, and Explosions In The Sky.

Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who find a man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Varese Sarabande: PAIN and GAIN [2013] - Steve Jablonsky

PAIN and GAIN [2013]
Music Composed by: Steve Jablonsky
(Transformers, Battleship, Gangster Squad)
Release Date: 05/21/13


Based on a true story, Pain & Gain follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida.  First told in an article from the Miami New Times, Pain & Gain is directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Action veteran Steve Jablonsky, who provided the sonic adrenaline for the Transformers trilogy, reunites with Michael Bay for another full-throttle adventure.

5/5 I am a fan of Steve Jablonsky from his work with video games to blockbuster films, this is a interesting release, not the score... the scary muscle-sized title. I feel the need to bring out my muscle pants out of the closet and be first in line... yes I don't think so. All the elements are here and the score is another great release...
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Lakeshore Records: Peeples [2013]



Featuring New Songs by Acclaimed Songwriter/Producer Stephen Bray
and Original Score by Aaron Zigman

(April 18 2013– Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the Peeples – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack EP digitally on May 7, 2013. The album features three new songs by Grammy and Tony nominated songwriter/producer Stephen Bray with performances by the film’s Craig Robinson (TV’s The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) and David Alan Grier (A Soldier’s Story, TVs In Living Color) along with original music by Aaron Zigman (Sex and the City, The Notebook).

In addition to the new songs, the EP also includes two score pieces by Aaron Zigman. This Emmy-winning songwriter plants one foot in the world of pop idioms and the other in the emotional scope of a symphony orchestra to create narrative scores that complement each genre he’s assigned—and with more than 50 film credits to his name, that has encompassed everything from the passionate romance The Notebook, to the fantastical animated adventure in Escape from Planet Earth, to Tyler Perry’s comedy Madea’s Witness Protection.

Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish-out-of-water among this seemingly perfect East Coast clan, but he’s not about to let himself flounder. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious suprises, Wade is about to discover there’s room for all kinds of Peepls in this family, no matter their differences. Writer and first time director Tina Gordon Chism (writer of Drumline) join forces with Tyler Perry to present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out … but bind us together with love.

Track listing:
1. Speak It (Don’t Leak It!) - Craig Robinson
2. Drawers on the Floor - Tyler James Williams
3. Turn You On - Maxayn Lewis
4. Sweat Lodge - Aaron Zigman
5. Run Chickens Run - Aaron Zigman
6. Speak It (Don’t Leak It!) – Finale - Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier and Maxayn Lewis

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Intrada: FIVE DAYS FROM HOME - Bill Conti

Composed and Conducted by BILL CONTI

Released By: INTRADA

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 240

For the 1978 film Five Days from Home, star and director by George Peppard sought out composer Bill Conti because he loved the composer’s music for Rocky. Peppard wanted the inspirational sound from the hit boxing film for his picture (and the success and radio play promotion that went with it!) Conti wrote a lonely, tragic trumpet theme for the unfairly vilified Pryor, a melody that urgently echoes almost into a fugue in the main theme, while passages of anxiety accompany Pryor as he sneaks around at night. A bit of funk comes in the form of a reverberating plucked effect, keyboard, and electric guitar and action arrives, disco-dipped, showcasing Conti's diversity of style. Additionally, Conti was asked to provide three songs for the soundtrack album, with lyrics by Norman “Killing Me Softly” Gimbel, as well as disco versions of the film’s themes.

Conti’s music went on to have other lives. One was unsolicited, when the 1979 Sophia Loren film Firepower used the main theme in its trailers and ads. The other came with a polite phone call from Robin Leach, who asked Conti if he could use the disco instrumental version of “Come With Me Now” for his new show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Cheezy Flicks: Mistress of the Apes

Mistress of the Apes
Original Release: 1979

Starring: Jenny Neumann, Barbara Leigh, Garth Pillsbury, Walt Robin & Stuart Lancaster

She found fulfillment in the jungle...  with the ape that walked like a man!

Cheezy Flicks

The wife of a famous anthropologist is rushed to hospital in labor. At the same time, crazed druggies raid the hospital looking for drugs, causing the baby to be stillborn. While recovering from the trauma, she learns that her husband has disappeared in Africa. She launches an expedition to find him, and discovers a bizarre world of sexy jungle women!

It was interesting and then it just got weird... well I am sure you have gathered that.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Intrada: The Detective - Von Ryan's Express - Jerry Goldsmith

The Detective - Von Ryan's Express
Music By: Jerry Goldsmith

Released By: INTRADA

Following Intrada's previous Jerry Goldsmith double-header from 20th Century Fox, Shock Treatment/Fate is the Hunter, Intrada now presents Von Ryan's Express/The Detective. Up first on this sparkling release is one of Goldsmith’s grittier scores -- The Detective. Frank Sinatra stars as Joe Leland, a wised-up but honest New York City cop freighted with problems both personal and professional. The case he’s working is particularly nasty: the gay son of a city bigwig has been found murdered, and Joe must deal with the grotesque homophobia of his fellow cops, the just-wrap-it-up attitude of his boss, and the too-easily obtained confession of a deeply damaged psychotic. Goldsmith attacks this lurid material with intelligence and restraint, beginning with a main title theme that displays superb muscularity: soaring trumpet, layered with a dirty, buzzing guitar line and crying strings.

Sinatra also stars in Von Ryan's Express, playing Colonel Joe Ryan, an American flyer who, after being shot down in Italy, suddenly finds himself the highest ranking officer at a miserable prison camp. This does not sit well with his mostly British fellow prisoners, particularly when Ryan shows more interest in taking care of the ragged, malaria-plagued detainees than in making what he considers futile attempts to escape. But when choice opportunity presents itself, Ryan initiates a daring mass escape by hijacking a train and fleeing with his troops through German-occupied Italy.

Composer Goldsmith's sparse score adds striking color to the film, with suspense, comedy, and sheer drama. Goldsmith signatures are everywhere: the combination of racing piano and low strings, the electronic decorations melded with pizzicato strings, heartbeat percussion and insinuating vibes, the trumpet-led variation on a theme, the sprightly recurring march and its triumphant if wistful restatement at the end.  All packed into a tight 26-minute score.

With a couple of exceptions in Von Ryan's Express, both scores are presented in stereo from the original elements stored at 20th Century Fox and debut in complete form.

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Assassin's Creed III: Tyranny of King Washington [2013] - Lorne Balfe

Assassin's Creed III:
Tyranny of King Washington [2013]
Music by: Lorne Balfe


Composer Lorne Balfe (The Sweeney, Assassin's Creed Revelations and Assassin's Creed III video games) is proud to announce the release of the Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington soundtrack, available through all major digital providers on April 23, 2013.

A native of Inverness, Scotland, Lorne Balfe is a Grammy award- winning film composer, known for  composing the scores to the Dreamworks' animation Megamind, and Ron Howard's film The Dilemma, in collaboration with Academy Award- winning composer, Hans Zimmer.  In addition to being recognized for producing two of Zimmer’s Oscar- nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception, Lorne has also received significant recognition for his work in the United Kingdom.  In 2009, Lorne was nominated for the Discovery of the Year World Soundtrack Award for his score for BAFTA award- winning Crying With Laughter and he was nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.  He recently earned his second BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music, as well as the nomination for the BSO Goldspirit Award for Best Score for a Video Game with Assassin’s Creed III.

Welcome to Assassin's Creed III's Tyranny of King Washington - a 3-part DLC series exploring an alternate reality in which George Washington goes mad with unlimited power, foregoing Presidency to rule as tyrannical King. In this alternate world, Connor is and remains Ratonhnhaké ton. Having never become an Assassin, he must endure new trials, acquiring the skills he'll need to take down a possessed Washington and win freedom for his land once and for all.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington, please visit the Assassin’s Creed official Website:

5/5 I am really enjoying the level of video game music and this is no different... this has some amazing score music and if you are a fan....
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

La-La Land Records: Grand Canyon [Expanded] (1991) - James Newton Howard

Grand Canyon [Expanded] (1991)
Music by: James Newton Howard



La-La Land Records and 20th Century Fox present the expanded and remastered release of James Newton Howard's (FLATLINERS, THE FUGITIVE, DAVE, WYATT EARP) acclaimed original motion picture score to the beloved 1991 feature film GRAND CANYON, starring Kevin Kline, Mary McDonald, Danny Glover and Steve Martin, and written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The renowned composer's powerful and diverse score teems with humanity, expertly supporting the complex emotions and drama examined within Kasdan's thoughtful, multi-storied study of contemporary Los Angeles, and by extension, the American way of life.

5/5 Amazing and Moving Score!!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


La-La Land Records: THE HOLE [2013] - Javier Navarrete

THE HOLE [2013]
Music by: Javier Navarrete



La-La Land Records and Bold Films present the original motion picture score to the feature film coming-of-age-horror-fantasy THE HOLE, starring Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett and Teri Polo, and directed by Joe Dante. Acclaimed composer Javier Navarrete (PAN'S LABYRINTH, MIRRORS, WRATH OF THE TITANS, 47 RONIN) finds the perfect pitch for Dante's thoughtful spookfest, fashioning a beautifully haunting orchestral score that is worthy of following in the footsteps of the director's previous collaborations with composer Jerry Goldsmith. 

5/5 I am a huge fan of  Javier Navarrete ever since the score to "Pan's Labyrinth" knowing how to push the edges in corners of your mind. Musically of course, but bringing the into this more of an adventure creepy adventure... you will be pleased!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]




Paris, France (April 22, 2013) - Classically trained multimedia composer Olivier Deriviere (Alone In The Dark, Of Orcs And Men), whose distinctive soundtracks have been recognized by Billboard and The New York Times, has crafted a unique, electronically manipulated live symphonic score for the upcoming action adventure video game Remember Me developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom. Deriviere's dynamic emotional score is intricately woven throughout Remember Me's innovative 'memory remix' gameplay experience and immersive futurist story set in Neo-Paris where personal memories are digitized, bought, sold and traded. Remember Me will launch on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in North America on June 4 and across Europe on June 7, 2013.
Remember Me is a 3rd person action adventure where players take on the role of Nilin, a former elite memory hunter with the ability to break into people's minds and steal or even alter their memories. The authorities, fearful of her knowledge and capabilities have arrested Nilin and wiped her memory clean. After her escape from prison, Nilin sets out on a mission to recover her identity, helped by her last and only friend. This search for her past leads to her being hunted by the very people that created this surveillance society. During the course of the story, Nilin will start remembering who she was and re-learning all the fighting moves that made her one of the world's leading memory hunters.
Olivier Deriviere's interactive musical score for Remember Me features live orchestra that has been digitally processed and manipulated with multiple layers and effects to create a futuristic - but entirely organic and acoustic - musical palette which reflects Nilin's memory loss and the reconstruction of her memories throughout the game.
Described by critics as "Cinematic and magnificent" (GameTrailers), "Fantastic and evocative" (IGN) and "One of the best soundtracks...this generation" (Destructoid), Deriviere's score dynamically reacts to the player's moves during gameplay and contains hidden messages about the story. Preview samples of the music are available on SoundCloud.
Information: Olivier Deriviere has previously scored numerous animation, film and video game soundtracks including the critically acclaimed interactive scores for Alone In The Dark, Of Orcs and Men and the Obscure video game series. Deriviere works with renowned recording studios, world-class engineers and performers, as well as employing the latest software and custom library sounds. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (Jazz & Film Scoring) and the National Conservatory in Nice, France (Composition and Orchestration), Deriviere has recorded for games with the GRAMMY® award-winning choir The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices, The Boston Cello Quartet, The Boston String Quartet, The Children Choir of the National Opera of Paris and The Philharmonia Orchestra in London. His music has also been performed by the Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Monte Carlo String Quartet, and Utrecht Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir ("Games In Concert"). For more information on Olivier Deriviere, visit
For more information on Remember Me, visit


Original Soundtrack Album Available on CD
and Digital Download on April 23rd
New York (April 19, 2013) - Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, today announced the release of the original music score from DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE, the upcoming installment in the multi-million selling zombie action RPG franchise developed by Deep Silver. The DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE Original Soundtrack is scheduled for a worldwide physical release on April 23rd, 2013 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and for digital download at, Amazon MP3, iTunes and other digital music sites.

DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE brings back the explosive mix of open-world gameplay, co-op first-person action and RPG elements to fans worldwide. The DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE Original Soundtrack includes twenty five tracks from composer Pawel Blaszczak's haunting original score which combines cinematic electronic and experimental industrial sounds, piano and other acoustic textures.

DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE is the thrilling next chapter in the DEAD ISLAND universe. Co-op has never been more important as DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE where players band together to defend new, key territories in water-soaked tropical locales against hordes of never-before-seen zombie types. Also, a new playable character class, fresh gameplay mechanics and drivable boats plunge players ever-more into the depths of what's really lurking behind the deadly zombie infestation.

DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE will be released on April 23, 2013 in the USA and Canada and on April 26, 2013 in European countries for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and Windows® PC. For more information visit:

Magnolia Home Entertainment Presents: THIS GIRL IS BADASS

Magnolia Home Entertainment Presents:


Witness jaw-dropping fight sequences from Chocolate’s kick-ass Jeeja Yanin, who also stars in the sequel to the martial arts hit, The Protector. In This Girl is Badass, Jeeja takes her skills to the next level as a bike messenger who is hired by competing mob bosses to smuggle goods. Caught in the middle and given an ultimatum, the only way out is a confrontation erupting into a battle of bullets, face.

-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


Magnolia Home Entertainment: THE ABCS OF DEATH

Magnolia Home Entertainment Presents:

Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die.

This explosive film is comprised of 26 individual “chapters” on the topic of death, each helmed by a different director assigned to a specific letter of the alphabet. Provocative, funny and shocking, this anthology is the definitive vision of modern horror diversity. Get ready to learn your ABCs!

5/5 This looks disturbing... if you are not, then you must be disturbed. Just watch the trailer and you decide...
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]


MovieScore Media: Sinbad (Television) [2013] - Christian Henson

Sinbad (Television) [2013]
Music by: Christian Henson


Premiering in the US on Sy-FY in June, 2013, and broadcast on Sky1 in the UK last year, the epic tale of Sinbad stars newcomer Elliot Knight in the title role and Lost star Naveen Andrews as his nemesis, supported by a high-octane original score composed by Christian Henson. MovieScore Media has previously released his scores for Black Death, Triangle, The Secret of Moonacre, Malice in Wonderland and Storage 24. His music for Sinbad is orchestral in nature with modern film music aesthetics added for a lot of the action material, and exciting ethnic colors added to the traditional sound. The high octane adventure music is balanced by more atmospheric music with a sublime sensual quality.

Sinbad was produced by Emmy-winning company Impossible Pictures (Primeval) and is distributed by BBC Worldwide. The 12-part series has been sold to some 20 territories. in the UK, the series aired on Sky 1 last summer and was released on DVD in October, 2012. Our US CD release coincides with the show’s premiere on Sy-Fy.

5/5 Christian Henson is one of those composers who has grabbed my attention over the last several years and though some of the films that go along with the composers work are not always the best. No mistake in the great quality and effort has gone into the score!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Silva Screen Records: Doctor Who - The Caves of Androzani

Doctor Who - The Caves of Androzani
Music by: Roger Limb

US Release date: April 23rd

The first release of an archival Doctor Who soundtrack since the 2005 British TV comeback Featuring music by British electronic composer Roger Limb.

The Caves of Androzani was Roger Limb’s seventh of eight contributions to the series, and the first of his two very successful collaborations with director Graeme Harper. Broadcast in March 1984, the 4 episodes showed the regeneration of The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) into The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker). In 2009 The Caves Of Androzani was voted the best in the history of the series by fans.

Roger Limb comments on working on The Caves of Androzani: “In 1984-5 we had new tools at our disposal including the Fairlight Computer Music Instrument (CMI) which I used to create the rhythmic percussion figures, and the wonderfully versatile Yamaha DX7 which was a landmark in the development of the synthesizer. I’d read the scripts but it was only when I saw the edited episodes on VHS that my ideas started to take shape. The greatest slice of luck was having Graeme Harper as director. He was able to explain exactly what he wanted from me, a great advantage!”

Roger Limb was part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop team, which he joined in 1972. Perhaps best known for his work on Doctor Who, from 1981 to 1985, Limb composed the music for the The Keeper of Traken, Four to Doomsday, Black Orchid, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Terminus, The Caves of Androzani and Revelation of the Daleks. In the 80s and 90s Limb has contributed music to a number of television series including The Justice Game, Aliens in the Family, Thinkabout, The Box of Delights, Kevin and Co, Martin Luther: Heretic, Storytime and the Look and Read. He is also known for the now cult "Swirley" tune, a happy piece of electronic music that was used as the theme to the BBC's Service Information news bulletins in the late 70s and early 80s.

5/5 I love anything that features the doctor, period!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Varese Sarabande: Patrick Doyle: Impressions Of America

Patrick Doyle: Impressions Of America [2013]
Music by: Patrick Doyle


Doyle’s film scores include such blockbusters as Brave, Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Henry V and so many others!  Doyle is a Scotsman who has been coming to America for many years now to bring his incredible music to Hollywood.  These many trips have now inspired their own musical work and Doyle has composed a symphonic piece consisting of fifteen impressions.  Patrick Doyle’s IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA is a nostalgic look at America ... its landscapes, its traditions, and its people.

Scored for full symphony orchestra, we release Patrick Doyle’s IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA to celebrate the composer’s 60th birthday in April of 2013.

5/5 Now here is an example of following your own style bringing the world to your "Impressions Of America" as Patrick Doyle has done. Being a fan of his work for several years, Doyle never lets me... lets us down in this telling of his journey.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

BuySoundtrax Records: Film Music of Michael Nyman For Solo Piano - Joohyun Park

Film Music of Michael Nyman For Solo Piano
Music by: Joohyun Park


BuySoundtrax Records is proud to announce the release of The Film Music of Michael Nyman For Solo Piano featuring piano performances by Joohyun Park. The recording will be available digitally, in stores, and from on April 10th.

“I started this piano album by concentrating solely on music from The Piano,” said Park. “All music of Michael Nyman has stunning, beautiful and dynamic melodies and it really began to capture my attention. I wanted to record more of Nyman’s work after working on the pieces from The Piano.”

Pianist Joohyun Park was born in Kwang-Ju, South Korea.  She began studying music at age 6. Park received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Piano from Yon Sei Univeristy (Seoul, Korea) and a Bachelor’s Degree of Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music.  She has worked as a score coordinator, pianist, orchestrator and assistant composer for movies including Priest, The Informers, Drag Me To Hell, Creation, When in Rome, The Black Tulip, and Love Happens.  A frequent performer for BuySoundtrax, Joohyun also performed The Music of Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano.

4/5 It is difficult to review a release like this one... the artist Joohyun Park does an awesome job giving the sense of Michael Nyman collective work. It's Joohyun Park could stand out and give us the same incredible return on personal material and journeys.
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Silva Screen Records: BBC: Africa [2013] - Sarah Class

BBC: Africa [2013]
Music by:  Sarah Class
Release date: April 23, 2013


Four years in the making, Africa launched in January in the UK with the first episode attracting 6.5m viewers. As with Life On Earth and Frozen Planet, music is integral to the production and Emmy-nominated composer and singer-songwriter Sarah Class delivers a subtle and serene yet emotional score that perfectly fits the narrative.

A prodigy of Sir George Martin and a 2001 Classical Brit nominated artist for Aurora-Cantamus, Sarah Class has since built a reputation as a composer of choice for big budget natural history films. Her most notable successes include the environmental sequel to The Blue Planet - Deep Trouble, The Greatest Show On Earth (A Millennium special) and the soundtrack for the flagship David Attenborough series, The State of the Planet in 2000. Sarah is also well known for her writing for Hayley Westenra's worldwide smash album Pure.

Currently Sarah is one of the UK's most sought after composers and her style was described by HMV Classical Reviews magazine as both "hauntingly ethereal and sensual, mingling folky influences and a powerfully romantic blend of orchestral and electronic sonorities".
5/5 I am always of fan of these types of documentaries and this is another beautiful journey...
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Reality Entertainment: CALLING ALL ALIENS

Alien Agenda: Project Grey

It’s fear that they seek! Dr. Schroder listens to her criminally insane patient as he recounts the story of the murder of his four friends. A story of infidelity, jealousy and revenge takes a strange turn revealing an Alien Agenda. Chip implants, government mind control, Russian military and Alien visitors form the puzzle pieces of this science fiction thriller. A search for the answers leads to the mind bending truth…It’s our fear that they seek. The Aliens are HERE and they show no mercy toward mankind, only disgust for what the human race has become.
Angel, Alien and UFO Encounters from Another Dimension

The universe is so complex that even the greatest scientific minds on earth ultimately acknowledge that we do not understand the forces and true nature of the cosmos, let alone our place within it. Now for the first time, the un-seeable and unbelievable has been caught on video by multiple individuals who have not only captured mind bending video of Entities, UFOs and Angels, but have been profoundly affected by their experiences. Confronted by the unknown, they all share a deep and unwavering need to know and understand the phenomenon they are experiencing. These individuals did not seek recognition or compensation, they are driven by the questions: “Who are we? What is real?” The sky is alive and has been for millennia with non-human activity, much of which is not visible to the naked eye. See concrete evidence with real video from beyond human perception and discover a realm of fallen angels and otherworldly visitors in a universe that is beyond our comprehension. Dare to ask yourself, what is our place in the cosmos?

Reality Is What You Make It

Two different films, one general idea... run and hide!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Chemical Burn Entertainment: The Experiment: Who's Watching You?

The Experiment:
Who's Watching You?

Mary's life is disintegrating, she's on the verge of losing everything and desperately needs income to survive. Driven to extremes she responds to an add in the paper and embarks on a series of home based drug tests that go horribly wrong. What follows is a world of drug induced madness and surreal sensuality as Mary falls prey to the underground world of pharmaceutical testing revealing more evil undertones than anybody would dare imagine. She is being monitored while she suffers a humiliating onslaught of psychedelic depravity both physical and mental Mary IS the experiment. Explore the warped psychological world of human sickness that is a stark reminder of the society we have created.

Chemical Burn Entertainment

Keep your finger on the FAST-FORWARD! There is a cool song/video that was one of the highlights hidden within this film... I mean science project. I am not even giving this a /5... it's like the same stuff.... naked girl is being abused by the mental that she is... someone out there will like it?
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]

Kollision Con: The Pillowcases [Interview]

Last of the interviews from "Kollision Con", it sort of came in and I put it in the wrong place and I am pleased to bring you "The Pillowcases"
 -Jeremy [Retro-Z]

-How did you all become part of the group “The Pillowcases” also where did the name stem from and please tell us some of the alternate names being considered?

We started as an original band called Silhavey, and after playing "Ride On Shooting Star" for an upcoming gig we decided that it would be fun to play Pillows covers at conventions. We really didn't have another name considered besides "The Pillowcases." The name was too perfect: it's a name that's witty at first, but seems less funny each time you hear it.

-Some of the best parts of “Kollision Con” also your biggest thrill playing at conventions and the farthest you have traveled?

Best part of Kollisioncon: The audience, the stage and the sound guy. It was one of the best audiences We've had, people were having a fantastic time. The stage sounded amazing and it was probably the coolest sound guy we've ever met, he had like every kind of instrument, from his own collection. We used his drum kit and Uzuhi (the band we performed with) used this really cool reverse Flying V.

-Playing a set of themes or songs that you do, which are some of your personal favorites and why?

Mike: Ride On Shooting Star, followed closely by Crazy Sunshine. The song is like a blast from the universe.
Matt: Ride On Shooting Star. It really gets the show pumping.
Lucas: I Think I Can and Last Dinosaur. They're the best themes to play.
Stephen: Crazy Sunshine because it's such a good song and Last Dinosaur because that song is awesome to dance to.

-If you could have a theme for yourselves, what would that be? I am not sure you might have a theme; maybe you could do an acoustic version for our readers?

Our theme song is Gravytown.

-All groups get asked what are their musical influences, so I thought I would ask what your favorite television theme song is and why?

Mike: Rocko's Modern Life. It just tickles my ear giblets.
Matt: (without hesitation) Ducktales. Have you heard it? It's the catchiest theme song.
Lucas: Cheers. Don't you want to go to a place where everyone knows your name?
Stephen: Cowboy Bebop. One of the best jazz songs ever written. 



MovieScore Media: The Celestine Prophecy - Nuno Malo

The Celestine Prophecy
Music by: Nuno Malo


The winner of the 2010 ‘Breakout Composer of the Year’ Award handed out by the International Film Music Critics Association, Portugues composer Nuno Malo’s first major feature film score here gets its world premiere on CD. Written for the film version of James Redfield’s best-selling novel, The Celestine Prophecy, the awe-inspiring score is written for orchestra and choir, and features an abundance of beautiful themes and set-pieces. Ethnical instrumentation gives the score interesting colors. It’s a score that will remind listeners of the most beautiful of James Horner’s scores (among the 22 tracks on the album, “Heaven” is an emotional knock-out!).

In the words of producer and screenplay author Barnet Bain, “through the gift of Nuno’s talent, we can close eyes and relive the spiritual adventure, discovering – and being discovered by – more of who we really are.” This is the 12th entry in MovieScore Media’s acclaimed ‘Discovery Collection’ which has included scores by such esteemed film composers as Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen and Dario Marianelli.
5/5 I know I say this a lot of the times, but this is a beautiful score... beautiful! I am a fan of the hardcore action scores and always have a special place in my collection for this "EPIC" styled score... if you are reading this you need to hear/buy this music, period!
-Jeremy [Retro-Z]