Spider-Man Homecoming Score

This year we’re getting three new scores from composer Michael Giacchino. You can hear one of them in theaters this weekend with the arrival of Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry, which isn’t getting very good reviews. But the next one will arrive in theaters early next month.

Spider-Man: Homecoming features a score from Michael Giacchino, complete with all of his punny track titles on the soundtrack. For those interested, the full tracklist has been released, and it doesn’t include any major spoilers for those worried about that kind of thing. Furthermore, the full Spider-Man: Homecoming suite is available for your listening pleasure, giving us a preview of some of the orchestral themes we’ll hear throughout the film.

Get a taste of the Spider-Man Homecoming score below! Read More »

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Elfman returns…to superhero movies.

Danny Elfman, the composer for classic superhero movies like Tim Burton’s Batman and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, has signed on to score Justice League. This may throw a wrench in Elfman’s recently announced plans to score smaller films for $1 — I’m pretty sure Warner Bros. will pay him a little bit more than that, at least.

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Mondo Edge of Tomorrow Vinyl

Mondo previously gave the Tom Cruise led sci-fi flick Oblivion a special vinyl soundtrack, because M83’s score for the film was one of the best of the past decade, along with Daft Punk’s score for TRON Legacy. Now they’re giving the same treatment to Tom Cruise’s superior sci-fi action flick directed by Doug Liman the year after.

Edge of Tomorrow, or Live. Die. Repeat. as it came to be known on home video, is getting a collectible vinyl soundtrack release today, and it’ll make a great addition to your vinyl collection, especially if you love colored vinyl. Read More »

Stranger Things Soundtrack Cassette

You may not have realized it, but the music format of cassette tapes is making a comeback in a big way, much in the same way that vinyl records have become popular again. Nielsen reported that last year, cassette sales rose 74 percent, to 129,000 units, which isn’t anywhere near the 13.1 million units that vinyl is selling, or the 105 million units that CDs are still inexplicably selling. But cassettes are back in a surprising way, and one of the most nostalgic shows in recent memory is going to take advantage of that.

Stranger Things has an amazing, pulsating, 1980s synth soundtrack. The opening theme itself makes people not want to fast forward through the opening credits of the show, something that is rare in this day an age. The soundtrack has been available to download, on CD and on vinyl, but it’s never been on cassette…until now.

Find out more about the Stranger Things soundtrack cassette release after the jump. Read More »

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The most anticipated motion picture soundtrack of the year was probably Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But coming in close behind is undoubtedly the track list for Edgar Wright‘s fast-paced action flick Baby Driver.

When the reviews of Baby Driver came out of SXSW, including one from our own Jacob Hall, critics couldn’t stop raving how the film’s soundtrack combined with the movie made the film feel like a car chase musical, making the line-up of songs even more integral to the film than usual. Now if you’d like a taste of the songs that you’ll be hearing in the movie, the full track list has been revealed online.

Check out the full track list for the Baby Driver soundtrack after the jump. Read More »

John Williams a cappella tribute

It’s graduation season, and though we’ve already seen one spectacular musical performance as part of Will Ferrell’s outstanding commencement speech for this year’s graduates at the University of Southern California, we have a new favorite moment from this year’s round of college grads.

Over at Harvard University, John Williams was given an honorary doctorate in music for his lifelong work as a composer of motion picture scores. To honor the man who has brought us countless memorable themes, Harvard’s a cappella group Din and Tonics gave him a musical tribute featuring a medley of some of his most famous pieces, including the themes for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws and more.

Watch the John Williams a cappella tribute after the jump. Read More »

spider-man homecoming theme

Though there have been five Spider-Man movies that have hit the big screen over the past two decades, the webslinger’s classic theme has never really been given its due diligence when it comes to the film’s soundtrack. There have been some goofy versions from Sam Raimi’s trilogy of movies, and the tune was Peter Parker’s ringtone in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but it’s never been given a proper orchestral arrangement. But it sounds like that will change this summer.

Composer Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Star Trek) is behind the score for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he’s currently busy at work in the studio finalizing the score for the film’s release in July. We still have about a month and a half to wait until we get to see the movie, but Giacchino has provided us with a taste of the score from the film in the form of his absolutely wonderful variation on the classic Spider-Man theme song.

Listen to what might be the Spider-Man Homecoming theme after the jump. Read More »

Singer Chris Cornell Has Died at 52

Chris Cornell Dead

When James Bond returned to the big screen with Daniel Craig in the lead role of Casino Royale in 2006, the new run of 007 movies needed a theme song to bring the franchise into the 21st century the right way. Sony Pictures and MGM called upon Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell‘s signature growling singing voice to make it happen, and he created what I think is one of the better James Bond theme songs of the entire series.

Therefore, we’re sad to report that the rock musician and singer has passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 after performing with Soundgarden in Detroit last night.  Read More »

The Fifth Element Vinyl Soundtrack

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Luc Besson‘s outstanding sci-fi action movie The Fifth Element. The actual anniversary already passed us by on May 9th, but this week is when the film is being celebrated by a return to the big screen. Not only can you see the movie on the big screen again, but Mondo is releasing a special edition vinyl double LP of the film’s soundtrack by Eric Serra with album artwork by Shan Jiang.

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Score: A Film Music Documentary Trailer

“The score is the heartbeat of the film.” So says James Cameron, an Oscar-winning director who has worked with some of the greatest composers in film history, and he couldn’t be more right. A big part of why we remember the most iconic scenes in cinema is because of the score that plays along with the visuals. Some movies are even known without visuals simply because they have a theme that is so unforgettable.

A new film called Score: A Film Music Documentary from director Matt Schrader dives into what makes motion pictures scores so powerful by speaking to the best composers in the business. John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat and more all talk about motion picture scores, how important they are to the medium, and how much they love the work of their colleagues.

Watch the Score: A Film Music Documentary trailer below. Read More »